Check out this awesome time-lapse video by F-Stop, showcasing Seattle in all its glory. Talk about making me homesick!
Seattle Dream Pt. II from F-Stop Seattle on Vimeo.
They did an excellent job really highlighting the beauty that seems to be overlooked by so many due to the rain. Check out F-Stop’s website + Vimeo channel for more gorgeous Emerald City images + videos!
Every year, since before I was born, my family has gone to this adorable beach town in the Pacific Northwest called Seaside, Oregon. Seaside is like my second home. It’s comfortable, familiar, and always brings back great memories. This year, I took a few days off of work to go and spend some much needed R+R with my family (and pup!) in my second home. We totally lucked out with the weather, as it is super unpredictable what you will get. It is hard to leave Seaside feeling anything other than happy and at peace. See the snapshots below for a glimpse into this year’s annual trip!
This sign has been up for as long as I can remember!
One of my favorite parts of the beach: The Cove. It is great for finding seashells and looking at some awesome tide pools. (The weekend we went was severely lacking in seashells and tide pools, but there have been years where there is an abundance of both).
Definitely got my fix of the fresh, clean air. How could you not when you’re surrounded by the ocean and all these trees!
This carousel is synonymous to Seaside in my mind. Every year, it was tradition that I would take a ride on this carousel. Over the years, I have grown up, but this carousel is exactly as it was when I was a little girl. How can you not love it!?
One of the thrills in “downtown Seaside” is the arcade. Fascination is a game I have never seen anywhere else, and has been a staple of the arcade for years. When my grandmother used to come down to Seaside, it was only a nickel to play! Now, it is 25 cents, with specials at different times of the day. The premise of the game is to roll the red ball and light an entire row. The first player to achieve this wins tickets! (Tickets are used to cash in for a prize at Prize Redemption). It is a fun, fast-paced, and highly addicting game!
There is an awesome walking path along the entire beach called The Promenade. On the other side is the most adorable beach homes I have ever seen. It is family tradition to walk up and down the entire Prom at least once. We passed this adorable wagon in someone’s front yard. Such a cute idea!
We only had one day where it was super foggy and rainy, but it provided many interesting photos. This is one of my favorites that I took. I cannot wait to get back to Seaside, where all troubles seem to melt away. Have any of you ever heard of or been to Seaside, Oregon before?
[Check back next week for the second half of my trip…the 12 hours I had at home in Seattle!]
I discovered succulents when I moved to LA and fell in love. Not only are they easy to take care of [I have a hard time keeping any other type of plant alive], they are also so pretty and interesting to look at. Succulents seem to be a staple in a majority of LA gardens, potted plants, or interior decorations. I headed over to Alternative Apparel in Venice, and met up with Allyson, their Social Media Manager. She gave me a tour of the shop, and all of the succulent arrangements throughout the store + store front. They have some pretty cool set ups, so if you are ever on Abbot Kinney, be sure and stop by to check it out! [They also have the most comfy clothes!]
What makes so many of these succulent arrangements unique is the interesting containers they are kept in. I know next time I go to the Pasadena Flea Market, I’ll for sure be looking for things like this!
So many different variations, each are so interesting!
Once again, a big thanks to Allyson. Check out Alternative Apparel Venice’s Instagram for awesome pictures from around the shop!
The final surprise on Saturday was a trip to the San Antonio Winery, located right past downtown Los Angeles. It is the only winery located in Los Angeles proper, and I had no idea it was there. What an awesome spot! I highly recommend going to this winery for a quick day trip if you don’t feel like driving too far, a girls day or great date spot. Plus, taking the metro eliminates the need to drive! (Win-win for all!) The winery offers a tour of their space, a cafe, restaurant and a tasting bar. They also have several of their own brands of wine that are quite delicious. I am a moscato + reisling fan, and I fell in love with both of theirs.
The cafe offers wine by the glass, as well as snack plates. We got the cheese platter and it was more than enough for two, and quite filling.
I can’t wait to come back to this winery! I also highly recommend the tour of the winery. It’s quick, entertaining and informative.
I love celebrating my birthday, and making it last as long as possible. This past weekend, my boyfriend planned my final birthday surprise. He didn’t tell me where we were going, or what we were doing…all I knew was that I needed to be up early Saturday morning, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring my camera. He promised me I’d get some great shots for the blog (He was right! Ever since starting my blog, it is what I talk about 75% of the time, and he has been so supportive).
Saturday morning, we drove to the Culver City Metro Station and hopped on the Metro train heading to downtown LA. It was my first time taking the Metro in this city, and it was super quick and easy! We had a quick bite to eat at the Farm of Beverly Hills and raced up to our first stop, Pershing Square. Here, he finally told me what surprise one was: a walking tour of downtown LA’s Broadway Street and all the historic theaters! I love looking at vintage architecture while hearing the history of the buildings, so this was a perfect tour. We got to see several theaters that were once the symbol of opulence and glamour in the 1920’s-1940’s. Most of the theaters are too decrepit on the inside to allow anyone to go in, but the few we went into were magnificent. I highly recommend this tour, put on by the Los Angeles Conservancy. They have others as well, if historic theaters aren’t your cup of tea. Here is a glimpse at the awesome things we saw on this tour.
Check out Last Remaining Seats as a fun activity and chance to see these historic theaters. Once a month, they show a classic film in one of the functioning theaters! Pretty cool!
Inside the Los Angeles Theater. How beautiful is this, even to this day!
As you can see, the Palace Theater is the site of the original Orpheum Theater. The Orpheum has moved several blocks down. You will also notice that there are many store fronts that now occupy the space where the theater was. Many of these shops are quite shallow, and don’t penetrate too far into the theater.
The State Theater has now been converted to a church.
The Orpheum Theater also takes part in Last Remaining Seats. It is still fully functional inside, and is absolutely stunning. I hope to attend an event here at some point.
This was a great tour and awesome way to discover a part of Los Angeles I wouldn’t necessarily know about. It seriously felt like we were in another city!
This was only part 1 of my birthday surprise. Check back tomorrow for part 2!
Last week, I had the privilege to get coffee with Kristi, the brains behind Kristixoxo. What a sweetheart! She has a great sense of style (and manicures), and it was so great to finally meet and talk about all things blogging, Los Angeles and our interests. Turns out, we like many of the same things! We decided to meet up at Intelligentsia in Venice, as it is one of my favorite spots, and Kristi had never been.
She was totally rockin’ her white pants (check out her blog, she has such a unique and awesome sense of style!)
Our coffee meet-up was definitely a great way to start summer. Special thanks to Kristi’s boyfriend for some of the photos he took!