5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥

Happy Friday y'all! It's practically the weekend! That doesn't mean much if you have to work weekends, but it's the weekend nonetheless. I'm going to do as little as humanly possible. My ideal weekend would include sleeping in & never getting out of bed, but I'm not sure how possible that is. I know you're dying to know what I've been up to lately, so here are 5 things I'm loving right now ♥.

oceanside beach

Business Travel

There's a difference between traveling for fun & traveling for business; the former allows you to travel on your own accord (sleep in, wander aimlessly, do whatever you want) while the latter is strictly for a purpose (go here, do this, achieve this). I recently journeyed to San Clemente, Carlsbad, & Oceanside to cover some social media events. It's been a whirlwind. It's been tiring. It's been worth it. I head to Coronado next week.


Long-Lasting Flowers

In My Month from A - Z , I mentioned my new obsession with Aldi.  I bought a small but beautiful bouquet of flowers for the crazy low price of $5. The flowers are still going strong 10 days later. I'm impressed. They were certainly worth the price.

dill pickle kettle chips

Pickle Chips

I've been hooked on pickle chips ever since I went to Brussels, Belgium last summer. There is something so scrumptious about the mix of vinegar & dill on a fried, crispy sliver of potato. I've found a handful of pickle chip varieties here in SoCal, but I shall continue on my quest for the best pickle chips. The ones pictured were so-so. And yes, that's bird poop on the table. That's nature for you!

california lifestyle blogger

Creating Adventures

I get to be a part of some wonderful opportunities since I'm involved in the blogging & social media world. For my latest campaign, I'm sponsored by Stanley Brand. Fred & I took our new gear & had our own adventure, a mini getaway. We look forward to using our stuff for years to come. I've been drinking tea out of the vacuum mug every day!

gloomy days

Gloomy Days

As you may or may not know (you probably do know), I reside in good ol' Southern California  — the land where the sun comes out each day to smile & warm your soul. Although I love the comforting rays of light, I find peace in those infrequent moments of overcast, hazy brume. See my Gloomy Day OOTD.

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  1. Aw these are some lovely things. I have never tried dill pickle chips before! Need to try them

    Enclothed Cognition

  2. I didn't even know Aldi sold flowers, I will have to go flower shopping

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  3. Loved reading about you five faves things, hon :)
    I know exactly what you mean about a gloomy/hazy day, they are so peaceful. I do wish though there were less of them here in the UK lol. I feel a bit sun deprived sometimes :) Thankfully, June has been super warm! Traveling is always fun! Business or pleasure, you still explore something new and it's amazing. Fresh flowers make such a difference in the house. I better pop into Aldi soon :D
    Hope you have a fab weekend!
    xox Nadia

  4. Great round-up, girlie! Those pickle chips look so good, I need to give them a try; thanks so much for sharing! Happy Friday!



  5. I remember those gloomy mornings and days when I lived in SoCal. I loved going to San Clemente, it's so beautiful there =o)


  6. So fun to read! The chips sound yummy and the flowers are so pretty. Great finds!


  7. Noooo, no pickles anything, just no. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  8. Creating adventures is amazing and I also love long lasting flowers and pickle chips.

  9. Mademoiselle CoconathJune 10, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Great post!


    Mademoiselle Coconath


  10. I love gloomy days too! perfect to just chill around the house :)


  11. You're so luck you're able to travel for business! That would be my dream!:-)...also those chips look soooo good!
    Cloe X clxelouise.blogspot.fr

  12. I live in South East Asia, where the sun is perpetually up in a never-ending blaze of heat. I hate it. So I revel in gloomy and rainy days, too! Hahaha. Though you're on business trips, I do hope you enjoy yourself, Carmen!


  13. Gloomy days are so cozy! Xx


  14. I love flowers as well. They always put a smile on my face :) & I would love to do more business travel - hopefully I will get the opportunity when I finish my internship!


  15. Love the way you write! And so glad for you that the flowers are still going strong :D
    Love from Finland where the gloomy day situation happens basically everyday :/

  16. I purchased and install this in my small lounge. After 15 days the scent seems to be weaker and cant get the smell until you very near to the plugin.

  17. I am looking forward to some travel for leisure finally (heading to Jamaica right now actually)! My husband travels for his company in San Diego practically every month, and I finally came along for the first time with him. While I don't have to go into the office, it's definitely a bit exhausting to just work the entire time. It doesn't feel like I really travelled, save for a few pics that I bring back and edit.

    Also, it might sound weird, but I'm really into scheduling at the moment..lol.

    Style Tomes ||ST on IG

  18. So pretty! Love your photos!


  19. In my experience, some of the scents are weaker in general - I never buy the "sweet" scents like cupcake, cookie, vanilla, etc. The room needs to be pretty small (like a bathroom or small room that's enclosed with doors). My scents last about 30 days, but like you said, the scent is less potent after a couple weeks. :]

  20. i agree with almost everything but the pickles :x hahahaa


  21. Those flowers are so pretty!

  22. Pickle chips sound so interesting! I've only ever travelled for leisure but honestly I love traveling so much that I think I would love travelling for business as well, even though it would inevitably be a very different experience.


  23. I've never heard of pickle chips before! I'm going to look for these next time I'm out grocery shopping haha


  24. Neguine BoustantchiJune 13, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Loved this article, that's basically the articles I enjoy reading the most. Just to know who is behind the pictures :) Have a nice monday babe!


  25. send some sunshine our way! London is always so gloomy :( hope you had a good weekend!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  26. They're sooo tasty...to me at least. What's your favorite chip flavour? :]

  27. They do. Well mine does at least. :]

  28. I can understand the desire for some sun in the UK, which is why I want some gloom here in San Diego. We rarely have it. I've been loving June gloom. :]

  29. San Clemente is utterly gorgeous & very underrated! :]

  30. I love chips & crisps & anything potato-y. :]

  31. Please give me your pickle chips! I know you have them in Canada. :]

  32. You love pickle chips too?! Do you have a favorite brand? :]

  33. Yes indeed. Gloomy days are perfect for chilling. :]

  34. It has its ups & downs, but all in all, it's a blessing. :]

  35. So you understand the pain!! I relish every moment of gloom. I really do. :]

  36. If it's something you want, keep working at it. :]

  37. Thanks so much, Ella. Thanks so sweet. The flowers are STILL going strong. I can't believe it. :]

  38. Business travel can certainly be exhausting because you have to work on a schedule. I hope you have a blast in Jamaica. I'd love to visit one day. :]

  39. What?!!? Send me pickle chips from wherever you are. I'll eat them. :]

  40. It's certainly a difference experience, & in truth, it's different for each trip. Try pickle chips! Keep your eyes open for them. :]

  41. Let me know if you see them. Pickle chips aren't available everywhere. :]

  42. That's wonderful to hear. It's nice to get to know a person if they feel like opening up. :]

  43. I'm sending over some sunshine right now; please send me your clouds & rain! :]

  44. That 1st photo is such a typical SCal. I think of Manhattan Beach I visited last Fall every day. Unforgettable place.

  45. Carmen Jny (carmitive)June 17, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    Such a great post, I am definitively with you when it comes to creating adventures! I will go on a safari trip in two weeks and I can't wait :)
    xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

  46. Such pretty shots. I used to travel for work and almost never had down time. Those days can be so incredibly long, but still a great experience. It's really the best of both worlds if you love what you do and have a moment to enjoy where you are, right? :)


  47. I can relate with the flowers. My boyfriend gave me roses last summer here in the Philippines and I was so in love with it because it still looks fresh! :)

    Augustin Ra | Indie Spirit

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  49. I have had my cranberry one for almost 2 months now and the smell is intense and the bottle is only 2/3 gone

  50. I got my cranberry sent almost 2 months ago and the smell is still very intense and the bottle is only 2/3 gone!


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