My Guide to Oklahoma City

Howdy, y’all! Welcome to my guide to Oklahoma City. It’s chock-full of my favorite places to hang, eat, sleep, and shop.

A little bit of backstory for you – I recently moved back to OKC (where I was born and raised) after spending 20 years moving around the Midwest and West Coast. The last 12 years were spent in Laguna Beach (psst – I have a visitor’s guide to Laguna too!) and Newport Beach, during which I got married, had two children, and pretty much never thought I would leave.

Well, we did move. And I’m not going to lie – it was a bit of a transition moving from coastal Southern California to where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, but we haven’t regretted our decision a bit. (Okay, okay, maybe a little bit…weather and politics aren’t my fave here.) Oklahoma City is simply not the place I grew up in back in the 80s and 90s…it is a community bustling with arts, culture, great food, and it seems a new “hot spot” opens every week.

As you will soon see, this guide is really robust, but I wanted to provide tons of options. While OKC is the 8th largest city in terms of land size (FYI – you could fit the cities of Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, Manhattan, Washington DC, Pittsburgh and San Francisco all inside OKC’s city limits), we find ourselves spending most of our time in neighborhoods close to the city center. I’ve broken the guide down by neighborhood and ordered the lists from coffee to brunch/lunch to dinner to activities/shopping to cocktails. I’ve also put asterisks next to my very fave spots.

Let’s get started!



Odds and Ends

1. Couple requests to have a stranger photoshopped out of their engagement photo. Hilarity ensues.

2. Yep. Don’t drink the cold brew past 4 pm.

3. Women speak frankly about sexual harassment in the tech workplace.

4. The White House wants the Dandelion crayon GONE. Ha.

5. My fellow Game Of Thrones fans – 7 storylines you need to remember before Season 7.

6. OMG. Those of you with kiddos who have issues tying their shoes? SHEER GENIUS.

7. Spend $160 at Mun Skincare and get a free $75 Ayour Body Serum for free. (Use code whoorl for 15% off!)

8. How to grill vegetables. Mark Bittman is the master.

9. Women in their 40s and 50s – the new ageless generation. Hell yeah!

10. Tips from a therapist if (haha, “IF”) Trump is driving you insane.

11. How the Left lost its mind. Hyperpartisanship is definitely a thing, folks.

12. Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year moves to Texas because he can’t make ends meet. SO SAD, OKLAHOMA. #getyourshittogether

13. WHAT. Food puns intermingled with states? #ilovepuns

14. This right here is the hat of the summer.

15. Make your dreams a reality. I loved this article.

16. New mamas, please quit eating your placentas.

17. I banned screen time last summer for a month, but now I’m considering doing it for two.

18. I’ve played this song at least 1,000 times this summer. Our love was real/Our love was real/It’s to hope/It’s to dream/It’s to heal

19. Gut-wrenching, beautiful writing. Wow.

20. Beastie Boys meets Sesame Street. Sabotage!

21. Before the Internet. Yep, pretty much.

Happy weekend to you all!

image credit: bonnie tsang


I’ve Found My Holy Grail SPF Moisturizer!

Since I delved into the green beauty scene a few years back, one of my most exhaustive searches was (“Was!” Did you read that?) for a facial moisturizer with SPF. You guys, that is one tough category. Finding a natural sunscreen that doesn’t look greasy or white or too heavy on the face isn’t the easiest job.

I had settled on Suntegrity’s facial sunscreen, which I must say, is a great one for long days at the pool or outside (it’s my sunny vacation go-to), but I always felt like it was just a bit too heavy for everyday wear. And of course, I want to wear sunscreen on my face every day…I mean, hello 42, not getting any younger and all that.

Well, cue the clouds parting and angels singing because I have found The One. The Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 by Josh Rosebrook. You guys, I can’t even explain how great this moisturizer is. It doesn’t feel at all like a sunscreen. Just the perfect amount of moisture with a matte finish on the face. No white-ish cast, no greasiness, nothing but goodness. And the scent! It’s divine. Look at the ingredients.

Active Ingredient: 12% Non-Nano, Uncoated, Micronized Zinc Oxide

*Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Shea Butter, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Almond Oil, *Grape Seed Oil, *Sesame Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Olive Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Broccoli Oil, *Calendula, *Bilberry, *Chamomile, *Burdock, *Rosemary, *Fennel, *Dandelion, *Rose Hips, *Catnip, *Chickweed, *Neem, *Skullcap, *Ginkgo Leaf, *Linden Flower, *Hawthorn Berry, *Green Tea, *Flax, *Nettle, *Sage, *Marshmallow Root, *Cayenne, *Ginseng, *Peppermint, *St. John’s Wort, *Alfalfa, *Vitamin E, ‡Candelilla Wax, *Guar Gum, *Gum Arabic, §Xanthan Gum,§Potassium Sorbate, *Benzoin Resin, †Carrot Seed Oil.

Cleaner than clean. I will honestly wear this on my face every morning until the cows come home. (I’m from Oklahoma and still don’t know what that means.)

While we’ve got the whole farm reference thing going, hold your horses. I haven’t told you the best part yet.

Do you remember me telling you about Beauty Heroes? The monthly subscription box with full-sized, luxury, natural products? (It’s only $39 per month and always contains at least $100 of product – it’s the only monthly subscription box I receive, if that says anything…) And on top of receiving the best-of-best products for a steal every month, Beauty Heroes members always get 15% off in the online shop, which has over 30 green beauty brands. It is SO worth 39 dollars a month, I promise you.

Anyway, July’s box contains none other than the holy grail Nutrient Cream and the Vital Balm Cream by Josh Rosebrook. You guys, a $115 value for 39 dollars. If you are considering trying Beauty Heroes out, I highly recommend doing it before July 20th so you can receive these two amazing products. (And truthfully, they will probably sell out before that date. Josh Rosebrook products usually do.)

Everything you could possibly want to know about these two products and Beauty Heroes is here, and please feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!