Weekend Recap: How I Celebrated My 30th Birthday

Sooooo I’m 30 now…that’s fun!

To be honest, I feel like I’ve been 30 for years😂 My brother actually called me while I was unloading groceries out of my car and he goes, “welcome to adulthood, although you’ve pretty much been here for awhile…” – ain’t that the truth!

I did the party/drinking/fun thing in my early 20’s and haven’t don’t anything like that in ages. Some people might think that’s lame, but for me, the perfect birthday is relaxing with close friends/family/my pup, eating good food, and treating myself! That’s exactly what this weekend ended up looking like, and it was lovely😊

We kicked the weekend off Friday night by meeting up with friends at a wine bar in West Hollywood that’s dog friendly! It was SO cool – it’s called the Blending Lab and basically you can just do regular wine tastings (which are delicious) or blend up your own varietal! They have classes there, so that could be fun for next time. The only thing is that they don’t have food, but we ended up ordering pizzas and it was amazing!

Saturday morning, I met my friend Pam for the LA Magazine FIT LA Day in Santa Monica! It started with a class outdoors with the Studio MDR (which I modified a LOT), and then continued with a full and beautiful brunch spread, cocktails, a place to make your own lip scrub, get mini spa/facial treatments or touch up your brows, and even CBD samples! It was SO fun.

We then went back to Pam’s to bake the first half of the epic birthday cake she made me! We did a grasshopper chocolate cake with a bit of mint using a Cake By Courtney mix. I’ll just share a photo of that here because let me tell you, the fact that Pam made this and it wasn’t from an actual bakery still blows my mind!!

Saturday night was when we really celebrated and Alex took me to Elephanté, a pretty trendy restaurant that I’ve been dying to go to for ages!! The food farrrrr exceeded my expectations (if you go, please get the whipped eggplant and cacio e pepé!) but the views were even better. It was beautiful😍

We couldn’t wait to get home to our fur baby and dig into the most delicious cake my cousin Heather sent over from Ample Hills Creamery!! And yes, I’ve had two cakes all weekend and will continue to eat them until I leave for the east coast later this week😂 It’s my bday and I’ll eat cake 3x a day if I want to!!

Sunday morning was everything I could’ve asked for and more – Alex surprised me with a Theragun (since he knows how much pain I’ve been in with my back!) and we took Ovi for a walk on the beach. We grabbed our favorite “Salty Dog” coffees and a breakfast burrito from Dogtown Coffee, then watched our floof experience sand for the first time!! It was the CUTEST.

The rest of the day brought me over to my friend Alysia’s to sit by the pool with some of my other friends while snacking, enjoying and relaxing! She made an epic cheese plate, I went overboard with the Trader Joe’s snacks, and then we had Pam’s cake – it was a delicious day!!

My friend Connor came over for a bit in the early evening, and the rest of the night was just spent relaxing and watching some TV with my little family❤️

Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday – I felt so overwhelmed with love and joy and I feel like this next decade is going to bring the most incredible adventures. I can’t wait! And I appreciate you being part of the journey with me😊

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap: Celebrating 8 Years in LA

Guys, I’ve officially been an LA resident for EIGHT YEARS. How nuts is that?

And even more nuts is the fact that I’ve pretty much been blogging (however embarrassingly so) since then. If you’ve been a long-time reader, I appreciate you❤️ I really feel like I’ve lived about 9 lives here already – life as a lost 20-something after college, a dancer, a hand model, a business school student, a marketing professional, and now, we’re here!

Today I can say with confidence that I am a business owner, social media consultant, and healthy living blogger, and that feels pretty rad.😊 In all honesty, I didn’t actually plan a celebration for this milestone, but the whole weekend spent adventuring in my city felt like one, anyway!

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I kicked off the weekend with a gloomy Saturday morning clean up sesh (bless you Marie Kondo for inspiring us to de-clutter) because we are getting a PUPPY! Yep, a little pupper to be my buddy since I work from home and Alex travels a bit. I figured we should get our sh*t together before we add more dog toys and another living thing into the mix!

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After putting about 9 bags together to give away, we headed to Venice Beach where Beach Now had so kindly set up a bunch of chairs, umbrellas, games, towels and refreshments for us! It was a little chilly (June Gloom is very much a thing here!), but we had so much and I was happy the sun came out.

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Saturday night we ordered Thai takeout and binged the first 4 available episode of Handmaid’s Tale. If you’re not watching it, you have to start NOW. I promise you won’t be disappointed, we’re obsessed with it!! I love how it’s about female empowerment, despite all the awful things that happen in it.

On Sunday, my sweet friend Emily drove all the way up from Orange County to spend the day with me! We kicked off our morning with coffee from Coffee Commissary (one of my favorite coffee shops here!) before doing a free workout with my friends Keely and Rachel through Athleta! I don’t know if this the case for all stores, but at least near me, Athleta holds free classes about once a week that their ambassadors teach!

Post workout, we went to Bluestone Lane for brunch and shoveled it in SO HARD. I love that place – the people are nice, the food is fresh, and it’s a nice ambiance!

Since we obviously couldn’t just stop there, we went to try a new place for some soft serve! Lucky for me, Emily likes treats so we went to Bumsan for some incredible organic ice cream. I got the matcha and milk, and Emily got the choclate and salted caramel. We were able to try all the flavors and let me tell you, I WILL be back soon😍

The rest of the day was just spent getting more organized, heading to TJ’s for some groceries, and watching some more TV before calling it quits for the weekend. We grilled up brats, some romaine (new favorite thing to grill!), peppers and onions and had Spanakopita on the side! Needless to say, it was a decadent weekend😂

What did you guys do? Was the weather nice for you?!

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap: East Coast Wedding + D.C. Adventures

Hi friends! We’ve got another weekend recap today ’cause your girl has been on the MOVE.

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Yep, I went out of town AGAIN. And now maybe you can see part of my motivation for wanting to be my own boss…not enough vacation days😂

It’s a pretty big wedding year for us😂 (I suppose we’re just at that age) and  since we’re both from the east coast originally, it means that a lot of our weddings are out that way, too. The good part (since the 6 hours, cross country flights are definitely NOT the highlight), is getting to spend more time with our families!

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We were able to fly into DC on a red eye last Thursday night and stay with Alex’s family the nights before and after the wedding, which was so nice!

Though we spent most of Friday trying to wake up after barely sleeping the night before, we did venture out during the day for a last-minute trip to Sephora, walk through Georgetown and lunch at Leopold’s Kafé. We also went out that night for Sonny’s Pizza and drinks with some of Alex’s friends and brother, but I didn’t actually snap any pics of that…sorry😁

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Saturday morning, we picked up our rental car and drove up to Lancaster, PA for the wedding. It was for our friends Will and Justine from b-school at this beautiful venue called The Farm at Eagles Ridge. I didn’t take a ton of photos (sorry for being literally the worst blogger ever this weekend), but I snapped a few! The grounds were stunning, the band was amazing and the cake was AWESOME.

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On Sunday, we joined people from the wedding for brunch before heading back to DC. Since the weather wasn’t amazing, we stopped by Union Market for a quick lunch and a treat. Alex’s favorite, and now mine too, is the smoked white fish salad at Neopol.

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We shared a bagel with the fish and then a pb & j doughnut from District Doghnut. It was SO hard to choose, they all looked amazing, but I think we made the right choice!

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Afterwards, we just hung out at home until Alex had a ton of his family and friends over for Chinese takeout and margs, aka the most fantastic way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo😂  One thing I love about Alex’s family is how welcoming they are – it’s always one big party over there and it’s always so nice to see everyone!! 

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For our final day in DC, we actually fit in some exercise at a nearby gym, met some of Alex’s friends for lunch at Glens Garden Market (their salad plate is like $11.50 for a TON of amazing food), and banged out some work.

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We were also spoiled enough to get some of our favorite cupcakes from Baked & Wired from Alex’s mom – if you haven’t had them, I swear they’re some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had…second only to Magnolia Market’s of course!

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Also how CUTE is Alex’s dog?! It was his birthday yesterday!! We landed back in LA around 8:30pm, then went home and crashed. It’s safe to say we had a super fun, yet exhausting weekend. It’s always a good time back on the east coast, though😊

Be back soon, once I tackle my very terrifying inbox…thanks for stopping by💗

xo Jordan

My First Time Hosting a Workout Class & Trying Goat Yoga!

Well this weekend was EVENTFUL to say the least!

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It started out Saturday morning with a photoshoot bright and early for one of my clients, and then brought me to West Hollywood for my event at Bünda! I’ve written about Bünda before (it’s easily my favorite workout in LA), but I basically just wanted an excuse to bring my friends together to try it…aka a workout party with snacks from some of my favorite companies!

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Since I’ve known the owner of the studio for a few months now, I just reached out to her and asked if I could host a class there, and she said yes! So if there’s one thing you take away from this post – it’s that if you don’t ask, the answer is always no (right, mom?!)! So huge shoutout to Katie at Bünda for making Saturday happen😊

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We had SO much fun and I got some incredible sponsors to donate products including Soozy’s, Ancient Nutrition, Tone It Up, Square Organics and Lily’s Sweets (I consume all of their products on a weekly if not daily basis!). I also baked some donuts for us to nosh on after class, so recipes for those coming soon…

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After my event, I went to another event put on by Meyenberg Goat Milk (I told you it was a busy day!). I got to try goat yoga for the first time and I could not stop laughing! The best part was that a lot of my friends were there, so we all laughed together😂

The goats basically jump on your back and weave in and out of your legs while you’re in positions like down dog and plank. They also are NOT potty trained though, so they do just go to the bathroom everywhere for the most part…luckily I avoided any accidents😅

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After yoga, we were able to taste Meyenberg’s Goat Milk in a chai and granola. It was surprisingly tasty and they kept mentioning they also have a butter, so I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for that. If you like goat cheese, I think you’ll really like their milk! It’s obviously not as tangy, but it’s got a slight hint of that flavor.

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Sunday was far more low key, so I’ll just leave with all of that! Have you ever tried goat yoga?! I definitely recommend it at least once😉

P.s. You can get the donut crop top that I’m wearing in that top picture here!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls Getaway in LA/Newport/Laguna!

Hello and Happy Monday!

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This past weekend basically felt like summer here, it was crazy! And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect because my best friend Michelle came down for a visit. In just 48 hours, we covered a LOT of ground, both by foot and by car, ate like queens, and had the best time!

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Saturday morning, we started off slowly with some coffee and a small breakfast at home before setting out for a beach walk in Santa Monica. After an hour or so of that (it was HOT), we decided to grab iced coffees at my favorite spot along Main Street, Dogtown Coffee. My absolutely favorite drink of all time is there Salty Dog – it’s an iced coffee with salted caramel foam. (Also I must’ve forgotten to snap a photo so that’s one from the last time I was there…oops!)

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Post-coffee and walking, we headed to Pono Burger nearby for lunch. I’d been once before on a date with Alex almost three years ago, so it was nice to go back!

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They obviously have some seriously amazing burgers, but we also tried their homemade potato chips, avocado dip, sweet potato fries with bacon aioli, superfood burger collard wrap. All were absolutely delicious!! I also love that everything is locally and sustainably sourced, not to mention affordable!

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The afternoon took us down to Orange County where we would spend the next few hours walking along THAT beach (I told you we covered a lot of ground!) and grabbing some chocolate covered bananas – that’s the specialty down there, so if you ever go, you HAVE to try one. It’s such a refreshing treat and it’s lighter than ice cream, so perfect for the afternoon!

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It felt incredible to get some Vitamin D and be a little bit active at the same time. I swear, walking with friends is my absolute favorite because you can sneak some movement in, get some fresh air, AND catch up at the same time. I can’t think of anything better!!

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We then grabbed a glass of rosé at a little restaurant along the water, ventured to a nearby restaurant for some fish tacos, then headed to our hotel in Newport Beach to unwind. We stayed at the Newport Beach Bayview Marriott and though I didn’t snap any photos, that hotel was absolutely perfect for our girls’ getaway! They had a hot tub and we somehow managed to get a suite😍

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In the morning, we stopped at Starbucks for some lattés and then went farther south to Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna. Though it’s a bit of a drive, it’s so worth the extra time. I’ve been there once before, but basically you go down a thousand steps or so (hence the name😅) and get to this stunning cliffside beach that’s only accessible by those stairs or to people who live on the cliff (in some seriously incredible homes!).

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We walked along the beach there and got to go into the caves, which are only accessible during low tide and SO cool. It reminded me of Hawaii or Lagos, Portugal. The coastline is just breathtaking there. Plus, there’s free parking, which is not so easy to find!

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Next up – Banzai Bowls! The wait was super long, but worth it. I got a pitaya bowl with spinach, hemp milk, kiwi, strawberry, banana and granola. So refreshing on a hot day!

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From there, we strolled along the main street in Laguna Beach and did some window shopping before heading to Bear Flag Fish Co. for some fish burritos. I went to Bear Flag almost 8 years ago and have literally been dreaming about it ever since. There’s a reason this place is PACKED – the fish is super fresh, the options are amazing, and it’s reasonably priced. It may or may not be a good thing we don’t have one closer to my house😂

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After that, we drove back up to LA so I could drop Michelle off at LAX. Goodbyes are always so hard for me, but luckily I’ll be seeing her at her bachelorette party in just a few months. I miss her already though, that’s for sure. Being an adult and having friends live so far away is hard, I’m sure you can relate!!

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Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you had a great weekend!! Even if you don’t have guests in town, I highly recommend going on an adventure in your own city when you have time☺️ 

xo Jordan

Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

Hi friends!! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday (if you’re in the U.S., that is!) ❤️

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I spent Thanksgiving in Colorado this year for the first time ever! Since my brother is now married and my grandmother is no longer with us, my parents and I decided it would be fun for the three of us to meet sort of in the middle of LA and NY. Colorado is also one of our favorite places EVER (if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you already knew that😉).

Although we were only in Colorado for about 3 and a half days, I documented as much as possible so that I could share our trip with you. Most of this post is going to be photos, just fyi, but here’s a peek into some of my favorite places – Colorado is SO magical, you guys. I want to move there someday!

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Thanksgiving dinner! My mom wanted to make a full dinner, even though we were just in a rental condo! She did such an amazing job – my favorites were the kale salad, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes!

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She also made a pumpkin pie, but we didn’t have a pie pan so we used a Pyrex dish and it actually turned out amazing😂

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We went out to breakfast on Black Friday morning before hitting the outlets!! I didn’t actually photograph that because I inhaled it, but we love Columbine Café. Their biscuits are to die for!

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Half hot cocoa/half coffee with my new Williams Sonoma snowman marshmallows!! I also threw in some of my Ancient Nutrition collagen (they come in handy travel packs!).

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We also went to the gym a couple times and I did some light weightlifting! I used to be such a cardio bunny up until this year, and I’m really liking weightlifting. I’m surprised at myself!

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And even got massages – it was SUCH a treat. I am the most spoiled person ever.

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I used a $10 Lush bath bomb and tuned my bath pink…worth it? Probably not. But it made for a fun photo to edit😅

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^ Pre-flight brunch on Sunday at Brasserie Ten Ten in Boulder!

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And then one last selfie – saying goodbye is so much easier when you know you’ll see each other again in just a month!!

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As for Colorado? See you in the spring! P.s. We stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 – it’s the BEST.

Where did you guys spend the holiday?! I don’t know about you, but I’m already counting down until the next one!! Less than a week til Hanukah and a month til Christmas!🎄

xo Jordan