California Bucket List: Hollywood Sign

Hey there! This is the next installment of my California Bucket List. On the same day my friends and I kicked it at Venice Beach, we also hiked to the Hollywood Sign. 

We took the easiest hiking trail because I'm honestly not a very fit person, but it was still a bit challenging; three miles each way! Luckily, we brought a lot of water, good music, and it wasn't too hot out. I recommend taking the hike in the morning (we were there at around ten), because the sun in Hollywood can become vicious any later. Other trails can put you in different positions in regards to the Hollywood sign. 

There are lots of places to take photos and a beautiful view of Downtown LA, not too far into the trail. The trail is frequented by local affiliations, like sports teams and training camps. When you see a group of men running towards you, it's best to just move out of the way. Lots of people bring their dogs, but it's required that they be on leashes. There are so many trails and each is big enough so that you most likely won't be surrounded with strangers. However, as summer approaches, there may be a lot more people venturing to take the hike. 

If you want more information on hiking to the Hollywood Sign, this website was a lot of help in planning our trip. 





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Lush Bath Bombs -- Worth It?

YES. End of post. 
If only it were that simple! I had my first ever Lush experience fairly recently and there are so many things that I just love about the entire process that I'm typing at a mile a minute to get to the good part. I can only think of one complaint total and it's not even a real complaint, just a preference. Let's get into it. 
In the Store
I'm the type of girl who likes my shopping as efficient as possible. Every store has a different way of organizing their merchandise, whether it be from style to type to size. Lush does theirs by product. There are bath bombs in one isle, beauty products in another, and soaps somewhere else. This made it wonderfully easy for me to find exactly what I was looking for. The crew members were so friendly. They gave me tips on which bath bombs to use and how to use them. They were also very honest when it came to the products, which I enjoyed. This immediately made me trust them and want to spend my money there. One member told me the history behind the stiletto acrylic nails I had done for prom as I checked out, which ended up being incredibly interesting. Overall, I throughly enjoyed spending time in the store and would certainly go back. 
In the Mail
Shortly after my in-store experience, I received a package in the mail from Lush. It turns out that my boyfriend had bought me a couple of bath bombs as a surprise! I was so thrilled even though I hadn't actually used the one I purchased in person yet. Inside the box was a note, a catalog, and a complimentary soap as a bonus (I haven't tried the soap at this time, but if I like it, I'll be sure to purchase more and give a full review.) The products were surrounded with what seemed like millions of packaging peanuts that were hard to clean up. I'm not too against the peanuts, however, because I'd prefer cleaning up those than crumbled bath bomb. I glanced through the catalog and got to know Lush's handmade and all-natural policies, which I believe to be a wonderful bonus. Too many chemicals can be drying to my already parched skin. 
In the Bath
The first bath bomb I used was Butterball, although at the time I couldn't remember the name. It contains cocoa butter. After sitting in the bath for about a half an hour, I came out with my skin feeling soft and hydrated, even before applying lotion. I've used it once more since, but I'm trying to preserve them for as long as possible. I only use half of Butterball at a time and cut it by shaving the powder off into warm water using scissors. I've also used Big Blue. I googled the product, mid-bath because I was really curious about what the little sticks inside my bath were. Turns out, it's seaweed! When the seaweed hits the water it expells a chemical to help softer skin. Big Blue also turns your bath a wonderful aqua color. The color most likely varies depending on how much you use. I use a quarter of the bomb at a time and still acheive a beautiful blue color. I'm saving Rose Queen for a special occaision, but I will come update this post with a review once I've done so!
I can't express my adoration for the Lush bath bombs enough. If you're a fan of baths, relaxation, or even color, you should try these. They will definitely amp up your bath experience. 
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California Bucket List: Venice Beach


To kick off my California Summer Bucket List series, here's Venice Beach! My friends and I ventured west for our Senior Ditch Day and although our day began in a different direction, we relaxed at the beach for the afternoon. We actually had several exciting moments that I just didn't photograph, but I'll chronicle it all here.

To start, my boyfriend, my close friend, and I spent hours in the ocean. We have no idea why. Even as the waves tackled us and saltwater lodged itself in our ears, we kept swimming out. It was worth it for those waves that lifted you high and brought you back down safely. The holy grail of waves. 

As we packed our supplies into the car, a convertible filled with gorgeous, long, women pulled up across from us. One looked so familiar to me, so I ran to my best friend and we racked our brains. After some googling, I figured it out. It was Lenox Tillman from America's Next Top Model Cycle 21. We didn't want to be those people and ask for a photo, but we did ask her friend and she confirmed that it was her. 
We took to the streets and walked along a sea of beach front property, deciding which ones we would live in if we ever made it big (None, my boyfriend and I decided. A little time at the beach was enough for us.) What we could never have enough of is ice cream, so we stopped at the first place we saw and bought soft serve cones. I have to note that the best soft serve frozen yogurt is on the Santa Monica Pier, but this was an okay substitute. On our way back to the car, I was stopped by a pair asking if anybody owned a Roku device and since I can't keep my mouth shut, we ended up being in a commercial for the product. It was actually wildly fun and like nothing I've done before. I just wish my hair looked better than it did. 

Finally, we saw this gorgeous mural of some of the most brilliant minds to grace this Earth. My electrical engineer-in training-boyfriend took a picture with the painting of Nikola Tesla (down with Edison). Also painted is Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, and Abraham Lincoln. You can take a look at the full mural below. 

Venice Beach was an experience like no other. The area is so unique and vibrant. Plus, you never know what you'll find yourself a part of. I wholeheartedly recommend spending a day there for a little bit of unexpected fun.