Pompoms and Cozy Knits

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sweater: Lulus (here) / jeans: Citizens of Humanity / toque: Lulus (here) / boots: Steve Madden (here)

Hello first post of 2018!  A couple weeks late but hey, I’ve been hitting the books hard.  Wanted to get a chunk of studying under my belt before I started posting more regularly this year (eek!).  On the docket for tonight: some cozy outfit inspiration.  A soft knit turtleneck like this is the perfect chilly day piece.  You can style it super casual like I did here, or easily dress it up with nice black jeans and heels.  Versatile and it feels like you’re wearing a blanket: jackpot.  I’ve been wearing it a ton this winter, too much probably haha.  Paired with my current fave Citizens of Humanity jeans and some white Steve Madden boots, this crisp color palette ideal for winter.  To finish off with some extra coziness, I added a pompom toque.  As you know, I’m a huge toque girl and I tried out the pompom life for the first time and haven’t looked back.  It’s just so cute haha.  The ideal coffee run or study session look that appears put together but is really just the equivalent of sweatpants and a hoodie comfort-wise.  Zing!  Also, if you’re on the hunt for a good place to grab a cup of coffee in Vancouver, Revolver in Gastown is a sweet little joint to check out!  Excellent lattes.  Time to power-down the laptop and go to sleep babeskillets, Tita xx

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Lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel

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Which way to the Cabana Cafe?

Having been to LA a few times now, I thought it was about time to hit up the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel for lunch at the Cabana Cafe in all it’s Instagram glory.  This historic hotel is pink and green from start to finish and it really is a magic little oasis off the Sunset Strip.  Of course, a classic booth was the seat of choice.  The laid back outdoor vibes overlooking the pool area were so LA and I loved every second of it.

Now on the important facts.

To drink?  The Pink Palace Lemonade was a strawberry dream in a cocktail and the watermelon mojito was so refreshing.  If you’re a dude who’s way in over his head with pink cuteness, there’s beers a plenty to man it up a little.

To start?  A must is the truffle fries!  We ordered these while waiting for everyone to arrive and they. were. so. good.  Truffle anything and I’ll eat it.

To nibble?  Really embracing the blogger within, I opted for the picturesque avocado toast.  Huge.  Delicious.  The hype was real.  The ahi tuna salad, tuna poke, and tuna tartar were all tasty, too.  ‘Twas a tuna day, what can we say?  It’s always nice to check out places that the hype is worthy of.  Definitely hope to return to this spot for a meal sometime soon.

To ‘gram?  Naturally get a booth which offers the perfect backdrop of classic green and white pinstripes and pink mirrored walls.  BYOB (bring your own boyfriend) to enable your basic white girl photo needs.  Then put your phone down and enjoy the feast looking out at the pool, palms, and David Spade’s trucker hat (spotted).

Honestly, I felt like a kid in Disneyland finally coming here and it was so dope that the food was actually delicious, too!  Need to check out the Polo Lounge next.  But first, off to conduct important medical research back home in Vancouver, Canada.  Have a fabulous hump day babeskillets, Tita xx

 

Coffee or Wino? Both.

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Porto Cafe power hour ❤

One of the things I love about Vancouver is all the different neighborhoods which are developing and opening new cafes.  I loved all the cozy spots to study and grab a hot drink at when I was studying in Europe, and I’m happy to see more and more chic spots opening up close to home.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Starbucks as much as the next girl, but going to a boutique coffee shop has such a different vibe than a big chain.  I found this cafe earlier this fall.  Located perfectly close to the hospital, I’m surprised I haven’t noticed Porto Cafe before.  I posted up here to work on a presentation one evening.  I started the session with a latte and ended the session with a house white.  There’s something festive and glam about sipping a glass of wine while studying or working on a project.  Nice to do once in a while!  Recommend this spot if you’re in the Cambie/Olympic Village area, it wasn’t very busy and had chill music playing which was perfecto for getting work done.  Hope everyone had a cozy Sunday, I know I did!  A weekend at home is so necessary sometimes.  Here’s to a productive week babeskillets, Tita xx

From LA to Europe

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Next stop Europe!

Hello from Krakow, Poland!  It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, so much fun.  Started our travel day waking up to Seal Beach sunny views then grabbing donuts and coffee from Donut City and had our breakfast on the pier.  So chill!  In the afternoon we jetted off to LAX and flew to Copenhagen, Denmark overnight.  It was sweet to have a long layover there and go explore Copenhagen!  Got into Krakow late Thursday night and spend yesterday showing Essex around my favorite city.  Another day in Krakow today, we a little bad luck with weather as it raining while we’re here then supposed to get sunny when we leave haha.  All good, still fun!  Time to get ready for the day.  On the list are castles and 700 year old restaurants among other things.  Not sure when I’ll post here next as the days are busy and we’re soaking up all the goodness (no time to edit haha), but follow along on Instagram for more recent updates (@titaszlachetka)!  Here’s some shots from the last hours in California and our flight!  Remember, always pick the window seat.  Ciao from Krakow babeskillets, Tita xx

Sundays in SoCal

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Outfits details: dress – Lulus, hat – Rhythm, bag – Nannacay, sunnies – Civion, sandals – Coach, bracelet – Amanda Vogler

Hello from California!  It’s been so nice spending more time down here.  The days are full of beaching, playing in the water, strolling around town, and eating good food.  Didn’t get a chance to sit down and edit/write a post the last couple days, just fully enjoying this extended free time with Essex.  All good, when I’m back in Vancouver later in October I’ll have lots of awesome travel and outfit posts for you.  We fly to Europe late tomorrow night!  So excited, but also equally stoked to have two more days here.  Yesterday turned out to be a full on beach day: warm, a little breezy, and not busy.  It was so perfect.  Played in the water on the big board, cartwheeled around the beach, and even read a little but (it’s been so long haha).  We had dinner at Ballast Point, a new brewery and restaurant in Long Beach.  Try it if you’re around, lots of good beer and tasty grub.  Sunday was a day full of activities: from flying remote control planes in the morning, to standup paddle boarding midday, to Oktoberfest and wiener dog races in the afternoon, and back to flying planes during sunset haha.  As you know Moka is the best wiener dog out there but I appreciate all weens.  When we were in Huntington the other day we saw a sign for wiener dog races and we just had to check it out!  I was so surprised to roll up to a little Bavarian village with full on Oktoberfest celebrations.  Made it in time for the races and it was so funny and cute.  The best sporting event I’ve seen in a while haha.  We sipped some beers and Essex tried some classic sausage and sauerkraut…it’s like we were in Europe already haha.  The most random but awesome day!  Currently sipping some coffee at home and about to go for breakfast with Essex’s grandparents.  Not sure what the plans are for today but definitely some SUP or surf are on the program!  I’ve been loving the SUP lately, so much more fun in the wavy ocean than on a lake.  Talk to you later babeskillets, Tita xx

Seal Beach Days

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outfit details; top – Brandy Melville, shorts – Rag & Bone, kicks – Superga

Good morning from Seal Beach, California!  It feels so nice to be back.  We got in late the night before last, ate some In-N-Out and went to sleep haha.  Yesterday was just the best chill day.  The perfect start to our month of vacationing.  Woke up and had brunch at Crema Cafe which has delicious food with such pretty presentation!  Try the breakfast crepes if you’re there, sooo tasty.  Afterwards we strolled around Main Street and checked out some of the awesome surf shops.  Harbour Surfboards has been there for over fifty years and has so much cool history.  We tried out a new coffee place, too: Doc’s Pie Shop!  It’s a coffee shop and pie shop with pies that are to good (we sampled a couple).  I opted for a soy matcha latte, a current fave…or as Essex called it, a seaweed latte haha.  It was so nice strolling without a plan though!  So many pretty palm trees and flowers everywhere.  We drove down to Huntington beach in the afternoon to check out some shops and then came home for a sunset surf.  It felt so good to be in the ocean again.  Seal Beach is one of my favorite places to surf, it’s almost always nice and mellow.  Such a perfect first day in Cali.  Today we’re heading into LA and I’m so excited!  I love checking out new spots and strolling around new areas.  So much explore.  Today’s plan is Melrose and Beverly Hills.  Alright, time to go pick out what to wear.  Ciao from Cali babeskillets, Tita xx

Working al Fresco

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Fresh air with a side of work ❤

Hola!  Off to the hospital for seminars in a little bit, but first I want to finish packing for LA and Europe.  We fly out tomorrow evening!  Lots of little last minute things to do beforehand, as well.  It’s always like that before a big trip haha.  I need to log in a little more computer time today, to finish some things up.  Reminiscing about this pretty outdoor workstation at Vault Coffee in Coeur d’Alene.  It’s so nice working in the shade with fresh air.  This spot was a favorite of mine there…I had so many of their lattes and matcha lattes haha!  The scones are tasty, too.  As I’ve said before, if you’re studying or working on a huge project that takes up the majority of your day, it’s nice to sometimes go somewhere you really love and treat yourself to a nice cafe work session.  Dress up, look cute, and get some work done.  Alright, time to get packing!  Essex is arriving late tonight, too and I’m so excited to see him!  Have an awesome Tuesday babeskillets, Tita xx