Evenings in LA

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LA evenings ❤

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone is having an awesome start to the week, I’m spending my day studying but I think today’s study break is going to be a run later this afternoon.  No rain at the moment, hope it holds off haha.  A good workout can clear your head and refresh you brain SO well.  The best medicine for stress, in my opinion.  Another great way to spend an evening off is being fab in LA…but that only happens on the rarest occasions haha.  Last time I was in LA, I had the best night hopping around downtown and discovered some sick spots along the way, so I’d thought I’d share them with you!

The night started off in the Fairfax area.  I had a pre-conference happy hour event in this part of town, so before the fun I got a blowout at the nearby Salon Three.  I was lucky enough to try using a new app called Prête.  It’s kind of like Uber for hair salons: you pick your area on the map and the time you want, and will get an appointment at the nearest salon.  I got one at Salon Three and was so happy with the result (I hardly ever do stuff like this, but I had the opportunity so it was awesome to get a little pampering!).  The salon was super cute, as well.  If you’re getting a blowout there, ask for Jeremiah; he was awesome.  The app is just in the states at the moment, but Canada need something like this!

After sipping some coffee while getting the hair did, I headed over to Rolling Greens for the Create & Cultivate happy hour event.  This location is so cool!  It’s a garden and interior decor store, half outside, that doubles as an event spot.  So many sick plants and Pinterest worthy set ups.  We got to take home a succulent (hand selected and self-potted, so fun) as a goodie.  Kind of felt like I was sipping my champagne in the jungle haha.

After mingling with some conference babes, it was tine to Uber to Santa Monica to continue the night with Essex!  We love Santa Monica, so many good restaurants and the vibes are just right, ya know?  Our fave restaurant there is Blue Plate Oysterette, a little sea food spot with the coolest decor and delicious food.  The drinks there also hit the spot…try their sangria for a refreshing summer drink.  Honestly everything I ever order there is so good, but the truffle lobster mac n’ cheese is a must!  Drooling just thinking about it.  Also, check out their bathrooms: the wall paper is next level, just a big collage of ocean themed magazine clippings…so many sea creatures (my jam).

After dinner we continued the night with drinks at The Bungalow, also in Santa Monica.  A classic spot drinks, where famous faces are often spotted.  Really awesome decor, too…true to the name, it indeed feels like you’re in a beach bungalow.  A little pricey for drinks, but I think that’s standard in LA.  The atmosphere is super rad, and worth the splurge I think (especially if you’re on vacation).

The lovely thing about LA is Uber…we were home so quick and without a crazy high taxi fee.  When is Vancouver going to take the hint?

There you have it, a night out in LA…so fun.  What if that was my everyday life?  Nah, it wouldn’t be as special then.  The study life chose me haha.  I’m not complaining, super fortunate to be in my position, and it makes me truly appreciate the time off adventures.  Here’s to working hard and then playing hard babeskillets, Tita xx

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Create & Cultivate LA Conference: Ultimate Recap

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Create & Cultivate LA Conference 2018 ❤

Hello hello!  Just wrapped up a day of studying and am reminiscing about the Create & Cultivate Conference I was so fortunate to attend in LA a month ago.  It was my first time going to a non-medical conference and it was so fun!  So many boss babes in one place, and also so many cute outfits in one place haha.  It was really amazing to see all the ladies and learn their stories of both success and failure (which leads to a different kind of success, always).  Take home message: you can do whatever you want to do if you work hard and want it.  No excuses, as Kim Kardashian told us haha.  I can be have a rad blog AND be a doctor AND shred my butt off in the mountains.  ‘Twas the perfect boost of energy I needed to help me keep crushing the study game these next few months.  One step at a time.  Also, it was dope to put away the stethoscope and spend the day checking out some of my favorite beauty brands while meeting some of the babes behind the companies.

Here’s a highlight reel of the day (in picture form above):

-arrived to the most aesthetic conference venue I’ve ever seen (the medical world should take note haha)

-met one of my fave LA bloggers, Brittany Xavier: one of the first bloggers I started following when I got into this blog thing, love her boyish chic style

-browsed the pop-up shops including Sage Wellness (a company from Vancouver actually), Reebok (scored some fresh workout kicks), and La Croix (who had the best straws haha)

-avocado wallpaper, enough said

-ran into an OG Degrassi actress, Nina Dobrev: if you know, you know

-met the babes at Nudestix and got to try their new roll-on liquid eyeliner (game changer)

-got my hair did by the gals are The Glam App (shoutout to at @littleeefforts!)

-got my refreshment on with La Croix and Chandon among other tasty treats along the way

-listened to so many boss babe speakers including Aimee Song (of Song of Style), Anine Bing, Lauren Conrad, Chrissy Teigen, Jen Atkin, and Kim Kardashian

-and finally, came home with a mountain of amazing products to use!!!

It was an awesome experience and I’m so happy was I able to attend.  Fun and inspiring, a great combo!  Cheers babeskillets, Tita xx

 

Huntington Beach Mornings

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Happy Saturday everyone!  Woke up to beautiful weather, so I took advantage and went for a run this afternoon.  The best study break.  It’s also Easter weekend and on the Saturday it’s Polish tradition to go bless your Easter basket (full of eggs, sausage, bread, etc.), then you eat all the blessed food on Sunday.  So that was today’s bizz: bless, study, workout…and of course some more Easter prep for tomorrow.  Essex is arriving late tonight, too; so excited to see him!  Anyway, speaking of sunny days…thought I would share what mornings in Huntington Beach look like.  I love Huntington Beach, it’s away from the hectic factor of LA but still has a lively vibe.  Kind of like a Californian Whistler.  First thing’s first: coffee and breakfast.  There’s a little spot right off PCH called 602 Coffee House.  There’s outdoor seats facing the water (we watched some storm clouds roll in…then roll out haha), perfect for soaking up the sun.  My latte was super good, and they have açaí bowls, too!  Try the one with peanut butter: delish.  Next up: shopping (or browsing) on Main St.   This is the place to go for anything surf related: wetsuits, bikinis, boards…so much of all of it and so many shops to choose from.  Also, lots of clothes from all the fave surf babe brands (Billabong, Rip Curl, etc.).  What I love about Huntington is it’s history.  It’s been a surf town since back in the day (I mean it’s known as Surf City USA haha) and I love looking at old photos of the town and beach (especially the evolution of people’s swimwear haha).  There’s actually a cute little coffee shop inside one of the surf shops called Java Point, complete with Hurley coffee cups.  Another must is a stroll on the pier.  Watching waves roll in overlooking the beach is just so damn pretty.  There’s even a paved trail along the whole beach perfect for biking or running…or patio sessioning haha.  If you walk to the very very end of the pier, you’ll find Ruby’s Diner: it’s been there since the 80’s and is still serving customers.  An old school 50’s themed diner on the pier…so dope.  The historic Orange County piers have such a neat vibe to them.  Seal Beach pier is great, too…both the pier and the beach are little quieter: perfect for a chill afternoon of reading and surfing after a fun morning in Huntington.  Happy weekending babeskillets, Tita xx

Coffee and Croissants in the City

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Downtown Vancouver in the sun ❤

Happy Monday babeskillets!  Sharing another Vancouver fave with you all today: Small Victory Bakery in Yaletown.  My order of choice:  a latte (regular, matcha, or rooibos) and a plain croissant.  Best croissants in the city in my opinion.  A visit here is best paired with a walk through downtown on a sunny day.  From the waterfront views to the historic buildings (like The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver), downtown has a little bit of everything to offer.  I need to go to the Vancouver Art Gallery soon to check out the Takashi Murakami exhibit before it’s gone (and you should, too)!  Next study break haha.  Hope you all had a dope day babeskillets, Tita xx

 

Hello Striped Bikini

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bikini: Sabo Skirt (top here and bottoms here) / sunnies: Lulus (here) / bag: Verge Girl (similar here) / flip flops: Dolce Vita (from Lulus here)

Happy Tuesday babeskillets!  I’m happy to say that after a big morning of studying, I headed into the city for a couple girly meet-ups with friends (old and new).  Currently getting a little work down in a cafe, feeling cozy inside while the rain falls outside.  Funny how fast the weather can change here, yesterday it was almost beach weather!  With that being said, summer is around the corner so here’s some bikini inspo for you babes.  If you know me, you know I have a thing for stripes (understatement of the year) so this little ‘kini has my vote.  Love the clay color and tie details, too.  Beach zebra safari mode (it’s a mode).  All you need to add is some sunnies and tanning oil (go for natural stuff, like Bali Body – I’m officially addicted).  Californian beach afternoons are the best that way.  Stay cozy today babeskillets, Tita xx

 

Sundays in Southern California

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bikini: Blackbough Swim (top here and bottoms here) / sunnies: Lulus (here) / straw bag: Verge Girl (similar here)

Sundays in Southern California might be my favorite kind of Sunday.  There’s something so chill about being on the coast in a semi tropical (compared to Vancouver) environment.  Wake up, go surf, eat breakfast, and CHILL.  What better way to chill than homemade Piña Coladas or (and) Coronas?  After a little refreshment, it’s time to head to the beach and chill in the warm dunes.  Plans?  Tossing around the volleyball, tanning, and general beach frolicking.  Today my day is more about studying, studying, and more studying…but it’s nice to remember those extra relaxing Sundays by the sea.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend babeskillets, Tita xx

Gingham Romper

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romper: Sabo Skirt (here) / hat: Lulus (here and in another color here) / bag: Verge Girl (similar here) / shoes: Dolce Vita (from Lulus here and in another color here) / necklace: NA-KD (here) / bracelet: David Yurman / sunnies: Lulus (here)

Californian winters, am I right?  I doesn’t get much better.  A few of my current fave pieces in one look while strolling around Huntington Beach.  Gingham, the print that keeps on giving, in romper form.  So comfortable for cruising around town in.  Woven bags are also all over the place and I’m obsessed with this round one!  Fits all the day’s necessities.  One of the many things I love about California is that the beach is just a few steps away.  With that in mind, I always have some beach essentials in my purse…and straw bags work for both the beach and the streets.  A basic black baker boy cap and some simple white mules finish off this laid back monochromatic outfit.  I could wear this kind of stuff everyday: cute and comfortable is the best combo.  What’s your go-to summer look?  Happy Thursday babeskillets, Tita xx