This past weekend two of my friends and I went on a little girls trip to Presque Isle in Erie, PA. We left around 6:00pm on Friday and came home around noon on Sunday. It was the perfect amount of time for a quick little beach trip. Although this wasn’t an actual beach it still was so beautiful and relaxing! Since we didn’t get there until around 8:00 Friday night we just went to a local restaurant and got some food and drinks. Saturday morning we woke up, got breakfast, and headed to the beach. We chilled there for a few hours then went to Sara’s for dinner.
They have the best hotdogs and fries and how cute is the little diner! I live for stuff like this. lol. After eating we went back to the hotel to freshen up and shower then went to TJ Maxx and Cold Stone. We ended up being exhausted from being in the sun so we just went back to the hotel to hangout and go to bed.
We woke up early Sunday because we all had things to do back at home so it worked out perfect leaving in the morning! It is so nice going here because it is only a couple hours away from where we live. I also like how the water isn’t salty so you can go in and out without getting sticky. That is something that drives me nuts when I am at the beach. It was perfect for us three to get away from life and stress for a day or two with NO drama. Girls trips are my absolute fav!
Monday morning we all woke up and went downstairs to get some breakfast. Since this was our last full day we had a lot to get done. We ended up going to Venice Beach, In-N-Out, Brandy Melville, Lululemon, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and went to see the Hollywood Sign.
I was super shocked when we got to Venice Beach. It was way dirtier than I had imagined. It reminded me a lot like Chinatown in New York City. The boardwalk was filled with small tourists shops. It was also sad seeing all of the homeless people. The beach was pretty basic but it was cool to see the mountains that surrounded the ocean. We ended up only staying for a few minutes. The parking was hard to find and the people who work in the shops yell a bunch of nonsense at you but the scenery was worth it.
I have always heard how good In-N-Out was so I was happy to finally try it out. Considering I have a bad stomach I didn’t try the burgers but the fries were way better than McDonald’s, lol.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
As seen on TV it was nothing more than miles of stars. My Grammy wanted to get a picture with Trumps star so we drove around looking for it. It ended up being in front of a small mall which we were going to anyways because you could see the Hollywood sign from the second level. There was SO many people here that we went and got our pictures then left.
All in all I had a lot of fun on this trip but I probably wouldn’t go again. It was awesome to see all of the things I heard about and saw on television but the traffic and LA scene is just not for me. If you ever get the chance to go I would definitely check out everything I talked about but make sure to bring a couple of thousand dollars because you will 100% need it.
Sunday morning, we slept in for a little then got up and ready for the day. We ended up driving back to Rodeo Drive to stop at Sephora and Diptyque. Sephora ended up being way better than the one that is at my local mall. They had a larger selection of things and products that I had never heard of. So it was pretty cool checking new products out. I bought some of the HUM daily cleanse vitamins and my Mom and Grammy got some St. Tropez tanning stuff. The workers were extremely nice and with it being Mother’s Day, they gave my Mom a bunch of free samples including some yummy Sugarfina candy. After Sephora, we walked across the street to Diptyque where I finally bought the mimosa candle that has been on my wish list. The girl who helped me was extremely nice and since it was my birthday weekend she gave me a mini sized candle for free. So I didn’t feel as guilty spending $75 for one candle. *insert eye roll* After Rodeo we went back to the car and headed to the Sprinkles ATM which was another thing on my Cali bucket list. It was nothing special but I got some cute pics and a SUPER yummy carrot cake cupcake.
We then headed to Alfred Tea Room which was literally the cutest little place. Although it was tough to get to it was well worth the hassle. I wish we had a few back home because the Matcha boba tea I got was literally amazing! For the most part everywhere we went had no parking so it was either park in a parking garage which could get expensive or drive around until you find a spot on the street. I personally think Uber would have been a way better option but with my Mom and Grandma we just decided to drive the rental car around. Near Alfreds there was a cute little farmers market going on so we walked around there for a little bit before heading back to the car. It was actually really cute! There was mostly just a lot of different kinds of food and jewelry. The jewelry was really dainty and adorable but I did good and didn’t buy anything. Shocking I know.
After we did all of that running around we were all exhausted and went back to the hotel to relax, eat, and get some sleep. I ended up ordering room service so it was nice eating a shrimp salad in bed all while drinking a glass of wine with a view of Los Angeles’s Sunset.
To say the time change had me all messed up is an understatement. I don’t know how people do this all of the time. We flew into LAX on Friday night (May 11) and didn’t get to our hotel until about 9:30pm. Which was actually 11:30pm PA time. I was exhausted and jet lagged beyond belief. Considering none of us really ate anything all day we ended up getting room service which was AMAZING.
On Saturday morning aka my birthday, I ended up waking up at 6:00am LA time due to the alarm clock in my hotel room going off (thanks to whomever set that). Even better, I wasn’t able to fall back asleep. So I was up from 6:00am to about 10:30pm. But since back at home is three hours ahead I was all screwed up. Once I got my shit together, I met my Mom and Gram downstairs for a mimosa to celebrate my 24th birthday. After that we got ready and headed to Rodeo Drive which was exactly what I thought it would be. There were tourists everywhere, exotic cars, and a bunch of stores that sold things I couldn’t afford even if I tried. It was pretty chilly so we didn’t end up staying there too long. We only stopped at Agent Provectur and Sugarfina. Ive wanted to try Sugarfina candy for years and years so I was v happy to get a few things from there. The aesthetic was literal goals. After Rodeo we walked around Two Rodeo Drive which is definitely a must because of the architecture and stone walkway.
After we left Rodeo, we then headed to The Beverly Hills Hotel to have lunch at The Cabana Cafe. Which honestly was my favorite part of the trip. Everything about it was amazing. The service was great, food was delicious, and the aesthetic was once again everything I’ve ever dreamed of.
After doing all of that we came back to the hotel to relax and then went to Nordstrom Rack. The one back home I think was way better but I did buy a few small things.
The mall was like a little city in itself and trying to find a spot to park was mentally exhausting and took forever. One thing I learned about Los Angeles is that even though you may be close to where you’re going, you have to add in traffic which then makes your trip a heck of a lot longer. You could see the mall outside of our hotel room window so Nordstrom Rack was literally right across our hotel next to the 405 but by adding in traffic to it made a 5 minute trip basically 15 minutes.
After that adventure, we went back to the hotel to grab some yummy dinner and then headed back to the room to relax and catch some zzz’s!
I am finally getting around to posting all about my trip to Corolla! I have been home for about two weeks already but have been nonstop busy. I have been going on vacation to the Outer Banks for about 13+ years but unfortunately, this will be the last year for a while because my family is all starting to have their own lives and it is becoming difficult with the 9/10 hour car ride. That being said, I tried to do a lot while I was there this time. My friend Lauren and I left on Friday (August 4) around 4:45 after we both got off work. Luckily, we got a hotel in Virginia so we only had to drive about five hours. It wasn’t too bad of a drive but by the time we got food and gas we both were exhausted and passed out early. We woke up around 7:00 so we were able to get on the road early to drive the rest of the way. It was a good drive up until we crossed the bridge that takes you into the Outer Banks. That is where we sat in traffic for about two hours. It was MISERABLE. When we finally got through we met up with the rest of the family for lunch at a place called Tomato Patch. It wasn’t that great but considering I hadn’t eaten, I was just happy to have food. After we finished, we had to kill an hour because our house wasn’t ready yet. The best way to kill time is to shop so that was exactly what we did. When we got the call that our house was good to go we headed there, unpacked, and relaxed for a bit. Later that evening , Lauren and I went to get Mexican food at a place called Coastal Cantina. My FAVORITE place to eat on the OBX because they have the BEST burritos!!! Since there was an hour wait, we just hung out at the bar and had a margarita and pina colada. On Sunday we went to the beach for a few hours then went to the Currituck Lighthouse. It was years since I have climbed it so I wanted to do it again one last time. Climbing 220 steps in 80 degree weather is always fun right? Nope.
After doing all of that we went back to the house for dinner and then went back to the beach to watch my uncle and cousin fish. We topped the night off with some ice cream and went to bed early. Monday was a rainy day, it literally poured ALL day and stormed so bad. Luckily, we planned ahead and decided to make it our shopping day so we were all okay with it. We first went to TJ Maxx and a cute boutique called Foxy Flamingo. After shopping we stopped for some lunch at Mulligans which has been our spot to get lunch on our shopping days for over five years. When we finished up eating, Lauren and I headed to J. Crew, The Gap, and the Cottin Gin to shop some more. On Tuesday we also had bad weather so we pretty much just stayed inside all day long. In the morning we went to Duck Donuts to grab a dozen of their donuts and then went to a new place I found called The Juice Jar. There I got an acai bowl and a beet juice. I wasn’t that big of a fan of the juice but the acai bowl was absolutely amazing! Since all of us were inside for a couple hours we ended up playing Pictionary and then went to dinner at a Mexican place called Agave Roja. It was my second time eating there and it did not disappoint. Although I spent $50 on my meal it was honestly so worth it. On Wednesday, it finally got nice out again. We all went to the beach for a few hours and then I hung out at the pool that our house had. Wednesday night we went to the Whalehead Club for a ghost tour. It was super cool to go to and I learned a lot about the history of Corolla. Most people find it hard to believe but I am a huge history nerd. Shocking, I know. On Thursday, we had a relaxing day at the beach and then went to Jockey’s Ridge and Pea Island. Jockey’s Ridge is a state park that has huge sand dunes. I always love going there because it is fun to walk around on the dunes. It almost feels like you’re in the dessert. Pea Island has been a place I have gone to for about three years. No one really knows about it unless you’re a local. It is a National Wildlife Refuge but if you walk a good bit into it, you get to a vacant beach with really big seashells. I just like going every time I am in the Outer Banks because it is super relaxing and cool to adventure on. There is also a vacant lifesaving station that makes it even better.
Friday was our last day there which I wasn’t that mad about. I was ready to come home and sleep in my own bed. It probably would of been better if it didn’t rain as much and we spent more time at the beach but I will take a week of vacation either way. Of course it rained all day though so we didn’t go to the beach but Lauren and I had scheduled a paint and sip at the Lilly Pulitzer specialty store called Life’s A Beach. It was fun because we got to paint a Lilly Pulitzer print not just something random. It was my second time doing it and was just as fun as the first time.
After we finished up we did some last minute shopping then I went and got another acai bowl. Later that night we went to dinner at Sun Fish Grill. I finally got my crab legs that I was craving all week! On Saturday everyone left at 5:00 except for Lauren and I. We ended up leaving at 9:00 since we were going to get a hotel half way home. After driving like an hour I just wanted to get home so we ended up just driving the rest of the way. It took forever but we got home around 8:30 and I was beyond happy to finally be in my own bed!
I finally got around to visiting Savannah again after so many years! Unfortunately, I only went for a short weekend but I was able to do a lot in that small amount of time. I ended up going with my Grandma, Mom, and Aunt so we made it into a little girls trip. When we flew in on Friday, we got in late so we just went to dinner at Rocks on the Roof which was a rooftop restaurant that looked over the river. After that we walked around City Market and then headed back to the hotel for the night. Saturday morning we woke up early and went to breakfast at Mirabelle café where I had the best Belgian waffles (Check out my previos blog post). I still dream about them months later. Lol. When we finished eating we headed across the street to go inside of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It was absolutely breathtaking. While there my Mom, Aunt, Grandmother, and myself lit a candle in my Paps memory which was really cool!
After that we headed to a bunch of boutiques and shops as well as some historical landmarks. This part of my day was probably my favorite part of the whole entire trip! Thanks to one of my blogger friends who is from Savannah she told me about a few really cute boutiques! If you ever visit Savannah you must stop at Red Clover Boutique, The Paris Market, Fabrik, and The Impeccable Pig. The boutiques in Savannah are so much nicer than the ones back here at home because they are way more unique and budget friendly.
After hitting up the boutiques, we went to Kendra Scott and Kate Spade. I have never been to an actual Kendra Scott store so I loved every second of it. After doing some damage we headed to get some lunch at a local restaurant called Trailer Park, where I had an amazing Cobb Salad!
Later that night, we took a haunted carriage ride around town where welearned about the history and some of the local ghost stories. One thing that I found some interesting was why many of the homes have fish statues/decor and blue painted doors. Considering Savannah is extremely haunted, the fish are supposed to keep the ghosts away because supposedly they can’t cross over water so the people use the fish and blue doors to resemble water. They do this so their homes can not be affected by ghosts. It is definitely something to look up and read about because it was so oddly interesting. Sunday morning, we woke up and headed to the airport. Unfortunately they over sold our flight so we had to rent a car and drive all the way to Charolette’s Airport where we finally were able to fly home! All in all, it was a great trip and I can’t wait to go back and hopefully call it home one day!