BREAK LIST

Lots of Cool Summer Cocktail Recipes here - umbrella drink, anyone?
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Once again, back to blogging...and with much summer inspiration! 

My first year of graduate school has come to an end and summer break is here! Of the many things I am looking forward to for the next three months, here are the ones I really hope to check off my Break List...

First on the list, a trip to sunny San Diego, California! A dear friend from Chicago just moved to this wonderful city, which I believe has more sunny days then any other city in the country, and I really have no excuse not to make the two hour drive from LA! So happy to have another girlfriend in SoCal!
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Aside from seeing some beautiful sunsets, I would love to go the San Diego Zoo to see these adorable Pandas, and then have some girly cocktails on the roof of the Andaz Hotel...

Second, read some books, non academic ones that is, preferably by the beach or in bed on Sunday mornings...the best! Here are some good ones I'd like to check out, my goal is to read at least two if not all!
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Third on my list is to actually head to the beach. Despite the fact that the pacific ocean is only four miles from my apartment, I have yet to actually lie on a beach here in Los Angeles!
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Malibu is just a short ride down the Pacific Coast Highway; I really have to stop taking this for granted, and have some fun...can't wait to hike with a view like this (pictured above, upper left) at Escondido Falls; any hiking trail on street called Winding Way has to be charming, right?

Fourth, I would like to send more letters to all my loved ones, most of which are far away! I always feel special when someone takes the time to sit down, handwrite a non-spell checked message, and mail it to me; quite an old fashioned practice, yet still just as meaningful!
Sugar Paper, Los Angeles
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Fifth on my list, is to drink less Starbucks and more healthy juices (so L.A.)...I really love the Alkalizer from Pressed Juicery, the girl described it as "spicy lemonade" and was right on, but in a good way!
Pressed-Juicery
{Pressed Juicery}
Sixth, to have MORE GIRL'S NIGHTS! Now that school is no longer an excuse for 'staying in' (and studying, a.k.a obsessing over pinterest) I need to start going out more with some new girlfriends! I have heard great things about Santa Monica's new Shorebar and The London Bar at The London Hotel, in West Hollywood (pictured below)...
{in demand mimosas} {shorebar} {the london hotel}
My seventh and final task on my summer break list is having a fabulous time in LAS VEGAS with all my wonderful college girlfriends, many of whom I haven't seen since coming to Los Angeles last year, and thus I am thrilled at the thought of a reunion weekend in the craziest city in the country! 

Can't wait to kick back by the pool...with many pretty cocktails in my hand...
{the palazzo pool las vegas}
And check out all of the fabulous hotels, shopping centers, and nightclubs. We are staying at Planet Hollywood, but I'd fancy a walk over to the Cosmopolitan, nice to know it's just across the street! 
{chandelier bar at the cosmopolitan las vegas}
It will be just like being back in the sorority house, but without all those silly "rules" and just happens to fall on my birthday! Can't wait to start shopping for the perfect birthday dress, one that is Vegas appropriate of course...Perhaps something shiny and as my mother would say, a tad risqué...
{rachel gilbert dress} {paradise studs} {jean-michel cazabat pumps} {zara raffia box bag} {vincent longo baby balm lipstick in amorosa} {disco pony dress} 
I am in love with these pumps (pictured above) and I actually just got these awesome earrings (pictured above) with the intent of wearing them during the day, however, they are great for going out as well. So cute and versatile, I love finds like that!


Hope you enjoyed my list and are having an amazing summer!




Blog on, 

-M. Gisele 

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