Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Change is defined as making or becoming different. Change can be positive or negative, but it is change. Over the past few weeks, a few things have happened in which I have noticed a change, whether it is with me, friends, lifestyle, anything...

With all that being said,

7 years difference.

CHANGE. In it's finest form. Welcome, 8th grade Kathryn. I was valedictorian of my class, and off to my dream high school. Now I am getting ready to enter my senior year of college. Uhm, WHAT?! Its crazy to think how much has really changed, not just by appearance, but personality, wants, desires, personality, feelings, motivations, interests, honestly everything!

But in all honesty, change is nothing without the right time. When it's the right time, change will come, whether it is for the best, or if it is the bad before it gets better.

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 76th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

The co-hosts:

Elizabeth @ Nom Elizabeth
Kathryn @ As Told By Kathryn
 Becca @ Two Places at Once

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi everyone! This is Tiffany this week. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 

As I scrolled through all the delicious posts my eyes caught this one. Perhaps it is because I have always been interested in fostering a child, but I wanted to read the post. What I would soon discover is that this little post would leave me almost in tears. Jennifer, the writer of this post, did a magnificent job of uncovering many of the stereotypes and assumptions of the kinds of homes foster kids come from, and gave me a new perspective and grace for all those involved in the foster system. This was a deep, heartfelt, and loving post. If you are considering fostering, adopting, or know a family going through the process, read this post. This is a very interesting and lovely perspective of the power of love. 

The blog is filled with inspirational and real posts about life. Bookmark it for posts that will lift up your day. I am so excited to have a new daily read! 

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

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Weekend Getaway - Laguna Beach

Monday, July 21, 2014

This past weekend, my parents and I headed down to Laguna Beach to celebrate my dad's birthday and view the Pageant of the Masters, as we do every year. Instead of going for a few days, this year we only went for Saturday and Sunday, but got separate hotel rooms. Laguna Beach, to me, is the perfect weekend getaway. I'm able to dress up, look nice, and completely relax.

 OOTD: top- target, skirt- zara

 For the pageant, I like to get a little more dressed up. So I wore my new J Crew necklace, my new Vince Camuto shirt (that I got on sale woot woot!) and my J Crew Pixie Pants

We went to dinner at the LumberYard, which was delicious, as always...

And ended our trip the next morning with mimosas and bloody marys. 

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

12 on the Twelfth

Saturday, July 12, 2014

These past few weeks have been eventful, confusing, and very very interesting. We have hit and passed the mid mark of summer, which means there is  just one more month until I am back in the city by the Bay. But for now, we shall relive the things that I did this week. Instead of story time though, I am putting a list of things that I have noticed or learned this past week from my disney trip with the boy, HBOgo marathons, and camp.

1. I am obsessed/in love with my kitten, Meeko
2. I am addicted to Sex & The City, but I don't know what character I would be
3. My past belief that guys and girls can't be friends is slowly deteriorating
4. You tan more just by walking around Disneyland than when you lay out in the sun 
5. Going to Disneyland with just the boy is very very different than going with the boy and two other couples
6. All cats need to learn to like each other is a little bit of time
7. Triple dates are confusing
8. Triple dates get even more confusing when three other people join you and there is a ninth wheel
9. The word awkward doesn't even begin to describe how it feels when the ninth wheel points out that she is the ninth wheel when we plan what we're doing for the picture and she tells us all to make hearts and she will do half of a heart (yes, this happened, I wanted to cry, it was so uncomfortable, and it was one of those do I laugh or no moments)
10. When on a triple date, make friends with at least one other person
11. When on a quadruple date with a ninth wheel, make at least two friends
12. I really like the guy I'm dating. (I could say boyfriend, but that's weird to me still haha, oops. I know, how gross, another couple picture, sorryyyyy)

I like to pretend I live on the East Coat

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Happy 8th of July! I am so behind on posts, that I thought that I had already posted this.. Whoops! Well I finished packing for the 2nd disney trip with the boy, and have some extra time before work and decided to make sure this post was published, and alas, it was not. But here it is! Hope you all had a fun and safe Fourth of July!!!!

Every year since I can remember, my parent and I would have people over for swimming and BBQ and then we would head over to CBS Studio City for fireworks. But this year, we decided to change it up and do something different. Instead of staying home, we decided it would be fun to go out on my dad's cousin's boat for the day! We got there around noon, had lunch, and they started fishing. I had never fished before, so I stayed inside, had a few margaritas, took some pictures, and watched TV. That is, I did all of this until they put the engine on the dinghy, at which point we took the dinghy out a few times, which was a ton a ton of fun! 

Hat - Vineyard Vines
Top - Target
Pants - Coldwater Creek

After spending the night on the boat (with not too much sleep) we headed over to the hotel that is walking distance from the harbor and got some breakfast. With this view, it is pretty hard to complain about anything. We ate a lot, had a lot of laughs, and had an over all fun and boat-tastic Fourth of July!!!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

This past Saturday, I went to heaven, well at least I thought it would be heaven. We got in line for the premium tickets which was long, but barely hit the corner, while the general admission line snaked around up and down the block and street. We got to the front of the line and decided to just go down the line for the tacos.

After about 3 or 4 tacos, we decided it was time for a drink... or two. The guy in front of us at the bar thought that, just like the tacos, the drinks were included. This was correct, but only if you had the premium ticket and got the drink card. He did not, so I got a free margarita to accompany my paloma. 

And then I ate a smelt fish taco, which just kind of tasted like a taco. But my parents didn't eat it and I did so I felt accomplished.

After some more tacos and taquitos and standing in line in the burning sun, we found the tequila garden. Having purchased the premium ticket, we thought this was included but it was another $20. We shouldn't have done it. But we had fun, regardless. We got some free shot glasses, light up martini glasses, shots of tequila, and a wink from a creepy old guy. Tacolandia had turned into tequilalandia.

And then I befriended the cute guy in front of me in line, and he convinced me to eat a grasshopper taco. It wasn't terrible. Just kind of, crunchy...

I also ate octopus, but that isn't that weird, right?

And then the last and final taco and margarita of the night. (Well, I actually got three because the bar was closing and I still had free drink coupons like hi, obviously I was going to use them.)

To end the night, we went to a part of LA that I had never been before, and got churros and chocolate. And it was perfect.