Our trip to Joshua Tree was just what the doctor ordered. We just went through a pretty long, thorough, house buying process, it’s the holiday season, and we’ve been working our butts off lately. A trip to the Joshua Tree Casita with our friends Tim & Merrill was the perfect retreat. If you haven’t been to Joshua Tree, we highly recommend it. We’re not sure why it took us so long to visit. There is just enough to do there to not feel like you’re the last man on earth, and there is so much open desert and sky to just turn off that ol’ brain of yours and get to relaxing.
December 28, 2016 |
August 9, 2016 |
Summer, for us, has always been about getaways, friends and recharging. Since we were kids, as many families do, we would look forward to that special summer vacation. Growing up on the East coast meant lots of trips to nearby cities, down the coast to Florida, and of course, Disney World. Our families were very similar in that way. They worked hard, but always made time for that one big trip every year that really helped us as kids to understand reward, and what it means to step away from the comforts of home and try something new.
May 20, 2016 |
Last month we spent a few days in San Francisco, exploring the city. We’ve been wanting to share this post for a while now, but we took hundreds of photos on our trip, so it took longer than usual to get them all here. 🙂 Our San Francisco trip flew by, but we had the best time celebrating our anniversary, hanging with friends, and walking waaaay too much all over the city. We have been talking about taking a trip to San Francisco for years. It’s one of those cities that when you tell people you haven’t visited yet, they look at you like you did something terribly wrong and then begin telling you the million reasons why you should have already been there. We’re not sure why it took us this long, but we are so happy we finally made it happen.
What a charming place! For a city that really isn’t very big, they really found a way to pack all the good stuff in. Even the touristy things were cool. The cable cars, the Painted Ladies, the Golden Gate bridge…it felt like someone made this place up. We stayed at the cutest Best Western boutique hotel in the North Beach area. If you follow along with us on Instagram or Snapchat you might have seen some of our breakfasts in bed which we got way too used to doing while staying there. We love to cook, but sometimes you just can’t beat a buttered croissant and a bowl of fruit that someone else lovingly prepared for you ;). We spent many afternoons walking from the hotel into Little Italy for our pizza fix (and some of the best gnocchi we ever had, but more on that in a bit). Lucky for us it wasn’t a far walk! Huge thanks to the Best Western team for making our stay so enjoyable and to Nelson at the front desk for always saying “hey guys!” when we would either come or go. We loved it!
April 27, 2016 |
Today is our three year wedding anniversary and we are so lucky to be celebrating in the beautiful city of San Francisco. When you have been with someone for almost twelve years, you might think these anniversaries lose their charm, but that could not be any more untrue. We still celebrate our dating anniversary, but our wedding will always be the most important day to us. It was 2013 and we were planning two of the biggest moments in our life at the same time. READ MORE
August 31, 2015 |
The last place we stopped on our way out of Palm Springs was Moorten Botanical Garden. It was on our list of places to check out and we are so glad we did. This place was truly magical and we instantly fell in love with it! We’ve been to our fair share of gardens and nurseries, but there was something about this one that was so special.
It’s a private arboretum that was established back in 1938 and still family owned today. We had an amazing time speaking to the current owner, Clark Moorten, who’s parents opened it up more than seven decades ago. His father, Chester Moorten, also known as “Cactus-Slim”, pictured above (no, that’s not Sean Penn 😉 ) with his wife, Patricia, created this wonderland of over 3,000 different plants. Clark shared childhood stories with us of him working on the property with his father. Today he manages the garden along with some volunteers.
One of our favorite parts of the gardens had to be “The Cactus Castle”, which is a Mediterranean style house that sits on the property and was actually the Moorten’s home. It was so charming with blue accents and beautiful pottery surrounding it. The “Cactarium” was also one of favorites. Just incredible! It was a little greenhouse full of every type of cactus, terra cotta pots, and little lizards. We would literally come out and turn right back around and go back into it. We did this three times before we cut ourselves off. We really could have stayed there for hours, but we knew we had to hit the road. We highly recommend this beauty of a place and can’t wait to head back there! It was the perfect send off to such a calming (extended) weekend.
August 28, 2015 |
If you follow along with us on instagram and snapchat, you probably saw that we recently took a mini vacation to Palm Springs. We both have been wanting to go for quite a while now and this trip couldn’t have come at a better time. Palm Springs is only a few hours from Phoenix, so it was definitely the perfect (extended) weekend getaway. The morning of our trip we threw some clothes, swimsuits and our camera in a bag and hit the road. Four hours later, after a few car singalongs and laugh attacks, we arrived in Palm Springs!
Thanks to Home Away, we stayed in one the of the most beautiful, retro homes just five minutes from downtown. When we first walked in to our rental we were taken back by the beautiful view from the mid century living room straight through to the yard with a huge swimming pool and spa, that was surrounded by the tallest palm trees. This place was seriously a dream. We spent our mornings and evenings swimming around in that pool until our skin turned all pruney. (Not the best visual? Yeah probably not, but it definitely was a highlight for us.) In all seriousness, it was the perfect way for us to unwind and take it easy. The last two months have felt like a marathon, with moving in to a new apartment and some new projects underway, so we couldn’t have been more excited to just take it easy and enjoy one another.
Some mornings we had breakfast in the cute kitchenette area or out by the pool. For being so close to downtown, the neighborhood was so peaceful and calm. It was really refreshing. We filled our afternoons exploring the midcentury homes and great restaurants. If you find yourself in Palm Springs, here are some favorite places we found:
After settling in to our place for the weekend, we decided to grab an early dinner. This was the first place we checked out. The pizza was tasty. Our choices were: the prosciutto + black mission fig and a classic margherita pie!
PALM GREENS CAFE
We hit up Palm Greens Cafe one day for brunch before an afternoon of antiquing (more on that in a minute). Their menu is all vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and organic. We don’t follow a vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free diet, but we do try to eat organic whenever possible. It’s in a pretty unassuming location, in a regular looking shopping center, but it definitely is a place to check out. The food was so fresh and our waiter was so friendly. We’re still dreaming about the breakfast tacos!
Located in the same shopping center as Palm Greens Cafe, Revivals is a strip of consignment shops with everything from old TVs and records to vintage dresses. You definitely need to have a keen eye in this place to spot some hidden gems, as there is so much to go through! We did however score a little planter basket for $2, so it was worth it!
DAZZLES ANTIQUE SHOP
Such a fun antique shop with a HUGE jewelry and home goods selection. This place was one of our favorites. The owner was so sweet!! We spent some time chatting about the history of Palm Springs and the evolution of his shop. There are so many treasures tucked away in every corner. We left with a cute mid-century planter, but its pretty easy to get carried away in there.
We stopped here for a quick refresher one afternoon; iced coffee and and a cold green tea. It’s such a cute little place and Palm Spring’s only independent coffee shop. If we lived in Palm Springs, this definitely felt like the place we’d hang around, get some work done over a latte and even meet friends for a drink later on. (Yes, they also have wine and beer.) 😉
MID CENTURY HOMES + #THATPINKDOOR HOUSE
If you haven’t heard of the pink door house, just search #thatpinkdoor on instagram and you’ll see a bunch of photos of people standing in front of this house. It’s kind of become an internet phenomenon. It was designed by Moises Esquenazi and voted one of Metropolitan Home Magazine’s “Best Homes in America”. Every home on this street was really unique, from colorful doors to intricate entry ways and landscape design. If you’re into midcentury architecture and design, this street is a goldmine.
ELVIS’ HONEYMOON HIDEAWAY
So we found out about this place on accident…kind of. Before dinner one night we were driving around and looking for some historical places to check out. We did a quick search for places near our location and Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway came up! We couldn’t have been more excited! Guys, this is where Elvis and Priscilla Presley lived in 1966 and 1967! We literally just stood there
geeking out checking out the property and imagining what Palm Springs might have been like back in the 60s. Did we mention, you could set an appointment to tour this place?! It was too late into the evening to book a tour and we were leaving early the next day, otherwise we would have definitely done it. The photos of the inside look amazing. We truly can’t wait to come back and take a tour.
What can we say? We like our pizza! This place felt very family-friendly and casual, they had cute pop-art portraits on the wall of old actors and actresses, like Lucille Ball and Audrey Hepburn. As for the pizza…thicker crust, tons of toppings, we were in love! 😉 We wandered around tourist streets after dinner and passed a cute little chapel. Of course we needed to snap a photo.
We grabbed a super quick breakfast here on our way out of Palm Springs. Get the cinnamon bun — so good! They have a few locations in Palm Springs. We went to the one on North Palm Canyon Dr. They have a pretty patio area with some great views. Definitely a nice place to start your day.
The last place we visited was a beautiful botanical garden. It was truly incredible and we fell in love with every inch of it. We’ll be sharing photos from there later this week! We took so many! 🙂
Some places we wanted to check out but didn’t get the chance to were:
–CHEEKY’S – everyone recommended this place for breakfast, but they were closed the weekend we were in town!
–PINNOCHIO IN THE DESERT – bottomless champagne for $4.95
–LAS CASUELAS – Mexican food + music and dancing
–WORKSHOP KITCH + BAR – brunch and dinner – looks like a pretty place
–EL MIRASOL – another Mexican food place that was recommended to usHope some of our recommendations are helpful. We had such an amazing time and can’t wait to plan another little getaway. We’ve already started researching places in other cities we want to explore! Thanks again to Home Away for such an amazing stay!
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January 22, 2015 |
For a few months now, we have been itching to take a trip to southern California. With work and other commitments, we always found a reason to put the trip off, but finally last week, we decided to just go! So early Saturday morning, we loaded up the car, stopped for some coffee and tea, and hit the road for San Diego! The five hour drive was half the fun! It was nice to have some alone time, singing along to some of our favorite songs and chatting about the most random things. We found ourselves in some pretty funny conversations over those hours, laughing way too hard, reminiscing about “old times”, and pulling over to snap a few photos along the way.
We tried to cram in as much San Diego as we possibly could. We filled those two and half days with a ton of amazing food, coffee shops and boutiques! We even squeezed in an afternoon at the San Diego Zoo and some time in La Jolla by the water. Oh, and some pizza in Little Italy, which was definitely the closest thing to “NY style pizza” we’ve experienced since living out west! San Diego is definitely one of the most beautiful places we’ve been to. Although we’re not really beach people, there’s something about the fresh, crisp air that rolls off the ocean and we couldn’t get enough if it. It felt so good to just be able to walk hand in hand down the streets and explore the city together. It was a much needed getaway in what has felt like a crazy start to the new year.
Thank you so much to everyone who offered us recommendations, via instagram, on places to eat and visit! We checked out so many of them and now have some favorites to go back to on our next trip to California!
His: Outfit 1: Urban Outfitters buffalo plaid button-down (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar), boots c/o Minnetonka
Outfit 2: CPO button-down, Top Man jeans (similar), watch c/o Daniel Wellington, Top Man boots (similar)
Outfit 3: J.Crew button-down, sweater (similar), Levi’s jeans (similar), Herschel Supply Co. back-pack, Timex watch
Hers: Outfit 1: Urban Outfitters dress, crystal pendant necklace, Elizabeth and James eyeglasses, watch c/o Daniel Wellington, bangles c/o Tiffany Kunz
Outfit 2: top c/o Black Swan, Urban Outfitters shorts, opaque tights, Hinge booties (similar), Free People necklace
Outfit 3: Free People hat, color-block sweater c/o Betty and June, Free People jeans, Sam Edelman booties, Madewell bag, Nars lip color in “New Lover”