Last week, my boyfriend and I wanted to go to a new restaurant to celebrate my graduation. I always enjoy going to a new place in town but the one he had in mind didn’t have any reservations so we decided to go to Luma in Mt.Lebanon. I was kind of shocked how small the inside was but sometimes that is nice for a more intimate dinner. Since it is a little on the fancy side, right away our waiter came over with water in which they walked around and filled up once we got low. To start off they gave us freshly baked bread with oil. This bread was unlike any bread that I have ever tasted. It was SO dang good! We also both ordered a glass of riesling which paired well it. They had a decently sized menu but we happened to go during restaurant week so they had a special menu where you can get an appetizer, entree, and dessert for less than $40. My boyfriend ended up going with that option and I went with their crab cakes with wild rice and sauteed broccoli. For his appetizer he ordered zucchini roulade filled with prosciutto, .basil & fresh mozzarella with a tomato cream sauce. For his entree, he ordered braised short rib over romano mashed potatoes topped with a cabernet demi-glace. Lastly, for dessert he picked the warmed chocolate chip brownie topped with dark chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
I heard from multiple people that they are known for their crab cakes and I can attest to that because they were amazing! So if you end up stopping here, definitely try their bread and crap cakes!
This year for Christmas, my boyfriend and I decided to get a hotel room downtown and have a nice evening with just the two of us instead of exchanging gifts. I wanted to book a hotel that we normally wouldn’t typically stay at so we decided to go with the Fairmont Pittsburgh. After arriving at valet, my boyfriend checked in and to my surprise he had upgraded the room to a suite. After walking into our room, I literally had no words. As you can tell by the photos, it was absolutely breathtaking.
After we got settled into our room, I fixed my hair and did my makeup to get ready for dinner. We were originally going to go to a seafood restaurant but after we saw our room, we decided to go to the restaurant in the hotel called Floor 2. If you’re a true WLFJ follower, then you would have seen my previous blog post about Floor 2 from when we went their for our anniversary dinner. I am actually really happy that we did that because it was more relaxing. For dinner, to start we both ordered a glass of wine and the charcuterie and cheese board. For our entrees, I ordered a caesar salad with oil and vinegar instead of the caesar dressing and the crispy mushrooms. My boyfriend ordered the bone-in-strip steak. Everything was extraordinarily good!
After dinner, we took both of our glasses of wine upstairs and watched the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins game on the couch. When the game ended, we put on the new season of You which is where I soon passed out. I was so tired that he had to carry me into bed. That’s when you know you picked a good one haha! On Sunday, we packed up and went to the Strip District to grab some things at Penn Mac. That would be another fun thing to do if you decided to stay here. We were also right next to Market Square and just walking distance to PPG where you can ice skate. I really liked that all of the Christmas decorations were still up too so it was all super pretty! All in all we both were really happy that we decided to do this so I highly recommend it for next year!
If you’re not familiar with Lumaze, it is an indoor light show with over a million lights. They have interactive light gardens, lots of yummy food, holiday themed drinks, live entertainment, and even a market. They just recently came to Pittsburgh and I was so happy that they asked me to go! I was able to go a little early so I took my mom with me who had such a fun time! A few tips if you plan on going, make sure to dress warm because although this is indoors, it is still a large warehouse with little to no heat. I also suggest wearing comfortable shoes for walking because the ground is uneven and you can easily trip.
One of the food vendors that I favored was called Sinkers and Suds. They made little donuts with so many different flavors, I was nearly in heaven. These were absolutely amazing. If you go, order the sweet piggy!
They also have light bulb souvenir cups that light up. I ended up getting my wine put inside so it was basically like an adult sippy cup lol! But I thought this was super cool for the kids to have since it is spill proof.
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I am so excited to share my collaboration with Getaway House! This past weekend, my boyfriend and I went to Lisbon, Ohio to stay one night in one of their tiny cabins. We truly had the best time ever! If you’re not familiar with Getaway House, they just recently opened up a Pittsburgh/Cleveland location that have over twenty little cabins nestled away in the woods under a bunch of pine trees. I was absolutely shocked when we pulled up because the landscape itself was absolutely gorgeous!
One thing that I love about this concept is although it is similar to a campground, you still had your privacy. I also really liked how you didn’t have to stop and get keys, they just text you your code and cabin name a few hours before check in. It really made everything hassle free! Since check in was at 3pm we pulled up around 4pm that way we still had daylight left to get everything organized. It took us about an hour and a half to get there from Pittsburgh so it wasn’t bad at all. Just as an FYI, these cabins obviously do not have a TV which allows you to really relax without any “outside noise”. They also have a cell phone lock box that you can put your phone in for the time being.
It is a “tiny cabin” but it had a lot more space than I had ever thought. I was shocked on how big the kitchen and shower were. I was a little worried that my boyfriend and I wouldn’t have that much space but we really had no issues at all. One major thing that I loved was how clean everything was. For it being “in the woods” you definitely couldn’t tell by the inside. After we took some photos we got ready for dinner and headed to this really cool place in town called The Courthouse Inn & Restaurant. It was about ten minutes from the Getaway outpost so it was very convenient. They had a tremendous menu and I highly suggest stopping here. Your jaw will definitely drop when you walk into their bathrooms lol!
A few other places we also found were Pondi’s Restaurant & Bar and Shale Tavern & Grill. Both were only a few minutes away from the outpost. The little town that the restaurant we went to was in reminded me so much of Savannah, Georgia. In the spring/fall I am sure it is really gorgeous so walking around there would be something to do as well. If I am not mistaking, it looked like they were adding in more shops and even a coffee spot so that would be exciting!
After dinner we came back to the cabin and put on some comfy clothes. We unfortunately didn’t have a fire because we were freezing but we ended up streaming the Pittsburgh Penguins game on my boyfriends laptop so it was nice to get all cozy and watch that together. Some people have problems falling asleep without a TV being on and my boyfriend is one of them, so he downloaded two Netflix movies. Since I didn’t feel like reading my book that I brought, we fell asleep to the Grinch, which I wasn’t mad about it haha. I ended up waking up around 4am because there was a torrential downpour outside and it was so LOUD. Although I ended up falling back asleep, we both woke up around 7am and decided to head home. All in all we had the best time and both can’t wait to go back with family and friends! I highly suggest renting out one of these cabins whether it be for a romantic getaway or a friends trip, you’ll have a blast!
This past Saturday, my boyfriend and I went to Lumaze in downtown Pittsburgh. After hanging out there for a few hours, we finally went to Roland’s Seafood Grill.
I have been wanting to go here for so long now and since we were super close we decided to go. I ordered the stuffed mushrooms and my boyfriend ordered their famous lobster roll. My mushrooms were pretty good, I just am not that big of a fan of red peppers and the crab meat had a lot of it in it. I had a few bites of his lobster roll though and it was SO good. I highly suggest stopping by if you’re ever in the area. Here is their Lunch Menu and their Dinner Menu.
This past Saturday, my boyfriend and I finally went here for dinner. I have wanted to try this spot out for months and it definitely did not disappoint. To start off, I loved the aesthetic as it had somewhat of a rustic and modern type feel. To drink, I tried a few of their ciders but ended up going with an arsenal cider. For dinner, I ordered their BLT which absolutely amazing. The bacon was more on the sweet side so it really made the sandwich as a whole taste good. The fries were also very tasty and not at all greasy. My boyfriend ordered one of their burgers in which he also had only good things to say. For dessert we ordered their apple/ice cream option and it was so so good! All in all, I highly recommend this restaurant if you’re ever in the area!
Last Sunday, I stepped completely out of my comfort zone and attended one of my first Blogger Bash events. I had no idea what to expect, and with getting my IUD just a day prior, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to make it. But I did, and couldn’t be happier for doing so. I started blogging purely to share my love for fashion and to help others save some coin! But before WLFJ became what it is now, I started blogging on Tumblr. I was a junior in high school and just had my first surgery on my stomach. Since I was off of school for a few days, I was bored and decided to find a new hobby. I wasn’t consistent but every once in a while I would go on and share some fashion related posts. Come senior year, I had a another major surgery which in turn had me in the hospital for two weeks, and because of how invasive it was, I had to leave high school and get home schooled. I had teachers come to my house three days a week for a few hours but other than that, I was so bored. I was in a lot of pain for months and wasn’t able to do much, so that is when I dived in full force and started being consistent on Tumblr. For me it was just something to do and I would of never guessed that the blogging world would ever be what it is now. In 2017, I began With Love From Jordyn and if you would of told me that I would of been invited to a Blogger Bash, with over 20+ girls, that I have never met, and that I actually attended it, I wouldn’t of believed you. This event was beyond perfect. I met so many amazing women that were all so inspiring. The event was held at The Loveliest Coffee & Clothes and Glow Blotique. Both which were absolutely gorgeous shops. We all had our hair done at Glow Blotique and all of the photo ops were at The Loveliest Co. It truly is the most instagramable shop that I have ever seen. Florals were by @stemsfloral. They had all of the things from cookies, cupcakes, charcuterie boards, champagne, coffee, and tea. The food was by Mediterra, Becka Bakes, and Tasty Baker. After mingling for a while, we all picked out some pieces from The Loveliest and took photos outside with photographer Caitlin Thomas who is @caitlintphoto on insta! This part was SUPER out of my comfort zone because of course, all of my insecurities started running through my head. It’s one thing taking your own photos but it’s another having a professional take them. Caitlin worked her magic though, and I am actually obsessed with how the pictures turned out. After taking all of the photos, we had an Instagram Tips & Tricks Panel with Katie from @loveyoursocialmedia, Cristin from @gossboss_photovideo, and Brea from @thethinkingbranch. All of three of these women were so inspiring and I truly learned so much. It was nice to see women supporting women. Lastly, I was so happy to meet Victoria from @ohjoyfulday who made this watercolor portrait. I have wanted this done for years now for a few things that I have up my sleeve so stay tuned!