The Pretty Life Girls

Thursday, May 28, 2015

White Plum Giveaway

Hey! Wanna win a FREE Summer Wardrobe worth $1200 from White Plum? All you have to do is head on over here, enter your email address (which will subscribe you to their newsletter), and BAM! You are entered. The giveaway will run until June 8th at 5 PM PST, when a winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email. 

Can you even imagine how wonderful that would be to win? Get over there!

Good luck and happy Thursday!
xo, Sam & Liz

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PLG on the go: Visit Pittsburgh!

I've lived on the East coast for three years now and when friends come to visit and we plan out some trips to the cities near us we always hear that they want to see the same thing: NYC, DC and Philly. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE each of those cities but I feel like there is a huge big bridge-covered, industrial but modern, Steelers-shaped discrepancy here. What are they all missing out on that they don't realize they are missing out on? Pittsburgh! Personally, I think Pittsburgh is one of the most underrated cities out there and I want it moved to the top of your must-visit lists ASAP. That is why I was so excited when a few weeks ago I was able to team up with Visit Pittsburgh, spend a weekend there and tell you all about it. 

One of our favorite places to start when we are in Pittsburgh is to ride the Duquesne Incline. The incline is a century-old cable car that climbs up Mount Washington in the heart of Pittsburgh and stops at the top at an observation deck that gives you the most insane views of the city. My kids love the ride and man, that view. 

For this trip we stayed on the south side right by Southside Works, an insanely gorgeous and walkable urbanist part of the city with great shopping and restaurants right on the riverfront. Our gorgeous room at the Springhill Suites Southside Works overlooked the Monongahela River and the Hot Metal Bridge and had us obsessed. This hotel and location is perfect for anyone visiting Pittsburgh and is especially family friendly and dang cool.  

Another obsession we have with Pittsburgh? The Strip District. This area is an amazing market district full of ethic food shops, art studios, antique dealers, unique boutiques, sidewalk vendors, and a truly authentic Pittsburgh experience. It's on the waterfront in the shadow of the Pittsburgh skyline and is bustling all summer long.

On our first visit to the city some friends told us we had to go to The Donut Chef and now it is at the top of the agenda every time. It's located minutes outside of the city on the 22 and if you blink you might miss it, so keep your eyes WIDE open. This little bakery makes the most insane donuts, a favorite being their pretzel donut that will blow your mind. Get there early though, they have been known to sell out of the good stuff by the afternoon. 

If you have kids and are visiting the city, The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is one of the best I have ever visited. It has floors and floors of incredible interactive exhibits for all ages and there is always something new each time we go. Truly, if I had a genie in a bottle and was granted three wishes one of them would probably be to have this museum in my town. And then I'd probably use the second one to get all of the Donut Chef donuts I wanted. And then the third would be more wishes. Duh. 

Oh, how I could go on and on about the food, and the sports, and the architecture, and the energy, and the beauty of Pittsburgh but I only have this little blog space and also I have children who think they need things like breakfast so I will try to contain myself. I only suggest that you go now to Visit Pittsburgh, look around, get inspired, and get thinking about a trip. If you come CALL ME. We will meet for donuts. 

THANK YOU Visit Pittsburgh for the incredible trip and the chance to gush about your city that I love! Also, Go Bucs. 

ox. Liz 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Voldemort of Parenting

Over the weekend we started potty training my 3 year old. For some reason when I set out on the process I naively thought that it wouldn't be too bad--my son and I are pals and we would make the transition smoothly, as pals. But, I was wrong. SO stepping-in-mystery-puddles-filled-with-terror-whenever-my-son-calls-my-name-covered-in-random-fluids WRONG.

It's weird because I feel like people warned me about lots of the hard stuff that comes with parenthood. Sleepless nights, temper tantrums, teething, I knew they were coming. However, I was NOT sufficiently warned about the horrors I would confront with regard to potty training. I can only imagine that the reason for this is that once a mother has potty trained her child she then goes into a state of selective amnesia as a result of PTSD, not all that different from the way a soldier might after battle. In order to recover, she likely seeks the treatment of Ben and Jerry's and once said treatment has concluded the incident becomes like the Lord Voldemort of parenting experiences (Pee Who Shall Not Be Named) and is never spoken of again.

So today I have on my pleather leggings, the clothing item I turn to when I need to feel a little less like a mom, (Plus, they are waterproof. Come at me, bodily fluids.) and a little more like someone who isn't spending her afternoon praying that the smudge on my carpet is chocolate from a cookie.

Moms. You are amazing. Hang in there, ok? Ok.
ox. Liz

Dress: c/o SheInside
Leggings: c/o SheInside
Sandals: Old Navy