DC, the Shake Stack and Lunch by the Water.

Do you follow me on Instagram? If you do, you probably already saw that I was in DC this weekend! I headed east for a few days to visit one of my oldest friends, Sarah, in her new home! It was a great weekend of delicious food and catching up and LOTS of walking!

Disclaimer: This post is long and filled with delicious looking (and tasting!) food. It may cause jealousy. Please do not attempt to eat your screen while reading. 

I met her on the metro and we headed straight for one of our NYC favorites: Shake Shack! I haven’t had a Shake Shack burger in years, but omgzzz have I missed it! Their ‘shroom burger is to die for but I’ve been craving a classic burger for days now so I decided to go big with the Shake Stack (cheese burger with portobello stacked on top) and a Fair Shake (vanilla shake with  fair trade (!!) COFFEE extract swirled through). God it was good.

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I did notice the portobello was fried. Has it always been fried!? I could have sworn that back in the day it was grilled. I feel like I remember it being fried when I visited Shake Shack Miami (circa 2012) but I have memories of Shake Shack NYC (circa 2010) being grilled. Am I cray? Anyone know? PLEASE TELL ME! red wine lipstick

Stuff and happy we headed back to her house in Alexandria after a long day of travel. Plus, we needed to rest up for more DC-foodie adventures that awaited us!

The next day started with an iced coffee and a much needed mani-pedi while Sarah was at work. Then we met up and headed to King St. in old town Alexandria for lunch!

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After a little bit of window shopping, we decided on seafood! We figured you could get pizza and salads anywhere and being as I’m landlocked most of the year, I lovvvee some fresh seafood!

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This place was INCREDIBLE! We went for a late lunch, so the entire restaurant was empty for the first half of our meal. The old interior was very much the colonial style you except in Alexandria, absolutely beautiful with a nautical feel. I wish I would have snapped a couple photos because it was perfectly detailed and gorgeous. Apparently, some of the interior wood is charred black from a Civil War fire! If that’s not a side of history with your dinner, I don’t know what is!

After choosing our win, which was an exceptionally crisp white Zin, we decided to go family style and order a couple plates that looked delicious to us and share them.

Our calamari was a giant heaping plate of perfectly golden and fried pieces and a curry spiced dipping sauce (maybe curry mayo?). God, it was good. I miss it already…

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Next, we shared a lump crab cake with okra and corn relish. I might have eaten okra once or twice before at Roscoe’s in LA… but I certainly don’t remember it being that delicious! It was sweet and a little crunchy, giving just the perfect hint of southern flair to this dish. Go ahead, take a look at it…

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The crab cake was superb. Flakey, soft, and full of flavor. I was hoping to get more than one of these bad boys (the plate was $12) but it was such a large piece that we didn’t have too much of an issue sharing.

For our final course, we decided on their special: grilled salmon, topped with shrimp, scallops, and crab in a sherry sauce. It might have been my least favorite of the three dishes (mostly because I’m still dreaming about the calamari and crab cake) but it was still delicious! Perfectly cooked and rather light, I wouldn’t mind making a version of this back home!

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After such a huge lunch, we needed to walk it off so we strolled down to the Potomac River.

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Shorts and shirt: Zara, Shoes, Birkenstocks.

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We spotted a man who performed elaborate jazz pieces on crystal glasses and chatted up all the ladies who stopped to watch. Red Wine Lipstick


We stopped into Sarah’s fave coffee shop of the moment: Misha’s. It was a bright, quirky local spot with magnet letters spelling out the menu and piles and piles of Colombian coffee ready to be roasted. They do a pretty killer almond milk iced latte, too(I think i’m an addict).

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After our coffee, we continued on to Union St. Public House to meet her friends for a happy hour drink. The spot used to be an old hangout of George Washington, himself! #prettycool

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We continued our walk afterwards and found a boutique with a really awesome name…

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We strolled talking until dark, stopped in for some pizza at a local place, grabbed a cupcake at another, and then stopped at Whole Foods for a bottle of vino (that we never drank) before heading back to her house to rest. We were exhausted, but we ate well and the trip had only just begun!

We figured we should rest our eyes before a day packed with bottomless mimosas and bike riding…

Until tomorrow! xo

Champagne from a Straw and RodGab

A few weeks ago, Tyty and I went to Red Rocks to see one of my all time favorites: Rodrigo y Gabriela!

If you’re a music buff, you’ve probably heard of the venue. It’s pretty spectacular and it looks like this:

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All the greats have played there and are usually as in awe about it as you are to see them. Lucky for us, it’s only a short drive from Boulder!

We decided to celebrate our Sunday evening by stopping by our favorite Boulder shop, Cured. It’s a fantastic little charcuterie shop on East Pearl St. (I wrote about it here), with an amazing selection of meats and cheeses and local or hand crafted goods. The cheesemongers know everything there is to know about cheese and are exceptionally helpful! We picked out a couple pairings along with some bread, olives, chocolate, and champagne, packed everything into a picnic basket and headed out to Red Rocks.

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We sipped some bubbly from straws and nibbled away at our treats while chatting with others who parked around us!

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Beaded dress by Zara

At sun down, we packed up our stuff and headed into the amphitheater for the show! I’ve been a long time fan of RodGab and somehow always manage to miss them when they come to town! We managed to get amazing seats (thanks Tyty!!) and danced into the night with the epic guitar duo.

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Their music is an awesome blend of Spanish guitar, heavy metal, jazz and flamenco. If you haven’t listened to them, I highly recommend you do. In fact, do it tonight. You will thank me later.

Personally, I find their tunes are best enjoyed with a nice glass of red wine, a good book, and your dog cuddled up at your feet.

The Ultimate Spicy-Sticky Grilled Chicken

I love summer. Mostly because it means I’m allowed to lounge in a bathing suit all day, but also because I love summer time food! Grilling is my number one cooking method during warm months: Peaches, cherries, corn on the cob, hot dogs, pineapple, stuffed burgers… you get the point. My favorite thing to grill, you ask? Why chicken, of course! There’s no better way to enjoy chicken then grillin’ it! It’s quick and easy and creates a crunchy outer crust with a juicy inside.

When grilling, a marinade is key! And the longer you marinade, the better! A quick browse on Pinterest will reveal a million and one marinades for newbie grillers to try, so it’s best to go in with a flavor you’re feelin: sweet, spicy, light and citrusy, Asian-inspired, BBQ, south of the border, etc. etc.

I’ve been experimenting with my own marinades lately and finally settled on one that combines sticky sweetness, with a sharp zing of citrus and spice. It’s GOOD. Really good. So good, that I’ve decided to share it.

To make spicy, sticky chicken with a kick of Patron you’ll need:

  • 1 lb boneless and skinless chicken thighs, free range! (I promise, it makes a diff!!!!)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 can of chipotles in adobo (2 chipotles, 3 tbsp of adobo sauce)
  • spoonful of honey
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • chopped cilantro
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • pinch of paprika
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • GOOD tequila (I use Arta Tequila), about one shot or a big splash… the more the merrier though.. ;)
  • 1 Tbsp Whole Spice Chipotle & Honey Rub
  • 1 Tbsp Monterey seasoning


Now, rub the chicken with the Chipotle & Honey Rub and salt and pepper. In a large bowl, mix the rest of your ingredients and dump your chicken in and slather it in your mixture. Make sure it’s completely coated and then over the bowl with a lid and pop it in the fridge. They say 3+ hours, but I left mine in for nearly 24 hours. The longer the better!

When you’ve marinated the chicken for as long as you want, take it out and fire up that grill. Once it’s hot, pop those bad boys on for about 6 minutes each side. Take them off and cut them into strips.

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I served mine with corn tortillas, simple guac (lime, salt, cilantro, garlic, and avo), and lime creme (Creme Fraiche mixed with lime and paprika) and grilled corn. But anything goes with this! You could make a killer bowl with quinoa, corn salsa, avocado and veggies.

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Rainy Days.

Boulder is known for its predictably unpredictable bi-polar weather (say that 5x fast…). Remember when I told you it was unbearably hot? Well not its raining. And when it rains in Boulder, it pours. All day long. GIVE ME SUMMER BACK!

I will admit: its nice to wake up to the sound of rain.

Being a summer rain, it’s not very cold so shorts are still acceptable. Here was my look for running around town with Trish.


I bought these Adidas slides about a week ago and haven’t taken them off. They’re my new Birks. I love the bold, graphic feel they have. Best $20 ever. Every wardrobe needs a comfy tee and this Local Heros one is mine. I live in it. Brining a little California casual to the streets of Boulder.

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Shirt: Local Heros/Jacket: H&M/Sandals: Adidas

Livin the GF-Lifestyle, Without Giving Up Your (Foodie) Life.

If you live on this planet, you know that there is a lot of hoopla around the whole “gluten free” thing. I don’t have Celiac disease, but I have observed the significant differences in how my body functions on both a gluten and gluten-free diet. With a G diet, I’m sluggish, groggy, bloated, and just generally feel unpleasant. When I’m eating GF diet, I sleep 100x better (and I take less melatonin!), I’m focused and energized, and that bloated, sick feeling is gone. It took me nearly six months of self observation and becoming conscious of what I was putting in my body (4 months observing my diet, 2 months integrating new changes)

In January 2014, I made the switch to a 90-10 diet (because yes, I LOOOOVVVEEE pasta puttanesca, pizza, cookies, fresh scones, tempura-fried things, gravy, Chipotle burritos, craft beer, cheese and crackers, crusty artisan olive breads and MAC AND CHEESE!!!! I had to give my foodie self something to live for.) And while, admittedly, I have a week here and there where all I do is stuff my face with all gluten errythang (nobody’s perfect) I have seen and felt a remarkable difference on how my body works. gluten Free

Thinking of making the switch? Here’s a couple tips on how I did it.

1. Educate Yo Self: Despite what you’ve heard, being gluten-free is not a trend. And it’s not going to make you lose weight. Some people with Celiac suffer severely, and if given the chance might offer their first born just to get down on a big plate of Easy Mac. Do you know what “gluten” even is? It’s two proteins combining to create that elastic doughy texture you love so much. It is found in all wheat, rye, and barley.

I recommend reading a couple articles about exactly what the hard G is, where it’s commonly found, and how it might affect you. This Women’s Health article is a good one to wrapping your head around it.

2. Evaluate, Observe, Learn to be Conscious: When I started my GF journey, I spent months just observing what I ate without changing my diet. I found that I ate some form of gluten with EVERY meal (5-6x a day!!), even when I thought I was eating a “gluten free” meal. It was in my toast at breakfast, veggie patties for lunch, and in my sushi during happy hour. It made me so much more aware of how much gluten is in the average American diet. Taking what I had observed, I was able to create meal plans and shopping list that eventually eliminated GF-products, and thus led me to eat a cleaner (ie: less processed) diet.

3. Start with a Clean Slate: It’s hard to make any change when you’re surrounded by reminders or temptations of the thing you’re trying to change. So, if necessary, for the first few weeks remove all tempting gluten-filled things from your cupboards and fridge: beer, cereal, Oreos, soy sauce, ramen, crackers… well, you get it. If you’re anything like me, gluten-loving you might eat an entire sleeve of Oreos just to spite your gluten-free other half.

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I made this change while I was home in Los Angeles for 3 weeks this winter because I knew Tyty was going to eat gluten-y things in front of me and I didn’t want any temptation. It takes two weeks to get create a habit!

4. Prepare Yourself with Pinterest/Blogs:  Being the foodie that I am, making (or eating) dinner is a big part of my day. And rather than jump into a very bland and boring gluten-free diet of “baked chicken, rice, and steamed veggies” (which for the record, I now eat very often), I created a Pinterest board with lots of tasty looking GF and paleo-inspired dishes to help me.

I spend about 20 minutes each day checking out my favorite foodie blogs for GF recipes and poking around Pinterest to see what you guys have pinned to your healthy boards. When you have tons of delicious looking options or alternatives, you stay inspired to make delicious GF meals! And trust me, just because it’s gluten-free, DOESN’T mean it lacks flavor! One of my favorite recipes is The Londoner’s cauliflower pizza! I made it for my brothers once, and they didn’t suspect a thing. ;)

5. Know Where Gluten Might Hide: If you really wanna be a GF betch, you’re gonna have to start reading labels. Gluten is in almost every processed food product from cereal, to salad dressings, to hot dogs and even some ice cream (aw hell nah!). Here are some products you should keep an eye for:

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6. Indulge Yourself: Unless you are truly Celiac, you don’t have to live in a gluten-free world forever! Frankly, you can find a GF substitute or recipe for anything these days; but I also know that no amount of rice pasta or quinoa cookies can offer the same delicious happiness as a plate of homemade pasta. This is the same reason I allow myself to indulge in non-GF foods every once in a while.

I hate making others create a completely separate menu for me just because I’m GF so if Tyty’s grandma invites me over lasagna, I’m not gonna say no. If I go to brunch, I might spring the extra $2 and order gluten-free toast OR I might say fuck it and go with that amazing pain au chocolat. My one rule is: if I make it at home, I’ll make it GF. And thats how I stay happy, healthy, and foodie!

Bon Appetite everyone!

Pajama Party

It’s been unbelievably hot this last week or so in Boulder. Like, being-naked-is-too-much-clothes kind of hot. I’m even rejecting jean shorts at this point. Too clingy.

When I’m forced to put clothes on and leave the house, I opt for something lighter. I’ve been dying for a pair of breezy shorts this summer. You know the kind: drawstring, PJ-style shorts, casual but can be dressed up?

I’ve yet to find a pair I love enough to buy, so on this particularly hot day I wore actual pajama shorts. From VS. Yeah, I did it even though Tyty told me not to. It was SOO hot. But they were exactly what I’ve been looking for: light, silky, black, not too short, can be styled up or down. I don’t know, what do you think?

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Victoria Secret PJ shorts/H&M top/Converse/Panama Hat/Neiman Marcus bag

Wearing all black probably didn’t help the heat though…


So a month ago (actually, it was probably more like a month a half ago) I went home to LA (which I blogged about here) for a short trip. While on that trip, I was very lucky to be invited to the Nasty Gal Headquarters by a friend! You’ve probably already seen my pictures on Instagram.


It was awesome! I definitely fan-girled while there and I’m not ashamed about it. Obviously I had to take an epic selfie.

The office is 1000x bigger than I expected, and very cool and lofty and hip. It was pretty amazing getting to see behind the scenes of a place that has been so influential in recent fashion history.



That’s Dom and I, snapping a quick photo op by the Nasty Gal philosophy. #noassholes

And obviously, being #GIRLBOSSes, we had to take a couple pictures with the proper signage. NastyGal-GirlBOSS #girlboss

If you haven’t read Sophia Amoruso’s book #GIRLBOSS yet, I highly recommend you do so! Part autobiography, part origin story, part business philosophy, you’ll find that it makes you laugh out loud more than once.

It was a super fun afternoon, which was followed by cocktails on the Standard Rooftop and lunch at Bottega Louie. How downtown of us, non?

(For those wondering about outfit details: pants, H&M/crop top, H&M/hat, Colombia/purse, vintage Neiman Marcus)

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Black and White and Zero Color At All.

It’s been ages since I’ve done an outfit post, so I figured I’d indulge you guys (and myself) with one…

My dad was in town this week so I hopped on my bike and met him downtown for some sushi and cocktails one evening.


I bought this asymmetrical skort in the winter and have been dying to pair it down with more casual pieces. If you’ve seen me around this summer, you’ll recognize me by my patent Birks and my Panama hat. (Fun Fact: All traditional Panama hats are actually made in Colombia and Ecuador. Therefore, they should actually be called Colombia/Ecuador hats. #themoreyouknow).

The skort is excellent for biking around town and not worrying about flashing anyone!

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Shirt: Max Studio/Skort: Necessary Clothing/Shoes: Birkenstocks/Bag: Colombia artesian/Hat: Street Vendor, Cartagena,Colombia.

Also, for whatever reason, my camera was on “macro” mode so pardon the low image quality.

Happy Styling!

Drinking Caipirinha’s Until The Next World Cup.

As you know (or you should know), the World Cup wrapped up yesterday with an epic match between Argentina and Germany (Germany won). I’m not really sure how I’m going to spend the rest of my summer days, considering I just spent the last month watching the games and recapping everything during World Cup Tonight on ESPN. (Who knew ESPN could be cool?)

Being as the Cup was hosted by Brazil this year, I spent most weekends drinking caipirinha’s (a kind of Brazilian mojito made with Cachaça) and stalking all my friends pics who were in Rio (very jealous!).


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Here’s a pick of me and Danielle holding up our booze of choice during the Colombia vs Brazil game last week. (I’m holding Aguardiente: Colombia’s version of Cachaça.)

Caipirinha’s have become my favorite summer drink! They’re light, refreshing, SUPER easy to make, and very boozy.

Here’s what you need:
-Club soda (not traditional, but help balance the bevie nicely, especially if you’re new to Cachaça.)
-Mint (also not traditional but our mint plant is growing like crazy so i threw a couple in.)

caipirinhasMuddle about half a lime into your glass (plus mint if you’re adding it). Scoop a teaspoon of sugar on top of your muddled fruit and muddle a bit more. Really mix it well. Top with plenty of ice, 2 1/2 ounces of Cachaça (I went for a nice long glug here. It’s up to you). Mix well again. Top with a splash of club soda (again, only if you want a bit of fiz).

Sip. Enjoy. Remake!