Monday, September 29, 2014

Newport Beach, CA

I've been back from vacation for over a week and I'm just now starting to feel like I'm back in the swing of things. Whenever I take an extended amount of time off, it's such a struggle for me to get back into my normal routine. With the 9 to 5 schedule back in full force and with the uncomfortably early mornings paired with the unpacking.. it's just a lot to handle (especially when paired with the post-vacation blues). I'm ashamed to say that it took my nearly six days to fully unpack my suitcase. 

Blogging has taken a back-burner of sorts this past week to take time for all the (not-so-fun) tasks that consumes you post-vacation. Sorry for the hiatus.. and sorry that these photos are a week old, but better late than never I suppose. 

After my visit to Utah, my parents and I spent a long weekend in Newport Beach, California to celebrate my lovely cousin's wedding (photos of the wedding coming in a few days!). While we were there, we took full advantage of the scorching temps and spent a lot of time on the water, at the beach and... eating. Naturally. 

Here are some photos of our fun trip to the Pacific:

I am now the proud owner of an Angel's baseball hat as well as my dad's favorite daughter. I asked him to get my this for my birthday and I don't think he's ever been more proud.

Biking was the preferred form of transportation for the weekend. Beach cruisers make you look instantly cooler. 

The most lovely color for a front door.

This was one of the rental houses my aunt used for all of the wedding guests. It was so colorful and vintage and I didn't want to leave. This house has me inspired to add more color to my apartment. How awesome are the yellow cabinets and the fridge?

Sleepy eyes, messy hair and a latte (delivered to you in bed) make for the best birthday morning.

"The state breakfast of California."

I had the best weekend with my family and I cannot wait to show you photos form my cousin's wedding. It was the most beautiful, fun wedding I've ever been to. Equipped with the beach, marquee signs and lots and lots of (wine induced) dancing.

Come back soon to see wedding photos!

xo, e

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Thursday, September 25, 2014


Hi Friends. 

I have been a lady on the go recently and I've finally had a chance to sit down and relax and blog. 

Which was much needed.

Last week I flew to Park City to see my mom, dad, friends and HOWIE and from there my family flew to Newport Beach, CA to see my beautiful cousin get married. It was seven days of non-stop fun. From visiting with college friends and old coworkers, to running 20 miles to celebrating my birthday, it was a busy few days home, but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Obviously Howie was the best part about my trip and I cried when I had to say goodbye to him. I just want to steal him and bring him back to Chi with me. 

Here are some snapshots of my time in Park City and Salt Lake:

My padre's famous green juice. He makes these for breakfast every morning for himself and my mom, and when I'm home I have the pleasure of having them. They taste better than they look... although not much better.

My mom made my favorite meal while I was home.. Creamy pesto pasta with chicken. It's so delicious.

Here are some scenes from my 20-mile run. tried to find the flattest route possible, which was hard to do in PC. But I managed to get my training run in and met some cow friends along the way. I also started so early in the morning that I was able to see the sunrise over the mountains. 

My little car! This is the last chance that I got to drive her, since she's up for sale. She was the best car ever and I'll miss it dearly.. but a car in Chi just doesn't make sense. Bye Winnie Cooper!

My fave gal Lauren recently moved into the cutest apartment with an amazing balcony. She invited myself and some of my favorite Salt Lakers over for some wine and apps. She's just the best.

Lauren and I went to my favorite restaurant in Salt Lake, Eva, and had the best time. It was the best date.

Mister Howie trying to steal my coffee.

My parent's ski stash. I love all the colors.

I lucky enough to have TWO dates with this gal. We went to High West in Park City to listen to our friends' band play. It was the best time, definitely check out the band Porch to Porch HERE. Also, the drinks and food are ahhhmazing here, so that was an added bonus.

The most delicious whiskey lemonade and chicken pot pie you could imagine.


And obviously the tastiest thing that happened while I was home was this magic. I went to In-n-Out with JT that same day that I ran my 20 miles, so I felt as if I earned this. I even splurged and got a strawberry shake. And I ate it all and didn't feel one bit guilty about it. 

There you have it friends. My quick trip to Park City and Salt Lake. I had the best time while I was home and wish I could have spent a few more days. Being in Chicago and only being able to visit as little as I do makes me really realize how beautiful Park City, Salt Lake and all its people really are. I can't wait for my next trip home in December, when I can actually use those pretty skis of mine. 

I will be sharing photos of my trip to Newport Beach real soon. My cousin's wedding was the absolute most beautiful wedding I've ever been to, and I cannot wait to share it with you!

xo, e

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Birthday Celebrations in Chicago

To say that I like birthdays is an understatement.

I loooovee birthdays.

And not just my own (although it's usually my favorite), I love any and all birthdays. Presents, cake and a party. What's not to love?

This week it seems I've been somewhat of a birthday diva. My birthday isn't until Friday, but because I'm currently home visiting my parents in Utah, I celebrated in Chicago last weekend. Clearly I'm not upset about the dragged out celebration.

The festivities in Chicago involved Mexican food (my fave), my lady friends and the b-friend, ice cream cake, wonderful gifts, brunch (also a fave) and sunny weather. It was perfect.

Here are some snaps of the celebration:

A birthday brunch isn't complete without an ice cream-topped cookie.

Hangin' at the conservatory. He's sucha model. 

Playing cards in the park

Sorry not sorry for being a birthday diva :)

xo, e

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