A Staycation With Noah The Pup

After spending a week in Seattle for my team’s Create & Cultivate conference with speakers Mandy Moore, Issa Rae, Brooklyn Decker and more, I was in much need of r&r. I spent last week as a complete introvert, only seeing my coworkers and roommate Marie. Every evening after work, I made sure to do a whole lot of nothing (very rare for me), including binge watching all two seasons of Insecure and the same for Chewing Gum.

I expected a chill weekend at Jackie’s beautiful home in Atwater Village to take care of her pup Noah while she and her husband were out of town. Then the weekend became super social between catching up with friends, a show, back to back parties, etc. But luckily I still had plenty of time to stick with my duty of hanging with Noah and also relaxing and clearing my mind.

I write this while staying cozy in their living room, dreading having to leave soon. Jackie’s home was featured on Elle Decor, but I also wanted to share some snaps of my favorite spots! 











I’m going to end my stay by cuddling with Noah and reading my latest book selection, “note to self” by connor franta


I also curated a playlist for this staycation, and have enjoyed it so much I wanted to share with you. Hit that shuffle button.

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Drop A Pin: A Day Trip To Ojai

Ojai sounds like a faraway land, but lucky enough for Los Angeles residents like myself it’s only a quick 80 mile trip north. Tucked away in the valley of the Topatopa Mountains in Ventura County, this peaceful town is a wonderful way to escape the fast-paced hustle of its nearby cities.

Every year my mom and I spend her birthday weekend exploring new places. Last year was Catalina Island, Oceanside and San Diego. 2015 was a cruise to Mexico. This year, Ojai was the little oasis we’d been eager to visit. 

After reading several Ojai guides on Pinterest (by the way, such a great resource for travel tips), I made a bucket list for all the stops we could make within a morning and afternoon. 

First was East Ojai Avenue, home to mom and pop shops, delicious eateries like AZU Restaurant and Ojai Vallery Brewery, art galleries and spanish-style buildings. 



Moving away from the main road, we followed signs for the Ojai Makers Market. It wasn’t quite like the large fairs I’m used to (Renegade Craft Fair, Unique LA, etc). It was much more quaint, with a handful of vendors selling soaps, felt bags, photo prints and other knick knacks. 

I picked up a bouquet of lavender for my apartment and my mom scored some locally made soaps. 



On the way back to the main area of town, we stopped by an old gas station that was turned into a cute shop called Summer Camp. With a great amount of plants and home decor, I wish I could have transferred everything to my own home.





I had to make a stop at Ojai Rancho Inn as well, after seeing photos from my boss’ wedding. One day I’ll be cool enough to stay for a night and take a dip in their pool. 




I heard that Bart’s Books is a must see place of Ojai and I have to agree. The outdoor bookstore was so charming. I felt like Belle stepping into Beast’s home library for the first time. 



Because I was overwhelmed by the number of books available, I picked four random ones, 50 cents each, based on their titles and blank covers (oops, I judged some books by their colors and bindings). Either they’ll be good reads or fun decor pieces!


To end our trip, we stopped by the gorgeous Tipple and Ramble to have a glass of sparkling rosé and enjoy a few more relaxing moments before the drive back to LA. I legit fell asleep for a couple of minutes because of how chill the vibe was. 




So where to next? Keep an eye out for the next pin I drop.

Desert Days: Palm Springs and Joshua Tree

It was a long time coming, but I finally made it to the desert. After too many weeks of feeling overwhelmed and burnt out, I took the opportunity of a visit from my mom to drive us out to Palm Springs for a weekend mother/daughter trip.

I already started feeling more at peace as our scenery changed from congested cities to open land. When we reached a farm of wind mills, I was fully ready for a few days of fresh air, quietness and a change of pace.

First stop, the Ace Hotel for lunch at King’s Highway. Although the two carnitas tacos I got for $15 didn’t blow my mind, the decor of the hotel property made my lil’ hipster heart happy. The Ace wasn’t our home for the weekend, but I was content with walking around and taking this #basic photo.

We filled the rest of our afternoon with exploring the town to find some of the most popular landmarks, walk the shops on Palm Canyon Drive and view some art at one of the Modernism Week exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum – Architecture and Design Center. Following the sound of a good time, we stopped by  Las Casuelas Terraza for drinks and live music. The other patrons were unafraid to boogie (my kind of people!), and the restaurant’s chips and guac paired perfectly with my piña colada. I’ve heard the rest of their menu is bomb too.

 

#ThatPinkDoor

For day 2 in the desert, we drove about an hour and a half to the White Tank Campground in the Joshua Tree National Park  to explore its Arch Rock trail. This area was a dream playground with incredible rock formations, perfect for climbing on.




We had no cell service throughout Joshua Tree, which was perfect for truly disconnecting from the rest of the world and connecting with each fun moment in nature.

This visit was a huge bucket list item for me, so I took advantage of strolling around the peculiar and infamous yucca brevifolia.




On the trip back to Palm Springs, we took a detour to Pioneer Town in hopes of eating at Pappy and Harriet’s. We opted out of the 2.5 hour wait, and walked around their shops instead, including a used book store in a super cute barn with globe string lights and a little set up for a live band.

Back down in Yucca Valley, I swiftly pulled over after spotting a colorful building which ended up being the home for The End, a thrift store with a ton of fun trinkets and cool clothing items for men and women.



Now that I’m back in LA, I long for another road trip adventure, or at least more time spent in nature. But cheers to the memories and plans for more desert days.

Pre-Dance Yourself Clean Playlist

guys, i just wanna dance

If music is playing, I’m that girl dancing in her seat, swaying while having a conversation, or at least tapping her foot. If there’s a dance party and no one else is dancing, I’ll be the first to say, repeatedly, “Guuuuys, I just wanna dance.” Call me John Travolta. I have Saturday Night Fever as soon as the first beat drops.

This past weekend, my roommate and I had a house warming party, sort of. With our place not the ideal location for hosting large gatherings, we met some of our closest friends at our place, guzzled a few (too many) drinks and headed out to The Satellite for its weekly indie-dance party called Dance Yourself Clean (yes, inspired by LCD Soundsystem).

I believe it’s necessary to have music at social gatherings, so I threw together some jams for the pre-game festivities. After receiving some requests for it, I’ve made the House Warming Playlist public. I like to listen to it on shuffle, so if you wanna do the same, open it up in Spotify, click ‘Playback’ in the menu and select shuffle. Or listen below and enjoy.

Favorite photos of the night:

 

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FYF Fest: I Was There. Where Were You?

Haim at FYF
“HAIM-ing around” – Ramon Smikle

FYF Fest was my chance to feast my ears and eyes on a couple bands I have fallen in love with this year. Not a bad way to end my summer. I watched some impressive sets, hung out with my pals Ramon and Max, reunited with some Warped Tour family, saw a friend from USC and managed to not get completely robbed by food / merch prices.

Day 1

We started our day with a #FYFVans photo op, sliders from Me So Hungry and observations of crowd management issues the festival was having (more about that later). Then we spent the day checking out vendors and bands.

Where Are You

Who I saw: Chet Faker, Little Dragon, Slowdive, Tycho and Phoenix

Chet Faker
Chet Faker and his rad light show in the Arena.

Tycho was the group we were most excited to see. Although strictly instrumental, they didn’t bore me at all. The band was incredible. Between the sounds they created and the visuals played during their set, it was mesmerizing.

Tycho 1

Tycho at FYF 2

Day 2

As I said above, FYF was having a lot of issues. It took hours for people to get through the entry line, the U shape of the festival made everything too spread out, the entry to the Arena and its stage was overcrowded and only the floor of the arena was open. Impressively, FYF recognized these issues and made changes for Day 2. Despite having my Keep A Breast Klean Kanteen thrown away by a security guard (which FYF is replacing for me – they just emailed me about it), the day was more pleasant.

I bought Tycho’s “Awake” record from Origami Vinyl and got a free tote and Epitaph Records mix tape. Isn’t it pretty?!

Origami Vinyl

I ate my first Donut Friend donut.

Donut Friend

We had some fun at the Air BNB booth by making a gif and playing some childhood games such as four square, corn hole and hop scotch.

Air BNB gif

Four Square
Four Square
Cornhole
Cornhole

Who I saw:

  • Balance and Composure
  • Ryan Hemsworth
  • Tanlines
  • Blood Orange
  • HAIM
  • The Strokes
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Balance and Composure
Blood Orange
Blood Orange at sunset
Show buddy
We’re just a couple of live music fans
The Strokes at FYF
The Strokes

Did you go to FYF Fest?
Who was your favorite act?
Leave your comments below.

 

This One Time At Warped Tour – I Was Charmed By Neck Deep

 

Neck Deep Boobie Tuesday

It all started with a signing and I Love Boobies socks. I was first introduced to Neck Deep, a pop-punk band from the UK, when we began hosting their meet and greets in the Keep A Breast Girlz Garage. With their goofy wit and accents, I was charmed by them. It was always fun to have them in our tent, whether they were drawing Boobie doodles or sharing stories with us. These mischievous boys always stirred up laughter this summer.

My phone and camera are filled with silly photos of these lads. Here are a couple shots I snapped of the guys (plus Melanie and Ian) during the last two days of tour:

Dani Fil and Ian Dani and Fil - Neck Deep

neck deep 1

They opened for Blink-182 today. How rad is that?

This One Time At Warped Tour – I Felt Human Again

I Felt Human Again

A traveling music festival sounds complicated, but the actual living situation is simple. You’re traveling with a community of people who all joined together to build and maintain a traveling music city. With this kind of adventure comes structure and routine to prevent the city from self-imploding.

For the most part, I think I got the hang of the routine and structure fairly quickly, thanks to the help of the crew I’m rolling with and the new friends I’ve made. Routine makes tour life easier, but definitely not normal.

I brush my teeth outside the bus with a can of tour water. I sleep on a bus with an amount of people that could fill a small college classroom. Not having to shower is considered a successful day. I did my laundry in a hotel bathroom sink the other day.

laundry

So when I have the chance to step out of this Warped Tour bubble, I relish in feeling like a “human” again.

Feeling like a human again includes:

  • Taking a shower longer than 5 minutes
  • Getting a manicure for my disgusting broken nails after work destroyed them
  • Eating good food. While sitting down. And not inhaling it in 5 or 10 minutes
  • Sleeping in after multiple 12 hour days
  • Shopping for healthy snacks
  • Seeing buildings, freeways and people that aren’t a part of Warped world
  • Sleeping in a regular bed and not having to worry about falling out of my bunk
  • Brushing my teeth like a normal person
  • Dressing pretty to go out and having friends visit
vegas
Vegas with the KAB girls!
pomona
My LA gals visited me in Pomona, CA!

Don’t get me wrong. I freaking love being on this tour and I don’t really mind living this kind lifestyle. Stay tuned for more updates for my Warped journey!

cheers,
Jenay