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Friday, April 11, 2014

Coachella Packing List

I'm heading to the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in a few hours and I am so, so incredibly excited about it! I love music and really enjoy live music but this will be my first major music festival. I can't wait to share all about my experience with you, but for now, I thought it might be fun to give you a little breakdown of what I will be bringing to Coachella. 

Before I get into the details, know that I packed everything up in my beloved Tom Bihn Aeronaut. No really, I am obsessed with this thing. I literally packed for a month in Europe in that bag and it was basically the greatest thing ever. Yes, one carry-on backpack for one month in Europe. I did it, and that means you can too. ;)

Old picture, but you get the idea. ;) 

The clothing I am taking to Coachella...

Blue jean shorts
Black jean shorts
2 tank tops
Black crochet pool coverup
2 bikinis
1 jean jacket
1 white cardigan
1 tan cardigan
1 floppy hat
1 baseball hat
1 hat
-- Okay I probably overdid it with the shoes, but I have a tendency to get blisters and wearing different shoes each day tends to help ease the pain.
1 pair of saltwater sandals
1 pair of wedges (for the pool party)
1 pair of Avarcas
1 pair of Rainbows (not pictured)
1 pair of jeans (not pictured, to put in our locker and change into at night)
1 pair of lounge pants (not pictured)
7 pairs of underwear (hey ya gotta be prepared)
1 black bra-let
1 tan bra

What I Will Be Taking Into The Festival Each Day...
Backpack by Tom Bihn (it also doubles as a packing cube)
To Bring to Coachella Each Day
Light backpack (Nadav and I carried one of these all over Europe and it is the BEST)
Cardigan to keep me warm at night (not pictured above)
Wet wipes (that ish be dusty)
Baby wipes, because uhh... portapotties are all that's available at Coachella
Travel toilet seat cover because, see above explanation
Sunblock, because this ginger has a tendency to fry
Allergy meds
Earplugs because music is the very best, but ringing ears and hearing loss aren't cool.
Chapstick with sunblock
Gum, a little refreshment is always good
Vapur refillable water bottle (not pictured, but it folds up really small and is so easy to refill. We also carried these all over Europe)
A light that hooks onto my backpack to help us find where we're going when it's dark
Driver's licence, cash, and credit card in a secure pouch that also hooks onto my backpack
Point and shoot camera
Mophie portable phone battery charger is always a good idea
Scarf to keep me warm at night and protect me from the dust
Tom Bihn packing cube backpack, sunblock inside Tom Bihn stuff sack, cash money inside Tom Bihn double organizer pouch, Tom Bihn guardian light, toiletries inside Tom Bihn 3d fabric organizer cube. Yes Tom Bihn and I have a very loving relationship. It all started with that trip to Europe and I am sure our love will continue to grow. ;)
The Basics
Travel size electric toothbrush, I used this one in Europe for a while and loved it
Travel size tooth paste
Face moisturizer
Body moisturizer
Tinted moisturizer with SPF

 Thanks McDonald's for giving me the opportunity to attend Coachella! This post was created in partnership with McDonald's. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Make sure you check out the new McDonald's Bacon Clubhouse Burger  next time you visit a #McDonalds

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Dump

A little dump, if you will, from the past few weeks.
Beach days, birthdays, a fabulous nail salon, flower crowns, and sunsets.
I guess you could say I've enjoyed the sweet things in life lately.

Feel free to follow along on Instagram, @BayParkDream if you want more. =P

Pst, I also happen to be going to Coachella this weekend!! Aahh so excited, and I assure you, there will be all kinds of fun on my Instagram this weekend too. ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Honda Fit 2015

A story about a blogger (that would be me, just in case you need some clarification) who sat on a windowsill at a hotel in Downtown San Diego, asked her man to take an "artsy" photo of her, and pretended to contemplate life while quickly placing her third glass of champagne on the floor before the photo was taken.

Aforementioned blogger does this blogging thing for fun, but every once in awhile she gets to participate in some ridiculously cool opportunities due to this little blog. A few weekends ago, for example, she got invited to try out the 2015 Honda Fit and partake in a little staycation with her fiance at the Andaz Hotel. Let's be honest, she knows very little about cars buttttt she does know and love her city, and what do you know.. she used to drive a first generation Honda Fit. This opportunity was a perfect match I tell you.

So they wined and dined, and rubbed elbows with people who were way fancier than her and knew way more about cars than her, and she basically decided that when her current car lease is up she is getting herself a brand new Honda Fit 2015. Technical details aside, the car is so comfortable, drives so smoothly, anddd the rearview and sideview camera are soooo awesome especially for someone who has been cough, known to "bump into" certain things in her car's vicinity. Okay and the voice controls, huge navigation screen, XM Radio and Pandora hookups don't suck! All right, anddd she can never find her keys in my purse so the keyless engine start up thing is right up her alley.

Okay, story-time is over, and I am all finished writing in the third person. You can stop rolling your eyes now. =P

#messyhairdontcare =P
See we really did wine & dine ;)

We were asked which color we wanted to drive for the day and well... I couldn't help but think, "what other time in my life will I get the opportunity to drive such a yellow car." hehe. Nadav and I spent the day driving around San Diego in our little neon yellow Honda Fit, playing with the car's settings, and man just thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was so much fun!

And this friends, is the main reason I miss my old Honda Fit. The back seats lay completely flat and you are able to literally fit everything into this little car. Seriously, we put two bikes, two surfboards, and a bunch of other beachy things into the car. True story: I literally fit a dinning room table and six chairs into my first generation Honda Fit when we moved from our old apartment to our house. These cars are magical.
Oh and just in case you want to know what color Honday Fit I want to get when my current lease is up...

Side note: have you ever wondered what it's like to have a see-through shower (aka a Glass Cage of Emotions for all you Anchorman fans out there. All right if you're not a fan of Anchorman you probably shouldn't read my blog =P) in your hotel room....
Happy Hump Day Friends :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cody's La Jolla

Big News Today Friends:
I just found my new very very favorite brunch spot in La Jolla, or even all of San Diego, and Cody's La Jolla I'm talking about you.

You have....
One of the very best ocean views in La Jolla
Really really, delicious, fresh food
Large portions that are easily shared
Dangerously good cocktails
Friendly service, and that "hey take your time enjoying those cocktails even if we have an hour wait" vibe (okay while dinning I really enjoyed that vibe, while waiting in line I probably would not have enjoyed myself so much =P)
The cutest little cottage space, I really appreciate the beautifully designed menus and modern yet cozy decor.

What more could this San Diego girl want? Not much, I tell you.. not much.
Cody's La Jolla, I will be seeing you real soon.

My friend and I both ordered lemon thyme spritzers, SOO soo GOOD in that I could easily drink three of these and would clearly that would lead to lots of problems kinda way. We also shared challah french toast (decadent and so so delicious) and the healthy breakfast salad which was actually one of the yummiest salads I've had in a long time.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

As Of Late

Photo by the amazing Emily Reiter of Anna Delores Photography, flower crown by Stella Bloom Design and design, styling hair and makeup by Vanessa Noel Events
As Of Late
Well spring break has treated me well. Okay it's treated me a little too well and the idea of going back to work next week is a little depressing, but hey things could be worse. I'm thankful that I have a job I enjoy... most of the time. =P

Did you know that McDonald's is giving out FREE COFFEE during morning hours until April 13?! Ya I didn't either, but their coffee is delicious and you should go get yourself some! And thennnn, you can tweet a picture of your free coffee or favorite #McCafe drink (I love their iced coffees) to @McCafe and be entered to win free coffee from McDonald's for a year. Sweet deal right?!

Have you been to Pacific Beach before? If you have then you've most definitely seen Slomo slowly gliding along the boardwalk in his rollerblades. A short documentary was just released about his incredible story. Who knew this beach bum used to be a neurosurgeon?? Check out his story here. I love hearing about people who have left their day jobs to follow their true passions. ;)

I am still in the market for a ticket to Coachella. Help? Pretty pretty please with cherries and sprinkles on top.

Speaking of Coachella, I love me some bohemian style clothing and I am drooling over everything pretty at Free People. I just went through the entire dresses tab on their site and tried to pick a few favorites to share, butttt I failed because I love everything. #Ihaveproblems #Muststayawayfromthemall

According to my handy little phone countdown app we are now 87 days from our wedding?! #whatthewhat!! It's true what they say, time really is flying by. Things are settling down, vendors are booked, and invitations will be going out soon. I am sooooooo excited to marry my best friend in one of our very favorite places, and celebrate with our favorite people. Ahhh the magicalness of it all ;)

New York City, a surprise concert, and warm coffee. I like it.

This post was created in partnership with McDonald's. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

You Suit Me So Well

Long walks along the beach, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills marathons, two workouts each day, lots and lots of wedding planning, catching up with friends over brunch, and well spending more time on the couch that I should admit.

Oh and I still wake up at 6am everyday because my body is very very confused.

Spring break you suit me so so well.

Photos taken on a Monday at Mission Beach

Monday, March 31, 2014

Desert Bloom

Every once in a while you hear someone's story. It makes you stop and think about life, the choices you've made, and whether or not you truly are living life to the fullest.

A few weeks ago a friend from grad school contacted me, and told me about her friend who is raising money to turn Tyler Teague's story into a documentary. Tyler is an inspiration like no one else. He is the oldest male alive with an extremely rare genetic disorder called Bloom Syndrome.

Oh you've never heard of Bloom Syndrome before? Well, neither had I, until I heard about Tyler. Bloom Syndrome has a number of symptoms but specifically causes sterility, stunted growth, an extremely short life span (most people with Bloom Disease die by age 23), and often leads to a horrible form of leukemia. Tyler is currently the oldest known male who has Bloom Disease in the world, which if you ask me, is pretty incredible in itself.

Bloom Syndrome isn't stopping Tyler though, he skateboards every single day, and has dreams of becoming a pro-skateboarder. Tyler truly is living life to the fullest.

Let's help share Tyler's story! Director and cinematographer Daniel Rego is raising money to turn Tyler's story into a documentary. Check out the Desert Bloom kickstarter page and help him spread the word!

I think Tyler said it best,
"Live for the moment, live day by day, and skate or die" =P


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