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Vegas, Baby!

25 Aug

Confession…I’d never been to Vegas.

I know, I know. I’ve lived in LA for 3 years and still hadn’t ventured over to Vegas.

So color me delighted when my family decided to make our first annual mini reunion a Vegas vaca. Woot!

My parents and siblings and I all live spread throughout the country, so we typically only all get together at Christmas.

Enter Vegas.

I drove, obviously. Road trip. Woot! And it meant I got to stop at Seven Magic Mountains- the cool art sculpture in the middle of the dessert.

Having parents and littles there, plus the bro and sis meant we got to have wholesome days, and scandalous nights 😉

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We also took a road trip within a road trip to Zion National Park in Utah. Yosemite still has my heart, but it was magnificent.

FullSizeRender2IMG_0501You know I also had to sneak away and explore the art district.

Honestly though, after a couple of stressful weeks, just being with the family is precisely what my soul needed.

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How to Make a Pineapple Collar Pin

30 Jul

So…

I LOVE collar pins. I just think they are such a fun and easy way to jazz up an outfit. And whats more fun than a pineapple in the summertime?

Here’s a video I just posted on how to make a collar pin yourself. Its super easy- I promise!

It’s also the first DIY I posted on my channel- so let me know if you love it or hate it 😉

You can get the pineapple charms here: Gold-plated Charms Yellow Green Pineapple Shape Handmade Jewelry Making Findings(pack of 15)

Road Trip to Yosemite

29 Jul

 

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Yosemite is one of those places that has been on my bucket list for years, and after seeing it, I’m glad it was.

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It’s very much unlike anything I’ve ever seen. With the massive rocks, big waterfalls, and trees for days, you really can spend days getting lost among its trails.

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Unfortunately, I only really had a day. Still, I managed to pack a lot into my short time there. I saw Half Dome, the falls, El Capitan, and the explored the Valley and its little shops.

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The toughest thing about the trip was hiking to the upper falls. Its basically like climbing a flight of stairs for 2 and a half hours. Couple that with the fact that it was about 90 . Or the new cupcake shop that opened in Old Town. I’m flexible 😉

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LA Arts District

18 Jul

Have I mentioned lately how much I love LA? There’s so many beautiful little gems, fun places to take pics, and little neighborhoods to get lost in.

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Palos Verdes Shipwreck Hike

3 Jul

One of the fun things about living in L.A. is that there are ton of new little random bits of history sprinkled into it to explore.

This week’s exploration was of the SS Dominator shipwreck ruins in Palos Verdes. The ship was marooned back in the 60s, and is now mostly underwater. But there are a few rusted pieces that remain on shore.palos verdes shipwreck Hike 3.jpg

This was not the easiest hike, as the trek is basically entirely across the rocky shoreline. But Palos Verdes is so beautiful, and the weather was spectacular, which alone made this trip worthwhile.

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There were tons of cool little tide pools, little crabs, and other typical beach side finds.

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The wreckage itself is not going to blow you away if you’re expecting a big pirate ship, treasure, etc. But there are still some big pieces that were cool to see and explore.

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That includes this big piece that looked like a giant fish head.

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And this one. I’m still trying to figure out what it was.

The whole hike itself only took about 2 hours round trip. There were only a few other people on the trail, so it was mostly peaceful. Of course, I did get hustled out of my water bottle by a random guy and his kid. What can I say? I’m a big ol’ softy.

The kid inside me is satisfied. What kid doesn’t want to go searching for sunken ships?

 

Riding the Rails to Little Tokyo

17 Jun

Sometimes, for kicks, I just hop on the train.

Riding the train in a major metropolitan area is an important cultural experience. Not only do you see the town from an entirely new perspective, but you get the opportunity to truly sit back and take in the city.

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This week’s journey was Little Tokyo. Nestled in downtown LA, Little Tokyo is a microcosm of Japanese culture. The food, the smells, and the shops can keep you engaged for hours.

But you know me, nothing was happening until I fed my belly. With ramen on my mind, I kinda popped into the first place I could find that didn’t have a line. It was My Ramen Bar, and it didn’t disappoint.

I ordered the vegetarian ramen, which was made with spinach noodles. All the other options had pork in some form or another, which I don’t eat.

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After a full and happy belly, I journeyed through the little mall, poking into a few shops and really just taking in the experience.

It was surprisingly busy. The streets were full and most of the shops were difficult to navigate due to the sheer volume of people.

I did manage to happen upon a few gems though. I found a wishing tree. 3

And several stores with fun little doodads.

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The best part was really just exploring the neighborhood. Hanging lanterns and music and all the different smells made for a really unique experience.

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Overall a day very well spent, and I definitely plan to go back. There’s a few galleries and gardens that I didn’t get a chance to see. And you know I’ll be headed back for lunch sooner rather than later.

Three Years Later…Hiking to the Hollywood Sign

17 May

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I’ve been meaning to hike up to the Hollywood sign pretty much since I moved here.

3 years ago.

What can I say? I’ve been busy.

But this weekend the weather was perfect, the calendar was clear, and all the other cards fell into place for the hike.

If you’ve never hiked up to the sign before, there are a few different routes you can take. I took the Canyon Road route so that I could hike up behind the sign. It gets you a little closer to the sign than a front hike.

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I decided to try and plan it in that sweet spot of the day where, perhaps, things wouldn’t be too insane with tourists, pups, families of 12, etc. So hike buddy and I went around noon. We lucked out and found parking right away on the little dirt lot just off Canyon Road.

The trail is easy enough to find and navigate. Pretty much follow Canyon and you’ll hit it. There’s a map right at the entrance too, to help guide you.

Despite all my careful planning, we started the hike before remembering to swing by Batman’s cave. These were the manmade caves used in the 1960s Batman series. I’d’ wanted to go before the hike in case I was too sore and tired afterwards. But we were already 10 minutes in before I remembered.

The hike itself is pretty intense. Its legit, uphill hiking in unrelenting sun. Fortunately, the temp was only in the upper 60s. I’d imagine the hike could be pretty brutal in summer California heat.

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There were tons of great photo ops on the way up. There’s a point where you can see Burbank and the Valley. You’ll pass horses and see stables down below as well. Its really a scenic and pleasant hike.

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At the top, there’s a fence keeping you from getting too close to the sign. Its also right by a police post of sorts. An officer came out to yell at someone for leaving their bike in the wrong spot, so apparently they really are watching. There weren’t a ton of people on the uppermost little cliff, maybe 10 or so. It was peaceful with amazing panoramic views of the city.

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After you take it all in, the trek back down is easy peasy.

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Of course on the way out, I got to play Batman in the Batcave 🙂 .