Outfit Honorable Mention

Outfit Honorable Mention

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Green Utility Jacket

Black Ribbed Wrap Top with Black Lace Bra Underneath

Wide Leg High Waist Tweed Trousers

Black Converse Shoes

The Occasion: Drinks and small bites at a sports bar

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Signing Out With Love, 

Kapfanny

 

 

 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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I’ve seen the sun rise and set so many times in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and it never gets old. This is the one vacation I never sleep in on and I know just where I want to be at dusk. I can’t seem to justify missing one of the two most spectacular parts of each day.  Orange, purple and pink kaleidoscope dreams on my mind when I reflect on many trips to Cabo. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula and just a short two hour flight from Los Angeles, you get to experience the beautiful Sea of Cortez and the vast Pacific Ocean.

Soundtrack for this post:

  • Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream
  • Caradefuego Tranquilla
  • Selena Como La Flor

 

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We have always stayed at The Playa Grande Hotel and Resort, it has a private beach and lots of pools, a wonderful spa and the people are so nice. I also recommend Grand Solmar Hotel and Resort, both places are beautiful. One of the great things about Cabo and our hotel is that you can basically walk anywhere you want to go for the most part. So you don’t really need a rental car to get around. However, if you are feeling sluggish you can always take a reasonably priced taxi to get to most places. One tip I will offer is that if you have already set up your ride from the airport to the hotel you don’t really need to stop once you get your baggage and talk with the time share sellers, unless you want to. We have done some time share tours and it’s cool to see other resorts and get a free breakfast but if your time is precious and you are eager to get your vacation on then just say no thank you, try not to make eye contact and whatever you do don’t stop walking, they are persistent to say the least.

A typical day on vacation in Cabo for us starts with an early morning workout (if we are not too lazy) then back to the room in time to watch the sunrise on the beach. The first morning we are there we always go to Solomon’s Landing for breakfast. It’s a nice restaurant on the marina where you can dine outside and people watch. Gorgeous boats line the water and there are plenty of people offering all kinds of activities like glass bottom boats, whale watching depending on the season, sunset cruises and fishing trips. We have experienced a variety of the activities in Cabo and they are all fun. Decide what you like and do that.

 

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Now that we are professional Cabo vacationers our days are spent sunning, swimming and sometimes napping either on the beach or at the pools, lying around and ordering food and drinks with an iPhone and headphones or a juicy book in hand. I must say we’ve really mastered the art of lounging on these trips.

 

Late in the afternoon we play volleyball or watch a sports game until it’s time to pick a spot for dinner. My favorite restaurants in Cabo are Salvatore’s, Maria Corona, Desperados, Romeo & Juliet, Los Barilles and Baja Cantina. Mango Deck is a good time too especially for New Year’s Eve. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Word of advice if you are in Cabo during peak season then make a reservation for dinner, tables fill up fast. If you are in the mood to explore start with the marina. You can walk and shop, stop to eat and drink then keep on walking.

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From there you’ll find lots of pathways to the streets where you can dip in and out of stores and markets with all kinds of things to purchase that will remind you of this place when you return home T shirts, ceramics, jewelry and much more. I really like to see the Dia de Los Muertos dolls that are displayed throughout Casa Maria, Glen Zen Mar and Mi Casa. Most are handmade by artists who you can tell put a lot of time and effort into their work.

 

If your hotel has a spa anything like the one at Playa Grande do yourself a favor and make an appointment to get a massage. It was so peaceful; I thought I was in heaven. All I remember was white robes, steam, hot rocks, the subtle scent of oils and warm tea in the palm of my hands. All my stress melted away. We have taken a few deep sea fishing trips in Cabo. You meet your captain at the marina just before dawn, then you are whisked away in search of Tuna or Mahi Mahi or if you are really ambitious Marlin. It’s a whole day of being on a boat and if you are there December to April you may be lucky enough to have this trip to double as whale watching too. If you end up catching fish you can take it to most restaurants and request for them to prepare it any way you like.  We had our hotel grill our fresh Mahi Mahi, it was a lovely meal.

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If you are going to Cabo get ready for a good time. I wish you good weather and strong margaritas. Happy travels! Until next time I want to thank you for reading and invite you to come back and visit my site pretty please with a cherry on top. Leave a comment and click the follow button on the screen and you will be updated every time I have something fun for you to read or look at.

Signing Out With Love,

Kapfanny

 

Grown Folks PB&J: A Twist on a Classic

Grown Folks PB&J: A Twist on a Classic

Okay I know I said Cabo San Lucas, Mexico would be the next topic on my posting agenda, and it will be, but first I have to tell you about the weather. IT’S BEEN RAINING IN LOS ANGELES. I used to have rainy days all the time while I lived in Oregon and now it’s so rare, that it gets me all excited when the sky is dark and angry. Days like this have become special to me, it warms my heart and I just have to do something to commemorate it. Like make hot chocolate or put on rubber boots and take a walk while all the true Angelenos hide in their homes and wait for the sun to come out again. I like to drink hot tea, or read a book, but my new favorite thing to do is make this delicious sandwich.

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I used to just toast the bread on my peanut butter and jam sandwich and I thought I was really doing something fancy. Then one day I decided to grill the bread with butter in a pan almost like a grilled cheese, then I’d add the peanut butter and jam and I was so impressed with myself. So good, the bread is warm, golden and crunchy then you add the peanut butter and it melts; it’s magical. Lately I have been taking it a few steps further, by grilling the bread in a compound butter consisting of rosemary and thyme. Then I add fresh blueberries that are warmed in the microwave for thirty seconds to the jam side and I add chopped cashews over the peanut butter side. Sometimes while it’s still warming in the skillet I drizzle a little bit of honey over the top. It’s so yummy and comforting and I can’t get enough of this sandwich especially on a rainy day in LA.

Try it out for yourself, tell me what you think.

Signing Out With Love,

kapfanny

 

The Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory

The View Speaks For Itself

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The Griffith Observatory is located in Griffith Park in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California. I live close by and this is a place I frequently visit. The view is spectacular. I personally prefer to go on a weekday. If you are taking a weekend trip here be prepared to sit in some traffic, search for a parking spot for a while and once you find one you may need to walk to get to the site; especially if the weather is nice. Another option you have is to take a DASH public bus to the observatory, on a busy day it might simplify your visit. Just a heads up, they are closed on Mondays. Inside the building there are space and science exhibits to explore. One of the best things about this place, on top of all the interesting stuff you get to see, is that admission is free, but you do have to pay for parking.

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There are also lots of other fun things you can do around this area if you want to make a day of it. For instance, you could take a hike on one of the nearby trails. There are parks for children if you drive down near Trails Café. I like to have breakfast at Trails Café from time to time. There is the Southern Railroad, it’s a mini train ride mainly for kids but anyone can get on if you’re in a playful mood, there are pony rides right next door too. I love to bike around here. If you can catch a show at the Greek Theater that’s always fun. Have brunch at Mustard Seed Cafe. Or keep it simple and enjoy the sights, get lost in thought and look out over the city for a while. If you are in L.A. you should definitely experience this Historic Monument.

Next topic on my posting agenda will be about my many trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I have been there around six to eight times. I’ve kind of lost track. So come back and visit my site pretty please with a cherry on top. Click the follow button and you will be updated every time I have something fun for you to read or look at.

Signing Out With Love,

Kapfanny

 

Wedding Dress Concoction

Wedding Dress Concoction

My husband and I decided we didn’t want to spend a fortune on our wedding day; we both took an extremely practical outlook on the event. Partly because we had to, and partly because when we recognized how much effort planning a day like that involved we both said “no thank you”. All we really needed was our family and an officiant so we were happy to make an appointment at the courthouse. Even though I wasn’t making a fuss about the venue, the flowers and cake I knew I wanted to wear something special on that day. Not something expensive, just something that felt like my style, something I would look back on and love thirty years down the road.

My wedding dress has a unique origin to say the least. I had a good idea in my head of what I wanted it to look like. I knew I didn’t want anything too fancy because I was going to the courthouse not a palace. I did a ton of searching on the internet and in stores for my dress and I became rather frustrated and sad that I would never find what I was looking for. Out of desperation I realized I would need to get creative, really creative. I also realized I’d need help from a seamstress and when I accepted that things began to come together. I was hesitant and worried that this wouldn’t work out, but I was so wrong. Let me tell you exactly what happened.

There were a few things I was sure of. I liked lace and I wanted some sort of sleeve to my dress. I also knew I didn’t want to wear pure white. I favored an ivory tone for my dress. The first piece of my dress that I found was an ivory chiffon skirt from American Apparel. The skirt was around fifty dollars but it was sheer and I didn’t want to give everyone a show at my ceremony so I needed to find a cream slip that would offer me the coverage I needed at the bottom of my dress. Which was easy, I went to Macy’s and found a slip, no problem. Another concern with the skirt was that it was too long. I wanted my dress to cut off mid-calf and this skirt fell down to my ankles. The last issue with the skirt was that it had an elastic waist band that I thought would make the dress look cheap or just not formal enough, it was my wedding after all. The next piece of my dress I found was a cream lace top from Victoria’s Secrets, it was like thirty to forty dollars. This was when they were still selling clothing on their website. The top had a boat neck line, not quite off the shoulders but a significant scoop and short sleeves. The top was sheer too but I found a cream V-neck tank top at Forever 21 for a few dollars and wore it underneath, it covered me well. Now here is where my tailor came into play. I took the skirt to the tailor and asked her to hem it. Then I asked her to make me a belt with the excess fabric that would cover the elastic waist band that I didn’t like. I needed something to make the two pieces come together. She was so nice to me, she understood me. I was and still am so grateful for her help. She measured my waist and we talked about what I wanted the new waist band to look like. This lady made all my dreams come true. I know she does this everyday but it meant a lot to me and I cannot even thank her enough.

The Waist Band Combo

So I left my skirt in her good and capable hands and was off to my next mission which was to find the perfect shoes. I looked online, basically for a cream colored pair of heels. I found a ton of options and I was almost ready to pull the trigger on this cute pair of cream leather sling backs with a peep toe. I had them waiting in my cart online but I still was not all the way sure. Then I was in the mall one day, I walked past a Payless and I was thinking what the hell I’ll just go in and see what they’ve got, what do I have to loose. I ended up finding the perfect shoes, they were cream colored satin shoes with a round toe and a modest heel and the satin fabric overlapped on itself which gave the shoe an interesting texture. I couldn’t believe it, I loved them. The satin added a classic vintage flare to my dress that I wouldn’t have got from a new leather shoe. When I returned to the tailor to pick up my skirt I was so pleasantly surprised, she did everything we discussed to perfection and I was so happy. This all came together like a week before we got married so I was stressing just a little bit.

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I just want to say that if you can’t find your perfect dress, you may need to alter your expectations, have a little flexibility of the mind. I spent a couple of months thinking I was going to walk into a store and exactly what I had envisioned was going to be hanging on a rack in my price range. I found out that if you are working within a budget the odds of that happening are slim to none. I also feel happy that no one else has my wedding dress; it is couture by kapfanny. I can’t image how people put these huge weddings together, I only had to stress over my outfit, what if I had to think about all the other elements of a wedding day. I mean I can see how a big wedding would be fun and glamorous but that’s a lot of work for one day. Needless to say, I was glad we made the decision to keep things simple. My dress probably came out to be about one hundred and fifty dollars with alterations included. I was so thrilled to get ready that morning and I loved putting on my wedding dress. Even though it’s not technically a dress no one else seemed to notice that and I just keep the details to myself when someone commented on my ensemble. It’s still something I look back on seven years later, and think, my dress was everything!

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For my next post I will feature one of my favorite places to go in Los Angeles, California. Hints: it’s located on Mount Hollywood, it opened in 1935 and Wolfgang Puck is in charge of the food. So come on back to my website pretty please with a cherry on top, there is plenty more where this came from.

Signing Out With Love,

kapfanny

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A Museum Of Ice Cream Review

A Museum Of Ice Cream Review

 

A bit of insight on the MOIC…

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Why did it take so long for someone to dedicate an entire museum to this delicious frozen treat? Long overdue, right? The Museum of Ice Cream first opened in Manhattan in 2016, and then it came to Los Angeles and San Francisco now their latest opening is in Miami. I went to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles last summer with my husband and we had so much fun. I had no idea it even existed until I was scrolling through Beyoncé’s photos on her website and saw her visit there on Mother’s Day. That in combination with the fact that my husband is an ice cream fanatic it made it an obvious decision. The MOIC would become a memorable addition to the events in our summer schedule. I will warn you, it was difficult to get tickets. Becoming an email subscriber is a must if you want to know the times tickets go on sale in your city. You certainly need to be at your computer on time, credit card in hand and ready to pull the trigger to get these tickets. Luckily the price of the tickets was decent, unlike most popular destination in Los Angeles. We had to pick a date that was two months out because there was so much demand for reservations. Although I will say that it ended up being well worth the wait.

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When we arrived the museum’s representatives were outside dressed in their core colors, pink and white, waiting for our group’s arrival. A Willy Wonka type vibe was definitely in the air. It was like we all had our golden tickets and we were fortunate enough to be authorized to explore the tasty exhibition for one day only. Without a doubt this would prove to be an arduous examination, a systematic study of the structure and effects of the cream we all covet. Of course, conclusions could only be achieved through extensive observation and experimentation. We started off with a few standard rules and regulations, the most important being that we were not permitted to touch the hanging bananas. Seemed reasonable, there were plenty of other things we could touch like the pink retro telephones, the giant gummy bears and an old school claw crane arcade game among other things.

Swings At ICMWe went from room to room exploring. We took our time and looked at everything and there were three or four rooms that had representatives handing out snacks for us along the way. There were a few highlights for us, first the swings, they made great photo opportunities and the people around us were nice enough to take some photo for us. Second, the giant pool filled with sprinkles was amazing to see and swim in. This was the only room that had a strict time limit on it, and I can see why, I didn’t want to get out. We had sprinkles everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. I was finding sprinkles around my house for weeks after. You think you got them all but they hide in your pants cuffs and your pockets, among other places.  Third, the room with a garden of fresh mint alongside the mint chocolate chip ice cream enveloped in mint mochi they handed out was by far my favorite treat they offered us.

SprinklesOverall I would recommend you take the time to go to the Museum of Ice Cream. Take a good camera or make sure you have a lot of space freed up on your phone before you go. I think I took around two hundred and fifty photos in the forty to fifty minutes we were there. It’s fun for kids and adults because it is interactive and there is something interesting to look at or touch every time you turn a corner.

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Next topic up on my posting agenda will be a discussion of my wedding dress and some thoughts for you to consider when you go to find the dress you want to say “I do” in. So keep coming back to my website, pretty please with a cherry on top. Follow me, leave a comment or ask a question. I would love to hear about your experiences at the Museum of Ice Cream as well.

Signing Out With Love,

kapfanny

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Portland Bound

Portland Bound

Hello Everyone!

Wow! I’m so happy to do my first official post. I decided to focus on the city I grew up in, mainly because I have been living away from Portland for so long and when I went back last summer I was surprised at how excited I was. Too often we don’t take advantage of the places we live in. Most of the things I wanted to do I had technically already done before, but somehow they were new. Maybe it was because I was getting to show my husband, who is a native to Los Angeles, my city or maybe it was that old saying, distance makes the heart grow fonder.  Nevertheless, I quickly came up with all these places I just had to go. My family was so sweet to me; they made all my wishes come true. I must admit I felt like a bit of a brat for requesting so much but they graciously obliged to most of it and in other cases, and rightfully so, altered my expectations. For instance, when I told my mom I wanted to wake up to a giant jump house in her backyard, (it was half joke and half serious) she came through for me in an unexpected way. Also when I asked to visit Multnomah Falls and on the way we stopped at a winery with Mount Saint Helens in the beautiful background, or when we picked strawberries and ate ice cream under the Bridge of the Gods, all things I had no idea I wanted to do. What pleasant surprises we encounter when we let our destinies unravel without questioning every inch. I would advice that you should definitely have a plan when visiting Portland, but don’t be opposed to coloring outside of the lines a bit.

*Sound track for this post: Little Things by India Arie,  A Long Walk and Golden by Jill Scott and Stevie Wonders Love’s in Need of Love Today. Yea I could rock an all white cotton outfit, put flowers in my hair, be living my life like it’s golden and give love a little love after this trip.

There’s a special place in my heart for downtown Portland early in the morning. The first thing I want to do is grab a cup of coffee and go to Saturday Market. Buy snacks, walk around, look at everything, buy what you love and have fun. I suggest going in June if it’s your first time in Portland because it’s the Rose Festival Season. You’ll want to do the carnival at the waterfront in Downtown Portland; there will be live music, food, and rides. If the weather decides to cooperate with you take advantage and rent a bike. There are many types you can get, we did a four person bike and had a blast. We ended up riding all the way around the waterfront and over a couple of bridges. I’m pretty sure the first was the Steel Bridge, I could be wrong about that but it had trains tracks running on it. A train went by as we pedaled over; perfect timing, it was such a rush, and a bit scary too. Rose Festival also means that it is parade season. My personal favorite is the Starlight Parade. Each float is draped in lovely lights and it’s cool to see the streets lined with people and no cars. If you want a good spot you’ll need to get there early, take chairs and dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing as needed. We basically planned our whole day downtown so that we could snatch up our seats when we saw the parade route filling up.

Us In Portland

In the meantime filling up our day downtown was easy to do. Another thing I was itching to do was hit up Powell’s Bookstore. This is my favorite bookstore ever! You can get lost in this place; you can spend the entire day here easily. If you’ve got the time, do it, but be careful if you have other plans you can certainly fall down the rabbit hole in this fine establishment. (I practically had to be dragged out.) For lunch we had ramen at Marukin, so yummy! (Get the spicy broth.) We also made our way to the Downtown Nike Store where I got some green and yellow Cortez shoes in honor of my alma mater, University of Oregon. Go Ducks! Then last but not least my husband and I made our way to have drinks at the Multnomah Whiskey Library while the rest of my family scooped up our seats for the parade. Word of advice, get a reservation before you go waltzing in expecting to have a quick drink and the host explains that it’ll be a two hour wait. Yep, that’s what happened to us so we ended up getting cocktails and a dessert to share in the smaller bar attached to the Multnomah Whiskey Library called The Green Room. It was still a good time and we learned our lesson for next time. The Starlight Parade was as magical as I had remembered it as a kid. It was extremely cold that night but luckily we dressed appropriately. We had a smashing day; an impeccable launch to my birthday weekend in Portland.

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With an early start to the next day we drove to Multnomah Falls, I hadn’t been there in years. It was stunning. Everything is so green here and the light mist from the falls is all around. The natural beauty is truly breathtaking. You must see it for yourself. On the way back we stopped at a winery with Mount Saint Helens in the distance and we all unwound and had lunch. It was so nice to be outside for the whole day and no traffic seemed odd to me which lets me know I’ve really gotten used to my new city. After lunch we picked strawberries and wandered up and down rows of peach trees, grapes, flowers and berries. After this it was back in the car again, my mom knew a great spot to get ice cream and it was another short drive to the perfect place to enjoy it. We made our way to the Eastwind Drive-In and came up on their more than generous cones. Then we sat under the Bridge of the Gods and indulged with the gorgeous Columbia River in the background. The perfect end to a perfect day.

Multnomah Falls

Portland Vinyard Trio

The next day started slower and I was happy to sleep in a little after all the excitement. We had a lazy brunch at Sherri’s. I don’t think we have Sherri’s in Los Angeles, at least I’ve never seen one but they are all over Portland and I used to go there a lot as a kid. There was a nostalgic feeling I got when I went there with my family.  I think I liked it because it’s not like the places I tend to eat at in California, and I guess I miss being satisfied with simpler things. After eating my traditional Sherri’s meal a huge Belgium waffle with strawberries and whipped cream on top I was feeling like a nap was in order. I managed to drift off in the car for a little while until we pulled up to a huge building. Come to find out my mom and brother were taking us to an indoor trampoline park. I cannot even put into words how much fun this was. I highly recommend that you find one of these places and go. I would love to go twice a week and I would happily forgo my routine exercises. I love a workout that doesn’t feel like you are working out. We got our cardio, strength training, we played a little basketball, we did it all. We jumped for two hours and we felt it the next day. We ended our trip with a family dinner and game of cards or dominos I can’t remember which one. As always it was a competitive event and for some reason I can’t even remember who won. That never happens; I must have really been relaxing.

That’s what this trip made me realized, that I don’t have to do anything too fancy and I can just be with people I love and do simple things and be satisfied. Like playing games after dinner or teasing my mom about how I feel she has replaced me with her new furry baby. Her Yorkie, Dallas, Dallas after the Dallas Cowboys of course. Talking with my auntie and brother or cleaning my mom’s kitchen after she makes me my favorite, fried pork chops and green beans. This trip was a major success but I couldn’t quite fit everything I wanted to do in. The Oregon coast is my second favorite place to go to the beach (my first is St. John, USVI) because you can walk forever in rubber boots a sweater and shorts and you’ll probably never see another person, no bikini necessary on this beach. It is so peaceful and I have to go back. So there will be a part two to this post but it won’t come until later this year. So keep coming back to my website, pretty please with a cherry on top. Subscribe, leave a comment or ask a question. I would love to hear about your Oregon experiences as well. If you want to see more photos and videos from my trip go to my Instagram page search kapfanny or stephanie kaplan and I should pop up 🙂

Side Notes/Honorable Mentions

-Pick blackberries or go fishing on Sauvie Island.

-Go during Fall and pumpkin patches on Sauvie Island are so classic, sip fresh apple juice and take a hayride.

-Sit under the Saint John’s Bridge and have lunch on a warm breezy day.

-The Portland Zoo is pretty cool too.

-Take the Max if you can. Portland’s above ground subway system.

-Have coffee and people watch in pioneer square.

-Check out the Chinese Garden in Downtown Portland.

-The Lloyd Center Mall’s ice rink is always fun.

-Enchanted Forest is a really old theme park located between Portland, Oregon and Eugene, Oregon. I went there in grade school a few times and every time I drove home from college I would pass this place and I knew I was halfway home.

-I’d skip the Voodoo Doughnuts line, if there’s no line I’d eat it, they are perfectly delicious doughnuts, but if your time is precious there’s plenty of doughnuts in the city that don’t require you to wait in a line wrapped around the block and maybe in the rain. Just Saying.

Next up on my posting agenda will be an L.A. outing my husband and I took to the Museum of Ice Cream.

Signing out with love,

kapfanny

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