February 25, 2015

Apartment Lust

So even though there's a high chance most of my apartment will be furnished with
hand-me downs and craigslist finds, I still have to dream about, what it may be like
 to furnish it if I had unlimited funds. Which is why this is called Apartment "Lust"
 and not, "Apartment Things I'm Getting Right Now, Because Who Cares About
Things Like Eating".

I've been doing my fair share of Pinterest browsing and apartment site browsing and
have come up with this quick list of this things I'm kind of dying to have.

One day...

1. Round Brass Tray - To serve fancy cocktails to impress your guests or to use as a
 centerpiece holder for the coffee table.

2. Sofa

3. Bar Cart - To have all the mixin's in one central spot. If only this came with a bottle
 of whiskey...Bar carts have definitely made something of a comeback these past few
 years, and I'm kind of loving it.

4. Pineapple Lamp- Funky, retro and an interesting light source.

5. Candle- Because duh.

6. Vanity

7. Bookends- To put all your fancy, schmany books in between.

8. Star Light

9. Ottoman-

February 24, 2015

Hiking in Anza Borrego Desert

Where we're going we don't need roads! 

I think words truly fail me to describe this weekend and everything I saw and
experienced. I've never been one for camping but, when some friends suggested
 hiking in Anza Borrego Desert, I can't say I jumped at the idea. The human
 civilization hasn't perfected the inside of houses and buildings just to go back
 outside and experience it, or so I thought. And to be honest, my natural habitat
 is more of the netflix, pajama setting sort of thing. But I packed my bag anyways,
 anxious and nervous to see the first flower blooms in Anza Borrego. 

From Orange County, it's about a two and a half hour drive. We spent most of
the ride joking around and listening to music, feeling like the real world of
 responsibilities and job was further away than just the two hours behind us.

Located within the Colorado desert of the Southern California Region, Anza
Borrego Desert is the largest state park in California with vast  amounts of hiking
 and camping trails. 

Prepare yourself for a nature-heavy post!

The park is also well-known for its' desert blooms. Unfortunately, California's
undergoing something of a drought this year so there weren't as many flower
blooms as there could've been. 

But it's still shocking to see how nature can bloom in even the most arid and
water-stricken places.

We set up camp, hiked, laughed a bunch over really stupid stuff and finally
returned to camp ground to eat some terrible hot dogs and watch the sun set
 over the badlands. 

All in all, not a bad camping trip for a first-timer and I kind of can't wait to go back!

Camping locations 

Park Info and Directions

February 23, 2015

Hiking Trail to Hollywood Sign

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Undoubtedly, the Hollywood Sign Hike was probably one of the most difficult hikes
 I've ever done. And I feel like I've done my fair share of hiking, which is saying something!

Ok- in reality, it probably wasn't that bad, but my friends and I sure got our workout
 for the day.

My friend and her boyfriend were in town visiting for the weekend, from New York.
We set our sight's on an adventure, her being somewhat of a tourist to Los Angeles.
I'd heard about the Hollywood Sign Hike, so we made a plan to meet up and conquer
the mountain together, and follow it up with some seriously tasty brunch.

Well, not everything went according to plan. After a bit of confusion on time and dates,
we managed to meet up and head over to the hiking trail.

We all consider ourselves pretty active but this hike felt like Everest. Everest I tell you!!
 Not to mention it's also extremely narrow and the path is completely vertical (or feels
 like it at least).

Not to worry, we channeled our inner Cheryl Strayed and pretended it was the PCT.
My respect for full-time hiker's was completely doubled.

We made our way up the treacherous path, stopping intermittently for water and to
appreciate the view, trying to not think about the possibility of death and how good
a bucket of mimosas or sangria sounded.

Unfortunately, we only made it to the Wisdom Tree and had to make our way back
 down quickly to get our grub on. And for real, that's what the tree is called. The Wisdom
 Tree, but unfortunately I didn't feel any wiser, just hungry and ready for a drink. Hiking
 might not be our forte but eating is.

Not before taking a few silly photos and making the most of the view of course.

After a second mix up with brunch and timing, we landed at BLD, a very Hollywood
 scene, but the menu had some of the best brunch food ever.

I ordered up the French toast topped with a creme cheese dressing, strawberries and
 sprinkled with a dusting of french toast cereal. I couldn't stop saying, "MMM," after
 each bite and I'm sure I probably embaressed my friends about how much I wouldn't
 stop talking about the French Toast, like, "Guys, this french toast is life changing!"

So, if you're looking for an epiphany, head to BLD and order that sucker up.

We chatted for the remainder of the day, catching up on this and that. It's been
 almost 6 months since we've last seen each other so it was a nice opportunity.
And thankfully, I'll get to see her again when I head to New York this week!

Belly full and leg's tired, I hopped on the train, back to the hometown, dreaming
 of French toast...

February 16, 2015

Rose Bowl Flea Market

So a bit of exciting news- I’m moving out! After living at home for the past year and a half or so, I’m finally making the jump back to the real world and  
moving out. Although, my roommate and I have already planned our living  
room to be one giant fort, so can’t be so sure about that adult thing ;) How old
is too old to be making forts and drinking wine for dinner?

In desperate need of some furnishings for the new place, I headed to the Rose
Bowl Flea Market. Held on the second Sunday of every month at the Rose Bowl, 
they have every thing you could possibly want. It’s like one big, giant treasure hunt
and with enough scavenging and digging, you can find whatever it is you need. It's
crazy how much stuff you need when you move out! Unfortunately, I had to leave
a lot of things when I moved back from New York so it's like starting all over again.

The Rose Bowl Flea Market is an open air swap meet and luckily, the weather was perfectly sunny.

It's something of a hipster's paradise with plenty of rugs, tschotchkys and old album

I'm not too sure any of these creepy-crawlies will fit in to the apartment decor...

And plenty of bright, shiny things. Do you think if I rubbed this magic lamp a genie
will come out? 

You could easily spend hours just looking through all the stands and the different
items the vendors have at the flea market.

I got distracted with all the floppy hats for sale. I had my eye on this one but
couldn't commit.

And then, success! Put my eye on this sucker of a side table for only $10. 

Quick tip, bring water and wear sunscreen as it does get hot out there, especially
wandering around so much.

All the thrift shopping and browsing put our stomachs in quite the mood, so we
headed out for some much needed brunch at Plate 38. 

I think we ordered almost everything off the menu at Plate 38, getting the croque
madam, mac and cheese, grilled artichoke and a cup of coffee to round it out. 

A croque madam is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top. Kind of perfect
and just the right amount of savory goodness, especially when you crack in to the yolk.

The side table with a few furnishings! Topped with a villa capri scented candle I also
picked up at the flea market.  Can't wait to put this in the new place officially.

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