Austin, Texas City Guide


We had a blaaaassst in the artsy city of Austin last weekend. Being the capital of Texas, and also home to one of the largest music festivals SXSW, there is lots to see, do, and eat in ATX!

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Lookout from Mt. Bonnell

Thanks to the help of some local friends (Thanks Danielle!!) from ATX, here are some fun and yummy things to do and see in Austin, Texas…

What to SEE:

  • Mt. Bonnell stairs + lookout (people were dressed in workout clothes but honestly it’s like a 5 min stair walk, nothing I couldn’t handle in my platform Tevas!).

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air plants

  • Mayfield Park to see all the Peacocks and walk around their beautiful nature preserve.

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What to EAT:

  • Torchy’s Tacos (their queso…!)
  • Kerbey Lane (pancakes all day)
  • Rudy’s BBQ
  • Salt Lick BBQ (but be prepared to drive far out of the city and wait 1hr + at least!)
  • Hopdoddy burgers
  • Gordough’s donuts (these verryyyyy *extra*)
  • Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery donuts
  • Sway Thai fusion
  • Hula Hut (Tex Mex on the river)
  • Tacodeli (breakfast tacos are a thing here in Austin!)



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The One Item You Need For Your Next Snow Trip


[I could stare at this view of the Grand Tetons allllll day…]


I have gone on many snowy trips with boots and snow coats and gloves and scarves…but there’s one accessory I discovered this trip that I can’t believe I’ve gone without all these years. If you’re visiting the snow this season or in the future, this item is a must have.

Boot Grippers (aka boot cleats) turn any boot into safe, good-gripping ones. It’s equivalent to putting chains on your tires when driving on icy roads. Even the grippiest rubber snow boots are only so good until you walk on ice. These provide amazing traction and made for a much safer hike when I had to climb a few very icy spots last week. They’re great for making your not-so-snowy boots or shoes safe to wear.

I got these ones (below) but you have make sure to pull the front up over the toe, or else they may come off. I initially just pulled them to the front and, after hiking in some deep snow, realized I had lost them a few minutes back. After I pulled them over the toe, they stayed on the rest of the way. A better design (in my opinion) would be these ones that have an extra strap over the top.

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^ This is the waterfall we climbed on! So glad I had the boot grippers.




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Our First Airbnb in Malibu


Have you used Airbnb before? I’ve wanted to for some time, and finally got the chance at a weekend getaway with friends. It was my friend Anna who booked the place, and we all fell in love with it. It was tucked away in Woodland Hills near Malibu, Ca. We spent the daytime at the beach in the hot sun and the cool water, hiked, and rock climbed while some went to the Getty Villa. We spent our evenings outdoors on the patio of a Mexican restaurant or barbecuing on their gorgeous back yard patio. The nights were topped off with singing and playing guitar together, and soaking in the hot tub.

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We can hardly wait to use Airbnb again. Where have you stayed with Airbnb? I’d love some recommendations.

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Weekend Road Trip to Southern Utah



California is so close to so many beautiful states – one of them is Utah. Especially southern Utah, where we went last weekend. Since this is a public blog, and since most people value their privacy more than me (I’m an over-sharer, I know…), and because I prefer pictures with people in them, then this will be a semi-narcissistic post with mostly pictures of me. Sorry about that.

PS – We recently got a GoPro, and filmed lots of awesome down-hill riding, it was awesome to re-watch! These pictures are a mixture from our GoPro and my phone.


Mountain biking is amazing for so many reasons. My favorite: it takes you off the road (why do people road bike again?). And, we get to wear really cool looking butt-pads that make our butts look even bigger than they already are.


Can you spend summertime at a cabin without watermelon? I think not. Also, as many of you saw on insta, this is how you dress for Sunday church in the country:


A little bee, mid flight ^^



Until next time, Utah.

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My Guide to Summer & Savory Eats in So-Cal


Summer is slipping away, and I have this song on repeat (ohh uh oh those summer niiights).  We’ve had a lot going on these past few months, some good things, some sad. Saying farewell to loved ones, planning our future life (after grad school…does it ever end??), getting sick (really, does there need to be a summer flu? It’s going around…), and spending most weekends at the beach. And yes, I misspelled ‘summer’ in the sand. I just can’t spell without auto-correct anymore…

I’ve collected a few of my favorite eats from this summer (I take pics of all my food). These are all from my phone so bare with me…

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  1. Hollywood Bowl has everything from rock concerts to classical ones. Fireworks too! Runs all summer long.
  2. Some bomb fried squid/calamari from Banana Bay
  3. Enjoying the Hollywood Bowl with my boy
  4. Happy face because I’m getting so full on healthy, sustainable, fresh food at True Foods Kitchen – and yeah, no post-food-coma guilt here!
  5. Newport Beach as seen from the Pier. We rode bikes all the way to the end of Balboa Island on our beach cruisers. Hot sun, cool breeze, swimsuits and sweating. Then we jumped into the ocean that was a cool 70 degrees. #dreamlife
  6. Ok, this one’s from our quick trip to the mormon motherland = Utah. This here is the Pork Salad from Cafe Rio, I get it every time I visit. But when I need my fix, they have Cafe Rio in So Cal too.
  7. Mmm Vegan spicy tuna dragon roll from Golden Mean in Santa Monica.
  8. Family home on the lake in Idaho.
  9. Trying on everything on the sale rack at Madewell in Old Town Pasadena. I always go shopping by myself, and when I don’t, I usually regret what I buy…isn’t that funny?
  10. Summer skies….how I love these long days.
  11. Okay, next time you go to Newport Beach or Balboa Island, you need to stop at this taco place. It’s like street tacos should always be: fresh and cheap. Try the shrimp tacos.
  12. I wanted to buy this Tommy Bahama – Bahama luggage set soooo badly. AKG was not as enthusiastic with the Bahama print as I was. It is still sitting at Nordstrom Rack, all alone, waiting for me to come back and buy it…


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