London :: Day 3

I have to admit, by the time day 3 of our vaycay rolled around, I was pretty tired. Jetlag was really kicking both my husband and I big time this trip. While we love going on vacation to new destinations, I’ve realized there are 2 types of trips : relaxing ones and educational ones. We call our trips to Europe educational because we’re on our feet all day long visiting sites and trying to soak up as much in as we can in a short amount of time. Relaxing ones are when we travel to Mexico, Caribbean or another warm destination and the only thing on our to-do list is to lay in the sun. During this trip we walked 10-13 miles each day and pair that with the 6 hour time difference which means we were tired all the time! No complaints though. I feel pretty lucky that my husband and I are able to travel the world right now.

London :: Day 3

London :: Day 3

I digress though. Thursday was our 3rd day in London and we had a full day ahead of us! We headed down to St. Paul’s Cathedral bright and early. My husband and I have both developed an appreciation and fascination with the architecture and history in cathedrals in Europe. St. Paul’s is stunning inside with some of the most beautiful stained glass. This cathedral is actually where Princess Diana and Prince Charles married back in the 80s. It’s a massive church with a poetry area, a crypt in the basement with tons of tombs and the whispering wall.

London :: Day 3

 

London :: Day 3The cathedral also has a whispering gallery which is 500 steps up in the dome of the cathedral. Two people can stand on opposite sides of the dome and if you lean in far enough and whisper something, the person on the other side can see. Pretty cool if you ask me!

London :: Day 3

London :: Day 3

We also decided to take the steps all the way up to the top. The stairs to get up to it are teeny, tiny and are open stairs so you can see all the way down. Enter my fear of heights and I was completely panicking as we walked up to the top. Once we got up there though, it was a beautiful (and windy) view of the entire city.

London :: Day 3

 

London :: Day 3Afterwards we headed over to the Borough Market to walk around and get something to eat. The market is basically the best farmer’s market you can ever imagine. Cheese, bread, sandwiches, gelato-you name it, they have it here and it all smells so good!

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London :: Day 3

In the afternoon we headed over to the Tower of London for a tour with a beefeater. The beefeaters actually live in the tower with their families and they’re the protectors of the Queen. It was really neat to see and hear the story of the tower and view canons and armors up close. The Queen’s crown jewels are also kept here and boy are they stunning! One of her scepters has a 400 carat diamond in it. Talk about sparkle and shine!

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London :: Day 3

To wind down from a long day of walking, we headed to a cute little wine bar where we had a cheese plate which have become my new obsession. We loved people watching here.

London :: Day 3

London :: Day 3

Later in the evening, we headed over to Harrod’s because a girl needs to shop! I was actually really overwhelmed with how huge the store is! If you want something, they have it there. Every designer is there and they have the most amazing food hall. We also made a quick stop at Selfridge’s on the way back to our hotel because they had a macaron counter we wanted to try. If I could go back to London, I would just want to shop all day long in these stores because there’s so much to see, and try on.

London :: Day 3

London :: Day 2

After being awake for 36+ hours from traveling and exploring our first day in London, we were more than excited to snuggle in bed and get some sleep. We had a busy second day exploring ahead of us!

London :: Day 2

 

First up on the agenda was Westminster Abbey. We hopped on the tube bright and early with the other commuters. The tube was such a fast and convenient way to get around. A train came every 90 seconds. Although it would be packed with locals each morning and was a bit hot on there, we were never on a train for more than 10-15 minutes. It made getting around town so easy!

London :: Day 2

However, our day took a slight detour and we had the most unexpected and exciting event ever. When we got off our train and came up the stairs, we were immediately greeted with tons of metal gates and police blocking off the streets. As we walked across the street to get to Westminster Abbey, we didn’t think much of it. We thought that since Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster were all on the same street corner that this was a normal occurrence.

London :: Day 2

Soon after we saw a procession of black cars each with a different country’s flag on the front. After some google searching we found out that Parliament was opening that day. No big deal, right? Oh contrary my friend. As we were making our way over to Westminster, we asked a House of Parliament worker what exactly was going on and she told us the queen was going to be opening Parliament that day and she’d be coming down the street in about an hour. SAY WHAT!? On the few days we were in London, we might actually get to see the Queen!

London :: Day 2

 

London :: Day 2

 

London :: Day 2

The princess in me was pretty darn excited. Since there was still time before the Queen made her arrival, we quickly buzzed through Westminster Abbey. We literally ran through the entire cathedral in under 30 minutes because I was too darn excited to see the Queen. Westminster Abbey is stunning. I loved seeing it in person after getting up at the wee hours of the morning to watch William and Kate get married in it. Ever since we went to Italy, I’ve become infatuated with European Cathedrals. The intriquite woodwork, beautiful stain glass windows and history of those who have been there before just fascinates me.

London :: Day 2

After that we headed outside to try and spot the Queen. The police told us that they didn’t know which way she would be coming so we just kept a look in all directions. Pretty soon tons of horses and carriages started making their way down the street. It was such a sight to see! It really was a grand event! The Queen even was sporting her tiara which I about died after seeing on her head. We also spotted Princess Anne, her daughter which I never knew she had. Prince Charles and Camilla were apparently behind the Queen in a separate carriage but I was too carried away watching the Queen to even notice. We’re still pretty excited that we got to see the Queen in all her glory while we were there. A few local people told us they’ve been there for years and have never even seen her!

London :: Day 2

London :: Day 2

 

London :: Day 2

London :: Day 2

So after all of that morning excitement, we headed over to the Churchill War Museum. It’s an underground war bunker that Churchill used to use. While I’m not a huge history buff, it was neat to learn about what happened down there and see items from that time.

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To round out our day, and give our feet a rest (we walked 10+ miles everyday!), we went on a tour via mini cooper with Small Car, Big City. We had someone drive us around for 2 hours and she showed us some of the best sites around town.

London :: Day 2

 

London :: Day 2

 

London :: Day 2

 

London :: Day 2

 

London :: Day 2

And so that ends a busy day 2 in London. We had tired feet (again) at the end of the day and were looking forward to exploring more on day 3!

Where To Eat In Omaha During The College World Series

Ahhh, food. Omaha has a great restaurant scene. Did you know that the city has the most restaurants per capita than any other city in the US? You know what that means..endless possibilities for eating out. I’ve broken down my favorite places to eat by neighborhood and some of the dishes that you can’t miss out on while in town.

Where To Eat In Omaha

Downtown Omaha

In the downtown area, don’t miss heading over to Blatt Beer & Table across the street from TD Ameritrade. There’s a great rooftop that overlooks the stadium. Their burgers and especially their macaroni and cheese are must-eats.

Plank Seafood is another downtown favorite of mine. Everyday they have a great happy hour with drink and oyster specials and a special happy hour menu. Again, macaroni is my favorite there as well as the cheese curds and flatbread.

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Sullivan’s is a franchise steakhouse chain downtown that has some good steaks on the menu but I’m a big fan of their happy hour. Get the red-heeled martini and the cheesesteak egg rolls, you’ll thank me later :)

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Midtown Crossing

Midtown Crossing is another great area located not far from downtown. There’s lots to do there including shopping, a great park area and live music on Thursday’s. A few of my favorites to eat there are Catina Laredo (Mexican) and Pana 88 (fast food Chinese). For a relaxing night on the patio, head to Brix where you can sample different wines.

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There’s also a new area called the Blackstone District which is just a bit west of Midtown Crossing. There’s a great wine bar called Corkscrew there and some other new foodie favorites including Mula (mexican) and Nite Owl (pub and grill).

Aksarben Village

If you’re craving Mexican, I highly suggest you take a trip on out to Voodoo Taco. They have some of the best tacos I’ve ever had there. While you’re out there, pick up some wine at Spirit World and pick up some dessert to go from Jones Brother’s Cupcakes. Down the street is also an Omaha staple, Petrow’s. It’s an old diner that has great comfort food and delicious milkshakes. A few blocks aways is also J Coco. It’s owned by a local chef and has really great food that’s a bit upscale but not at a super high price.

Dundee

Hands down, the Dundee area is my favorite in town. It’s a cute, small neighborhood just northwest of downtown (about 5 mins away). You must try out Pitch Pizza for some of the best pizza ever. Mark’s Bistro has without a doubt the best macaroni and cheese ever (notice a trend with my food habits here). And also order the smoked chicken lasagna while you’re there. They also have an adorable little patio that’s a must-see. To top off your meal, head over to the local eCreamery and get the Shark Bait, a flavor that they showcased on Shark Tank. Or, if you’re lucky enough to be there on a day when they have salted caramel, do not pass it up!

West Omaha

To see even more of Omaha, head out to the west side of town and check out Salt 88. It’s on my favorites and they have a great patio that overlooks a golf course. Get a sangria and some of the rangoon and enjoy a relaxing night out! Another favorite of mine is Louie’s Wine Dive. They also have great sangria there, some great dinner options and round out the night with their chocolate chip cookie in a skillet!

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Fast Food

If there’s one thing you eat as fast food while in town, try out the local Runza. If you want a quick bite to eat, head over to Pickleman’s in downtown. It may be a bit hot but they have a great grilled cheese and tomato soup. My other favorite is the Ethnic Sandwich Shop. I always get garlic bread, meatballs and alfredo pasta when I go there. It’s a do-not-miss spot to eat while you’re in town.

I’m hungry just thinking about all of these foods now! Enjoy Omaha CWS fans and I hope you get to enjoy some of the great food in town!

 

What To Do In Omaha During The College World Series

Welcome to Omaha College World Series fans! I hope you enjoy time in our city while your favorite team plays. If you’re looking to explore the city a little bit, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite things to do in town so here we go!

Omaha has one of the best zoos in the world so make sure to check it out! The penguins and aquarium are my favorite spots. Next to the zoo is also the former site of Rosenblatt Stadium, where the CWS used to be held. There’s a small baseball field there with the original home plate that your kiddos can run on there.

What To Do In Omaha

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If you’re looking to escape the heat, head on out to a movie. The Marcus Midtown Cinema is a movie theater not too far from the stadium. You can also order meals from the Cinedine while watching the movie too! My other favorite cinema is a local one called Aksarben Cinema, about 15 minutes from downtown. It’s located in an area called Aksarben Village which has lots of restaurants, a great Farmer’s Market on Sundays and a paint and sip art studio.

Don’t forget to check out the downtown Old Market area which has lots of great shops and restaurants. There’s also a food tours company in town that offers pizza and steak tours so check it out if you want to eat a variety of foods while in town.

What To Do In Omaha

There’s always the museum, botanical gardens and the art museum to check out too (don’t miss the Chihuly in it!) You can also head out of the city and check out the safari, the Strategic Air & Space museum or Mahoney State Park. For a funny night out, head to the Funny Bone Comedy Club which is also located at our outdoor shopping mall, Village Pointe.

Looking to stay active while on your vaycay? There are multiple gyms around the metro but a few of my favorites include Pure Barre and Sweat Cycle and Soul.

 

London :: Day 1

Hello and long time no talk! It’s been a busy few days since we just got back from vacation last week which means it’s time to recap all of the fun we had over in Europe! I’m going to break down our vacation day by day so here we go with Day 1 in London!

London :: Day 1

Our flight left on Memorial Day and we flew overnight to London. I tried really hard to get some sleep on the plane but no luck for me which meant I had to push through a few sleepy walls I hit throughout the day on Tuesday. We landed at 10:45 am which meant we still had all day to play and explore. I was mesmerized by the size of the city as we flew over London. It is absolutely HUGE which seemed a little daunting but we found it was super easy to get around via the Underground Tube.

London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

We stayed at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel which is connected to the international train station. It’s a really nice hotel and since it was also next to the Underground Tube station, it made getting around London super easy. After checking into our hotel and changing into some fresh clothes, we were off to explore the city. Tuesday May 26th was also our 2 year wedding anniversary so we went to a special afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel. One of my friends told me about their afternoon tea which is called Pret a Portea and is inspired by the latest fashion designers and their seasonal fashion collections.

London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

We started out with a variety of finger sandwiches and other small snacks. The sandwiches included a chicken salad, salmon, cucumber and a beef option. Since my body was still on Central Time Zone time, my little tummy was grumbling and I happily ate everything in front of me…well almost. There was some relished tuna that I just did not care for along with some chilled beet soup which was not my cup of tea.

London :: Day 1

Then it was time to dig into the deserts! All of them were so adorable that I didn’t want to eat them because they were so pretty! There were cookies made to look like shoes, cakes that were mini purses and parfaits that had the colors of the summer trends. My favorite thing was a mint parfait as well as the sparkly, shoe cookies! I thought this was a really fun way to celebrate our anniversary in proper London fashion. It was also a nice, relaxing way to spend the afternoon after traveling 5,000+ miles.

London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

After that we headed over to the London Eye. The Eye is really neat to see and photograph from far away, but sadly we weren’t impressed once we got on it. The view from above isn’t much to write home about. And I also freaked out a little bit as we went up and up into the sky because I’m terrified of heights.

London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

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London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

London :: Day 1

Since the sun didn’t set in London until after 9pm, we had plenty of time to keep exploring. We just started to walk around and see where the night led us. one placed we stopped was at Fortnum and Mason because I heard they had really good macarons there. My husband and I fell in love with macarons a few years ago while in St. Maarten and we are always on the hunt for the best one to eat. We got a few different macarons to take with us including a blood orange, red velvet (SO GOOD!), brownie, watermelon, mixed berries, white champagne and salted caramel (always our favorite flavor).

London :: Day 1

We ended the night by walking around the Piccadilly Circus area and we ended the night at a pub near our hotel where we dined in true London fashion on fish and chips and Shepherd’s Pie. I love me some fried fish but this Wisconsin girl prefers a good ole Friday Fish Fry to the kind in London.

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Beauty Blogger Book Club : May

Long time no talk! I’m back from vacation and trying to get back into reality and the swing of things. I apologize that this month’s BBBC review is a few days late! Going on vacation + jetlag=I’ve been a pretty tired girl lately. But without further ado, here’s May’s book review!

Beauty Blogger Book Club

This past month was my book pick and I choose Where’d You Go Bernadette for us to read. I’ve seen this book recommended on my Amazon many times before and after having the sample downloaded into my Kindle app for quite some time I thought it would be a good one to dive into.

A quick synopsis of the book. It’s about a girl named Bee and her mom Bernadette. Bee’s dad works at Microsoft and at the start of the book, Bee is promised a trip to Antarctica if she gets good grades on her report card. However, Bernadette panics and worries over the trip because she has a fear of being around people. Eventually, Bernadette goes missing and her daughter Bee sets out to find her.

This was such a funny read! At times I found myself laughing out loud at it. It was an interesting book that transitioned between a normal book to FBI documents to emails and letters which was what Bee was using to try to find her mom. Personally, I like when stories transition from the typical story read and incorporate other ways of telling the story like this one did with the various documents. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend this as a summer beach read!

Next month we’ll be reading Heather’s pick which is The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson. I’ve never heard of this book or author before so I’m looking forward to reading a new to me author.

I’m excited to announce that we have some new members to add to the group too! I’m looking forward to seeing what their book picks are in the upcoming months.

Michelyn-Brains Beauty & Basketball

Heather-Love to be Busy

Lisa-Uncommon Wife Life

Lisa P-Blush and Back Roads

Stephanie-The Wonky Brow

 

 

 

How To Pattern Mix Your Wardrobe

One of the biggest fashion dilemmas I think working women face is how to look stylish and wear the latest trends while still looking work appropriate. You don’t always need a new piece in your wardrobe to look and feel great when going to the office. A big trend right now is pattern mixing and it’s easy to mix and match items in your closet to give your work outfit a fresh look. Here are a few tips on how to make the pattern mixing trend work for you and the office.

  • Stick to the basics

When pairing patterns together, I like to stick to a few basics. Stripes, polka dots, leopard and floral are my favorite ones to work with. Here’s a look that is nautical inspired and perfect for the summer. The blazer gives you a polished look but the polka dots and stripes add a bit of fun to this outfit.

Look 1

Look 1-Stick to the Basics

  1. Polka Dot Blazer 
  2. Blue Striped Shirt
  3. Blue Pants 
  4. Pearl Necklace 
  5. Gold Flats 

 

  • Choose a color theme

The key to looking put together with pattern mixing is to balance it out with a neutral color on the top or bottom. I love this look because the floral top adds some color to a neutral outfit. If you want to accessorize with a look that has pattern mixing, stick to a simple piece that accents a color in your outfit.

Look 2

Look 2-Color Theme

 

  1. Striped Blazer
  2. Floral Shirt
  3. Black Pants 
  4. Black Pants 
  5. Pink Pendant Necklace

 

 

  • Balance it out with a Neutral

With this look I wanted to celebrate the weather finally being warm out. I paired this sheer blouse with a pair of striped pants. Since the pants have a mostly neutral color, it was easy to pair the floral top with it. Sheer blouses are great to wear in the spring and summer because of their lightweight material and you can easily roll the sleeves up.

Look 3

Look 3-Balance with a Neutral

  1. Floral Blouse
  2. Striped Pants 
  3. Pink Tieks 
  • Don’t be afraid!

Try out different options by mixing and matching what’s in your closet. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

 

 

 

 

Travel Emergency Essentials Kit

Since I’m always the girl that likes to be prepared, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I’m the same way when it comes to traveling. I have a small, clear cosmetic bag that I keep packed with essentials at all times. This way it’s easy for me to grab and go when we’re traveling.

I like to keep this bag in my carry-on underneath the seat in front of me for easy access to small necessities such as mints, hair ties and lip balm. Then, when we reach our destination, I pick out my absolute essentials and put them into my purse or tote. Here’s a peek into my travel essentials kit!

 

2-Year Wedding Anniversary

You know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. Tomorrow, my husband and I will celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. Some days it feels like we’ve been together forever. We met 11 years ago and dated for 6 years before getting engaged. Other days I can’t believe how fast these past 2 years of marriage have gone. One thing is certain though, I’m a pretty lucky gal to have my husband in life :)

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To celebrate 2 years of wedded bliss, we’re off tonight to London and Paris for a relaxing week away. We’re looking forward to wandering the streets of Europe while taking in the sights and eating one too many macarons.

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Cheers to you and me, Mr. B Rich and for 2 years of happily ever after. Thanks for being my comrade in adventure, accomplice in mischief, my travel companion, and best friend. Today and forever my hand is yours to hold and my heart is forever yours to keep. Here’s to many more years of love, laughter and adventure together.

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Friday Favorites

Fri-yay! Let’s be real, I’m always excited about Friday when it comes around but I’m extra excited today because after today, I’m off of work for a week and half. Can I get a woo-hoo? The husband and I have been super swamped and busy lately with our full time jobs and doing our own business stuff at night so we are both really looking forward to a little time off as we’re leaving on vacation on Monday. We’re jetting off to London and Paris for 8 days and couldn’t be more excited to head off on another adventure and have some down-time together.

But, before I can get into vacation mode, let’s recap this last week and see what I’ve been loving lately!

  • Pure Barre 100 Club

Pure Barre has become my new favorite workout since I started taking classes back in December. On Wednesday I reached a big milestone and made it into the 100 club! I’ve taken that many classes the last 5 months and I was the 6th person at my studio to do so. I just love the workout, how it makes me feel and how it’s really made me more lean and toned than I ever was before. Here’s to reaching the 250 club next!

 Pure Barre 100 Club

Pure Barre 100 Club

  • Doggy Spaw Day

I love nothing more than picking my fur babies up from a day at the spas (aka the groomer). I treat my dogs like my children and these 2 princesses get their hair cut more than I do. Pretty lucky little girls if you ask me. I always love how soft they are when I pick them up and how good they smell.

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  • Gossip Girl

 

Since we got rid of our cable a few months ago, I was looking for some Netflix shows that I could start to watch. Well Gossip Girl has become my newest addiction. I never watched it while it was on TV but I’m really getting into the series. I especially love all of the fashion that Serena and Blair wear.

QUESTION // What are you up to this holiday weekend?