Lifestyle

What to do when you think you’ve missed the Cuffing Season window…

The Holiday Season and Cold Weather is quickly approaching us if not already upon us, meaning Cuffing Season is here. For those not familiar with the term Urban Dictionary describes it as…

“During the Fall and Winter months people would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be  “Cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.”

So there you have it Cuffing Season.

But, what do you do when all your prospects have all of a sudden cuffed up with someone not you? After you delete them out of your phone forever (if they don’t want you during cuffing season, chances are they’re just not that into you), eat a pint of frozen yogurt with gummy bears and strawberries as toppings, do a little retail therapy, and boost your self esteem by seeing how many people you can match with on Bumble…try the below 5 Things that’ll leave you Cuffed with Yourself and not with some random dude (well only if you want to…) during this holiday season…

  1. Pick Up A Hobby – Learning to knit will give you something to do during the evenings and keep you cozily warm and stylish as well.
  2. Spin Your Heart Out – Soul Cycle (spinning) is the best exercise to do when it’s cold outside, the instructors will leave you feeling inspired and good about yourself as well! Not to mention you’ll have a leg up when bikini season comes around.
  3. Plan A New Year’s Adventure – Can there be a better New Years Resolution then being somewhere that  you normally wouldn’t be on the 31st of December? I think NOT. Adventure is good for the soul.
  4. Binge Watch and Chill – Preferably with a bottle of Rosé, a bag of popcorn, and gummy bears. Soo many good shows to choose from, Sex and the City, The Handmaid’s Tale, Harlots, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Client List have been some of my fave.
  5. Cuddle With Your Doggy – Or if you don’t have one, your friend’s doggy. They love you unconditionally and are always happy to see you. Much better then a boy! 🙂

Xo, Kelli @kellithinks on Instagram

Travel

“How To Do LA in 24 Hrs…”

Although I live in Los Angeles, often times I forget that I’m in one of the most famous tourist cities in the US. That is until one of my travel friends I met while in Greece came in to town for 24 Hours. Then I was all about making sure she had The BEST 24 Hours in LA. She is a solo traveler like myself, so I wanted to make things as easy for her as possible until I could meet up with her.

Read on to see how you should conquer  LA if you only have 24 Hrs to spend in this star studded city.

1st Thing: Ditch Your Luggage!

Drop it off at whatever hotel you’re staying at.

Side Note: I suggest staying in Santa Monica if you can. It’s close to LAX and you’ll be able to drop your luggage without going out of your way. (If you prefer to stay in Hollywood, that’s okay too! We’ll actually start our day here.)

Or if you prefer to not have to deal with dragging around your HUGE suitcase you could always drop it at LAX Luggage Storage and put everything you need in a backpack for the day. After all, you’re only here for a day.

(Future Posts to Come on Best Hotels to stay at on any Travel Budget in Los Angeles and links to every place I mention at the bottom of the post)

2nd Thing: Make Your Way to Hollywood!

Here are three easy ways to make your way into Hollywood on any travel budget.

  1. UberX or Lyft
  2. SuperShuttle (Or Similar Group Passenger Shuttles)
  3. Bus to Metro. (From Terminal 1 You can take the LAX2US bus. There are no stops, it’s a direct shot! And from there (Union Station) you can take the Red Line to Hollywood and Highland, the center of all the action!)

Now that you’re in the center of Hollywood, here are some things you MUST do while in the area.

  1. Walk the Walk of Fame – There’s just something iconic about seeing the Stars on Hollywood Blvd. Find your Favorite Celebs and take a pic! This a great do it yourself picture opportunity (Put your feet slightly on the star and snap a pic from above).
  2. Visit  Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – Put Your Hands and Feet Where Iconic Celebs Have and Experience all the history of Hollywood!
  3. Take a pic in front of the iconic El Capitan Theatre –  I know this sounds silly, but you’ll want to the theatre is eye catching! (For my single ladies, maybe find a hot guy to take the pic for you? You can do this at any of the locations you’ll be visiting today, all your travel photos can’t be selfies, AND LA has no shortage of HOT Guys!)
  4. View the Hollywood Sign from the Hollywood and Highland Center –  And browse for a bit while you’re there!
  5. Do lunch by the pool and make sure you explore the famous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel! –  If you end up not staying in Santa Monica, I do highly suggest staying at this hotel! Side Note: This was Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel of Choice.
  6. Take in the Views at The Griffith Observatory – You can’t leave the Hollywood Area without taking in these gorgeous view AND seeing one of the iconic spots from La La Land.

Bonus Thing to Do:

Visit the Museum of Broken Relationships (Ever wonder where those fluffy stuffed animal gifts he gave you go to live after your relationship is over? You’ve guessed it, here! All my single ladies, have fun!)

Third Thing: Make Your Way back to  Santa Monica!

  1. Visit the Pier – No matter what time of year, the pier is sure to bring you joy! From games to rides (Ferris Wheel!!) and carnival type foods you won’t regret coming here to take in the Ocean Breeze.
  2. Bike to Venice Beach – Make your way to the quirkiness of Venice Beach and get in a bit of exercise at the same time. When you’re done taking in the vendors and performers, relax on the beach for a bit, you’ve earned it!

4th Thing: Get Ready for a Night on the Town!

(For this article I’m taking you out in Downtown LA, so you get to experience more of LA. In later articles, I’ll show you the best restaurants and nightlife in other cities around Los Angeles)

Restaurants:

Grand Central Market – This “Food Court” has everything you might want to eat. Don’t worry you won’t find a McDonald’s here. Only Yummy, Trendy, Budget Friendly Food!

Bottega LouieCome for the Food and Stay for Desserts! Important thing to remember, they don’t take reservations BUT it’s worth the wait!

Perch – You won’t be disappointed with the food and views at this French inspired restaurant! This is a great place to eat and then start your night off right with cocktails (and maybe there will be live music on the night you’re there too!).

Nightlife:

EightyTwo – The “perfect” low key atmosphere, great drinks, video games, and music for dancing! What more could a girl ask for??

The Edison – Step back in time to a different era, just make sure you wore the one LBD you packed (strict dress code!). But you’ll love the 40s Flapper Vibe and Burlesque Dancers!

The Standard – If you really want to experience EVERYTHING LA, this is the spot to do it! Make sure you’ve dressed LA Trendy and be prepared to take in The Scene.

5th Thing : Go back to your hotel, try to get a little rest so that you don’t miss your flight in the AM!

Before you head to the airport, grab a cup of coffee at one of the many trendy coffee bars and sit on the sand of Santa Monica Beach one last time.  This is one of the best ways to start your day before you continue with the rest of your travels!

This is how I would do LA if I had 24 Hrs to spend here, if you would do it differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

Links to all the places I spoke about below:

http://www.laxluggagestorage.com

http://www.walkoffame.com

http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com

https://elcapitantheatre.com

https://hollywoodsign.org/seeing-the-sign/hollywood-highland/

http://www.griffithobservatory.org

http://www.thehollywoodroosevelt.com

http://brokenships.la/about/

http://santamonicapier.org

http://venicebeach.com

http://www.grandcentralmarket.com

https://www.bottegalouie.com

http://perchla.com/about.html

http://eightytwo.la

http://www.edisondowntown.com

http://www.standardhotels.com/la/properties/downtown-la

Travel

“Your Solo Traveling Selfie Solution…Barcelona”

One of the biggest problems I have with solo traveling, even though I love it, is with how to take a decent photo without it being a selfie!

The only way to really take a non selfie is by finding someone that you can use…”Well, if you take one of me, I’ll take one of you!” on.

Or sometimes, you get lucky and there’s an older couple who says…”Sweetie, do you want your picture taken? We can take it for you!”. Usually with that though, as good intentioned as they may be, your photos don’t turn out exactly how you want them. And you can’t really ask them to take 25 photos just so you can get the perfect one.

Last year, when I visited Barcelona, I found a solution to my too many travel selfies problem! It’s really quite brilliant actually.

A Tour of the City AND Your Very Own Personal Photographer who takes photos of you at all the best tourist spots!

So, one of my favorite things to do when visiting any city is to Trip Advisor it and see what the best things in the city are to do and this particular tour called  Photo Shoot Tours (Link At Bottom) popped up. I was soo in! What girl doesn’t love getting her photo taken?

I decided to do the Gothic District Photo Shoot Tour. It was great! I learned the cliff notes and then some of this historic area. AND I got my picture taken in front of all the hot spots. My tour guide was knowledgeable and more importantly a great photographer! I would definitely do this again and I recommend everyone to take this tour if they can!

A Few Words Of Advice if you end up taking this particular tour…

  • Book a Morning Slot! It was so nice to not have to deal with HUGE tourists crowds.
  • Come Camera Ready (Hair and Make-up Done). Yes you’re on a tour, but these photos will come out Insta Worthy and Print and Frame in Your House Worthy too!
  • Strike a Pose and have fun! You’re on vacation, enjoy every minute of it!

What other cities besides Barcelona have you done photo shoot tours in?

Company Website:

http://www.photoshoottours.com

Photos From the Tour:

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Travel

“The Only Two Reasons You Need to Know Why To Travel Solo…”

  1. You get to know yourself a little better

Often times we’re forced to be in group settings, there’s something to just being by yourself and truly being okay with that. Having to figure out how to get around, communicate, and bring yourself out of your comfort zone to meet fellow travelers is truly a beautiful thing.

  1. I Can Do What I Want

There’s no worry to please anyone but YOURSELF and I’m okay with that. If I want to spend all day looking for Louboutin stores in Paris, that’s what I’ll do. If I want to go out dancing all night in Barcelona and allow myself to get caught up whirlwind overseas romances, I’ll do that too! Spontaneity when traveling is also the BEST THING EVER! After all, we’re on vacation to relax and enjoy ourselves right?

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The Single Girl Life

Welcome to The Single Girl Life! A blog where I write about everything this single female has on her mind. Men fortunately or unfortunately take up a lot of my mind time. So, I’ll be writing about them of course. “Quick Note To…” will be all about my guy mishaps and unfortunate situations and  “Missed Connections” will be about cute guys I encountered in public and didn’t chat with but wish I did. We’ve all had one or two or three of those…lol. Traveling as a single female has also been a huge part of my life, so I’ll be sharing some of those adventures, travel secrets, and places I wish to adventure with you! And, growing up acting and modeling, Fashion and Beauty have been a HUGE part of my life, so I’ll share my fun thrift shop finds, beauty products, must have items, and dream items with you! This blog isn’t just for the single it’s also for the single at heart because we should never forget who we are even in relationships. Who’s ready to read on? Can’t wait to interact with all of you! 🙂 Kelli