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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happy

Photo by the immensely talented Emily Reiter of Anna Delores Photography, flower crown by Stella Bloom Designs, and styling by Vanessa Noel Events
Because blog posts that are scheduled and all about things I've done and and places I've been to are fun, but glimpses of happiness are better.

Happy List
1. My bridal shower this weekend. I am so soo excited! :) #shitsgettingreal
2. Being able to laugh about the insane things that happen at work, you know like figuring out how to clean up a diarrhea accident that happened on a running treadmill. Oh the things that happen when you work with kids... #neverdidiever....
3. Coachella. Man that festival left me with such a high. Every time I think about that weekend, I smile. Every time I turn on the radio and hear a song I saw performed live at Coachella, I smile. Man, every time I talk about Coachella, I smile. Okayyy that weekend was wayyy too good. #takemeback
4. Introducing my new friends to old friends, and watching as they connect and become friends too. Aaahhh glorious friendship.
5. Feeling like the pieces of the wedding planning process are finally coming together. We are getting closerrrr. #IloveNadav
6. Getting older, and in some crazy way, realizing that I am becoming more and more comfortable with who I am today, and who I will become. #gettingolderisweird
7.  Pilates and how it makes me feel calm, strong, and oh so happy.
8. San Diego, it's beaches, it's people, and it's sunsets. There's just something so peaceful and relaxed about this place. I heart it so much.
9. Call me pretentious if you'd like, but man I love a good manicure and pedicure. I have an appointment today at Lulu's Beauty Shop in South Park and I have been looking forward to it allll week.
10. A cup of coffee, a bowl of oatmeal, morning light, and just a little bit of quiet before I head to work.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Little Fox Flower Shop

South Park San Diego. Man that little neighborhood is so perfectly hipster, and the coolest little shops and businesses keep popping up there. Little Fox Flower Shop (I know even the name is so hip and so cool cool--that second cool wasn't a typo in case you were wondering =P) put on a flower crown making class a few weeks ago and I was lucky enough to participate.
We spent the afternoon surrounded by beautiful flowers, connecting with great ladies, spilling three glasses of champagne all over a table (oh wait that was just me), and making the prettiest little crowns.

So much fun.


Photo by Whiskers and Willow Photography



Photo by Whiskers and Willow Photography
Photo by Whiskers and Willow Photography

Photo by Whiskers and Willow Photography


Monday, April 21, 2014

Original Sab-E-Lee

The spices, the tenderness of the fish and meat, and you know that 1-10 spicyness scale. I just really enjoy Thai food, and we are always on the hunt for our new favorite Thai place.
The hunt is now over friends.

 Last week friends, Nadav and I were in the mood (for Thai food that is, get your minds out of the gutters) consulted Yelp and somehow ended up at the Original Sab-E-Lee in Linda Vista.

This place is about as authentic as it gets. It's no frills, tiny, and packed all the time. Every single thing we ordered was full of flavor and delicious in the best possible way. Oh and you know how they ask you to pick a spicy level when you go to Thai restaurants, well the Original Sab-E-Lee does not mess around. If you like things to be spicy order a #4, things will b a burnin.

We shared the drunken noodles and panang curry. The drunken noodles were delicious but the panang curry was one of the best things I have ever eaten.

Go to the Original Sab-E-Lee in Linda Vista. Go go gooooo






Friday, April 18, 2014

Coachella Coachella Coachella

Coachella Day 3.

Slept in. Headache. Took another shower to try and get all the dirt and sand off of from the previous nights sandstorm, still not completely successful. Lots of coffee.

Checked in to at our second hotel, the fancy schmancy Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa. A few days before Coachella I saw a really great Priceline deal on the hotel and snatched it right up. It's right on the Coachella shuttle line, which is very convenient, but I found the hotel to be a little too.... mhm family focused for Coachella. The hotel grounds were absolutely beautiful but I think I would have felt more comfortable with a younger more relaxed crowd. Either way, it was a great deal and a beautiful hotel.

We had a really yummy brunch at one of the resort's restaurants and hopped on the shuttle to Coachella.



We spent most of Sunday at the Sahara Tent and it was basically the best day ever. We pretty much danced for 8 hours straight to the most incredible DJs I had ever heard.... until we saw Calvin Harris on the main Coachella stage. Holy crap he was AMAZING. But I digress, the energy in the Sahara Tent was unlike anything I had ever experienced. People everywhere, pounding music, and lots and lots of jumping. We had sooooooooooo much fun and one of my very very favorite parts of Coachella.

The infamous Coachella astronaut

End of the night, can you tell? =P


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Coachella Coachella

Coachella Day 2.

Headache, sleep-in, and lots of coffee. You get the gist, yes?
We dragged ourselves out of bed and made it to the #McDonalds Party at the Bootsy Bellow's Mansion. The music was aflowin (ya I just made that word up, work with me here), the food truck was serving fries and burgers and smoothies oh my (smoothies that mix perfectly with vodka but don't tell anyone I told you about that =P), and lots and lots of good times. It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon recovering at Coachella.



After the party we made our way back to the festival and immediately understood why people recommend bringing scarves and safety glasses to Coachella. The sandstorm that night was intense, we were covered in sand and dirt, and it was cooold. Seriously, we were still tasting the sand the next morning. But you know, it was worth every single bit of dirt that hit me. That night was unreal. Pharrel, Muse, and Lorde aaahhhh.



I really really realllllllllllllllly want to go back like three days ago. Best weekend ever.

 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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Happens At Coachella...

Let's just say Coachella was one of the very very veryyyy best weekends of my life. I don't think I can even all sum it all up, but it was unreal in the most incredible way. The music, the energy, the happiness, the food, and man even the style. Ohh how I love myself some festival style! I'm still on a serious high from the weekend. And now, well I'm just trying to get back into the swing of life. Not going to lie, going back to workyesterday was a tid bit rough. =P

Coachella has this way of bonding people, I drove to Coachella with a girl who I had really only hung out with once and honestly barely knew, but we returned from Coachella really really good friends. It was all kind of amazing. Oh and just a tip, if you're a girl I highly highly recommend going to Coachella with one other girl friend who is super easy going and just really really loves to dance. It makes for the most amazing trip. =P

We arrived at Coachella Friday afternoon around 4pm and checked into our cheap little Indio Travelodge. We booked the hotel at the very last minute and I was a little worried about how it would turn out, but it was clean and really close to the festival which worked out nicely for us. Each day we drove to a lot about 6 miles from out hotel, parked our car, and took a shuttle to Coachella. Unfortunately the travelodge was just a bit too far from Coachella for us to walk and we had to drive our car from the shuttle stop to the travelodge at the end of night. This my friends... I do not recommend. Get a hotel that has a shuttle dropoff point. It is so sooo worth it, especially because the taxi and Uber lines at Coachella were at least an hour long each night.

It's impossible to see all the bands and DJs you want to see at Coachella, but Friday night was soo soo good. The energy was intense, the weather was perfect, the beer garden was popping, and everybody just danced danced danced. My Friday night favorites were Ellie Goulding, Chromeo (sooooooooooo freaking great), and Outkast.

For your viewing pleasure a glimpse into Friday night at Coachella, brought to you by a mixup ofmy point and shoot camera and cell phone. ;)





Even the food at Coachella was delicious, Spencer Makenzie's grilled mahi mahi tacos.





More from Coachella coming at you this week!

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...

Clothing
Blue jean shorts
Black jean shorts
Romper
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
Sunglasses
Hat
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
Eyeliner
Hairbrush
Deodorant
 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

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