Christmas at Santa’s Village by the Sea (Blogmas Day 3)

Christmas at Santa’s Village by the Sea (Blogmas Day 3)

Happy Blogmas Day 3 everyone!!! We’re still going strong! I’m actually really excited about today’s post. Not only because a lot more work went into it, but because this event is sure to get you in the Christmas mood! Living in south Orange County, my city puts on an event every year on December 1st. The city is often referred to as the “Spanish Village by the Sea” but to transform it for Christmas, this event was called “Santa’s Village by the Sea.” Great marketing in my opinion! The shops along downtown are all open with some sales and decorated with Christmas lights. Some of my favorite shops even offered Christmas cookies, champagne, and charcuterie. Everything was so lit up and beautiful. It was also quite the chilly night so us Californians got a little taste of what a cold December night is like, LOL.

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I bundled up in one of my favorite holiday sweaters with some boots and a beanie from Topshop. Downtown was way more busy than I expected but it was awesome seeing so many people out celebrating. Lots of shops had little kiosks that lined the streets. Hot chocolate and coffee was of course being sold (and you know your girl couldn’t pass that up.) If you were in the mood for a snack, kettle corn and cotton candy was also being sold. This event was a great opportunity for small business to sell their jewelry or homemade goods as well. It’s always fun to support a local business! One shop even had a small skate ramp for the kids (you can see that in the video) and was probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever set my eyes on.

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It was honestly so fun just walking around, taking in all the sights and shopping around some of my favorite clothing stores. It really did feel like a winter wonderland (minus the snow of course because we’re still in California people!) This would be the perfect date for you and your special someone if you’re ever in the area next year. What would make this event even more special would be a small ice skating rink or fake snow! So without me rambling on about this awesome event, check out the video below to watch all the fun, Christmasy things that went on! Talk to you all tomorrow xx

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My Fall 2018 Bucketlist (Things to do During Autumn)

Hey everyone! I seriously can’t believe it’s already October! Time seems to be flying quicker and quicker each month but October is such a busy and exciting one. Personally, even though I’m so bummed summer is over, I really enjoy the cooler days and all the fall festivities. Even though I live in a place that never gets extremely chilly, we have a few fun traditions that I look forward to every year. Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday (I mentioned this in my 10 random facts about me on Instagram) and I love every spooky movie or T.V. show. So for today’s post I thought I’d put together a fall inspired activities list, including things I’ve done every year and new things I want to try!

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Traditions Never Die

Let’s start out with some things I’ll definitely be doing to kick off the fall season! These have been some of my favorite things to do even as a kid.

  1. Pumpkin carving (my artsy self loves to go all out with pumpkin designs)
  2. Looking for/putting together a Halloween costume
  3. Falling asleep to the rain (when we actually get rain)
  4. Going to see a movie on a rainy night
  5. Going to a pumpkin patch
  6. Walking through a corn maze
  7. Visiting Julian (near San Diego county)
  8. Decorating the house/my room for fall
  9. Watching psychological thrillers/classic Halloween movies (for example one of my favorites, Nightmare Before Christmas)
  10. Go to Knott’s Scary Farm to get a good spook
  11. Watching (and re watching) classic Halloween T.V. episodes from my childhood
  12. Driving through Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte (yes, I do actually really enjoy a PSL once in a while, LOL)
  13. Making a cup of tea or hot chocolate and snuggling up on the couch with a large blanket on a cold/rainy night
  14. Eating too many Kit Kats
  15. Breaking out some Halloween inspired playlists (which always include Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Rihanna’s “Disturbia”, and Shakira’s “She Wolf”)
  16. Layering fall outfits with knee high boots, long coats, and scarves
  17. Watching fall inspired YouTube videos (especially spooky story times)
  18. Going to the beach on a stormy evening. A choppy and dark sea is actually very beautiful even though it’s very cold.

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Trying Something New!

  1. Bake a pie! I absolutely love apple and pumpkin pies (especially around Thanksgiving) but I’ve never attempted to make one before. I’d love to do more baking in general during the holidays!
  2. Try making a homemade pumpkin spice drink
  3. Make a bullet journal
  4. Create some fall inspired videos for YouTube/the blog!
  5. Visit Solvang (a Danish town in California)
  6. Read some Edgar Allen Poe to get in the Halloween mood

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I need more new fall activities on my bucket list! Let me know down in the comments if you have any unique traditions you think I should try. I’m always up for something new! Hope this post gave you some good ideas, new autumn posts coming very soon to the blog! Talk to you soon xx

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Summer in Review (Where I Went & What I Accomplished)

Hey everyone, happy Tuesday! Summer is sadly coming to an end and a new season is upon us. I thought for today’s post I’d take a little trip down memory lane and go through some of the things I did this summer and what I accomplished. This summer was a big one for me, so I definitely want to remember it. Of course, a blog post is the best way to do that! I’ll be starting with May 2018 and making my way through the season to right now, September 2018. Let’s begin!

May

Right off the bat, this summer started off with a bang! This month marked my final weeks of college. Those four years were coming to an end and I was finishing up my final units. It was also the last month in my first apartment! On the 5th of May, I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. It was one of the most surreal and proudest moments of my life. College came with lots of ups and downs, so these years coming to an end was very bittersweet to me. I was excited about the coming months and curious what the future would bring for me.

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Through the month of June I gave myself a mental break and took some time to relax and literally do nothing. I had been in school for 16 years of my life, so I think a little break was good for me. I was anticipating the coming month of June for a very exciting trip with my family, so the excitement was coming to a peak!

June

It was finally time: I was headed back to London and Paris! Not with my school this time, but with those closest to me! We left May 31st and stayed until June 12th. London is my absolutely favorite place in the world (as I’ve said probably too many times on this blog, LOL). It was just as gorgeous as I’d left it the summer before and I’ve been dying to go back for a third visit. In Paris, our hotel was right beside the Eiffel Tower, so we watched it sparkle from where we were staying. The best part of the trip was showing my family around some of the places closest to my heart. I will always be in awe of Europe and it was one of the best trips of my life (both times!)

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I also tried to soak up the sun as much as possible during this month. The summer sun was out and the beaches were beautiful and blue. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is go to the beach, swim in the ocean, or simply tan by the pool. There is nothing better than my hometown in the summertime!

July

Once I arrived back in the states, I had a job lined up with a retail store. I wanted to start working as soon as possible to start saving for another apartment. (I am planning to stay at home for about a year to work and then hoping to move to L.A.) While I was working full time at a retail store, I was also applying to graphic design and social media jobs. All my free time was going into job applications and attending interviews as well as trying to run my blog and my social media platforms. I was on that adult grind for the first time and to be honest, it was quite stressful. The waiting process to hear back from possible employers was nerve wracking and I was itching to start a more serious career. I didn’t have a necessarily positive experience at my retail job, so I couldn’t wait to start something I was truly passionate about!

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The 4th of July is the halfway mark of the summer, so the holiday is very bittersweet for me. We usually drive down to the pier and watch the fireworks sparkle above the ocean. I always envy the surfers who get to sit on their boards out in the water and watch the beautiful lights. They have the best view in the entire country in my opinion. This year though, I don’t have to leave my city after the summer ends since your girl is graduated!! The Fourth was a bit more sweet this year.

August

Once August rolled around, all my efforts had finally paid off! My very first interview ended up offering me a graphic design job! There was a point in July when I thought I might never find a great job, but I was so wrong. If you put enough effort into something and are motivated to achieve something, it will always come through. I put in my two weeks at my retail job and was extremely excited to start this new adult chapter of my life. At the very end of August, I started a graphic design position at Locale Lifestyle Magazine in Orange County. I’ve been with the company for about a month now; the office is absolutely gorgeous and my coworkers have been extremely patient and kind to me. It’s been crazy to see my design work up on the website and on the Locale Instagram. If you’d like to check out what we do at the magazine and look into any events we have coming up, please head over to localemagazine.com!

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September

That brings us to this month, September! This summer went so incredibly fast, I don’t really know where the time went. I currently am working full time at the magazine and working hard on Instagram and my other social medias on the side. My blog and various social media platforms are such great hobbies for me creatively and what I look forward to doing on the weekends. My schedule has basically been: work during the day, get home and relax or work on my blog/YouTube/Instagram, plan for my blog on the weekend and go out with friends, and repeat every week. I’m definitely still on that hustle, but I know it’s what I’m meant to do right now and it’s going very well. I like working hard and reaping the benefits of being passionate about something. I am getting more comfortable at my new job everyday and have released a new YouTube video every week (you can subscribe here if you like!) I’m excited for what the rest of the year has to bring, especially when it comes to blogging! What was the best part of your summer this year? I’d love to know in the comments! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and have a fantastic rest of your week! xx

Side note: Today is September 11th, marking the anniversary of the attacks in New York. I couldn’t put a post up without mentioning the events of this horrific day. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by these happenings and desperately hope the world can know peace soon in the future. We couldn’t have gotten through it without the firemen and policemen and every person that helped during this event. The states was changed after September 11th, 2001 but we are a stronger country because of it. All my love.

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Where Have I Traveled Overseas? (My Favorite Place)

Hello friends! Hope you are all doing so well! To my own surprise, I have been very consistent with making YouTube videos lately. I’ve been having a ton of fun with them (including the editing process which has become much more exciting for me!) I love that you guys can see my actual personality and learn a little more about me!

For whatever reason, my travels have been on my mind recently. I have so many posts about various countries I’ve been to and lately all I’ve been wanting to do is travel. It actually is very therapeutic to make a video and talk out how I’m feeling, even when it comes to something so simple as my passions. I sincerely hope you guys enjoy watching and maybe learn a little more about the world!

If you’d like to see any extra photos about the places I discuss in this video, I will like them all below.  In the video I also tell you what my absolute favorite place in the world is! I’m so blessed to have been able to see so much of the world at my young age, but there’s always been one place that stands out. Drop a like (if you like) and subscribe to my channel to see more from me! I have a new video coming and I normally post on Fridays or Saturdays!

London, England: Visit 1, Visit 2
Paris, France 
Kassel, Germany
Venice, Italy
Athens, Greece

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It Finally Happened: My “First” Youtube Video!

GUYS!! I did it! I’ve finally sat down and filmed a video for you. As I’ve mentioned previously, I made a handful of videos about three years ago when I was in college. They were very fun at the time but not really my type of content that I’d be watching now. So I’ve privated all those videos and I’m starting fresh! I’d love for video content to become a regular aspect of this blog, and it was actually extremely fun creating this video at such a different part of my life. So without further ado, here is my video all about why I started this blog and all the pros and cons to the blogging world!

I mentioned this in my previous blog post and a bit in the video, but I’m really focusing on making content that I would want to watch myself and creating things I genuinely love. Making this video took a few days between filming, editing, and my full time job. However, I think it’s one of my favorite things I’ve made simply because it wasn’t rushed whatsoever and I really took time with the details. Of course, nothing is perfect and I want to keep improving. For example, part of the video is a bit blurry because I’m still learning how to use my camera when it comes to recording.

Blogging has become such a big part of my life so I hope this video inspires you to create your own or get more involved in this lovely community! I also mention a couple reasons why being a blogger can be difficult. Even through that though, I wouldn’t want to give it up. Let me know what your thoughts are down in the comments! Also, please keep in mind that I’m not super great in front of a camera yet so don’t judge me too hard 😉 Talk to you all very soon! xx

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Back to LA: My Favorite Contemporary Art Museum & the Grove!

Hello lovelies! Yes, another post about Los Angeles! I know I have so many of these on my blog, but I simply love sharing this city with you. Especially if I’m going to some of my favorite places in the city! The last time I was in LA was with my class a few months ago I believe. We were spending lots of time in the Art District and not so much in Downtown. Last week, my family and I spent some time in the heart of LA because we had tickets for the contemporary art museum, The Broad. We also decided to go to the Grove for lunch, which is my favorite mall of all time. So without further ado, let’s jump into some photos, shall we?

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the Disney Concert Hall next door! 

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Alright the first thing I want to mention about The Broad is the architecture. The building itself is a giant white piece of art. It is located right next to the Disney Concert Hall which again, is a piece of art within itself. It’s honestly so cool to have two amazing works of architecture next to each other. These buildings are a reason why I love DTLA so much. Here’s a quick background of the museum: The Broad is actually a personal family collection, open to the public. The Broads decided to put all their art in one incredible space, and I’m so glad they did! Fun fact: their name is actually pronounced “Brode.”

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While I enjoy the entirety of the Broad collection, some of my favorites are pictured above. For example, the iconic balloon animal dog. Jeff Koons, who is the artist for this piece, has made many variations of it featuring different animals (for example a rabbit). It is made completely of aluminum and is very tall. I’m also a big fan of the pieces that include words. For example the “You are a very special person” piece. I wrote about this a bit on my Instagram, but I love the positive vibes it exudes, even if that was not the original intention.

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Another fav is: “If you’re so successful, why do you feel like a fake?” I believe it’s very fitting to hold this type of piece in a city like Los Angeles. As Miley said, “Welcome to the land of fame excess,” LA definitely struggles with people putting on a mask for success (in my opinion). Did you enjoy that little throwback? LOL. No shade to Los Angeles though, you all know I’m still dying to move there!

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Of course, who can forget the iconic Michael Jackson with Bubbles piece? This one is placed right next to the aluminum dog, so definitely check it out if you ever go to the Broad. There’s something so interesting about this piece, especially when it comes down to the monochromatic yellow color palette. Everyone is familiar with the America piece as well, it’s an Instagram favorite. This neon sign flickers (and is great for Boomerangs, LOL). Around the corner from the main room is the giant set of chairs and a table. You can weave in and out of this piece, making it very interactive. Don’t touch it though, that guy behind me is watching you!

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Something I have never experienced before was the Infinity Room at the Broad. This time around, I finally got to go in! You get 45 seconds to experience these amazing lights and mirrors. It is an optical illusion that makes you feel like you’re in space, surrounded by stars. It’s probably one of my favorite pieces now! Also, thank you to everyone for showing this photo so much love on Instagram!

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I was dying to go to the Grove that day, even though it was one of the hottest days of the year. The Grove is an outdoor mall, with tons of great shops including Topshop, Nordstrom, Anthropology, a large movie theater, and more! With a green lawn and a large fountain, the Grove is simply so beautiful and one of the most fun places in LA in my opinion! We ended up eating at a place called Marmalade Cafe, which we had been to previously in Westlake (which is up by Thousand Oaks). Of course, there are tons of places to take photos, including a plant wall, that I just couldn’t resist. We also stopped for some macarons, since they sell gluten free versions at the Grove!

Okay this is probably a long enough post for you guys. Hopefully you didn’t mind so much reading, especially about art. I could go on forever talking about different pieces and my love of LA, but I won’t bore you with that! Do you have a favorite place to explore? Let me know down in the comments! Hope you all are having a fantastic weekend and I’ll talk to you soon!

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My Travel Journal: Brighton, England

Hello beauties! This will be the final post from my England travels! I’m very glad I split these up into separate cities, since I clearly have way too many photos to squeeze into one post! I’m excited to share my adventures with you from Brighton, England! Brighton is a little beach city, which is on the southern coast of England and about an hour south of London. We arrived in the city on a bright and sunny afternoon, perfect for walking around and exploring. I’m super happy with the photos, so without further ado: Brighton, England!

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We started off our day with a short train ride from London to Brighton. It was a very easy ride and we loved looking around the beautiful countryside of England. As I mentioned in my previous post about Windsor Castle, everything is so beautiful and green, which is so much of a contrast to California. My sister Skye read her Mini Book of Mindfulness while I watched the beautiful landscapes, which were oftentimes filled with goats and horses. Once we arrived, we were greeted by a colorful “Welcome to Brighton” sign and found directions to Brighton Pier, which was our main destination. I do have to say, I absolutely love the building with the Adventure Time art all over it. I have a very nerdy side and am such a fan of the show and the art style it exhibits. The colors and simple lines made this building one of the most unique things I’ve ever seen. We need more beautiful corners like this everywhere!

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We loved stopping by the fountain to listen to the water and these birds were just so happy! 

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It was about a mile walk to the coast, which I didn’t mind because of all the lovely architecture around the city. I was simply obsessed with all the colorful buildings and detailed architecture. I have never seen anything quite like it, and I wish we did this more in the states. The whimsical and exciting nature of this city really fascinated me and wasn’t anything like I was expecting. It was much more of a city environment than a tiny beach town. Growing up in a small surf city in Orange County, I was expecting more beach bums and cute bohemian houses. However, it is much more bustling and exciting than that.

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When we finally made it to the beach, I was so excited to get onto the pier. I had seen videos and photos of it before, and I finally had my chance to look around! The first thing I noticed that was so different from my beaches at home were the rocks that covered the entire shore. Our beaches at home are usually full of fluffy (and sometimes scorching) sand all the way down to the water. With the lights stringing along the front of the pier, I imagine its simply gorgeous at night and a great date spot! So jealous of you Brighton couples! I also noticed a strange building (if that’s the correct term for it) in the distance that was built out into the water. It’s something I’ve seen before, but it was so fun seeing this mysterious structure for myself.

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Of course, I was snapping away with my Nikon the entire day!

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Looking through some photos on a little walking break

The pier is covered in arcade games, rides, and cute shop to buy food at. You could spend hours here, just playing games and having a great time. Bumper cars and a horror house included, my favorite! Another small detail I love about this pier is the detailing along the railings, and the fact that the buildings are all white! It gives such an old timey feel that I just adore. Brighton placed a large sign that said “Brighton Pier” at the very front, which is iconic but unfortunately when we were there, they were taking it down. Hopefully they just need to restore it and aren’t removing it for good! Luckily, they have a couple other signs that say “Brighton Pier” along the sides, as you can see in the photo above.

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I have to say one of my favorite parts of the day was getting a little ice cream cone and walking along the streets of Brighton, parallel to the sea. I think this is one of my favorite places in England, partly because the ocean reminds me so much of home. Simply hearing the seagulls, watching the waves, and feeling the sunshine brought me back to California and made me so happy. Unfortunately I will mention, we ate lunch at a small vegan shop somewhere in the city and I ended up with a horrible fever and stomach cramps, as I’ve talked a lot about in previous posts. This was a bummer, but I feel lucky I could still fully enjoy our day in Brighton! It truly was a quaint and magical place that I would definitely recommend visiting.

Let me know what you guys think of the photos and I’ll talk to you very soon! Love you all!

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