I had so much fun this weekend celebrating Skylar's Bachelorette in VEGAS! It went by soo fast and I didn't get that many photos (which is when you know you're having a good time), but you can see our full itinerary in the top photo! We stayed at the Encore, which I loved, and would 100% stay there when I go back to Vegas.
On our first night, we went to dinner at The Mayfair Supper Club at the Bellagio! The food was divine, but there was also a show during dinner that made it super fun! After dinner & the show were over we got to dance on the stage (they played 'Dancing Queen' which was a huge plus)! Later that night we headed back to Encore to go to XS (purposely unpictured ;).
The next day we went to Encore Beach Club which was the highlight of my weekend! We had a table and danced all day long next to the DJ booth. It felt like such a fun summer day because it was HOT but we got through it with water & margaritas! Later that day we had dinner at Wazuzu which wasn't my personal favorite, but it did the job. Then we went to Magic Mike Live which was soo much fun (highly recommend)!

One of my favorite getaways from LA is Paso Robles! Not only is it a beautiful wine country, but it is also generally affordable to road trip and stay at The Allegretto (always book in advance). This is from a trip I took with my boyfriend, but I have also been on a girls' trip to Paso Robles and it was just as fun!!
On our first night, we had an early tasting at the JUSTIN Tasting Room Downtown which was so nice to start our weekend. We had our flight with some nuts and chocolates & loved every bit of it. It is located in this adorable square with great restaurants & bars all within walking distance!
After our tasting, we walked to The Hatch where we had a great, casual dinner. There are so many options and while The Hatch wouldn't be my #1 pick it did the job! (See my #1 restaurant pick on Night Two below)
One of my favorite parts of Paso is this little speakeasy called Eleven Twenty-Two which is located behind Pappy McGregor's Pub! You'll notice I only have a photo of the entrance (very unlike me - I take pictures of everything), which is because they securely take your phone while inside to give the feel of a traditional speakeasy back in the day! Experience aside, the drinks are insanely good and the bartenders are so kind & spoke with us the entire time! 
As I mentioned before I love staying at The Allegretto while in Paso Robles for so many reasons! Almost every room has a view of their vineyard, the grounds are pretty big and offer plenty of places to explore during your stay, and my top reason would have to be their delicious breakfast and cappuccinos! 
After breakfast, we got ready and had a car service pick us up at the hotel for our day of wine tasting. My favorite car service in Paso Robles is Lush Limousine because they offer great prices & you can even have the driver use your personal vehicle! 
Our first stop was Daou, which we have both already been to and LOVE! I mean how could you not with these views and charcuterie?! It is so breathtaking and peaceful, but also Daou has some of my favorite wines. I found it so wild that people recommend 3+ hours at each vineyard, but the time does fly at a place like this! We also ran into a few friends while here which made it even more fun.
Our second stop was Booker, which is also another one of my favorites that I have been to before! The interior design here is a complete dream and they have the cutest dog. We really enjoyed the more upbeat vibe at Booker and hanging out with the pup who loved Scott lol.
Booker also has a cave below the tasting room that is saved for private events and we were lucky enough to check that out along with their barrels! I cannot wait for the day when I attend or host an event in the cave because it is so cool (& yes that is the exposed earth in the circle lol) and the vibe is like being an elevated living room of a good friend! 
And last, but not least my favorite meal in Paso Robles, which is also in the downtown vicinity, is Il Cortile! It is a small, delicious Italian restaurant that is slightly upscale. The food is always amazing, the people there are so kind and I couldn't resist having a lemon drop martini as a nightcap on my day of vino! 
If you know me, then you know my family & I are huge Rams fans! The Rams had such an amazing season and we lucked out because the Super Bowl took place on our home turf - SoFi Stadium! We had such a fun squad attend the game and while I thought it would be like every other game at SoFi, I quickly learned I was wrong.
Every Super Bowl ticket comes with a tailgate experience and there are a ton of tents across the different parking lots. This was such a great way to start the day! The tailgate had so many different games like cornhole, football targets, and our personal favorite, 'giant pong' (lol we played for at least an hour). Along with the games was a huge stage with live entertainment and delicious food & drinks (not pictured, oops). 
Walking into the stadium is what made me realize this was not like any other game! The energy was electric - everyone was so excited to be there for their team and it truly felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the coolest parts had to be the halftime show where we each had a lanyard with lights that lit up with the music. I heard that some sections did not get any audio and while I'd argue the performance is 100% made for the TV audience, I was happy that we could still hear the songs!
SPOILER ALERT: The Rams won the Super Bowl!!!! This was the cherry on top of such a fun, first season in SoFi Stadium and the comradery of fans was indescribable! I am so thankful for this experience and will cherish the memories of this day! Go Rams! :) 

While living in London for four months I had the opportunity to have somewhat of a routine and find a few places that truly became my favorites. These are places I genuinely wish were in Los Angeles or at least close enough for me to still visit on a regular basis! 
Favorite View: Sky Garden
Favorite Coffee Shop: Gail's
Favorite Restaurant: Dishoom
Favorite Cocktails: The Alchemist
Favorite Exercise: Psycle Shoreditch 
 After living in London for the past four months I wanted to share my personal experience of studying and exploring in the city! First and foremost I am so glad I chose to study abroad in London because there was little to no language barrier, it has delicious food, easy transportation, and the shopping here cannot be beaten! 
My school was located in beautiful Bedford Square in Bloomsbury. I loved my school's location because it was near a ton of restaurants/shops and Oxford Street. This made adventuring after or in between classes super convenient. Also, the building is so charming and had the best view of the square!
The neighborhood I lived in was a thirty to forty-minute walk from my school and is known as Shoreditch. I would consider Shoreditch as a larger version of the arts district of Los Angeles. Not only is there street art on every corner, but there are also the most charming coffee shops and fun nightlife (shoutout Dinerama)!  
I also loved that there is always something to do or to see in London! You honestly cannot be bored when there is so much history to learn on endless tours or simply exciting places to explore and just walk around for fun. 
And when the hustle of the city got to be too stressful my favorite thing to do would be to take a break in one of London's parks or squares. Not only was a lot sunnier than I expected, but the parks genuinely feel like an escape.  
Lastly, my biggest worry when moving to London for a few months was how large and intimidated it would be to get around. However, I quickly realized that the buses and tube system was super easy to navigate thanks to the app called City Mapper! I took both the bus and the tube almost everywhere (sometimes called an Uber)! Overall, I loved living in London and I hope to return in the near future. 

WOW. This was one of my favorite trips from abroad. Not only did I spend Easter Sunday with Pope Francis, but we also did so much sightseeing and eating that we never had a dull moment. Rome is for sure one of those cities that you will always be on the go and you can never see it all in one trip! Because I had been there before, it was really cool to see most things for a second time. See my first trip to Rome here.
The Colosseum
Underground Colosseum Tour 
One of the many tours we took was The Coliseum. Funny enough we purchased tickets for the basic 25 tour and was upgraded to the underground tour, which is by far the best! While I did not have to pay for it, I would argue it is worth the money to get the full experience.
The Vatican
The Vatican is a must-do tour while in Rome. Again, we did the basic tour and it is perfect for someone who wants to know the basics and is okay with being in a very large group. If you want a more in-depth or personalized tour I highly recommend hiring a private tour. I did a private tour with my family on my last trip to Rome and highly preferred it over the large group!
Roman Ruins
The ruins are right next to The Coliseum and our upgraded underground tour came with an additional tour of the ruins. It is really interesting to see and if you are interested I would recommend it. To be honest, if I did not get it for free I would probably prefer spending my money on a bowl of pasta and glass of wine, but I am just not a huge history kind of girl (lol).
Spanish Steps
Trevi Fountain 
The Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain are all a fifteen minute or less walk from each other, so I recommend walking to each of them at once, so you can check them off your list! I would say all three are worth seeing and you cannot leave Rome without making a wish at the Trevi! 

Pope Francis in the Popemobile
Easter Mass at the Vatican
The once-in-a-lifetime experience I had on this trip was attending Easter Mass at The Vatican. To attend one of my friends wrote The Vatican requesting tickets and then received a letter back the Thursday before. After that, we had to accept the tickets at The Vatican on that Friday before Easter. We got to the actual mass several hours early and accidentally got the best seats! The seating is unassigned and so if you want to see the Pope up close and personal make sure you sit along the very center aisle that is blocked off. It should be fairly obvious and you can use the photos for reference. HIGHLY recommend going to this!!!

Pizzeria L'Archetto 
Safe to say we ate our way through Rome and I do regret one second of it!!! My older sister (shoutout Miranda) studied abroad in Rome and lived right around the corner from this pizza place. Not only is it delicious and authentic, but it is also SO inexpensive. This whole jug of wine cost us 8 ! I highly recommend you go for dinner before a night out and sit outside if you can. 
Dolce Maniera
This bakery is one of the best places to get a cannoli in Rome. It has steps leading down to it so it might be a little hard to find, but do not overlook it! They also have these adorable Pope cookies. 
Another great pizza place is Pizzarium where you order everything to-go and you can stand outside. This was our first stop after arriving in Rome and it really hit the spot. They also had spaghetti balls, which I could not pass up.
La Zanzara
This restaurant was another recommendation from my sister and for sure felt like a place that was mostly locals. It had this adorable patio, but also an indoor restaurant. It was delicious!
Pasta Imperiale 
We went to this casual restaurant on Easter after Mass. It was recommended to one of my friends as an inexpensive, casual meal. Even though it was casual it was delicious and we saw plenty of American students here. I think it is well-known for a cheap and quick pasta fix and it did the job. 
Piazza Navona
I strongly recommend staying away from restaurants in big Piazzas if you want a truly authentic, Italian meal! However, I loved sitting in Piazza Navona and people watching so I opted for an Aperol Spritz because you can't really mess that up (lol)! Getting a drink and resting your feet is an essential part of a touristy trip, so doing so in a popular Piazza is my favorite way to relax.
Lemongrass Gelato
Of course, you must get gelato while in Italy! Don't be fooled...I had way more than just this one and I tried a bunch of different places as well. Lemongrass was my personal favorite and I do not know if it is "the place" to go, but it for sure hit the spot!

Four of us staying in an Airbnb on Via Tommaso Campanella, which was right around the corner from the Vatican. The location was great and really out of the touristy area, which I liked. I would also recommend staying in Via Germanico, which is where my sister lived. 

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