The Wandering Brunette

A Little Taste of Italy: Spicy Sausage Marinara Recipe

Aug 22, 2016

I will say, nothing says "date night" quite like Italian food. My other favorite thing about Italian food (other than the taste)? It saves well, makes a lot, and can feed you for at least two dinners for two or four dinners for one. It's the college student dream: make a lot of good tasting food for cheap that you can eat for days.

My boyfriend and I picked up the ingredients at Safeway, drove home, and had dinner ready quite quickly and we were both impressed by how good it turned out. Now, we both like our food spicy and this most definitely had a kick to it. It wasn't until later that we realized that we used both spicy sausage and spicy marinara.

The ingredients in this can be changed quite easily, but I loved these flavors together. We bought two bell peppers and used half of each one (one red and one yellow), a small container of mushrooms (we used half of the container, one whole red onion, one can of diced tomatoes (pre-seasoned with basil, garlic, and oregano), and one pound of spicy Italian sausage. We seasoned it with extra garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt. Last but not least, the spicy marinara sauce I bought from Mezzetta brought all the flavors together.

Eating My Way Through Playa Vista, CA

Aug 11, 2016

With the Olympics coming to a close, I feel that this post is incredibly important. Why? Well, because when eating food becomes an olympic sport, you will catch me on the team for sure. I can eat my way through a cheeseburger faster than Simone Biles does one of her infamous flips from her floor routines. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but seriously, my favorite thing about moving to new places is the food. Moving to Playa Vista was no exception. Downtown's got some great things too, but I prefer taking my food pics in front of family instead of coworkers at lunch.

If you follow me on Insta, you've already seen a few of these pics. Sometimes I just can't help but share. So, without delay, I present a photo journal/roundup of all the amazing dinners and lunches and happy hours I've had while spending my summer living with my parents.

Summer Wine Tasting

Aug 8, 2016

I know, it's been a while once again. Sometimes, life gets in the way of blogging. It just happens. But I'm here and I have photos to share with you.

This past weekend was one of the best weekends thus far in my life. I know, I say that a lot, but I was able to go with my boyfriend into Santa Barbara where I could *legally* do some wine tasting for the first time in my life.

We drove from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, about 2 hours for those of you who are thinking of making the drive, and got lunch at a taco place down the street. The tacos were so tasty, especially since we were so hungry after the drive. The little joint was called East Beach Tacos, and if any of you are craving tacos in Santa Barbara, this place was good.

We spent the night there after a day of moseying around and probably getting a tad too tipsy to drive. Don't worry, we stayed off the roads. Our room was at the Santa Barbara Inn, right off E Cabrillo Highway and we took a Lyft (use my link for $50 in rides!) downtown, right on State St, where we could walk from winery to winery. The Santa Barbara Inn was recently renovated, so the place looks so beautiful with quaint little rooms. We loved our stay here, and the customer service was impeccable. They have the nicest employees and the even provide a nice complimentary breakfast with your stay. Valet parking here is only $18 dollars, which feels like a steal since I'm from LA.

For those of you who haven't been to Santa Barbara, it's beautiful there. I wish I took more pictures of the scenery, but the more wine I drank, the less photos I remembered to take. Fiesta was actually going on at the same time, but unfortunately we didn't make it to that celebration.

We finished our night with Italian food, at Arnoldi's Cafe, appropriate after a day of wine tasting. This little getaway was probably our last for a while since it's time for me to buckle down and focus on my senior year schoolwork and he's got a job to think about. It's not all fun and games for me all the time, ladies and gentlemen.

Mid-Year Goals + Blog Updates

Jul 25, 2016

I'll admit, I'm really not the best and keeping up with this blog. I'd go off the grid for months at a time. But now, this blog has become my "side-hustle." You know, that thing you're really passionate about on the side. Lately, I've been keeping up a lot more and I've begun to really work with more brands. I'm really excited to see where my blog is headed and what the next big steps are for me.

So, where am I going? What's the point? Honestly, what am I even doing?

I ask myself these questions every day. I know that I really need to find a solid niche for my blog. All of my wonderful readers have been so supportive, but I've really been all over the place with my posts. From travel to food to fashion to fitness, I don't really know if I can keep it up anymore. At the very least, I need to find a way to solidify my brand.

I love fashion. I may not be the best fashion blogger in the world and I sure do struggle with finding someone ready and willing to take my pictures (my brother does it now, but he's not to keen on it all the time). But, truth be told, I think I can put together some fabulous outfits and, according to Instagram, I'm pretty good at it.

I love traveling. At least I know that I will never be able to stop traveling but I know that I am not the person who can maintain a traveling lifestyle at the moment, unless you can count my incessant need to move every couple of years.

I love food. I am the biggest foodie I know. I love to cook and I love to eat.

I do not love fitness. I want to be healthy, really I do, but the work that goes in to working out is not up my alley. I'm not good at it, despite my relatively athletic appearance, and, no matter how much I do it, I can't seem to fall in love with it. However, I need to get in shape and other bloggers are the best and holding each other accountable.

au naturale + a new giveaway

Jul 24, 2016

I love white pants and shorts in the summer. Actually I love white shorts year round, but it's before labor day; I'll wear white if I want to. I just can't sit in any dirt; white pants are dangerous.

And here I am again, styling new wood jewelry. Some say that rose gold is the metal of the season, but I say metal is out and wood is in. It can easily transition from summer tones to fall tones and work in casual to professional situations.

Today, I worked with GiveItEngraved to come up with this cute outfit. I love how the natural wood in the pieces works so well with the casual, neutral tones in my weekend outfit, complete with a simple pocket tee and my favorite high waisted shorts. It doesn't get much better than this if I do say so myself. I feel cute and put-together, but also relaxed and comfortable enough to get some sh*t done this weekend.

So what's next? I'm hosting yet another giveaway! I will take care of shipping costs, but you can enter multiple times using the form below! To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post! This giveaway will include a pair of wood hoop earrings as well as the bracelet featured in this post!

Heads up: I will be checking to make sure the winning person completed their entries.

Tee: Madewell
Scarf: Madewell
All Jewelry: GiveItEngraved Designs

Who said accountants were boring?

Jul 23, 2016

I've been trying to get some posts up about the various activities we were able to do in London, but in writing very specific posts, I am missing a bit of the whole story.

So, I'm sure that you caught on to the things I did like going to tea, finally getting on the London Eye, and going to the Ice Bar.

If you aren't entirely sure why I was in London, here's the rundown: I was selected from a group of applicants to be one of 14 interns sent to London to enhance our internship experience and learn more about the global network of firms. Never once did I expect to have so much fun.

There is a stereotype out there that accountants are boring and plain. You may be thinking of characters in The Office, Parks and Rec or maybe even Fun With Dick and Jane.

However, most of us? We're the most exciting people that I know. Forget for a minute that they're some of the only people I know.

I got to do the coolest things on this trip with a bunch of accountants. We took a bus tour, visited the sites, and I even got to go to my first music festival.

All I'm saying is, maybe you've been too quick to judge the accountants in your life.

Third Time's the Charm: Finally Getting on the London Eye

Jul 21, 2016

So, I've been to London three times. As my title alluded to, the third time must really be the charm because I finally went on the London Eye this time. This was even the best time to do it! Not only did I finally get to go, but we were able to rent a private capsule for just our group! They usually pack the capsules with 20+ people who pay for individual tickets, but we were able to get just one for the 14 of us interns plus our leaders and a plus one.

Depending on the kind of view you want, you can choose what time you want to rent your capsule. We went at 9:30 pm and I loved it! We got to watch the sunset and see London light up as the sun went down. I thought the time was perfect.

When we finished, it was completely dark outside. There must have also been a prom-like functin going on, because there were girls in gowns everywhere. It was a little annoying to have such big crowds everywhere we went. However, the girls looked like total stunners in their dresses. Those boys have better taken them on some nice dates.

Anyway... Even with all the buildup, this was totally worth it. Everything was better than I could have imagined and I am so happy that I was finally able to go!

P.S. You can't take your own drinks on the eye, but you can rent a pirvate capsule with champagne...