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Stay Your Ass Out of the Poppy Fields

April 11, 2017

Stay Your Ass Out of the Poppy Fields

Hiking path at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Park.

Let me preface this blog post by saying, I love a good photo op as much as the next person, but over the last couple of weeks my Instagram feed was hit with a flood of almost identical photoshoots in the California Poppy Reserve located in Antelope Valley, California. Hence the underscore “reserve.”  Prior to seeing all the poppy-licious photos, my mom shared that she wanted to visit weeks ago….actually for years but never got around to it. She intrinsically wanted to see the poppies. It wasn’t a trend for her.  However, my mom is usually ahead of her time as she enlightened me about Coachella way before it was cool. Upon seeing all of the photo ops, my immediate thought was, “It’s so trendy, I don’t even want to go.” And to be honest, I didn’t really want to drive out there anyway.  I thought, “maybe I’ll admire from afar.” I just didn’t get a case of FOMO….at all. read more

Travel

My top 5 travel hacks

July 13, 2016

My TOP 5 Travel HACKs

I’m heading to Mexico for a short, but much needed vacay at the end of the month, so I’ve been thinking a lot about how I travel.  As well as my tried and true hacks I’ve used within the last few years that have  served me well.  Take a peek at my top five hacks I never travel anywhere without. I will eventually put together a longer list of travel hacks that work for me in another post.  I hope you find it useful. read more

Living - Travel

9 Stylish Hotel Rooms to Inspire Your Dream Home

April 27, 2016

9 Stylish Hotel Rooms to Inspire Your Dream Home #monarch #interior #decor #travel #home

In my previous living posts, I talked about being in the throws of re-decorating my place and was super inspired.  And of course, I planned on shooting a tour and featuring it on the blog.  However, since I am now moving at the end of the month, and will be decorating again, I decided to hold off and chronicle the process in a new space.  Of course, I am re-inspired by decor again, and even more excited.   I’m still not quite sure of what I want each room to look like, but here are a few stylish hotel spaces that get my creative juices going. read more

Travel

My 30th Birthday in Joshua Tree + Our Airbnb

April 12, 2016

#joshuatree #yuccavalley #desert #california TheDailyMonarch.comI recently celebrated my 30th birthday in the desert, and it was simply amazing.  Good tunes, perfect drinks, and cooking with my loved ones.  It was exactly the way I wanted to celebrate my 30th – in the most beautiful and peaceful setting.  I felt liberated and loved. read more

Travel

What To Do and Eat In Santa Ynez Valley

March 7, 2016

What To Do And Eat in Santa Ynez Valley #california #travel #wanderlust

As I previously mentioned in my Mt. Baldy post, my quest to seize my home state has been a goal of mine this year, and so far I’m not doing too shabby.  This past Valentine’s Day, my wonderful, sweet boyfriend took me on a trip to Solvang.  Literally the cutest little Danish town dropped in central California, and it’s only a two hour drive from L.A.  Surprisingly, I had never heard of this place, but it quickly became one of my favorite getaways.

Here are a few of my favorite things from the trip: read more

Travel

A Late Afternoon at Mt. Baldy

January 24, 2016

A Late Afternoon in Mt. Baldy #wanderlust #travel #california #mtbaldy

The beauty of living in Southern California is experiencing all of the exhilarating local escapes.  You can literally decide the day of, to pack a bag road trip it to encounter crisp blue waves crashing ashore, a gorgeous desert, or even the snow; and all within 2 to 3 hours or less. I have made it my personal goal to explore more of California this year.  There is still so much I have not seen, and I am a freaking native!

So last week, the beau and I decided to explore Mt. Baldy. Mt. Baldy is the highest point of the massive San Gabriel Mountain Range, and is just an hour outside of Los Angeles.  Prior to committing to a full ski or snowboard day, we decided to first check it out and get into some tobogganing.  Unfortunately, Patty Mayonnaise was not feeling well, and we did not make it out to Mt. Baldy until late Saturday afternoon.  But though we only had a few hours, we did have an absolute blast.  Here is why we would visit again: read more