Hearst Castle at Night

Like I blogged about in my post, Fancy Schmancy, my husband and I were recently invited to the Friends of Hearst Castle Enchanting Evening on our anniversary weekend. It was a beautiful black tie dinner by the Neptune Pool. I have been waiting for the professional photos to appear on the website, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a few that we took from my iphone and my husband’s blackberry. Of course, they didn’t turn out to be amazing photos, but you’ll get the point. It was an amazing evening!

The centerpieces were beautiful, even if my photos didn’t do them justice! White star-gazers and lots of greenery.

Synchronized swimmers came out during dinner and put on an amazing show, twice! I don’t know how they got in that pool- it was SO cold out! I took so many photos of the Neptune Pool while we were there. Even in the fog and the cold it was such a beautiful backdrop to dinner.

Of course I took a photo of my favorite part of dinner- the dessert! We had three small bites and they were all delicious. My favorite of the three was the mocha flavored ice cream sandwiched in between two chocolate cookies. Yum! This is us at the end of the night. We were FREEZING but having such a great time. (sorry for the blurry photo-blackberry in the fog)

I Heart Travel, Part X, Chicago

Here are some of my favorite photos from my last trip to Chicago, which sadly, was 3 years ago. I have family in Chicago and wish I could visit more often. All of these photos were taken with my little Sony point and shoot.

My dad is a die-hard White Sox fan and wasn’t happy that I chose to go to a Cubs game while I was visiting. I sent him photos of myself standing in front of the Wrigley field sign just to make him cringe ;)

We went on the architectural tour of Chicago and it was such an amazing tour. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t been to Chicago before!

Millennium Park is such a fun place to walk around.

“The Bean.” You can see the whole city scape in this amazing shiny sculpture.

I can’t wait to go back! Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the world!

Hearst Castle

Photos from our tour of the Hearst Castle. What an amazing site to see. I only hope my photos can do it some justice.

Cambria Beaches

The Beach is one of my favorite places in the world to spend my time. So basically, I was in heaven while we were in Cambria last weekend. Here are some of my favorite beach photos from our trip.

Caterpillars, Butterflies, and Lizards, Oh My!

There were so many beautiful creatures in Cambria. I was constantly stopping to take their photos. They made pretty good subjects :)

Fancy Schmancy

We are off to Cambria for the weekend to celebrate our 1st anniversary. We got engaged over 2 years ago on Pismo Beach so we thought it was only fitting to go stay somewhere nearby to celebrate our anniversary.

While we are there we plan on relaxing, going for long walks on the beach, wine tasting, going to nice dinners and oh yeah….we’re planning on hitting up a little black tie dinner soiree at the HEARST CASTLE! We were randomly invited through a contact at my work and we are now loading up our car with a tuxedo and a fancy schmancy gown. We were invited only yesterday, so to say we were  prepared would be a lie. But, we frantically got everything we needed together and are very much looking forward to an amazing dinner, with THE most amazing view in the area (even if we won’t know a single soul at the dinner). You better believe I’ll be blogging all about it when we get back, but until then, you can catch up on some “Adele” by reading old blog posts while I’m away. These are some of my faves:

Monterey Flowers

Bru-ske-tta

Grillin’

Make Your Own Cake Stands

Steal My Heart Away

I Heart Travel, Part II- Greece

Photo Shoot with Bre!

We’ll be back Monday night!

I Heart Travel, Part IX, New Orleans

Last year for my husband’s 30th birthday I booked a trip for us to go to New Orleans together. He has been a huge Saints fan since he was a little kid and I knew he’d love to see a game at the Super Dome. Later I invited my best friend and her fiance to come along with us. It just so happens that my husband shares the same birthday (day and month, not year) as my best friend. They are similar in a lot of ways and she jokes that I found a male version of her and married him. Their birthday also falls a day after New Years Day so we ended up celebrating both New Years Eve and their birthdays in New Orleans.

We arrived on New Years Eve around 7 or 8 and went straight to our hotel. We got dressed for the celebrations ahead and went down to Bourbon Street and nearby to walk around. There were SO many people out and music was everywhere.  We had a blast walking around with our beverages of choice in hand and listening to all the fun music and taking everything in. It really was an amazing site to see. (All photos taken with a point and shoot or iPhone)

On New Years Day, we decided to eat at a po’ boy restaurant we had seen on the Food Network. Supposedly it was the best po’ boy sandwich in the city.  Our friends decided, hey..lets walk there. It’s only two miles from our hotel. So…we followed. And by followed I mean we blindly followed my best friend’s directions via her iPhone gps. After an hour and a half (2 hours my a#@) of walking through some pretty dangerous and secluded streets and ally ways, we ended up at the po’boy shop only to find out it is closed for the holiday. Yep, we didn’t even call to see if they were open on one of the biggest holidays of the year. This is me, SO sad after our long and dangerous trek for nothing. So, starving at this point, we called a cab and cried all the way back to our hotel and found some food elsewhere.This place didn’t even compare to Parkway Bakery. Same long lines…not even in the same ballpark as far as the food goes..

The next day we took a cab to the restaurant, stood in line for about 30 minutes and had some of the best food we’ve ever eaten..in our lives. Worth it? Hell yes. This is us, incredibly happy that it was finally open and we were able to enjoy it. The next day we walked around the city, ate some great food and met some interesting people.

There were bars and clubs open in the middle of the day and when you walked in you forgot that it was only 1:00pm and not 1:00am on a Saturday night. These people know how to party. We also made sure to sample the delicious beignets (fried doughnut like pastries sprinkled with powdered sugar) from the famous Cafe Du Monde. My husband tired to go get them for us early in the morning one day, but the line was out the door. So, we decided to visit the cafe after a night of walking around the city. It was a wonderful way to end to our evening!

One of the major highlights of the trip was the Saint’s game. My husband has been watching games at that Super Dome since he was a kid and I was so happy we were able to go there in person. The stadium was unlike anything I’d ever seen. The seats were stacked up so high that when I stood up I felt like I could easily fall down the steep rows. It was also a little surreal to be in the dome that so many people stayed during Katrina years before. I was so happy to be there, but felt a great deal of sadness for the people who experienced such tragedy.

The Saint’s lost that game, but we had a great time regardless. We walked from our hotel to the game and the atmosphere leading up to the Super Dome was so exciting. Loud music, live bands, beer sold on the streets, and everyone in black and gold. It was truly an amazing site to see. I look forward to going back some day.

On our last day we went on a swamp tour. Mission- find gators’. Mission unsuccessful. We did see one gator in the water but just for a split second, come to find out we weren’t there in gator season. But, regardless of the mia gators, the tour was amazing. The swamp was actually kind of beautiful in a swampy kinda way. I had never seen anything like that and especially never been on a speedy pontoon boat searching for creatures that could devour me in one bite. Our tour guide used to hunt alligators when he was in high school. In HIGH SCHOOL. This guy was hard-core. I was watching MTV and eating Cheetos in high school… enough said.

Overall, it was a great trip and I can’t wait to go back! Here is a photo of all of us after our tour looking a little “swampy” ourselves. :)

Photo Collage Fun!

I have always seen photo collages on other blogs and never knew how to do them. Today, I learned how to do it! And it’s SUPER easy! I downloaded Picasa for free on my mac, it automatically uploaded all the photos on my computer, I chose a folder, and clicked create collage. I am now obsessed and will probably use this for every single blog post from here out. Here is the first one I made from a mix of photos from my honeymoon in Kauai and my last trip to Oahu a few months ago. Some were taken from my point and shoot and some from my new DSLR. Can you tell which is which?

Carmel Beach

One of my favorite places in the world is Carmel Beach. I have been going there since I was a little girl and not much makes me happier than this spot. This particular day was very foggy and overcast, but it was still a beautiful day for a walk on the beach!

Monterey Flowers

Here are some photos of the gorgeous flowers I saw while visiting family in Monterey, CA.