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IMG_8771Fun night seeing Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  1. I agree: People are freaking out about how hot Joe Biden was

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IMG_8662Some rare art spotted in Sherman Oaks

1. Love this: 25 Things Every Book-Loving 90’s Kids Will Remember

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IMG_8641Visiting Highland Park this Weekend

1. Impressive: Guy hides his resume in boxes of donuts

Long Weekend in Iceland

Recently, I feel like more and more people were going to Iceland. I had a layover there last year and just knew I wanted to go back. I saw there were cheap direct flights with WOW Air and decided to take a chance with a solo trip for Labor Day. I had such a good time!

IMG_8405View of Reykjavik

Though Iceland is expensive, their tourism is booming and so convenient for travelers. Upon arrival, I took a shuttle to The Blue Lagoon, which then took me to my guest house later. So convenient! Since my flight got in around 4am, it was nice to get a chance to relax in the geothermal pools. I even got a massage while floating in the water which was bliss!

IMG_8358The Blue Lagoon in the morning

After getting a shuttle to my Airbnb, I decided to do my own little tour of downtown Reyjavik. I tried an Icelandic hot dog, stopped by a local bakery, checked out the Tjornin Lake, and took in the view from the top of the Lutheran church.

IMG_8386The Icelandic Hot Dog, love the sweet mustard!

IMG_8413Pretty view of the lake

IMG_8412Pretty scenery of downtown

IMG_8384My cozy Airbnb room

After a long day, I decided to take an early night in my cozy room. The next morning, I got up early for my Golden Circle Tour with GeoIceland. It’s called the Golden Circle because of the golden grass that lines the route.

IMG_8428Crazy geyser that made me jump whenever it erupted

IMG_8422I really love this photo

IMG_8444Pretty rainbows and waterfalls

IMG_8467The countryside was beautiful

After the tour, I had myself a nice dinner (delicious lamb!) and participated in a pub crawl that night to meet other travelers. They even have a popular place called “American Bar” that turns into a club at night. I slept in the next morning and rested up for my horseback riding tour that afternoon.

IMG_8482Cloudy day horseback riding through the lava fields

IMG_8495Me with my horse Mani

IMG_8509Yummy sushi meal I treated myself to that night

With just a half day left, I decided to check out the free walking tour of the city to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I didn’t hurt that the tour guide was very attractive. I also got one last hot dog, because Iceland :)

IMG_8518Pretty view of the Lutheran church

Overall, I loved Iceland! I was afraid that going solo was going to be lonely, but I had such a good time traveling at my own pace. Plus, the weather as beautiful and not too cold.  I only wish I had one more day to head south and do a glacier hike. Maybe on my next layover!

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IMG_8271The beginning of early morning triathlon workouts!

1. Some great career tips from Buzzfeed

2. This banana caramel smoothie looks delicious

3. A list of the best tater tots in LA

4. Why you should live with no regrets

5. A funny article about cargo shorts

Watching: Finally paid for Hulu and checking out Community — Almost done with season one and enjoying it!

Reading: Eleanor & Park — Not sure I enjoyed it as much as others, but it was an easy read. YA books aren’t what they used to be for me.

Listening: “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace — this has been stuck in my head since seeing Suicide Squad

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IMG_8052Visiting the hippos at LA Zoo!

1. It’s crazy the objectification and scrutiny that women in Hollywood go through, it’s time for a change!

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IMG_8014A great birthday this week at Emo Night LA

1. Kinda funny – How millennials have discovered that going out sucks!

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My new Mantra

1. Ryan Gosling’s recent statement about women won over my heart

2. Amen: 24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear

3. Little girl who dressed up like a hot dog is the hero we need

4. Why we should stop saying “I feel like” 

5. 10 Things to think about before you start investing

Watching: Catching up on the first season of Outlander — Slowly becoming obsessed!

Reading: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – I’m not fully invested in the book yet, but I hope it picks up soon

Listening: Hamilton Soundtrack — Hoping to catch the Hamilton SoulCycle ride this week!

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Some yummy easy lo mein!

1. A new Air Bnb-like site for filming locations – started by my friend BLT!

2. LOVED this cute segment with Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis on Ellen

3. I’m obsessed with this Money Diaries series on Refinery29

4. LOVED seeing all the looks at the Met Gala – including Claire Dane’s light up gown!

5. Two college students who fell in love over Snapchat — one of the best articles I read this week!

Watching: I know I’m late to the game, but finally started watching Veep!

Reading: “I Knew You’d Be Lovely” by Alethea Black – I randomly bought this one on Amazon and am really enjoying the stories

Listening: Lots of podcasts — post coming this week!

Weekly Pins & Tweets

Loved hanging out with my niece this past weekend

1. Fully agree with this: An Open Letter to Contiki