Where to Take Your Puppy!

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It can be hard to find places to take your puppy, but luckily Los Angeles is very dog friendly! I wanted to share a few of my favorite places to take my dog Baguette!

Runyon Canyon Park: This is Los Angeles and we all love to hike. Joking, kind of… Hiking is a huge part of the Los Angeles culture and Runyon is one of the most popular spots and for good reason. It’s a dog park that allows you to hike with your dogs off leash. Baguette is obsessed with this place. Every time we go she gets so excited to run around and see all the other dogs. Plus it’s great exercise for her!

Outdoor Brunch:  Every weekend you will most likely find my friends and I at brunch. I hate leaving Baguette at home so whenever there is a brunch spot we’re going to with outdoor seating, I always take her. Some of my favorites are Franklin and Company, Toast, and The Sycamore Kitchen.

Huntington Beach: This one is a bit of travel, but if you have a day to drive down to Orange County I highly recommend Huntington Beach. They have a dog beach with allows you to bring your dogs. Baguette loves being at the beach, it always puts a smile on her face!

Where are your favorite spots to bring your puppy? Let me know in the comments below! And for more puppy-friendly fun check out PuppySpot!

Coachella Weekend 1 Party Recap

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Dress: DailyLook {similar here and here} // Shoes: Steve Madden {similar} // Sunglasses: Quay

Hi loves! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Was anyone at Coachella this weekend?? I didn’t attend the festival but I did drive down to Palm Springs on Saturday to attend a couple of parties! I had so much fun at both parties so I just wanted to share with you guys some behind the scenes pics!

The first party we went to was Lucky Brand’s Desert Jam. Shoutout to HomeAway for sending me to this party! I had such a blast! The party took place at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs. They had a DJ and different booths set up. HomeAway set up a tent where you can get massages from Zeel and manicures. I got a quick 5 minute massage, which was perfect after sitting in the car all morning!

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Another favorite of mine at the party was the hair station they had with Splat Hair Dye. They were doing fun festival hair and dying our hair with a temporary dye. The dye is so cool, it looks like an eye shadow and you use a sponge to put it on your hair and it lasts all day and washes out in the shower! So fun!

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After we got our hair done, my friends and I decided to stop by the PopSugar Cabana Club. Luckily this was at another hotel just down the street. The PopSugar party with bumping when we got there. They had a bunch of fun stations set up like a candy bar with Sugarfina, and a create your own Must Have Box. Ulta Beauty was also sponsoring a beauty bar where you could get your hair done and pick out some makeup. By the time we got to the party this room was pretty much emptied out. After the PopSugar party, we popped back to the Lucky Brand party and hung out by the pool for a little bit before heading back home!

Going to Palm Springs this weekend was so fun! Next year I think I’m going to try to get tickets to Coachella and go for the whole weekend!

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Thank you to Lucky Brand, HomeAway and PopSugar for having us this weekend!

What I Wore In Vegas

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Vegas is my happy place. You know that place that makes you feel like a kid in a candy store? Well Vegas is that place for me. Which is why this is my 3rd year in a row celebrating my birthday in Vegas. We stayed at The Cosmopolitan which is my favorite hotel. The rooms are super modern and chic, and our room had a sick balcony that overlooked the strip. I mean look at that view…it was incredible.

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Okay now onto the clothes. Going to Vegas means going shopping. Vegas is very bougie so you need to dress up whether you’re going to dinner, the pool or going out at night. The first night I found this super cute dress from Forever 21. It was a black off the shoulder dress. Not only was it super affordable but it was super cute! I wore this when we went to see the Chainsmokers at XS. I wore a silver choker, also from Forever 21, along with a simple bracelet and silver ring from And Other Stories. I paired it with some pink heels from Steve Madden for a little pop of color.

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So as a birthday surprise, my friends made me my own snapchat filter. How cute are they?? I’m obsessed. The second night, which was my actual birthday I wore this super cute red number from Pretty Little Things (Kylie Jenner wore this in orange to a red carpet so obviously I needed to have it, and wear it with my Kylie Lip Kit in Dolce K). I paired it with a simple silver necklace my roommate Sabrina got me, along with some simple heels from Forever 21.

There ya have it. Those were my Vegas outfits this past weekend for my birthday. You can check out more pictures from this past weekend on my Instagram @esthercollins. Let me know in the comments below if you guys have ever been to Vegas and what you would wear!

5 Travel Tips You Need To Know

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I’ve done my fair share of traveling through the years. Whether you’re traveling abroad, or even for a quick weekend away here are some travel tips I’ve picked up along the way.

1. Use a Rewards Credit Card

Reward credit cards are my jam. Seriously, you can get free airline tickets for just going about your life and spending like you normally would. I have two airline credit cards that I put EVERY purchase on. The two CC’s that I use are the Delta American Express card, and American Airlines Barclay card. I’ve been able to redeem miles on both cards to get free flights! If you use your credit card often, I highly recommend getting an airline card that will rack up miles. **If anyone wants a referral to get FREE miles when they sign up, leave your email below!**

2. Use Hopper to Track Best Airline Fares

If you haven’t heard of Hopper, what are you doing? I mentioned Hopper in a previous post about my favorite phone apps. If you’re planning a trip, download Hopper and put in the dates of your trip. Hopper will keep track of when airlines reduce prices and send you push notifications straight to your phone. They will tell you if they think the price is as low as it will get or if they think you should wait to book.

3. Call Your Banks Ahead of Time

This might sound like common knowledge but you would be surprised how many people forget this step. If you are traveling far, be sure to call your bank and let them know where and when you will be traveling. Nothing is worse than to get to your destination and try to use your credit card, only to be declined. Give your bank a heads up so you don’t have to deal with them later.

4. Properly Pack Your Carry-On

Traveling is all fun and games until someone loses your luggage. Unfortunately this has happened to me many times. As much as this sucks and it’s totally OK to freak out when it happens, if you prep your carry-on you can freak out a little less. Always pack an extra set of clothes in your suitcase. If the airline loses your luggage you don’t want to be stuck wearing the same outfit you wore on the plane. I also like to keep my makeup in my carry-on (make sure it’s TSA approved!). Also don’t forget to pack your chargers. The worst thing that could happen is you lose your luggage and your phone dies! Remember to pack items to make your flight experience a good one. My in-flight essentials are an eye mask, ear plugs, and headphones. It’s better to be over prepared than not.

5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Okay, so now you’re on a flight. Planes are notorious for drying out your skin. The best way to combat the dry air is by hydrating. I always like to buy a big water bottle before getting on the plane and start drinking it before take off. Once the flight attendants come around and offer drinks, I like to stick to water as well. Another tip for long flights is to put on moisturizer or a face mask. If you don’t want to scare the people around you, choose a face mask that will dry clear. Some of my favorites are by Sisley, and Laneige.

Let me know in the comments below if you guys have any other travel tips! Happy traveling!

Hiking Headband

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Headband: Albion c/o // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Top: Adidas // Pants: Alo Yoga // Shoes: Nike

This past weekend, my friend Amy visited me from New York. She loves to be active, especially when traveling somewhere new. She asked if we could hike Parker Mesa Overlook in the Pacific Palisades. A little nervous about the hike (it was a 6 mile hike!), I obliged. I’m happy I did because the view at the end was incredible! This was honestly one of the most stunning views in LA. It overlooks the water, and you can see all of Los Angeles as well. It was well worth the struggle I had during the hike.

Normally when I hike, I like to just throw on whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Since I wore an all black outfit, I decided to spice it up with this super cute headband from Albion! It adds such a chic element to my otherwise very plain outfit. Lucky for you guys, my friends at Albion has given GWB readers 15% off any purchase using the code: ESTHERCOLLINS. So go check out out Albion. I’m absolutely obsessed with their stuff! I especially love this swimsuit, and these workout shorts (that also match the headband!).

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A Day At The Getty

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Last week my mom came to town which was super exciting because it had been a couple years since she was in LA. Most of the week we just hung out around the house while my mom cooked all of my favorite home cooked meals (#winning)! On the last day of her trip, my roommates and I took her to The Getty museum. We went to the Brentwood location, not the Malibu one. This was my first time at The Getty. I had heard great things from a lot of people, but I was still shocked to see how beautiful the grounds were. The Getty has one of the most spectacular views of all of LA.

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While at The Getty, we checked out one of the buildings with paintings and photography. We saw Monet and Van Gough paintings, which were really awesome to see up close. After checking out the artwork, we walked over to the garden. The garden was so beautiful, serious GOALS. The scenery was incredible. I enjoyed walking around and just looking at the architecture of the buildings just as much as the artwork inside of them.

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If you like museums and are in the LA area, I highly recommend checking out The Getty. I would definitely go back again and check out some of their other exhibits!

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