Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Welcome to Palm Springs

The week before Thanksgiving, I ditched the 60 degree temperatures of Northern California and hit the road to Palm Springs. There I found myself in a heat wave of 90 degrees in the middle of November. My jeans felt sweltering and I quickly changed into shorts to walk around in their historical downtown. Knowing that Thanksgiving was just a few short days away it felt odd sitting pool side and lounging in my swim suit. But hey... someone has to do it.

This our first time to Palm Springs and it definitely has a different kind of vibe. It felt like traveling back in time but with tons of spas and restaurants. On this little mini getaway (Sunday-Tuesday) we spent some time by the pool, ate at three really unique restaurants and did the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The restaurants that we ate at were Pinochio, Sherman's Deli & Bakery and Peaks. Pinochio's was a great place for brunch. Sherman's was a great lunch spot as you can see from the pastrami sandwich...

And then Peaks. Peaks is only available if you travel to the top of the Aerial Tramway. You can eat your meal at over 8,500 feet high in the sky. The wait is a little long but the view will keep you busy while you wait.

The Tramway was by far the most fun thing we did while we were in town. First you have to drive 2.5 miles up the mountain to reach the tram. Once you reach the tram you rise up to 8,500 feet above the desert sky.
The tram ride to the top takes about 15 minutes to complete. Once you step out of the tram you are rewarded with amazing views of Palm Springs and the surrounding areas.

Even though we were there for a short time we had a great time in Palm Springs. We may go back next year but you never know. We have so many places we want to go so places like this go back to the end of the line once we've visited them. I think if we were big into hiking then Palm Springs would have been the place to visit. For us it was just a fun place to go for a few days and relax and do something new.

Friday, November 25, 2016

A View From the Sky

When we were in Seattle we visited the highest place inside the city. From the top of the Columbia Center you can see the entire town and Mt. Rainier. They call the top of Columbia Center the Sky View. To get to the top, you have to get on two separate elevators.

Once you reach the top you are rewarded with amazing views from 360 degrees. The views from the top allow you to also see the Space Needle.

This was one of the last things we did with our time in the city and we really enjoyed it. If you ever get to Seattle make this something high on your list of things to do. We had a great time and can't wait to go back next year in the summer to enjoy other parts of Seattle and Washington. Now let the next trip planning begin.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Seattle Eats

Seattle isn't just about great sightseeing, they also offer great food options!

On our first night in Seattle we found a local pizza place, Roccos.  The reviews and the menu sounded great and it did not disappoint. Where was it? Belltown. It had a very vintage feel and felt like a pizza bar. Their menu offered tons of specialty pizzas and a build your own option. We weren't for sure on the sizing even after asking our waiter so we chose a full size pizza. BIG mistake. The pizza was huge!

We got a half of the "Three little pigs" and the other half was pepperoni. Rocco's makes all of their sauces and their sausage. They also use ingredients that they've sourced locally. It was very good and if and when we go back to Seattle we may be stopping back in Roccos. The décor was also like a vintage 70's bar with wood paneling, brick walls and vintage alcohol brand clocks. Very cool, very unique and very good food.

The next place that we hit was for breakfast, Biscuit Bitch.
I had been reading and searching on several sites for great breakfast places. I love breakfast so I was wanting to try something great. I wanted to go somewhere we normally wouldn't at home and we ended up at Biscuit Bitch. Luckily, Biscuit Bitch was located literally right next door to our hotel. We got there about 30 minutes after they opened and the timing was perfect. The line quickly went out the door and wait became longer as the morning went on. They have limited seated so we were lucky enough to get a table. The place isn't fancy and that's OK because the food wasn't just your normal breakfast biscuits.


The restaurant revolves around everything laying on top of biscuits and gravy. I chose the Cheesy Bitch (Bacon and cheese over biscuits) and he chose the Hot Bitch (his featured a Louisiana hot link on top of eggs, cheese and biscuits and gravy). We really liked this place but I don't think we would visit again. My husband got really bad heartburn and we are 99.9% sure it was the Louisiana hot link. My breakfast was good but not great. It was something not found on every menu.

The Metropolitan Grill

This is where we went for his birthday dinner and it was fabulous! It's listed as the best steakhouse in Seattle and they aren't lying. It was literally THE best steaks we have ever had. The meat was prepared to perfection. The MG isn't like going to a Texas Roadhouse, this is a refined, classic restaurant that has hosted Seattle's most famous and elite. It's a little pricy but the meal totally speaks for itself. We had to get a reservation a few weeks in advance since it was a Saturday night. The green booths and the formally dressed wait staff add that special touch for special occasions. They even brought him a dessert with a candle on top.


Sport was a great sports restaurant to watch the Oakland Raiders game. They were playing the Sunday that we were in town and we found this place by searching everywhere for a place that was going to have tons of televisions to show the games. It was conveniently located across the street from the Space Needle. I didn't take any photos of the restaurant itself but it was located in the same building as a local television station. They had all of these really cool memorabilia around the lobby.
Those were our local eats while we were in Seattle! They had some great food!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Top 5 Outfits of October

1. Buffalo Plaid.
This scarf came in my October Stitch Fix box. The grey shirt was in one of my previous boxes as were the grey jeans. Buffalo plaid is really popular right now as are scarves because we've entered the holidays.
2. Blanket Scarf.
This blanket scarf is from Macys. It's by Steve Madden and I love it. It's just a mixture of silver, black, white and red. The shirt is black and white stripes from Red Dress Boutique. My flats are Cupid and have a plaid design.
3.Blurred Lines.
This sweater is open on the sides and from H&M. The leggings have a crinkled design in them and come from H&M as well. The boots are from Red Dress Boutique. They lace up the back and sadly you can't see it from this angle.
4. Tan & Burgundy.
The sweater is from a Stitch Fix box and is the brand En Crème. I got it last winter and it became one of my favorite sweaters. The pants are from Forever 21 and the booties are Indigo Rd.
5. Peach Shirt Dress.
This peach dress from Forever 21 can be worn without leggings but it was a cold day so I wore it over leggings and boots. These boots are a dark brown.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Fabric Ornament Giveaway

Guess what? I'm having a Giveaway! Now is your chance to win one of my handcrafted fabric ornaments of your choice!

I love Christmas and I love making fabric ornaments! That's why I started Fabric Christmas to begin with... my love of Christmas! I make every single ornament by hand and they take hours to complete. I make them by using different fabrics and different design techniques. The possibilities are endless. The colors and fabric designs can go with any themed tree.

So what do you have to do to win one an ornament of your choice? It's simple!

1. Go to my Fabric Christmas facebook page or my Instagram page and like it.
2. Share my page and tag Fabric Christmas.

That's it! That's all you have to do! I'll pick the winner on November 25th at 3:00 p.m. PST and announce the winner shortly afterwards. You can enter all the way up to 2:59 p.m. Tell your friends! There's no limit on how many times you can enter. Share and Share to your hearts content. So what are you waiting on? Go enter!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Seattle Space Needle

You can't go to Seattle without going to the iconic Space Needle! We visited the needle and it was great to see the city from the top.

We were there waiting for it to open and the crowds weren't nearly as bad as I thought they'd be. The glass elevator takes you to the top and you are open to the elements once you reach the view point. We were lucky enough to have no rain and the skies were clear so we had 360 views of the city.