California, Here I Come

Blogger Mash Elle recaps her trip to California with a list of things to do!














Ever since I was fourteen, I dreamed of going to sunny California. I vividly remember envying Marissa Cooper, star of the fabulous sitcom The OC, and her exciting adventures in California. I wanted to go. I needed to go. I had a California bucket list. And it needed to be completed. Well, this summer it finally happened! After successfully completing the first year of my Masters program, I decided to spoil myself and pay a visit to my dreamland.

Fashion and beauty blogger Mash Elle recaps her trip to the Hollywood Hills!

 Of course, my first stop had to be hiking up the hills (in 4 inch heels, I might add) to the infamous Hollywood sign. The view was absolutely breathtaking. Mash Elle, Ashley Brooke and Diary of a Debutante in the Hollywood Hills














I was lucky enough to convince Stephanie (aka Diary of a Debutante) to join me in visiting the infamous Ashley Brooke (my real life cousin and BFF) in sunny LA.Mash Elle, Ashley Brooke and Diary of a Debutante explore Rodeo Drive!















In order to satisfy my dangerously intense shopping addiction, Rodeo Drive was the obvious next stop. California wouldn’t be California without their numerous picturesque beaches.

Blogger Mash Elle explored the Santa Monica Pier!Ashley Brooke at the Santa Monica Pier, California



























Residing in Ontario, Canada I have a serious lack of beach in my life. California was the perfect opportunity to go beach hopping. We went to Laguna Beach (SO Lauren Conrad), Newport Beach and Malibu beach (pictured above). Beach photo shoots ensued.

A list of things to do in Los Angeles, California Bloggers Mash Elle and Ashley Brooke explore Laguna Beach!


Blogger Mash Elle at the Pepperdine College campus Pepperdine Campus in Malibu
Finally we visited the Pepperdine Campus in Malibu to get a taste of Ashley’s experience at Pepperdine last year.Green. With. Envy. Suddenly it all becomes clear. Transferring to Pepperdine ASAP. We also visited Santa Monica Beach & Pier!





























Finally, Stephanie and I had our own private tour of Old Town Pasadena, complimentary of Ryan, Ashley’s (kind of awesome) hubby. Thanks Ryan!















The yogini in me emerged in the sunshine!!

Overall, my trip to California was one of the best experiences I’ve had. It gave me a chance to clear my head and re-evaluate my priorities in life. In the end I was reminded of how blessed I am to have such amazing girlfriends and travel buddies. What is next you ask? Vegas, New York City and Paris!

Where was the last place you visited?



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  1. May 15, 2013 / 1:18 am

    I’m glad you had a good time! It was so great seeing you and Steph!

  2. May 16, 2013 / 6:37 am

    Looks like you had a lovely trip!


  3. May 16, 2013 / 11:41 am

    Wow this trip looks seriously amazing!x

  4. May 18, 2013 / 1:16 am

    It was seriously amazing! Can’t wait for Vegas 😉

  5. May 18, 2013 / 1:16 am

    Thanks love!

  6. May 18, 2013 / 1:16 am

    I did! I feel completely rejuvenated! 🙂

  7. May 18, 2013 / 1:18 am

    Thanks dear! I would highly recommend a trip to California to anyone! 🙂

  8. May 18, 2013 / 1:19 am

    Followed your blog 🙂
    Thanks for the comment darling!


  9. May 19, 2013 / 4:53 am

    Thanks darling!

  10. May 19, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    Thanks girl! So happy to meet a fellow Canadian blogger 🙂
    Excited to read your posts!

  11. May 20, 2013 / 5:15 am

    Thank you so much!

  12. May 20, 2013 / 5:16 am

    Followed! Love your blog too

  13. May 20, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    WOW, now I really want to go! I love your blog! And your photography is amazing! Also where are you going in Australia. You should come to Perth, it’s overlooked but most people who come here actually prefer it to Sydney or Melbourne!
    Honor x

  14. May 20, 2013 / 8:40 pm

    Thanks darling!

  15. May 20, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    I’m not quite sure yet – I may go as a graduation gift! I’ve been wanting to go forever!! I’d love to get some tips from locals ..we should stay in touch 🙂

    Love your blog as well- tried to follow it but I didn’t see a google+ follower button?


  16. May 22, 2013 / 3:54 am

    Ohhh my Godness, I am loving your blog. I love California too. If you want check out my latest vacation there too. 🙂

    can’t wait to go back again. 🙂
    I see we have a few things in common.:)
    I loved your pics!!! Awesome!
    Claudia P.

  17. May 22, 2013 / 5:09 am

    Beautiful pictures and you are so gorgeous! I love your outfit with the white lace top, and I love California too. 🙂 New follower on Bloglovn and GFC!

  18. May 22, 2013 / 6:30 am

    Your trip looks so fun as well! Oh how I miss California. Maybe i’ll run into you next trip out there (*crosses fingers will be soon*). xx

  19. May 22, 2013 / 6:30 am

    Wonderful 🙂 and thank you!

  20. May 22, 2013 / 3:28 pm

    It looks beautiful there, i loved my time out there 🙂


  21. May 23, 2013 / 2:26 am

    It is! Love your blog by the way – followed 🙂

  22. May 23, 2013 / 1:49 pm

    I was also OBSESSED with the OC and Marissa Cooper! I’ve never been to California but it is definitely in my bucket list, and these pictures definitely make me want to go! Such cute outfits btw =)

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog


  23. May 23, 2013 / 7:42 pm

    Oh, I loved OC but I was always more the Summer-type, I guess. Your pictures are great, seems you had an amazing time.
    Whenever someone posts pictures from California the light is so golden and flattering! Makes all the beautiful people just a little bit more beautiful 😉


  24. May 24, 2013 / 5:11 am

    How could anyone not!? It’s amazing!

  25. May 24, 2013 / 5:11 am

    Thanks Terry! I absolutely recommend it!

  26. May 24, 2013 / 5:13 am

    I loved Summer as well! I guess I just identified with Marissa more at the time. 😉 The lighting is truly perfect even on the cloudiest of days – there is just something magical about California!

  27. May 24, 2013 / 11:18 am

    Oh wow! As a Brit, I am of course obsessed with going to California, and loved seeing these photos! The beaches look amazing, and I hope you had a great time there!
    New follower, love your blog!
    Best wishes, Vanessa x

  28. May 24, 2013 / 7:29 pm

    Thanks darling, means a lot xx

  29. May 26, 2013 / 2:18 am

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had an amazing time 🙂
    I love your pairing of the tight black top with that flowy pink skirt. Such a perfect summer outfit.

    You have a lovely blog dear 🙂

  30. May 27, 2013 / 12:57 am

    Such a lovely comment, thanks for making me smile!

  31. May 28, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    I’ll take a look now dear 🙂

  32. May 28, 2013 / 11:17 pm

    Thanks girl! x

  33. June 21, 2013 / 5:11 am

    I’m hoping to ASAP 🙂

  34. June 21, 2013 / 5:11 am

    Aww thank you sweetie!

  35. June 28, 2013 / 6:13 pm

    really heart touching places to be enjoyed with loved ones 😉

  36. July 1, 2013 / 2:10 am

    Thank you!

  37. July 1, 2013 / 2:10 am

    Well thank you Asha!

  38. July 1, 2013 / 2:10 am

    Yes California is breathtaking!

  39. January 21, 2014 / 6:21 am

    Thank you!

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