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Happy Monday readers!

Ever have one of those months where it feels like you're in overdrive? Since mid-May to now, I feel like I've barely had a second to catch my breath! Anyways, I finally had some time to pull up some of my vacation pictures from Santa Barbara that I wanted to share. First and foremost, I want to thank our amazing friends Jeremy and Casey for sharing their beautiful home and taking us around town. We love you guys!

I'm convinced that Heaven looks a little something like Santa Barbara.

We ate at this amazing southern restaurant called The Palace where a live jazz band performed as we waited outside. (Sorry the pictures aren't phenomenal, we all know how night time indoor restaurant lighting makes for the best photos!) The pre-meal bread consisted of 5 different types of amazing muffins, my personal favorite being the banana nut! Rob had a filet stuffed with crawfish and it was DIVINE. Also, can we talk about how much I love restaurants that serve drinks in mason jars!

For our lunch the next day, we heard rave reviews for Brophy Bro's chowder but the line was insane so we ended up at Longboards. With it's location right on the peer and with an open air deck, I can imagine some amazing Sunday brunches happening here! The cuisine was perfect "beach" food and their fish and chips were SO good. Also, their drinks were both appetizing to look at AND to drink. Win win.

 I have to tell you guys, since I graduated college, my nights out have become rather tame. But when our dear friend Jeremy got bottle service at Wildcat, we definitely took full advantage and the drinks never stopped coming! Apparently Katy Perry wrote her song Last Friday Night about a night at Wildcat and I definitely know why! Come to this place if you're looking for a fun place to drink and dance!

Santa Barbara was SO much fun, and I'm already counting down the days til we make our next trip out there. 🙂 Any places in Santa Barbara that you guys recommend? I'd love more spots to take some beautiful photos!

 Also, don't forget today is the last day (Deadline 5 pm PST) to take part in my first ever giveaway! Enter to win a hand painted Iron Man shot glass from my friend Sam. She's amazingly talented and it'll make for a fun gift for you or the man in your life! It's as easy as liking us on Facebook 🙂

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Happy Monday everyone!!


Happy Monday readers!

Vacation so far has been incredible (Santa Barbara is like California's version of heaven) but I'll share pictures and stories about SB when we get home. Since we're headed to Disneyland tomorrow, I thought it'd be fun to share my must-haves for a day at the Happiest Place on Earth (Take it from someone who goes 1-5 times a year) ! Introducing my newest segment:

Waterbottle/Sunglasses/Sweater/Ring /Hat/Clinique/Rainbows

7 things you need for a great day at the park in warm weather:

- A Light Sweater - You need one you can bother carrying all day but perfect for the occasionally cold Anaheim nights.

- Comfortable Shoes - I love the comfort my broken-in Rainbow flip flops but others might suggest running shoes or something with a thick sole since you do a ton of standing/walking.

- Disney Swag - This 7 dwarfs ring is AMAZING. But a simple red minnie bow or sweet Mickey ears count too. Or get a free pin at City Hall if you're celebrating something! *Free alert*

- Refillable Waterbottle - As everyone knows Disneyland is expensive. Drinking free water from the restaurants or water fountains can save a pretty penny!

- Sunglasses - In the Southern California sun, sunglasses are just as functional as they are stylish.

- Sunblock - I'm Filipino so I rarely EVER burn but the only place in my life I have burned is at Disneyland when my nose peeled for 2 weeks straight. I cannot live through summer or Disneyland without my Clinique Cityblock!

- Hat - Any hat will do but make sure you feel comfortable sticking it in a ride's tiny velcro bag if you plan on going on rides like Space Moutain or Screamin California.

There are plenty more extras to bring to enhance your visit (snacks, a change of clothes, a million dollars) but my list covers the bare necessities! I can't wait to snap some photos at Disneyland tomorrow so follow me on instagram (Egatsby88) or Twitter (SimplyEvani) to follow along! 🙂

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Take a moment to thank any and all armed forces for their service to our country!


Happy Friday readers!

So I was having a mild panic attack yesterday about my lack of preparation with our coming vacation and the fact I didn't have every second planned out and everything ready. Yes, you can gasp in surprise, I AM an A-type personality. I tried with all my might to get a REAL entry done for today but I ended up feeling overwhelmed with preparations for Saturday morning. So here is proof of my insanity, this is everything I need to get done TODAY (did I also mention what a huge procrastinator I am?)

So I have these dreams of being BFF with Joy Cho of Oh Joy, Bri Emery of DesignLovefest and Bonnie Tsang of Bonnie Tsang Blog because they are blogging goddesses and they are ALWAYS instagramming amazing food from LA. I found most of the LA foodie destinations on our list via Joy in this blog entry: Top 20 bites of 2011 in LA.

We'll be gone until a week from today! Are there any other recommendations you have for LA? Any good craft/paper/vintage stores you recommend?

I take so many trips that I'm thinking of making a re-usable packing list, so maybe that'll show up on my blog in the near future!

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Also shout out to Katrine over at Make it & Fake it! I won a giveaway over at her amazing DIY site and I can't wait to receive my Swarovoksi elements style magazine! I'll be crafting it up once I get it, thats for sure.

Thanks Katrine!!

Here are some Weekend reading/DIYs:

Make a cropped knit via Harpers Bazaar and A Pair & A Spare.

Diggin the blog Penny Chic by Shauna, love the styling of this Convertible shirt.

Because you know I love anything in the teal color palette.

For an easy laugh.

And a parting print for the weekend. My life relates to this SO much lately.

Source unknown 🙁 I found it on a tumblr but if anyone knows where this is from, let me know! I'd love to credit it.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!