Summer vacation… there is nothing better! Alex and I had barely been seeing each other due to how busy life was.So,we were so excited to have a week in Florida. We boarded the plane with our usual travel snack pack,essentially a picnic. 🙂 We also happen to have a bunch of free Southwest drink coupons! Best thing ever! We ordered cocktails and cheered to 7 days of white sand beaches and poolside living! We landed and was greeted by Alex’s mom. We were going to visit his grandparent and his mom had already arrived.
This is not your average grandparent visit. We arrived at the estate and had homemade soup waiting for us. It was perfect. It was late but Alex and I were on West Coast time, so we decided to go for a midnight swim. Beers in hand and warm summer night and a perfectly heated pool, vacation had officially started! The next day, we decided to head to the beach club. This is where we met a cabana boy who set up an umbrella,chairs and a table for us and then took our drink order. Every beach needs this! Now I need to join a beach club. 😉
The ocean was 80° and perfectly clear. I love the southwest Florida for its pool like ocean. San Diego, you have to battle the waves…. which is also fun. Our evenings were filled with watching and tracking the weather. Alex and his mom love to track thunderstorms while in Florida lol.
A few more of Alex’s Family members came to visit and we had fabulous dinners all together. But after being together with Alex for 7 years, I am continuously asked why we aren’t married. I always say, “I am not the one that gets down on one knee.” I told Alex the next day (our last day) that we needed to come up with a script to tell people on why we aren’t married yet. He laughed at me and said,” we can do that later tonight.” He had seemed weird the past 24hrs, extra lovely but different also. That night we had reservations with the family at the Ritz Carlton on the beach. We all got ready and Alex was looking so handsome.
I was hearing some skinny black pants with a sheer white tank with a fringe bottom and a big white and gold floral statement necklace and some gold strappie sandals. . (I would make links but I scored all the pieces at little cheap stores like, Ross and some local little shops.)
The Ritz was beautiful and we ate a the tapas restaurant inside the Ritz. There was even a Spanish guitarist and a box drummer, it was beyond amazing. I ordered myself a raspberry mojito and scanned the menu. Alex and I always share food, so I had to get his thoughts. He wanted the duck foie gras and I did not! Good thing about small plates is you can order a lot and sample them all. I stuck with Crab cakes and Chicken and biscuits 🙂 Alex was loving his foie gras and ended up dropping some on his shirt. He was so bothered by it and I didn’t understand why. I giggled at him,since normally I am the one always dropping stuff on myself.
After dinner I was ready for dessert! I was listing off all the delicious dishes and hoping I could try them all! Then all of a sudden the waitress walked up and says there is a special for the night. I thought it was a complimentary “I’m sorry” since they messed up grandpa’s order. Well I was wrong!
As the plate was placed in front of me, I read the magical words ” Will You Marry Me?” I looked at Alex and said ” this is happening?!?!” He responded with a huge smile ” it’s happening, babe!” He got down on one knee and asked me to be his Wife!!! I said YES!!! I then broke out in tears and sipped champagne with Alex and of course called my mom to tell her we are getting marrrieeed.. It is still so wild to me. I kept telling Alex how we are officially \ adults because we are old enough to get married. We giggled like little kids hearing the word penis. lol. We are so excited for this next chapter and I feel so lucky to have found my person at 20 and to continue riding this journey together!
Now for post on wedding planning … 🙂
You reach that time in your life where all your friends begin getting engaged,married and having babies… and not necessarily in that order. Well I am on the cusp of that. This past weekend I got to celebrate at my bachelorette party. I grew up in a little town in Northern California and was lucky to have a group of girlfriends that are just a few years older than me that are now in the peak of EMB (engagement,marriage and babies) The girls flew down to Palm Springs from the Bay Area and I had a nice little 2 hour drive. I have lived in San Diego for almost 7 years and still had never made it to Palm Springs, I always feared the heat! I made sure to have my bikini’s ready because my intention were cocktails while lounging in the pool.
I drove in early Saturday to meet up with my girl B while the others were still flying in. B is from Palm Springs and she gave me a grand tour. First stop of the Riveria Hotel….OMG, it is fabulous!! The walls were mirrored and there were ginormous chandeliers and old Hollywood style furniture. I felt like Marylin Monroe..hehe B took me around to 5 of the major hotels/ pool parties and everyone was themed… I love a good theme. I could go back to stay at different hotels each time just because each experience would be very different.
We ended our time with a beer poolside. I departed my lovely B, to go meet up with my Nor Cal ladies.
I was SOOO excited to see my girls, it had been too long. We are the friends that don’t keep in touch very well but once back together,it is like nothing has changed. We were all decked out in our Palm Springs tanks ready to kick the weekend off right!
First things first, bikinis on! I am currently obsessed with my itsy bitsy Victoria Secret bottoms.
We all made our way to the pool as Lisa made up some amazing MoscowMules…. mmmm… so refreshing and so delicious… and little dangerous. I made sure to bring out my little surprise for the bride before we got too deep into the weekend. I made an awesome Bachelorette weekend survival kit, it was a hit and every single item was used! (detailed post on it later)
It was about 100 degrees but wasn’t as bad as I had thought, as long as you were in the water. The house was amazing, it had a modern yet retro vibe with bright teal and orange accents. The pool had a little shallow area for lounging with an umbrella in the middle… it was perfect!!
We had reservations at 8pm and it was seven and we all were still wet and in our bikinis by the pool. The crazy time-keeper that I am made sure to make a small announcement that it was CRUNCH time. lol. Some of the best times are the times getting ready as girls together. The shouting of what do I wear, who has gloss, help me curl my hair…. all the great madness that getting ready involves.
The bride had an awesome tiger H&M skirt and a new bride tank to pair with it. I convinced her it was necessary to tie up her shirt. With some mid drift showing and her tiger skirt flowing, we were ready for dinner.
The restaurant LuLu’s looked like it came straight out of Miami. All white with big chandeliers. From the looks of it we were in for a treat. Well we were wrong. The tuna crevice was great but other than that nothing was impressive. From non-existant plating to the obviously frozen lobster, it all was a major disappointment. It would have been a great place for a drink and an app, just because of the decor and location.
After a fun but not delicious dinner we decided to not hit the bars and to instead get back in our bikinis and enjoy cocktails by the pool while listening to our 2003/2004 mix CD’S….it was pretty epic.
It was my kind of bachelorette party, just enough of everything! We all left tanner and a little hungover , and we all want to do it again!!
1. What are you wearing?
Workout leggings and a big T. I am about to workout….and obviously avoiding it by doing this.
2. Do you have any tattoos?
Nope! I like being a clean slate and I don’t know anything I would like forever
One in each earlobe and I use to have my nose pierced. It was my one rebellious things lol
4: Ever been in love? That I have, for the past 7 years!
5: Ever had a terrible breakup? I was pretty sad and ate my popcorn and chocolate and cried for a night and picked myself up and moved on.
6: How much do you weigh? 136 I am learning that the number actually says nothing. It’s how you feel and what looks good to you. I will never be stick and I am happy with that.
7: Something you miss? My family. I am now the only one in California
8. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Well it matters on what I am doing. In general 30 minutes or so. If I am taking my time and going out for the night or on a date closer to an hour.
9. How tall are you?
5’3 and 3/4ths… .every bit counts. Short and proud
10. Zodiac sign?
11. Favorite quote?
Be the best you possible version of yourself.
12. OTP (One True Pairing)?
Chuck and Blaire! Gossip Girl obsessed. Chocolate and wine.
13. What are your fears?
Regret, walking into a dark house alone, bad guys.
14. Favorite TV show?
Where do I start, I like all the worst TV and the best. Scandal, Real Housewives of everything lol. oh and of course…NEW GIRL!
15. Favorite flavor of candy?
Dark Chocolate. I have been on a major dark chocolate and salted Caramel kick…. Mmmm. Oh and I just discovered dark chocolate snickers… HELL YAH!
16. Favorite Song?
I don’t have one favorite song… I can’t ever just pick one of something. Rihanna Rude Boy, Notorious B.I.G Juicy, No scrubs by TLC, Mars Volta Widow, Pearl Jam Creep Okay I will stop now… oh and Britney Toxic.
17. Last song you sang out loud?
Latch by Disclosure Featuring Sam Smith.
18. A place to visit?
All the places. I want to see the world and experience different cultures.
19. Favorite color?
Coral, Black, purple, teal… again I don’t have one.
20. Have you ever been in a physical fight?
…. no thanks.
21: Turn on? strength and kindness
22: Turn off? Immaturity.
23: The reason I made a blog? To share and explore with others.
24: Last thing that made you cry? so pathetic but over a TV show lol.
25: Last time you said you loved someone? Just a few minutes ago to my man.
26: Meaning behind your blog Name? My boyfriend only refers to me as babe to the point when I meet one of his co workers or friends for the first time they know me as babe and call me babe. lol Babe has many meaning to me its endearing and sweet, and what you think of a cute girl… a total babe. It encompasses a lot for me. What girl doesn’t want to be someones babe, to be the total healthy sexy babe. 😉
27: Last book you read? The Defining Decade and The Fault of Our Stars.
28: The book you’re currently reading? Currently reading Untethered Soul (Thanks to Carlibybel55 recommendation)
29: Last show you watched? Real Housewives of Atlanta
30: Last person you talked to? Currently my friend Stixx and my man. ( they are sitting next to me)
31: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? Great friend and old neighbor
32: Favorite food? Everything lol. I do love burgers!!
33: Last place you were? Florida
34: Do you have a crush? That I do, on my man.
35: Last time you kissed someone? A few minutes ago.
36: Last time you were insulted? Yesterday, some man said ” damn girl why you lookin all angry” It was the morning and I had no coffee and I was slightly grumpy.
37: What instruments do you play?? I wish I played the piano.
38: Favorite piece of jewellery? Probably a few special rings I have.
39: Last sport you played? Soccer. I played pass with some little kids I nanny.
40: Favorite chat up line? I don’t get this… pick up line… none. They don’t work.
41: Have you ever used it? Nope.
42: Last time you hung out with anyone? Right this very moment.
43: Who should answer these questions next? Everyone!
44.: Favourite actor?
Leonadro Dicario… since day one!
45: Loud music or soft?
Depends on the time and event. Soft unless I am getting ready to go out for the night.
46: Where do you go when you’re sad?
No one place. I would say a postive state of mind.
47: How long does it take you to shower?
About 10 to 15 minutes
48: Quality you look for in a partner?
Confidence and accountability.
49: How old are you? 27 years young
50: Favorite Designer: I am loving Mara Hoffman currently! Her colors and prints are amazing!
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“Heatherrrr….MAKE ME PRETTY! 🙂 ” This is often what is said on an evening going out together. I am over getting ready myself and having a best friend that is a hair and makeup artist, is very helpful! Heather knows how to make my cheeks look perfect ( I have always had cheeks…so I am obsessed with appearing to having cheek bones) She also highlights my eyebrows and creases my eyelids to give me the Heather touch.
1. Make up- She highlights the bottom of my eyebrow with a light concealer and blends. IT’S AMAZING!
2. Always crease your lid even with a very light color but always crease your lid!!
3. Hair- I am nuts when it comes to my hair. Day to day, I am the easiest no fuss hair but when it comes to getting it cut or dyed, it’s a whole other story. She knows how to deal with me, or just knows to always have a stiff cocktail when discussing my hair.* Must have Wispy ends, Paul Mitchell PM shine. I order mine on Amazon. I rarely use hair product… which annoys most hairstylist.
3. Nails- . Always use TWO top coats. I always make sure of it when I am at the nail salon. It makes it last so much longer!
My other best friend Nina is an esthetician and makeup artist. She has been doing my eyebrows since she was 16. When her brother moved out to college, her mom turned his room into a full on beauty room. IT WAS AMAZING! She had all the professional products and we loved using them. She is very strict, she will just start glaring at my brows and then blurt out ” you have man brows” or “Didn’t I teach you better” “COME HERE” That is when I know, I have gone to long. Then she makes me get all perfected. I sometimes stop and say ” they look great, we are done” She glares and tells me to stay still and follows with ” don’t you want perfect brows, now stop being a baby”. All in the most loving of ways lol. She has no tolerance for bad brows.She waxes,threads and dyes my brows, when we are together. We are in a long distance relationship from Sf-SD.
What I have learned from Nina- When filling in your brows,start at your arch and follow down to the end. Do not over pluck or wax, fuller brows is better then no brows. Try to always make sure your hair and brows some what match. Black brows with bleached out hair is not the best look. Do not wax,if you use any Rentin-A products. Or stop using them for four days and then wax.
Nothing better than great girlfriends…especially ones with beautifying talent!
Now I need a massage therapist friend!!