Tomorrow marks my quarter of a century, yes- tomorrow is my 25th birthday and I am so excited to see what the second half of my 20s brings me.  I have been so fortunate to have had such amazing things happen in my early 20s, like graduate college, start a blog, work for a Major League Baseball team, travel to Europe and around the US, meet amazing friends that I feel like I have known forever, live with 12 girls in a house on the hill, live with one roomate (the best eva), and live alone (well with the pups, of course), and now living with a boy.  How things have changed in just 4 small years, but it funny how many changes have happened in my life in that short period of time.  I feel like a completely different person from the day I turned 20. While, I still feel like I have no idea what I am doing, I am just riding out the wave and learning as I go.  A good friend of mine who is in her 30s told me she felt like she changed the most in their 20s, somewhat coming into her own.  I feel like I am still working on that but I am getting closer every day.  Being confident, compassionate and open to learning are going to be my goals for twenty-five.  I just have a feeling this is going to be a good year.  

Thanks for letting me ramble today- I am just feeling nostalgic as I cross over into my next quarter of a century.  

Here are a few things I put on my wish list.  I am really not one that loves to be showered with gifts on my birthday, but I would rather spend time with the people I love.  I do always treat myself to one investment piece each year. Here are my top picks: 

j brand leather jacket / ariel gordon wing and knot rings / sam edelman booties / otte dress / pashli / joie perfume / j crew highline t-shirt / cartier love bracelet / rebecca minkoff sunglass case / j crew earrings

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So I know I have been a little MIA, but it was all for good reasons.  Late last week I headed up to Ohio and Pittsburgh to finally see where Patrick has been living for the last 6 months (yes, I know I must be a bad gf, since he comes home about every other weekend).  I had no idea what to expect of Pittsburgh, and I was pleasantly surprised with all of the awesome things to do, even despite the cold weather.  Pittsburgh is an extremely active city. The entire weekend there were tons of people running, riding bikes and walking their dogs through the streets in South Side.  If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed our weekend consisted of a lot of beer drinking and eating. All of which was AMAZING! We stayed right downtown in a beautiful historical hotel, did a little shopping (or maybe a lot of shopping), ventured to the Andy Warhol Museum where I was able to snap one photo inside before being yelled at (oops- I really didn’t know I wasn’t allowed to have my camera out), took a peek inside the Pirates Ballpark, drank a flight of beer at Church Breworks– this was an old cathedral that has been turned into a brewery, had an amazing dinner with a view at Isabella on Grandview (rated one of the most romantic restaurants in the US), and strolled around Mt. Washington.  Mt. Washington was probably my favorite place we went on the entire trip.  The neighborhood is so quaint, and the view is unbeatable.  You can see the entire city from these neat outlook points all the way up the mountain. They make for a great photo op too! Any who, it was a great long weekend and I was sad to leave but I am back and ready for some fun things and a short work week! 

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photos taken by Ali 

The Fairest of them All


My favorite weekend of the year is finally here.  If you were wondering what it was… it’s the Plaza Art Fair this weekend in Kansas City.  There will be 240 artists from all over the US showing their work this in my neck of the woods.  I am not gonna lie, it is not all about the art this weekend, about 30 restaurants from the Plaza will have pop up tents with awesome food and drinks and 3 stages with live music each night.  Let’s just say it is the best weekend of the year and to make it better, the weather is going to be amazing. I am on the hunt for a large scale painting for my dining room, so wish me luck! 

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In Honor of the Open…

Is anyone excited to watch the US Open this weekend? My friend from college and I used to have an obsession with watching tennis on weekend afternoons.  I will be out of town, but I hope to be able to catch bits and pieces of some of the big matches.  Any who, how darling is the spread in Elle Italia?

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images via elle it 

The Hot List 2012

Yesterday Conde Nast Traveler released their 2012 Hot List– the editors and writers “best” hotels and spa list for this year.  Not only is one of my favorite hotels in Scottsdale (my hometown) on the list but there are some of the most exotic and elborate places in the world.  I think being a Conde Nast Traveler editor could be one of the coolest jobs- go stay in places like Buenos Aires and write about your stay at one of the nicest hotels in the world (not too shabby).  

The hotel that really stuck out at me was Rushmeyer’s in Montauk, New York.  I know it is not in anything exotic or built into the hillside of Italy but it was a hotel that I felt was in arms reach.  This trendy spot right off the coast of some of the best surfing in the US, is a grown-ups Summer camp getaway.  They have ping pong, bicycles, music that plays all night long and cusine from the famous Manhattan joint, Fat Radish. This would be such a fun spot for a summer vacation in my book.  

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images via conde nast traveler