Wednesday, October 7, 2015

On Instagram- From Taiwan to Thailand

Happy October hunnies!!! I can’t believe summer just came and went in the blink of an eye.  Seems like just yesterday I celebrated my 35th birthday in July now here I am, freshly back from the BEST vacation ever, with a mountain of work piling up in the studio and I couldn’t be more excited to get back in the swing of things.  If there’s ANYTHING that could possibly pull me out of designer’s block, it’s 2 weeks in Taiwan and Thailand with these crazies below.

Here’s a sneak peek of how it all went down dolls, straight from my IG feed!

The beauty of iconic architecture at Taipei's historical museum (left)
Getting lost on the metro with an empty train and selfie shenanigans, classic! (right)

 We tried hitting up as many clubs and bars as we can, Babe 18 in Taipei had the longest line at club row, needless to say that's exactly where we headed (left)
Oh the things you do for L-O-V-E, a rare pic of le fiance working his magic (right)

Of all the memorable excursions on this Taiwan trip, Shiyang Culture Restaurant and it's panoramic mountain views left me breathless and invigorated...nothing beats being at one with nature (left)
Their 12-course prix-fixe lunch was just so spot on, they couldn't have imagined a better concept for this scenic environment (right)

Taiwanese Seafood from Addiction Aquatic Development has SPOILED me for life!!
I have NEVER been presented with such amazingly fresh live eats for such a steal. 
This entire spread cost just over $100USD and fed a ravenous table of 10...unheard of in the states!

Our last night in Taipei was spent getting rightfully drunk and crunk at Elektro Nightclub.
We barely made our 5am call time with the next flight to Bangkok, but sure enough, we pulled it together and was well on our way to meet the rest of the party posse!

Now onto Thailand!

Perfect group accommodations at the Dream Hotel Bangkok. (left)
Starting a loooooong night of club-hopping at Bangkok's Above Eleven rooftop bar (right)

2 days in Thailand now we're headed to Koh Samui!

Flying in to the natural beauty of this incredible island (left)
Our view, all day err day at the Baan Talay resort on Chaweng Beach Samui (right)

Another check off the bucket list celebrating life, love, and the pursuit of perfect partying at the infamous Full Moon Festival (left)
Getting dropped off at the wrong island on the way home from said festival, I don't think any of us minded with this picturesque view (right)

My BOL babes, from the beach (left)...
To the streets... (right)

 Much deserved R&R to recuperate from all the partying at Eranda Spa (left)
The most tranquil sight at Na Mueng Waterfall (right)

 And FOOD PORN galore guys!
This was just a TEENSY TINY fraction of everything we consumed during the 2wk trip.
No joke! Can't wait to share all the goodies on this month's #foodpornfriday posts!

I've got TONS of Taiwan and Thailand posts lined up for the upcoming weeks so stay tuned my loves!
You won't wanna miss all the action-packed fun!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Food Porn Friday- Social Costa Mesa

Happy Friday lovers!  TGIF!!! It’s official! I’m leavin’ on a jet plane…off to Taiwan and Thailand tonight!!! So dang excited it’s almost as if I had a honkin’ plate of fried carbs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Lol…

But before I break, here’s a little food porn action to keep ya satiated through the weekend.  Brought to you by one of my favorite social gathering spots in OC: Social Costa Mesa.

I’ve been here quite a few times with my gal pals since the large, open seating plan is perfect for groups.  They have a variety of options from casual bench seating, to a row of single bar tops, to the ever so ubiquitous banquette right underneath their namesake SOCIAL marquee, totally meant for ‘gramming while you’re here.

But if the hip and glam-divey ambience is the least of your priorities rest assured that their food is pretty on par with what you’d want out of your typical weekend binge-fest.

Fried Brussel sprouts in a delicious balsamic glaze? Check!

  Sizzling hot skillet of oozing queso with fresh homemade tortillas? Check! 

Honkin’ plate of Kurobata Pork Head peeping out your spread? Check, check!!!  

They are NOT messing around here at Social where specialty drinks and libations help you wash down the gastronomical debauchery one fried dish at a time.

512 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 642-2425

I don’t know if it’s the month-long diet that I’ve been on preparing for this Asia trip, but something about cheese and bread and more cheese that simply just DOES it for me right about now, lol.

Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend and be sure to follow me on Instagram for all the latest on my Asia Tour!!!  

Peace out boy scouts~!!


Monday, September 14, 2015

Thailand Bound!

Happy Monday hunnies!  Please excuse the radio silence on the blog and all my social channels.  I’ve been nursing this awful cold for the past week with SoCal’s temperamental weather changes.  All of Orange County’s been acting up at the end of summer with spontaneous torrential downpour in the midst of 100+ degree weather, almost like we’re veering towards a very tropical transitional season, UNHEARD of in these parts!  

Which leads me to the BEST part about it…
I’ll be experiencing true tropical humidity by end of week since I’m heading to Thailand!!!! WooOooooOoo to the HoOooOOooooo!!!!!

It’s the first leg of le fiancé and my joint Bachelor/ Bachelorette bash with stops in Taiwan, Bangkok, Phuket, Phi Phi Islands, and ending the jaunt with 30 of our bestest friends in Koh Samui!  To say this is a once in a lifetime opportunity is such an understatement since I really CANNOT believe how blessed we are to ride-and-die with the COOLEST squad we can ever ask for!

So I’m spending every waking minute this week planning all the deets, prioritizing the most important aspect of the entire trip:  The ensembles!!!


I’m picturing loads of color, TONS of crop tops, sexy, sultry mini’s, and a little bling for that touch of shimmer.  Tell me this set won’t look fabulous against my tanned bronzed beach skin?!!!  Ahhhhh here’s hoping!!!

T-minus 5 days, I can’t hardly wait!!!
Any recommendations are greatly appreciated y’all!


Friday, September 4, 2015

Food Porn Friday- Provenance

Happy Friday luvahs and friends!! It’s Food Porn tiiiiiiiiiiime! Birthday celebrations often call for a fabulous day out with your girls, preferably noshing over a boozy brunch with bottomless mimosas, yummy eats, gossip, and gifts! 

I hosted my darling Sophia’s birthday bash this past weekend at Provenance, a cute little local farmhouse style spot perfect for group dining.  Featuring a full-sized patio produce garden where organic veggies are plucked and served right up for their daily menu spread. 

Here’s what’s on the menu today:

Cinnamon Ricotta Donuts | House Made Scones | Fresh Seasonal Fruit

House made Whiskey and Brown Sugar-Cured Wild Salmon Gravadlax

French Rolled Omelet

Green Chile Roasted Snake Farm Rivers Pork Carnitas Breakfast Tacos

Provenance Burger

Assorted Pastries

Provenance was able to accommodate our large party (13 girls) with a prix-fixe menu and bottomless bloody mary’s and mimosas at just around 
$80pp (including tax and tip). But be forewarned, if you are booking a large party reservation, they will charge you according to the amount of guests booked.  If someone doesn’t show up on the day of the event, you will still be charged for their seat. 

Although we were seated comfortably inside with A/C on blast, there’s also a super cute alfresco dining space adjacent to the garden.  You can see the chefs scouting the perfect ingredients to select since the menu changes seasonally according to the freshest harvest at that time.  Loves me some farm-to-table action! SoCal living at its finest y'all...

While the brunch fare was light yet flavorful, I’m intrigued to see what the a la carte menu would feature for seasonal eats.  Will definitely return for lunch when the weather cools off a bit for a front row seat right next to the garden.

2531 Eastbluff Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 718-0477

Happiest Birthday to my beautiful, sweet, loving, caring Sophisticated Sophia!  
Hope your birthday brunch was the start of an amazing new year of celebrations honey!  
Love you lots!!!

Bon Appétit mes amis!

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