VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT GUIDE: HIM AND HER

Hello lovers... so you know I'm a sucker for a holiday and whether I am in a relationship or not, I will always LOVE Valentine's Day! I love the candy, the pinks/reds, the paper valentines that I still send despite being 28 years old. I love that it prompts people to do something sweet and serve as a reminder of just how much you care. And I love the idea of having Galentine's Day, as another excuse to celebrate one of the most important relationships you can have; friendship. But aside from the celebrations, there are still many couples that exchange gifts and I must say I have always tended to be one, not surprisingly. I'm perfectly good with just a nice bouquet of flowers (they don't even have to be roses) and some chocolates, but I would be very happy to see some of the ideas below too, hint, hint. Enjoy!

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Lots of love, 

-MGN

LE WEEKEND


This is a new series I have been meaning to add for a long time now to Gisele Chic. I thought it would be fun to share a mini snapshot of my plans for the weekend, let me know what you think! And as always reccomendations are uber welcome! Enjoy!

SEE: The new film Phantom Thread staring Daniel Day-Lewis about a 1950's post war dressmaker and set in London of course. The appeal of this film for me needs no explanation because obviously I'm drawn into any film about fashion, romance and of course, London. EAT: I had always heard about The Palm steakhouse after moving to Los Angeles, with most people saying it was a well established spot for a classic American steak and martini dinner and I had noted it before in case I ever got tired of Mastro's, which I am sure is still unbeatable, particularity my favorite orders like the Scottish salmon, Alaskan crab truffle gnocchi, the lemon drop dry ice martini, the butter cake and that unbeatable bread basket. Seriously, my heaven. But since we are planning to be downtown for a classically American night of Jazz this weekend I figured I'd try out a new spot, will report back later! GO: To Walt Disney Concert Hall, which I have been meaning to find a reason to do since I first saw the extraordinary piece of architecture the first time I drove in downtown Los Angeles. The world recognized hall is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and  I purchased tickets to see the legendary Herbie Hancock as a holiday present for my jazz obsessed boyfriend. I figured we would want something exciting to look forward to in dreary January and now the time has finally come! UNWIND: I plan to have a nice big glass of rosé Friday night, go to bed early and wake up to run Saturday morning. Despite not running every day lately I have at least committed to running every morning on Saturday and Sunday and it's just such a great feeling, often while running, but always after. 

Have an awesome weekend, 

-MGN

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A VALENTINE'S DAY INSPIRED SUNSET BEACH PICNIC


As much as a love trying new restaurants, Valentine’s Day is often a hard holiday for a romantic dinner. Places tend to be crowded, overpriced and dare I say, cheesy? For me Valentine's Day is about appreciating the people in your life that you love, whether that's friends, family, a lover, a furry friend and spending some quality time together. It's not about the gifts (although I have a guide for that too), but rather the message, which should always be the very clichè but oh so true, LOVE.  So this year I’m opting out of the 10 course restaurant scheme and Victoria's secret idea of Valentine's Day and keeping it classic romance. And because I live in one of the most beautiful places all year round, a pretty dinner for two was only a bike ride and Papa John's order away. But even if you live in a frozen, slush ridden city, I recommend staying in and splurging on the important details, that is, a gourmet truffle brie. Heart shaped, of course. Enjoy. 



THE FOOD/DRINK: Let's get to the important details, which for me is a cheese plate, but a romantic one. I think I made a note in my phone about eight months ago when I spotted a heart shaped brie at a cheese store in a small town in the South of France. I immediately decided it would be the centerpiece of a Valentine's/Galentine's Day spread and an uber instagrammable opportunity (and yes this is important to me). Unfortunately, I did not find a heart shaped cheese anywhere, especially a few weeks in advance of Valentine's Day, so my private chef (aka wonderful boyfriend) cut a normal round brie cheese it into a heart for me. Many of the cheese shops told me that this is in fact a common specialty item they receive closer to February 14th, so I recommend you find a nice cheese shop and give them a call first. They usually come in brie, or the neufchâtel which almost always comes in a heart shape and is somewhat similar to brie in texture. I linked one my a guide below that delivers worldwide. If you are in the Los Angeles area, some places for great cheese I recommend are The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, The Cheese Store of Silverlake, Bay Cities, Andrew's Cheese Shop, Bristol FarmsFarmshop, and you can actually order a cheese heart from The Bea's Knees in Pasadena or find this heart shaped brie in most grocery stores. Aside from the heart shaped brie, I also love a manchego with a fruity jam (particularly a pear jam), aged white cheddar, and almost all sheep milk cheeses. For every cheese plate I always include a honeycomb because it's beautiful and so delicious with almost every type of cheese. You can find a lot of them online (one linked below in my guide) but also most gourmet cheese shops will have them too and they are totally safe to eat raw! I added some beautiful organic strawberries for their color and tartness, as well as a soppressata for my boyfriend who found this amazing French pain de campagne to pair with it all at the farmers market. The key to making the cheese plate look nice is creating difference in the cuts, textures, and taste for the cheeses, adding colorful fruit or jams, and some extra garnishes like nuts and a pretty honeycomb. To drink I couldn't help picking a pretty pink sparkling rosé because it's just so on brand for Valentine's Day and I really liked the Mum Napa Brut Rosè we had. And to top it off, we just had to grab a pizza, because it's easy and who doesn't love pizza. We meant to bring homemade chocolate truffles for dessert but didn't have enough time to make them. Maybe I will share the recipe soon in another post, they are much more easy to make then you would think!



THE SETUP/THEME: Sunset is always the most romantic time of day, right? Whenever I am trying to catch the sunset I always plan to arrive about an hour and half before so I have some time to find a great spot and setup. After doing my fair share of beach photoshoots (here, here, and here) I realized the best lighting is always exactly an hour before sunset. Same goes for the hour post sunrise (like here). As for a spot on the beach, I always walk right up to the line in the sand, just above the tide indent. That way I am close enough to get a good view of the waves without risking a splash on my setup. Valentine's Day gave me a pretty good excuse to make everything pretty pink, literally. So I just went all out and owned it, a pink blanket, pink spray roses, and pink balloons (that was entertaining for passerby's to see in my face while I rode my bike and barely made it to the beach alive). I also brought a cutting board so there was a flat surface for my real crystal glasses (I highly recommend NOT bringing real glassware) and a pretty blue and white plate for my cheeses. While the cutting board was perfect, I recommend bringing a more lightweight tray that is easier to carry in a bag and will still provide the same flat surface. I linked one below in my guide. I also still use these amazing mini battery operated copper lights that I originally found for my beach birthday party and I cannot say enough good things about them. I use them inside too, especially on my bar cart during the holidays.  



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XOXO,

-MGN
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BE MY VALENTINE CARDS

Remember... when we used to send each classmate and friend a Valentine? I know it wasn't a super conscious choice but the message was great, sending a little love to the people we surround ourselves with. A nice little reminder of friendship and gratitude. I happen to love a card, for any reason. Anytime someone can take the time to put some nice words on paper, emoji free, it's a very thoughtful gesture that doesn't take much time or money, but for me, means a lot. Hence why I keep all my cards I have received in a little blue box that is currently overflowing because I guess I'm just that popular, JK! I send my annual valentine, one I included in this guide, to all my friends and family originally as a makeup for a failed attempt at a holiday card, but since then it's just become a routine everyone loves since it's so unexpected. Especially during this time of year, during the post holiday slug and the winter frost for most, it's a nice little reminder for everyone. So be that person and make someone's day, one card at a time. I listed a mix of both online and good old fashioned paper valentines I love. Enjoy!  

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Much Love, 

-MGN

WHY I'M A FEMINIST, AND YOU SHOULD BE TOO


I must admit that I write this post with some apprehension, as the word feminist has a history of being misrepresented and having different interpretations for different people. However, I think Emma Watson said it clearly - she said "feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes" and she denounced the idea that feminism equaled male hatred. She further encouraged the world to include the possibility of men being feminists as well, and despite the fact that the year was 2014, a part of me considered this speech she gave revolutionary. What I soon realized is that you don’t have to participate in protest, be a liberal or refuse to shave your legs to be a feminist. You just need to believe women and men are equal. Feminists can be women, can be men, can be children, can be police officers, can be fraternity brothers, presidents, actors, princes, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, club bouncers, co-workers, creatives, immigrants, and religious leaders. Feminism has had a stereotype for assumed man-hating women. But this kind of thinking districts us from the real issue, which is quite simple; equality.

Like any person, I am evolving and for the most I never considered myself someone who didn't believe in the equality between women and men. At least not until that one day, about four years ago. Let's just call it a growing momentI’ll never forget, I was in my second and final year of social work graduate school, sitting in a class with a professor I still to this day fondly remember and respect for her great wisdom, authenticity and empathy. We were discussing diversity of ideas, particularly gender bias, when I gave my opinion, as I commonly did being the type of student who sits in the front row and quite frankly just can't keep my mouth shut. Still me. Anyway, the professor described a scenario in which she was called into a prison as an expert criminologist and was greeted by the man in charge with a statement like "what's a pretty little lady like you doing in a place like this" or something of that nature, sorry Professor if you ever read this. And a discussion broke out about the gender bias in this statement, like what did it mean and was it at all patronizing or misogynistic. The majority of the class thought so, and I to this day still think about how I didn't see the same picture that my classmates did, which I now would say for certainty, was an expression of a well established gender bias in our society. That it would be very patronizing for a anyone, but especially a man, to question how a young professional woman would have the capacity or the skill to handle such a problem. I would say today it sounded like a power play, a way to reinstate the power men had traditionally held over women, considering the coy or even flirtatious nature of the statement.  But that is not what I said. Instead I questioned why a woman would take offense to what to me sounded like a man's way of being kind, maybe even a tad protective or simply just making light of a funny situation by society's standards. I look back on this statement not with regret but rather empathy. Empathy for the fact that I, like all women, grew up and still reside in a world that has for a long time had very strongly inequitable values about the differences in roles and rights of men and women. I have empathy for the fact that there is diversity in thinking about gender and that our values around it are complex and consistently evolving. I have empathy for the women who chose not to participate in the women's March or the #TIMESUP movement. Just because we share similar body parts as females doesn't make us the same and that is a beautiful thing. I have empathy for all people and their views about what it means to be a feminist because feminism is not one group of people or one thing. Feminism is simply a principle that grants equity to both genders. And what that means to you is up to you. I write this post to address some of the ideas I have about what feminism means to me and why I choose to give myself the title of feminist, among many other things. I write these ideas with an open heart and with no other goal but to simply share the place I am in my own evolutionary journey, and I hope you find a way to connect or maybe just empathize with it too. 

I can hear some of that rebuke now, "she cares about fashion and pineapples and what cocktails she’s serving at her next party. How can you also be a feminist?” Well in the remarkably simple words of Megan Markle, “Being a feminist and being feminine are not mutually exclusive." And this I will admit has always been a point of reckoning for me, as I do enjoy a lot of the things Barbie and the one dimensional paper dolls I was obsessed with as a child promoted. And I will still admit that the idea that women might have more to contribute then their domestic and aesthetically based talents is something I strongly believe in, however, as a child I learned that being physically appealing and enjoyable to men would was always the priority before becoming an astronaut or President. Despite having many opportunities to play sports, go to NASA space camp (yes I went and yes it was awesome) and see my mother have a professional career, I still had this idea that being married, having children, being desirable by male standards would validate my role as a woman. This way of thinking is changing, but we can't deny that a lot of the values we learned from television, school and the workplace have often reinforced them. Take the red carpet at award shows for example, the women there are some of the most talented, intelligent and strongest female role models the world has, there to be recognized for just that, their performance and talent. But they are also very much expected and sometimes critiqued beyond belief about their gowns for the night, and yet they aren’t supermodels or fashion designers or even fashionistas, they are professionals in an industry where women have been exploited, over-sexualized/de-sexualized and extremely typecasted based on their looks and the narrow ideas of women our society has embraced. As much as I love fashion, can't we find something else to talk to actresses about? Why can't the fashion designers come and talk about their creations separately, why do we shame actresses for wearing an unflattering or less stylish dress. I loved watching Fashion Police, but I must say it was often times very harsh in judging women's bodies, rather than talking about important fashion is. I think we have come a long way in getting closer to equality. But currently there seems to be this dual pressure now, where women are expected to get an education, have successful careers, make their own money but to also be beautiful to men, get married and have children.Obviously this is a major generalization and I myself would like to not only have a career but also be a mother one day and have a family, but it just seems as if we are still teetering on this hump of uncertainty, as if women are so close to real equity in so many ways but than we see major gender wage gaps in the workforce, fat shaming and perhaps the worst of all, the continued sexual abuse and exploitation of women, most often by men and all over the world on a wide spectrum. This spectrum is how I understand the connection between abuse and simply anti-feminist rhetoric. The scale goes from calling women and girls who speak their mind 'bossy' or 'bitches', all the way to rape. I have been called a bitch many a time by both men and women, and it's always made me think, "isn't there a more thorough description?" Women have historically been told not to be too vocal, to be polite, coy and selfless. It's quite unfortunate that strong women, who have opinions and expect respect from others have too be to portrayed negatively on TV, in the workplace, in the classroom and in romantic partnerships. And if you don't agree that this word "bitch' is based off sexism, then please, let me know what the male specific equivalent is. Please also, let me know what the male equivalent is of terms like whore, hoe, slut, hooker, prostitute, and the ultimate, c***. I often wish there was an instrumental version of the hip hop music I love. Perhaps some that speaks of women with less hatred and judgement and more empowerment and respect. I could continue to give endless amounts of examples of how women are portrayed and judged by society, but I will only give a few more for the sake of this being perhaps the longest blog post I have ever written. One that I find particularly relevant is the Real Housewives franchise, which I openly have always supported and find very entertaining and if I dare say, sometimes relatable. My biggest problem, however, is the name of the show. I know the original idea was to try and peek into the lives of wealthy women who for the most part were dependent on their successful husbands financially. But the reality is that these women over the years are much more than (or entirely not even) housewives who married well. They are extremely interesting, dynamic, funny and intelligent women who deserve more credit than the narrow title of "housewife." I wish the show focused less on the drama and more on the cool stuff they do because portraying women as jealous, mean, and dramatic just reinforces another negative stereotype that makes women look less capable. A few more examples as the media is my obsession. Kim Kardashian has made quite an empire, but it started with a sex tape, essentially selling her sexuality for gain. Alicia Florick from the Good Wife, had to create an amazing career after her famous husband on the show had a public affair. Elle Woods got into Harvard law school to chase a loser ex-boyfriend with an application video that showed her swimming in a sequin bikini and tight fitting dress. Don't get me wrong, I love all of these characters/people and I am not hating on the wonderful content they created that I have enjoyed consuming. But I am hopeful that the messages the media sends to all women and men start to focus less on a female's romantic partnerships, sexuality and beauty being the focus of the plot or motivation and more on her intellect, gumption, and heroism. And we have definitely seen very many examples like that in Big Little Lies, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Oprah, Bethany Frankel, Parks and Recreation, How to Get Away with Murder and fortunately very many more too. 

In my work as a mental heath therapist I have endless experience with women in unhealthy and abusive partnerships. I know the role society plays in supporting such relationships, as well as the long road victims have to go through to become survivors. The most interesting thing about working with victims is how they identify the emotional abuse as the most challenging thing to get over, because in many ways our society supports what their partners tend to instill in them. Things like, calling them fat, attacking their parenting skills, accusing them of being 'whores', 'un-Godly', or 'unattractive' and thus worth nothing. Women have often been groomed as sexual objects yet shamed in our society for expressing it or enjoying their sexual freedom. We teach young girls to be gatekeepers, yet boys are praised for aggressively pursuing sex with multiple partners. I know that Aziz Ansari didn't appear to have raped the woman who wrote the article, however, I have a lot of empathy for the pressure she seemed to feel and complete lack of interest most men seem to have in what their partners want versus their own agenda. Emma Gray from the Huffington Post said  "If the #MeToo movement is going to amount to sustained culture change ― rather than simply a weeding out of the worst actors in a broken system ― we need to renegotiate the sexual narratives we’ve long accepted. And that involves having complicated conversations about sex that is violating but not criminal." I could not have said it better myself. There is so much in between on the spectrum of consent and rape that we need to be talking about with both men and women from an early age. In so many ways I really hope to have a son in the future, just to be able to have the chance to raise one who I know will have true respect for women and himself. Who will lead the future based off the things we have evolved from in the past. But I also know it's never too late to create awareness and hopefully change in the men of today. Their have been so many very positive male figures who have stood up for women's rights and are slowly helping to change the face of feminism. 

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I know the world will never be perfect, but I have a dream that one day I won't shame myself for not being skinny. I have a dream that my future children will enter romantic partnerships with true respect for one another. I have a dream that my future clients who experienced sexual trauma won't blame themselves for what happened to them. I have a dream that little girls will grow up being praised for their ideas, their gumption, and their bravery. I have a dream that college men will not have to hear "no" but rather understand sex should come from an eager "yes." I have a dream that sex work will no longer be an industry and that children will never be victimized in any part of the world. I have a dream that men will fall in love with women at first respect for who they are and the amazing lives they lived. I have a dream that we won't have to use the word feminism because one day I know, it will just be the norm. 

Much love and so much empathy, 

-MGN
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INDEGO AFRICA: SHOPPING FOR GOOD

As a helping professional and self-proclaimed fashionista, I love when both charity and fashion come together - and Indego Africa has done this, seamlessly. They are a non-profit organization run from NYC that partners with women from Rwanda and Ghana to create beautiful things, with all the profits going back to the education and employment of the creators. Indego Africa started in 2008 and since then, 89% of the women producing these lovely products have risen from poverty. That is an inspirational and amazing statistic that truly makes me happy to hear, I genuinely hope that more companies arise in the same fashion, with the same purpose. Here are just a few of the wonderful things I have found on their online shop. I am loving the straw baskets especially! Enjoy!

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SHOPPING FOR GOOD, 

-MGN

COZY LA COFFEE SHOPS

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And they're instagrammable too... Every city has its restaurants, museums, landmarks, and hotels that give you some insight into the people and culture. But one of the things I love to do in a new city is visit the cafes and coffee shops, the place where people kind of dwell, work, meet, who live in and take part in the creation of the vibe of the city. Los Angeles has an interesting coffee scene as so many of it's residents are freelancers, writers, bloggers or fall under the large umbrella of creatives, without a permanent office space but with a need for inspiration, a warm environment and some very aethetically pleasing coffee. And so this is where a lot of the magic happens, or at least for me the caffeine buzz of ideas on a bright and early morning or rainy afternoon, the three days per year it rains in Los Angeles. Enjoy!


{West Hollywood}

{Beverly Hills + LAX}

CIVIL COFFEE
{Highland Park}

DOCUMENT COFFEE BAR
{Koreatown}

{Beverly Hills}

AMANDINE PÂTISSERIE CAFE
{Brentwood + Koreatown}

EIGHTFOLD COFFEE
{Echo Park}

{DTLA}

{Brentwood + Santa Monica}

G&B COFFEE
{Los Feliz, Larchmont Village and DTLA}

{Santa Monica + West Hollywood}

{Santa Monica}


LAMILL COFFEE
{Silverlake} 

INTELLIGENTSIA
{Venice, Pasadena and Silverlake}

DON FRANCISCO'S
{DTLA}

{Hollywood}

STORIES
{Echo Park}

MENOTTI'S
{Venice}

ALCHEMIST COFFEE PROJECT
{Koreatown}

{Venice + DTLA}

THE ASSEMBLY
{West Hollywood}

{Silverlake} 

{West Hollywood + DTLA} 

{Beverly Hills}

AROMA CAFE
{Studio City}

BRICKS & SCONES
{Larchmont Village}

CONSERVATORY FOR COFFEE
{Culver City}

{Venice}

{all over Los Angeles}

BLACKTOP COFFEE
{DTLA}

{Santa Monica + Little Tokyo}

{Brentwood, , Silverlake, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Studio City}


LET'S GET STUFF DONE, 

-MGN

THE M LIST: JANUARY


1. This West Village Apartment by Fernando Santangelo is everything I ever dreamed of in a New York apartment and it's no wonder that his work was featured in Architectural Digest last month. I absolutely love the subtle blue, perfectly fit for a sophisticated yet soothing place to live in the city. This shade could put me to sleep in two seconds just as much as it could inspire numerous cocktail parties that go deep into the night. I just love the use of shelving for books and art that line the entire height of the wall, it's perfectly collected and I think i'd have a hard time choosing what exactly to place in each spot. I love the idea, however, of being able to easily change the items on shelves and thus bring in new colors and texture for a little refresh here and there. The only thing missing is my glorious custom bar cart I would need to order, but other then that I would ready and willing to move right in!


2. Catching up on Television... After traveling to three cities in one week during the holiday I caught a terrible cold and was sentenced to bed, leaving me with no other options then to binge watch anything and everything. Some of the standouts were The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, from the same writers as Gilmore Girls and absolutely hilarious, on point and interestingly relatable to the female empowerment movement happening now, despite the fact that the show takes place in the fifties. Every cast member is incredibly talented and for any Gilmore Girls fan like myself you will definitely notice some similarities in the wit and themes of each episode. I am a tad late to the magic of The Crown but given my obsession with the royal family I figured it would hit me at some point just how interesting this historical drama is, especially since Queen Elizabeth is still alive and well. It's phenomenal and I am sad they will be changing the cast to reflect the age progression in season 3. Continuing on with the British obsession I have, the London version of The Hills is finally legally available in the states. The openly semi-scrpited Made in Chelsea is now on Hulu and even though I have been watching since my British friend first turned me on to it 6 years ago, I am happy to be reunited with the show and share it with my roommate who just can't get enough. She told me not to mention this in my blog but this is a good way of checking to see if she actually reads it. Other shows that aren't new but new to me that I love are Cosmos and The Toys That Made Us: Barbie. Next on my list is DivorceThe Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and Victoria. Any additional recommendations are welcome!




3. The #TIMESUP movement... FINALLY! I was amazed by the solidarity and support women and men showed all people about standing up to inequity, sexual harassment and disparity in power. To think about how long people, mostly women, have been fighting to be treated equally is astonishing to me. And I know we have such a long way to go until there is real equity between genders, however, to see the conversation not be ignored or remain in a very small venue but rather recognized by some of the most influential women and men is inspiring and exciting to me. My hope is we really take this opportunity to teach our young people that the world is changing and keep it a persistent and evolving conversation in our society. And after Oprah's speech, I have so many good feelings about the future. 




4. Bottega Louie in West Hollywood... If you live in LA and have only ventured downtown a few times, chances are you most likely have stumbled upon the exquisite, very un-"LA" beauty of Bottega Louie. It's a restaurant serving great food, mostly with an Italian and American centered menu but also a very notable and visually stunning pâtisserie serving some of the most delectable and beautiful macarons and pastries. Before Ladurèe came to Los Angeles, Bottega Louie really was my number one macaron spot, where I would sometimes go and just lounge by the pastries, with a latte and my laptop knocking work out. The only draw back for me has been its' downtown location, an area I tend to avoid due to traffic and the fact that I am usually in a rush whenever there, since I live closer to the beach. But now I have word that they will be opening a second location in West Hollywood, not necessarily next door to Brentwood but a much more likely trek for me on a girls night out or lazy Sunday morning. And if you don't live near Los Angeles, don't fret, you can still order some of their amazing macarons and other treats online! I am excited to see what they do with the West Hollywood space, as their downtown location looks like a renovated old bank, with very high ceilings and carved wood detail, yet modern, almost with a New York or Chicago vibe. I am assuming the design of the new location will be much more contemporary so I guess I will just have to bounce between both for my fix. I will keep you posted on when the new spot opens, hopefully sometime this Spring. 



5. 2018 Travel... I can't believe how many trips I have already started planning this year despite it only being mid January and having just gotten back from Carmel by the Sea! I am already set to visit Vail, New York, Las Vegas, Cabo and Chicago for sure, and it's likely something else might get added into the mix given it's only the first month of the year. Most of these trips have been wedding driven, which is always a great excuse to go away and have fun. I haven't been to Vail or Cabo before, so I will be perusing Instagram and using the "save" feature to find all the great spots. Let me know if you have any recommendations for either place!




Excited to see what 2018 brings, hope you are too!

-MGN