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Why You Should Have a Bucket List

8:56:00 PM Andrea Ryan 2 Comments


           I've had a bucket list since sometime in High School.  I have always liked the idea of keeping track of my life goals.  I am a huge list-maker.  I am definitely the type of person that loves to have diverse experiences too.  I feel like having a list just helps you to stay on track for accomplishing as much as you can in life.  It kind of ensures that you have fun and do what you love to do.  If you are bored or you have a birthday coming up it's nice to have a list that you can look at to accomplish something you really want to do.  I am always looking at it, trying to think of ways to check another thing off.  On the flip side, I know a lot of the things on my list may not be realistic so I won't be too sad if I never accomplish them.  It just helps me to strive to live a good and fun life.  I am always adding to my list because I always think of things.  Or as I age, the things I want in life change a little bit too.  I think that's okay.  When I accomplish something I check it off instead of deleting it because it's more satisfying to look back at.  Also, I must add that there are tons of places that I want to visit and things I want to see and do but I don't add them to my list because it would be way too long.  I just add the most significant ones.  Here is my list so far:

Bucket List

-Take a hot air balloon ride
-See the castles of Germany
-✓ Try a churro (that's on there because I realized I had never had one and just wanted to try one)
-Travel to the main continents
-✓ Ride a tandem bike
-Try water skiing
-Visit Machu Picchu
-✓ See manta Rays
-✓ Take a spontaneous vacation
-✓ See the Nutcracker Ballet
-Visit Greece
-Go to all 50 states
-✓ See a whale while whale watching
-Eat pizza in Italy
-Fly paper lanterns
-✓ Go to all 5 Great Lakes
-Buy a cuckoo clock in Europe
-Meet Taylor Swift
-See Cinque Terre
-See a wild kangaroo
-✓ Go to the Eiffel Tower
-See flamingos in the wild
-Visit an elephant sanctuary
-Experience 24hr daylight
-See the Northern Lights
-Japan for cherry blossom season
-Attend a fashion week in any city
-✓ Napali Coast
-Go on a safari in Africa
-Experience zero gravity (in a zero gravity plane)
-Go to all the Disney Parks
-Ride an Alps Coaster or mountain coaster
-High Tea in England
-✓ See bioluminescence
-Mine opal
-Go to the top of the tallest building (currently Burj Khalifa)
-Visit an amethyst cave
-Visit all of the reasonably accessible U.S. National Parks (not many in Alaska)
-✓ Fly in a helicopter
-Visit the town from The Sound of Music
-Start a fashion label
-Go to a Christmas Market in Europe
-Own a designer bag
-Learn French (to a conversational level)
-Own a boat
-Try a stand-up paddleboard




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What to Wear With Mom Jeans

5:14:00 PM Andrea Ryan 1 Comments

TOP: H&M  (similar) (similar)  |  JEANS: H&M  |  SHOES: Abound (Nordstrom Rack)  |  BAG: H&M  |  NECKLACE: Gift
          I have been a longtime fan of mom jeans.  I feel like the trend kind of started out with boyfriend jeans.  They were much baggier, often had lots of rips, and lower waistline.  I didn't really like those, not going to lie.  Once the trend migrated to mom jeans, I hopped onboard.  The waistline of mom jeans is higher and they are a bit more narrow.  I really love them now.  I own 4 pairs and they are normally the only style of jeans I wear.  I do still wear skinny jeans every once in a while because not all tops work with mom jeans.  Styling mom jeans isn't especially hard but you really have to wear something cropped with them or tuck your shirt in.  I love this combo because the top is shorter and a bit flared out at the bottom.  I think it goes well with the jeans.  I probably wouldn't wear a top that is any longer than this though.  Most often I wear t-shirts with these jeans.  I will just tuck it in or tie it in the front.  I feel like because these jeans are so baggy, they need to be worn with something that shows your waistline or overall silhouette.

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Cute Face Masks

5:45:00 PM Andrea Ryan 1 Comments

(Photo from FindyourMast) Etsy
(photo from BaubleBar
(Photo from Anthropologie
(Photo from Forever 21)
(photo from Shopbop) Tanya Taylor
(photo from Free People)
          Here are my favorite picks for cute masks.  I know tons of brands are making them now and most designers.  They are constantly selling out from a lot of the more popular designers, so I didn't bother linking those.  I may make a park two of this post, depending on how long Coronavirus is around.  Non of these are medical grade, so they still require 6 feet of distance.  I am merely just sharing my favorites!  If you are looking for a basic cotton one, Target has a ton by the registers.  



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Travel Posts

2 Days in Big Sur

4:15:00 PM Andrea Ryan 2 Comments

          If you saw my last post, you probably know that My husband and I went to Big Sur last weekend.  We haven't gone anywhere in almost a year.  Obviously, that's because of the pandemic.  We had a trip to Japan planned for March but had to cancel.  We were planning on celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary there.  The reason we initially thought we had to cancel is because our layover was in China.  Little did we know that we wouldn't be able to even leave the country.  We planned a series of back up trips that all fell through, of course.  Then we booked airfare to fly to see our families.  We would have been gone last weekend.  We canceled those flights for multiple reasons, including cases rising.  Honestly, I have been super desperate to go somewhere even for just 1 night.  I have been sooo stir crazy and mentally just really needed it.  Also, we got a puppy at the beginning of everything happening and want to start adjusting him to long car rides and hotel stays.  I am worried that If I don't start that early he will not do well when we are able to really travel later on.  The whole reason we got a Pomeranian is because we normally go on a lot of little road trips and fly pretty often.  We wanted a small dog that can come in the cabin with us.  He was meant to be our little travel buddy.  So anyway, we ended up deciding to go to Big Sur for 1 night just because we both had that Friday off anyway.  Big Sur is where we got married over a year ago so we thought it would be perfect to celebrate our anniversary there.  Obviously it was a delayed celebration, but it's fine.  It was super fun and Luca did so well.  He was really good in the car and the hotel.  I really think he was kind of made for travel.  He seems to love it.  He did come home with a few flea but I think (hopefully) we sorted that out.  
          So our itinerary consisted of 2 days and 1 night.  This was my 5th or 6th time to Big Sur so we didn't have to see everything.  We left on Friday at 6:30am and drove up the coast to Monterey.  Then we drove back home on Saturday.  We got home around 8:00pm.  I always kind of thought you needed more time to do that trip but you really don't if you are fine with not stopping at the State Parks.  We stayed at Motel 6 in Monterey and it was actually pretty nice.  I was pleasantly surprised.  They are one of the only hotel chains that allows dogs and a lot of other places were booked up.  I'm not that picky.  I just need a clean and safe place to stay.  I have a feeling we will be staying at Motel 6's a lot more now that we have a dog.  We made a ton of stops along the way of course because Big Sur isn't about the destination, it's about the journey.  Morrow Bay was our first stop.  I love it there.  Dogs are allowed at the State Park and if you go right by the bay you can watch the sea otters playing and eating.  There are a ton of them.  Next we just stopped at a bunch of nice pull-offs along the coast.  I don't think they have names.  If you have been, you will know what I mean.  We went to Garrapata State Beach and Park.  That's where I was in my last post.  That beach also allows dogs.  We took our wedding photos there so it was nice to relive that memory.  Then we made some more stops along the coast and checked into the motel.  We were really tired from getting up so early and wanted to get dinner.  We just got Thai food and brought it back to the room.  The next day we spend the morning in Carmel.  Carmel is literally the cutest town, I mean as far as towns in the U.S. go.  Then we went to the beach where we said our vows.  We started the journey home and made more stops along the coast.  We also stopped at McWay Falls and Bixby Bridge.  The last stop we made was San Simeon.  We wanted to show Luca some Elephant Seals.  They were huge and he seemed to like them.  Although, he liked the squirrels and pelicans more.  
          If you are wondering about how it was to travel during Corona times, it was a little tricky but not too bad.  The drive isn't too far from home so we didn't have to make that many stops and we kept them to a minimum.  We made sure to buy a lot of snacks so we only ate carry-out twice and only used restrooms when we had to stop anyway.  We brought lots of sanitizer and wore masks when around other people.  Luckily, that trip didn't really consist of going to places that were that crowded.  Some of the State Parks were pretty crowded but we didn't go to them because they don't allow dogs. In general, I felt very safe.  I wouldn't recommend traveling right now but I totally understand if you feel like you have to.  



          


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Road Trip Outfit

4:18:00 PM Andrea Ryan 2 Comments


TOP: H&M  |  SHORTS: Target  |  SCARF: H&M  |  CARDIGAN: Forever 21  |  SNEAKERS: Target
          This past two days were spent in Big Sur.  We drove to Monterey on Friday and got back home in L.A. on Saturday.  We left at 6am Friday just to ensure we had enough time to stop at all of the fun places. We have been several times before so it was plenty of time for us.  If you have never been, I recommend spending at least 3 days on this trip, especially if you are going to stop at State Parks.  I might do another post with some more photos but I have done other posts from Big Sur so there may be repeat scenery.  This one is mostly about my outfit.  
          I recently realized that I need another pair of shorts because many of mine are just too short.  I don't know if it's because I gained weight or maybe just because I'm getting older, but I really don't feel comfortable in super short shorts anymore.  I found these at Target right before we left.  They  have a super cute waistline.  I love how they are kind of a paper-bag waist.  The color is so neutral that it goes with anything as well.  They were on sale for $12 but I didn't realize until I got to the register, so that was a nice surprise.  I paired them with this neck scarf that I have been wanting for so long.  It's from H&M and I've had my eye on it for around 8 months.  I occasionally see people wear them around their neck like this and it looks so cute in my opinion.  It can also be worn in your hair.  Really, there are endless ways to wear these scarves.  I just love how it feels a little more vintage tied like this.  Do you have little scarves like this? If so, how do you style them?

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Lifestyle

New Home Decor: Part 4

6:06:00 PM Andrea Ryan 1 Comments


SWAN PLANTER: Rite Aid
          I found this swan planter at the drug store.  It was on sale and I couldn't pass it up because it's so cute!  I really didn't need it, just wanted it. 
WALL HOOK: Target
          I saw this online at Target and thought it would be so perfect to hang near the door.  We hang our keys and Luca's (my dog) leash and harness on it.  It's really cute and convenient.  
BASKET: Home Goods
          I really needed something to hold all of Luca's toys.  I wanted a basket but something that he wouldn't just shred.  I was afraid to get the wicker kind.  This one is made of fabric.  It works really well but his toy collection is expanding too fast.  
PILLOWS: Cost Plus World Market  |  COUCH: Wayfair
          We just got a new couch because the old one was tiny.  It could hardly fit two people.  It used to fit under my loft bed.  This one is much larger, almost full size.  It also folds down into a twin size bed.  It's really nice to just lay on when you are watching movies or something.  It's super firm but I love it anyway.  If you don't like firm couches I would not recommend it.  I was trying to decide between a light mint couch and light pink but I chose the pink because it was much easier to find a matching rug.  If you are wondering, my husband didn't mind.  He actually liked the pink couch better.  I found these two pillows that match the rug really well.  I love the style.  I wanted a few more throw pillows just because the couch is so firm, you really need them.  
RUG: Target
          I spent so long looking for the perfect area rug.  I need one because my couch makes marks on the floor and I live in a rental.  Also, it's more cozy to walk on.  This beauty is from Target.  They have the same one in a variety of shapes and colors and I love them all.  It was honestly a really good price for the quality and style.  Basically, I'm obsessed with it.  If I had a bigger space I would get more.  
DUVET COVER: Target
          I had also been hunting for a duvet cover for the longest time.  I bought the previous one 8 years ago, so I was ready for something different.  I wanted a white textured one.  I had a different one in mind from Wayfair but it sold out and I don't know if they will restock it because it's been a while.  Also, it's twice as expensive.  I'm hoping to accumulate a ton of colorful throw pillows over time.  The look I am going for is very eclectic and textured.  I want lots of color and texture but in a way that fits together.  
THROW PILLOW: Home Goods
          I was really struggling to find throw pillows like pretty much every other thing in this post.  I came across this one today and had to snag it.  I love the color and it's just what I was looking for.  It was pretty affordable as well ($16).  
CURTAINS: Ikea  |  ROD: Walmart
          I scooped up these curtains last time I went to Ikea, before I even moved from Long Beach.  I thought they would come in handy.  I really don't need them but I hate the way blinds look.  The blinds came with the apartment so I can't take them down.  There are also some little gaps sometimes so the curtains help to cover those a bit.  The rod is from Walmart.  I was looking for a gold one but couldn't find an affordable one.  I just settled for this one.  
MAGNETS: Home Goods
          I needed some magnets to hang things on the refrigerator.  I really liked these.  
          Anthropologie is my favorite place to get coffee mugs.  I have a bit of an obsession with cute mugs. I have so many! I love this one because of the color and design.  It also feels really solid.  I was shopping in the store a few weeks ago after it opened back up and found it on sale.  There is a location about 10 minutes from my apartment and I didn't really get to take advantage of that before things shut down for Covid.  

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