ExploresMore is Moving!

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Hello my lovely readers! Today I come to you with a bit of exciting news-in about 6 weeks I’m leaving Los Angeles behind and am moving to Paris! I’m taking a year off between high school and college to work as an Au Pair in France. Being a European citizen (I’m fully German and the first person in my family to be born in America) I’ve always loved Germany and dream of going to college either there or somewhere else in Europe. I’ve loved the city ever since I first visited and can’t wait to spend at least the next year of my life there. And, here’s to hoping I become tri-lingual! I am so excited to start this next year, and hope you all will be here every step of the way. Cheers!

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[Photos are not mine. Click through for credit, they’re taken by one of my favorite photographers on flickr!]

Up To The Getty

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Hello my lovely readers! About two weeks back my family and I took a short trip up to the Getty to see the newly restored Jackson Pollock mural. For those wondering, it’s truly beautiful and worth seeing in person! I always enjoy going up to the museum, because not only is it free, but also because the art, view, and general atmosphere is always incredible. I also made sure to see the Queen Victoria photography exhibit, which I recommend to anybody who has the chance to see it. I hope you enjoy this post! We went around sunset which led to some stunning views.

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Outfit info:

Jacket: LF — Pants: J. Crew — Shirt: Brandy Melville

Purse: Longchamp Le Pliage — Shoes: Doc Martens

Necklace: Hamsa (similar here)

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Julia

P.S. Just want to give a quick heads up that posting next week (through May 10th) might be a bit irregular due to the AP exams (AP Environmental Sciences and AP Literature for those wondering) and PROM (!!!) on Saturday! Post will be up, but maybe more than three days apart. That being said, I know what will be going up and can’t wait for you guys to see that content, and I can’t wait to show my prom pictures! Anyways, that’s enough rambling, hope you all are having a great Thursday! 🙂

A Rainy Day On Oahu

Hello my lovely readers! Following my family’s stay on Kauai, Hawaii, we decided to island-hop and check out Oahu as well. While I didn’t enjoy this island quite as much as Kauai, we still had a lovely stay. Highlights included eating from the Shrimp Shack, an extremely delicious food truck, sleeping right next to the ocean, visiting Pearl Harbor (a post on its own, coming soon!), and super delectable fruit lunches from the side of the road. I hope you enjoy these photos and brief descriptions!

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Like I said above, the fruit sold at the side of the road was to die for. I didn’t get a chance to try the coconut, but the one of the baggies pictured above was my lunch one day.

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That brown thing I’m holding (a fried banana), was my desert. While a fried banana isn’t the most lovely picture, I thought I’d show you guys just because it’s a must-try! There was salty-crunchiness mixed with the sweetness of the banana; a perfect balance.

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Out of our two full days on Oahu, we spent the first one sightseeing. This included stopping at beaches to see the surfers ride the 10-foot waves in. Just watching gave quite the rush, the waves were huge! The beaches were also beautiful, but it was much too cold for swimming; most of the time, it was raining. One thing I noticed about this island is that there are many more locals. Kauai was a tourist island, while on Oahu University of Hawaii students would crowd the beaches to watch their friends surf! It was filled with more local hotspots.

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Another stop included visiting the Dole Plantation. I had been quite excited to see this, but was very let down when we got there. The whole thing is more of a tacky amusement park than anything else. There’s a huge souvenir store (with overpriced goods galore), and you can only really get the see the pineapples growing if you pay a lofty fee. There was a small portion open to the public, where one could read about pineapples, but I was expecting more. Across the street from the amusement park nightmare were the actual growing fields and factories; I would have loved to go in and see how the process really works, but it was not open to the public. Quite a let down, and unless you have small children and are willing to spend the money, it’s really not worth it.

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While unrelated, I thought I’d share this beautiful rainbow with you. It rained almost all day, and this was a nice little sunny moment.

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Above is what I wore that day: a Gap Body Tee, H&M shorts (similar here), Reef Flip-flops, and my vintage flower kimono. I had just gotten splashed in this shot from one of the huge waves. Being Hawaii though, the water wasn’t even too cold, so it was all okay (and my camera didn’t get wet, an added plus!).

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Have you ever had a travel experience go wrong, like the Dole Plantation did for my family? Comment below, I’d love to hear (or read I guess, hehe) your stories!

Julia

Spending the Day on Kauai’s North Shore

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Hello lovely readers! During our trip to Kauai, Hawaii, my family made sure to check out the island’s North side. We spent a lovely day visiting the lighthouse, beach hopping, and even discovered a cool cave along the way. It was a day well spent, and I highly recommend visiting all the spots we hit up if you ever find yourself in Kauai. I hope you enjoy these photos, and I’ll be sure to explain everything as I go.

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While going to our destination, we happened to drive under this amazing tree tunnel. I, always desperate for the good shot, ran out into the middle of the road to take it. The whole entire street goes along like this, and some parts even get so dense that barely any light comes through. Definitely something worth seeing!

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Our first destination of the day was the Kilauea Lighthouse, located on the North Coast. Walking to the lighthouse, the view was magical. It’s surrounded by bluffs and bright blue waters that are always crashing up against the rocks. If you’re lucky (and patient) enough, sometimes you’ll even see a whale flying up from the waters. The lighthouse offers free binocular rentals, so don’t worry about bringing your own. For those history nerds, there’s two exhibits inside; the lighthouse contains a rich history as does the nature around it.

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Following the lighthouse, my family drove up the coast for quite a while. This is where we happened upon my favorite spot of the day: Anini Beach. The view was out of this world. Everywhere I looked, there was golden sand and clear blue waters. Parts of the beach are shaded by large growing trees, which are beautiful and very fun to climb on.

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My brother and I went for a swim. Snorkelers before us had claimed to have seen several sea turtles, but my brother and I didn’t get as lucky. We swam out pretty far over the coral reef, and started to get pulled out by the tide. However, we ended up making it back in, and enjoyed a picnic on the sand. After lunch, I laid down and read (John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars, it was spectacular). It ended up being a perfect break from all the sightseeing we had been doing earlier.

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As we were driving, we came across a large cave at the side of the road (The Maniniholo Dry Cave). Of course we ended up wandering in! It was quite spooky, and very dark. The only good shot I could get was this one as we were coming out. The cave is set into a huge, towering hillside, covered in vines and trees. The lighting is pretty poor though, so it was difficult to get pictures.

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Across from the cave, there was another beach. However, this one was not for swimming; it was more of a surfer’s area. It was quite beautiful though. We ended up just sitting on some rocks, watching the surfer’s try to catch their waves. The one above had quite a hard time getting in, because, like many beaches in Kauai, the water stays pretty shallow until you get way out.

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And that was our day! I wanted to include one more fashion related shot. My clothes weren’t very blog worthy, but I was a big fan of my jewelry. I picked up the ring at a surf shop in Kauai, and the turquoise bracelet is something a friend got me when she went to Thailand.

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What places have you just visited, or which have you been dreaming of? Let me know below!

Julia