Christmas in California [Part 1]

WARNING: Long and photo-heavy post ahead! :)

As I’ve mentioned in some of my previous posts, my family is spending almost two weeks in California during this holiday season. Although I’ve only been here on the West Coast for about five days, I’ve already done and seen so much! The first thing I noticed about this state is how scenic everything is. I’m currently staying in Pasadena with my aunt, and the view of all the mountains and palm trees never ceases to make me smile. The weather is always perfect, too!

Anyway, Christmas was spent with the family that I never get to see often – grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. After attending an early mass in the beautiful church pictured below, we drove about an hour north to Oxnard.

I was little overdressed for the party, but here was my outfit:

Here’s another view of what I was wearing, except this time I’m looking much more awkward and standing next to palm trees! While I was getting ready that morning, I was most concerned about whether red lipstick with a green shirt would look tacky or festive. I went with the latter, and decided to go for it. :P

The night before, I was also assigned the task of baking three batches of muffins to bring to the party: banana nut, cranberry orange, and cinnamon streusel.

All of them came out really good, despite the bottoms of the banana nut ones being slightly overcooked. :X I’ll try my hand at holiday cookies next year!

We even had cute snowman toothpicks to make them look happier. :D

The next day, we all took a road trip to Solvang. It was a quaint village that attracted many tourists with its Copenhagen-inspired culture.

(Isn’t my baby cousin so adorable?!) All the buildings looked very Danish, despite the stores inside of them being completely commercial and souvernir-oriented. It all made for very good photos, though. :P

The majority of the stores we visited consisted of bakeries, candle shops, chocolate factories, gift shops, and ice cream parlors.

After a couple of hours in the village, we became exhausted from all the walking. We decided to head out to a nearby casino in order to eat at their Mexican-themed buffet. :D Needless to say, I think I’ll be gaining a lot of weight by the end of this vacation. D;

As we headed back to Oxnard that night, my aunts decided that now would be a great time to bring me to the Camarillo Premium Outlets. To be honest, I wasn’t planning on buying much – but temptation can become too great. >.<; I found this cute necklace at Forever 21 for only $1.50! :o This is where some people may begin to question my tastes, since the pendant is a pair of scissors. :P

When we walked into Papaya, I found the light grey sweater pictured below. It has these lovely lace panels on the upper part of the sleeves! I was really hoping they had it in black, but they didn’t. :'( I don’t mind too much, though.

I also decided that I needed another blazer, too. They flatter my body shape by defining my waist and giving the illusion that my broad shoulders are narrower than they actually are. :D They are also super versatile, and are consistent with my tendency to dress up rather than dress down on most occasions. This dark grey blazer in a tweed-like material only cost about $22, too! :)

And since I’m constantly breaking and losing my sunglasses, I bought a cheap $5 pair of Wayfarer-esque sunglasses Charlotte Russe with a soft floral pattern all over the frames. :)

The next day, my aunts took me to Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena to do even more shopping! Because I’m too impatient to wait for the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette to not be “out of stock” anymore (which may takes months), I gave in and bought a nude palette from Sephora.

The Too Faced Natural Eye eyeshadow collection was only $36, in comparison to the Naked 2’s $50 price tag. And the shades are just as gorgeous! I appreciate the dirty names for the shadows, too: Sexpresso, Push-Up, Erotica, Silk Teddy, and Nude Beach in particular. :P

And although neutral eye shadows are supposedly the easiest to work with and pull off, I found it very considerate of the brand to include little tutorial cards inside the palette. :) I can’t wait to start wearing these on a daily basis! :D

Anyway, I know this was a long-winded post. Expect another one of the same nature in a couple of days. :P I just want to express how much I’ve enjoyed the time spent with my family so far. It’s rare that I get to bond with them like this, and I’m glad that they can see me as an adult now. Until next time! ^.^

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6 responses to “Christmas in California [Part 1]

  1. Looks like you guys are having fun so far. That’s what vacations are all about – eating a lot, buying crap, enjoying nice weather, and leaving personal woes behind.

    Btw I thought your cousin was a statue in that picture with the sign :X

  2. improperintegirl

    Glad you’re having an awesome time!! I wouldn’t describe California as scenic though, it’s just different than what we have on the east coast… maybe if I had a chance to visit a national park.. I really want to go to Big Sur.

    • Really? I feel like everything they have is much nicer (and cleaner) than New York. All their shopping centers and street layouts are more organized and architecturally beautiful, for example. But that may be because they have more space and land to expand on compared to NYC. >.<;

  3. Nice to see you are livin’ it up in Cali :) Many tell me its a great place to visit and even live in. I see you did some delish baking! You decorated them so nicely. And your cousin looks adorable! I really like the shade “erotica” you got XD it’s a deep shade but also shimmery!

    • Yes!! I’m actually considering living and working here in the future. Not only are people nicer, but the environment just makes me feel so good about life. The constant wonderful weather is also a huge plus. ;D

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