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Weekend Warriors: Beach Bums

Weekend Recap: January 10-11th



I’m planning on doing an update post soon since I’ve been MIA for a few weeks (blame the holidays and the presents/mall hangover daze that follows). However, for now I thought I’d share some pics from my fun weekend.

We took Friday off and spent the morning in Santa Barbara where we ate at a cute little diner right off the beach. Mid-afternoon we made our way up to the 101 to Cayucos, CA where a few of our close friends along with Frank and I, rented a beach house in the sleepy beach town along the Central Coast to celebrate my best friend’s birthday.

She wasn’t expecting a big group and was happily surprised (yay!). We spent the next two days lounging and celebrating. We walked to the beach and hung out in our pretty home for the weekend just eating s’mores, napping and drinking (it was pretty damn perfect).


Not to sound cheesy, but it was definitely one of those weekends where I felt genuinely thankful and lucky to have friends that I love so much. This weekend was just full of lots of love and laughs (again, sorry this all sounds so cheesy). Can’t wait to plan another getaway soon!





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Weekend Warriors: Traffic and Turkey

Weekend Recap: November 27-30, 2014

After four days off, I go back to work tomorrow (insert crying emoji here). Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’re that much closer to the end of the year (yeeks!). My turkey day was filled with lots of family time (including a wonderful visit by my future mother in law) and cousin time spent yelling at a TV playing Super Smash Brothers. I’m really straddling the line between adult and kid, but I’m OK with that.


My long weekend off started hellish/in the most L.A. way possible. I encountered mind numbingly horrible traffic. The kind that makes you want to just park your car in the middle of the road and walk home. The kind where you find yourself looking at the clock then looking at the road then looking at the clock until you’re dizzy. It took me about 2 and half hours to go less than 25 miles. It was horrible, but thankfully that was the worst part of my weekend and the rest was a whole lot better.


My days off were spent eating…eating…some drinking…lounging…chilling and shopping. It all felt very lazy and American. It was great!


Also it finally rained on Sunday and I got to bust out my North Face jacket. It’s the little things, right?

To close off this weekend, let me just say a few cheesy things. First off, everyday I find myself more and more grateful for my parents and fiance. (I’d be lost without them). I’m thankful for my close friends (I consider them family) and for my health (can never take that for granted). But most of all, I’m just thankful for the opportunity to keep improving and growing into the kind of person that I want my loved ones to be proud of (sorry about ending on a preposition). I’m the worst right? Cheesy rant over!

Here’s to another week (the first of my birthday month!).



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Weekend Warriors: San Diego Bound

Weekend Recap: November 15-16, 2014

It has been one of my missions as an adult to find a “place.” When I was in San Francisco, my friends and I thought we found a bar that would become our place. We’d become regulars and they’d cheer every time we came around. Well that never happened, but that dumb idea still lingers in the back of my dumb head. Here in the L.A. area, the closest I can say to having a “place” is Golden Road Brewery. It’s not terribly close, but it’s worth the drive to drink some good beer in a chill environment. Am I a regular? No. Does anyone there know my name? Nope, not even a little bit. But it’s usually among the first choices thrown out when my best friend is in town and wants to hang…so that’s as close to a “place” as I’m getting. I’ll take it!

On Saturday we made the little over half hour drive to Golden Road to sit, drink some beer and do lots of people watching (which are two of my favorite things…ever). We went into the photobooth and great (read: ugly) memories were made. Example below.



Sunday, Frank, my parents and I decided to make the 2.5 hour drive down to San Diego. Why? Well with the holidays quickly approaching (eeks!), my parents decided that it would be a good time to take a trip before my dad becomes totally consumed by work (my dad works and has worked in the restaurant industry my whole life and the holidays are super stressful and busy for my dad). It’s always fun and encouraging to spend time with my parents. Their relationship is constantly motivating and always leaves me hopeful for what my own marriage will be like after 30 years.


We spent a fun day at Old Town San Diego where we ate some bomb tacos and walked around taking in all the rustic charm that San Diego has to offer. By charm I mostly mean food. Example below!


We ended the night with an AMAZING dinner (yay! more food!) over looking the harbor. It was tiring and well worth it (the sign of any good weekend activity). Until next weekend!



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Weekend Warriors: Any Excuse to Go To Santa Barbara

Weekend Recap: November 8-9th, 2014

We need no excuse to make the drive to Santa Barbara. The city is beautiful, the weather is perfect and one of my best friends lives there. Every time we visit, Frank and I have a twenty minute discussion on why we should move there. Not sure if it will ever happen, but it’s nice to dream. This weekend we had an actual reason, we had a potential wedding venue to visit (eek! adult things!).

SB view

After work on Friday, we made the drive to see my friend and her cute house. We chilled. We drank. We were (a little too) merry. On Saturday we recovered by walking around State street and taking it a little easier. Later on, we had dinner at this really cute place called, Benchmark Eatery. Service was awesome and the place was really cute. The picture below is of the world’s largest onion rings. MMM, friend food!

Onion Rings

On Sunday we said our goodbyes and drove up to Lompoc to look at a gorgeous venue. It was beautiful! Don’t want to jinx it. But we really like it…we shall see!

Apple Creek Ranch Sign

On to another week!



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Weekend Warriors: Donuts and Sunshine

Weekend Recap: October 25-26

This weekend my fiance was off to San Francisco to gather with his fellow Giants fans, so I took the time to soak in the quality time with my parents. We’ll be moving out in the next coming months and as great as that is, truth is I’ll miss the time spent with my parents. So Saturday my mom and I ventured to the valley, shopped and ate. The whole day was spent chatting and gossiping.

On Sunday, with my dad off we all ventured to Santa Monica.We went to Dunkin Donuts, which I’ve been trying to visit since it opened a little over a month ago. This Santa Monica location is one of the first DD’s on the west coast and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I can’t say if it compares to the DD’s back east, but I can tell you this much…coffee was on point, donuts were good and the line wasn’t too bad.


From there we drove down to the 3rd street promenade and my dad showed me where he worked when I was born (at a hotel near the beach), we walked around, went down to the pier and got to play tourists for the day.


Got a pretty pic of some colorful cacti (love!) near the promenade.


On the way back we scooped up some pupusas from El Molcajeta (best pupusas in L.A.!), drove back home and chilled until Frank came home. Felt good to have him back, I really missed him. With Monday already over, here’s hoping the rest of the week goes just as fast!



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Weekend Warriors: Cupcakes and Palm Trees

Weekend Recap: October 18-19 2014

This weekend felt very adult-y. On Saturday we went to go see a wedding venue (yeeks!), which I will post pics of if we decide to go with it. It was in downtown L.A. It was beautiful, but I’m pretty superstitious so I don’t want to get my hopes up in case that’s not the place. The motto of this whole pre-wedding planning business is ….”We shall see.”


Before that we were in Hollywood were I went to one of my favorite independent shops, Johnny Cupcakes. It’s an addiction but it’s in control. I have about….7 of their t-shirts, two of their phone cases, a keychain and lots of pins. Like I said, it’s under control. I went to go pick up some more goodies. To follow the bakery theme, their “bags” are pastry boxes. It’s all in the details.



I caught a pretty shot of Fairfax Ave and all it’s palm trees. I’m a sucker for palm trees.

Sunday was spent napping, watching Parks and Recs and running some errands.


Here’s to another week!



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Weekend Warriors: Overindulgence

Weekend Recap: October 11-12

The motto of this weekend was #treatyoself. Do I regret it? No. Do I regret it? Yeah a little.


I shopped a little too much and ate a little too much. Candy, ice cream, pizza…I ate like an 11 year old kid who’s been left alone for the first time. On a brighter note, I got a cute shirt for less than $10 at the Gap (thanks 40% off sale!), ate some great ice cream and ate lots of candy at Lolli and Pops.



Weekend, you were great but I got stuff to do this week! On to another week.