March 2017 Favs


I actually have some favorites this month! When I find something I truly like, I tend to use it over and over again-which is why it’s difficult for me to compile favorites every month. No make up items this month, but I’ve got neat stuff to share!

1. Soap & Glory Deep Moisture Body Milk

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Target recently started carrying Soap & Glory products and boy was I excited! I’ve always wanted to try their body scrubs, lotions, and washes and this brand does not disappoint. My boyfriend and I have been obsessed with this body lotion. I literally drench and lather my body in this after I shower and it not only smells delicious, but also leaves your skin smooth. Will definitely be trying there other lotions and scrubs!

2. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

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This is my first time ever using a Cetaphil product and I absolutely love this face wash. I’m also  obsessed with the smell haha. It’s fresh, clean, and just a satisfying scent. It’s a straightforward cleanser that does the job and doesn’t break me out-I see myself using this product for a long time.

3. Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

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Sean actually bought this for himself and I was intrigued because of the charcoal ingredient. Gave it a try and haven’t stopped using it since! This is probably our third bottle but you can really feel the cleanliness after each cleanse. It also smells so good! Can you tell I love product scents? Haha. You also get a slight tingly feeling after and it’s refreshing.

4. Target Peony Petals Soy Candle

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Candles from Target are the best! This one called Peony Petals is my new current obsession and I’ve been burning this one every single night after work. It has a light, floral, and sweet scent that is not overpowering and leaves the room smelling so pleasant.

5. Target Lush Amazon Soy Candle (yes, another candle)

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Yes, ANOTHER Target candle for this month’s favorite because I have been burning this one just as often as the Peony Petals. I recently got back into burning candles. This one is definitely a lot stronger in scent and more floral. I didn’t like this when I sniffed the wax but fell in love when I started burning it.

6. Trader Joe’s Flowers

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I used to buy flowers almost weekly but I stopped once I started realizing how much money I was spending. Luckily, Trader Joe’s has been coming out with some beautiful, petite bouquets for great prices-which means fresh flowers every week for me!

7. Korean Drama: Goblin, The Lonely and Great God

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WOW. If you like Korean Dramas and you want something new, addicting, and amazing-please watch this. And give yourself a good week because you will binge-watch this show. Even if you have never watched a Korean Drama, start with this one. It’s a romantic comedy with a great mythical storyline-a lot of drama, some action, and so addicting. Watch it!

Hope you enjoyed my little roundup for this month!

xx/ paige

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Some Awesome Books…


One of my goals for 2017 was to get back into reading and I have been keeping pace with a good 2-3 books/month so far and here is a list (and a lil description of each book) of books that stood out to me!

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The Vegetarian |Han Kang

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Has nothing to do with the actual diet-it is an allegorical thriller about a married South Korean woman who suddenly decided to become vegetarian after having a dream. It’s a slim book filled with exceptional writing-the story sucks  you in from the beginning and has you admiring her way of using vegetarianism to shed light to bigger, more societal issues.

A Man Called Ove |Fredrik Backman

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The question is: who DIDN’T love this book. This is a simple, melancholy story of a grumpy old man and his light-hearted story after a family moves across the street from him. This book tugs at your heart strings and will bring tears to your eyes-a keeper for sure! I recommended this to all my friends and family.

The Underground Railroad | Michael Colton

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A big hit at the moment! Had to wait for weeks for the library to get it in stock but was worth the wait. Readers are thrown into Cora’s escape from slavery and her journey from Georgia in the hopes of freedom. Extremely well-written and filled with short and meaningful metaphors. Colton is def a top-notch writer. He weaves the story line effortlessly while educating readers about the Underground Railroad-an eye opener for those who are not so educated about slavery and a necessary reminder for others.

Girl on the Train | Paula Hawkins

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If you liked Gone Girl, try this one next or vice versa ha. This is a crazy page-turner that all starts with recently divorced Rachel who daydreams of a seemingly perfect couple who she sees on her daily train commute to work. It’s a psychological thriller that keeps you on your toes-I finished the book in less than two days.

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If you have read any of these books, please share your thoughts on them! And if you haven’t, these are ALL worth reading. Obviously I read more than these 4 books since January but these are the 4 that really shined-not sure if I want to know make a post about books that I was disappointed in/didn’t like very much…

The next book I am planning to read: Evicted by Matthew Desmond and Shelter by Jung Yun.

xx, paige

Arts District | Los Angeles


This past weekend, I visited the Arts District in Los Angeles and I took some snaps of everything that Sean and I ate and saw. If you ever visit SoCal or California in general, the Arts District is a must if you like eclectic, “hipster”, rustic vibes-loving coffee and/or beer is also an advantage!

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As you can see, a lot of good food and coffee in the area. There are also many fun breweries around the area but I wasn’t able to capture them on my camera. Barcade (a bar and arcade in one-super cool!) and Angel’s Brewery are two  that we enjoyed. Both have very cool, chill environments and presumably amazing beer (I don’t drink lol).

Hope you enjoyed this small collection of photos!

 

xx paige

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | 4 Years


 

This past weekend, Sean and I celebrated 4 years of being together and wowzie has that gone by fast! We have been wanting to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in L.A. ever since it opened and we FINALLY had a full Saturday to go and boy was it worth it.

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The entrance to Hogsmeade was like a big, warm welcome to childhood. I grew up with Harry Potter and it was so exciting-I almost peed my pants. It really is beautiful, especially all the little details like the cobblestone walkways, the lampposts, crooked chimneys, etc…just AMAZING.

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The first thing we did was the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride-you go through the Hogwarts castle, including the Defense against the Dark Arts classroom, Dumbledore’s office, etc…

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Apologies for the dark pictures! The line was moving fast so it was difficult to take proper pictures without getting trampled on. These definitely don’t do it justice. There were so many details that I wish got on camera, you really feel like you are in Hogwarts! Fair warning, the actual ride consists of virtual reality and can make you extremely nauseated especially if you suffer from motion sickness (me, all day every day). Other than feeling like vomiting, the ride is so fun and totally worth waiting for!

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Roaming through the shops and browsing around in Honeydukes, Zonko’s, and Ollivander’s was so sentimental. We decided to get a Chocolate Frog for a souvenir but passed on the wands (very pricey at almost $40). They even had interactive wands for around $10 more that allowed you to use spells to perform magic in certain areas of the park. Naturally, we had to try the famous butterbeer and the hype is real! I prefer the hot version. It basically tasted like a buttery, rice-crispie treat in liquid form-very addicting and sugary!

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There is basically one sit-down restaurant in the Harry Potter park: The Three Broomsticks. The food was surprisingly good and decently priced for an amusement park restaurant. I got the Lemon Herb Chicken with Corn/Potatoes and Sean got the Fish and Chips. The atmosphere is amazing and cozy, especially with the soft Harry Potter soundtrack playing in the background. Hogs Head (the pub and only place you can purchase alcohol) was busy and one of the few places that sell hot butterbeer. YUM.

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Overall, it was a magical experience and people of all ages will adore this place. Sean and I basically spent 8 hours in the Harry Potter section and used the other two to wander around the other parts of Universal Studios haha. Something definitely worth mentioning is the new AMC Walking Dead attraction. It’s a walk-through attraction where walkers scare the living shit out of you. So funny and a must.

I hope to one day visit the Harry Potter park in Orlando, Florida as I heard it’s bigger. I highly suggest visiting The Wizarding World, even if you are not a Harry Potter fan. It literally whisks you away to another land-I could live there!

 

xx/paige

A Lil’ Colourpop Haul | Pressed Shadows


Colourpop released individual pressed shadows recently and I purchased a few that looked amazing and were available. Each were $5 which is a great price for the quality of them. I also bought a super shock shadow and stocked up on my favorite brow pencil.

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t o p  n o t c h | matte

A matte terracotta brown shade. I don’t think I have a shade like this in my collection and I absolutely love it! It’s smooth, easy to blend, and very little fall out. A quality eyeshadow for an awesome price indeed.

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c o m e  and  g e t  it | metallic

A rose gold metallic shade. Another shade that I do not own but am so glad I got. It’s not super pigmented which I like so it is beautiful all over the lids or to use in the inner corner of the eyes to brighten.

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n o t e  to  s e l f | matte

A matte warm caramel shade. Definitely can be used as a transition color, on it’s own, or to give some depth to the eyes. Such an easy one to work with-it does have the most fallout as the other two but definitely not a problem.

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k a t h l e e n l i g h t s | super shock

My favorite shadow from the bunch. This is a VERY pigmented, buttery, glitter-intense golden copper shade. I would definitely be wearing this on the lids or the inner corners of my eyes to have them pop!

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(apologies for the horrible swatch pic. Top notch got smeared and I didn’t realize until after I took the picture haha)

b a n g i n brunette | brown pencil

Still my favorite brow pencil-it is soft, pigmented,  and stays on brows all day long. They are only $5 each so I always buy 2 or 3 whenever I purchase from Colourpop. I like these brow pencils more than the coveted (and way more pricey) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.

I think this is my 4th post about Colourpop on my blog. Can you tell I love the brand? lol.

xx/ paige

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | First Impression


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Yowzie I FINALLY got my greedy hands on the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour concealer (did not know that was the full name lol) that was incredibly hyped up and making the beauty world go crazy. To be fair, I actually did try purchasing this numerous times when I first started hearing about it but it was also ridiculously difficult to purchase my shade-it was sold out every time. I eventually forgot about it and popped into Ulta the other day and saw the Tarte shelves packed with them! So let’s get on to the first impression…

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Price

This concealer is $24 and you get 0.33 oz of product. I don’t know about ya’ll but the price is not bad! The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless concealer is only 0.16 oz and $28. The NARS Radiant Creamy concealer is 0.22 oz and $30. I am just comparing it to other concealers that I have used and loved in the past. Strictly talking about product/price-you are getting more product for less money with this one.

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Packaging

Nothing too different except for the significantly larger applicator. I actually like the bigger applicator: it covers more surface area and if you only have small areas to conceal, just use the tip of it.

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Consistency

This has a thick consistency and does take a litttllleeee more time to blend then other concealers but trust me, it is worth it. I have actually seen and read very few reviews that people did not enjoy it because how thick it is (that’s what she said). I personally don’t care/have not noticed a big difference.

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What it Does/Wear

On the Ulta website, it claims to be able to conceal, contour, and/or highlight-depending on what shade you get obviously. It is supposed to be hydrating, long-wearing, and crease-free. I personally would use this for concealing acne scars and to highlight under the eyes. Coverage wise-amazing. It literally covers up the current acne residue on my cheeks seamlessly. I wore it throughout the day and it did not budge at all! It ALSO did not break me out which was great. Hydrating wise-not so sure…I normally don’t have dry skin so my face doesn’t need hydration haha. I might have to try applying this to my dry spots around the mouth to test the hydration part.

 Overall

Love it. Highly recommend it. Easily one of the best concealers I have used yet. Get it. Try it. Enjoy it.

Byeeee!

xx | paige

January 2017 Favorites


January favorites…

I’m going to be honest, the things that I have been loving this month are mostly all from my Winter Skincare Routine post. I do have some new bits and pieces that I would like to share though!

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Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask

This was in my Winter Skincare routine blog post and it is an amazing clay mask! It is made purely of calcium benzonite powder. To be able to be utilize the full effects of this mask, it is best to mix the powder with an equal portion of apple cider vinegar. I like to use non-metal bowls/spoons when making my masks because it can make the clay powder lose its efficacy. It’s true when it claims to “pulsate” your face. It is extremely strong and tightens/draws your skin. I only use this a maximum of twice per week and I really feel like it draws any impurities from your skin. It’s also only around $8 for a tub that could last years! I got mine from Whole Foods and can be sold online or any natural/herb store.

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Rimmel Finish Foundation with Comfort Serum

This foundation has been my go-to ever since around December. It is great for oily/combo skin and with my trouble with dry patches, the comfort serum formula in this foundation has been really helpful. I strayed away from my usual L’oreal Infallible Matte foundation for a few months now since it was accentuating my flaky patches. It claims to be a 25 hour formula but I honestly don’t think it can last that long on me. I also don’t wear foundation for longer than 8 hours so this doesn’t apply to me. Coverage is medium and buildable. Just a great, affordable, comfortable drugstore foundation!

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer/Highlighter

I have never really heard anything about this product but I really enjoy it! I use mine as an under eye highlight instead of a concealer. It blends just as well as the coveted Maybelline Age Rewinder and I think it’s cheaper too. Rimmel face products are surprisingly awesome. I’ve been a fan of their lipsticks but their face stuff is amazing!

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Morphe E27 Blending Eyeshadow Brush

The BEST eyeshadow blending brush EVER. Not only is this affordable, but also incredibly easy to use. This is a great beginner brush for makeup noobies as it makes blending a breeze. I love how dense and soft it is. I find myself only using this brush when applying eyeshadow because it’s just that great. This also was/is really hyped up in the beauty guru world and was the reason why I purchased it to begin with. Best $7 investment ever!

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Celestone-G Cream | Korean Cream

If you have acne problems and don’t know where else to turn, this is something you might want to try. I have been using the Celestone-G Korean Cream ever since my teenage years and I have fallen in love with it again this month. I honestly don’t know much about the formula so please do your research on this before trying it. I have moderately sensitive skin and this product works great with my acne. Whenever I have some new ones, I just pop some of the cream on my spots, sleep, and they are noticeably smaller the next morning.

Lemon/Sugar Acne Body Scrub

A goal of mine this year is to control/eliminate my body acne/scars. I have them on my chest and back primarily and after my sister experimented with the lemon sugar scrub for a few months, I decided to try as well. I have only been doing it for almost a month and my boyfriend already notices a difference with my skin. I also noticed that I was getting less breakouts!

Champion Sweaters

It’s been cold in SoCal and it was sweater weather for some time. I live in sweaters and my favorite brand is Champion. Some like soft sweaters that drape over you but I have always loved thick, structured ones. I find them more comfortable and they seem to last longer through washes because they are sturdy. This is a super random favorite but I have been wearing them all day every day in January.

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Wet Brush

I am finally using a proper wet brush for my hair after showering. Another one of my goals this year is to take care of my hair. I honestly have never cared for it but I was starting to notice all the baby hairs due to breakage all over my head and decided to start caring more haha. The wet brush I have is from Target and was only $6. The main difference between a wet brush and a regular brush are the flexible bristles that don’t tug on the hair. It’s definitely something to try if you are noticing a lot of dry, hair breakage!

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I hope you enjoyed my monthly roundup-what are your favorites from January?

xx | paige

Bullet Journal 2017


So I’ve been hearing about this thing called the Bullet Journal. I had no idea that it existed until a few months ago and I was incredibly intrigued. It seems to be becoming more prevalent and the concept of how customizable and organized it was, definitely made me want to go for it this year. Trust me, I did SO much research on this and I basically started with this nifty website: http://bulletjournal.com.

I then nosed into the bullet journals of bloggers, youtubers, instagramers, etc… and I am actually really excited to keep this up for the rest of the year. It’s nothing special or anything but I thought it would be interesting for any nosy people out there (like me) who would like to see my Bullet Journal!

Index

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Key

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2017 Calendar and Goals

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2017 Book List | I know it’s empty..working on it haha.

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Future Log

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Monthly Log

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Daily Logs

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Obviously every Bullet Journal is unique. I personalize mine so I am recording my meals, exercise, and period schedule since those are three aspects that I am currently focused on. Maybe this might inspire anyone reading to  try!

xx | paige

2017 Winter Skincare Routine


Friends,

    I’ve been neglecting my blog for too long and this year, I am determined to go back to regular posting! Today, I have an updated Winter skincare routine that finally works great with my skin. I usually have an all-over oily face but that changed dramatically around 3 months ago. I started experiencing extremely dry patches around my mouth, apples of my cheeks, and the area right under my chin. The skin would be flaky, white, and really noticeable. It was also difficult to find a face lotion that could control the flakiness underneath my makeup but wouldn’t be an oily base. Lo and behold, I found something that completely eliminated my dry spots and also took care of the parts of my face that are oily.

If I am wearing makeup that day, I would first take it off with a makeup remover.

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  • Laneige Lip & Eye Remover | I have been loving this makeup remover! It is specifically for the eyes and lips but sometimes I just use it all over my face. It is a mild solution and can be for all skin types, which was perfect for my oily combo situation.

I then cleanse with:

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  • Alba Botanica Gentle Acne Face Wash | I have been using this product for almost a year now and it is a solid acne face wash. I like it because it is composed of natural ingredients and does not have any unnecessary dyes, parabens, or synthetic fragrances. Great for oily or normal skin!

Tone:

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  •  Pixi Glow Tonic | The Pixi glow tonic was super hyped up in the beauty world and literally everyone was using but me. I finally decided to pick it up at the drugstore and I love it! I use it twice daily and noticed a tremendous difference in the brightness of my skin. It’s a process but my boyfriend, Sean, was started to comment on how clear my face was starting to look.
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads Toner | Another great toner for oily combination sensitive skin. I started using First Aid products a few months ago and I enjoy how their products focus on sensitive skin. It didn’t dry out my dry patches but did an excellent job with the oily parts of my face.

Face Masks (used only once or twice a week):

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  • Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask | An all natural calcium bentonite clay powder face mask that is only around $6 or $7 for a huge tub that could last years. This stuff tightens and pulsates your skin and draws out any impurities from your skin. It seems to work great with my sensitive skin and I use it a maximum of twice weekly.

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  • I.P.I Lightmax Moisturizing Sheet Masks | Sheet masks are an awesome way to bring moisture back into the skin, especially after cleansing. The particular sheet masks I use target brightening and moisturizing of the skin. I leave them on my face for up to 20-30 minutes and do this biweekly.

Moisturizer:

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  • First Aid Beauty Face/Body Ultra Repair Cream | This is basically the main reason why I don’t have any dry, flaky patches around my face. I love how you can use it for both your body and face. Again, an excellent product for sensitive skin as it is unscented and paraben, chemical-free. It’s lovely on the skin and dries without an oily residue. I noticed a difference in only a few days!

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  • Simple Face Moisturizer with SPF | A classic and staple item in my daily face regimen. I have been using this for some time now and it has helped so much on the areas of my skin that are oily since it is such a light face lotion. The SPF is another bonus!

 

With the help of these few but mighty products, it’s safe to say that my oily, dry combination skin has been tamed! Never have I ever experienced dry patches before and I am happy that I was able to find products that revitalized my skin. If anyone else have used these products before, feel free to share your experiences.

I really hope this can help any gals (or men!) out there who was having the same issue as me.

 

xx | paige

R & R | Idyllwild, CA


Friends,

My boyfriend and I went on a little mountain retreat for Labor Day weekend and it was exactly what we needed after the past few busy weeks we have both been having. If you are located anywhere in the Southern California area, Idyllwild should only be a few hours away from where you live. Nestled in the San Jacinto mountains, Idyllwild is a quaint and small mountain town that is surrounded by quiet beauty.

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We stayed at the Strawberry Creek Bed and Breakfast Inn that is walking distance from town. With only 10 rooms, this inn has a rustic, homey, and comfortable ambience. This is NOT  a place for people who are looking for luxury. The inn screams vintage and we loved it!

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The inn consisted of many old-fashioned board and card games, relaxing background music, and delicious home-cooked breakfasts. The grounds consisted of a garden, access to the Strawberry Creek, and a chicken coop where they used fresh eggs every morning for our meals.

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The Idyllwild town had a plethora of restaurants, gift shops, and coffee cafe’s. Gift shops ranged from quilt to hand-made candle stores. The town had a sense of community and friendliness that was so contagious and much appreciated.

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Just a 10 minute drive up the mountain would be Humber Park which is basically the beginning of many trails. They range from easy to advanced and are all gorgeous trails, far away from the bustle of cars and buildings. Rock climbers and intense hikers flock to Humber Park.

Overall, this was a nice sanctuary to go to for the long weekend. We cannot wait to visit again!!

 

xx | paige