The Penthouse at The Huntley Santa Monica

September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I went out to brunch at The Penthouse. The restaurant is located on the top floor of The Huntley Santa Monica. We had crab cakes to start, followed by grilled cheese and tomato soup, sea bass, and fries to share.

After brunch, we strolled around the Promenade and visited our favorite store, Sur La Table.


Happy First Day of Fall!

September 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Fall is by far my favorite season of the year! I love being bundled up in big sweaters while sipping hot chocolate or hot cider. I love listening to the sound of rain while I fall asleep. I look forward to all the holidays that are coming up, and trying out new recipes to make for reach holiday. The list goes on and on. I bought some Fall decorations about a month ago from Pier 1 Imports, and can’t wait to put them up!

Mini Rectangular Apple Pie

September 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I try to avoid fast food as much as possible. But seems like whenever I go on road trips with my girlfriends, we tend to stop by a McDonald’s at least once on the road. Whether it’d be to grab a quick lunch, or a snack while we stop to refill gas, those are pretty much the only times I’d find myself at fast food restaurants.

Just last weekend, we stopped by a McDonald’s while on the way to Palm Springs. I resisted when the cashier asked if I wanted to get an apple pie for $.50, but have been strangely craving for one since. I decided to make my own this week. I used Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for both the crust and apple fillings. The recipe calls for a full-sized pie. Below I’ve listed instructions on how I assembled into individual ones.

1. Roll out dough and cut into 2in x 3in rectangles
2. Take one rectangle, brush egg wash on top. This will help glue the top rectangle together.
3. Spread apple filling in the middle of dough.
4. For the top dough, use a knife to make several slits.
5. Use a fork to press the edges of both top and bottom rectangles together.

The results came out fantastic! And the next time we go on a road trip, I’ll be sure to make some for the road.

Girls Weekend

September 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

This weekend I headed to Palm Springs for a friend’s birthday. I was excited to pack some of my favorite summer pieces and wear them one more time before we officially head into Fall. The weather was in the high 90+ and we took advantage of it by lounging by the hotel’s pool. It was the perfect weekend filled with lots of shopping (Desert Hills Premium Outlets — a definite must!), great food, and lots of laughs.

Adorable decorations at The Renaissance Hotel

Crab Meat Sandwich at Pinocchio

Orange Crush

September 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bracelet, Hermes

This summer I was all about accessorizing neutral colored outfits with bright jewelries. I think this brings nice pops of color that are both unexpected and refreshing. I’ve been drawn to the color orange a lot lately; and have been pairing a few of my favorite pieces with loose white tees and fun summer dresses.

Ring, Marc By Marc Jacobs

Necklace, Kate Spade

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