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August 22, 2016

places I love (seattle // lopez island)



hello? anyone remember me? I'm finally getting my act together and thought it was time to catch up on some recent adventures. first up - a trip to the PNW to visit a good one. unicorn hunts, donuts and seattle wanderings ensued. 

but then. 

after nearly a dozen trips to the emerald city, expanding our footprint was on the agenda. 

we headed a few hours and a ferry ride out of town and landed on lopez island. the third largest of the san juan islands, lopez is known for rolling, slow country life - perfect for bikes and naps and taking it easy. 

we stayed in this adorable collection of cabins that was perfection. 
bikes were waiting for us, dropped off before we got there by village cycles
we had treats (along with the rest of town) here + had dinner here

every single local we passed waved and smiled. we saw more bunnies in 24 hours than we've probably seen in our whole lives (they are a local fave). 

it was awesome. you should go. 























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July 25, 2016

things I love (a great distraction // 40)


you guys. they brought the max to life. !!! 

a grilled cheese + taco hybrid. what!?

france has a wine theme park. I repeat. a wine. theme. park. 

5 things harder than registering to vote. 

trader joes secrets. no wonder we love them so much! 

would you stay here? 
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July 15, 2016

things I love (fancy sandwiches on demand).


I love a good tradition just about as much as I love a good sandwich + a cute idea. Throw those things together and I don't know what to do with myself. Cue le dinersaur

Fancy Sandwich Friday. 

Adorable Olivia's adorable sandwich business, le dinersaur, delivers even MORE adorable lunches straight to wherever you are (assuming you're in phx!). Are you getting the picture? It's ALL ADORABLE and irresistible. 

The best thing about working from home most Fridays is my fancy sandwich delivery. 

The menu changes every week (she posts it here and on her insta each Monday). You send an email with your order, and magically a perfect lunch is delivered to your home or office. Everything is amazing. The bread is home baked. You get a cute quote with your order. And a tea cookie in a HANDMADE PAPER BOX. C'mon. Come. On. 

If you're not within the delivery area, find a friend who is! Find a spot to meet. Shoot, come to my house! 

I guess what I'm saying is, lunch doesn't get any better than a le dinersaur delivery and I want everyone I know to know it. Do it, do it, do it! 

















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June 5, 2016

places I love (madrid).


let's talk about madrid. just about every time I told someone we were ending our adventures in spain, I got "ooooh! barcelona!". 

nope. it's not a stretch to say that I got underwhelming responses when I said we were going to madrid. 

my expectations weren't high going into the capital city. 

good news is, I fell in love with madrid the moment I saw her. 

maybe it was the flowing wine after a dry morocco. 

maybe it was the tapas that magically appeared whenever we sat down. 

maybe it was finally three straight days of sunshine after so. much. rain. 

it was definitely the quirky neighborhoods, sprawling parks and amazing food. 

it was definitely the sunsets, the communication barriers that forced us to use hand signals and smiles and the churros. 

it was definitely fresh berries on a park bench, the best meal we ever stood at a counter for + stumbling across a festival full of old timey outfits and charm. 

for a million reasons, madrid was perfection. 

I can't wait to go back and give her the attention she so deserves. 

without further ado, some favorites. 

we stayed here, and loved it. easy to get to/from, friendly staff, and it's real cute. 

stop by pum pum cafe for breakfast and delicious coffee (one of my favorite stops of the trip). 

grab a drink at bar galleta (or really, any place in it's adorable hood), tipos infames (wine + books, together), el b_us

eat all the churros at chocolateria san gine. ALLOFTHEM. 

grab the city's best tostas at jurucha (this was a gem! you stand at the counter to eat, and point at what looks good to order) + be sure to save at least one of your meals for wandering around mercado de san miguel (we went twice it was so good). all your foodie dreams will come true. 

visit the el rastro neighborhood (especially on flea market day!). have breakfast at el secuestrador de besos, wander around, and save time to look around at mercado de la cebada (an old market reimagined with everything from DJ's to ham to art projects). 


if the weather's nice, grab a blanket and some snacks and head to parque del retiro (a highlight!). 

it's worth the euros to head to circulo de bellas artes + spend a sunset on their rooftop bar. the views are exceptional and the crowd is great. skip the food, but grab a drink and a prime spot! it's definitely a great way to end your adventures! 
























































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