Girl’s Weekend Trip To San Diego!

This past weekend was incredibly fun and full of great times. ❤  My girlfriends and I took a big end of summer trip to San Diego and it was a much needed.

We drove down on Saturday morning (bright and early)~~~ We each brought a ridiculous amount of clothes/shoes for our 1 night trip.  LOL  oh ladies…

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I ❤ startbucks.  Love it more than coffee bean~~ This trip I tried something new: Venti Coffee with 3 pumps of classic syrup.  It was tastey!

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Waiting for our table in front of Hash House.  This was a great place~~ huge portions, delicious food, and incredible cocktails.  =)

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When we checked into our hotel, we told the hotel we were celebrating a birthday and they sent us a box of chocolates and champs! xoxo

We Love the Manchester Grand Marriott Hotel in San Diego!!

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Our gorgeous view:

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Chilling by the pool

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Dinner, Drinks and Dessert at The Oceanaire

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The ladies ❤

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The rest of the night we drank, hung out in our hotel room, and got late night room service ❤  It was a night of fun to remember!

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The next day we grabbed lunch at Sergios and it was TO DIE FOR.  LOVED all the food and the California Burritos.  YUMMMMMMMMM  Can’t wait to take Markel back there.

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When I got back home to LA, Markel had a ton of friends over for Sunday Football.  WE hung out, drank a few beers and played Cards of Humanity ❤  (our new fave game)

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Last weekend was SO FUN and so exhausting.  This weekend…will be a lot more chill ❤  Happy Saturday!

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Royal Baby is Here!

ok…i Know…too many posts about the Royals maybe?  but…it’s such big news!  I can’t resist ❤

Prince of Cambridge first picture with kate middleton, prince william

Here’s the first pic!!

From UsWeekly, read the article here.

Fun Friday: Wedding Moments

My favorite people in the entire world~~ I didn’t get to take group pictures with people (so sad) but I was lucky enough to take them with my favorite people at the end of the night next to the Bar (go figure… that’s where they all were).

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and…these photos below probably sum up the night of our wedding~~ uhh party of 1 since I was always doing things alone it seemed (in pictures ) >.<

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Blair Bucket List for Summer 2013

Markel and I never do bucket lists, but this summer we came up with 15 things that we hope to accomplish in the next three months as a newlywed couple ❤Untitled

What do you think?  Did we leave anything out?  Do you guys every do summer lists?

 

Wedding Day Sneak Peak

My old roommie took this gorgeous pic of Markel and Me taking a wedding day shot on the golf course during cocktail hour ❤

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xoxox LOVE IT!

My Bachelorette <3

This weekend was both naughty and nice. =P  I won’t go into a normal weekend recaps, but just post a few of the nice photos =)

If you can’t tell already…I love Hello Kitty and my lady loves made the entire weekend a Hello Kitty Affair!! xoxoxo  Thank you to all the girls who made it out!  It wouldn’t have been the same without you ❤ xoxo

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Engagement Picture Preview

Over the weekend, Markel and I took our engagement pictures =)  We went to Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills and really had the best time ever!  The shoot lasted about 5.5 hours and at first…we were super nervous and high strung from running around all morning trying to get our outfits/props together.  But once the shoot started, our photographer (Joanne Pio) was freaking AWESOME.  She put us at ease and just had us act normal for the entire shoot.  LITERALLY, an hour/two after the photoshoot, Joanne sent us 4 photos and 1 instagram photo of the day.  She was INCREDIBLE!

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We have one more shoot left at the beach that we’ll do later this month.  I’m seriously SO PSYCHED for it!!  xoxo

Please check out her page: Joanne Pio.  She’s incredibly talented, easy to work with and her service is phenomenal.  Can’t wait to see the rest of the pics.  xoxo =)

Weekend Recap and Photodump

In true weekend update fashion…I’m super late!!  TWO weekends ago was incredibly fun and packed with tons of friends/family time ❤

Friday

Markel was home sick~ so we rented red box movies and ordered Pho Takeout xo

Saturday

In the Morning Markel and I got the best surprise ever for our wedding and received a gift of over 100 vases from our friends!  SO SWEET right??  Just in time for our wedding as well =)

Afterwards, I went over to a ladies’ brunch and the 7 of us dishes for hours about our lives, wedding planning and our sig-o’s.

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After Brunch?  I had a quick wedding dress fitting and off to dinner with my besties and their men.  We met in Silverlake at Red Lion Tavern where they have this famous 2L Boot of beer!! =)  Of COURSE we each had to get one ❤

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If that weren’t already too much activity for one day, Markel and I drove 40 minutes from Silverlake to Anaheim for his BFFs birthday party at ESPN Zone and Anaheim Ice Skating Rink for his annual Broomball celebration.

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I DOMINATED all the boys =P  No Big Deal…

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LOVE this sandwich place!!

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Sunday

Celebrated Markel’s Aunt’s and Grandparents’ Birthdays!

(sorry cake is upside down…)

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Then spent the afternoon doing wedding stuff at Paper Source (oh the beautiful colors…)

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My new NYX Makeup! (post to come later)

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ahh Pete’s…love this coffee =)

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Weekend and Week and Photodump

This past weekend and week were full of fun dinners, friends, and Christmas cheer!

Friday night, I went to dinner with some of my favorite pentee girls and we had the most delicious dinner at Chaya brassiere in mid-city, Los Angeles.

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 Best cocktails!

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Saturday, Markel and I moved our things into storage (until we can move in together)~ and that was pretty crazy.  It’s so hard to predict what items I’ll want to keep or use in 6 months, what items I”ll never need, and what things to keep from my childhood.  *tear *

During the early evening, I actually had to work at UCLA but it turned out to be pretty awesome since I was in charge of the wine and cheese reception =P

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For dinner, I went to Pete’s in downtown LA on the corner of 4th street and Main.  My friend Christian celebrates his birthday here every year and it’s become a beloved tradition!

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Sunday, Markel and I went to church, ktown and then made 6 wine cork letters (along with some SUPER cute reception numbers!).  For dinner I met my friend at Hara sushi and caught up ❤

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Photodump of the week:

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 And now…it’s the weekend already! =)

Weekend Recap and Photodump of the Best Weekend of My Life!

If you follow me on Instagram (@estchang), you already know my big news… I’m ENGAGED!!!

This entire weekend has been such a whirlwind of surprises, friends, champagne, and great food.  Here’s the play-by-play that’s ingrained in my brain and life history foreverrrr…

Saturday Morning I woke up (8am) to find Markel furiously typing on his computer in the dark (kinda cweepy right).  I went back to bed and woke up at 9am and got ready to go hiking at Will Rogers park.  (Markel and I are trying to be more fit so we had decided to go earlier in the week.)

But some strange things went down…1) Markel showered before hiking 2) he wore a nice H&M shirt 3) he brought a backpack of water (which he never does) 4) he paid $12 for parking (which we would NEVERRR do)

Yet…I was still in the dark.  Obvi~ since I snapped photos of myself in the car window reflection (exhibit A)

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When we get to Will Rogers, I started to jog (VERY SLOWLLLYY) up the mountain trails but Markel suggested we walk and take it easy (hm…that should have been a clue, but alas…I was still in the dark)

When we get towards the top, Markel takes out a t-shirt for us to wipe our sweat (also very unusual…).  The first time I gave in, the SECOND time he asked…it really should have been a red flag~~ but silly me…i declined and just kept on walking (and sweating).

(it was a PERFECT day out)

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 At the top of the Hill, there were Balloons, Roses, and a sign that read “will you marry me” in Korean.  SOOOOO SWEET.  Markel got down on one knee, said a few romantic/heart warming things, and proposed in Korean ❤  SOOOOO thoughtful.

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After that…I kinda killed the romance because…1) I couldn’t get my other ring off on my ring finger (one that my mama bought me in 6th grade) 2) Markel’s friends popped out of the bushes to video tape and take pictures so I started to pose and laugh.  hahaha

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HOW ADORABLE~~~

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Pop Champagne!

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The walk down~~ I’m sure people were wondering why we had roses, balloons and a giant sign ❤

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And…I really thought this was the end of the festivities…But of course, SUUUPER romantic Markel has to come up with even more ways to make this day Bomb….

I met 3 girlfriends in ktown and they surprised me with Sangria!!  SOOO FREAKING SWEET ❤  My first celebration of the day (after the proposal)

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 After some shopping, I got back home at 530pm and Markel made plans for us to celebrate at Rustic Canyon.  I LOVE that place so I was down to spend a romantic evening alone ❤

(oh…I also realized at the dinner that I hadn’t texted ANY of my friends and hadn’t actually told anyone besides my family and 3 girlfriends.  HAHA.  Yes…I was still in engagement shock.  I texted everyone at dinner and took some pictures of my ring.  My bad, friends!!!)

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  Sneaky Markel at it again…I thought the whole time he was answering congratulatory texts but he was REALLYY checking in on the biggest surprise of my entire life.  HAHA (after the proposal)

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Markel and I met at Busby’s in July 2008 and the rest has been History!  After dinner he asked if I wanted to grab a drink there so we could end our night where we met.  I thought it was SOO romantic so of COURSE I said yes.  Little did I EVERRR expect the surprise I saw when I walked in…

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All my friends were there!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was SOOOO shocked, I don’t think I’ve ever been so stunned!  HAHAHAHAHA

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 As if the surprises couldn’t get any bigger…Markel invited my two besties from SF to come down!!!!!!  One of whom was there when I first met Mike back in 2008.  It was incredibly magical ❤

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This is the fireplace that Markel came over and talked to us.

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4+ years ago, Markel asked us to play Foosball so we played again.  Mellie and I lost (again).  Boo.

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 HAHAHA how awesome are these head cut outs??? HAHAHAHA

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The Parrrrtyyyyyyy

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Sorry if I could take pictures with everyone!  I was definitely floating on a cloud of alcohol and adrenaline ❤

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  I’m sad cause my face is so dark…boo.  haha

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Last pic of the Night ❤

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BEST NIGHT AND DAY EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

The next morning, the SF ladies, Markel and I went to Overland Cafe for bottomless mimosas and breakfast ❤  Along with some good ole hanging out until they had to make the 7 hour trek back home.

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 My house is a flower garden now!  Smells SOOOO good.

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 Sunday Night, final celebration with champs and thai food ❤

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Last champs of the night ❤  And about my 112th glass over the weekend.

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out and celebrated!!  Special thanks to Ejo, Jen, Evan and Jon who helped make this day as magical as it was!!  I felt so blessed and loved to have been able to share and celebrate this next new chapter with ya’ll.

ANDDDD to my special SF lezzies who drove 17 hours in one weekend to celebrate SUCH a big day with Markel and Me.

XOXOXOXOXO  Love you guys!!!

Weekend Recap and Photodump

Sorry for the delay (again).  As always I am late on my weekend posts.  Two weekends ago~~was full of fun, food and new experiences!

Friday was a fun Wine Night with the Girls where I tried the Sally Hansen Nail Stickers for the first time! (more to come on that in another post)

Saturday was FUN FUN at the UCLA vs Arizona football game.  I FINALLY got to do my FIRST beer bong!!

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The awesome tailgate ❤

Sunday turned out to be much more exciting than I had planned =P

Church, Fairfax Flea Market and then Dinner in ktown with friends~

SF Giants win the 2012 World Series!!

They did it again, the SF Giants have managed to put another world series championship under their belts.  After a series of disappointments, this new team (with a few mid-season trades) really became a family and that really came through on the field.  During all the side interviews during the game, when players talked about why they were doing so well and if they were stressed~ the consensus seemed to be the same: “we’re just having a great time”.

Well boys…you really made us all proud and fulfilled the goal of not just 25, but of millions (haha can I inflate that to billions?)

CONGRATULATIONS GIANTS!!!  I’m proud to be a fan and to stand by you for this second incredible win in the past 3 years.

World Series MVP: “Panda” (Pablo Sandoval)

(Although…I really think Scutaro should have gotten it too)

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Now…the thing that’s REALLY on my mind…What world series accessories should I buy??

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GQ Magazine: Tim Tebow

I have mixed feelings about T.T., but overall…I like him.  I think he seems genuine, has really strong morals and tries his best.  Also…doesn’t hurt that he’s such a cutie.  So…I leave you with some eye candy pics~ Happy Hump Day Guys!

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and two extras for good measure ❤

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This weekend was so cray~ Friday I went to a baseball game and ktown for JLew’s birthday.  Saturday was filled with Larchmont Brunch, Shopping at LF, Wedding Dress fittings, and Aemy’s dirrrty 30!!  Sunday was much calmer and involved a lot of me watching the Olympics on DVR and catching up on blogs and magazines ❤  Now it’s Monday and I wish I had taken a day off.  LOL  oh wells…

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Gorgeous ESPYS Fashion 2012

I’m not a huge sports fan, but the ESPYS are definitely something I can get behind!  I love the fashion, the hype of the different awards, the celebrities and the pure entertainment value of the awards show.  Here are some of the outfits below that I loved from the 2012 ESPYS this year.  =)

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Weekend Recap and PhotoDump

WOW…ever since I lost my camera I’ve been so bad about recaps!  Here’s a huge collage of some pictures until I get it back (left it at a friend’s place).

Weekend #1 (May 24-28) and some pics from before I never got to post…

ahh Memorial Day.  I was lucky enough to have a 4 day weekend and it totally spoiled me rotten!  I slept in, caught up on my DVR, read, ate, drank, and played.

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Weekend #2 (June 1-3)

This weekend was SUPER fun.  I barely got the change to sleep, but it was well worth it =)

Friday, my friends and I went bowling at Lucky Strike and then to ESPN zone at LA Live.  Saturday was wine tasting with Mike’s parents in Temecula.  Sunday was a lazy day of church, chores and spending time with friends at the Grove!   We saw Snow White and The Huntsman… oh MAYAN Chris Hemsworth is such a hottie! ❤

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Weekend #3 (June 8-10)

This is my last free weekend until mid-august!  How SCARY is that?  So knowing that I needed to make every moment count, I spent most of the weekend alone =)  Friday night I read The Girl who played with Fire, drank wine and ate random leftovers in the fridge.  It felt AMAZING.  I also watched the last 2 movies of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series (Swedish versions).  Saturday, I completely reorganized stuff in my room, spent the day reading and relaxing…and then 2 friends came over and we polished off some pizza and beers while watching the Celtics vs Heat finals.  Sunday…Markel and I went to church (I helped at nursery), ate at Wurstküche and The Pie Hole with our favorite couple, shopped for a navy blue blazer for Markel, and finally went for a run at the Santa Monica Stairs.  For dinner I had much needed girl time at Drago Centre in downtown LA with my fave ladies ❤

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Weekend #4 (June 15-17)

This weekend was fun.  Joycie’s graduation from Anderson, Went on a double date to Black Hogg in Silverlake (check it out!), went bar hopping in Silverlake, a Dohl (first birthday) at Medieval Times, Worked at school during commencement, hung out with friends, and ate/drank my way through the weekend.

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WHEW…it’s been a crazy and fun few weekends! =)

Birthday Ideas for your boyfriend

Every year I throw a ridiculous birthday party that spans 3 days for Markel.  For the past almost 4 years we’ve been dating, I have planned 3 big bday bashes…

The first year, I planned an extension of what he used to celebrate in College…Friday night we went to Tokyo Delves in North Hollywood.  I invited all of his friends from home and college, as well as some of mine.  The night ended with Michael Blair standing on his chair and dancing most of the night.  LOL  Saturday night, we did a “4th floor formal” where everyone dressed up, ate dinner at Mike’s apartment, pre-drank, and then we walked to a nearby bar (the very bar we met at <3).  Since this was the first year we had dated and I had yet to meet all of his friends, I felt really pressured to wear the perfect outfits and make sure that every details was PERFECT.  I’m sure his friends were really annoyed at how many “FYI” and “Reminder” emails I sent with color coordinated details.  I even sent out “save the dates” which, looking back, is pretty hilarious.  I was also so busy playing hostess that I don’t have a lot of pics…sowy Markel.

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Year Two…Many of his friends couldn’t make it to Tokyo Delves and the ones that did were crazy about the place!  So I decided to throw his first night party at the same place.  The group was bigger and Markel had just as much energy as the first year.  I asked everyone to dress up (to kind of keep the “4th floor formal” theme)…This year, I still sent out a save the date, but relaxed about all the emails and plans.  Day 1 was Tokyo Delves and Day 2 was the beach & bonfire where I sent out a potluck list and made enough ribs to feed a small country.

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After year two…I decided Beach was too hard.  So many things to prepare and it was hard to rely on other people to bring things.  Year three was an easy “Jersey Party” where everyone wore their favorite jersey’s and we “tailgated” at Mike’s friends’ apartment.  I made bacon wrapped hotdogs, ordered pizza, made a cake of donuts, and had prizes for the winners of the mini beer pong tournament I organized.  Afterward, we walked over to Mom’s Bar in West LA where I had reserved the back room.  The best thing about Mom’s is that the owner is INCREDIBLY nice, the cover is free, parking is free, drinks are $4, the music is awesome, and we got a few rounds of free birthday shots.

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 Now…the biggest challenge I have is planning his 26th birthday for 2012!  Some Ideas I have…

1. Bowling Tourney at Lucky Strike

2. Game Night & Drinks at ESPN Zone at LA Live

3. Angels/Dodgers game (nosebleed seats) with a FAT tailgate before the game

4. FAT ktown party.  Rent out a patio and invite 30 guests to come and eat, be obnoxious and drink their night away ❤

What do you guys think?  What do you guys normally do for your boyfriend’s birthdays?

Weekend Photo Dump and Recap

This was a very busy and very productive weekend!  I spend it with a lot of friends from Sacramento and Markel’s family ❤  It’s nice to get back to your roots and spend time with loved ones.

Dodger Game, Fireworks, Errands, FOOOOOOD, Time with Family, Friends, Birthday Bash, Game of Thrones…it was an amazing weekend!

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 And now it’s the work week… I should be a little grumpy, but I just bought my tickets to Hawai’i for my brother’s wedding!  I’ll be gone July 12th-July 25th =D  It’ll be so much fun to see my family and spend time on the white sand beaches while eating all the local treats!

xoxo

Work Week Photo Dump

I don’t know why, but this has been a long week and an activity filled one!  Here’s are some random photos of what’s been going on~  This weekend will be packed with a dodger game, birthday party, comedy show, and various more fun activities that I’ll update you on next Monday!  Happy Friday Ya’ll~~

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Weekend Recap and Photo Dump

A lot happened over the weekend!  Mainly, birthday parties,Bruin Day, eating and shopping ❤  Here are the pics of the weekend and all the delicious food we ate!

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