Yummy Eats and Stylish Vibes (My favorite spots across the U.S.)

Travel/Lifestyle

My career as a Makeup Artist and my love for adventure has taken me all over the United States to discover some of my favorite eateries. Not only do they have yummy food, stylish vibes and cozy nooks…they have incredible adventure and scenery right in their neighborhood! Our first spot is right in my hood, I welcome you to the great(and very cold right now) North East!

 

Grown

Connecticut

100% all Organic Fast Food located in Florida and Middletown, CT at Wesleyan University Bookstore. Started by NBA Player Ray Allen and his wife Sharon offering sustainable, 100% organic fast food that’s so delicious and containing no harsh preservatives, GMO’s, hormones or processed sugars

 

 

Oxford Exchange

Florida

When I first walked into the Oxford Exchange my mind and soul were singing! It’s vibe is beyond anything you may expect and the food is just as incredible. You can eat, shop, enjoy some coffee…I mean even the bathroom is beautiful! A must visit when in the Tampa Bay area! And sidenote…order the Affogato( if you know me thats one of my favorite treats) you can thank me later!

 

 

Restore Cold Pressed

Ohio

In the past several years thanks to Lebron James returning to the Cleveland Cavs and the Indians in the World Series my adventures to Cleveland have been plentiful! And when you’re on the road you need to refuel your immune system with the best concoctions! Restore has the best Cold Press Juice in town and order their Avocado Toast or a Acai Bowl…my mouth is watering!

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Nekter Juice Bar

Arizona

Welcome to my top favorite spots in the U.S…..Scottsdale, Arizona! I grew up about 90 min north of here so ok, ya im totally bias. BUT If you’ve never been to Scottsdale you need to go! And stop at my favorite Juice and Smoothie bar to fuel up for your adventures! My fav, the Health Nut and be sure to grab their protein balls for an afternoon snack.

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Thrive

California

Oh Laguna….surf, sand, sun and smoothies! When you walk into Thrive you instantly feel healthy with its relaxed Cali vibe and the smell of organic fruits and veggies. You cant go wrong with anything you order(ive ordered them all) and their protein balls are the best ive had!

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Finch and Fork

California

Santa Barbara has some sort of magic about it that makes you wanting more…And Finch and Fork holds true to that vibe. The ambiance is a mix of old world and new….be sure to save room for dessert because their Fire Roasted Milk Shake will have you losing your mind!!!

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New Day Eatery

Washington

If when in Seattle you must venture over to Olympic National Park area and stumble across a little town of Port Angeles. I spent several days hiking the majestic mountains and shorelines of Washington and New Day Eatery was my go to destination every morning! Make sure to order their Potato Rounds to go with a little Siracha Ketchup-im about to get on a plane just for those Potato Rounds!

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Share with us your favorite Eateries across the U.S. #VineandOakTribe

Happy Eating!!!!

 

5 ways to transform your home from everyday living to Holiday Haven

Travel/Lifestyle

The Holidays are here and nothing more excites me than decorating my home for Christmas-on a budget! So how do you take what you already have and mix in some new finds? I turned to my friends at Bliss Interiors to help me transform my home from my everyday lifestyle to a Holiday Haven.

At Vine and Oak we love hearing about the Journey of those we meet so lets first get to know my designer guru’s Fiona and Donica from Bliss Interiors

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Hi,  We are Bliss Interiors, also known as Fiona and Donica… We are first cousins and friends with a love of homes and decorating! We have loved home décor for as long as we can remember and decided that it was time we took something we were passionate about and make it into a career.
List of Services:

*Home Decorating: This is a completely customizable service and there is no project too small or too big for that matter. We start with a consultation to discover what our clients wants/needs are and go from there!

*Home Staging: Getting homes ready to be listed for sale. This is the complete opposite of Decorating because we are neutralizing your home so that when a buyer walks in they can envision themselves living there, make an offer and buy your home!

*We also offer organization, refinishing furniture and personal shopping.

Top 5 Ways to Re-Stage your Home for the Holidays

We love decorating for the holidays! Probably our favorite thing to do is bargain shop so we have some pretty great budget friendly decorating tips. A little back story before we get started.  Donica lives with her boyfriend Joe in a pretty small studio apartment so one of her big challenges is that she is working with a small space. Fiona lives in a 3 bedroom home with her soon to be hubby, Jon her 2 boys Landon and Dean and our 70lb pup Jaxon.. her biggest challenge is that there is almost always running and throwing happening in the house. So now that you’ve learned a little bit about us, let’s get to the list!

1) We are all about the Flocked Tree this year…. It gives the tree a little more depth and can add some dimension and texture as well. With the flocking you can go a little simpler with the ornaments and just enjoy the simplicity of the tree with some pretty white lights. Donica bought one last year on clearance and was so excited to put it up. Fiona had a free tree she got as a hand me down last year so she decided to DIY her flock tree. Tutorial will be up on the blog soon!

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Painted Fox Home

2) Garland! We are feeling the laid back, all natural vibe this year. Donica did a great DIY wooden bead garland that we will post up on the blog soon. We also love the idea of using felt balls, pom poms or even popcorn! You can get really creative with this one and its something fun project for little ones too!

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3) Extra blankets. For. The. Win. I mean more snuggle time is always a plus. Probably my only favorite thing about winter. Also, blankets give so much texture to rooms and just give a great cozy feel to any room in your home. We love anything fuzzy, large knits, soft colors and patterns.

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Pottery Barn

4) Artwork is a great one for small spaces. Use nails/ hooks you already have in your wall and you can swap out your current artwork with holiday inspired wood signs or canvas art. Or if you’re really ambitious you can take picture frames and put pieces of plaid fabric or holiday print outs.

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5) Color themes. What ever colors you decide to use just make sure to keep it cohesive. In other words picking 3 to 4 colors and using them repetitively is a great way to get the most out of your color scheme. Our favorite this year is Light and Airy.. the flocked tree we talked about earlier gives a lot of texture and fullness so you don’t need much color. We kept it very soft by choosing colors that were very muted like; champagne, mauve, burlap and some touches of plaid.

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Painted Fox Home

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Most of all remember to slow down and enjoy the holiday season… curl up a little longer. Disconnect from the outside noise and love your loved ones a little extra.

xoxo

Fiona & Donica

Share with us your favorite decorating tips to make your home a little extra cozy this Holiday season! #VineandOakTribe

 

San Francisco in 1 day

Travel/Lifestyle

Where do you begin when there’s so much to see with such little time to explore? To me my YOLO spirit kicks in and there’s nothing stopping me from making the most of every minute in the day…sleep on the plane or in the car(if you’re not driving) because Im about to send you on my whirlwind day trip to get the best taste of San Francisco!

Im so blessed to have visited San Francisco so many times, from family adventures, working Super Bowl and NBA Finals as a Makeup Artist. This is my favorite city and has way more to offer than city vibes, you just have to venture across the bridge…

Before you grab a coffee and suit up in your favorite Golden State Warriors gear make sure you follow these helpful tips to ensure your day in the city goes as smooth as possible:

1.) Download your Uber App on your phone to navigate through the city

2.)Pack light! Phone, Phone Charger, Credit Cards, Cash, Travel Sunscreen, Lip Balm, Hand Sanitizer, Lotion and a scarf( yup, depending on what time of year you go, the fog in the am and towards late afternoon can roll in and change the temp).

3). Comfy shoes, be prepared to WALK! You will have buns of steel if you decide to conquer the streets of San Francisco and may be ready to book a massage the day after!

You ARE READY so get a good nights sleep and set your clock for an early rise….

7AM Coffee, Avocado toast(so cali) and Eggs- you get the hint, eat a good breakfast! One of my favorite joints is Cafe Bellini on Powell Street

8AM Cable Car at Powell & Market...on your way there you can hop on/and off so you can catch Iconic Lombard Street

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8:30am- 130PM Walk or Uber from  Hyde Street to  FREE Bikes , Best Bike rental to explore the wharf, bay trails and the bridge ( If biking is not for you, no worries, Uber will be your best friend)

For you up for the challenge here’s a sample map; starting at Free Bikes and Ending at Sports Basement to drop off your Bike.

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OR You can Uber down to Fishermans Wharf for lots of touristy shopping, food and souvenirs… My fav places down by the wharf Blue Mermaid, great for Breakfast and have the best Clam Chowder served in a Sourdough Bowl. And if you need a little extra “sugar” in your Coffee, make sure to Visit San Francisco’s Historic The Buena Vista for their Iconic Irish Coffee….

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Destination to do List:

Fisherman’s Wharf

Chrissy Field

Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center

Walk Across the Bridge(1.7 miles across one way)

Marin Headlands Lookout point(Battery Spencer)1 mile from Vista Point to Lookout

**YOLO Moment take a Uber from Battery Spencer up the headlands towards field Rd/lighthouse to the most amazing, epic, breathtaking views of the pacific ocean, Bridge and City. Kirby Cove(black sand beach and amazing private views of the Bridge) 3.3 miles from Bridge to Beach

2pm-Im sure you’re starved at this point after all your adventuring…time to feast at one of my favorite Pizza places ever! Welcome to Pizzeria Delfina

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make sure you order the Burrata its heaven! If the lines are too long at Delfina because they are a local love, venture across the street to Taco Bar & satisfy your sweet tooth with a Pink Champagne Cupcake at Sift

3:30pm-FULLHOUSE Alert…IF you are a Full House fan than you might have to pay a visit and have a DJ Tanner moment at Alamo Square across the street from The Painted Ladies

OR you can skip & head to Alcatraz Cruises

NOTE the last Night Tour leaves the dock at 4:45, PLEASE buy tickets ahead of time, it will sell out!

4:45-7pm Alcatraz Night Tour….PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE if you can check out Sunset by the Lighthouse in Alcatraz, if its a clear night the views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset are AMAZING!!!

7:30pm Late Dinner, Decompress, drink lots of Vino and get ready for the best sleep of your life because you have been busy!!!

Some of my favorite Dinner options(make sure to make reservations):

Seven Hills, Scomas, Gary Danko ALSO Check out other SF Eats on E is for EAT  + THRILLIST

OK….are you alive after your day of adventure? Yes, there are still are so many destinations in San Francisco you can visit, Fine Art Museum, Coit Tower, China Town(the best China Towns in any city), Golden State Park, Bakers Beach, Japanese Tea Garden…the list goes on…However, this is why I love San Francisco! You get the vibe of the city and hop in an Uber and 10min later be in complete, serene nature….San Francisco is truly a depiction of why the WEST COAST is the BEST COAST!!!

Share your San Francisco Moments with us and #VineandOakTribe …love to see SF through the eyes of ya’ll!