It’s the start of the New year and I am back to reality sitting at my desk at work wishing I could be back on my magical vacation.

Being in Colorado was like being at Disneyland, especially Vail! It had just snowed before we got there and it was absolutely breathtaking driving up the mountains to get there. Once you’re in the town it’s like if you stepped into a huge version of the Matterhorn! Swiss chalets everywhere and a cute bustling center filled with shoppers and snow sport junkies alike.

I was only in Colorado for a few days but they were the right amount for a Forst trip to explore a new place. You especially need to get acclimated since the elevation is super high! I don’t recommend staying just for a weekend because you’ll spend the whole time with altitude sickness like my sister did.

Now what your here for! The Denver mini guide!

Wednesday: We took an early morning flight to arrive around 10 am to allow us time to check in to the hotel (we stayed at the Ritz Carlton) and explore the city. We traveled New Year’s Day so pretty much everything was closed but there were still people walking around the 16th Street Mall. Don’t get me wrong though a lot of things are closed for seemingly no reason when you need them to be open! Most places are closed at 5.

We went back to the hotel after having breakfast at The Earl. The place was cute but the food wasn’t exceptional for the price so I don’t really recommend it. Once at the hotel we passed out for two hours because altitude sickness makes you drowsy!

After our nap we were pretty hungry and realized it was probably time to go get some food again so we ventured back to 16th Street mall where shocker almost nothing was open. We ended up at Giordanos which is a Chicago favorite! You can even have pizzas shipped to you from them!

Thursday: Second day in Denver and we spent the day roaming around the city. We met up with one of my sisters friends and had coffee at Little Owl Coffee. I had a strawberry croissant that was just wow. Definitely worth the $5 I spent on it!

Later on we stopped by the Denver Milk Market which is a super cute food and retail hall. So many great options to choose from and Happy Hour at their bar did not disappoint! We bought a cheese pizza, our three burgers, two orders of fries, a cocktail and a beer for about $35 dollars.

Friday: We rented a car and drove out to Vail! The highway there is filled with town after town of ski country and each even prettier than the last. And the scenery was simply incredible. Photographs on my phone simply cannot do it justice.

We arrived a little late and decided to ski the next day after checking in at the Four Seasons. The view from their balconies is spectacular! The town is super quaint and absolutely gorgeous. It felt like being transported to Switzerland!

Saturday: Spent the whole day on the mountain so I can’t tell you much about it but boy was the view from there absolutely incredible.

Sunday: Last day in Colorado! We were already back in Denver at this point and our flight didn’t leave until 10pm so we had time to kill! We explored the RiNo district with its graffiti street art, stopped by a few shops and ended up at the Denver Central Market which was very similar to the Milk Market. Lots of great options and incredible atmosphere!

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A Weekender Files Christmas


Christmas is going to be on brand this year! Although to be fair we haven’t decorated for Christmas for like four years because we’re never home to celebrate it anyway.

This year my mom was adamant that she wanted a black and white Christmas tree. And so we got one. That was a hassle all it’s own but that’s not what I’m here to talk to you guys about today.

I’m going to talk ultimate gift guide for the people who have everything. And everything on this list will be less than $100 so you don’t even have to break the bank but you’ll still be giving a banging gift that they’ll remember forever!

The Weekender Files Gift Guide

Who says print is dead? This reimagined NYT newspaper cover puzzle will be a huge hit and you can have it personalized with a special date! Only $50!!!

How chic is this Montblanc notebook? And you can get it embossed with your initials for free! Only $80

This gift is a great value! Three candles and three amazing Sugarfina candies at only $65! These will be a hit for not only a champagne lover but a candy and smell good lover as well!

The collector in your life will absolutely adore this modern take on a traditional Japanese Kokeshi doll. Mr. Lagerfeld will be forever memorialized on your gift receiver’s shelf for only $43.75

Whether the person you’re buying this for loves drinking or not the Star Wars fan within can’t help but swoon at the thought of Death Star ice cubes! Only $30!!

The pasta lover in your life will absolutely love this Dolce & Gabbana hand wrapped spaghetti and the best part is it’s only $15!!!

We all have that one friend who loves cards and board games! And this Christian Lacroix is so beautiful and only $35!

Golf lovers will absolutely love these Bentley tees! Only $20, a steal for a bit of luxury on the green.

I am living for Saint Laurent Rive Droite right now. So many options under $50 like these heart shaped post it notes for the chic girl or guy at the office!

Blue box that says Tiffany’s?That’s where our journey starts. You must be thinking I’m crazy but the champagne lover in your life will love this set of flutes! Only $25 each.



I finally did something notable this weekend that I can share with you guys! Honestly how real time bloggers find the time and energy to do stuff consistently even though they sometimes have days worth of content is mind boggling to me.

I can’t even find the energy to do my makeup most days! This weekend was my uncles birthday and we were going to go out and celebrate. So I dressed up all cute, makeup all done up (even my hair was freshly washed and styled!) only to have plans cancelled!

Now I wasn’t going to waste a cute outfit and makeup by washing it off and getting back into my jammies! I was committed to doing something!

Ok I’ll get to the point now. No need to annoy you guys with my ranting. We went out to do some errands and decided to have lunch at Dumpling Inn / Shanghai Saloon. This spot is OG and it’s so good. I’ve been going there since before it became this happening spot. It used to be a tiny restaurant with only four or five tables! I didn’t take any pictures so sorry about that but take my word for it this place is amazing!

For dessert we went to MNGO Cafe! It is so cute on the inside, and they even have an adorable mange tree in the middle with seating which makes for a perfect instagram shot!

But what about the dessert! Did it meet my expectations! Well I had no idea what to expect because I have never had a Kakirogi before but you better believe it was incredible!

If you’re going to order one it is definitely something to split! Especially after just having eaten. It was a huge dessert!

Bottom layer of mango jelly topped with mango shaved ice, mango chunks. Cream to top it off and mango custard and mango syrup to add on as well! It was a glorious explosion of mango! Definitely worth every single sugary bite!

Killer Pizza from Mars


It sounds like the worst yet best Sci Fi eighties film. And it’s not completely wrong! This pizza shop in Oceanside looks like it is straight out of the eighties and it is absolutely incredible?

This place seems so out of place in this strip mall in Oceanside but let me tell you it is an absolute experience!

It’s alien theme transports you to Route 66, Area 51 or Roswell! The place is amazing and looks straight out of an eighties Sci Fi movie, old school arcade games included!

Peep Yoda in the back!

But is the pizza killer? OH MY GOD you bet! This is definitely not a fancy place by any means and you won’t find anything but your basics when it comes to pizza but it’s just so good you can’t help but gobble up every single slice.

How did I come across this place? Well my boyfriend is originally from Oceanside and apparently this was one of his childhood favorites. And I can definitely see why! The decor is a nerdy dream and who doesn’t love pizza!

If you’re ever in San Diego and happen to hang out in Oceanside Killer Pizza from Mars is the ish!

Horrible photos but I needed to let you guys know this place is fire!

Sorry there’s no good pictures but like it was so good that I honestly couldn’t even remember to get a shot of it!

10th Annual Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic

Photo from Veuve Clicquot Eventbrite Website.

I cannot contain my excitement. I am finally going to the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic at the Will Rogers State Park in Los Angeles. If you know me you know that I am obsessed with Veuve Cliquot, and I have been obsessed with is since before it became the millenial drink of choice.

There is something simply so appealing about that green bottle with the yellowy orange label. Now it may not be on the same level as Kristal or Ace of Spades in terms of price but it is such an incredibly tasting champagne.

We are so obsessed with it that we have a “throne” for our bottles and the special edition canisters. Now the Polo Classic has been on my bucket list for a minute, maybe even since I started my Tumblr about a million years ago if anyone remembers me from those days. It is as big as going the Kentucky Derby!

Now there are different level of tickets that you can get. We got general admission which were $90 each because my mom didn’t decide in time if she wanted to go or not but there were Early Passes for $150 which included the glasses of champagne and some other things as well.

There are two other levels as well, the Rose Garden for $500 per person and the Grand Dame Garden for $1900 per person. Each level of course has its different areas which you can enter and include the bottle corresponding to the garden as well as the glasses.

Everyone I know who has gone say that it’s totally worth the price point, but I am not completely sold on it. We will see when I go how I feel about it, so stay tuned for the update. In the meantime though, if you are having major FOMO, the link is below to buy the tickets. Hope to see you there! Drop me a line if you do decide to go! Would love to do a meet up.

Post Veuve Clicquot

So here’s the scoop! General admission, is okay. You get better bang for your buck if you’re going to go for the Rosé Garden or the Grand Dame Garden.

Now obviously I got the general admission because I didn’t know what was up. If you buy Veuve at the grocery or liquor store you know yellow label is about $70. At the event they sell the bottles at $105. You have the option of food trucks as well so there’s some selection but once I did the math, i should have splurged on the other tickets. Not to mention the event was packed and really just for the gram! I went to go watch the polo match and didn’t even get to watch aside from a tiny bit at the beginning.

The lawn seating is obviously first come first serve so it is worth it to get there early as soon as it starts to get a good spot. Think the beach on a sunny day….absolutely nowhere to sit!

So here is the breakdown on the extra perks you get when you’re splurging on Rosé Garden or La Grande Dame Garden.

Rosé Garden

Admission $99. Rosé bottle $130. Rosé Riche glasses $25 each. Served gourmet lunch $100. Rosé Garden perks are worth the extra exclusivity that general admission doesn’t provide. It is much less crowded from what one can see on the other side of the field.

La Grand Dame Garden

At $1900 this is for the true polo lover! It has dedicated prime field seating. What does that mean? You’re more likely to be able to catch a shot of Nacho Figueras and his fine self! Or you might even be lucky enough to be in the presence of Julia Roberts in her iconic Pretty Woman dress as was the case for this year at the 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Park.

You also get a bottle of La Grande Dame 2008 ($200 value) and two glasses of La Grande Dame champagne during lunch. You get complimentary valet and priority boarding to the grounds!

Virgo Season – Mom’s 50th Birthday – The Ultimate Wishlist


When moms say they don’t want anything for their birthday…..don’t ever believe them! I mean it, never ever for any reason think that it will be okay if you just get her a card and some flowers for her birthday. She will whine about it without a doubt.

Now the problem with moms is you never really know what to get them and of course moms are never going to flat out tell you exactly what they want. So what I’m saying is pay attention and I mean real close attention when your mom likes something. Most likely she wants it bad but won’t buy it for herself.

About this birthday wishlist….I’m posting all of the things my mom is wanting currently and the things she’s been eyeing forever. Maybe this list will inspire you to listen more closely not only to what your mom says but anyone you’re trying to buy a gift for does. We’re so worried about what they will like that we forget to pay attention to the things that we know they like.

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