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Seattle-skyline

Spring break has officially started. It feels nice to have a break and time to relax. I started the weekend with a little staycation, Friday night out in Hermosa Beach at the new Tower 12, Saturday lunch and drinks with a friend, and Sunday in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Now I’m off to Seattle and Vancouver to visit a dear friend. Last time I was up there was three years ago, so I’m excited to check out some new restaurants and shops I didn’t get to last time.

This weekend we’re heading to Vancouver. This will be my first time and I can’t wait to check out the city. Besides downtown Vancouver, I would love to go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Granville Island Public Market. We’re only there for two days, so we’re going to cram in as much as possible. If you have any suggestions let me know! Leave a comment on my Instagram or down below.

Vancouver-Capilano-suspension-bridge

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scala straw hat

Yesterday I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena and scored on some awesome finds! I went in with a plan and I got almost everything on my list. One of which was a straw panama style hat. I was sold on this vintage Scala straw hat right when I put it on. It fit perfectly and the color and shape were exactly what I was looking for. After I got it, I put it on and wore it for the rest of the day. I left the flea market feeling inspired to revamp my wardrobe for the new season. Spring is here.

I posted my haul on my Instagram Stories. Check out my other flea market finds.

Natalie NotionsScala Hat {Similar}, Vintage Dress {Similar}, Tory Burch Sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff Purse, Soludos Shoes

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Firefly Studio City

This past weekend I attended a press brunch at Firefly in Studio City. A Valley institutions since 2002, Firefly recently added brunch to the menu, so they invited me and some fellow bloggers to check it out.. The restaurant features a magnificent ambiance, covered in vines and outdoor greenery on the cozy covered greenhouse-like patio. The overhead natural light was perfect for taking brunch pics.

Firefly Studio City

We started off with a taste of the berry smoothie and an assortment of pastries. My favorite was the sticky bun, with roasted pecans and sweet cinnamon. We then moved on to avocado toast. It was some of the best avocado toast I’ve had, and there are a lot to taste here in LA. The next course was the steelhead salmon, which was beautifully presented with cabbage and a side of creme fraiche. It looked like a piece of art.

Avocado toast

The next item on the menu were the scrambles, lobster and a farmers market fresh veggies. I’m not a big fan of lobster, which is shocking to most people, so I dove into the veggie scramble. It had the best seasoning. A scramble with actual seasoning that wasn’t just salt and pepper.

salmon with creme fraiche

I ended breakfast with the thick cut brioche French toast. Dusted with powdered sugar and served with slices of warm cinnamon apples, I couldn’t pass it up. I washed it all down with a tasty cocktail.

Brioche French toast

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South Carolina beach

Traveling alone sounds like a scary thing to some people. Or something they can’t do because they have kids, work, and tons of other reasons why. But I think everyone should take a trip alone once in their life.

1.You’re On Your Own Schedule

It’s easier to travel when you don’t have to wait for anyone but yourself. You can do what you want, when you want to. Don’t want to go to the museums, then don’t. Want to hit every gelato stand you can find, do it. You can sleep in, stay out late, and do pretty much whatever you want.

2.It Will Boost Your Confidence

Traveling alone may sound scary. So is going to the movies alone or even eating alone for some people. But when you finally do it, you feel much more confident to conquer other things all by yourself. If a long trip sounds daunting, start with a solo weekend getaway.

3.You’ll Get To Know Yourself Better

Spending time alone is always a good thing. It gives you the chance to look inside yourself and find the answers you’ve been looking for. Sometimes it’s hard to find the answers when you’re in your day to day life, doing the same routine. This will help you listen to your inner guide.

4.Meet New People

People who travel alone are much more approachable than a pack of girls sitting at the bar. Talk to the locals, meet people at the hostel or the lounge at the hotel. It’s not strange; everyone there is most likely a stranger to the place as well.

5.It’s Easier To Travel Now

I remember having to figure out the New York subway system on a paper map, before there were smart phones. Traveling now is so much easier. You can plug anything into your phone. If you’re traveling internationally and don’t have an international phone, go into a spot that has wifi {like Starbucks} and figure out your next move.

white sandy beach

6.You Will Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Mark something off your bucket list. Go somewhere you’ve always dreamed of going, but never thought it would actually happen. Go out there and do it. Traveling alone forces you to do things you wouldn’t normally do at home, which helps you grow and learn.

7.It Can Teach You A Lot About Other Cultures

When you travel alone the only person you can rely on for help is you and the strangers around you, which is usually the locals. Sit at the local bar and talk to the bartender, take a guided tour, try to speak the language with your barista. Your mind is more open to these experiences when you’re alone.

8.You Can Stick To Your Budget

You don’t need to worry about how much or how little your friends can spend because this trip is all on you. No need to pick up the tab for the other couple or treat your kids to an ice cream instead of yourself. Spend what you can and splurge on the things that are important to you.

9.Cure Your Travel Bug

We all know it can strike at any time. It’s the need, the itch, to get out and discover. When you go on a trip alone, you can do that at any moment. Give the kids to the grandparents, even if it’s just for the day, and get in your car and go somewhere. Spend the day by the beach or in the mountains. Just get out there and go.

10.It’s Liberating

You will be a changed person when you get back.

Reasons to travel alone

Note: Now that I convinced you, where are you going to go?

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February beauty

Due to some personal stress and environmental stress, my skin has been very sensitive lately. I haven’t been able to use any peels or products with Glycolic Acid, which I love. So, I’ve been using extra hydrating products and haven’t been trying too many new products. But there are a few that I have tried, some better than others.

My friend brought me the Bioderma Non-Rinse Cleanser from France last year and I finally got around to testing it out. This much talked about micellar water cleanser is the reason why the trend came to the US. I wanted to share that I absolutely loved it and it’s my new favorite cleanser, but it’s not. It feels refreshing and I love using it in the morning, plus it’s perfect for my sensitive skin right now. But, I used it at the end of the day after wearing makeup and it didn’t clean it all off. It doesn’t provide a deep clean, so I had to wipe my face with a toner to remove all of the makeup and dirt.

I love potent serums, but I can’t use them right now. Instead, I’m using the Yuni Active Calm Face Serum. This all natural, organic serum is made with Buriti Oil to help ease tension lines, restore suppleness, and recharge the skin’s glow. Its soft and moisturizing, which helps keep the skin healthy during the winter months. It has a light aroma from natural essential oils, which was a little hard for me to get used to since I’m sensitive to odors.

French Bioderma Cleanser

I’ve been using the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 for years. It’s my favorite day moisturizer, especially in the winter. I like to use a lightweight SPF moisturizer in the summer, so this is my go-to every other season. This moisturizer shields from environmental damage and protects from UVA/UVB rays. Even though the sun isn’t shining bright every day, its damage still penetrates the skin, which is why I wear an SPF every day.

I don’t wear makeup every day, but when I’m going out I will spot treat blemishes and discoloration with Hourglass’ Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick in Vanilla. The foundation stick has the coverage of a concealer, the fluidity of a traditional liquid foundation, and the weightlessness of a powder. I never used foundation until I used this and I wouldn’t use any other type. It doesn’t feel thick and cakey and looks natural, which I love.

Winter beauty

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