I have been fortunate enough to call Los Angeles my home for a few years now and I have been loving this opportunity to experience all that this cool city has to offer. I lived on the west side when first moving to Los Angeles and now currently live in downtown. Keep reading to find all the hidden gems I have discovered along the way and have really enjoyed about my city.
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The city of Los Angeles is huuuuuge and you will definitely need to travel by car if you are wanting to go to a lot of different neighborhoods. I highly recommend planning your days around neighborhoods so you can get there and either walk, metro, uber/lyft, etc instead of having to drive through traffic all day. Also if you want a fun and different experience, rent a metro bike or electric scooter!
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This past weekend Patrick and I took the doggo to Big Bear Lake for a weekend getaway. It was so nice to unplug and just relax together. And man the views were incredible. I highly recommend to plan a weekend getaway to a local lake or river if you can! Here are the essentials for your lake getaway from must do activities to what to pack.
C A B I N A D V E N T U R E
For your fun little lake getaway, find a cute lake cabin near the water on Airbnb or a local rental agency. Setting the entire trips mood starts with a cute little cabin. We rented the A Frame of Mind from Big Bear Cool Cabins and had the best time. We also loved cooking dinner on the charcoal grill and sitting on the fenced in porch with Finley.
R E N T A K A Y A K
We had such a fun time on the lake and seeing all the view by renting a kayak. I highly recommend renting either a kayak, canoe, paddle board, etc to get out on the water to explore and soak in all the views! We rented from GetBoards in Big Bear because it was so easy to have access to the lake and they were dog friendly. We spent 2 hours kayaking on the lake, admiring all the lake houses, and wow how peaceful it was. I wore a dark bikini to not get dirty from the lake water and had a backpack to store a tank top and shorts on the kayak. In order to not get burnt and stay shaded on my face, I had a straw hat and sunglasses. I highly recommend getting out on the water to complete your lake experience! Oh and Finley swam in the lake for the first time, eek!
L O U N G E & R E L A X
One of the most important reasons to have a vacation getaway is to lounge and relax. Taking some time to just enjoy being away is priceless. We spent some time on the beach at Carol Morrison Public Launch just hanging out. Whether you find a beach type area, rock side near the water, or hanging on a dock, take some R&R time to read a book or chat.
E N J O Y A W A L K I N N A T U R E
Your in nature so enjoy it! Take a walk around to admire the water, trees, and area around you. We found an amazing water path, Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve,
that had some of the most serene views. It overlook the water and we saw geese. Put on your walking shoes and get out there.
What a fun little trip and can't wait to plan our next little weekend getaway!
TopShop Dress (old, similar here and here)
and Jeffrey Campbell Sneakers (old, similar here)
This past weekend I got to go see the poppy fields, and oh my what a site! They poppies were overflowing over the hills and the bright orange color was amazing to see. Due to the rain this past season in California, the poppies experienced a Super Bloom, and I am so glad I got to physically see and capture the moments on camera.
Warning: lots of orange color ahead ;)
My friend Ashley (blogger of Not Scared of the Sky) and I went to see these blooms and here are some tips we learned. The Antelope Poppy Reserve is a zoned area where poppies are protected and cherished by only walking on trails throughout the reserve. There are multiple trails, rolling hills, and a visitor center at the reserve. However, the astonishing thing that I did not realize is that these poppy flowers are literally lining the road up to the reserve! This is where many people were pulling over to get a closer look at the poppies to not disrupt the Antelope Poppy Reserve. We both did our best to not damage any poppies inside the reserve. It was such an incredible site for sure and a must if you live in or are visiting southern California!
I chose this simple slip dress (similar here and here) with buttons down the middle for an easy, breezy look since it was pretty warm outside. I also paired it with my go-to Jeffrey Campbell sneakers (last seen in these posts here and here).
A born and raised Southern girl who's wanting to inspire every women through style and beauty while living in the big city of Los Angeles.