Hannah and me at the Little Market lunch – Nine Favorite Favorite Things
I love getting to write these posts after a long trip. I have so much to say and share with you all! I’ve been in LA since Tuesday and as I write this I’m headed to LAX to catch a flight home (it’s Saturday afternoon). So I haven’t actually had a whole lot of time to put the usually long and detailed Favorite’s post together. Expect more next week.
For now, here’s a tightened-up version of the post – peppered with some stories from LA!
I flew in Tuesday and purposely planned nothing for that night so I could try on clothes and get my outfits organized for the week. I was glad to not have anything on the calendar, especially since my flight ended up being delayed by 2-hours. Bummer but I made it work!
I was excited to stay at The West Hollywood Edition. This has always been one of my favorite LA hotels (and The Edition in New York too). The LA Edition is special though. It’s on its own serene little corner in West Hollywood, tucked away in a sea of calming trees. A very relaxing space and I love the smaller boutique-like look and feel. It’s very much my vibe.
I spent the night trying on outfits and working. Sadly this wasn’t quite my trip for outfits, I kind of struck out. But again, tried to make it work, so I was happy! I love the fashion side of these trips and getting to wear cute outfits excites me so much. It’s fun.
Wednesday I was up and out early to film some fun recipes for TikTok with Shay Mitchell. Shay is so sweet and even prettier in person! The fun video we created will be coming soon. I spent most of the day with her, then bolted over to my brother’s house to stop in for a visit and finally meet little baby Bud! He is adorable! I loved getting to see him, he’s so small and sweet. Unfortunately, my time there was short, I needed to leave for a couple of meetings, but he really was perfect.
From there, I headed back to my hotel for a meeting. Then out to a dinner meeting before calling it a night on my “work” day. It was a busy day running around the city, but these types of days always excite me.
Thursday was slightly more mellow. I had an incredible breakfast at République with Monica Padman. I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with her from the Armchair Expert podcast. To be honest, this was only a brunch but one of the highlights of my trip. I just had so much fun meeting and talking to her. She’s even sweeter in person and a breath of fresh air to speak with. And if you travel to République, get the Croque Madame and avocado toast.
Then I headed back to my hotel for a quick refresh before hopping in the car and heading out again. This time it was down to the South Coast Plaza in Orange County for a book signing at the Williams-Sonoma store there. I loved this night! Everyone who came had the absolute sweetest stories. I was blown away and am feeling luckier than ever for our kind community. Y’all really are the BEST.
This night was also extra special because my brothers + their girlfriends all surprised me and showed up in the middle of the signing. I didn’t really expect them to come because, honestly, for most people these are probably kind of boring. But man it felt amazing to have them there. Plus, we took some fun family photos after, which my mom certainly LOVED.
Afterward, it was back to the Edition for a very late room service dinner from their restaurant, Ardor. If you stay at the Edition – eat here! The food is SO GOOD, as are their pastries. Their sweet potato curry is highly recommended.
Friday we had the book’s “launch lunch” with The Little Market and Staub at a cute spot in Santa Monica, Elephante. The event was stunning. Both The Little Market and Staub teams created a really beautiful event. I feel so grateful for both brands and their longtime support. They both have been HUGE supporters practically since day one. If you’re new to The Little Market, make sure you check out their products. The candles and glassware are my favorites. And of course, we certainly know that I love my Stuab cookware.
After the event, I headed back to my hotel, did a very fast refresh, then headed out This time it was to the Beverly Hills Crate and Barrel for our very last book signing. I had both McKenzie and Taylor with me (they are part of our HBH social team) on both nights, This was not only fun but just great for us all to be together. It made the last 2 signings easy and even more special.
Saturday morning, I had one last breakfast at The Edition with my friend Chriselle. It was so nice to catch up with her. It had been a couple of years since we last saw each other! If you love scents, as I do, try her perfume PHLUR. I was lucky enough to get a couple of the sold-out scents and they are beautiful.
After breakfast I ran into one last meeting. Our interior designer, Katie Hodges and I had a BIG meeting. We talked fabrics, furniture, designs, plans, and all things interior design. I am so excited.
And from there, I had zero time and jumped right in the car to head to LAX. I just boarded my flight and am probably about to be yelled at for having my laptop out. But you know, got to get in all the work while you can!
Happy to be headed back home, but at the same time, sad to be leaving LA. It’s the warmest day since I arrived and I really didn’t get outside at all! But I’ll be back soon. I’m looking forward to more trips back out.
My family is still in Sedona util Monday, so I’m flying solo for a couple of days. Their trip, of course, looks amazing. So glad they’re having fun! I’ll try to get some Oslo photos from my mom!
Alright, I think that’s all I have for you today! Long recap, but a shorter list below, since I’ll be getting in late tonight. Back to normal next week!
1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
wanting…this fun bamboo paddle brush in virgo. Such a cute brush, I love all the fun colors. In addition, it gives your hair a shinier and healthier appearance.
excited for…the Gigi x Frankies Bikinis collection. Looks so cute!!
wanting to try…the U Beauty barrier bioactive treatment. An overnight mask that is said to replenish the moisture barrier of your skin, for stronger, firmer, and more radiant skin. My dry skin sounds like it needs this product. I know it’s on the expensive side, but I’ve heard incredible things about the U Beauty brand.
listening to…Move with Heart with Melissa Wood-Tepperberg’s. So excited that Melissa of Melissa Wood Health is launching a podcast. Episodes start this week and I can’t wait to hear and learn from her stories.
dreaming of going…Eden Roc Cap Cana in the Caribbean. Wow, this resort looks just wonderful. We’re planning a quick vacation for the end of May and I’m pushing for this place to be our destination.
reading…Do You Mind if I Cancel by Gary Janetti. Actually, I’m hoping to read this while on vacation. Cousin Ethel promises you will LOL. Janetti has a brand new book out too called, Start Without Me.
burning…Diptyque City of Candles collection. In love with this fun collection of scents from different places across the globe. Certainly excited to burn the Tokyo candle.
thinking of ordering…Nette Sunday Chess candle. Another new-to-me brand of clean candles I’m very curious to test out.
shopping…The Primary Essentials. Just discovered this cute site and am looking forward to ordering a few new tableware pieces.
wearing…PHLUR. They have the prettiest scents. If you’re looking for a special Mothers Day gift, this would be wonderful.
loving…Dae Cactus 3-in-1 Styling Cream. Mckenzie from our social team is loving this product. I’m a huge fan of Dae, so I’m excited to try it.
loving…Anine Bing Such a cute summer bag.
2. The most popular recipes of April.
Most popular: Chicken Tzatziki Bowls
Runner-up: Easiest One Pan Caprese Pesto Orzo Bake
Also have to mention: Crispy Chicken Katsu Bowls
This one too: Peanut Chicken Spring Roll Bowls
OK. Last one: One Skillet Cheesy Green Chile Chicken
3. A few of my mom’s favorite Mother’s Day picks.
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: redoing my kitchen. what are your must-haves?
a: I love a big sink for piling dishes in. I would keep lower cabinets closed for the most part. And for upper cabinets that you’d like open, I would add glass doors. Things get really dusty otherwise (or at least where I live).
I also love a huge island for working, very important to me. I prefer not to have a cooktop on the island, but if your island is big enough, a small sink is nice. And always put outlets on the island (I stupidly did not).
If you’re able to, a water pot filler over the range is convenient, but definitely not a must. And then personally, I love a side-by-side fridge + freezer (so no freezer drawer on the bottom).
q: if there was something to change about your job, what would it be?
a: There are day-to-day things that of course would be great to change. But most importantly, I’d probably just change the fact that my family is subject to everyone’s opinions, good or bad. Sadly negative people can be really loud even in a sea of kindness. I’m pretty good about ignoring it all, but I’m not sure why some feel they have the right to comment on someone else’s life in such hurtful or judgmental ways. Boggles my mind.
Seems pretty simple to me, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.
And just to clarify, I’m not talking about criticism/feedback that’s given in a constructive way. That is a completely different thing and it’s actually something I value.
q: love that your Cleveland accent comes out sometimes. what’s the most Ohio thing about you?
a: People say this sometimes and I’m so confused!? What’s a Cleveland accent? The most Ohio thing about me is my personality. If you really know me, you can certainly tell I’m from the midwest. Love my Cleveland roots!!
q: what song do you know all the words to?
a: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”. Possibly a few T-Swift songs? I’m not someone who loves, loves music. I know, sooo weird.
q: what is your favorite herb??
a: It really does change, but cilantro right now.
q: do you use self-tanner? looking for a new brand.
a: I love Tan Luxe products. Especially the gradual lotions. I need to start using some before traveling!! I’ve been using their new face cream since I really don’t wear makeup while at home.
q: do you usually travel to DIA to fly out of Colorado?
a: Yeah, it’s about 4 hours there and back. And you just never know with weather and traffic. It’s one of those things I really don’t love about living in the mountains. I will say that I’m so thankful for my dad who always comes down to Denver to get me. It’s one of those things daughters really love their dads for. Only my dad would spend 4 hours roundtrip just to make an airport run.
5. LA photos.
(Meredith, me, and Hannah)
(Monica and I)
(little baby Bud! And brother Brendan)
(Tori, me, and Tori’s mom, Tina)
(Ilana, me, and Mack)
(Tori, me, and Tori’s mom, Tina)
(Taylor, me, and McKenzie)
(brother Kai, his GF Cait, me, brother Trevor, his GF Kristen, practically a brother Blake, and his GF Coco)
6. Inspiring Me on Pinterest
(really embracing this thought process – quote from Pinterest)
7. Favorite links i’m loving.
…all the cutest trends.
18 Trader Joe’s Products Our Editors Can’t Live Without
The Zodiac Signs You’re Most Compatible With, Based on Your Own Sign
…here are 19 certainly worth sharing.
8. Spring fashion finds under $200.
9. This week’s favorite dinners + top weekend eats.
Sunday: Pull Apart French Toast Bake