Babymoon in Sedona [pictures to follow]


I know this is a little overdue, but I was having a hard time acknowledging that vacation was over. We have been back from our babymoon in Sedona for a couple of weeks now and it’s all been about getting ready for the baby. I will talk about that in more detail later, but before that I have to share about Sedona.

I’ve been to Sedona once before, and although I thought that the place was absolutely beautiful I found it a bit boring the first time. My husband and I wanted to go somewhere closer that is warm where we could completely relax. Since I was already 6 months pregnant, we decided to postponed our trip to Fiji that we’ve had planned over a year ago and needed to decide on another destination.  We both love vacationing in Mexico, but being extra sensitive due to pregnancy I did not want to worry about the food I was eating or the water I was drinking, so that was out as well.

On several occasions, I’ve stayed at Preferred Boutique Hotels (Ojai and Sundace) and have really enjoyed their standards. So when I started my search for our getaway, that website was my first stop and was where came across The Enchantment Resort and Spa in Sedona. The resort looked exactly like what I was looking for, so I booked it. We knew we wanted a trip that was a bit longer than just a weekend getaway and the resort had a promotion going on where you book 3 nights get the 4th free. So we decided to arrive Sunday and stay through Thursday.

Sedona is not a very big city, so when we arrived in the heart of Sedona we were surprised that our GPS was showing that we were still 7 miles away from our destination.  At first I was unsure about that, but as we continued on the road outside the city, past nice developments I was actually excited that the resort was not in the touristy part. On the contrary, the resort is sprawled out in a  canyon and surrounded by the beautiful red rocks.

We checked in and were taken on the tour of the property and the amenities, before taken to our casita. The resort has several restaurants, a main pool, tennis and bocce ball courts activity center, gift shop…pretty much everything you want to enjoy your time. The property is shared with the Mii Amo Spa that has beautiful treatment rooms, lounge, meditation areas, indoor pool and an outdoor pool. The resort guests have full access to the spa and vice versa. However, the spa also offers exclusive spa getaways where you can stay at the spa casitas and the stay includes several spa treatments a day. In addition to the treatments, the resort and spa also offer extensive activities that are available, free of charge, to the resort or spa guests. These activities range from yoga, to mountain biking to makeup and cooking classes to star gazing. I did as much of those activities as I was able to squeeze in between relaxing by the pool.

In general, my husband and I would start our days with early breakfast, followed by hiking for him and yoga or other classes at the spa for me, followed by lunch and then an afternoon of laying out by and swimming in the pool. As the sun would start setting we would transition to the resort outdoor lounge and bar called 180 Degrees, which had a beautiful view of the red rocks and would follow that with dinner at one of the three resort restaurants. On a couple occasions, we ventured out into the city for dinner, but can’t say that we came across any great culinary finds. I guess LA has us spoiled. After dinner, we would find a comfy spot to start gaze. The sky was supper clear every single night and was full of stars! We also were able to see Saturn and Mercury.

I enjoyed my stay so much, we decided to extend it an extra night. This resort was not only exactly what I wanted for a babymoon getaway, it exceeded both of our expectations! Can’t wait to go back there, it’s definitely on the list of some of our favorite trips.

xoxo,

A

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Happy Friday!


imageHappy Friday! I am so looking forward to this weekend as it a start to our vacation!

Tonight is my father-in-laws birthday so we are going go out for that and tomorrow we will be celebrating a dear friend’s 30th birthday at the Del Mar Racetrack. Then on Sunday, we are up early and off on our babymoon in Sedona at this hotel. I am looking forward to 4 days of relaxing, taking in the nature and spending time with my husband. I am also excited about the extensive calendar of activities that the hotel offers, from hiking to yoga to cooking and makeup classes. I hope to squeeze in a few between all the relaxing that I am planning to do 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

A

Around LA: Al Fresco Dining in the Summertime


imageOne of my favorite things to do is to eat Al Fresco. I love eating outside pretty much at any time during the year (weather permitting), but especially during the summer. I truly think that everything tastes so much better. The fresh air brings out the subtle, more earthy flavors in the foods and the additional oxygen allows your senses to further indulge in these flavors.

Eater LA just recently updated their Guide to Al Fresco Dining in Los Angeles for Summer 2014. Click here for the full list, but here are also some of my highlights:

– AOC

– Alcove Café & Bakery

– Café Gratitude

– Dominick’s

– Everleigh

– Goldie’s

– Gracias Madre

Enjoy!

xoxo,

A

Around LA: Summer Nights


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I took a took a few weeks off from blogging to enjoy the the summer and all of it’s festivities.

Last weekend we went to the Hollywood Bowl for the summer concert. The music was great and the night was warm, it was a perfect summer night. I am definitely a California girl and happy to be living here!

Other things to do Around LA During the summer:

Movie night at Barnsdall Park

Summer Concerts at Hollywood Bowl

Drinks at Shutters on the Beach

xoxo

A

Short Week!


gettyHow was everyone’s weekend? I know, I know…it’s already Tuesday. I am still winding down from this past weekend and so excited for the short week.

Friday we had a birthday party at The Black Hogg in Silver Like. I loved the food! The plates are smaller and are meant to be shared and that is exactly what we did. Some of the highlights for me were bacon popcorn, bone marrow with corn and jerk chicken, but I don’t think I tried anything that I did not like.

Saturday I went to the prenatal yoga class again. I love being in a class that is full of expectant moms! I also realized just how much I love yoga and missed practicing it as frequently as I used to. It really balances me.

The rest of the day was spent with my husband. We had friends call and text us wanting to meet up for dinner, but we told them we were busy. Busy spending much needed time with just the two (“three”) of us. We went to the Getty for a bit, looked at some exhibits that we’ve been wanting to see, then spend the evening in Santa Monica. We both have been working a lot and busy with all of the to-do’s before the baby arrives, it was so nice to take the half-day off to ourselves and just enjoy each other’s company.

Sunday we had brunch with friends around Silver Lake at Maximiliano . The restaurant has a great patio and we enjoyed the food and conversation for several hours. After, we went to see our friends new house and hung out there for a bit. They are new parents themselves and had a lot of tips for my husband and me on what to expect, need and prepare. Much needed advice. At this point, I feel like I need all the advice I can get! So bring it on!

This week is already off to a busy start, but I am looking forward to the weekend!

xoxo,

A

Our Wedding Story: Engagement Party


IMG_201With my one year wedding anniversary coming up in less than 2 weeks I thought I would continue sharing our wedding story. Of course, what I am sharing is more than the story of our wedding day, it’s the story of our relationship leading up to our wedding and continuing with our adventure since – being married for almost a year and expecting our first baby! Here I talk about when were dating and here about our engagement.

Even when we were still dating, my husband and I knew that we wanted to have a destination wedding and were pretty set on getting married in Italy. We liked the that this would keep our wedding relatively small and would allow us to spend time with the family and close friends that would be able to attend. We also knew that we wanted to have a bigger celebration here in the US for everyone who would not be able to make it to Italy.

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We decided that the engagement party would be the perfect avenue for the larger celebration here in the US. To stay with the Italy theme, we picked the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast as our venue and rented a beautiful ballroom with breathtaking ocean views. I was in love with the room the moment I walked in on the tour. The room also had a beautiful “atrium like” feel that made it especially bright and fully utilizing the amazing location.

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The photographers got a chance to capture the room before the crowd arrived. After that, not a single moment of downtime! It was so wonderful to have everyone there celebrating us! My head was buzzing after the engagement party from all of the excitement for what felt like the whole day!

xoxo,

A

Happy Monday


cropped-430056_10151543524564302_1600018428_n.jpgHappy Monday! How was your weekend?

My weekend was fabulous! I even extended it by one extra day, which was very nice and much needed.

Friday – we had dinner at Prado, the Caribbean restaurant, in the very quaint Larchmont Village. Followed a movie back at our place. We watched Whaterver Works by Woody Allen.

Saturday – I did a prenatal yoga at Yoga Works on Montana. Loved being in a class with all the other expecting mothers.  I was surprised how intense this class was and some soon-to-be moms at 8 and 9 months were doing more poses than I was able to. Got to keep working out. That evening we celebrated our friend “Turning 30 again.”

Sunday – Spend the day on Abbot Kinney. Had brunch at Axe, we had a table outside which was very nice and ordered scrambled eggs with herbs, polenta and their popular pancake dish. We had some people from Europe with us, so we took them around the different shops on Abbot Kinney. After, we made a stop at Sweet Rose Creamery. I, of course, got the mint chocolate chip, my favorite, and even spoiled myself by getting it in a waffle cone.

Monday – Much needed day off. I took the morning and went to the Social Security Administration and finally changed my legal name to my married name. It’s been almost a year! This way the baby’s hospital tags will have our family name on them as opposed to my maiden name. The rest of the day I spend at the mall shopping for clothes that I can fit into.

Hope your weekend was wonderful too!

xoxo,

A