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Summer Camp Ojai Boutique store

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa – If you’re looking for a relaxing escape, this is the place to go for a weekend retreat. This world class inn and spa offers more than just a fluffy bed and fine dining. For the mind and body there’s guided meditation, yoga, evening walks, spinning and exercise classes. At the luxury award-winning spa you can get unique facials and massages, and you can also experience sound energy therapy, get an organic sea mineral body wrap, and reflexology. Just thinking about it makes me want to book a weekend to decompress.

Ojai Rancho Inn – This rustic chic inn maintains its 1950s motel-style, with an added hip vibe. There are all the essentials you need in your room, like free wi-fi, a flat-screen TV, and a mini fridge. You can also book a room with a kitchenette, fireplace or jacuzzi. All guests have access to the pool, sauna and loaner bikes. Chief’s Peak, the trendy beer and wine bar located on the grounds, is open to motel guests and the public.

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Rose Valley Falls – There are tons of great hikes in Ojai. Rose Valley Falls starts in the Rose Valley Campground, in the Los Padres National Forest. It’s not a strenuous hike, which makes it great for people of all ages who want to get out and enjoy nature. The hike ends at a tall gorgeous flowing waterfall. All of the rain this winter really paid off. If you’re looking to get off the grid this is the place, as there’s no cell service back there.

Ojai Rose Valley Falls Hike

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Summer Camp – This is my kind of shop. The owners transformed an old gas station into a custom framing, vintage and lifestyle boutique. How cool is that?! I love the bohemian vibes {of course}, with the trendy outdoor twist. There are vintage rugs, pottery, plants, and a curated rack of clothing. After picking up some home goods you can enjoy time in the shade on the shop’s picnic table on the patio.

Summer Camp Ojai Boutique

Fig Curated Living – A similar vibe to Summer Camp, but this shop is located in downtown Ojai. The shop focuses on local, handmade, and fair trade goods. There’s tons of fun outdoor decor at Fig, so the outside of your boho home can match the inside. At the back of the store there’s cute kids goods and homemade jewelry. They also use a wood ladder as a display, which makes me want to get one for my place.

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DeKor & Co – There are three different zones in this beautiful lifestyle shop. In the corner near the entrance there’s an Art of Tea bar that serves small bites and Moon Juice. On the right there’s a section of locally-made clothing and accessories, along with makeup and skincare by Stockholm Face. At the beauty bar you can test and try before buying. The majority of the store is dedicated to vintage and custom made mid-century modern furniture {my favorite}, home decor, and kitchenware. Walking into the shop gave me so much inspiration.

DeKor & Co Ojai

Bart’s Books – This funky outdoor bookstore has been open since 1964 and people all over the globe come to check out this unique reading mecca. There are books in every category, new, used, and rare. Buy an old fashion lollipop stick, plop a seat in the open air among the binds of books and spend a few minutes reading. I still wonder what they do when it rains.

Bart

Note: I’m looking forward to another weekend away in Ojai this summer.

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wine tasting outfit, Santa Ynez

Tomorrow I’m heading to Pismo Beach for a dear friend’s wedding. I’m still really close with my group of friends from high school and I’m stoked every time we get together. It’s usually weddings, baby showers, and holidays. I love having a reason to drive up north to see them. The majority of them live in Orcutt where we grew up, which is about an hour north of Santa Barbara. It’s a small farming community that most people have never heard of. As much as I was dying to get out as soon as I graduated high school, it’s nice to go back now and visit old friends. Ranch life isn’t so bad when daily traffic is the norm.

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Switzerland, Zurich, Rhine River

Now that I’m on summer vacation {officially}, I’ve been daydreaming about where I want to go. A few different destination have come up, and I keep going back to Switzerland. After meeting with the Switzerland Tourism Board last month I have been dying to go. At the event I was able to learn about the many different regions of the country, and what to see and do while there. Here’s what my ideal itinerary would look like.

Zurich

The largest city in Switzerland has so much to offer, like every major city, but the thing that I would love to do the most is swim in the Limmat River. Urban swimming?! That sounds like the coolest thing ever. When I was talking to the locals at the Swiss Tourism event, they told me that they jump in the river on their lunch breaks for some R&R. A perfect day in Zurich would be strolling Old Town, followed by an afternoon swim, then dinner and drinks.

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Basel 

Known as the art capital, and now a stop for river cruises on the Rhine, Basel is a must for history and modern art. There are 40 museums in Basel, so I would pick and choose which I would want to see. On a trip to Basel I would mix the museums in with time spent in the Old Town. I’m a sucker for beautiful bridges, spires and cobblestone. Art Basel is next month, so if I could, I would book now to check out the most important world fair for international art.

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Lake Geneva and the Lakes Region 

There’s nothing like spending the summer by the lake. Lake Geneva and the Lakes Region of Switzerland allow you to travel to different countries on the waterways. Lake Geneva is shared between Switzerland and France, while Lake Lugano is shared with Switzerland and Italy. I could check off so many countries from the list in just one visit. The Mouettes are small yellow taxi boats that allow you to move from one side of the lake to the other. The four lines run all year round and connect the two shores of Lake Geneva.

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Note: Images courtesy of Switzerland Tourism.

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street art

The Arts District near downtown LA has really come up. Earlier this year I wrote about my experience at Manuela DTLA, which I went to again and it was just as good as I remembered. This time I went into the boutiques and checked out the neighborhood a little more. I love all of the street art. It brings character and beauty to an urban space. It also allows anyone who walks by to enjoy art, and not everyone has that opportunity. I’m a fan. I’m going to post my guide to the Arts District soon because there’s just so much to see, places to eat, and shops to cruise.

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Rodial

I was recently sent these Rodial skincare products to review. Despite the fact that I felt like I was cheating on my usual serum and mask, I fell in love. Rodial has been around since 1999, which was a shock to me, since it’s only been on my radar as of recent. It’s a UK based brand that’s quickly gaining international popularity. All Rodial skincare products contain Pomegranate Ellagic Tannin, which helps firm the skin and boost collagen. The best compliment to beautiful skin is beautiful makeup, and Rodial has that as well.

The Snake Serum 02 instantly made my skin feel tighter. I use it twice a day and have noticed a brighter complexion since I started using it at the beginning of the month. The serum is made with a snake-venom inspired peptide which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by smoothing the skin and “freezing” the wrinkles. To really see the results of a serum you have to use it for a long period of time and stay consistent with it. They don’t work overnight.

The Snake Mask is a jet black peel off mask, which also includes the snake-venom inspired peptide. This was my first experience with a peel off mask, and it felt amazing. It felt like I was peeling away the top layer of dead skin cells when I removed the mask. Made with Kaolin French Clay to draw out impurities and reduce enlarged pores, this mask is perfect for the summer when oil production seems to be a bit higher.

Rodial Skincare Review

I’ve also never used a lip mask before, so it was fun to test out the Dragon’s Blood Lip Mask. It’s made with dragon’s blood extract to soothe and protect the skin from external aggressors, and hyaluronic acid for an instant moisture boost.

The nude eyeshadow palette has been my daily go-to. The six neutral colors are rich pigments that are easy to blend to create different looks. I use the smokey eye brush in the creases of my eye lids to apply and blend the colors together. It’s soft compact bristles help create the perfect smokey look, whether it’s a lighter shade during the day or a dark smokey eye at night.

Rodial Makeup

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