#MotivationMonday Series

Well, as you can see it's not Monday. Well, it may be a Monday that you're reading this, but it wasn't written on a Monday. Its Tuesday, but feeling rather Monday-ish all the same. Which is exactly why I have decided to launch a new series of videos on Monday mornings. A series that will dive into questions and concerns sourced straight from our own community (shopwithcallie.com). I find that the internet is full of experts and gurus and maybe what we really need is more friends. More girlfriends who

Do it for the Gram: My Review of Happy Place

ARE YOU CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR FUN BACKDROPS TO TAKE PHOTOS? APPARENTLY YOU (*COUGH COUGH* 'WE') AREN'T ALONE. There is officially an entire place designed to let you 'DO IT FOR THE GRAM'. INSERT, HAPPY PLACE. Note: I was able to visit the Happy Place installation while it was still in Los Angeles a couple of months ago. It has since (and at time of blog post) relocated to Chicago. This is a review / blog about the Los Angeles location. Late last year, thanks to a Groupon ad (yes, I love Groupon), I was made

City of Angels and Ancestors: My Favorite Foodie Spots in Downtown Los Angeles

IN THE LATE 1930S MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER WAS THE QUEEN OF SAN FERNANDO. A table in our house has this photo of her and my grandpa (her son) dressed in full parade gear getting ready for the ride. My dad, a native Chicagoan, relocated to Santa Monica as a teenager and eventually worked as a firefighter paramedic for the LA City FD. His old station is a museum in Hollywood now. He can still get us anywhere in the city when we visit without GPS. He claims its a result of

In a New York Minute

This year, at the very end of April, I went to NYC for a long weekend with some girlfriends. Mind you, this California girl (as well as all the other friends attending) were certain that this time of year was a perfect choice! Its full on spring after all. Almost May, actually! Not cold anymore, but saving us from the unbearable humidity that comes with summer in NYC. FALSE. FAKE NEWS. IT WAS FREEZING. Poor NY had blizzards still happening in April, so I know it was unusual but good lawd it
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