Saturday, July 30, 2011

Beach essentials


Part of me wishes I could spend everyday at the beach...but, girl's gotta work for a living. So weekend trips will have to do. My beach essentials include: a cute bikini, and something extra cute to cover up with (in case of foggy mornings or apres beach drinks), simple flip flops, a hat and shades (I always pick Ray Bans), a large blanket to sprawl out on, books and ipod, lots of water and snacks (preferably frozen grapes), sunscreen, and a large bag to stuff in all in! Whew, did I miss anything?
Stripe cover-up
American Fashion Travel: Designers On The Go
RParisian Chic
H2OMG Bottle in Indoor
TopShop seersucker bathing suit
Havaianas slim shoes
Square handbag
David Young straw fedora hat
Ray-Ban wayfarer shades
Surfrider Blanket
Apple iPod touch®
Ear Bud Headphones

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What I'm reading: July

Well, July wasn't my most exciting month for books....

I re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (in preparation for the movie!). I think I may have to re-read the whole series now. It's been a few years since I've read them all and I definitely found myself saying "What? I don't remember that!" a lot during the 7th book. 

I also read It's Kind of a Funny Story. It was all right, same as the movie - good, not great. 

Can I also say how devastated I am that Borders is going out of business?! Where am I gonna hang out now? I had to visit the closing sale and say my goodbyes. Sad. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

I love L.A.

Another fun weekend! Saturday, my mom, cousin and I finally saw Harry Potter. Love! That night, cousin snagged free tickets to the Dodgers game for us. (Allowing me to cross #10 off my 24x24 list) We were much more interested in snacks than the game, but it will still fun to go and the Dodgers won! Today, I ventured out to The Getty to go see the Paris: Life and Luxury exhibit. It was wonderful, and it gave me a huge hankering to revisit the City of Light. How was your weekend?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

In my own backyard

I'm sad this weekend is almost over...since this has been the best one in a while. 

Started Thursday night with a trip to Malibu Wines with my friend Liz. We bought a bottle of wine each, then watched an outdoor showing of Breakfast at Tiffany's. They have such yummy wine, and it's so much more fun to go when it's not hailing.

Friday, I took a vacation day - slept in, went to the gym, had french toast for breakfast, wine with lunch and a big long nap. Just how a vacation day should be. 

The next day, my cousin and I decided to be brave and venture out during Carmaggedon. (turns out, if you tell LA to stay home...they actually do. Traffic was a breeze!) We are both working on saving money, so here's how we did LA on the cheap:

We took the metro to downtown to escape traffic and it happened to be free this weekend! First stop: Bottega Louie. We've been wanting to go together for months and I proceeded to drool all over their pastry displays. We didn't eat lunch there (expensive!), but we both bought a box of 4 macarons for $9. Already dreaming of going back. 

Next, we hiked up a hill to the 500 Days of Summer Park. (Not it's official title, but it should be). Love that movie!

Right next to that park is Angel's Flight. We rode the "shortest railway in the world" for just a quarter. 

Next, we walked to MOCA. I cheated a bit and used my student ID (sorry MOCA), so it was $5. I kinda made up for it, since we ate lunch at their cafe. $10 for pasta, peach ginger lemonade, and the biggest macaron I've ever seen. 

Not really a contemporary art person per say, but it was really cool to see Warhol's Campbell Soup paintings, Jackson Pollock work and huge Rothko paintings. 

Next, we decided to take the metro over to the Renegade Craft Fair. After hoofing it from Union Station to the fair, we treated ourselves to beers ($5). We walked all through the fair - they had tons of cute stuff. We each ended up buying 3 of these postcards ($10): 

On our way back to the metro station, we took a quick wander through Olvera Street, but didn't buy anything. Then, we were back on a train and home again. Overall, our totally fun day ended up costing less than $40. 

Love getting to explore my own backyard a little more. I've lived in So Cal all my life and never done any of the things we did. Already planning more adventures :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wall art

Dreaming of adorning my walls with all of the prints on The only problem is, I can't decide which one I like best!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dream destination

Wishing I was here right now. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I love that in summer, you can just throw on a bright dress and you're out the door. I don't have much color in my wardrobe (I have too many gray t-shirts to count) but summer is the perfect time to inject some vibrancy into my clothes.