Rainy Day Shopping

Posted by Nicole

It’s Monday, the weekend is over, and it’s crunch time before my last two finals. But let’s talk about more exciting things………

venice beach

Sunday was such a fun day! I met up with two of my dance team friends, Erin and Kimberly, for a morning shopping trip at 10. We drove from South Central to Venice Beach, parked, and browsed the beachfront shops for a couple hours. It was drizzling, but luckily the rain held off while we walked around.

venice beach

The mission of the trip was to pick up Secret Santa gifts for our dance team gift exchange this Thursday, but it ended up being a bigger shopping trip than expected. I bought a sweater for myself, but also got a present for the gift exchange. Isn’t it the best feeling when you find a perfect gift for someone? I’m so excited for our dance team party later this week!

Around noon, we decided to get lunch in Santa Monica. My tummy was grumbling because I woke up too late for breakfast, and I sure was ready for a tasty lunch at True Food Kitchen in the Third Street Promenade. Erin has mentioned how “omg so good” this restaurant is a few times, and it sure didn’t disappoint! True Food Kitchen buys mostly local and organic ingredients, provides vegan/vegetarian/GF options, and serves fresh juices instead of soda.

I had a hard time deciding what to order (everything sounded amazing), but eventually decided on the Harvest Chop Salad – Squash, Apple, Pomegranate, Walnuts, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Vinaigrette.

true food kitchen harvest chop salad

The salad was perfectly light, but also filling. For the next couple of hours, we shopped around the Promenade, making successful stops at Starbucks and Brandy Melville.

santa monica promenade

santa monica promenade christmas

santa monica converse

Time to retire my debit card for a while… Oof.

Back at school, I made some oatmeal and then went to study with Charlotte and Lindsey. We learned that we are great study buddies, and managed to study for 5 hours straight…. with a few breaks of course ;)

At midnight, Charlotte and I took our study materials over to DG for some snacks. The extra fuel helped us memorize/cram for a couple more hours. Brain power requires calories!



All of today will be spent studying, cleaning my room (it’s getting bad), and going to the gym (I’m ready to get back at it after yesterday’s rest day).

Hope your week is off to a good start!

– Nicole

Question: Are you a solo studied or a group studier?

Comments (2)

  1. theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine

    YES! I love everything about this day! Shopping during finals is seriously one of the best stress relievers! I’ve to TFC once before, but seeing that salad makes me want to go back ASAP and Starbucks + Brandy Melville is always a good time. Good Luck on your finals!
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  2. Megan @ runningonjava

    I love finding the perfect gift! I always end up finding something for myself, too. I can always rationalize needing another piece of clothing! I need to retire the debit card, too. I’ve got two more finals too, so I’m also feeling the pressure! Good luck!
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