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Sunday, November 27, 2016

California Dreaming...

The last time I was in California, I was about 6 years old and it was in the dead of summer. Because it was the middle of the summer, it was upwards of 100 degrees outside. Going back for a second time was definitely an adventure now that I am old enough to know and understand some of the history and have a more adventurous side that I lacked ten years ago. 
We got there Saturday morning, and started as soon as we left the airport. Our first stop was to Venice beach so we could "see the weirdos" (as my cousin put it!). There weren't that many "weirdos" that I could see, but a definite expression of personal styles. I loved Venice Beach for the beauty of the water and differences between each beach house that lined the coast. As we walked down the pier, there was people everywhere and some guy even recording a music video! You don't see that in Lafayette! I was amazed and loved it, despite a strong dislike of the beach! (Side Note: I didn't actually go down to the beach, I only walked on the side walk and down the pier.)
Following this, we went to Abbot Kinney Street to try some restaurant my cousin loves. Unfortunately, we didn't stay to eat there because there was nothing on the menu my younger brother would eat, or even try to eat. He's a little less adventurous than I. We did, however, walk along the street. I fell in love with the murals and graffiti and little shops and Oh! There was so much to see! Though I've never actually been, the atmosphere (or vibes) reminded me of maybe what New York City is like. There were so many colors and things to see, I wish I could show the world. I hope to one day maybe live in an area like that, where there's always something to see and do. We also stopped and Lemonade, where we got so lemonade, naturally, and cookies before going to our hotel and then seeing a movie at the Chinese Theater.
Now, the hotel. My family and I don't typically stay in really fancy hotels because they can be very pricey, and when we were younger, it was troublesome and such. Also, on the more practical side of things, the main point of the vacation isn't the hotel, but what you do outside of the hotel. This hotel, however, was a four-star hotel right in the middle of everything. You walk out and you are standing on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We stayed of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. I thought it was so lovely. The people there were very kind and the view was amazing! And this may seem random, but the shower was so fancy and large and different. (I know, random, but I really liked it.) While I mentioned before that the focus shouldn't be on the hotel because you (we) normally don't spend too much time here, we actually spent quite a bit of time in the room in between our mini adventures. 
For the sake of not boring you with a century long post, I'm not going to go into too much detail about the rest of the trip. (Honestly, the first day was my favorite!) The next day it was raining! This rarely happens in California, yet it happened while we were there - just our luck... Because of the rain we just kind of relaxed and took it easy for the day. We went and saw Dodger's Stadium and drove around Beverly Hills. Monday, first thing, we went on a tour of Warner Brother's Studio. I really enjoyed the tour despite it not being overly exciting. One exciting thing that did happen, was that I saw Julianne Moore while we were touring! Later we went to what is my new favorite place - the Griffith Observatory. While the Observatory itself was closed, the view was amazing. We got there just in time for the sunset and I don't think I've ever been more in love. Well, maybe I have, but the view was incredible. 
We then drove to Lompoc, stopping in Santa Barbra, to see my aunt. We spent Thanksgiving Day with here driving up the coast to see the sights. We stopped at Pismo Beach to see the Monarch Butterflies, Morro Bay to see some sea otters, and then just past San Simeon to see the elephant seals. 
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, as we packed up and left on the Friday. Almost the whole trip I was afraid I would close my eyes and wake up back home. With this most recent trip I have only one regret: we didn't go to Disneyland. 
Some advice I have for those planning to go to California, or Los Angeles specifically:
- Because California is in such a drought, naturally, it is very dry. Don't forget to bring lotion and stay hydrated. 
- Be careful walking down Hollywood Blvd at night because there is a large section where there isn't anyone and I felt a little unsafe. 
- Because it is a very different lifestyle in California, don't forget to check the menus before picking your next meal. 
- Finally, either bring your own plastic/reusable bags to stores or be prepared to pay for the grocery sack. 
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are ready for the upcoming holidays! I think I might post something later on how I wrap my gifts and I have a little project I'm working on right now that, if it works, I will be really excited to share it with you! 

Much Love,

P.S. Just a reminder, that I posted twice as many photos from my trip on my VSCO account, in case you want to see more! 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Homecoming Weekend ~ 2016

Outfit Details:
Striped Dress: Modcloth // Moon Collection
Hat: Thrifted // Terry B. 
Shoes: Shoes Station // Dunes
Homecoming Dress: Modcloth // Chi Chi London
Shoes: Dillards // Steve Madden

One thing I'm never good at is keeping up with things... And finding time for things... And task management... And a lot of other things... In other words, I meant to post this Monday, but now it's Thursday. I don't know about anyone else but this has been a truly crazy week.  Between homework, meetings, auditions, and elections, I have never slept so little in one week. And ironically, none of it is from a lack of sleep after the Homecoming Dance. 
Starting with Friday, the day on which I was only a school for a couple hours and did NOTHING educational, I went to an estate sale in town. The lady who had lived in the house, someone I had met a time or two, kept almost everything. I kid you not, EVERYTHING. Because of this there were thousands of clothes, antiques, hats, purses, and so much jewelry. Because I am on limited budget and am really trying to save my money, I tried to limit my spending, purchasing only what I knew what I would use. I bought the white hat, as pictured above, a gold bracelet that is similar to one I own and even closer in resemblance to one that was passed down from my grandmother. I also found a mirrored tray, which is something that I have been looking for for ages! I was honestly so excited! Unfortunately most of the clothing was made for someone much smaller than I, but I managed to find a lovely green dress and an vintage-ish Mickey Mouse vest. 
Though the Homecoming Football game was wildly uneventful and boring, I was still glad we won. Our school's team won 49 to 6. The theme for the dance was Louisiana Saturday Night and the theme for that night's game was country to keep in accordance with the overall Homecoming theme. Nothing to eventful as I said.
As for the most important part: THE DANCE! My original plans including me going by myself but to my luck a friend asked me if we could go together because her plans fell through at the last minute. I was so excited, where as before I wasn't looking forward to the dance before this unexpected news. I woke up early that morning and took a nice hot bath with my green tea and Before the dance we went to a fancy Italian restaurant, where I had some wonderful Fettuccine Alfredo with grilled chicken. Like any high school dance, the music was terrible. Also the LSU/Bama game was playing in another room, so more than half of the dance attendees were watching the game instead of dancing. But overall, I had fun.
My after-party was the best part! I dropped my friend off at someone else's house and then went home. I made some popcorn and watched Nerve. It was a pretty good movie, but nothing I proclaim to be the best. I went to bed and got a good amount asleep and woke up feeling nice and refreshed. 
Sunday night, however, is where my life got crazy. I had a project to finish that took me almost two hours to finish and a large grammar assignment that I woke up at 4am to finish. Monday night i had rehearsals for a play I am in, and I fell asleep around 10:30pm only to wake up, once again, at 4am to finish homework from the night before. 
Tuesday. *sigh* Tuesday. Tuesday. Tuesday. AKA Election Day. The first thing you need to know is that the elections have been stressing me out since they began. I had also been counting down from a week prior to election day. With each day bringing it closer, my stomach sunk, my heart dropped, and my fear of the future shot into the sky. On top of this, I had auditions for the school play, a doctors appointment, a meeting for Campus Ministry, and I was supposed to go to rehearsals for the play I am currently in, but was unable to attend those. I also had the rough draft of an essay for my AP English class due. Needless to say it was stressful. I had the updating results pulled up online as I typed my essay. I checked it every few sentences until I fell asleep around 10:30pm. I would wake up every few minutes type a few sentences and check the results before falling asleep again. Just as the other days, I woke up at 4am to finish everything else. 
Skipping to today, it was the first morning this week that I did not wake up at 4am and it was my last day of auditions. THANK THE LORD. 
With the weather in Louisiana cooling off, I cannot contain the giddy excitement inside of me. I am so excited and happy because it is almost Thanksgiving, which means that Christmas is coming and decorations are starting to be put up. With Christmas comes New Years and January. And at the end of January I will once again be going to Washington D.C. and for the first time, NEW YORK!!!!!! I have so many things to look forward to! It's such an incredible feeling. . .

Much Love,