OOTD | Pink Blush and Olive Green – California Casual

The weekends are made for relaxing and unwinding. 😎 At least that’s my motto.

A couple of weekends ago I got to spend a lovely Sunday with my cousin. We walked around downtown Disney, had lunch at Earl of Sandwhich, and spent some time people watching.

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My OOTD consisted of an olive green body suit and pink blush shorts.  Since it’s been so hot, I picked cotton materials to keep cool and comfy, and paired my outfit with a simple tassel choker and nude wedge slingbacks.

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No Keia La, No Keia Po, A Mau Loa

From this day, from this night, forever more

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Showing off my shorts

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My cousin kept it simple with a short chambray cotton dress and sandals.

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Hope you have a good weekend! 💕


XOXO

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OOTD | Vacation Vibing

Happy Friday lovelies! 💕  I’m currently wishing I was still on vacation or at least planning for one.  Why can’t every weekend be a three day weekend?  The 4th of July can’t come soon enough!  Hopefully you have some fun plans because I’ve got a little something up my sleeve for the week.  😉

Until then, I’ll just reminisce on trips past.  Here is an outfit post from a recent trip to Puerto Rico.  So exactly what does a California girl wear on vacation?  Well an adult onesie of course! (Better known as a bodysuit)  A fanny pack for all of her essentials and worn in comfy flip flops for all that exploring.

The sun the sand and a drink in my hand. Life is good today.

Beach vibes ootd

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Big hair don’t care

Lace Bralette

Don’t feel like going backless? Wear lace.

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Whoop! Guess all that hair covered the lace from showing in the back.

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FILA Fanny Pack

Yes, that is an original FILA fanny pack. Extra cool points for being vintage.

Pineapple pina colada

Make sure to accessorize with your favorite pineapple. 🍍

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Hope this outfit post inspired you, or at least got you vacation vibing.  Hope you have a fun trip planned soon.  Happy weekend! 🌴


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Galentine’s Day | Exploring Pasadena, CA

“Galentine’s Day?”, you may be asking.  What exactly is Galentine’s Day?  Well that’s the same question I had when I noticed that hash tag trending in IG – so I looked it up!

Season 2 of Parks and Recs can be credited for starting the trend.  Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s.  According to Wikia, Galentine’s Day is the best day of the year.  It is a day to celebrate your female friendships and it’s basically an excuse to pamper yourselves and have a girls day out.

Armed with excessive FOMO (fear of missing out), my cousin and I set up our Galentine’s date and set out to explore Pasadena.

We started out the day with intentions to do brunch at Urth Caffe.  If you checked out my ‘Breakfast in Southern California’ post, you probably have a good idea of just how amazing breakfast at Urth Caffe is.

Well, things didn’t turn out quite as planned and we missed the breakfast menu.  But that didn’t stop us from enjoying our “brunch”.  We ordered a green tea boba, morrocan tea boba (which tastes like a minty green tea), a chicken pesto salad, and sprout sandwich.

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Our lunch options did not disappoint.  The lunch at Urth Caffe is just as good as the breakfast.

Urth Caffe

Did I mention it was my cousin’s birthday?  The main reason for celebration of course!  (Although a Galentine’s Day celebration is also a good excuse.)

Following our lunch, we ventured out to old town Pasadena, one of my favorite places for people watching and window shopping.  We were pleasantly surprised to find an interactive art installation in One Colorado.  It was entitled “Heart Strings”.  Guests were encouraged to take a heart and write a message of love or declaration for an admirer and pin it to strings that were hung from wooden posts.

I was so excited when @EnjoyPasadena re-posted my photo on their Instagram account!

Heart Strings Pasadena

Following our stroll we decided to stop by POP Champagne & Dessert Bar for some bubbly.  It’s not a true brunch unless champagne is involved.  😉

We wrapped up our day with milky buns from AFTERS ice cream.  What is a milky bun you may ask?  Only the most amazing deliciousness wrapped in a donut!

Milky Bun Cookie Butter

At AFTERS, we shared a glazed milky bun with cookie butter ice cream and mochi.  Nom nom nom.  Let me tell you, it was delicious.

Oh, I almost forgot. We also managed to squeeze in a photo shoot before the sun went down. That OOTD post still to come. 😉

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4 Unique Hot Spots in DTLA | Music + Entertainment + Food & Drinks

Los Angeles has an endless abundance of ‘weird’, and I welcome the weirdness!  I like to think of it as being more quirky or unique.  It’s what makes living in LA fun and exciting. 🙂   –  So bring on the weird!

I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite downtown Los Angeles night time hot spots.  Each venue bringing it’s own unique eclectic touch to the table.  What makes them worth visiting is the combination of music, entertainment, food, drinks, and an overall awesome vibe.

Now, here is a disclaimer.  I’m using the term “entertainment” loosely, because for two of the four locations the entertainment is activity based – meaning, you entertain yourself.  So unless you are anti-having fun, this should not be a problem.  😜 

If you are looking for good date night spots or fun places to take out of town guests or just hang out with your friends, then this list is definitely for you.


4 Unique Hot Spots in DTLA


 # 1 – The Edison

108 W 2nd St #101, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Edison

Vibe: Sultry, sexy, 1920’s – I just drank a bottle of absinthe and am hallucinating about fairies type of vibe.

The Edison is every bit true to it’s 1920’s era.  The location was originally used as a power plant for the city in the early 1900’s.  Today, you can see the remnants of the history of the building as the the lounge integrated most of the historical artifacts of the power plant into it’s design.  The high ceilings coupled with the art nouveau and industrial gothic design make for a truly unique and sexy venue.  Transcending down the huge staircase you become immersed in the experience with the live jazz music, DJs, and burlesque dancers completing it all – oh, and let’s not forget the fairies selling absinthe.  You will think you stepped right into Baz Luhrmann‘s depiction of the Moulin Rouge.

This location is very popular on the weekdays with the after work business suits and ties type of crowd and even more of a hot spot on the weekends.  This is a great place to take out of town guests or business associates.  It’s an especially good location if you want to impress a date.  Sexy booths are hidden throughout the venue and advanced table reservations are accepted.  However, they do not offer a full service kitchen, only serving snacks and flat breads.  This is why I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this place to celebrate a special occasion.  It’s more of a, “let’s start the night out and to set the mood and see where things go,” type of place.

What you need to know:  The Edison is only open Wednesday – Saturday.  The location is hidden down an alley, but you’ll notice where to enter by the discreet doormen hanging out front.  There is a $10 cover charge on the weekends and a minimum food/beverage order is required for table reservations after 7pm.  Dress code is enforced with collared shirts and dress shoes required for men.  Check out more information on their website, www.edisondowntown.com.


#2 – Mrs. Fish

448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Mrs. Fish

Vibe: Edgy, glamorous, eclectic – If the show Empire married an aquarium, this would be their baby.

Mrs. Fish needs to be experienced in order to be understood.  Located in the basement of the same building that houses Perch, a long staircase leads you down to the surprises that await underneath.  The setting has a an intimate yet casual feel with a two story open air concept and tables and lounge areas located throughout.  The location houses a large suspended illuminated aquarium full of sea life which you just can’t take your eyes off.  The second story wrap-around balcony allows for great people watching and views of the entertainment.  Live music takes place in the center of the building, with low couches directly in front and high table tops against the wall and bar, allowing for great views throughout.

The food and drinks are phenomenal and the plates are served tapas style, which makes it ideal for sharing.  The music selection varies by night, from jazz to dance rock, but each time I’ve been, I’ve had no complaints.  This in an ideal date place or just chill out and meet people type of venue.  It’s somewhere you can share an intimate setting, people watch, and listen to music.

What you need to know:  Mrs. Fish is only open Wednesday – Saturday, with happy hour offered Wednesday – Friday from 5pm to 7pm.  Mrs. Fish does not maintain a dress code, but the setting calls for dressing up a bit.  For more information, check out their website, www.mrsfish.com.


#3 – SPiN at the Standard

550 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, 90071

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Vibe: Casual chic – It’s an adult version of 90’s cosmic bowling except for ping pong, with drinks, music, and alot of balls.

Glow in the dark ping pong?? Yes, please!  Talk about a unique experience.  SPiN refers to itself as a ping pong social club.  It is a place where you can chill out, have a drink, listen to some good music, and play some good old fashioned ping pong.  The location is more or less a medium sized space, with ping pong tables wrapped around a small lounge area which sits next to a bar.  SPiN, hosts a variety of daily events ranging from weekly tournaments to comedy nights and happy hours.  My favorite times have been with their summer glow in the dark events.  While glow in the dark ping pong takes place most nights, the special themed events encourage sporting your most awesome neon outfits, which people happily oblige.

Personally, I suck at ping pong, but I love going for the entertainment factor.  It’s great for small to large groups and fun date night place.  They offer both food and drinks, so you can munch off their big bites menu while waiting for your turn.

What you need to know:  SPiN is located on the second floor of the Standard Hotel and becomes a 21+ venue after 7pm.  The have VERY seasonal days and hours of operation.  Check their schedule before planning a trip.  For more information, visit their website, www.wearespin.com.


#4 – Arts District Brewing Company

828 Traction Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90013

Arts District Brewery

Vibe: Chill warehouse style brewery – If Dave and Buster’s and Yard House had a hipster baby, this would be it.

Arts District Brewing Company is a fairly new addition to the DTLA Art’s District.  The venue is really cool with a chill vibe.  They offer a great selection of beers, games, food, and, most importantly, tons of seating/table space!  Tucked away in a corner of the brewery is Fritzi, which sells the food for the venue.  The main bar area sits right in the center of the space, showcasing their in-house brewery barrels.  The bar offers a great selection of beers along with full service cocktails.  The venue itself is a huge warehouse with indoor and outdoor seating.  They play music, which adds to the awesome vibe, but still allows for conversation.  Skee ball, darts, ping pong, foosball, and cornhole games are available to be played throughout.

This is a great place to meet with friends to unwind at the end of the day.  This is also a perfect option if you are meeting up with someone for a first date.  You can start with drinks, and if things go well, throw in some burgers and foosball, and there you go… awesome first date!

What you need to know:  The Arts District Brewing Company is open 7 days a week starting at 4pm on weekdays and 12pm Sat/Sun.  I did see some families there when I visited, but it seems to turn into a more hipster crowd after 9pm.  There are no waiters.  You grab your drinks at the bar and food at Fritzi’s.  For more information, visit their website, www.artsdistrictbrewing.com.


If you enjoyed reading this post, make sure to check out my previous post, 4 Weird and/or Unique Things to See in DTLA! Comment below on any places you recommend.  Thanks for reading.

XOXO

Motivation | Take a Little Step


A little step may be the beginning of a great journey.


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Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Newport Beach, Ca


Do you remember when you were little and you felt like you could conquer the world?  Like anything you put your mind to you could accomplish.  If you wanted to grow up to be a superhero – you could be a superhero!  Nothing stood in your way.

I think that as time goes on, you start to become more aware of other peoples’ opinions of you and you become conscious of limitations, which hinders your potential to take bigger leaps of faith.  It’s nothing physical per say, but an emotional shift that affects you mentally.  In a way, maybe it’s negative thinking or maybe a break in your confidence or self-esteem.   But that’s all it is, a mental limitation which makes you feel a certain type of way.

Don’t let negative thoughts take up space in your mind.  You can still be a superhero! Maybe not literally fly, but you can do it in other ways.  Why stop yourself now?  Why not take that vacation, or make that move, or take that class you’ve been considering.  No one says you have to jump in all at once.  Start by getting your toes wet, then see where you go from there. “A little step may be the beginning of a great journey.”


 

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