Design, Food, Graphics

Link Love

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Just a few notes…

Side Bar. I love this site. Each day they post 5 creative design links.

On the Grid. Love the graphics. It’s your local guide to all city neighborhoods curated by locals. You will love this. This is an essential tool for exploring any new city.

Rosé all day!  Check out these Rosé donuts

31 activities that will make you happier every day!

Lastly, love this illustration collection by Anshuman Ghosh.  His playful illustrations transform an iPhone into an Imaginative World.

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Food, Photography, Travel

California Love

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I decided to take the whole of month of October off. In the beginning of October I took a trip down south to California to visit friends/family and travel down the coast. My first stop was to see my lovely dear friend {Jennifer}.  It was so great to see her and meet her daughter {Penelope}. She is the cutest! I stayed with {Jennifer} and her awesome husband {Kosta} in San Mateo. They were such great hosts. Jennifer and I took lovely strolls down Burlingame Avenue, a lovely dinner in the city at Monsieur Benjamin, visiting beautiful Half Moon Bay and amazing playtime with little Penelope. I also was able to catch up with two of my cousins {Joey} & {Nina} for a nice dinner in Mountain View. It was a good night for the San Francisco Giants and such a great time seeing them because it’s been years!

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My bestest friend {Crisa} met me in San Francisco later on that week for a girls road trip SF > LA. We had such an amazing time and saw how gorgeous the California Coast really is. For our first night, we had a lovely dinner in the city at Wayfare Tavern, a British-pub style eatery by Tyler Florence. After dinner we took a little city drive down the famous crooked street – Lombard and visited the famous painted ladies at night. We then drove down to Santa Cruz and stayed at the cute boutique hotel – Hotel Paradox.

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The next morning we woke up and explored Santa Cruz. We traveled to the Boardwalk and then ventured down to Big Sur. I absolutely loved driving down Highway 1. It was so gorgeous – the views were absolutely breathtaking. We had lunch overlooking the ocean at Big Sur’s – Nepenthe.

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From Big Sig we found our way to to a cute little town called Los Olivos for wine tasting. We just made it before they closed but left with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from Saarloos House. A few miles away was a little Danish town called Solvang known for their Bear Claw Pastries and cute little clogs.  Lastly, we made it all the way to Santa Barbara for dinner at the Outpost at the Goodland Hotel. What a cute hotel!

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That was an amazing road trip. California is so beautiful. I never get tired of looking at the ocean. The next day was a beach day and a Stephanie day. I went to Manhattan Beach with {Crisa} and her daughter {Chelsea}. She’s so adorable! I took a trip to the LA Museum – LACMA and saw the Guillermo Del Toro Exhibit. It was quite impressive!

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That Sunday I drove down to San Diego to visit my good friend {Chelsea}.  We had a perfect Sunday of pedicures, lemonade and Pacific Beach. I loved going to the beach and hanging out on the pier to watch the surfers. It was a perfect Sunday!

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california love.

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Food, Graphics, Typography

graphics // foodie ebook

Hello. I’ve missed you. Life has been just so busy. I miss my blog time.  Last year, I partnered with local foodie blogger {Taylor} and have been designing EBooks for her. I think I have designed almost 10 of them. Please visit her site, she has amazing healthy recipes to share – Food Faith Fitness {nourishing your mind. body. and soul}. Here is a glimpse of the latest Ebook – Gluten Free Weeknight Dinner recipes…

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Art, Color, Food

Fruity Spring

Oh hello there Spring…

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Spring has officially arrived. I’m excited to incorporate more color into my dark wardrobe of black on black. I love spring colors – so soft with the array of fresh pastels. I came across these fruit spring art that I completely adored. For those that know me, I do have globophobia, but these actually don’t bother me. I love them – they are so fruity fresh. Here is a glimpse…

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{images via Pinterest}
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Food, Photography

i heart chocolate

National Chocolate Day

Happy National Chocolate Day! In honor of today’s chocolate celebration, I’m sharing a recipe and photos of a delicious chocolate cake I baked this weekend for a special birthday.  I have never baked a cake before, but I found that making a cake is just like making a very large cupcake (and cupcakes I know!). The cake I baked is called Beatty’s Chocolate Cake. The only thing I added was a layer caramel between the two tiers and also at the top before the frosting. What I do know is that quality ingredients are important – a must! I was so pleased on how the cake turned out and tasted. Here is a glimpse of my first cake…

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