Y’all I’m so sorry that I’m just now getting day 3 of my California trip up here on the blog. This was by far the best day, so I’m excited to share with you. If you’re like me, you may have been an avid watcher of the OC when in high school ;) I was totally Team Seth ok?! I wanted to be sure to visit Orange County on my California trip, but I was sure not to develop any expectations based on TV shows. Believe me, the OC was GORGEOUS! It was so so beautiful. Here’s more about my trip south to the OC and where I stayed.

Since I had a major photo shoot on day 2 in LA, I knew I needed some relaxation. I had read about the shops on Abbot Kinney in Venice which was very close to Santa Monica. There was a Caudalie boutique shop that I found, so I immediately called and scheduled a facial. Since I would be checking into my OC hotel later in the afternoon, I decided to get a facial on my way down. It was an amazing facial, and I was introduced to some awesome Caudalie products. I ended up grabbing the Vinoperfect Radiance serum after I loved the results. Here are the details on the serum from Sephora: highly concentrated, natural, oil-free serum that combats dark spots, evens skin tone, and boosts radiance—and proven to be 62 times more effective than vitamin C. After using this for a couple of weeks, my dark spots are definitely lighter and I’m really excited about it!

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Shopping was awesome in Venice. Be sure to grab lunch at Lemonade if you’re in the neighborhood. I got to visit the flagship store for TOMS! I wear TOMS to work almost every single day, because I have to have closed toe shoes. I grabbed this pair and this pair! I’m loving the collab with Clare V, so be sure to get some before they’re gone! I then got to visit one of my favorite jewelry stores, Gorjana. I have several pieces that I’ve ordered from Nordstrom, but I was excited to see a store in person. These are my favorite studs that I wear almost daily. I also had to get the following:

*fun fact: the blue studs represent wisdom + the pink studs represent dreaming*

After shopping and my facial, I decided to drive down to the OC. Now keep in mind that I left Venice around 1pm and that was NOT enough time. I got stuck in traffic on the 405, and it was a nightmare to say the least. I didn’t end up arriving at my hotel until 7pm!

I checked into the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, and y’all it was hands down the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever stayed in. They hooked me up with the most incredible view!

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I didn’t even leave the room until the next morning. I ended up ordering room service and watching the sunset from my balcony, because it was that good! And trust me, this room service was SO good. The best part about the Ritz though is the service. I had been in contact with the team, and they were so kind to leave me some welcome gifts in the room, including these amazing chocolate covered strawberries. #RCmemories

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I know that it seems that trip was pretty short, and I totally agree with you. I do believe that I was able to squeeze in the perfect itinerary of places I wanted to see. I will for sure be going back to stay for a week at the Ritz in Laguna Niguel. Orange County is so breathtaking, and I can’t wait to spend more time there.

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Be sure to book the ocean view, I promise you won’t regret it! These photos are all from my balcony. Be sure to come back Friday to see all of my photos I took with my photographer in LA.

If you want to read more about my California adventure, see day 1 + day 2.

Thanks for reading! XO,

Rebekah

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Happy Tuesday y’all! I hope you enjoyed seeing my recap of day 1 in California yesterday. Today I’m sharing what my day 2 looked like and where I stayed that night. I only had four days & three nights in California, but I knew I wanted to make the most of it. I had never seen the Pacific Ocean, so that was #1 on my list! I had heard amazing things about the Pacific Coast Highway as well. Here’s what I was up to on day 2 that took me to Marina del Rey.

I had planned to hire a photographer to shoot some photos for me while in LA. I found the sweetest, most helpful person to help me! She delivered amazing photographs. I thought I would share a couple from my phone here, but next week I’m sharing ALL of the photos we took! I’ll be sure to let you know when that goes live.

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I headed out Thursday morning and got a blowout at Drybar at 7am. It sounds crazy, but I was still stuck on Arkansas time…so it seemed more like 9am. I had rounded up several places I wanted to take photos, but WOW was the universe laughing at me. Let me explain why in two words…parking and traffic. That’s right, even though all 10 places were within a couple of miles, it took us 5 hours to shoot all of the looks! FIVE HOURS. Now all of you California people are probably reading this and making fun of me. I’m from a small (tiny) town in Arkansas where we have nothing even remotely compared to the traffic I saw in LA. It was insanity!

After my photo shoot, I headed to the hotel to check in. More about where I stayed below. After getting everything organized in my room, I decided to drive north & west. I wanted to see the Santa Monica Pier, so I headed there first. Turns out it was packed and I really didn’t have any idea to get where I was going. Since it was getting dark quickly, I wanted to see Malibu. I got on the PCH and headed to Malibu. Y’all…it was gorgeous!!! The waves hitting the rocks was so so relaxing.

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And in true extra girl fashion, I grabbed some lemonade from LEMONADE. It was worth it ;)

It was getting dark so I headed back to the Santa Monica Pier to see the Ferris Wheel all lit up. Did I get a picture? No. Am I the worst travel blogger ever? Yes.

After my long day, I was super excited to stay at the Ritz Carlton for a relaxing evening. I stayed on the lounge floor, which I highly recommend when traveling.

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The lounge floor is great, because they provide several small food offerings throughout the day. It’s great to just head down the hall for breakfast or a snack during the day. You also have your own personal concierge to help you during your stay. I highly recommend this hotel if you’re headed to the area. I can always depend on the Ritz Carlton brand to provide impeccable service and amenities.

I was super happy with my view outside my window in Marina del Rey:

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I feel like this is the quintessential California view with so many beautiful yachts and boats. I’ll share more about shopping around this area in my day 3 post ;)

Have you been to Marina del Rey? Thanks for reading!

XO,

Rebekah

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Happy Monday! I’m finally (sadly) back into the swing of work after being off for a few days during my California trip. It was a must needed (surprise) trip! If you don’t follow me on social media, I WON tickets to the Snow Patrol concert in Hollywood. I had been dying to go, but I wasn’t able to because of work. Thankfully, when I won the tickets, my boss was able to cover work for when I was gone. I quickly booked a plane ticket, rental car, and hotel stays! I thought I would recap what I did each day (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) and write a blog post on each one. Today I wanted to share my day 1 details of what I did in Hollywood.

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Since I’m from a tiny town in Arkansas, I have to drive to an airport. I usually fly out of Springfield, Missouri and almost always have a connection through Dallas. I am a loyal traveler of American Airlines! I find the flights to be on time and easy to make.

I got up super early and left Springfield at 6am. I flew through Dallas and got to LA around 11am. I booked a rental car through Enterprise, because I got an amazing deal on an SUV. I wanted a car that was similar to mine, because I (thought) knew that LA traffic was going to insane…little did I really know what it was like.

I headed straight to Bellacures for a mani/pedi then DryBar for a blowout. It was so awesome to wake up and not have to worry about how my hair looked for the concert because I knew DryBar would hook me up! After my blowout, I checked in to the Kimpton Everly hotel. The concert was at the Fonda Theatre, and the Kimpton was super close within walking distance.

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Did I mention that my room had an amazing view of both the Hollywood sign AND the Griffith Observatory? I highly recommend this hotel for its convenience to all things Hollywood! It’s clean, modern, new, and the beds are super comfy!

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I decided to go ahead and get ready for the concert, so I put on my makeup and headed out to Hollywood Blvd. There was a Shake Shack across from the theatre, so I had dinner there. I had only ever eaten SS in Dallas, so I was happy.

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This concert was unlike any other one I had ever been to. Not only was I finally getting to see Snow Patrol in person, but it was a standing room only concert. I have only ever been to HUGE event venues like stadiums, so this was an awesome experience. The venue only holds 1,200 people so it was definitely a more intimate setting.

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If you didn’t know, I’ve had a huge crush on Gary for years. His voice is dreamy y’all! And yes, they were the ones who sang “Chasing Cars” on THAT episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Don’t worry though, they have way more songs than just that. Their new album comes out on May 25th after taking a 7 year break. The new songs they played are so good!

It was a long day but an amazing day! I finally got to see my favorite band play in a new city and state that I had never visited before. Be sure to check back soon for day 2 of my California adventure ;)

XO,

Rebekah

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