Are you ready for some pink overload? Below is my life – this is exactly what my last seven days looked like!

A few weeks ago, I was given the last minute opportunity to go to the Alt Summit in Salt Lake City with Wayfair and host their lounge on Friday with Maria. (full disclosure: wayfair paid for my ticket to Alt, I covered everything else.)

Um, could there BE a more Jessica-ish lounge? I think not.

So fun and fancy! Hot pink rules my world.

The lounge was themed for Valentines Day but personally? I’d like my house to look like this all year round. I must show you just a few of the things in our pretty little room…

Not only did we have candy hearts… we had sparkly jelly beans.

Okay, maybe not sparkly, but they definitely had a glistening iridescent shimmer. My kinda beans.

Pink pencils too!! I know some of you are pen/pencil and paper freaks like I am, so pink pencils nearly put me over the edge.

I wanted to steal these giant clusters of balloons,

inappropriately appropriate pillows,

and all sorts of fun pink things. I was completely losing my mind over the pink furniture and details. I need a room to redecorate ASAP.

We also had dinner at Sapa with Wayfair – I consumed my body weight in delicious sushi but apparently only came out alive with this picture of a cakelike mouselike cheesecake ice cream thing below.

I still have no idea what it is. It was just fantastic.

I absolutely loved Alt and it wasn’t just because of the overwhelmingly bright ornamentation.

But of course that helped.

Yes, that is a mini horse/pony/(I’m saying unicorn) rainbow piñata up there. Too good to be true? We each got our own.

And MORE PINK PENCILS. My life is seriously made. Except that I need a pencil sharpener. Maybe I can use a makeup one? I really want one of the automatic ones like I had as a kid.

I left Salt Lake City with a much clearer mind and psyched about the goals I want to accomplish. It sounds cliche, but I may not have felt this way had I not made my vision board at the beginning of the year and stuck to the planner that I still can’t get enough of. Dude I love that thing.

I couldn’t leave without eating donuts first. These ones below were from Banbury Cross and while sprinkles are my thing, that blueberry donut rocked my world.

I also saw tons of pretty things like mountains and snow. I think we had more snow (and definitely colder temps) in Pittsburgh – heck, I didn’t even take a coat to SLC because in my mind, I was thinking “40s sound warm!”

It really does. Still.

I have to tell you: Maria took me into this little shop and I can’t get enough of the jewelry. I bought this necklace and and a massive shimmery purple ring that I will show your soon. GAH. It’s so gorgeous and affordable.

{also I need that artichoke hanger thing in my life asap}

On my final day we had the best girls lunch ever at Tulie Bakery (most incredible croque monsieur of my life?) and I desperately wanted to take home a few of these croissants that were the size of my head.

The cookie was fab too… as was the mocha, now that I’m addicted. Guess I got what I wished for. Remind me when I decide to quit coffee sometime, because I’m assuming that will happen eventually. I just want to learn latte art at home. That’s all I’m asking!

Every time we were driving through SLC with the mountains in the distance, I kept saying to Maria “those mountains are fake. they are seriously FAKE! look at those mountains!!! No, do you see them? THOSE AREN’T REAL!”

My ignorance is annoying. I’m serious though. Those mountains are so freaking pretty and I will never get over them.

Um, you also need to know about this shrimp. On Saturday night to continue our food feast, Kelley made us this shrimp for dinner and it was to die for. We ate it with bread and it was so delicious that I made it again on Monday night for dinner here. (she also made polenta that was so fantastically buttery I can’t handle it.) Moral of the story: make the shrimp. Eat it with bread. Like lots of it.

Annnd that’s my week. I pretty much LOVE Utah. This was the second time I’ve been there in three months and I feel so lucky – now I’m just dying to take my husband. He HAS to go, right?

Speaking of conference-like events, in April I’ll be speaking again at go blog social. I did this last year and it was super fun. And I think early bird tickets are still on sale for another day or two? Anyhoo, if you’d like to come chat and hear me talk about life/embarrassing things/how to make invisible internet friends, I’ll be there. How was your week? Are you seven seconds away from ordering all that pink furniture up there like I am? Tell me. It’s okay.

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49 Responses to “Real Life Wednesday: Travels in Salt Lake City.”

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    JulieD — January 29, 2014 @ 8:05 am

    I can’t get over that pink lounge…so amazing! Looks like it was a fun trip!!! :) :)


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    Tina Muir — January 29, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    Wow! Can we exchange lives?! Can I come live at your house!? Everything about this post is incredible!!! Your house looks amazing, that cheesecake looks to die for, that sprinkled donut….dont even get me started! I just wana be you! You can have my running ability if you want :P How does 70 miles a week sound? Haha! Wow I am so jealous of you right now! Enjoy every second!


    • BathBubblies — January 29th, 2014 @ 9:32 am

      You clearly didnt even read this post… THAT IS NOT HER HOUSE.

      70 miles a week is ridiculously impressive though, way to go! Seriously, so awesome.


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    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — January 29, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    I might dislike the color pink but the theme of that party was fabulous! Simply loved the quoted used at the party and yes they are so true. I am drooling of your bakery experience, that mocha and croissants look amazing. Sign.. only if I could get bake good like that in the city.


    • Jessica — January 29th, 2014 @ 11:29 am

      dislike the color pink?! what is this?! ;)


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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 29, 2014 @ 8:32 am

    Love every bit of this!! And now I must make that shrimp. Sounds incredible!


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    Molly (Yes to Yolks) — January 29, 2014 @ 8:44 am

    Love that pink lounge! And that croque monsieur looks delish. Really love these posts.


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — January 29, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    OHMYGOSH. The pink. The pencils. The pillows. That donut!!! This looks like SO much fun, and what a great opportunity! If you ask me, there’s no such thing as too much pink!


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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — January 29, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    It looks like such an amazing trip! Whenever I see pictures of Utah, I’m in total awe. Do people really live surrounded by that much beauty?! I kind of want to move there and live in a cabin and drink hot chocolate all day. Because that is realistic.

    On a side note, I need planner advice!!! I feel overwhelmed!


    • Tieghan Gerard — January 29th, 2014 @ 10:41 am

      Ditto to the planner advice!! Seriously lacking in actually writing things down!

      i am wishing my life could look this bright and cheery! I need to add some color to my space!


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    Sophie — January 29, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    Pink and pretty overload! Love it!



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    Alicia Greenrabbit — January 29, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    That’s it!
    I don’t care if my husband doesn’t like pink,I’m doing our bedroom in pink!
    I’ll just have to get plenty of those make out pillows! Ha,Ha,Ha!


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    Tam — January 29, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    OMG I love love love all of that furniture looks like a fabulous time was had!


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    Robyn - bohobirdy — January 29, 2014 @ 9:51 am

    Do you think a blogging conference makes sense for someone just starting out? Or is it geared more towards people who already have established a sizable following? It’s kind of intimidating!


    • Jessica — January 29th, 2014 @ 11:28 am

      oh yes, definitely! even more so than someone who has been blogging for awhile.

      it does depend on the conference though. it is intimidating and many times, very easy to feel left out. however, it’s a great way to network with people and you will learn things – and it’s also nice to be able to talk with someone face to face who does the same (often rare) thing you do. as long as you go into it with the mindset that you want to learn new things, meet new people, and except some people to not be as nice as you hoped (ugh, it happens), i think you would enjoy it. the conference can be a little overwhelming, but even if you come out with 2 or 3 points to help you, it’s probably worth it!


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    kelley @mountainmamacooks — January 29, 2014 @ 9:52 am

    It’s always, ALWAYS great to see you. Bring the man, I’ll make shrimp all day long.


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    Emily — January 29, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    Do you remember those pencil cases from way back in the day with like 57 different gadgets?! There was a sharpener, obviously, but also a million totally unnecessary things. I think a thermometer popped out of the side. There were a zillion secret compartments to stick second grade essentials. I think you could probably use one of those in your life.


    • Jessica — January 29th, 2014 @ 11:23 am

      OMG yes. you are so right.


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    Rachel — January 29, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    It looks like you had an incredible trip! I can’t wait to start reading everyone elses posts about ALT which I am sure are no doubt going to start popping up in my news feed soon!


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    Maria — January 29, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    You really need to move to Utah. We had too much fun! Come back soon! You are always welcome! xoxo


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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — January 29, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    OMG – those donuts!!!! I don’t even like donuts that much and I want one.


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    Ashley — January 29, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    I love your enthusiasm for the mountains. Now you just need to check out CO!! I totally want that Let’s Make Out pillow. Glad you had such a great trip and that it left you feeling motivated about the year! xo


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    Megan — January 29, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    Ooh, come back to Utah in mid May! The weather is lovely, and the mountains are breathtaking. Also, the nasty inversion layer should be gone then too.


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    Trisha (Stew or a Story) — January 29, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    Sprinkles! Also, I want all that jewelry and also a trip to pretty Utah.


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    20 — January 29, 2014 @ 11:39 am

    PINK!!! I love it!!! I’d really like to see what you WORE to these events! ;)

    Those mountains are amazing…and you’re right…they look totally fake!


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    Natalie — January 29, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    THAT PINK ROOM WAS MADE FOR ME. Everything about it is perfect, down to the detail of the iridescent hot pink jelly beans. I would happily float away with balloons as long as they were that beautiful bouquet of balloons. Everything sparkly and NEON and bright. LOVE IT. There is never a thing as too much pink. I want your life just about every day, but this has put the sprinkles on top of the cupcake: I NEED YOUR LIFE.

    Also, are you kidding me with those doughnuts? Those are not real, they have to be photoshopped.



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    Amanda — January 29, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

    That lounge!! I need every single piece in my life. Especially that pillow.


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    Cindy — January 29, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    That pink lounge speaks to my girl-soul. LOVE.
    What a fun trip! Ever since I moved from the west to Michigan and back west I am smitten all over again with mountains. I am seriously obsessed. I totally get it.


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    B @ The Sequin Notebook — January 29, 2014 @ 12:28 pm

    That pink lounge is absolutely adorable! I especially love the Alexandra Ferguson pillows…I can’t get enough of her designs, they really add a pop of fun to any room!


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    Caroline @ Fighting For Wellness — January 29, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    I’d love my living room to look like that too! So cool!


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    Alissa — January 29, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    Love the pink, and I am not a huge fan of pink, but I would give anything for those pink pencils. I made a vision board, also, for the first time ever! I am finishing it up today, but I love it! It’s right above my work station at home so I look at it all the time! Love you post and you are killing me with the donuts!


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    Ashley — January 29, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    I’m one of the bakers at Tulie! And I got ridiculously excited when I saw that you visited that cute bakery. I’m glad you found a lot to love about Utah. I feel like it doesn’t get the credit it deserves most times!
    I live in the 9th and 9th area, and kept noticing (from Instagram) that you were in our neighborhood! I kept hoping I’d run into you so I could rave to you about how much I love your recipes. So since I didn’t get to run into you and say it personally, let me just say it now–your blog is definitely my favorite for great and dependable recipes (right along with Smitten Kitchen.) Thanks for all your hard work!


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    aida mollenkamp — January 29, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

    I’m bummed I didn’t run into you guys but it looks like you had a great time!


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    Alyssa — January 29, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

    I’m obsessed with Someday, when I have lots and lots of money, I will buy all the things I want from them and my home will be gorgeous.


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    Georgiana — January 29, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

    Oh wow, the room looks like made of candy, I would have a sweet-tooth all the time spent in there, I am glad for you that you had some candy with you, or it looks like from the photos. On second thought – the room reminds me of Paris Hilton. I would like to stay in such a place, but am not sure I would like my home to be so much pink, although I made a few rich pink pillows with black drawings to brighten up and girlyfie my room (which is mostly light brown and golden). You must have gotten there a great time! :)


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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — January 29, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    Looks like an amazing time! That pink room is spectacularly awesome :)


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    Courtney — January 29, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

    Oh my gosh! I am seriously in LOVE with that lounge. SERIOUSLY. Now I would love to recreate it in my spare bedroom. Any idea where I can buy the cute pink chairs and pink/creme rug? I wish I got to go and hang out in that room.


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    Emily @ Life on Food — January 29, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

    Pink Love!! How fun is that room? And that bakery. Total drool over here.


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    Erin — January 29, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

    every time you post sprinkled donuts, I die a little inside because Australia doesn’t seem to really do donuts. They have Donut King which is sort of on par with Dunkin Donuts, I think, but not good, fresh bakery quality donuts. It may have to be the first thing I do when I go back to the states


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    Paige — January 29, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

    I was born and have lived in Utah for 28 years and I still look at the mountains sometimes and say to whoever I am with “I swear they look like a painting sometimes”. They really do. So glad you got to see the beauty is our wonderful state. Tulle has something called a “breakfast bun” absolute best thing ever and the cinnamon sugar donuts at Banbury are out of this world.
    So glad you enjoyed yourself!


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    Kristi — January 29, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

    I would love to have a day with 40 degree temps! It does sound warm. I love those pillows. I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of some things.


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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — January 29, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    I want to LIVE in this post!! Pink and sprinkles and artichokes are my LIFE!


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    Mariah and Coty@quirksandtwists — January 29, 2014 @ 10:20 pm

    Loved reading about your trip! I found this post to be inspiring. As a fairly new blogger we’ve been thinking about going to conferences to learn as much as we can, but it can be quite intimidating. Would love to hear you speak=)


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 30, 2014 @ 3:20 am

    I love all the pink and I’ve never been to Utah. One of the only states I’ve never been to but now I want to go skiing! Glad you had a blast and congrats on your speaking gig at go blog social!


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    janmarietta — January 30, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    Several years ago my husband had a business meeting in Colorado. He wanted to take me and our two young sons along, but I thought it was a lot of work (packing,traveling, getting off of work, whine whine, etc. etc) for just a few days. He really pushed it, saying we needed to see the mountains but I claimed I had already seen mountains. Well, we went…….. and he was right –THOSE mountains are like nothing I had ever seen!!

    On another note, living with three men, I’ll never have a pink room. But I do have a fabulous “Pittsburgh room” here in Ohio!


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    HeatherChristo — January 30, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    So amazing. I have to go to that next year. By the way- I just went and bought the may-may calendar since the January is backordered almost until then anyways. I love it. Then that post took me to your vision board. And I had the same experience with my vision board- it is overwhelming when you realize that you accomplished some many of your dreams without really noticing. The power of intention is really strong. In fact I do mine every January, and have not yet this year. I think i will make it happen TODAY. Thanks J.


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    Lindsay — January 30, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

    Do you have any idea where those mini pinatas are from? I think that’s the cutest table favor!


    • Jessica — January 30th, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

      i wish i did. :( i don’t though – they might have made them??


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    Larry — January 30, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    I LOVE furbish!!! They might have the piñatas on there… and the owner of furbish has the best site, with stuff that totally fits all that stuff above!


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