The Laslett

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I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect spot to start our honeymoon in London! The Laslett, a self proclaimed “British alternative hotel,” sits on an idyllic tree lined street in Notting Hill. Comprised of five renovated Victorian town homes, the hotel is a perfect combination of contemporary glamour and British culture. The hotel was designed with the local area in mind, which was executed by creating a “neighborhood” feel in the hotel’s common spaces. The lobby area offers a cozy library room and  bright patio, as well as The Henderson Bar and Coffee Shop which attracts both locals and travelers alike. This ended up being one of our favorite spots for a drink since the staff were so welcoming and had countless local recommendations.  The rooms were equally as charming, with local art and trinkets adorning each space — the bathrooms even came complete with blue +white enamelware.

Not only was the hotel wonderful, but it’s location is ideal for anyone looking to stay away from the mass crowds in London. Although it’s near the popular Portobello Road, the Laslett sits on a charming neighborhood street, making you feel like a local. It’s only a block away from the tube station as well, which takes you into the heart of the city in minutes. Having stayed in several different parts of London, this was definitely my favorite and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay!

sketch

February gives me all the pink feels, so posting our trip to sketch London seemed appropriate today. After seeing this spot on several Instagram feeds over the past year, it was on the top of my list for our honeymoon trip in London. Located in Mayfair, sketch is a  concept executed by a French chef and restauranteur pair that brings together food and cocktails in a unique space.  I mean, an entire room of pink velvet booths with gold accents? Heaven.

What I didn’t know about the spot until we got there is that there are actually five differently designed rooms throughout the space that serve unique menus. The rooms vary from an enchanted forest-themed restaurant (The Glade) to a high end Michelin star dining room (The Lecture Room). My favorite, the Gallery, is open for afternoon tea and dinner, and is adorned with framed sketches throughout the entire space. Since we stopped in for cocktails, we opted for the East Bar, a modern lounge in behind the Gallery with walls covered in drawings. The infamously futuristic egg pod bathrooms didn’t disappoint either. And how cool is there vending machine-style cabinet where you can purchase their dishes from?

Sending all the pink vibes your way today. xx

 

Honeymoon Part 1: Santorini

This rainy winter weather has me longing for the warm Santorini sun, so it seemed like the right time to revist our honeymoon pictures. Is anyone else wishing for summer already or is it just me?

Anyways, about the honeymoon.. When we started planning the trip last year, we knew London was definitely on the itinerary, since it’s our favorite spot to visit. We also wanted to try out someplace new and “honeymoon-ish,”so after a little research we settled on Santorini, because, how could you not?  We had the most incredible time during our six days on the island, and already wanted to return as soon as we had left the airport.

We stayed in a sweet little hotel in Imerovigli called Regina Mare with the most incredible view — as in, the hotel is literally on the edge of the caldera. The staff was so lovely, and gave us a room at the end with our own personal patio to overlooking the water.  While most tourists like to stay in the more popular towns of Fira or Oia, we really loved staying in Imerovigli which is between the two. The town had a local vibe, and wasn’t overrun with cruise ship tourists.

Oia is the popular destination for the “world’s best sunset,” but I have to say that Imerovigli had just as perfect of a view each night, without the thousands of people cramming into the streets to get their pictures! We went to Oia one night to see if the view was better, and were shocked at how many people turned to leave as soon as the sun went down. The locals in Oia call the few minutes after the sunset “blue hour,” which everyone seemed to miss as they rushed back to their buses. It’s actually the most magical time, so I would highly recommend sticking around to watch the color change sky and paint the buildings in hues of blue.

I think one of the most surprising parts of the entire trip was discovering how incredible the food was in Santorini. I was obsessed with everything we ate, from simple yogurt breakfasts to fresh Greek salads + gyros for lunch. It was definitely some of the best food I’ve ever had, hands down (and we lived in Italy which is hard to beat!).

While in Santorini, we wanted to soak up as much of the island as possible and decided to book a few fun excursions! We went on a gorgeous day cruise with Sunset Oia, which I highly recommend if you’re staying in Santorini. It came recommended from Studio DIY, and I’m so glad we did it! The catamaran was gorgeous and came complete with a home cooked Greek feast and all the Greek wine + sunshine you need for a honeymoon.

On one of our last days there, we decided to book a last minute wine tour, which ended up being one of our favorite parts of the entire honeymoon! The guide was so knowledgable and took us to some of the best wineries on the island. At the end of the day, we went to a restaurant and learned how to cook all the Santorni specialties, which was then followed by an incredible feast and of course, more wine.

Stay tuned for London pics coming soon, and some exciting news about our next travel plans!

 

 

A Trip to Gunwhale Ales

As San Diego residents, Elliot + I have developed quite a passion for the local brewery scene. We are always looking for new spots to try, especially ones that unite great design, branding, and beer. On a trip up to Orange County in November, we stumbled upon this new spot that brought together all the right elements. Gunwhale Ales, which is tucked on Randolph Street within the SoBECA district, is a small, well designed brewery where southwestern vibes meet coastal influence.

On a Saturday, the brewery seemed to be the ultimate Orange County young adult scene; even though it was raining, people spilled out onto the patio, taking advantage of every inch in the space.  In addition to a well adorned, mint-accented tasting room, the brewery’s solid lineup of beers makes Gunwhale a spot worth revisiting. The melon hopped Landloper was my personal favorite on the menu, while Elliot opted for an IPA.

Although Gunwhale is the county’s newest brewery, it conveniently sits across the street from another local craft beer spot, Barley Forge. The two spaces are helping to create a mini-craft beer scene in Costa Mesa’s arts district, and are just a stone’s throw away from The Lab & The Camp “anti-malls”. If you’re ever in Orange County, I would highly recommend checking the area out!

Mexican Kombucha Mule

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Happy happy Friday! I am sure glad this week is coming to a close. Elliot graduates from grad school this weekend, and we are ready to celebrate!

In order to properly kick off the weekend, cocktails are definitely necessary. This week, I had the amazing pleasure of receiving an assortment of kombucha from Health-Ade, one of my favorite kombucha companies! When I saw the Ginger-Lemon flavor, I knew it would be perfect for a mule. And since I didn’t want to make any regular mule, this one is made with tequila! I love that this mule is a little healthier than most too, since it has all of the benefits of the yummy kombucha. I can’t wait to show you some more of the fun things I do with the other flavors!

Kombucha Mule

1.5 oz. Silver Tequila

Juice from 1/2 lime

1/2 oz. Simple syrup

3-4 oz. Ginger Lemon Kombucha

Ice

Combine all ingredients in a copper mug. Stir + enjoy!

(Note: If you are a fan of mules that are a little heavier on the ginger spice side like I am, I recommend adding a splash of ginger beer at the end.)

Cheers!

xx