Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Cinemagram App

Have you heard of the app Cinemagram yet? 
Mind boggling, right?
I was just introduced to this iPhone app over the weekend by the ladies at
Cinemagram lets you create pictures that move, almost like a GIF.  But there is a catch, you get to choose which part of the photo moves!  First, you take a short video of the scene you wish to capture.  Then, you select which part of the video you would like to move.  The rest of the video will stay still, like a photo.  Oh ya, and the app is free in the app store!  The opportunities are endless on what to capture next.
Here are a few cinemagrams my boyfriend and I created over the weekend....
Okay, this one is a BIT creepy

The app reminds me a lot of instagram.  You can follow people, like  other peoples photos  and it has its own feed so you can see what videos your friends are coming up with! 

Are you on cinemagram yet?  
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Weekend Getaway: Santa Ynez Valley

Last weekend my family and I meandered our way down the 101 to the Santa Ynez Valley for a weekend getaway.  We spent our days wine tasting at boutique wineries, eating italian food, and soaking up the sunshine and rolling hill views.

Our home for the weekend
We stayed here, which I found on favorite site ever for vacation rentals!  The ranch-style house was perfect for a large group and included a game room, enough beds for 5 couples, bocce ball court, and a bunch of outdoor seating.  The owner was great and always responsive to any of my questions I had regarding the rental.

On Saturday, we hopped in a limo and wrapped our way up Foxen Canyon Road to visit a few wineries. We started at Tres Hermanas, a quaint, no frills boutique winery.   Then we headed to Demetria Winery, a great stop for a picnic lunch with amazing views.  Our picnic table was tucked away in the trees just beyond the tasting room.  We picked our lunch up in the morning from Panino in Los Olivos.
We finished the weekend off by playing at a friends ranch and eating at Grappolo's, a tiny Italian hotspot in Santa Ynez.  The bruschetta, margherita pizza, and linguine mare monte were some of our favorites!

Until next time, Santa Ynez!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Broccoli Bean Salad & Treat!

This quick and easy salad is one of my favorite things to eat for lunch.  The cannellini beans are protein packed and will keep you feeling full! I usually make a big batch on Sunday night and package it up into containers to take with me for lunch throughout the week.

1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 cup uncooked broccoli, chopped
1 handful of grape tomatoes
1 cup fresh mozzarella, cut into chunks

Combine all ingredients in bowl.  
Make dressing: 2 coarsely chopped garlic cloves, salt and pepper to taste, 1 part balsamic vinegar to 2 parts extra virgin olive oil.  If possible, let the salad sit overnight so the dressing gets absorbed into the ingredients.  

One more thing:  
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Maui Snapshots

My boyfriend and I just got back from our quick getaway to Maui.  We spent our days lounging at Big Beach, soaking up the sun, sipping on tropical cocktails, attending a wedding, and visiting with friends and family. 

 Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from our weekend visiting the island of Maui....
I have ZERO balance, but somehow did a nice job paddle boarding! 
Mai Tai's on our balcony
The most perfect wedding we attended in Wailea

Monday, April 2, 2012

Weekend Snapshots

This weekend was the kickoff to my birthday month (yes, I celebrate my birthday all month long).  I celebrated with a champagne happy hour at Vintage Wine Merchants, dinner and wine at LB Steak with dad and grandma, and preparing for my trip to Maui in a few short days.  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend as well!

{L to R: new beach bag for Maui, Boyfriend and I at LB, my favorite flats, OPI Gel mani in Strawberry Margarita, birthday cheesecake & my new hilarious beach read: Bossypants}