Travel

Girls' Weekend in Reno

This weekend I had the pleasure of staying at The Row in Reno, Nevada. I’d been to Reno a few times post-Burning-Man, but never really explored the city or the resort casinos.

Girls' Weekend in Reno

City Guide: Santa Rosa

While most people go North of SF just for drinking in Napa, there's actually so much more to wine country than that! Santa Rosa is one of my favorite spots, right on the edge of wine country, with so many little towns all around and plenty of delicious food and beautiful sites.

City Guide: Santa Rosa

City Guide: Seattle

Ok, I'm FINALLY writing up this Seattle city guide from our trip in early June. Seattle is in my top 3 favorite cities (can you guess the other 2?), and I could absolutely see myself living there. It's a green wonderland - driving through the streets, you end up feeling like you're driving through a national park.

City Guide: Seattle

City Guide: Portland

Portland has always been one of my favorite cities: it's incredibly clean and green, it's foodie heaven, and everyone there is super weird. What's not to love!

City Guide: Portland

Hotel review: The Sandman, Santa Rosa

In its past life, the Sandman was a motel, but it has since transformed into a chic, hipster, Palm-Springs-esque beauty, with a sunlit lodge-like lobby, cute retro rooms, and the most beautiful pool house you'll ever see.

Hotel review: The Sandman, Santa Rosa

Hotel review: Embassy Suites Pioneer Square, Seattle

A few weeks ago we visited one of our favorite cities - Seattle! We stayed at Embassy Suites in Pioneer Square, right across from Century Link Stadium. Tbh, prior to getting there, I didn't have super high expectations. Embassy Suites sounds old and fuddy duddy, right? I was so wrong!!!

Hotel review: Embassy Suites Pioneer Square, Seattle

Hotel Review: Kimpton's Hotel Vintage, Portland

We recently visited Portland and stayed at the gorgeous Kimpton Hotel Vintage in downtown. The hotel was perfectly situated near restaurants and shopping, a few blocks from the water and bridge views, and directly on the path of the Rose Festival which we accidentally ran into on our first night in Portland!

Hotel Review: Kimpton's Hotel Vintage, Portland

May in L.A. recap

I recently flew to Los Angeles for a few days for a work trip, and the lovely @chelseapearl joined me. If you know me, you know L.A. is one of my favorite places! There are so many fun new spots to visit every time I go, so I figured why not start recap'ing my trips!

May in L.A. recap

City guide: Chicago

I recently visited Chicago with the hubs. Aside from almost freezing to death (hah!), we had quite a lovely time eating and playing tourist. I lived in Chicago 10 years ago (not sure how I survived!), so it was fun to come back and revisit some of the same places, but also see how much the city has changed. Check out my fave eats and sights below!

City guide: Chicago

Hotel Review: Kimpton's La Peer, Los Angeles

Kimpton's newest location is also it's most luxurious. La Peer is located right off Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, and I was lucky enough to stay there during my last trip to LA. And guess what... I'M OBSESSED.

Hotel Review: Kimpton's La Peer, Los Angeles

City Guide: Palm Springs

If you know me, you know that Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to relax and take photos. It's an incredible desert oasis, pulled out of a different time, where phones don't get service and poolside brunch is a state of mind. 

City Guide: Palm Springs

Hotel Review: Kimpton's The Gray, Chicago

Kimpton is one of my favorite hotel groups in the States, and luckily, I had the pleasure of staying at the Gray in Chicago (and their newest location, in LA: La Peer, look out for a blog post on that coming soon!). Each of Kimpton's hotels is unique, reflective of the city and neighborhood it's in, and incredibly luxurious, with signature accents like a gorgeous tub and shower combo.

Hotel Review: Kimpton's The Gray, Chicago

Salvation Mountain: a magical desert oasis in Southern California

Most people aren't aware that there is a strange, colorful oasis in the desert between Los Angeles and San Diego. I heard about it many years ago and have always wanted to journey to see it for myself. A few days ago, I finally made it, and it felt like home.

Salvation Mountain: a magical desert oasis in Southern California

NYFW: Staying at Innside New York Nomad

I loved staying at Innside New York Nomad during NYFW. The location is super central to everything, the space is large and beautiful, the views from the rooms are incredible, and the beds are seriously the most comfortable ever.

NYFW: Staying at Innside New York Nomad

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa

During my trip to the Napa Valley Film Fest, I had the incredible opportunity to stay at Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa! I'd never heard of this hotel before, and the name threw me off a bit, but oh my gosh, it's the cutest, hipster kitsch-iest, comfiest hotel with rooms that are made to look and feel like motorhomes, but in the best possible way.

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa

My first year at Napa Valley Film Fest

Little-known fact about me: I'm not a huge fan of fiction in movies and books. Nor do I drink alcohol. So, Julia, why did you want to go to the Napa Valley Film Fest, you ask? Because: nature, gorgeous venues, documentaries, food presentations, and celebs ... duh.

My first year at Napa Valley Film Fest

Museum of Ice Cream, SF

Ya'll must know by now how much I love interactive art, so of course as soon as I heard that the Museum of Ice Cream was coming to SF, I knew I had to go there (duh!). MOIC LA didn't disappoint, and I had a feeling SF would be even better. And ... I was right! Here's a little peek into the experience.

Museum of Ice Cream, SF

City Guide: Eureka

One thing that my husband and I have in common is that we much prefer driving to flying, so naturally, we love exploring our state and the states around us on road-trips. Last week we drove up the coast to Eureka, which is a little town in the redwood forests of Northern California.

City Guide: Eureka

Museum of Ice Cream, LA

The second I heard about the Museum of Ice Cream opening in L.A., I knew I had to roadtrip down there to visit! This was before MOIC announced that it was coming to San Francisco, but honestly, no regrets! I'll happily go to both.

Museum of Ice Cream, LA

City guide: Seattle

I just got back from one of my favorite cities - Seattle - and want to share my fave places to go!

The reason that I absolutely love Seattle is that it feels like you're in a park no matter where you go. It's SO green and is surrounded by water (reminiscent of SF). There's less traffic and life is a little calmer all around, but there are still amazing places where you can eat and explore.

City guide: Seattle

City guide: Los Angeles

Some of you may know that L.A. is like a second home to me. I go there as often as possible, and love every second of it. There is an inexplicable energy in La La Land - it's a creative mecca, where people go to pursue their dreams.L.A. gets a bad reputation for being fake, but there are actually an incredible number of amazing views, restaurants, museums, and neighborhoods to explore.

Check out some of my favorites from my last trip to the city of endless creativity!

City guide: Los Angeles