Christian absolutely loves a big breakfast.  Breakfast is a meal I usually skip.  However, when at a beautiful hotel, having a big brunch is mandatory in our book.

While in Santa Barbara for our anniversary trip, we looked forward to having a big resort brunch at The Bistro at the Bacara.  I shared a little bit of this on instagram, but as we sat together overlooking the ocean, drinking coffee and reading sections of the LA Times, I couldn’t believe where a year has brought us.

So much has changed, and while we do miss certain things about home, we are enjoying having such a adventurous experience together.  I’m trying to cling tight to these adventures to help me from getting too homesick while seeing everyone share photos with their families over the holidays.  Christian (in addition to our furry babies) is my new family and we’re learning to make our own little traditions.


denim – Tractr Jeans (c/o) / sweater – Forever21, similar here and here / vest – Rachel Zoe, similar here and here / booties – Forever21 (old), similar here / bag – Ivanka Trump, love this one / bracelet – Derng (c/o) / necklace – Etsy / cuff – Molly Jane Designs (c/o)


Thank you for reading and to anyone who has had a small and intimate Christmas – please share with me what made it so special!  Also, some Cyber Monday deals shared here.  XO –

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10 thoughts on “Brunch at The Bacara

  1. It’s hard during the holidays – there really is no way to fight the homesick feelings BUT you are 100% right when it comes to enjoying celebrating with just your husband and furbabies which is really special. We normally go home for Christmas but this year will be our first not making the trip because we are honestly tired of flying and spending our vacation time in MS not somewhere else. So, my best advice would be to keep busy. I would plan the day out such as breakfast – activities – etc whatever you guys enjoy doing. For us it will be homemade breakfast followed by opening presents/skype time with family/ and we are toying around with the idea of going to a movie or just simply staying in and snuggling which is probably my favorite activity. Also, don’t dwell on missing out too much … just remember there will be MANY more holidays where you will get to be home with family… I try to keep that in mind and it seems to help. Happy Holidays from Seattle!

  2. My husband and I celebrate Christmas by spending the day doing our own thing, and we really enjoy it. I know it’s atypical, but this time of year is so hectic, and we spend all the other holidays with our family. We started this while we were dating. One year we spent the day in Manhattan. We went to Rockefeller and had coffee by the tree. We hung out at the MET for a few hours. Finally, we had dinner at a restaurant on Broadway. It was so special. This year will be our first as husband and wife and we’re so excited. We are looking forward to spending it together as a family of two. This year we’re thinking of visiting Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia. They have gorgeous Christmas displays.

    It seems like you don’t have too much alone time with your hubby, so even though you’ll be homesick, try to see this as a blessing in disguise. I like the previous comment about planning activities you enjoy together. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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