Five Highlights From The Month of July

August is already here! Unbelievable! I really feel like July has flown by. There has been a lot going on, but at the same time I am trying to be mindful and conscious that August is also going to fly by. Shivers. It is a hard balance to strike because I want to work, work, work but also explore, explore, explore, and occasionally I have to sleep, sleep, sleep and spend time with things people other than my laptop. And, if we are being honest, I don’t think I am getting any better at the balancing act, but we shall save that for another post, yeah?

As always to go with my monthly favourites video — scroll down to the bottom for that — I’m sharing my five personal highlights from the month that have nothing to do with beauty products or fashion items. Here’s what I have been up to…

A Picnic with Dinosaurs. The month kicked off with the best 4th of July I have ever had! I recapped it all in this post, so have a nosy at that if you are interested, but the general idea is that four of us decided to skip the party-bouncing and the multiple Ubers-around-town and instead made one solid plan, for one specific location. We settled on getting tickets to see Jurassic Park at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (part of the Cinespia line-up) and brought along an epic picnic, lots of blankets and possibly a couple of joints. I had never seen Jurassic Park before and so was very happy to have finally checked another classic off my list (fun fact about me: I have seen an embarrassingly small amount of movies!). It ended up being such a fun evening, doing something that you can only do in LA. Plus the fireworks were fantastic!

Things Will Be Great When You’re Downtown. I didn’t manage to do everything on my LA Summer Bucket List — no-one is surprised— but I did succeed in doing some new things and I will continue cracking away at the list when I return to LA at the end of September. (I think I will skip doing a Fall one and instead move straight to Winter come November.) One of the highlights was finally doing an LA Conservancy Tour, something I had been meaning to do for the past 4 years. One Saturday morning I got myself up and headed downtown to learn more about the history of the buildings and the development of the city itself. The tour was fascinating and only further proved my point that you should be just as excited about exploring your own neighbourhood and city, as you are about locales on the other side of the world.

The Losing of the Voice. I ended my LA summer when I boarded a flight to Cleveland to see my family for a few days. Mel and her boyfriend Charles had already been in the Midwest for a couple of weeks, so I was really looking forward to seeing them, as well as Mum, Tim, Dougal, and the rest of the gang. I must have had a rather good time because upon leaving Cleveland I lost my voice for three days. Three whole days! To be fair, it probably would have come back a whole lot quicker if I could have just shut up for an hour, but I continued croaking out noise (not that that really surprised anyone!). Storms in New York messed up Tristan’s flight to New York and so, at the very last minute, he got to fly in on Saturday evening for our summer party (so dramatic!). You can see my reaction in this vlog, but his presence was the icing on top of a very sweet cake.

Amish Country. Despite living in Ohio for 6 years, I never made it to Amish Country. That changed during the last trip, when Mum, Mel, Charles and I made the two and a half hour trip to Berlin, Ohio. Our first stop was Heini’s, where we tried an unhealthy amount of cheese and fudge samples. In the small town of Berlin, we ate at a traditional Amish restaurant, somehow managed to do some shopping (only us Heyside girls could find shopping in Amish Country) and squealed with delight everytime we saw a horse-drawn buggy. The most interesting part of the day was spent at Yoder’s Amish Home, where we toured traditional Amish homes (no electricity allowed in the house), held goats in the farm and got a stern talking to when we asked an Amish teacher a question (even teachers only receive an 8th grade education). I captured a lot of the day in this vlog and I hope it shows how fascinating the day-trip was. If you ever find yourself in Ohio, definitely make a trip! It is hard to imagine that the Amish community is going to be able to stay so separate from the rest of the world for much longer.

New York, New York. Without a doubt, the highlight of the month (and probably this whole year) is the fact that Tristan and I hopped on a plane and are currently working, frolicking and living in NYC for the month! I used to come to New York loads when I lived in Cleveland, but since moving to California I hadn’t made it back in years. The city is amazing, whatever age you are and whoever you are with, but there is something extra special about being here as a young adult with Tristan. We are living together for the first time — in a studio no less — and are sort of having a trial run at this whole “adulting” thing. There is a possibility that we might be staying for a litttleeeeeee longer in the not-so-distant future, but for now we are just enjoying exploring Brooklyn and arguing over closet space and who ate all the peanut butter! Yippeee!

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