The Windmills

I have been wanting a photo OF the windmills in Palm Springs and WITH the windmills for some time now. I always see them on my drive in and out and wish I could just stop on the side of the road to take a photo! But I have been told I cannot do that. So finally this weekend I told my mom we are doing it! We are finally getting photos! After a failed attempt, we FINALLY found the place. Thursday evening we drove in their general direction and found a park that looked mostly close to them. There was one car just waiting, and another had pulled in right before us and parked, then we parked next to it. Up at the benches there was a man in an electric wheelchair. The lady who parked first got out and kind of just stared at us funny (for an awkward amount of time) and was walking up to the man. We figured they were family and we walked toward the windmills. Turns out we were a lot farther than we thought and didn’t want to pass through the barrier of trees to get to them so we turned around. When we got back to the car, the weird lady in her car was gone and another had pulled in and parked. She also gave us a weird look when she got out of her car and headed for they guy in the wheelchair. We got back in our car and I told my mom I am pretty sure the guy in the wheelchair is doing drug deals… she said probably, we are not in a great part of town. We promptly left. Oops! In the middle of drug deals and here we are with a camera trying to get photos of windmills. We drove around a little longer and found one spot kind of far away from them but gave it a try. 

Friday morning after our palm tree oasis adventure we tried for windmills again. We found a mostly good spot and just parked on the side of the road, but the lovely barbed wire fence was not so cute in my photos. We decided to get breakfast instead, then after drove home and the road we took was right by the windmills with no fence! By the time we decided we should stop we had already passed them all, had to u-turn, go all the way back to the end, turn around and start again. We ended up finding a turn off and went in. My mom is the best and is down to do anything for the blog with me! We finally found the PERFECT spot for photos OF and WITH the windmills with no fences and you’re pretty level with them. When we finished and drove the rest of that road back, we ended up right at the park from the day before… if we would have just gone a little further! Still, mission accomplished and now we know where to go. 

This outfit was linked in our palm tree oasis adventure post, but I will link it again (ps- this crop is on sale now!)

Outfit details linked here: Top | Shorts | Hat | Shoes | Sunnies & Purse (hanging on the photographer… aka Mom)

Palm Tree Oasis!

My mom has been wanting to take me to the palm tree oasis in Thousand Palms for like ever. Last time we tried it was way too windy. She wanted to try this time but we had to go super early because of how hot it was… like this past Friday was ONLY supposed to be 113°. We wanted to get there by 7am but ended up running an hour late. Good thing because we found out they don’t open until 8am. When we got there, the Coachella Valley Preserve, it looked closed. When we walked up we were told the visitor center is closed during this part of the season, but the trails were open. 

It was such a cool place! So many huge palm trees all together with trails and bridges in between. The not cool part, all of the bugs! I felt like you couldn’t stop moving for too long because the bugs would attack you. Them or the lizards everywhere. We went through a few trails, passed a sign that said watch out for wildlife and listed dragon flies, lizards, and whatever. We went a little farther and the next wildlife sign showed things like bobcats, mountain lions, snakes OH-MY! We turned around and said we had gone far enough. We did one more trail and called it a day. It probably took longer to drive there than it did to walk through what we did! But it was really cool to see. It would definitely be cool to go back when it is cooler so you can stay longer. There are even picnic tables to bring a lunch.

At least we got a few good photos. I love this casual outfit I put together. To be honest I bought this cropped tee to wear to the OC Fair when we go this Friday, but I felt it was very Palm Springs so I wore it already, oops! I have been loving the longer, loose crop tops, the ones that just barely graze the top of your high waist bottoms. All items are linked below, the top and shorts are Topshop from Nordstrom, the hat is from Target, and the Adidas are from Nordstrom as well (got them as part of the sale and they are like my favorite thing!). 

Outfit details linked here: Top | Shorts | Hat | Shoes | Sunnies & Purse (hanging on the photographer… aka Mom)

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Friday 5 – Places to (not really) be Basic in Las Vegas

My last Friday 5 was for downtown Palm Springs and it was so fun. Every place we went was perfect and we took a ton of photos, which was the point (you can catch up on that post here if you missed it!). I figured the next place I should do is Las Vegas because I was going to visit my little sister. I wanted to show 5 Places to be Basic in Las Vegas without doing Vegas. We picked our 5 places, picked out outfits, then planned our schedule. Let’s just say that this trip didn’t go quite as well as Palm Springs. This edition kind of turned into places to NOT GO to be basic in Las Vegas.

Before we started our adventure, we took a side adventure to the Seven Magic Mountains. Are you really on Instagram if you didn’t take a photo with this colorful art installment? We thought not. I was going to add this to the 5 but it won’t be around forever. Last I read it was supposed to end in May I think, but I just checked and the website says at a minimum it will be up through the end of 2018, so if you haven’t gone there is still time!

Anyways, back to today’s program, 5 Places to maybe be basic in Las Vegas, plus a bonus location:

1- The Downtown Container Park, in downtown Fremont, is exactly what it sounds like, a shopping area made out of containers! The place is bordered with freight containers that were made into little shops, boutiques, and food places. The middle had basically a park. It was so unique! Some containers were vertical with three levels of little shops, and some were laid horizontal for larger shops. We took a lap, got gelato, and took pictures obviously. It is a cool place to take photos because it’s not your typical shopping center, not to mention the giant praying mantis statue out front that apparently blows fire at night?! A bonus to this place is that it is walking distance to one, Fremont Street, but also to a few street murals, and an old bus with meerkats. Yes I know that sounds weird, see the photos below to understand. This place was a definite good place.

2- Corduroy, a bar on Fremont street looked so cool on Instagram! There were a bunch of people with pictures in this little room with vertical lights (see below), and that is mainly why we went. We walked in literally 5 minutes after it opened, slightly overdressed, and it was a complete sausage fest. The bar was full of dudes and as soon as we walked in they all just turned and looked at us. Have you seen the movie Eurotrip? If you have, remember the nude beach scene when it was all guys? That was the basic feel. We couldn’t just back up back out the door, we had to act like the confident women we are(n’t) and act like we had purpose, which we did, find the light room. We made a B line for the back to where no one was. On our walk back we looked down both sides for the light room and didn’t see it anywhere! We straight up investigated this place and nothing. Once we got to the very back it was like our sanctuary, an empty room, full of neon painted walls with a black light and early 2000’s tunes playing. We had dance party for two for a quick minute then again made an escape. There were a couple cute places for photos we saw on our walk back up, what we are assuming was a VIP lounge area so we quickly took a picture before someone told us to get out, but the lighting really sucked. We finally made a break for it and literally rushed back out the front door past all the dudes, never to look back. This place was a definite NO! And get this! Later we saw a photo on Instagram of a girl in the light room and her location said it was where we were?! Was it hiding? Who knows, not us because we were too embarrassed to ask.

3- Park on Fremont is probably one of the cutest little restaurants we have eaten at. We found this place by accident on our walk of failure back from Fremont Street (after Corduroy we walked through Fremont which really is not pretty or cool during the day with its fake Moana’s and Transformer street actors, so we got about half way and decided we were done and turned around). We passed the patio of Park and it was so cute we went inside, WHICH WAS ALSO CUTE! It was sort of garden tea party themed with a dark side of Alice in Wonderland. We decided to get a snack and got a little pail of THE BEST SWEET POTATO TOTS I’VE EVER HAD. Photos on the patio came out great, it also looks like a place that would be super cute at night, they have all of the twinkle lights. When we were finished eating we went to use the restroom (also cute) and peeked out the back door onto the back patio and OH MY GOODNESS we wished we would have eaten back there! So tea party-ish and SO MANY good photo opportunities. Even the bike at the front door was Instagram worthy. This place literally saved our day, the best accident ever. A good place, GO THERE.

4- Mermaids at the Silverton Casino… Mermaids are all the rage, we all know this. So when we read you can see a “real” mermaid at the aquarium at the Silverton Casino heck yes we jumped on that! It was also listed as one of the best free attractions in Vegas (according to what Tabitha researched). The Silverton is not on the strip which is a plus, but it was still a tad out of the way, but who cares?! We were going to see a mermaid! We get there and walk in and immediately see a big fish tank. We are looking around for a sign that says “aquarium” and don’t see one. Next to this tank was the Mermaid Lounge, we figured this must be the whole aquarium… It’s cool, we took a front seat in the mermaid lounge and waited for the mermaid to make an appearance. There were a ton of kids sitting at the base of the tank waiting. Same we thought, if we could we would be at the base of the tank too. Finally at the top of the tank, we saw a fin! She was coming! She was… she was… wearing goggles? And a full body suit? And didn’t even have long mermaid hair? What kind of mermaid attraction was this? We just looked at each other and laughed that we came all the way over here for this. This one got a NO!

5- Flamingos at the Flamingo! We love pink and we love flamingos, so off to the Flamingo Hotel and Casino we went! This one is on the strip obviously, but it was the middle of the day, we thought it would be alright. We didn’t really know where to park and passed our first option that was by the Flamingo. It was cool we said we would turn at the next public parking. When we FINALLY found it and parked, we looked on maps for how long it would take to walk to where we were going, umm we were 1.1 miles away! Oops… So we walked, and just because it was the middle of the day did not mean the strip would be any less crowded. We walked like two girls on a mission and made it to the Flamingo! Through the casino we went to wear the real flamingos were and found them… In one tiny section, but hey, still got a photo of a real flamingo. We’d say this place was a good one, some of you may not agree but it was cute.

Bonus- Shakes at Cafe Hollywood in Planet Hollywood. This stop required an outfit change which we did in the restroom at the Flamingo. Again we mapped it and Planet Hollywood was about 0.4 miles away so again we took off. I was so pumped and ready for this shake because they looked SO GOOD on Instagram. Tabitha was being navigator and according to maps, took us through the doors right to the left of the PH entrance, into the mall area. WE CIRCLED THE ENTIRE THING AND DIDN’T FIND A MILKSHAKE. Finally when we got to the end of the shopping at the casino entrance we asked someone. They said go into the casino and it was on the right, like right there. We found it! It wasn’t crowded at all so we got seated right away. We told the waiter we just wanted milkshakes and couldn’t find the fun ones on the menu. He advised they weren’t on there and gave us the rundown. I don’t even remember the flavors they offered because I was deafened when he said they were $17! FOR A MILKSHAKE?! We went with one regular strawberry milkshake that was $7 (still expensive but better). We always say do it for the gram but we draw the line at a $17 milkshake. Our single strawberry milkshake came out quickly and I can’t event describe my feelings of hysteria when I saw it. Just reference the photo below, IT WAS SO SMALL. Like it looked so tiny in the waiter’s hand. I could barely respond when he asked if we needed anything else because I was about to explode into tears of laughter. Tab and I silently looked at each other in utter amazement and then broke out into the loudest muffled laughs ever. You know when you laugh so hard and you try to talk it kind of sounds like you’re literally sobbing? That was the two of us with our tiny $7 milkshake. Once we contained ourselves and took pitiful pictures, we drank it quickly (as in drank at a regular pace and it was gone quickly because it was so small) and got the hell out of there. The restaurant was next to the exit doors and as soon as we walked out WE SAW THE MALL DOORS WE HAD ENTERED THROUGH IN THE FIRST PLACE. 20 more feet and we would have saved ourselves from the entire scenic route through the mall. Again, we looked at each other and about died from laughter. Then we took off on our now 1.5 mile commute back to the car. What would you do for a photo with flamingos and a tiny AF milkshake? We walked a total of 3 miles for them. Sometimes #doitforthegram bites you in the butt, but you got to try! As you can probably get, this was a definite no.

Since this trip Tabitha has discovered some new Instagram worthy places so we will be planning a redo, and I am pretty excited for them. Until then take our advice (or don’t) and don’t hit the no spots. Look for the next Friday 5 post next month and happy Friday!

Last HB Hoorah

It’s official! I am finally moved out of my apartment in Huntington Beach. It is very bittersweet and the last time I drove away after turning in my keys I almost felt like crying (such an emotional girl). I am happy that the packing is over though. Packing is literally one of the worst things, what is even worse is packing an entire apartment alone! My boyfriend totally owes me! (side update, he is doing really well in basic training! He graduates on August 5th!) I would also like to thank my bffff because I literally would not have gotten the apartment packed without her.

The plan was to move everything out last Sunday, so my bffff, younger sister and I, wanted to do a last HB hoorah and do a few things that we had been wanting to do, like go to the OC Swap meet. The swap meet is awesome because there is so much there and it only costs $2.00 to get in. Even if you don’t buy anything it is just fun to look around. We made our way through a bunch of vendors and saw a lot of cute clothes. I found these awesome sunglasses too! There was a fun pair online that I have been wanting to buy but haven’t wanted to spend $50.00 on them, but here I found a different fun pair I liked and they were two for $15.00! Naturally I bought two pairs. They are so fun, I have been wearing them everyday.


We also found this one booth that sells hair bows, Mia C’s Bowtique. She had a lot of cute bows including wrap type ones. My bffff ended up buying 5 different bows, three of which represent her teams, hockey, football, and baseball.


One of my favorite booths was a mobile boutique called Jules Vault. It was the cutest vintage truck that you could go inside to shop. I liked basically every piece of clothing they sold! I will definitely be looking for them again.

Life is too short to wear boring clothes- Jules Vault







After the swap meet we ran a couple errands and next on the agenda were rainbows from Aloha Grill down on Main Street. If you don’t know, a rainbow is probably one of the best alcoholic beverages you can get. It is like six different slushy drinks totaling about ten different alcohols, mostly rum. The other great thing about these drinks is that they are only $7! You can get two to tipsy in less than $15, if that’s not a yummy deal then I don’t know what is.

We ended the night with a walk on the pier down to Ruby’s Diner to get shakes. It was the best chocolate banana shake of my life!


It ended up being the perfect last day to the end of my adventure in Huntington Beach. The next day my dad and his friend came to help me move out and I was sore for about four days since the elevator in our building was broken and we had to carry everything down stairs. As I said, it is really bittersweet to move. I loved the atmosphere of living down there, the commute to work was just really terrible. I also wished we would have utilized our location more. When you live at the beach it is easy to take it for granted and never really go. It makes me sad that every time I get off work my iPhone tells me that it will take me 50 minutes to get home because it thinks I am still living there. But I know that my boyfriend and I will be on to our next adventure in our life and it won’t be the last, so on to the next thing!

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The Home Stretch

It’s crazy to think that it’s already April and that my roomie and I moved in almost a year ago. By this time last year we had already gone through all of the searching for an apartment tragicness and had our hearts set on ours. It really was tragic looking for an apartment. No one told me it could be so hard. Some places we pulled up to, then drove right away. It took us I think four different very long days of searching. But now it’s April and we have to be out of our apartment on May 31st. It’s insane to think about how fast time goes by. The end will be bittersweet. I will be so sad to leave her, but we will be starting new adventures. I’m excited for this next chapter of my life. I’ll be moving in with my boyfriend by the beach! How awesome that I’ll be living a half a mile from the beach! Aside from the excitement of the beach, it is also a huge step for my boyfriend and I. 

Although the Tragic Girl Headquarters will no longer be together, it’s not over. I have plenty of more tragic events to come. As for headquarters, it’s moving to the beach so at least I’ll be a tan Tragic Girl! This next month and a half will be crazy, sad, and fun, and most likely fast. There are even a couple anniversaries coming up in May, mine and the boyfriend’s big one year, AND Tragic Girls’ one year anniversary! So A LOT of fun stuff coming up so be sure to be following and stay tuned!