CIty Guide to Copenhagen

This past Fall, K and I took a quick trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. The reason for random the trip? An insanely good flight deal, our eager sense of wanderlust and of Repped with incredible, trend-setting culinary cred, Copenhagen is a destination that's been on our mind for quite some time now. K's restaurant bucket list included Michelin-starred spots NOMA and Relae, so we knew when we saw a great flight deal it was a no brainer to jump on it (despite the fact that it was a bit nuts to travel from California to Denmark for less than a week). You only live once, right?

Engagement Session

Since K and I decided to have a destination wedding, we wanted to send our save-the-date cards out plenty in advance, to give guests notice and time to plan ahead (one year in advance to be exact). Since they were going to be sent out so far ahead of time, we thought (OK let's be honest, I thought) adding professional engagement photos to the cards would be a sweet touch. Our photos were taken by the lovely Alysha Miller. Anyone looking to have some photos done in the Southern California area - we highly recommend Alysha and can't recommend her enough, she is fantastic.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? DIY Bridesmaid Boxes

After I got engaged and was thinking of which girls I wanted to surround me on my wedding day, I immediately knew which ladies I wanted to ask to be my bridesmaids. I also knew I wanted to do something sweet and special to pop the question. I decided to put a box together of some of my favorite things (hello, champs and macarons!) and wrap it with elegant, feminine gift wrap. 

Goat Cheese + Sausage Stuffed Jalapeños

Since the Superbowl is upon us, I thought it'd be only fitting to have a post reflecting a perfect game-day eat: stuffed jalapeños. If we're being honest here, one of the main reasons I like attending Superbowl bashes is for the food (the other reasons? Halftime and commercials). I mean, a day where the norm is to nosh on a smorgasbord of (basically) bar-type foods? Count me in. These stuffed jalapeños are, in my opinion, the perfect game-day grub to snack on. Stuffed with sweet Italian sausage, goat cheese and parmesan, the creamy and hearty filling is a fantastic contrast to the crunch of the jalapeño and crispy Panko topping. I hope you guys enjoy these!

Ikea Hack: Besta TV Unit

If you've visited my Pinterest board, you might have figured out that I'm a slight Pinterest fanatic. Ever since K and I have moved into our new place, I've been pinning home decor like nobody's business. I purchased a few Ikea pieces when we moved in because they are great blank canvases for changing and giving makeovers (the "Ikea hack" phenomenon is real). Have you heard of O'verlays? I've had my eye on them for quite some time - 'Overlays are decorative fretwork panels for furniture. Simply apply the  panels to your furniture and watch your piece go from ho-hum to one-of-a-kind. They also make panels specifically for Ikea furniture, which makes it so easy to transform an inexpensive piece of furniture into a truly unique and expensive-looking piece. 

{Copycat} Nordstrom Cafe's Tomato Bisque + Garlic-Parmasean Crostini

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm back after a seriously long hiatus. No excuses, but the last year was so busy: lots of traveling for work, a long trip to Europe and some wedding planning (K & I are engaged!). I neglected this little passion project of mine - but I am back and ready to share some delicious recipes!

So now on to this anyone else obsessed with Nordstrom Cafe's Tomato Bisque?! Not only is Nordstrom my favorite department store, but their cafe is on my list of favorite comfort-food lunch spots.

Tropical Green Smoothie

A couple of weeks ago I hit a serious breakfast slump. The idea of scarfing down breakfast before I rushed out the door for work seemed very unappealing. I wanted something in the morning that would give me a great jolt of energy but would also subside my hunger. Enter: the tropical green smoothie. Not only do I make this green beauty every morning for breakfast, I save some to sip on as a healthy mid-afternoon snack as well. Apprehensive about the green? Don't fear: the flavor of spinach takes a back seat when combined with tropical fruits, such as pineapple and mango. All in all, this smoothie isn't just full of nutrients to help get you going in the morning, but is also deliciously refreshing.