Meet Me at Mountain Home Inn

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Happy Birthday dearest sister Diane!! Seems like it was ages ago that we were enjoying a weekend getaway at Mountain Home Inn, huh?

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It’s the year of your dirty 30 (oops, was I not supposed to reveal that?) so I want to dedicate this post to you :) We’ve had plenty of ups and downs over the decades of growing up together, but I’m so thankful to have you in my life as a sister, friend, and mentor. I’ll save all the real gushy stuff for your birthday card, but I did want to finally post some photos from your engagement weekend!
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Don’t think I forgot what a PITA you were to deal with leading up to that day. I think Franklin and I both learned our lesson to never try to surprise you again.. and don’t even get me started on poor Kristine. Anyway, despite the many fires that occurred within 12 hours of your surprise engagement, it really was wonderful to be a part of it.
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I hope you know how much I love you and that I’m always here for you. Happy birthday! <3
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xo elle

Summer Is For Adventure: Play Hard

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Yay! Summer is here!!

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Wait, I don’t really have a summer..
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It’s always bittersweet when summer arrives. On one hand I’m thankful for the extra hours of daylight so I’m not leaving the office when it’s already dark. But it’s also a depressing thought to remember the days when I used to have summer breaks. Sigh. I guess it just means I have to try that much harder to make sure I have plenty of adventures while the sun is still out!
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Although it isn’t a far adventure, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is my of my favorite spots to hit up these days. It’s the perfect distance from my place for a run with an added booty blaster of never-ending steps at the end. It just feels like such a gem in the middle of all the LA crowds and it has a great view of all over. It also happens to be one of the largest remaining open spaces in the Los Angeles Basin and the only remaining natural habitat in the middle portion o the Ballona Creek Watershed.
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A less local trip I have planned is Oregon! I’m SOO excited to finally visit after years of wishing. I still have a week left before the trip so if you have any must sees/dos, please send them to me! I’ll also be visiting Sin City the weekend after I return from Oregon. I was so, so lucky to be selected to enjoy a complimentary weekend courtesy of Yelp! I’ll be chillin’ at shows, snoozin in Aria, nommin’ on delicious food, and much more. You can definitely expect to hear more about it.
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Finally, another trip coming up near the end of the year is ICELAND. I’ll be going on a guided tour with my Mom so most of the itinerary is planned for the most part, but again, if anyone out there has an absolutely-must-visit suggestion, don’t hold back. So as you can tell, while I believe strongly in working hard, I absolutely believe in a balanced life :)
xoelle

Exploring Spring: Work Hard

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As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’ve been working on a couple of projects lately so I wanted to share what I’ve been up to. Back in December I joined the Social Media Club LA board of directors and serve on the programs team. Social Media Club as a whole was founded in March 2006 to host conversations around the globe that explore key issues facing our society as technologies transform the way we connect, communicate, collaborate and relate to each other. SMCLA was founded in July 2008 and focuses on the unique mix of entertainment, technology and culture that makes Los Angeles an epicenter of the next digital evolution.

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The programs team is responsible for executing monthly events around digital and social media related topics, including panels and networking mixers. We’ve already had four great events. Our June event is dedicated to the rise of the animal celeb on Instagram and we have some exciting panelists, one of which is Geordi La Corgi! So message me if you’re interested in attending, or you can reserve your spot through this Eventbrite link. It will take place on June 23rd from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at General Assembly DTLA.
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Just last week I was invited to be a part of the Rocksbox influencer community! I’m now officially an #RBITGIRL and can’t wait to receive my first Rocksbox. They even set me up with my own code elleluxoxo so anyone who uses this code to sign up will receive their first month free. Rocksbox is basically a subscription service that lets you rock the latest accessories without draining your bank account. I’ll be posting about it in more detail soon so stay tuned :)
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Those who know me know about my love and passion for all things BIRDS. Through my employer, The Wonderful Company, I was able to make a generous donation to the Los Angeles Audubon Society and in return I was invited to attend their annual members meeting this past weekend. It was fun to be able to meet others like myself and see the amount of time, energy and passion they put into this organization. There really is so much you can do to help preserve nature and wildlife, and a lot of it stems from education and awareness.  I learned about the opportunities to volunteer and get involved, so if you're interested let me know!
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Finally, thank you to Pabst Blue Ribbon for starting my week off right and sending me lots of goodies! I rarely drink beer and PBR is one of two that I actually do enjoy, so I appreciate the lovin' :)

 

 

xoelle

Winter Wanderlust: Oh hi, Ojai

Ojai Rancho Inn on Anything For The CrownI believe in working hard but I'm also a big proponent of spoiling yourself. And sometimes you just need a retreat to get away. Somewhere you can relax, drink wine and soak up the beauty of the environment, and someone to enjoy it with. That’s why I booked a bestie retreat in Ojai for no reason other than to enjoy the present.

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I first heard of Ojai from a cousin and then later stumbled upon Ojai Rancho Inn from Shelter Social Club. Ever since the discovery it lingered in the back of my mind for almost a year until bestie and I finally booked the trip. I was eager to make the trip no later than January so as to experience the infamous “pink moment.” And let me tell you, it most certainly did not disappoint.

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Ojai is hardly 1.5 hours away from LA so I really don’t know why I haven't visited sooner, but I now know where I will be spending many more weekends to come. I can only describe the quaint town as a hidden gem. Downtown Ojai is walking distance from the inn but we still drove so we could cover as much as possible. From winery shops to bike rentals to an array of restaurants, it honestly has all you can imagine for a perfect weekend getaway spot. (I'll link to the places I visited at the end!)

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Now onto Ojai Rancho Inn. The place is a photographer’s dream come true with wood accented rooms to teepee huts and a pool that probably gets more pictures than swimmers. The property even has its own bikes that you can borrow for the day…and I rode one of them! My second time ever riding a bike!! And I didn’t crash and die!!! (Kind of a big deal for those of you who may not know me well.)

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Seriously, as much as I’d like to keep this spot a secret to myself, I loved it too much not to share. Hopefully you all get a chance to visit and see what I mean. Know of any other awesome, local getaway spots? Let me know in the comments!

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xo,

el

Inn: Ojai Rancho Inn

Shopping: Fig Curated Living

Wine Tasting: Casa Barranca

Bike Rental: The MOB Shop

Restaurant: Suzanne's Cuisine

Restaurant: Osteria Monte Grappa

 

 

 

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Winter Wanderlust: #YNPinstameet

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“You’re doing what?” is the reaction I got from most people. Whether it was in response to driving to Yosemite and back within a day or driving to Yosemite for an Instameet, I have no idea. I’ll admit that up until 3AM on that pitch dark Saturday morning, I wasn’t sure if I was really going through with it. But once I was out of bed, packed, and on my way, I was all excitement from there.

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Google Maps said it was around a 6 hour drive from Venice to El Capitan Meadows. I think we made it in under 5.5. It really wasn’t too bad of a drive; nothing that some coffee and cheese danish from Starbucks couldn’t get us through, anyway. We got in around 10:30AM and saw car after car parked along the road, along with a massive group of people in the middle of the meadow. It was kind of an incredible sight to see. By the time we found a parking spot the group looked like a little ant mound.

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I get teased a lot for geeking out over Instagram and being so nit-picky about my photos. And in all honesty, I wish I had started sooner. Working in the digital marketing space I thought of social media as work. When I started, “Instagram influencers” were just on the cusp of becoming the next big marketing sensation, and I simply thought of them as a moving piece for client campaigns.

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It took me this last year or so to realize I was a content creator myself, and that I was already steered in that same direction. From my Nike obsession to my Tender Greens loyalty, I'm always curating content for the brands I love. And when LifeProof selected me as the weekly bucket list contest winner and sent me a $250 gift card to REI, I knew I was onto something.

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So when people ask why I do what I do and try to understand why I spend my free time outside of work working, I’ll say this: To be a part of a community that is as excited as I am for the same little things in life. To not only inspire others who seek adventure, but to build a relationship with brands that embrace the same lifestyle and values as I do. Whether I win $250 or am inspired to drive 6 hours, I consider it a win in my book. And as long as I can in return inspire just one person, it’s all worth it to me.

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xo,
el