Good morning, everyone.
I hope the weekend treated you well. I’m so saddened by all of the damage and lives lost during Irma. The last time I wrote a recap post, I was talking about Harvey, and now it’s Irma. Hurricane season is really coming in hard this year. Kyle has family down in Venice, where they lost all water and power for hours. I stayed up late watching the storm tracker. It makes me so sad to see all of the devastation. I know I’m all the way in California right now, but I’m keeping my eye on the storm and sending prayers down south.
I also want to take the time to remember those who lost their lives, their family members, and to those who stepped in to help during 9/11. No matter how many years pass, it will always be very sad and never forgotten.
Last weekend, I sat around talking with my mom about my upcoming trip to California. When I went to look at the time of my flight, it said the 6th and not the 9th, so I had to hurry up and get my work done, stuff packed, and schedule revolved around leaving on Wednesday instead of Saturday.
I spent Tuesday getting a lot done. For breakfast, I had my power green breakfast smoothie.
Green Protein Smoothie: 1 Tbsp Spirulina, 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 Scoop Collagen, 1 Scoop Maca Powder, 1 small frozen banana & 1 Cup Coconut Milk.
After packing, I put my new entry table in my hallway. My dad refurbished an old piece of furniture for me, and I love it. I had a rustic wood bench there, but this is so much more vintage and cute.
I stopped at Starbucks on Tuesday afternoon to pick up a pumpkin spice cappuccino with coconut milk. They ended messing up my order and threw a ton of drinks into a tray and giving them to me. It was kind of funny, but it worked. I ended up pouring the black coffee into the cappuccino. I even tried the coconut milk pumpkin spice frappuccino, and it was incredible, like dessert.
I headed over to a little park to take photos of the new Pumpkin Spice RXBARS (holy moly so good) for the giveaway! I hope you guys enter! Click here for the details.
Kyle and I ordered late night food from Zoe’s Kitchen while watching Bachelor in Paradise. I ordered the Tossed Greek Salad, and he ordered steak kabobs! It felt so weird not having the dogs with us. They are out at my parent’s house while I’m in California. It’s easier for them to have the dogs while I’m gone since my dad is retired.
I woke up really early on Wednesday morning to hit the gym before heading to the airport. I had my favorite breakfast smoothie and stopped at the Fresh Market for airport snacks.
I had to change out luggage because I wanted to bring my tennis racket to California. My brother is really good, so I knew he’d be able to give me a challenge, and some tips! He played tennis in Highschool, went to state, and taught tennis at our Country Club.
I got to the airport an hour before my flight, so I had time to decompress with a coconut milk cappuccino. I added some cinnamon and coconut to the drink as well. The feeling of getting to your gate with extra time is one of the best feelings. I hate the pre-airport anxiety.
Some of you were asking about my shoes on my Instagram story. Here is the link! They are the “blush” color 🙂 They come in so many colors and they are on sale! They are my most comfortable shoes, and PERFECT for traveling.
I was a little worried about the weather and travel plans, but the rain and wind stopped just in time.
On my flight to Dallas, I sat by Jose. I’m pretty sure we are best friends now. We talked the entire three hours, and probably making everyone around us annoyed. I loved his stories and his very good advice. He was on his way to Houston with Fema to help with the hurricane. I had so many movies downloaded on my computer reader to watch, but there is nothing better than interacting with an actual human being.
On my flight to L.A., I watched seven episodes of the show “Younger.” The show was so cute, and I can’t wait to watch more. It made the time fly (literally) by. Also, that was the best flight I’ve ever been on in my entire life. The new American Airline planes are incredible.
I made it to LAX 8 pm (west coast time), and I was so hungry. My brother and I grabbed dinner at Poke Bar.
I was so excited for this. I want Charlotte to get a Poke Bar so so so bad.
We took our bowls down to the Hermosa Beach pier. The moon was shining down on the water, and it was breathtaking. My bowl had brown rice, spring mix lettuce, spicy tuna, salmon, sesame oil, sweet chili sauce, avocado, sesame seeds, pineapple, jalapeno, seaweed salad, grab a salad, and crunchy garlic.
I woke up early to have coffee and go for a little walk around my brother’s neighborhood. I love the mornings here. It was chilli and I needed my sweatshirt.
For breakfast, I had fried egg over leftover poke! Random, but so tasty!
My brother and I walked a mile down to the tennis courts to play some matches.
We ended up playing for two hours. It was so much fun!
After tennis, we headed out to run some errands and grab some groceries for the house.
After grocery shopping, we grabbed our beach gear and headed down to Hermosa Beach.
We stayed for a couple of hours. We were sitting by a girl that was deathly afraid of the seagulls, and it was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. She was screaming (the horror movie kind of screams) every time one would fly over. At one point she was running around in circles and falling. It was so funny! Her boyfriend was sitting in the chairs cracking up as well, so we weren’t the only ones that found it humorous.
I poured a glass of my favorite sparkling water and topped it with blueberries before dinner.
We decided on hibachi night. My brother got a new grill for his place, so we had to break it in. I chopped up zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onions, asparagus, bell peppers, tofu, and chicken for our stir fry.
We seasoned the veggies with garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and ginger sesame sauce.
I was up again early (5:15 am) on Friday. My body is clockwork, so it’s still on Carolina time. I had a bowl of cheerios and some coffee!
My brother and I had plans to visit the Griffith Observatory. Before taking off, I had a bowl of fresh fruit and more coffee! It was like four hours after my first cup.
We plan on hiking the Hollywood sign this week, but it was pretty cool to see it!
We walked almost a mile up the trail to the Observatory.
The Griffith Observatory is a free planetarium with astronomy exhibits! A great spot to visit.
We headed down to the Art District for coffee at Groundwork.
I ordered a cashew milk iced latte with an extra shot of espresso. Very good 🙂
We walked around the Arts District Co-op and I bought a new pair of sunglasses and earrings.
My brother was thrilled to pose.
Sidenote…did anyone catch his “amazing” dance moves on my Instagram story? lol
My brother and I ate at the Urth Cafe for lunch. We are totally coming back here before I leave! I HAVE to try one of their green tea lattes! We ordered the falafel plate and vegetarian chili. It was so much food, so I’m so happy we split the meal. It came with pickled carrots, pickled shallots, pickled cauliflower, chickpea falafels, hummus, and an incredible side salad. The vegan salad had avocado, peaches, cherry tomatoes, capers, Italian beans, organic black wild rice, balsamic, and almond cheese. Almond cheese tasted like Ricotta!
We walked a bit more around the Art District and then headed back to my brother’s house.
I needed some coffee and DT.
I heated up leftover hibachi for dinner! Only the best.
Ok. so this is big. TC’S cats HAVE NOT liked me for the past six years. They would hide or bite the crap out of my hand. Now, they’re sitting with me, giving me kisses, and begging for morning treats. I am so happy that we have reached this level. I woke up early on Saturday morning to work a bit before heading to the bar to watch the Hawkeye game with my brother. Jax, the cat, and I cuddled for an hour.
How funny is this photo?
T.C. found an Iowa bar (Barney’s Beanery) in Redondo Beach! It was FILLED with Iowa fans, and if you wear Iowa gear, you get 40% your entire order during the game. And I had about three of their coffees. It was THAT GOOD.
I had to borrow one of my brother’s Iowa shirts. I tried to make it cute with a skirt, but 40% off was the only thing working.
It’s so weird to watch college football at 9 am in the morning, but that’s the west coast time for ya. We ordered breakfast around ten.
I had an egg white omelet with spinach, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and a side of strawberries. The food was spectacular! The game was AMAZING!!!! We went into overtime and won. GO HAWKS!!!
It was a beautiful day.
After the game, T.C. and I headed to some furniture stores to scope out some new things for his place. It was around 4 pm, and we both hit the wall. We walked the trail back to his house. For dinner, I made a salad! It had romaine lettuce, avocado, cucumber, chicken, sesame seeds, cranberries, Cabrese salami, balsamic, olive oil, and honey.
I decided to head down to the beach to read a book. I stopped at Starbucks along the way to grab a coconut milk cappuccino.
I took over 200 photos as the sun set. I am going to do a separate blog post soon with all of them! 🙂 The beach never gets old.
This was one of my favorite moments. It was so cold once the sun went down.
I packed up my book, bundled up, and headed back to the house. If I lived here, I’d do this every night. What a calming way to end the day. Our world is so beautiful.
When I got back, I made a little snack bowl for Netflixing and Chilling. It had kettle popcorn, protein Cheerios, dark chocolate pieces, and cranberries.
I was up early for the gym yesterday morning! It had been four days since weight lifting, so I was ready to get back to it.
We didn’t end up going to the gym later in the morning. Around nine, I had fresh fruit and eggs.
My eggs had leftover hibachi veggies! Strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, and clementines!
This workout was so great! I ended up buying new running shoes, so my run felt like I was running on clouds. I’ll post about my running shoes soon!
I was drenched after my workout, which means success.
My brother and I headed all over the place after the gym looking for home decor. We were starving late afternoon, so we stopped at Mendocino Farms. I HIGHLY recommend it if you’re ever in the area.
I ordered the avocado and quinoa salad. It had butter lettuce & romaine, curly kale, quinoa & millet, house-made superfood krunchies, (SERIOUSLY CRUNCHY) black bean, roasted corn & jicama succotash, red onions,
cilantro, Cotija cheese, grape tomatoes, avocado and chipotle vinaigrette. I also had organic free range chicken breast on the side. AMAZING.
My brother ordered the Mama Chen’s Chinese salad with tofu. It had napa cabbage & kale slaw with carrots & bean sprouts, butter lettuce & romaine, scallions, cilantro, toasted slivered almonds, crispy wontons with miso mustard sesame dressing. I had a bite and confirm it was delicious!
I’d love to come back and try one of their sandwiches next time.
We spent the next two hours organizing, hanging mirrors, and adding decor to the house.
We stopped at Sprouts on the way home to grab snacks and an easy dinner. Oh, and I’m already obsessed with Sprouts. Why can’t we have one in Charlotte!?
We tried the Daiya supreme pizza, and it was so good. I was excited for my brother to try it, and he loved it too! This is a vegan pizza that doesn’t taste “vegan.”
I had it with a side of jalapeno kale chips, veggies, and hummus! I started a new show last night on Netflix. If you haven’t seen A Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, you should! It’s so good.
Questions for you!
- Where is your happy place?
- Have you had anything pumpkin spice flavored yet?
- Have you entered the RXBAR giveaway yet??