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Sometimes I buy into the whole chic airport attire, but for a red eye flight I’m all about comfort. Thankfully I’m nowhere near famous so I don’t have to worry about my fashion faux pas showing up on gossip sites. Like my sock/moccasin combo I am sporting as I write this in Terminal 1.
And when faced with the threat of smeared mascara from 5 hours of semi sleep I chose to go without. So I sit here makeup-less, waiting for my flight realizing I accidentally put on navy leggings instead of black. But- I bet Ill be more comfy in coach than Kim K in first!
I was kind of hoping for a chill weekend, but that didn’t quite pan out! Instead it was full of shenanigans and FUN. Friday we celebrated Steph finishing her medical license testing with a big fiesta at Casa de Auffrey. There was tons of food, friends, and of course- a margaritator. We had a blast and stayed the night in Redondo Beach with Nick and Ali.
Saturday we participated in Le Tour De Strand. It’s an annual bike bar crawl from Santa Monica to Hermosa that UCLA Anderson puts on each year for students and alumni. Steve and I rented a tandem and had a blast bar hopping with all of our Anderson friends. Once in a while I may have forgotten to pedal
I love enjoying the benefits of business school without having to go- thanks Steve! Three of my closest girls are all also dating Anderson alumni- which makes these events that much better. We ended the night with dinner at Hot’s Kitchen (which I’m obsessed with) and a nightcap. My sister picked us up at 9:45 for another sleepover- that’s the good thing about day drinking,we still got a ton of sleep! Southbay you are growing on me.
Sunday was Cinco de
Drinko Mayo so we of course had to celebrate. Nick and Ali had been trying to get us to Baja Sharkeez for their breakfast special for months and we finally made it. You get a huge meal and an hour of bottomless mimosas for $4.50. Seriously. It’s gotta be the best deal in town. The food was yum and the company obviously awesome. Afterwards we walked down to the beach. They have this seriously cute tradition of putting their feet in the water at least once a week. I love that!
Steve and I capped off the day with an Iron Man 3 viewing. The movie was pretty good and the popcorn was really good.
Now to rest up for Ash’s bachelorette in MIAMI next weekend! So excited!!
love and candy,
There is an amazing restaurant called WoodSpoon just a few blocks from our place. In addition to having delicious food they also serve a carafe of cinnamon water to each table when you sit down. It sounds a little strange but is actually extremely refreshing and tasty. I became obsessed and vowed to make my own cinnamon water magic. First I bought some carafes with lids on them for easy storage, then got to work researching.
I searched online for some recipes and quickly found that there really isn’t anything to it. You literally just dunk cinnamon sticks in water and then chill to your liking. The more cinnamon sticks and the longer you chill it the stronger the cinnamon flavor will be. You can get some flavor after just a few hours but I prefer letting it seep overnight. I played around with the amount of cinnamon and decided that I liked it best with two sticks per carafe. Some websites suggest heating up the cinnamon in the water before chilling to help release the flavor and color. I gave it a try and it does give a nice rose tint to the water and really steps up the flavor level. Although the color was nice, I personally don’t think it’s worth the extra step- or pot to clean!
Steve and I are both totally hooked on our cinnamon water. I keep some carafes in the fridge and also have been pouring it in smaller bottles for us to take to work. It’s a great substitute for soda and helps satisfy my severe sweet tooth. On top of being tasty and refreshing, cinnamon is also touted as having a bunch of health benefits! Now that’s what I call a win-win.
Confession: I had to spell check cinnamon multiple times while writing this post.
love and candy,
Oh Stagecoach, you did it again. This weekend was so much fun! We had a blast hanging out poolside during the day and rocking out to country in the evening and into the night. It was super hot during the day (it w as 105 at 5pm!) so we didn’t head over to the concert until around 4 each day. Thankfully one of my besties found us an awesome rental house with a huge yard and pool.
The house was very desert chic with Jonathan Adler style décor complete with a light up palm tree. The boys bbq’d up a storm and we enjoyed some delicious cocktails. We also learned a new beer drinking game called slap cup which is kind of like speed quarters but you slap the cup away when you pass someone. It was hilarious! Hanging out with good friends in a sweet house in the desert all weekend is always a good idea.
The festival itself was also great. And let’s talk about the people watching! Amazing. Saw some “interesting” outfit choices to say the least . Musically my faves were Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith and Zac Brown Band. Overall I was super impressed with how great all of the acts sounded live. We drove back late Sunday and Monday was definitely rough, but SO worth it!
love and candy,
I went to Sephora to pick up my favorite Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, and ended up getting five other items that I didn’t know I needed. Sound familiar? They get you every time! Just so much fun stuff in one place. Out of the extra products that I picked, two ended up being standout stars. First, I am having a love affair with Clinique chubby sticks. I had my eye on them since my Christmas gift inspo post and finally gave in to this bright and fiesty red color. It is super moist, and somehow both sheer and bright at the same time. Definitely a keeper!
I also picked up some Dior “over curl” mascara which is a Septhora exclusive. If you read this post you know I am a Dior mascara convert, and with the new round brush the best just got better. Me and my barely there eyelashes can use all the help they can get!
Do you have any secret cosmetic weapons to share?
love and candy,
I love sunflowers. Not sure if it’s the name, the bright yellow color, or that they remind me of summer, but they always make me smile. Steve surprised me with some beautiful farm grown bouquet last week and they just brightened up my day. I had fun playing around in Light Room and changing my golden sunflowers into different shades of sunny. Happy Monday!
love and candy,
It’s stagecoach time! Heck yes. This is another one of my favorite weekends of the year. You may assume that by reading the Coachella guide you are set for Stagecoach, but then you would be wrong. Yes, there are similarities. They are both at the same location in Indio so weather warnings and hydration rules are still on- but there are some key differences you should be aware of.
1. First and arguably most impressively- you can take your beers OUT of the beer gardens at Stagecoach and wander around. This is awesome. This is American.
2. Stagecoach is basically a giant tailgate. Unlike at Coachella, there is very little moshing or rushing the stage going on. Bring a blanket, claim some land, and relax in between sets. It’s nice to have some breathing room, but people can be a little territorial. This isn’t the wild west folks, and yes, I am allowed to stand up at a concert, even if I’m blocking your view.
3. Compared to Coachella Stagecoach is also quite a bit smaller. There are only 3 stages, and a lot fewer acts. The downside is you obviously see fewer bands and the ones you do see are guaranteed to have large crowds. The upside is you don’t have to stress as much about who to see. The headliners don’t interfere with anyone else so you avoid some of those tough decisions.
4. Wardrobe. Think less Boho chic and more well- country. This one is pretty easy. Whip out your boots, your jean everything, and maybe a cowboy hat if you’re feeling particularly kitschy. Avoid white because it will get filthy, and make sure you are comfortable whether you are lounging on the ground or dancing your boots off. And like at Coachella either wear closed toe shoes or be okay with having black feet.
And there ya’ll have it. Can’t wait for another epic weekend!
love and candy,