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Hey, I'm Kelsey! I'm a twenty-something finding my way through the fashion industry and other random events of my life! Thanks for stopping by. Expect any and everything. Welcome to my journey!

Dear Grandma,

Dear Grandma,

I dreamt about you the other night. The dream was so real and vivid I can still remember it. I remember it as if it really happened. I remember you as if you were still here.

We were in a JcPenney type store. I saw you by the dress shoes in the distance. My pace increased towards you, walking through chairs and shoes on the floor and passing my Aunts, only stopping briefly to give them a hug. My eyes were still on you. I got closer and saw you were wearing a black ¾ sleeved dress with a scalloped neckline and an A-line skirt. It was the dress I wore to your funeral. You had a side part showing your salt and pepper roots. The rest of you brown curly hair was slicked to the back in a silver sparkly clip. You were turned away and bending down, leaning on the chair next to you, looking at the shoes on your feet. I couldn’t believe it was you.

I saw my mom next to you. She was looking for something. Maybe another shoe for you to try. I asked her, “Is that Grandma? Is she really here?” Even in my dream I processed you passed away. She didn’t turn around, instead you did. You turned around and faced me. You put your hands on my shoulders and I could feel the weight. You looked me in my eyes and I looked back in disbelief. I saw your squishy cheeks, your wrinkles I loved so much, your brown skin, your light brown eyes. You answered me, “No darling, I just come visit you in your dream.” Then your brown face turned ashen gray and lost all of its color. You disappeared into the air. As your hands left my shoulders, everything started to spin. My body was unbalanced. All I could see was the store’s red carpet, people’s feet, and the brown metal legs of the chairs, the chair you were once leaning on. I fell forward into the fetal position, bawling, but no sound came out. I held my stomach screaming but no one heard.

I woke up shortly after, breathing rapidly and feeling uneasy. I cried. I was confused. What was that? You were sooo real! I just saw you and now you’re gone. Again.

This is my second dream I had about you since you passed away last month. You didn’t talk in the first dream. It was only your presence. This dream was different. You talked and it’s what you said that gets me. You told me you were visiting me in my dream. Did you really come to me or is this my mind? Did I just communicate with you? Are you communicating with me? Did you really come visit me in my dream?

Either way, I’m glad I saw you so vividly. So alive and happy. I miss you Grandma and I hope you know!

Love your granddaughter,

Kelsey

Grandma Photoshop

Words

Why is it so hard to say what you really feel? Is it the fear of believing in something you once thought was truth? Could it be the uncertainty of not knowing the response? The possibility it might not go as you planned? Why can’t you just say it? Say how you feel, what you feel.

They’re only words. But they’re not. They’re heavy. Words with a lot of meaning. Each one individually means nothing but together it’s everything.

I. Me. That’s it. It stands alone but whole. Singular. One. Love. The depths of the unknown. It hurts. It’s intangible yet we feel the unbearable pressure against our chest suffocating our minds. You. Only you. A whole by itself. The one I want. At least I think. Thought.

They’re words so hard to put together. Why? Maybe it’s too late. Maybe it’s not real. Maybe it’s fantasy. Are you my fantasy? Fantasy isn’t reality. Maybe that’s why it hurts. Maybe that’s why it’s hard.

These words.

Put them together.

What do you get?

~Kelsey Sherri

Words Poem Red Rose

Written April 22, 2017

Road Trippin’

Hey guys!

I’ve been fortunate to be able to come from an adventurous family who travels a lot. I’ve been traveling from before I was out the womb. Growing up my parents used to take me and my sister everywhere. We’d go on numerous road trips, flights, and we’ve even been on a cruise. I’ve visited a few countries and got to experience life outside of Southern California.

As you may already know, my family is from the Caribbean and I grew up heavy in both cultures. So staying in California wasn’t a “thing” for our household. I’ve never “not” had a passport. I talk to my friends and people I know and it amazes me how little people travel. They tell me it’s too expensive or they don’t see the point. But if you spent that $500 you spent on shoes and bought a plane ticket, you might see it’s not all that crazy expensive to travel. It’s all about where and how you spend your money. Now I understand if you’re living check to check, but if you have disposable income, even a little, save it for a trip once in awhile. It’s worth it!

Another thing I’ve been fortunate to experience is commuting. My parents have been commuters for as long as I’ve been alive. Being a commuter, you get used to driving for hours and the fact that we’re in LA county, we get that lovely traffic everyone talks about. It’s a bittersweet thing! I’ve learned how to deal with sitting and driving in traffic because I’ve been in it all my life. Now that I’m an adult, I’ve continued in my parents footsteps as a commuter. It seems to just work out that way. I commuted everyday throughout my undergrad and every job I’ve worked so far has had a commute of at least an hour drive. The bad part is, the jobs aren’t even all that far. They usually range between 18-25 miles. That would normally be a 20-30 minute drive with no traffic.LA Traffic

Back in my Before 25 post, I mentioned I wanted to do another road trip. I haven’t done a coast to coast trip yet, but I did manage to get in a trip from LA to Sacramento and two mini road tips to Solvang and San Diego all in the beginning of this year. Some people wouldn’t be able to handle that.

I’m thankful I come from a family of drivers and travelers. That’s something I’m going to pass down to my kids and hopefully they’ll do the same.

Until next time!

~Kelsey Sherri

Pretty in Pink

Hi guys!

It’s the first day of Spring! I love spring for what it symbolizes, new beginnings. Makes me think New Years should be in March and not January. I feel like this would be the most inspirational time of the year, when everything is blossoming and growing.

But honestly,  I have a love hate relationship with Spring. I love the flowers and all the colors that come out but those same beautiful flowers give my allergies exactly what it needs to act up!

I’ve recently been doing some pinning on Pinterest, I mean when am I not? I found a picture of this beautiful pastel pink building with a fallen green tree in front of it. I don’t know if it’s the green up against the pink or the style of the photo, but I was intrigued by the pink building in the background.

Strangely, I’m not much of a pink person. I don’t usually gravitate to pink for MANY reasons and if you know me personally, you know I used to DESPISE the color, but for some reason I’m falling for this soft pastel shade of pink below. Maybe because it is a pastel. It’s so mellow and so pretty. It makes me feel like I’m in a cloud of pink cotton candy! So I’m going to overload you all with pink in this post! Click on the photos to see where I found it.
Happy first day of spring!!

~Kelsey Sherri

 

Pink Starburst

 

 

52 WKC: Five Things You Like About You

Remember that 52 week challenge I started back in January 2016? Well I obviously failed! OOPS! Like I said in New Seasons There are still 3 months left in the year. I guess it’s a new year now so 12 months! It’s scary how fast time moves. Anyway, I want to hop back into it. Seriously this time!

This week (10) was “Five Things You Like About You.” My challenge with this topic isn’t about writing about myself. The challenge comes from trying to compliment myself without coming across as a conceited person. Hopefully my humbleness will be present in my tone. I wouldn’t want you to take my confidence as arrogance. But seriously, how can this post not sound a little conceited?

Let’s see. What do I like about myself? Personality wise or physical? Let’s start with personality.

Personality

Humor

I’d like to think I’m a funny person. I mean people laugh when I crack jokes. What if they’re actually laughing at me? Oh well. At least they’re laughing. I talked about how much I love to make people laugh in my 5 Things That Make Me Happy post. I think the ability to make other people laugh is a good quality to have.

Nurturing

I think I was born a nurturing person. It could be how I was raised or it could be my natural temperament. Babies and children always gravitate to me. I love kids though. My original career I was going after was nursing and I wanted to work in a nursery or on a Labor and Delivery unit. I got the chance to intern at a hospital and fell in love with the babies. Even when they cry, they’re so precious to me. I think kids can sense that in me and they always want to play when they’re around me. It’s not just a baby/child thing either. People come up to me and just talk. They tell me their stories and troubles. When someone is down I’m usually the one to bring them back up.

Driven

I like how driven I am. I see something and I work towards it. I have goals and I envision things a certain way. I try to do at least one productive thing a day. If I do more then hey. Go Kelsey! But at least one is my minimum. And that goes for anything as far as writing a blog post, reading a how-to business guide, or tackling a project. There’s always little things you can do to work towards your goals.

Physically

Eyes

I have my mom’s eyes. I just like how big they are and the shape of them. A thin line of eyeliner on the lower lid really emphasizes the shape of my eyes and I noticed that’s when I get the most compliments.

Smile

The other physical trait I like on me is my smile. I think I have a nice smile and I always get complimented on it. Slap a smile on my face with some eyeliner on my eyes and the guys melt. Haha just kidding!! Kinda…

I guess it’s nice to look at yourself as a whole and compliment what you like. I know personally I tend to be my worse critic so being able to appreciate myself is a nice distraction. I challenge you to do the same. Look at yourself in the mirror and think about all the things that make you, you. What is it that you love about yourself? And if you happen to write a blog post about it, I’d love to read it!!

❤ ❤ ❤

~Kelsey Sherri

Think Your Phone Needs a Factory Reset? Here’s What You Need to Do!

These past few days has seriously tested my patience with my phone. I have an LG G3. I know some of you may think it’s a dinosaur phone now with how fast these companies spit out the latest gadget, but where I come from, if it ain’t broke, don’t to fix it. In this case this phone is ridiculously “broken” to the point where I would never get an LG phone again.lgg3-phone

I don’t want to bash the company. LG is a really innovative company with many branches outside of their cell phones. But coming from a Samsung Galaxy 3 to an LG G3 was a big difference. I’m not going to compare the phones. I mean, there really is no comparison. Aside from the new explosion of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung makes really great phones.

Anyway, my LG phone loves to freeze on me especially when I need it the most. The battery dies rapidly and sometimes it just gets over life and shuts off. Sometimes it’s really over life and doesn’t turn back on.

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So this time I got Kanye fed up and reset that phone back to factory settings. Best and worst thing I could have done!! Seems like the phone is ok now but only time will tell.

If you’re reading this and you’re thinking of resetting your phone, lgg3-phone-factory-reset-wait

let me advise you on some things before you take that step and it’ll save you a little headache for after. I’m specifically speaking about my experiences with an LG G3 phone and a PC laptop. If you have another phone or you’re using a mac, take whatever information you can. Some things are still general and can still apply to you.

Before you reset your phone you want to backup everything. When I say everything I MEAN EVERYTHING!!!! Even if you think it’s saved to your Gmail account or a cloud or something, sit down and transfer everything either to your laptop, desktop, hard drive or if you’re comfortable with your cloud services then go ahead and do that. Just make sure your files are on a separate device from the phone.

Pictures

If you’re like me, you take pictures of everything!! A lot of time goes into that, right? So take a little more time to save them. There are a few ways to do this. You can connect your phone to your laptop/desktop and transfer your files that way. Or you can email them to yourself or use a cloud services. I used my Google Drive account for this. I made different folders and uploaded my photos from my phone into the correct folders on my Google Drive account using the Google Drive App on my phone. I had my Google Drive account open on my laptop and was able to see the photos upload instantly. All of these methods may take a while depending on how many photos you have. Just leave your phone on while the photos are transferring and hope it doesn’t shut down on you. Keep track of the progress in case it does shut down.

Music

If you have music on your phone that you downloaded and want to keep, you should do the same thing and save them to your laptop or desktop. For my music I usually connect my phone to my laptop. I look through the files to find my music on the phone and transfer it into a folder on my computer. You can copy and paste them or drag them into the folder. Sometimes there are multiple folders on your phone that holds the music. It all depends on how your phone saves and categorizes its files.

Contacts

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This is where I made my mistake! This is where my new headache began. It’s like going to the car shop. You fix one thing and another thing pops up. If you haven’t noticed by now, I love Google! They have everything you can think of and can be used in every way you can think of. So naturally, I save my contacts to my Gmail account. Every contact I added was added to my Gmail contacts list so that any device I link it to will have all my contacts and I don’t ever have to worry about losing them. Or so I thought!! Well turns out I was saving them to my Gmail account, but I never synced it! I turned off the “sync automatically” option because it kills the battery, but it never crossed my mind to sync everything like my contacts and calendar and not just my email. Don’t be like me. Sync your contacts! Sync it all!! Especially before you do a factory reset! If you’re still worried like I am now, go ahead and crank out that old school handy dandy phone book and physically write down the information. Better safe than sorry!

So now my phone seems to be doing better which is great!! But, I lost all of my contacts and I feel so disconnected to the world haha. It’s not even like I talked to everyone in my contact list but just the thought that I could was soothing I guess.

Now that you’ve backup everything, oh wait, one more thing…

Apps

Before you factory reset, go ahead and write down the names of the apps you use frequently so you can download them again. This is optional. Google has a great way of keeping everything together. There is a list of all the apps you’ve ever downloaded across all your devices connected to that Gmail in your app store. That’s great because I didn’t write down which apps I use and need. You would think you use these apps everyday and would remember them but as I was going through that list, there were a handful I forgot about. But this is an optional step thanks to Google being so awesome.

At this time I think you’re ready to factory rest. Don’t hold that against me if you’re not! I am not a phone expert and I am speaking from my own personal experience. I am not taking responsibility for your choice to press the buttons to reset. So whatever you do to your phone after reading this post is on you. Just putting that out there. 😛

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But if you reset, and you find that something wasn’t right or something was missing after that I didn’t warn you about or mention, please please comment below and let the rest of us know! I would probably have my contacts if I read somewhere to make sure I synced my Google account lol. So feel free to let us know your experiences below!

In case you need it, these were the instructions I used to factory reset my phone.

  1. Turn off your LG G3.
  2. Press Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time.
  3. The LG logo will be displayed; at the point release only the power button.
  4. Immediately press power key again until the factory reset menu if displayed.
  5. Use Volume Down to navigate to Yes
  6. Press Power to confirm
  7. You should now see the Erase All User Data and Restore Default Settings screen
  8. Navigate to Yes with the Volume Down button
  9. Press Power to confirm

Here’s a video for a visual.

Your phone will do what it does and will ask you to re-enter your Gmail account information and customize your phone. You will need to re-download your apps and change the settings like your ringtones and alerts etc. back to the way you want it.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

~Kelsey Sherri

A Season’s Cycle

My little dose of creative writing.


A Season’s Cycle


Seasons pass endlessly like there’s no time.
Life circling is continuous even when it ends.
Sun comes up and goes down, around a dime.
Wake up, work, school, children and friends.

Life circling is continuous even when it ends.
Trees’ leaves change colors green to brown.
Wake up, work, school, children and friends.
You’d think it’s over when the leaf hits the ground.

Trees’ leaves change colors green to brown.
It starts over naked like a newborn.
You’d think it’s over when the leaf hits the ground.
Just like a new life, the tree is reborn.

It starts over naked like a newborn.
A new beginning is before us.
Just like a new life, the tree is reborn.
The continuous cycle of life is all around us.

A new beginning is before us.
Sun comes up and goes down, around a dime.
The continuous cycle of life all around us.
Seasons pass endlessly like there’s no time.

~Kelsey Sherri

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HBO’s New Relatable Show: Insecure

This week I saw a video on Facebook about a new show that came out this October on HBO. It was a trailer for a show called Insecure. I couldn’t help but feel an instant connection to this show. Maybe it’s because the lead character is a black woman with natural hair and she’s a bit awkward. Or maybe it’s because she’s a black woman working in White America. Or it’s because she’s a tad bit insecure about where she is in life. Whatever the reason, I was drawn to this character and show is because it seems so relatable to me. Continue reading HBO’s New Relatable Show: Insecure

Creatively Writing

A friend of mine suggested that I put some of my poetry on my blog. I’ve been thinking of doing it, but I guess I needed the extra push. Continue reading Creatively Writing

One Year Older, One Year Wiser

Guess what?! Today is my birthday! I’m officially 24! I really don’t know where the time has gone. I feel like I just wrote that post about things I wanted to do before I turn 25 a few months ago. Now I only have one year to complete that list and I didn’t make much headway. If you haven’t read that post, you can see it here.

Before I turn 25, there were eight things I wanted to do: run a 5K, visit to New York, plan another international trip, get healthier, go on a road trip, have a 48 hour adventure, buy a condo, and sky dive. I’ve only done one and a half things on this list. The half comes from getting healthier because that is a constant struggle, especially my birthday weekend. Good bye diet!!

I was able to run the 5k back in April 2015. I did a 5k color run with my best friend and her cousin. That was a fun and interesting experience that I would recommend to everyone. I want to do a mud run next! But that’s a whole other topic.

Since I only have a year to 25, I might need to reconsider a few things on this list. I’ve already planned to skydive for my 25th so that’s taken care of. I’ve also decided to go to Miami for Carnival for my 25th next year so I might switch out the New York trip for Miami. It’s still a trip and I could add New York to a before 30 list. 🙂

As far as buying a condo, let’s be real, that might need to be on the before 30 list as well. I’m thinking an apartment will be just fine until I’m really financially stable enough for a condo. I don’t want to rush that and there is a lot that goes into owning one.

I haven’t gone on any road trips this year but I’m pretty sure this will happen before I’m 25. I don’t know where I’ll go or when it’ll happen but I know it will happen, even if that means spontaneously leaving in the middle of the night. The international trip will most likely happen as well. As long as I can afford it, I’ll be going to Belize for Independence Day or I’ll make a trip to Dominica to visit my best friend. She’s out there for med school right now. Shout out to you girl! I’m so proud of you!! But I’m hopeful one of the two or both will happen this following year.

I can’t believe I’m 24. I know some people are reading this thinking, “Man, I remember when I was 24. I was doing this and that…” I’ve gotten that all weekend. I know I’m not old to say but it sure does hit you hard when you realize you complain about your back pain more and more every day. I can only imagine what 25 feels like. Ha!!

Happy birthday to me!!

~Kelsey Sherri

Let it Grow!

I’m no hair guru but I’m also not new to the “natural hair” movement. I’ve been natural all my life. I have 4b/4c…mostly 4c hair and it does NOT like to be messed with. My hair has more attitude than me when I’m hungry, sitting in LA traffic in 100 degree weather. Continue reading Let it Grow!

New Seasons!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a post. Too long. Embarrassingly long! The sad part is, everyday I wake up thinking about writing and I don’t. I must admit, I’ve been in a funk. 2016 hit me hard but I’m starting to realize that I’m the one making it worse by dwelling on things. It gets hard when you’re stuck. You tend to lose motivation and sight. But I refuse to let 2016 stop me. It’s been a tough year but it’s not too late to turn it around. We still have three more months.

With that being said…remember the 52 week challenge I wanted to participate in? Yea, the  one I completely failed at doing? Well wishful thinking right? Lol! Well like I said, we still have October, November, and December of 2016! So let’s do it! I’ll pick up where I left off and maybe do some of my favorites that I’ve missed along the way.

New Season

Cheers to a new season! Cheers to new beginnings!

~Kelsey Sherri

Could I be Addicted?

My days have been bombarded with phone calls, emails, texts, and anything else involving my phone. I got to thinking. My gosh! Am I becoming one of those people I complain about? Am I becoming the guy who can’t hold a conversation with you because the one on his phone is more important? Or am I becoming the girl who bumps into poles because her eyes are buried between her left and right thumbs? I’m always the one to tell people put down your phone for a minute and unplug yourself from electronics. Focus on life in front of you. Ironic, I know, coming from a person who has just about every social media there is out there and writes a blog. I’m just saying this new me who is always on the phone is different from what I’m used to and I’m not sure I like it.

So, let’s set the record straight. I’m not on the phone 24/7 and I promise that about 94% of my time I spend tapping and scrolling is for business. My time on Instagram is spent searching for models, photographers, make up and hair stylists. I’ll like a picture or two in the process, but I’m mostly working. My time on Facebook is for replying to all the messages I get from people who want to collaborate on something. I’ll post a selfie every now and then but honestly, even my reposts are work related. When I say work, I partly mean work that is related to growing my brand and name as a stylist and designer.

It’s a more than full-time job. It’s constant and non-stop. I even had to buy extra batteries because my phone can’t keep up with my new lifestyle. I’ve never been on my phone as much as I have in the past five months, especially this last month. The crazy part is, as much as I’m on my phone, I still can’t respond to messages right away. I would get a text in the middle of setting up a meeting, read it, go back to setting up the meeting and forget to respond to the other message I read. One thing I’m happy about is having a Bluetooth! I can drive and talk, text and talk, search and talk. It makes multitasking on the phone so much easier.

Speaking of driving, I think one day, you know, after I have successfully launched my business, I will eventually invest in getting a driver! About two weeks ago, I got a ride with my partner and her boyfriend (who also occasionally works with us) drove us to a meeting we were going to about 25 minutes away. The amount of work we got done in those 25 minutes in the car was amazing! I got to send emails, texts, and messages all while still arriving to my destination. I see why every successful person has a driver. It just makes the most sense!

I’ve become so involved in my phone and I’m not really sure how to feel about that. It’s great on one end because that means I’m very busy and growing in fashion. I’m building relationships with important people and I’m making moves. But on the other hand, it takes away from “me” time, friends time, family time. There are moments when I do take my phone off for an hour or two to get a break from the scrolling and texting. But I end up hopping on my laptop and start going through blogs and Facebook. I’m addicted. There I said it. I’m addicted and I think I’m justifying my addiction to work and social media because I’m trying to make a name for myself.

I mean after all, you don’t get to the top by sleeping.

Kelsey Sherri

WKC 7: A Friend

The topic for week 7 is a friend. I’m doing this week’s post waaay out of order because today is my best friend’s birthday!!! So I want to dedicate this post to my best friend Eneti! I’m really so grateful for our relationship. She understands me better than anyone sometimes and she’s always there with encouraging and caring words. I love this girl and appreciate her so much! Don’t start crying Eneti! I know you’re reading this haha. And I’m just getting started! Lol.

So let’s see, it all started back in 7th grade PE class at Stanford Middle School. Haha… Continue reading WKC 7: A Friend

How I Did My Nails for Easter

It’s Spring time! That means vibrant colors and pastels! This is the time to experiment with your colors. The key to matching colors in any form is to stay within the same level of intensity. How saturated are the colors you’re matching? You wouldn’t necessarily combine a neon green with a pastel purple. Continue reading How I Did My Nails for Easter

52 WKC: 9 How Did You Do & Feel

This topic of the challenge, I’m supposed to talk about something I did, how I did, and how I felt about it. As you know, I’ve been on the job hunt. Well, for a full-time with benefits, grown up job in the fashion industry. I’ve had numerous interviews and it’s like fishing to me. I have to present myself in a way to make the interviewer know that I’m good stuff to grab and the interviewer has to present a job to me that I want to keep. They could easily not grab my line and I could also throw it back in the sea. The goal is hook and keep.

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I’m the type of person to get a little nervous before interviews but I’m able to calm myself enough to where people can’t tell I’m freaking out inside. There are a few things Continue reading 52 WKC: 9 How Did You Do & Feel

52 WKC: 6 The City You Live In

I grew up in beautiful Southern California in the most diverse city that I’ve ever known so far, Long Beach. Yes, the same Long Beach Snoop Dogg, Cameron Diaz, and many other celebrities are from. I actually went to the same high school they went to, Long Beach Poly. Not that that matters. I love Long Beach and you would too! Here’s three main reasons why!

Long Beach, California, USA

 

Diversity

To me Long Beach is a good representation of what America is. You can find so many different cultures in this area from food to festivities. I could walk a few blocks and get some authentic Mexican food, walk a little more for Pad Thai, cross the street for Pho take a bus for Lasagna, turn around for Gyros, take a short drive for Sushi, and skip back for a burger. I mean the list goes on. Long Beach is such a great place to try different foods from all over the world within a 10 mile radius. And the food is so good!

Not only can you expand your horizon here, you can expand your language and experience different cultures. Long Beach as a whole isn’t really dominated by one group of people. But we do have little communities within Long Beach that is dominated by a specific group. In a place as diverse as Long Beach, I expect that to happen. People tend to gravitate to people of similar lifestyles, cultures, and beliefs. That’s what a community is.

 

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Long Beach, CA. PC: Wikimedia

Weather

Most areas in Southern California are known for the great weather. We range from 70-85 degrees year round. Of course we have our chilly times under 70 and our hot times over 85 but the weather is usually something to brag about.  As far as the 70-85 degrees, I’m mainly talking about Long Beach and surrounding areas. Obviously not the entire Southern California has the same weather. Places like San Diego gets more rain and the mountains get snow. Yes, WE DO GET SNOW on the west coast. Just not at the beaches where I live.

Even though we have great weather just about daily, it’s not so great for our land. In Long Beach we don’t get much rain and we’re in a severe drought. The city is taking drastic measures to conserve water but all the efforts still isn’t enough. It’s so bad that when it actually does rain, people freak out. Rain is so rare out here that it has become such an exciting event for Southern Californians. It’s right up there with earthquakes.

 

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Downtown Long Beach, CA. PC: Yelp.com

 

There’s Always Something to Do and See

Long Beach is such a beautiful place. The city is filled with greenery and there are lots of things to do. You can spend the day at one of our many beaches. I prefer to go a little south at least to Belmont Shores and beyond where the water is cleaner.

The Pike in Downtown Long Beach is filled with local shops, restaurants, clubs, and bars. They also just opened up an outlet down the hill on Pine Ave. featuring stores like Nike, Converse, H&M and Forever 21. The Cinemark movie theater down there was renovated with lounge chairs for an at home experience. There are a variety of restaurants that line the Pike’s shore. You can get BBQ from Famous Dave’s and get seafood from Gladstone’s or Bubba Gump.

Across from Bubba Gump is our Aquarium and a walkway to our lighthouse. If you’re at the lighthouse, you can see across the water is a big ship. It’s the Queen Mary. There are a few tours on the Queen Mary and a museum on the ship. During October we have Dark Harbor. It’s a haunt similar to Knott’s Scary Farm and Halloween Nights At Universal Studios. I used to work as a monster and being as unbiased as possible, Dark Harbor is definitely a place to visit during the Halloween season.

Long Beach is such an artistic place. Art fills the city everywhere. We have local art shops and art shows, a Performance Arts Center where you can see Symphonic Orchestras play and there is a playhouse held by local actors and actresses. There are plenty of music festivals, art street walks, museums, and fashion shows throughout Long Beach. If you’re into the art scene, Long Beach is definitely a home for that.

Another spot I love in Long Beach is 2nd street and Naples. Second Street is a strip of bars and restaurants. It’s easy to bar hop and get a bite to eat. Naples is my favorite place to go during the Christmas season. The home owners have competitions on their Christmas decorations and they really go all out. I always wonder what their electricity bill is in December. But guessing by the looks of the homes, I think they can afford a little spike in their electricity bill for one month. It’s really a site to see!

I could go on because there really is a lot more to do in Long Beach than I mentioned. But maybe I should make a whole separate post about things to do in Long Beach! I love my city and I’m happy my parents decided to move here when I was 2. It’s part of the foundation of who I am today.

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Long Beach has a Facebook page and they posted a video showing a little bit of how amazing the city is. I wish the video showed a little more of how diverse it is here and all the different cultural experiences you can have in Long Beach but I guess you’ll have to visit the city to see for yourself.

~Kelsey Sherri

Color your Spring

Winter is almost over and spring is approaching us rapidly. I’m actually excited for spring. I’m not looking forward to the sinus headaches and allergy attacks but I’m looking forward to the colors. Spring symbolizes Continue reading Color your Spring

How To Create A Spa Day At Home Pt. 2

I talked about creating a quick, cheap, and easy, spa day at home already, but if you have more time on you day off, let’s continue the at home spa experience.

WINE!!
I can’t believe I forgot the WINE in my first post. No explanation needed here!

Face Mask

I know quite a few people who stand by face masks. I’m new to this territory so I can’t give you a great review about it yet. I do want to try face masks because I know they would be a great addition to my at home spa day! Do you use face masks? What kind would you recommend?

Foot Scrub

We gave our bodies a sugar scrub so let’s treat our feet with the same love. After a bath is the best time to scrub your feet. Your skin will be soft and easy to scrub off with a foot stone. After soaking and scrubbing, use a foot lotion or Vaseline and put a sock on. Your feet will be noticeably softer.

Nail Care

On spa days, I like to do my nails, but I like to do this last. I don’t want to mess up my wet nails fumbling with my face mask or something else. After scrubbing my heels and moisturizing my skin, my nails need to be repainted. Clip, file, and buff your nails for great shape and natural shine. Set up your station with your favorite nail polishes and towels. Do your feet first then your hands.

Spa day

What are your favorite spa day routines? Did you read part 1?
~Kelsey Sherri

Life After College

As I binge watch Sex and the City for the first time, I can’t help but think about my own life. I know! Why am I comparing my life to a fictional TV show about mid 30 somethings with established lives in the city? I’m not really but it does get me thinking.

I’ve noticed a lot of my favorite shows are centered around New York City: How I Met Your Mother, The Wayans Brothers, Lipstick Jungle, even back to The Nanny, The Jefferson’s, and The Cosby show and the movies: The Devil Wears Prada, 13 Going on 30, Hitch, Trainwreck, and The Intern. These are just what I could think of off the top of my head, but honestly, the list goes on!

They all have one thing in common. New York!

Before 25

New York is clearly the place to be. But is it as exciting as it is on TV? Or am I putting New York on a pedestal?

I got the chance to visit New York back in 2008. I got to see the ball drop, at least I think I did. I’m not sure. That night was such a blur of excitement and awe, crowded with people and below zero temps. I’m not sure if I was watching the ball drop or an icicle falling. Regardless, I was 16 in the city I’ve always dreamed of going to.

Now I’m 23, fresh out of college, unemployed and living at my parents house. Not exactly what I had in mind after college. I figured I would still be at home but I had no idea I would be working a temp position, which…eventually ended.

There’s one of two things that will happen after college. You will A: get a job right away, or B: get stuck job hunting, vigorously and actively. Unfortunately I fell into category B. They don’t tell you about that category. They (colleges) give you the impression that a job with a great salary, benefits, and a friendly working environment will be waiting for you the second you walk across the stage. Maybe that’s what I’m doing with New York? Maybe I’m glorifying this city that may not even be as great as I imagined.

In my before 25 post I said I wanted to own a condo before 25 and either live in New York or have a fruitful vacation there. I can’t see myself owning a condo in New York at this moment only because I don’t think NYC would be where I spend the rest of my life. It would be more of a pit stop along the way, you know, just in case I am glorifying the land. So I would most likely invest in a condo in Los Angeles somewhere. Maybe I could rent it out while I experience my big apple adventures. Hmm how does that work? Googling renting out your condo now!

I can’t get ahead of myself though. I don’t even have a job! Haha! I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. The reason for me being jobless right now? I don’t know. Maybe it’s for me to spend time developing my blog or developing my sketching. Maybe it’s to give me time to make a good plan/revise my current one. Maybe it’s just giving me a little time to declutter my closet. In due time. I will have that job with the great salary, benefits, and the friendly working environment they told me about in college. Cheers to an unexpected life!

~Kelsey Sherri