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I spent this past weekend in one of my favorite cities, St. Louis. My mom moved there about a year ago, and I take any chance I have to go visit. St. Louis is becoming my little home away from home. It's only about a 5 hour drive from Arkansas, which doesn't seem like much, but dang that drive gets boring when you drive it alone. The best part of the road-trip was getting to sing in the car at the top of my lounges without any judgement.
I got to St. Louis on Saturday, I was supposed to leave Friday, but I put off packing and my car needed work done on it before I could drive it. I arrived Saturday afternoon in STL and as soon as I got into town, I met up with my mom and we went to Nordstrom. (of course!!!) I don't have a Nordstrom where I live, so I have to go whenever I'm near one. After a little bit of shopping, we headed back to my mom's condo in downtown St. Louis. She has the best view from her balcony and I spent a lot of time on the balcony just taking in the scenery. Later that night, we went to The Hill for dinner, which is a small Italian neighborhood that people refer to as a "little Italy." Needless to say, we had Italian food and wine, which was extremely authentic and prepared perfectly. Later that night, after dinner, we went to Lou C's, a local bar and grill located also in "little Italy." I can't explain the bar's character fully, but imagine tons of friendly people who mostly all know each other, then add some Cardinal baseball to the T.V. (and some pretty strong drinks). The owner makes you feel like part of his family, which is part of the reason I love this bar so much. Later that night, we went back to the condo and slept off the long day/ night.
Sunday, the next morning, my mom woke me up for church. I haven't been to church in a while, even though I love it, because I let other less important things get in the way on Sundays, and I normally choose to sleep in because I have 8am classes Monday through Friday. However, I am so glad that my mom got me up for the service, because her church is truly a special place and every time I go, I feel a lot closer to God. There is a lot of diversity at this church. I saw people of every ethnicity and economic status, which is how church should be. God wants everyone to worship him, not just a select few. I loved the service and felt a deeper connection with Jesus afterwards. After church, we went to Evangeleen's, a vintage-themed brunch spot downtown that has endless mimosas, a bloody mary bar, and a pancake artist available every Sunday. I've been here before, but wasn't 21 yet, so I was extremely excited to get a mimosa, of course!! I got a Rihanna pancake made from the pancake artist and employee of the famous DanCakes pancake art company! (Need I say more? How cool is that!!?) After brunch, my mom and I hit up the outlet mall and shopped for a few hours, but had to head back before 7, because there was no way I was going to miss the Miss America Pageant. That night, we drank wine, ate lasagna, and watched the pageant gal's version of the super bowl. I never miss watching Miss America, especially this year, since one of my friends, Savvy was last year's Miss America!!
The next day, I had to head home, but not without one more shopping trip! We went to one of our favorite discount brand-name stores, (it's called 1/2 of 1/2, or Name Brand Clothing.) When you shop here, don't be intimidated! If you're willing to look past some of the imperfections, you can find high-end designer brands here for literally almost nothing. For example, I got a Tahari shirt for about $10. You cannot beat that!! After shopping and an emotional goodbye with my mom, I had to head home.
This past weekend was exactly what I needed and helped me rest and rejuvinate before my upcoming midterms. I'll be posting some of my outfit finds on the blog shortly!! Once again, thanks for reading!! I love you guys!!
This last weekend, Tanner & I went to Kansas City for his uncle's celebration of graduating his residency for medical school! We stayed in a nice hotel, went shopping, drank wine, and ate wayyy too much food! All in all, it was exactly what we needed, a weekend away before our finals for our summer classes. I wanted to share with you guys some of the fun things I purchased this weekend in KC!
Hey guys! I know it's been a while since my last post. I am not amazing at this balancing act we call adulthood, but I am learning. Since my last post, a lot of great stuff has happened. I just started working at Skye on the Town doing marketing and sales! I love this new job so much! And earlier last month, during spring break, I went to Los Angeles, where I shopped, went sight-seeing, and of course hit up all the Instagram-worthy hot spots, including the pink wall at Paul Smith, the Santa Monica pier, and the fabulous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. I am obsessed with the scene and the people in Cali! Everyone is so open-minded and the whole city seems to just go with the flow. My absolute favorite thing was people watching, which sounds creepy, but don't lie, we all do it!! I love seeing how people in other cities dress and interact. LA is fashionable, ahead of the trends, and vibrant with diversity. I'm so thankful that I got to spend this week in one of my favorite places with my boyfriend Tanner, his best friend Ian, and Ian's girlfriend who also happens to also be my best friend, Bri.
I forgot to mention that we DROVE to California, which is about a 24 hour drive from where I live. Originally we were going to fly, but we decided about 4 days before that we were actually going. What is life if it's not spontaneous, right? So Day 1 of Spring Break began around 7am and ended later that day in Flagstaff, Arizona where we slept off the drive and prepared for the next day of driving to Cali.
On day 2, we had about 6 hours of driving left until L.A., but of course we had to stop to take some desert pics and get In-N-Out Burger. We arrived in Cali at our adorable air bnb. I LOVE air bnb for many reasons, but my favorite thing about getting an air bnb over a hotel is that you get to feel like a local for your vacay and anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with everything and anything local when traveling. Our air bnb was the most adorable bungalow-style home in West Hollywood, only a couple blocks away from Paramount. We had a private courtyard and a rooftop balcony with a view of the Hollywood sign.
Today we went shopping at The Grove, which is pretty much the best outdoor mall I've ever been to. If you're ever in L.A. you have to go! There's to-die-for shopping, a variety of restaurants, including the most adorable café, Ladurée known for their heavenly macarons, and a farmer's market! The Grove is basically my happiest happy place. That was pretty much it for day three, just A LOT of shopping, eating, and, picture-taking, and coffee-drinking.
We spent the morning taking pics in our courtyard at the air bnb, and later went to the cutest breakfast place, The Waffle. The Waffle is like a more upscale Waffle House, that's the best comparison I can think of. All I wanted to do the entire time was going to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. I'm obsessed with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, it's one of my many guilty pleasures, so this was definitely in my top 5 things I just needed to do. I've been to Rodeo before, but I was young and didn't appreciate the glamour of it at the time. While shopping on Rodeo, we headed into Sugarfina, the most chic candy store I've ever been in! After getting our sugar fix, we continued shopping, Bri and I parted ways with the guys and went to different boutiques and of course some more high fashion stores. Later that day, we went back to our cute little Cali home and took naps. That night, we went to downtown Hollywood and spent a good 2 hours in the giant Forever 21. We walked around looking at the Hollywood walk of fame and ate a casual dinner at Johnny Rockets. After the longest day yet in L.A., we went back home and watched movies until we crashed.
We spent our last full day in Los Angeles in the appropriate way, on the beach. We started the day on the Santa Monica pier, where we got yelled at by a homeless man for no apparent reason, ate greasy food, and played with pigeons. (Bri did, I'm not the biggest fan of pigeons, but it was fun to watch her with 3 birds on her head and arm at one time, she was channeling her inner Cinderella.) We ended up going to yet another amazing outdoor mall and shopped for a couple of hours. After a long day in Santa Monica, we sat in traffic for over an hour (probably shouldn't have left the beach at 5:00 in Los Angeles.) Once we got back, we were so tired and all sad we had to leave the next day.
On our last day, we made a couple of last-minute stops; an ultra-vegan restaurant, the famous pink wall at Paul Smith, and for our last farewell to La La Land, the Griffith Observatory. We got breakfast at a super-hip, very vegan restaurant, M Cafe. The food was healthy and delicious, and the atmosphere wad simplistic but also adorable. Bri asked for milk in her latte and they asked what kind, when she said regular milk, they looked at her like she was crazy and said "sorry we are dairy free." It didn't bother us, just caught us off guard since we're used to regular milk being the norm. After M Cafe, we went to the Pink Wall at Paul Smith and took some fun pics! I would have loved to have done a full photo shoot there but we were crunched for time, so we just took a few on Tanner's camera. Across the street was the "La La Land" Mural and I was the only one in the group who was pretty excited about it since none of them have seen the movie yet. After the pink wall, we went to the Griffith Observatory, which was honestly more of a hike than I would have liked, but it was worth it for the amazing view. We stayed and said our farewells to the City of Angels before departing on our 24 hour road trip back home to good ol' Arkansas. All in all this trip to L.A. was the perfect spring break. I had so much fun with my boyfriend and best friends. I hope you guys check out some of the places I went next time you visit Los Angeles!
Til next time,
Live, Laugh, Lauren.