Magpies Soft Serve

Labor Day may be the traditional seasonal signifier of summer’s end, but here in southern California it’s usually just the start of our most blistering summer heat! The cure for such unfavorable weather patterns? Soft serve ice cream!

magpies soft serve

Magpies Soft Serve is conveniently situated within walking distance of our apartment, so much like our local pizza place, this Silverlake shop has become a regular part of our daily lives. When the weather is particularly hot, there is nothing better than walking out into the warm night air and strolling over to get a cone (or cup in my case) of cool, sweet soft serve.

A quick trip to Vegas

When we asked my sister-in-law and her friend how they wanted to spend their final weekend of holiday in LA, they responded with a different L-A — Las Vegas!

Vegas 2017

As cheesy as it is, husband and I kinda love Las Vegas. No matter how many times we make the drive, there is something exciting about seeing those lights on the horizon as you drive out of the darkness of the desert. And then, even though we aren’t big gamblers, we love wandering the strip – popping in each of the hotels and taking in the bizarre spectacle that is Vegas.

Grantchester 💛 Love!

One of my absolutely favorite PBS shows is back on the air for its third season and, in celebration, I simply had to write a little something about my love for Grantchester.

Grantchester | Photo via Masterpiece
Photo via Masterpiece

Commissioned by ITV in the UK and broadcast on PBS here in the states, Grantchester is a Masterpiece Mystery show based on James Runcie’s The Grantchester Mysteries, a collection of short stories about a vicar with a knack for solving crimes in a sleepy, English village just outside Cambridge in the 1950s. The vicar is Sidney Chambers (played by the ever-adorable James Norton) – a handsome, young, sweet, though sometimes brooding guy, who loves jazz, nice whiskey and one particular young lady named Amanda who, through unfortunate circumstances, he can NEVER marry. Their star-crossed lovers’ romance is by far one of my favorite elements of the show!

3 Pom Pom DIYs to Try

Have you noticed the sudden surge in pom-poms lately? I’ve seen the trend turning up on purses, jewelry, hair accessories, and fashion for some time now, and figured it high time I share a few DIY’s to get the look for a whole lot less.

pom-pom diy

Let me start off by saying that styling yourself with pom-poms may solicit some side-eyes from passers-by, so you have to be comfortable with the fact that, if you sport any of the DIY’s below, it will appear like you were accessorized by a kindergartner. The trick is to own it.

Film Friday – Sunday in New York

When a recently dumped young Jane Fonda comes to New York to visit her pilot brother on a Sunday, all kinds of virtue-shaking shenanigans ensue.

When Eileen (Fonda) has been dumped by her longtime boyfriend because she won’t sleep with him, she retreats to her older brother’s bachelor pad in the middle of New York to get some perspective. Sunday in New York is a 1963 comedy, based on a play by Norman Krasna, directed by Peter Tewksbury and starring Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor and Cliff Robertson. The soundtrack score, which has a pretty good deal of relevance within the story, was composed and performed by Peter Nero.