Monday, November 13, 2017

One year ago today...






I am a lover of most, if not all, animals. I grew up with MANY pets -- dogs, cats, turtles, rats, lizards, fish, bunnies, etc. Though my favorite has always been cats... I know, I know. They're evil little demons who will eat your face if you die alone in your house while your dog will starve to death before they ever think of doing such a thing. Well... survival of the fittest I say! LOL.

But seriously, this is the story of my first pet adoption as an adult and how Cider was the chosen. I really wanted a cat and our apartment unfortunately doesn't allow dogs so my boyfriend had to compromise and we spent time looking for adoption centers. We searched for two weeks and for some reason it was legitimately hard to find a place in our area that actually had a decent selection to choose from. Finally I came across Adopt & Shop Culver City (click to learn more) and I was thrilled to see so many kittens and cats. The staff was so wonderful and helpful from the moment we walked in. The facility was clean and had plenty of "play rooms" for potential pet parents to spend some time with the babies. We played with about 5-6 different kittens hoping to find that one playful, friendly and hopefully not skittish cat. Having liked all of them but none standing out I was thinking we'd have to come back another day BUT I noticed some back cages with a litter of kittens in each and then ONE little baby by herself. Apparently she had had a cold but she was all better so we could play with her. 

We played with her and she was playful and like climbing into our laps so my boyfriend jokingly told her to "meow" if she wanted to come home with us, she climbed up to his chest and let out the cutest little mew -- she was the winner ;) We kept the name the center gave her because it just seemed to fit and she's been such a great addition to our home bringing joy all year... except at 4am when she decides to run track across the living room but you know, CATS. 

If you're looking to adopt I recommend checking out one of the many Adopt and Shop locations, they're amazing! Also they team up with SNPLA (click to learn more) for discounted vaccines, the Culver City spot is the first Saturday of every month and we go for all of Cider's boosters and vaccines. 

Check out Adopt & Shop Culver City Yelp: CHECK HERE

FOLLOW CIDER ON INSTAGRAM @cider_cat TO KEEP UP WITH HER CAT SHENANIGANS #meow

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Where To Get Drunk With Your Man (WTGDWYM) Part I: Seven Grand/Mas Malo




This fun little series is about where to get drunk with your significant other; in my case with my man. There have been times where our friends are being lame and can't get the evenings plans together so we had out for a night out on our own or we just want get a few drinks, which sometimes turn into a long night. This will be a list of our favorite spots with tips about atmosphere, drinks, etc. 

Seven Grand is a great little whiskey bar located above Mas Malo in Downtown Los Angeles. This place is great if you enjoy some good whiskey, they have a nice selection. There's what I call like a cabin decor -- wood walls, dark colored furniture, deer heads, antlers, small deer lamps and so on. Although a little pricey this is a great place to chill and have drinks while shooting some pool and smoke some cigars, side note: there's a small selection of cigars in the back corner bar.

Don't miss out on this spot, great place to get carried away for the night with just you and your person. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

World Series Heartbreak




If you have read my blog before you have to know I have deep love for the Los Angeles Dodgers. You would also have to know that I was extremely excited for them to be in the World Series, their first time since 1988. And lastly, you would have to know how utterly sad I am that we lost in Game 7 last night. I appreciate the fact that we at least made it and were able to have a fairly decent series and that it wasn't a total blow out. But man to be so close and not to take it all at home is rough.

I just have to say -- Boys in Blue, I still love you.
Until next year.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mini Korean Beauty Haul




I have heard so many great things about Korean beauty products for such a long time that I finally had to try some out for myself. I highly recommend checking out Amazon for some great steals and there's plenty of reviews to read so you can pick what's best for you and your skin type.

Product #1: MIZON Snail Recovery Gel Cream - it has 74% snail secretions, I know EW right? But snail secretions are packed with nutrients that are in most skin care products already so you're basically getting the good stuff directly from the source! Even better this one is a 2 - pack! Check it out here.

Product #2: ETUDE HOUSE Collagen Eye Patch - as I think most people know collagen has many benefits that aren't just limited to your skin care but it is a building block for elasticity and necessary for reducing signs of aging. You can get this in packs of 10, check it here.

Product #3: ETUDE HOUSE My Lash Serum - I love this serum! I'm unsure of what ingredients are directly beneficial for eye lash growth but it seems to work; making my lashes fuller. I even use some on my brows and it makes a difference.
Find it here.

Product #4: MLMSY Life Hospital Collagen Lip Gel Mask - again with the collagen! People I'm telling you it's like magic. Softens lips and fine lines around your mouth reducing the signs of aging. My boyfriend says I look like I'm from Silence of the Lambs, "it puts the lotion on the skin" lol. Check it out here if you don't mind the serial killer look.

Share with me your favorite skin care/beauty products in the comments below; and don't forget to subscribe!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Summer 2017 - RECAP

After being MIA for most of the summer I'm here to do a recap of some of the fun I've been having - mostly in picture :) Hopefully you've been killin' your summer as well. 
Scroll through and enjoy!

May
Mother's Day with the best there is - Creole/Cajun lunch in Santa Barbara
One of  many Dodger games with my honey :)
& friends #itfdb
SKYSLIDE at SkySpace in DTLA.
View from the Top - Skyspace.
June
Father's Day at 6 Flags with my dudes :)

I turned 30 on June 23rd... I surprised myself & kept it lowkey, spending the weekend with my family. I didn't even take a pictures - except this silly one the next day. I was trying to get a picture with Cider cat but she slipped away right as I took it. She hates me haha. Can't complain 30 feels pretty good.
July
Spent 4 days in Encinitas and San Diego, celebrating a birthday and eating and drinking NON STOP
...but good people, good food and good drinks is the best.
Enjoying the Dragon Bowl at BANG BANG SUSHI/BAR - so good it sneaks up on ya!


Another Dodger game... of course!

August

One of many Twilight Concerts on the Beach
Beach, drinks, music.
Stop on the way home from a day trip to Palm Springs
Dinosaur Museum

Babe's Cowboys play the Rams in preseason

Friday, April 14, 2017

Joys of THAT Pink Mailer


I recently re-subscribed to ipsy as I canceled my monthly shipment a few months back due to I wanted to save a little. At only $10 a month it doesn't seem like much but it all adds up. Although, I realized how much I missed the joys of seeing that bright, shiny pink mailer in my mailbox each month. Also before my "21 Days of Beauty" splurge I couldn't remember the last time I actually bought mascara, I had samples upon samples and since I wear little to no make up on a daily basis those mini tubes were lasting me a long while. 

Ipsy finally coaxed me back with "miss you" emails or "see what's new"notifications. In February they were offering a free ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip with MY choice from 3 shades and I was suckered in right before the offer ended. I chose a pink/purple-ish color called Viper. Patiently waiting for it's arrival and TODAY - it finally appeared!

As it is Friday and for some reason that always makes me happy no matter what I'm doing, the trademark pink mailer from ipsy was icing on the cake that is Friday so I just had to share :)

I've listed the products below, click and check them out:

The IPSY pre-launch of the Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Blush Brush tickled my inner child, reminding me of pencil holders, backpacks and notebooks from fourth grade.

 I love a good lip balm so Adesse New York Cupuacu Butter Lip Balm was so smooth on soft on my lips! *heart eye emoji* CLICK HERE

I don't know they do it but I've been wanting to try a new bronzer but never know where to start and then this arrives. Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer - check it out HERE.

A girl can't go without her liquid eyeliner and precision is key. Jesse's Girl Liquid Eyeliner has got to be sent from the cat eye wing gods. Perfect your cat eye HERE.

Eau Thermale Avene's Rich Compensating Cream is like silky smoothness on the skin. Mind you if you don't like thick moisturizers this might not be for you. See it HERE.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ulta's 21 Days Of Beauty 2017



I could not believe my eyes when I came across an article about the "best products to buy" for Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty. I had never even HEARD of this wonderful 3 week beauty bonanza! Of course, I ran to the nearest Ulta to join in on the fun. I could have done more damage but I had to refrain from draining my entire bank account #willpower

Ulta's 21 days run from March 19th to April 8th giving you plenty of time to shop and save. I really wanted to try the EXUVIANCE Performance Peel AP25, originally $77 at 50% off. After that I couldn't help myself and purchased my first ever bareMinerals powder foundation and brush, bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing mascara, itCosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye water proof concealer, along with a couple extras make up setting spray and purse hand sanitizer.

I've never purchased or used bareMinerals products even though I've always heard great things so I am excited to use the foundation and mascara. I don't wear make up every day so I have yet to try it out. I might have to do a make up post ;) There's a couple days left to get some great daily deals, which I'll probably be doing, and if you want to know exactly what's on sale each day go here: Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty

If you'd like to buy some of the items I purchased follow the links below:

Foundation:  bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 - Medium Tan
Brush: bareMinerals Beautiful Finish Brush
Mascara: bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing mascara
Concealer: it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer - Medium
Facial Peel: EXUVIANCE Performance Peel AP25