• Throwing sand up
    Travel,  Travel Guide

    Why White Sands National Park is Worth a Visit

              Have you been to White Sands National Park in New Mexico? It’s one of the newest National Parks in the U.S.  I recently visited while driving across the country.  It was really high on my list of places to visit because I love sand dunes.  Having grown up next to Indiana Dunes National Park, I am always drawn to dunes.  I was only there for a couple of hours but you don’t really need that much time at this park to make the most of it.  It’s a relatively small park.  I made a few stops and walked out onto the dunes.      …

  • Petite sweater
    Collaborations,  Outfits

    Honest Review of Petite Dressing

              I wore this scoop neck sweater to Santa Barbara for the day. It was a chilly day so I wanted to layer it with a mock neck underneath.  I paired it with my white jeans with a purple floral print.  The colors match really well.  This sweater is nice because you can wear it on warmer days or colder days.  The knit is an interesting design that has some gaps to let a breeze in, if you want to wear it on a warmer day.  When I received this sweater I was pleasantly surprised by the fabric.  It’s made from chenille yarn, so it’s super…

  • Outfits,  Wishlist

    RIHOAS Wishlist

    The Tie Strap Solid Cami Top The Vintage Floral Mini Dress The Floral See-Through Knitwear The Half-Sleeve Solid Cardigan The Fruit Print Cami Skirt Set The Green Pleated Floral Skirt           I’ve been exploring RIHOAS recently and have come across so many amazing items.  There is just so many beautiful things on this site.  A lot of the clothing has that kind of romantic, whimsical look that I love.  My style is super feminine and so are a lot of the the styles that they carry.  I can picture myself wearing a lot of these pieces in a romantic location like Italy or Paris.  If only…

  • California Dreaming
    Los Angeles,  Travel Guide

    A Colorful Instagram Guide to LA

    Los Angeles I’m Yours “Je t’aime” Staircase Micheltorena Heart Stairs California Dreaming Mural (Located at Chinese Laundry HQ) Paul Smith Pink Wall Rainbow crosswalk at the corner of E. Broadway and Cherry Ave. in Long Beach Crochet Rainbow Mural Laduree in Beverly Hills Santa Monica Pier 8304 Melrose Ave. By this business on Melrose Art installation at the South Coast Botanic Garden the blue portion of the wall of the Planet Salon Mural Korean Friendship Bell Free People at Del Amo Fashion Center “Light Gate” at Manhattan Beach City Hall Chinatown has so many colorful spots! Chinatown Central Plaza Art Installation at Descanso Gardens inside the art buildings Window Display…

  • looking out at mountains
    Los Angeles

    Have You Heard of Golden Valley Ranch Open Space?

         Golden Valley Ranch Open Space is a large open area that you can hike in Santa Clarita, California.  I found it on Google Maps one day and it looked amazing because of all of the green fields and hills.  Me and my husband visited it one time last spring, thinking it would be green but all the grass was already brown.  Ever since then, I have been wanting to return during winter.  In California, in winter it normally rains a lot and everything gets super vibrant.  We went back this past weekend because we have been getting so much rain lately.  As you can see, the hills are…

  • Urban Lights
    Los Angeles

    Visiting LACMA, Art Museum

              After finally having visited LACMA, I can say that it’s a fun museum.  I’m not super into art museums, I never really have been.  It’s probably because I didn’t really visit them a lot growing up.  I went to tons of science museums, zoos, and aquariums.  I’m just not that into art.  Anyway, I did really enjoy this museum.  There are some fun sculptures like “Urban Lights” and “Levitated Mass.”  Both of those you can actually visit for free, without having to enter the museum.  There are also a lot of famous pieces, including many from Picasso.  I don’t think I have ever seen his…

  • Bridge
    Los Angeles,  Outfits

    Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena

              I’ve driven past this bridge several times and have never gotten the chance to stop until today.  It’s the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, CA.  This bridge really stands out because of the architecture and it’s height.  It’s really tall.  When it was build in 1913, it was the tallest concrete bridge in the world.  I didn’t realize that and I think that is so interesting.  It’s age was also a bit surprising to me as well.  The bridge is in such good shape I thought it was a bit newer.  If you want to read more about the history of the bridge you can…

  • Disney
    Lifestyle,  Los Angeles,  Travel

    The Best Parts of 2022: What I’m Thankful For

              This post is an updated version of this post from 2020.  I don’t have many resolutions this year because I just have a few big ones so I wanted to reflect on all of the great things that happened in 2021.  I will quickly mention my resolutions in case anyone is curious.  I want to go to Japan, buy a house, and start my own business.  I don’t know how realistic two of those things are so I’m kind of nervous to put them out there.  Now, onto the 2021 recap.  This list was actually really hard to narrow down because I did a lot…

  • gingerbread house
    Holidays,  Lifestyle

    Another Gingerbread House

              I made a gingerbread house from scratch this year.  The only other time I’ve done it was in 2020.  I most likely wouldn’t be blogging about it but I don’t have any other blog posts planned at the moment.  Making gingerbread houses is super fun because it’s almost like playing architect, but with cookies.  When I was younger there was a brief period of time where I wanted to be an architect as my profession.  It’s something that I am still interested in, to some degree.  I’m not saying that gingerbread houses are anything like real houses, it’s just fun to design.      …

  • Red Rock Canyon
    Los Angeles

    Red Rock Canyon Park, Malibu

              Red Rock Canyon Park is a nice park, tucked away in the mountains in Malibu.  I didn’t know it was there for several years, but recently discovered it on Google Maps.  I’m always looking for new places to hike.  What I really like about this park is the color of the rocks and how it feels out of place.  It feels kind of like you are in Utah or something.  There are so many parks around the world with the name Red Rock Canyon so I’m going to show you exactly where it is.  A lot of parks in Malibu are hard to find.  It’s…