Rainbows & Rooftops at Mama Shelter!

It’s no secret by now that we live for a good happy hour. And in L.A., there is definitely a plethora of choices.

But like, happy hour on a rainbow colored rooftop? A little harder to find. ;)

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Hence why Mama Shelter, a colorful oasis nestled in Hollywood, has become one of our favorite spots since moving here. And for good reason!

We first met our friend Cyn of Hot Pink Pineapples here for a drink. We celebrated Jenna’s 24th birthday here. We bring every out of town guest here for the rose sangria. We’ve gone to quite a few PR events here as well, and it impresses us every single time!

And you know if there’s rainbow decor, we are OBVIOUSLY going to dress to the occasion and match each other whenever possible!

Recently got these rainbow striped pieces from Hello Holiday. Jenna chose the Wonderland Romper (I mean, how perfect for us, right?) paired with some ruffle mules from Ouigal, and Cort chose the Rosella Blouse and paired it with some orange ASOS shorts, and orange mules, also from Hello Holiday!

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We also never realize how much our skin tones differ from each other until we’re sitting together, bare legged, in a photo. haha!

Anyway, we’re currently obsessed with these pieces and you might see us wearing them as much as possible before it actually turns into fall here.

Back to Mama Shelter. It is also a really quirky weird hotel, which we love! We’ve never actually stayed in a room there, but it’s on our list.

There’s a bit fancier of a restaurant downstairs, but honestly, you come here for that rooftop view and vibey atmosphere!

What you MUST order:

  1. The Avocado Hummus

  2. Boujie Fries (fries battered in truffle oil…almost a sin, so good)

  3. Charred Broccolini

  4. Rose Sangria (all day everyday)

Trust us, next time you’re in L.A., hit up this spot. And invite us too. ;)

Love & Sangria,

J & C

Travel Guide to Positano, Italy!

Have you guys tired of me talking about Italy yet?

It’s good if you haven’t, and I’m terribly sorry if you have, but I obviously have a whole blog post on the subject, sooooo. ;)

This won’t be a super word-heavy post. I don’t even know how I would sum up Italy into words. But this was kind of a honeymoon for Ty and I in a lot of ways. Since we got married when we were 18, didn’t have passports at that time, couldn’t drink, and had like $700 to our name. So this was our adult honeymoon, at least. Ha!

Italy was magical and romantic and beautiful in every way. I know everyone’s going right now and it’s a super trendy destination, but I’ve had a Pinterest board of photos of just Positano for 8 years now, so whether everyone thinks I went just to get the perfect Instagram photo or not, I don’t care….but like, that’s not the reason I went. ;)

So, I’ll go through, let you know our favorite spots, and where you should absolutely go. And you should go. There’s just something about this place that I think everyone should experience. Also the food is worth the plane ticket, just if I’m being totally honest.

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First of all, people aren’t joking about these Positano stairs. They are a serious, calf ripping workout. We stayed at the very tip top of the hill and walked down, usually twice a day. We’d go down once in the morning to explore/go to the beach, and then go back up to clean up for dinner, and back down for dinner, and back up at the end of the night. I think our entire time there, we walked around 35-40 miles. We didn’t get in a car once, and even though it was exhausting, I’d recommend it to anyone. You don’t get to see these hidden alleyways and beautiful homes if you’re in a car. And so much of the beauty of Positano is hidden around every turn. So walk as much as you can. It also helps with the indulgent eating. ;)

Probably our favorite spot of the trip was Franco’s. A bar attached to the Le Sirenuse hotel (which we didn’t stay at, but we will next time, cause holy gorgeous). Anyway, it has a great view, fabulous (more pricey) drinks, but the view makes up for it. Just really vibey and a great place to grab a spritz before or after dinner! Tip: there was always a line when we were there. Get there before they open and line up on the street. People go crazy for this place.



Another thing I would recommend. Rent beach chairs. We didn’t go with the idea of doing this, but the beaches are just so beautiful, that we actually wound up doing it 3 times. Twice in Positano and once when we went to Capri! We did two days on a more private beach, which I would say was absolutely worth the money, and one day on a more public beach. And don’t let yourself leave without getting in that water. So clear you can see to the bottom, and felt incredibly freeing to swim in. Also, I ordered all of the Aperol Spritzes if you can’t tell already.

Speaking of Capri, GO TO CAPRI! We spent a whole day there, and it might have been my favorite day of the trip. We took the ferry there around 10 am and came back on the same ferry around 6 pm. We just walked the island, had a long leisurely lunch, went to one of the aforementioned beaches there (which wasn’t really a beach, more-so a beautiful cliffside with lounge chairs and an entrance into the water—seriously unimaginable beauty), got cookies at Buonocore Gelateria (a must if you’re on Capri), and it was wonderful!

The rest of the time was spent just being together in that beautiful place. Eating lots of pasta, pizza, and gelato. Ordering two glasses of wine with dinner, and listening to music out by the water. Bliss.

A couple of must eats:

Collina Bakery- Best cannolis and croissants we had, and they also have a restaurant just outside the bakery that had the best clam pasta!

Chez Black - Beautiful atmosphere, live music (so fun), and delish pizza!


Capricci- Adorable outdoor restaurant down by the water. Very casual and I’m positive the people at the next table will talk to you. Loved the pasta with vegetables and tomato sauce, and the staff was incredibly kind!

Da Vincenzo- This may have been my favorite dinner? It’s so hard to say, they were all so good! This restaurant is kind of tucked away in the upper neighborhood streets of Positano and offered a nice change of scenery from the beach! And I will forever be singing the praises of the tuna & vegetable stuffed pepper we had here. Insane. So insane that I didn’t get a photo of it. hah!

Buca di Bacco- A hotel/restaurant also down on the water. Probably the best gnocchi I’ve ever had!

And obviously, get gelato every chance you get!

The last thing I would absolutely recommend is to book a little cruise around the Amalfi Coast. We booked a four hour private boat tour through Positano Boats and it’s something I know we’ll both remember forever. They take you from Positano down to Amalfi, stop in grottos along the way that you can swim in and out of. We even got to cliff jump a little bit! Just an incredibly special experience!


Here are a few more snaps of our explorations!


As always, feel free to reach out with any questions of if you’re in search of any additional recommendations!

Love & pasta,

Cort

Girly Garb: Summer Forever

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(This blurry photo brought to you by a self timer and two n00bz still learning how to use it)

We are well into September and it is currently 82 degrees outside. And it will most likely stay that way for at least a month and a half. Just so you know - we’ll probably never move away from here. #sunshineforever Unless, of course, they make an underground bullet train to Paris. Then we’ll split our time between LA and Paris. So someone should get on that please and thank you.

We have got some SUPER exciting new things coming up for A Whimsy Wonderland! After about 2 and a half years, it’s time for some updates. WE’RE PUMPED, Y’ALL. Keep your peepers peeled, it’s about to get real fun around here.

But until then, here’s some cute pics of some colorful ‘fits. :)

Cort’s outfit deets - Top & Bottom set: SHEIN - Headscarf: Urban Outfitters - Shoes: Urban Outfitters - Clutch: Studio DIY

Jen’s outfit deets: Dress: SHEIN - Beret: Hello Holiday - Earrings: Marley & Alfie - Shoes: ASOS

Sending you all endless sunshine and a big hug.

Love & Summer

Jen & Cort