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That Friday Feeling No. 1 by Julia Walck

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You know that feeling when Friday hits? That anxious, giddy, happiness that the weekend is just on the horizon? That's "that Friday feeling". A new lil' series of bubbly-bursting-at-the-seams-excited photos posted on Fridays. Things that are just plain inspiring. Like buildings covered in balloons! 

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Last night, I heard that Geronimo had a new balloon installation at Anthropologie on Beverly Dr. (my old 'hood). So we woke up a bit early and drove the extra 5 minutes to our old Starbucks as an excuse to see these balloons in person! 

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Here's hoping your day is filled with coffee, glittery shoes and excessive amounts of balloons. 

The Museum of Ice Cream by Julia Walck

On Monday night I jumped into a pool filled with sprinkles, received a call from Seth Rogen on an "ice cream hotline" and ate a lot of delicious ice cream. 

Where was I, you ask? A pop-up exhibition in the Los Angeles Arts District called The Museum of Ice Cream.

The plastic sprinkles from the pool somehow lingered on you long after leaving. I found one when I was washing my hair the next morning. 

And if you're wondering how to find the entrance to the Museum of Ice Cream, the trail of sprinkles lining the ground will most certainly give it away. 

Unfortunately, you don't really learn anything about ice cream here... but you do get to eat some. 

Pictured above is charcoal infused cookie dough. Mmm. 

This place is an Instagram-machine. There's not a single area dubbed unworthy of a photo, and I think that's kind of the point. 

The pun game was real strong in the California room. I think Vanessa Fudgens takes the cake, or um, ice cream in this case?

Spongy pink pancakes sandwiching a vanilla scoop of ice cream? OK. 

Loved all the colors in this room! 

It's not too often you say this after visiting a museum, but I think I need to hit the gym now.

Recently, in Summer by Julia Walck

Summer nights (and days) are really amazing. The sun might be hot in the daytime, but it's always worth it when you can kick back and relax in the warm summer nights. 

PS: "kick back" reminds me... We heard the song "Can I Kick It?" on Thursday, Friday, AND Saturday while we were out.  

Here's what I've been up to this past week:

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

  • Ate at Border Grill downtown
  • Accidentally showed up 2 hours early at the Bootleg thanks to the wrong set time in an email (8:30 is the same as 10:30, right?)
  • Ubered over to Mohawk Bend for drinks and photo-booth-ing
  • Walked across the street to Bar Bandini to kill some more time
  • Headed to the Bootleg for real this time to see Kyle Craft, which was the BEST $9 show of my life

SATURDAY

  • Let's just say Saturday morning was a bit of a struggle, which consisted of watching A LOT of Game of Thrones... with the blinds shut and all of the lights off
  • Late afternoon, we went over to the Annenberg for the KCRW Sound in Focus concert with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Got a Dogtown Dog and some "ice cream of the future" from food trucks
  • Edward Sharpe wasn't super sharp that night and we went home before he even played it

SUNDAY

  • Stood in line at Eggslut, and the payoff was delicious
  • Shopped around at Renegade Craft Fair and snagged a sweet ampersand pin from a fellow ampersister, Katie Wilson of The Good Twin
  • Found out that pear sorbet ice cream is a thing and Jeni's makes it

Late to the Party | Fourth of July Weekend by Julia Walck

It's crazy to think that the Fourth of July is already a week past, and July is already almost half gone! Fourth of July weekend was a long one, and we jam-packed a ton of stuff in. 

We explored a bit of Highland Park that Saturday, starting with some pizza at TOWN, and then headed across the street to Block Party Highland Park. After just having our lunch, we came to find out you can bring your own grub to BPHP! Man! Next time...

I got a blackberry champagne snow cone that tasted like heaven, and kicked everyone's asses at shuffleboard. That's right, this place is awesome. 

Block Party also has a spicy Michelada (like a Bloody Mary but with beer instead of vodka), and they pair it with a popsicle!

Afterwards we went to Scoops and got some ice cream then went to a piñata store on the corner. Where I bought this massive pineapple. I dub it the piñe-ata! 

We walked to Shop Class where I bought some vintage stir sticks, stopped at Highland Park Brewery for another beer and a very frustrating game which was something along the lines of, "get this ring on a string on that hook over there". 

Button Mash, a video game bar in Echo Park was our next stop. Sidenote: the wallpaper in Button Mash was designed by Joseph Harmon, and it's one of my new favorite things. The color is so good and it's just so damn quirky! 

After a lot of pinball and Frogger, we headed to a vegan burger place at a Whole Foods in Silverlake, then somehow ended up at a pool hall. 

And that was just my Saturday....

The summarized version of our Sunday consisted of Smorgasburg in DTLA, beers + Connect Four at Angel City, beers + skee-ball + cornhole at Arts District Brewery, and drunk karaoke to the White Stripes at the Ace

The Fourth of July was filled with family and fireworks. Then to end it, a 2 and 1/2 hour drive back to LA.  #FREEDOM

Hiking Angeles National Forest by Julia Walck

On Sunday, we drove up to Angeles National Forest to go hiking. There are so many trails to choose from, so how do you pick where to go?! 

I found a site called The Modern Hiker where there was a post on Sturtevant Falls. It was super helpful on how to get to your hike, and they even give you a brief synopsis of what the trail is like. We only did the Sturtevant Falls portion of the trek; there and back (to where the parking lot is) amounted to about 6 miles. 

The mountains were engulfed in a fog, making for an even dreamier surrounding. We went so early (around 8:30) that the warmness of the day didn't even bother us - plus the trail has a lot of coverage from trees. 

The only other time I'd been in this forest was for a photoshoot over a year ago where we only stuck to the campground area. Diving deeper into the forest and exploring felt really good.

I'll definitely be going back again to hike some more trails in Angeles National Forest. It's SO pretty up there! 

PS: you can buy your adventure pass at the top of the mountain in the general store: $5 for the day, $30 for the year.