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Anthropologie was having an extra 50% off sale items in store this past weekend. I had to go check it out cause this is when I shop here. I found a few active wear items for such great prices. I got a soft cardigan and nice jumpsuit to go well with my earrings. I left happy and excited cause I scored on this shopping trip. I can't wait for their next big sale to grab some more goodies!
While running some errands today, I stopped by Old Navy to check out their sale. They had a lot of clothes on sale and it took a while for me to go through all the racks. I found a lot of great deals on active wear and long sleeve shirts. The prices range from 2.97-9.99 for each item. I literally bought a new wardrobe perfect for the Spring weather. Everything fits and it is very comfortable. I will have to check their clearance racks more often.
Trader Joe's prepared for Valentine's Day early and put out all the flower arrangements outside. All the flowers were beautiful and fresh! It is always nice to stop and smell them. I bought a few arrangements and put them together in a vase at home. My hubby loves to receive flowers cause it makes him feel special. I love having flowers in the house, it gives our place life. This year, we decided to stay home and celebrate. I cooked a three course meal at home and my hubby loved it! It is great to relax and enjoy some quality time together.
February is all about self love this month with it's Rose-tinted bag. It is pretty and girly for Valentine's Day. I like all of the products I received and excited to use them. The Tarte Sex Kitten liner is so cute with the packaging. The Feel Rose petal mask smells so good and makes the skin feel soft. The Illamasqua lipstick shade is perfect for a natural look. Ipsy nailed it this time and can't wait to see the next month's bag.
Kotosh is a Peruvian food & sushi restaurant. My hubby and I would go to the Torrance location all the time. They just opened up a location in Manhattan Beach are which is much closer. We went in for Happy hour to see if it is the same like the other one. They got great prices for drinks and food for happy hour here! We ordered some Asahi beers to start off with first. Then ordered Yuca, Aquarium roll, Krunch roll, Machu Picchu roll and a Steak plate. The food is delicious and such a great deal! The portions are big and satisfying. The Steak plate was big enough to share between 2 people. The Peruvian and Sushi here is amazing! Can't wait to come back for more.
In Highland Park by Figueroa area, there is a sandwich and butcher shop. Dave's Chillin & Grillin is a one stop to all your meat shopping. You can buy their food to cook and also grab fresh made sandwiches. We ordered a Italian sandwich and a Turkey melt. The sandwiches are made to order which is good. The only thing is they are under staff and it took a while to get our food. The sandwiches are not bad and it is a casual spot to grab lunch.
I booked marked this new Thai restaurant Sweet Rice on Yelp for a while. I finally got the chance to go try it out. My hubby drove us there to grab some dinner. Sweet Rice is a restaurant specializing in traditional food and desserts. The people working here are very friendly and helpful with questions. We ordered the Tom Yum noodle soup and my hubby had the curry noodles. I love the Tom Yum Noodles! I like the spicy broth with seafood toppings. The spicy lime flavor is so good! For dessert we ordered the coconut ice cream and mango sticky rice. The coconut ice cream is fresh and delicious! It taste so good and creamy. The mango sticky rice is great as well. We will come back for the Coconut ice cream for sure!
The hubby took me to brunch today at Superba Food & Bread in Venice. This is a bakery and restaurant together. It is cool that all the bread and pastries are baked fresh everyday. You can also purchase them to bring home as well. I started off with a Spanish latte which is nice and good. I like drinking my coffee with cinnamon flavor. My hubby ordered the Breakfast sandwich and I got the Fried chicken sandwich. The breakfast plate is really good! It is filled with a lot of veggies and the potatoes are soft. I liked the chicken sandwich the best! The chicken is nice and tender. I like how it is not too thick with the batter. The coleslaw makes it even better and balance the flavors. The drinks and food here is fantastic! We will be coming back for more.
This month's theme is starting new with Clean Slate. The makeup bag design is so cute with the pink and marble! The makeup products are packaged in pretty pink and pastel colors. I love my makeup bag! I love the products like pink lip balm and pretty blush tones. They did a great job selecting the items and I am happy to use them!
I was walking with the hubby towards the car and then we pass by people eating donuts. We love donuts, but not the calories! I had to buy one cause it looks so good. I bought the Straberry Lab donut to go. We both just ate lunch and had caffeine. A few hours later we finally took a bite of this donut. It is delicious and so moist! The fresh whip cream and strawberries topped it off. Donut Friend makes delicious donuts and is dangerous to be around.
After having lunch, we went to get some coffee and tea at Kumquat. It is a cozy coffee place with all kinds of coffee and tea drinks. The service is friendly and very helpful! My hubby ordered a Mocha and I had the iced green tea. They are both really good! The shop is a nice place to bring your computer and do some work. We like supporting small businesses and each spot has their own cool vibe. I would recommend coming here if you love caffeine.
Joy is a Chinese restaurant in Highland Park which always has long lines. My hubby and I decided to give it a try since we were able to get a table. We ordered the Thousand layer pancake and Dan Dan Noodles. The pancake is fried with toppings and eggs. It was ok, I like the original beef roll better at other places. The Dan Dan noodles is different with chicken and the sauce was more creamy. I like the traditional style of spicy peppers and oil better. I don't like it creamy and thick for the sauce base. The food is more American Chinese cuisine which works for the area. It was ok and I wished it was more authentic.
We went to grab some coffee and pass by Belle's Bagels. It is a small shop located in a music venue. I ordered the North of York which sounds so regal. It is a vegan bagel sandwich and so good! The avocado and spicy sauce makes it delicious. The bagel is nice and soft on the inside. They make a great bagel for LA area. We were surprised and liked it a lot. Can't wait to come back and try other bagels out.
My hubby and I find ourselves going to Highland Park area a lot. There is two different streets Figueroa and York Blvd which has a bunch of food and stores. It is getting hip and becoming the new Silverlake. We went to York Blvd and grabbed a cup of coffee from Cafe De Leche. It is a cool and cozy shop with all kinds of coffee. I got the Cafe Campesino with cinnamon and orange peel flavors. It is pretty good and different! I like the atmosphere and the service is great.
My hubby likes to drive down to Solvang and feed his Ostrich birds. While in town, we always stop for a danish at the bakeries. I don't know what it is but the Dutch people know how to bake pastries. We pass by Good Seed Coffee and I wanted to try them out. I ordered an Iced Matcha latte. It is good and the shop is decorated with nice furniture. I would come back if I am in town again.
My hubby and I like to watch Youtube videos on the best spots in LA to eat. We found American beauty on one of the videos for fried chicken sandwiches. I finally got the chance to try out the fried chicken sandwich. For the price and the food is great! I like the coleslaw, sauce and the chicken is tender. The best part is there is no long lines like other places. American beauty is good for your casual to go food spot.
It is our last day being here in Amsterdam. We had to finish off trip with some more stops before we leave. I came across this cute cafe Blond Amsterdam. It is all pink and so girly with decorations. I tried their latte and it is good. They give you a nougat sample with coffee which is awesome! We walked towards the famous art museum Rijksmuseum in the city. The place is pretty big and there is a lot of different rooms with artwork. You can also have brunch which is nice for your break time. We saw Van Gogh and Rembrandt art paintings. It is nice to see famous work and experience it in person. After a lot of walking around, we went to grab lunch at The Pantry. This is a local place with authentic food in Amsterdam. The restaurant was packed and we were lucky to get a table. I tried their 3 item preset menu. It came with meat appetizers, beef goulash and dessert. My hubby ordered the steak and frites. The food is really good and feels like a homemade. It is hearty and makes you feel comfortable. This is a must try if you want authentic style food. We had a great time on our trip and now we have to go home. Until next time Europe!
We woke up this morning and headed to the Tour bus stops. The first stop was Gassan Diamond Factory. Here they have been producing diamonds for so many years. The tour guide told us the history and how the diamonds are created into design. The jewelry pieces are beautiful but too bad it is expensive. My hubby got me these cute rose gold hoop earrings as a souvenir. I love them and it is great for every day wear.
The next stop was Albert Cuypmarkt which is their farmer's market. There is all kinds of food and things sold here which is cool. All the vendors were really nice and friendly. I had to get the famous Stroopwafels that are made fresh. It is a big waffle cookie with caramel filling. The cookie taste much better when it is hot! We tried a chicken sandwich which is good. It is different cause it is tender and not fried. I love dumplings so gotta try one plate out. It was fresh and tasty! Plus the vendor gave out free tea with purchase.
Last stop is the Heineken Experience tour at the brewery. This is a must if you are in Amsterdam. The building is huge and there is so many things to see. The tour guides show us how it is made and all the equipment in person. The best part is you get samples and get beer right there! It does taste different when you have it at the brewery versus bottle. We Say Proost!
Amsterdam is our last stop on our Europe trip. We are so glad to check in to the hotel and refresh ourselves. The hotel is right in the middle of everything in the city. We went to a local cafe to grab a coffee and a bite to eat. Caffe Costadoro has a bakery underneath which they bake all of their fresh pastries in store. The coffee and food here is so good! It is a nice neighborhood spot to chill at. We went to meet up a friend and walk around to see the sights. Amsterdam is a cute city with canals on every street. It comes alive at night and people go out. We stopped by a Vietnamese restauarant Pho Viet and got some authentic pho for dinner. It was good and you can see them make the food fresh in the kitchen. After eating, we needed to walk off the food. We walked around to look at all the shops in the area. They have a lot of cheese shops which is awesome. We love cheese! Then we passed by the red light district which is very interesting. You can shop here all day long. The buildings are all decorated the Christmas themes which is nice. We like our first night here so far.
We started the morning with going to check out all the museums in Berlin and learn about the history of the areas. It is sad to see a lot memorial put up of all the people who passed away. It really makes you think and realize we have to cherish every minute we get here on earth. After doing a lot of walking, we went to check out the Gendarmenmarkt. It is a big Christmas market with all kinds of vendors. They sell food, drinks and souvenirs. My hubby and I tried a bunch of different food. I liked the baked macaroons in all flavors. The pistachio one is the best! The bread made with cheese, bacon and onions is good fresh from the oven. I like going to all these festive markets and trying out new foods.
It was a long day travel at the airport to get over to Berlin, Germany. We arrived at night and checked into our hotel. Then went to the Berlin market to get some food. We had to order the Bratwurst which is so good! It looks nice at night time with all the Christmas decorations. We will go see the sights tomorrow for sure.
In Prague, everyone goes to Old Town Square for the Christmas events. The whole town is decorated and there is plenty of food vendors here. They have everything from sausages, potatoes and chimney cakes. I tried the chimney cake for the first time and it is pretty good! It is like a churro but more of a thicker taste. We saw this cute donkey and had to feed him. He is so friendly and awesome. I came across this man who weaves bags and blankets. You don't get to see craftsmen making things these days. I was so impress that I bought this handmade crossover bag. It is definitely unique and perfect for on the go. At night we decided to try this restaurant Zakladna near our hotel. They have beef of course and homemade dishes. It is a small and cozy spot to grab some food. The pilsner and the white wine is a must. We ordered a few plates like the fried cheese, chicken schnitzel and the beef soup. The fried cheese is good! The best is the chicken schnitzel. They know how to fry food with a light batter that isn't too heavy. Beer and fried food is the best!
We used one whole day to travel over to Prague. Once we were well rested, we went to check out the Prague Castle. This castle is so big it has it's own area of the city. Everyone was walking to see this historic monument. While walking to the place, we got to see the sights and old historic buildings. It was cool to see more of a Medieval old city. They kept it old school which is awesome to see. When you get to the Castle entrance, you get to roam around to check out the sites. We both walked up this staircase inside the castle to get to the rooftop access. From the roof, you get the whole views of Prague which was amazing! After visiting the castle, we headed back towards our hotel. We went to grab lunch at Local which was next door. This is a brewery with authentic food. We got some pilsners to start off and ordered the Goulash. The Goulash is a hearty beef stew which comes with bread. Then for dessert we got the apple bread pudding. It is definitely comfort food to warm you up during the cold weather. It was a good lunch!
I woke up this morning and headed to Mision coffee shop for some caffeine fix. This place is a cool local shop near our hotel. They serve specialty coffee and breakfast. I got a small latte which hits the spot and warmed me up. It is a must stop if you are in the area. We went to Museo Del Prado to see some artwork. The museum is big and have different buildings connected. Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel for a nap. The Time zone difference really affected our sleeping habits. It was night time when we woke up and decided to get our last meal here in Spain. We tried out Taberna De La Reina restaurant. It is small and cozy with a lot of people here. The Sangria is so good! We ordered a few plates like the Calamari, spicy potatoes and the seafood paella. The food here is delicious and so good! We can't get this type of food at home. We really enjoyed our dinner and some time to relax. Madrid has been great and we really had a great time. Until next time!
We were hungry and decided to check out the Mercado De San Miguel. It is a farmer's market place with plenty of different vendors inside. They had everything from drinks, food, desserts and products for sale. This place is so cool and you can get everything you need in one spot. We first tried the chorizo meat which is spicy and tender. This is meat sliced right in front of you. There is a cheese vendor with all types of different flavors. We ordered a small cheese plate with fruit and crackers. The cheese is so fresh and taste good! It definitely goes well with some Sangria and beer. The spicy eggplant empanada is pretty good. It is nice to get some veggie into my diet. My hubby and I have a sweet spot for desserts. He got the tiramisu and I got a flan. They both were really good and creamy. To end a good meal, we grabbed some coffee. If you come to Madrid, this is a must stop place to go. Wish we had a great farmer's market like this in California. Afterwards, we walked around to see the sights. At night it is so pretty with all the decorations and lights. We woke up in the middle of the night and went to San Gines for a treat. This place is famous for their fried churros and hot melted chocolate. It is different but still taste good.
After traveling by plane for more than 10 hours, we were glad to make it to the Dear Hotel in Madrid. We got there in the evening and checked into our hotel. We decided to walk around to check out the downtown area. The streets were decorated with lights and Christmas decor. It is fun and very busy with lots of people going out. They had a lot of Plays going on that week. The food that is everywhere is Jamon which is sliced pork. You can get it on a sandwich or by itself with beer. It is fresh and sliced right in front of you. We tried a Jamon sandwich and it is so good! It is pretty cheap and you can get one around $3 in USD. We were hungry so we stopped by this place called Vinitus. It is a Spanish tapas bar and restaurant. They serve fresh and organic tapa plates. We ordered a glass of wine and a few dishes. The wine is great with a nice butter finish. You don't get no after taste like other wines. The eggplant, clams and squid is delicious! The tapas here is awesome and on another level. Prices were a good deal for farm to table food. Not bad for our first night here!
December is all about Shine On theme. All the products help to give a nice shine and glow to the skin. I love Tarte's Amazonian clay blushes. I used it all the time and they have different shades that compliment every skin tone. The TPSY lip oil is fun when you want to add some shine to your lips. I like the scent of the Avette coconut cleanser. They did a great job with this month's selection and finished off the year strong.
It is so sad but Forever21 is closing some of their stores here in California. Due to sales decrease, they will close the lowest selling stores. I went to check out the sale and found such great deals! I got pieces from $1.20-$7.50 each. They had a lot of inventory and I was able to grab a bunch of great items. Forever21 still has good trendy clothes at cheap prices. At least we can still buy them online.
Manhattan Beach had their Christmas tree lighting event yesterday. All the locals get together and celebrate the holidays. It is nice to see the trees light up at night. I was able to get a picture of a tree the next day. Excited for the holidays coming up!
This weekend we headed down to Temecula for some wine tasting. The weather was nice and sunny out here. It was cool and not too hot which is perfect. We went to Somerset to try out some wine. They have a great variety of white and red wines. The staff gave me a sample of their mojito and sangria mix that was delicious! It is a nice small and cozy place to enjoy some great wine.
We were feeling hungry and went next door to Frazeli. It is another vineyard that has wine that won a lot of awards. Plus, they serve food here which is awesome. After some wine tasting, we ordered a few plates to share. The food is really good and the portions are big enough to share. It's nice to sit on the patio and enjoy lunch outside. Today was nice to relax and enjoy some time at the vineyards.
The hubby took me to his work event @ Capital Records today. It is cool to get an inside look of where they produce all the music. We got to go into the recording studio area where they had Frank Sinatra's microphone. Magic happens in this room! While we were waiting, we decided to walk around and check out the stars on the sidewalk. Got to take a picture with Katherine and Mariah! We played tourists for the day which is always fun.
The hubby and I decided to walk around Main street area in Santa Monica. I was in the mood for something sweet. As we walked by I saw Sweet Rose Creamery. It is a small Ice cream shop that makes homemade desserts in store. I tried the Fresh Mint Chip flavor in a cup. It is the best mint ice cream I have ever had! They put fresh mint leaves and chocolate chips in the ice cream. You can really taste the mint flavor and fresh ingredients. They also sell pies and pints to go if you want to bring some home. Definitely coming back to try other flavors!
The theme is discover your wild side with this cute cheetah print makeup bag. The Pixi natural eyeshadow duo is perfect for every day use. I can use the Skone eyeliner together with the eyeshadow. The Hola Neon lip balm is great for adding some color on the go. I like this month's selection and excited to try new products.
This month's theme is Joy of Complexion and how to have radiant skin. The makeup selection in this box is lacking new products. I have received the Smashbox primer a few times and the sample size is pretty small. The products were not that impressive compared to the other past boxes. Due to the lack of better samples, I had to cancel this subscription. I felt I got a better deal with Ipsy and the samples were almost full size. Hopefully they work on the product sampling section and improve on this part.
My hubby and I finally got the chance to try out Little Fatty in Mar Vista. We like to go to the Mar Vista farmer's market every sunday and check out the fresh produce. Little Fatty is a casual Taiwanese restaurant for take out and dine in. The shop is nice and cozy with a cool art mural in front of the kitchen. We ordered a few plates to share like the chili wontons, beef noodle soup and the beef roll. The Chili wontons is made fresh and the spices taste great! I liked this one the best out of all the plates. The Beef noodle soup is good and hearty. The beef is tender and the veggies compliment the soup broth. The beef roll is a good appetizer and comes with a side of soup. The food here is authentic and taste really good!
Today is special cause I am celebrating a Wedding Anniversary with my Hubby! I have been with my husband for 9 years total, but married for 4 years. My hubby is so amazing and wonderful in every way! Every day I learn something new about him. He knows how to make me laugh all the time. He has been very supportive of everything that I do. I am truly lucky to find my soul mate and best friend! I cherish and enjoy every moment we spend together. My purpose in life is to make him happy and take care of him. I love you Blake Wolfson and proud to be your wife!
This month's theme is Flaunt it and Betty Boop is on the makeup bag. I used to collect Betty Boop stuff when I was younger. She is still an icon after all these years. I am excited to try the Seraphine botanicals primer. This product got good reviews and comes in a cute package. The Betty Boop lipgloss is fun for some shine to your lips. I like the Murad cleanser cause their products are made with good ingredients. I think Ipsy did a great job with my selection and I am going to use them daily.
I usually go to Blue Butterfly Coffee in El Segundo on Main street. I found out there is another location a few streets down. My hubby and I went to Smoky Hollow Roasters to try out the coffee. They serve Blue Butterfly Coffee and sell fresh roasted coffee beans in house. I ordered the Lavender Matcha Latte with oat milk. It taste the same and good as always. This shop has more space to lounge and work on the computer. It is in a small lot so you can miss it if you do not look for the sign. They have good coffee and pastries here!
The hubby and I decided to walk around the Arts District in downtown LA Today. We were looking at the places for sale and leasing. There is a lot more new restaurants in the area that opened up. The area is very trendy and hip with cool shops. There is a chicken farm and garden owned by Manuela Restaurant. It is cool to see chickens hanging out in the backyard. They also have a garden that they plant and grow their own veggies. We will have to check out the restaurant since everything is fresh and grown in their garden.
Highland Park area has a lot of cool and hip spots. People are saying it is going to be the new Silver Lake. We went to K & M coffee for some caffeine. I ordered the Mischief drink special. The drink is so good! It is a more fancy version of the Mocha latte. They know how to make a good cup of coffee. The shop is cute and cozy, great for working on the computer.
While walking around the Century City mall, the hubby and I started to feel hungry. We pass by this restaurant Meizhou Dongpo and saw a Chef cutting up a freshly cooked duck. It looks good so we sat down to eat. They are well known in Asia for cooking the best Chinese food. They specialize in roasted duck with steam buns. We ordered a few different plates duck sliders, dan dan noodles, kung pao chicken, serrano pepper beef and chicken fried rice. The duck sliders and the serrano pepper beef is the best dishes here. The food is authentic and made with fresh ingredients. We enjoyed our dinner here and will come back to try other plates.
We were in Culver City area and decided to try out Pasta Sisters. It is a family owned Italian restaurant made with all fresh ingredients. You wait in line to order and they give you a number. Then you can sit at any table that is open. We ordered a latte, Prosciutto di Parma and Burrata Arrabbiata Spaghetti. The Prosciutto sandwich is delicious! The bread is soft, they give you a lot of cheese and the Prosciutto is fresh. The Burrata on the pasta is so refreshing! I really like the spicy Arrabbiata sauce and the spaghetti is good. The Italian food here is fantastic and you can tell they put a lot of love in to the food. For the price, you get a great deal. We will come back for more!
It is officially Fall when you see Pumpkin patch farms opened. The hubby and I went to one close by to our house in Torrance. We like to check out the cute farm animals and feed them. It is fun to see everyone come out and pick out some pumpkins. We are ready for the Fall season!
My hubby took me on a boat to go fishing in Long Beach. He got a good deal on Groupon and you go with a bunch of people. Everyone on the boat was very friendly and helpful. It is nice to go out to the water and enjoy nature. My hubby caught some fish and it was fun!
There has been a lot of talk about Forever21 filing for bankruptcy in the news lately. Since I had some time today, I went to go check out the store. The location near my house had a $5 sale on all apparel. That is such a great deal! It is the price of a cup of coffee. I found some great pieces that are dressy to casual. The best part is the price and the clothes are cute. I still like shopping at Forever21. I hope they fix their financial situation and continue to bring more trendy clothes.
Today is our day off from work so we went to Venice and hanged out. Finally tried the Deus Ex Machina shop. It is a motorcycle, art gallery, clothing and coffee store. They have a backyard patio which is nice to chill. They have really cool stuff for men. My hubby really likes the clothes and accessories. We ordered a chai tea latte and an iced cold brew. The coffee is here is good! The atmosphere is trendy and cool to work on your computer. We will come back and shop!
For fun, we took pictures in front of the murals in Abbot Kinney. Felt like a tourist for the day. After walking around we were hungry. I yelped Sonoritas Prime Tacos in Sawtelle blvd. They got high reviews so we went to check them out. It is a small and cozy casual spot. They have everything from tacos, burritos, soups, salads and desserts. I ordered a Pistachio Horchata latte which is delicious! It is creamy and has a sweet nutty flavor. For lunch, I ordered carne asada burritos. It comes with free chips and salsa made fresh. The burrito is so good and filled with guacamole. The prices are great and the service is awesome. We will come back to try other items.
The selection this month was not that great. I feel I get the same makeup samples a lot like the Briogeo hair mask and First aid beauty lotion. I hope the next month they have more new brands I have not yet tried.
The hubby and I decided to head down to Solvang area for some time to relax. This weekend they were having a bunch of Rodeo shows in Los Olivos. We never been to one and waited till 2pm to go see one. We stopped by Los Olivos Wine Merchant cafe for some lunch. We had a flight of wine and shared a pizza. The wine was ok and the pizza was good. Then we went to Pony Espresso for some caffeine fix. The coffee shop is decorated like a horse stable which is cool. They make a great iced vanilla latte. The weather was so hot we hanged out here for a while for the air conditioner. It was time to go to Jacobsen Dairy Equine Center for the Rodeo. Everyone here brought their horse and decked out in cowboy attire. It is so cool to see people out their riding their horse. Each person had time to lasso a cow while riding on the horse. It is a family fun event. It is very interesting and great to see people having a great time!
This month's bag is celestially inspired by the universe. The pink makeup bag with a crystal charm is so cute! I love all the makeup items I received. The blush is full size and will last a long time. The beauty crop eyeshadow is a nice plum shade. I am excited to try the Glow recipe watermelon glow sleeping mask. It got really good reviews and smells great. Ipsy did a great job this month with the selection. Can't wait to see next month bag!
My hubby and I were invited to dinner at LSXO. It is a Vietnamese restaurant hidden in another restaurant at the Pacific City Mall. They have authentic Vietnamese cuisine with good cocktails. One of the guest order a drink which comes in a Pineapple mug that is light on fire which was cool! I ordered the Grand Master Martini which has vodka, matcha, coconut sake and other flavors. The drink is refreshing and reminds me of a Mojito. We had a set menu of a few dishes served family style. The food plates were Pork dumplings, Green Papaya salad, Shaky beef and Spicy lemongrass chicken. The Papaya salad and the Shaky beef are my favorites. The beef is so tender and marinated well. The salad is spicy with a lime citrus taste. The drinks and food here is delicious. The restaurant is small but cozy. It is very hip and is romantic with the lights all over. We will definitely come back.
I usually drive down to Huntington Beach on the weekend to hangout. My hubby got invited to some conference event and we got to stay down there for a few days. Went over to the Pacific City Mall and found some great deals. I picked up a black jumpsuit and boots at Irene's Story for 50% off. It fits perfectly and great for the fall season. Francesca's had a good sale on clothing and accessories. The red jumpsuit was only $20 and the earrings is buy 2 for $25. The last stop was Forever21 and got a few items for under $10 each. Scored some cute stuff for such a good price. Can't wait to wear them out!
The LF Store in Manhattan beach is closing and selling their clothes online now. I stopped by and the place was so packed. They had great deals on knit tops for $6 and every other piece for $12. I was able to find some great items for a good sale. It is sad for the clothing store to close but it is the best time to stock up. I am happy on purchase and will be wearing them out!
The hubby received an invitation for us to attend an event at the Magic Castle. It is an exclusive place where you have to be invited. The Magic Castle is historic and you have to dress up. It is fun to go out for a night of magic shows by the top magicians. We clean up well and it was a great night out in Hollywood!
Today I stopped by Forever21 and found some great deals on clothes. I picked up athletic tops, bodysuits and t-shirt dresses. They fit perfect and it is very comfortable. Goes great for every day wear for going out. I am happy on my purchase on this trip here.
Hermosa has their summer concert series every year around the month of August. They have cool bands and musician acts come out to perform. It is so fun listening to music by the pier. The sponsors come out and give out freebies during the event. A lot of people come out to have a great time. They do an awesome job with the event every year.
This month has different products to act as a beauty sidekick. The Buxom lip gloss provides all day wear without the sticky mess. I like Bobbi Brown products that keep my makeup in place. I think the selection was ok for the month. I hope next month has more better brands and new products.
Tea Master is a small mom and pop shop located in Little Tokyo. I don't know what they do but they have the best Matcha tea soft serve! It is so creamy and full of Matcha powder on top. It is also only around $4 which is great. Every time my hubby and I come down we must get their soft serve.
The Manhattan Beach Open is this weekend which is my favorite event. I like watching the volleyball tournament in person and being outside by the beach. It is cool when the vendors come and give out freebies all day. I had a great time and it was a nice day to relax.
This month is all about bare yourself and having products for all skin concerns. I like getting new K-beauty products that I have not yet used before. It is fun to try out the latest makeup and skincare items in the market today. I like the Honey cleansing foam which leaves my skin so soft and smell great. The Adesse lip creme shade is perfect and looks amazing! Pixi blush products are my favorite and give my skin a nice glow everyday. Ipsy did a great job with the picks this month.
The Bourgeois Pig is a Bohemian themed coffee shop in Franklin Village area of Hollywood. It is a small and cozy spot to grab a cup of coffee. It really has a Halloween vibe all year round here! I ordered the Borgeois Latte recommended by the barista. It's a chocolate espresso blended drink. It is good but a little too sweet for my taste. I would try more of a latte there next time.
Unique Market was held at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar for the Summer event. It was cool to hangout in the Airplane airport. They had all the vendors and sponsors come out to celebrate a summer weekend. The hubby and I got to try out free drinks and Jeni's ice cream which was awesome! They had a diy craft area to make keychains. I bought a cool yoga bag from Save the Rain booth. It is nice cause they are custom and handmade by the people of the organization. We had a good time relaxing and did some shopping here. Can't wait to check out their holiday market coming soon!
While driving around, my hubby wanted some coffee so I went on Yelp. I found Steelhead Coffee close by so we stopped by to try them out. I ordered the Iced Latte with almond milk. Their coffee is really good and fresh. It's a nice coffee shop to relax and enjoy some food. I will come back if I am in the area.
My hubby drove us around in Venice and we stopped by The Rose Cafe. It is a full bakery and restaurant with organic fresh food. The place has two rooms. One is the coffee bar and quick bites area. The other room is the full service sit down with patio. We decided to sit in the coffee bar area and grab a quick bite. We ordered a Horchata latte, side of bacon and the Cubano sandwich to share. The Horchata latte is good with a creamy and light cinnamon flavor. The side of bacon is delicious with this smokey and crispy taste. The cubano sandwich is good and we really liked it. The Rose is a nice place to get food and work on the computer to relax. Definitely coming back to try other things on the menu.
Huntington Beach hosted the Vans US Open of Surfing this weekend. The place was so packed and busy. It's cool watching the surfers and the skaters doing their thing. They had a big Vans store to sell skateboards, clothing, shoes and accessories. I picked up some free Vans goodies and got a cooler perfect for lunch. Then went to Ripcurl and purchased cool 70s style clothing. Had so much fun hanging out by the beach with the hubby and checking out the event.
Hermosa Beach held the AVP Volleyball Tournament this weekend. I love to go watch the volleyball matches by the beach! During the week, I pretty much catched up on the Women's teams. The Women were rocking the courts and were really good! I picked up some free goodies from all the sponsors during the games. Looking forward the when they come to Manhattan Beach area.
Sephora July Play Box theme is about Isle of Beauty. Trying new products to have a clean face. I like that Sephora introduces the members to new brands that I never heard of. I like the Bite and Caudalie brand products. The Bite makes pretty lip crayons. Caudalie is good in facial creams and serums. The selection is ok this month and I am looking forward to what comes in next month.
Hinterhof is a German Kitchen & Beer Garden in Highland park area. They have inside dinning with long communal tables. There is also patio seating outside in front of the restaurant. They serve authentic German cuisine and have a lot of craft beers on tap. I ordered a Weihenstephan Hefeweizen to start off with to drink. The glass is huge and there is probably two glasses in one. I did the best I could and probably only drank half of it. For food, we ordered the Schnitzel Sliders and Potato Pancakes. The Potato Pancakes are so delicious! It is fried to perfection and the inside is moist. The applesauce and sour cream gives it a nice fresh flavor. They have a great happy hour and we will back for more!
This month's theme is Dive in to summer parties. The makeup bag is designed with palm trees and in pink which is so cute! I am excited to receive the Hempz pineapple lotion to try out. I have seen this product in many stores. It smells so good and is lightweight. Benefit cosmetics lash curling mascara works very good, I have tried this product before. It stays on all day and doesn't make the eyelashes clump up. They did a great job with this month's selection and can't wait for next month bag.
The hubby and I went down to Mammoth Lakes for a road trip this weekend. We wanted to get away for some fun and relax in the mountains. There was still snow up here since we had a lot of rain this year. It is so beautiful and peaceful by Lake Mary. It's nice to appreciate some quality time in nature. We did some hiking trails around the lakes in the area.
After hiking, we got hungry and headed to Mammoth Brewing Company. They got a great selection of fresh brewed beers. We tried out the Yosemite Pale Ale which is smooth. For food we ordered a burger, potato tots and a peach cobbler. The potato tots are so good and goes great with beer! The burger is cooked right and so tender. The peach cobbler is refreshing. They make great food and the beer is awesome!
We went to our cabin and took a nap since we were out all day. I wanted a pick me up so I yelped Black Velvet coffee. It was literally down a few streets from our place. I ordered a Horchata latte and a chocolate coconut bar. The latte is so good and the coffee taste strong. They make good coffee and it is cool to see their set up of how coffee is brewed. It was a nice and relaxing trip but we had to head home. Until next time Mammoth Lakes.
The hubby took me out to Highland Park area to explore. Apparently there is a lot of new coffee shops and restaurants opened here in the recent years. We usually go to Silverlake but decided to check out Highland Park instead. I stopped by Civil Coffee for some caffeine fix. Out of all the options, I chose the Arroyo latte with the best lavender syrup. It was really good and so refreshing with the lavender flavor. They make great coffee here and it is a cool place to work on the computer. Afterwards, we walked down the street and stumbled upon Triple Beam Pizza. It is located in a small strip with Go get em tiger and Hippo. They feature pizza made with fresh ingredients. You can get a small slice or order a whole pie. I got the pepperoni and mushroom slice to snack on. The pizza is very good! The toppings are fresh, the sauce is seasoned well. They make good pizza that's great for on the go. Looking forward to checking the other cool spots in the area.
William B + Friends is this cute clothing boutique and they have multiple locations in California. I have been to the Manhattan beach and Huntington beach stores. They have trendy and up to date clothing. They also carry jewelry, handbags and shoes as well. I stopped by and picked up some cute clothes for summer. They had a sale rack and additional 25% off the items. I am so excited that I was able to find some cute stuff and for a great deal. Perfect since the weather is starting to get hot!
The hubby decided to take me out for a nice dinner at Slay in Manhattan Beach. It is a new restaurant that just opened up by Chef David Slay. The restaurant features grass fed steak, fresh seafood, vegan options, organic produce and Slay wines. The owner has multiple restaurants in Orange County and owns Slay vineyards. The decor is very upscale and vintage. The food is definitely up to par and delicious! I ordered the Shitake steak and it was cooked to perfection. The meat is tender and the mushroom sauce adds flavor. My hubby had the Filet Mignon and he was impressed. We had to try out the desserts so we ordered the Creme brulee and Almond cake. My favorite is the Creme Brulee with the creamy custard and caramelized sugar. The Chef welcomed us to the restaurant and asked how our meal was which is nice. We will definitely come back and dine here.
Ellie is an activewear subscription box for $39.95 a month on a 3 piece or $49.95 for 5 pieces. I have seen their ad on Instagram and decided to check it out. I signed up to the June box and used a discount code for first time customers. The box came quick in this cute pink package. It's nice that there is inspirational notes in the package. I received the 3 piece set and it came with a camo pouch for free. I picked the Dream Chaser set cause I like the bra details and the yoga pants design. The clothes is very comfortable and light. I am excited to wear them out to yoga class!
Play box is all about destination beauty and travel. This month's selection is full of mutli-tasking makeup to last all day. I am happy to receive Laneige lip sleeping mask cause I want to try this out. Laneige makes great water cream products that helps the skin get moisture. The Tarte Foundcealer is great for setting my makeup in place and helps protect it from the Sun. This month has some great products and I will add it to my daily routine.
Victoria's Secret has their Summer Semi-Annual Sale going on for the past week. They have great deals on sports wear, sleep wear and accessories. I stopped by to checkout the sale and see some items. I picked up a few t-shirts, yoga tights, sleep pants, makeup bag and a keychain. The sale was a great time to stock up on favorites for a good price. I am excited to wear these cute clothes during my workout!
The Iconic video game Tetris turned 35 this year so Ipsy created a fun makeup line for the theme. The makeup is bright and cool for carrying all the essentials for summer. I really love this month's selection! I like Tonymoly cleanser, Farmacy face masks and excited for the Realher lipstick. The Tetris eyeshadow package is cute and playful. Looking forward to using these products on a daily basis.
Forever 21 is having their 50% off Summer sale on items. I like to stock up on active wear and casual clothes. I got such a great deal starting around $5 and up for a piece. That's not bad and it is perfect for doing yoga. I like the fit of their active line. So happy with my purchase and everything fits great!
My wonderful hubby gave me money to buy some goodies for myself on my birthday. I picked up a few items at a great deal! I found a jean jacket at H&M that fits perfectly. Picked up some cute purses and wallet. There were cute dainty jewelry from different stores I liked and purchased. At Free People, I found a cute swimsuit coverup and dress in one. Last I stumbled upon an ad on Instagram and bought a floral cell phone cover online. My hubby is the best!
The hubby and I headed down to Santa Ynez for some wine tasting. It is the perfect weather to chill outside. We got a glass of wine and enjoyed some cheese plate at Sunstone Vineyards. Since we are close, we stopped by Los Olivos area. It is a cute town full of restaurants and vineyards. The atmosphere feels like home and everyone in the neighborhood is so friendly.
We decided to try out a new vineyard at Waylan Wine Co. It is the newest addition opened and owned by a family. The service was amazing and the wines here are really good! After having two wine tastings, we started to get hungry. We found the bear and star restaurant down the street. The place has great reviews so we went in for dinner. The menu is farm to table, everything is organic and fresh. We ordered the chili, burger and cornbread. The chili is delicious and full of spicy flavors. It taste great with the cornbread. The burger is tender and so good. We had such a great day out and enjoyed some quality time together.
Sephora May box is all about Beauty Bffs. This month's products are selected to impress everyone. I have received a Sol De Janeiro Brazilian bum cream from another subscription box. Their products works well and smells good! I'm excited to receive a different cream to try out with the CoCo Cabana cream. The Benefit Cosmetics mascara products works well and stay on all day. The May box is ok and I hope the next one will be better.
The hubby treated me to a massage today after we moved into our new apartment. We noticed a new food place the Pasta Shop next door. We decided to come in and try it out. The guy named Marco was very friendly and invited us in to eat good Italian food. They make fresh authentic Italian food all day. The menu includes salads, pastas and pizza. I ordered a slice of the Margherita and Gustosa Roman style pizza. The pizza is good with their fresh made dough and it is big for one slice. The Margherita is my favorite with the tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. My hubby ordered the Pappardelle pasta with the Bolognese sauce. The pasta is soft and so good! The pasta is tossed in red sauce with Parmesan cheese on the side. This place is amazing, the service and food is fantastic! We will definitely come back for more.
I like this month's theme is to "Live out your daydreams." The makeup bag is fun in a rainbow glitter design. I'm excited to try out all the products I received. The eyeshadow is awesome cause I can bring it everywhere in a small compact. I like Pixi products and the eye liner is pretty. On a daily basis I use facial cleaners and moisturizers. This is a great bag!
We found a new restaurant in El Segundo The Slice & Pint. It is a pizza spot that serves beer from El Segundo Brewing Company. There is plenty of space and tables inside. You can come here for a slice of pizza and beer while watching the game. We ordered a few appetizers first like the mozzarella sticks, calamari and buffalo wings. The appetizers are fresh and taste good! The buffalo wings are my favorite. We ordered a whole pizza pie and split 2 different styles of red sauce & white pesto sauce. The pizza is nice and thin which is good. The ingredients are fresh and taste delicious! This is a great place for pizza and beer fans.
While browsing on Instagram, I saw an offer for Emma & Chloe for $10 first box. Emma & Chloe is a French designer jewelry company in Paris. They design different pieces of jewelry for each subscription box. The regular price is $35, but if you sign up with their offer first time it is only $10 to start. I signed up and got the April box. It came with OMA Gold Earrings. It is versatile so it can be worn with the gold hoop or by itself with just the leaf stud. The jewelry is beautiful and I'm excited to wear them!
We finally got the chance to have dinner at Jame Enoteca in El Segundo. It is a small restaurant specializing in hand made pastas, salads and seasonal plates in Italian cuisine. The interior is very dark with red lights and trendy decor. It gives a romantic atmosphere for date night here. We ordered a few plates to share Chop salad, Tagliatelle Al Ragu and the Paccheri. Of course I ordered a glass of Pinot Grigio to start off with. We liked the Chop salad cause it was light and refreshing. It was good without the heavy dressing. The Paccheri is really good! It comes with pasta, spicy pork sausage sugo , sage and pecorino. The pasta is full of flavor and you can taste the fresh ingredients. The Tagliatelle Al Ragu was ok. This spot is cool for a date night out and enjoy Italian food.
The Hubby took me out for a birthday dinner at Manhattan Beach Post. It is a Farm to Table restaurant with David LeFevre as Chef/Co-owner. The interior is really rustic and relaxed environment. After work, you can come here for good drinks and food. I ordered the Avila's Heir, it is a spicy margarita with orange yuzu flavors. It has a kick to it and taste good. My hubby chose a red glass of wine to enjoy. We saw other tables with a Charcuterie boards and ordered the Chef's board special. We felt like the board didn't have much meat and too much bread. It was small and not what we expected. The board is good but we like the traditional Charcuterie plates instead. The bacon cheddar biscuits are really good with the butter. It is big portions and we liked that it is hot right from the oven. For entree, we just got the Chicken pot pie to split. The outside crust is good but the inside filling was ok. The food was just ok but I enjoyed my hubby's company more. Today was a great day of relaxing and spending time celebrating a special moment.
Today is my Birthday and I decided to pickup some goodies. Sugarfina gifted me a three piece bento box and I got to choose the candies. I like their packaging is so cute and the candies taste good! If you are a Beauty Insider with Sephora, you get a birthday gift for free. I chose the Drunk Elephant cleanser set to try out. Madewell sent a $25 gift voucher for any purchase in store. I went in to pick out a striped T-shirt and hair tie. The T-shirt is nice and soft! At Sprinkles, I picked up a free birthday cupcake and got a Lemon one. If you are signed up to Ulta beauty reward member, they give you a Tarteist lip paint as a birthday gift. It was awesome to treat myself with all these cool stuff and enjoy the day!
Sephora Play box is all about Winning Beauty Products. I like Fresh lip products so I was happy to receive the lip treatment sample. Clinique makes great mascara that last all day without the mess. Glamglow is good with mud masks and facial creams. This month was ok and I hope the May box has better products.
This month is all about Fresh New Spring Beauty trends. I like the makeup bag, it's so cute with lemons. I am excited to use all the products I received. Purlisse is a good brand, I decided to add on the Watermelon Energizing Aqua balm product to the bag. Since I had a lot of reward points I redeemed it for the Coconude lip gloss by Seraphine. They did a great job with the selection!
A new shop Cha Cha Matcha opened up in Abbot Kinney, Venice. They feature all kinds of Matcha green tea drinks and products. It feels like being on vacation with the decor inside. I ordered the Matcha Chai to try out. It is different and taste great! This is my second day in a row drinking Matcha and I love it!
The Alfred tea room is close to our brunch place so we had to stop by. This location in Melrose is very pink and pretty. They serve all kinds of teas and sell different products as well. I get the regular Iced Matcha latte with boba added. It is very good here and the Matcha is rich full of flavor. I still like coming here when I get the chance.
The Chateau Marmont is a hotel located in Los Angeles and is an historic landmark. It was built in 1929 featuring Old Hollywood glam throughout the grounds. My hubby wants to visit here for a long time. Today, he woke me up and took me there for brunch. We were sat in the patio with the garden views. It is so nice and sunny outdoors. Of course, I started out with a Frose drink to relax. For food we had the BLT and a burger plate. The burger is good, but the BLT is so good! I like the avocado and the dressing in the sandwich. It is nice to treat ourselves with brunch at a beautiful garden atmosphere. When I went to the bathroom, the decor is really nice. The bar areas are so cool with that 1920s look. We had a great time for brunch here!
Forever21 has great deals going on when they have a sale. I need more Spring clothes so I picked up a few items. I like their active line cause it fits well and the material is soft. They have great joggers, tights and hoodies for working out. They have cute dresses that are versatile and comfortable. So excited for the great finds!
Clutch is our favorite spot to go to in Venice area. They have a full bar and serve Northern Mexican cuisine with smoked meats. I ordered a Mojito cause it was so hot outside. The Mojito is so good! I can just sit here all day and lounge with this drink. I ordered the Tri-tip plate which comes with a Jalapeno biscuit. The Tri-tip is delicious and cooked to perfection! The meat is seasoned and so tender like steak. You can add some of their BBQ sauce on to give it a kick of flavor. This place knows how to smoke the meats and make it so tasty.
My hubby and I finally got the chance to go to Hermosa Brewing Company in Hermosa Beach. It is a pub with food. The tables are stocked with old school board games which is cool. I ordered a Lost Sirena Lager beer and the Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich. The beer is light and tasted pretty good! The Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich is delicious! They seasoned it well and it was crispy with coleslaw on top. It comes with a side so I got the tater tots. The beers and food is great here. Can't wait to try out their other items on the menu.
Goodnight Macaroon is an online clothing store for women fashion. They had 40% off spring sale so I decided to check it out. I picked up cute dress, romper, jumpsuit and bags. They do take longer for delivery and customer service. I received my items and tried them on. It fits perfectly! I got plenty of compliments on my small clear purse. It is a good deal with their promo codes.
Spring is here and Sephora has products to refresh the beauty routine. It is all about skincare and hair care. They added Supergoop Sunscreen in my bag which I have been wanting to try out. Everyone needs to put sunscreen before they go out or you will see sun spots on your skin. I am bad at not putting on sunscreen and protecting my face. I like using dry shampoo in the morning to make the hair smell great! It is easier to style the hair and feels fresh. The items this month is products I have used before so it is good to stock up.
While browsing on Instagram one day, I found Bohme ad post. They carry indie style clothing for women. I signed up for the email newsletter and they gave me a 15% discount code for first purchase. I checked their online store and found a lot of good items. With a discount I picked up a few outfits and shoes for a good deal. The clothes fits perfectly and looks great! The shoes are very comfortable which is hard to find at other places. Bohme has great stuff and the prices are affordable. It is awesome to add new clothes to my wardrobe.
This month, Ipsy is dedicating the glam bag to strong women everywhere. The bag has a good message to inspire us all. I am glad to receive the Realher liquid lipstick and the Tarte mascara. I like the bold lip color look with the attention to the eyes that pop. I look forward to trying the other new products and experiment. The picks this month are great!
L'Occitane sent their weekly newsletter and had a offer for a free gift with purchase. If you spend $10 or more you can get the Almond collection set. They also give you three travel sample packets. I bought the Solidarity balm and the Flash moisture mask. Their products smell really good and do make my skin more soft. So excited to get all these goodies!
My hubby gave me a gift card to Elegance Spa in Manhattan beach for Valentine's Day. I have been hinting that I needed a massage bad. I have been really tense in my upper body and lower back. He is so wonderful and got a gift card for a facial & massage package. I made an appointment for a glow facial for one hour. I liked that the lady April helped to address my skin concerns and gave some recommendations. She made my skin clean and it felt more soft after the facial. Then I received an hour swedish massage by Donica. She is good at getting my stress knots out and made my body feel more loose. I had a great experience here and the staff was amazing. It is nice that I can use their shower after and get a hot tea by the fireplace. I recommend coming here to reward yourself!
March is the start of Spring and the new arrivals of trends. It is all about pastels, bright colors, t-shirts and sandals. I like to check out the dollar bin area cause they have new stuff for each holiday or events. The items start from $1 to $7 for each one. I picked a cute watermelon scarf, summer beach towel, a makeup case and blue tote bag. It is a great deal for these cause it cost more at other boutiques. The t-shirts are very soft and comfortable at $12.99 each. I like that I can pair it with jeans and be casual. Their jeans from Universal Thread are on sale for $15 and the material is nice. It fits my frame well and still comfortable. For sandals, I got the black slippers and light blue sandals. These are good for dresses so that I don't have to wear heels. So happy that Spring is here which means warm weather!
My hubby gave me some money to pick up some gifts for Valentine's Day. I found some great deals on new spring trends. The Tom's cherry tomato woven espadrilles is so cute and comfortable. It will go great with a dress or jeans. I got a promo code which gave me a discount off the regular price. Victoria's Secret had a deal for all sports bras are $10 each. I had to go and stock up on some sports bras. I like the design and the fit is perfect! I stopped by Anthropologie and got a cute stone necklace for around $16 on sale. It looks nice on a t-shirt or a simple dress. Since Sephora is next door, I went to pick up some more Too Faced eyeshadow insurance. This product works really well and I use it daily.
There were new arrivals of jeans for $10 each at H&M so I picked a few. The skinny jeans are tailored and fits me well. Swarovski had these cute rose gold heart earrings that I really liked. I stopped by their store and they look even better in person. I got them cause it is unique with the design. Last I was walking around Hermosa Beach and decided to check out Spyder. They have really cute summer and beach wear here. I saw this striped backpack and it is great for summer use. It is big enough to fit a lot of stuff and so pretty with the pastel colors. I even got a great deal and snagged it up for $25 on sale. I am really excited that I found great buys and can't wait to wear them!
While walking around Abbot Kinney area in Venice, we noticed a bunch of chickens making noises. It is The Cook's Garden where this lady grows fresh herbs, veggies and eggs here. It is so cool to see all the produce so fresh and bright. I like that they have a bunch of chickens and ducks in the hen house. They are so fluffy and cute! We bought a dozen eggs cause we are curious on the taste. We tried some eggs fried and the yolk is so orange. It does taste much better than the supermarkets.
I love Stitches & Feathers boho boutique in Fullerton and Huntington Beach. They have cute clothes and the prices are very reasonable. I usually check out the one at the Pacific City Mall in Huntington Beach area. They were having a two day warehouse sale close by so I had to check it out. I went on Saturday cause I had to work on Friday. They still had a lot of inventory when I came so I browsed the racks. I found 4 items that I liked. I got all 4 items for $40 bucks total. That's such a great deal for spring and summer clothes. Can't wait till it gets more hot to wear my new finds!
This month's theme is Lovestruck beauty and how to give our routine some love. The products I would like to try is the Caudalie radiance serum and the Wander beauty eye mask. The rest of the items are ok. I hope next month has more good samples.
My hubby was driving us around in LA and we decided to get lunch in Studio City. My hubby's favorite spot is Barrel & Ashes. They make the best bbq food in the area. The Hoe cake is well known here and it comes in a skillet with onions. It is so fresh and warm! I don't know how they do it but it taste so good. My hubby ordered their burger which comes with fresh onion rings. It is pretty tasty and a big sized burger. I ordered the best damn chicken sandwich with a spicy coleslaw toppings. It is delicious and always hits the spot! Barrel & Ashes is a great place to get your BBQ cravings satisfied.
We all know when we have a trip to Target, we end up getting other things not on the list. I walked by the Dollar Bins area and saw a bunch of cute spring stuff. I picked up a few things from lip balms, oils, plates, candles and a wooden tray. They cost from $1-5 which is such a great deal! I like to add some color to home decor and excited to use these items.
It's a special event today which is Valentine's Day! My hubby and I exchanged our gifts which includes candies, flowers and spa gift cards. I always love this day to show my hubby how much I care. He takes good care of me and showers me with amazing gifts. He knows exactly how to put a smile on my face. My hubby is my true soul mate and I am one lucky gal! Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day with the one they love.
The February makeup bag is so pretty and fun with lip stains. It is great for carrying all the makeup essentials for date night. I am excited to try the Pixi Glow Tonic. This product got good reviews. I like the Belle lip gloss in red. They did a great job selecting the products this month. I am in love with everything!
While walking around in downtown El Segundo, we found SmallCakes Bakery. They have freshly baked cupcakes and homemade ice cream. The lady was friendly and let us try out samples. We tried the banana fosters ice cream. It is really good and tasted like a pie! I picked up a lemon cupcake. The cupcake is very moist and full of fresh lemon flavor. This place is great for your sweet cravings.
We passed by The Empanada Shop a few times and finally got to try them today. It is raining outside but getting hot empanadas would be great. It is a small and cozy shop. The cashier was helpful in showing us the menu. We got 6 empanadas, 3 with meat and 3 with veggies. For drinks we both got their fresh Mandarin juice. I liked the Chicken Verde and the Veggie empanada. I would like to try their tamales next time since it was sold out.
There is a new Poke/Seafood place Ali'i Fish Co. that just opened up in El Segundo. They feature Poke, salads, burgers and Grilled Fish plates. My hubby ordered the Poke Sampler with Onion Limu Ahi, Sweet & Spicy Ahi and Ponzu Salmon. I ordered the Poke bowl with Sweet & Spicy Ahi and Ponzu Salmon. It comes with rice and I added Edamame. The Poke is very fresh and they give you big chunks of fish. The Sweet & Spicy Ahi is my favorite. I want to try their other plates here next time.
Shuhari Matcha Cafe features all kinds of tea flavors. It is a cute and cozy tea house. The staff are friendly and very helpful with the menu. They serve coffee, teas, waffles and soft serve. My hubby got the regular Matcha latte and I ordered the Kinako Matcha Latte. The Matcha lattes are authentic and the teas are full of flavor. You can also buy their loose leaf tea bags to bring home and brew. I will come back and try their waffles!
Pressed Juicery released their new Disney exclusive Minnie Mouse juices. You can choose from Dragon Fruit Punch or Pineapple Greens. The packaging is so cute and it comes with a bow tie you can use for your hair. Since I stopped by, I also used my Valentine gram offer to pick up Kiehl's Ultra facial cream. The facial cream is worth $30 and it is their best selling product. I'm excited to try the cream and try the new juice flavors!
Vici has their flash sale and I picked up two jackets for $20 each. I got the black leather jacket that turns into a vest. It is a good deal on jackets! The second one is more casual a beige cloth jacket. I purchased both in medium and it fits perfectly.
Forever 21 has a great sale on their Active wear line. It is marked down and you get an extra 50% off additional sale. This is when I stock up and buy a lot of items for a great deal. Tops were around $5 and leggings around $6. I like their Active wear line cause it is comfortable and last long. So happy for my purchase and can't wait to wear them to yoga class!
Gwen is a retail meat shop and specialty tasting menu restaurant in Los Angeles. It is owned by a celebrity chef Curtis Stone. They brought back the lunch menu so my hubby took me here today. I ordered the Gwen Grinder and my hubby got the Spicy Chicken sandwich. To drink we ordered some coffee and iced latte. It is cool to come in and see all the fresh meats in the displays. You can catch some of the chefs prep the meats and ingredients while you are waiting. The coffee is great and strong! You don't need a lot of sugar since you can taste the coffee beans. We like to split sandwiches and try everything. The Spicy chicken sandwich is good with their spicy sauce and fresh tender chicken. My favorite is the Grinder with the salami and veggies. It is a good deal for lunch and they make really delicious food here! Can't wait to try out the other items on their menu.
I like to do yoga at Athleta on Sundays at The Point in El Segundo. Today I was hungry after finishing the class and wanted to get lunch. I passed by Mendocino Farms and decided to grab a sandwich here. They serve farm fresh sandwiches, soups and salads with seasonal ingredients. I ordered the Chicken MBP sandwich, an iced tea and chips. It is pretty good sandwich and very fresh veggies. It is light and refreshing! I liked it and was satisfied after working out hard.
My hubby took me to Larchmont area and we got some pizza at Village Pizzeria. They serve New York style pies and slices. The atmosphere is old school with all kinds of pictures and signs on the wall. It is a nice casual spot to grab a bite to eat. We ordered a 16 inch pie with pepperoni, olives and pineapples. They make a good pizza and it is close to New York style. The dough is thin and soft around the crust which I like. The sauce and cheese goes well together with the toppings. If you are in the area, you should stop by for a slice!
This month's theme is Beauty Scope according to your sign. I'm a Taurus, so it's all about finding calmness into my beauty routine with a tea or latte infused with skin loving ingredients. I like Laneige products, it makes my skin so soft after using them at night. The Hum three day sample is nice to try out supplement to improve skin and get vitamins. The Origins charcoal mask works great. They did a great job with the selection this month.
It is a new year and Ipsy designed a cute striped bag for all the winter essentials. There is a lot of new brands that I have never tried before. I like trying new makeup products to see if it works with my skin tone. I like the Rose natural color nail polish and the Ahava mineral hand cream. I need to take care of my hands more and keep it moisturized. I hope for the next bag I get more bright colored makeup.
While we we're walking around Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, we saw this cute coffee truck. Niche is a mobile coffee spot featuring coffee, teas and smoothies. I ordered a Matcha tea latte with honey. The ladies were friendly and helpful with the menu. Their Matcha tea latte is delicious and so full of flavor! My hubby got a hot chocolate and enjoyed. This is a must stop for your caffeine needs!
The hubby decided to take me to Belmont Shores area of Long Beach. We wanted to grab a bite to eat and walk around. It has been a while but we stopped by Open Sesame. It is an Authentic Lebanese restaurant. They have appetizers, pita sandwiches and plates. The Moroccan mint tea is refreshing to start off with. For appetizers we got the hummus & pita and fried potatoes. The hummus is so good with the hot pitas from the oven. The fried potatoes is my favorite with a spicy lime flavor. I got the Chicken kabob pita sandwich and it was small. Before they would be filled with lettuce, tomato and other toppings. Now they really cut back on ingredients. We like Open Sesame but it is expensive now for what you get. I would come back for the appetizers!
The Target January beauty box is all about flawless products. The box is $7 with free shipping and comes with 7 items. I am excited to try the Love Beauty deodorant and the Garnier micellar water. For the beauty products you get in this box is worth the price! Looking forward to getting more beauty boxes from Target.
We drove by and saw this restaurant Leonardo's Ristorante in Solvang. Since it is our last night here before we head home, we went to get some dinner. The restaurant is nice and modern with old school photos on the wall. We we're able to get a table and started off with some bread. We ordered the Funghi e prosciutto with pepperoni and a Spaghetti alle vongole. The pizza here is big and so good cause they have a nice oven! I like the dough was soft and the crust was cooked perfect. The toppings are fresh and the tomato sauce is good. The spaghetti with clams in the white wine sauce is light and refreshing. The clams are so good and the sauce is not too heavy. This place makes great italian food if you are in Solvang!
My hubby woke up this morning and wanted to go to Solvang. So off we go to our many adventures! We got dressed and drove down to Solvang area. The place was packed with a lot of people who celebrated New Year's Day. Of course we had to stop by a bakery to get some pastries. We went to Mortensen's bakery for some sweets! They have all kinds of danishes with almond crust. We ordered two lattes, a raspberry and custard danish. The danishes area delicious and so good! Dutch people know how to bake. The fresh jam, almond, glaze and crust is so edible.
Since it is New Year's Day, most of the vineyards were closed for the holiday. We we're lucky to find Rideau Vineyards was open. It is a cute vineyard in a cozy home atmosphere. Their grounds is so big and you can throw private events in the banquet rooms. It feels nice to ring in the New Year with our first wine tasting. The white wines are good and they are known for their red wines. During the wine tasting, we got a cheese plate to snack on.
After drinking wine, we got hungry and headed to Copenhagen Sausage Garden. People are here to watch the games and grab a bite to eat. It is casual and you can have dogs in the patio. I got the currywurst sausage and basket of fries. The sausages are full of flavor and taste great with the toppings. Not a bad way to chill.
The reason why we drove so far is to feed the ostrich! My hubby loves feeding these big birds. It is Ostrich Land in Solvang near the freeway entrance. The owner has ostrich, emu, rabbits and chickens here. You pay $5 to come in and $1 to feed them with food. These Ostrich are very strong and feisty. It is best to be careful of your hands while feeding time. It is cool to feed these crazy birds in the middle of no where. A great first day of the year of 2019!
The hubby took me to Midnight in Macau event at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. We came out and dressed up to ring in the new year. They did a good job decorating the place and had a casino night. Everyone came to eat and drink waiting for the countdown. They even had a dragon dance to wish good luck to everyone which is cool. Happy New Year and hope the new year brings happiness to all!
While walking around Little Tokyo in LA, my hubby took me to Far bar. He wanted to get some drinks and watch the UFC fights. Far Bar has seatings indoor and the patio. We chose the patio cause it is nice outside. I like the decor and it is very chill atmosphere. My hubby got a beer and I tried a Cat's pajamas cocktail. Not bad watching a fight on the big screen and being outside with the crowd. I will try out the food next time.
Merry Christmas everyone! Today is a holiday and most places are closed. My hubby and I was able to find Happy Lemon on yelp and it was open. We went over to get some milk tea and a snack. There was a lot of people probably cause it is the only food place open in the area. It is nice and bright inside with the decor. I ordered a Jasmine green milk tea boba and a Fresh lemon honey green tea. I really like the fresh lemon tea, it is refreshing and light. I also got a creme puff which is not bad. I will try out their other flavored teas!
My hubby took me to our favorite Japanese restaurant Ojiya for dinner. We made it in time cause they are going to be closed for Christmas. The place is small but cozy. We started off with the Karage and Rib eye steak with Ponzu sauce. The karage is ok, but the steak is so tender and awesome. The Ponzu sauce gives it a kick and the steak was cooked perfectly. I could just come here and just order this steak plate only. My hubby ordered the bacon pasta. It is delicious! So creamy but a good taste of the salty bacon with herbs. I ordered the Ojiya Tonkotsu Ramen. The ramen is so good, you can taste the garlic miso flavors! The noodles are nice and soft. The pork is tender and the veggies are refreshing. This is one of the best Japanese restaurant in the South Bay!
This is part 2 of yesterday of Paso Robles. We went to Dilecta vineyard after Tooth & Nail. Dilecta is a place you can book a night in their hotel. It is small and makes you feel like at home. The owner has dogs on the fields which is cool. The dogs love playing fetch all day! The tasting room has art and decor inside that is cute. The wines here are pretty good. I liked the red wines here more. It is nice to sit in their patio and over look the views. I would come back and bring a basket of food for a picnic.
Today is our last day for the trip. We had to go to Pasolivo farm for the olive oils. The people grow and produce all kinds of olive oils, vinegar and seasonings. It is fun trying different flavored olive oils with bread. The lady was cool teaching us what pair well with each kind of seasoning. After trying so many flavors we bought the Classic, Rosemary and the grapefruit lotion. They last for 2 years which is well worth it. We had an amazing time as always, until next time Paso Robles.
We woke up early and went to go grab some coffee. I yelped a place called Spearhead Coffee. I ordered the vanilla latte and it is good with the cold weather. My hubby wanted some mexican food so we found Habaneros next door. It is a small restaurant and the lady working there is awesome. They gave us free chips and salsa to start. The meatball soup is good comfort food! I got the Burrito with carne asada and my hubby ordered the Chile Relleno & Tamale combo. The Chile Relleno is the best thing here! The burrito is ok and good. This is a place to go when you want some good authentic Mexican food.
After lunch, we went to go check out Tooth & Nail Vineyard. I got a free wine tasting coupon in the Paso robles wine events magazine. It is a big castle with a bridge and water. The decor is very dark and there is paintings throughout the place. It feels like being on a set for a horror movie. The white wines are pretty good! The reds are ok but that what they are known for more. It was interesting exploring the premises and getting to checkout the cool art work.
My hubby booked us a trip to Paso Robles for our Christmas celebration. We finally got there and checked into our hotel first. Then it was time to go get some wine tastings. We went to Hug Cellars which my hubby chose. It is a small and cozy vineyard. The wine consultant is friendly and helped us figure out the best wines there. I really enjoyed the white wines! It is very smooth and crisp with a little sweet flavor. The Reserve library red wines is what they are known for and popular. We had a good flight of whites and red wines. I would come back and try other wines next time.
We headed next door to Brochelle vineyards since it is close. The lady is very nice and served us a flight of wines. They are known more for their red wines like Syrah. I liked the Estate Syrah red wine. It didn't have an after taste and had bold flavors. The place is cozy like you are visiting someone's house with the decor. I do like the chandelier is made out of wine glasses which is cool! After having two wine tastings today, we headed out for dinner.
Our favorite restaurant to visit is Catch. They feature the best seafood cuisine in downtown Paso Robles. They also carry a wide variety of wines from all the vineyards in the area. Our chef smiled for the camera which is awesome! For appetizers, we started off with Escargot and pan fried calamari. The Escargot is good with herbs and olive oil. The pan fried calamari is lightly battered and so crispy. It is so good! My hubby ordered the Chicken alfredo and I got the Cioppino. The Cioppino is a seafood stew that is delicious and taste good when you dip bread in the sauce. This place is a great restaurant to dine in and enjoy the fresh seafood.
For December, the theme is Cheers to Beauty. This month's selection is to get you ready to ring in the New Year. I am excited to try out the Too Faced Peachy primer. I like Too Faced cosmetics and use them everyday. I like the Caudalie serum, it helps to add some moisture to my skin. It is nice they added a sixth deluxe sample. I like this month's bag!
Phanny's is a small hole in the wall place where you can get coffee, breakfast and burgers. There is long lines in the morning if you want food. They serve Stumptown Coffee and have specialty drinks. My hubby and I ordered a Lavender latte, Iced Horchata latte and a Soy Chorizo breakfast burrito. The Lattes here are really good! We tried the breakfast burritos and they were ok. Maybe I need to ask for salsa next time. I would come back and try the burgers on the next visit.
This month's Ipsy bag came with 6 products instead the normal 5 items. I like getting an extra beauty product! The makeup bag is so cute with gold and glitter. It is great for carrying all the essentials for the holiday parties. I am looking forward to using the Murad eye cream and the Ciate lipstick. The other beauty items are ok. I would like to get more lotions, bb creams and moisturizers. Maybe on the next bag.
After going to the Echo Park Craft Fair, we stopped by Intelligentsia for a snack. I ordered an Iced Matcha Latte and a oatmeal cookie. The Matcha latte is really good here and full of flavor. The oatmeal cookie is so moist and is great with the latte!
My hubby and I went to the Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake for the Echo Park Craft Fair. I never been to this market festival so we decided to go check it out. There are over 100 vendors in the studios. It is cool that there is seperate areas for different types of products. The people that come here are very indie and stylish! The vendors here have nice products but it is more expensive than the Unique market. It is still fun to go hangout and see what they have to offer.
All these stores have been doing Black Friday deals early this year. The only things I bought on Black Friday is stuff from Forever 21. I got great deals on active wear for 50% off on top of the sale. Each piece I ordered were under $10. I am very happy with the purchase! Forever 21 makes really good quality yoga gear and they last me for a long while. Looking forward to wearing them to yoga and errands!
The Unique Holiday Market was held at the California Market Center in LA. They have over 120 plus vendors selling all kinds of items from jewelry, makeup, food, decor and clothing. It is great to support the small and local vendors. Some of the booths have great products that are perfect for Christmas gifts. I picked up a Rose stone facial roller from Honey belle. Then got a good deal two earrings for $45 at JaxKelly jewelry. While shopping, there are food vendors to supply people with drinks and snacks. I enjoy going to these market festivals and hope they continue to have it more often!
My hubby and I like to go checkout the Los Angeles Auto show every year. It is a great chance to see the new cars in person. My favorite cars are the Jeeps, Corvette and the Volkswagen RV. The cars that I like are out of my budget when it is fully loade. It is ok to window shop and admire them. Can't wait till we have cars that drive by itself and we don't have to do much work!
Hermosa beach is having their annual tree lighting festival today. They were setting up for the event in the early hours. It is nice to see such a beautiful Christmas tree by the beach! It is perfect and brings everyone such great joy. I am ready for the holiday season.
Nothing bundt cakes has stores in the South Bay area. They make all kinds of bundt cakes in different sizes. I got the Lemon and White chocolate raspberry mini bundt cakes. Their cakes are so moist and delicious! I don't know how they do it but it taste so much better than cupcakes. It is definitely worth it to get the small versions and reward yourself with sweets.
The hubby and I went to grab some chai lattes at Tanner Coffee. We decided to go checkout the Gordon's market across the street. When you walk in, it is a market full of food and house hold products. But apparently in the back there is a small restaurant. Phorage is a sit down place to get Vietnamese cuisine. We tried out the Washugyu Beef Pho and the Mary's Free Range Pho. The beef Pho is so tender and delicious! The meat is fresh and the noodles are soft. The chicken Pho is good as well. The staff gave great customer service! We will come back and try other items on the menu.
The November play box is all beauty products for the party season. I am excited for the holiday events coming up! This month has great beauty items that work for specific areas. I like Purity line of cleansers. They smell great and make my skin feel soft afterwards. Laura Mercier loose setting powder works to help even out the skin complexion. It feels like you have no makeup on. I am looking froward to trying the Lancome moisturizing face cream. During the cold weather, my skin gets dry. I use moisturizing creams every day which helps a lot. They did a good job with this month's selection.
This morning I went to Kirari West Bakery for something to drink. They have everything here from coffee, teas, pastries, bread and sandwiches. The desserts looks really good! I was good and just got a matcha latte to warm up. The matcha latte is perfect and taste great. I will come back to try the pastries next time.
Ipsy November glam bag is all about getting you ready for Thanksgiving dinner. The makeup bag is designed with hearts and full of love. I like the Purlisse brand, they make great moisturizers. So happy to get the BB cream which I will use. The peppermint balm wakes me up in the morning which is nice. The Peripera ink velvet is a deep red color which can be used as a lip stain. This month selection was ok with the products.
Manhattan Beach hosted their annual Tree lighting festival tonight. My hubby and I like going to the Christmas events. A lot of people came out to check the deals going on at the shops in the area. Each vendor had free food and drinks. They had live music which is cool! The Mayor came out and started the countdown. The Pier is beautiful at night with all the lights!
This week at The Americana is having their annual Tree lighting event. I got to see the decorations put up first and the staff getting everything ready. The Santa's house is up for the family photos. I love Christmas season and seeing the Christmas tree decorated. It's starting to feel like the holdiays now!
Sephora October Play box theme is a Scary Good Beauty. It is everything you need to get your costume ready with makeup. I am excited to try the Anastasia stick foundation. I like having a flawless look and hide the imperfections. The Urban Decay makeup spray works well to keep the makeup in place all night. I like First Aid beauty coconut cream cause it smells so good and makes my skin feel soft. They did a good job selecting the items in my play box.
My wonderful hubby gave me some money to shop for fall clothing. I went to Stitch and feathers and picked up some items. I got two dresses, a top and a bra. They are so pretty in rich tones of red, orange and navy. I bought this casual lbd with a lace inset at the Wearhouse boutique. The material is made out of velvet and it fits me so well. I like black dresses where I can dress down or up. The last stop is Katwalk. I barely made it in time before they closed the shop. I tried on this yellow midi dress. It is so pretty with the tied knots and leaf details. This dress is so trendy and cute. The shopping trip was successful and I got some amazing items. Can't wait to wear them out to events!
I went shopping and found some great deals this weekend. Toms had a 25% off boots sale. I picked up this cute navy boot that has soft insoles inside. It is so cozy and comfortable. Victoria Secret had deals of buy 2 get 2 free on everything in store. This was such an awesome deal that I had to pick up some stuff. I purchased two athletic wear outfits that is great for the cold weather. The material is soft and comfortable for all day wear. While checking out Target, I saw this cute pair of soft sandals. I liked the pattern and colors. And I found this cute circle handbag in brown. Both these items are made by Universal Thread. I am happy with all the great stuff I got today!
The hubby yelped Torihei Yakitori so we decided to try it out. It is a small restaurant and bar that specializes in Japanese food. Most of the items on the menu consists of salads, skewers and small plates. The place was crowded and busy. People come here to drink and eat small plates. We ordered a few plates quail eggs, caprese salad, meatball skewers, chicken with cheese skewers, bacon asparagus and a grilled squid. I really liked the caprese salad with the ginger dressing. The bacon wrapped asparagus is so good. The skewers, quail eggs and the squid is ok but not our favorite. It is a good place to grab drinks and catch up with friends here.
Today is very special cause my hubby and I are celebrating our 8 years anniversary. We got married 3 years ago at an amazing venue. During these past years we really learned a lot about each other. We supported each other through the bad and good times. Took care of one another and been very grateful. I love my hubby Blake and he is everything I ever wanted. We decided to celebrate by spending the day at the Malibu Wine Safari. We got the Giraffe tour around 11:30am. The grounds is so big and beautiful! It is always fun to feed the animals and see them at peace. During the tour they provide a wine tasting and snacks. We got to feed Stanley the giraffe which is the most awesome experience. This place is great to celebrate special moments and to be outside enjoying the beautiful views.
This month the makeup is in red like a masquerade mask. It has the essentials to get ready for any party. I like the Aurora liquid eyeliner, it is easy to put on. The Half caked makeup lip fondant smells like cake and the color is pretty pink. The nail polish is perfect natural pink tone that goes with everything. They did a good job selecting the products for my glam bag this month.
After having drinks at Tom Tom, we headed to our next stop. Our friend made rsvp for dinner @ Gracias Madre. It is all organic and vegan type of Mexican cuisine with no meat. The restaurant is nice with a rustic garden theme. We got a table in the patio which was romantic! I started off with a spicy margarita drink. It was pretty good! For appetizer, we shared a coconut ceviche. The coconut pieces taste like fish and was refreshing. For entrees we ordered Coliflor frito, Enchiladas verde, Flautas de camote. The Coliflor frito is cauliflower with cashew nacho cheese and lemon. We all liked the plate cause it taste like a buffalo chicken wing without meat. The enchiladas verde is ok and is served with beans. Flautas de Camote is the best dish here according to our server. It is made out of sweet potato, onion, guacamole, cashew nacho cheese and beans. The dish is sweet and full of flavor. This is a nice restauarant to go if you are vegan and do not eat meat.
Our friends from New York came down so we took her out for a birthday celebration. She suggested we head to TomTom for some drinks first. It is a very elegant bar with industrial design. The old school clock on the wall is so unique. My friend follows Lisa Vanderpump and she owns this restaurant. She did a great job with the design of the interior. I had the Alchemy Rose and the hubby tried Tom fashioned. The cocktails here is as great as they look. It is a pretty drink with the edible flowers. If you are in the Hollywood area, it is a great place to enjoy drinks.
This morning was raining so it is the perfect weather for Pho. We went to try out Pho Hue Oi for the first time. The Vietnamese iced coffee here is good! Some places put to much condensed milk or not enough coffee. It was made just right with flavor. For appetizers we got an order of beef spring rolls and egg rolls. They were good to start off with. We got the usual Pho with steak and meatballs. The Pho here is good! Next time I will try their specialty the spicy beef noodles.
The hubby decided to go outside and do some fishing by Redondo beach. We grab our fishing equipment and went on the rocks by the wall. The weather was perfect and cool. Sometimes we forget to just sit still and enjoy the beauty of nature. It was so nice to sit down and see the sunset while fishing. My hubby and I really enjoyed some quality time outside.
My hubby found this coffee place Tanner's Coffee Co. in Playa Del Rey the other day. He brought me to get some coffee since it was on the way home. It's a neighborhood style shop and they have some musicians playing jams there. I ordered the Lavender mocha and my hubby ordered the Raspberry vanilla chai. The Lavender mocha is so good! My hubby liked his chai drink as well. They make really good lattes and it is a nice place to relax. I look forward to trying other new drinks next time.
Venice had a market festival featuring hundreds of vendors selling all kinds of things. You can come and grab a drink in the Beer gardens. Each store in the area had a sale going on for great deals. The place is so packed full of people. It is fun to check out each booth and all the crafts the people are selling. We got hungry so we decided to grab some lunch. Apparently La Tostaderia from Grand Central Market opened up another location here. We had to go here and get some great food. We got the sampler plate and a spicy shrimp ceviche. The food is always delicious here! My hubby and I bought some cute throws for the couch. It was a good day hanging out in Venice.
This month's theme is all about making a statement with bold makeup. The makeup bag is so cute and glammed out. I like getting sheet mask to pamper my face after a long day of wearing makeup. They did a great job picking out different and bold colors that compliment each other. I am excited to try out the products and change it up!
My hubby decided to drive us to Lake Arrowhead today. It is nice to getaway from the city and relax by the lake. We went to the Grapevine for some wine tasting. You can order a flight of different wines from the lightest to the more heavy bodied version. I really liked the white wine with a hint of honey. The Malbec for the reds is always a great choice. While drinking wine, we ordered the cheese plate and the salami sandwich. The meat and cheese board makes the wine taste even better. After we were done, we got some pellets and feed the ducks. They are so cute when they swim! Until next time when it gets more cold for the winter season.
Sephora focused on Next-Gen Beauty trending products for this month. It is all about true creams and truth serums to moisturize the skin. I like getting Marc Jacobs matte gel eye crayon. It goes well with the Sephora volume mascara. My usual makeup routine is basically moisturier, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss. I like to keep it simple and still put together. I'm excited to try out new products that I have never used before.
If you like seafood, Rappahannock Oyster Bar is the place to visit. It is a modern restaurant in DTLA's historic building next to the Smorgasburg. You can order brunch or appetizers with drinks. My hubby and I were seated at the bar in front of the kitchen. You can see fresh seafood prepared right in front of you. I started off with a Pink Sangria that the waiter recommended. It was so good! The drink has fresh watermelon with Rose wine. It was perfect on a hot day! For food, we got some oysters to start with. The oysters here are so fresh and good. It is worth it for the seafood here. My hubby got the pancakes with smoked maple and butter served in a skillet. It was pretty delicious cause it is still hot and soft. I got the Rapp burger with an egg on top. The Rapp burger is so tender and cooked to perfection! The running egg makes it even better. They know how to cook an awesome burger. We will definitely come back and try more dishes.
My hubby took me to Smorgasburg LA area and they really updated with a new shopping stores. They have rows of independent vendors selling everything from clothes, house decor, accessories and bikes. It is cool that they made it more like an outdoor shopping center. We walked in to Bridge & Burn shop. It is very cool inside cause they have cute clothes and accessories for camping. My hubby liked the smell so much he bought their incense. Now our home smells like campfire all day long. I got this awesome Navy blue backpack. It is perfect for traveling and when using my scooter! Going to come back for more great stuff here.
After riding the scooter around the beach, I stopped by Paciugo Gelato Caffe. They make fresh Gelato all day and have many different flavors. You can get gelato, shakes and smoothies as well. I tried the Churro and Cookie dough flavors. The Churro is so good with the cinnamon taste. The cookie dough is pretty good too with pieces of cookie inside. This place makes great Gelato!
Randy's Donuts was first opened in 1962 Inglewood. Everyone has seen the iconic big sized donut on top of the place. It is famous and they have been serving donuts for years. They opened up a new location in El Segundo which is much closer to my house. After work I decided to stop by and try it out for the first time. I purchased the Coconut Raised donut. It is so delicious! It taste more like a soft moist cake to me. They bake fresh donuts all day long. This is dangerous cause it is so good!
Stitch & Feather is a Boho boutique with a few locations in California. I first found out about this shop while walking around in Fullerton. They just opened a new location in Huntington Beach which is awesome. They have pretty and cute clothes at great prices. I took a long time today going through each rack and tried on clothes for an hour. After I was done, I bought 10 pieces of clothing. Basically got a new fall wardrobe for a great deal! I picked up some dresses, tops, bra and sweaters. I love all the stuff I purchased and they fit well. Looking forward to the cold weather!
Rip Curl in Huntington beach has great beach wear for women and men. They have cute dresses, tops, rompers and sweaters. I tried a few sweaters and liked two of them. I got the Rip Curl grey sweater with stripes and a beige hoodie. I will definitely come back and buy more fall stuff later.
Since getting we got coffee at 602 Coffee house, next door is Sancho's Tacos. It was a long line so we figured it must be good. We waited in line and ordered some food. My hubby got the nachos and I got the Cali Burrito. The nachos is ok and the burrito is good cause they put fries in it. This is a casual sit down place. The food is not bad and it is located by the Huntington Beach pier.
While walking around Huntington Beach, we stopped by 602 Coffee House. They have all kind of unique coffee drinks. I ordered a Iced Lavender latte and my hubby got the Iced Nutella Mocha. The Lavender latte is pretty good. The Nutella Mocha is a little more sweet. They have some good drinks and the place is really cool to hangout.
If you sign up for L'occitane newsletter, they let you know the latest offers by email. I stopped by and picked up my free gift with the Aqua products. I am looking forward to trying out their new line and it's fun to test out the freebies!
Chase hosted a Summer giveaway event today at The Americana. If you are a Chase cardholder, you get a free Coolhaus ice cream sandwich. It is pretty cool to get freebies for having their card! I got the cookies and cream sandwich. It was delicious and awesome on a hot day.
Chef Ritter opened up another location of Ritter's Steam Kettle in Alhambra area. We went here for dinner to celebrate my older sister's birthday. It is a casual sit down place and there is plenty of tables. They are known for their oyster bar and cajun style dishes. We ordered a few dishes and tried out different things. We had the shrimp coctail, cajun fries, mac & cheese, chicken & sausage pan roast and the blackened salmon salad. The cajun fries are pretty good with the seasonings. The chicken & sausage is medium spicy and taste good with the rice. It is good with bread dipped in the sauce! My salmon salad is light and taste delicious. The Chef came out to check up on us which is cool. They make some good food here and it is great for sharing.
The hubby and I were hungry so we yelped a korean restaurant in the area. We found Da Maat and went there for dinner. It is a casual sit down restaurant with traditional korean cuisine. I like the teacups hanging on the wall for the decor. The services is really awesome and the waitress are attentive. We ordered a beef tofu soup, a dumpling soup and the short ribs. I like eating the side orders they give you with the meal. My favorite is the potatoes, spicy kimchi and the mushrooms. The tofu soup is good. I really liked the dumpling soup! It is made with clear broth and was comfort food. The short ribs is the best here! The seasonings and the ribs are so tender. They know how to cook great food here. Looking forward to coming back and try new plates!
My hubby is a big fan of the Smashing Pumpkins so I got him tickets to go see them live. It was held at the Forum in Inglewood. The show was sold out and so packed full of people. They still sound good live and it was cool experience.
Groundwork came out with a new Iced Beehive Matcha latte. It is Matcha teat with honey and almond milk. I decided to try it out. It is good but not worth $6.75 for a cup. It is a bit expensive for this drink. I like their regular lattes more!
This month is back to Back to Beauty School. All the products have high ratings and do different things. I like Origins products, they smell good and work well with every skin type. The Rose clay smell so good and makes the skin feel so soft. The Make Up For Ever lipstick are good to bring every way and great for touch ups. I liked Anastasia brow gel, it helps keeps the hair together. The selection is not bad this month.
Chicken Maison is a modern mediterranean restaurant featuring healthy food. They have multiple locations throughout Southbay. I ordered the Spicy chicken kabob plate. It comes with two sides of pesto hummus and baked potato. The food here is still taste great and it is easy to pick up after work.
While running some errands today, I stopped by Anthropologie on the way. The store is full of new items and it's beginning to feel like fall in here. It is all about the plaids, jewel tones, jeans, art inspired tops and dresses. I want to get everything cause it is so pretty! I will have to pick up some essentials for fall soon.
We we're in the mood for Thai food so I yelped for places nearby. I found Bamboo thai bistro in Redondo beach. It is an authentic Thai restaurant serving classic dishes. We ordered a wonton soup, yellow curry with chicken, pineapple fried rice and spicy beef salad. The wonton soup hits the spot since it's cold at night! The yellow curry was ok. The pineapple fried rice is delicious and so good! The seasonings is perfect. The spicy beef salad is good and has a nice spicy lime flavors. The food here is really great and looking forward to trying other dishes.
My hubby and I were in the mood for some Hawaiian food. I went on yelp and found a spot Island Flavor Cafe in Torrance. It is a small cozy restaurant that specializes in authentic Hawaiian dishes. We both decided to order the mix plate each. I got the Kalua pig with cabbage and the Furikake chicken. The Kalua pig is so tender and soft. The Furikake chicken is fried perfectly and still moist. The plate is delicious! My hubby ordered the Hawaiian style roast pig and short ribs plate. The roasted pig is so good. The short ribs had a nice charbroiled taste right off the grill. We were definitely impressed and this place is the closest thing to authentic Hawaiian style food.
I am so glad to have the day off and took my scooter down to Manhattan beach. The first day of the Manhattan Beach Open is today. All the teams were out on the volleyball courts. They are trying to win a game in order to advance for tomorrow tournament. It is fun watching beach volleyball in person. And it is not bad hanging out and enjoying the views!
While doing errands today, I had time to stop by Yum Thai Bistro. It is my first time here and was in the mood for thai food. I ordered the lunch special Spicy eggplant with tofu. You get a side salad and an eggroll with the plate. The food is pretty good here and prices are not bad. They gave great service here!
This month's theme is all about getting a perfect selfie. I like the bright orange makeup bag, it gives a fun pop of color. I like the picks in this bag. I use Pixi blushes a lot and they are great. Happy to get a Smashbox concealer to use on a daily basis. The Macy & Mia lipgloss is in a cute shade. Overall, good choice of products.
While hanging out in Manhattan beach, my hubby took me to grab a bite to eat. We went to Sushi Akatora a small cozy restaurant. They specialize in sushi and carpaccio plates. We just wanted a few small plates to munch on. We ordered the Yellowtail Tiradito Carpaccio which is so good. It is fresh yellowtail fish with diced jalapeno in a Yuzu vinaigrette. The Octopus Carpaccio is delicious! It is probably the best carpaccio plate we have ever had. It comes with thinly sliced octopus and fried octopus with a yuzu chili pepper. Last we got the Tempura plate. The batter was nice and light, the veggies tasted good. This place makes good food and great for date night!
A new ice cream shop just opened up The Baked Bear in Hermosa beach pier. You can customize an ice cream sandwich with different choices. I ordered an ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip cookies and blackberry crumble ice cream flavor. Then the server ask if you want it to be warmed up on the grill. It helps to make the cookie hot and soft. The ice cream sandwich is not bad. I liked the ice cream more than the cookie part. Next time I will try out their brownie option.
During the month of August, Hermosa beach has a summer beach concert every sunday. It is nice to listen to music and chill by the beach. They have sponsors come out and give out free samples. If you are in the area, this is a must to do by the beach.
Athleta is a store dedicated to women and providing them athletic wear. Whether you are running, doing yoga or hiking they have everything you need. At the point in El Segundo, their store has free yoga every sunday from 10-11am. It is awesome to attend and meet new people. The instructors here are great and teach you different levels. I look forward to attending more classes here.
I finally got the chance to try out Bambu dessert & drinks place. They have multiple locations. The counter staff was nice and friendly. I ordered the #1 Bambu special which has fresh coconut, pandan jelly, longan, basil, seed and coconut water. I like the fresh coconut part but the pandan jelly is a little tough to chew. It's not bad, I want to try the other traditional flavors.
Manhattan beach had their MB6man volleyball tournament for locals to play. You have to sign up with 6 members in a team to qualify. It is for all ages and levels. It is cool that they give people the opportunity to join in on the volleyball scene. There were a bunch of sponsors out and giving out free samples. The best part is the teams get to dress up in their own outfits. Everyone had a lot of fun playing and supporting others.
While browsing in Nordstrom, they have some cute stuff for summer. It is all about crop tops, t-shirts, stripes, florals, tanks and ruffles. I like the old school tanks with the shorts look. It is cool and trendy! The striped dresses are great for going out to brunch. I like the floral kimonos cause it is easy to throw on and look more dressed up. I will pick up some stuff here for summer time fun!
The Beirut Mix is a Lebanese restaurant in Hermosa Beach. My hubby and I have been going to eat here for years. They make really good food and we always get great service. Today, we came in to order the Chicken Shawarma plate with the spicy seasonings. The food here is still delicious and really fills you up. You can order to go or dine in as well.
This weekend is the Hermosa Beach Open where the public can come see the games. The volleyball players have been doing a lot of practice to get ready. I like going to watch the volleyball games and being outside. The sponsors come and give out free samples to cool down the crowd. It gets pretty busy and crowded here. It is best to come a little early to grab some good seats.
While going to lunch the other day, I found this spot Blue Butterfly Coffee. It is a small and local place for people to grab coffee. I ordered an Iced Lavender Vanilla Matcha Tea Latte. It is really good and you can taste the floral flavors! I will come back and try the other coffee drinks.
My hubby yelped this place Britt's BBQ restaurant in El Segundo area. It is a local spot to grab some homemade comfort food. The server here was friendly and cool. He showed us what the popular dishes are and gave us great service. I ordered the Smoked fried chicken, my hubby ordered the 2 item combo of ribs and tri tip. The fried chicken is cooked well with seasonings and it was moist. They know how to make a good fried chicken! The ribs and tri tip is really tender. The bbq sauce made the plate taste delicious. We will come back for more!
Beard Papa's is a shop that specializes in creme puff pastries. You can choose from different filling flavors. Each one is around $3 and you can buy a dozen too. I got one vanilla and one chocolate. The vanilla is the best still and taste perfect. The chocolate one is ok but I prefer the vanilla. You can get coffee and pastries here daily!
My hubby has a friend who offered him a free pair of Nike shoes. He has plenty of sneakers so I asked for a pair. I picked out the Air ZM Pegasus 34 Flyease running shoes. It came quick for shipping! When it arrived, the shoes are awesome! I like the neon green insoles, there is a zipper in the back and the color is perfect. It is very comfortable and I can't wait to use it for running.
For July, the theme is all about beauty routine focused on feel good ingredients. I absolutely love this month's selections! I'm a big fan of Tarte cosmetics and they included two products. Their Amazonian clay blush lasts all day and the Color splash lipstick is a favorite. Looking forward to trying the Korres Wild Rose oil. I will use all these products in my beauty routine everyday.
It has been a while since I've went to Noah's bagel. This morning I stopped since I had time before work. I got a sesame bagel with egg and cheese. It still tasted good when its toasted. Breakfast is important meal of the day to get started!
Nordstrom held their morning beauty event today. I like attending to learn more about how to use makeup products. As a attendee, you get a free sample bag. They serve coffee and breakfast as well. I got lucky this time and won the Drybar raffle giveaway. I can use the tote bag and the hair products. Had so much fun with girl time and can't to try out the samples!
Today is special cause it is my hubby's birthday! He looks incredible and always handsome to me. We celebrated his birthday at Fonz's restaurant in Manhattan beach. It was nice to sit in the patio and people watch. They served us some fresh hot rolls to start. I ordered a Loft salad with chicken. My hubby got the Izzy's Pasta. The salad was light and the dressing is great. The Izzy's Pasta is delicious! The pasta had a lot of flavor and the ingredients make it better. Our waitress was wonderful and brought a birthday dessert to sing for my hubby. We had an awesome time and my hubby is amazing!
Coffee Tomo roast their coffee beans in store which is cool. It is a small and cozy shop in Sawtelle Blvd. I came in to grab some coffee before work. The barista suggested I order the Tomo latte. It is espresso with condensed milk. The latte is very good and not too sweet. I will have to try the Sweet Potato latte another time.
The B Sweet Dessert Bar has all kind of desserts and coffee. They are known for the famous hot bread pudding. You can choose from six different flavors. I picked the banana chocolate hot bread pudding to go. Brought it home and I shared it with my hubby. The bread pudding is so good and moist. You can taste the banana with the chocolate swirl. This place is dangerous cause their desserts are fantastic. I have to refrain myself from going here too much!
The Acai bowls are popping up everywhere lately. It is a big trend in breakfast or snack. Paradise bowls is my place to get a Acai fix. They make them fresh to order. You can choose from Acai, Pitaya or a smoothie menu. I ordered a Coconut Breeze and a Gaucho bowl. The coconut breeze is good cause of the fresh mango and coconut flakes. The Gaucho is good for the blueberry and strawberry toppings. I will try the pitaya bowl next time.
For July, the theme is summer treats. I like the blue makeup bag, it gives a beachy feel. I am excited to get Pacifica coconut blush and the Josie Maran face butter. These two brands have great products that last all day. All the products in my bag will be used daily. Ipsy did a great job at picking the items this month!
There is a new local brewing company Hop Saint in Redondo beach. The beers are brewed here fresh and food is served as well. My hubby and I decided to give it a try. The server was very helpful since it is our first time here. We ordered a flight of beers so we can try different types of beer. I liked the Smooth talker cause is more light and not bitter. My hubby liked the Vienna Lager. For food, we ordered a burger with spicy potatoes. The burger is good and cooked well. The spicy potatoes are crunchy and has flavor. Not bad for our first time. It is a good place to grab some beers and watch a sports game.
Noble Tea is an automated shop for boba drinks and snacks. They have drinks, light snacks and ice cream. It is convenient for the customer to use the Kiosk system on the side to put their order in. Best part is they take credit cards! Once you order, the employees make the drinks and call out your name. I had the mango iced tea with boba. It is pretty good and came out quick!
While going to work this morning, I stopped by ChitChat Coffee shop. It is a small cute shop that features Matcha drinks. You can get regular tea or special drinks. I ordered a Matcha tea latte. The latte is good here! I liked that I can taste the rich Matcha tea powder. The place is a nice spot to study in your spare time.
While running errands, we finally got to try out Miyoda & Sushi Ichiriki tonight. It is a small Japanese Restaurant in Redondo beach area. They have a variety of food like sushi, teriyaki and ramen. We ordered the Seared Tuna with Jalapeno, Veggie tempura plate and Combo Dinner Box A. The Seared Tuna is so tender and good. It is cooked to perfection and the sauce compliments the fish with the jalapeno topping. I got a miso soup and salad included with my meal. They gave you a lot of tempura here and it is great. The batter is very light and crunchy. I could not finish all of it by myself. My hubby's combo plate includes a lot of small portions of everything. The cold tofu and chicken teriyaki is very good. We enjoyed our meal and look forward to coming back.
Eatalian Cafe is a restaurant inside a warehouse in Gardena. It is hidden and unless someone referred you it is hard to find. We found out about this place through a friend. They have coffee, salads, pasta, pizza and desserts. The prices are reasonable and they give you big portions. We ordered the Affettati Misti antipasti and a Capricciosa pizza. The anitpasti plate is big and enough to share with at least three people. The meats are freshly cut, olives, veggies and cheese. It taste good with the soft bread they give you. The Capricciosa pizza is thin and delicious! It taste as close to pizza in Rome. We like the crust is light, the toppings are fresh and the sauce is just perfect in seasoning. If you are in the area, this is a great place to get Italian food.
Coffee Cartel is a local neighborhood coffee shop in Rivera Village. It is a good place to grab a cup of coffee and work on the computer. They make a good Chai Tea latte and the madeline cookies are good! If you are in the area, this is a spot to stop by and relax.
The Lucky Brand at The Point in El Segundo is the coolest location. The decor in the store is amazing and so awesome! My hubby and I walked in liking the place. We liked the furniture and motorcycle a lot. The summer collection is casual but still dressed up. It consisted a lot of old school t-shirts, jeans, peasant tops, dresses and cute bags. This is a great retail store for both men and women. During the sale, you can score some great deals!
My favorite breakfast spot is Manhattan Bread & Bagel Co. in the Southbay. They have everything you need like bagels, bread, salads, sandwiches and dessert. I usually order the avocado special on a jalapeno bagel. I like the lemon pepper and spicy taste. It is refreshing in the morning and get the day started.
Smitten Ice Cream is located at The Point in El Segundo. It is a shop that makes ice cream from organic ingredients and uses liquid nitrogen to freeze it. I ordered a Peaches & Bourbon, my hubby ordered the Organic Coffee. While you wait, you can see the staff make the ice cream fresh in the window. The Organic coffee is good, but the Peaches & Bourbon is delicious! You can really taste the peaches and some bourbon flavor. It is so good and refreshing during the heat. I will come back and try new flavors.
The Hummus Factory serves Mediterranean food in a small local shop. They have appetizers, salads, wraps and plates. My hubby and I have been coming here for a long time. This place is our favorite spot to grab a light dinner. I ordered the Chicken kabob plate and fries. The Chicken kabob is so good and moist. The seasoning is perfect. I still like this place and look forward to coming back for more.
At Lemonade, they came out with new cold drinks. You can mix the Lemonade flavors together. I ordered the Blue Butterfly Tea and Blood Orange. It taste refreshing! The drinks look pretty with the bright colors. It is fun to drink on a hot day!
There is a new coffee shop Pursue that opened in Hermosa beach. It is small and cozy place to chill at. It was my first time and I ordered the Iced Vanilla Latte. The barista was friendly and very helpful. The drink is delicious! They make their own vanilla bean syrup in house. I will be coming back for more.
The Honey Mee specializes in soft serve yogurt with real honey comb topping. They also serve different kinds of tea and milkshake drinks. I tried the Yuzu ice tea with citrus flavors. It is pretty good and refreshing when it's hot outside! I will definitely come back and try the soft serve desserts.
El Pollo Inka is an authentic Peruvian Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. The decor is very cool with an opened fire oven to cook their full sized chickens. My favorite plate to order is the Lomo Saltado. They give you fresh bread with soup to start off with. The spicy green sauce makes everything taste good! The Lomo saltado is steak cooked and marinated with fries. It comes with a side of white rice. It is the best recipe when you mix meat and fries together. If you come during the weekend, they usually have some live music.
For this month's theme, is all about picture perfect complexion for the summer. I like getting the Verb sea spray to give my hair that nice beachy waves. The Cover FX works well to smooth out the face for a flawless look. Clinique makeup remover helps to clean up your face after a long day out in the heat. I like the selection this month and excited to use them everyday.
Today I was in the mood for a vietnamese banh mi sandwich. Went on Yelp to see what's around the area in South Bay. I found Little shop of Mary. It is a small family owned banh mi shop in Torrance. After running some errands, I stopped by to try it out. I ordered the Roasted pork banh mi. It is so delicious! The bread is fresh and soft. The roasted pork meat is tender. The pickled onions and peppers gave it more flavor. This is my new favorite banh mi sandwich place. The people who work here are friendly. Can't wait to come back and try their other sandwiches!
Today is our last day in New York. We decided to hit up some spots before we leave. For lunch, we tried Souvlaki GR restaurant next to our hotel. The decor makes you feel like you are in Greece. I started off with a Frappe, which is good. They know how to make a great cup of coffee! For food, we ordered the hummus appetizer, Greek fries and a steak pita wrap. The hummus and pita is so fresh. The Greek fries are so good! The steak pita sandwich is delicious. The Greek food is authentic and awesome here.
After lunch, we headed towards the Empire State building tour. We wanted to check out the most famous building in New York. It is so cool to see the layout and prints of how it was built. You get to go to the rooftop and get an amazing views of all the New York areas. The weather was perfect and the sun made it nice outside. It is a must thing to do if you come down here. We have plans meeting some friends for drinks. We went to Lower East side neighborhood and stopped by a coffee shop. Little Canal is a hip place to grab some coffee and enjoy the views from their big windows. The barista here is friendly and made a good cup of cappuccino!
Our friend met up with us at Bar Belly, a cozy little bar that features oysters & cocktails. They serve free popcorn to start which is good. It is happy hour, they have $1 oyster deal so we ordered a dozen. I had the mojito cocktail which is perfect with an oyster. It is a cool place to catch up with friends.
Across the street, we all decided to try The Fat Radish. It is a British farm to table type of cuisine. The decor is rustic and very trendy! We ordered some wine to start and ordered a few plates to share. For food we got the Confit baby artichokes, cheese plate of the day, Scotch eggs, duck fat chips and the Fat Radish plate. The duck fat chips are delicious! It is crunchy and seasoned well. The Scotch eggs are good and different. The artichokes taste good with peas and cheese. The Fat Radish plate has a lot of fresh veggies and the sauce makes it perfect together. We had a great time and the dinner was great. Our last stop was at Taiyaki NYC. It is a small shop that specialize in fish pastry with ice cream. It is so cute and fun to eat the desserts! Today was productive and we did everything we wanted to do. Going home to California, see you next time NYC!
Today, we woke up and headed down to my Grandma's house in Astoria. We went to Brooklyn Bagel for some lunch. This place is a casual spot to pick up coffee and a bagel. I ordered a lox smear on a sesame bagel. The bagels in New York is so much better! It is so soft and fluffy inside. The cream cheese are made fresh everyday. We love getting bagels over here. We were picked up by bus to go to the wedding banquet place. It was held at Chateau Briand and it has a 1920's theme inside. It is a beautiful venue and has lots of different rooms. We had a good time spending with the family and visiting all of the people. My cousin looked beautiful in her gown. Glad to see they are happy and in love!
Woke up this morning and headed to Gregorys Coffee. I ordered a Chai latte. They know how to make a good Chai here! It helped me to get the day started. We walked around the New York Stock Exchange to see the famous bull. Everyone was taking pictures and it was so crowded. We stopped by the Federal Hall where George Washington held his events. It was amazing to see inside the rooms and the high ceilings. While checking the sights, we went to grab some lunch at Neapolitan Express. It is a small pizza shop next to all the buildings. We ordered the Magherita pizza. The pizza here is pretty good. I like how the crust is soft and the ingredients are fresh. As we were in the area, we saw the Freedom Towers. They have a memorial for all the people that passed away on 9/11. It is a different feeling being there in person. I had to stop by my Grandma's house for dinner with the family. I went to the Grand in Astoria to pick up my favorite Frappe drink. It still taste good! We were able to accomplish a lot of things in one day which is not bad.
The hubby and I flew over to New York City to attend my cousin's wedding. Our first night we got in around 10pm and checked into the Viceroy hotel. It is in Times Square area and full of things to do. Our hotel room is small and cozy. The bathroom is nice and clean. The bed is very comfortable. The space is very small so you have to put all the stuff in one area. We we're hungry so we decided to see what's open around our hotel. While walking we stumble upon Trattoria Dell'Arte. The host was so cool and offered us a free glass of champagne while we dined in! We ordered the meatballs for appetizers. It was ok, a little salty for me. I ordered the chicken pepperoni parmigiana. It was prepared different like a pizza pie. It is delicious and so moist! They do know how to make chicken here. My hubby ordered the tordelli bolognese. It was also good! We ordered the tiramisu for dessert and topped the meal. New york has good italian and the service is amazing! Not bad for the first night here.
King's Hawaiian bakery & restaurant is a staple in Torrance area. It has been around for a long time and serves authentic Hawaiian style food. They also have a bakery section with cakes and pastries. I ordered a spam musubi to start off, it is still good. The Guava passion fruit drink is refreshing. For entree, I ordered the chicken katsu. The food here is still good and worth the price.
Klatch is a new coffee shop in Redondo beach that features pour over coffee. It is a nice and cool looking place. I tried the Honduras over ice. It is good and strong tasting. The coffee is different and you can customize it. I will come back and try out other flavors.
The Terranea Resort is located in Rancho Palos Verdes. This is a vacation and events spot. They have a lot of things to do here like Golf, hiking, swimming and dinning. The grounds are huge and it is great to walk around enjoying the sights. We stopped by the Lounge upstairs and grabbed some drinks. The bartenders know how to mix some good drinks! I like to go to the Coffee shop and get some dessert. We got a Chai latte and Tiramisu cup. It is delicious! My hubby and I still like coming up here to see the sunset.
For Father's day, we took my father in law out to Tin Roof Bistro for dinner. It's this cute restaurant with outdoor patio seating. They have seasonal American cuisine and have a wide selections of wines. It was nice to have a family dinner outside in the patio. We ordered some appetizers to start with Caramelized brussels sprouts and Roasted Eggplant hummus. The brussels sprouts is delicious! The seasonings help to make it taste less bitter. The eggplant hummus is good with fresh pita bread served. For entree, we ordered a Fig & Pig and a Spicy Capicola pizzas. It's pretty big and good to share with a party. The Spicy Capicola pizza is my new favorite dish here. It is good with fresh ingredients and has a spicy kick to it. The meal was wonderful and everyone was happy!
While walking around I passed by this cute little Boba Guys shop. They got some cool shirts and I ordered a Jasmine milk tea with boba. The drinks is delicious! I like that it wasn't too sweet and just enough sugar. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Glad to found a great tea place in Culver City.
Platform is a pop up market place for food and shopping. I decided to try out Sao Acai for the first time. I love Acai bowls, it is a good way to get all the fruits in my diet! I ordered the Original acai bowl. It has strawberries, bananas, granola and honey. It is so good and perfect to snack on. I will come back for more!
We went to the Shade hotel to grab some lunch with my mother in law at Sea level restaurant. It is cool cause you can sit in the patio and enjoy the view of the boats. Today was perfect weather for sitting outside. My mother's dog found shade under the table to relax. I started off with a Haven on Earth with coconut rum. It is a summer drink full of flavor! My hubby ordered the Arrogant Bastard Ale cause he likes the name. It is a pretty good beer. For food, I orderd a prosciutto sandwich. It is really good and I liked it with the fries. My hubby ordered the tuna melt which not bad. The food is good and it is nice to grab drinks here.
The California Fish Grill is in El Segundo and serves great food. My favorite plate to order is the White fish blackened. They know how to marinate the fish and taste so good! It is a casual sit down place and they have good sodas as well. If you are in the area, this is a must stop for seafood.
This month's theme is Flying Colors. Each makeup bag is created with different shades of bright colors to be unique. I am happy with getting the blue shade bag cause blue is my favorite color! I think this month's selection is ok. I will use the Finding Ferdinand lipstick and the MAC prep & prime skin. The other products I will probably give to my friends. I hope next month picks will be beter.
The New York Deli in torrance is the best Jewish deli in California. It is a family owned business and has been around for a long time. My hubby and I like coming here for the food. We ordered the usual Potato pancakes and the Pastrami sandwich. The potato pancakes is my favorite. It is cooked perfectly served with apple sauce and sour cream. The pastrami sandwich is good with the cheese and coleslaw added. They do know how to make an old fashion potato salad. This place is great for getting a sandwich and chill. My hubby is glad to be back here and enjoy his favorite food!
My hubby took me to Maderos Cocina for dinner tonight. He says they got the best Mexican food in the area. It used to be an Italian restaurant, but they took it over. I like how they decorated the place with blankets and the paint colors are nice! To start off, you get served fresh chips with three kinds of salsas. The salsas are pretty spicy and good. For entree, I ordered the Enchiladas Suizas with chicken. It is so good with the green salsa. The rice is soft and full of flavor. My hubby ordered the Orden de tacos with beef. The tacos are delicious with the seasonings! To end the meal, we had the Flan for dessert. It was creamy and just perfect with the amount of sweetness. The service was amazing and they really took good care of us. I will come back for their happy hour!
The best Indian restaurant in the South Bay is Bombay Tandoori! My hubby and I love the food. They serve traditional Indian cuisine. On certain days, they serve buffet style meals. We like to sit down and order the food instead. I started off with the chai tea which is so good. It is a cinnamon spiced tea. For our meal we ordered the Saag Alu, Tandoori chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Naan. The Tandoori chicken is delicious! They know how to marinate the chicken and it is served on a sizzling plate. It is the best thing to eat here. My hubby likes the Chicken Tikka Masala in a curry sauce. It taste good with the garlic naan. The food is always good and consistent. The service is amazing! So happy to be close by this place again.
While looking on Yelp, there is a new coffee shop Hi-Fi Espresso. It is a specialty coffee shop and they also serve Kombucha on tap. The barista Jeff was very friendly and helpful! I ordered a Lavender latte with oat milk. According to the barista, it's called LOL. He got funny jokes and served a great cup of coffee. It was different but good with the oat milk. I will come back and try their Kombucha!
In the South Bay, Handel's Ice cream shop is a staple. Everyone who lives in the area is a fan. They make all the ice cream in their shop. There is all kinds of flavors to satisfy any sweet tooth. My favorite is the blueberry cobbler. It is like having ice cream and pie together. And if you come here on Tuesday, they have their $2 scoop special. Expect the long lines especially during hot days.
It has been a while since I've eaten at Corner Bakery. Now that I live in the South bay again, I went to go grab lunch there. My favorite thing to order is the Chopped salad. It is so good with the spicy house vinaigrette dressing! The hibiscus lemonade is made fresh here which I also get. I really enjoyed my light lunch and look forward to coming back more.
The summer collection at Anthropologie is full of bright and fun patterns. The maxi dresses are so cute but comfortable. The jumpsuits and pants are loose and trendy. I like the button down shirt dresses which can be dressed up or down. The short embroidered dresses are perfect for those hot summer days. I want to buy everything here! They have such amazing pieces that is great for every occasion. I must pick up some items here for a trip soon.
Two Guns is like an old cowboy saloon featuring Espresso. It is very cool and hip. They have coffee and teas served. Food is also available like sandwiches and pastries. They are known for their good coffee like the Flat white. Today, I ordered the Chai latte. It was ok but a little spicy for my taste. I will stick to the coffee drinks instead. Still a good place to grab a cup of coffee in the morning.
Manhattan Bread & Bagel Co. has the best bagels in the Southbay! The bagels are soft and full of flavor. They have everything you need from fresh sourdough bread, salads, cookies and cream cheese spreads. It is so convenient and at great prices. My hubby ordered the Lox bagel and I got the Avocado special. The Avocado special is so delicious! I got it on a sesame bagel with cream cheese, avocado and lemon pepper seasoning. The Lox bagel is also good and fills you up. We bought home sourdough bread, tuna salad and herb cream cheese. I got to say, their tuna salad is so good! You can make a sandwich at home and chill. Looking forward to getting more stuff since we live close by now.
One of my favorite spot is Yellow Vase Cafe in Rivera Village. It is a French theme Cafe with flowers everywhere. Many shows on TV has shot a scene here which is cool. It is very girlie and cute with yellow decor. They have a good Spanish latte which is my favorite drink to get. They also serve breakfast and lunch as well. If you want a fun and nice place to chill, this is the perfect spot!
Coyote Cantina is a neighborhood Southwestern cuisine restaurant in Redondo Beach. It's a small and cozy place to get food. On Monday, they have all day happy hour on drinks and food. It's a great place to grab a bite to eat and catch up with friends. We ordered a cup of tortilla soup which is good. Got a chicken quesadilla, two taquitos and four tacos. The food is always good and the hot sauce hits the spot. We like coming here to get some soup to warm up.
After having lunch, my hubby and I needed some caffeine. We stoped by The Boy & the Bear Coffee. It is a Specialty coffee roastery where they roast fresh coffee beans in house. The decor is very trendy with a Southwest look and feel to it. I tried the Matcha latte. It is so good and full of flavor! They know how to make a good tea latte here. My hubby got the dirty chai which is also very good. Looking forward to trying other drinks here next time.
Today is part 1 of our moving into the new apartment. We brought a bunch of the small stuff first to move in. Got hungry while lifting and carrying heavy boxes. We went to Jus Poke for lunch. It is a small hole in the wall place that serves authentic Hawaiian style poke. We're glad to see that it is still here and doing well. I got the regular bowl with half regular and half california roll poke. For sides half spicy edamame and seaweed salad. It comes with white rice. The poke is still delicious! We like that they mix in different sauces and have it ready for us. It's cheap and good!
My hubby and I moved to Glendale cause of new jobs. Once we went on a beach vacation, we realized how much we missed the beach atmosphere. We were able to move back to our apartment building in Redondo beach. This time we got a bigger spot with amazing views of the harbor. We went to pick up our keys to the place today. To celebrate, we headed to Dia de Campo in Hermosa beach. They have a great happy hour and food is good. I ordered the Classico Margarita with blueberry flavor. It tasted great and not to strong. For food we ordered the brussel sprouts nachos, ceviche and fish tacos. The nachos is the best thing here! The chips are seasoned and made fresh. The brussel sprouts makes it different but gave it a nice texture. We always come back for more. Looking forward to moving in this weekend!
Free people has amazing clothing for the summer weather. The dresses are so pretty and romantic. The jumpsuits are fun and comfy. It is all about florals, stripes, polka dots and denim. They have cute handbags for every occassion. You can pair them with comfortable sandals for those long walks. I picked up four outfits from their sample sale racks. They fit perfectly and I got such a great deal. Can't wait to wear them to the beach!
Madewell has some fun pieces for their summer collection. They are doing a collaboration with Mickey Mouse adding old school shirts. I like the crop tops and sweatshirts with cool words on it. The dresses are fun and flirty. Whether you are going to the beach or music festivals, Madewell has everything you need to be ready!
This month's theme is Beauty goals to provide products with great reviews. I like the cute makeup bag with the red shoelace. I am impressed with the selections picked out. Kat Von D tatto liner is easy to apply and stays on all day. I like Bumble and Bumble products. It makes my hair smell good and gives me volume. The Becca highlighter is good for the face and as an eyeshadow base. I will use all the products on a daily basis.
Headed down to Huntington beach for some shopping and beach time. I came across Portola at the food court area at Pacific City mall. Portola coffee roasters specialize in high quality coffee from wholesale to individual consumers. They were Roaster of the year 2015. There is all kinds of drinks from espresso, cold brews and teas. I ordered an iced vanilla latte and a chocolate chip cookie. The coffee is strong full of flavor and tasted really good. You can smell the aromas from the coffee beans. The cookie goes well with the latte. I will try out their cold brews next time.
Community is a small cozy restaurant that features a different menu each season. They specialize in catering events which is cool. I've been wanting to try this place out and got the chance today. My hubby and I went in to get some sandwiches. He ordered the Crispy chicken sandwich and I got the Cajun whitefish banh mi. The chicken sandwich was not bad, we wished it was more crispier. I liked the banh mi, the fish was seasoned just right and the veggies made it good. The fries were tasty with the salt seasoning. The waiter gave us great customer service. This is a good place to get some sandwiches and chill.
Ipsy created a passport stamped themed makeup bag this month. The selections help get you ready for your next big trip. I liked the lavender moisturizer and matte blur stick. The rest of the products were not for me. I hope the next month's bag will be better.
& Other Stories summer collection features fun and bright pieces. It's all about dresses in different silhouettes and cute patterns. They are great for beach vacations or wedding season. I liked wearing jean dresses cause it is casual but yet dressy at the same time. With the right accessories, it becomes a great outfit! I need to pick up a few dresses for weddings I am attending soon.
We went to dinner at the Ivory on Sunset located in the Mondrian Hotel. The restaurant is outdoor in a garden patio setting. You can be seated by the windows and get a beautiful view of the Los Angeles City. My hubby and I liked the romantic ambience. To start off the hubby ordered a Pacific Cowboy drink. It is a cocktail infused with Whisky, it was a strong drink! The waitress recommended that I try the Old Frenchmen a cocktail infused with champagne. I liked the drink, very refreshing! For appetizer, we ordered a Charcuterie and Cheese board. The meats and cheese is delicious! It is fresh and taste good with the bread. We split an 8oz Filet Mignon which came with a Chimichurri sauce. The steak was tender and cooked perfectly. We really enjoyed our meal and the best part is the awesome views at night. This is a place that is great for date night!
My hubby decided to take me out tonight to the Hollywood area. We went to Katana a sushi restaurants for some drinks. It's a nice place with outdoor patio seating. The lights are dim and very romantic setting. I ordered the Matcha Mule which is good. It is a light cocktail with green tea, vodka, giner, honey and lemon. My hubby ordered the Sunset heat, it was spicy but very tasty. The bartenders here know how to mix up a great drink. We just ordered drinks and chilled outside in the patio. We will try out their sushi menu next time.
My hubby and I were walking around when we spotted this Pazzaz sushi. It is a small and cozy spot in LA. We barely made it to their happy hour specials. Since it was our first time, we ordered a few plates. We got the Sashimi combination, silver lake roll, firework roll, philadelphia roll and crispy tuna rice. The Sashimi combo and crispy tuna rice is my favorites. It is a good deal to come during happy hour and try out different things.
Cole's is the oldest public house in Los Angeles and founded in 1908. They serve the best french dip sandwiches. My hubby and I love coming here to get our fix on the beef french dip. They have a great happy hour with good deals on food and drinks. We like that it is old school vibe inside with decor. I don't know how they do it, but the food is delicious every time we come. There are instructions on how to enjoy the sandwich with the au jus and horse radish sauce. The food is great and I hope this place stays around for a long time!
Unique Markets has been opened for 10 years. It is a pop-up marketplace for vendors to sell their handmade one of a kind products. I like supporting local vendors and checking out new stuff. You can buy almost anything here. From jewelry, clothes, furniture, bags, beauty, makeup and food. While shopping, the companies supporting the event gives out free drinks. There's a lot of cool stuff and great gift ideas to purchase. I liked this bamboo purse from Pamela V. booth. She was very friendly and showed me the latest purse trends. I got a great deal on my purse and can't wait to use it! I hope Unique Market continues to have more events and looking forward to seeing new vendors.
Garage opened up a new location in the Glendale Galleria. I found out about this store at the Westfield Topanga Canyon mall. I like their clothes cause it is so comfortable and cute. They have great lounge wear like t-shirts, tights, shorts and sweaters. It is good for going out to do errands. They also have cute dresses and casual outfits. I usually wait for their sale to pick up a bunch of great pieces. This time I bought a sleep romper just to lounge in at home.
Bernnedette Bran from Hermes had a master class tonight at Nordstrom. She knows everything about all the fragrance department. They started everyone off with some tea and snacks. For attending, the staff gave out Hermes gift bags with fragrance samples. So excited to receive one! I traveled to Paris with my hubby and we got to check out their store. It was unbelievable huge and they had every single product on shelf. Their store was it's own shopping mall. Hermes is very well known and everyone wants a piece of it. Bernnedette showed us each type of fragrance along with the history of it's production. It is nice to be able to test each scent and find your favorite. My go to is the Un Jardin Sur Le Toit. It is like a secret garden but in a perfume form. I like the fresh floral smell and it was perfect! I'm looking forward to using the samples I received today!
The branding experts from Jo Malone came in to teach a master class at Nordstrom tonight. The two ladies offered champagne and snacks to start off. I do love lighting up candles and make my place smell nice. Jo Malone is a London based company featuring perfume and candles. They now have more new products in hand soaps and lotions. It was fun trying on new scents and mixing a few together. My new favorite is the Sakura Cherry Blossom cologne. It's a floral but sweet scent. I will be picking up some of their candles to freshen up my home.
After doing some errands, I took the hubby to lunch at Golden Deli. It is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. They have everything from sandwiches, rice and noodle soups. We ordered egg rolls, bbq pork spring rolls and Pho tai with meatballs. The egg rolls are crispy and full of meat. It is so good! You have to wrap it with mint, cucumber and lettuce. Then you dip it in fish sauce. The spring rolls is not bad. The Pho tai is really good with lots of meat and the broth is perfect. This place gets really packed all day long. I will definitely come back to try other items on the menu.
Nordstrom had a master class tonight for Anastasia Beverly Hills makeup. The makeup artist showed us how to use the products to get a soft glam look. I'm really bad at doing my eyebrows so I could use any advice I can to make it perfect. She used several makeup palettes to show a day and night time look. I like how these classes really brings people out and engage in the tutorials. I need to pick up the Glow kit for the summer looks!
My hubby and I love Carlito's Gardel Restaurant in Melrose. The Chefs created their Chimichurri sauce collection and sold it to the public. We bought the Spicy Balsamic sauce at a Unique Market event where they had a booth. The sauce is so good that my hubby bought every flavor available. The Chimichurri sauce is great on steaks, chicken and seafood. It gives the food a nice marinated taste that is perfect. I can't wait to try them all!
Mother's day is approaching quickly this weekend. Everyone is shopping early to beat the long lines and crowds. Nordstrom has a lot of great gift ideas to please any mother. Jo Malone, Hermes, Valentino, Gucci and Prada has perfume sets that are a great deal. It comes with a perfume, lotion and travel size products. My favorite is the Valentino Donna perfume. It smells like fresh flowers and the scent is refreshing. The bottle is packaged in a pretty crystal design. It is nice to smell great everyday and feel pampered. I will be picking up a few of these great sets!
I took my hubby to get some coffee at La Colombe in Silver Lake. There was a food truck parked in front. Yeastie Boys is known for bagels and they park in front of several coffee shops around LA. I finally got to try it out and ordered some food. We ordered a plain bagel with cream cheese and the lox deluxx. The Lox Deluxx is delicious! I like the tomatoes, capers, onions and salmon. We paired the food with great lattes from La Colombe. It is a great meal and satisfied us both.
It is beauty week at Nordstrom from May 6th to May 12th. This morning Nordstrom had their beauty event to showcase the latest beauty trends. They have several brand ambassadors come in and reveal the new products. The beauty companies were Lancome, Cartier, Hum Nutrition, Voluspa, Hourglass, Too Cool for School and more. It's great that they have this event every couple of months for each season. Sometimes it's better to have the experts show us how to use these beauty products. As an attendee, you get a goodie bag full of samples from different brands. They serve coffee and breakfast too! I had fun checking out this event and can't wait for the next one.
My hubby and I drove down to Redondo beach to see if we can fit our furniture in the new apartment. We were able to measure the complex and our stuff should fit. We walked by the Redondo beach to chill and check out the views. It's nice to walk around the Pier and admire nature at it's finest. There was a lot of people fishing. Each person was able to catch a bunch of fish. During the spring/summer, the pelicans come back and chill by Redondo beach Pier. They are big and so cute! People like to take pictures of them and watch them walk. These birds wait for the fishermen to give them their fish. Sometimes they take a break and relax. The sunset is so beautiful by the water and it's nice to enjoy it. We were getting hungry so we headed to Joey's BBQ restaurant in Torrance. The place is a causal sit down and the food is good. We got our usual sliders meal with three different sandwiches and a side. It cost around $10 which is awesome! The food still taste great and the service is good. I can't wait to move by to Southbay soon!
My hubby were house hunting all day and got hungry. We went to Chinatown to see what's a good spot to eat. The East Garden is a new Chinese restaurant that opened up on Hill street. The inside decor is very clean and modern. They have all kinds of Chinese and Hawaiian style dishes. We ordered a few plates like the shrimp fried rice, fried tofu with spicy salt and the kung pao chicken. The shrimp fried rice is ok, it's average. The fried tofu with spicy salt is delicious! It's full of flavor and seasoned well. I like the tofu is crunchy and soft inside. The kung pao chicken is good. My hubby liked it a lot. The food is here is pretty good and we got seated right away. Definitely got to try their other dishes.
Apparently Groundworks used to be on the other side of the street in Larchmont Village area. They closed it down and opened up a new store. There is more space and brighter inside the shop. You can purchase the coffee beans and chemex to brew your own coffee. I love the blue colored expresso machine. It's bright and so fun! I ordered the iced vanilla latte. The coffee is good here! It's full of flavor and smooth. I will come back to try out the other drinks.
While I went to get a massage, I stopped by target to pick up some stuff. They have a bunch of new summer clothing and accessories. I like the dollar shelves cause they have some cool stuff for cheap. You can get backpacks, lotions, hair ties and hats for around $3-$5 each. Browsing the women's section, there are pieces to get you ready for the hot summer. They have light dresses, t-shirts and rompers. The prices are a great deal for these items. I like the bright and fun backpacks! Since it's getting hotter by the day, it's a good idea to stock up on sunscreen. I bought a straw hat and small backpack for a great deal. It's so cute and I'm ready for the beach!
This year for my birthday, I received some freebies! If you sign up to newsletters for food such as Jamba Juice, Baja fresh, Sugarfina, Baskin Robbins, Pinkberry and more. I'm a beauty insider at Sephora so you get a free birthday gift. I chose the Glamglow set. As a Anthropologie member, you get sent a birthday card with a 15% off coupon. Helzberg sent me a free pearl necklace offer. It's fun to receive great stuff for free on your birthday!
Becker Surfboards is located in Hermosa Beach. They have cool surf clothing and carry surfboards here. I like that they have good stuff for women and men. The people who work here are friendly and helpful. I tried a few items. I bought this cute white and black dress. It fits perfectly and I like the sleeves. Can't wait to wear it out when it gets more hot outside!
The Samsung studio at The Americana had a Galaxy fitness session with Fierce Lotus. Samsung wanted to show the attendees how to use the Samsung Gear S2 watch works. You can monitor your heart rate while working out. The two ladies Heidi and Lisa showed us an action packed workout. It consist of Yoga and action hero strength sets. I gotta say, the class was pretty tough to keep up. My legs are sore from doing squats! It's nice to checkout different workout classes and see how the fitness gear works.
My hubby and I drive around Los Feliz all the time. We always passed by Lucifers but nevver ate there. Tonight, we decided to give it a try. We ordered the Soppressata with spicy salami, fresh basil & fresh mozzarella. And a side of flame baked chicken wings. The pizza is delicious! It is pretty close to Italy's version of pizza. The wings are baked and taste good. The food here is awesome! The place is small with a few tables. A lot of people come in to pick up for delivery. This is a must try if you love pizza!
Hermosa Beach throws their annual Surf Festival today. There are all kinds of Surf vendors, music and food booths. These vendors give out free swag when you wait in line and play their games. It's fun to be by the beach and the weather was great. I liked that Spyder gave out free make your own scrubs. It smells good and great for the shower! Hippy Tree is cool with their teepee. One of the lady gave me a free campfire tattoo. My hubby and I got some cool free swag and had fun!
The theme for April's box is Insta Beauty. The products are tailored to get you camera ready and selfies. I love the Fresh lotus face mask. It smells good and makes my skin soft afterwards. The Urban Decay lipgloss is perfect for on the go shimmer. You can wear it alone or with a favorite lipstick. The Make up for ever HD perfector gives an airbrush look and hides imperfections. It's light weight which I like and last all day. They did a good job with this month's selections.
It's almost summer, so my hubby and I went to pick up some new gear. Hurley has cool clothes for men and women. I picked up a few t-shirts for my hubby. I got a aloha backless t-shirt for myself. The material is soft and very comfortable. The shop has a great view of the Huntington beach pier. The workers here seem so relax and chill. Must be a great place to work at. Then we went to Jack's surfshop down the street. They have cute women's clothing and everything you need for the beach. There pretty maxi dresses, tanks, jean shorts, backbacks and hats. I really liked this blue sailor bag! It has ropes for straps and looks like it comes from a boat. It has anchor details inside as well. I got some cute stuff for a great deal!
The family celebrates my brother and I birthdays together. We are like a few days apart. My sister recommended we try this new Asian fusion restaurant Next Republic Kitchen. They have all kinds of food here from appetizers, burgers, fish and steaks. The decor is very modern and industrial. It's a nice place to go out and enjoy dinner. I ordered the Beauty and the East lychee cocktail. It is a sweet and pretty looking drink! I liked the wild & free sign so I took pictures with my nieces. When our family get together, we order a lot of food and share.
My brother got the strawberry mojito which is refreshing. The fried calamari and crispy rice tuna is ok. My sister liked the ramen burger with seasoned fries. My niece was all about the shrimp pan fried noodles. I ordered the pork belly buns and a seared albacore salad. The pork belly buns are delicious! The bun is soft and the pork is very tender. The seared salad was ok, I wanted a small plate but it came out to a big bowl. The family surprised my bro and I with a birthday cake. Our nieces helped us make a wish. Overall, the drinks are good and the food is ok. It's a good spot for happy hour deals!
The Wearhouse has cute and trendy clothing for women at the Pacific City Mall. They have some great items for the Spring Collection. I like the bright florals and embroidered dresses. It can be worn day or night. There are ruffle tops, jumpsuits, kimonos and light sweaters. They have accessories such as jewelry, purses and shoes. You can get a whole outfit from head to toe. The prices are reasonable and it is a good deal on some of the pieces. If you need vacation outfits, this is the right spot! I will be getting some new pieces for my wardrobe for sure.
Today is a special cause it is my birthday! My hubby gave me his card to go get a massage. I went to get a deep combo thai massage at Surin Day spa in Los Feliz. The massage therapist here always do a great job and I feel so much better afterwards. I just relaxed during the morning. I went to buy some stuff and came home. Since I had time, I went to get a haircut and change up my look. My hair came out great and I felt amazing! As soon as I got home, my hubby surprised me with beautiful roses and cakes! He's so thoughtful and wonderful. He made my day great and pampered me. I'm one lucky gal to have him.
We went to Same Same Thai restaurant in Silver Lake. I told my hubby I just wanted to get something small and chill. We were lucky to find parking and got a table right away. I like the decor, it's very modern with an Asian themed which makes it so cool. They have happy hour for drinks and food from 5-7pm. They have small plates for around $5 and you can try many different items. I ordered a glass of Rose, papaya salad and beef jerky to try first. The papaya salad is delicious! It was spicy but so good. The beef jerky is so tender and full of flavor. For entree, we ordered the Tom yum chicken soup and the Spinach noodles with BBQ pork. The soup is good, but the spinach noodles is fantastic! The noodles are fresh and the pork meat is seasoned well. For dessert is the mango with sticky rice. My hubby likes the dessert. The coconut milk makes the whole thing sweet and perfect. We really enjoyed our dinner and will come back to try new dishes! I had an awesome day full of goodies and best of all my hubby is the best!
This whole weekend my hubby and I just wanted to chill by the beaches. Yesterday we went to Hungtington beach. Today we decided to go check out house rentals in the Southbay. We headed down to Manhattan beach first. The weather was perfect and the sun is shining bright. There was a lot of people here relaxing and hitting the water. I wore my comfortable jumpsuit and used the straw bag I bought from Amazon. I think I'm just a beach girl than the city. I can't get enough of the views and the amazing weather you get here in California. My hubby looks good in his new summer clothes! He is totally a beach boy. For lunch, we ate at our spot Old Venice. It's a cute meditterranian restaurant located by the pier. We ordered a chicken gyro and it was good! Had a light lunch and then we went to go look at different rentals in the area. We still love South bay!
The hubby and I decided to drive down to Huntington beach to chill. While we were walking on the pier, they were having a Surf festival. A few vendors came out to showcase their products. The guy at Rxbar was cool and gave out free protein bars to try out. I got three different flavors. I like eating protein bars when I don't have time to eat a meal. My hubby got to test a Boosted skateboard that is electric. You can steer and ride it through a remote control. Huntington beach is still a cool place to do outdoor activities. We went to Bear Flag Fish Co. at the Pacific City mall for lunch. It is a fish market and restaurant in one. You can get a beer and order a fish plate. I ordered a half pound of fresh Poke and a small clam chowder. The Poke is so delicious! It was seasoned well and the fish was fresh of the harbor. The clam chowder was good with clams and potatoes. They give you free chips with your meal which is awesome. I will definitely come back and try new stuff. On the way to our car, I stopped by and got some ice cream @ Icecreamton. The heaven berry is good! We had an awesome day by the beach today.
Groundlings is a theater in Melrose that features comedy sketch shows. Tickets are $20 per person and the shows runs around 2 hours. This place is where people practice their sketches and become famous comedians. It's a cool spot to take a date out and enjoy some good humor! Each show is a different theme and there are different actors each time. We went to catch the Groundlings Royal wedding show after eating at Carlito's Gardel. It was a fun show and we always have a great time!
Carlito's Gardel is an Argentine Steakhouse located in Melrose. I found out about this place cause I yelped it and brought my hubby here for a birthday dinner a while ago. This is one of our favorite restaurants in LA. It is a small intimate place and has that old school vintage look. The people who work here are dressed up in suits and formal. To start off I ordered a Sauvignon Blanc wine. The wine is nice and refreshing. We were offered fresh hot bread with their famous Chimichurri sauce. Their sauce is amazing! It is full of fresh herbs, seasonings with olive oil. We kept eating bread just to dip it in the sauce.
For our entrees, we ordered the Penne bolognesa and Tapa De Ojo. The penne is delicious! The pasta is soft, the beef tomato sauce is just perfect. It was a good idea to split it. And we had the prime ribeye steak with mashed potatoes. The steak is so tender and melts in your mouth! They cooked it to perfection. The mashed potatoes were light and fluffy. We always have a great experience here and enjoyed the fantastic meals. The manager was nice to give us a complimentary sauce jar cause we've been following them through events. This is a place if you want great steak and a nice ambience!
Ipsy created a spring social butterfly themed makeup bag. I love the design and it's perfect for on the go. I liked the products this month. The purlisse scrub works well to make my skin feel clean and soft. The blush matches my skin tone and it is light weight. The smashbox red liquid lipstick is my favorite. Ipsy did a great job and I am satisfied with the picks.
Capital One held their Trolley dine around event tonight at The Americana. The way you get invited is if you are a Caruso reward member, resident or Capital One card member. We were lucky to get on the guest list through their email newsletter. How it works is they take us on a tour of the four restaurants at The Americana by the trolley train. While we waited for the event to start, they offered guests champagne and snacks.
Ombra is the first stop, it's an outdoor bar with a garden view. They have good italian food and drinks. I tried the Rose wine, meatball, meats, olives and bread. It's nice to enjoy some appetizers with the patio seating. The second stop is Katsuya, they feature sushi and Japanese cuisine. The decor inside is very sleek and sophisticated. I tried the cosmo cocktail and some sushi rolls. The food is pretty good! The second floor has the patio area where you can see the view of the shops. It's a good place to grab a bite to eat and relax.
The third stop is Bar Verde, it is located on the third floor in Nordstrom. They feature farm to table style food. The patio overlooks the shopping area. I tried the drinks Rose and a mint cucumber cocktail. The cocktail is refreshing and taste good. We were served chicken sliders, skirt steak and salmon. The skirt steak is the best out of the three. It is so tender and the sauce is delicious. I would come back and order the steak. The last stop is Frida mexican restaurant. By the time I got here, I was too full to eat anymore food. I tried the margarita and a churro. It's not bad. As a token of appreciation, all the guests received a goodie bag. It's nice that we were invited to try out all the food places. We really enjoyed the experience and they did an amazing job with the event!
For this weekend, Forever21 is having a 20% off sale on swimwear. They have some cute one piece swimsuits. I tried on four different styles and liked the pink flamingo piece. The color is fun and more comfortable in all areas with the fit. The prices range from $17.90 and up. It's not bad for swimwear and you can stock up on a bunch of great styles. I have to come back and pick it up cause the lines were so long.
There's a great sandwich shop in Los Feliz area Giamela's Submarine Sandwiches. It's an old school Italian deli. You can come in to get a sandwich, salads, pastas and pizzas. Sometimes it is nice to go to a casual sit down restaurant and chill. My favorite is the pepper steak & eggs sandwich. I must admit, I am addicted to these Flamin hot Ruffles chips. The regular size sandwiches are big already and worth the price. I like the onions, pickles and carrots for the toppings. If you are in the area, it is a must stop for a good sandwich.
Unfortunately, we have to leave paradise and get back to reality. Since today is our last stay, we went to Leonard's bakery. This place is a must stop if you are in the area. It is busy with locals and tourists all the time. We ordered some custard dounuts. I like that it came out hot and so fluffy. It is sprinkled with sugar and has custard fillings. It's a pretty good donut and I would recommend coming here. While we sat eating our donuts, we noticed a store next door Kono's. We walked over to see what they have. Apparently they are a highly rated food place to eat in Hawaii. We ordered the Kalua pork plate and it was the best thing to eat! The pork was so tender and full of flavor. They had different dipping sauces that gave it a kick. We really enjoyed our breakfast.
We were walking towards our hotel and there were parrots at the Hilton village. The lady was nice and let us get a close view of the birds. The green and red parrots are beautiful birds! We're glad to see them in the trees free and wild. There is the Mahina fashion store for great finds on cute beach clothing. I wish I had room for more clothes but I didn't. They had a lot of pretty jewelry, purses and dresses. It is a good place to pick up some outfits. I had to stop by Island vintage coffee before we headed out. We ordered the Island latte and an acai bowl. The Island latte is so good and the Macadamia nut flavor is delicious. It made the trip awesome and we were ready to fly home. Until next time Hawaii, thanks for a great time!
Today is part 2 of our Hawaii trip. We needed some coffee so we stopped by Gorilla in the Cafe. It's a cool coffee shop and they have breakfast too. I ordered the honey cinnamon latte, it's so good and perfect with the right amount of sugar. We ordered the original Acai bowl to munch on that's healthy and taste great. Ready to take on the day with new adventures. We headed to a local rental shop and rented a Jeep wrangler. It feels so nice with the hair blown in the wind as we drive.
We drove to down to North Shore area where the waves are high. It's a happening spot for surfers. They have local food trucks and surf shops here. I ordered the garlic shrimp plate. My hubby ordered some tacos and a beef burrito. The garlic shrimp is seasoned well and taste delicious. The tacos and burrito were good with the fresh pineapple salsa. They know how to cook around here. It was nice to look at the beach while we ate lunch outside. My hubby wanted to see some sea turtles so we went over to Laniakea beach close by. This is the spot where sea turtles swim in the water and rest. We were lucky and saw some turtles swimming in the water. It's nice to see the animals in the wild and free.
As we drove back towards our hotel, we came across Green World Coffee Farm. I'm addicted to coffee and of course we had to stop by to check it out. They have a garden where the coffee plants are grown into the soil. Their shop features drinks you can buy at the coffee stand. The inside is a small market full of coffee bags, home decor and accessories. They offer customers free samples of different coffee flavors. I ordered the iced chai latte. It was delicious with a vanilla flavor. I liked it so much that I bought their chai mix. So worth it!
We were wiped out tired from going out all day. I let my hubby take a nap and I went outside to explore. I came across Waikiki Yokocho gourmet alley. It's an underground area that features the best Japanese cuisines. The place was cool and feels like we are in Japan. They had Ramen, curry, hotpot, onigiri, tempura and green teas. I picked up some Onigiri rice balls from Shichimusubi. They feature all kinds of different organic rice balls. I bought the salmon, picked leaf and fried chicken. The fried chicken rice ball is delicious! It is seasoned and cooked perfectly. The picked leaf is good if you like veggies. If you are in Waikiki, Yokocho is a must stop for Japanese food.
My hubby decided to surprise me with a last minute trip to Hawaii for the weekend. We flew down to Honolulu Hawaii and when we got there it was raining. Apparently there were thunder storms and flash flooding going on. Good thing we came there by night time and checked into our Waikiki Parc Hotel. We liked that the hotel is conveniently located next to all the food and shops. Our first night we stayed in and got some rest.
The next morning, the weather cleared up. Started feeling hungry so we went to the Hilton Village and grab their brunch buffet. The juice is so good and fresh. They had some good food and made to order stations. It was nice to relax and enjoy the view of the beach. We headed to the Dole Plantation after brunch. It is a popular spot to go and explore. Their market was filled with everything pineapple which is awesome! I ordered a pineapple smoothie and it was so good. We took the Plantation garden tour to see acres of their land where everything is grown. It's pretty cool to see them plant so much fruits, trees, nuts and other produce. The place is huge where you need to be on a train to see everything.
In Hawaii, Maui Brewing Co. is the biggest brewery. They have a big selection of beers and I ordered the Pineapple Mana. It taste like fresh pineapples with a clean finish. I liked that it wasn't bitter or too strong. We ordered some nachos and a pizza to enjoy the night. This place was packed and you can sit outside in the patio. We did a lot today and went to bed early.
Vici is a modern clothing store for women. They have cute clothes at affordable prices. I found out about this store through Instagram. If you sign up to their newsletter, you get 20% off your first purchase. While browsing their stuff, I found 5 pieces. I bought 3 dresses, a jumpsuit and a tribal pant. My total purchase equals around $95 with taxes and all. It's such a great deal, and the clothes are so cute! The material is very comfortable and looks great on anyone. If you check their site daily, they have flash sales on certain items. I will be getting more pieces soon.
Larchmont Village has a lot of great places to eat here. I used to eat mexican food at this small spot. Apparently they closed and a new place called Tacos Tu Madre opened up. It's a small restaurant and they serve all kinds of mexican food. I ordered a breakfast taco with chorizo and a pastor street taco. I like the dinning area inside, it's very trendy and cool. Their theme is Make Taco Not War! I like the tropical aspect and the blue with gold fixtures. You get free chips and salsa with any order. The breakfast taco is delicious! The pastor taco was also good with the pineapples. I will definitely come back here and try new items. They know how to cook and season everything!
While shopping at Target for house supplies, I like to check out the shoe aisle. They have several new shoes in stock for the summer weather. I tried on a few shoes and found a jean material slip-ons. It's so cute with the bow detail and very comfortable inside. The best part was it's $7.48 on sale! That is such a great deal for shoes and I had to pick it up. I'm loving these sandals. It's must to check out the shoes at Target weekly for deals.
Target rolled out 4 new beauty boxes catered to different themes. I picked the wakeup and makeup box. This target box is definitely worth $7. I got more than $20 worth of products. I liked the e.l.f bare face palette and brush set. It is perfect to add some color to my face during the day. The covergirl mascara will be put in to good use. I started liking Dove dry shampoo. It's nice to refresh my hair in the morning and make it feel soft. They did a good job with the selections.
While checking out house rentals in Mailbu, we stopped by a plaza to get some food. They had a Pavilions so we went in to grab a sandwich. I saw Le Cafe De La Plage next door. It says they have homemade Ice Cream. I can't say no to Ice cream so I went over to see what they have. It's a cool cafe that has coffee, sandwiches, drinks, pastries and ice cream. This place was packed full of people! I ordered a two scoop ice cream in a cup. The flavors were banana fig and pistachio. The ice cream here is so good and creamy! It taste more gourmet and they know how to make good ice cream here. I will have to come back and try new flavors.
Alfred Coffee shops are popping up in different areas in Los Angeles. Each place has their unique theme and very trendy. It is totally Instagram worthy! I've been to the Melrose and Beverly Hills location. This is my third location in Studio City that I have been to. I like this store cause it has a tropical paradise theme going on. My hubby and I get ice cream in the area all the time. I ordered a iced latte with almond milk. It's pretty good and strong! I probably should work for this Coffee company since I go to them frequently. Can't wait to check out another location.
After driving around looking for house rentals, we started to feel hungry. My hubby likes to go to this sushi spot in Woodland hills. But when we got there they were closed for special reason. I went on yelp and found Okumura which has great reviews. We decided to check it out in Encino area. The restaurant is nice and modern. They have plenty of tables and the chef station where they make sushi. To start we got some iced green teas. I ordered the Agedashi tofu and the chicken teriyaki lunch combo. My hubby ordered a tuna handroll, rainbow roll and a crispy albacore onion roll.
The server brought out a miso soup and salad for my combo first. They were good and refreshing! The sushi chef handed us a tuna handroll. The tuna is so bright and fresh, I did not need to edit the picture. It was definitely fresh fish and tasted good. The Agedashi tofu is lightly fried and comes with a shishito pepper in a Japanese negi broth. The tofu was fried perfectly and the sauce brings out the flavor. It was a great tofu appetizer! The rainbow roll and crispy albacore roll came out. The rainbow roll was delicious! It is the best roll we've ever had. The fish tasted like butter and so fresh. I liked the crispy albacore roll with the onions on top. It's so good and crunchy! My chicken teriyaki finally came out cause it takes 20 minutes to make. It's the best chicken teriyaki bowl like ever! The veggies are grilled and healthy. The chicken was cooked perfectly and lightly drizzled with teriyaki sauce. I can just have this bowl and be satisfied. This is an awesome sushi restaurant and we look forward to coming back for more.
Laduree is a well known French bakery in Paris. The store is filled with pretty boxes to carry their delicious pastries. The macarons here are bright and colorful. It is full of flavor and taste good. I picked up a coffee and a piece of pistachio macaron. The pistachio is great! I'm trying to be good and also have a snack at the same time. I will come back and try out the rose croissant.
Zara Spring Collection has many pieces to get music festival ready. There are a few cute embroidered peasant tops and over the shoulder looks. I love the textile wraps which are easy to style over tank tops and jeans. The military jackets are fun with bright threads. I like the light and airy dresses. Zara has a lot of different outfits that will get anyone ready for a great time!
After I was done with lunch, I walked around old town Pasadena. I came across Cafe 86 in one of the smaller streets. This cafe is cool with art and hip decor. They specialize in all things Ube. Ube is a purple yam that is popular for dessert at Filipino restaurants. My old co-worker would get me Halo halo all the time for my snack. I ordered their Ube cheesecake. If you check in on Yelp, you get a free hibiscus cooler. The drink is fruity and very refreshing. The Ube cheesecake is rich and creamy. It had enough amount of sweetness to it and the cookie crust was delicious. I will definitely come back to try out more Ube items.
It has been a while since I've had some hotpot. Today, I decided to go to boiling point in Pasadena location. The Angus Beef hotpot is my favorite, it has all kinds of toppings. I usually order it medium spicy. It comes with rice or noodle. The hotpot is good on a cold day. There is four different dipping sauces on the side that you can use. I like the Garlic soy sauce flavor. The soup was spicy but good. It fills you up and is comfort food. It's a must try if your in the area.
Nordstrom has a lot of cute pieces for the Spring Collection. There is many different clothing brands like BP, Socialite, Leith, Articles of Society and Blanknyc. The collection includes florals, ruffles, crop tops, jeans and jackets. There is everything you need to put together a spring outfit. It is nice to wear comfortable clothes that looks great. I will have to pick up some pieces and add to my closet!
Honey Boba just opened up this weekend at The Americana Glendale. They feature all kinds of teas, coffee and smoothie drinks. You can add toppings like honeyboba, pudding and fruit bits. I tried out the Jasmine Green tea with bobay. It was pretty good and refreshing. The cup is wide and big. Not bad for a boba tea. I will try other flavors soon.
It's Easter, the bunny is out to play! My hubby and I brought my father-in-law out for lunch. We took him to our favorite place Nong La for some good Pho. Afterwards, we stopped by Larchmont Village to check out the farmers market. My father-in-law never had Jeni's before so I had to show him the place. Jeni's has gourmet ice cream flavors and their menu changes according to the season. They make delicious and creamy ice cream. You get a waffle cookie with your scoop. It is nice to spend quality time with family. Hope everyone had a good Easter!
My girlfriends and I usually plan a tea time on the weekends to catch up. We went to the Chado in Pasadena often. Today, we decided to try the location in Little Tokyo. This place is much bigger and they have patio seating. We ordered the Afternoon tea service which is $19.95 per person. You get a sample of sandwiches, pastries and dessert. Plus you can pick out a tea pot from their selections. We ordered the birthday tea, blueberry tea and the blooming flower jasmine tea. All the teas are so good and smell amazing! It comes in these cute teapots with covers. It's nice to have some quality time with the girls. This is definitely a spot to go with your best friends. I'm awake and ready to take on the day!
Best Fish Taco is a mom and pop shop that makes delicious tacos. It is located in Los Feliz and a casual sit down place. This place is busy with so many people waiting in line. I get the usually fish and shrimp tacos. You have to put the hot mango salsa, sour cream and radish. The hot pineapple salsa is great! What makes the food good is definitely the salsa. It makes the taco taste even better. I recommend hitting up this spot if your down for some cheap delicious tacos!
Anthropologie spring collection is full of whimsical flair and perfect for Easter. There are so many pretty striped and floral maxi dresses. I like the embroidered tops and cute jumpsuits. You can go casual or play it up. The store always smells so good with their scented candles. If you need a hostess gift, this is the best spot. The purses and hats are so pretty. I will be picking up some pieces for sure. Love the spring weather!
My hubby and I went to Rinjani for dinner. It is a new Indonesian restaurant that features authentic rice and noodle dishes. The atmosphere is casual and modern. It was our first time so we asked the waitress what is a good dish to order. We ordered the Rijsttafel "A bit of everything" which is $24.95 per person. It is rice served with samples of different dishes that are popular. The chicken curry is delicious! It reminds me of what my grandma makes at home but more of vietnamese style. I like having small bites of the Tempeh, tofu, potato, short rib, egg and shrimp chips. The preset menu is great if you want to try a bunch of different plates. I liked the food and will come back for more.
Today is family time at Knott's Berry Farm. My father-in-law wanted to come here to celebrate his birthday. It happens to be Boysenberry festival going on. Basically you buy a boysenberry pass for $30 and you get to try all 8 food stands. I liked the boyesenberry quesadilla, it's different and has a berry taste to the flour. The cheese makes it perfect! It has been a long time since my hubby and I been here. We went to Knott's for our 2nd date which was on his birthday. It brings good memories! Knott's is still a fun theme park and has everything you can do. We all liked hanging out with the animals in the farm. The horses were awesome and so cute! As we walked around, we pretty much hit up every stand for our pass. I do love berries so I liked the sweet flavor. The whole family had a great time and we enjoyed some good food.
Ipsy had their Gen Beauty event this weekend at the LA Convention Center. It is a two day event filled with demos, talks and everything beauty. The place had more than 40 vendors showcasing the latest trends. I was able to attend this time and bought a ticket for $100. You get admission for both days and a swag bag with goodies that is worth $400 or more. I was so excited and couldn't wait to check it out. I picked up my bag at the entrance and started looking around.
There was a lot of brands with their booths at every corner. It is crowded full of people in line. I tried coming early but it still got really packed. I had fun taking pictures for certain brands and received a free product. Basically you can stand in line for your favorite beauty brands and they give out free samples. It is definitely worth it to pay $100 but you get so much beauty products. It is awesome to see all these companies in person and getting to try out the new stuff. I was able to hit up a few booths and got some cool samples. Looking forward to going next year and getting some more goodies!
Hardwear is a cute clothing store in Larchmont Village area. They usually have sales going on and the racks outside are discounted items. I like their new Spring pieces. Their clothing gets you ready for music festivals and beach vacations. The prices are reasonable and it is on trend. The sales people are friendly and very helpful. Looking to pick up some items for the warmer weather!
Perverse is a store dedicated to carrying trendy and hip sunglasses. When you walk in, it feels like a tropical paradise. The sales clerk is friendly and helpful in showing their products. I tried on a pair of sunglasses that fits my face well. I purchased the sunglasses and it happened to be on sale for March madness. I am surprised how affordable the sunglasses are. Most of them start around $40 and up. You can purchase different styles since the price is such a good deal. Coming back for new styles soon!
Bardonna Cafe features drinks and food that are organic. They have a wide selection of coffee and tea. You can get Kombucha tea here as well. The food menu has breakfast, salads and sandwiches. This place is vegan friendly! I ordered a Matcha Rose latte. The latte taste like a bouquet of fresh roses. This is a new favorite latte drink! It is a great place to get a latte and do some work on the computer.
Sephora March theme is Festival Beauty Vibe. All the products in this month helps get you ready for music festivals. I am totally loving the blue tie-dyed makeup bag. It is trendy and so fun! I am excited to get more Briogeo hair products. I liked using their conditioning sprays to help my hair become more soft. Dr.Jart+ beauty balm products are great for concealing red spots and imperfections. The beauty balms are easy to blend and match every skin tone. I like purple Sephora collection eyeliner and lip stain. It just says Spring time with the purple hues. I am looking forward to using the products and need to book a ticket for a music festival soon!
Walking into Urban Outfitters is like a flash back of the 90's era. They have the old school clothing brands like Adidas, Fila and Tommy Hilfiger. It is so cool to take a path down memory lane. I like coming to the store and seeing the 90's trends. The 70's groovy style is definitely back everywhere. It is all about the rocker tees, stripes, denim, sports wear, jumpsuits and bell bottom pants. I still like the 70's vibe, it's fun and playful! We all want music, love and peace. I found this cute black straw bag. It's perfect for my trip for New York in June. I can fit more things and it is so awesome! Urban Outfitters is a great place to find some trendy pieces and remember the good times.
Finished work early so I decided to head down to Little Tokyo in LA. I like to walk around and check out what's happening here. Oomasa is an authentic Japanese restaurant featuring sushi and bento combinations. Came in for an early dinner while it was raining outside. This place is always busy and gets crowded later during the night. I ordered the sushi and tempura combination. It comes with sashimi, tempura, salad, rice and soup. The food is delicious! You get a lot of food for a good price. They give you a complimentary ice cream after you are done with your meal. This place is good and I keep coming back.
I usually stop by the Marukai market when I'm in Little Tokyo. I picked up some drinks and snacks. I love everything that is green tea flavored! The food is cheap and it's fun to check out all the new snacks they have. It's a must stop if you want Japanese food and snacks.
Poketo is a platform gallery full of independent designers showcasing their products. It's like a Unique market located in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. There is everything from stationary, house decor, jewelry, clothing and accessories. It is a great place to find a unique gift that is cool. I like these type of shops and will definitely come back to get some gift ideas.
Brick & Flour is an Artisanal Mexican Grill in Glendale. They serve casual mexican food that's fresh every day. I came here for an early bite to eat. Ordered the Carne asada fries, house special taco and a chicken taco. The Carne Asada fries are so good and full of flavor! I got the small version which was enough food for one person. The chicken taco is good and the house special taco is ok. It's a great place to pick up some good street style food and prices are not bad.
Garage has cute and comfortable clothing for every day wear. They had a big sale so I had to stock up on great finds. I picked up some cute sweaters, cardigans, t-shirt dress and yoga outfit. I purchased 8 items and it cost only $60 which is an awesome deal. Looking forward to wearing them out for the windy weather!
Tonight the weather is very windy and cold. A good place to go is Kim's Kitchen in Glendale. It is a small mom & pop Korean restaurant. They make good homemade korean food. The lady who works there recognizes me cause I come in often. I ordered the small Beef Bulgogi plate. You get served a bunch of small appetizers to eat with the meal. My favorite is the green onion pancake! I always ask for seconds. The beef is cooked perfectly and served hot on the skillet. The food and customer service is always good here. It's a spot to go if you want some casual Korean food.
Trattoria Amici is an Italian restaurant at the Americana. They needed some more space so Ombra was opened to accommodate more people. Happy hour is from 4-6pm Monday through Friday. Prices start from $5 and up which is a great deal. It has been a long time since I've dined in for happy hour. Today I treated myself and relaxed by the bar. I started off with the House Chardonnay wine. The wine was crisp and smooth. I ordered the Insalata di Carciofi, which is marinated artichokes salad. The salad is delicious and so refreshing with a lemon taste. The shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese completes the plate. I can eat this probably everyday! Next I had the Calamri Fritti. You can't go wrong with this plate, it has fried squid with veggies. The batter is light and cripsy, goes well with the tomato sauce. Amici offers a great selection of drinks and food for happy hour. I need to reward myself more often!
Dune is a Mediterranean Cafe in Atwater Village. It's a small and cozy spot. Their specialty is hummus and falafel plate. They make the best Falafel that I've ever had! It has been a while since I last dined in. Tonight I felt in the mood for some hummus. I tried their new item the hummus & fried chicken plate. The fried chicken is like moist chicken tender style. It was good with the batter being light and crispy. I love the plates cause it is so fresh and colorful! It's too pretty to eat sometimes. The pickled veggies makes it taste good. You can dip the chicken in the yellow spicy sauce or the green pickled sauce. I liked the fried chicken and always have a good experience every time.
Ipsy created a makeup bag this month where you can use markers and decorate it yourself. It's so cool and fun! The theme is all about being creative in March. I liked using the Glossier balm in Mint. I use lip balm every day to keep my lips moisturized throughout the day. The Tarte eyeliner is perfect for the cat eye look. I liked the makeup bag this month cause it is fun decorating and making it unique.
L'Occitane will send great offers through email when you subscribe to their newsletter. When you purchase anything in the store, the sales clerk will enter all your info including email offers. I received a free gift email and I was able to send some to my friends. Went to the nearest store and picked up my gift. It comes in a cute box with three small deluxe samples of their best sellers. While browsing their products, they have good skincare and cleansers. Some of the products won beauty awards which makes it popular. I bought a Solidarity Balm with a apricot scent that smells so good. It's nice to help out with charity and give back to others. I'm excited to try out these products and use them every day!
Lilyful is a fashion store in the Glendale Galleria. They have cute and affordable fashion clothing. Their Spring Collection is full of color and patterns. I like the floral rompers and dresses. It is very feminine and cute! The jumpsuits give it a retro vibe which is totally cool. They have some comfortable pieces that can be dressed up or down. I am looking forward to wear more Spring outfits!
My sister gave me an Amazon gift card for Christmas. I was shopping online to look for any cute purses. I came across the Rattan basket handbag handwoven crossbody. This is perfect for summer when I don't want to carry so much stuff. It is made out of neutral straw with embroidered fabric inside with an orange strap. The product was shipped quick. The only problem is the smokey smell it has. I'm trying to air it out and add fabric freshner. Hopefully the scent will go away. But overall it is a cute summer straw bag that will go great with dresses!
The weather is so nice today my hubby decided to take me to Brunch. We went to Ombra Bar and sat in their garden area. It's a good view of everything in the Americana. We ordered the Sunset sour & mimosa to start off with. The Sunset sour is pretty good, it has a fruity flavor without it being too sweet. I had the italian chopped salad. It was delicious, I ate it all and clean my plate. My hubby ate the Caprese salad. It was also good, it had fresh mozzarella cheese and different assortment of tomatoes. Sometimes it is beneficial for us all to take a step back and enjoy the morning!
The hubby and I went to open houses in Silverlake area today. It's been awhile since we hanged out here. There is a new coffee shop called "La Colombe." It used to be another coffee shop before this. Guess they didn't want to lease it no more. It's a cool rustic looking coffee place. They did a good job in the interior design and layout. What's different about La Colombe, they have coffee on tap. It's like being at a brewery except it's coffee instead. My hubby ordered the Pure black & tan, I ordered an iced latte. The Pure black & tan is strong coffee with foam. It's pretty good! I liked the iced latte, it didn't need any sugar cause the coffee tasted good. This place has some great drinks. I will be coming back to try other things.
We got hungry and walked around looking for something to eat. Came across Tacos Delta. We always drive by the place but never ate here. Today, we had the chance to dine in. It's a small hole in the wall but they got seating in the back which is great. My hubby enjoyed the Carne asada taco. I ordered the breakfast burrito with chorizo. It was pretty good. The portion is big and the prices is not bad. Glad we tried it for the first time!
There's a Fashion Q store in the Glendale Galleria which I usually go to. They have trendy clothes for a good price. Every week or so there's new items that come in stock. I'm a regular here, the owner recognizes me now! I picked out several outfits and they are perfect for the Spring time. I like the yellow wrapped linen top, it is looks cute with a pair of jeans. The blue and white colors are so in, I picked out different patterns. The rompers, jumpsuits and dresses fitted me well. I can't wait to wear these awesome finds when it get warmer!
Topshop has new items for the Spring Collection. It is all about preparing us for that awesome summer getaway. I like the bright colored and patterned swimsuits. There is plenty of rompers and swimsuit cover to wear over them. The bags are so cute with lobsters, straw and crossbody versions. I will be picking up some pieces for my summer wardrobe. I need to plan a warm vacation soon!
Warby Parker just opened up in Glendale next to The Americana. They sell Vintage inspired glasses and sunglasses around $95 a pair. If you have vision insurance, they usually will cover some of the cost. I have VSP through my hubby's insurance plan. My glasses is pretty old and starting to fall apart. I stopped by to checkout what they have to offer. They have a big selections of different style glasses. I picked out the Tea Rose frame. I love the colors and the style is so vintage cool! I like that the frames were light weight and fits my face perfectly. The staff are so helpful and they gave great customer service. I ordered the prescription glasses and my insurance covered most of the bill. I'm so excited and glad to have new glasses that fit!
We checked into our hotel after we were done with the wine tastings. Took a nap and relaxed. Woke up around 7pm and ready for dinner. My hubby and I drove to Red Barn restaurant. This place is always packed and got high reviews. They give fresh bread and jalapeno corn bread to start off with. The corn bread is moist and has a kick. Ordered the Tuna tartare for appetizer, it's good and refreshing! I liked eating the crispy wontons chips. My hubby and I split a 16oz slow roasted prime rib. When the food came, the prime rib piece was still big. The prime rib is so tender and moist. Putting some horse radish gives it more flavor. The mash potatoes are delicious. The food here is on another level and the chefs know how to cook. Finished the meal with a cinnamon scoop of ice cream. It taste like a churro! We really enjoyed this nice and intimate meal. Red Barn is a must if your in the area.
Unfortunately, we have to drive back home cause it's Monday. Had to stop by Olsen's danish bakery for some breakfast. Their danish is soft and full of fresh fruit jam. It's so delicious and wonderful! I'm glad I don't live near by. My hubby likes to go to Ostrich land to feed his animals. It's cool to see them up close. They are very big and have tall necks. Their kind of cute even though they are crazy. Did everything on our list and set to head home. Until next time!
The hubby and I took a roadtrip down to Santa Ynez for some wine tasting. The weather was perfectly warm and the sun is out. I yelped some new vineyards for us to try. The first one is Sunstone Vineyard. The vineyard has acres of land and a lot of space. It feels like we're in Sante fe New Mexico. They offer a variety of wines, sell meat & cheese plates and other snacks. The Sauvignon Blanc and the Pinot Noir here is fantastic! The white wines are clean and crisp in taste. The red wines are full of body without an after taste. You can really enjoy the richness of grapes, cherries and pomegranates. We munched on some of the cheese & charcuterie platter from The Lucky Hen. The food is delicious! I love the different type of meats, veggies and fruits mixed in. It's so nice to get away from the city and relax on a sunny day at a vineyard. So peaceful and amazing! We picked up a bottle of their Roasted garlic olive oil. It will go great with chicken and meats.
Our next stop, we went to Vincent Vineyards. This place has high ratings and won a lot of awards. The decor is jazz bar with some hollywood flair. Apparently the owner knows a lot of people in the entertainment industry. He had some memorabilia on the walls of old Vegas hotels. It's like a more sophisticated and manly vineyard. We chose the 2012 Vintage flight tastings. Out of the five wines, I really liked the Cabernet Franc. The red wine had a nice balance of cherry, raspberry and vanilla. It was more lighter than the other reds but didn't have a heavy after taste. This place is not bad, the manager gave us a tour of the vineyard grounds. He was very friendly and such a cool person.
We did two wine stops Sunstone and Vincent Vineyards. Definitely recommend to go to both of them. Each spot has their own theme and specialty.
The rave is all about the thermal long sleeve tops at every fashion store. I found a deal on a thermal shirt at Forever21. It was only for $20 compared to other places selling it for $45 and up. I wear this top with a tank under neath and it's so comfy. While browsing through the racks, I found a Coachella inpsired dress. It's black with floral print but completely see through. So I picked up a regular tank dress to wear with it. I got some great deals on this shopping trip.
There's a new fashion store Owl x Fish in the Glendale Galleria. They have cute clothes for a great price. I found some good stuff and grab a few pieces. I bought two tops which were 15% off. It goes well with jeans. The whole army look is in right now and I was able to get a pair of army joggers. It's so comfy yet trendy! I got a nice spring dress for when the weather gets more warm. I'm excited and happy with my purchase!
Sephora February play box focuses on love and being loved with products. I love Fresh sugar lip in Rose, it makes my lips soft and gives a nice pink glow. Farmacy cleansing balm works well to get rid of makeup and does make my skin feel smooth. The Belif eye bomb helps to depuff the tired eyes and feels so cool. This is my favorite play box!
It's the year of the Dog for Chinese New Year! I picked up some cute Snoopy red envelopes to hand out. Yes, unfortunately I do not receive them. I have to give them out since I'm married. Went to Chinatown the other day and got a pretty Chinese dress. The material is thin but feels much more comfortable. We usually come over to the family house and celebrate with everyone. My sister and nieces also dressed up for the occasion. Wishing everyone a prosperous and Happy New Year!
Valentine's Day is here and my hubby was lucky to make reservations @ Maude. Maude is owned by celebrity chef Curtis Stone. We have been to his other place Gwen. Maude is more smaller and intimate. We came early so the waitress brought us up to the wine cellar upstairs. My hubby bought the 8 course meal and the drinks were included. I ordered the dry vermouth cocktail and my hubby got the champagne. The drinks are good and strong! They literally shaved the prosciutto meat off the bone serving it with olives and nuts. It's a great way to start off the evening.
After we finished our drinks, the waitress brought us to the dining room for our 8 course meal. Our meal: From the garden of Vento Moncalvillo, Clams, Pan con Tomate, Foraging with Francis Paniego, Aged Bonito, Dinner with Juan Carlos Sancha, Croquetta, Chuleton, Sheep's Milk Curds. My favorite was the Calms with white wine sauce served with bread. It was full of flavor and I liked dipping the bread in the sauce. The Chuleton steak was cooked to perfection, the meat was so moist and tender. It was seasoned well. My last favorite is the dessert Sheep's Milk Curds. The dessert featured fresh fruits and gelato. It had a sweet taste but also it was refreshing. We had a nice evening out, my hubby really surprised me. He brought flowers, a perfume set and a beautiful bangle. I'm one lucky gal to have him in my life! Happy Valentine's Day!
Excited to find my Ipsy february glam bag in the mail. Just in time for Valentine's Day! I love the makeup bag with the lace details. I liked all the products in my picks. The Bubble T lip balm smells so good and feels nice on the lips. The Clinique love pop shade really fits my skin tone and looks so pretty on. The loose eyeshadow and brush made the look complete. It's nice that I had a facial mask to moisturize my skin at home. Ipsy did a great job with the selections this month. Can't wait for the next bag!
This week is Chinese New Year, at the Americana they have their annual parade on Sunday. The performers for the event were go over their routines and making sure their acts are ready. I work part time @ The Tsujita Artisan Noodle house here. I helped along with my co-workers prep our table to showcase the menu that is served at the restaurant. It was cool to meet the KTLA 5 team and go over the menu dishes. Liberty Chan was hosting the segment along with the event planner. We pulled it off and got featured a few times on the news. It is great exposure for all of us and looking forward to being busy!
If you signed up your email with Bath & Body works, they send you coupons and specials every month. I received some coupons so I went to check out their new products. I picked up a yoga mat mist which is perfect to use for cleaning my mat during class. You can also spray it on the body to refresh. The cool off gel lotion is good for the face and feeling clean after a workout. I used the free small travel size lotion coupon and added that to my bag. The best part is the new workout line was buy one get one free. So I got a really get deal this time for everything.
Today is the Superbowl big game, so we decided to head down to the San Fernando bar. They are located in Glendale near the train tracks. The San Fernando is my hubby and I favorite new bar in the area. They have great food and drinks! The happy hour is awesome and worth the price. I started off with a Stella Artois, I'm kind of fancy like that! We ordered a few appetizers to eat while enjoying some beer. We got the Charcuterie plate, buffalo wings, chili cheese fries, mac & cheese bites and garlic parmesan fries. The buffalo wings are so good and they give a lot of wings. You can't watch a football game without the wings! The chili cheese fries is my favorite. The chili is made with grounded beef along with a spicy seasoning. Then topped off with cheese and cilantro. It's so delicious. The manager and the staff here give great customer service. I highly recommend if your in the area!
Walked in to Toms shoe store to check out some flats with the hubby. They had some new styles in for Valentine's Day and Spring. I tried on a few different colors and designed. Ended up getting the blue polka dotted flats. It's cute with a bow and reminds me of a picnic basket. The shoes are very comfy and stylish. My hubby was able to pick up two pairs for work. Can't wait to see the next collection!
After eating lunch, I like to walk around Larchmont and check out the clothing shops. Hardwear has women clothing that are cute and reasonable priced. I picked up three pieces from the shop. I liked the pink floral kimono, it will be great for spring time. The espresso yourself tank is fun for hitting the gym. I really liked the striped knotted top. It's so light and comfy. Did good on this shopping trip!
Larchmont Village wine shop is my hubby's favorite sandwich shop. There's always a line here and easy to pick up food. It's in Larchmont area with all the shopping and restaurants. We always get the #3 Sopressata on a french baguette. The meat and toppings are always so fresh and delicious. I also got some mangoes and a green tea to make it a meal. It's honestly the best place for an italian style sandwich. You won't regret it! Jeni's Splendid opened another location here and of course I can't say no to ice cream! I just got a single scoop of the Pistachio & honey flavor. It is so good and refreshing! It's hard to go to store bought ice cream after eating this. Today was a nice day out!
I like the Garage cause they always have cute clothes for a good price. The fabrics are comfy and great for lounging. I picked up a few items during the 40% extra off sale items. I was able to get 6 items for around $50 including free shipping. Received the package in the mail which is awesome. I like the blue Chenille dress, the material is so soft like a blanket. The dark blue color make it dressy but casual as well. Picked out two criss cross black tops which goes with jeans. Last got two bras and a pair of socks. I'm satisfied and we will these often.
The spring collection @ Other Stories is full of Valentine's Day essentials. There are plenty of red and pink dresses ready for date night. I like that the line is very cute and dressy. Sometimes it's nice to get all dolled up and go out with your significant other. They have a few soft faux fur jackets that are perfect for the cold weather. You can complete the look with cute laced up flats or ankle boots. I am ready to pick up some pieces for date nights with the hubby!
Today is such a gorgeous day full of sun and warm weather. My hubby decided to take me to Montage hotel in Laguna Beach for lunch. We love any excuse to drive down to the beach and relax. Montage Hotel is famous and there is events held all the time here. The hotel has beautiful views of the beach and private areas guests can hang out around. We dined in @ Mosaic Restaurant which sits on a cliff and has amazing beach views. I started off with a Frose All Day drink. They blended Rose wine with ice and taste like an adult version of slurpee drink. For entree, I ordered the Tempura chicken strips. It was pretty good, the batter was light and the honey mustard sauce brings out the flavor. My hubby ordered a blackened chicken wrap which was good with a light salad. We had a great time relaxing by the beach and enjoying the sights. It's a must if you are in Laguna Beach!
During this weekend, Zappos opened a pop-up shop @ The Americana. The goal was to be focused on comfortable clothing and they can ship it from anywhere with online shopping. I went to check out what they had and need to pick up some more gym wear. It's great that they had women's and men's lines here. There were some cute pieces for women to wear out and be relaxed. The men's line was classic and still trendy. While you shop, the staff gives you trail mix snacks which was good. They also gave each customer a free white t-shirt with any word sewed on to which is cool. I picked up a few items for myself and my hubby. Zappos put together a great shop full of up to date trends and for great prices. I will definitely check out the online shop.
Indie Beauty Expo is an event held in LA featuring hundreds of vendors onsite. The vendors are from all over the world bringing the latest trends in hair, skincare, makeup and nutrition. All the products are made from organic and natural ingredients. It's basically a girls night out to be pampered. They did a great job setting up the place with flowers and all the booths for viewing. It's nice to talk one on one with the beauty experts and learn more about how the products works. I had a great time exploring many different beauty companies. I hope they have this event again soon!
The Abercrombie & Fitch spring collection has pieces to wear in summer as well. They feature more of a casual beach vibe that's effortlessly cool. I like the floral dresses, the striped tunics, embroidered jeans, jean shorts and light sweaters. You can wear these outfits everyday and to the beach. The clothes here last long even after many washes in the machine. I will be picking up a few pieces here for my lazy days!
Madewell Spring Collection has many trends we all want in our wardrobe. It's all about the jeans, gingham, orange hues, light cardigans, statement earrings and pastel leather bags. The 70's vibe is in a lot of stores lately and the fashion still looks great. The outfits are casual but can be dressed up with the right accessories. It's nice to wear clothes that are comfortable and trendy at the same time.
There's a new coffee shop opened up in Atwater Village Black Elephant Coffee. It's a cute rustic place that serves coffee and teas. A percentage of their sales goes to the WWF foundation to help animals. I like the coffee mugs and t-shirts they sell on display. My hubby ordered the matcha honey latte and I ordered the Horchata latte. The lattes are delicious and full of flavor. It's my new favorite place to pick up a cup of tea or coffee.
My hubby and I decided to try out this Fuga Izakaya Restaurant and Bar in Little Tokyo. We walked by this place many times and finally got the chance to go dine here. It's an underground bar which has a full menu and drinks list. I ordered the Gatsby cocktail to start off recommended by our server. It taste like a mojito with a splash of champagne. The drink was good and pretty strong! We ordered a few small plates to share. The beef kushiyaki is marinated skewered filet mignon. The beef is nicely cooked and so tender. Next we had the Bacon wrapped asparagus, this is a must try. I wanted to try something different so I got the Baked spicy miso japanese eggplant with mozzarella and miso glaze. This dish is more creamy and taste like an eggplant parmesean. It's ok, not what I expected. Last we ordered the 21 days aged rib eye steak. The rib eye steak is so delicious! They serve it on hot stones on a plate to keep it warm. They give a marinated sauce on the side which makes it taste better. Fuga is a great place to grab drinks and food. You have to make reservations especially on the weekends. We will be back.
Sephora play box focused their theme on hydration and to a new Year in beauty routine. The Fresh rose floral toner smells like a bouquet of roses. It's nice to smell so lovely in the morning! I love using the Clinique Pep start eye cream. I put it on in the morning and evenings to soothe my tired eyes. They did a good job with the selections this month!
Once in a while, I will go on a juice cleanse just to get in a healthy fix. Pressed Juicery had a special of 6 juices for $25. It's a great deal for the green juices and easy for on the go. I recommend coming here if you don't want to deal with cleaning up a juicer at home.
My favorite Pho restaurant is Nong La on La brea area in LA. They make fresh noodles in house, the meat is always good. I usually order the egg rolls to start off with. Then order the Pho Tai and Bo Vien noodles. If you are in the mood for some great Pho, this is the place to go. My hubby and I like to walk around to check out the neighborhood shops near by. We came across La Tropezienne bakery. I bought some sweets for my hubby's birthday last time. This is a French bakery that makes delicious desserts. Everything here looks so good and pretty. The pistachio eclair is so tasty and the creme inside is soft. It's my new fave dessert piece here! It's a nice bakery to stop by and grab a snack.
Ipsy created a sporty themed bag this month for on the go. The bag is cute and looks like a sneaker. I liked the Oribe Hair dry shampoo, it's a good product to use in the morning to add volume. And I like how it makes my hair smell nice. The City Color contour palette is useful cause I can add some color to my face any time. The shades match my skin tone and stays on all day. They did a good job with the theme this month and I love the bag!
Huntington Beach is a great place to shop for cool Surf clothes. I stopped by Rip Curl to check out their new stuff. Their collection right now is all about plaids, stripes, floral and jeans. I tried on a sweater and dress. The first one is the 70's inspired striped sweater. I like the blue, red and yellow stripe colors. It fits perfectly and comfy with jeans. I really liked the South western style halter dress. It is great for the hot summer days and goes well with sandals. Rip curl has some great items and at reasonable prices. I left happy with my purchase!
While shopping around Huntington Beach, we went in to the Pacific City food court. Inside the food court has many different cuisine and vendors. We saw Burnt Crumbs and chose to eat here. The server said the best thing on the menu is the "Fried Chicken" plate. We ordered one and a side of hand cut fries to share. The fried chicken was cooked perfectly and had a nice crunch to it. The biscuit with the gravy made the chicken moist. And the sriracha honey sauce completes the whole fried chicken plate. It's pretty good, my hubby and I were impressed. It's a great casual spot to get some food and relax.
My hubby and I finally got to try out Tacos Cancun in Glendale. We always drive by this place but never went in. Tonight, we decided to give this place a try. We ordered the potato taco and the ceviche tostada. They also give you a side of chips and salsa on the house. The food here is good! The ceviche tostada is so fresh and it's good with spicy lime sauce. It's a big plate and enough to share for two people. The potato taco was deep fried and so good. It's crunchy and full of potatoes. This place is good for a quick bite to eat, the prices are cheap and food is high quality. The lady that took our order gave great customer service. I will definitely be coming back for more.
The Free People spring collection is here! This line has everything you need to get ready for Spring time. They have cute stripe and floral dresses. A lot of jean inspired dresses and overall skirts. Simple henley shirts and lightweight blouses. There's the camel suede jacket which is great with jeans and tshirt. And my fave is the pastel pink jackets great for the cold mornings. I'm loving their line and can't wait for warm weather.
Target has great deals on shoes and I was able to find some in my size. I tried on the a.n.deawy white tennis shoes. It's basically looks like the Adidas shoes. Then I tried on the Dolce Vita black sandals. These two pair of shoes fitted me perfectly and were both under $10 each. Not bad for buying shoes. Plus, I did pick up my house stuff list items as well.
While shopping at the Americana, I stopped by Forever 21 to pick up some gym gear. They had some sale racks for gym stuff which was from $5 and up. I picked up some tank tops, sports bra, long sleeves and tights. I was able to get 10 pieces of gym clothes for $100 total. This is an awesome deal especially for yoga outfits. Today shopping trip was a good one and I left a happy camper!
I decided to yelp a new place to go to for lunch and found Sweetsalt in Toluca Lake area. There's a lot of new spots and restaurants in this area which is cool. I ordered the Lavender vanilla latte to start off with. This latte is so good and the sweetness in taste is perfect. It's my favorite latte! The Groundwork cold brew coffee is good too without any sugar. We got the Soppressata & Artichoke Pesto, Ham & Gouda sandwiches to split. I really liked the Ham & Gouda sandwich. The ham and cheese is fresh is so delicious. The cafe is small and cute for a quick bite to eat. I highly recommend coming here for coffee and sandwiches.
My hubby loves McConell's Ice cream shop so we had to stop by and get some dessert. I tried the Vanilla Grapefruit new flavor with a waffle cone. This flavor is very good, it has a nice vanilla and fruity taste to it. They do make good ice cream here and it's dangerous!
Peet's Coffee makes a really good Earl Grey tea latte. I picked up a cup this morning and grabbed a Waffle cookie too. It helps me start off the day. I went to do some errands and got hungry. So I decided to make homemade pizza at home with ingredients I already have on hand.
Ingredients: pita bread, mozzarella cheese, tomato basil sauce, sundried tomatoes, pepperoni, olives, oregano and crushed red peppers.
I put 1 spoon of tomato basil sauce first. Add the shredded mozzarella cheese. Then add the toppings and last put some oregano with crushed red peppers. You can put the pizzas in the oven at 400 degrees and for 10 minutes. It tastes just like a pizza but without all the calories. It's a low calorie version if you love pizza and still want to be good!
It's great to have a Pressed Juicery near my house. I will occasionally take a break from food and go on a juice cleanse. It's good to clean out your system from all the food you eat for the past couple of months. Pressed Juicery had a special of 4 juices for $20. That's a great deal so I picked some up. I like the orange turmeric juice, it is like orange juice with a kick of energy. They came out with 3 new juices so I tried them out. The Caffeinator taste great and has caffeine without the sugar crash. I will be stopping by more often and getting more juice.
My hubby, father in law and I drove to Thorntorns Vineyard today to grab some lunch. It's the first day of 2018, a great way to start off by getting some good food. I ordered the meat and cheese plate to start off with. Their charcuterie board was more sweet compared to other places. They gave us a lot of fruits and cheese. It was ok, but we prefer more cheese and meat than sweets. For my entree, I ordered the Beer battered fish and chips. The fish was marinated well and crispy for the fried battered. It goes good together with coleslaw and fries. Today was a nice day out in Temecula and we all enjoyed our outing.
This year has gone by quick and it's that time again to ring in a New Year. My hubby and I went down to Grand Central Park in Downtown LA to check out the event. There were thousands of people here and it's cool to see everyone out celebrating. The 2017 year has been crazy, but I'm ready to start the new year of 2018!!!
Sephora December play box focused their theme on Glam and using the products for holiday looks. This is my favorite box cause I use all the products on a daily basis. Laura Mercier eye basics works well on the lids and keeps my eyeshadow on all day. I like the Anastasia lip gloss, the color goes well on my skin tone. The Drybar triple sec is great for adding volume to your hair in the morning. Sephora did a great job with this month selection.
This month's bag focused on winter essentials for the cold weather. I love getting beauty sheet masks, it's a great product and makes a spa day at home easy. The Son & Park beauty water goes on great after cleansing the face. My favorite product is the Ofra liquid lipstick. The pink color is perfect for my skin tone and keeps my lips moisturized all day. It's great for on the go and to add some color to my lips. I enjoyed using the products and look forward to next month's picks.
My hubby and I booked a trip to go to Asia this time for Christmas. We got a great deal on Tripmasters for a 10 day trip to Hong Kong, Bangkok and Phuket. Coming to Hong Kong, the weather was cold there. It was definitely winter and you can feel the wind hit you as your walking around. We got to see a 360 degree view of Hong Kong during the day time which was cool. After a lot of walking, we decided to grab some lunch. Of course I had to try out the authentic beef noodles and pork chops with rice dishes here. The food is delicious and very authentic compared to home. I enjoyed the food, but my hubby is not used to that type of taste. We visited the Big Buddha statue on top of the Hill. My hubby made a friend with a cute cow that lives at the Temple. At night, Hong Kong Harbor is where everyone goes to check out the night life. The buildings are all lighted up with colors and designs. It's pretty during the night and comes alive.
Our second stop was Bangkok, Thailand. It's a city that does not sleep. You can find entertainment and street food available all night long. We went on a boat tour which was very interesting and fun. All the vendors sold merchandise and food on these long fishing boats. The thai food here is so delicious and authentic. The food is homemade with plenty of spices and herbs. I couldn't get enough of the food here. If I had time, I would learn how to make food from the locals here. I got to ride an elephant in Thailand which was one of my bucket list checked off. The elephants are friendly and so sweet! It's a must thing to do in Thailand. For our last stop we went to Phuket. It's more of a beach life with the warm and clean water. Phuket is beautiful and I can see why everyone comes here for vacation. Overall, my hubby and I had a great time in Asia. Can't wait for our next adventure!
My hubby and I stopped by Manhattan beach today. We wanted some drinks so we went to our spot at NorthEnd cafe. They had a $1 bagel special which is awesome. We ordered a chai latte and bagel with cream cheese. It's nice to sit outside and gaze at the sunset.This place has great coffee and sandwiches in Manhattan beach.
This is one of my favorite Persian Restaurant! They make the best Persian food I've ever ate at and the customer service is always great. During lunch, they have the specials where you can get a plate for around $10. It's enough food for each person. My hubby and I come here often. We always order the same plates which is the Salad Olivieh, the Boneless Chicken kebab plate and the Persian hot tea. You can't go wrong with anything you order here, the food is delicious. We love that the owners are very friendly and welcome us every time we come in. It's a must try if you are in the South Bay area.
While driving to other places, I always past by Lamill Coffee but never stopped to go in. Today I brought my hubby to try their fried chicken sandwich that they are known for. This place is on a busy street, there is parking in the back but it's really small and tight. I was lucky to get the last spot. The cafe is very nice with art on the walls and chandeliers. It's a more fancy coffee shop. I ordered the Chai latte and it was amazing! It was fresh and perfect in sweetness. Plus a hot cup of tea is always great in cold weather. We got our Fried chicken sandwich with fries. The sandwich is good, wish it was a little more spicy with seasoning. But overall not bad! It's a cool place to grab coffee, the only down side is the parking is tough to find.
I found out about Ohana Poke cause they share the store with Sopressta in Silver Lake. My hubby got the sandwich and I decided to try out their poke. I ordered the Kine bowl with Shoyu tuna and Chili pineapple tuna poke. Then added some toppings like seaweed and glass noodles. The poke bowl was pretty good! I liked the chili pineapple tuna. It had fresh pineapple and some spice to give it a kick. The bowl came out to around $12 which is not bad. I will definitely come back for more.
The annual LA Auto Show was held at the Los Angeles Convention center this weekend. My hubby and I like to go check out the new cars being displayed. If you are a car fan, this event is definitely for you. I found a few cars that caught my eye. I like the Audi R8 in all white with red leather interior. It's so nice and fancy. But the price tag is not really in my budget. A girl can dream! My favorite is still the Jeep Wrangler and the Chevy Corvette. The Jeep is great for cruising by the beach. The Chevy Corvette is a beautiful sports car! It's quick in speed and the price is affordable. It's so clean and awesome. They had some great cars this year and can't wait to check it out next year.
Nordstrom had their Morning beauty event for Fall. Different brands came out to showcase the latest Fall trends. They gave out a great sized makeup samples to all the attendees. I use most of the brands in the sample bag. I got lucky this time and won a Cartier perfume sampler bag. It has their most popular scents in small bottles and littles card samples. It's great to have so many different perfume scents to try. Such a great morning!
Nordstrom had their Anniversary Sale going on. I went in to check out the deals. They were giving an extra 20% off on all sale items. That's a great deal! I tried on some sweater, dresses and leggings. I picked them all up for under $50 and they are so comfy. It was a great buy!
Free People had an additional 25% off on sale items. This is the best time to get the collection for a great deal. I tried on two dresses and a poncho. The dresess fit perfectly and I got them for under $50. The poncho is cute with it's bright orange and the little pom poms on the bottom. It goes well with a t-shirt and jeans. I'm happy with my purchase and excited to wear them.
While running some errands, had to stop by one of the local good coffee shop Sworks. Sworks makes a really good Vanilla bean latte. They make their own vanilla bean flavor. The latte is amazing and always hits the spot. Plus, it's in a cool neighborhood of Eagle Rock with other shops.
Plate & Petal is a new restaurant in Glendale. They have a full bakery with all kinds of pastries and dessert. It looks nice with the marble tables and floral backdrops. Decided to give it a try and first time here. The waiter was very helpful suggesting some good plates. I couldn't resist and tried the desserts first. The creme brulee was amazing, the raspberry cake was ok. For our entrees we ordered the Waffles with fruits and the Brisket Hash.The Brisket Hash is the best thing to get! It tastes so good like a beef stew. The brisket is tender and the egg on top made it better. I highly recommend the Brisket Hash. A great brunch to start off the day.
We decided to head down to Ojai, California to check out the area. We stopped by the Ojai Valley Inn to grab lunch. Jimmy's Pub had some good lunch items and drinks. I started off the day with a glass of Chardonnay. We ordered some fresh made chips, short rib tacos and a margherita pizza. The chips were good, the pizza was just ok. The short rib tacos is delicious. The meat was very tender and good with the salsa. The Ojai Valley Inn is very well known here and people book it for events. It was a nice day out and relaxing.
The Americana held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting tonight. They had special performances, music, dancing and snow coming out. The place was so busy and packed with people. The Americana looks so pretty with all the lights and decorations. Once they light the tree, they also throw fireworks on top of Barnes & Noble. It's fun to see the event!
Manhattan Beach has their annual Tree Lighting Festival tonight. It's a great time where all the shops and restaurants are open late to celebrate. All the locals and people drive down to check out the event. It's fun for everyone! They had cute reindeers out to pet and feed. I like visiting my favorite floral shop here Rolling Hills Flower Mart. The flowers are always fresh and so pretty. They beautiful floral arrangements. For tonight, they gave a free flower for each person. It's awesome to smell fresh flowers and feel loved. All the shops had music, drinks and discounts on products. People around here know how to party. Started getting hungry, so we stopped by our favorite Japanese restaurant Rice. It's a small place and feels so cozy. They make organic and fresh sushi along with other dishes. The sashimi platter is the best thing here! The fish was so fresh and melts in your mouth. It was a great ending to a fun night.
November Play box focuses on products that help us relax and sleep well. I use Origins products before and it's always good on sensitive skin. The Charcoal mask helps to clear my pores. The Perricone MD hydrating cloud cream hydrates my skin and makes it feels soft in the morning. I love this product and plan on buying a bigger size. The Marc Jacobs mascara is amazing and makes the lashes more fuller. I think they did a good job on the selection this month.
This month is focused on fall essentials and the bags were designed in two colors. I received the gold and yellow bag. Ipsy did a good job with my selection. I use all the products for everyday use. I love Tarte Amazonian clay and have a few shades. It goes on well with my skin tone and stays on all day. I like the Naked Cosmetics loose eyeshadow, it gives a nice shimmer and easy to apply. The IT cosmetics CC+ cosmetics is a favorite and makes my skin look flawless. I really enjoyed using the products.
Platform is a shopping center located in Culver City. The shops here are unique and designed with artistic influences. You can get a floral arrangement from Juniper & Lily. We stopped in to our favorite Blue Bottle coffee shop. They are based out from San Francisco but recently opened up a few locations in LA. I ordered the usual Cafe Latte. It's perfect and the coffee taste so good I don't need sugar. We walked in to Tom Dixon a furniture store. This place has a lot of cool and hip art deco looking pieces. They have lights, tables, couches, decor and lounge chairs. I love their design and would pick up every piece if I could in one shop! The Platform has many shops that cater to all kinds of unique handmade products. It's a perfect spot to pick up a gift for him or her. I really like this shopping center and will definitely be coming back.
While getting dinner in Fullerton area, we stopped by the Night Owl Coffee shop. The place is dark and very calm. I tried the Lavender London Fog latte. It was amazing, very refreshing with a little sweet taste. My hubby ordered the Dirty Hippie latte cause he likes the name. The chai tea is on point and good. This coffee shop knows how to make a good tea latte!
Victoria Secret had a private shopping event today at 6pm. The first 50 people in line receives a complimentary gift bag. I was in the area so I stopped by to check it out. There was a lot of people in line. I got lucky and was able to stand in line early. They gave out a complimentary tote bag with a bath bomb, facial mask and a coupon for 20% off. The event was to allow customers access to their new Pink Line and get first dibs. Excited to try out these beauty products!
Bottega Louie is a hot spot in Downtown LA and located on Grand/7th Street. It's an Italian restaurant and bakery. Their bakery is full of delicious and pretty looking desserts. You can't just have one item here. My hubby and I stopped by to grab a dessert. We ordered some macaroons and beignets. The Beignets is soft and full of jam instead. The macaroon flavors here are great and love the bright colors. This place is a nice restaurant for date night or just to people watch. You can spot a celebrity in the room sometimes on a lucky night. A must go to in downtown LA!
Erdem is a London based label and they did a collection for H&M. Their line consists of florals, ruffles, lace and work attire. The work outfits are very sleek and sophisticated. I like the classic white laced blouses. It makes any suit look more glammed out. They also have accessories to complete the look with cute jewelry and shoes. I like this collaboration, it gives the women work outfits more to life but in a fun way.
Stan Lee held the annual Comic Con this year at the LA convention center. The event brings thousands of fans and comic book enthusiasts out for an all week event. It's cool to see all the people behind the scenes who creates and sells these famous comic books. It gives the fans a way to connect to their favorite titles and buy collectible items at the booths. This time the event was right around Halloween so it gives everyone a reason to dress up in costume. When you get the chance, it's a must to go check out. Until next year!
Ever since we had our Anniversary dinner at Gwen, we couldn't get enough. We found out they do lunch here. For lunch, you can get any customized sandwich for around $12 and it comes with fresh baked chips. Not a bad deal for food especially in the LA area. My hubby tried the italian cut and I tried the steak sandwich. I gotta say, the steak sandwich is so delicious! The steak was nice and tender. The veggies with the marinade hits the spot. I do love eating fresh made chips. The italian sandwich was good too. My pick would be the steak sandwich. For the flavor and price, you can't beat it any where else.
I have to admit something, I'm addicted to Philz Coffee! I probably come here at least 2-3 times a week. Our apartment is literally across the street from this place so it's convenient. The baristas here are friendly and the coffee is served fresh brewed to order. My new favorite is the Gingersnap sweet and creamy. It makes me feel all warm and in the mood for fall. My hubby loves the chai sweet and creamy. Philz is a great spot to pick up a good cup of coffee with fresh mint.
Nordstrom has some affordable clothing lines that don't break the bank. Bp, Socialite and Wayf are some of their designers that are trendy and still on a budget. I like to browse this section in the store and check out what's in right now. It's all about lace, ruffles, leather and velvet. The look is more romantic and feminine. I love the navy blue and dark red tones. The color looks great on everyone! I am going to definitely pick up some new pieces to add for the fall season.
I haven't seen my bestie in a while due to crazy schedules. My girl friend suggested we meet up for lunch at Boiling Point. This is her favorite spot to get hot pot. I introduced her to the whole hot pot craze. They have many locations throughout the San gabriel valley. They have lunch specials when you order a hot pot, you get a free iced tea. We both ordered a beef hot pot medium spicy and got a green iced tea. It's comfort food and good on a cold day. They make good food and the price is reasonable. This spot gets really packed fast so hopefully go at a more chill time. It's a great place to catch up and get some good cheap food.
The Play box this month focused on "Complexion Companions". There are steps for making our skin clear and smooth. I like the Urban Decay complexion primer. It's helps to prep the face for makeup application. Plus the color tint blends in well with my skin tone. I'm looking forward to using the Tarte setting mist every day. It keeps my skin moisturized and helps the makeup stay on all day. The mist is very refreshing especially in this hot weather. They did a great job with the product selections. I use all the brands in my box and love their products.
My hubby decided to take me on a road trip and drive up to Big Bear Mountains. As we drove up, we saw so many cars and people. Apparently Octoberfest is happening in Lake Arrowhead. Luckily we found parking and went to check it out. The beer brats hot dog and a pretzel is a must when your at Octoberfest. It was cool to see the people dress up and have a fun time. The weather is so much cooler in the mountain. It feels more like fall here. Today is a beautiful day out by the lake. My hubby got to feed his ducks by the sand.
The Santa's Village is opened again after a long time of being closed. I convinced my hubby to stop by. It's a cute little village full of food and activities for the family to enjoy. I love Christmas and the cabins are awesome! Afterwards we checked in to our hotel in Big Bear. At night, we did the haunted hayride on a big farm. It was spooky cause it's so dark outside. We had a lot of fun being scared and hanged out with new people in the area. I can't wait to come back when the snow arrives.
Today is our Anniversary and the hubby took me out to celebrate. He surprised me with reservations @ Gwen Restaurant in LA. Curtis Stone is a well known celebrity chef owns this place. It's his second addition to Maude. We decided to go all out and picked the 10 course meal. It's a special occasion so why not spoil ourselves! The hostess placed us at the kitchen seats where you can see the chefs prepared food. It's like being on Master Chef show without Gordon Ramsay yelling at people.
The restaurant is very organized and the staff are trained to know everything on the menu. Each plate was brought out one at a time. The food looks like a work of art. It was too pretty to eat. We were very impressed by the quality of fresh ingredients in each plate. It was laid out perfect and all the flavors brought the meal to life. This was the best dinning experience we have ever had! Every dish was delicious and amazing. We highly recommend coming here for a special occasion and enjoy a wonderful dinning experience. This year, our anniversary was great. Best part is I got to enjoy it with my wonderful hubby!
At Nordstrom, October 15-21 is the Fall Beauty Event week. During this week, each day there is a beauty event featuring different makeup lines. The makeup artists are on hand to show the latest tips and tricks to mastering the fall look. I attended the morning beauty event to check out the latest products. I received my goodie bag and some coffee. The presenters were from Kate Sommerville, Anastasia, Nars, Laura Mercier, Diptyque, Hermes, Burberry, Trish McEvoy, Mac and more. I didn't win any of the raffle this time, but it's still fun to go and have girl time. Looking forward to their next beauty event.
This month for Halloween, Ipsy created a red laced bat makeup bag. It's very sexy and dracula like theme. I love using the Urban decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil. It goes on smooth and stays on all day without smearing. The DLS bronzed eyeshadow works well for evening looks for that natural smokey look. The Hey Honey concealer is something I will use everyday to cover up redness and dry skin. They did a good job this month with the products. I love the makeup bag!
My hubby and I like to watch the Worth It! food reviews on the Youtube channels. The food critics claims this place is worth it for breakfast. We decided to check this place out and grab some breakfast. It wasn't too long of a wait when we came which is good. We ordered 4 tacos: guadalupe, blanco, picadillo, brisket with a Queso dip and chips side. The quadalupe was my fave taco! It's well seasoned and tastes so good. You can dip the tacos in the queso dip. They make some good breakfast tacos. It's all about the Queso dip. They also have red and green salsa on the side as well. The only downside it's a little bit expensive for just tacos and dip for two people. I would come back once in a while as a treat.
Go get em tiger opened up another location in Los Feliz area. They have two other coffee shops, one is G&B in the Grand Central Market and a second spot Go get em tiger in Larchmont. I always order the Almond Macadamia latte. It's delicious and they make their own almond milk in house. The coffee is a bit more pricey so I go here once in a while. Next door is McConnell's Fine Ice cream shop. I can't say no to ice cream! They make all kinds of unique combination flavors. My favorite is the Eureka Lemon & Marionberries. It taste like a fruity pie. My hubby loves the Black coffee chip. He says it's the best coffee ice cream he's ever had. This is another great ice cream place that's added to my fave spots.
If you sign up to L'occitane stores with an account, they send you special offers. I received a special offer by mail to pick up a complimentary shea butter gift at the store. Free gifts is always nice! I went to the Glendale Galleria location to pick it up. Since I was there, I also bought a soap which donates to charity. The free gift is in a cute package designed by Rifle paper. It includes two of their best selling products with hand and body creams. I love the set and can use the box to hold other things. L'occitane has great products and it smells so divine. It's a treat to myself!
When you shop at Abercrombie & Fitch, it's a good idea to sign up for their rewards program. Every time you buy something, you rack up points and then it converts to rewards cash. I racked up a lot of points and had some rewards to use for my purchase. They have some cute cardigans and jackets. It's all about plaid shirts, cozy cardigans, knit sweaters and military jackets. I bought a soft and comfy plaid sweater. It feels so good and makes me feel so warm. It is perfect for the cold weather. I got a good deal and got the sweater for almost half off the price. Good time to go when the sales are happening.
Went to the E-bar at Nordstrom to pick up a Latte this morning and decided to check out the Handbags section. They had the newest fall collections from the top designers. Here's some of my favorite picks. Rebecca Minkoff is known for their small velvet crossbody purses and zippered backpacks. It's for every day use and comes in many different shades of colors. I like the small crossbody bags for going out at night. Tory Burch is all about just simple tote bags that are in classic colors. They do a lot of browns, reds and blacks. The big tote handbags are great for putting a bunch of things in and going to do errands.
Coach put together more of a vintage floral line. The purses are full of flowers with a fun vibe. The satchels are in cool shades of blue, burgundy and white. The bags are a way to make a simple outfit stand out with accessories. Kate Spade is all about poppys and the leopard trend. Yes, that's right leopard is back! These purses are more wild and definitely brings attention. If you want to be more daring, Kate Spade leopard purses are for you. Last, Burberry is my hubby's favorite designer. He would go inside the stores to look at all of their products. Then he would tell me how nice their items are and it's pretty expensive. Lol! Burberry is always classic and keeps things more neutral. They are known for their plaid look of beige, red and black. Their satchels are really nice and has a plaid lining on the side. One day I will purchase a Burberry purse. A girl can dream! I found a few purses that I've got my eyes on. I will wait for their annual sale and pick them up.
Atwater has a farmer's market every sunday from 10am to 2pm. It's a great way to shop with local farmers. The Shuck's oyster bar is our favorite spot. They make the best smoked salmon bagel! It's so fresh and taste delicious. They charge $8 a bagel and it's worth every penny. This is a must for people who love lox bagels. My hubby and I like to try out the fruit samples and pick up some grocery while we are there. Afterwards, we decided to go check out the Proof bakery which is down the street. We've been watching some Youtube food bloggers and they claim this place has a good slice of cake. I bought a Oolong tea and a slice of the Chocolate Espresso cake. My hubby and I loved the cake! It was very moist with different layers of frosting. The cake is full of chocolate and coffee flavors. I could eat the whole cake by myself! But, good thing I shared. This bakery gets very packed and it's a good spot to grab coffee with sweets.
UGG has plenty of new items and great selection of cozy wear products. There is plenty of boots from their signature suede to the leather combats. The furry vests looks like warm to wear with a plain shirt and jeans. I really liked the wool like purse. It looks and feels like a real sheep. My hubby bought the purse cause he liked petting the sheeps at the zoos. I love the fall season and can't wait for the weather to be more cold. Then I can really bring out my furry vests and boots.
When it's fall season, I usually get the red tea latte at the E-bar. That's my favorite drink and it's seasonal. Today I came in and they had a new Lavender Chai Latte. Of course I had to try it out. The Lavender chai latte is amazing! It taste better than the original chai latte. It smells like lavender and taste like cinnamon tea. I'm going to be addicted to this new fall drink.
Every year during the fall around October, my hubby takes me to apple country in Glen Oaks. It takes us an hour and a half to get there from Glendale. They have a few apple farms throughout this area and each place has plenty of goodies. We like coming here and walking around in nature. It is peaceful and so relaxing here. We stopped by Riley's farm first. In front we were greeted by some cute fluffy sheeps. They have a tour of their grounds and the kids were on a field trip. The people are dressed up in colonial outfits. They have a sit down bakery and shop to grab some sweets. Next we always stop by Los Rios Rancho. Los Rios is a bigger market place and they have a bbq cafe inside. We come here for lunch to get the tri tip sandwiches. You can do a hike on their trails outside. Then come back to pick up some Apple Cider, pies and candies. I love everything fall! This is a great place to go when you want to relax.
Sephora is a great place to checkout new beauty products. They have everything you can ever think of. I like the fact you can try out the products and ask for a small sample for free. I came across the skin care aisle and I found my favorite face lotion. Laniege used to be sold at target but they didn't have no more. I was so glad to find it at Sephora. Best part is they have great value sets. I purchased the Laneige Slumber Party set which is $28 per box. It comes with three different products: Water sleeping mask, water bank essence and water bank moisture cream. The Water Sleeping Mask is the best selling face lotion. I put it on every night before I go to bed. In the morning, my face feels soft and refreshed. It's a great brand!
Blue Star Donuts is a new store opened in Manhattan Beach. We came down to hangout by the beach and enjoy the beautiful weather. It's our first time trying out this shop and the cashier lady was nice. She told us what kind of donuts were popular and asked what flavors we like. They make gourmet donuts with so many different variations. I chose the lemon poppy buttermilk. It was good with that lemon cake flavor and very moist. I will come back for more. This is a good donut shop in town.
Nordstrom puts on a "Morning Beauty Event" every few months to showcase the lastest beauty trends. The event is held in the morning around 9am, they provide coffee and yogurt parfaits for breakfast. It's a free event to everyone, you have to sign up to their newsletter to rsvp. Each person receives a free goodie bag full of samples. This is my third time going and it's always fun to checkout all the brands. This season brands: Bobbi Brown, Hermes, Charlotte Tillbury, Kate Somerville, Mac, Drybar, Laura Mercier and more. I got lucky this time and I won the first raffle by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. It's a gift set with a rose gold makeup bag with their top selling products. I'm so excited to try them out and use the makeup bag every day! Throughout the show, each brand explains in detail of their best products and how to use them. Then they each raffle out a prize which is awesome. I love going to these beauty events cause the professional makeup artists gives us great advice on everything.
Nong La restaurant on La brea in Melrose makes the best pho! It's a small shop but everything is homemade and fresh. My hubby and I love to come here for lunch. We ordered the egg rolls, the usually pho with steak and meatballs. The noodles are soft and so good. I like the meat cause it's tender. This place is a great spot for pho.
Yay, it's friday! So glad to be off from work and ready for the weekend. I was walking around the Americana and decided to check out Nordstrom. A lady from the Dior makeup counter told me there was a complimentary free class today at 5pm. I signed up to see what it's about. The makeup class was taught by "Ricky Wilson", a celebrity makeup artist. He showed us how to put on makeup step by step with Dior products. It's great that they offer these classes cause I need tips to do my makeup better. And it's nice to have champagne while I watch the class. Everyone got to try out their top selling items and test it on themselves. These classes are a great way to try out new products and see if you like them. All of the makeup artists were helpful and so awesome!
The fall collection at Madewell is all about the classic and casual looks. The trends are leather jackets, jean dresses, velvet, plaids and cozy sweaters. I like the cozy knit sweaters and the brown leather backpacks. It's easy to put together a trendy outfit and make it simple here. I definitely want a pair of their velvet flats. It's so comfy and fashionable. You can wear them with a t-shirt and jeans. The jewerly is gold and simple. I really like their fall collection. I've got my eye on a few items to pick up for my closet.
Tierra Mia coffee has many locations through out LA. They make the best Horchata Latte! I used to come here all the time for a coffee break when I worked at my old job. I go to the one on Alvarado street. It's close to the sunset blvd strip with all the restaurants. This time I tried the pumpkin spice latte. It's so good! One of my favorite coffee shops.
Nature Republic is a Korean beauty store with all kinds of natural products. They have one in the Glendale Galleria. My hubby likes the Olive Hydro Shampoo a lot! He uses it everyday and his hair smells great. When you buy a product, they give you samples of other products in your bag. I tried a sample of the Jeju sparkling mud foam cleanser. It made my skin feel so clean and smooth afterwards. I loved it so much that I came back and picked one up in the full size. I'm running low on my body wash so I decided to try the Apple Mango body wash. It smells fruity and amazing! This beauty store has some great finds and the prices are not bad.
Sephora's theme is fall into beauty. The products this month feautured top selling items. I like the Benefit cosmetics brow volumizing, it give the eye brows more thicker and dark. The Belif aqua bomb feels so good on the skin. It moisturized and makes the skin feel soft. And my new favorite item is Algenist night pressed serum. It recharges the skin at night while I sleep. When I wake up, my skin feels refresh. Overall, I liked the products in this month selection.
While getting coffee at The Coffee Bean, there was a line outside Sugarfina. I asked the sales lady and she said it's their launch of Sanrio collection. For the first 25 people in line, you receive a free small box of candy. Free candy, I can't say no to that! I waited in line and was able to get in. They had a bunch of different candy boxes with Sanrio characters on them. They had custom made boxes for those who wanted to purchase the whole collection. I decided to just try one out. I picked the hello kitty apple pie gummies. It taste pretty good and is so cute shaped in hello kitty. Sugarfina has some good candy and great for gifts.
My sister bought us all tickets for LA County Fair. We all went down to go have some fun today. The line just to get the car in was so crazy. There were lots of people coming to the fair. It's a good day to have a family outing and get fresh air. I liked how they have different rooms and themes. The garden hall was so pretty filled with flowers everywhere. They did a good job decorating. I really liked going into the butterfly booth and feeding them. It was interesting seeing theme fly and drink nectar off of our hands. Their wings are big and so beautiful. They are peaceful insects. There were lots of cool animals to see through out the park. The parrots were talking to the crowds, ostriches running around. Stanley the giraffe is famous for being in movies. My hubby likes the turtles. The porcupine is so cute sleeping on a tree limb. I want to hug it but of course their quills would make it not so comfy. The baby goats and piglets are so cute! I wanted to take them home cause they are so adorable. We did a lot of walking and made it to most of the booths. The family had a great time just relaxing and seeing the animals.
Juice served here sent me an email for their $1 green matcha latte deal. I hopped into my car and drove down to Sunset blvd location. Juice served here has all kinds of cold pressed juices. They also have lattes too and snacks. I love to get my green matcha fix and for $1 can't beat that. I picked up two juices the green party and the pixie. The green party is pretty good with coconut flavors. The only problem is the juice here is like $10 a bottle. It's kind of expensive for juice. I will go once in a while to come here for juice.
My hubby wanted me to bring him some lunch so I stopped by Larchmont Wine & Cheese shop. This is his favorite place to get a italian sandwich. It's always a line for their lunch and they got some great sides to pick up. Everything is imported from Italy and is the best. Our usual is the Sopressta sandwich which is amazing! I like to eat it with the black truffle chips. If you are in Larchmont, you have to grab a sandwich here. You will be satisfied.
The fall collection features Stockholm for & Other Stories. The theme consist of blacks, reds and greens. I like the red ruffle sweaters, floral dresses and black boots. It's always so chic and looks great. There's cute crossbody bags for casual and dressy occassions. Be sure to try out their body scrubs at the makeup area. Their Morrocan tea and Mediterraneen body scrubs smells amazing. It's got floral and tea scents to wake you up in the morning. And if you bring back the empty bottles, you get 10% your purchase. Not bad to recycle and stock up. If you are looking for the Parisian effortless style, & Other Stories got the stuff you want.
After a long day at work, I decided to treat myself. I went to It's boba time and picked up a drink. My favorite is the iced lavender milk tea with boba. I am addicted to this drink now! It's lightly sweetened and refreshing. They have really good boba tea drinks and there's always a line. Not a bad way to unwind during the day.
"Like a boss" is the theme for September Ipsy bag feauturing Charlotte Cho of Soko Glam. She created k-beauty skin routines and showed people how to get amazing skin. I love the black bag and the products! I'm excited to try the Skinfood black sugar mask. I've tried different products from skinfood before and they smell great. I use the Colourpop lip gloss daily for a pop of color. The Ciate mascara stays on all day and doesn't smudge which is good. I like this month's pick and the theme. Gotta be a GirlBoss!!!
The fall collection for Zara is finally here. This season we see a lot of plaid, florals, velvets, army and suede jackets. I'm in love with the green floral velvet wrap dress. It's a great piece for date night and so elegant. I have to grab this dress! The red suede motorcycle jacket is another good piece to add to a fall outfit. I would wear this with a white tee and jeans with boots. Their pieces are classic and never go out of style. Zara does a good job to changing up the clothes from work to play.
My hubby and I decided to take Pops out for the weekend to Santa Ynez and Solvang. The weather was nice outside and we were up for some wine tasting. We went to Gainey Vineyards first since Pops has a wine membership there. The wine tasting room is inside with all the wine barrels with samples of olive oils, spreads and salsa. It's a cool spot to drink some wine and chill. They have really good white and red wines. We loved the Gainey 2013 Riesling, it has notes of orange blossoms. The wine taste smells amazing and tastes really light. It's a new favorite white wine for me. The next stop is Blackjack Vineyards. Pops really likes this vineyard. They specialize in red wines with more of a smokey tobacco flavor. I'm not a big fan of the bitter smokey taste. My hubby and pops enjoyed the wine. It's in a small saloon like place.
Our last wine tour ended up at Carhartt Vineyard. This place is cool cause it's like a backyard bbq with close friends. It's a small knit vineyards and you do wine tasting in their backyard. The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Estate Syrah is my favorite wines. The Sauvignon Blanc is a nice white wine and smooth. The Estate Syrah is a good red wine with dark cherry and plum flavors. It is great on it's own or drink with food. Out of the 3 vineyards, my favorite is Carhartt. I like the wines and the atmosphere.
After a nice day out wine tasting, we went to check in to our hotel. The hotel is right in the Solvang dutch town with all the food and shopping. We had to stop by Olsen's danish bakery and get their freshly made danish. The best danish is in Solvang! These bakeries know how to make the danish so light and tastes good with fresh fruit jam. Good thing Solvang is far enough that I can't get this every day. On our last day to leave, we got breakfast at Paula's Pancake House. This place got really good reviews and always packed. I ordered the 2 eggs, 2 bacon and a danish pancake. The breakfast is so delicious and hits the spot in the morning. After the breakfast it was time to go home and relax. See you next time Solvang!
Diddy Riese is a staple in Westwood area near UCLA campus. This cookie shop has been there since 1983. I was working at an internship in the area and bought some cookies here before. There's fresh baked cookies through out the day. It's cheap and so good! This is the only place you can get a $2.50 ice cream sandwich. My favorite is the snickerdoodle and the white chocolate macadamia. If you are in Westwood, this place is a must to stop by and grab some cookies.
We went over towards Venice area and walked around. Started to feel hungry so I yelped a place to go to. We found The Clutch bar. It's a cool barbeque kitchen and a hip bar to grab drinks. We made it to happy hour so we ordered a bunch of stuff. Started off with a Pomegranate berry iced tea. For food, we ordered: Mama's ceviche tostada, Mexi-fries, fried veggies and a tri tip sandwich. We sure did order a lot of food and it was delicious. The fried veggies and the tri tip sandwich is awesome. We really enjoyed our meal and will come back soon.
A new bar opened up in Glendale near the train tracks. The San Fernando is a small speak easy bar with a 1920s flair. It feels like you walked into The Great Gatsby movie. The place is cool and trendy. I tried the imposter for my drink. You can definitely taste the whiskey with a hint of spicy flavor. For food my hubby ordered the french dip and I ordered the burger with egg. Added some parmesean fries too. The burger is awesome! It was cooked well with seasonings and tasted so good. I will come back for the burger. It's nice to have a bar close by to chill at. This is something I would see in downtown LA. I highly recommend this place for a drink and a bite to eat.
Anthropologie updated the store with their Fall Collection. This is one of my favorite stores. Every time I walk in, it smells amazing with their candle products. They have cute house decor and beautiful clothes. I want to buy the whole store! But, I have to refrain myself. For this season, it's all about ruffles, stripes, tassles, velvet and cardigans. My favorite piece is the green see through dress which looks perfect with a brown belt. It's so stylish and casual at the same time. I definitely have to pick this one up. Great for going out! They usually have weekly sale on sale deals. It's a good chance of purchasing your favorite items on a great deal. I'm loving the simply but feminine looks here.
After spending the weekend with my hubby's mom at her house, we decided to check out the town in Julian. It's an apple country full of food and gift stores. The town is old school and locals come here for lunch. We tried Carmen's Place, an outdoor bbq cafe. It's a small and cozy place to grab some food. They make a good avocado burger here! We were done eating and walked around the area. I like checking out small shops and buying things from local vendors. We saw a long line outside of Moms Pies and ended waiting too! They serve all kinds of homemade pies from pecan to apple. We bought a apple boysenberry crumble pie. It was the best pie we have ever tasted! They sure do know how to make an incredible pie. Be sure to try out their cinnamon ice cream. It taste like a churro. Good thing this place is far away, might have to pick up a pie soon for Thanksgiving.
My hubby and I are on the way driving to Julian to visit my mother-in-law. We didn't realize that it's closer to Temecula area. Since we were in the area, we stopped by our favorite cupcake shop. Incredible Cupcakes is a small shop that specializes in cupcakes and specialty made desserts. They won Cupcake Wars which is awesome. I picked out the Smores and Strawberry shortcake. The strawberry shortcake was delicious. It's more like a cake cause it's so moist and the filling is soft. The smores was good too if your into chocolate. This is a must for a cupcake craving!
I usually make a trip out to Little Tokyo in LA probably once every two weeks. They have everything you could want and need. A new shop called Tea Shot opened up so I decided to try them out. I ordered a Blueberry lemon tea. It's pretty good, the only thing that's a problem is the price. It cost $6 for a tea here. I'm not willing to spend so much for just iced tea. They have a cute decor with Instagram worthy area. Grabbed some lunch at my favorite restaurant Curry House. They make a good omelet chicken curry rice. This hits the spot every time I come here. The last stop, I went to Marukai market. I picked up all the Japanese snacks and drinks. The best deal is the green tea waffle sandwich. It's so good and worth the price. I love green tea everything and stock up each time.
A new food shop just opened up on colorado street in Glendale. The Yardbird serves fire grilled cornish hens. I ordered a $15 combo with 2 sides. I got the mac & cheese and the spicy potatoes. The cornish hens are amazing and tasted good. It was well seasoned and cooked perfectly. The spicy potatoes are my favorite and the mac & cheese was not bad. The cornish hens are smaller than the roasted chickens. It doesn't fill you up as much. My hubby loved it and it's still a good food spot.
For August, I'm Wild & Free according to my bag. I'm excited to have the Aurora pro color corrector. I use concealer to hide my redness on my face in the mornings. This works well and feels light. It's nice to have face masks to treat yourself after a long week. I put it on for 15-20 minutes and feel so refresh. This month's pick is ok.
The hubby and I decided to go on a road trip this weekend. We headed down to Mammoth Lakes which took us around 5 hours drive. We went to Schat's bakery for some lunch. This baker is big in the area and they have everything from bread to pastries. It's a spot to grab a bite to eat. We drove down towards one of the lakes to do some fishing. It's so beautiful and peaceful out here. We really enjoyed spending time just relaxing by the lake and fish. My hubby got lucky and caught a fish! He kissed the fish and threw it back. We definitely need to come back for more peace and quiet time. It's the best place to fish according to one of the neighbors.
After a long day of fishing, we headed towards the Village. We went to Campo an Italian restaurant for dinner. This place was packed and we waited around 45 mins for a table. We ordered the tomato basil soup, bee sting pizza and gemelli pasta. The gemelli pasta was the best dish there! It was just perfect with the meat, cheese and sauce. We would come back here again for great italian food. The Village had a wine tasting night featuring more than 20 wine vineyards. It was a great deal and we went to hang out for our last night. They gave us a wine glass and cheese plate. The event was awesome and we got to try a lot of great wines. So sad to leave and go home the next day. I really liked coming down to Mammoth lakes to just unwind. The lakes are beautiful and the weather was perfect. We will be back soon for more good times.
Free People brought in the new Fall Collection. It consist colors of green, orange, burgundy and white. Leather and jean jackets are back during the fall weather. I like the military green jacket which goes well with jeans. The chunky knit sweaters with their lace bras are cute together. I'm loving the halter lace top with silk pajama bottoms which looks so comfortable. They have really cute boho style clothing. Every time I come in, I want to buy everything!
Sephora August theme is Makeup Geek. I love this month's picks! I use the Caviar volume mist on my hair before I blow dry. It makes my hair soft and full of volume. Plus, my hair smells good. The Clinique masacara & primer duo works like a charm. The primer side helps to set up the lashes and the mascara finishes the look. Mascara primers are a big thing now a days. It helps make lashes look fuller and longer. One of my favorite product! Burberry's My Burberry Black perfume smells so good. It's a great pick me up in the morning. Sephora did an awesome job with this month selections.
My hubby and I went to the Hermosa beach music concert today. We got hungry and went to our favorite place King Shabu Shabu. The hot pot here is the best cause the meat and veggies are fresh. The sauces are good and the services is always great. It's around $20 for a meal but worth it. Best weather to go there when it's cold to warm up. We will be coming back for more.
My hubby took me to Desano pizza bakery to try out some pizzas. Desano has been here since 1889 and a staple in Los Angeles. It a pizza factory and they make everything fresh here. We ordered the Napoletana and the Desano pizza. The Napoletana is delicious. The white sauce with sausage and broccoli is so good together. The Desano is also good. The dough is nice and soft. The cheese is full of flavor. I would come here to grab a pizza and catch a game. It's a low key place to grab food and chill.
While shopping at Sur La Table, one of the sales clerk recommended us to try Copa Vida. Copa Vida is a coffee shop in old town pasadena. They serve coffee and brunch. I tried the iced vanilla latte. The latte is pretty good here. They make their own vanilla syrup. The food looks good here and the place is packed. I will have to try out the brunch next time. Not bad for my first here.
Blast Ice Cream is a truck that makes specialty unique flavors. It's owned by Court and Wendi. We found out about them when we attended the Los Angeles Times market in LA. They made a bunny carrot ice cream that was fantastic. Ever since then, we were hooked. I followed them on Instagram to know where and when they are serving ice cream. What makes them different is they use Liquid Nitrogen to freeze the ingredients. They come up with different flavors depending on their inspiration. If you love ice cream you must try them out. Plus they are really nice and friendly people. This time I got the Angry Angel. It's pretty good and taste like a banana split but more fancy version. They do make a great ice cream. Can't wait for them to bring back the bunny carrot flavor!
Jeni's Splendid ice cream is one of my favorite shop. They make specialty type of ice cream flavors. I was in Larchmont area and found they opened a shop in this location. I picked up a small two flavor scoops. I choose Wildberry lavender and coconut. Wildberry lavender is awesome. I'm getting addicted to everything lavender like teas, lattes and ice cream. Jeni's is a must try if you love ice cream.
Every year Black Hat is held in Las Vegas. It is one of the biggest tech event where everyone comes together and talk about all things in the tech industry. My hubby brought me along since it's a paid event by his work. We stayed at the Bellagio Hotel. When we come down, we always hit our favorite Italian restaurant Ferraro's off the strip. The place is old school italian style with the best wine selection and food. They import everything from Italy. They have great specials like a 4-course meal for $45 a person. Everything I ate was delicious. You can't go wrong at this restaurant. After dinner, we headed back to our hotel. We like to go towards the Bellagio garden area to see how they decorated the place. This month's theme is Italian Villa in the summer. I like to see all the fresh beautiful flowers.
While my hubby was busy at his meetings, I decided to go checkout the strip. The weather wasn't that bad this time. It was hot but not as bad as last year around the month of July. I walked to Paris Hotel and Caesars Palace. It's a lot of walking even though it seems so close. I manage to do 1800 steps on my fitness app. My hubby got the chance to race an Audi R8 on the track with some co-workers. Then we got access to the Shark Reef Aquarium in the Mandalay Bay Hotel. They provided snacks and drinks while looking at all the animals. For our last night here, my hubby got us invited to a party. It was held on the 64th floor at Skyfall Lounge in Delano. You get a panoramic view of the whole las vegas strip which is so cool! It's a nice place to grab drinks and chill. Overall, our trip was good. See you Vegas in another year.
While driving in Malibu, we decided to try out Casa Escobar restaurant by the pier. They give you three different salsas with chips. The salsas are spicy and really good. My hubby ordered the wet burrito with carne asada. I ordered the fish taco and enchilada combo. The food here is awesome! Very good food with spicy salsa. It's a great place to grab some mexican food by the beach.
Today is my hubby's birthday, so I planned a special dinner with entertainment. I've been going on yelp to look for a new bakery to try. I came across La Tropezienne French Bakery in Melrose area. This bakery is very nice inside and had a wall full of roses which calls out for Instagram. They are known for their Tropezienne pastries which are raspberry custard filled shortbread with powdered sugar. I picked one up and a chocolate mousse cake. I wanted to sing "Happy Birthday" to my hubby in the morning. He was definitely surprised and usually I can't hide things from him. I made reservations for us at The Ponte in LA. This restaurant got good reviews and the ambience is like a secret garden. It's what makes LA so great with their hip and trendy restaurants. We ordered the scallop salad, bolognese pasta, and the fish. The scallop salad is my favorite dish here, it was light and refreshing. Then my hubby got a birthday dessert which he really enjoyed.
For our last stop, I surprised him with tickets to the Black Rabbit Rose. His eyes were opened wide and thrilled! I knew he likes to see magic shows and brought him here tonight. It's in Hollywood and the inside looks like the 1920's flair. The show was amazing and all the performers did a wonderful job. It's a great place to have date night. Overall, I think my hubby really enjoyed his birthday and felt relaxed.
Today, my hubby and I went to Little Tokyo. We ordered a blueberry matcha green tea latte at Cafe Dulce. This is a popular shop that is known for lattes and specialty donuts. The matcha latte is pretty good here. It's nice to grab a drink and people watch. I stopped by Midori Matcha to grab their green tea soft serve. Midori Matcha specializes in everything green tea. From lattes to softserve and pastries. The green tea soft serve is a good deal and always hits the spot. I recommend coming here if you like matcha green teas.
This month's theme is Glamping out. I really liked the products and selection. I use Bare Minerals matte liquid lipstick before in mauve and got a lot of compliments. I was excited to see another sample of this lipstick and use it all the time. It stays on all day and doesn't dry out my lips. Definitely a great liquid lipstick brand. I use the Briogeo conditioning spray everyday after I shower. It keeps my hair very soft which is nice. Boscia charcoal pore treatment is like a spa day at home. They gave a big sized sample and it's great for reducing pores. Overall, I really enjoyed this month box.
I was in the mood for some longanisa and garlic rice. I went on yelp to search for a nearby place. Eagle Rock Kitchen was close by and got really good reviews. I drove down and ordered some food to go. The server was really helpful and explained how they make all of their food fresh in house. He made some recommendations and which plates were popular. I ordered the two item combos for two people. One combo with tapa and tocino, the second combo with tapa and longanisa. It comes with egg and garlic rice. Also bought a mango aloe vera drink. The food here is amazing. The meat is fresh and tender. The garlic rice with the egg is perfect. This is the best filipino restaurant I ever tried! You can't go wrong here and everything taste good. I will be back for more.
My hubby and I went to checkout the Agenda Festival at the Long Beach Convention. The festival had 150+ vendors selling everything from skate gear to house decor. Music by well known artists playing every hour. Food booths and trucks outside. The festival is fun and there where a lot of people. We got 2 hats designed by vendors for free which is great! It's good to see small and big vendors trying to market their goods. Buying from local vendors is awesome. We finally got to see Lil Dicky and Ludacris perform on the stage. They both put on a great performance playing their greatest hits. I hope they continue to put this festival together every year. It brings everyone together and have a good time.
Nordstrom had their annual summer sale and there were some great buys. I found a few items. The first one is a casual grey sweater with tie. It's nice and cozy! I tried on a black sweater with ribbon sleeves which fits perfectly. It's really cute with the ribbons tied at the end. And last, a boho style wrap dress. This dress looks like something you would find from Free People. It fits just right and is comfortable. These pieces are $30-40 each on sale. Not a bad deal for clothes at Nordstrom.
Pressed Juicery has a special of $1 freeze if you show their coupon on facebook. It was such a good deal that I went there to grab one. I tried the green tea freeze with granola and fruits. It's pretty good and lighter than ice cream. If you want something more healthier, the freeze is a good option. They also carry different kinds of fresh pressed juices.
A new food spot opened in Glendale, Brick & Flour. They serve Neo-traditional mexican food with fresh ingredients. It's a small hip and casual restaurant. The prices are not bad, you get a lot of food which is worth it. I ordered the house special taco, a carne asada taco and carne asada fries. The carne asada fries is so bomb! It taste as good as the ones served in San diego. The tacos are amazing cause it's on homemade tortillas. The salsa is full of spice and flavor. This is my new favorite spot for tacos and fries.
The Dune Cafe in Atwater Village serves organic mediterranean food. This place gets really busy and packed during lunch time. It's totally a hipster hangout area. I get my usually falafel plate. It comes with radish, cabbage, onions, salad, hummus and pita bread. They have these 2 sauces on the side that make it more spicy. The food here is delicious and worth every penny. I love how my plate looks so colorful full of healthy veggies.
The ipsy bag is so cute this month cause they designed it with a mascot Gudetama! It's a popular character at the Sanrio Store. It is totally a great bag for on the go in the morning. I do love my eggs every day! :) My picks are on point this month. They did an awesome job with the variety of well known products. I tried the tarte deep dive cleanser, it feels clean afterwards. Then I put a dap of the Caudalie moisturizing lotion to make my skin feel soft. For my makeup routine, I used the black liner. Added some of the Lychee + gold blush to add a glow. Then finish off with some matte liquid lipstick. The products gives a natural blush glow which is perfect!
A new coffee spot opened up in Glendale, so I went to go check it out this morning. Regent Coffee has specialty coffee and teas. They have different types of coffee machines and gadgets. I tried the matcha latte. The latte is pretty good and refreshing when it's so hot outside. It's a cool place to grab a cup of coffee and relax.
If you are a beer fan, I've got the place you should visit. Golden Road Brewing is located in Los Angeles. They have a great selection of different beers for every palette. One of the owners Meg Gill has a show on Viceland called Beerland. She travels to find a home brewer with the best beer. My favorite is the Palisades Pineapple beer. It's totally a summer drink where you can relax by the pool. It taste like pineapples with a kick. My hubby ordered the Dona Neta which one the Beerland competition. It's very smooth and doesn't have a bad after taste. Not bad for the winner! I ordered a half banh mi sandwich with quinoa salad combo. The banh mi is delicious! They fried the tofu and added some sauce that brings out the flavor. To top it off, the quinoa salad is light and refreshing. Every time I come here, everything is always good. It's a must for beer fans!
Free people is my favorite shop for cute boho chic pieces. Their summer collection is perfect for going out to the music festivals. If I could, I would buy the whole store! Lol. They have cute delicate tops and blouses. The dresses are full of bright colors and fun patterns. Jumpsuits are a big hit with all the fashion stores. It's easy to put on and go out looking trendy. I bought a few dresses here and they are so comfortable. I get a lot of people commenting on them when I wear it out. Their clothes are amazing and very feminine chic. I like to come when they have a good sale going on. Then it wouldn't be so bad to pick up a few pieces.
Today is when everyone shows their love for America. It's 4th of July. I met my husband for the first time on this day seven years ago at a bbq party. My hubby is my firework! We started the day off by grabbing lunch @ Sopressata at Black Hogg in Silverlake. We had some green tea, chips and a spam musubi while waiting for our sandwiches. I ordered the Sopressata and my hubby ordered the Italian meats. Their sandwiches are amazing! The meats, veggies and bread is so fresh. It's our new favorite sandwich spot. I highly recommend coming here if you want a great Italian sandwich. Next, we stopped by M street Kitchen for a sweet snack. They make a really good cookie that tastes like a pie! I tried a dirty chai and the smores cookie. Not bad for a little afternoon snack. They have a good brunch here as well. We headed out to the Rose bowl for the fireworks event Americafest. The place was packed full of people waiting to catch the fireworks show at night. The Rose Bowl fireworks show is long and well worth the wait. They know how to bring the crowds together. This year was nice to relax and enjoy the festivities.
While walking around Melrose Ave with the hubby, we came across a cool spot. Toasted and Roasted is a coffee roaster/cafe. This place is filled with different kinds of machines to roast coffee. It's awesome to see some of their one of a kind pieces. I saw a sign with Blueberry Matcha and ordered one. This matcha drink is delicious! It has so many flavors of green tea, blueberry, lavendar and vanilla. It's my new favorite drink for the summer! The staff is helpful and really cool. A great place to grab a cup of coffee.
During the summer, Chinatown has their Summer Nights events in LA. The event is free to the public. It brings a lot of people together. It's fun cause you can purchase these confetti fireworks and feel like a kid again. They have everything from vendors, food, cook shows, music and art galleries. It's nice to go out at night outdoors and relax. Plus, we live so close by. Chinatown is really becoming the next Arts district. Some of the buildings are being remodeled and changed. It's so different from when I used to come here with the family back in the days. I hope that people come out and support the local vendors. They have really good food out there! I recommend go there for your fix on asian cuisine.
I've been wanting to try out "Birdies" in downtown LA. They serve coffee, donuts and chicken. I brought my hubby and treated him to dinner here. As we walked in, you see trays of pretty donuts that looks so good to eat. You can get a sample of the donuts which is awesome. I didn't want a whole one, so I tried a sample of two flavors. The pistachio lemon thyme is so good and has a lemon tart taste. The second one is the strawberry cream which is like eating a cake. So sweet and fluffy with frosting. They sure do know how to make a good donut! We ordered the chicken tenders and spicy chicken sandwich with fries. The spicy chicken sandwich is delicious. The chicken tenders are so good with the spicy sauces on the side. They give you a lot of meat which is awesome. I will be coming back for more. The sales clerk was also entertaining and helpful.
Sometimes a homemade burger tastes so good and fresh. Tonight, I made a Chipotle BBQ Burger cause it's summer time. I used a small grill to cook the meat patties on to give it a nice smoked flavor. First, put chipotle seasoning and black pepper on meat patties both sides. In the grill, put some olive oil to start. I put the meat patties in for 2-3 minutes on each side. Then add all the toppings with the bread. Last of all, you have to add some Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. To finish off, add some jalapeno chips for a side. The burger was amazing! It tasted good with the bbq sauce and seasonings. It's an easy to cook recipe for dinner.
Usually it's Taco Tuesdays! at restaurants and bars. Today I was in the mood for some chicken tacos. I went to Trader Joes and picked up some ingredients to make my own chicken tacos. It's pretty easy to make and healthy since you know what's in it. I chopped and prepared all the toppings in little cups. You can marinate the chicken with some blackened seasonings and olive oil. Cook the chicken until it's golden brown. Then heat the tortillas in a pan for a few seconds on medium heat. And there you have it, make your own chicken tacos bar at home. My hubby loved it and ate all of the toppings! It was pretty good and satisfied my craving.
My hubby decided to drive around Los Angeles and check out some furniture stores. While driving on a small road cause of Waze, we saw a car show sign. My hubby drove down to where the held a car show with vintage cars. We ended up finding a hidden lake which is Franklin Canyon. It's a beautiful quiet hidden spot where people go hiking. There's a lot of pockets in Los Angeles. We thought we've been to most of the hot spots in LA but we always find new places. It's fun to explore and see what's out there. It's a great place to have a picnic and enjoy nature.
Today I had to bring my car in to the dealership for maintenance. I brought my hubby to the Original Pancake House for breakfast. This is one of our favorite spots to get a bite to eat. We went to the Redondo beach location. I ordered the Fried potatoes and eggs combo. It comes with pancakes so I substitute it for banana flavored version. The pancakes were so good and fluffy. The pineapple syrup tasted great with it. I like having over easy eggs and potatoes. I probably can eat it every day. My hubby ordered the corned beef hash with potato latkas. The potato latkas are delicious with applesauce and sour cream. My hubby loves them and it reminds him of the great delis. This is a great place to grab breakfast and chill
Urthbox was having a special going where you can try their first box for free. All you have to do is pay the shipping rate. I decided to give it a shot and try it out. I chose the 18+ snacks subscription box. It's not a bad deal for $10 bucks you get all these varitey of snacks. I tried some of the snacks and they are pretty good. Everyone should try out a box and check them out.
Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores. I like going to there and checking out the new collections. They have everything from decor, kitchen, bath, clothing and makeup here. The person who designs the store layout does a great job making it look awesome. It smells good each time you walk in cause of their scented candles. I'm loving the summer collection full of bright and bold patterns. It makes me want to go on a tropical destination so I can wear these fabulous pieces. My favorite is the bright colored maxi dresses which are comfortable and chic. The jumpsuits are really cute and vintage looking. I have to refrain myself from buying the whole store. They have sales going on here and there so make sure to stop by.
While browsing my facebook one day, I saw an ad for coffee sample. Amora is an Coffee Company that delivers roasted coffee to consumers. They offered a free sample 8oz bag of coffee with different options to choose. I chose the Elegant Blend which is like medium roast. I ordered the coffee sample and paid only $1 for the first bag. The product came quick and it's a big bag of coffee. Not a bad deal! I love coffee so I had to try it out. Their coffee smells and tastes good. I just grind a cup of coffee beans, add ice and milk. It's the best pick me up in the morning!
My hubby and I brought pops to Hart winery in Temecula to celebrate Father's Day. It was really hot out here today! We came to try this vineyard out while we were waiting to get brunch at Wilson's Creek. It's a cute little vineyard on top of a hill overlooking the fields of crops. The tasting room features barrels of wines stacked up against the walls. It's a cozy rustic style place that feels like home. We did a wine tasting of white and red wines. The Pinot Gris is a great white wine, very smooth and crisp. The Mourvedre is a great red wine which smells good and taste very rich. This vineyard has some good wines here. Plus, I like the fact that it's small and comfortable with picnic tables. I would recommend trying this place out if your in Temecula.
It's the annual Huntington Beach Chili cook-off event. My hubby and I like going to this event every year. The tickets are $15 per person which includes unlimited samples of chili and chips with salsa. All the restaurants in the area come to showcase their food to the public. I love chili when it has good meat with a kick of spicy flavor. The best chili that I tasted was from the Cruiser Pizza joint. They made chili with beef, bacon, sour cream and cheese. It was seasoned well and anything with bacon sounds good. The best salsa and chips was from the Art gallery and bar. It's a red salsa made with spicy peppers. It hits the spot cause I love spicy food. After we we're full from trying all the samples, we headed towards the shopping area. As we walked down the street, we saw an awesome Bronco car parked. It was totally cool and in good condition. It's nice to see vintage cars in working shape. We went in to Hurley store cause it's our favorite beach wear place. They have a lot of cute summer clothes. My favorite pieces are these vintage looking rompers and straw hats. It gives it a casual beach look without a lot of effort. It was hot outside so I went to look for something cold. I stopped by Hans homemade ice cream store in the food court. I bought a small cup with powdered sugar donut and bordeaux cherry flavors. Their ice cream is delicious! My favorite is the bordeaux cherry. They know how to make a creamy good ice cream. I will definitely come back for more. Today was a great day hanging out by the beach enjoying the nice breeze!
I'm not a big fan of this month's selection from Birchbox. I got a repeat of 2 items: amika Perk up dry shampoo and the Smashbox photo primer. These products are ok but not for me. I can use the Coola Organic BB cream for everyday wear. I will probably give some of the samples to my friends to use. I hope Birchbox has more variety in their beauty samples.
Today, I had a list of things to do. While running errands I was in the mood for something sweet. But I'm trying to be good and get in shape for the summer. I went to Paris Baguette in Glendale. They put calories on the signs which is perfect. I know how much each pastry is and still be good. I picked out a bunch of pastries which are 50-130 calories per piece. Not bad for dessert. I had the egg custard tart and the cheese souffle. It was so good and really satisfied my sweet tooth. I will return soon with more cravings!
While grabbing lunch, I stopped by to check out & Other Stories summer displays. The new collection of clothes are playful and meant for a tropical getaway! I can't say no to some time by the water. They have this really cute toucan maxi dress that looks so comfortable and fun to wear. The colors are perfect and it's very light weight. They have a lot of cute swim wear and coverups. I really like this one shoulder bathing suit with tropical like pictures on it. Makes me want to get a mojito right now! Lol. I'm loving the bright sandals to go with the maxi dresses. I want one in every shade. If you're looking for swim wear and cute dresses this is a place to shop. You can try their body scrubs by the sink that smell so divine!
It's been really hot lately this week. I had to get rid of a few old sandals and time to look for new ones. Went to H&M to donate some clothes in order to get 15% coupon for next purchase. I found a casual black braided sandal which fits perfectly. The materials is very soft and it will go well with anything. Target was the next place to go since I need some house stuff to stock up on. Decided to check out their shoe area. They have a lot of different styles of sandals and heels. I was lucky to find this cute light brown laced up pom poms sandal. It was the last one stocked and in my size. My lucky day! Yay! I tried it on and looks so good. And the best part was the shoe is on sale for $23 down from $32. Even better, totally scored! I found two sandals which will get me through the summer time heat.
After a long day of running errands, I finally had time to cook dinner. My hubby and I are looking into eating more healthy. I seasoned 2 chicken breasts and put it in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes. Then grilled some zucchini in a pan with some basil olive oil. Toasted a mini bagel and added it to the plate. The meal was fantastic and the chicken is so moist. My hubby liked it so much he finish the plate! Not bad for a home cooked meal.
Today I went to Crossroads Trading to sell some of my old clothes in SilverLake. It's spring cleaning time! After I finished getting things done, I saw there was an ice cream place next door. Magpies Soft serve sells a variety of ice cream made from scratch. The lady said that I can try 2 samples. I tried the Ube coconut which is very good and refreshing. The second one is their best selling corn almond. I picked the Ube coconut flavor and added some graham toppings. It was so good! Especially since it was so hot outside. I will definitely come back and try other flavors.
While browsing the racks in Madewell, they have some really cute accessories for summer wear. I like the big tote bags in green and white. It's great for bringing stuff when traveling. I spotted a cute medium sized handbag with a cactus charm. It's so cute and brown color looks good. If you purchase bags here, they can customize them with monogram. Great gift for someone who likes the details. I'm loving the sandals with long ties in different colors. Gives it a gladiator look without a lot of effort. Madewell makes really good accessories and it goes well with any outfit!
The people from Nestea came down to the Americana and held a tea sampling event. Today is National Iced Tea Day and a perfect day to enjoy sitting outside. They had four different iced teas to try: slightly sweet black tea, unsweetened black tea, peach flavored tea, and slightly sweetened organic green tea. Each tea was paired with a snack to compliment the flavors. I liked the slightly sweet green tea. It wasn't that bad, I like to drink unsweetened version. Trying not to drink so much calories a day. They did a great job of hosting the event. I liked the rustic garden decorations and the sweets were good! I hope they throw more tea parties soon.
This morning, while checking my emails. Victoria's Secret sent me an update of their $5 bralettes sale happening this weekend. Of course I had to go make a trip to check it out. I found a bunch of different styled bralettes in all shades of colors. I picked out a bunch and went to go try them on. All of the bralettes fitted perfectly and it looks so pretty! Since it's only $5, I stocked up on these babies and got 10 bralettes. It came out to be $55 in total. Not a bad deal! One bra cost $20-$30 a piece. I scored big on this shopping trip and very happy with my purchase!
My hubby and I like to stop by Barnes & Noble to check out their new book selections. I bought us movie tickets to The Mummy and we had some time to chill. I walked in and check out my usual magazines for the latest fashion. On the third floor they had 2 bags on display. The Hello straw bag is so cute for the beach and cost only $19.95 which is a steal. It's perfect if you're looking for a casual straw bag. They also had this cute palm tree striped bag which is great to carry your books on the go. Once in a while, Barnes & Noble carry some cute accessories for each season.
For this month's glam bag, I'm glad they gave me a variety of bright colored makeup. Usually they will pick out natural looking colors. But this month, I'm excited to try some new looks. I can always use a spa day at home with these BioRepublic fiber masks. It makes my skin feel smooth and refreshed. I like the NYX lip and cheek whipped color. It's great cause you can use in two different ways. Less makeup products you got to bring in your bag. The City color is a perfect shade of Teal. It will make my eyes pop with that beach like tint. They did a great job with the selection this month. Time to check out some more music festivals!
If you're a big fan of Victoria's Secret, you know what time it is? Of course the Semi-Annual Sale happening now. This is the best time to stock up on your favorite items for a great deal. I bought too many bras and underwear already from previous times here. I went to check out the sale racks to see what they have. There's a bunch of cute sleepwear items which are also comfy to wear. I tried on this green paisley style sleep dress and fell in love with it. It fitted me perfectly and I like the lace details all over. It's nice to have pretty lingerie when you're in the mood to feel girly. They have this cute pineapple shirt that I've seen at other stores. It's on sale here for a better price. I picked up a Pink cotton bodysuit which was so comfy and felt good against my skin. Most bodysuits out there are very tight and form fitting. I liked the material and that I can eat but still be relaxed in this gear. Gotta be trendy while being comfortable. I bought two things here and got a 50% off. Not bad for cute outfits!
On my cellphone I downloaded an app called Shopular. It gives me the latest info and deals on my favorite stores. Abercrombie & Fitch is having a summer sale up to 50% off. I went in store to go check it out so I can try on the clothes. They had some cute rompers on display which is casual beach wear. I've been looking for so more maxi dresses and I found a lot of options here. Plus, the ones I picked out were all on sale. I bought the navy blue and white maxi dress for around $40 on sale from $98. It reminded me of a dress I saw at a surfer store by hermosa beach. It is very cute on with two slits on the side and tassels on the ruffle part. I love this dress and will wear it a lot! The second one I purchased was a black lace halter maxi dress. I like that this one is very comfortable and it flows out at the bottom. The lace detail on top adds a girly touch to it. The dress was on sale for $26.99 from $88. This shopping trip is a total success! I got two dresses that I wanted for such a great deal.
Today I got off work and decided to check out Zara fashion store at the mall. It's been a while since I bought something here. While browsing the racks, I found so many cute summer items on my wish list. Their summer collection is bright full of florals, stripes and different textures. I wanted to buy the whole store literally! But, I have to be good and shop on a budget. This time I just window shopped to see what's the latest clothing at my favorite store. I will be back to pick up a few essentials for the summer time.
It's strawberry season now so I made a shortcake dessert at home. I bought the ingredients: whip cream, blueberry jam, strawberries and dessert shells. This is a simple recipe to make. Spread some blueberry jam in the middle of the shell. Then add cut up strawberries to the shell. Last put some whip cream on top. And here is your strawberry shortcake dessert. My hubby enjoyed every bite and it wasn't so bad cause I made a small size version.
There's a new fashion store named Lea in the Glendale Galleria. They carry a lot of fashionable items that look like Forever21. While browsing their racks, I noticed that their prices are inexpensive. You can get a bunch of cute clothes here. I really liked this white crop top with the peasant top together. It's a great combination to wear for the beach. I found this green laced crop top which fits perfectly with a black bra. It totally gave me a 90's Drew Barrymore vibe when she wore it with jeans. Last I got a boho silk maxi dress, it was very comfy and flows out just right. I spent around $60 total for all 4 items. I will be coming back to check out more stuff next time.
I do admit that I binge watch Silicon Valley with the hubby. It's a great scripted show based on the tech world. The show features Philz Coffee in the episodes a lot. I live next to one so I'm a regular here. My favorite drinks are the mint mojito and chai latte. You have to get it sweet and creamy which taste so yummy. I went to grab an iced chai latte so I can run errands all day. It always hits the spot on a hot day.
My hubby decided to take me down to Temecula and get some wine tasting. Whenever we go down there, I have to stop by my favorite Incr-Edible Cupcakes dessert place. They were featured on Cupcake Wars on the Food Network and won. I've been to many cupcake bakeries and hands down this place is the best! Their cupcake is soft and very moist. It's like having a cake and pie together. I chose the blueberry coconut cupcake. It was so delicious! I only buy one cupcake so I don't go overboard and get everything. After we went to Chapin Vineyards. My hubby loves this place cause they have good cheese spread and red wines. The fields were green full of grapes being grown for wine making in the fall. It's so beautiful to see them in person. We each got a 5 wine tasting flight. The best one out of the five is the syrah. It was really smooth and smells so divine. I found a cute heart leaf bangle at their gift stand and picked it up. There's a lady who makes cute jewelry and sells them at the vineyards. Sometimes it's great to just drive away for the day and relax at the vineyards. I love the country fields and being in nature.
TGIF! It's been a really look week so glad friday is here. My hubby and I were in the mood for some Indian food. I went on yelp and saw good reviews for India's Flavor on Verdugo Rd in Glendale. It's great that it is closer than other restaurants. We walked in and it's a small mom & pop place. We like going to these types of restaurant cause usually the food is way better. The Saag Paneer is potatoes in a spinach sauce. It's what I normally order, it was good. They added some spice to it. Still my favorite thing to eat. The garlic naan hits the spot. Then we got our entrees the tikka masala and tandori chicken. The tikka masala is chicken curry and it was ok. The tandori chicken is the best thing there. It was so moist and seasoned well. I will be coming back for more Tandori chicken for sure! This place is awesome. The food is very good and the staff is friendly. I highly recommend coming here for great Indian food.
Topshop has a 50% off sale going on so I went in to browse. I found two items that were so cute and trendy. The first one is a pink tulle overlay body suit. It's very girly and pretty! It would go well with some shorts or a skirt. The second item I tried on this red wrap dress. It fits great and looks elegant on. This is a good dress to wear for date night. I purchased two items for a total of $45 bucks. Got a great deal on this shopping trip.
While working at a Ramen restaurant, a customer left me a note to follow her @foundcoffela. Of course, I went on instagram and checked out their page. My regular customer owns this coffee place which is pretty cool. I came down and ordered a Iced Bourbon Vanilla latte. It's pretty smooth and good. They give you 2 hours of free wifi access. So it was a good idea to grab a coffee while I do some work on my laptop. It's a chill place to get coffee and try some desserts. I will come back for sure.
Topanga held their Topanga Canyon Fair this weekend so the hubby and I went to check it out. This place is close to my hubby work in Woodland Hills. You have to drive up the hills into nature and trees which is nice. We parked our car at this lady's home with acres of land. At least it was close walking distance to the event. The fair was totally awesome! It's a fair with hippie people and cool vendors selling stuff. The bands were the local people who live in the area and they know how to rock it. I tried out homemade rootbeer with cream and the money went to support boy scouts. It was delicious! Reminds me of when I was in elementary school getting root beer floats on a hot day. I tried spring rolls and dumplings at the vegan joint which was good. The spinach and cheese pizza at Rock & Roll pizza was not bad. After we ate lunch, we walked around to browse the vendors selling unique items. I got a bunch of cool clothes for a great deal! We sat down to listen to music. I went to grab a beer from Barley Forge Brewing Co. and bought a NOM NOM Hefeweizen. It was the most delicious beer I've ever tasted! It's a hefeweizen with mango flavor perfect drink while chilling on the grass listening to music. I like topanga canyon and the fair was totally chill.
After the Topanga Canyon fair, we drove down to Malibu beach since it's so close by. We stopped by Malibu fishing pier area. Walking on the pier felt so nice and refreshing. Today was a beautiful day to enjoy some time by the beach. There's a restaurant on the pier which is Malibu Farm. It's all organic farm to table kind of food. I had a iced green tea and the chicken with broccoli quesadilla. It was really good and fresh. Plus, healthy since it was the perfect portion. This area is a nice place to stop by and grab lunch enjoying the beach view!
The Topanga Canyon Fair was held this weekend so the hubby and I went to check it out. I found some great deals on cute clothes that's perfect for the summer. The first item is the swimsuit cover up which looks like a piece to wear for coachella. It's light and very comfortable for $20. Picked up another piece that was on sale for $5 for a blue short dress. As I walked by one of the vendor showed me a cute tank top with Les Palm on it. It's a one of a kind top designed by the vendor and I picked it up for $15. It will go great with shorts for the beach. Then I found a pefect maxi dress in tomato red with lace back details. I tried it on and it fits me perfectly. I purchased the dress for $40 which is not bad. Overall, I got some great pieces from the fair at an inexpensive price. That's why I love going to fairs!
While browsing through groupon, I found a great deal for paint & wine night. I purchased a Groupon deal for 2 people to paint and sip for the Art Room in Atwater Village. I booked a paint session tonight. Brought the hubby to hangout trying something new. There were a bunch of people who booked the session too. We met some really nice and cool people. The paint night is a picture of a pop art Elephant. It's been so long since the last time I remembered painting anything. Everything was provided like the canvas, paint and apron. They also provide snacks and we can byob. It's a good way to relax and unwind after a long week on a friday night. The instructor went step by step teaching us how to paint with every color. It's really fun and I find it very therapeutic. Good to let go of all the stress and focus on doing something fun. At the end, our paintings came out pretty good. It's our first time so I was surprised how well it came out. I would recommend to try this paint night!
Penny + Grace is a new subscription of dainty jewelry. On mysubscriptionaddiction.com, there is a coupon for 50% off on first time customers. I decided to try it out for the first month and paid $9.99 which is normally $19.99 a month. You get the option to pick silver, gold, rose gold or surprise mix. I chose the gold version. You get 3 pieces of jewelry designed with a theme. For this month, the theme is Eternity collection. I received an earring, bracelet and necklace with the eternity circle. It's perfect to wear every day for casual outings. I like the jewelry subscription, but I probably will skip a few months. I like to go to festivals and buy jewelry from different vendors. I like to get special pieces for other events. I like helping local vendors by buying from them too! The subscription is a must try for dainty cute jewelry.
My husband decided to take me out for some food by Hermosa Beach. We were walking around and found this place Dia De Campo. It's a cute little restaurant and lounge by the pier. They were having the Bandito power hour so we grabbed a seat at the bar. I ordered a margarita on the rocks with salt to start off with for drinks. The bartender knows how to make a good margarita! With $1 oyster deal going on all night we got 1/2 a dozen. The oysters may be small but was sweet and refreshing. My hubby got 2 pollo tacos that were delicious. Perfect size and the salsa on it was good. Next the chicken taquitos comes with a pickled cabbage and tomato cream sauce. It was ok, not bad. The brussel sprout nachos were amazing! It's the best thing we ate here. The chips were made fresh with seasoning. Comes with brussel sprouts, jalapeno, tomatoes, cheese, honey and cilantro dressing. We can just eat this and be all good. For the last plate, we had to order the burrito of the day. It was a wet chicken mole burrito. The burrito is good, the chicken was so tender and moist. They definitely pressure cooked it for sure. I would recommend coming here for their awesome happy hour. You won't be disappointed.
I like that Sephora mixes up their makeup bags and do different designs. This month the bag is in a clear envelope style with red 'Play' words all over. I think all these beauty subscriptions keep giving me treStique highlighter in my bag. I don't really want to have so many duplicates of the same product. Plus, this product is ok I'm not a big fan of much. I liked being able to try the Tatcha cleansing oil. The Tatcha line creates cleanser and lotions good for the skin. I like the Tocca perfume line and the packaging is very cute. This month's picks were ok.
Free people had sale on sale event this weekend. I had to go check out the sale. Basically you get an extra 25% off sale items. This is a great time to stock up on cute boho chic clothes. I love free people cause they have really nice and trendy clothes. Plus, the decor of the place is always on point. I was able to find 2 pieces of clothing. I bought this orange maxi dress with pockets and bells for around $37 bucks. I got lucky and scored the last lace black dress that fitted like a glove. I love how it fits every part of my body and very feminine. The dress was around $30 bucks. I'm so happy to get 2 amazing dresses that will be worn many times!
Every year I go to H & M and buy a new swimsuit. They have the best deals on summer wear essentials. I tried on this triangle coral 2 piece swimsuit. It fits just right for all the areas. I scored a great deal for the sunglasses cost $7 and $10 for the swimsuit. Not bad for getting three items for a total under $20. Ready to hit the pool with this outfit.
While browsing on instagram, I found this Jin Tea shop post. The teas look good so I went to this place with my hubby in person. They specialized in specialty teas. There is cold brew, artisan, organic and hot teas. Their packaging in these nice bottles which can be used again. The lady recommended to try the best selling Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea. The tea is fragrant and smooth. Hoping it will make my skin feel beautiful! They also did a collaboration with Midori Matcha. I ordered a Matcha green tea latte. The bottle looks like a piece of art with the different shades of ingredients. Both drinks are delicious. I will be coming back for more and try new teas.
This month I received my 2nd gift Birchbox subscriptiion. I liked all the products in the selection. I received Ouai wave spray from another beauty subscription. I liked it a lot and used it every day for beachy waves. The mascara is so cute in pink with flamingos on the package. The LOC lip pencil is great for adding color to my lips at night. I think they did a great job picking out all the products. I'm looking forward to using them each day.
Today felt like summer already with the heat. There is a food market hosted by Los Angeles Times in the LA market area. We headed down to see what's going on. They had many food vendors and food trucks spread out throughout the streets. It was cool to grab a bite to eat and relax in their lounge chairs. We were hungry and went straight to the food booths. The first thing we tried was Prova Pizzeria. We ordered the bacon and egg pizza. It was delicious! This is the closest thing to real italian pizza. The brought out the oven which made it great. The second place is the Chori-Man. I ordered a Chorizo sausage with bbq sauce and cabbage slaw on top. This was really good. It had so much flavor and perfect for the bbq season. Last, I had to get some ice cream to cool myself. I came by the Blast Ice Cream truck and ordered the Bunny Carrot. It was the best ice cream I've ever had. It's so creamy and fresh full of flavor. The ice cream tasted like a carrot cake. My hubby and I had a good time exploring the event.
The California Market Center in downtown LA held their Unique LA Market for the week. It's where all the local vendors in LA sell their goods at the booths. There is a variety of things to purchase from food, art, jewelry, clothing and decor. Some of the sponsors gave away freebies like Califia Farms drinks, Quaker oats with mason jars and Kombucha tea samples. Kohk & Sahk had amazing fresh beef jerky. We bought a bunch of stuff from them. The plantains were awesome. We finished the bag in one day. I picked up a few pieces of dainty jewelry which fits my wrist. Bought some organic scrubs and lotions which feels good on the skin. The hubby purchased these cute candles in mason jars that smells like campfire. I found this lady who makes cute wristlets from Bowkey Works. It's easy to carry a few things and run outside. After we bought some great finds at the market, we decided to walk to Grand Central market. They have a lot of food vendors who sell good food. I had to make a pit stop at my fave place La Tosta Deria stand. They make the best ceviche I've ever had. It's so fresh and good with their special sauces. I always get the sample platter cause you get to try 6 different items from the menu. The octopus taco and fish ceviche is the best. It's very tender and refreshing. Grand Central market is a good place to try different kinds of cuisines. Today was a great day hanging out in LA!
Nordstrom throws a Morning Beauty Event a few times throughout the year. It's free to the public and you have to rsvp through Eventbrite. I signed up for their newsletter so I get sent an invite to rsvp for their events. They provide coffee and yogurt parfaits to wake you up. This is a time for the Nordstrom beauty department to showcase the new products by different makeup brands. It's fun to see it in person and a demo by the staff. What's cool is they raffle prizes during the whole show. I haven't won anything yet, maybe next time I will be lucky. It's great to have girl time and checkout the latest trends in makeup. I enjoy having time to check it out and relax. They give you a goodie bag full of samples which is awesome!
Who can say no to ice cream. I love ice cream on a hot day, it just make me feel so much cooler! My favorite new ice cream place is Jeni's Splended Ice Creams in Los Feliz. They carry a varitey of gourmet flavors that are amazing! It's definitely a spot to check out. Ipsy designed an ice cream clear makeup bag for the month of May. It's perfect for on the go to the beach. They did a great job with the selection this month. I like the cute packaging of the Peek beauty blush tin. And the Starlooks liner and stamp is great for that glam look without the work. Looking forward to using my makeup bag and going out to events!
On my day off, I went to the Americana in glendale to walk around. First store I checked out was Madewell. They have cute casual clothes for every day wear. I happened to find good deals this time. They had a sale rack and I found 2 items. The black and white striped fitted perfectly. And the shorts were good also. I purchased the items for $40 with the extra % off. Not a bad deal. Then I went to Hollister looking for more summer gear. They had clearance racks so I went in looking at them. I got 3 items that fitted just right. I liked the coconut tank for working out at the gym. The white tank and romper is good for going out clothing. I got all 3 pieces for around $40 bucks. Overall shopping trip, I scored a few great items.
There's a new matcha tea place next to the Marukai market in Little Tokyo. I did some shopping for food at the market and came across this place. Came in to check it out and it looks good. They sell everything matcha in the form of drinks, pastries and soft serve. It's the real deal and the matcha tea latte was amazing! They make the drink with authentic Japanese matcha tea that's why the color is dark. I realized how good it is due to the fact that it didn't need sugar. The tea with smooth and rich of flavor. I will be coming back for more.
One of my close friend sent me a birthday gift subscription to Birchbox. I was definitely surprised and she wrote a sweet message. This is the first box that's included in the 3 month gift subscription. The products are all about the summer glow. I can use every item to hit the beach with a nice shimmer plus it has SPF in them. The Tocca body scrub smells so nice, I'm excited to use it in the shower. I'm lucky to have such a thoughtful girl friend in my life. Looking forward to the next boxes coming soon!
My hubby and I went to a boat show in newport beach area. We met a guy who was a boat enthusiast at the event. He recommended we try Cucina Alessa in Huntington beach for great italian food. Of course, we went to check it out after the show since we love italian food. The restaurant is small and cozy close by to the beach area. I ordered a Pinot Grigio which hits the spot. It was an Italian wine that was nice and smooth. To start off, got a small caesar salad which was refreshing. For the entree, I had them split the Lasagna Napoletana. This was amazing! Full of flavor and plenty of cheese which I love. This place knows how to cook good italian food. They have many locations all by the beach areas. It's a must on my list of restaurants to try out.
After work, I had time to do some shopping and relax. I went to Pressed Juicery to pick up a juice. They had the Vogue special edition lemonades in blue and pink. It looks so pretty and trendy for a juice! I picked the pink lemonade cause it tasted better. The staff member then informed me that they have new 'green juice gummy bears' products. I can't say no to gummy bears, especially since it's good for me too. A definitely win there! I bought the small bottle cause I know I will finish the big bottle all by myself. A great treat while I shop around at the other stores. I went into CottonOn and they had this cute pink bomber jacket. It's pink with flowers and a pretty bird on the back. It fitted me perfectly and great for going out at night when it gets cold. I bought it on sale for $15 normally $50. A great score! Then I stopped by bath & body works. I bought a lemon mint candle, rose champagne lotion and la fleur spring lotion. These are perfect for me to get into the mood of spring. Plus the packaging is so cute. I had a good day with getting some great finds.
My good friend took me out to lunch for my birthday. We went to Alcove cafe & bakery in Los Feliz. This is my favorite place to sit in the patio and grab a bite to eat. It gets pretty packed on the weekends. I ordered a vanilla latte which gets me started. For food, I got the blackened chicken salad which is so good. I like the strawberries and the spicy seasoning. My hubby ordered the buffalo chicken wrap which is not bad. For dessert, my friend surprised me with a slice of lemon raspberry cake. It was so delicious and creamy! A great choice for dessert. I love coming here and I'm never disappointed. It was nice to relax on my birthday after coming home from our trip.
The hubby took me out to the beach for my birthday weekend. He drove us to Laguna beach to hangout and relax. My hubby used to live in Dana Point which is nearby. For some reason, we always have food at a French style restaurant. It's like we never left Paris! C'est La Vie has a great table with the view of the beach. We ordered the french onion soup and the bruschetta appetizer. It was good and refreshing. After we finished lunch, we walked around the area to check out the local shops. Then dipped our feet in the water which felt nice on a hot day. Laguna beach is a very nice place to grab lunch and people watch.
This month's box is ok, I've received the same samples from other subscriptions. I get the smashbox photo finish and philosopy cleanser. I do need the Sephora water proof eye makeup remover since I wear a lot of eyeliners. It really takes off everything without drying your face. The Make up for ever eyeliner goes on smooth and lasts all day. Overall it's ok for the selection. I'm looking for more variety in lipsticks and glosses. That's what I use every day.
This year for my birthday, the hubby surprised me with a trip to St. Lucia. We both never been there before so we headed down there for a few days. The carribean island is very beautiful with the jungle like atmosphere and tropical beaches. The Ladera Hotel we stayed at was on top of a mountain with views of trees and the beach. This place is very quiet and relaxing perfect for some time to relax. A lot of people come here for honeymoon or just some private time alone. We were served complimentary breakfast of fruits and granola. The fruits were so good and sweet. The plantains is my favorite fruit here. It's a nice way to start off the day with a light breakfast and checkout their views. In the afternoon we had the taxi driver take us to a local place @Campari to grab a bite to eat. He brought us to this local restaurant that served piton beer and the best chicken we ever had! The cook knows how to marinade and bbq chicken with this onions sauce. It was a great choice to chill at. Afterwards we went to the pier by the beach and got to see the sunset which was amazing.
The next day we went to Soufriere and grabbed lunch at Petit Peak Restaurant. We ordered the salted Accra fish, so good. Anything fried is always good. The waitress recommended that we get their house special Yard Bird Plate. This is their specialty and it was delicious. It came with rice, yams, veggie slaw, mac & cheese pie, lentils and bbq chicken. The food is definitely awesome. While eating you can checkout boats coming in to the dock which is nice.
After lunch, we rented a boat tour to visit the other places of the island. We got to try a handmade mud bath near the volcanos. It was funny to see everyone covered in mud and having a good time. We stopped by the waterfall and took a dip into the cold fresh water. The boat tour is worth it and we did so many things in one day. As we headed back to the hotel the staff recommended going to Boucan for their chocolate dinner. That's right chocolate inspired food menu. We can't say no to chocolate! The restaurant has amazing views at night and made it really romantic. Everything that we ordered was delicious! It is made from real cocoa chocolate and very different from other restaurants. The next day was our time to leave, as we checked out the staff gave us a goodie bag as a farewell. St.Lucia is definitely a place you can relax and enjoy nature at it's best.
While walking around old town pasadena today, I stopped by a few stores. They just opened up a Miniso Japan Store. This store has great deals on everything from makeup, house stuff, jewelry and snacks. The prices are reasonable and it comes in cute packaging. I got 2 heavy glass bottles with adorable sleeves on them. I picked out a few makeup items to try like concealer, toner, blush and lipgloss. I bought 2 pieces of jewelry. The overall purchase cost me around $23 bucks. Not bad for all the stuff I got. I like stopping by the Bird Pick tea shop. They have all types of teas from loose leaf to bagged teas. I chose the Dragon's Well green tea and Rose Phoenix oolong tea. Looking forward to makin a cup at home to relax. My last stop was at We Olive bar. I've been to the Monterey location during a business trip. They carry many different kinds of olive oil, spreads and jams. I like to sample different flavors and try new ones. The jalapeno and pineapple olive oil mix together just gives me summer time vibes. It will be a good marinade on chicken and meat. I had to pick up a spicy green olive tapenade. The spread is good on a slice of bread. What's cool about this location is they have a in house bar area. You can sample olive oil and grab a wine tasting at the same time. I am excited to try out all the stuff I purchased on this shopping trip.
You can score freebies on your birthday month when you sign up for newsletters to vendors. My birthday is on April 23rd but I decided to pick up some early bday gifts. Jamba juice offered a small smoothie of your choice. Sprinkles gave a free cupcake of your choice. Sugarfina sent a gift certificate for a small box of any candy selection. Godiva sent a $10 gift certificate so I picked up their assortment of chocolates. My last stop was to Sephora which I got to pick up my Tarte duo bday gift. Today was awesome full of fun surprises and freebies! This year will be a great one.
The hubby and I woke up late today. It was our lazy saturday. We we're hungry so we drove down to Eagle rock area to look for a place to eat. The Four cafe is the where we stopped by for lunch. They have organic food and drinks. The coconut green tea is refreshing when it's hot outside. We started with a spring potato salad which is good. Then ordered the jamaican jerk and onion soup sandwich. My favorite is the onion soup sandwich. It really taste like the french onion soup. Afterwards, I grabbed a Iced Vanilla bean latte @ Sworks coffee. This place is cool and rustic looking inside. The latte was creamy and so good. It's my favorite vanilla latte out of all the places I've been to. Not a bad way to start the day!
Ipsy did a great job this month with our glam bag design. It's a ticket shape and so cute with the colors. Great for going to music festivals with this bag with my makeup essentials. I love all the items selected! I use the Truffle therapy face toner every night after my cleansing routine. It smells divine and makes my skin feels soft. The Colourpop creme gel liner stays on all day and the color is just perfect brown. I carry this makeup bag every where when I just need to bring a few things. Love the glam bag!
The Observatory Orange County held a 'We were young festival' featuring many artists. It's basically a smaller version of coachella and we don't have to drive so far. The event is so packed that there was not much room to move around. One of our fave band Cage the Elephant had a set time. So we I took my hubby to go see them and chill. Grabbed a beer before the show started. Cage the Elephant really rocked it hard! They are amazing to see live full of energy. The tickets are worth seeing my fave band live in person. It's a good event to go listen to live music and hang out with the crowd outside.
The & Other Stories had a grand opening party to reveal their store to the public. For the first 50 people in line, you will receive a special exclusive gift and a gift card that can be worth $300 to shop. I came early and got a spot in front waiting with the other ladies. It was nice that the staff gave out water and granola bars to keep us hydrated. They finally opened the doors and we went in to check it out. I received a special goodie bag with mystery items. While in the store, I browsed their spring collection displayed. They carry clothes, shoes, jewelry, makeup and other accessories. As I walked by the racks, I saw many items that I will return to pick up for sure. The dressed were pretty and feminine perfect for brunch with the girls. Their danity jewelry collection are cute which are good to wear casually everyday. I was really drawn to their body scrubs. The scrubs smell so good and made my skin soft. My gift card was worth $10 so I bought the Mediterranean body scrub. Not a bad deal since I just paid the tax part. I think this store is a great edition to the Americana and will definitely return often.
The bad news broke out early this March that BCBG Fashion retailer is closing a lot of stores. They have trouble in keeping up the sales in revenue due to high prices in goods. But, this is a great time to stock up on a good brand. I scored a lot of items that were a great deal. I got 3 dresses that's just easy to wear for a night out on the town. I finally was able to find a white short dress that is trendy. It's hard for me to find a white dress when I need one. I figure might as well get it just in case of an event outing. The colorful bra jean top is cute and stylish. It goes well with a skirt or jeans. I also bought a 4 pair of shoes which was a must have. The knee high boot fitted me well and is great for the fall season. I loved the layered details on the 3 high heels I picked out. It adds a pop of style to any outfit. I'm sad that BCBG is closing but at least I got to purchase some of their items.
Sephora did a good job with this month's selection. I'm excited to try out the Josie Maran finishing balm. Her products receives good reviews and smells so nice. I use the Urban decay all the time before applying my eyeshadow. It's great to have a small travel size version for my road trips. The Atelier cologne smells like fresh ripe oranges which picks me up in the morning. I'm ready for the day when I smell like oranges. Looking forward to using these products more in my beauty routine.
This month Ipsy created a cute pink makeup bag that is used 2 ways. It's bigger than their normal glam bags. There is a note 'you are beautiful, pass it on' which is inspiring. I liked the selection cause all the products will be used everyday. The colors are natural for on the go without effort. I like the tarte lip paint and the color is perfect for my skin tone. The first aid moisturizer works well and I use it before I apply any makeup. They did a good job and made it special.
During a lunch break in Larchmont area, I took some time to check out some of the shops there. I came across LF store which sells women's clothing. This place is a sample sale of fashion couture clothes. The prices were such a great deal like 60% off each item. They had a rack of $16 priced dresses so I browsed through them to see what I can find. I got 3 dresses for $16 a piece which is so awesome! The first one gives a 1920's vintage vibe. It is elegant but classy too. The second dress is my fave cause it's sexy but also girly. I was surprised I fit into such a small size. The last piece is a laced jumpsuit dress which would fit in at the pool scene. Probably in vegas is where I would wear this one. The sales lady was very helpful. I would recommend coming here for trendy pieces at a great deal.
Found this place on yelp while browsing for a taco spot. The hubby and I went to Guisados in Burbank area. Apparently they have many locations all over LA and have good reviews. I had to get an horchata which is my fave drink. I love the cinnamon flavor with milk. We ordered the taco sampler which has 6 different types of toppings. I like the bistek en salsa roja and the tinga de pollo. The tortilla is made fresh and the sauce is amazing. The tacos are great for when you just want a small bite. It's good I can see myself coming back here.
The Bacari GDL is a new edition to the Americana. We received an invite for the soft opening this week. The hubby and I came to check it out for ourselves. The place is decorated with industrial and rustic style. It's a bit small but very cozy. I ordered the Holy Mole cocktail to start off with. It was very pretty to look at and boy can this drink pack a punch. It tasted good and strong! They gave out complimentary champagne for coming. I can't say no to a fizz! Lol. I learned in London, they will ask "Would you like a fizz." Which means would you like some champagne. It's a fancier way of saying it. The cheese and salumi platter complimented the drinks. We love going to vineyards to get these platters. The brussels sprouts were so delicious. My hubby even liked it even though he doesn't like brussels sprouts. The bacon and brie pizza was ok. The jalapeno made it too spicy that I couldn't really finish it. We saved the best for last which is the bread pudding. The dessert was comfort food and I would have to come back for more of this. Our overall experience is they got really good tapas, drinks and desserts. We will be stop by for happy hour often.
The play box came in a pink satin bag with 'Smitten' on it. It's cute and girly! I love the products this month. I use Origins all the time especially their ginzing line of moisturizers. It makes my skin smooth without that greasy feeling. The Nars rose pink lip glide is perfect for a dab of color without the mess. The packaging is small and you can put in a clutch for the night out. I am excited to try the Too Faced lip injection to give my lips a pop of shine. The Marc Jacobs perfume smells so pretty. If you purchase the full size version it's packaged in a cute clutch like bottle. Overall, they did a great job with my selection.
The hubby surprised me with a special dinner reserved @ Little Beast in Eagle Rock. From the outside it looks small but when you go inside there's a lot of tables. We got a nice table in their back patio. It's a romantic restaurant good for date night. We started out with some wine to unwind. The crispy brussels sprouts were fantastic! It was full of flavor with almonds, cheese and a special sauce. The hubby ordered their burger which is pretty good. I had the homemade chicken pot pie which hits the spot. I love eating comfort food. It was the perfect size portion and satisfied. We had a lovely evening enjoying each other company on Valentine's Day.
The hubby surprised me with a Valentine's day Free People gift card. Of course I was thrilled and excited to do some shopping at one of my favorite stores. I was able to pick up 2 dresses with my gift card. I purchased a mint polka dot halter dress which is light. It gives me a reason to wear this out cause it's so cute. The second dress is a coral croquet detailed halter dress. This is similar to the other one except the back is different. I can picture myself wearing this to a tropical destination. Maybe a spring break trip in the works. I'm happy and lucky to have such a sweet wonderful hubby. He knows just how to make me smile.
The makeup bag this month is so cute in orange and jean material. I can use this to put my stuff in on the go. Love all the products in the bag. I can use a home spa treatment after a long day from work. The green tea really soothes the eyes and skin. It made my skin feel so soft and smooth. I bought different shades of the NYX lip butter. It keeps my lips moisturize with a nice stain of color. Great job Ipsy with the picks!
My hubby decided to book a room and head down to Solvang area for the weekend. On our way, we stopped by to have a wine tasting at Foxen Vineyards. They have really good white and red wines. It was nice to relax and enjoy a glass of wine today. Not a bad way to start a good day. The next stop we headed into the Dutch town of Solvang. It feels like you're in Europe without flying thousands of miles. And it's close by which took around 2 hours to drive. We went in to Olsen's Danish Village Bakery to get some tea and pasteries. The apricot danish was heaven on earth! It's the best danish I've ever had. The crust was flaky and the jam is freshly made. It's dangerous that the place is close by. I might be doing a couple of pit stops here a year. My hubby saw a sign for Ostrich Land which is odd to see out here. It's in the middle of no where. You pay $5 admission and $2 for food to feed the animals. It's a mini petting zoo. You can feed ostriches and emus. They get to roam around the fields in a gated facility. The emus are smaller than the ostrich. The ostriches are tall and cute with feathers. They got big eyes and a strong beak. It was a fun filled weekend!
Capital One Cafe held an exclusive event for Alex Ott Experience this evening. We had rsvp and got invited to attend. Alex Ott is a famous mixologist and travels all over the world to showcase his recipes in the new book Dr.Cocktail. It was unlimited drinks and food all night which is awesome. Can't say no to appetizers and alcohol. There were a few stations setup which displayed each drink with the recipe and ingredients in each one. The drinks are mixed with fruits, herbs, alcohol, teas, tobacco and other flavors. I gotta say, it's the drinks were so good. I would see myself ordering one of the drinks if it was sold at a trendy bar or lounge in LA. My favorite one is the Biodigital Jazz. It has pineapple, agave spirit, apricot, lime, honey and other natural flavors. I love anything that has pineapples in it. Feels like I'm on a tropical island every time I drink one. I give it a 10 out of 10 rating for overall experience. I hope that Capital One throws more of these kind of cool events.