July 27, 2015

BEST DAY EVER AT MANHATTAN BEACH

On Saturday, my room mate Carolyn and I had like the best day ever at Manhattan Beach. I swam in the Pacific Ocean for the first time ever!! It wasn't as cold as I expected it to be.

I still cannot fathom that I live less than 45 minutes away from the beach. Growing up in Ohio, the beach was always a 12 hour death drive away. Now I can load up a cooler at lunch time, chill at the beach all afternoon, and be home for dinner. #mindblown

I feel like I'm not even good at photography. Honestly, these pictures just take themselves. California is so beautiful that I actually feel guilty sharing this stuff. Is that weird? 

Anyhow, Manhattan Beach is a really cool & classy little town. There's tons of restaurants and the beach was nice and clean. Also, because it's located a bit more south than Santa Monica and Venice, it's less of a clustercuss driving back to Hollywood and Downtown. I'm definitely going to go back!











PS Carolyn and I are looking for an apartment so send us some good vibes! 

Where's your favorite beach?

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July 13, 2015

HIKING IN MALIBU

A couple weeks ago, I went hiking in Malibu at Point Dume with my friend Taylor. I don't even care that it took me two hours to drive back to Koreatown. It was absolutely gorgeous! These pictures basically took themselves. The hike was much easier than, say, Temescal Canyon. But would you look at those views? I can't even believe this is a real place.





Look at all those sea lions!!!! I want to be one.








I about shit when she climbed down that cliff for this picture ughhhhhhh!



We finished up the day by relaxing on the beach. Well, it WAS relaxing until some little girl kept getting sand on us in an attempt to keep the seagulls away from her open bag of popcorn. She was just screaming, "GET AWAY!" and throwing clumps of sand. Like????
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July 8, 2015

REVIEW: ZAKIA'S MOROCCAN GHASSOUL CLAY POWDER



Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder is a face and body mask made from Moroccan Lava Clay. To use, you just put a little bit in a bowl, add a little water, and mix. According to the packaging, the "clay infuses your skin with needed minerals while firming and improving elasticity." 


What I like about this product is that you can alter the potency of your mask by simply adding more clay and less water. You could make a thinner mixture to put all over your body, or a thicker formula for your face. I tried it on my face and chest and my skin really did feel smoother.

However, if you are using this product (or any clay powder for that matter), be very careful to add only a little bit of water at a time! You can always add more water, but you don't want to waste product. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way!

And although this product is a really nice quality, having to mix it myself is a downside for me. It's not that there's anything wrong with the product, I'm just lazy. I don't have a dishwasher, so every dish I dirty I have to hand wash! That's just me though.

This sample was gifted to me by Zakia's Morocco via Brandbacker, but all opinions are my own.
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July 7, 2015

MY LATEST SPENDER BENDER

While I was saving to move to Los Angeles I didn't shop, like, at all. It was really rough because I LOVE me some shopping. But since I just landed a great freelance copywriting gig for Marika & Zobha, I figured the most patriotic way to spend the Fourth of July would be to contribute to our great nation's GDP at Our Lady of Forever 21!


Since I got rid of most of my clothes, I didn't have anything blue or red to wear to the Fourth of July BBQ in Silver Lake. I also didn't have very many cute, non-slobby clothes to wear to my new writing assignment, so I picked up these dresses at Forever 21. I wore the gingham dress on Saturday night, and I just love it because it reminds me of Dorothy's dress in The Wizard of Oz!

Left to right: Gingham Fit & Flare Cami Dress (also comes in yellow), Diamond Print Tunic, Daisy Print Dress (no longer available, similar here)

Also, just sidenote: people bring their dogs everywhere in LA and no one cares at all. I almost stepped on some lady's Pomeranian at Forever 21. And I KNOW that thing wasn't a service dog (though it sure was cute!).


I also went a little crazy with the palm print at H&M. The shirt on the left is totally Hunter S. Thompson, but it's amazing and I actually nabbed the last one in the store. The palm dress was only $4 and it fits great. Then I picked up a black satin bomber, because it actually gets pretty chilly at night in LA and I needed another jacket option.

From left to right: Palm Print Button Down (sold out online, sort of similar here), Palm Print Dress (sold out), Black Satin Bomber Jacket (sold out)


Also, can we just talk about how Forever 21's active assortment is KILLIN' IT lately? I am trying to beef up my activewear assortment, especially because it's all about "being seen" while hiking at Runyon Canyon and stuff. I picked up a new sports bra and pair of shorts. I won't be wear the sports bra sans shirt any time soon, but a girl can dream...



I also got some new accessories! The Ohio necklace was actually a gift from my friend Alicia, who gave one to me and Carolyn before our move! I also picked up a bandana headband from H&M (for the Fourth of July duh!), star & moon earrings, and then these awesome party glasses from Hidden Treasures! I can't see in them but who cares when you look so awesome?

So, yeah, it felt amazing to go on a little Spender Bender and I actually didn't spend TOO much money. I mean, it's hard to spend very much when you shop at Forever 21 and H&M.

Have you guys made any great purchases lately? Let me know in the comments!

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July 6, 2015

WHAT I DID THIS WEEKEND

Hello buddies! Coming at you from my couch in my sublet apartment in Los Angeles! I literally can't believe that it's been a week since I posted anything. Carolyn and I moved into our sublet apartment on Wednesday and we've been spending a lot of time cleaning. It's nice to finally have my own bedroom after crashing on my cousin's couch for a week and a half and sharing hotel rooms with my mom for the week before that. Not that that was bad, but sometimes a girl has just got to be alone, ya know? Of course, the bedroom I am staying in belongs to a 5-year-old girl, so I'm sleeping on a twin bed and looking up at glow in the dark stars on the ceiling. It's pretty magical.


On Friday, Carolyn and I hiked Temescal Canyon with her mom.


After hiking, we drove to Hidden Treasures in Topanga Canyon, which is a really cool vintage clothing shop. Carolyn bought this really cool mirror she's had her eye on since January, and I got a pair of "party glasses" (image coming!).


In the evening, we drove down to Venice Beach for their "First Fridays" at Abbot Kinney. It's a really cool event they do the first Friday of every month, where the shops stay open late and there's a bunch of food trucks. 


Vnyl, a record subscription service, was throwing a little party with some awesome jams.






On the Fourth of July, Carolyn and I went to a barbecue in Silver Lake. Everyone was literally so nice and weirdly from Ohio.


Trinity, the hostess of the party, makes cosplay items and sells them on her Etsy shop, Merchant Heroes. She had on this Imperator Furiosa arm and I guess I was really drunk because I thought that it was actually a prosthetic arm and I asked her about it. Awkward...



Then when I got home, sloshed, I watched Bojack Horseman and took a bunch of pictures of this plant in our apartment.

Basically it was a really fun weekend! I'm really loving Los Angeles so far and I hope you guys like reading about it also!

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