Author: It's Emily Land

Emily’s Bulletproof Coffee

Earlier this year my husband and I tried bulletproof coffee for the first time. My main reason was to try and kick my french vanilla coffee creamer addiction and Luke’s reasoning was out of pure curiosity. To our surprise, we both loved it! There are lots of different recipes for bulletproof coffees and ours has a few extras that make it just a tiny bit sweeter, and more latte like! Why bulletproof coffee? You’re probably wondering why were putting all these crazy things in our coffee. There’s a number reasons actually! And the biggest reason is energy. Not only are you benefiting from the caffeine in the coffee but you’re also getting an energy burst from the MCT oil, which is the fastest absorbed oil you can get your hands on, which makes it a perfect addition to coffee. Reason number two? This coffee is made to make you feel fuller longer. You’re energized and ready to take on the day! What are the ingredients? In it’s purest form bullet proof coffee is a combination …

Georgia’s Wedding Weekend at The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

This summer Luke and I attended the most amazing wedding of one of my best friends in Vail, Colorado at The Ritz Bachelor Gulch. It was truly one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been to with the most joyful, calm and sweetest bride. From our first breakfast (with THE bride) to the reception under the stars, Luke and I felt so honored to be apart of such a beautiful weekend. Luke and I flew LAX to Denver and the Denver to Eagle Airport. From Eagle we took a shuttle about 25/30 minutes to the insanely pretty Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch. We planned to arrive late on Friday night but ended up getting in around 1:30am due to mechanical issues with our plane from Denver to Eagle, so we missed the dramatic drive up to The Ritz but woke up filled with excitement to explore the stunning property and see our friends. Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly (and very awake) staff who welcomed us and proceeded to give us a short …

Four Seasons Westlake Village

This summer Luke and I stayed at The Four Seasons Westlake Village in celebration of his swearing in to The California Bar! I had been there before for a friend’s bachelorette so to have Luke with me was different from my previous visit but all the more sweeter. I love this hotel because it’s really close to our house so it’s a great spot for a staycation and it’s super easy to get to from Calabasas or Thousand Oaks. One thing I find interesting though is that they really market towards Malibu and if I was coming to visit Malibu I would think this hotel is a little far, our house in Calabasas is closer than The Four Seasons. My mother-in-law and I were so excited because our stay landed on global wellness day which had the whole hotel packed with delicious food and special workouts for guests. We participated in the food portion and opted for a spa day over any of the workout classes. I didn’t miss out on their gym though, I …

San Ysidro Ranch

This Memorial Day Weekend Luke and I decided to head north to Santa Barbara with Maui in tow. Neither of us had ever been before and I was so excited to take Luke to one of my bucket list hotels, San Ysidro Ranch. Working in social media myself, I often come across amazing properties through Instagram but I was actually introduced to San Ysidro by my friend Amy. She showed me pictures at lunch one Sunday afternoon at Cora’s Coffee in Santa Monica. I was immediately obsessed. This hideaway, which is nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California’s wine country, will take your breath away. It’s blend of pristine nature (almost 500 acres of it), romantic heritage (it’s the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon retreat) and luxurious accommodations had me wide-eyed and smiling from the moment we pulled into their drive. The origin of the Ranch’s name is embodied in the legend surrounding its namesake, Saint Isidore. San Ysidro (Spanish for Saint Isidore) was born into poverty in Madrid in 1070. He worked …

Malibu Beach Inn

Disclaimer: Today I am not at Malibu Beach Inn. While I am a short 25 minutes away (at home in Calabasas) I am not currently there. Instead, I am working from home with an around the clock rotation of carpet cleaners, painters, dry wall creators, plumbers and other home improvement experts. Our home had a water leak over the weekend. Luckily, we were at The Four Seasons Westlake (post to come) and didn’t have to deal with any of this drama until today. So needless to say I am currently dreaming of Malibu Beach Inn and just might have to pop in tomorrow to make today’s dreaming tomorrow’s reality. When I  visited Malibu Beach Inn for the first time last month and walked into the newly renovated Carbon Beach Club Restaurant I felt a wave of peace wash over me. The Pacific Ocean is straight ahead as you walk into the dining and bar area. The windows are perfectly placed for optimum sunshine and breathtaking views. It’s light and airy with pops of color in …

“Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21

For my birthday in April Luke gave me a package to a popular cycling class in Malibu. We’ve enjoyed going together and I’ve been amazed at how much Luke loves it… maybe more than me. It’s a great work out, lots of fun, and one of the few activities that actually leaves me exhausted afterwards. We love it.  This weekend’s class was similar to all the others we have been to except for one tiny detail, some advice that our instructor gave us that I have not been able to shake.  This class is known for high energy instructors, big personalities, loud music and moments of inspiration. During a challenging part of class our instructor attempted to motivate us with these words of “wisdom.”  “Don’t like your job? Quit! Find a new job! Your boyfriend or girlfriend not working out? Husband or wife? Life is too short!”  I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. Moving on from a boyfriend or girlfriend is one thing but placing that into the same category as husband and wife? Luke …

Our D.C. Trip: The Hay-Adams Hotel

Last fall Luke and I took a trip to Washington, D.C. It was Luke’s first visit and my second. I was at The Hay-Adams in 2015 for their 4th of July celebration when I lived in New York and while that trip was absolutely amazing, nothing could have prepared me for my time with Luke at The Hay-Adams this time around. All thanks to their fabulous hospitality! The view from our room was classic D.C. It faced St. John’s Church. St. John’s is the oldest church in the city of Richmond, Virginia, built in 1741. The Church Hill district was named for it. It was the site of two important conventions in the period leading to the American Revolutionary War, and is famous as the location where Patrick Henry gave his memorable speech at the Second Virginia Convention, closing with the often-quoted demand, “give me liberty, or give me death!” The church is designated as a National Historic Landmark. One of my favorite things about The Hay-Adams, apart from its beautiful decor, is the location. …