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the bag that changed my life.

You guys…

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this is the bag that changed my life.

I have struggled with a two-bag system for years. I have always carried a purse (for all the usual purse things) as well as a “work bag” for my laptop, notebook, folders, phone charger, etc. It wasn’t that I hadn’t tried to find a bag that could do it all…I just couldn’t find one. Sure, I’ve had gigantic purses that fit my laptop, but they were always unstructured bags without compartments. In other words, giant BLACK HOLES in which to lose all my stuff. I could frequently be found dumping the contents of my bag out onto the floor, searching for something random like a mini-stapler. Grrrrrrrr.

And there are certainly plenty of business-y satchels out there…but I have never found one that I didn’t think screamed LAPTOP BAG. I wanted something big enough for my laptop that still looked like a handbag. I wanted it all.

And then I FOUND IT.

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so happyyyyyyyyy

The Tory Burch York Buckle Tote. Full disclosure, Jennifer also has this tote. She had it first! I am totally copying her. I was having the hardest time finding a bag that checked all my boxes, and she suggested this one. What took me so long to buy it? No idea. But I’m so glad I did.

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everything i need to work in a hotel lobby – and I’m currently doing just that – is in this bag.

This York Buckle Tote comes in red, black and navy (shown).

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inside zipper pocket holds my laptop, full-size notebook and various folders

The best part about this bag is the pockets. There are FOUR interior slip pockets (for phone, keys, sunglasses and pens. I have a lot of pens.). In addition, there’s a side zipper compartment where I keep random stuff (hairbrush, etc). The crowning achivement is the interior zipper pocket that divides the bag into two sections. This interior zipper pocket is large enough to hold my laptop, my favorite Sugar Paper Notebook (I use one every two-three months instead of a planner) and various folders. People make fun of my folders, but when you work on-the-go a lot (and I do!), you need access to all your papers like school forms, invoices, etc. My Tory Burch make-up bag (Jennifer gave me this little baby years ago and it has served me so well – what we can say, we’re brand-loyal!) and HOBO wallet (this one is super similar) fit neatly on one side, and I keep my phone and laptop chargers on the other.

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sunglasses, eyeglasses, wallet, make-up bag, keys

If I seem weirdly excited about this bag, it’s because I’ve spent years digging through two bags in frustration, struggling to find my stuff. I highly recommend this tote for anyone who frequently works out of town (me), in coffee shops (me, again) or in any random place (me, me, me). Happy Thursday!

 

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fortify kitchen.

Before we went on our baby-moon, I did some research on local restaurants. Fortify Kitchen & Bar was at the very top of the list with rave reviews. Needless to say, it lived up to the hype.

photo c/o ATL intown.
photo c/o ATL intown. i was too eager to snap one when entering. woops.
Fortify
adorable from the get.
chicken breast | infused with smoked gouda pimento cheese served on buttermilk mashed potatoes with sherry-crimini mushroom sauce and brussel sprouts.
chicken breast | infused with smoked gouda pimento cheese served on buttermilk mashed potatoes with sherry-crimini mushroom sauce and brussel sprouts. to die.
strawberry creme brulee. it took everything I had not to order a second...
strawberry creme brulee. it took everything I had not to order a second serving…

Not pictured: Jay’s filet. Because it was instantly devoured. Highly recommend checking them out if you find yourself in the Clayton / Lake Burton, GA area. We will be back for SURE.

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baby-mooning.

J: With Baby James’ arrival fast approaching, Jay and I decided to skip town for a little baby-moon. That’s a thing, right?

Not a tall order: something within driving distance from Atlanta, somewhere we’ve never been with a spa (ME) and golf (Jay.) We did our research and decided on… Waterfall Club | Lake Burton. A resort with everything we wanted and a backdrop like no other. You would never think you were less than 2 hours outside the city. A little look into our weekend:

Waterfall View
this. view.
Waterfall Wedding
stumbled across this wedding spot on my walk. quite the backdrop to say i do!
Waterfall Lunch
just a small lunch at the club… we stayed on property which was adorable and convenient.
Waterfall Brunch
our cozy Easter brunch.
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we didn’t want to leave! needless to say, we’ll be back soon. dress | shoes

Stay tuned for a review of this little gem of a restaurant we found in Clayton, Fortify Kitchen & Bar.

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viva las vegas.

It’s no secret that we love a good getaway to Vegas {you can see our past trips here and here.}

Our travels out west include work and play while shopping for L’s boutiques Sole + Dish. With such a packed schedule on short trips, we’ve become experts in transitioning our outfits from day to night. Needless to say when Juliana from Vegas.com challenged us to create the #UltimateVegasOutfit, we accepted. Let’s set the scene for a day in Vegas:

Bonjour: Well, good morning! Time to fuel up for the day at one of the best breakfast | brunch spots on the strip, Mon Ami Gabi. From there, hit the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian for a little retail therapy and maybe a gondola ride! Need a pick me up after shopping? (and that means a cocktail) Skip over to Sugar Factory for a “grown-up drink“.

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Bonjour: romper | fedora | flats | cross-body bag | aviators      Bonne Nuit: romper | belt | heels | clutch | earrings

Bonne Nuit: Let’s take on the night. After a quick change at our home away from home, Hard Rock Hotel, we waste no time and head to dinner downstairs at our favorite, Pink Taco. Keep in mind happy hour is from 3-7PM! Post-dinner drinks at The Chandelier Bar in The Cosmopolitan are a must then maybe a little blackjack in the casino. #winning

Fill us in on some of your favorite Vegas hotspots and restos!

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friday five | food diary.

J:

Mercy mercy mercy. Friday is finally HERE.

I’ve been sifting through recent iPhone photos and realized I’ve been hoarding #foodpics and resto recommendations. For shame. Let’s catch up, shall we?

The Silver Moon | Lake Oconee: L and I had a girls getaway at Lake Oconee a few weeks ago and shared the most delicious fresh shrimp. It was photo-worthy obviously.

*Note: You may have trouble finding this gem of a restaurant because their sign simply says “Bar and Grill” so keep an eye out.

FF Silver Moon
🍤

JCT Kitchen & Bar | Atlanta: You probably saw this gorgeous sight on our instagram page, but I had to give more info because it was THAT good. Steak tartare with a side of fried corn on the cobb. {not pictured MOMO sauvignon blanc}

FF JCT
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Joey D’s Oak Room | Atlanta: Keeping with the steak theme… Sometimes a great steak is exactly what you’re looking for. Look no further than Joey D’s Oak Room! Conveniently located across from Perimeter Mall with a bar you MUST see to believe.

FF Joey D's
🍟

Gino’s East Pizzeria | Chicago: After dining here on my last two trips to Chicago, I definitely need to share the best deep dish in town. Gino’s East is exactly what they say it is… legendary. Can’t make it to Chicago? Gino’s will ship a pie directly to your door. #dangerous

FF Ginos
🍕

Smith & Wollensky | Chicago: Exactly what a crab cake should be… crab. To die for. And highly recommend dining al fresco.

FF Smith and Wollensky
🍴

Now. What | Where are we eating this weekend!?

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travel log | istanbul.

J:

Jay and I spent 2 days in Istanbul, Turkey on our honeymoon. It was one of the most beautiful places we saw on our travels second to Santorini {photos coming soon!} We were lucky to be there during the Istanbul Tulip Festival! Millions of tulips were planted throughout the city, basically anywhere open ground was available. We toured Topkapi Palace , Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque which were unbelievable. Shopped our way through the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. Ate the most amazing food {see video below.} Until we meet again, Istanbul.

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hi from the tulip festival!
Istanbul
just a persian rug made of tulips..
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cheese. for. days. heaven.
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spice upon spice.
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blue mosque bound.
Blue Mosque
J + Jay in the Blue Mosque.
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baby pass me the hookah.
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topkapi palace tulips.

On our first night in Istanbul, we came across a family owned restaurant called Old House Restaurant in the Lady Diana Hotel. They cook your meal in clay pots in the street which may look questionable, but it was absolutely delicious. See below see below for our chicken | lamb delight:

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travel log | assos.

J: While on our honeymoon, one of the places Jay really wanted to see was Assos, Turkey. I was skeptical due to having to take an hour cab ride to get there and back, but totally worth it. So much history including the Temple of Athena plus these VIEWS.

on top of the world.
on top of the world.
these gorgeous succulent plants were everywhere. so fun.
these gorgeous succulent plants were everywhere. so fun.
hi from the theater! overlooking the aegean sea.
hi from the theater! overlooking the aegean sea.
j + j + temple of athena.
j + j + temple of athena.

From here we hop over to Istanbul, Turkey which was one of our favorite places. Get ready for gorgeous sights and delicious eats!

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travel log | Çanakkale.

J. The next stop on our honeymoon was Çanakkale, Turkey. Çanakkale is a town and seaport on the southern Asian coast of Dardanelles at their narrowest point. The cities nearest major town is the site of ancient Troy. You may remember a certain Brad Pitt movie involving a wooden horse that was filmed here…

welcome!
welcome!
fresh fish anyone? like real fresh.
fresh fish anyone? like real fresh.
the most adorable presentation for Turkish coffee including chocolate covered espresso beans!
the most adorable presentation for Turkish coffee including chocolate covered espresso beans!
us and Brad Pitt's horse. #Troy
us and Brad Pitt’s horse. #Troy
leave it to us to find the most delicious pizza (on a doily no less) at Napoli Pizza.
leave it to us to find the most delicious pizza in Turkey (on a doily no less) at Napoli Pizza.

Stay tuned for our day in Assos, Turkey. These pics are beyond amazing.

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travel log | rome.

J: The Bakers are baaack. We had the most amazing honeymoon. It was hard coming home, but all good things must come to an end I suppose!

Jay and I started our journey in Rome, Italy. With just a few hours to explore, we really made our rounds:

Rome Room
Our adorable room at Groupe Valadier Roma. Highly recommend! Super friendly and perfect location.
Il Brillo
First stop… pizza. Il BrIllo Parlante just down from our hotel was superb.
Pantheon
We took a stroll by a little piece of history… The Pantheon.
Rome night
Rome at night.
Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia. The central hub of Rome. It’s a ZOO as you can see.
Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain was under construction, but still gorgeous.
Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps are great, but the view from the top is even better.
tiramisu
We ended our night with the best tiramisu we’ve ever had at Antica Osteria Brunetti.

You can’t do Rome on 1 night, but we definitely made a dent. Next up on our honeymoon travels… Turkey! Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review: beauty + essex brunch.

Today we’re flashing back to J’s bachelorette party in New York City to bring you a restaurant review. On the recommendation of our girls at BCBGeneration, we booked a Sunday brunch reservation at Beauty + Essex, a bi-level, chandelier-lit restaurant and bar on the Lower East Side.

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beauty + essex.

B+E has a retro vibe and features a pawn shop entrance (cool but also a little confusing).

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random pawn shop goodies.
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shine bright like a diamond.
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stairway to…champagne. photo: newyork.citypudding.com
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this is what happened when we told maggie and mary to “act natural.”

After cocktails at the bar, we moved into the main restaurant for brunch. The real scene at B+E is the champagne brunch upstairs (which was just getting cranked up by the time we left)…but we were in the mood for something more chill after our flights the day before. If you’re looking for great people watching, definitely request to go upstairs!

We enjoyed brunch at a large round table (great for conversation) under a pretty skylight.

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imagine us right there, in the center.

What We Drank + Ate:

Plus mimosas, of course.

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delish roasted potatoes. photo: fitnessnycblog.com
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more brunch deliciousness. photo: you made me like you.

What We Loved:

Everything tasted seriously great, especially that biscuit. We also loved the quirky, speakeasy-ish atmosphere.

What Was Just Okay:

Our service was competent but not amazing.

Our Verdict:

Brunch was great, but if we ever have a chance to go back we’re going for dinner. We can’t stop thinking about the dinner menu – Lobster tacos, anyone?

What’s your favorite brunch spot?

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