So it’s no secret that I may have a slight obsession with the West Coast. Vancouver & anything West Coast California are always at the top of my “Favourite Places in the World” list. If the opportunity ever arises, 100% get your butt over there, you won’t regret it. After my (sadly) short time in San Francisco (see previous blog post for super cute SF shiba pics), I headed to LA for a week to spend some time with friends and get my much needed dose of West Coast sunshine. I think LA beaches are my happy place. Beaches in general always have me smiling, but LA beaches (Venice, Santa Monica – just to name a few) always give me those smiles that kinda hurt your face and don’t fade for minimum 2 hours after I’ve already left. There’s something about the salt water, fresh air, palm trees and perpetually amazing weather that draws me in and makes it almost impossible to leave. Seriously, LA natives, you have it so good.
I got to spend some time in Santa Monica, walking around on Third Street Promenade and doing the pier. I swear that rollercoaster is so sketchy but always a good time. If you ask nicely, the workers usually let you go around twice too (yes, this still excites me). I think even if I ever got the opportunity to relocate and live in the area I would still get excited like a tourist when I’m in the area. It’s touristy, but not like what I picture Vegas to be like. And if you’ve ever been to Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, (which is my literal hell on earth) places like this make the word “touristy” seem like such a buzzkill. SM totally manages to be touristy but still trendy (and not to mention super instagrammable). Until next time California.
San Fran, The Bay Area, Home of Pier 39 (AKA my dream tourist destination due to my unhealthy obsession with seals… don’t ask). Google reached out to me to see if I wanted to take part in a speaking opportunity for L’Oréal execs so they could learn more about YouTube and our personal brands. The best part? It would be in San Francisco. It’s been over 7 years since I’ve been in The Bay Area and I was SO excited to return. My last visit here was with my parental unit, whom I love to death, which consisted of seeing the usual touristy spots (don’t get me wrong – I had a blast), but I was excited to meet up with a few locals to check out their favourite hidden gems.
You guys are probably familiar with Weylie from the channel ilikeweylie (if not, this is next on your Internet-surfing to do list once you’re finished here), and having been Internet friends for over a year but living on different sides of the continent, we don’t chill much. UNTIL THE OTHER DAY! Her and her boyfriend Wah took me to some amazing places that I never would have stumbled upon on my own, or even with the help of Yelp. We started in Japantown for lunch, saw the Golden Gate Bridge, walked down Lombard Street and then hit up this amazing neighbourhood for liquid nitrogen icecream, macarons and shoe shopping. Oh, forgot to mention… Weylie and Wah have a shiba. Shibas are my favourite. I have no chill around shibas. All chill was lost. BEST DAY EVER.
So a huge thank you to Weylie and Wah for playing tour guide for me on Monday, I had such a great time seeing the city from your view and also snuggling your dog.
Hi bebs! I’m not sure how many of you guys visit my site, maybe regularly or even just to check in once in a while to see what’s happening over here in the blog world.
And I’m sure you can tell… not a whole lot of action goin’ on on laurDIY.com! But that’s about to change. I’ve always loved blogging but YouTube has been my main focus for the past 3 and a half years that I’ve been a part of it. I realized though that blogging is a totally different platform, I used to think that I would just use my blog to repost my videos that went live on YouTube, but I realized that I would so much rather blog about things that I think would be enhanced if it were to be accompanied by text! Besides verbally speaking to you guys in the video intros and outros and writing aggressively long Instagram captions, I really don’t get the chance to put text out into the word. So here we go. Here are some photos of my past week to get this post started (and make it prettier). Excited to see how laurDIY.com grows!