My Orange County Address Book

9.17.2018


hen I was attending Vanguard University last year, I had the best time exploring Orange County. There is SO much to do, and everything is so close by. Seriously, I could add so much more in my address book, so a small list is below linked with their website, or my Instagram photo from my visit.

I pulled quite a few places that cater to all cities in OC, such as Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Laguna Beach! Orange County has so many trendy coffee houses, healthy restaurants, large shopping malls with expensive brands, and gorgeous beaches. It has to be said that my favorite beach is Newport, I just felt so at peace there.

You've probably seen a few of my past blog posts when I traveled certain areas, and I had to include them all together. This isn't a very extensive guide, but their my perfect keepsakes for when I travel to OC at any time. Do you have any favorite hangouts in the OC area? Share below, I love exploring new spots.








COFFEE: 
Milk & Honey

             
                 

This place has the best mango iced tea! Like seriously, I wish this spot was in my hometown. Plus, it's absolutely adorable from out front. The only thing to watch out for is limited seating, and barely any parking. But, of course it depends on the time of the day in Orange County that makes those things a problem!












                         



Okay, I love this place so much! They have a cute coffee shop and many one of a kind shops. Because this is in Newport Beach, the shops tends to be on the pricey side, but it's still fun. There are also restaurants here too, which overlook the harbor!  I did a photoshoot here with my girlfriends, and it was the perfect mix of trendy meets classy with all the white and black strips everywhere. 









BEACH:

Heisler Park

Heisler Park is the perfect place to relax for the afternoon, or to catch a sunset. It was on my bucket-list, because of the beautiful cliffs, and they did not disappoint. But, I must warn you that on the weekend you'll be circling around the block (many times) for parking. I guess I should just state now that it is a part of the OC culture. Oh, and there are tons of benches and grass areas to enjoy the view from above, without being on the sand.





375 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach 




EAT:
Sidecar Donuts & Coffee 





If you want to find a unique flavored donut, than this is your place!! Inside is so Instagram worthy, (i.e. my photo) which is why I visited, haha. That's something I love about Orange County. They offer so many local businesses to support, one's you cannot find anywhere else. They also have great coffee and black iced tea! 







SHOP: 
Pacific City 



Pacific city in Huntington Beach is seriously my favorite place in OC. All of my favorite stores such as Free People, Irene's Story, & Francesca's. Plus, a Lemonade restaurant is there. I did a photoshoot here with some friends, and it was so easy. Parking wasn't a hassle, but a tip from me to you is to park on the neighborhood streets, because the parking garage charges by the minutes (I had to learn the hard way).



21010 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach






DESSERT: 
Popbar



If you want something sweet and refreshing, go to Popbar! It's inside The Lab, which is also a great place to do some shopping. It's a very unique outside mall, as you can find some trendy LA inspired art walls, and thrift stores.

Oh, and this place is right across the street from Milk and Honey! I wish I could back right now to make this summer heat bearable, haha!






2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa

Goodbye Summer

9.10.2018


ello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I can't believe I'm here sharing a style inspired post. I have only been creating lifestyle content lately, so an outfit post seems like something to celebrate. I found this top at Lucky Brand (a recent favorite brand), and I love the patterned detail. Plus, my jeans feel very 70's, anyone else with me? This outfit has been very me...it's put together yet simplistic. Well, I guess all of my outfits are east to recreate, but days where I can look this nice seems rare. 

I haven't said anything on the blog about it yet, but I recently started working in retail. I love it. It's a lot of work, keeps me busy, but it's been a great change. When I came home from Vanguard the summertime relaxation was so needed. But, I can only take lounging around for a short period of time, before I begin to feel lazy. Granted, I completed six units of college courses this summer, but it's online and easy for me to finish whenever. 

So, here I am officially saying goodbye to summer! I'm back to using my day planner and it's packed with so many work and study days. I am on week two of having 9 units in only 8 weeks, and working over 30+hours with my retail job, and being a nanny for two little girls. I am so grateful for all that I have on my plate. I was always on-the-go at college, so it's nice to be back in a rhythm. Plus, now that summer is slowly leaving us...fall is around the corner! 

7 Things No One Tells You About Being A Lifestyle Blogger

9.04.2018


logging in many cases has been my world. It has sparked a creative side in me since the moment I heard of the concept and built my own website. It hasn't been an effortless path, though, as I had to teach myself everything. Not too many fellow bloggers were selling templates and ebooks full of advice back in 2011. It truly has become a different blogging world as off three years ago, I think.

Even more than that, I believe the lifestyle blogger is more rare yet appreciated, as so many fashion bloggers seem to run the world now. So, I thought I'd share a few things no one may assume about a lifestyle blogger. I absolutely love it, and wouldn't change it for anything. Many of these things written below have helped me actually! But, of course a few represent the misleading beauty of it all.

If I'm missing anything, share below!! 


1. // You will start buying food based on your location.
Yep, this one is true! If you find the perfect colored backdrop I bet your ice cream cone will no longer be chocolate, but a fun bright color, haha.

2. // Natural light will matter more than anything.
This. Is. Everything. It truly is amazing how this will change my inspiration for a good quality shoot either in my room or around my neighborhood for outfit photos.

3. // More brands will appear on your wishlist.
One thing I struggle with blogging is the amount of products and new items everyone seems to be buying. Of course, this isn't true for everyone. But, it's the little things us lifestyle bloggers need for props or a haul review type of post!

4. // Social media becomes your brand.
Social media has come a long way since I started my blog. In fact, it just took off my very first year. I'll never forget the day I cared about keeping a theme or aesthetic for my feed. For me, however, it's not so much about the image of similar photography, but a display of who I am, along with everything you'll see on my blog.

5. // You are going to find out who your true friends are.
Blogging isn't for everyone, and even though it's popular that doesn't mean people understand if for an everyday lifestyle. I learned very quickly who I could count on to take my outfit photos, or even wait patiently to eat our hot food only for me to Instagram the spread on the table.

6. // Traveling will be seen in a different light.
This one definitely changed for me. Both trips to Hawaii (within one year apart, Maui & Oahu) were both treated so differently. With photography, where I wanted to eat, to what I chose to pack all changed. It's very interesting how I now have this tourist-meets-Instagram-worthy outlook while exploring new places.

7. // You will be vulnerable most of the time.
Oh my! This is obviously different for everyone, but part of being a lifestyle blogger is wearing your heart on your sleeve. Being relatable and honest is something I strive for in every post, but don't think for a minute I don't think about certain people who might be reading!

Ways I Enjoy Me-Time

8.31.2018


hought it would be a nice change of pace if I showed you all a little peek into my ideal night in. With it being summer time, there's been a lot of relaxation. Almost (almost) to the point of me needing to switch up my routine in order for myself not to be glued to the tv screen, nor flat out bored from lounging around.

I've always wanted to answer this me-time tag that went around YouTube like forever ago, so it's better late than never! I am an introvert at heart, so time alone is pure gold. This is the time I usually carve out a few hours to myself locked in my bedroom, without any regret or guilt that I'm not doing something more productive. This is my pure indulgence stage. Below are a few questions that will allow you to know how I spend my time a bit better.


1. What do you watch or read during me-time? 
To be relaxed I love to turn to some good old entertainment. Getting lost into a fictional show is the best. Netflix is my go-to source for TV shows or movies. Some favorites are How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Gilmore Girls, or a classic like How To Steal A Million. 

2. What do you wear during me-time? #nobra
I keep it simple with some tight yoga pants, and an old university t-shirt. 

3. What are your me-time beauty products?
An easy DIY sugar scrub that I can do under five minutes in my kitchen is honestly the best way to go. It makes my skin feel smooth and summer ready, while scenting my shower time of sweet coconut and brown sugar! 

4. Current favorite nail polish? 
For the summer give me all the blue colors! Essie and Sinful Colors offer the best shades, so I love "Butler Please," "Mint Candy Apple" by Essie, and "Cinderella" by Sinful Colors. 

5. What do you eat/drink during me-time? 
A guilty pleasure for a night in would be my own little cup of Fish Food by Ben and Jerry's. It's rich, and perfect for a chocolate lover. Every time I eat this it makes me think of Aquamarine, when the girls in the tub vow to Ben and Jerry as the only true men they need in their life. Anyone else remember this? No...okay let me hide from those embarrassing teen films I use to adore. 

6. Current favorite candle?
I adore all candles from Anthropologie because I find that the way they burn don't create an overwhelming scent that normally would cause a headache. Right now I'm really trying to burn and enjoy my candles because I have so many, so right now I'm reaching for Apricot and Basil.

7. Do you ever have outdoor me-time? 
Uh, I'd like to consider myself an outdoor type of girl, but unfortunately that's just me daydreaming again. Of course, a walk around my neighborhood is always nice! 

8. Would you ever go see a movie alone? 
Absolutely not. I can't imagine stepping out in public all alone, not being able to confide in someone else. To go to the show the best part is being able to talk about it with your friend, and share the popcorn. 

9. Favorite online shop? 
I love browsing through Pottery Barn Teen, and Anthopologie. I could go crazy! 
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