Tuesday, March 10, 2015

L.A. Living, Vol. 2

Can you believe your eyes? A new blog post coming from yours truly? I can barely believe it myself to tell you the truth. I really don't know how other bloggers do it. They have real jobs and families to take care of and can still crank out lovely and interesting posts weekly if not daily. When I was in school it was easier to carve out time but this transition into real life (except for the whole paycheck part) is really hard. All of my routines pretty much took a back seat when I started this new placement and I am just slowly trying to my groove back... 2 months later. With just one month left in Los Angeles, I figured it was time to play catch up. 

As a present to my cousin, my family gave her a ticket to L.A. When I asked her what she wanted to see/do, she responded with "everything and anything." I took that opportunity to hit places on my to-do list as well as re-visit some old favorites. The weekend flew by, just like every other weekend seems to these days, but it was so wonderful. 

Stay: My old place in North Hollywood (more on my move later)

Visit: Solstice Canyon (great little hike with a view of the ocean), Point Dume State Beach, The Grove (for shopping), Melrose Trading Post (check out local artists and vintage booths), the Venice Canals, Abbot Kinney Blvd. (start at Venice and keep walking to find the cutest  shops and tastiest restaurants)

Eat: Gracias Madre (some of the best Mexican food I've had and it's vegan), John's Garden (great place to refuel after hiking), Zinque (coffee/wine bar that reminded me of a Parisian cafe)

If anyone has anymore L.A. recommendations send them my way!
With Love, Kristtyn

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

L.A. Living, Vol. 1

I know it's only Tuesday but this internship has me literally "Working For The Weekend." And, when I'm not actually working, I'm commuting. If anything, I am learning a lot about LA's highway system (FYI, I do NOT like the 405). Regardless,  my first weekend here was spent exploring some new-to-me places as well as some old favorites with my best guy.

Stay: My current place in North Hollywood (moving soon)

Visit: The Getty Center // Rodeo Drive // TCL Chinese Theater (aka Mann's Chinese Theater) // Sonny McLean's Irish Pub (for all Boston sports games)

Eat/Drink: District Pub (burgers and beers done right) // The Honor Bar (order everything) // Katsu-Ya (I have never stopped dreaming of the spicy tuna crispy rice)

Hurry up weekend!
With Love, Kristtyn

PS. pretty jealous of the snow day in Boston!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I Left My Heart in Somerville

After I returned from winter break, I had only 4 days to pack myself up and do all my favorite Somerville things. I know I've already expressed my love for this city more than once here but I just can't help it. Here's a recap:

Three Little Figs. All I can say, and all I need to say is lavender biscuit.
Soul. Train. Fitness. Erica Bornstein is probably one of the best dance instructors 
I've come across who can also get me to do mountain climbers and burpees with no complaints. 
Cucumber margaritas, guacamole, tacos, and done! 
Machu Picchu. Peruvian food will always be my favorite 
but was even better when I got to share it with my girlfriends.
Dave's. A Somerville institution. I have been known to spend hours 
in this tiny place, tasting cheeses, tasting wine, debating between cured meats and local produce. 
Last but not least, our home. Proud of this little apartment
and all the events and people that have passed through.

To Somerville, With Love,

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Year, New City

The great thing about having to do internships to complete my master's program is the ability to do them wherever. This is how I currently find myself in sunny southern California. I haven't lived here since I graduated college and I swear it's like being in a brand new city. Although there are a lot of downsides to this situation (yes, I miss Boston like crazy already), I'm also excited to discover this city all over again with fresh eyes. So, go on LA, show me what you got!

If you have any recommendations on what I should see 
while I'm here please send them my way!

With Love, Kristtyn

Monday, December 15, 2014


And the Winner is ...

I'd like to give a huge thank you to Antea, your work is amazing and without you this giveaway could not have been possible! Also, thank you to everyone who entered, I loved reading your comments and  hope that you all enjoy this holiday season! 

Happy Monday
With Love, Kristtyn

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Have You Heard About ...

Antea Amoroso Design

The time has finally come for my very first GIVEAWAY! I could not be more happy to partner up with Antea from Antea Amoroso Design. I had the pleasure of meeting this self-proclaimed "Crafter/ Creator/ Designer/ Florist/ Event Stylist/ Artist/ DIY-er/ Mom/ Kardashian" two years ago at a holiday party. At the time she had just started her Etsy shop where she was selling her amazing handmade event signage and decor. Since then, she has turned her love of event planning and all things DIY into a small business here in Reading, MA. This girl has an amazing eye for detail and what I love most about her is that she has turned her passion into profit, all the while taking care of daughter and now son. How's that for a little inspiration?! Here's a little sneak peak of what she's created so far ...

And now, what you've all been waiting for ... 
In keeping with the holiday spirit, we are giving away this cute sign:
To Enter: Follow Antea on Instagram or like her on Facebook.
 Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite thing about the holiday season is
and make sure to leave your email so I can notify the winner!

Deadline: Entries must be made by Saturday, December 13th at 11:59pm EST. 
The winner will be emailed and announced Monday, December 15th both here and on my Instagram, so don't forget to follow both!

In addition to this giveaway, Antea will give 15% off of any order or purchase made
 at The Wedding Shoppe located at 8 Brande Ct. in Reading, MA to anyone who mentions my blog! 

Happy Tuesday!
With Love, Kristtyn

Monday, December 8, 2014


Weekend Recap ...

And just like that we are in the midst of the holiday season! How, seriously, how does it come up so fast? It is my most favorite time of the year and yet it seems to fly by me. Just as I finally got my pumpkins out for Thanksgiving, tree lots were going up, Christmas aisles appeared in all stores, and the radio started pumping out Mariah. Since I'm going away with my family again this year for Christmas, I have been left with exactly 3 weeks to squeeze in all my winter/holiday traditions. This weekend we were able to get our tree, attend a holiday DIY with one of my favorite blogger pals, and enjoy the Boston Ballet production of The Nutcracker. All in all it was a great way to kick off December.

Even though this is only mine and C's third Christmas living together, we already have some traditions. While he get's the tree inside and up in the stand, I make the mulled wine and put together a few cheesy treats. This year I made this Honey Fig Dip with Blue Cheese by How Sweet It Is
It was TO. DIE. FOR.
Kate from DomestiKatedLife hosted a great DIY event at Jonathan Adler
I love that these felt letters double as ornaments and gift tags, giving your presents 
a personal touch and a pop of color!
This was the only good picture we got as we were running out the door to catch The Nutcracker. If you get the chance to go and are looking for a good place to eat or get drinks nearby, 
check out The Merchant.
Last but not least, I picked this wine up randomly (I love a good label) 
and it ended up being so good! Try it out!

Hope everyone's weekend was just as holiday filled and 
make sure to check back this week as I will be doing my first give away!

With Love, Kristtyn