4:33 | February 20, 2018

VANCOUVER VLOG + VDAY STORY

Travel

WADDUP VANCITY!

Yayyyy I love it when James Manzano and I work together on videos. His videography skills are like 100x better than mine, and his edits are SO DOPE.

With that, you should watch this vlog of mine from Vancouver! James absolutely killed it with the editing, and I had a really fun day that day. So yah, check it out.

K I NEED A MOMENT HERE FRIENDS.

I need to talk about my belated Valentine’s Day yesterday. 💞

If you aren’t into mushy gushy stuff, probably just go watch the video above and stop reading now.

Okay back to my moment. 😂

So Troy and I decided to not to Valentine’s Day on the 14th, because 1) it was a Tuesday, and 2) the restaurant scene is a hot frigging mess that day. Not a fan.

Sunday was our decided Valentine’s Day date. Troy planned the date and refused to tell me anything outside of: be ready at noon, it’s going to be a “mind-blowingly-awesome” date.

I was like KAY I LIKE ALL THOSE THINGS. 😄 Ready at noon I shall be.

The date started by us driving up the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara. We stopped for lunch along the way. But the drive itself is the real highlight here. Some of the most beautiful oceanfront is along this drive and it was prettttyyyyyyy. 🌊

Once we arrived at Santa Barbara I still have no fing clue what we are doing. Troy proceeds to tell me we have dinner reservations later at some mystery restaurant. I’m like k but what NOW THO..

Turns out, until dinner we would be WINE TASTING! 🍷🍷🍷

Something about me to know, I fucking love wine tasting. It fuels my soul. And I’m like, really really good at it. hahaha. I was so happy. It was awesome.

We tasted away, and got progressively more drunk as time went on. I embarrassingly documented this on my instagram stories but what else is new. I have no shame.

It’s time for dinner and Troy had to drag me away as I was begging to “pleaaaaaseeeee just do one moreeee!!!!”🍷I was having fun, don’t judge my alcoholism. You know how it is. 😉

He managed to get my away from the vineyards to go to this little Japanese restaurant. It had (hands DOWN) the best Japanese food I’ve ever had. And you know me, I like to eat a LOT, and am super picky about quality. This place, was the SHIT. (Like the good ‘the shit’ not literal shit.)

Anyways it’s one of those fancy shmancy restaurants where they have one set menu, and that’s it. No a la carte bs here. This is what we serve, and you will like it.

OBSESSED.

I am 99% sure I was making inappropriate groaning noises super loud through the entire dinner and other people were looking at me and wondering wtf was going on.. BUT IT WAS SO GOOD. Just thinking about it now I want to drive back up there and relive the experience. 🍲 🍥 🍣

If you are interested, the restaurant is called Yoichi’s. If you are ever in Santa Barbara, GO. Trust me on this one. You will love it.

****Disclaimer: the entire meal was delicious, except for the desert. Major fail on their part because after such an over-the-top amazing meal, they should have finished strong. Still would go again tho cuz everything else was unreal.

Anyways, thank you Troy for a fabulous belated Valentine’s Day. I love you and appreciate you. ❤

Ok going to do my laundry now, and go to bed. Was that weird I told that whole V day story here? LOL jk nothing is weird here at this point.

xoxoxo,

 

5:52 | February 14, 2018

LAKE TAHOE TRAVEL VLOG

Travel

Lake Tahoe is the best!

Ah yes, here it is friends! My official travel vlog from Lake Tahoe. I love this because I feel like I get to have you along with me on my trip. Much more personal 🙂

We skied a total of 3 days, and I give my reviews on all 3 mountains local mountains we tried: Northstar, Squaw, and Alpine Meadows. Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places, and there is nothing quite like traveling into the nature for a few days.

If you guys like this vlog, it really super helps my content get shown through the YouTube algorithm if you throw it a “thumbs up” and/or leave a comment! 👍🏻

More importantly, it helps me learn which videos you like the most. 😊

I need to go to sleep meow, because I am meeting a friend for an early morning hike tomorrow. FITNESS AND SUCH. 💪🏻

Talk tomorrow! 😘

 

xoxox,

 

12:41 | February 10, 2018

LAKE TAHOE

Travel

Champagne apres at Northstar Resort

What a week! 🎿

Last night we arrived home pretty late from our ski trip to Lake Tahoe. It was one hell of a great trip. Tried to snap as much as I could on my instagram stories, but I was so happy just skiing and enjoying life that I actually kind of forgot about instagram for a hot minute.

THE HORROR. 😱

I. Know.

It was legit a like a day, but I missed doing my usual snap-everything-I-see-and-do routine. 😝 Also there was barely any service, not because we were in a super remote location, but because I have what is likely the worlds shittiest cell carrier lol.

I digress.

Our trip to Lake Tahoe was abosultely amazing. We were there for 4 days and did 3 full days of skiing. I was a happy little clam indeed. ☺

We stayed in a condo right at the base of Northstar Ski Resort, which were as ski-in-ski-out as it gets. Literally about 6 ft between the base of the ski hill and our front door. Not too shabby at all. 👌🏻

Throughout the trip we actually skied on 3 different mountains.

DAY 1: NORTHSTAR!

Northstar is pretty flat, but a really chill fun mountain. The pictures of me getting loose at the champagne apres above are at Northstar. They do a pretty epic champagne toast at 2 pm every day.

Like, YES PLEASE?!

So if you are novice/intermediate skiier or an advanced skier who likes to be lazy, this is the mountain for you.

DAY 2: SQUAW

I can’t EVEN with the name of this one. Like, just say it out loud… s q u a w….. Not the prettiest. BUT, the skiing here was super fun! Lots more terrain and a bunch more challenging runs. So you aren’t sleeping half the time while you are skiing. lol.

DAY 3: ALPINE MEADOWS

Also so great! A variety of terrain here, so it’s good for any level of skiier. My only complaint would be the food was so nasty it was almost inedible. And it was hella expensive. Not impressed. I mean, all ski resorts are way overpriced but at least you expect the food to not look like something served at a federal prison. You know? I don’t ask for much. Just edible.

And of course, I was vlogging this whole trip! So I will share the video in a few days so you can get some visuals on all these different mountains. Really excited about this vlog, because you really get to come along with me on this trip. Pretty awesome.

Time to go start getting ready for dinner. Tonight I am making some sort of mushroom/quinoa/arugula concoction that I will 99.99% be insta-gramma-lamma-ing. Stay tuned if you’re into that kinda thing. 😜

Happy Friday you sexy beasts!

 

xoxoxo,

 

 

3:53 | February 5, 2018

YOSEMITE

Travel

Yesterday in Yosemite

Hey friends!

A quick hello from Yosemite. We arrived yesterday just in time for sunset and were able to catch some gorgeous magic hour light here. ✨

Legit to get this photo Troy and I were RUNNING through the forest like a couple of wild hoodlams to get to the spot where the sun was still shining (shit was rapidly setting) and scraping our knees and falling all over the place.

(I’m crazy, fully aware lol)

Mid run we realized there was a path just a few meters to the right of us, where the normal not-psycho people were walking to get to the same spot.

TYPICAL. 😂

I mean, whatever right? If it takes running through a thick forest to get “the shot” before the sun sets… gotta do what you gotta do.

Maybe this is why everyone hates millenials… hahah 😆

Anyways, Yosemite is INCREDIBLE. We really didn’t have enough time to actually explore the entire park, as we only arrived shortly before sunset. Way way way too much to see even in a whole day. So we are planning a proper 3 day trip or so in the summer to go back and see everything that Yosemite has to offer.

I might even camp. 😱 A slightly horrific and wild thought, but it might happen. At least it would make for good comedy lol.

For the short while we had to enjoy Yosemite yesterday, I honestly could not have been more impressed. There is just no feeling in the world like realizing how tiny and insignificant you and your problems are. Hahah really though! When you are sitting at the base of this majestic cliff, it honestly makes your problems seem SO insignificant. Because you realize how small you are in comparison to this rock, and even this universe.

OK that got real philosophical. Not typically my style but the mountains give me alllllll the feels. ❤️

Moving right along….

*Awkward cough*

Today we are in Lake Tahoe!

We are staying in this dope condo in the North Village, and though there isn’t a lot of snow it is still fun fun fun. Nothing makes me happier than being in a ski village, and obviously skiing.

It is my sport, my life, my love. If you are new to Skinny Belle, I actually grew up downhill ski racing (aka those weirdos in the spandex suits who race around the poles in the snow) so this is really the only sport I am good at haha! Wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Ok off to go bother Troy (bae) and make him come with me to get my ski bindings adjusted to my new boots. As one does.

Talk soon! 😘

 

Xoxoxo,

 

5:52 | January 17, 2018

EXPLORING VENICE

Travel

The best things to do in Venice, California!

I feel like Venice has a bad reputation. Or, just the wrong reputation. In my not-so-humble opinion. 😜 lolz

When you think of Venice, California, you probably think about the boardwalk, tacky t-shirts, hot dogs, and just straight-up weirdos. 😣That, ladies and germs, is NOT WHAT IS UP.

You can see that ridiculousness in about t – 5 minutes and then you will be good for life. I promise.

This vlog is all about the great side of Venice. The stuff you actually want and neeeeeed to see. Venice is the freakin’ best! It just tends to get a little misrepresented at times by the tourism industry.

So check out my vlog where my boyfriend and I explored Venice for the day. We went to some places we already know, and checked out some new spots as well. This vlog, covers everything you need to know about the best of Venice.

Oh yeah, and we got into a fight part way through the day hahaha. I included a bit about that. Because there is nothing worse than people pretending everything is peachy-keen when it’s not. Sometimes, while touristing, you have a little spat. It happens. Then you move on and get some prosecco. LOL! Watch the video, you’ll see what I’m talking about. 😉

xoxoxo,

 

9:59 | January 6, 2018

CHICAGO DEEP DISH PIZZA

Food

My mission to find the BEST deep dish pizza in Chicago!

This video is from a few weeks back in Chicago and I was a bit skeptical about publishing it. Only because it was literally so cold that night I only did a tiny bit of filming. I thought I might die from frostbite. Or hypothermia. Not joking at ALL. Girl did not have an appropriate coat for -12. ❄️

Now looking at the final result, I’m glad I decided to share it! 😄

BECAUSE….

This pizza was the best damn Chicago deep dish I’ve ever had. 🍕EVER. And I love pizza. Possibly more than life itself. 😂 (Kidding but not really kidding at all.)

So if you are in Chicago, and you fuck with caramelized crust deep dish pizza, make sure you visit Pequods. A little tippity tip is to do a table request online before you go. They don’t do full on reservations, because there is basically a permanent line at this place, but you can get “preference” if you request a table in advance. The couple before us was quoted a 2.5 hour wait time and our wait time was only 25 mins because we registered online first!

TOTALLY worth it. ✔️

There are very few things I will wait for in life. Food happens to be one of those things. 👌🏻

If you’re not already subscribed, please subscribe to my Youtube!! 😄 🙏🏻

 

xoxoxo,

 

4:56 | December 27, 2017

SANTA MONICA VLOG

Lifestyle

New vlog on Skinny Belle Youtube! 💞

Bonjour!

Currently still in Chicago, but I filmed this Santa Monica vlog the day before my flight so figured miiiiiight as well share this meow. 😸

Anywho, the point of this vlog was to show you a bit more about what my life is like at home in Santa Monica. Given this is just a small snippet of my day, but it was part of my day nonetheless. 😄

Soooooo with that being said, if you want to hang out with me at home and see what some of my days are like, check out this vid! 🎥

If you are not already subscribed to Skinny Belle Youtube, make sure you SUBSCRIBE NOW!

Also if you are still in the festive mood, you should listen to the Holiday Special on Skinny Belle – The Podcast!

In my Holiday Special podast we talk about:

– WTF are you supposed to get your boyfriend who you’ve been only dating a few months?
– How to avoid gaining weight unnecessarily during the holidays
– Work party best practices

Hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas hangover! My body is about 40% cookie, 40% cheese, and 20% wine at this point. Not even mad. 😂 JK I actually wasn’t even that bad this year. Listen to the podcast and I explain how to not go overboard during the holidays. ❤️

xoxoxo,

 

 

1:57 | December 8, 2017

PARK CITY VLOG

Travel

Are you subscribed to Skinny Belle YouTube?

Yay! My travel vlog from Park City last weekend is uppppp. 🎥

Seriously loving doing these vlogs (even though this is only my second one lol😝) Vlogging my travels feels way more intimate, like you can actually see what is going on better than if I just snap a few pics. That being said, I love photography and that will always be a part of my blog. Just very stoked on this new medium!

If you want to come along for a weekend with me in Park City, check out the video above. Tried to be fancier with my editing this time and added some voice over, to explain some things not featured in the video. Still getting the hang of filming and editing in this way, so be patient! I’m learning ☺️

**Little update on the LA fire situation mentioned before: we are safe and sound, but it does feel like I smoked about 100 cigarettes over the last two days (I don’t smoke, obviously🙅🏼🚬 ) because of all the smoke in the air and ash that fluffs off the ground as you walk. I legit vacuumed my balcony today to try and get rid of the ash. 😒

Park City Vlog is a pretty dope edit, so check it out and let me know what you think!

 

xoxoxo,

 

5:33 | December 5, 2017

PARK CITY TRAVEL TIPS

Travel

Jeans: Parker Smith // Shoes: Converse // Sweater: Zara

❄️YASSSSS IT SNOWED!!!❄️

Finally. My god. 😂

Flew all the way to Park City from LA to have the most epic of epic ski trips, and it only started to snow on the last day!

Classic. 😒

Regardless, still had a fabulous time this weekend. Got some skiing in at Deer Valley Ski Resort and Solitude Mountain, which both had considerably better conditions than what was available at our beautiful ski-in-ski-out resort at Park City.  😂

What the mountains lacked in snow, the city made up for in dining. 🍝 That is for DAMN sure.

Had a delicious meal at Fletcher’s on the historic Main Street in Park City, followed by hitting up a bunch of other cocktail spots to apres dinner 😉. Was overall impressed with the level of dining available, as I honestly have the lowest possible expectations for food/drinks anytime I am in a resort town. Tourism fuelled cities don’t tend to go above and beyond in the restaurant scene as most customers are just one-time visits.

Moral of the story: make sure you hit up Main Street in Park City!

Have a vlog coming later this week from our weekend in Park City where you can see some ski action and a few more details on what we did!

Pretty tired after our flight from Utah –> LA today. So going straight to bed, after all, it is 9:30 pm and that is WAY past my senior bedtime. 👵🏻

 

xoxox,

 

3:31 | December 2, 2017

CHICAGO TRAVEL VLOG

Travel

First travel blog waddup!!

Well this is kind of exciting. Just made my very first travel vlog! Still getting a hang of this whole “vlogging” thing, but so far I really like it. It’s so fun to be able to bring you along with me wherever I go! ✈️

This video shares some fun things I did for my first time visiting Chicago.

Like it? Subscribe to Skinny Belle Youtube for more! 💞

Posting today from Park City, Utah. We are about to go out and attempt to find some skiing here, but there is legit NO SNOW. Might go over to Deer Valley and see if there is more skiing there. Park City has one run open…. 😭 I WILL FIND SOMEWHERE TO SKI GOD DAMNIT!

Anywho, back to the vlog from Chicago. If you’re interested in checking out any of the stuff we did, here are the links:

Intelligentsia Coffee – https://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/millennium-park-coffeebar

Eataly Chicago – https://www.eataly.com/us_en/stores/chicago/

Chicago Public Library – https://www.chipublib.org/

Christmas Market – http://www.christkindlmarket.com/chicago/

Shopping – https://www.themagnificentmile.com/shopping/

 

Talk soon!

 

xx,