Colorado Recap + Vlog!

Hi friends! It’s been a minute, huh?

Dancing for Donuts | Colorado Recap + Vlog!

I’ve been back from Colorado since late last week, but getting back into the swing of things took it out of me and to be honest, I had a small case of the post-vaca blues. It happens to me every time! I think I just had such an amazing time with my parents that coming back to LA and work felt so anticlimactic…but in any case, I made a short vlog about my trip so y’all can see it! I also just really like the thought of documenting moments with video for myself so that I can look back on them in a few months or years. It’s nice to see things in action, so you can find that at the bottom of this post!

As you’ll learn in the video, I’ve been going to Colorado for my family’s annual ski trip since I was about five years old. I grew up learning to ski in Keystone and then started snowboarding in 7th grade since my brother was doing it and that meant it was the coolest thing ever. Turns out, I still think it is😏 We now stay in Breckenridge because the town is so stinkin’ cute and the food is unbeatable. I also love the mountain (Peak 7 is where it’s at, in my opinion!), but we usually venture to Beaver Creek or Vail once during our vacation, as well.

Dancing for Donuts | Colorado Recap + Vlog!

This time around, we actually spent one day in Boulder walking around, shopping, and grabbing some bites (it’s my FAVORITE town in Colorado. I hope to live there someday!) and then went up to the mountains on the second day. Though my trip only lasted 5 days, I wanted to share some of my foodie recommendations for Boulder and Breck, in case you find yourself there someday! I really hope you do because they are two really incredible places with so much to do. And as I mentioned earlier, you can catch my vlog at the end of this post if you’re more of a video person! It’s only 3 and a half minutes long, so I promise it won’t take up too much of your time😉

Dancing for Donuts | Colorado Recap + Vlog!

Boulder: 

Brasserie Ten Ten – Hands down my favorite restaurant in Boulder. When my mom lived there we’d go here allllll the time. They have such a variety of delicious food for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the price points are fantastic!

Jax – Best. Seafood. Eva. Seriously though, this place has a meaaaaan happy hour with incredible oysters, calamari, and drinks! They have incredible service, too – it was my dad’s bday and they brought over desserts without us asking. So sweet!!

The Buff – Another old favorite, the Buff has an insaaaaane breakfast. I’ve gotten the omelettes and skillets before, but literally everything on the menu looks B.O.M.B.

Dancing for Donuts | Colorado Recap + Vlog!

Breckenridge:

Clint’s Bakery – Our favorite place in town for coffee and breakfast on-the-go! Their pastries look absurd, but we usually go for the bagel or wrap breakfast sandwiches before heading out to another mountain for the day!

Hearthstone – This one’s on the fancier side with reservations defffinitely recommended. We’ve been coming here as long as I can remember and it never disappoints!

Twist – *Pictured above! To say this place has the greatest happy hour on earth is not an exaggeration. Their food is so unique and the menu is always changing with new innovations and flavors. Our favorites this time were the philly cheese steak egg rolls and smoked ham mac n’cheese. Come hungry!

The Canteen – We finally tried this place this year (after hearing good things from locals!) and you GUYS. You have to go here. They smoke their own meat and UGH is it good. We had the wings to start and I’m still dreaming about them a week later. My dad got the brisket and that was awesome, too. Highly recommend!

Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria – Three words: white clam pizza. They only have it on Mondays, so be sure to plan your entire week around it, but if that’s not your jam/you’re not there on a Monday, allllll of their food is amazing. Authentic, hearty, delicious Italian food!

Columbine Café – Our favorite sit-down breakfast place in town! Be sure to get there early or you might have to wait (but it’s worth it) and don’t skip the biscuits – they’re a must!

Breckenridge Tap House – So this place actually used to be called Oscar’s up until this year and we thought it closed, but it just changed names! They have awesome tacos and sides, plus the margaritas are good😉

Thanks for reading/watching!! Let me know in the comments if you ski/snowboard or have been to Breck – we can bond over our love of winter sports and beautiful Colorado!

xo Jordan

Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

Hi friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

The past 10 or so days have been an absolute whirlwind! There was a ton of celebrating (my birthday, seeing family again, and a wedding) and I had an absolute blast.I made it to the Outer Banks in NC on September 1st, aka my favorite place on the planet, and got to enjoy the next week soaking up some much-needed time with family. In between moments of fun were plenty of relaxation on the beach and a bit of work, too. Oh, and I ate like a friggin’ QUEEN. Here’s some proof:

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

My favorite ice cream from Big Buck’s – peanut butter cups and fudge on the bottom, coffee cookie on top! 2 scoops because #yolo.

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

The most incredible and doughy bagel with pastrami smoked salmon & veggie cream cheese – I kid you not when I say I had 4 bagels in 6 days. What can I say, we just don’t have good ones back in LA!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

Homemade crab cake benedict with hollandaise sauce – I can’t take credit for this one, my dad & bf were some very impressive chefs!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

And Frozen grapes by the pool because literally nothing is better on a hot day!

There was also some blogging involved (did you catch my recipe for nutty whole grain chocolate chip cookies?!) and therefore eating of the props, as well…and I taught my boyfriend how to take photos on my fancy camera! I’d say he got pretty into it 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

We also caught the gorgeous sunsets that are characteristic to the island and one of the things I love so, so much about my annual trip there. What is it about rainbow skies that makes us feel happy and grateful and humbled?!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

…And the love my parents have for each other? That’s another thing that makes me feel happy & grateful 🙂 I know this picture is kind blurry, but it instantly makes me smile. These two have been married for 37 years, how incredible is that?!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

One thing that was extra special about this year was that my boyfriend was able to join me. It was pretty wonderful getting to share my favorite place with my favorite person. It just makes me love it even more 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

And then we rounded out our amazing week with a wedding for one of his friends in Minneapolis, a city I’d never been to before. As exhausted as I was, it was so much fun. I also really liked the city from what I could tell, it’s very clean! I’d love to go back someday.

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Now that I’m back, a part of me feels a bit sad that I don’t have this trip to look forward to anymore. I know that’s kind of silly since I had such an incredible trip, but I get so completely blissed out while I’m there that the week just flies by. This trip also always coincides with my birthday (and the start of a new school year), which makes it feel like both an end to the previous year and a kickoff for the one ahead. I like to take advantage of the down time I have while I’m there to check in with myself, re-evaluate my goals, choices, and general path in life. And I guess as much of a bummer it is that it’s over, I without fail always come back with a new perspective. I have so many goals for my 28th year, but here are just a few top-line ones!

Autumn Goals

-Try one new fall recipe each week

-Get back into a fitness routine and aim to workout 6 days a week (I need a serious re-set after all the celebration and vacation this past month!)

-Start bullet-journaling

-Blog 2-3x each (something I’m generally already doing, but want to be more consistent about)

-Carry my DSLR camera  + fancy lens everywhere and take more photos!

-Map out my blog goals both short and long-term, and how I will achieve them

-Spend more time outside (I know this one sounds counter-intuitive because the weather will be cooler, but I’d much prefer the cold over the heat from the summer!)

-Give my beauty routine a re-fresh and upgrade, it is MUCH needed!

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Do you make seasonal goals, too? What are you focusing on as we head into fall?

xo Jordan

Maui Travel Guide.

This summer, I was fortunate enough to go to Hawaii with my family as a graduation present. Though I’ve been back for two months, the trip is still fresh in my mind and I catch myself daydreaming of Maui sunsets and clear blue waters often. There are far too many incredible things to see and do in Hawaii to fit into one blog post, but I’ve rounded my favorite spots and adventures in case you decide to venture over to the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen!

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What to do:

  • Watch the sunrise at Haleakala Crater – one of the rarest, most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Aim to get there by 5am at the latest to snag a good parking spot all the way up at the top (past the visitor’s center at the summit) and maybe even one inside the lookout because let me tell you, it is cold. And very, very windy. If you’re not excited about driving up there in the dark, at the very least go for a hike or visit during the day, this site is a can’t miss for sure.

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  • Road to Hana – hands down my favorite part of Hawaii. I highly suggest picking up a tour guide CD from one of the local shops ($20), it tells you all kinds of interesting facts about Maui’s history as well as where to stop and where to skip. Be sure to make a pit stop at Coconut Glen’s for dairy-free ice cream, it’s unreal!

Maui Travel Guide | Dancing for Donuts

Maui Travel Guide | Dancing for Donuts

  • Big Beach – also known as Makena Beach, this spot is one for the locals, too. The surf was crazy huge when we got there so the red flags were up, but we spotted some brave surfers killing it out in the biggest waves I’ve ever seen! If you’re feeling frisky, just walk up a bit to Little Beach, no swimsuits required.

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  • Walk along Front Street – when you need a break from the sun, walking up and down Front Street in the town of Lahaina is a fun activity. There are a variety of stores from brand names like Rip Curl and Billabong to touristy ones where you can buy souvenirs, art galleries and other cute shops.

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  • ‘Lao Valley State Park – a super chill but beautiful walk/hike in the center of Maui. Go for lush greenery, some exercise and to see the ‘Lao Needle, where King Hamehameha I conquered Maui’s warriors in pursuit of uniting all the Hawaiian islands!

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  • Kapalua Beach – just above Lahaina where the snorkeling is insane! We saw 3 huge sea turtles here. I’d highly recommend paying $100 for a tour and just come here with some snorkeling gear instead + a waterproof camera.

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What to eat:

  • Ululani’s Shave Ice – first on my list for obvious reasons. I don’t know what it is about this stuff, but it’s creamy and cold and refreshing all at once. My advice: mix 2 or 3 flavors and put the custard on the bottom 😉

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  • Coconuts Fish Cafe – hands down the best fish tacos I’ve ever had. We visited the location in Kihei, but oddly enough they have a few in the states, as well!
  • Flatbread Company – so good we almost ate their twice. In my favorite town on Maui, Paia, this restaurant was poppin’ and for good reason. Their pizzas are to die for with tons of options and even gluten-free crust.
  • Down the Hatch – another one of my favorites in Lahaina. This casual but fun fish restaurant is one of those where you order up at the front and they bring it to you, but there’s also a cool bar to sit at if that’s more your style. I had the fish tacos (again, I know, I can’t get enough!) but the lava lava shrimp were a family favorite!
  • Paia Bay Coffee – my favorite coffee shop on the island. Not only was the coffee and food delicious (go for the bagel breakfast sandwiches or a piece of banana bread!) but the super cute ambiance is the best part.
  • Simply Sweets Bakery – a must after your visit to the ‘Lao Valley. They’ve renamed the malasada, or Hawaiian version of a donut with crunchy sugar and a cream filling, a “mauisada,” and you’ll need to try at least one in every flavor. When in Hawaii!

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Where to stay:

  • My family stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Lahaina, and I can’t lie, I pretty much felt like a princess the entire week. The hotel, restaurants, pool, beach and workout facility were all amazing. I know I speak for all of us when I say it was one of the most relaxing weeks of my entire life. I took full advantage of the acai bowls and drinks and one day we event rented a beach cabana. If you have the opportunity to stay here, I highly recommend it! There are also a ton of resorts along this same strip, as well as just north in Kapalua, south in Kihei and obviously other great parts of the island, too!Maui Travel Guide | Dancing for Donuts
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Well that’s all for now, I hope I’ve inspired you to visit Hawaii 🙂

xo Jordan

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