Spaghetti Squash

So! As part of my whole new year’s resolution thing, I made a list of somewhat ambitious or adventurous recipes I wanted to try, spaghetti squash being one of them. Also on the list was get a Victoria’s Secret body (again), save lots of money (also again) and travel to some new destinations! I’d like to think that spaghetti squash is helping that whole Victoria’s Secret body because guess what…you’re eating vegetables! It’s amazing! It’s like pasta but it’s not! It’s super healthy and actually…

Mallory Square

The rest of our first day in Key West with the fam, continued with us taking it easy. We dined at a local restaurant that was right on the bay and not too far from Mallory Square. I think everything looks better over the rim of a margarita glass, don’t you? 😉 And we feasted! On pub fare but delicious nonetheless. We nibbled on lobster sliders (my fave), giant prawns and one very juicy burger. It was enough for a gal to forget all her…

Blue Heaven

A quick recap of the family trip to the Florida Keys for this winter break! I’ve been working from home this week and can’t say how nice it is to work from bed in full on pajama mode. I think this is the life meant for me. A view I could get used to! #wheresthecoconut 🌴 #travel #florida A photo posted by Kylie Ladd (@kyladd) on Dec 12, 2014 at 7:30am PST So me and the family did something we haven’t done in ages- take…

Winter Must Haves

Wait, so for real, it’s only like two weeks before Christmas and I’ve barely gotten any Christmas shopping done, there’s still baking to be left and New Year’s resolutions to be completed. Can someone just hand me the rum-spiced eggnog already? Whelp! Here’s the latest round of things I’m currently loving or in dire need of. Hint, hint Santa. 1 // The Martian // The novel is a gripping tale of an astronaut pretty much left for dead on Mars. It’s a definite page turner. 2 // Sweater…

Chicago Travel Diary

It’s strange how much I’ve forgotten what real weather feels like. And Chicago is no exception to “real weather”. In California, it’s dangerously easy to get used to living life in t-shirts and shorts all the time. It actually felt like winter in Chicago, what a concept! I got to escape to Chicago for a work trip and unfortunately only had a few hours to play tourist. I’d love to come back when it’s just a few degrees warmer! It was a brutal 26 degrees,…

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

It was admittedly, at my mother’s behest that I think of a Thanksgiving side dish for this year’s festivities. My natural inclination was to say no and return to bed and Netflix my way through the day. But then I got hungry and saw that we had an unnatural assortment of ingredients, ripe for preparing the perfect and probably best brussels sprouts side dish you’ll ever have! So get ready. Ingredients:5 Slices of Bacon1 Pound of Brussels Sprouts1 Tablespoon Olive Oil1/4 Cup of Parmesan CheeseBalsamic…

Venice, California

I love Venice. I really do. I love the smell of patchouli that drifts in the air. I love all the beach side stands. And I especially love all the perfect little shops and relaxing restaurants. In desperate need of a mini-getaway, we jumped in the car and headed west towards the ocean! Making sure to stop for food and nourishment at C&O Trattoria, where there’s nothing  but decent proper Italian food, covered with real, fresh parmesan. And the real star of this whole meal is…

R+D Kitchen

The weeks have been getting so busy, I think I need a day between Sunday and Monday to really get everything done! Slash, I’m kind of freaking out that’s it’s almost the end of the year and just about that time for New Year’s resolutions, end of the year plans, etc. It was nice to sit down and enjoy a quick but delicious meal at R+D Kitchen in Newport Beach. The fare is simple yet classy and slightly more upscale. The  restaurant has a sleek…

Apple Cinnamon Tart

This past weekend a few girlfriends and I got together to engage in a few fall activities. Summer’s all about long evenings out, brief flings and that perfect sun tan (however unattainable it is). But it’s nice when fall comes around and you can really settle down and get cozy. I can’t tell you how tempted I am to live in my sweatpants for the next three months and go in to full on hibernationmode! Recently, I’ve been getting in the groove of all your…