Restaurant Review: Mattei’s Tavern

matteis-tavern-4Restaurant Name: Mattei’s Tavern
Location: 2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American
Great for: Brunch / Your wedding / Living here forever

This place is a little magical getaway in the middle of Los Olivos. It’s perfect for brunch because outdoor seating is plentiful. There’s a huge grassy outside area with bocce ball, live music, and lots of space for dancing and frolicking in the sunshine! Plus, the food is amaaaaazing. So is the coffee. Do you really need anything more?? #heaven

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Brunch was followed by a fun little photo shoot around the grounds! We were all soooo over caffeinated after 4 cups of coffee each… the stuff was just so damn good and they kept refilling our mugs!!

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How fun is this little chalk board cabana?? It’s literally a cabana on the grounds and the walls are all chalk… pretty sure it’s there for little kids to doodle on while their parents brunch. We’re kids. That’s why we love it.

Drooling yet?? Visit the website here 

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&& “WRITE DRUNK, EDIT SOBER.” Words of wisdom, blogger friends. Never let that wine leave your hand. JK! But only kinda…

Weekend Wardrobe: Staring at Stars

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It’s so appropriate that my dress is made by Staring at Stars because that’s basically all I did last weekend! I kid you not… I stared at the stars, basked in sunshine, and drank and drank wine w my bests! So much fun! I love this dress because it’s long but the slip is super short so it’s still really flirty while appearing long and proper! Downside, it’s tight and not ideal for days of drinking and eating cheese… But then again HAY! Who cares.

Get the look
◊ Dress – Staring at Stars (out of stock but similar here, here, here) ◊
◊ Shoes – Joie a la plage ◊
◊ Sunnies – Miu Miu ◊

Street Style: Floral Kimono

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Ran into this girl wine tasting in central cali today and was totally taken by her cute classy getup. Her colorful kimono stands out against her all black outfit, pairing well with her big glasses for a very glam effect! Personally, I’m always about the dresses when wine tasting, but I love this take! Glam, comfortable, but still light & fun! Winning look in my book!

Thoughts?? Share below!

Restaurant Review: Phlight

Restaurant Name: Phlight
Location: 6724 Bright Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★½
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: Wine/Tapas Bar
Great for: Sharing, dinner, wine, a date, or catching up with friends

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Right in the uptown area of my hometown, resides one of my favorite restaurants, Phlight.  This Spanish inspired, tapas restaurant, provides a delectable selection of food, and international wine and beer to choose from. There is such a warm, amorous, and cultivated atmosphere, that will make you want to go back for more. My friends and I love going at the end of a stressful week to dine and unwind. We love getting a few different dishes to share, accompanying glasses of vino, and of course, ending our delicious meal with some sweets.

What we ordered: Sangria/Vino, Sweet Potato Fries, Pork Belly Tacos, Empanadas, Paella, & Mexican Chocolate Souffle.

Recommend: Paella, Sangria, and Mexican Chocolate Souffle.

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DIY Cork Pinboard

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I’ve been wanting to make a wine cork pin board for pretty much forever. I thought I drank more than enough wine to make this a reality, but making a decent sized pin board actually takes a TON of corks. Get drinking, my friends.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
♥A foam board or piece of cardboard as your base. I used a small piece of foam board that I had laying around! (If you want to get really fancy, you can buy a frame and fill it in!) This was my first cork board though, and I wanted to keep it simple.
♥Glue. Soooo much freaking glue. I only bought one tube of tacky glue, then resorted to using two backup Elmer’s glues, and STILL didn’t have enough. Just get a shieeeez ton of glue… You worked hard drinking all that wine! The least you can do is make sure those corks are well attached to your base.
♥Corks. Needless to say, enough to fill your canvas.
♥An old paintbrush to spread glue

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Tips:
♥Get creative with patterns! There are so many online / on Pinterest! I really liked the simple tiled approach, which is pretty much fool-proof for noobs like me!
♥Cutting corks in half would really help in terms of affixing them sturdily to a base, but it’s sooo hard to cut a cork in half! I have super sharp knives and still couldn’t slice these suckers. (I even almost lost a finger. Not down.)

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And you’re done! So easy and such a cute pin board for photos, recipes, calendars, and more! :)