Friday, July 25, 2014

Welcome Home! (Part I)


WOW, it has been a seriously long time since I have blogged!
There are two reasons for this.  The main reason being I have been traveling from one state to another to my new home, and two, I have no internet yet *barred teeth emoji* 

I do however, live right a cross the street from my grandmothers house, who does have internet so I'm able to blog to some extent until I get my office organize (yes, I'll have an office! -Okay, I'll be sharing it with my Mother, but still!), and get my vanity set up. 

The new house is seriously beautiful.  Well, as beautiful as a little country house by the beach who was owned by two senior citizens that never cleaned it can be. The best part about the whole house, though, is the landscape.  

We have a fabulous garden.  Literally, a garden, with blueberries, grapes, corn (real corn on the cob!), two kinds of squash, tomatoes, and onions.  And the flowers.  Just seriously gorgeous!  Although few because they are dying (sad panda), I very much adore the pink roses growing on the side of the house. 

Also, we have a wonderful fountain in our front yard.  Unfortunately, we have yet to figure out how to turn it on, but it's quite nice!  
Okay, enough of me describing it to you-see for yourself! 




































See.  I told you it was spectacular.  

I'm really thinking of starting up yoga/meditation again.  The backyard is just too peaceful and too lovely to pass up the opportunity.  

What do you think of mine and my family's new house?  Part II of this post will be coming once I have the inside of the house relatively organized, so I'll show you how I set up my room/my office and maybe some other things!

xx

Sunday, July 20, 2014

And, We're Off!


So, today is my last day living in Los Angeles, California.  Tomorrow we start the three day drive to a little town in Oregon where I will be living for who knows how long.

It's been a hectic few weeks but now that we are in a hotel, I can relax a bit (this includes getting drunk with my Mother while watching House Hunters reruns-party animal!s).  I actually had a meltdown last night and started crying because I was looking for a blanket and then realized they were all on the moving truck.  I just hate being in limbo and I don't like not having my things when I want them.  It's quite frustrating really. 

Yesterday, the family and I went to the mall.  I picked up a few things from Forever 21 then we stopped by Barnes and Nobles and I picked up a few books along with The Best of Dean Martin CD, which I haven't gotten a chance to listen to it peacefully, having a nine year old brother who constantly needs attention, and a Greyhound with a complex of someone who was able to escape a burning building.  

I know I have been posting a lot of lifestyle posts lately and I do apologize, but like I have explained, all my things are packed up are on the way to Oregon, so I'm kinda stuck doing these until I can get back into my regular routine with my props! 

Anyway, how are things going with everyone else? :)

Oh, and also, I wanted to share with you this lovely comment that Stella from Electrik Flowers posted on my instagram photo.  Being as I am trying to have a more tasteful behavior and attitude lately, it's so sweet that she said this!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Guest Post: Five Beauty Essentials Every Woman Should Have


I have been so busy with the move (we finally move to Oregon on Monday!), that I totally forgot that I wrote up a post for Alice!  

And don't forget to follow sweet Alice on Bloglovin


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day Trip // Catalina Island


Hi all!  

On Sunday, my family and I took a ferry out to Santa Catalina Island for the day.   



None of us had ever been there before and we were all surprised by how beautiful it was!  My Mother and I both agreed that it looked like a little European town, like somewhere in Greece or Madrid.  The town (called Avalon) was sprinkled with tiny shops and resturants-it was so cute! 





We ate lunch at a restaurant called Avalon Grille, it was really good!  The hostess was from Liverpool and we chatted about my favorite British show, TOWIE, (which she hated) and Made in Chelsea (which she told me that I just had to watch!).  

My Mother and I both got drinks (wine for her, mimosa for me the first round, then just regular champagne the next). 


I was feeling fancy so I ordered the oysters and the Caprese salad which was delicious!



Afterwards, we walked along where all the shops and the beach were....





 ...as we were headed to the Avalon Casino to take a tour.  The outside was so beautiful! 


The inside was even more beautiful! 
Did you know that the word casino used to just mean "a place of gathering" before gambling was allowed in them? 




Apparently, all the artwork inside is original.  The reason it still looks like it does from 1929 when it was first opened, was because the Wrigley family (from Wrigley's chewing gum-they owned it!), didn't allow smoking inside the actual theatre which was rare back then.  The artwork was absolutely stunning! 

They even had the original organ for when they played silent movies!  How neat! 


We were able to take a tour of the upstairs which presented a ballroom even bigger than the theatre itself and also the Wrigleys' private viewing room.  We also went out on the balcony which overlooked the whole island.



If you ever get to Catalina, you should seriously go on the guided tour!  It was such a cool experience. 


Afterwards, we stopped at Big Olafs ice cream store! 

We shopped for a bit and then it was time to hop back on the boat and go home.  

What an incredible day, and I wish that I had gotten to go a few more times while living in LA!