Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Babymoon in Bermuda (Part Two)

I'm back today to share the second half of our Babymoon in Bermuda.  If you missed part one, you can read that here.

After a full beach/pool day the day before for our third day we headed into town to browse the stores early before it got too hot! We took a taxi over for the half mile walk because humidity and pregnancy, ha! but we did walk back to the hotel after walking the strip with stores.

Many days we do coordinate outfits on vacations - I'll pull out an outfit and Derek will just take out whatever in his suitcase looks best with it.  I was laughing this day because we packed as little as possible and didn't really have a day outfit other than bathing suits so we just through these together with extras we had and completely accidentally matched to a tee.

After hearing so much about the famous Swizzle Inn during this trip and our last visit we decided to make the scenic drive over and try it out for lunch.  We opted to sit inside as it was getting pretty hot.

The rest of the day was all about the pool!  We got back around 1:30 and stayed out there until past six just relaxing, enjoying time in the shade, floating in the pool and taking some naps.

For our last night there we headed back into town, we went to visit a friend at Muse for a pre dinner drink and then had a great dinner at the Lobster Pot before walking back down to the hotel to settle in for the night.

Our flight home wasn't until later on in the afternoon the last day so we were up early and ready to take advantage of our final time there.  I spent some time at the pool while it was quiet just doing some reading and enjoying the gorgeous sites one more time.

We grabbed the first jitney down to the beach where it was so quiet so a great time to catch a little more sun, play in the water and Derek took a kayak out.  

To finish things off we did lunch at one of the hotel's new restaurants, Marcus, and then headed off to the airport for a quick flight home.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Babymoon in Bermuda

Last week we took a quick little Babymoon to Bermuda before I need to stop flying.  It's crazy to think that our next trip we'll have a baby with us!  Bermuda is just under a two hour flight from here and only one hour ahead so it made for an easy trip.  The last time we'd been there was in April and the weather was much different - hot and humid this time but we lucked out - no rain, all sun and great beach/pool days.

There was hardly anything planned so it was a very relaxing trip!  Much of what I wore was non-maternity other than a dress or two and a bathing suit/coverup.  We stayed at the Hamilton Princess right in the town of Hamilton and it had just undergone a huge renovation so the property was so pretty.  The highlight was the pool which looked right over the marina.

As soon as we made it through customs and to the hotel we got changed right away and headed straight to the pool.  We stayed put there until a little after 7:00 - usually we aren't out that late in the sun - so it was a great way to start off the trip.  They had the best sparkling beach lemonade which was a great treat to enjoy.

For dinner that night we kept things simple and didn't leave the hotel by eating outside at 1609 with great live music and a nice breeze.  

To kick off our first full day we slept in and it was fantastic! After some balcony time and reading it was off to the spa for the best hour - massages.  

The jitney heads to the beach club every half hour so we grabbed the first one out after we were done at the spa.  It was so peaceful as it wasn't crowded so after picking a couple beach chairs we grabbed lunch at the restaurant then enjoyed the rest of the afternoon enjoying - relaxing in our chairs in the shade, swimming, playing on the hammocks, and rock climbing/paddle boarding for Derek.  

We finished off the afternoon back at the hotel for a few hours complete with a pool side nap.

One restaurant we loved from our last trip was the Waterlot Inn at the Fairmont's other property so on this night we headed over there early to enjoy time on the dock first and then have a great dinner.  

I haven't set foot in a steakhouse since I was about 5 weeks pregnant as I've had an aversion to steak but my scallops were great, the steakhouse sides were delicious as always and the sea salt carmel chocolates at the end of the meal were the highlight - we may or may not have asked for some extras to take back to the hotel with us.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday's Pick: Neutral Fall Accessories

Happy Friday! This was a short week around here as we got back from our Babymoon in Bermuda on Wednesday night - I'll look forward to sharing about it next week.  I don't want summer to end in the slightest bit but I am pretty over the summer clothes and ready for the next season in that sense. 

I have a small list of maternity/size items to get for the start of fall and the first few weeks after baby but other than that I'm trying to hold off on too much shopping other than leggings, sweaters, etc. Speaking of - mamas - what were your favorite postpartum clothing items?? Please share as shopping for my few fall pieces is high on the to do list.

I've also had fun browsing accessories.  I don't need too many things but they are always fun to look at - plus I know it'll get use pre/post baby.

A few of my favorites from the week below... 

Have a good weekend! xx 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

LA Area Favorites

While we were out in California I had lots of request to share our favorites out there so today I'm getting around to doing that.  Everyone has favorite travel spots and California is ours - we try to go twice a year if possible, we're so happy when we are out there and we are big creatures of habit so we usually do something the same plus something new each time.

Also very requested were home posts - I promise they are coming! I'll do a look into some rooms soon then share by room once they are ready - For now I share peeks inside on my instagram

Malibu - June 2017

Beverly Hills: Our favorite is The Beverly Hills Hotel, the staff is so friendly and always makes you feel at home, the food is our favorite in all the area, and the pool area is gorgeous.  Another great pick is The Beverly Wilshire - you can't beat it's location right at the end of Rodeo Drive plus it's well known from Pretty Woman.

Santa Monica: Loews Santa Monica has recently had a remodel and is located within walking of most big restaurants and shopping in SM.  The Fairmont Mirmar has great views and the bungalow is one of the best night spots in the area.  

Malibu: If you're looking to stay out this way there's really only one option - the Malibu Beach Inn - located right on the beach, near the pier.  Just outside of Malibu but a great little area is the Westlake Village Inn - a quaint hotel right next to a winery and out of the hustle/bustle of the area.

Beverly Hills - June 2016

Beverly Hills: The Polo Lounge and Cabana Cafe are our favorite - every dish is delicious and you will not be sorry with the McCarthy Salad.  Craig's is not only sure to see a celebrity but the food is amazing too.  Rather new but Catch LA is very tasty and has a gorgeous roof top to enjoy.  Driving up through the Hollywood Hills is fun - looking at the mansions and taking in the city views from lookout points.  I'd be lying if I didn't say In & Out was one of our favorites too. 

Santa Monica: Ivy at the Shore not only has tasty food but the decor is the cutest - fresh flowers everywhere, darling plates, etc.  The Ivy in West Hollywood is just as good.

Malibu: Nobu Malibu is the it spot there - the food is good but the views and setting are even better. Mastro's Ocean Club is great within that chain because they have more seafood then many of the other locations.  Casa Escobar has many locations and is great for a Mexican fix.

Santa Monica - January 2017

Beverly Hills: Strolling Rodeo to see the sights, touring the Greystone Mansion and Virginia Robertson Gardens, riding the trolley through town, etc.  Close by any of the "Hollywood" things are fun - touring WB studios is neat to see, seeing the walk of fame/sights by there and shopping at the Grove. Most of the hotels have great pool areas as we very much enjoy spending time doing that!

Santa Monica: Enjoying the beach, shopping at the promenade and making a visit over to Venice to see the canals are top activities. 

Malibu: Malibu Wine Safaris is hands down our favorite thing to do - we also love hanging at the winery on property, Saddlerock Ranch, as well.  Even with the baby we'll be able to continue going because they have some kid friendly tours as well.  Strolling the pier and enjoying the beach are perfect ways to spend a day.

If anyone has kid friendly activities in the area, I'd love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by! xx 

Monday, August 7, 2017

This & That

I took this picture this week at 29 weeks - I honestly can't even believe that next week we'll be down to single digit weeks left - time is flying and our little boy will be here before we know it.  My dress is Liz Lange Maternity and I love just about all her items at Target.

Speaking of baby, I got trapped in Target the other day waiting for a thunderstorm to pass and went to the baby section to grab some detergent so I can start slowly washing his clothes.  Since I had the time to browse before I knew it my cart was stocked up with essentials.  I don't want to be overwhelmed buying anything and want to do it while it's fun and not a chore so starting to slowly pickup while I can.

The other night I hosted some girlfriends for a Stella & Dot party that I'd won at a fundraiser.  I always love seeing things in person so it was great to checkout the baubles I'd browsed on the site while enjoying some treats, cocktails and girl time.  If you'd like to order anything you can checkout the products right here.

I'm not gluten free, we don't really do gluten free but these donuts our family friends made at the lake are amazing and taste just like regular.  I had a lot of requests for the recipe on IG and once I get it, I'll definitely share soon!

Have a good week! xx