Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a safe and FUN one!
I went to visit my family in LA and had a great time! It was one of the most relaxing vacations I've ever took for the holidays! Why? Because we went all went on a cruise. So for me it was like a vacation within a vacation! LOL. Score!
en route to Mexico!
We were on the Carnival Inspiration Cruise from Long Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico.
Me, my mother and brother! We were really tired after checking in but we managed to snap a few photos.
they were hungry seagulls waiting around to take people's food when they're not looking!
The inside. There were 14 floors on the ship! All elevators, of course. It was literally a floating hotel.
Duty-free store on board! I saw many LE palettes from Lancome, Estee Lauder and Clinique.
In Ensenada! This was a public flea market where they sold leather items, sterling silver and random stuff.
This is La Bufadora - the blowhole geyser that blows air every 1 minute. Really cool and very much a sight to see.
Delicious ceviche! So fresh :)
My mother and I enjoying a delicious pina colada while browsing the flea market!
View of our ship from downtown Ensenada
the hardworking people who open shops for tourists
there's a lot of this everywhere when you're not in the touristy areas
touristy part of Ensenada
Saying goodbye to Mexico!
"formal" dining on the cruise. It was such a fun experience. Everyone got all dressy but it wasn't enforced or anything so there were people who went casual but for those who wanted to get in on the theme actually wore long dresses and evening wear. It was a sight to see. We were definitely under dressed for sure!
Btw, I did my mom's eye makeup! haha
They made heart shaped towels for us every night during dinner! They came into our rooms to clean and would leave this behind with chocolates everyday! SO sweet!
I love this photo of my mom! It's so sweet :)
My cute brother! haha
ME! I felt like a little kid here!
Overall, I had an incredible time. My experience on the cruise was amazing! I felt so relaxed and taken care of while there and everyone was so nice and the accommodations were great. The staff went above and BEYOND their call of duty to make sure you're having a nice time. It was such an experience that I would love to go back again and again!!!!
Before i went on vacation, i also got some new bedroom furniture!
In LA, my family and I went to the Griffith Observatory. Beautiful sights, seriously. The stars were bright, skyline was beautiful. I miss SoCal!
It also happened to be extremely hot!!!!
My simple daily makeup while in sunny SoCal. Anything more would just melt off!
Sorry for the horrible pic. No makeup except for mascara. My mom bought me PJ's! LOL They're kinda old fashion-y, but I love them. They were thick as blankets. Perfect for the weather back in NorCal!
I also got some gifts from Taiwan from my friend. So very spoiled, I tell ya!
I can't wait to review them ALL for you gals!
I spent my New Year's Eve at the Basement Tavern/Victorian in Santa Monica.
We toasted the New Year with champagne, lots of laughs and great music!
That concludes my little holiday adventures. I had an incredible 2013... and I am looking forward to 2014 with so much joy and optimism!
2013 brought me great challenges, success, and most of all...lot of laughter! Blogging and chatting with you lovely beauty bloggers has given me such a positive influence on life as well as confidence to be who I am.
horseback riding for the first time! eek! loved it.
2013 was the year of full wine glasses and cheerful chatter, dinners with colleagues who became some of my closest friends, healthy loved ones, family gatherings, delicious coffees and lattes.
Me and Bacon ;)
Goodnight, loves! and HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!
Talk to you all soon!!!