Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ahoy!


Well, well, well... Look what the cat dragged in. (Me.)

To call my life a whirlwind would be a tragic understatement right about now. In case you missed it, I got married, went on an epic honeymoon in Spain, and moved to LA. OH. And my name is Kelli Lamb now. I MEAN. That's an awful lot to happen to a girl all at once. I hope to write extensively about ALL of it in the coming weeks. I'm finally feeling settled and like I can breathe again, and I also have a lot of spare time. Like, where'd my social life go? Oh yeah, I do not currently have one.

In the meantime, here's a rundown:

-The wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. I wish I could relive it over and over again and am antsy to get the pictures back. But, I don't have "post-wedding depression" or anything. I just am reveling in the memories.

-The honeymoon was UNBELIEVABLE. I will be detailing the cities we stopped in (Madrid, Seville, Mallorca, and Barcelona) as well as the activities in each place. Right now, all you need to know is Tim worked with GM Iberica to plan it and, I'm not even exaggerating, it was perfect. I felt like I was on an episode of The Bachelor with new cities and adventures and endless cava, but I didn't have to compete with 25 girls for the dates. I just got to go on them with my hunky husband.

-Due to a pretty quick turn of events, Tim was offered/asked to transfer to the Dreamworks Studio in Los Angeles. We are very grateful for the opportunity, but truth be told... a little heartbroken too. More on that another day.

-We're renting a gorgeous house (pictured above) in the Los Feliz/Silverlake area. I'm told this means "Eastside." It's still walkable and there are lots of cute cafes around, which makes me happy. And I'm still working for Rue. Duh!

-The rug in the photo is the ELODIE rug from Lulu & Georgia. It was designed by Glitter Guide founder, Taylor Sterling, and is named after her cute daughter. We haven't made progress decorating a single room in the house, but have a dream kitchen and the rug finished the space. It makes my heart sing.

WHEW. That's all I've got in me today, but am happy to be back in this space and hope to be writing a lot more again soon. Thanks for reading. :)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Work It Out (@ OnPointe!)

I have always (and I mean ALWAYS) wanted to try out pilates. I always walk by really cute studios and think to myself, "I'm going to go there someday." But, as much as I'm intrigued by the practice, I've had a lot of bad/weird experiences with fitness. Basically, I've avoided the gym for 3 YEARS because of encounters with so many fitness-obsessed weirdos that live and breath by pre-workout supplements and a steady diet of brown rice and chicken - and shame anyone who enjoys a pizza AND a margarita AT THE SAME TIME. (#Yum.)

That's not to say I don't like fitness or exercise. I actually have been working out a TON leading up to the wedding and - believe it or not - look forward to it every day. However, I've kept it a pretty personal journey. (Yep. You CAN work out and not tell anyone about it, despite what Instagram says.) I have been doing tons of at-home workouts and running in the park. But, I knew I needed to step up my game and still had that curiosity about trying out a local studio.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I heard about OnPointe Traning in the Marina. It was founded by the beyond-adorable Kaitlyn Rhoades, a former ballerina from Nashville. OnPointe offers group pilates classes (with only 4 people per class) or private training sessions. I visited the studio for a private session with Kaitlyn, which is honestly the only way you could have gotten me in the door. While I've been SO interested in trying pilates, that huge-ass machine scared the heck out of me.

I arrived and was comfortable right off the bat. Kaitlyn is super sweet and non-judgy. AKA exactly how a trainer should be. We did a fitness assessment before doing anything on the machine, and then the workout was catered to my goals - both fitness and some back pain I'd been dealing with.

And, it was SO much fun. The machine was really interesting/not what I expected, and though it was difficult, it was a fun challenge and basically my favorite workout I've EVER done. Here are a few photos of the studio - and FYI, no, that's not me. I'm not the rockstar model.

But for the sake of honesty, here's something pretty hilarious. While I don't look that awesome, and it's not that flattering, it was the MOST fun. I'm officially a pilates convert.

If you're not in SF, you can still get training from Kaitlyn in the form of online videos. (Lucky ducks.) If you are, I highly suggest checking out the studio here.

*OnPointe offered me a complimentary class, but the opinions are 100% my own. As in, you need to go to this studio immediately. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

#BaaBaaBachelorette Recap

I basically wish my bachelorette party never ended. It takes all of my strength to not just Instagram pictures from it EVERY SINGLE DAY, because it really was everything a bachelorette party should be. My best friends, 1 million jokes, truth or dare (though - shout out to Bianca for being the only one who said dare), margaritas, more margaritas, inappropriate conversations in public places, shenanigans. You know. Bachelorette party stuff!

My friend Rachel brought a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 and it honestly was the most fun part. I really love taking pictures, but there is something so gratifying about having it print that exact second. And the retro vibe of the film really fit in with the hotel. Though, would a film camera ever stop us from documenting every minute via iPhone? Never.

I'll admit, there are some photos that I won't ever put on the Internet. (Duh.) But here are a few favorites from the weekend:

















Some noteworthy tidbits from the weekend:

The Saguaro knew it was my bachelorette party (we signed up for the Girls Getaway package, and Lindy called ahead) and when we arrived... there were streamers, blow up toys (like flamingos wearing leis and a bottle of Fireball... though that should have been more of a warning sign than anything), and a nice card. It was so fun! Truly, this hotel was the perfect location for an event like this.

We enjoyed dinner at Tinto, which is located in The Saguaro. HOLY COW. So delicious. We ordered maybe 300 tapas to share and it all was so tasty. And the service was wonderful. Would 100% recommend.

Nightlife in Palm Springs was a little weird/elusive, but that's fine. The Ace was closed for a private event (boo!), as were many of the other suggestions we received, so we found ourselves wandering for awhile. If, like us, you go with hopes of dancing. the Village Pub seemed to be the place to do it. Though, be warned, the doormen are very rude. But the bartenders are nice! So I guess it was a wash.

Anyways, we're now just under two weeks until the big day (WHOA DUDE) so I may be blogging a ton to avoid all responsibility, or I might be a little quiet around here while I get everything finished.

Major thanks to the following ladies for the photos (and for attending!!): @lindymerida // @rbeck09 // @tinalimeade // @tinaheileman // @julzjls // @afabchallenge

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#BaaBaaBachelorette Welcome Bags

My bachelorette party was a few weeks ago, and it's safe to say it was absolutely the most fun I've ever had. EVER. I'll be sharing a few of my favorite photos this week, and you can find (almost) all of the shenanigans on Instagram. #BaaBaaBachelorette -- you know, as in the noise that little lambs make? As in I'm going to be a Lamb soon? Lindy, my Maid of Honor, thought of it and it's one of the 1 million reasons I'm obsessed with her. SO. FUNNY.

I felt really honored that my bridesmaids would even be bridesmaids in the first place, let alone travel somewhere for me, so I wanted to make sure it would be a fun event. (The girls live all over - Boise, Seattle, SF, and Austin.) Having spent many a weekend in Vegas in my early twenties, I felt like that was the wrong choice for me. (Been there, done that.) Napa - and a limo to take us to 100 wineries - could be great, but I felt too much guilt making them all come to me when I would just be driving a short distance over the bridge. I realized that Palm Springs would be the perfect locale. Warm weather, good food, and a relaxing pool day. (Leave it to me to choose the one hotel with a Vegas-style pool party, but more on that later.)

To thank everyone for their travels AND welcome them to the party, Lindy and I worked together to create some welcome bags for everyone. I remembered to snap a few photos to share here. (Though they're only iPhone and it was getting dark, so... ugh!) Hopefully this post will offer up a few ideas for your next girls' getaway!

WHAT TO INCLUDE: 




1. A CUTE TOTE: I got one that has my mantra on it. Because pizza IS cheaper than therapy and it fixes EVERYTHING. I snagged it at Forever21 and it has since sold out, but this one is pretty similar. These are essential to hold all the goodies, but can also be used for the pool later in the weekend.

2. SUNGLASSES + CASE: Since we'd be in the sun, I knew sunglasses were a must. And the heart ones were perfect! Those have ALSO sold out (rats!!) but this pair or this pair are just as cute. As for the case? It's still available and totally fabulous. (Click here to purchase!)


3. BEAUTY SUPPLIES: I included a few things in this department - it is my speciality after all! A cute comb to conquer pool hair, and hair ties from my all-time favorite line - Mane Message. (I loved the pop of color they added to the bags!) I also was sure to include sunscreen and aloe vera, as well as an aloe vera sheet mask because a long day in the desert always calls for some light rejuvenation. For the evening, I made sure each girl had a Bare Minerals lip gloss. I tossed it all in a PALM print beauty bag (duh!) which might be my favorite ever. I'll be using it for years to come!



4. TEQUILA: This speaks for itself. I added a cute straw and made sure that we had Squirt to make little margs in the room. (If we had been driving somewhere, I would have made it into a little gift box with a lime and mini marg mix. Blame TSA and luggage restrictions!!) And it's not a party unless someone invites Patron... though if you'd asked us on Sunday, we might have disagreed. Which leads me to...

5. A RECOVERY KIT: I found these little "I Regret Nothing" bags on Etsy and knew I HAD to include them. First of all, adorable. Second of all, necessary. Advil and Alka Seltzer were a saving grace after a long weekend.

Tune in tomorrow for my favorite pics from the weekend!