Steamboat Springs

Hi friends and TGIF!

I wanted to share some pictures from our recent trip to Steamboat Springs, CO. Ryan and I went there for a week to go skiing and visit his family and it was amazing, per usual! This was our 3rd trip together, and Ryan has been going with his family for 15 years+ (his aunt and cousins live in CO).

We had beautiful weather for almost our entire trip! It snowed 18 inches on the mountain while we there, so the ski conditions were absolutely amazing. We also got days full of beautiful sunshine ๐ŸŒž.

Aren’t these views incredible? I couldn’t believe the beautiful lighting and how blue the sky is!

We enjoyed a beer outside on the balcony in the sunshine after a day of skiing.

Steamboat is such a beautiful place and I am so grateful to have been introduced to it by Ryan and his family. It’s off the beaten path and it’s about a 3.5 hour drive from Denver, near the Wyoming border. Given its location it has a slightly more western and casual vibe than some of the other big resort towns in Colorado (and I hope it stays that way ๐Ÿ˜€).

We skied the entire mountain, went snowshoeing, ate *amazing* food, and enjoyed hours of relaxation spent by the fire.

The meals in Steamboat have always been so good (regardless of the fact that it’s a smallish ski town!). Some of our favorites:

  • Mambo Italiano (Italian, obviously ๐Ÿคฃ)- Delicious pasta dishes.
  • Low Country Kitchen (Southern comfort food)- Amazing fried chicken and biscuits. Randomly the deviled eggs are also so good! Great cocktails as well.
  • Bรฉsame (Tapas/ Latin American food- Spanish, Peruvian, Colombian, etc.)- incredible! This is a new place Ryan and I tried this past trip and everything we got was spectacular. Prawns, potatoes, duck confit, smoked peppers, fresh baked bread with adobo sauce, etc. Okay, now I’m drooling.

Interior shot of Bรฉsame- I’m a sucker for cafรฉ lights or whatever these string lights are called. I love the wide, worn floorboards too.

  • Freshies (casual breakfast and lunch spot with classic and/or healthy options) – I got a roasted butternut squash and quinoa bowl with kale, feta, and scrambled eggs for breakfast one morning- it was so filling and tasty.
  • Truffle Pig (fancy, finer dining at base of mountain)
  • Mahogany Ridge– incredible steaks and beer selection (local too)
  • Lots of little breweries and pubs around town.
  • Lots of good casual Mexican restaurants as well
  • We’ve also heard great things about Mazzola’s and Laundry but haven’t had a chance to check them out. There are a TON of other restaurants we want to try as well. Next time ๐Ÿ˜.
  • This year, we went on another snowshoeing adventure at Buffalo Pass (located on a mountain near town). The pictures don’t do it justice but I’m gonna try my darnedest!
  • This trek was nothing short of breathtaking.

    It had snowed three feet or something crazy when we arrived (in addition to existing snowpack).

    ^ This trail sign is about 5 feet high to give you an idea of the height of the snowfall!

    As we got climbed more up the mountain, the views got more and more jaw dropping.

    ^ You can see tiny specks in the center here- those are snowmobiles. The only other humans we saw.

    ^ Our guide Katie leading the way. I love this photograph. She looks like she’s hiking into the clouds. Everything is so pristine and untouched and pure.

    I couldn’t believe my eyes! The scenery was just so beautiful. Needless to say I was lagging behind the group snapping tons of photos.

    ^ The lighting was gorgeous and dramatic. The clouds rolled in, enveloping us and then quickly dissipated, gliding over the ridges and rolling hills, off into the distance.

    It was an experience I’ll never forget. None of these pictures have any filters on them- the lighting and colors were just picture perfect. Our guide said it was one of the most spectacular hikes she had ever done!

    ^ A beautiful Aspen tree.

    It was actually so bright we wore sunglasses almost the whole time.

    I took probably close to 150 pictures! There are so many more beautiful images on my camera but I don’t want to exhaust my readers ๐Ÿ˜‚/ how many pictures of mountains does one need to see (#thelimitdoesnotexist). Also, I only really used my camera one or two days of the trip, but still feel like it was totally worth it to bring it.

    After snowshoeing we walked around town. We bought a cute Christmas ornament and mainly just window shopped.

    ^ View of the mountain from Lincoln Avenue- the Main Street in Steamboat.

    A lovely mural outside of Freshies restaurant. The colors are so bright and cheerful.

    This day was actually very low visibility at first and made for difficult skiing. Luckily Ryan is a great ski partner (and encourager) and the skies cleared up beautifully later on!

    ^ The storm clouds moving across the mountain.

    After the clouds cleared ๐Ÿ™‚:The weather can change quickly when you’re 10,000 feet up!

    Well, that about sums up our trip. Ryan and I had the best time and can’t wait to go back! We are planning to go in the summer and fall seasons at some point, and I have a feeling I’ll love Steamboat even more. I would love to explore the western United States more and hope I get a chance to do so!The natural world is so incredible and awe inspiring.

    I hope you enjoyed this post and the pictures- I know I enjoyed taking them.

    Do you you have a favorite vacation spot? Let me know in the comments below.

    Winter Fun

    Happy Thursday all!

    Hope your week (sans polar vortex) is going great. I wanted to share a fun outdoor winter activity with you all today.

    Ryan and I went snowshoeing in the Cleveland Metroparks this past weekend. My Dad and Ruth joined (we got it as a Christmas gift for them). It was so much fun, and proof that there are indeed things to do outside, in winter, in Cleveland.

    The weather was perfect- a light snow was falling, and there was very little wind. It was in the mid-twenties and once we were walking we quickly warmed up. We even had some sunshine later on in our walk.

    We started out at Chestnut Shelter in North Chagrin. The Cleveland Metroparks team had a nice fire going and greeted us as we arrived. Both of our guides (Matt and Zach) were so incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.

    The photo below shows Chestnut Shelter in North Chagrin. You can see the snowshoes lined up out front.

    ^ Group shot as we began to head out. The softly falling snow made everyone and everything very photogenic ๐Ÿ˜„. Also our guide was an excellent group photographer ๐Ÿ™‚.

    We hiked through the woods which was beautiful. It was very quiet and peaceful and felt great to breathe in the cold fresh air. We even crossed a babbling brook! Talk about picturesque. We only saw a sole runner on our whole trek. As we walked, the guides pointed out different species of trees and critters, and told us about the Metroparks conservation efforts.

    One of our guides, Matt. ^

    We also got a brief history of snowshoes which was actually very interesting (especially if you’re into American history at all).

    We eventually snowshoed to Squire’s Castle, a local Cleveland landmark. I hadn’t been here in at least 15 years, and I have to say, it looked so beautiful covered in snow.

    ^Squire’s Castle covered in snow (and enhanced via a Snapseed filter). The unfiltered version is below. What a beautiful sight!

    The inside of the castle (which has been abandoned for decades) was beautiful and a bit eerie. The snow drifts inside the thick brick and stone walls reminded me of something you might see in a forgotten corner of an ancient European city.

    After walking around the castle a little bit, we started our hike back.

    When we arrived back to the lodge, we had s’mores and hot chocolate and chatted with our guides. It was a wonderful way to spend a wintry afternoon.

    The Metroparks offers tons of programs throughout the year, and I couldn’t recommend this snowshoeing hike enough. You can view all of their programs by visiting their website which I will link below.

    Take a look – they have activities the whole family can enjoy! Do you have any suggestions for winter activities? Let me know!

    Plan your visit to the Cleveland Metroparks

    Healthy-ish Snack: Siggiโ€™s + Pistachios

    Hi all- I hope you’re all staying warm! It has snowed about 18 inches here in the last few days and we relaxed inside pretty much all weekend long. The four degree temps this morning it all the harder to head back into work, but we made it!

    I wanted to share a snack idea that Ryan came up with. We have had this several times and it makes for a filling, yummy snack or healthy dessert option.

    It couldn’t be easier- here’s what you’ll need:

    • Siggi’s 4% Milkfat Vanilla Greek yogurt (or their lower fat vanilla)
    • Dash of Cinnamon
    • 2 tsps Honey
    • Handful of pistachios

    That’s it.

    Grab a handful of pistachios (and remove the shells, hopefully that’s obvious!). Use a rolling pin (or a Nalgene water bottle like me ๐Ÿคฃ) to crush them in a plastic sandwich baggie. Then sprinkle them on top of the Siggi’s yogurt. Top with honey (I used raw honey but any kind will do!) and cinnamon. We always have Penzey’s Vietnamese Cinnamon on hand and it is sooo yummy and flavorful.

    You can order some using this link:

    Penzeyโ€™s Vietnamese Cinnamon

    There you have it! A satisfying snack that will fill you up and tastes delicious in just a couple of minutes.

    As a sidebar/ unsolicited plug for Siggi’s vanilla yogurt (and all of their yogurt in general): it is amazing! This particular yogurt has just six ingredients in it, 12 g of protein, and 8 grams of sugar. I will say, this yogurt is more expensive than other brands. This is because you are actually getting much more food when you buy this type of yogurt vs a Yoplait or Chobani (which have water or other oddities added to them to make them thicker).

    I had been eating Chobani Greek yogurt but it had 15 g of sugar per serving (although fewer calories). My doctor recommended staying under 30 g of sugar per day- hence why I mention this. Yoplait often has even more sugar than Chobani, or more additives.

    A lot times, if a yogurt (or food) is low in fat or calories, additives are used to make it taste more sugary or make it thicker. Even low sugar foods can be supplemented with fake crap, so I think your best bet is reading the ingredients. Sometimes getting something with a little more fat is actually healthier overall and can be more filling.

    I also honestly prefer the taste of Siggi’s to Chobani blended yogurts. It’s definitely less sweet but I like that (or have gotten used to it ๐Ÿ˜‚). We love the Siggi’s Coconut and Mixed Berries flavors as well. They also make lower fat versions with no additives as well.

    Fage yogurt is another healthy and delicious option but I prefer the taste of Siggi’s overall.

    Anyways- try this “recipe” out and let me know what you think! If you’re not a fan of pistachios you can substitute a tablespoon of natural peanut butter or chia seeds. The options are endless. Mix it all together and enjoy!

    Saint Laurent Copy Cat Sandals

    Happy Sunday friends! I wanted to hop on here quickly and just post about a little sandal steal/ dupe I found.

    I posted the below photo on my Instagram, asking if you could tell which pair was more. Well……the big reveal is below!! Did you guess right?

    The pair on the left are Saint Laurent and retail for $595.00. The pair on the right are Zara and retail for $45.00. They both look so similar and are both so classic looking! Honestly I can’t fathom spending $595 on sandals that I would probably wear out in a year or two, but if that’s more your speed, more power to ya! I linked both below.

    Saint Laurent Woven Leather Slide

    Zara Leather Crossover Sandals

    Review of the Zara leather sandals:

    I purchased the leather Zara sandals in Brown (they also come in several other beautiful colors, I love the yellow or red) in size 9 & 10- I never know what size to get since they don’t carry half sizes. I am going to stick with the size 9- they fit well and leather has a tendency to stretch, as do sandals of this style. I do have narrower feet, so I’d recommend trying on both pairs if you’re in between shoe sizes.

    They are simple, beautiful and exactly as pictured. I also like how they’re plain. I know that may not sound very *trendy* and they might not even look very trendy but that is a bonus to me. They are timeless looking! They also feel very comfortable and I have read a few other reviews that echo this sentiment. I haven’t walked around in them much because… February. But they felt great as I tried them on. Definitely happy with my purchase and keeping them! It’s hard to find leather sandals at a good price point, so for me, the Zara pair are a good deal.

    If you’re in the market for a classic leather sandal for spring or summer, I would recommend checking out either of these pairs. Okay, let’s face it, I can’t “recommend” spending $600 on a pair of skimpy sandals, but, I always want to provide options ๐Ÿ˜‚. Both are beautiful and classic in my opinion, regardless of the brand. Let me know if you have any questions or other good dupes in the comments below.

    Also, I realize this is not a photography blog post, but it’s something I thought was worth sharing. I don’t have a specific blog identity (lol is that a thing?) so I’m just going to keep posting what I think could be useful to all three of my regular readers ๐Ÿ˜‚. Enjoy!

    Have a great long weekend everyone.


    Crate&Barrel Lounge II Sofa Review & Buying Guide

    Hi guys! After a very long hiatus I am back! For anyone new to my blog – welcome! The past year has been a whirlwind for a few reasons:

    1. I got married!!! Yes, my wonderful now- husband Ryan and I tied the knot in May, here in Cleveland. It was wonderful and amazing and just truly the best day.

    2. We bought a house!!! Also in Cleveland.

    3. I got a new job!

    4. Ryan got a new job!

    5. We ran our first (and possibly my last) half marathon!

    Anyways, those are the big things, I will hopefully do some catch up blog posts on these topics, but I wanted to start off with something a little… easier…. drum roll-

    A product review! I am reviewing the couch Ryan and I bought for our new house. I felt there was a lack of available reviews when we were looking, so hopefully I can help everyone out! I did a ton of research, looking everywhere from Ashley Furniture to Restoration Hardware to Wayfair to Ikea and in between. I also read what little information I could find on couch quality and construction.

    I looked at dozens of different couches, and we finally decided on the Lounge II sectional from Crate&Barrel – linked below.

    Crate&Barrel Lounge II 2 Piece Sectional Sofa

    As you can see in the above pic, it is VERY spacious and also very deep. There’s Ryan lounging away (hence the namesake I suppose!).

    The fabric we selected was a stock fabric, called Cement. It’s a neutral cream color with both cool and warm tones built into the weave. As you can see it has a slightly nubby texture and is not a solid color. This is ideal for hiding stains or imperfections.

    The fabric is soft and comfortable and seems very durable as well.

    This shows the depth of the couch (and suggests Ryan should have a career in catalogue modeling!). If you are looking for something that is more shallow, this may not be the couch for you.

    We bought the matching ottoman pictured above. It pops open for easy storage and we love it! Also, I hate that ceiling fan staring me in the face ๐Ÿ˜‚.

    Pros (there are a lot):

    1. Super comfortable and deep cushions.
    2. More than enough space for two adults to lie down on and completely stretch out.
    3. Although it is super spacious, it doesn’t feel “heavy” because it has nice crisp lines and isn’t overstuffed.
    4. Hides imperfections or stains well because of its textured fabric.
    5. Comes with four matching pillows (if you’re into that, I actually want to add some colorful throw pillows but haven’t gotten around to it).
    6. Price point. This model retails for $2998.00 (which is a sh*tload), BUT for a high quality and large couch, this price is actually (and sadly) towards the more affordable end. Side note: as I write this, it’s marked down $500.00. If you can find a 15% off coupon that would bring it down another $500! Unlike many other stores Crate&Barrel honors coupons on their stock furniture. We combined coupons for ours and saved at least $1,000!
    7. The style definitely leans modern, but modern gal I am not. It works though because it truly goes with any kind of furniture! It doesn’t feel out of place with our other more traditional (or dated ๐Ÿคฃ) items.
    8. Quality. This couch literally looks exactly the same as the day it was delivered seven months ago. No wear and tear, no pilling of fabric, no seams coming loose, no cushions caving in, no butt marks whatsoever! The cushions are a foam core wrapped in down cushioning and sturdy.
    9. The couch cushions stay in place. You don’t have to constantly reposition them or fluff them! They just stay, as is. I have maybe readjusted them once or twice.
    10. It’s perfect for lounging. You can easily curl up with some popcorn or red wine (yes we drink it on this couch, just testing our luck I think) and have plenty of room for pillows, blankets, or shifting to a more spread out position.


    1. The price point! Okay, I know this was in the pros, but it can also be a con as well. There are some couches out there that you will find at a better price point (but I really don’t know about better quality!). Personally I think Ikea has some great options, including their Ektorp line (which has a more traditional/overstuffed look). The reviews I read of Ashley furniture and other “discount” furniture stores were *not* glowing- reviews noted how fabric started to fray and fall apart after a few months.
    2. Depth. For some with a narrower space, make sure you look at the measurements. You definitely sink into this couch. If you’re looking for something more formal, I might look at a few other styles as well.

    Those are my only two cons!

    I am so incredibly picky about furniture and this couch has exceeded my expectations. We have another couch from Crate&Barrel that we love as well and have had that one for nearly 5 years. Picture is below- it’s the Montgomery sofa. I love this whole room honestly- those lamps are so beautiful ๐Ÿ˜.

    My recommendation is to definitely consider this couch, or Crate&Barrel in general, if you are looking for a high quality and long lasting couch. We absolutely love our Lounge II and think it’s money very well spent. Also, their customer service is excellent and the staff are super friendly. The associate who helped us pick out our couch even called us a month later to ask how it was working out for us!

    Other options:

    Lower Price Point:

    1. IKEA– I have a chair from the Ektorp line and it’s been going strong for 6 years. It’s not quite as comfortable as Crate&Barrel but it clearly lasts. Also, for the whole Ektorp line you can buy different slip covers for a really reasonable refresh at any given time! I also love their Stocksund line which looks almost identical to the other couch we have from Crate&Barrel. Their Farlov and Kivik lines also look really high end and nice to me. I would highly recommend IKEA for a number of furniture products.
    2. Wayfair– You can custom design your own couch on Wayfair. The price point starts under 1,000 but then can creep up a little bit. Lots of positive reviews, but we really wanted to see our couch in person before buying. If that doesn’t matter to you, check this site out! I even ordered fabric samples all of which were beautiful.
    3. I’ve heard great things about Article, and they actually have reviews on their website. Their items trend a little bit more modern but definitely a stylish and affordable option.
    4. Macy’s– They actually have a very good selection of different styles at a great price point. I would recommend reading reviews for the sofa you’re interested in. You can find small sectionals starting at $1200-1500 here.
    5. Not really a store, but if you know any realtors, they often have to stage houses to sell them. They usually get rid of a lot of furniture during certain times of the year and you can get a cheap and amazing couch this way!

    If you’re ready to drop some serious dollars ๐Ÿคฃ check out these other options:

    1. Restoration Hardware– Amazing quality and so comfortable. Ryan and I sat on a few of these in their showroom and they did not disappoint. Expect to pay about $6,000-7,000 (starting) for a smaller sectional here. The Cloud line is incredible. Also totally worth it to invest in the RH membership program because it saves you 25% on any purchase for $100/ year.
    2. Serena and Lilly– I love their furniture but no reviews and no showroom in Cleveland makes it difficult to drop thousands of dollars. Their basic non sectional couches start at around $5,000. Also, they just started making furniture recently so may be good to see what’s tried and true in a few more years.
    3. Interior Define– This is another newer company but Ryan’s parents have a beautiful velvet loveseat from here and we love it. These *start* at $2,200 and go from there (actually a more “moderate” price point but can quickly go above $3,000). You can custom design your color and style which is cool!
    4. Arhaus– a classic! Their small sectionals start at around $3,700. This is one of the most respected and long lasting furniture brands in the States. I know several people who have sofas from Arhaus and say they are well worth the investment.
    5. Ethan Allen– another classic. Small sectionals start at $5,500.00 here. I don’t know much about their furniture, but I do see it for resale and in vintage stores, indicating that it is (or at least was) built to last.

    Other places to check out: West Elm, CB2, Lulu & Georgia, AllModern (online), Bloomingdales, local furniture stores and interior design studios.

    Hopefully this helps anyone in the market for a new couch. It really is a big purchase, and no matter what you spend, an important one! If you’re anything like me, you’re on your couch A LOT… maybe a little too much. In my opinion, the comfort factor, durability, and price point are the biggest factors to think about. You can get a couch for $800, or $8,000 which makes it all the more difficult to choose. Use this as a guide and go from there!

    I also recommend going in person to look and test out sofas. This is one of the few things that is truly worth in person shopping it for me.

    Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

    Weekend in NYC

    Hi friends!

    Hope everyone is doing well. I wanted to write a quick little post about a weekend trip Ryan and I took to visit my sister (Jennie) and her husband (Matt) in NYC- Brooklyn to be exact.

    When we arrived in NY around 7 PM, Matt greeted us at their lovely apartment (Jennie was at a class in Manhattan) and we chatted and caught up for a bit.

    Soon after we headed out and took the subway to Koreatown (located around midtown Manhattan). For all the times I’ve been to NYC I had never gone to K-town and it was a really cool experience. Two long city blocks filled with Korean restaurants, bars, and shops. We ate at a place called Kinjan (I think) and had delicious piping hot bowls of thinly sliced beef, rice, and vegetables. Topped with a load of sesame oil and chili paste, it made for a great and warming welcome to New York.

    Jennie met us at dinner and from there we headed to a nearby bar. The bar was Japanese and had amazing looking food and drink. Ryan and I opted for sake and ice cream (weirdest order ever now that I think about it) but it did not disappoint! We stayed out til about midnight and got home at 1am- a long day and time for bed!

    The next morning we got breakfast at a cute cafรฉ on the way to the subway and headed to Battery Park to explore. I had only been to this area once and it was cold and blustery (right near the waterfront at the tip of southern Manhattan and very close to Wall Street). We walked around a lot and found some really cute old streets. I loved the juxtaposition of old and new here- it’s evident throughout all of NYC but especially on these streets.

    Jennie and Matt walking on Stone Street:

    Another pic of Stone Street (which kind of reminds me of Diagon Alley)

    We also wandered to another cute little area:

    I love this museum exterior (pictured above). It was cool to see a lot of places we hadn’t been before on this trip.

    From Battery Park- we walked to nearby Chinatown for dim sum at Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Can you tell a lot of our trips revolve around food?? That’s a rhetorical question… Dim sum might be one of my favorite kind of meals – or maybe it’s because we went to an excellent restaurant.

    Nom Wah is the oldest Tea Parlor in Manhattan- it opened in 1920 on Doyers Street. The street is also known as the “bloody angle,” stemming from the sharp angle the street makes, and the gangs who fought here in decades past.

    Doyers Street (note the angle- kind of hard to see from this shot but the curvature is still visible!):

    We also happened to go to Chinatown right at the start of the lunar new year- so there were lively crowds, noisemakers and firecrackers!

    Store front on Doyers Street:

    Another pic with confetti!:

    Classic shot of china town street:

    Okay- back to the dim sum! For those reading who are not familiar with dim sum- here’s the deal:

    During the times of the Silk Road, teahouses opened to accommodate weary travellers. Also, farmers, exhausted after long hours in the fields, would head to the local teahouse for an afternoon of tea and conversation to unwind. Over the course of several centuries, the culinary art of dim sum would develop.

    The above quote comes from Nom Wah’s website and I think it’s an interesting bit of history!

    We ordered a ton of food and it was all so amazing. I especially loved the pork dumplings, green onion pancakes, and cilantro rice pancakes. The jasmine tea was the perfect accompaniment to stuffing our faces.

    The cutest window sign!

    Eeeeeats !

    Also, how cute are the china dishes at this place?

    After our meal we walked around a little bit more.

    More old and new being mixed ^ . Love it.

    After a bit more exploring, we went back to Brooklyn and just hung out for the rest of the evening. We watched some curling (2018 winter Olympic Games were happening!) and ordered pizza (which I was too full to even eat- probably a lifetime first). I honestly had (and have) zero interest in curling but I have to say – wow – it gives you an appreciation for athletes of any sport. It was really fun to watch and actually see the different teams interacting.

    The next morning we geared up for another fun day. We had plans to meet my friend from Columbus for brunch at Russ & Daughters Cafรฉ at 1PM so we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge (one of my favorite things to do!) and soaked up the warm sunshine. The views from the bridge are incredible – you can see everything from 1 World Trade to the Chrysler building (another personal favorite!).

    Here are a few snaps from the bridge:

    I love how the sky goes from super saturated on the left to a lighter color on the right. Don’t mind the ugly Verizon Tower ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I loved this sign below- especially because we ended up getting lox later!

    Love the warm light in this one- we had such a beautiful day and weekend for this trip!

    Ryan, Matt and Jen

    What 99% of our pictures look like:

    Anddd a normal one ๐Ÿ™‚

    After we walked the bridge we made our way to brunch.

    Beautiful buildings on our walk:

    Almost forgot this hilarious pic of Ryan:

    The wait for brunch at Russ & Daughters was an hour and a half so we went to a nearby bar and had a couple of Guinness’s. It was so great to catch up with Jillian and her husband Clark- always such a fun friend to see.

    Obligatory brunch pic :

    Post brunch photo opp:

    After brunch we stopped for Black & White cookies (amazing NYC treat) aaaaand then stopped again for donuts from Donut Plant. They were ah-maz-ing. Finally, we could eat no more- we said our goodbyes to Jillian and Clark and headed back to Brooklyn for more relaxing. The sheer volume of food we ate did not lend itself to being very active at night haha.

    Monday (our last day) was also super fun. Matt had to work so we got coffee and pastries and parted ways. Jennie took us to an incredible exhibit at the Met displaying a vast collection of works by David Hockney- a British pop artist. This collection was incredibly well curated and so informative.

    Maybe the most relaxing piece of art I’ve laid eyes upon- seriously keep coming back to this pic!

    Thanks Matt and Jen for suggesting the exhibit!

    After the Met we walked around Central Park and got some great tourist shots.

    Gotta love portrait mode ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love this candid ryan snapped of me! (Below)

    The Plaza! Ryan and I stayed here the first time we ever came here together and it’s such a historic beautiful place. I’ll never forget our weekend here and it was great to revisit on our walk ๐Ÿ™‚

    After Central Park we did some shopping and ended the trip with a stop at Shake Shack*drools on iphone.* I am actually soooo glad there’s not one near me because it would be way too dangerous. So good.

    Tasty burgers and shakes were a great way to end another amazing trip. So happy Matt and Jen could host us and double as tour guides too.

    Have you guys been to New York?

    What are some of your favorite things to do?

    Comment below!

    Hope you all had an amazing weekend.

    Xx Molly

    Wintery weekend in CLE

    Hi friends!

    Not many updates here but just wanted to post a couple of pictures I took of some flowers while playing around with my camera.

    Ryan got these flowers for me a week ago (yay!) and on Friday I finally was able to see the Lilly bloom in daylight (slightly depressing since it’s dark when I go to work and dark when I come home!).

    Flower picture 1:

    Flower pic 2:

    Flower pic #3

    One more:

    I also finally picked up the watercolor painting we got in Paris as a souvenir. We got it custom framed and it turned out beautifully! We started getting artwork from various cities we travel to for a memento and have started quite a collection.

    Framed watercolor print:

    We found this piece in Montmartre and chatted with the artist. I love the happy colors and all three of the monuments he highlighted (especially that one in the middle!). Added bonus: Every time I look at it it reminds me of the best trip of my life.

    We also purchased a vintage map of Paris and will hopefully have that framed soon too. Not sure where the watercolor print’s permanent home will be yet but for now it’s resting on our mantle.

    I also recently had a replica Jacques Majorelle print I purchased in Morocco custom matted and framed as well and it turned out amazing. Don’t mind the glare/ angle :).

    Jacques Majorelle was a French painter who had a huge villa complete with stunning gardens in Marrakech. This print depicts the spectacular Atlas Mountains which you can see from almost anywhere in Marrakech.

    I think I need to do a full blog post on Morocco- but here are a couple of pics from the Majorelle gardens.

    Walking into the garden/ residence area:

    Walking around the gardens. The colors everywhere are stunning and the house itself is painted entirely in this rich cobalt blue color.

    Here I am! I loved this color combination. The pictures don’t really do it justice.

    Reflecting pool with Lilly pads and palm trees.

    Anyways (totally went off topic here!) I love having little memories of past trips scattered throughout our home as artwork.

    On Saturday, my mom came over and we went and picked up my wedding dress! It was so exciting and just as beautiful as I remember it. After that we went to a cute little shop/cafe called Nature’s Oasis for something to eat.

    I didn’t have my camera but the iPhone takes amazing pictures and I had to capture this delicious looking meal. Mmm I want to jump through the screen and devour this waffle!

    My mom had some great wedding advice and ideas in general so we talked for a while while enjoying our meals and drinks. By the way- I had a “ginger turmeric chai latte” (whatever the F that is,) and it was soooo good. It tasted similar to chai tea but with the added kick and freshness of ginger. Highly recommend- apparently this drink is a thing now so you can probably find it in a cafe near you!

    After breakfast I went back home and Ryan and I met up with friends for duck pin bowling. It was really fun and good to see some people we hadn’t seen in a few months.

    Finally, that evening we had dinner with our future wedding officiant and his wife down in Medina. Dinner was wonderful and it was great to catch up with them. Our officiant, Aaron , worked with both of us at KeyBank and him and Ryan have kept in touch over the years. Talking about our wedding made us both really excited, and also we realized it will be here before we know it!

    Today is Super Bowl Sunday and I really could care less about the game but have always been a huge fan of super bowl snacks. We are going to a friends house tonight and that’s pretty much our whole weekend! It’s been great and productive so far. Hope yours was fantastic as well.