6.21.2017

THE BEGINNING OF SUMMER: BUCKET LIST


SUMMER IS A STATE OF MIND 


Oh my gosh, summer is here!! I am so excited for this summer, and I'm determined to enjoy every possible day I can considering it's my last few months being home before the move to Vanguard. This summer I have a small bucket list that I thought I'd share on the blog!

The only bummer about this summer is that I'm taking three college summer classes! Blah! The only great thing, it that they happen to all be online. But really nine units? Wish me luck!

Onto my bucket list...go to the movies, start my summer reading list, drink lemonade, shop for my new dorm room, have a game night with my family, watch fireworks this 4th of July, make sure to have a nice tan, become a blonde again, print my iPhone photos, try new hairstyles, bake or cook a new recipe, create a summer playlist, and diy a summer sugar scrub.

Here's to a wonderful summer ahead!

6.18.2017

5 REASONS I'M SO EXCITED TO START AT VUSC




his past weekend I attended Vanguard's registration and orientation day! I was able to sign up for my classes, meet with my counselors, meet incoming students, and give another tour to my parents. I finally feel like this is all becoming real, and my dream is happening! Now with my class schedule I am feeling prepared and so ready to start. I'm officially on countdown.

Thought I'd share a few photos from my day, along with five things I'm looking forward to at Vanguard come August!



1. Music camp: 
I mentioned this before once I announced my university, but I got accepted into the choir!! I'm not sure which one (co-ed or women's), but either I know I'll be content with. It's seriously a dream come true, as music has always been a passion of mine. I can't wait for music camp as it's four full days of auditioning, and practicing while meeting new friends. I read on the newsletter that a beach bonfire was included one night...can't wait.

2. Sporting Events:
The school pride at Vanguard is awesome! On social media I follow several accounts, and it gets me so pumped to be able to attend these games and events. At Vanguard we have track and field, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, cheer, and basketball! Okay, I'm off to go buy yellow everything to keep that pride alive!

3.  Living in Catalina: 
I am pretty sure my dorm will be in Catalina dorm room, as it's the place for all sophomores and transfer students like me! Catalina is the newest building on campus as it provides a walk in closet, private bathroom (with a bathtub), and air conditioning.Hoping to get a room with a view of the baseball fields!

4. Meeting New Friends: 
I could not be more excited to meet my roommates. They say college is where you meet those life long friends, so that's what I'm praying for.

5. Exploring Costa Mesa: 
Vanguard is located in Costa Mesa, Orange County. I've never lived anywhere near here, and I'm so excited to become a local. The beach, hipster cafes, and beautiful shopping malls are all within a 5-10 miles reach from my campus.

6.14.2017

HOW TO BEAT THE POST TRAVEL BLUES

raveling is a love of mine, and I'll never turn down an opportunity to do so. Every year starting from my sophomore years of high school, I've been able to visit one new US state each year (Virginia, Maui, Oahu, Oregon, and back to Virginia lol)! Sometimes I can't help but wish I could go back and do certain things differently, or explore more places. I absolutely loved Hawaii, and would love to go back with my family and have them experience the beauty and Hawaiian culture! I try not to go down memory lane too much, or other wise I find myself having the travel blues. So with much experience here are some tips that have helped me during the after affects of once that plane lands, and your back in reality!


EXPLORE YOUR CITY: There are so many things you can do locally, that doesn't involve an expensive plane ticket! If your into coffee shops, botanical gardens, adventurous hikes, or museums I bet you can do it all in your city. My town isn't the greatest, but whenever a new coffee shop appears I'm all over it, and suddenly forget all about the one's I can't wait to explore in San Diego.

PLAN A NEW TRIP: Traveling is so amazing, it can become an obsession! Instead of being blue and missing the place you were, look to the future with new dream destinations. Realize that traveling doesn't have to be a dream, it can be a reality. After a particular trip I always feel more independent and confident in my capabilities in exploring new places, and doing things I've never done before, it makes me all the more excited to book a new trip!

MEET UP WITH FRIENDS: Talking with friends about your travels always cheers me up. However, the best part isn't rambling on, because let's face it, your best friend won't want to hear about your amazing vacation for more than a half hour. The beauty of hooking up, can be to feel motivated about what you've missed while you've been gone. From here you're able to make plans for the future together, and start to get your life back in routine.

USE YOUR SOUVENIRS: In Oahu I purchased two snow globes, one from the pineapple plantation, and the other at Sea Life Park when I swam with the dolphins. I adore these little souvenirs, and when I got home I immediately put them up on my shelf above my chair in the corner of my room. Having these little pieces around makes me feel like I brought a little bit of Hawaii back with me. Use your postcards, frames, snow globes, keychains, or signs to use as room decor.

BLOG ABOUT IT: Once your home, and settled create a blog post giving your readers the scoop about the city or town you explored. Travel guides are always loved, and everyone's perspective is different. Spend some time feeling nostalgic while digging up some photos to have it forever on your blog! I love doing this because I'm able to process my entire trip, and express my hate/love relationship I had with the city I visited.

6.09.2017

JUNE GOALS | 2017


ow! I can't believe a whole week has flown by in June already! It just seemed like I was writing out my May goals haha. I suppose that's what happens when traveling is involved...it just throws me for a loop with time and dates! I landed back in CA on June 4th, so I believe that's why I'm all over the place.

I enjoy doing these types of posts so much, I hope you do too! So let's take a look into how I accomplished my goals from the month prior, and see the one's I hold for June as well!


Back in May my goals were...

1. Go To The Gym 25 Times | Nope, I didn't even come close. This totally blows, but then perhaps June will be a better month for me.

2. Preschedule 4 Posts for ABH, While I Leave For College | I have two prescheduled and it feels to good! I love being organized, and I don't wish to have my blog lacking as I begin Vanguard!

3. Purchase at Least 10 Items For My Dorm | Yes! Conquered this one. I still need so many items, but I have so many decor items that will really complete my overall beachy, boho vibe in my dorm!

4. Figure Out a Summer Job | I have decided on not working this summer, as I will be full time with summer classes.

5. Wash my Car Every Weekend | I believe I only did this maybe two times. Uhh I need to be more declined in this area. Why is this so hard to do? Haha.



Okay now onto my June goals...

1.  Make My Bed Everyday | I may be cheating on this one because I know I can accomplish this one! I love a clean room, and in the summer I have lots of time to do so!

2. Find a New Journal | I really want to have a new journal when I start college in the fall that way my memories and feelings can be wrapped up in my last two years and experience at Vanguard.

3. Finish My Novel | I've started reading the Magnolia Story, and it's so good. But making time for it is the hard part. I just need to replace my Netflix time, with reading this novel.

4. Do 4 Photoshoots for the Blog | I have over five drafts just sitting in my inbox waiting to be published for the blog, but I'm missing photos. So I need to spend time and bring the camera out and have fun.

5. Send Snail Mail | My sister left all summer to work up in Hume Lake and I already miss her so much! My goal is to send her lots of cards because I know that will cheer her up from being so homesick!

6.08.2017

THE APPLE FARM


ur trip up to the central coast was such a great family vacation! It was a short trip, but all the same it was so memorable. It was so fun to go back to old spots I remembered so well as a child. We stayed in San Luis Obispo at this hotel 'The Apple Farm.' It reminds me of the cutest bed and breakfast because of the friendly staff, clean rooms, and country cottage decor.

The grounds were too beautiful not to do an entire shoot at, so a huge shout out to my sister for walking along with me and snapping some photos of myself! The flowers that are able to thrive up Northern California is so beautiful!! The flowers you see in this post is just a taste of the surroundings all up the San Luis County.

I am so grateful for this mini weekend trip, it was definitely needed as my sister is leaving for the whole summer to be apart of the Hume Lake summer staff! I'm going to be missing her like crazy, so some quality time was ideal as it was our last weekend together as a family for awhile.  

6.05.2017

SHELL BEACH


ll I can say is how gorgeous is this ocean? It's like nothing I've ever seen before. On this trip I seriously have been going crazy with all the photoshoots I wish to have because everywhere you look provides an opportunity!

We decided to ditch Pismo beach all together as it was ridiculously crowded, and sometimes the quieter places tend to make the best relaxation spots. Being Memorial weekend when we were up here, we lucked out on finding this little gem. It's tucked away in a neighborhood, so unless you drove around to look at beach homes you'd miss it all together. Shell beach is a town that is right next to Pismo so it's smaller, and not the go to for tourists (score). It's location is apart of Five Cities, and in that cluster of the San Luis Obispo county!


One thing I love about the central coast is how easy it is to get around. I'm so use to LA traffic and crowds that it blows my mind that the population of shell beach is only 7,655! Crazy right? So we had the luxury of finding parking during the day, and back at night to watch the sunset - something that could never be possible in San Diego!

Stay tuned as I have yet to cover San Luis Obispo, and the gorgeous hotel we stayed in! Until then, scroll below for some beautiful blue water envy!

6.01.2017

AVILA BEACH


vila is the cutest little beach town tucked into this side of the hill, creating it's own little cove. The tiny town is just filled with bright colors, and palms lining every street and alley way! The boardwalk is filled with restaurants, souvenir shops, and coffee or acai bowls to chose from. I've been to Avila Beach when I was nine and I remember it all practically, so it was awesome to go back and see things in a new perspective. The town itself though has grown so much, so if you don't want to fight for parking (which is barely any) than arriving early is the only way to secure a spot. 

Oh and if you are looking for a great breakfast recommendation definitely check out the Common House! It has a big outdoor patio (it's dog friendly:) and serves great food. I ordered the chocolate chip pancakes and they were really delicious and were super rich which is the way I enjoy them. However, the traditional french toast with strawberries was absolutely heavenly, and I'm so glad my sister shared a few bites because they were the bomb! 


The ocean up the central coast is so much prettier than the waters in Southern California. It's more rich in color, and the temperature is colder. It honestly doesn't even compare, and my camera didn't do it justice at all! If only our eyes could take photos, haha. One thing I love is how these beaches have giant rocks, and cliffs in their ocean, unlike San Diego which tends to just be flat for miles. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have already seen my posts + stories about how much I loved it here. Perhaps one day I'll have the opportunity to move up North! It's truly amazing to see how beautiful the state of California is! 

5.27.2017

THE DUTCH VILLAGE


SOLVANG 

My parents surprised my sister and I with a spontaneous trip up the coast to revisit some of our favorite towns up northern California. Back when I was nine years old we took a week long summer vacation as a family near Avila beach, which happens to hold some of my favorite memories. Ever since my traveling bug hit me in my teens, I've been dreaming of venturing back. Neighborhoods, local restaurants, crowd of the people, nearby scenery, and the entire town just comes together in a way that is seen in such a bigger picture when traveling in the eye of an adult. Plus it never hurts to be able to document such a trip with my own camera for this blog, lol.

So I hope you enjoy these next few blog posts as we continue our memorial day weekend trip up the coast! Our itinerary includes Solvang, San Louis Obispo, Avila Beach, and perhaps Morro Bay.


Our first stop was Solvang. Walking around this area feels as though I'm in Switzerland because of the large windmills, danish bakeries, cottage like architecture, and coo-coo clocks hanging from every store window. This little dutch village is just darling, and filled with so much to do, see, and eat! Everywhere I looked seemed to be so photogenic or Instagram worthy (as they say) because each shop door was painted bright colors! So Copenhagen if you ask me.

As for a special treat you really cannot go wrong as there are over five bakeries to chose from, all filled with danishes, chocolate truffles, and shortbread cookies. The classic choice Solvang is truly known for is their aebleskiver's which are hot fried donuts served with raspberry sauce and then topped with powered sugar. This would have been my thing minus raspberry so I opted for a danish treat instead which did not let me down! As you can see from the photo below I purchased a fresh whipping cream eclair. Ahh, it was so delicious. A few bakeries I would recommend is Mortensen's Danish Bakery, and Danish Mill Bakery Inc.