I have always had a strong desire to visit Arizona because I grew up just one state away, yet had NEVER been there! So Jordan and I decided to take a little weekend trip to escape the cold and stay at the beautiful Scott Resort in Scottsdale. We wanted a mellow weekend to relax and rejuvenate because we were just coming off of a month long European work trip with our little video production company which was amazing but insanely busy and travel international travel is always exhausting! So we loved the idea of staying at a resort! The grounds were SO beautiful it was such an incredible cuban vibe and I literally wanted to renovate my entire house after seeing this place because it was truly so beautiful! The food at the Canal Club was soo yummy as well! We loved hanging out poolside soaking in the warm sunshine the pools are amazing and the private cabanas are nothing short of perfection! They had fun events constantly, outdoor movies, dancing, and bikes you can take for a spin! We are already looking forward to coming back to The Scott!
This trip was SUUUPER last minute, Jordan was going to be in South Africa, I saw flights to DC for $100 rt and my cousin Josie had just gotten a job and was starting the following week so I decided, what the heck! I'm gunna go visit Josie in DC! And I am SOOOO glad I did! I kind of fell in love with the charm and history of that city along with all that there is to do and see and eat! All thanks to YOU AMAZING PEOPLE and all of your awesome recommendations (thank you thank you thank you!) we felt like we couldn't miss! I got so many awesome recommendations from you guys (and I wish I could have tried and seen every single one that I got) that I decided to throw together a little DC guide!! Enjoy!
*** If I am missing anything PLEASE leave a comment and tell us YOUR DC favorites!!!
FOOD | this list is the things we DID get to try and LOVED
+ WE THE PIZZA | up on Capitol Hill | holy smokes this pizza hit the spot! I got the buffalo chicken pizza and loveddd it! The crust especially is so yummy!
+ FARMERS FISHERS BAKERS | DC | his is not me being dramatic or over the top I promise.. get the bacon onion blue cheese burger.. it is without a doubt one of the best hamburgers I have ever had! Josie & Jakob got the pizza and loved it as well! I also hear their brunch is amazing!!
+ LE MADELINE | in Alexandria | this was the yummiest little lunch spot, I got the tomato basil soup with the chicken parisian sandwhich (the bread was so good!) with a side of fruit!
+ SANGJUN THAI | in Alexandria | if you like thai food I definitely recommend this place the pad thai was s'gooood!
+ GOOD STUFF EATERY | there's a few locations we went to the one right next door to we the pizza on capital hill | word on the street their burgers are to die for. I personally can vouch for the fries and the shakes! I tried the toasted marshmallow (LOVED), the strawberry, and the salted carmel, all were to die for!
+ SHAKE SHACK | these are all over in DC | we don't have one of these in Utah so anytime I'm somewhere with a shake shake you know I'm getting myself a smoke shack and cheese fries.
here's the food list I wasn't able to try, but came highly recommended!
+ VAPIANO | downtown DC | Italian goodness
+ SWEET GREEN | a few locations | word on the street says these salads are the best! definitely on my list for next time!
+ FOUNDING FARMERS | downtown DC | similar to farmers fishers bakers this place came HIGHLY recommended by lots of you!
+ THE SMITH | downtown DC | apparently this is a great breakfast joint, try the avocado toast!
+ PAUL BAKERY | downtown DC | yummy breakfast
+ TED'S BULLETIN | downtown DC | homemade poptarts!
+ UNION MARKET | downtown DC | breakfast/brunch
+ BERTUCCI'S | downtown DC | PIZZAA
+ RESTAURANT EVE | in alexandria | If you're looking for a nice meal
+ DC FOOD TRUCKS | lined up around the national mall | get the DC food truck app and it will tell you where the food trucks are at!
+ PARADISO PIZZA | a few locations
+ CAVA | in georgetown
+ BOMBAY CURRY COMPANY | in Alexandria | indian food
+ RASIKA | downtown DC | I hear if you like indian food, this place is amazing!
now for my favorite part.. TREATS!!!
+ BAKED AND WIRED | between georgetown and DC | holy friggin smokes. Unique and delicious cupcakes, I have to say these were my favorite cupcakes in DC. I got probably the best cupcake I've ever had the razmanian devil (lemon cupcake with raspberry filling and lemon frosting, SOOOOOO DANG GOOOD!) and the pistachio (pistachio cupcake with cardamon and honey frosting, so unique but really yummy!)
+ GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES | georgetown | these were a VERY close second like so close I almost couldn't decide. I got the vanilla squared (vanilla cupcake with vanilla cream cheese frosting, yum!) and my second favorite cupcake I've ever had mostly because of the frosting was a oreo and coffee cupcake (vanilla and oreo cupcake with coffee and oreo frosting... YOU GUYS! I almost cried when I finished it. I was told weekdays are the time to go to avoid lines!
+ LAVENDER MOON | alexandria | I got a blood orange cupcake.. umm need I say more!
+ THOMAS SWEET | georgetown | WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM cause this ice cream is worth screaming over hahahah but seriously! Especially on a hot humid day, this stuff is unlike any ice cream I've ever had and they have SOO many flavors!!
+ CASA ROSADA | alexandria | look nothing will ever compare to authentic italian gelato, but this stuff was GOOD!
+ PITANGO GELATO | downtown dc | I didn't get to try this but it sounds pretty amazing.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
+ ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
+TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER | watch the guard change
+ ROBERT E LEE HOUSE | so beautiful I was ready to move into this place!
+ THE NATIONAL MALL | HIGHLY recommend getting city bike share app and riding bikes all around the mall and everything in the area! Such a cheap/easy way to get around to seeing everything!
+ LINCOLN MEMORIAL | take a minute to sit on the steps and take in the view, one of my favorite things we did.
+ WASHINGTON MONUMENT | make reservations to take an elevator to the top!
+ JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
+ THE WHITE HOUSE | next time I'm in DC I'd love to do a white house tour, I hear the gardens are amazing!
+ GEORGETOWN | please do yourself a favor and just get lost walking around georgetown. this has got to be the cutest place I've ever seen, all the buildings and houses and unbelievable. great shopping, tons of good food!
+ NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
+ LIBRARY OF CONGRESS | we went on labor day and it had closed early so I didn't get to go in but I hear it is AMAAAZING!
+ THE CAPITOL
+ OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA | I also loved walking around old town, again with the super cute buildings yummy food and awesome shopping!
+ DUMBARTON GARDENS | georgetown | we tried to get a garden tour but it was closed for renovations. It looked incredible though!
+ BOTANICAL GARDENS
+ HUNTLEY MEADOWS BOARDWALK | this is a fun little nature walk through the wetlands, we got to see lots of animals, birds, turtles, beavers, racoons, etc. we went in the evening and got to watch the sunset, it was so beautiful!
+ GRAVELLY POINT PARK | arlington | come watch airplanes flight RIGHT over you! right next to the river this is a super fun place to come have a picnic or just hangout!
+ NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM | this was probably my favorite museum that we visited, super fun!
+ HOLOCAUST MUSEUM | march-august you need to go online to get tickets before you go. this was so heartbreaking, but incredible. This is a must!
+ AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
+ NATIONAL ARCHIVES
+ NEWSEUM | kinda pricey but I hear it's well worth it!
THANK YOU again so much for all your recommendations!! If I missed anything make sure to leave YOUR DC favorites in a comment!!
also HUGE thank you to my besties Josie & Jakob for showing me the best time in DC!
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white button up top | madewell
high waisted mom jeans | urban outfitters
vintage white sunnies | zero uv
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Strollin' through the city trying a few different looks with these new cuties from a recent campaign with DSW! I was super excited to be apart of this campaign (obviously though, right?) How would you babes style these shoes??
Sometimes I think I take for granted how lucky I am that I get to spend as much time with my husband as I do. Early on in our marriage we both stopped going to school and became somewhat self employed. We were able to be together nearly 24/7 and were quite honestly glued at the hip. As life gets busier, we don't have that luxury (at least to the extent we used to) summer is a super busy time for us but for Jord especially, so I try to soak up every single second I can with him. Today is one of those "I miss my husband days" so I figured I'd share these sweet photos Chantel Marie snagged of us after a shoot she and I had, they make my heart so happy!
Part 2 of our Guatemala Trip in Lake Atitlan! Though our time here was pretty short we enjoyed every second! We stayed at the craziest airbnb RIGHT on the lake with our own private little dock! It was like heaven on earth! We spent the day shooting from sunrise till sunset! It was so much fun! I kept confusing the lake for ocean because it was SO HUGEEEE and looked like the ocean, so turquoise and clear as clear can be. If you're ever in Guatemala you HAVE to visit Lake Atitlan!
All that glitters ain't gold, but this shoot was.
Creative collaborative shoots are SO necessary for me to keep me excited and growing in what I do. I love working with other creative's are coming up with a concept and vision for the shoot and watching it come to life! This is to date one of my all time favorite shoots and I got to work with two of my favorite ladies on it Cherisa the makeup artist is SO talented at what she does and every time I get up from her chair I feel so beautiful, in this case beautiful and kinda dope all at the same time ;) and the photographer... OH MY GAWWWSH! I loveeeed working with Alyssa some of my favorite shots of myself have come from this shoot with her. Enjoy!
We kicked off our crazy travel year with our first international trip to GUATEMALA with the amazing Nena & Co! I was super excited because it was my first time and from everything I had seen and heard it looked like a really beautiful, culture rich place. Needless to say we did NOT want to come home at the end of our trip and we even extended it a couple days longer than the group we were with! We spent most of our time in downtown Antigua which is probably the most charming little town ever. All of the buildings are so colorful and they all have AMAZING doors, and flowers planters on every window. The streets are all cobble stone which was so cute, but Jordan and I learned the hard way that going for a run on cobble stone streets is basically asking for a rolled ankle hahaha. We rented a motorcycle and had so much fun zipping around on that thing. The food and the shopping... UNREAL, we still crave the food and the shopping was so fun and colorful. I bought some beautiful one of a kind rugs to forever remind me of this amazing place! As we were walking around on our last night we both got so sad realizing we might not ever make our way back there (we hope that's not the case). Some of the highlight things we did in Antigua: We got to visit a hospital that cares for children whose families cannot. We got to play with these kids and snuggle them and it was the sweetest experience. Jordan and I also hiked a volcano and got to roast marshmallows at the top and I can't help but feel like I probably won't be doing anything like that again anytime soon. I also honestly loved just walking the streets of Antigua. Like I said it is so so charming and the people are so kind and every corner you turn your drooling because of how beautiful it all is. It was also SOO amazing to see the behind the scenes of Nena & Co and how their bags are made and to learn about the history. Jordan and I were filming and documenting for them and have some really fun content that will be rolling out over the next few months so go follow them so see it all! In the mean time here's a little taste of what we saw in Antigua.
I don't know about you guys but trying to grow my pinterest account (and all social accounts for that matter) has been a very slooooww moving train. I had done research I was trying different tactics but it was just too much and in all reality wasn't my priority and I couldn't focus as much time and attention on it as I wanted. Who has time to pin every hour? Not me, not you! Needless to say it has been a slightly frustrating relationship with pinterest specifically & me. I recently stumbled upon a blog post talking about a little miracle worker called Viraltag for managing your social media accounts, so naturally I had to give it a shot........ GAME OVER. I have been using it for 3 weeks now and have seen more growth on my pinterest account in the last three weeks than I have seen in the last YEAR and that is an actual fact. You guys I feel like I cracked the code or something! I love to use Viraltag to automatically schedule my blog posts to pinterest. As a blogger you know you don't want to pin 10 images from the same blog post all at once, but you want to post all 10 images but you aren't going to remember to hop on pinterest hourly to schedule each individual image. It let's you schedule your pins time, date, how much time between your pins, what board you want each pin to go to, what you want the description to be, repin old pins.. the possibilities are ENDLESS and to be quite honest I haven't even scratched the surface myself! My favorite feature is the Viraltag button downloaded on my dashboard. It makes it so anytime I'm browsin' on da web and I see an image I like BOOM a little button pops up in the corner of the image, I click it and it adds it to my queue. Now tell me that isn't magic? It makes it so easy to manage different social accounts (yes you can manage multiple) stay active, and GAIN active followers! I'm sharing this because I wish so badly someone would have told me about it! There is so much value in having a little secret weapon like Viraltag because we are human and we can only handle so much and do so many things at once. If nothing else try the 2 week free trial and watch it do it's magic. You can thank me later ;)
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I have had a LOT of requests to do a house tour, but we have been slowly putting our house together the way that we want it to be piece by piece. Getting into your first home can be overwhelming on so many levels. Choosing a vibe and feel for you home, then of course paying for all the expensive furniture. Jordan and I have been taking our time so that we could be sure we were filling our home with things we absolutely loved, and even though it's still not done I wanted to share the little bits of it that are.
I've been absolutely terrible at blogging lately, my goal is to start posting more photo shoot photos on here! I shoot with different companies multiple times a week and want to start sharing the images because this is my work & this is what I do!! I love modeling and I love being in front of the camera in the least vain way possible hahaha! I love meeting and working with new people almost daily, it definitely keeps things exciting! Each company and photographer I work with has a different vibe and style they are going for and ever single shoot is different. This shoot is for one of the awesome companies I get to work with on a regular basis Brickyard Buffalo with Lorena Rosser behind the camera, check them both out!!
Clothing // Brickyard Buffalo
Photographer // Lorena Rosser
I've recently started investing in higher quality makeup. I've been a drugstore makeup kind of gal since I prematurely started wearing it and only recently did I finally cave and started investing into the good stuff..... my world has been completely rocked. But wait it gets better, now I've started getting more experimental with colors & the way I apply and I'm having wayyy too much fun! I'm officially sucked in. I got to play with Smith & Cult makeup in pinky purple shades and I'm totally diggin' it. I was super impressed by the quality of the product as well. Here is a little viddy tutorial I put together featuring some of my favorite products from their new line.
The city that I never stop falling in love with. We went out with some of our good friends to visit another one of our good couple friends that just moved out to SF, so we figured it was the perfect excuse to take a little trip!
Activities I would highly recommend//
Giants Game - You can get tickets for super cheap, plus the views from the field are amazing! Just be sure to bundle up, it can get real chilly!
Redwoods - We went to the Muirwoods it was soooooo COOL! The Muirwoods are small patch compared to the actual "redwood forest" but it is the closest to the city. So if the redwoods are a high priority + you are up for a drive it may be worth doing, if not the Muirwoods are two thumbs up!
Dolores Park - This park is HUGEEE + an amazing view of the city! It's the perfect picnic spot! Plus it's kiddie corner from Bi-Rite ice cream.
Golden Gate Park - Lots & lots going on here museums, exhibits, etc. I recommend looking into all the activities here to see if any spike your interest! It's a cool park.
BIKING THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE - Okay okay I have to start this one with a disclaimer. This bike ride is no cake walk! The hills (or the one main hill more) are... intense. However you can easily hop off your bike and walk it up or take a break if needed. We pushed through and I was shocked I was still alive hahaha maybe a little bit dramatic. Once you are on the actual bridge though it is amazing! The bridge itself is insane, then you've got ocean on all sides of you, and beautiful views everywhere as well! It also was dang windy! This was scary and exhilarating and crazy and amazing all at the same time. We also rode down into Sausalito the cutest little place & I loved it! The people we rented the bikes from gave us tickets to ride the ferry back but apparently the ferry is SO unreliable with their times and it was getting late so we ended up taking a cab back to the city. All in all this was for sure a highlight for me, and if the bike ride doesn't sound like your thing at least go walk on the bridge!
Jordan & I have both been here a time or two and have our favorite food places here are some:
Tony's Pizza Napoletana - OH MA GOSH! These guys know how to do pizza, I still crave this place!
Biscuits & Blues - This place has a cool underground jazz vibe, you are literally in a basement with a live jazz band + the best southern comfort food!
Burma Superstar - This is one of Jordan's very favorite places. Think Thai food but more exotic.
Bob's Donuts - Unfortunately we didn't make it here this trip, but this place came highly recommended! We were told 11pm - midnight is the best time to go!
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse - Be prepared to wait in a bit of a line, the wait is worth it! The yummiest pastries + lots of great photo opportunities ;)
Bi-Rite Ice Cream - Again didn't make it here but we have heard amazing things so I had to throw it on here!
Hope this list can help you have an enjoyable trip to SF the next time you go!
I've had so many people ask me about modeling, how I got started, how I land jobs, what shoots look like, etc. So I decided to bring you guys along with me on a shoot so you can see first hand what they are like! Hope you enjoy! xo
You asked what the secret is to my beachy curls so I decided to put together a little hair tutorial for you guys & spill all of my secrets! So here it is, a super easy way to get natural beachy waves! If you have any other video suggestions or requests leave them in a comment! xo
This shoot was magic, but what you don't see is that it was so frizzin' cold, my limbs were so numb I had to have one of the assistants help me get dressed & undressed (sorry Laurel) haha our car also got stuck in the sand & I woke up the next morning feeling like I'd been hit by a truck. Cold number 3 this winter. We always joke after shoots like this that we all really would sacrifice ourselves for Piper & Scoot cause we love what we do & who we work with so much!
I'm on a bit of a sunglasses kick these days. My sister thinks I've got a problem, but I think sunnies are the perfect way to express yourself while jazzin' up any outfit. ESPECIALLY cause it's almost Summer time!! Plus I gotta be honest I go through sunglasses real quick so I'm always on the hunt for new favorites that don't break the bank. When I saw these bad boys I knew I needed them SO MUCH. So with a little investigatory work I found them! They've been basically glued to my face ever since. I included the direct link below! I got your back ;)