LA Favorites

I had a request to do a post about some of my favorite places and things to do in Los Angeles. Here are just a few of my favorite places that I actually go to and you can find me at during the weekends. From food to workouts, this is just a small round-up of places you may not see on a regular travel guide to LA. If you are visiting LA for the second or third time, these are the kinds of places I would say to go to after you’ve done all of the regular touristy things!

I think I will also create a guide to a few of my favorite places to eat as well soon so watch out for that one! Let me know what you think and what you want to see next!

 

LA second-hand stores are AMAZING! Even if you go to crossroads or goodwill you are sure to find some name brands. For a genuine thrifty store, I like to go to SLOW Clothing on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Gardner Street. They have really cool prints and I always make a great find! The fair fax area of Melrose Avenue is a great place to get something unique and cool.

Lemonade is my go-to for a healthy meal on the go! I always try something different when I go, but I seem to end up with a side of their broccoli and cheese! This is a great place to get lunch between sightseeing, and the lemonade is of course amazing!

One thing that you must do is drive the PCH! You can take it to Malibu and I recommend doing this because the views of the ocean are amazing! I remember the very first time riding down the PCH with the windows down and the music loud. Definitely a memorable experience!

A fun thing to do when you have a few extra days is to go see a movie! The Melrose Rooftop Theatre is a fun place to see some older favorites accompanied by unlimited popcorn and a view of the sunset against the hills. Snuggle up in a super comfy bean bag chair and blanket and it is definitely a fun experience. Also, EP & LP is right down the stairs so you can make a bar stop right after!

One of my favorite beaches is definitely Matador Beach. The rocks are giant which makes for great shots! I would say that since it is a beach the cell service is horrible and the beach is a bit small so get there early for a good spot and good parking! It is a bit of a drive from LA as it is in the Malibu/Calabasas area, but definitely worth it!

I went to High Tide in the Arts District with a few friends and fell in love! The food was great and it was a great place to stop for drinks! I recommend going before the sun goes down because the outside area is completely pink and perfect for sweet photo ops! I definitely recommend getting a rose and an appetizer for a chill night out.

Want a work out that will leave you sore afterward? Check out, Psycho. Your first class is free so even if you are wanting a quick workout during a longer stay, this one is worth it! Everything is put together so well and it is really an effective HIIT class! They also have yoga sessions that are a great way to relax after a long day!

 

The Importance of a Girl’s Night

As I wrote in a recent post, I’ve been able to find friends in LA through bloggers that I follow. I got lucky that I have something in common with these amazing girls! While I am slowly gaining friends here, I finally had a girls night last week with four LA bloggers and let me tell you, I did not realize how much I needed it! It prompted me to write this post and explain just how important it is for everyone. Sometimes you just need a fun night to just talk and hang out with a group of friends.

While I am all for one-on-ones to really bond with someone, I think it is equally important to hang out as a group! I actually was supposed to hang out with two girls and then two more tagged along and even though we all weren’t super close, it was so much fun!

Being so far from my group of friends and family I really felt the difference between being able to be with a group, vs. when I hang out with one new friend. I think even girls who are home and do not make time to hang out with a group of girls can still benefit from remembering how important a girls night is!

I actually came straight from work so I wore my button-up untucked on one side and my matching heels. Button-ups are perfect for day or night depending on how you wear them! I love a structured top verses a loose flowy one because I feel like you can play with it even more.

Humans are creatures that thrive in tribes. So finding yours is important. No matter if that be a family or friend group, it is important to have different people to rely on. Guy or girls, we learn from each other and getting different opinions on a topic or venting or just having fun with multiple personalities is what is important.

 

Top : Nasty Gal // Shorts : Cotton On // Heels : (similar)

Friday Faves

It’s time for another quick round-up of my favorites! Just another mini blog post full of random items and tidbits I do every once in a while. So let’s get started!

 

For an everyday natural look, I use my Glossier boy brow in black. I wear this to work EVERY DAY. Such an easy way to get darker, natural looking eyebrows that stay in place. If you want a few more beauty product recommendations, check out my wishlist – beauty tab!

 

Do you work in Media? Check out this article on Girlboss written just for you!

My mom got me a blender so I am excited to start making smoothies in the morning for breakfast! What’s your favorite recipe?

 

How killer is this jumpsuit from Beginning Boutique? I’m thinking about buying for ACL!

Want to see more of my fashion faves? I always update my wishlist tab!

Wonderworld LA

If you keep up with my Instagram stories, then you know that this past week I had the opportunity to go to the Wonderworld LA pop up museum! This was an interactive pop-up experience that featured 10 picture perfect rooms to take fun pictures in. Since it was an opening for the museum, there were lots of cool surprises in every room. I got my nails done, grabbed some cotton candy, put on fake lashes and I was ready for my close up! I usually do not really like to get my photos done at these places, but this event was more than that! I really enjoyed going with my blogging friend,Gina from Teenie Genie, and I saw so many other LA blogger babes there as well!

Just a little about Wonderworld LA: Each room has a different feel. There is a mushroom room, a room where you can take a picture on the moon, a room with giant teacups and, of course, a flower room. These are just a few of the 10 rooms they have.

If I were you, I would sour their Instagram page before going and check out their design so you can match your outfits to each room. It also helps to go get inspiration from other people who went and see what creative ideas they had.

Another great part about this was, as I mentioned, getting to see other LA bloggers I follow and have become friends with! (I have a whole post on the LA blogging community coming soon so stay tuned for that.) I honestly did not plan to take any pictures at the pop-up. I feel like I always end up saying that and making a blog post so I should plan more accordingly outfit wise. I just wore a casual look and I later decided it would be a break from the regular fashion content I show. I was just planning on taking Instagram stories and not being their too long, but it turned out to be more fun than I thought!

Tickets for the museum can be found HERE and I would book in advance since you usually have to reserve a day for these kinds of pop-ups.

 

Makeup Tips and Crazy Tricks

Can I just start off this post by saying I am not the best at makeup! I definitely have more learning to do and I have two go-to looks: day and night. So because of that, I thought I would share a few things I’ve learned, heard of, and what I have read from YOU through Instagram questions.

Also, just another reminder of how amazing and talented my childhood friends are! My friend Raeann brought in her whole set up to shoot these amazing pictures for me and my best friend Sara did my makeup! It’s a yellow glossy lid that I still cannot get over! If you are in need of a photographer or makeup artist in the SA area, I’ll give you their info!

Makeup Tips :

  • Match your foundation to your overall body tone! Not the color of your face
  • Don’t use foundation powder to set makeup, that’s what setting powder is for and yes there is a difference
  • Contour based on your face shape, not just where most people like to contour
  • Use a green color corrector to cancel out breakouts
  • Lip gloss only lasts about a year before expiring!
  • Use a wet brow brush to clean up lip liner

Crazy Tricks

(These are things I have heard from you all through Instagram stories so I may not try them all… okay for sure one of them and you’ll know which one!)

  • Shave with Olive Oil : it apparently leaves your skin silky smooth when the oil dries
  • Rub a lemon on your underarms, knees, and elbows to reduce darkness
  • If you do not have makeup remover, use cream (unscented is better for no irritation)
  • Wrapping plastic wrap around your waist at night will help you lose water weight in your tummy
  • Use a dry toothbrush to exfoliate your lips
  • Rubbing baby pee on your face reduces pimples.. this is the one to not try

Top : Michael Stars // Leggings : Femme Lux // Shoes : Steve Madden

 

How to Pose

Let me start off by saying it’s easy to pose when you have an amazing photographer and makeup artist! I got together with a few friends from elementary and middle school and put together this amazing look! If you’re in the San Antonio area I will so give you details for the best photographer and makeup artist! I’m seriously glowing because of all of the makeup and highlight! Also, this was the first shoot I have ever done featuring my little fur baby! I was so excited and did not expect her to be apart of the shoot but she was scared and not comfortable because of all of the lights and unfamiliar faces that she just stuck by my side.

I’ve seen lots of videos on Instagram featuring behind the scenes shots and how they got the end result and I thought it would be a great blog topic. Honestly, the best poses are candids to me. I like to set up a scene, picture what I am about to shoot and just go for it! Practice truly does make perfect!

I’ve met up with a few other bloggers and have seen what they do for posing so I created my own style by seeing them! I, of course, have the go-to poses that I am comfortable with and know what I look like when I do them. I recommend practicing in the mirror first as well! Practice your go-to poses to find your good angles and make it a muscle memory! THEN practice with your outfit on too because if you have a fun skirt you want to twirl in or a purse you want to hold a certain way, that is what can really make a photo! Content creation is key! Being different and confident is what will set you apart from a touristy photo in front of a cute wall.

Lastly, and most importantly, just MOVE! What I like to do is put the camera on shutter mode and walk, twirl, jump, play with my hair and keep moving! Do not move to fast so the camera has time to catch all the movements, but this is the biggest thing I can tell you! A killer photo truly is made by the tiniest details from natural movements.

Dress : Meshki

YSL Pop-Up

Coachella weekend one is known for all of the parties, pop-ups, and events to attend besides the festival itself. Brands from all over, big and small come to the desert to collaborate and create their own experience for their audience! There were many brands that I saw consistently throughout the weekend and of course the ones with the most creativity get the most mentions!

YSL had such a cool desert pop-up that we just had to visit! It had a beauty station in the desert with vintage looking gas pumps, cars, a small area of black hearts and more for the best photo ops. There were so many people there and I actually saw Manny MUA when we went. Not to mention that there was a YSL store to get a touch up from the hot desert day before getting in all the photos.

I saved this outfit especially for this pop-up because it was my least desert-y look and I wanted to shoot something fun. “Fun” is how I describe my looks when I wear something kind of out there or a statement piece that is different! I bought these glasses especially for this look and I knew they would complete the outfit since it tied in the white booties!

I commend the brands that are able to do big things like this because it gets so much recognition by the people that love the actual brand, and awareness to those who have not yet tried. There is something good to say about the brands that actually get creative like this and allow for the regular consumer to participate instead of just influencers. While everyone does love to see products recommended by their favorite celeb or influencer, when they really get to feel special too and take part in the event, that’s when a brand is doing it right!

Sunglasses : Forever 21 // Top : Princess Polly // Shorts : Forever 21 // Fanny Pack : Quay Australia // Shoes : (similar)