A Los Angeles Fall

When I came to LA last year, I shared a lot of my favorite places to eat, play, shop, and stay in this travel diary. Now that I’ve lived here for a little bit and have spent an entire fall season here, I wanted to share an updated travel diary, but themed for fall. This will be perfect if you are visiting the area during this time of year, or if you live here and just need a few ideas for some fun things to do.

Fall in Southern California is a bit different than fall in the Northeast (where I’m from). It’s definitely a different type of festive, but still festive nonetheless. There is plenty to do, just without the changing leaves and chilly weather. If you’re in SoCal and looking for that, I’d say take a day trip to Big Bear. Without further ado, here is your guide to a Los Angeles fall…

First thing’s first: pumpkin picking. In my mind, nothing quite says fall like a pumpkin patch. I went to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, which is in Culver City, and I loved it. Once you’re inside, you would never know that you’re in the middle of a big city, which was perfect. There were tons of pumpkins to choose from, along with some other fun activities and, of course, food. Fun fact: I randomly saw Mr. Chow from The Hangover while I was there… I can confidently say that there were never Hollywood stars at my pumpkin patches back home, lol.

It’s also no fun to go a fall season without at least one pumpkin spice latte. Though they are as basic as it gets, they’ve become this popular for good reason. I’m not embarrassed to say I’m a fan of pumpkin spice, as you know from this recipe I shared earlier this season. I’ve tried a few pumpkin spice lattes from different coffee shops in the area; this is my favorites (spoiler alert: they’re not Starbucks).

The winner in my eyes is Peet’s! They actually have locations all over California and even a few other states, so if you’re not in LA, you may still be in luck 🙂 One of the things I love about Peet’s is that the coffee is brewed in small batches so every cup is so so fresh. The pumpkin spice is delish, and I can’t wait to try their holiday drinks.

Another one of my very favorite parts of fall is going to haunted houses and hayrides. Fortunately, there are a few great options in LA. Some of the most popular spots are Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Knott’s Scary Farm (which is down in Orange County) and Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.

Pumpkin picking, pumpkin spice lattes, and haunted houses are staples for any fall, so I hope you enjoyed this quick guide on how you can get all three in LA!

What are your favorite things to do in LA in the fall? Thank you so much for reading x

November 2018 Playlist

As with the beginning of every new month, today I’m sharing a few of my favorite songs off of my current playlist. I love sharing my favorite music, so I hope you all enjoy these as much as I do. I have a lot of great songs this month, so hopefully you find a few new favorites to add to your playlist.

Let me know what you’re listening to this month — I’m always looking for new ones! I hope you enjoy! x

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Here is a link to this playlist, and here is the link to my Spotify where you can find more of my favorite music.

 

I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you have been listening to lately, along with if you found any new favorites from my playlist! Thank you so much for watching x

Big Bear Travel Diary

Last week I took a mini road trip to Big Bear, which is a town in the San Bernardino Mountains, about two hours away from Los Angeles. Picture the perfect little ski town with mountains, a lake, cute shops and restaurants — the whole nine yards. It was the perfect fall getaway, and it was so nice to get a taste of fall, which we — of course — don’t get much of here in LA.

As most of you know, I grew up in Upstate New York, not far away from the Adirondacks. I would go to the mountains every fall, so it was nice to continue the tradition here in California. If you’re from the east coast or familiar with the ADK, Big Bear was very similar to Lake Placid or a even like a bigger Old Forge.

I haven’t shared a travel diary in quite some time, but this felt like the perfect opportunity. With all that being said, consider this my guide to the fall season in Big Bear, with all the best places to eat, play, shop, and stay. I hope you enjoy!

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I was only in Big Bear for the day, so I didn’t get to do everything that I would have liked to. One of the things I so badly wanted to do but didn’t have enough time for was a helicopter ride. I have only been on one helicopter ride before, but had so much fun. I would love to do another one soon, and Big Bear would have been the perfect spot (especially with all of the colorful leaves!). However, these are just better excuses to return to Big Bear soon and get more done 🙂 I’m definitely going to visit during the wintertime and see the snowy mountains and hopefully even snowboard.

As soon as I got in town I stopped at The Copper Q for some coffee, and it was the perfect cup for walking around The Village at Big Bear Lake. I got latte with the vanilla soy milk, and it was the perfect amount of sweet. The Village is a specific area of the town where there are cute tree-lined streets with tons of shops and restaurants. It was so pretty, and just like the mountain towns in the Adirondacks.

After walking around the town for a bit, I drove around to some of the trails and parks just to scope out the fall colors. It was so peaceful and relaxing; I had such a great time just exploring for the day.

Even the drive up to Big Bear from LA is stunning; I pulled over so, so many times just to snap a few pics along the road. There are mountains as far as you can see, and with the fall foliage it couldn’t have been a more perfect view.

 

What is your favorite fall getaway destination? I’d love to hear about it 🙂 Thank you so much for reading x

The Weekend Edit | November 03

Happy Saturday! It has been a minute since I last posted a Weekend Edit, but I am back today with a lot of links to share! In case you’ve forgotten, The Weekend Edit is where I share what’s trending on the blog this week, a few online shopping finds, and some interesting reads. I started the series because every Saturday morning I found myself catching up on what I missed throughout the busy week, and I figured I couldn’t be the only one. With that in mind, I wanted to make a one-stop shop for you to stop by with a cup of coffee each Saturday morning.

{fall colors from my trip home to new york}

{one of my favorite coffee shops in la — verve coffee}

/ N O W  T R E N D I N G /

01. Exposing My Twitter Drafts (so much tea)
02. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe

/ S H O P /

01. I am obsessed with this off-the-shoulder top! The color and velvety fabric are ideal for fall, and will transition into the holiday season perfectly. 
02. 
I’m convinced I can never have too many beanies. I especially love this cream-colored one — it would match with any outfit this fall and winter.
03. This sweater dress is another staple for fall. Pair it with some over-the-knees boots and a jacket, and you have the perfect fall outfit. 
04. 
I’m always on the hunt for cookbooks to add to my collection. I have them all on my kitchen counter, and love having tons to choose from. You guys know how much I love astrology, so I am positive that these astrology-themed cocktail recipes would make a great addition to my collection.

/ R E A D /

01. I Slept on a Collagen Pillowcase for Better Beauty Sleep | Well + Good
02.
 The Best Minimalist Jewelry | Into the Gloss
03. 
The First Animal You See Says This About Your Personality | Lessons Learned in Life
04. 
An Artist Drew These “Portraits” of People Who Didn’t Want to Pay | Buzzfeed
05. How to Turn Your Tiny Bathroom Into a Self-Care Sanctuary | Well + Good
06.
The Product That Gives You Perfect Fake Freckles | NY Mag
07. 
How to Make Everyone Think You’re an Amazing Listener | The Cut
08. 10 Natural Elements Your Beauty Routine Needs | Town & Country Magazine


What was
 your favorite link of the week? 

Exposing My Twitter Drafts (tea)

My Twitter drafts folder is basically a graveyard for tweets that never made it out into the world. They range from unfinished thoughts, things I thought were too sassy to put out there, song lyrics, and more. Today I thought it would be interesting to go through and read some of them for you, so you could get a glimpse into my mind. There are some interesting tweets that I never thought would end up being shared with the world, and a I even spill some tea. Enjoy x

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I hope you enjoyed! Thank you so much for watching x

October 2018 Playlist

Happy Monday! It’s the beginning of a new month, which means it’s time for me to share my monthly playlist. I love sharing my favorite music, so I hope you all enjoy these as much as I do. I have a lot of great songs this month — including a few from LANY’s new album, which I am obsessed with. If I could have made the whole video that entire album, I would 🙂

I hope you enjoy! I would love to hear your October 2018 playlist, so go ahead and leave you favorites in the comments so that I can check them out.

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Here is a link to this playlist, and here is the link to my Spotify where you can find more of my favorite music.

 

I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you have been listening to lately, along with if you found any new favorites from my playlist! Thank you so much for watching x

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe

It is officially fall, and I know everyone says this, but it’s my favorite time of year. The chill in the air, the outfits, the colors of the leaves, the spookiness — I love everything about it. One of my favorite things to do each fall is to make a few new apple or pumpkin-flavored recipes. This weekend I tried out a new one that I absolutely loved and knew I had to share — it was love at first sip!

I’ve already shared my favorite pumpkin spice latte recipe and pumpkin spice chai latte recipe, and today I’m sharing another pumpkin spice drink: a fall festive hot chocolate. This is such an easy recipe, and is so, so tasty. It is perfect to have on chilly fall night, either curled up watching Hocus Pocus, having a little bonfire outside, or after you come home from a night of haunted hayrides. Give this a try, and let me know how you enjoyed it. Without further ado, here is my pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe…

/ W H A T  Y O U  N E E D /
(for two delicious cups of pumpkin spice hot chocolate)

  1. 2 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  2. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  4. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I added in a tiny extra)
  6. Sugar (or other sweetener) to taste
  7. Vegan whipped cream

/ W H A T  Y O U  D O /

  1. Combine all ingredients other than sweetener in a blender, and blend on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Taste blended ingredients, and add sweetener to taste. Blend again to mix it in.
  3. Pour blended ingredients into saucepan and put over medium heat, stirring regularly until steaming.
  4. Pour into two mugs. Add whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice on top to garnish. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of my fall recipes! You can find them all here.

Are you going to give pumpkin spice hot chocolate a try? What is your favorite fall beverage?

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