Ice Cream in Venice

Happy Monday, friends! I’m back from Cali feeling so rejuvenated. Spending time with three incredible females, my mom, sister, and grandmother, made me hopeful and happy and loved. The blue skies and sunshine didn’t hurt at all either. While the trip itself was amazing, what I saw at JFK on my way home was once in a lifetime. I’ll get into that later.

The first day we got there, my sister and I spent an afternoon in Venice, grabbing lunch at The Butcher’s Daughter, shopping on Abbott Kinney, and watching the sunset at the beach before a quick dinner at Rose Café. In between all that, we managed to stop by Salt & Straw for ice cream.

While I don’t eat dairy because it makes me sick, I have a few exceptions where I throw all caution to the wind. Salt & Straw is one of them. With flavors like honey lavender and candied clementine almond cake, it’s a serious experience. I went with roasted strawberry with toasted white chocolate and woah.

It was warm out, but not hot, so pants and a long sleeved top were perfect. I had been dying to wear this cute blush bell-sleeved shirt for a while, so this was a great opportunity. It also comes in navy and white stripes… I think I might need a second one!

After our Venice adventure, we drove east to our grandparents house, where we spent the rest of the weekend. The highlight was visiting the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena on the most beautiful day. If you’ve never done that, I highly recommend the experience. It’s a great way to move your body (lots of walking) while feeling relaxed (the Japanese garden in particular is very zen) and connecting with nature.

As I mentioned above, I saw something pretty incredible on the way home too. Over the weekend, we had been reading about the Muslim ban protests, and were all jumping for joy when the ban was overturned. But what really hit me hard was arriving at JFK to hundreds of protestors, beautifully and peacefully chanting for peace and acceptance. Everyone who came out of the airport was cheering with them, including the workers. I’ve never felt an energy quite like that and it brought me to tears.

It also sparked something inside me, and gave me an idea about what I personally can do to make a difference. You guys have been asking me what my actions steps are going to be, and I finally figured it out. I’m working on a cool project that will hopefully have a major impact and will keep you posted in the next week or two. Stay tuned and have a great week!

Bell Sleeve Shirt / White Jeans / Cross Body Bag / Necklace c/o

Photos by Taylor Kinzie.

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  1. Dana Mannarino said:

    Love this post and your hair looks amazing!
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with next week – would love to join and help too!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  2. cDs said:

    Venice is one of my favorite spots in the country- I even wanted to live there at one point.
    x0x0 Caroline http://thecarolove.com/

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  3. Alyssa Thomas said:

    This outfit is gorgeous and I admire your spirit so much! Thank you for being you and sharing your life with us!

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  4. Obsessed with this outfit! Makes me wish spring was here!

    Angela

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  5. Janice Darlyne said:

    I can’t wait to hear more about your project! You look great and I’m glad you had fun!

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  6. Julie said:

    What an adorable outfit! i love it all especially your handbag but it’s a bit on the expensive side for me at the moment. So envious of you to be jacket and cardigan free + that sunshine…it must have felt so good. Here in London it’s milder this week but we have the rain and cloudy weather instead….not that great and this month of January seems to be dragging on and on….Glad to hear you had such a lovely weekend with your family. Have a good week! Hugs from London, Julie x

    http://www.jafinthebox.wordpress.com

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  7. Daisy said:

    super sweet post. I had salt and straw in Portland, OR – so so gooood!!!

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  8. Hannah said:

    That must have been a sight to see! I watched a livestream of the protesters at Dulles airport on Saturday and even just watching it on my phone brought tears to my eyes. It was just the outpouring of love and comfort I needed to see after the scary last few days we’ve had as a country. Can’t wait to see what you’re working on! 🙂

    xx Hannah // http://www.HomemadeBanana.com

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    • It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. People can be incredible 🙂

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  9. Katie said:

    This outfit is so cute- I love the blush and the belle sleeves! Not to mention your bag is so pretty!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  10. Julie said:

    Love the color combo of this outfit- the necklace, the shoes, the pale pink and white…it is seriously so soft and feminine and pretty. I live in sunny Florida so I can’t even say it’s because I’m missing warm weather, lol. Great outfit post!

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  11. Devon said:

    Love this top- so cute! Sounds like you had a great time in LA. The weather in SoCal was so nice this weekend!! xo Devon Seventeen Dresses

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    • We got so lucky! It had been raining the days before.

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  12. Renee said:

    Love the pink sweater! And warm LAX weather sounds like a dream right about now…

    http://www.avec-amour.blogspot.com

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  13. Monica Duggan Webster said:

    Love he cross body bag! Love all Gigi bags!

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  14. This top is so pretty on you!! Can’t wait to hear about your project!

    Kristina does the Internets

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