California Travel Diary & VidCon 2017

Hey guys! Nathan and I just got back from California and wanted to share some of our favorite memories from our trip. We mainly went for VidCon, but since it was my first time there we had to do the whole touristy thing.

We stayed at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Anaheim because it was within walking distance from the Convention center where VidCon was being held. The hotel was really nice, as well as the room we stayed in and the beds were super comfortable. If you’re a Disney Land fan then this is the hotel for you because it’s also within walking distance from the theme park. We saw tons of kids with their Mickey and Minnie mouse ears and you knew exactly where they were headed. Another bonus about the hotel (besides their delicious chocolate chip cookies) is that certain rooms have a perfect view of Disney Land’s firework show each night! And don’t worry if you go to bed super early like me haha, the fireworks stop by 10pm.

Our first tour was the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. This was by far one of the coolest things we have ever done. If you’re a movie buff or just love any of the TV shows like Pretty Little Liars, Gilmore Girls, The Big Bang Theory or Friends, just to name a few… then this is the tour for you! If you can, make sure to request Noah as your tour guide because he was Ahh-mazing! His personality reminded me of Jim Carey a little, and he was full of knowledge about the entire studio. We got to walk through the studio where the Big Bang Theory is currently being filmed and unfortunately weren’t allowed to take any photos or video due to spoiler alerts. We also got to see sets from La La Land and Luke’s Diner from Gilmore Girls. We did see a few celebrities while on the tour, Michael Campion from Fuller House and Adam Hagenbuch from the Freeform show Switched at Birth.

The following day we did a 10 hour Best of Los Angeles City Tourย which was nice because we got to see so much in one day without having to worry about fighting the L.A. traffic. The bus picked us up from our hotel along with several other hotels near by, and our first stop was at The Hollywood Walk of Fame where we also stopped byย Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. After that we walked through The Groveย and The Farmer’s Marketย which is great for shopping and trying fresh new foods.

After 3 hours there, the bus picked us back up for our last stop which was The Santa Monica Pier. Although it was crazy busy on the day we went due to a free concert, we still made the most of it. We got some amazing ice cream and walked up and down the pier mainly people watching. We wanted to do a few rides like the famous Ferris Wheel, but we were strapped for time so we’ll have to save that for our next trip.

On our final day there we spent the majority of our time at VidCon, attending as many panels as we could just soaking up all the information about filming and editing and youtube etc. It was so nice to connect with so many people from around the U.S. and everyone was very encouraging and supportive of one another.

And for all the foodies out there… you HAVE to go to the Anaheim Packing District. It’s basically a two story food court with tons of funky and unique restaurants. Crepes, Cali Tacos with fresh tortillas, and desserts infused with liquid nitrogen. Everything is pretty much Instagram worthy at this place!

Make sure to check out the video, and give it a thumbs up if you like it! And if you haven’t already please subscribe to see more videos in the future! Also, comment down below if you want any more info on a few other places we visited while we were there for the week.

 

xo, morgan

Morphe Brushes X Jaclyn Hill’s New Eyeshadow Palette!

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It’s happening again my beauties! Jaclyn Hill and Morphe Brushes announced today on social media that they have been working on a brand new eyeshadow palette coming soon in 2017. This palette has been in the works since February 2015 and will contain 35 shadows that Jaclyn helped personally create. Jaclyn mentioned that herself and Linda the owner of Morphe, had aย vision to create a palette that had the best pigmentation and the best blendability for an affordable price, which helloย what more could we ask for? The paletteย will include shades suitable for all skin tones, and will containย your neutral shades, cool tones, highlight shades, smokey shades, etc. ย Their goal was to create a productย that had everyย shadowย you need all in one palette.

Make sure toย follow her on snapchat Jaclynrhill, to see swatches and hear more information about their new collaboration!

 

Update June 5th, 2017 –

The Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow palette will be launching on June 21st, 2017 and will retail for $38.

Dew Berry Christmas Tree Farm

Hey guys! A couple weeks ago my husband Nathan & I, my brother-in-law Nick and his fiancรฉ aka my best friend Lindsay all took a mini road trip to Brookshire, Texas to visit the Dew Berry Christmas Tree Farm. It had just finished raining for two days straight, and the farm was a muddy mess but we still made the most of it. We even saw a few little shoes stuck in the mud… it makes me laugh to think what all the parents  said when they got back to the car and noticed their child lost a shoe a few acres back ๐Ÿ˜„. The farm itself had so many cute Christmasy things to do from a wreath barn, antique and gift shop, and a petting zoo for the little ones. We will definitely be making a trip back next year and will have to plan for a prettier day with better weather. Hope you guys enjoy the video. If you do, please make sure to give it a like! Thanks, and happy holidays! xo, Morgan

Austin, TX Video Diary

Nathan planned this entire trip to Austin for our 1 year anniversary. We stayed at the South Congress Hotel which was so amazing. The hotel is super eclectic and totally gives you the whole “Austin” vibe. We ate at several of Austin’s top rated restaurants, which we highly recommend Magnolia Cafe & South Congress Cafe for breakfast and brunch. For lunch, Guero’s Taco Bar for the best ritas and fajitas in town, or Hopdoddy if you’re feeling burgers and a nutella & pretzel milkshake (yea.. that’s a real thing). For a late night dinner we went to Searsucker which was a little more pricey and upscale but totally worth it. If you go, you have to try the duck fat fries, trust us! Besides stuffing our faces with delicious food, we also walked up and down South Congress Street and visited a ton of cool little stores and antique shops. The great thing about our hotel was how much we were surrounded by. 

On our last day there we took a drive to Fredericksburg, Texas to visit a couple wineries. Surprisingly Texas has some of the United States top rated wineries. We stopped at Becker Vineyard first for a tasting and had an amazing experience. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the different kinds of wine and blends. Our next stop was about 10 minutes up the road at Kuhlman Cellars. Nathan and I were able to get a last minute reservation for a wine and food pairing within 20 minutes of leaving Becker, talk about luck! The pairing was one of the coolest experiences. They gave us 6 bite sized gourmet appetizers to pair with 6 different wine tastings, it was so amazing and unlike anything we had ever tried. If you’re interested in taking a trip to Austin, we both highly recommend all the places linked and listed. If you try any of them out we’d love it if you’d comment and let us know how you liked it. 

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