Tequila Take Over

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Cinco de Mayo is here and many of us are ready for the 5 o’clock work whistle to blow and the tequila consumption to start.  As an avid margarita drinker, I take this very seriously.  If you are looking for a spot that won’t disappoint, check out these locals nationwide!

 

  1. LOS ANGELES – El Compadre: Home of the flaming Margarita http://www.elcompadrerestaurant.com/home
  1. NEW YORK –Rosa Mexicano: Has locations all over the city! http://rosamexicano.com/new_york_city
  1. WASHINGTON DC – Uncle Julio’s: home of the swirl – a frozen margarita with frozen sangria.                                                                                               http://www.unclejulios.com/
  1. CHICAGO – El Mariachi: Strict policy of only serving top quality ingredients                     http://elmariachitequilabar.com/
  1. BALTIMORE – Nacho Mama’s: home of the hubcap margarita! Say Whaaat? https://www.mamasmd.com/NachosSite/
  1. PITTSBURGH – Mad Mex: experimental with huge flavors!          http://www.madmex.com/
  1. ATLANTA – Taqueria Los Hermanos: a family run business with hometown flair http://www.taquerialoshermanos.com/
  1. DENVER – Tomayo: chicrestaurant with over 100 tequilas and a rooftop bar                     http://www.richardsandoval.com/tamayo/
  1. PHOENIX – Modern Margarita: all fresh ingredients and nominated “Best Margarita” by Phoenix New Times                                                      http://www.modernmargarita.com/
  1. DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Joe T. Garcias: started 1935 and still the best in town!               http://www.joets.com/
  1. OKLAHOMA CITY – Fuzzy’s Tacos: originally a Fort Worth restaurant, this place is spicing up downtown                                                                         http://www.fuzzystacoshop.com/locations/30057-fuzzys-taco-shop-oklahoma-city-ok

Birthday On A Budget

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Growing up my birthday almost always fell over Spring Break.  So of course, I grew accustom to a week-long celebration.  Unfortunately as an adult, who is rationing vacation days, I had to come up with a plan that still gave me the same feeling only on a shortened time schedule.  I figured some sort of epic adventure would hold me over until my next vacation.  I planned to go skydiving and even purchased my voucher from LivingSocial (I’m all about a good deal), but when I called to set up my jump; they were booked!  After I stopped crying, I went back to the drawing board.

I sat down and started looking at different activities near Los Angeles that were still budget friendly Continue reading “Birthday On A Budget”

No Shopping? No Problem!

Challenge Update: I MADE IT!!! 60 days down. ZERO clothes purchased and holy guacamole, it was hard.  Throughout this process I realized that I shop mindlessly.  Walk into a store, find something, buy it, repeat.  I never stopped to take stock of what I actually need to add to my wardrobe.  The result – an average clothing collection with some cute pieces sprinkled in.  Talking to my roommate during a late night chat, I asked “Wouldn’t it be nice to open your closet and love everything in it?” The question actually stopped me in my tracks.  Who says I can’t love everything in my closet?  I buy the clothes!

This challenge has not only changed my view on how I shop, but what I shop for.  My new rule, I must LOVE it to spend my hard earned money on it.  It has also made me start to take inventory of the items I already have.  I gave myself a pass to buy a new outfit for my birthday, but as it turns out, I had a perfectly good jumpsuit in my closet that I hadn’t worn!

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After I finished the challenge, I didn’t have this urge to run out and get my fix.  Actually the opposite happened.  Continue reading “No Shopping? No Problem!”

All or Nothing

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So it officially happened.  I hit the dreaded 3.0. and I must say, it wasn’t as terrible as I anticipated.  I only cried twice.  One of which was because I was so overwhelmed by love and gratitude; so I am calling that a win.  I have been writing about trying to keep myself healthy in mind, body and spirit and I filled my day with things that could help with that.  I went on a hike in the morning with my friends, got a mani/pedi (mandatory for birthdays and special occasions), finally went to the LACMA (see I am getting cultural), and then got taken to a beautiful dinner at a Top Chef restaurant.  This one day would have been great enough, but in true Suzanne fashion, I had a packed weekend as well!

That is something I realized about myself.  I don’t do grey very well (you don’t have to worry about my 50 shades any time soon).  I got from zero to 100 in a matter of moments then don’t slow down.  In a few short days, I finished the first section of my real estate school, had the first meetings for a reality show I am creating, shot a short film, zip lined, had two more birthday celebrations, went to a volunteer orientation for a new charity I want to work with, hit the gym, cleaned, grocery shopped, and celebrated another friend who turned thirty as well.  Now, I want a nap.

Now that I’m thirty – wow that’s still hard to say, I want to learn how to balance my life.  I love being busy, it’s good for me, but when I pack so much in I get a little overwhelmed and want to take a huge break and do nothing for awhile.  Unfortunately, this is life and you don’t get any timeouts.  I think that is what 30 will be for me, finding grey.  The all or nothing approach isn’t sustainable for a happy and balanced life.  And that’s really the goal isn’t it?

Xoxo-

Suzanne

The Luck of the Irish is NOT with me!

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This past week Los Angeles decided to not just stir from the “winter” months, but do a full on sprint to summer. Being the fair skinned Irish that I am, I was not prepared.  I went on my weekly hike to Griffith Park and decided to push myself a little more to do a longer course.  Since my birthday is coming up, any added workout is essential to not being flabby for thirty.  Unfortunately, I did not bring my sunscreen. The result? Scorched.

I felt a little warm on the hike, but thought I’d be alright.  My skin just kept cooking.  When I got home and saw the final damage, I knew I could not make that mistake again.  I had legitimate blisters forming and of course my Aloe was on low supply.  (A staple for any fair skinned beauty).  My mister saw me and immediately made me go to Target.  He said we couldn’t mess with me and the sun anymore and had me get extra sunscreen to keep in my bag at all times.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am proud of my Irish heritage. But as everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day today, the only green I want is Aloe Vera (Maybe I’ll take a Guinness too)!

xoxo-

Suzanne

Love for Life

I met this incredible woman in the bathroom at my friend’s wedding last weekend.  She complimented me on my dress so of course we became best friends! As we were chatting, she was changing her earrings and seemed rather anxious about making sure she got the new pair on.   She explained to me that she lost her husband two years ago.  The earrings were made from the diamonds from her wedding ring and her mom’s wedding ring (who had also passed away).   For big occasions, she likes to wear them so she feels her loved ones with her.  It moved me. I believe that is what marriage is actually about.  That you love someone so much you want them to be a part of every major thing in your life, even after they are gone.   I am looking forward to the day when I can pledge my love to someone and know it will be for life.  Call me optimistic, but I plan to be that 50% success rate.

Val-Gal-Pal-entine’s Day

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Love: a simple word with astronomical effects on the human spirit.  The number of Valentine’s Day posts about how it was “Single Awareness Day” aka S.A.D., was staggering.  I feel like people have been missing the whole point of the holiday – to celebrate love.  Yes, I know it traditionally celebrates romantic love, but let’s break with tradition shall we?  I got the customary gifts of flowers and chocolates, and not from my mister.

I’ve been in an on again/off again relationship for the past three and a half years, and not ONCE has Valentine’s Day gone as planned.  This year we decided to take the pressure off of it since he had to work and I decided to go out with my girlfriends. GALentine’s Day was in full effect.  These ladies love musicals, theater and art so we found an interactive cabaret experience (booze included) with songs from Les Miserables.  Historically this is a very sad story. I thought it was fitting since our men were at work, but this show was HILARIOUS!  From drunken Inn keepers to a policeman with a ball gag, we were laughing the whole time.  (Check out #notLesMis – for info).

The show really made me think: you can truly change your feelings about history based on your point of view.  So let’s choose happy.  Grab a glass of champagne and toast those that are nearest and dearest to you – whether that’s a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, family member or best friend that you know will answer the phone at 2AM when you’re in a fight with said spouse/boy/girlfriend.  Let’s not miss out on the opportunity to tell them they are loved, because they may really need to hear it.

xoxo –

Suzanne

Cultural Crash Course

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This past week I spent cruising the California Coast with my parents.  My dad had training in San Diego and they were departing for a cruise from San Francisco, so I became their PCH chauffeur. This excursion lead us to many places I would not have thought of to go myself, including the USS Midway, Ronald Reagan Library & Museum, and Hearst Castle.

This trip made me realize how much California has to offer that I have not taken advantage of.  I have lived in Los Angeles for almost eight years and have been to exactly one museum of note. I have said many times how important travel is to experience art, culture and other ways of life, but I am not even immersing myself in my own.  LA has more museums than any city in America and I have only been to ONE!

I am on a mission to change that.  After pouring through “must see” lists, I made my own first small list to accomplish.  For you deal seekers like me, I also found when they are free:

  • LACMA – general admission is free to LA County residents with proof of residency after 3 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Abbot Kinney First Fridays – Free
  • Natural History Museum – Free on the first Tuesday of the month, except in July and August
  • La Brea Tarpits – Free general admission on the first Tuesday of every month, except in July and August.
  • Huntington Library and Gardens – Free the first Thursday of every month, but tickets are required in advance

Let’s get cultural!

Xoxo-

Suzanne