*Song playing in the background: Potential, Summer Walker
HERE WE GO…
Anyone who knows me, knows I like to have everything in order; from a made bed in the morning to having a complete map of what I want to accomplish for the year, years in advance lol. I’ve always been super transparent and I currently hit a bump in the road. Today, marks my first official week since I left my 9-5. Yes, I am on a job hunt (Currently looking for positions in content strategy and audience development.) Aside from that all is well! This change has helped me re-focus my energy. I am devoting time to social media management, clearing my mental (my mental health was OUT OF WACK) and most importantly enjoying life (you’d be surprised how many people are outside at 2 PM.)
This California trip played a MAJOR role in helping me reevaluate how i measure success and placed my blessings into perspective. california built me right back up—traveling will do that.
Check out the run down of my travel accommodations, outfits and a new feature, my skin care items that I have been obsessed with while traveling. #CatchUpWithChris
Travel Buddy: Bae
Flight: New York —Long Beach; Los Angeles — Newark
The flight to Long Beach from JFK was approximately $150, I purchased this ticket 4 months before the trip.
My returning flight was $230, this was one of the cheaper flights. I’ve traveled to Cali with work and it seems that trips can run you $400+ roundtrip, I’d advise using skyscanner and hopper to monitor flights.
My trip began in Dana Point, where I witnessed a couple that I ADMIRE, celebrate their union. Hands down, this wedding was the MOST beautiful wedding I have ever seen. The love that was shared the weekend of 19th was amazing.
Dana Point is a city in Orange County, Southern California, think Laguna Beach television show! Long Beach is approximately 40 minutes from Dana Point. Flying into Long Beach was seamless. I ended up taking an uber directly to the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. I absolutely LOVED Dana Point and plan on going back. This area is perfect for a baecation—very low-key and it’s a beach town with absolutely beautiful real estate. The locals in Dana Point were amazing and welcoming. I highly recommend the Marriott for an affordable stay—this Marriott functions as a resort. There are a ton of amenities, a restaurant, Starbucks (if you know you know) and various things to do during the day.
Welcome Mingle: Missguided tiered smock dress in pink $38.00
Issa Wedding Guest: Lavish Alice one shoulder caped midi dress in green $72.00 and Charles David Shoe: VOLTAGE $199.00
Drunk Elephant: D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, I was wearing this most of my trip mixed with my facial oil or serum. If you’re looking for a bronzed look without heavy makeup— use this!
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Facial Oil , GLOW ON SIS! I used this to give my skin a shine. This is the facial oil I was talking about.
A large part of my trip was seeing if I could live in LA, a series of trips are to follow. First instinct: LA =weird! I kept going in and out of LOVING LA and being confused. Also keep in mind that LA is huge! (There is an extreme visual distinction between the rich and poor. Everyone drives fancy cars through the most impoverished areas. Everything feels like a flex.) The extreme poverty layered with drug addiction and mental illness that plagues DTLA was alarming. This experience played a huge role in my perception of my airbnb and made me reconsider living in DTLA. One thing I could definitely appreciate, is the overall vibe is much more relaxed than New York. I loved the concept of constantly having the beach at my finger tips.
Airbnb: Jeni’s Apartment Downtown LA
Spacious loft, which ran us about $1,300. It served its purpose but I wish we would have stayed in Malibu. Check out the reviews.
WHERE DID WE GO? WHAT DID WE SEE?
The Broad: is a contemporary art museum in Los Angeles. Admission was FREE and they have a ton of rotating exhibitions.
Hollywood Sign—Griffith Park: is a large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The park covers 4,310 acres of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. We traveled to the Griffith Observatory to hike toward the Hollywood sign. This was a dope experience and allowed us to take time to do something that was active.
Hollywood Blvd/ Hollywood Walk of Fame: You’ve seen it on television and that’s all folks. It reminded me of a smaller Times Square.
Santa Monica Pier/ Santa Monica State Beach: is a large double-jointed pier at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California that is over 100 years old. The amusement park was closed when we arrived but we were able to watch the sunset. Everyone in Cali takes time to watch the sunrise and set. I loved that! All the locals knew the exact time to catch the sun.
Malibu: My FAVORITE place! I am a beach town type of girl. This little town gave me the vibes I experienced in Dana Point. I couldn’t believe how chill this beach was. It took us about and hour to get to Malibu, hence you will need a car.
Malibu Farm: 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy - Malibu, CA 90265 Loved this place. It is an organic food spot that over looks the water, it is the perfect lunch location.
MODS Museum : $$ Not worth the money, it was 3-5 rooms. It is instagrammable, but not big enough to spend money.
Vegan Spot in Echo Lake Park : (Will Update it was amazing)
V DTLA: Amazing gourmet pizza. The decor is so Berlin—graffiti and modern art cover this brand new spot in DTLA.
Taco’s on La Brea: 1515 South La Brea Ave,(not the green truck across the street). How could we not try the street tacos in LA? This place is in the middle of a gas station and they were fire!
Joey DTLA: The perfect dinner. My favorite item was the shrimp lettuce wraps.
Salt and Straw Ice Cream: This place had the most insane ice cream flavors! We tried avocado and corn flavors that were actually super tasty. I would recommend trying this ice cream even in any of their locations.
Places we didn’t get to go but will return to in the future:
Nipsey Hussle Marathon Store
Recommendations: Rent a car— LA is HUGE and there aren’t subways and buses that run as frequent as NY. We ended up borrowing a friends car for two days, thank goodness, which helped us get around and sight see. Cook some days! we definitely utilized the appliances in the loft. Cut cost by buying groceries and cooking—its also a great way to bond with your bae. Spend a week or more in LA, there’s so many areas to see and a ton to do.