Evenings in LA

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LA evenings ❤

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone is having an awesome start to the week, I’m spending my day studying but I think today’s study break is going to be a run later this afternoon.  No rain at the moment, hope it holds off haha.  A good workout can clear your head and refresh you brain SO well.  The best medicine for stress, in my opinion.  Another great way to spend an evening off is being fab in LA…but that only happens on the rarest occasions haha.  Last time I was in LA, I had the best night hopping around downtown and discovered some sick spots along the way, so I’d thought I’d share them with you!

The night started off in the Fairfax area.  I had a pre-conference happy hour event in this part of town, so before the fun I got a blowout at the nearby Salon Three.  I was lucky enough to try using a new app called Prête.  It’s kind of like Uber for hair salons: you pick your area on the map and the time you want, and will get an appointment at the nearest salon.  I got one at Salon Three and was so happy with the result (I hardly ever do stuff like this, but I had the opportunity so it was awesome to get a little pampering!).  The salon was super cute, as well.  If you’re getting a blowout there, ask for Jeremiah; he was awesome.  The app is just in the states at the moment, but Canada need something like this!

After sipping some coffee while getting the hair did, I headed over to Rolling Greens for the Create & Cultivate happy hour event.  This location is so cool!  It’s a garden and interior decor store, half outside, that doubles as an event spot.  So many sick plants and Pinterest worthy set ups.  We got to take home a succulent (hand selected and self-potted, so fun) as a goodie.  Kind of felt like I was sipping my champagne in the jungle haha.

After mingling with some conference babes, it was tine to Uber to Santa Monica to continue the night with Essex!  We love Santa Monica, so many good restaurants and the vibes are just right, ya know?  Our fave restaurant there is Blue Plate Oysterette, a little sea food spot with the coolest decor and delicious food.  The drinks there also hit the spot…try their sangria for a refreshing summer drink.  Honestly everything I ever order there is so good, but the truffle lobster mac n’ cheese is a must!  Drooling just thinking about it.  Also, check out their bathrooms: the wall paper is next level, just a big collage of ocean themed magazine clippings…so many sea creatures (my jam).

After dinner we continued the night with drinks at The Bungalow, also in Santa Monica.  A classic spot drinks, where famous faces are often spotted.  Really awesome decor, too…true to the name, it indeed feels like you’re in a beach bungalow.  A little pricey for drinks, but I think that’s standard in LA.  The atmosphere is super rad, and worth the splurge I think (especially if you’re on vacation).

The lovely thing about LA is Uber…we were home so quick and without a crazy high taxi fee.  When is Vancouver going to take the hint?

There you have it, a night out in LA…so fun.  What if that was my everyday life?  Nah, it wouldn’t be as special then.  The study life chose me haha.  I’m not complaining, super fortunate to be in my position, and it makes me truly appreciate the time off adventures.  Here’s to working hard and then playing hard babeskillets, Tita xx

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Island Vibes on the Mainland

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always happy when sipping Maui coffee ❤

If you know me, you know I love Maui coffee.  Needless to say, I was stoked to come across Islands Café while in White Rock recently.   This spot is full of surf themed decor and kind of makes you feel like you’re back on island time.  Apart from serving delicious coffee (my latte was bomb), they also have açaí bowls…and I’m always down for a bowl.  Tasty and a super big serving: win.  If you’re ever in White Rock, stop here for a little coffee and tastiness.  Curling up in their coziest corner flipping through surf magazines is a pretty swell (huge swell haha) way to live your best life.  It was a perfect spot for a mid-afternoon study break on a rainy day.  Hope everyone had an awesome Sunday!  Mine was super low key, I studied the day away and now I’m ready to sleeeeep.  Here’s to an awesome week babeskillets, Tita xx

Canadian Tuxedo

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top: iamkoko.la / denim jacket: Forever 21 / jeans: Rag & Bone / shoes: Dolce Vita (from Revolve here) / sunnies: Lulus (here) / necklace: NA-KD (here) / bag: Verge Girl (similar here)

Hello from a cloudy and wet Sunday in Vancouver.  April showers, am I right?  I’m posted up studying for the day, latte in hand.  Thought I’d share one of my fave looks I wore recently: my take on the Canadian tuxedo.  Felt pretty bad ass in it.  Love ripped up vintage t-shirts, and this Harley Davidson (from iamkoko.la) number hit the spot.  Wore it with some tight medium wash jeans and a super light wash denim jacket (off the shoulders to keep it extra cool haha).  My fave wedges came through again, adding girly height to the outfit, and white cat eye sunglasses (that your boyfriend hates and your girlfriends love) added some major clout.  Couldn’t help up serve up looks haha.  These shots were taken at such a OG coffee shop (Whitby’s Coffee House) in White Rock, old school styrofoam cups and all.  The opposite of a cute ‘gram friendly cafe, but I kind of like the vibe of the photos even more for that reason.  Time to get back to work!  This weekend flew by (yesterday I had a little city day, girly with a side of coffee and shopping…fun), so it’s time to seize the rest of Sunday and nerd. it. up.  Ciao babeskillets, Tita xx

Shred Life Episode 4: Birthday Shred!

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full day of mountain fun ❤

Have been hiding out in Whistler for the week to get my ski on and also to celebrate my man’s birthday the best way I know how: in the mountains!  The sun came out and it was full on spring shred for his big day.  Thought I would take this opportunity to present you with another installment of Shred Life.  After reading this, be sure to check out Episode 3 here (and from there the rest) for all your Whistler/ski must-know facts for doing the alpine thing like a boss.  First off, if you, your friend, your man, or your mom love skiing…there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than in the sun, on a mountain, having a hoot. Here’s the agenda you need to follow (if you’re cool).

First thing’s first: breakfast. This can be done in a variety of acceptable ways, and I’ll highlight a few for you. Whip something up a home (chocolate chip pancakes are my specialty) to get fueled up for the day.  This is a great option if you live somewhere walking distance to the hill and don’t have to wake up super early to do so.  Option two is stopping for something en route.  My top two recommendations are: Gone Village Eatery (for your classic breakfast wraps and coffee vibes – a great place to post up with a book or your computer to work, too) or The Green Moustache (for a healthy smoothie to start your morning and also to even out the alcohol consumption that will inevitable be going down later in the day – my fave smoothie there is “The Einstein”).

Next it’s time to hit the mountains, and if you coordinate your day of birth with good weather…that would ideal.  Call up Mother Nature ahead of time.  The route: head up Whistler gondola, then up Peak Chair to get da view from da top.  Majestic mountains all around, with the Black Tusk right in front of you.  Great for classic Whistler photos (guilty).  Now it’s time to do a couple of laps on the Peak Chair in the sun!  After the appropriate amount of navigation through moguls to find fun pockets to ski on the peak, head over to Harmony and Symphony for some mellow high alpine turns…then it’s time to mountain hop.  Riding the Peak 2 Peak is always fun, those views will never get old.

Migrating to Blackcomb is key at this point as that is where the waffles are.  Delicious but with a high price tag, it’s the kind of thing you only get on a celebratory day.  Order them up with bananas, Baileys, or just berries: all options are approved.  The Crystal Hut is your run of the mill log cabin in the mountains with a patio overlooking endless mountain views.  Waffles and beer for lunch: it’s a diet.

Full of food, it’s time to get back on the slopes.  Spin a lap on Crystal then head to 7th Heaven for some sunny afternoon turns.  You see, you want to follow the sun (duh) and 7th Heaven gets sun into the late afternoon.  After some day-ender turns and then a speedy ski down to the bottom you need to complete the Birthday Shred with a little après.

Après in Whistler: options a’ plenty.  The Longhorn is great because you literally ski into the patio and it’s always rowdy.  There’s also the GLC, for a more chill “I’m so cool” vibe.  But, there’s tons of patios to post up at further in the village and a great one is The Beacon.  Caesars served in boots and jugs of sangria (plus beer, because obviously): sold.

There you have it, the perfect Birthday fun route!  What you do after après is up to you…haha.  Had the best day shredding around with Essex, so happy the sun was out all day!  Happy celebrating babeskillets, Tita xx

 

Easter the Polish Way

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Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych ❤

Hello from Whistler again!  Spent the weekend with the family celebrating Easter, and now me and Essex are back in Whistler (celebrated his Birthday up here yesterday, too!).  Easter the Polish way is all about food.  We bless Easter baskets full of eggs, sausage, bread, etc. on Saturday, then on Sunday there’s a big ol’ brunch feast.  My fave part is the babka my mom bakes…so good, like a sweet bread.  Moka is very into Easter; she loves guarding the basket…mainly because it smells like sausage though.  One of my all time favorite traditions that my family does is our Easter eggs.  We do it the wax and dye method where you cover up what you want in a certain color dye with wax, then move on to the next color dye and do the same…eventually you put the egg in the oven to melt the wax off and you’re left with a colorful egg, or pisanka in Polish.  We save ours over the years (they’re hollow, we blow out the egg contents through little holes at the top and bottom), so we have so many beauties to look at now.  You can see what I was into through the tears by whats on my pisanki haha.  Hope everyone had an awesome Easter with family and friends babeskillets, Tita xx

Huntington Beach Mornings

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Happy Saturday everyone!  Woke up to beautiful weather, so I took advantage and went for a run this afternoon.  The best study break.  It’s also Easter weekend and on the Saturday it’s Polish tradition to go bless your Easter basket (full of eggs, sausage, bread, etc.), then you eat all the blessed food on Sunday.  So that was today’s bizz: bless, study, workout…and of course some more Easter prep for tomorrow.  Essex is arriving late tonight, too; so excited to see him!  Anyway, speaking of sunny days…thought I would share what mornings in Huntington Beach look like.  I love Huntington Beach, it’s away from the hectic factor of LA but still has a lively vibe.  Kind of like a Californian Whistler.  First thing’s first: coffee and breakfast.  There’s a little spot right off PCH called 602 Coffee House.  There’s outdoor seats facing the water (we watched some storm clouds roll in…then roll out haha), perfect for soaking up the sun.  My latte was super good, and they have açaí bowls, too!  Try the one with peanut butter: delish.  Next up: shopping (or browsing) on Main St.   This is the place to go for anything surf related: wetsuits, bikinis, boards…so much of all of it and so many shops to choose from.  Also, lots of clothes from all the fave surf babe brands (Billabong, Rip Curl, etc.).  What I love about Huntington is it’s history.  It’s been a surf town since back in the day (I mean it’s known as Surf City USA haha) and I love looking at old photos of the town and beach (especially the evolution of people’s swimwear haha).  There’s actually a cute little coffee shop inside one of the surf shops called Java Point, complete with Hurley coffee cups.  Another must is a stroll on the pier.  Watching waves roll in overlooking the beach is just so damn pretty.  There’s even a paved trail along the whole beach perfect for biking or running…or patio sessioning haha.  If you walk to the very very end of the pier, you’ll find Ruby’s Diner: it’s been there since the 80’s and is still serving customers.  An old school 50’s themed diner on the pier…so dope.  The historic Orange County piers have such a neat vibe to them.  Seal Beach pier is great, too…both the pier and the beach are little quieter: perfect for a chill afternoon of reading and surfing after a fun morning in Huntington.  Happy weekending babeskillets, Tita xx

Coffee and Croissants in the City

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Downtown Vancouver in the sun ❤

Happy Monday babeskillets!  Sharing another Vancouver fave with you all today: Small Victory Bakery in Yaletown.  My order of choice:  a latte (regular, matcha, or rooibos) and a plain croissant.  Best croissants in the city in my opinion.  A visit here is best paired with a walk through downtown on a sunny day.  From the waterfront views to the historic buildings (like The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver), downtown has a little bit of everything to offer.  I need to go to the Vancouver Art Gallery soon to check out the Takashi Murakami exhibit before it’s gone (and you should, too)!  Next study break haha.  Hope you all had a dope day babeskillets, Tita xx