Breakfast in Del Mar | Stratford Court Cafe

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Friday Shirt (size small) | Jeans (size 30 found at Marshalls) | Shoes (size 8)

I can’t believe I forgot to post this when we went to San Diego! Stratford Court Cafe is a Del Mar staple and something I have grown up with. My grandfather would walk up to get coffee here every morning so I may be biased but I think it is a pretty special place.

My sister and I had breakfast there and I got the acai bowl with coffee (their regular black coffee in the nutty roast flavor is honestly the best I have every had) and my sister got their croissant sandwich. The acai bowl was really good and large, I couldn’t even finish it. My sisters sandwich looked amazing as well with cheese, egg and bacon in it.

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Stratford Court Cafe is inside of a beautiful house and is walking distance to Del Mar beach so the location could not be any better. The price is pretty high, but then again the location cannot be beat so I think it is worth it, plus the portions are big and the food is very good quality. If you are ever in Del Mar, I highly recommend stoping by.

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-M

Wine Wednesday | Chateau Saint-Martin

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So I am back at it with the wine in a tube. I was crossing my fingers that this one would not be as bad as last week and luckily it was not! It had a really dark color when I poured it into my glass and smelled really sweet like peaches or pears. Chateau Saint-Martin really didn’t have that much flavor but would probably be good paired with a fettuccine alfreado.

While this wine was drinkable I don’t think I would recommend it just because I didn’t think it was very flavorful, but the great thing about these tubes was that I was able to try a glass of something new rather than committing to an entire bottle.

Cheers!

-M

 

Spring Jumpsuit

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Shoes | Similar Jacket 

I am a jumpsuit lover! I love how easy and put together they make you look. I don’t know why people are so worried about the bathroom situation in jumpsuits? I mean you are alone in the bathroom stall anyways or just hold it! You have to make sacrifices for fashion people!

Anyways I am pretty sure this is supposed to worn to bed but honestly I don’t care. The fabric is super soft (like literally so soft) and the color is so versatile. I wore it on Sunday when we walked to brunch (at Stowaway again!) and ran some errands. It is also ideal for travel days. I wore it on my way to San Diego and it was so cozy for the flight. They sadly don’t have it online anymore but they have a shorts version. I would get a medium in the shorts but I sized down to a small in the pants. Old Navy also has some really cute jumpsuits right now too.

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Repurposed Wine Bottle

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After we finished the 5 liter Centine wine, G just could not part with the bottle. It sat on our mantel for a while until I had finally had enough. Since G is typically such a good sport about me decorating (or trying to decorate) the house, I decided that we could keep the wine bottle around, but we needed to do something with it.

I went over to our local Ross and picked up these decorative sticks for $7.99! They had a bunch of them with different colors and there are a ton of them in each package. I have also seen them at Marshalls, Home Goods and Michaels.

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I just started adding sticks to the top of the wine bottle mixing in the different colors and textures until I got as many as I could in the bottle. I only used like a quarter of the bundle of sticks so there were more than enough to use for other projects if needed. I am happy with the way that it turned out and feel like it doesn’t look like it belongs in a frat house anymore.

-M

Wine Wednesday | Bourgogne Chardonnay

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Well we finally got a dud! I knew the day would come when I don’t like a wine and that day is today. I tired out one of the tube wines that I got from my mom last week and unfortunately it was not a winner.

This wine was the Bourgogne Chardonnay Clos De La Combe 2010. I am not sure if something happened to the wine when I transported it from California to Denver but it was bad, real bad. I usually love Chardonnay and am not picky when it comes to any wine and will literally drink anything. This wine didn’t even have a taste to comment on. It smells like rotten fermented fruit and tastes the same. I had it cold right out of the refrigerator as well as when it warmed up a bit and that still did not help.

Unfortunately I cannot recommend this wine. Better luck next week!

-M

Weekend Breakfast at Stowaway Kitchen

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This weekend we hit up one of our favorite brunch spots, Stowaway Kitchen. This place is tucked away in one of the old converted industrial buildings on Walnut street in Rino and has a really relaxed vibe. They also have a really unique breakfast/brunch menu that is delicious and filling! I had the Citrus + Vanilla Porridge and G had the Scram Breakfast Sandwich. We both also shared the blueberry scone and everything was amazing! I highly recommend this place. They usually will hold a line after 9:00am but it is worth the wait and we only had to wait like 15 minutes.

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I kept this look super casual and went with athleisure wear. My pants and pullover are both Lululemon but super old. Here are good alternatives: pants, pullover.

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-M

 

Dog Boarding | Ace Pet Services

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I love to travel but the one big stressor with traveling is finding a place that I trust that will take great care of Charlie. When we first got him we would use Camp Bow Wow and they were great, we really felt like Charlie was well taken care of and enjoyed the interaction with the other campers.

As Charlie got older we noticed that he was becoming very protective of G and I and really anyone that was in his pack for more than 5 minutes. It was at this time that I decided that Charlie really needed a place that can help train him while boarding him.

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Charlie had puppy training at Noble Beast when he was a little under a year and the instructor there was amazing! He really took the time to understand Charlie and his areas of weakness and would work with us on how to correct them.

We found out that the trainer from Noble Beast opened up his own dog training and boarding out of his house and we were so excited to try it out! Ace Pet Services offers private training lessons, boarding and day care for your dog.

We were leaving for the weekend so we decided to try Ace out to see if that would work better for Charlie. The sign up process was really easy and the communication with the owner Louis was very smooth. We completed a questionnaire that let Ace know all about Charlie and any concerns we had with him. When we dropped him off we just brought his leash and food and they had everything else.  Charlie was so excited to see Louis and trotted off with him to meet the other boarders without even looking back at us!

While we were away we got several text messages with pictures letting us know how Charlie was doing. I loved getting those messages and they were just enough to give me my Charlie fix while we were gone and to reassure me he was doing well. I really liked how Ace is a home with two people that will treat my dog like their own. It felt so much more personal than a typical boarding place where they have dogs in kennels and they are alone all night.

After we picked Charlie up we got an email letting us know what they worked on for training as well as what the trainer recommends we do to keep our little hound happy and obedient.

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I can’t say enough great things about Ace Pet Services. It was clear that this type of boarding works really well for Charlie and we are looking forward to our next vacation knowing that Charlie is well taken care of.

-M