LeavingLA

I'll get right to the point: Justin and I are quitting our jobs and leaving Los Angeles. On January 1, 2009, Justin and I packed my Volkswagen with what was most important to us — a collection of books, a shoebox stuffed with photos, a vintage Olympia typewriter (you know, the essentials) — and began a journey that would take us from a snow-covered Davenport, Iowa to a perpetually sunny Los Angeles, California. We were just kids, 20 and 24 respectively, with big dreams and even bigger insecurities. But thankfully we understood if we wanted more, we had to make it happen. People always ask, "Why'd you choose Los Angeles?" and I want to reply, "Why not?" Don't get me wrong, I hated this city for a solid year. As soon as we got here, I was…

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I hated everything about leaving Paris. Saying goodbye to the apartment... the $90 Uber ride to the Charles de Gaulle airport... the Charles de Gaulle airport... but soon enough, we were on a flight to Copenhagen. We only had one night to explore, so we did a quick tour of the city after checking into the apartment. First stop: Christiana, a large commune started by squatters in the 70s. A very unique experience, one that couldn't be captured in photos as cameras aren't allowed in many parts. From Christiana, we walked over to the picturesque district of Nyhavn and watched the sunset. We ended the night with two dinners, because it was our last night in Europe and why not? It was a short but…

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We took the train from Bruges to Paris and met with our host at THE MOST MAGICAL APARTMENT EVER. I'm pretty sure I did about 92 hours of internet research before deciding Le Marais was the best area to stay. The apartment was located on one of the oldest streets in Paris, in the heart of everything and right above a dozen falafel restaurants and Jewish bakeries. Yum. The apartment was just stunning — the old beams, the light, the wine, the view... On our first night in Paris, we decided to stay close to home and went to L'Alimentari, an Italian restaurant in Le Marais. Upon entering the restaurant, we quickly learned Parisians eat much later than Americans, as we were the only people in the restaurant for…

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We took a train from Amsterdam to our second stop: Bruges. It was a mile walk on cobblestone from the station to the 18th century garden house we stayed in. Every turn we made was increasingly more charming as we made our way through the town center. When we got to the house, we met with the owner who walked us through a door and brick surrounding wall to the garden house. So very Secret Garden. I fell in love with the colors. Mustard yellow walls contrasted perfectly with a red staircase leading up to the bedroom. We spent the night roaming the streets, getting lost between cafes and canals and ended up in an Irish pub eating fish and chips. The next morning, the owner served us…

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I'm finally sharing photos from our trip to Europe in October, starting with the first city we visited and (spoiler alert!) our favorite: Amsterdam. It was a short walk from Centraal Station to our apartment in De Wallen, affectionately known as the Red Light District. We spent the first night exploring the neighborhood, our mouths dropping at every turn. The red lights, the girls.. the boys looking at the girls. De Wallen at night is the mecca for people-watching. The days to follow were filled with coffee shops, markets, museums, parks, and lots of sugary concoctions. We walked everywhere — every street, every canal, every house prettier than the last. Amsterdam charmed us for five days straight, and out of everywhere we visited in Europe, Amsterdam felt the…

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Los Angeles has been hosting 90+ degree days for what seems like forever, so perhaps I can tempt fall to come this way with a batch of chili. Whole30 and Paleo compliant, this turkey & butternut squash chili is so good I promise you won't miss the beans. Feel free to make the chili your own way. This is only a guide to what I did. Want more broth? Less squash? Go for it. It's impossible to mess up. Ingredients 1 pound ground turkey 3 cups butternut squash 1 14oz can diced tomatoes 1 14oz can crushed tomatoes 1 cup bell peppers 1 cup green chiles 1 cup onions 4 cloves minced garlic 2 cups beef broth 1 tbsp chili powder 1/2 tbsp cumin salt/pepper Directions 1. Chop squash, pepper, onion…

Our Wedding Invitation

Justin and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary last week, so this is the first of a series of posts in honor of our big day. An invite is the first peek into a wedding's look and feel. Because both Justin and I are creative types, the pressure was on to do something really special for our wedding. Around the same time we were brainstorming the invite, we had our friend Dave Kloc walk us through the process of screen printing. Dave is an amazing artist who illustrates and screen prints a different poster for each week's The Meltdown, and you're missing out if you don't see his work. We met up with him in downtown LA and had a fun…

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In late May we took a trip to one of our favorite cities: Portland! We went there for the first time in 2012 and immediately fell in love with the city, but that trip was slightly derailed when I got The Worst Cold Of The Century. So I was really excited to get back to that river town and do it right. We pulled up to our Airbnb and were greeted by chickens roaming around in the neighbors front yard. Typical. We rented a 2-bedroom ranch adjacent to the Alberta Arts and Mississippi neighborhoods. The house was decorated in mid-century goodness and had a huge backyard space and sun porch. You can check it out here. No trip to PDX…

Maryanne Moodie

One of my favorite art projects in elementary school was a silly little tapestry I weaved. I got to make my own loom and used big, chunky yarn to weave the tapestry. I remember visiting a weaver's home and being so impressed with her loom that at the time seemed larger than life. So when I found out DLF would be hosting a weaving workshop, I was stoked. The workshop will be taught by Maryanne Moodie, an Australian native now living in Brooklyn. She creates these gorgeous woven tapestries with geometric patterns and color palettes that make me smile. Make sure to check out her website.

2012 West Coast Road Trip

A road trip is one of the best tests of a relationship. I once dumped a guy after a day trip to Milwaukee because I couldn't stand his voice by the end of it. He also didn't have any money for gas. I'm not a gold digger, but I'm not an idiot either. I intro with this because traveling with Justin has always been a walk in the park. In August of 2012, we hopped in my VW wagon and spent two weeks driving up the coast from Los Angeles to Seattle. My two best ladies Nikki and Ashton were with us through San Francisco. All photos below were taken on my iPhone. Our first stop was a berry farm…

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