Vans 2013 US Open Pictures & More

Today my close friend and fellow blogger (milanibabe02) and I decided to take a trip to the US Open of Surfing and see what all the hype was about! If you don’t know what the US Open is, it is a week-long surf tournament held in Huntington Beach, California. It attracts people from all over and there also is concerts held too. In my opinion, it is very overrated. There just isn’t much to do! There are hundreds of thousands of people everywhere! It is most busiest on the weekends – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are also some booths that sell a variety of things – tshirts, clothes, jewelry, etc. I found this really cute mint bracelet –  but it was $12…the bracelet was definitely not worth $12 and I had a feeling it was really overpriced. We also looked inside the Vans store that was also there. A US Open t-shirt was $18! I bet in a few weeks it’ll be down to at least $10 – or less! I would rather wait and see than pay a ridiculous price for a shirt that it worth just about nothing. Speaking of ridiculous prices, there was this really cute Vans tank that I really liked! The only problem? $35 for a flimsy piece of fabric with a logo. Are they ever going to notice that teens don’t really have that much money to buy such things? Sure, it was cute, but it wasn’t affordable. We left before Modest Mouse played, but too bad it wasn’t Daft Punk, though I would’ve never gotten close to the stage haha!

After looking around a bit, we decided to try and get a look at the concert stage to see Matt Costa singing. Like I said before…so.many.people. At one point someone was throwing a bag of sand in the air – not to mention the over used use of the f-word haha. I didn’t get to see anything, but it was cool being able to hear his voice.

After a couple hours or so, we were kind of done because there just wasn’t anything to do anymore. Yes, it was fun taking a look and seeing how it is, but you can only do so much. We stopped by 7/11 and grabbed a slurpee. Walking back, there was absolutely no parking anywhere! People were parked as far up as Adams, right by Target (if you know the area).

When my friend was being dropped off, we saw someone rear-end a car and drive off (exciting, right?) and also saw a bunch of cops around a car with multiple open beer cans on the roof. Also a quick tip: never drive downtown! Always take the longer way, becacuse there is so much traffic and too many people near there.

Unless you follow the skateboarding and surfing contests, there are things to buy and booths to look at. But overall, for somebody who lives the surf vibe year round, it is a lot less exciting. It is worth checking out if you are from out of town, but be prepared for intense crowds, tiny bikinis, lots of tatoos, and interesting body paint.

However, I did have an interesting time and of course, I got some photos to share with you!

ImageView from the pier and the crowds!

Image2013 Vans US Open of Surfing

ImageLooking at one of the boothes that sold the bracelets I mentioned.ImageView of the stage where Matt Costa was singing.

ImageWalking downtown.

Thank you for reading and if you have ever been to the US Open before, tell me your experience below in the comments! And, a thank you to milanibabe02 for coming with me! Click here to check out her blog! I hope you enjoyed and have a great weekend!

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Traveling OOTD

Today I am finally traveling back to California, so I thought why not upload an outfit of the day while I’m waiting for the plane! Unfortunately, the plane is yet again delayed, so I’m here for awhile at the airport… Let’s get started!

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My top is from Forever 21 and I’m wearing a black & pink sports bra under it. It is a summery coral color with a leopard print on it. I feel like Victoria’s Secret PINK would sell something like this! My sweat pants are from Justice. These are black and more jegging-type pants. My shoes are sandals with flower decals from Payless. For my hair I chose to style it in two messy buns – kind of like pig tails, but with buns instead! My carry-on bag is actually a beach bag from Forever 21. It is so cute and it holds everything I need for the plane! Plus, it was only $12! What a deal!
Thanks for reading my travel OOTD. I will start posting beauty entries tomorrow so stay tuned! Have a nice day!

Traveling (part 12)

Today we left Boyne and drove to Sterling Heights. It was only three and a half hours and I played Angry Birds Star Wars for the whole ride (nerd!). It is unbelievably hot in Sterling Heights. It is currently 95 degrees, but when we arrived it was 100. Good thing my grandma’s house has great air conditioning! There is no wifi, and I can’t set up a hot spot, (I’m using the 3G on the iPad right now), so I won’t be online as much as I would be. You can’t do much in the heat, so it’s kind of like cabin fever without the snow. Sorry for such the boring update! Tomorrow I’m visiting the Apple Store to look at some phone contracts. I’m hoping to finally get an iPhone, but I’m not sure yet! Wish me luck!
I am going to the store to get some food and other things. I may be uploading a review later, but it depends! Make sure your air conditioning doesn’t break in this heat!

Traveling (part 11)

This post is going to be an update of yesterday and today! Yesterday we took a small road trip and drove across the famous Mackinaw Bridge. The view was awesome! The Mackinaw Bridge is one of the longest bridges – but when you drive across it, it sure doesn’t seem like it!

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After driving over the bridge, we stopped by a beautiful sandy beach. I wish I could’ve stayed there longer!

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Today was very, very hot (so was yesterday, and the day before!) and it still is even though it is late at night. It was at least 95 degrees today. There is extreme heat warnings all over the mid west and you can’t go outside without sweating (EW!) or putting on tons of sunscreen. We went to Deer Lake to cool down for most of the day. My mom and I went stand up paddling! It was tiring but fun (and of course she was about a hundred times better than me). I almost fell in a couple of times and in the extreme heat I got tired quickly. After we finished, I immediately went swimming in the lake because I was so hot! It was very refreshing even though the lake was warm. I swam farther out almost into the boating areas because the water slowly gets colder the farther you are from the lake. That was all we did today because you can’t really do anything else in this heat.

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Thank you guys for the 60 followers! I will be preparing my giveaway ASAP once I get back home! I’m also planning to do inspired celebrity makeup looks every week! I am first going to try a Kim Kardashian look because her makeup is always so pretty. If you want to request a specific celebrity, leave me a comment below!
Thanks for reading!

Traveling (part 10)

What better way to beat the heat than go to a water park! Hey guys! Today was a very hot day. We first spent an hour or two at the pool, but then decided to check out the indoor water park connected to the resort. Apparently, Avalanche Bay is one of the best indoor water parks! And after hours of fun, I definitely agree! There is a lazy river, tons of water slides, a mat slide, and more! Check out the photos below!:)

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Here is a photo of my brother and I under the big bucket that spills out tons of water every ten minutes. I think Soak City has tons of these. The water is warm, not freezing cold, unlike other water parks I’ve been to.

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Here is a photo of the play area of the park. Uh play area? I have no idea what to call this. It has stairs and dripping water everywhere. It also leads to two water slides that are for smaller kids. I went on them anyway – I mean, what the heck? I’m probably never going to come here again.

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One of the entrances that you come out of from the water slides.

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Another picture of the water park so you get a good idea of how it looks!:)

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This is the only thing I didn’t go on. You jump on it with a boogie board, and then you try and stay on without falling. It’s harder than it looks! Apparently you get sprayed a lot in your eyes and I didn’t want to risk a whole gallon of water going up my nose.

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Coming down one of the water slides. This was the first one I went on! By the way, it was the little kid one lol. Still fun. I love the long ones that are all dark and you can’t see anything!! Once I had a dream that I got stuck in one. Huh.

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Tumblr girl! Not.

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Of course, I went on these floating fake ice-berg things.

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Alright. This is the “mat slide” I was talking about. What else would you call it? I don’t think it has a specific name. This was super fun even though you had to walk three long flights of stairs to get up. I probably walked over two hundred flights of stairs total today. Wow, what a work out! I’m really tired.

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MAT SLIDE

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Another picture of the water bucket.

After the water park, we went to a restaurant and ate some dinner. I got a nice plate of spaghetti and it was delicious!

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Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for an update to tomorrow!

Traveling (part 9)

Today we drove to Boyne! It was a short car ride, only about an hour, and we arrived at this awesome ski-resort. Our room wasn’t ready yet, so we decided to drive down and check out the lake which was also part of the resort. It was great! They had complimentary kayaks, tubes, and the water was super warm! Tomorrow we are hopefully going to reserve a spot to go stand-up paddling. Once again, I tried out their kayaks and kayaked around the lake. We ate dinner at their restaurant (right on the lake too!) and the food was superb. They had the best fries!;)
Once we checked in, we discovered that they had an outdoor AND indoor pool – connected! Let me try and explain (it’s a bit confusing.) Basically, there is an indoor pool and that pool also has a clear curtain-type thing that you can swim under to be in the same pool but outside. Did that make sense? I know a picture would help, but there’s always sooo many people and that’s super awkward. After we dried off, we went to toast some marshmallows and s’mores. There’s so much to do! Zip lining, fitness room, seg-ways, fishing, tubing, etc.! After our treat, we decided to go on the ski lift! We got our tickets and climbed on. The view was amazing! I was a bit nervous though – it was the first time I had ever been on a ski lift! P.S. I’ve never been in the snow either! I guess that’s what I get for being a California-girl!;)
Here is a few photos of the ski lift below 🙂

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Traveling (part 8)

Hey guys! This is going to be a mixed update of yesterday and today.
Yesterday I visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes! This is a popular tourist attraction that has been mentioned by Good Morning America, Sunset Magazine, and more! It was a long, hot hike up the dunes but it was worth it in the end. It has quite the amazing view too! After coming back down, we took a scenic drive and found a picnic table to eat lunch. We continued our drive, stopping at outlooks and admiring the green trees.

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Today I had a very active and fun day! Right after breakfast, we drove down to River Side Canoe Trips to go kayaking! It was so beautiful. The ride was about two hours and boy – it was a work out! The lake was beautiful and it was super fun. We might do another kayaking trip when we travel to Boyne tomorrow! There was also a huge snapper turtle that was harassing some of the tubers! After arriving at the end of the lake, we ate lunch at a park to satisfy our stomachs. We drove home and then I decided to take a swim in the hotel pool. I decided to check out Grand Traverse Bay which is right next to our hotel and the water was super warm! I’ve never seen anything like it! It was shallow and warm and so much fun.
I definitely would want to kayak again very soon! Here are some photos below!

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