Loving Lately: Meeting Bloggers!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

So first things first, I did in fact come home. Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that LA was very close to keeping me from returning to Northern Caliornia but alas, reality hit and I’m back. I just can’t get enough of the Southern Californian sun! What an incredible weekend. More on that later this week (trust me, come back for the food photos!).

My Loving Lately was meeting 3 of my FAVORITE blogger friends this weekend ! I was happy anyone was even remotely interested in meeting up with me but even more so overjoyed that it was Emily, Nicole and Rima. I might’veeee had them in mind when I mentioned a meet up… ;). (You can click their headers to check them out!)

When Simply Evani was just taking shape, the first blogger to reply to a comment of mine was Emily from the Anna Delores Blog. In fact, I made the unbelievably common mistake of calling her Anna (which we both laughed about upon meeting in person). Then Anna Delores Blog was the first blog I chose to sponsor when the time came and Emily was the sweetest sponsor, especially for a first timer.

Emily and I decided to meet at Urth Caffe. I was 30 minutes late being the SoCal driving virgin (Rob drives us everywhere when we travel!)so it took 30 minutes to get down Santa Monica Blvd. Lucky for me, Emily is a real life sweetheart and even had an iced tea waiting for me when I got there! We talked about anything and everything, mostly about life and maybe a littttle about blogging ;). I was amazed by how much we had in common and how easily our online friendship translated in real life. We spent 2 hours chatting before we realized the time limit on our parking was going to expire. I can’t wait to see Emily again, I know we’ve got a long friendship ahead of us.

Then on Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting up with Nicole from Treasure Tromp and Rima from Bolu by Rima at UVA bar in Downtown Disney. Both are Disney annual passholders like myself and I seriously read their blogs daily. I fell in love with reading Treasure Tromp when I found out Nicole was getting a Ph.D. in Psychology. I remember being overjoyed that another blogger shared a similar Psych background AND she was so unbelievably nice too! Rima and I bonded over having Robs (Her BF Mr. Pillow is named Rob too), our mutual love for the Backstreet Boys, and overall her hiiiilarious sense of humor.

UVA bar is one of my Disney treasures so I was happy that they were both first timers there. We had a round of drinks and dinner, and talked about anything under the sun. We talked about Disneyland, camping, 5Ks, Blogger vs WordPress and about our jobs. Mr. Pillow started us on a really interesting conversation about how much time we spend blogging daily and we laughed about interesting things we’ve noticed about the blogging world. I was amazed by how true to life our blogs are to who we are and how easy it was to feel at home with fellow blog friends. We reluctantly ended our meet up with exchanging moustache rings that I had just picked up at Santee Alley (FYI girls I was right, it turns your finger green. Just think of it as a decorative souvenir to put somewhere. Pshh I’ll still wear mine. Haha). Rob even commented later on that it felt like the three of us had already met or already knew each other and I simply told him we had : on our blogs. 🙂

When I started blogging with Simply Evani in March of this year, I never imagined it would be what it is now. The people who don’t blog are going to think this sounds crazy but I really do feel like friends with the bloggers I interact with daily. Meeting up with those 3 ladies only proved to me what I already suspected, I’ve found a group of women who have similar interests as me, who read about my life and share theirs too, who provide support or encouragement when it’s needed and whether its online or not, that makes us friends.

I’m always headed down south (I meant we HAVE to make use of our Disneyland Annual Passes 😉 ) so if you live in California or near southern California, let me know! I officially love meeting other bloggers.

Now if only I could get Niki, Celeste, Chris, Yi-Chia, Maša, Lyss and Kristine out here to California…

Did you have a good weekend? What did you do?

Happy Tuesday everyone!

P.S. Don’t forget, tomorrow is when I open up the Fitness link up! Read more about it here!

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Headed South for Labor Day!

Happy Thursday everyone!

I am SO excited because Rob and I are headed back down south this weekend! My little brother is playing a football tournament in Thousand Oaks on Saturday morning but we’ll mostly be in the LA area (staying over by Santa Monica).

Honestly, I’ve been a little nervous about posting this but I am ALL IN for meeting some SoCal bloggers this weekend! If you’re interested in meeting up, shoot me an email!! We have no idea what our plans are but we’re probably hitting up CA Adventure on Sunday mid-day to night and I’d love to do Monday brunch before heading back? Honestly, I’m down for anything. Let me know if anything good is going on this weekend 🙂

What are your recommendations for Southern California? Rob and I are always looks for new restaurants, shops and markets to go to! Especially brunch spots!

Do you have any plans for Labor Day Weekend?

Also, go enter my dear friend Emily’s Blogiversary Giveaway! She giving away ad space with some of my favorite blogs!

Happy Day before Friday!

P.S. Rob and I have a friend in the hospital who could really use all the good thoughts and prayers everyone can send. Say a little prayer or send a happy thought his way if you could. Thank you ❤

Instagram Blog Hop: SoCal edition

Happy Tuesday readers!

So RARE do I get two entries in a row done so I’m over the moon with excitement! But I also love the Instagram Blog Hop with Let it Be Beautiful,  A Night Owl and The Pink Elephant so this wasn’t hard to quickly rustle up a post. Here are some of my latest Instagrams:

Link up to the blog hop with your instagram too!

Find me on Instagram: @EGatsby88

And don’t forget to follow Kimberly, Ashlyn and Emily on Instagram too!

Most of my pics are from vacay time down south, especially at one of my favorite places on earth, DISNEYLAND! After weeks of sulking (clearly, I’m a grown up) about the recent $150 increase in the Disneyland Annual Passes, Rob surprised me with already purchasing mine. I’m truly a lucky gal, He knows just the way to my heart! Does anyone else love World of Color as much as I do?!?! More vacation stories and pictures coming soon! 🙂

Simply Disney: What to Bring to Disneyland

Happy Monday readers!

Vacation so far has been incredible (Santa Barbara is like California’s version of heaven) but I’ll share pictures and stories about SB when we get home. Since we’re headed to Disneyland tomorrow, I thought it’d be fun to share my must-haves for a day at the Happiest Place on Earth (Take it from someone who goes 1-5 times a year) ! Introducing my newest segment:

Waterbottle/Sunglasses/Sweater/Ring /Hat/Clinique/Rainbows

7 things you need for a great day at the park in warm weather:

– A Light Sweater – You need one you can bother carrying all day but perfect for the occasionally cold Anaheim nights.

– Comfortable Shoes – I love the comfort my broken-in Rainbow flip flops but others might suggest running shoes or something with a thick sole since you do a ton of standing/walking.

– Disney Swag – This 7 dwarfs ring is AMAZING. But a simple red minnie bow or sweet Mickey ears count too. Or get a free pin at City Hall if you’re celebrating something! *Free alert*

– Refillable Waterbottle – As everyone knows Disneyland is expensive. Drinking free water from the restaurants or water fountains can save a pretty penny!

– Sunglasses – In the Southern California sun, sunglasses are just as functional as they are stylish.

– Sunblock – I’m Filipino so I rarely EVER burn but the only place in my life I have burned is at Disneyland when my nose peeled for 2 weeks straight. I cannot live through summer or Disneyland without my Clinique Cityblock!

– Hat – Any hat will do but make sure you feel comfortable sticking it in a ride’s tiny velcro bag if you plan on going on rides like Space Moutain or Screamin California.

There are plenty more extras to bring to enhance your visit (snacks, a change of clothes, a million dollars) but my list covers the bare necessities! I can’t wait to snap some photos at Disneyland tomorrow so follow me on instagram (Egatsby88) or Twitter (SimplyEvani) to follow along! 🙂

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Take a moment to thank any and all armed forces for their service to our country!