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24 Hours in Mykonos Written By Guest Blogger, My mom!

August 21, 2017

My mom recently traveled to Greece and given she is a great writer, I asked her to share her 24 hours in Mykonos!

24 Hours in Mykonos Written By Guest Blogger, My mom!

I spent 24 hours in Mykonos. We arose in the wee hours of the morning and took a ferry from Athens.  And were at sea for over 4 hours. We probably should have flown. If you take the Blue Starr Ferry, be sure you purchase reserved seating. It’s the difference between business class airline seating and sitting at the food court in a mall. We ate, slept, and stared out at the Aegean Sea – from which being a product of the California school system, I did not know was part of the Mediterranean Sea.

When we arrived in Mykonos we just got happy. It looks exactly the way you think it does. Everything is white and blue and bright. I mean bright. Shades are not optional. You need them to protect your eyes. I thought LA was bright. But Mykonos is BRIGHT. We went straight to our hotel to drop off our things and shower. We stayed at the Hotel Carbonaki, a lovely little boutique hotel in the middle of town, but off a quiet side street.  The owners were kind and helpful. They gave us tips and recommendations for our visit.  So we were off to see this beautiful gem of an island. BF wanted a snack and I wanted coffee, so we walked into Yogurt Berry. It is set up like Yogurtland and branded like Pinkberry. I had a cafe Americana with the yummiest milk made into a cream on top. read more

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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

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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

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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

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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