Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Yellow

Sweater: H&M | Peplum Top: Forever 21 | Jeans: J.Brand | Shoes: Steve Madden 

I am absolutely not mad about the fact that spring is returning to Salt Lake City. I am not very good at dealing with cold and spent, quite literally, 99% of winter indoors. Let's just say since the return of agreeable weather, I've busted out my heeled sandals and don't mind walking from place to place anymore.

It's around this time of year when you really start to hear from people something along the lines of "I cannot WAIT for summer!" And while that's true and I agree, I think there's really something to be cherished about spring time. The freshness, the brightness, the blossoms. Seeing tulips and daffodils planted in front yards makes me happy. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pamper Yourself with a Blowout from DryBar

When I was in New York last month, I had one of those life changing experiences that you are embarrassed to say are actually life changing.

I had my hair blown out at DryBar.

It's not your ordinary salon: They don't do colors, no cuts, and they certainly won't wax you. They'll simply take the hair you've got and blow it out so that you look like the absolute best version of yourself.

Why was it life changing? Well, other than the fact that I left there feeling like a million bucks and never wanting to do my own hair ever again, I genuinely felt pampered while I was there.  Who doesn't want to feel like someone else is taking care of them for a change? The blowouts are $40 and include complimentary drinks. The shampoo they give you might as well be as soothing as a two hour hot stone massage.

My blowout lasted four days before I decided to wash it, and required very little touching up. I ended up caving and buying some of their products - the dry shampoo helped my blowout last so long without washing.

I loved it so much, I went to a different location while I was in Chicago.  Here are my results from both times:

I am not being sponsored by Dry Bar in any way - I am legitimately just a happy customer. In a way I think I'm lucky that there isn't one in Salt Lake City, for I almost undoubtedly would have purchased one of their monthly memberships and would be significantly poorer.

Check out DryBar's locations to see if there is one near you!

Have you ever had a blowout? Would you go get one?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

FlipBurger: Modern Fast Food Dining in the South

On a recent trip to Birmingham, Alabama, a friend recommended that I go to eat at Flip Burger. I walked into the establishment with little to no idea of what to expect - in fact, the name Flip Burger had me expecting some little hole-in-the-wall burger joint.As you can see, that is not what I found.

Flip Burger calls itself a Modern Burger Boutique and boasts the decor to match. With locations in Georgia and Alabama, it offers guests a modern dining experience that is miles away from anything you would expect out of a burger place.

At Flip, the usually humble hamburger is transformed from a grease bomb into an edible work of art. “We only have two rules,” said Chef Blais in an interview with The Birmingham News. “One is that whatever we call a burger has to be ground. That doesn’t have to be beef. It can be another meat or it can be vegetable or it can be seafood. The other rule is it has to be served on a bun.” With chorizo, lamb, and crab sharing menu space with Wagyu beef, the restaurant fully lives up to its slogan “Fine Dining Between Two Buns.”

Deciding to go big or go home, I started off dinner with one of Flip's famous liquid nitrogen milkshakes - the Nutella and Burnt Marshmallow. Imagine my surprise as I watched my server pull out a blow torch and literally light the marshmallows on fire before serving it to me.  This milkshake is not for the faint of heart or weak of mind - only those with the most impressive of sweet tooths need apply.  

Flip Burger has no shortage of fried foods to enjoy before your meal arrives. Our group ordered a sampler platter ($9) so we could taste a variety of the greasy goodness this establishment had to offer.
The vodka battered onion rings with beer honey mustard ($4) were impeccable, and this is coming from someone who really does not like onions. 
For the main course, you have a pretty interesting selection to choose from.  The Lamburger ($12) is made with strauss lamb and topped with goat cheese, saffron pickled zucchini, arugula and harissa ketchup. The Oaxaca burger ($9) is made from more traditional beef, but topped with avocado, cilantro-lime mayo, queso fresco and pico de gallo. I personally decided to be daring and chose the chorizo burger ($8.5)  which is made with chorizo spiced pork, hasbrowns, and toped with a fried egg, manchego, spanish paprika and smoked mayo.  As a meat lover and a burger lover, I was pretty blown away.

Vegetarians also have their place at FlipBurger - the Fauxlafel burger ($8) is made with chickpeas, cucumber and tzatziki, and the Vedge Burger offers a patty made with beets, black beans and brown rice.

Overall I really enjoyed Flip Burger - it was a fun, non-traditional spin on such a classic food. Be sure to stop by one of their locations if you ever find yourself down south. 


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