new to newport

i hate giving directions because it always manages to end up sounding demanding (even with my soft+spoken voice).


swimsuit from & other stories

but i do know my way around newport pretty well, so here’s a few gentle suggestions..

to stay:

marriott villas


right by crystal cove state park !

or depending on budget, a friend’s couch..

to eat:

true food kitchen, gratitude, bear flag, babette’s, the beachcomber to name a few


matcha and strawberry freeze with a meet the source protein ball


I AM drinking sangria

happy hour:

zinqué near the water!



crystal cove and balboa are nice, but my favorite is victoria beach in laguna


just a few steps from the beach comber


yes we parked at the yacht club (:

touristy things:

while i’m not a huge fan of most touristy things, there’s always money in the banana stands on balboa


just watch arrested development on netflix


fashion island (anthropologie is a must) or via lido!


via lido is new + super cute

to wear:

a dress but always be prepared to need a jacket

other gems:

irvine farmer’s market on saturdays

crystal cove state park for hiking

grit cycle for spin


need another beach city? read about san diego!

breathe + repeat

i remember reading on some health blog a few months ago (sorry couldn’t find the article) that breath classes are expected to be a trend this year.

i remember thinking that sounds stupid that’s not exercise.

but recently, my opinion has changed. maybe it’s because working 40 hours a week is a lot on top of working out, cooking, friends, cleaning, reading, travel, etc but i find myself thinking about slowing down and breathing more.

this video really inspired it, as well as dr. libby’s book women wellness wisdom.

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what’s more calming than the ocean ?

why is breathing important?

it relates back to the idea of fight or flight and our bodies being too stressed out and thinking we’re dying. literally. people didn’t have this much stress until super recently!

in dr. libby’s book, she talks about how we want our PNS (peripheral nervous system) to balance with out the SNS (sympathetic nervous system) to be able to burn fat, be healthy and have energy.

being too stressed causes us to burn glycogen when we really want to be burning fat (because we all want to eat more avocado and almond butter).

breath work helps our body know our life isn’t in danger and helps balance our nervous system.

maybe this is why yoga has become so mainstream!

i’m not a doctor, so read women’s wellness wisdom to better understand this idea.

don’t forget to breathe and read about self care!

beautiful malibu

i spent most of the weekend in malibu for the prettiest wedding (and of course brunch). here’s some photos because i love dressing up for special occasions and also food.



weeee i love this dress from asos!



any excuse to wear the loefflers


stopping to smell the peony and appreciate that i am in a fairytale right now

normally i’m more of a breakfast gal, but sleeping in was so nice!



malibu’s coffee selection was disappointing, so we went to ten speed


always a favorite for the views at malibu farm


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want more coffee and food ideas? look here and here


self care + work

so i’m officially done with college! even though i finished a while ago, it feels real now that my friends are all done too.


just needed to show off my meet the source graduation cake

some things i’ve learned in my short time as an adult:

  • it is tiring. working 40 hours a week i’m super ready for the weekend. especially with graduation and a commute? bring on the coffee and sleep!

chocolate also helps with commutes especially honey mama’s

  • making plans is kind of hard. you really only have weeknights after 5/6 pm to hang out and not being a night owl, this makes the weekend most ideal for fun things.
  • rest is so important. i started having more of a sabbath a few months ago, but i look forward to my spa nights or days of only walking + yoga. the busy bee in me feels bad for this, but it’s so needed!
  • i still don’t have the answers. where do i want to live? what do i really want to be when i grow up? not sure…but probably la soon (: (:

since i’ve been so busy, i’m laying low, cooking, doing yoga, walking, and using some of my favorite spa things

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cacao dream smoothie for when you need a night in: homemade almond milk, zucchini + cauliflower, @vitalproteins beauty greens collagen, @eatingevolved coconut butter, cacao powder, @sunpotion he shou wu + mucuna, @wild_friends honey sunflower butter and all the toppings

also loving cocokind and herbivore beauty products!


i’ve been done with school for a while now, but i still can’t believe i have an alumni license frame on my car!




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it doesn’t help that people think i’m still in high school either..



my people


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pancake dreams

i don’t always eat pancakes (i always have breakfast) but when i do, it’s these..

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i mean is it saturday yet


2/3 cup arrowhead mills buckwheat pancake mix

1 egg

almond milk

1/2 scoop vital proteins vanilla collagen (for added protein and beautiful hair+skin)

sun potion he shou wu + ashwagandha


blueberries are also a great option

topped with:


raspberries (berries have lower carbs than bananas etc.)

coconut cult yogurt

solstice canyon aztec almond butter

*makes about four pancakes

i am technically pescatarian but i’ve heard so many good things about vital proteins i’ve been giving them a try and have been impressed! seriously still dreaming about the coconut yogurt + the probiotics!

not a breakfast fan? make this pizza here

la: food heaven

i used to really not like la, but all of that is changing.

yes, there are pros and cons, but the wellness capital is winning my heart.

why? here are a few reasons:

by chloe

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the sweet potato addict in me screams for this place

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abbot kinney (specifically the butcher’s daughter + erewhon but i’m dying to try falabar or plant food + wine)

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the shops are also great (:

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bodega is sightglass coffee by day, wine by night (aka my life defined)


sweetgreen is the health foodie’s paradise and on the go fav.


grand central market is slightly overwhelming but they have everything from falafel to eggslut (did i mention g&b?)

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a few more favs:

gracias madre (vegan mexican, need i say more?)

poppy & rose next to the flower market

the springs in downtown where you can also take yoga

republique just amazing. you should go.

any suggestions?

ca(u)li pizza

growing up, i was never a pizza kid. i picked off the cheese and ate the crust.

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this could be because i really don’t like tomatoes or just another issue with being a picky eater.

i’ve been wanting to make cauliflower pizza for a while and in the process kept saying “we will see if this works!” and IT DID ❤

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i didn’t document the process due to my surprise of this working so here are the spanish steps

crust ingredients:

1/4 head cauliflower

1 egg

2 tbsp coconut flour (mine is from thrive market)

1 tsp oregano

kite hill ricotta cheese

a little sea salt

to top:



eggplant hummus



brussel sprout shavings

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for the crust, blend the cauliflower in a food processor. then boil some water and heat the “cauliflower rice” for 4-5 min on medium heat. strain well!!

preheat oven to 400

add cauliflower, egg, “cheese,” coconut flower, salt, oregano and whatever other spices you’re feeling together. mix it uppppp.

put enough olive oil on a pan so the crust doesn’t stick. spread the dough and pop in the oven.

cook the crust for 35-40 minutes

while it’s in the oven, decide what pizzaz you want to put on your pizza (: i went for a savory breakfast theme (no surprise)

when the crust is golden enough, top the pizza and then cook another 10 minutes. i cooked mine longer with the egg, but you could cook the egg separately.

ENJOY and look at photos of italy.

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venice canals

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wear(ing) anthropologie

recently i was gifted a rather large sum of money to anthropologie.


faryl robin shoes, vintage levis, scarf blanker staples

this was great for multiple reasons, but mainly because i used to work there and missed the discount and had also been googling loeffler randalls everyday for a few weeks wanting some.

wear app which allows you to post your #ootd and tag the products teamed up with anthro. wear just launched in the US from japan and i’d suggest checking it out!

here’s some of what i got:

pom pom tee

loeffler randalls

cute blanket and throw


a new the dells ikat skirt

Joa top


at domaine carneros winery in napa

PO-EM dress


handmade dress!

i need more photos in all of these outfits!

also a lot of these things aren’t online, so if you want them check out the anthro in newport beach!

see more of my outfit posts on wear: @tessarutter

no passport necessary

a few weeks ago i got to go to san diego with some of my favorite people. it was so nice to get out of orange county!

of course we ate lots of mexican food, went hiking, drank too much coffee and stopped to smell the flowers (literally).

in carlsbad we stopped at the flower fields for a #flowerfriday.

we even went to communal coffee for sightglass and doubles as a flower shop!

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we stayed near the gaslamp which was great for walking around, food + more.

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on a dock by the sd bay

torrey pines state reserve is a great place for a casual hike and roberto’s burritos nearby are amazing!

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after we went to a camp themed restaurant, one door north, which was SO COOL.


in all seriousness i want to go camping 

the next day we went to madison for brunch. i’ve been before, but it’s so good i had to go back!

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we had the same waitress here and at one door north..

last stop: pigment! the cutest things and a mug that says coffee snob. i am not justified in buying that for myself..

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wearing doen overalls and my fav and other stories blanket scarf

coffee spots: bean bar with 49th parallel, coffee and tea collective, dark horse

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when can i go back?

i’m so excited to share a style post soon about my anthropologie and wear app goodies!

any other sd suggestions?