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Friday, January 30, 2015


Jalapenos Tuna Tartar

Mac & Cheese with Bacon

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp

Filet Mignon


Afternoon Delight

Irish Car Bomb

dineLA restaurant week is back and I couldn't be more excited! For those of you who don't know what dineLA is let me explain. dineLA restaurant week is a two week dining event that showcases a wide variety of L.A. based restaurants. The restaurants that participate come up with a prix-fixe lunch & dinner menu that highlights some of their famous dishes. If you'd like to see the list of participating restaurants check out their website.

Currently, I have plans to try out a couple of the participating restaurants and the first one I got to go was POP Champagne & Dessert Bar in Pasadena. We were celebrating my friend's last couple weeks as a bachelorette and I feel this was the perfect venue for us to celebrate! Interior was nice and moody with dimly lit lights and candles lit on the tables to give it that cozy glow.

That was the menu (see above) they had for dinner and let me just say that I had a hard time deciding what to eat because everything sounded so good! After much debate, I went with the prosciutto wrapped shrimped for my first course and the filet mignon for my second course. For dessert I had the afternoon delight which had trio selection of seasonal Pavlova, vanilla creme brulee and a chocolate covered strawberry. We also got the mac & cheese with bacon as an appetizer which was absolutely delicious. Overall, I thought the food was pretty tasty and the service was good too. The prosciutto wrapped shrimp was savory and the garlic aioli was surprisingly sweet!  My filet was tender and the truffle mash potato and pomme frites were amazing! I really enjoyed my choice of dessert as well but if you like your Bailey's and whiskey I would recommend the Irish Car Bomb which my friend got. The Bailey's ice cream was really unique and I thought it was pretty darn good!

I really enjoy my dineLA experiences because I feel like it gives my friends and I an opportunity to try a restaurant we normally wouldn't try or try a restaurant we've always been wanting to try but didn't because it was too pricey. These more affordable prix-fixe courses are definitely a fun way to try a restaurant out without burning a major hole in that wallet!

Have any of you guys tried dineLA yet? Let me know if you have any recommendations! I plan to go to Local Table tomorrow for lunch so I am sure you will see a blog post of that experience soon!

Cheers!

*This is not a sponsored post*



My new favorite skincare: ORIGINS

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


In the month of December I was suffering from really bad breakouts and dry flaky skin. I felt like none of my previous skin care regimens were working! I was feeling quite stressed about it and just felt uncomfortable in my own skin. During this time I met up with an old friend of mine who raved about the Origins, A Perfect World skincare line. I've heard of Origins before and have tried one of their products years ago. I always felt like Origins was a bit of a higher end brand and not until recently (thanks to my new job) I just felt like I couldn't afford high end beauty products so I stuck to mainly using drugstore products.

My friend who recommend me to try it had really nice skin that almost looked flawless. So I just had to give this line a try! I immediately went to the Origins store with my friend and got the limited edition trial size version of the A Perfect World skincare line. The limited edition version came with a small bottle of the toner, serum, mask and the full sized jar of the day cream with SPF. I also bought the full sized jar of the night cream and serum. The lady who assisted me at the store also gave me a couple of samples which included the cleanser and drink up intensive overnight mask. After about one month of using it, I just fell in love with the entire skincare line and truly noticed the difference in how my skin felt and looked! For the first time, I felt like my pores were shrinking and my skin was starting to glow.

So I took the plunge and bought a few more of their products online and ended up getting the full size bottle of the toner, the starting over eye cream and the sensory therapy peace of mind on-the-spot relief cream. I also got about 5  different samples of products I was interested to try so we will see how those end up working out for me and depending on how I like it I may end up buying the full size version of it. I must say that I am extremely happy that I spent the money on buying these products because I noticed the difference in my skin after a few short weeks.  I will say if you're like me and you are hesitant to take the plunge on spending $40 to 50 on each skincare product, give their sample sized products a try. At most of the stores you can purchase the smaller sized bottles and it will give you a good idea if it worth for you the buy the full sized product.

My current skincare routine is the following...

Morning:
Cleanse face with the A Perfect World cleanser
Use a cotton pad and wipe entire face with the A Perfect World Lotion
Apply the A Perfect World Serum
Apply the A Pefect World day cream with SPF

Night:
Repeat everything up above except for the day cream
I used the A Perfect World night cream
Around my eyes I used the Starting Over eye cream
And about twice a week I use either the Clear Improvement charcoal mask or the Drink Up Intensive overnight mask depending on how my skin is feeling

Anyways, I just wanted to share this with you guys because I was so happy with how my skin has been this past week and I think it's always good to share the products you love with others!

If you already are an Origins lover, be sure to let me know which products are must try!

*This is not a sponsored post*



Inspiration of the week

Travel | Day trip to Solvang & Santa Barbara

Sunday, January 25, 2015



Over the MLK (Martin Luther King) holiday my friends and I decided to do a little day trip to Solvang and Santa Barbara. We had ate a late brunch at Paula's Pancake House (I mentioned this place on my blog before so check out that post for more info). After brunch, we strolled around the small town of Solvang and window shopped. Solvang is a very small town so you can basically get through almost all the shops (if you're not buying anything) in about an hour and half. After we were done perusing around Solvang we drove to downtown Santa Barbara to walk around the shops there. I did a bit of yelping when I got there and saw some amazing reviews for a place called Lilly's Taqueria that serves delicious looking tacos. It didn't take us much convincing to walk over to try it for ourselves. Let me just say that my photo of the tacos really doesn't do it justice. Each taco is priced at $1.60 and it is the BOMB! You know this place is good when there is a constant line formed outside! Definitely worth the try if you love tacos and find yourself in downtown Santa Barbara. Last but not least, we really couldn't end the trip without trying some dessert so we stopped by McConnell's Fine Ice Cream. The ice cream was so delicious and I just had such a hard time picking out what flavor I wanted. I really wanted to try every flavor they offered but I really couldn't do that without being that person that holds up the line. I am truly looking forward to doing more day trips like this in 2015! It was so nice to get away from the scenery I see all the time and hang around trying new places to eat with my friends! If you have suggestions on places I should check out please let me know :) Until next time!





Goodbye 2014 & Hello 2015!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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I can't believe that it's already 2015 (and January is almost over)! Where did the time go? 2014, past by me in a blink of an eye.

One of the best things that happened to me in 2014 was making new friendships and rekindling with old ones. At the beginning of the year I created this blog and although I haven't done a great job keeping up with it, I was able to make a new friend from it. I met a girl named Sarah-Jane who has a blog called A Little Sparkle and we just hit it off on twitter over our interest in Youtube, Vampire Diaries, makeup and blogging. Even though we lives miles apart, we have kept in touch and I have enjoyed getting to know her. Over the holidays, she sent me a lovely package from Scotland filled with a bunch of wonderful goodies. I was so overwhelmed by her kindness and I felt so lucky to have made so a great new friend.


This year I also made new friends at work plus rekindled an old friendship. I have an incredible time hanging out with them and I am looking forward to the new adventures we are planning in 2015.


I was looking back at some of my photos on Instagram and I thought I would share some of the highlights from 2014.

In January, I created this blog Whimsical Fawn and it gave me an outlet to try new things, stay creative and at times vent & share about my life.


I also worked a bunch of random jobs in the beginning of the year. At one of the events I worked at I got wear this beautiful kimono! Although, I tend to get to wear kimonos often it is not frequent for me to get to wear a kimono that is this extravagant so it was a pretty memorable experience.


In March, I got my temp job at WB and it has been a dream come true to work at the studio that inspired me to get into the film business.


In April, I went to Carlsbad to see the flower field which was a place I've been dying to go to over the past couple of years. I also got featured in an advertisement for a Japanese freelance magazine which was amazing!


In May, I walked in my commencement ceremony and officially got my MFA degree in film production!!


In October, I ran the 5k for the very first time with my friends and it was such a great experience! Made me realize how I should always try new things! I had this strong image in my head that I just hated running and that I could never get through a run. I WAS SO WRONG! Motivation made me train at the gym and my friends gave me inspiration to push through it! Looking forward to tackling another run in 2015 :)


In November, I got to go to a taping of the Ellen show and won a ticket to her 12 days of Christmas taping :) I also went on a family trip and had an incredible experience riding on a horse that was located at the edge of a cliff at Monument Valley. It was definitely one of those once in a lifetime experiences and I am so happy with how amazing this photo came out!


I also went to San Fran with my friends and had a wonderful little road trip! We had a bunch of delicious food and I finally got to see the Palace of Fine Arts!



In December, I went back to the Ellen show for the 12 day of Christmas taping! I won a bunch of awesome gifts cards and couldn't be happier with the opportunity to attend such an amazing show!


I also got invited to go to Vegas with one of my best friends from college. She lives in Beijing now so I only get to see her about twice a year. It was so nice of her and her husband to invite me on this trip! We went to see the Britney Spears concert at Planet Hollywood which was an incredibly fun time! The whole trip consisted of great conversation, good food and learning how to master the craps table!




I also got to just spend quality time with my really good friends in the month of December.


And last but not least, I rang in the New Year with my best friend and her family!


So now we are officially in 2015 and I thought I would take this time to just briefly talk about my goals for this year. I felt like I spent a lot of 2014 being upset over things I couldn't really control. This year I want to be a bit more positive and just try to live in the moment. I also want to read a bit more this year. I am hoping to do a book a month but that might be over reaching but it is a worth a try! One thing I want to challenge myself this year is to try one thing I always wanted to do and do two things that scare me. I would also like to travel a bit more and hopefully blog about my adventures.

I am so excited for 2015 and I look forward to sharing more on this blog! Cheers :)





 
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