Monthly Archives: August 2014

CURRENTLY | AUGUST 2014

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What I’m Listening To: Sylvan Esso, Lord Huron (the perfect travel music), & Night Beds

What I’m Reading: Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. You can watch her Ted Talk on ‘the Power of Vulnerability’ (which is a brief summary of what her book is about) here

What I’m Working On: This blog! Dreaming, getting inspired, planning content, taking photos…I have gotten so excited in the past few weeks about investing myself into the Colour Journal. I want this place to be a place for expression, encouragement, and inspiration. I’m excited for the possibilities of where it could go!

Who I’m Watching: Have you ever heard of the ban.do girl gang? Ban.do is an accessories company out of L.A. selling products in stores all across the country as well as online. The girl gang is a compilation of people involved with Ban.do, both staff & customers. They are always taking fun trips, making cute content, and challenging us to follow their ‘to-do list’. A few weeks ago the challenge was to dye your hair pink! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted. You can follow them through their blog here or on instagram through the hashtag #bandofun!

 

California Bucket List: Ironpress

Try a waffle sandwich.

One interesting observation I had in my first couple weeks of being in Southern California was the frequent sightings of ‘waffle sandwich’ restaurants. Being from the south, I’ve had my fair share of chicken and waffles, but I’ve never heard of a waffle sandwich.

A few weeks ago, a couple of the girls and I decided to try this mysterious waffle sandwich. We went to a local place called Ironpress in Costa Mesa. I loved the hole-in-the-wall feel of this local spot. There was art all over the walls, industrial interiors, and amazing service! 

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Ironpress is all about beer & waffles. What an odd combination, but I have absolutely come around to the idea. Now my thought is, ‘how could you not have waffles with beer?’. Their menu had so many options, and all of the staff was so helpful. They had everything from a club waffle sandwich to the classic chicken & waffle sandwich. Not to mention, they had a ton of options for beer. You could even do a ‘beer flight’! Such a cool concept & idea.

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We ended up getting parmesan garlic tater tots for our appetizer, and…wow. These were incredible. Highly recommend.

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Now, after much contemplation, I decided to go with a classic chicken-and-waffle sandwich. They topped it with a sweet & spicy cole slaw and placed an addition of jalapeno maple syrup on the side. It. was. so. good. Another, please?

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One of the girls who wasn’t a big waffle person got their alternative: a tater tot waffle. They stuff their tater tots in the waffle press, and top it with the toppings that would be in the sandwich. Very unique, very good. There’s something for everyone! If you’re not a big ‘waffle sandwich’ person, they also have classic waffles and syrup or the option to make any sandwich a classic panini!

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t come back. Just recently, I went to a place in Anaheim that actually had a ‘pop up’ Ironpress shop. I couldn’t resist. This time, I had a beer with it, and let me tell ya, it makes all  the difference.

Waffle sandwiches didn’t disappoint, and my advice is to GO FOR IT next time you’re in Southern California.

California Bucket List: Inspiration Point

Coffee at Inspiration Point

Another bullet on my California Bucket List was to have morning coffee at Inspiration Point. Well, it played out slightly different than what I had written. Instead of morning  coffee, me & Han had an afternoon picnic at Inspiration Point! I had been hearing about how I should go from multiple people, and just as people had said, it was beautiful! It’s right on the coast, behind a neighborhood in Corona Del Mar. It was such a nice change of scenery from the beach I live on. Don’t get me wrong, I love our beach at newport, but the elevation and view was so beautiful here at Inspiration Point!

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We stopped at Trader Joe’s (Man am I going to miss that when I go back to school in Arkansas!) for some sushi, climbed a fence we were definitely not supposed to climb over, and set up a picnic right on the edge of the cliff!

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So beautiful seeing the rock formations on the shore and in the water! There were way more than what we had photographed, but it required a little more of a hike down to the water, so we decided to just stay where we were.

Inspiration Point was beautiful. If you have a free 30 minutes – an hour near the area, I definitely recommend stopping by. I don’t think it’s quite ‘incredible’ enough to go out of your way for, though! There are a few spots I’ve been to on my California Bucket List that are worth going out of your way for. I’ll be posting about them soon…

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A Piece of Home…

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Last week, I had a little piece of home come to California. Hannah flew out to spend the week with me before she headed back to Oklahoma for school. The timing was perfect. I was getting homesick (more-so for the people I call home), ready for a break, and just in need of time to think and be. It was so refreshing to have her here. It was Han’s first time in California, so I got to give her a tour of all the best areas, shops, restaurants, etc. I’m still so amazed with all that we packed into a short 5 days!

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California Bucket List: Photo Booth at the Ace Hotel

Photo Booth at the Ace Hotel

My Dad & best friend, Hannah, came in to visit last weekend, and boy, did I need it. It was so refreshing to have them in LA and take my mind off the busy days of work for a little bit. If you had a chance to read my blog last week, you saw that I started out to complete a California Bucket List. You can read what I put on it here. One of my ‘must-do’s’ was to take a picture in the photo booth at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles! I had heard so much about this hotel and seen so many photos from multiple locations! I knew that coming here would have to be something I did before I left California!

Conveniently, the Ace Hotel is only a couple blocks away from Hillsong LA. So, after church on Sunday, we walked over for brunch at their restaurant called, the LA Chapter. While waiting for a table, Han & I popped into the photo booth for a few photos! So much fun, and I love how the photos came out!

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The atmosphere of the hotel is so great, and brunch was amazing, too! The menu can be a little vague, but everything we got was amazing. Their cocktails not only looked delicious, but were so beautiful!

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The Ace has an incredible rooftop bar, and my dad & I stopped in just in time to catch the sunset! So beautiful. Also, no cover charge, so if you want a nice place to spend golden hour, make your way up!

So happy to be active in crossing things off the California Bucket List. It motivates me to actually do what I want to do before I leave instead of just continuing in wishful thinking! Not to mention, I’m just the type of person that loves lists and crossing things off of them! What about you? Have you ever made a short-term bucket list on trips? Do you usually do & see everything you want to?

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Wandering West: TX to CA

I’m amazed that it has taken me this long to post a recap of my road trip from Texas to California! With 2ish weeks left, it’s about time! The 4 day trip out west was a memory I will for sure remember and recommend to anyone who has the opportunity! My partner in crime for this trip was Miss Lynsea Rohde. We had such a fun time, stopped way too many times, took a record-breaking amount of photos, and saw parts of the country we had never seen before!

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Our trip was a total of about 1,500 miles, and we took 4-5 days to get there. Our route took us through Lubbock TX, Albuquerque NM, Phoenix AZ, San Diego CA, up to LA! We decided to take our time & stop when we had friends in the area. I’m convinced this is the best way to do it. We had the opportunity to explore along the way without a time crunch, enjoy the hospitality of our friends and family, and ultimately have a more pleasant, relaxed trip! If you have friends along the way, make a stop! It’s amazing how refreshed you get just by taking time to see people you love on the journey!

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