2017 Year End Recap | November & December

Wow, I am so behind. I never got to do a recap of the end of year for 2017 😦 Sorry guys. November and December were filled with adventures in National Parks and celebrations!

November –  November is my favorite month and is filled with celebration. Not only is it both of our birthday month, but it’s our anniversary month too! Every year we try to do something special and different for our celebration month. Last year, we went to Hawaii and spent a week in paradise. But for 2017, we decided to keep it pretty light and decided to spend a weekend up north in the Monterey Bay area. Since we are saving for a wedding in 2018, we wanted to do something fun and new, but not spend as much money as we did when we went to Hawaii. We planned a long weekend up in Northern California to check out the Monterey Bay area and to the check out Pinnacles National Park… cause you know us, WE LOVE NATIONAL PARKS! (Support your National Parks!)

Instead of driving up to NorCal, we decided to fly up to San Jose and drive down to Pinnacles National Park. We arrived mid morning and picked up our rental car. Since it was our celebration month, we wanted to get more of a special car rather than a normal rental car. If you know me, you know that my dream car is a Dodge Challenger! I know, so random. So we booked it, but unfortunately, when we got to the airport the car rental company had already run out of those type of cars. Instead, we were able to get a new Dodge Camero! It was actually pretty cool, but I was a little bumped that we didn’t get the Challenger. So, after we received our car we headed down to Gilroy to get some breakfast. Gilroy is such a cute little town. I’ve been to Gilroy before for the Garlic Festival, so I knew that this would be a good stopping point for some food. We found a cute little hometown cafe.

After breakfast, we headed down to Pinnacles National Park. When we got to the National Park, it started pouring so hard. At that point, I felt like I hadn’t seen real rain in so long, so I wasn’t that mad about it to be honest. The rain let up and we went to one of the trail heads. This National Park is one of the newest national parks so it’s not yet set up like a normal, more established park. The park really has only one road, but has some long trails. Since we only had a half day to explore the park, we did the Bear Gulch trail and some of the High Peaks trail. This trail takes you through some of the popular areas and through some really cool caves and you see some unique rock formations. At the end of the trail you get to the Bear Gulch reservoir and then after you take a part of the High Peaks trail to get back to your car. I really wanted to do the High Peaks trail, but its one of the longest trails in the park and we just didn’t have enough time to do it. Just as a warning, some of the trails are not clearly marked so just make sure you have a map with you and especially if you’ve never been there before, make sure to bring someone with you. This park is now one of my favorites. Even though it was raining, I think it added to the beauty of the park. Since the park is covered with rocks and moss, the misty-ness of the sky added to the environment. It was so beautiful.

 photo EEF33614-E0D3-470D-88E7-B55E8ED39EA2_zps5jxt7kuf.jpg

 photo DCE41469-2CF8-41A5-A3A9-88F729D1486E_zpsk7f8znbx.jpg

 photo FDF4D3BC-D033-426D-986B-6A4FB1CB876B_zpsis4ye7oc.jpg

 photo 1A6D66B0-1233-46B9-93FD-21DE41B48D99_zpsno1yeeoc.jpg

 photo 807EEC9B-EEE4-433B-969F-303BAD7C0BC9_zps9uidhovg.jpg

 photo A850E0C8-1938-437E-AB58-1A2F3ADCBF0F_zpsmdmqo0xf.jpg

 photo C6484941-24E1-45DD-9E6A-5E07AE260356_zpsdjq4eg0y.jpg

 photo 11629C70-284B-44BB-B97E-10A0E1D84265_zpsrwfzcwpo.jpg

 photo E0CAF79D-6758-4CE1-A490-1ADE36E85C66_zps36dsg5pq.jpg

After Pinnacles, we headed towards Monterey Bay and arrived in the early evening. After we checked into our hotel and rested for a little bit, we headed out to dinner at the Fisherman’s Wharf. We found this cute Tiki Bar and got some clam chowder, some seafood, and a fun island drink. Since it was a little cold, there weren’t that many people out, but ended the night watching the sea lions and exploring some of the shops on the wharf.

The next day, we headed down to explore the Monterey Bay area and Big Sur. We headed for breakfast at Cafe Trieste in Monterey. Its a cute Italian cafe and had a very filling and delicious breakfast. After, we did the 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach. It’s a nice and easy drive through Pebble Beach with marked stops and vista points. We took our time and it took us about 2 hours to do the whole thing. The 17 Mile Drive was so pretty and because it was a clear and crisp day, it made it even better.

 photo 369D35A1-0648-4802-A0D7-378E51B429AD_zpsbmcmmooe.jpg
 photo B6EF7F66-0012-4D79-8039-0AE713049648_zpszfhncpza.jpg

After we headed down towards Big Sur and our first stop was Bixby Bridge. I’ve seen so many pictures of this bridge and was excited to finally see it. When we got there, I was a little disappointed. I think people edit the pictures so much that it makes it look so much impressive than it is in real life. Granted, the engineering is pretty cool, but I was a bit disappointed to be honest. After, we headed down the Highway 1 and made some stops along the way to look at the beautiful views along the highway. We also headed towards the Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park to check out McWay Falls. For lunch we ate at Nepenthe, which was the cutest restaurant that was right off of the highway and had amazing view of the ocean and the coast. After taking our time going up and down Highway 1, we headed towards our hotel to rest and get ready for dinner. For dinner, we found a little seafood restaurant but it wasn’t that good… I was disappointed. After we headed towards Cannery Row to check out the shops and bars they had. We ended up spending the night at an arcade and played some fun games.

 photo 72A75D53-BDB1-4B74-9997-D7A858F4F78E_zps8ttjqvln.jpg
 photo BD9745ED-A252-45A1-9738-D055BEF4A61C_zpsrgjuydkm.jpg
 photo C9E976F3-4B77-4095-9619-F6EC0B833E1B_zpsv1v58g6h.jpg

Sunday was our last day in NorCal. We checked out of hotel and headed back towards Santa Cruz and towards the Mystery Spot. We signed up for tour of the area and was a fun spot to spend the morning. We learned about the history of the area and got to experience the “gravity pull” of the Mystery Spot. After, we spent the rest of the day at the Santa Cruz pier and at lunch at the pier and checked out the carnival games and rides of the area. Then it was time to catch out flight out of San Jose. Although it was only a weekend up north, we made the most of the time we had and saw a lot and had an amazing anniversary weekend.

 photo 28C35FA1-690A-4989-886E-608F2DA5C8CC_zpsklbhacus.jpg
 photo A7CECB2E-AC24-4DFD-92FA-C151DDBDE543_zpsqanjimce.jpg

The rest of November, we spent at Wesley’s parents house to watch their dog so we couldn’t go on anymore trips for the month. For Thanksgiving, we spent a night in Dana Point with my parents. We had dinner near the water and watched the sunset near the break water. It was so pretty. I love the Dana Point area and it’s s chill over there.

 photo 51860C55-3CAA-464A-A7EB-9453B610D234_zpseqeo3vav.jpg
 photo B241FAC9-7541-4965-AEAF-34B765E636DE_zpscygfd19v.jpg
 photo B412A44E-CCEA-4CE2-9C3B-442025A8D583_zpsvwkkn4l0.jpg
 photo 7A804CF0-DD06-4E27-9EDF-A0CD1D10E410_zpsbsscr64t.jpg

November was great celebration month filled with family and some adventure.

December – For the beginning of December, I planned a trip to Joshua Tree for Wesley’s birthday. Wesley’s birthday is technically in November, but since we had to dog watch we couldn’t go out to celebrate. We left a little early from our apartment and headed towards to National Park. When we got there, we got onto the Ryan Mountain trail… and let me tell you… I died on this trail! Although this trail is only about 3 miles roundtrip, the elevation is about 1,000 ft which is really steep in a short amount of time. But once we got to the top of the mountain, it was so worth it. At the top, you could see the whole valley of the National Park. After we drove all the way to the end of the park near the 10 freeway. Towards the end of the day, we checked out the Hidden Valley Nature Trail. We watched the Sunset and climbed some rocks. After exploring some more of the park we headed towards our Airbnb in Joshua Tree. I rented a small, but cute house in the area. For dinner, we had pizza at Pie for People although it took a long time to get our food, it tasted so good! Worth the wait for sure! 

 photo 446CACEE-C52F-460A-93ED-A7D29A158415_zpsttk230ci.jpg
 photo 7B899172-ED0B-400B-87AF-663D9CCCE3DF_zpspwlomgid.jpg
 photo 62E8F695-D059-41C2-865A-ED73C93720C4_zpsvuuo0jl0.jpg
 photo D0056020-2D47-4A69-958B-077B12E05B9C_zps9uhhoezv.jpg
 photo 10F3B5DD-E7F1-4B40-98E0-D95D7A0C434F_zpswp3lnmdv.jpg
 photo A0D1C22F-BA61-4C8E-8E8D-038B0ADB2AEB_zpslhywisme.jpg
 photo B3D546B1-11D5-4516-A8E4-326D6961FDB5_zpspbjmxw2d.jpg
 photo B95D69FA-19D4-4B53-9427-1462B41857F5_zpsl0kub8u9.jpg
 photo 9039567B-8DDB-4E14-8F2D-8523858EDAAA_zps54ancda0.jpg

The next day was our last day and headed towards the park to do some more exploring and hiking. We did the Baker Dam hike and the Ryan Ranch. Both were pretty easy trails. Baker Dam had a lot of water, which I was surprised to see. Ryan Ranch had an old abandoned ranch at the end of the trail that you can explore. After taking our time leaving the park, we headed home.

 photo 23B1530F-6DFF-4A76-B1B0-8BEFAA496D4E_zpsyn2pjtr6.jpg
 photo 07F2217C-0EE8-4E91-B57E-B7FB67C7DF63_zpsbzixz5ib.jpg
 photo AB8B139A-D05F-4627-B379-184FDD2D0DF7_zpsn6tvdasw.jpg

Later on in the month, Wesley’s company had their holiday party in Hollywood. We stayed at the Mondrian Hotel and it was so bougie! But I was very grateful to be able to stay there. We had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and it was so pretty! They had strung cute lights along the open air patio and had beautiful floral centerpieces. After dinner, the company had reserved an area of the lounge area and we enjoyed drink service and some good music. But to be honest, I felt so out of place at the lounge because of the people there, but overall it was good experience and I’m glad I pushed my self out of my comfort zone.

 photo C5DDE17C-B087-441F-87C3-083BFD94D09B_zpsfaz3oroa.jpg
 photo 3982E067-B35A-46D3-92E7-37913B98F9E7_zpsqgddwlzi.jpg
 photo 5CA78E66-728F-4BF2-90FF-B3F4E62E64E1_zps8dtamkmf.jpg

During the Holiday season, my sister was in town! I was so excited to see her! While she was visiting, we went to get my wedding dress!  A few of my bridesmaids joined me to get the right dress and I got it! I’m so excited for 2018 because we’re getting married at the end of the year! I can’t believe it’s happening! For Christmas, I just stayed home with my parents and Wesley and we had chinese food for lunch. A few days before New Year’s Wesley and I had an engagement party with our friends and family. It was fun to see everyone meet and get to know each other. And then lastly for New Years we celebrated at our friends house and counted down to 2018 with champagne and good company.

2017 was a great year filled with friends, family, and some adventure. I’m excited for 2018 and although we are already 2 months in, it’s already been off to a great start. Thank you for reading all of this and making it to the end! I promise to update my blog more often!


Current Favorites: Summer 2017

August was a little uneventful, although Wesley and I did watch the Hogwarts light show at Universal Studios with our friends… and it was amazing… we didn’t get around to do much during the month. With work and other personal obligations, we ended up staying at home for most of the month. So, instead of doing a monthly recap of what we did, I thought I do a current favorites of some of the things I’ve been currently loving.

 photo img-set_zps3c0ruier.jpeg

  1. NYX Stay Matte Powder Foundation – I picked this powder up a while ago on a whim because one weekend I forgot all my make up at work (I do my make up at work) and this was a great find. I have really oily skin and this helps keep me matte for the most part. Although I have to reapply, it doesn’t look cakey, but natural.
  2. Real Techniques Face Brush – I love dense brushes for liquid foundation. I wear liquid foundation everytime I do my make up, even if it is minimal make up. This brush help spread the foundation evenly and consistently without streaks. Also, these line of brushes are so affordable and are great quality. This brush holds up with weekly cleanings and it doesn’t shed.
  3. NYX HD Concealer – I bought this concealer the same weekend that I bought the powder foundation. I have heard a lot about this product and was curious about it. I really like this product because it’s not too liquid, it has great coverage, and blends in seamlessly into my skin.
  4. Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – I have a weird thing about my eyebrows. Most people say that I don’t need to fill them in, but I always feel the need to have them done. For a while, I was a little hesitant to buy this product because of the price point ($18), but one day I decided to bite the bullet and buy it. I have no regrets. Although you need a light hand to apply this pomade, it is amazing. It doesn’t move and it keeps your hairs in place. I absolutely love it.
  5. Tarte Tartelette Palette – My best friend got me this palette and it is so good! The texture of the powders are so smooth and not chalky at all and they blend so well. The palette consist of neutral colors so it can go with almost any occasion.
  6.  Aquaphor – This is an oldie, but a goodie. Growing up I had severe eczema on my face and legs. This product helped keep my flare ups down and under control. Although my severe eczema has gone away, I occasionally get flare ups on my arms and neck especially in hot weather, so recently I have been grabbing for this again. It helps control my skin with cracking and helps keeps it hydrated so it can heal properly.  (TMI – sorry!)

Podcast Favorite – Losing 100lbs with Phit-N-Phat – Yes, the name of this podcast is ridiculous, but I have been really trying to get into a healthy mindset about my body and mind. I figure, if I can listen to positive things about healthy eating and healthy lifestyle I too can be on the right track to a healthier life (kind of like “fake it, till you make it” mind set). I didn’t think I would like this podcast because the host, Corinne, is way over the top with her southern accent and her persona, but I’ve been really liking the “tough love” that she gives. She lost 100lbs over a the course of a few years and she shares her experiences and gives her tips on how she got in mindset to loose weight and how to do it right. She also calls out all of the excuses to everyone of us tells ourselves on why we can’t loose weight. Love this podcast.
 photo download_zpsyrkhmxco.jpeg

Music – I have fallen back into listening to 30 Seconds to Mars. Growing up I loved their music and I still do, but when they released their newest single “Walk on Water” I instantly was hooked back on to their music.

Thanks for reading my current favorites! Until next time! 😉

2017 May & June Adventures: Weddings, New York, Rafting, and the United Kingdom

May and June flew by so fast and so many things happened within the last 2 months. The last two months were filled with weddings, adventure, and travel.

May Adventures:

Sister’s Wedding & New York: My sister got married in mid-May in rural Pennsylvania. Wesley, my cousin Jillian, and I took a red eye flight from Los Angeles to New York City. We arrived in the city in the early morning and headed out to Pennsylvania. We arrived in country side in the afternoon and met up with my sister at the wedding venue. Since I was Maid of Honor, I had a day planned out with my sister and the rest of the bridal party. We got our nails done and I had rented out a home close by the venue. At night we went out to dinner at a cute restaurant that served country comfort food and had a great selection of drinks! Later that night, I had prepared some games for us girls to play and it was a lot of fun! We drank, danced, and had a great time.

The next day we headed back to the venue to help set up all of the decorations for the Saturday wedding festivities. The bridal party helped put together the flower arrangements for the tables and bouquets. At first, I was really intimidated, but they turned out great and we all had a lot of fun. Later that night more guest arrived and we had a group dinner where the parents gave touching and moving speeches. We capped off the night with some games of big jenga, ping pong, and cornhole.

The day of the wedding started off great. We finished off with the decoration and clean up from the night before. My sister and some of her other bridesmaids got her hair done. We all did our make up together and took pictures with her photographer. The time for all of us to walk down the isle. The ceremony was short and sweet and very romantic. After, we took pictures and had a delicious BBQ dinner. Finally, it was time for me to deliver my speech and it went off perfectly! We ended the night with dancing and having a great time! The wedding was amazing and a lot of fun! I’m so happy for my sister and her husband!

The next day, my cousin, Wesley, and I headed back to New York to spend the day exploring and eating pizza! It had been a few years since me or my cousin had been back to New York and it was the first time Wesley had been to the city. We had dinner and had New York pizza which was delicious! We walked around the city and saw Time Square, Rockerfeller Center, Radio City Hall, and had desserts at Magnolia Bakery. The next day we headed to the World Trade Center Memorial and explored the Battery Park area of lower Manhattan and later that day we headed back to Los Angeles. Although our trip to the east coast was quick it was definitely filled with life long memories that we will all cherish forever.

 photo CDE7994A-C64F-4E1A-9878-7DECB9BA6F2A_zps2vbr79nm.jpg
 photo 9BA65A52-C742-4A69-9733-A19C334411D5_zpsi4efhzzo.jpg
 photo E50839BA-AA69-4781-952D-B9518B08D8CB_zpsd8dlq7bv.jpg
 photo C7DA960C-D951-4F37-9415-68D75E577AC8_zpsx3akt46r.jpg
 photo 335114ED-CDFC-4759-99ED-F692893D04FA_zpsttjguvgf.jpg
 photo 7EEB7FE8-D826-425E-88E4-3C2BCEB2DEEB_zps9nnvcsku.jpg
 photo 6213AF07-BF88-48D3-9470-E267A369D761_zpsd03lg1lj.jpg
 photo 5D709D68-C084-4188-AD94-553DD962D047_zpslvi3nnzh.jpg
 photo 63CBC0EC-4BE2-447E-A4C0-57496841E084_zpsi6zwx6jy.jpg
 photo 43EB9571-98B9-4264-A6B9-363C96142790_zpsc9ixsvz9.jpg
 photo 5EE3DE91-3DF7-42D9-BED8-F599C2EF9118_zpseo09wctd.jpg

Kern River Rafting: Wesley and I were invited to go camping and rafting over Memorial Day weekend. We met up with our friends Friday night and set up camp at our first campsite. The next morning we moved to another campsite. This place was awesome! They had great showers and bathrooms! I’m easily amused… can’t you tell. The rest of the day we spent watching the Kern River and relaxing. On Sunday, we prepared ourselves for a few hours of rafting. At first, I was a little scared, but very excited. In the mid afternoon we were off to our adventure. That weekend, the water was at 6,000 CFS, which is apparently really high. The rapids were a bit rough, but it added to experience. We were tossed around a little bit, but with our amazing guide we made it out unhurt and alive. It was a great adventure and we were all glad we made it safe. I’m so glad that our friends invited us out and we got to do another first with them.

 photo 3925AB07-187E-4293-B6A6-ECEBF26FCA64_zps1b5fmvbr.jpg
 photo F595BCBD-958E-45C4-8A56-6D237D6768EF_zpskwsglz9k.jpg
 photo 660099AA-3B94-4F4D-8D10-AE0B82220D82_zpsog3z1ek6.jpg
 photo 0761163A-D662-4523-9235-97A8DFF402E2_zpsfvqimvuf.jpg
 photo E09CB09D-681C-4734-A342-14A8C7B3738B_zpsknijeo5o.jpg
 photo A35DA7C3-571A-4B02-A494-C7DFE4C5AB4B_zpsn2g7ljve.jpg

June Adventures

United Kingdom | London, Whichurch, and Endiburgh

In early June, Wesley and I were off to London. We headed to the United Kingdom for my cousin’s wedding and to take a little vacation as well. We landed in London late Saturday night and we stayed in the Camden neighborhood through Airbnb. Our host were amazing and we stayed in the cutest little studio flat. Everything in the flat was just perfect. On Sunday, we spent the day exploring London. It was the first time Wesley had been to the UK, but it was the third time that I had gone and I wanted to plan the perfect time for him out in London. During our first official day, we went to see Buckingham Palace. It was nice because they had closed off the “Mall” area leading up to the palace to cars and were able to walk in the street. It was nice because the streets were lined with the union jack, It just added to the atmosphere. Next we headed towards to Churchill War Room and walked near the the River Thames and enjoyed the scenery of Big Ben, Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. We ended the night with a beautiful sunset and the Millennium Eye.
 photo D39C50AB-F536-4321-BE07-5C82A9CC8D7B_zpsjeux8kcd.jpg
 photo 9021D336-1CE5-4223-A38E-F4A972C8EFC6_zpsbkkawwog.png
 photo A77967E1-9C69-4943-9356-A05FDA8A0A54_zpstd85cyvl.jpg

The next day, we started off visiting Westminster Abbey and toured ourselves around the historic place. After, we headed towards Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. We spent a few hours exploring the area and learned of the rich history of the those establishments. We ended up walking along the River Thames down near the Millennium Bridge towards Saint Paul’s cathedral. At night we decided to explore the Camden neighborhood and have fish and chips. It was nice because it was walking distance to our flat.
 photo AAFADF9E-EE80-4C67-93FA-628DD1F4DEA8_zpsqop0ngt6.jpg
 photo 744AAB63-6DEE-41B9-9CEF-7F6F165901BF_zpsldqqis2m.jpg
 photo CAEA0F3C-FC84-43BA-B373-EA183D59CD1A_zpsnvna6w1x.jpg
 photo 1B2B68E8-17D7-4EE2-980D-7293C3800D7B_zpsstrlnyve.jpg

On Tuesday, we joined a bus tour to Stonehenge and the city of Bath. We arrived at Stonehenge first and we were greeted with beautiful warm weather. We got explore the area for almost 2 hours. Neither of us had been there and we were so happy to explore it together. After we explored Stonehenge, we headed towards Bath and got to explore the old Roman Baths. After we had lunch and walked around the old city. The city was very romantic and I just wish we were able to spend more time exploring. We headed back to London and had a low key dinner at Nandos! (Which I loved, but tasted like El Pollo Loco… which I am not putting down!)
 photo 9FDC189D-E261-40BC-A3EF-43BA03AF932D_zps8tnvbcmu.jpg
 photo AB6AFD70-3945-42F3-991C-DB6386CB121E_zpszmfyi5vi.jpg

Wednesday we spent the morning at the British Museum. We both like museums but especially museums that have sculptures and mummys! After spending the morning viewing exhibits we decided to explore Oxford street and spend the rest of the day doing some light shopping. At night we decided to have dinner near the River Thames and walked to Tower Bridge and watched a sunset with London as the background. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end our stay in London.
 photo 586915C8-26F1-4D48-A451-4E00D4E6AA7C_zps96zwa5sx.jpg
 photo B22B46E5-2A6B-416D-A9C9-8FA2CF1490E4_zpsb4dwvogm.jpg
 photo 729C031C-F9A8-464C-B7D6-AC2BA06BB3F5_zpsewnzbrgy.jpg

The next day, we headed up to Manchester to meet up with my relatives. After resting for a few hours, my cousin and his wife took Wesley and I out to dinner and drinks in Manchester. The next day we headed out to the English country side to spend the weekend celebrating my cousin’s wedding. The venue where my cousin go married was so beautiful. She got married near Dearford Lake out near Wales. It was a romantic setting and ceremony. We spent the rest of the night of the wedding enjoying music, food, and company with my family. We stayed over night and stayed in nice canvas tents. Now we can check off the box that we camped in the UK. The next day we headed back to the Manchester area and took it easy for the night. On our last day of our UK trip, we decided to head up Edinburgh in Scotland. We took the train up to the city and stayed there for the day. We walked up and down the Royal Mile and admired the achitecture of the city. We spent a few hours a the National Scotland Museum. After we decided to have lunch along the Royal Mile and just take our time through the city. Before we knew it, we were heading back to Manchester.
 photo 58097318-7D39-4626-8A3A-2CF1232AAE80_zpsbpyayk2i.jpg
 photo 2E3EF211-6532-4A10-9372-2FC2D75E2912_zpsppfuzdxf.jpg
 photo 02992F9A-15A5-43E8-9A93-C760A530D025_zpsanzb94te.jpg
 photo 0FAC1484-EEAC-4E2F-AD59-B7BAA899ABAF_zpsgvusizl8.jpg
 photo 1E638E16-16BE-4D58-A446-956FD8887F24_zpsh4zeoeni.jpg
 photo 63B115B7-17C7-4118-BE3C-38840FCBE8E5_zpseoyzcu8y.jpg
 photo A56359D5-5E43-4935-8281-AD629127BE1F_zpsjng3nxpv.jpg
 photo 6FFAF3F0-8254-4C0E-B96E-6BE81E0DF1EA_zpsv8tjgauz.jpg
 photo EA08997D-FE1A-4EC5-AE4F-26C50CE7B83A_zpslkx2og3d.jpg

And just like that, our trip to the UK was over. This trip was a great getaway for the both of us and I am so thankful for my relatives for taking amazing care of Wesley and I.


Travel Video | Yosemite National Park


2017 March Adventures: Joshua Tree Dry Lake, “See you later”, & Yosemite

Can you believe March is nearly over?! It went by so quickly! March was a fun-filled month. It was filled with some emotional highs and definite emotional lows, with a close friend moving all the way across the globe. Also, this month truly kicked off the next couple of months I have ahead, since April, May, and June will be quite hectic. So let’s delve into to the month of March.

Joshua Tree Camping: The month of March started off with a good old camping trip to Joshua Tree… yes, again. I can’t get enough of this place… can’t you tell? My fiance and I went camping with the same group of friends. We spent the days hanging out and enjoying the environment around us and the night exchanging stories around a camp fire. It’s always great starting off the month camping and disconnecting from the real world for a weekend.

 photo E3407987-79B7-46B5-9ED4-FFE7131C85C7_zpsfse726ey.jpg
 photo B359E288-5B92-454E-8A43-E727A1CC4A4B_zpsmdc3huri.jpg
 photo D40DCBF3-8F90-4362-8E78-834EBF3A34FA_zpsabvfqtpa.jpg

Not Saying “Goodbye”, but “See you soon”: One of my good friends from middle school moved to Australia this month for an indefinite amount of time. Her family threw her a going away party and a bunch of us got together to celebrate her new chapter with her. I’m so excited for her to start this new adventure, but at the same time I was sad to see her go. Naturally, I nearly cried… I’m such a baby. But I know that I will see her in the near future. And now that it is so easy to connect with friends across the globe, I know that we will still stay close.
 photo A7782791-87E3-4BA8-9CEF-3695CF4C807D_zpsiq2rgapm.jpg

Yosemite National Park: This past weekend, Wesley and I went to visit Yosemite National Park. We have both been before with family, but never have visited it together. We left the LA area early around 6:00 AM and headed out to the National Park. When we entered the park, it still took us almost an hour to get to the valley floor, but it was well worth it. We drove through the tunnel that leads into the valley and my jaw dropped. The view you see instantly takes your breathe away. The shear magnitude of the beauty of Half Dome, El Capitan, and the cascading waterfalls are so picturesque. We did a few hikes within the valley floor and I was in awe of the environment I was immersed in. After a long day of sightseeing we checked into our tent/cabin at Half Dome Village. Since we knew that it was going to be cold at night, we opted for a heated tent… which I highly recommend if you are staying there during Winter… even though it’s already Spring, it was still a bit nippy. Our tent was nice and cozy and just perfect for our stay. We had dinner and the hall within the village and enjoyed the free wifi and just hung out there for the rest of the night. The next day we woke up in the valley floor, which was pretty cool. We had breakfast again in the hall. The nice thing about staying within the National Park was that we could take our time leaving the park and we were able to enjoy the views just a little bit longer. Before we left the park, we did one more small hike to Bridalveil Falls and then we were off and headed back home.

 photo 3609A9F5-64E4-4485-91F1-F5B469CE9EC2_zpsbchmgetv.jpg
 photo 3A22920B-7C32-465C-9250-3E522B025C8E_zpsg8vboktr.jpg
 photo 874C2806-651C-4124-AB1F-7B4960BC3B3A_zpsgcuhnheb.jpg
 photo F52197F6-ED50-450D-AA61-E3F2CE414665_zpstgzjetd8.jpg
 photo D717EFF8-0E42-402A-AB44-BEEDA518234E_zpsjagpe32g.jpg

March was a great month and I know that the months are just going to get busier and go by quicker, but I’m not complaining! I’m really excited for the next couple of months. I’ll be sure to keep updating my blog! Thanks for reading and remember to stay curious and keep exploring!


2017 January & February Adventures: Joshua Tree, Hiking, Lake Arrowhead, & Las Vegas

The first 2 months of 2017 have been so much fun and have really set the tempo for adventure! I thought I would start a new series where I would recap at the end of each month on some of the adventures I went on throughout the month.


Joshua Tree: My fiance and I started off the year camping in Joshua Tree with a bunch of friends. It was a great way to start of the new year. We spent two days enjoying the scenery and relaxing with our friends.
 photo IMG_5392_zpsjpry1rng.jpg

Malibu Creek State Park: One weekend Wesley and I wanted to go hiking in a new area that we’ve never been to. I saw this hike and it looked interesting because they filmed the tv show MASH at the end of the trail. It was a pretty easy hike, but it was a little long, but very manageable. After, we decided to drive around PCH and enjoy the breeze from the coast. It was a nice short getaway for the both of us.

 photo IMG_5417_zpstthmpkhm.jpg
 photo IMG_5445_zpsssnbxit4.jpg
 photo 80B04C93-2797-41E0-8C45-2F691AF35F4C_zps139xakjm.jpg


Lake Arrowhead: At the beginning of February my fiance and I went out to Lake Arrowhead with some of our oldest friends from high school. We rented a condo for the weekend and spent the weekend bonding, relaxing, and reconnecting with our friends.

 photo 80A128E5-8AC9-412A-B8CA-C695C5965B2B_zpszeki0zyg.jpg
 photo 5C62B5C4-B3DD-4964-AB47-3B237A7EB650_zpsg2565cip.jpg

Las Vegas: Wesley and I were invited were to Vegas to watch Elton John with a few of our other friends. We hadn’t been to Vegas a while and nice getaway with friends. We saw Elton John the first day we arrived and he was amazing. He was so entertaining to watch and we were all in awe of a legend. After went through of some of the casino and just hung out and had a fun time. The next day we went to Top Golf and spent the afternoon there and ended the night at Ceasars. Vegas was a great way to unwind with our friends.
 photo IMG_5613_zpsv4ndetsx.jpg
 photo IMG_5654_zpsjimapuhh.jpg

These past two months we spent a lot of time bonding and reconnecting with friends. Hopefully March will be filled with just as much fun as these past two months.


dear 2016

2016 was an amazing year. I decided to make a quick recap of last year. hope you enjoy! 🙂 and I promise, I’ll update this blog soon! I can’t wait to get into blogging again. It’s been a while.


Current Favorites

Since I don’t really change up my daily routine too much to do Monthly Favorites, I thought I’d share my current favorites with you all.
 photo tumblr_o5g6xm2VwZ1qzk2k3o1_1280_zps2nhzmqf2.jpg

1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation – I have mentioned this product more than a few times on this blog, but I love it so much. For me, it is a tried and true product that I know I can depend on if I want good and lasting coverage. This product feels light on the face, but still gives great full coverage. What I like the most about this product is that it blends so well into your skin and looks natural. For this product, you push your brush into the netting of the product and blend in with a thick make up brush.

2. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – This was one of my first Urban Decay products that I have bought. I was tempted to buy one of the Naked Palette, but I didn’t want to commit to buying a $50 palette, so I thought this product was a great alternative. I think this product lives up to it’s name of being a great basic palette. The eyeshadows blend really well and is a great palette to use as a neutral palette.

3. Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo – I know that there is a huge trend right now of not washing your hair everyday, but I am not a true follower of this trend. I get really self conscious about not washing my hair everyday because I feel like my hair gets oily quickly. But there are some days where I get lazy and don’t want to wash my hair. On those days, I reach for this dry shampoo. This dry shampoo does not leave a white cast like most other products and it really helps absorb the oils from your hair and it smells amazing. I section off my hair and spray directly into my roots and rub and brush into my hair and it last all day.

4. Adidas Thunder Sackpack – I have had this backpack for a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve really appreciated it. I bought this backpack while I was on vacation in Quebec City. What I love about this product is that it is great quality for the price that it is. This bag retails for $17, which i think is a bargain for Adidas. This backpack has a great soft material inside the pack and has convenient zippers to hold all of your stuff. I have had it for nearly a year now and it is still holding up well.

5. NYX Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade – I have been a lover of the ELF eyebrow gel, but I wanted to try something similar but different. This product has great pigmentation , but still gives a natural look. This product really controls your hair and gives you a sharp finish to your brows.

6. Nike Roshe Run – These were my first Nike purchases ever! I have had these for a few years, but I recently fell back in love with these shoes. Wearing these shoes feel like walking on clouds and are so comfortable to wear. If you need good support to your arches, these are great because of the thick soles of the shoe. I love running and trail hiking in these shoes. The only down side to these shoes are trying to keep it clean, but that’s ok because you can just wipe it down and it’ll be good as new. I have two pairs of Roshe Run, but I hope to grow my collection.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading! 🙂


Book Review: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Let me just say this first, I don’t usually read books… I listen to them on through Audible on my phone on my way to work, at work, and on my way home from work. If that offends anyone, I’m not sorry.

Anyways, I recently finished listening to #Girlboss by Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso. I was never a huge fan of Nasty Gal, but I was intrigued with this book because of the name of the book, #Girlboss. Even by the title, I knew that this book would have empowering topics about being a successful and independent woman. I absolutely love this book. Sophia is such an inspiring woman. This book is about Sophia Amoruso and her wild spirit and how she started her successful business, Nasty Gal out of her love for vintage clothing. She gives great detail of every aspect of her triumphs and defeats on how she started her business and how she found herself and stayed true to herself.

One thing that I really took away from this book is to stay true to yourself and that being your weird self is just fine. She emphasizes that being true to yourself can lead to great success in terms of self happiness and possibly financially. She states that you need to find what you really want to achieve in life and go for it. Sophia wants readers to take away that every girl deserves to be confident with themselves. She also states that being kind to yourself and to others will get you far, of course if the person really deserves to chewed out… then  it’s fine to be mean. haha. At least that I what I got out of it.

Finally, I really appreciated this book and found it really empowering to know that I have the ability to take control of my life and to do what I want to do. Nothing can hold me back. Also, knowing that I took risk will be a triumph in itself. This book taught me that I need to not be so self conscious about what I do or how I look, but that I should do what I want and do what makes me happy because, isn’t being happy most important? I recommend this book so much to anyone that is looking for some inspiration to either be more confident with themselves and to start taking charge of their lives. Absolutely love this book.


Current Favorites: Music

Ever since I could remember, my taste in music is constantly changing. In a day, I can go from listening the best of the oldies to alternative rock to slow jams to electronic. I love music and love how you can match the music that your listening to how you feel. I grew up with a wide range of music, but mostly classic rock because of my dad and The Beatles because of my mom. Also, growing up I played the alto saxophone and the baritone saxophone and I played in the Jazz Band at my high school. This experience exposed me even more to jazz and classic music. I loved it. My taste in music changes every day and open to most music, even on rare occasions, country. I thought that today I would share with you 5 bands or artist that I am currently into. Enjoy!

Body Language 

I recently found out about Body Language through a radio station I was listening to on Spotify. I love their sound. The music that Body Language produces and creates sounds so airy and light to me, but still has a heavy and strong beat to it. Even though they are heavily electronic, to me it still sounds very organic. I love listening to Body Language when I want to rock out to music without the heavy sounds and screaming. Also, their music is really sexy to me… if that makes sense. haha.

Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and The Tantrums are so awesome! I also found this band through a radio station on Spotify… maybe the same one as Body Language. Fitz and The Tantrums’ sounds are mix of modern blues and soul mixed with alternative rock. It’s an amazing sound. The music is good road trip music I must say. When my boyfriend and I head out to the desert, I love listening to this because it keeps you moving and awake. All of their songs make you want to snap and sing along to. I’m so happy I found out about this band.

Foster the People

Growing up, I was into alternative rock like Incubus and No Doubt ( I still am), but I think a lot of the music that I like now stems from listening to music like that. Foster the People is a  great example of this. I think their sound is a bit more grown up and appropriate for more age, but still ties into the alternative rock genre. I don’t know how to explain it well, but their sound to me sounds so hallow (in a good way), but full at the same time. I love the guitar and pianos with this band. The mix of everything together just sounds so good and I love listening to them when I am doing boring work or on long drives home from work.

Demi Lovato

I’ve always really liked Demi Lovato’s music, but this song… THIS SONG IS SO AMAZING! and catchy! It really is a good song for summer. I love singing this in the car and rocking out to with the AC high swinging my hair back and forth… I’ll be honest, I feel like a bad ass singing to this song. Also, Demi can really sing unlike some other ex-disney stars and I think she has talent.

Kenny Loggins

Yes, Kenny FREAKIN’ Loggins… “Paging Dr. Loggins…” (Archer) CAUSE YOU’RE IN THE DANGER ZONE! Sorry, I had to. This song is so awesome and his music is so freakin’ awesome! Whenever I’m working out or running, I have to listen to some Kenny Loggins. His music it just so pumped up and full of energy. Also, this is great music to listen to if you want to sing loud and let loose… footloose… 🙂 It’s just great rock music from the 80’s and its amazing. Deal with it.