The Half-Way Mark | 26 Before 27

How am I already 26 and a half?! I swear my amazing triple threat birthday/graduation/going-away party was like.. last week. My two friends with the same exact first and middle name sitting at the bar drinking beer, my high school friends throwing darts, my best girls catching on life with babies and plans to go back to school full time, and a whole table full of women who have been some of my biggest cheer leaders the last few years. #crying #blessed

In this my 26th year I have done a lot, despite my pretty much constant down playing of my successes. I guess I am rather happy with the whole graduating college, moving to the second largest city in the US, finding a place to live, and getting a job.

Okay, enough gloating, let’s see where I’m at on the goals I set for myself this year. I’ll italicize the ones that I’ve been keeping up on, but are long term and thus can’t be considered a success until May.

1. 30 Days Of Biking
2. Get new glasses and wear them NAILED IT. I now have 6 pairs of glasses. $6 frames, $6.95 single vision lenses. I love Eye Buy Direct. Get your own here, or leave a comment with your email address and I’ll send you my referral link. I’ll do some kind of post on those at some point.
3. Send 50 pieces of mail .. I have to be at least half way on this one.
4. Stop shoving stuff in closets … FAIL. I still down on a dresser, so my plan to make my closet into a dream space has failed and thus it’s full of junk.
5. Clean the bathroom and vacuum weekly
6. Stop binge watching TV – Seriously, you watched 107 episodes of a horse show made for teens.. you can’t get that time back. Haha, funny.
7. Cook meals, eat the leftovers
8. Go on a film camera adventure
9. Take the train to San Diego
10. Drive up the 1 and camp Big Sur
11. Get on a surf board (no need to put the pressure on actually learning to surf, just get on)
12. Take great care of the CR-V
13. Invest in some health related stuff: good shoes, fitbit, gym membership, etc.
14. Budget, save money, don’t go hungry
15. Make a blog schedule, try and stick to it .. I’m trying. Haven’t really made a schedule, but I’m here.
16. Find some friends in Los Angeles
17. Commit to weight training/find a great gym and an even better trainer
18. Make 12 vlogs
19. Explore California – Joshua Tree/San Francisco/Running Springs/San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara .. This weekend I’ll be in San Diego, and Thanksgiving I’ll be in Los Osos!
20. Go to a LA Kings game
21. Film a makeup tutorial
22. Drink at least 120 oz of water a day .. OMG THIS IS SO MUCH WATER, WHAT WAS I THINKING?!
23. Buy a new camera lens
24. Learn enough LA history that I can give a super cool LA tour .. Visit me, let me take you to Venice, promise it will be great.
25. Take a trip with the California Family – Mexico? Los Osos?
26. Lose 20 pounds – I’m not super strict on this number.. I just want to lose fat and gain muscle. Lean mean lady machine.

That’s a little reality check. I’ve only crossed off two things.. Looks like I need to step up my game. The next six month better be action packed.. also I now realize some of these goals are contradictory.. like “save money, and also buy a new camera lens, and new shoes, and travel a bunch”.. I guess I wasn’t anticipating my salary. In the words of Tim Gunn.. “MAKE IT WORK!”

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Fri-Yay | No. 2

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Beyoncé performs with the Dixie Chicks and it’s magic.

My, that was fun but never again, moment. Being an extra means 12 hours on set on a Saturday doing almost nothing.

This hilarious article about American Girl Dolls. Betch.

This amazing track from Emily Otis and Sotr Caf.

Looking forward to watching this, this, this, and this movie.

I’ve been reading Kaylah’s for four or five years now, and a few weeks ago she recommended Alexandra’s blog.. basically saying if you like my blog, you’ll like her blog. And I was like YEP, welcome to the bookmarks bar. Alexandra adventures like I wish I would. She goes to all these unique places, takes great pictures, and gives you a little mini tour with facts and tips if you plan to visit. She has definitely been inspiring me to go on my own adventures, so if you enjoy my sparse content under the Adventures tab, her blog is like the much more frequently updated legit version.

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Photo by Kyla Trethewey and Jill Mann of Our Wild Abandon

Los Angeles Staycation

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A few weeks ago I had my first official vacationing visitor! What does that even mean? Like, she was on vacation and came to stay with me and hang out with me. Yep, I’m pretty special. My fellow brunch loving babe, Brynn, came out to enjoy the last few days of California summer and I couldn’t have been more excited. While she was here we ate In n Out, shopped on Abbott Kinney, visited my favorite light house (which I finally got see up close!!!), I sprained my ankle, we had a few drinks, and hung on the beach. Oh yes, you read that right, I sprained my ankle.. which altogether ruined the remaining plans I had for her visit, but we made of the best of it.

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Pictures include: a mural of Venice past, the best fries ever, rooftop views in Marina del Ray, Point Vicente Light House and the museum on the grounds, a picture of a random stranger (BUT LOOK HOW CUTE SHE IS!!! HOW COULD I NOT TAKE A PICTURE?!), brunch at Suburbia – bottomless mimosas and Golden French Toast: ricotta, figs, honey & almonds, Manhattan Beach, and drinks at Cole’s.

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Halloween Room Tour

One of my most favorite things to do is decorate for any and all holidays. This year I decided to just decorate my bedroom, instead of the living room, as I spend most of my time in my room. I hope you enjoy this little video I made. I’m still working on learning how to use my camera.. so please forgive the shakes.

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Fri-Yay | No. 1

I love to start “series” posts and then never continue in the series, so here’s another one of those.. maybe.

Who else is thrilled it’s Friday? Here’s some videos, articles, blog posts, blogs, podcasts, and/or whatever else I discovered this week that I think you should take a few minutes out of your Friday to enjoy. As well as a few pictures I took.

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Remember how I talked about brand image and blogs this week.. so did two of my favorite blogs.. trendsetter much? Kaylah talked about how much she’s grown over the years, and how she’s ready to start sharing more of that on her blog. And then Elsie talked about sometimes overthinking posts, styled blogs, and finding balance in your blog.

I was listening to one of my many podcasts, 99% Invisible, while stuck in traffic last night. Their latest episode, McMansion Hell: The Devil is in the Details, spoke directly to designer brain. I will now be a frequenter of McMansionHell.com by Kate Wagner.

I’ve always been a Regina Spektor fan (like cried-at-her-concert fan) . Her new album, Remember Us to Life, came out at the end of September. Here’s an interview from Noisey made me love her even more.

Speaking of music, THIS GEM, came out today. SIRES has been working on Soul for Sale for like.. literally ever. Okay it felt like that in the fan girl world. I love this band with my whole heart and I hope that you’ll support them by listening, sharing, and buying their amazing music.

Lastly.. Michelle Obama’s dress at their last state dinner, here. And anxiously awaiting the premiere of The Crown!