A SoCal Summer

Here’s a fun little story: My first job out of college was for this super awesome dude named Joe Mahan.

And last year, Mr. Joseph Edward Mahan obtained his wedding officiant license and married Tommy and I.

And this year, he finally tied the knot himself!

He and Amy are beautiful and perfect, so their wedding, naturally, was as well. She saw Wayfarers Chapel online and selected it as her venue before she even visited it. She stopped into Kleinfeld’s while at a work conference in New York and just happened to find the dream gown minutes before closing time. Close friends and family members traveled to Rancho Palos Verdes to celebrate these two at a beach wedding, complete with a brunch reception and monogrammed copper mugs as party favors.

Since plane tickets are ridiculously expensive, Tommy and I decided to roadtrip to the event! We usually do have our own little vacation at the end of the summer, but we weren’t sure if we’d be able to fit one in this year (since we already had two family vacations this summer and moved)…but this was all meant to be!

I have made the trek to Cali twice before, yet there were still several landmarks/sights that I was dying to see, spots that I have had pinned and bookmarked, places that I now have seen!

Below, I’ve listed them all (some even have links/pics!), and YOU can make the same journey using my fun Mapquest link. Overall, the trip took 44 hours and 36 minutes/2,980 miles (not including the time we spent exploring each of the awesome things listed below!). We were gone six days and came back excited, tired and with money leftover; we lived off of Sonic + protein bars, we shopped around for gas as best as we could (There are apps that can find you the absolute cheapest – but that can be hard in the middle of the desert!), and we found affordable/adorable places to stay (which is why I’m sharing my Air B’n’B link with you!).

ENJOY…….

Austin to Tucson, AZ-12 hours (7/19-6am to 6pm)-stay at Wyndham

always so nice

Tucson to Palm Springs, CA-5 hours (7/20-7am to 12pm)-stay at Wigwam Motel

Wigwam Motel on Historic Route 66 in San Bernardino, CA

Wigwam Motel on Historic Route 66 in San Bernardino, CA

  • Mud pools of Salton Sea (didn’t see)
  • Ruins of Bombay Beach (saw – sooo creepy/sad/interesting!)

  • Joshua Tree National Park (didn’t really see)
  • #thatpinkdoor
That Famous Pink Door On A Lovely Mid-Century Modern Home In Palm Springs

That Famous Pink Door On A Lovely Mid-Century Modern Home In Palm Springs

  • Coachella (drove by and waved;)
  • Salvation Mountain (amazzzzzinnnnggg!!!)
Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

  • Mirror House (closed 😦 read about it here…and someone, please visit this for me!)

San Bernardino to LA-1 hour (morning of 7/21)

  • Rancho Cucamonga Service Station on Route 66 (didn’t stop)
  • Cabazon Dinosaurs (so cute:)
Cabazon Dino

Cabazon Dino

  • First In-N-Out (and the university?!)
  • Watt’s Towers (decided to skip)
  • Museum of Ice Cream (sold out, wahhhh!)
  • Disney Concert Hall
Disney Concert Hall in LA

Disney Concert Hall in LA

  • Tomahawk steak at Lock & Key (decided to skip after seeing the price ha)
  • Oldest McDonald’s (which has world’s most-detailed mural on the side of it, depicting Route 66)

  • Rabbit Hole Bar (skipped)
  • The Last Bookstore (could have stayed here forever)
The Last Bookstore in LA

The Last Bookstore in LA

The Last Bookstore in LA

The Last Bookstore in LA

The Last Bookstore in LA

LA to RPV-1 hour (eve of 7/21)-stay at Air B’n’B

  • Wedding at Wayfarers Chapel + exploring the area
Hermosa Beach

adorable Hermosa Beach house

Wayfarers Chapel

Wayfarers Chapel

#mahanmadness

Joe + Amy

#mahanmadness

#mahanmadness

RPV to San Diego-3 hours (noon of 7/22)-stay at Air B’n’B

  • Torrey Pines (beach + hike – no time!)
  • Hotel Del Coronado/outdoor mall (didn’t see)
  • San Diego Zoo (didn’t see)
  • Padres (can kind of say we saw Petco Park amidst Comic Con)
  • Potato chip rock (didn’t see)
  • Wind caves (didn’t see)
  • Legoland (didn’t see)
San Diego to Marfa-13 hours (7/23)-stay at Air B’n’B

  • Saw Prada Marfa and the creepy tethered balloon at night (yikes)
  • Stayed in an old train depot

Marfa to Austin-6 hours (7/24)-home:)
*see pics of this in my next blog!!!*

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We’re backkkkkkkk!

We’re here!

We ventured off, despite some fear!

We badly missed the city!

We missed all of its pretties!

So we’re back – Let’s all cheer!

For some reason, our move back to Austin brought out the poet in me (see my farewell poem on Instagram), as I have been filled with SO much excitement! I loved the anticipation building up to moving day (even surrounded by numerous cardboard boxes), I fully soaked up the process of arranging our belongings in their new home (and successfully transitioned from a 3/2 house to a 1/1 apartment), and, now, I am gladly filling up every hour of the day with ATX adventures!

Previously, I blogged about the best spots in Austin and my bucket list pertaining to this weird city. And now, I present to you, part tres:

ACTIVITIES WE HAVE ENJOYED HERE SINCE BEING BACK:

  • Canoeing on Lady Bird Lake

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  • Mini golf at Peter Pan’s
  • Becoming AMC Stubs Premiere members (not completely ATX-related, but we are HUGE movies fans, and the AMC at the mall has been updated with recliners and alcohol, so, uh, yes, please:)
  • Breakfast at Snooze (since we fell in love in Denver)
  • Eating at Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge at The Domain with our besties
  • Movie (“The Mummy” :/) at Alamo Drafthouse
  • Shopping at Barton Creek Square
  • Picture in front of the new “atx” sign at Whole Foods

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PLACES WE STILL NEED TO VISIT:

  • The new Toy Joy
  • Top Golf
  • Eberly
  • Maze Rooms
  • David Foster Wallace exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center
  • MYLO Obstacle Fitness
  • Blue Cat Cafe
  • Justine’s Brassiere
  • Ai Weiwei “Forever Bicycles” sculpture
  • Hotel San Jose
  • Sugar Mama’s Bakery
  • Hippie Hollow
  • Franklin’s Barbecue
  • Dart Bowl
  • Odd Duck
  • Culinary Dropout
  • A Tiny Tails To You Hoppy Hour
  • Southern Hippie

AND SOME OF OUR FAVE SPOTS THAT WE’RE READY TO VISIT AGAIN:

  • Satellite Bistro & Bar (best. bread. pudding)
  • Uchi
  • Blenders and Bowls
  • Craftsman (prosecco on tap ftw)
  • Tiff’s Treats
  • (I’m sure there are more, but I just have foodz on the brainz;)

We are so blessed (for multiple reasons), as we are in this fun little limbo right now; my husband, Tommy, and I just finished teaching in May (He fell in love with it after we moved to a small city so I could teach, and I realized it wasn’t for me.). He got his dream teaching job here and doesn’t start for another few weeks, and I am transitioning back into full-time freelance work. While I have enough tasks to keep me busy for at least a 40-hour work week, I admittedly am fitting in tweets, blogs, office meetings and coffee dates AROUND my fun time (and gym time, since we have one-hour workouts four days a week, and life in general, as I need my sleep, Netflix, home and cuddle-with-Cat time). It’s a cool time, and there is nothing like an Austin summer…except for maybe a SoCal summer…but stay tuned for more on that later…;)

make dresses appropriate + more fashion tips

I have had several bits of fashion insight to share, so I’m bundling them and sharing now, starting with…

BuzzFeed – my beloved BuzzFeed – recently did a long piece, full of detailed charts and diagrams, regarding fashion rules and tips, such as…

-Not all sizes are created equal: I remember watching What Not To Wear at a young age and hearing that all clothes should be tailored; it would be weird if we all could buy one thing and that thing fit us all correctly!

-Mixing and matching: Sure, there are some color combos that will forever look good together, for everyone. I’ve learned with my husband, though, that noticing these combos doesn’t come naturally. Plus, fashion is about expressing yourself, so feel free to boldly mix plaid and polka dots, emerald green and hot pink and denim on denim!

-Clothing silhouettes: I had a student – in theater class – say that no one wears poodle skirt-type skirts any more, and I mentioned A-line skirts…and she looked lost and confused. Know your types, AND know which ones look best on YOU!

-Formality: Wedding season is here, and I already have my semiformal, formal and beach attire ready – but always go a little dressier if you’re not sure. You wouldn’t want to show up in jeans and be the only one in denim…but in a dress, you can elevate it with heels and heavier makeup or dress it down with sneakers and a ponytail.

Fun Tip…Vintage = Made at least 20 years ago!

Now, for some tips on how to balance your wardrobe between appropriate and … fun (you know, how to wear bandeaus and crop tops and cutouts to work and school!)…

 

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Depending on your setting, this is a way to wear a bandea but still be somewhat covered; lucky for me, this could work for at a funky startup office or while covering a fashion event!

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The trick to wearing a crop top without baring too much skin is pairing it with a high-waisted skirt or pair of pants.

 

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Have a dress that’s not appropriate for school, the office or the weather? Layer, as seen here and below!

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There are numerous ways to add pieces under and/or over your clothing to make it more appropriate for where you are going or what the weather is like…Just experiment and make it work!

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Image result for leggings and shirts under dresses for schoolLove the white t-shirt under a silk cami look, especially with cool, casual denim | discovered by Katerina Iatridou

And here’s a tip for you, men, from The Art of Manliness:

I also love this guide on how to update your look (great for transitioning out of college into the professional/adult world!)…

My Best Friend’s Wedding

I’ve never seen that movie, but I guess I’ll have to watch it now, because, yes, my best friend is engaged! She has a ring on her finger! There will be a wedding, and her name will change, and she’ll forever be connected to this one other person (that isn’t me… #bittersweet)!
In Woodson, Texas, there weren’t many friends to choose from, but the three other girls in my class and I used to say that even in a big school, we still would have chosen each other as BFFs. We had the ditzy blonde, the athlete, the wild child and me (the smart one? the tall one? the bossy one? I’ll let them decide;).
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And even when the athlete moved away, we all stayed close, transitioned from the two-blondes-two-brunettes thing into being Charlie’s Angels (with the tall one in the middle).
And now, all four of us are in serious relationships, and we’re pretty sure we’ve all found the one, and we’ve all known that engagements were a not-too-distant thing…but now the first one has happened…and it’s like a huge surprise!
The shock, the excitement, the tears, all rolled into one phone call with the ditzy blonde, the blonde who…
I met when I was one
had the house I snuck over to during lunch, to steal Little Debbies for dessert
got her first kiss from the guy she wanted it with
won prom queen and Homecoming queen our senior year
had this horrid puffy yellow coat in elementary
passed me assist after assist in JH and HS basketball
I shared a bed with on every church and school trip
was always there for every moment, good or bad, every time
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I can’t wait for wedding planning and bachelorette parties…hers and the wild one’s and the athlete’s and mine…and many more memories to come!
PS: Happy four-year anniversary to myyy man;)