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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June 29, 2015

HIKING AT TEMESCAL CANYON

Now that I'm living as an unemployed person in Los Angeles, I have a lot of extra time to go hiking. If you follow my Instagram, you know I went to Runyon Canyon last week. Then on Friday my friend Taylor and I went to Temescal Canyon in Santa Monica. Let me just tell you though, hiking in California is NOTHING like hiking in Columbus, Ohio. We don't have hills in Columbus. There's some ravines and stuff, but for the most part the land is relatively flat. So basically, we were in no way prepared to hike up the side of a mountain. We took, like, 30 breaks on the way up to the top of the ridge. However, once we got to the top we were rewarded with stunning views of the ocean, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles. 

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sweetfin poke bowl tuna seaweed salad

Afterwards, we rewarded ourselves with some poké bowls from Sweetfin.

A few things you should know if you go to Temescal Canyon:


- Parking is $7, but you can park on the street outside of the park fo' free
- Don't wear your freshest sneakers! The trails are super dusty and dry, so expect to get dirty
- Wear sunscreen! The trails are mostly out in the sun with little cover
- The trail is a loop. The portion of the trail on the inside of the canyon is significantly warmer than the side that faces the ocean. 
- The waterfall is all dried up so don't expect a refreshing dip :(

Do you like hiking? What are your favorite trails?

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June 26, 2015

GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP: ARIZONA TO CALIFORNIA

This is part 3 of my road trip series. Check out part one and part two!

After our long journey through Texas, New Mexico, and much of Arizona, my mom and I were SO HAPPY to reach my aunt and uncle's house in Scottsdale for a weekend of fun and relaxation. Scottsdale is not what I expected at all. It's very green and lush there with lots of gorgeous flowering plants and all the homes are stunning. However, with highs around 110 degrees every day, it was almost impossible to function!


When it's so hot all summer, having a pool definitely pays off. It looks foggy in the photo, but it's actually vapor from the misters on the back patio. They're supposed to cool outside areas off by about 10 degrees, but then it's still 100!


My aunt and uncle have the cutest little boy Westies named Woody and Lou after the Ohio State and Notre Dame football couches, respectively. The both have little collars for their teams and they are adorable. Lou is really outgoing, and Woody is more timid. The first night we were there he was just peaking around corners looking at us but he was too scared to say hi. By the next morning though he was laying in my lap while I was drinking coffee. I have a way with dogs, ya know.


My aunt and uncle have a gorgeous view of Camelback mountain from their yard. My grandma seems to think that the mountain is ugly, but I think it's cool. But what do I know?




For dinner one night we went to Frank & Lupe's and I had some incredible tamales. They were spicy!


Old Town Scottsdale has lots of cool restaurants, bars, and shops. We tried walking around because it really is beautiful, but it was SO HOT especially after eating a schloo of Mexican food.


There's literally a misting fountain to go stand in to cool off. It's just that hot!


The boys! They were so good. They really wanted to have their picture taken!


We had another incredible meal at Kitchen 56. I had a great turkey and egg melt sandwich with a salad. Plus a little hair of the dog in the form of a Mimosa ;)


After driving through the dessert all day on Monday, we finally reached LA! My cousin Jason and his husband Derek took us out to dinner at Quarters, a fun Korean BBQ place in Koreatown.


I've never had Korean BBQ before. They grill the meat right in front of you at the table. There is a lot of food, so if you're not starving I would under-order! We got a combination meal for 2 people and it was plenty for 4.

Also, props to my mom for using chopsticks!


After sleeping for 1000 hours, my mom and I went down to Venice Beach to have a walk. It was so weird, since this is where it all began for me 5 months ago! We stayed at Venice Beach when Jason and Derek got married in January, and that's where I decided that I was going to make the plunge to move to Los Angeles.


We finally made it to the Pacific Ocean after countless hours in the car! It was bittersweet because I had to take my mom to the airport after we had our walk on the beach. I miss her a lot, but I'm so glad we got to spend the week together experiencing an incredible road trip!


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June 25, 2015

REVIEW: TOO COOL ART CLASS PENCIL ERASER


The Too Cool Art Class Pencil Eraser is another product I received through Parcel Puppy, a service that links up international buyers with customers so you can get hard-to-find foreign beauty products sent to you! You can read more about Parcel Puppy here.

Anyhow, I sort of misunderstood what this product was so I was a little disappointed in it. This is in now way Parcel Puppy's fault, I had heard about it on another website and I thought it was a liquid eyeliner on one side with an "eraser" on the other side to fix mistakes. Because we all know that it's a serious struggle to get your eyeliner wings to match, right?


In reality, the product has eye make-up remover on one side, and a sponge to clean up any issues.  It does work pretty well. I had one wing going out of control and it was a cinch to clean up with the pencil eraser. 

Eye make-up remover end

Sponge tip

However, I just don't know that it makes sense to buy a product like this when you can just as easily use a Q-tip. It's a fun idea and the packaging it totally cute, but it's not the most useful thing in the world.

What do you think? Should I just read descriptions more closely before I hit purchase?

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