Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas + GIVEAWAY


GIVEAWAY:

Giving away this sweater cardigan on my latest instagram post HERE.


 Photography by:  Karyssa Costa Photography


I can’t believe Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK! Then it’s like Christmas is the next day and it’s already 2019!?!

We are heading back east for Thanksgiving with our families in Maryland and have a wedding to attend the weekend after at the Naval Academy! This will be the first time we’re back at the chapel where we got married since our day - almost 3.5 years ago... again how. Anyways, so excited for all the loveeeee and food.

We have so freaking much to be thankful for and try to remind ourselves everyday (speaking for Ryan and I). Can’t express enough how lucky we are. Especially in these times of need and terrible situations going on in the world, one hitting closer to home being the Southern California Wildfires. I encourage you to find something you are passionate about, and find a way to contribute to that cause in any form you can. Whether that is with time, money, or spreading awareness, anything is better than nothing at all.

Maybe this year instead of lining up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday, November 27th.

xx

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 Photography by:  Karyssa Costa Photography
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Sharing some of my favorite looks if you are still wondering what to wear for feastin’ day:

As always, just click on the photo to shop!


Oversized Dress:

Ain’t nobody got time for some bodycon sh*t on Thanksgiving day.


Turtleneck + Fancy Pants

You always look like you have your life together in a turtleneck. Fact.


Class in a Glass Romper

To hide that 5lb 4oz food baby.


Leggings + Oversized Sweater

This one speaks for itself. One word: leggings.


Hope you have the best Thanksgiving!!

I am very thankful for YOU.

xx

 Photography by:  Karyssa Costa Photography

SHOP THE LOOK:

Sweater Cardigan // Turtleneck // OTK Boots (similar) // Jeans (my favorite pair)


Our Favorite Places in Monterey


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“I can’t believe we live here.” If you know my husband, you know he says this all the time. First when we lived in San Diego, and now that we live in Monterey, and he is completely right. I can’t believe we live here!! Monterey is truly like no where else in the world. It is traditional, but not ancient; it is small, but not boring; it has some of the biggest events in the world, but still a quiet and peaceful place; and it has some of the most amazing views of the coastline in the country.

Back to our favorites in Monterey.. I think the easiest way is going to be to break everything down by “area.” We have Pacific Grove (the peninsula where we live and kind of the small, sleepy town) Monterey (old and new aka “downtown” and “Cannery Row" and where you go if you want to go out-out), Carmel (where I work and where everything is timeless, charming, and expensive), and Carmel Valley (where you go if you want WINE)


Best of PACIFIC GROVE:

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  • Crema: Brunch - Ugh this place is our weakness. Especially when hungover, the bacon cheddar biscuits and gravy is honestly all I crave.. Their bottomless guava mimosas don’t hurt either! Best brunch we’ve found in the area award.

  • Red House Cafe: Lunch - This is the sweetest little 1800’s red house (get it) turned into a cafe! The have breakfast, lunch, and dinner but their lunch is by far our favorite. Best fresh soup/salad/sandwich combo there ever was.

  • Fish Wife: Lunch/Dinner - Definitely more of a local dive spot with amazing seafood dishes and fun cocktails! This is the closest restaurant to our house so we actually get take out way too often to admit.. :)

  • The Bench: ANYTHING - This is a must do as well. The Bench is on the 18th hole of Pebble Beach…. so yeah. Amazing views, great drinks, and best flatbread in the area! There is an outdoor patio with fire pits you can hang around or dine inside with windows all around. You have to go through the toll booth to get into the 17 mile drive, but they will take $10 off your bill at the restaurant if you let them know. 100% our favorite place to take guests.

  • The Inn at Spanish Bay: Sunset + Drinks - Okay hands down, if you are in the area, you HAVE to come here and grab a drink. They are known for their fire pits overlooking the ocean and Spanish Bay golf course. It is right next to Roy’s (and everyone just calls it the Roy’s fire pits). They have a bagpipe player every sunset.. it’s definitely an amazing experience!

  • Poppy Hall: Dinner - Poppy Hall is the new kid on the block and just opened a few weeks ago but is already the talk of the town! Everything they serve is caught local that day, so their menu is always changing! Cool quaint place to stop in for a cocktail at the bar also!

  • Passion Fish: Dinner - Probably the most ‘high end’ place close to us in Pacific Grove. They are known for their… seafood! This place is always packed, no matter what night of the week.


Best of MONTEREY:

  • Alvarado Street Brewery: Lunch/Dinner + Drinks - Realllly cool vibe! They brew their own beers and the owner is from San Diego!! This place is honestly the only place with hipster SoCal vibes we could find.. they do not disappoint!

  • Paluca Trattoria: Coffee + Small Bites - This was the Big Little Lies coffee shop in the first season! It’s on the fisherman’s wharf which is a fun vibe to see! Their coffee isn’t my favorite, but they actually have AMAZING shrimp bruschetta.

  • LALLA Grill: Dinner + Drinks - This place looked like a tourist trap to be honest, but it pleasantly surprised us. Really good food, drinks, and all for a reasonable price. My favorite is the one on Cannery Row because they are the only location that serves lobster nachos. Sold.


Best of CARMEL:

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Going to preface this with you probably can’t go wrong eating at ANY restaurant in Carmel…. This is the holy land for high-end art, amazing wine, and very fine dining.

  • Mission Ranch: Seriously everything - but especially Sunday brunch, and happy hour + appetizers. This place is a dream. Sheep frolicking in a pasture on the coastline next to Pebble Beach with amazing sunsets…. like what… This cute little stone cottage oasis is owned by Clint Eastwood and they almost always have a live piano player in the evenings. Obsessed.

  • Katy’s Place: Brunch - We went here the first time I had ever been in Carmel, with Ryan’s family in 2012-13 (?) and I still remember their pancakes and waffles. YUM.

  • La Bicyclette: Brunch - This place is the actual cutest little french restaurant specializing in brunch and wood-fired pizzas! Their hours are kinda weird so make sure you check if they are open.

  • Flahertys: Dinner - Ryan and I both agree this is our #1 restaurant in the area. A little dive seafood place with a family recipe of cioppino and lobster ravioli. Enough said.

  • Cultura: Dinner - We went here just last week after I walked by it on one of my daily lunch-break walks and it was soooo good! The best authentic Mexican restaurant we’ve found (with some flare of course). And they had the best guac + house margarita I’ve had in a while.

  • Vesuvio: Dinner + Drinks - the best cocktails and rooftop bar in Carmel! If you’re looking for a bougie happy hour, this is your place. We have only been there for drinks, but have been dying to go back for dinner!


Best of CARMEL VALLEY:

  • Cowgirl Winery: Wine - Some cool country vibes goin’ on here. The best part… dog friendly and they have Chickens running around everywhere!

  • Folktale Winery: Wine + Food - Probably our favorite winery to go to! This castle-like place always have local performers doing acoustic performances and it makes my heart happy. Their cheese tray is also next level..

  • Georis Winery: Wine - Cute little getup with good wine and cheese! Mainly outdoors so its good to go on a beautiful day and they have fun table games to play.


WHAT TO DO:

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Monterey is small, but there is SO much to do around the area. Here are a few ideas:

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium & Cannery Row - I’m not a big zoo/aquarium person, but this place is seriously amazing. It is crazy to see all the science behind creating these homes for all the sea creatures. One of the best aquariums in the world!

  • Explore Carmel and walk along Carmel beach - Honestly the beach is amazing, but some of my favorite views are some of the houses in the area! Sooo much charm and character. The cute Christmas and coffee shops everywhere are like nothing else.

  • Watch the sunset at the Inn at Spanish Bay - This is where the bag piper plays and it is so serene to listen over the beautiful coast.

  • Run/Walk along Asilomar Beach Trails - Asilomar State Beach is the best beach (we may be biased because this is our neighborhood beach where we take our dog nearly everyday) hehe but honestly it is. The trails from Lover’s Point to Asilomar are perfect for a long walk, run, or drive to take it all in.

  • Hike Garland Ranch - I ask Ryan to go on this hike every week and I can’t believe we haven’t gone yet!!! All our friends rave about this trail. It’s in Carmel Valley so you go on the hike, then go wine tasting after! And the best part, everything is dog friendly!!

  • Drive along HWY 1 through Big Sur to Bixby Creek Bridge - This is the Big Little Lies and it is really spectacular to see! Also the views along the drive to Big Sur… unbeatable.

  • Walk along Fisherman’s Wharf - You can walk the wharf and get FULL on samples of every restaurant giving out samples of their clam chowder. Watch and listen to the seals that are everywhere. The best chocolate candy shop is also on the wharf and I get a little somethin’ somethin’ every time ;)

If you live in Monterey, and are able to get out and explore a little, there are so many places close by! Living here for just the past 8 months, I’d say we have covered a lot of ground.. We have been to Napa, Yosemite, Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, the Delta, and San Francisco multiple times. Everything is about a 2-4 hr drive, so really not bad at all. We still have so many plans to keep on exploring until our time is up!


I hope this helped anyone visiting the area or looking for new things to do / places to try :)

There is no place like Monterey ♡

Until next time, xx

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SHOP THE LOOK:

Dress ($26!!!) // Heels


Last Minute LOL Halloween Costumes


If you know me, you know I come from a Halloween-obsessed family. My Dad has a walk-through Haunted House on Halloween night for our neighborhood every year. I’ve seen kids throw their candy in the air and run away, and adults that won’t even go into the house because he takes it that seriously and honestly it’s pretty creepy. I’ll post a video to my instagram story this year when my mom sends me one. His friends even dress up and jump out to scare you when walking through… so yeah it runs in the family.

When I was little, my dad would come into my room at night with his scariest mask on and creep slowly towards me “tucking me in.” Talk about scarring a kid for life…

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This year we are heading down to San Diego for the NAVY vs. NOTRE DAME game on Saturday, but don’t worry we have our costumes ready to go out on Friday night ;) Will I ever grow out of dressing up for Halloween? The answer is NO.

If you need some extra help in finding that easy-but-funny-but-didn’t-try-to-hard-and-it’s-not-overdone costume, (everything I’ve linked is from Amazon Prime baby) then this is the place for you. Check out some of my ideas and hopefully something works for you!


1. Guy Fieri

Ever since Chrissy Teigen dressed up as Guy Fieri (third picture) it’s all I can think about when watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Convince the bartenders to let you taste all the food and drinks “for your show” and I’d say it would be a successful Halloween night.

WHAT YOU NEED: (click on the photo to shop)

2. Post Malone

Flannel. Fake cig. Foil grill. Hair in small braids. Eyeliner tattoos on your face/hands. Don’t bathe for a week. Voi-la!

WHAT YOU NEED:

3. Grandma / Grandpa

I feel like you can do a lot with this look with just the makeup alone and adding lots of wrinkles! Add a mumu or robe and glasses and you are good to go. I love the first picture and idea of stuffing your robe. How funny would it be to watch Grandma get down dancing to I LIKE IT LIKE THAT.

WHAT YOU NEED:

4. NO RAGRETS

I was this for one year last minute and GOT NO PICTURES OF IT. Like who the hell am I?!? I take 72 of the same picture of my damn avocado toast but didn’t get a pic of this?? smh. It was so easy though and was definitely a hit… plus got to be in sweatpants all night. Only one ragret.

WHAT YOU NEED:

5. Mime

Fun Fact: I was a mime for like three years in a row in elementary school. Does that explain something?? Not sure - but if you want an excuse to not talk to guys who hit on you dressed as football players or not dressing up at all (LAME) then this is the costume for you!

WHAT YOU NEED:


Happiest Halloween my witches.

xx

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