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

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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

Coffee and Jjajangmyeon


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So my boyfriend and I went to two, no THREE, bomb places to get coffee/eat today and I couldn’t wait to share our new places to eat to all the Orange County/LA people in SoCal! I’ve been wanting to get good coffee from a little cafe called “The Coffee Tale” in Huntington Beach so we decided to go after seeing almost 300, five star reviews on Yelp. Everyone is raving about this place so I had to go!

The Coffee Tale is located in a quaint nook near a Costco called The Old World Village. You feel like you’re stepping into a different country haha; it’s small but pleasant to walk around on a sunny weekend afternoon.

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I got the house coffee and Sean got a pour over. We got them to-go so we can walk around a little but next time, I might actually go for their mocha (and face the after-effects of lactose intolerance) because everyone was getting them. They also make pretty little designs that are so instagram worthy.

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I was tempted to go for their baklava but I was like, “Be good, Paige. Save your appetite.” because we were going to hit up a hole-in-the-wall Chinese/Korean restaurant called “Beijing Wok and Grill” that served amazing jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles) and legendary steamed dumplings. Luckily, it was a short 8 minute drive to Fountain Valley where it is located.

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The food was so AMAZING. You can see how the dumplings are not in the picture above because those were devoured by two very ravenous people in a span of like a minute. Not joking lol. This place is owned by a cute little couple who are very sincere and nice. The food was fresh, delicious, and it made me wanting more. I really wish we got one of their chicken or pork dishes but we were saving some room for dessert….

Only three doors down to Beijing Wok and Grill was a nut, dairy, and gluten free bakery. How convenient. Sean and I peeked in and came out with some goodies. The bakery is adorably named “Sensitive Sweets” and is supposedly owned by a mother with a child who has very intense food allergies. Kudos to her. Cookies, brownies, bread, cake pops, donuts, etc…and all dairy free!

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Reasonably priced vegan baked good are always a win. Plus, it tasted so delicious, especially the mini-chocolate chip cookies. This is a heaven for people who really want a good brownie without feeling bloated/gassy after.

Overall, I feel like we found three great spots that we will be visiting again. I only eat out during the weekends so I really try to visit places I’ve never been before. Today was successful indeed! If there are any people who are from the SoCal area or are planning on visiting, try out these three places! I have a yelp account which I will link and you can see other peoples thoughts on these lovely places:

http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=EMaKlqBU3R04Licmj5YJYA

See ya’ll tomorrow for a lil Valentines day post ❤

 

xx,

paige

 

 

 

May 2015 Favorites


hey!

I want to try doing something new (and actually committing to it haha) by doing a little monthly favorite segment, that include pictures and videos.

What I have been loving this month…

1. Travelling

Monterey, CA
Monterey, CA

I’ve been going out of my comfort zone by traveling more. I get horrible motion sickness and I get really anxious when going to places I’m not familiar with. This month, I planned and committed to trips and I am proud of myself!

2. Pink Magnolia candle from Target

3. L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

4. Calvin Harris

5. Jeggings (jean leggings) from Uniqlo

6. Coffee, coffee, coffee

Plum's Cafe
Plum’s Cafe
85 degrees bakery
85 degrees bakery

7. Strumming the guitar

8. Walking

9. Mad Max

10. Rescue dogs
Anyone else have any common favorites with me??

xx, paige