Redondo in Purple

Redondo Beach
New Look
Lifeguard station
sitting in sand
California beach
TEE: New Look from Asos  |  JEANS: H&M (similar)  |  SNEAKERS: Target  |  BAG: Coach (gift)
          I bought this t-shirt with birthday money recently and I love it so much.  I love the color and the gold embroidery.  I am a huge embroidery fan and also love t-shirts with locations on them.  It reminds me of a souvenir t-shirt.  I have been to NYC but didn't get a shirt from there so I thought it would be fun to get this one.  It also fits really well and the fabric feels super nice.  We spent some time in Redondo Beach because we went to a Thai restaurant and wanted to walk around the beach area for a bit.  I haven't spent much time at the beaches north of Long Beach (normally go to O.C.), so it was refreshing.  

Louis Vuitton Exhibit

TOP: H&M  |  SKIRT: H&M  |  SHOES: Massini  |  PURSE: Coach  |  NECKLACE: Gift
          Sunday we stopped by the Louis Vuitton pop-up exhibit in Beverly Hills.  I had seen a lot about it on social media and wanted to check it out.  It's a free exhibit/museum that focuses on Louis Vuitton.  When you first walk in there is a bunch of original trunks and bags that were made by him.  Then, it moves along to silk scarves, collaborations, and unique bags.  There are a bunch of cool photo opportunities as well.  One room is full of dresses that were worn by celebrities on the red carpet.  It was really cool to be able to see the detail up close.  There is a store upstairs and a little balcony area.  Unfortunately, today was the last day so you can't visit it at this point.  Afterward, we just walked around Beverly Hills and got a mocha latte at Alfred.  

L'Oreal Paris Brass Toning Purple Shampoo Review

          Today I decided to review this purple shampoo that I have been using.  It's the L'Oreal Paris Ever Pure Brass Toning Purple Shampoo.  This is not a sponsored or collaborative post.  I just felt like doing it.  I have been using it for about six weeks.  I use it because I lighten my hair myself with boxed dye and occasionally it comes out a bit more orange than I would want.  I got it from Target, after doing some research on brands.  I chose it because it had the best reviews, but was also one of the most affordable.  Also, it's paraben-free, and I only use paraben-free products for the most part.
          I use it about 1-2 times per week.  I will let it sit on my hair for a few minutes before I wash it off.  I don't know if that is necessary, but it's what I do.  So far, it seem like it works to some degree.  It has made my hair a little bit less orange.  It also seems to take out some of the blonde though.  My hair just looks less vibrant.  I think it is better to be less vibrant as long as it's not orange.  I think it works for how inexpensive it is.  I would recommend it, but don't expect extreme results.  It's very subtile.

31st Birthday at Disneyland

TOP: H&M  |  JEANS: H&M  |  SHOES: Ked's   |  BACKPACK: Primark
          This year for my 31st birthday we went back to Disneyland.  We hadn't been since before moving to California.  We last visited several years ago for our anniversary/NYE.  I think this visit was more fun because we did a little bit more research and went during a weekday.  The park was much less crowded and we were able to go on nearly every ride.  They have a new app that lets you view wait times for every ride in real time.  It's super helpful and convenient.  It allows you to get so much more accomplished because you can just go straight to the areas that have a short wait and get a Fastpass for longer waits.  I highly recommend it if you are going to Disney.  
          Since it's almost Halloween the park is decorated for the holiday.  I've always wanted to come during this time of year because all of the pumpkins are super cute.  There is this huge one right at the entrance and other ones scattered all over the park.  There is also a Halloween light show and other events and shows for the holiday.  I wore this cute sequin Mickey tee that I got for only $5 at H&M!  It was such a good find.  It's the kind of sequins where you can change the image, depending on if they are facing up or down.  He is smiling if you push them all down, and winking if you push them up.  I couldn't find any of my Mickey ear headbands, so I didn't wear one.  
          We got to check out the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge area of the park, which was amazing.  I'm not a hug Star Wars fan, more of a casual viewer and I enjoy them.  I have seen all of the movies. It was just so cool because of how realistic everything was.  There was so much detail put into every aspect.  Even if you aren't a Star Wars fan, I recommend checking it out.  

Lots of Pink

T-SHIRT: Love, Peace, & Lazy Days  |  JEANS: Asos  |  BAG: Target
          I found this tee at T.J. Maxx a while ago and even though it seems super young, I had to buy it.  It's just one of those things that I couldn't resist.  I wear it as a sleep shirt sometimes or as a casual weekend tee.  It just represents past "me" and inner "me" so well.  I love cute things.  Also, it was on clearance.  I honestly wasn't even planning on ever blogging it but I just decided to share it because I like it.  A lot of people might say that I dress younger than my age but really, that's just fashion.  I think that's perfectly fine to like cute and colorful things as a fully grown woman.  My style has always been somewhat playful.  I used this purse as my bridal bag because it matched my shoes.  I've been trying to incorporate it into my wardrobe by pairing it with more casual outfits.  What do you think?

Big Bear in the Fall

JEANS: H&M (similar)  |  TOP: |  CARDIGAN: Forever 21  |  SHOES: Ked's
          The leaves in Big Bear Lake are at peak color for the season so we took a little trip to see them.  It's so nice to see changing leaves again because in the L.A area they don't really change much.  There are a few random trees that do, but for the most part they stay green.  That's something I really miss about the midwest.  Fall is so magical.  Big Bear is a nice little mountain town about two hours from L.A. and since it's at a high elevation, it has four distinct seasons.  We went last December to see the snow.  We hiked a trail, did a little shopping and ate some tasty food.  It was a really good Saturday.  

Tips For Visiting

1.  Leaves are most colorful during the second and third week of October most of the time.  Make sure to do a little research before you go.

2.  The town can get pretty crowded so I recommend going early.

3.  Drive slow and safe.  The roads are really windy and kind of scary with all the people.  We always try to time the drive home so that we are out of the scary part of the drive before the sun sets.  We do this whenever we drive on mountain roads pretty much everywhere.

4.  If you want to do any hiking or stopping on the side of the road I recommend stopping at the Big Bear Visitor Center because you need to buy a pass for some of the trails (unless you have a National Park Pass).