3 West Coast Cities with Thriving Art & Music Scenes

3 West Coast Cities with Thriving Art & Music Scenes

Many people visit the West Coast to explore the culture and enjoy the flourishing art scene.

The art scene in these three particular cities is a massive draw for tourists worldwide. The beauty of these cities is found in their architecture and the museums, galleries, and outdoor sculptures that can be found around every corner.

Each city has its own unique culture, but they all share similar opportunities for artists to produce great work. Here’s why these cities thrive above the rest. 

Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a vibrant art and music scene, so it is the perfect place to live for creative people who want to pursue their passion.

LA is not only home to the world-renowned entertainment industry but also an international art and music hub. This city has been a popular destination for artists since the late 1800s.

This city’s culture of creativity has made it one of the top places in the world for artists and musicians due to the high number of galleries, museums, performance venues, recording studios, and other places where artists can exhibit their work. The arts also attract tourists from all over the world.

Seattle

Seattle is a city that has been attracting artists and musicians for decades. The city has a diverse and creative culture that allows artists to flourish.

Seattle’s music scene is so strong because of its independent spirit, reflected in the local music industry. There are many venues for live shows, and the city’s cultural institutions have helped create a thriving local art community.

Seattle also has a vibrant arts scene with museums like the Seattle Art Museum and the Frye Art Museum. These make Seattle an international destination for art lovers.

The vibrant cultural scene in Seattle attracts people from all over the world. Seattle apartments for rent are some of the most sought-after in America because of its reputation as one of the best cities to live in.

San Francisco

San Francisco has always been a hub of creativity and innovation. From the Gold Rush era to the present day, this city has always been at the forefront of art movements. Artists and musicians flock to San Francisco because it supports their work with various organizations like SF Arts Commission and SFMOMA.

San Francisco is an excellent place for artists and musicians because it has an abundance of art galleries, museums, theaters, festivals, clubs, and street performers. It also has a large population of people who are creative and open-minded.

The diversity in San Francisco makes it so appealing to artists and musicians. They can find inspiration from worldwide while living in this city.

Why the West Coast is the Best Coast for Artists

The West Coast has always been known as a place rich in culture and creativity where people have been able to thrive and create amazing things.

The West Coast is the best coast for artists, and the reason why is because of all the fantastic opportunities available to them. There are so many places to live, work, and study in this region that it’s hard to find a place that can compare.

The 5 Best Crystals For Stress Relief

The 5 Best Crystals For Stress Relief

A big thank you to my good friend, Amanda, The Intuitive Wife, for writing this guest blog post for me a few years ago. I decided to repost it for your reading enjoyment. We can all use stress relief in our lives these days, and I know that crystals work for me. Check it out.


Something that Nicole and I have in common is our love for crystals. When we buy new ones, we send each other pictures of our newest additions and share in each other’s excitement. Some girls swoon over the newest designer pumps, and others drool over Crystals. 

Crystals are something I first discovered about 6 or 7 years ago. I’m not going to lie. I was pretty skeptical. I didn’t understand how a bunch of rocks could alter my mood. It wasn’t until I had my first Crystal Therapy Healing Session that I became a believer. I instantly became the most relaxed I’d been in years! I could feel the energy swirling around me and feel an incredible calmness. Before I knew it, I was looking up metaphysical stores to buy as many crystals as I possibly could. 

Since then…

I’ve been incorporating crystals into my daily life. I throw them in my pocket (or bra) on days when I need a little extra boost or keep them around me when I’m writing blog posts. Crystals can do some pretty amazing things, from lifting your mood, reducing debt, increasing focus, allowing more love into your life, the list goes on and on.

One of the main reasons I became a Crystal believer was because I saw its impact on my stress levels. 

I had just moved out into my first apartment with my husband, got married, and lost my job within three months. On top of the stress I was under while planning the wedding, I felt like my crazy high-stress levels would be my new norm.

To say Crystals changed my life is an understatement.

The good news is if you’re feeling stressed, you don’t have to take time out of your day to go to a Crystal Therapy Healing session. You can grab some crystals and reduce your stress at home, or even better, on the go! So if you’re struggling with high levels of stress, I’ve been there! There is a way to feel normal again; just keep reading!

Here are the five best crystals for stress-relief:

Amethyst

Amethyst has been known to clear the mind of negative thoughts, including stress, anxiety, and fear. It is a famous meditation stone and calms the nervous system. This has also been known to help with Insomnia, and a decent amount of sleep is needed to help reduce stress, so it’s a win-win! Check out this website to better understand the link between stress and insomnia.  


Rose Quartz

This crystal is usually referred to as the “self-love stone.” It’s a reminder to take more “me” time. Having this stone around while taking a nice quiet bubble bath will reduce the mental chatter and increase your self-compassion. Sometimes a situation is much less stressful, but because we put so much pressure on ourselves to do well, we put more stress on ourselves. You can even hold a Rose quartz in your hand and close your eyes. You’ll start to feel your body instantly relax!


Citrine

The happiness stone. This stone is said to remind us of the sun because of the color and its warm and comforting effects.  Citrine has been said to replace feelings of stress with refreshing calmness. 


Black Tourmaline

Famous for grounding and removing negative energy. It’s a purifying stone that is said to cleanse the body of negative thoughts, anger, and anxiety. 


Clear Quartz

Known as the “All Healing stone.” Clear quartz promotes clear thinking and amplifies the strength of any other crystal. This is an excellent crystal to use in conjunction with any other one that resonates with you. 


Sodalite

Just looking at this pretty blue stone reduces stress and anxiety, so this is a great one to keep on your desk at work. Although this is more of an intuition stone, it has been known to calm panic attacks, balance emotions, and reduce tension.

I learned some really exciting stuff about Sodalite here, including how sculptors, painters, and artists were known to carry Sodalite for inspiration. This shade of blue was considered sacred (sacre bleu). How cool is that!?

Crystal Energy

It’s important to remember that each crystal has a specific energy. There may be some on this list that you don’t resonate with. For example, I LOVE Amethyst crystals. I use them for everything, especially if I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, but I’ve had a few people tell me that Amethyst makes them feel more jittery. Use whatever crystal or crystals work for you.

If you’re a newbie to crystals (hey, we’ve all been there!) and not quite sure how to use them, feel free to check out my previous blog post, 7 Ways To Incorporate Crystals Into Your Daily Life.

Do you have a go-to stress relief crystal? I’d love to know what it is in the comments!

Quilted Koala

Quilted Koala

I am excited to bring you another awesome collaboration and this time it’s with Quilted Koala! Being able to test their new Midi East-West Bag with a Crossbody Strap was so awesome and I am happy to say that this bag has been added to my weekly rotation!

Keep scrolling for some promo codes, too!


This post was made possible through a partnership with Quilted Koala. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link. Read my disclaimer here.


Who is Quilted Koala?

Quilted Koala is a fashion accessory company based in New York City, and all of its products are completely customizable, so you can mix and match them to create the best handbag for you. They have been featured in O, Oprah Magazine, People, Shape, and Good Morning America.

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Midi East West Bag in Black Leopard

I was so excited to get the Quilted Koala Midi East West Bag in the mail. And if you know me well, you’d know that I love anything and everything leopard print, so this was a perfect addition to my collection!


This past weekend, I decided to take it for a test drive on a trip to Boston and see how I liked it. TL;DR: I love it.

I knew I would be out for most of the afternoon, so I wanted to be sure I had all the things I needed with me. When I say this bag is roomy, it’s roomy. I can even fit my laptop in it! I will definitely be bringing this bag to the office again whenever I go.

Here’s the bag on a chair with a large boba smoothie for size reference!

The product has an inside pocket (with a sturdy zipper) and two-compartment pouches on the other side. It held my phone and a phone charger, but the website said the larger compartment is for an iPad!

It has a heavy-duty snap closure at the top and two on the side. I loved every single one of these features. It also made me feel safer walking around town with the snap closure shut. I was able to carry it by the handles or wear it as a crossbody with the add-on Black and Silver Strap.

While the bag is a little heavy due to the fabric and construction, it wasn’t too bad. It’s honestly the perfect bag for everyday activities. I love the add-on strap too. You can also have the bag monogrammed with your initials or with a fun symbol of your choice!

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Quilted Koala has so many different types of bags that you can choose from, but this one is one of my favorites.

It makes an excellent gift for yourself, your friends, or even your Mom for Mother’s Day. And, they even have a Bridal Collection!

Be sure to check out everything that Quilted Koala has to offer, and you’ll definitely find a product that you will love!


This post was made possible through a partnership with Quilted Koala. It includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link. Read my disclaimer here.

5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Travel on a Budget

5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Travel on a Budget

Traveling seems to be at the top of everyone’s bucket list. And rightfully so! Traveling opens so many doors to the other avenues of the world. Here are 5 Tips For Budget Travel.

Think of all the things you’d be missing out on if you were forever sitting on your couch watching TV, letting the world pass you by. Don’t let that happen to you.

Instead of sitting and staring out the window and daydreaming of all the places you want to visit, why not make it happen? Traveling is possible for anyone to do! While most people will state that the valid reason that holds them back from traveling is the cost, that doesn’t make it an excuse. If you want to travel, there are ways to make it happen. 


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5 Tips For Budget Travel:

Do your research on becoming a house-sitter.

Yes, this is a thing. People do this all day, every day, and some people treat this as their way of life. Can you imagine being able to go to a different city to house sit for someone who is on vacation? If you can imagine it, it’s time to make it happen.

While house-sitting is technically considered a “job,” it’s usually minimal. Make sure the house appears lived in to deter burglars (no parties!), take care of any plants or animals that they may have, or possibly even do a bit of light-cleaning in the downtime, but for free accommodations and the chance to travel to a new city or town? Sign me up!

Travel with friends.

If you aren’t keen on traveling alone in the first place, why not see about getting a group together for those traveling plans? You know what they say… the larger the group, the cheaper the bill. When you travel together, you can cut the costs of just about everything!

Lodging, hotel, gas, food… you name it, especially if you go somewhere like Las Vegas! Grab your girls and have some fun! If you split the cost of everything, you’ll be able to splurge on something unique.

Book your trips during the non-tourist times of the year.

Traveling in primetime is expensive! If you don’t honestly care about the time of the year, why not book during the seasons when the costs are less? Head to the beach during the winter (it’ll still be warm, right?) or take a trip to Disney during one of their down months. You’ll still get to travel and save some major dough!

Research hotel prices before you book.

Many different travel sites offer ways to save money on hotel bookings. Priceline offers “express deals,” like flash sales that discount certain hotels and have their famous “name your own price” for varying hotels.

If you plan accordingly and do your research, you can save up to 40% off the listed hotel prices! I love to stay at IHG Properties, and their prices aren’t too high either! There’s also Expedia, Kayak, and Hotwire… to name a few. Budget travel is easier than you think!

Make it a workcation.

If you have a job that allows you to work from home, why not do a bit of work wherever you travel? You will still earn money, which will help make your trip cost less money. The more you work, the more you technically save. Remember that it’s supposed to be a fun traveling trip, so having the separation between the two is vital.

Don’t let the initial heavy price tag of traveling worry you. If you want to travel, find a way to make it happen. When you are looking to book your travels, don’t ever book the first price that you are shown! Do your research and search around to find the best possible deals.

Also, try to incorporate a few of the suggestions above to see if it can help you save even more!

The more money you save, the more traveling that you can do! And the more traveling that you can do, the happier you’ll be. Work on visiting all those destinations on your bucket list at the most affordable price possible. Be patient, plan and then enjoy once your feet hit the pavement and start to explore. 


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How To Pack A Suitcase Correctly

How To Pack A Suitcase Correctly

Packing a suitcase can seem daunting, especially if you’re doing it last minute (like I did earlier this month). I was stressing out all week only to procrastinate, but I wanted to share the tips I’ve learned about how to pack a suitcase correctly.

Usually, I pack several times before leaving for the airport because I tend to overpack and change my mind about what I am bringing. However, with the help of my friends, here are some steps to pack like a pro!


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Pack early

Pack that suitcase early. It will save you from the last-minute stress of packing. It will give you time to make sure everything you’re supposed to take with you is there. And you’ll be able to organize your items neatly and efficiently.

I am speaking from experience on this one. On the last trip I went on, I had to repack several times less than 12 hours before my trip. I clearly overpacked and definitely learned my lesson.

Does the suitcase work?

Make sure that suitcase works. Are there any rips or tears in the materials? Does the handle work, and the wheels turn? Start by checking everything out before loading up the suitcase with all of your stuff. If you find that your suitcase isn’t in good condition, it’s fine! Going shopping last minute for a new suitcase is also an option!

Be mindful of the weight.

Before you even start packing, make a list of the things you cannot live without on your trip. Get realistic and make sure you ONLY carry what you will need. You probably don’t need three pairs of heels if you’re going on a vacation to the beach! Trust me on this one… I always bring more shoes than I need.

Not only will carrying more than you need mean that you’ll have a hard time managing and carrying your luggage, but it can also wind up costing you money as you might have to pay for excess weight. Make sure you have some space to carry any cute things and souvenirs you might want to bring home!

EXPERT TIP: Once your list is made, make a pile of items to pack and go through it. Have a pile for “absolutely coming” and another for “would like to have it.” Once you have your two piles separated, pack the “absolutely coming” pile and see how much space is left.

If it helps, think about this quote when you’re packing, “if you pack it, you carry it.” My friends always tell me this is their rule when they pack. They learned the hard way when they were on their 3-month trip to Europe.

And, of course, I learned that myself during my trip to Las Vegas to see BTS. *LOL* It was a struggle.

Guard your liquids

Any items that contain liquids should be stored in a zipped-up pouch to prevent them from leaking. If your trip is short, I recommend putting more oversized products like shampoo and body gels into smaller containers to make them easier to carry. Instead, you can always put them in a small quart-sized bag in your carry-on.

Place essential things at the top.

Medicines, toiletries, underwear, and things you’ll need daily should be super accessible to avoid scrambling through your bag and re-organizing going through security.

Carry fragile items separately.

Computers, cameras, and anything that can break should be carried in a separate bag (i.e., a day bag you carry with you at all times). If there’s something you must pack and cannot carry with you, wrap it up in bubble wrap to keep it from breaking. If you’re traveling by plane, you have no control over how it will be handled once you drop it off at check-in.

Add a protective layer of plastic.

Once you’ve double-checked everything in there, zip up the suitcase and wrap it up with a protective layer of plastic for extra protection!