In looking at August in review, I’m blown away by what an all-around terrific month it was. Not only did I get to experience some incredible music, food, cocktails, and adventures, I got to share in all of those experiences with my husband and friends. September has a lot to live up to.
Iconic Venice Beach offers a vibrant and singular escape from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, even for us locals. You can spend an entire weekend exploring Venice and not even scratch the surface of what the lively beach town has to offer and lately I have been doing just that. The end result, this guide, is a diverse lineup of my very favorite attractions and stops in Venice Beach.
August has been quite the month of rejuvenation for me. As I mentioned in July, life had started to feel a bit out of control and I was very much needing to take a time out. While I can’t say I exactly achieved the complete break from reality that I desired (who can?), I did do a much better job at listening to my body and what it needed over the past thirty days than I have done in quite some time. The end result is a more rested, relaxed and creative me and for that I am profoundly grateful.
The last month served as a fantastic reminder of the importance of self-care in all of our lives. It was a topic that came up in the comment section of last month’s post on gratitude when I asked for suggestions on how to juggle life’s responsibilities without burning out. Your recommendations and helpful words have been on my mind ever since.
Music has played a huge role in my life individually and continues to have a large impact on the life my husband and I are building together. The two of us wanted to visually represent that influence in our home and became hooked on the idea of incorporating the image of a soundwave from a meaningful song somewhere in our decor.
When I began planning our living room mini makeover a couple of months ago I noticed that the inclusion of unique and bold art was a theme that ran throughout my inspirational images. It became clear to me that I needed to add some into our main living space and what better way to do so than by creating our long desired DIY soundwave art.
I’m leaving for Paris in a little over a week and naturally have all things travel on my mind. I am always incredibly excited to return to Paris because it holds a special place in my heart as it was the first European city I ever visited. I originally traveled to Europe following my high school graduation when my grandparents gifted me with a three-week long tour through France beginning in the City of Light.
At that point in their lives, my grandparents were expert world travelers. Following their retirements the two took it upon themselves to explore just about every inch of the world, most frequently returning to Europe and developing a deep love for the continent. Not only were the two of them a wealth of cultural knowledge, they were also huge proponents of traveling light, smart and absorbing as much as they could from local people and cultures.
Each time I travel I am reminded of the principles they held close to their hearts and, as I broaden my own horizons through global exploration, I do my best to soak up as much knowledge as I can in their honor. A huge part of this for me comes in the form of planning. I LOVE to come up with detailed packing guides, itineraries, and lists upon lists of suggested places to visit and things to do. Today’s post is a tiny glimpse into the preparation that I put into my trips and is a compilation of the very best travel tips I have come across.