Tusks and Tails

Style, Travel, + Lifestyle

Earlier this year in January we decided to leave the East Coast for a new experience. We came to San Diego, California. We have always loved San Diego and wanted to spend some part of our life out here.  Upon our arrival we rented a short term furnished leased just for a few months. During those three months we started planting our feet, became friends with the owners and decided to stay here through the year and into the next year as well! 

Since we know Cali isn't permanent at this point in our life, we left all of our belongings and furniture back in Philly. But now that we know we are going to be staying in San Diego through 2024 I wanted to make some things more our style. Desenio is the perfect way to do so! 

We both love a very neutral Scandinavian home style. Anything neutral and airy with added details of texture is right up our alley.  I fell in love with the Composition iii print and Composition iv art print. Desenio also offers custom frames in various colors to make it easy to display immediately. Desenio has such a wide range of products you can update any space on a budget! 

Use code "TUSKSANDTAILS" for 40% off to give your space an update.

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Living in Philadelphia, the weather is very moody this time of year. By the time March rolls around I am ready to escape to warmer weather. Miami is the perfect little getaway, with only being a 2.5 hour flight from Philly. We spent 4 days with Loews Miami and it was amazing!

Once we landed we headed straight to our hotel. Our room had a balcony with beautiful ocean views. We had some rosé while we unpacked and then cocktails by the pool. Later on, we walked around Ocean Drive, the hotel is within steps of the Versace Mansion, then freshened up for a Cuban dinner. 

The next morning we went out in search for Cortadito (Cuban coffee). Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel for a day by the pool. Loews Miami provided us with an 'adults only soak cabana' for the day. Soak Cabanas come with your own private cabana, including 4 lounge chairs, along with a butler service from 9-6pm. We were sipping on frozen mojitos all day! I love how refreshing mint is in drinks. We ate lots of yummy food throughout the day including tuna niçoise salad, grilled octopus skewers, shrimp cocktail, baja chicken, veggie burger and more. They even walk around offering complimentary cocktails and beverages to try. It was the most relaxing experience! If you visit and reserve a cabana, ask for Paul. He was extremely kind and accommodating. We had so much fun with him!

The Loews Miami has several great restaurants right on site, along with serving Starbucks coffee. For breakfast we ate at Preston's Market attached to the hotel. You can sit inside or outside and have a view of the palm trees, pool, and beach in the distance. They offer a buffet or sit down dining. We chose to dine outside to enjoy the weather and view. Their avocado toast and eggs Benedict were delicious!

After breakfast we headed down to the beach. If you're staying at the hotel the beach lounge chairs are complimentary. They also offer umbrellas and private day beds, which we absolutely took advantage of.  The day bed was perfect to give you the option for shade if the sun gets too hot. They sit a few feet high off the sand and include cushioned pads to lay down or sit up along with an huge awning to hide from the sun. Similar to the pool cabana, you get butler service with the beach front day beds. Loews Miami sits directly on South Beach which has bright blue warm ocean water, just like the Caribbean. 

Our last evening in Miami we dined at another on-site restaurant, Lure Fishbar.  The restaurant's decor is a swanky nautical atmosphere with dim lighting. We started off with some cocktails, of course. I got the Sake 75 which was Tanqueray gin, Soto sake, basil, cucumber, honey, and Prosecco. It was beyond delicious! Josh got The 4 B's which was Bulleit bourbon, Brute Americano, Banane du Bresil, and bitters. We started with spicy tuna crispy rice, oyster deviled eggs, and tempura shrimp tossed in spicy sesame mayo for appetizers. If you know me you know sushi is my favorite food. So for dinner we got a Kenai Roll: spicy wild king salmon, cucumber, fried shallots. HellFire Roll: spicy tuna, cucumber, temporary flake, brûléed tuna, avocado, with kimchi sauce. Dynamite Roll: spicy scallop topped with spicy tuna, yellowtail, and tobiko and a side of the house fried rice. This meal was some of the best sushi I ever had and a great ending to a much needed trip! Thank you Loews Miami for an amazing time. 

For more recommendations visit my Miami highlight on my Instagram.

I have been wanting to visit Seattle since I was obsessed with The Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie in high school. The pacific north west always gave me that gloomy, cozy vibe from photos so when we finally booked our trip my 16 year old self was screaming inside. If you have never visited Seattle you need to add it to the top of your travel list!

We stayed at The Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel Seattle. The boutique hotel is in a dreamy historic building from 1901 that was given a luxurious remodel with neutral tones, and is decorated with local art! Our room was unreal. Super cozy with a king bedroom, spa like bathroom with a rain shower, big comfy living room, dinning area with a wet bar and great views of the water! Overall our room was bigger then our apartment in Philly, haha. The Alexis also has great added amenities. Bicycles you can take out for the day, complimentary umbrellas, the chroma spa, dog friendly, and they have parking.

The Alexis Hotel is in a perfect walkable location to so much! Pike Place Market, the very first Starbucks, Pioneer Square, with tons more restaurants and shops only steps away. The staff was incredible nice and helpful, they gave us great recomendations and made our stay enjoying and carefree.  We absolutely loved our stay with The Alexis Sonesta and are planning to stay there on our next visit to Seattle! 

If you know me, you know traveling is my favorite thing.  I look at it just as I would paying my bills, it's something I will always spend money on and I need it.  Over the last year traveling has been very different, but Pack Up + Go gave me a great travel experience right in my city of Philadelphia with one of my closest friends Jimmy! 

Pack Up + Go is a surprise travel agency.  First starts by you answering a short quiz on personally interests. (Examples; staycation, road trip, outdoors, plane, trains etc.) You will set a destination, a budget, and a timeframe along with favorite types of food, activities, and just the basics on how you like to personally travel.  The best part is everything is a complete surprise until your about to leave for your trip!  

The morning of our staycation I received a fun envelope with an itinerary for the weekend. To start we had check-in instructions for the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, we were welcomed with a bottle of wine and desserts waiting in the room. Kimpton Hotels are all over the world not just Philly.  If you ever get a chance to stay in one, do it, each location is so unique and beautiful! In our itinerary we were given our plans for dinner at Parc, a charming french bistro that Jimmy has never been too. (Parc is already one of my favorite restaurants in Philly, their french onion soup is to die for!) Along with tickets to a walking food tour for the next day. We explored different food stops in the city included a Philly Cheesesteak of course and ended at the famous Reading Terminal Market. 

Overall Pack Up + Go put together a perfect weekend for us based off the questions I answered before the trip.  I would highly recommend their service. Would be perfect to surprise a significant other, girls trips or even a solo trip to explore a new city! Thank you for a wonderful weekend, check out my Instagram for a fun reel from the weekend!


With fall approaching I have the perfect drink to have fireside camping with friends or even indoors! The marshmallows I'm using are infused with bourbon but you can use any kind you like.  Below I'm sharing an easy fun fall drink.


1.5 oz Coopers' Craft Bourbon 

1 oz Campari

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Graham Crackers



First I melted chocolate and crushed up a few graham crackers.  I dipped the rim of the mug into the chocolate and then immediately into the crushed graham crackers to garnish the rim.  Next I mixed to together all my liquids and poured into glass over ice.  Lastly I torched a few marshmallows until crispy on the outside and garnished the drink.  Enjoy!

Must be 21 to drink - Coopers' Craft 

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