Here are a few photos from various celebrations early this month.
My babe Bekah, my boo, & I celebrated early with brunch in downtown Anchorage.
Once in California, I celebrated with my family in Los Angeles.
Finally, I celebrated my BFF Ashley’s birthday in Venice along with some of our friends.
Because I live in Alaska and my family & dear friends live in California, we don’t normally get to spend special occasions together. It was really such a pleasure to celebrate with all the people I love this year. Truly a fabulous start to my new year!
How do you like to spend your birthday?
As you may have noticed, I’ve been absent for a few weeks, because I’ve been on vacation in California! I’ve been here celebrating my birthday, my grandparents anniversary, my dad’s birthday, and my babe of a BFF’s birthday. Needless to say, there’s been loads of cake & sunshine. And really, what more could a gal ask for?
I’ll be heading back to my dear home in The Last Frontier on Tuesday night, so you can expect regular posts again. I’ll be posting photos from my trip (mostly food, but you know how it goes), so keep an eye out for those! I’ll leave you with one cliché LA photo to hold you over until next week.
As promised, here is a look at my recent visit to California, as seen through my stomach. Enjoy!
I would also like to note that I beat all 4 of my siblings & 2 of their significant others at mini golf. Clearly the highlight of my vacation.
Hey California Babes, where are some of your must-eat locations?
I can’t believe September has come & gone. Here are some things I’ve been loving this past month.
Fresh Face Masks from LUSH
I’ve been going low-makeup this summer, and these masks have helped make that possible. I find my skin looks so much healthier & vibrant when I regularly use these masks. My two faves this month: BB Seaweed & Cupcake.
Complete Salon Manicure in the nail color 315 Camelflage from Sally Hansen
I wore this polish pretty much all month. In fact, the only time I wasn’t wearing this perfect nude shade was when I didn’t have any polish on at all. It’s such a lovely nude for olive toned skin.
Hyperlapse from Instagram
Hyperlapse is an app developed by Instagram that lets you record video and then speeds up the footage by 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 times to create a stunning time-lapse video. I can’t even tell you how many Hyperlapse videos I have of my cat.
Diplo Radio on Pandora
I like to listen to music when I work on design projects. The upbeat tempo of this station is so motivating.
Skort from H&M
Because I spent a good deal of September under the warm California sun, I needed a cooler bottom option. I found myself reaching for this skort constantly. It’s a great piece to dress up or down and the fact that it’s really shorts makes it a comfy pick.
Tapered Leggings from Forever 21
These leggings are my favorite bottom in my wardrobe. The pair I own are from H&M. Unfortunately, they are currently unavailable on their site, so I linked a pair from Forever 21 that look just as swell.
This may seem like an odd favorite, but I never really liked fresh blueberries until this month. It’s an exciting taste change that I’m fully embracing!
Everything I ate while in California
One of the things I miss most about California is the food. In-N-Out, authentic Italian & Argentinian food, and poolside ice cream are a few treats I indulged in on my visit. I’ll write a food post with all the mouth-watering photos.
Literature- Hawaii by James Michener
Next on my reading list, Michener’s Hawaii paints a captivating portrait of the creation and colonization of the 50th state. It’s a hefty read, so I’m still at the beginning, but it’s a great read so far.
TV/Film- Season 8 of Trailer Park Boys on Netflix
My boo got me into this series when I first moved to Anchorage and I am so grateful. Trailer Park Boys is a hysterical mockumentary about the residents of a Canadian trailer park. The shit these boys get into never ends and it is so fabulous. The 8th season is viewable exclusively on Netflix and I highly suggest you give it a chance.
What are some of your September favorites?
While on a family vacation years ago, one of my sisters (a little babe at the time) had her Gameboy, charger, & games stored in a small bag which she dubbed her “Bag of Technology”. This was ultra adorable because she was like 6 years old, but she created a seriously brilliant packing solution.
This charming family tale brings me to the following list of critical tech:
- respective chargers
Next on the packing list:
- writing utensils
I always carry in my purse a black pen, mechanical pencil, & double-ended black Sharpie (one end is your standard Sharpie tip & the other holds a fine point), so this crew comes along in the carry-on.
Because I’ll be traveling at night:
- eye mask
And because I’ll be arriving in the bright LA morning sunshine:
- wallet (to buy immediate Starbucks)
- oil absorbing sheets
- hand sanitizer
- medicated lip balm
- pain & sleep meds
- lip balm
- hair things
- body butter
- compact mirror
I like to carry-on oil absorbing sheets for my face, a rollerball of perfume, and a travel sized deodorant so I can freshen up when I land. I don’t need my family’s first sight of me to be accompanied by any excess shine or stank. The Altoids come into play there too.
I also carry two different lip balms. I like to use the medicated one on flights to combat the terribly drying plane air and I’m sure my lips are grateful. The other lip balm has a spf & is my everyday choice.
You may have noticed I haven’t included any makeup. I no longer wear makeup when I travel. I find it easier to look fresh when landing if all I have to do is splash some water on my face versus trying to apply a full face of make up with a tiny hand mirror. It also saves space in my carry-on; meaning more room for impulse-buy magazines & chocolate!
Essentials not pictured above but definitely coming along:
- cell phone
- reading glasses
- oversized cashmere sweater for maximum cozy