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One Year Anniversary Trip: Terranea Resort

In December, Luke and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary at Terranea Resort. Directly after we dove into the holidays and Luke started studying for the California Bar Exam, which he took in February. The above explains my months delay in sharing how wonderful our trip was! ­čÖé Terranea Resort is in Palos Verdes about an hour from Santa Monica on a Sunday afternoon (which is when we drove down). From check in to checkout we had the most amazing experience. Terranea is set high above the ocean on a private 102-acre peninsula paradise, it’s like stepping into a whole new world – minutes from the craziness of Los Angeles. On three sides, you’re surrounded by the Pacific and across the channel is Catalina Island. From the resort lobby and outdoor gardens to private terraces and inviting courtyards with outdoor fireplaces, we found many places to relax and unwind. Exactly what we needed after finishing Law School! Our first meal took place at Nelson’s, the more casual option. Let me just say it was delicious! …

Our Providence Trip: Brown University

This past weekend we did the cross country trek to visit┬áLuke’s alma mater, Brown University. It was well worth the trip. We went so I could have a peek into Luke’s college experience and┬ásee his former team in action at the Brown vs. Harvard game.┬áBefore meeting and then marrying Luke, my only connection┬áto Brown was that Blake Lively’s character played soccer there in ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ Franchise and Emma Watson was an alum (one of Luke’s classmates I might add). I’m glad I’ve gained some perspective and was able to see the university┬áthrough Luke’s eyes. ­čśë Going to Brown was an easy choice for Luke once he knew┬áhe got in and would continue playing football but it didn’t make the Texas to Rhode Island transition any easier. This trip gave me a greater understanding of how hard he worked, how strong he was in the face of adversity and how loving he is to all people, including those who┬áare very different than him. I loved being in Providence with my mother and …

Whitney’s Bachelorette Weekend

Two weeks ago I was in Texas to host my twin sister’s Bachelorette Weekend. Whitney had decided months ago she wanted to have a getaway with her bridesmaids and friends at a lake house and luckily for us some very generous friends let us take over their incredible house for the weekend. We started off the weekend with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Dallas called True Food. My order is consistently the Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad with Salmon. If they ever take that off the menu, I have no idea what I’ll do. After dinner we carpooled out the lake and setup to fiesta! As a newlywed there’s something very special about time away with girlfriends, especially time with Whitney before she becomes a McIntosh. I always miss Luke and am constantly making mental notes of funny things that happen to share with him but it was so sweet to be present with Whitney, fully available to celebrate her in person. The weekend was ‘fiesta’ themed and we kicked it off with …

A Stay at The Betsy Hotel

Last week, before heading to a conference in Orlando I stopped in Miami to check out the classically cool Betsy Hotel on Ocean Drive.┬á Not surprisingly I documented the whole trip on snapchat. ­čÖé ┬áUsername: MissEmilyWarren. Upon arrival I found myself checking into a beautiful boutique hotel with exquisite Miami style. Think brown and white stripped couches, fuchsia orchids around every corner and a rotating wall of artwork for guests to enjoy. My royal suite came complete with a T.V. room, king sized bed and a bright white bathroom. My entry way boasted a walk in closet and a full length mirror, perfect placement as you do a double take before leaving for a night out in South Beach! The decor in my suite was lovely. Bright with light colors and soft touches of floral prints. My direct window views overlooked Ocean Drive and gave me a unparalleled view of the beach. The recently redesigned┬áLT Steak & Seafood was simply delicious, not to mention cozy with a chic decor! The Spicy Tuna Rolls, Short Rib┬á& …

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day Dad! I am currently flying to Miami and thinking of you. I think Father’s Day is an emotional day for me because I love you so very much. I can not express in words how much you mean to our family. Your unwavering faith has strengthened our family, your endless creativity has brought years of adventures and your kindness has lead our family to priceless moments with people who are┬ámarginalized in society. There are endless stories to prove your great love for God, your family and for people. I am so thankful to have had a front row seat for the past 25 years. I love you so much Dad! Thank you for everything. This year I gained another father figure in my wonderful father-in-law, John Landers. I am so thankful for the encouragement you have brought to Luke for so many years and how you have helped guide him and mold him into the man he is today. I am forever indebted to you and Nona for such a gift. I …

A Week in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Luke and I had the most amazing week with our family in Pagosa Springs, CO. My in-laws rented a beautiful mountain house for the week. Pagosa Springs is about an hour outside of Durango, CO. We flew LAX to Denver to Durango on Memorial Day and made it Pagosa Springs before sun down. I knew it was going to be a great trip from the very beginning! On our United flight from LAX to DEN I looked up and recognized one of the flight attendants, a former favorite colleague of mine! Thank you for taking such great care of us Kat. The Denver to Durango flight is a short one in a very small plane. I always enjoy those, Luke not so much. ­čÖé Our week began with a private fly fishing trip to a peaceful lake owned by a couple that have lived in Pagosa Springs for generations. We so enjoyed hanging out with our fly fishing guides, one was a Baylor grad! Of course my favorite was our furry friend Beartooth, an 8-month …

May Malibu Visits

We recently had my parents come and visit us in Malibu over Memorial Day Weekend. It’s always so fun to have them here and always a bit surreal. Being a newlywed and inviting your parents over to your fully stocked kitchen, home and new city has been one of the funnest parts about living in Calabasas. Everyone wants to visit! I always enjoy showing guests around the hiking trails behind our house in the Santa Monica Mountains. Luckily, my parents are usually up for the challenge! Good looking guys! Restaurants we frequented this trip: Tom’s Urban, L.A. Live Mendocino Farms, Agoura Hills Lemonade, Calabasas Gladstone’s, Malibu Thank you for coming to see us mom and dad! We love you! Until next time!!