Hallo Vienna


I had no idea what to expect when deciding to go to Vienna. I have a friend who I hadn't seen in 10 years, currently living in Austria, so when I was deciding between Stockholm and Vienna, I decided with Vienna. Even if I had expectations of this city and country going in, they would have been exceeded tenfold. The best way I can put into words a description of Vienna is that it's almost as if you're walking through a real-life fairy tale. I didn't have any sort of plan for my trip to Vienna, I looked up a couple sights I thought would be cool to see or attractions to experience and I rolled with the punches. 

On my way to Hofburg Palace, I probably got sidetracked a handful of times by other beautiful buildings or Viennese coffee houses. That was probably my favorite part of this trip... the fact that I was able to wander. Many of you know that I normally travel with my best friend Amanda, and I absolutely love it. I think it's really hard to find people you're very compatible traveling with. My philosophy is that traveling makes or breaks relationships. The same can be said of friendships, there are some friends you can travel with and there are some you can't. Amanda and I are both pretty go with the flow. So I never have to worry about us having to keep to some sort of schedule. But there's something about traveling by yourself that is incredibly empowering and euphoric. (My blog post for females travelling solo will be up this week)

I'm a sucker for history and old buildings. I love being able to walk down a street or alleyway and know that the buildings that stood there lived through some of the greatest and worst moments in human history. It's honestly so fascinating and humbling. While I was in Vienna, I was able to do a tour through Mozart's old apartment right in the city center of Vienna, and it's almost chilling to know that the place I was standing was the exact same place where Mozart crafted some of his biggest masterpieces over 200 years ago. The other "attraction" I experienced was the Catacombs Tour under St. Stephan's Cathedral in Stephansplatz right in the City Center of Vienna, or 1st District as it's referred to (how very Hunger Games). To be able to walk through St. Stephan's Cathedral itself is free but the catacomb tour is 5 euros and you pay the tour guide at the end. Other sights I went to "look at" included Hofburg Palace, Rathaus, Parliament, the Opera House and the Welt Museum. I'm sure there are other beautiful buildings or places I went to take in but those are the ones I sought out. 

For the first two nights of my trip in Vienna I stayed at Hotel Vienna in the Praterstern area of Vienna in the 2nd District and my last night I stayed at the Sofitel in the Stephansdom area in the 1st District. Hotel Vienna is a mid-sized boutique hotel that is family ran. The thing I loved about this hotel was that they still used actual keys to access the room. It's in a very easily accessible area... 2 blocks from the underground, a market on the same block and plenty of delicious Viennese cafes and restaurants less than a five-minute walk away. For my last night in Vienna, I stayed at the Sofitel and man on man, hands down THE BEST view of Vienna. On the 18th floor they have a restaurant/bar called Das Loft that over looks all of Vienna and you can see almost every major sight. It was so beautiful! The view itself is worth the price tag. 

I think 72 hours was the perfect amount of time for me to do almost everything I wanted too. The only thing I didn't get to do was go to the Belvedere Museum. They have a Gustav Klimt exhibit there and on display is "The Kiss." It's one of the most famous paintings in the world and one I've loved since I was a kid. But with all the traveling and added country layovers, the morning I planned on going to Belvedere Museum... I unfortunately slept in. Well, maybe it's a blessing in disguise as it means I'll have to go back.

Until next time, Auf Wiedersehen Vienna.


2018 Business Insider Magazine "Most Eligible Singles" List


Hey ya'll it's ya girl Jen! On Tuesday, Business Insider Magazine and Hinge released its annual list of the "Most Eligible Singles" for 2018 across the United States and I made the list for Los Angeles. I've known about this since November of last year and then found out last week that the article would go live this week. It's slightly embarrassing, but very cool at the same time. 

Click here to read the article, or to see who else was named on the list throughout the US.


"...Ready For It?"


My life has never felt like a Taylor Swift song more than it has this past year. Recently, I sat on my blog re-reading my so called relationship woes from this past year, the friendships I've gained and lost, thinking back on the peaks and pits of this past year and it has been rough. I said goodbye to people I loved... friends, relationship and even family members. (Some of you may know my grandfather passed away the week after Thanksgiving and I still don't know how to feel about it. I'm obviously so upset, but then I also get frustrated that I he's gone and I don't have an opportunity to build a relationship with him. I also think about my Aunt Margaret's eulogy and how everything she said was so spot on, it was my grandpa eloquently remembered. He was the hardest working person I knew, so generous and strong patriarch.) But from that I've been able to identify how I would want to improve upon myself to make changes for 2018.

I wanted to say thank you to my audience who have followed along and supported me in the trials and tribulations of my personal life in 2017. I was able to share my battle with anxiety with you guys, my shitty ass science experiment, my dating adventures, my travels, my being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and the friendships I've gained and loss. 2017 was not the best year for me, and you bet your ass I'm leaving the excess baggage in 2017. None of this shit is coming into 2018 with me. (I've even told Anelisse, that she has full permission to punch me as hard as she can if I start to waiver, ha) 2018, I'm so ready for you.

With the start of 2018, I'm trying to make resolutions I can work at keeping. I was doodling in my bullet journal and identified some good ones. The FIRST is obviously to travel more. One of the best ways to learn who you are and what you're capable of is by traveling. I want to experience everything I can in life, while I'm fortunate enough to be on this planet. I want to eat my way through as many countries as possible, and fall in love with every street corner and alleyway in every city I explore. I'll be heading to France and Austria next month so seems like I've already got some momentum going. SECOND, is to forgive but don't forget. For the longest time, I've had this "once you fuck up, off with your head" mentality and although it does protect me, I think it closes me off even more. So in 2018, I want to forgive others that scorn me, but always know what they are capable of so I'm able to prepare myself and tread lightly. THIRD, would be to open myself back up to love or the possibility of it. I didn't have the best year relationship wise but that's okay. It was a learning experience. I think now I'm truly at a good place, where I'm open to new relationships and not chained to the hope of my failed one from last year. FOURTH, (I totally stole this from my friend Angel but it was a good one) read one book a month. I'm totally guilty of getting stuck in a hole watching TV or playing on my phone, so instead of getting lost in some dark Instagram hole my goal is to pick up a book. FIFTH, stop saving for things and start saving for life. I'm great at saving money for things. Whether is a brand new Gucci bag or an international trip, but when it comes to saving for tomorrow... I have to say I'm not the best. I'm semi-responsible in the sense that I have a 401k and a "rainy day" savings account in which I don't pull money out of. But I live with this... you could die tomorrow mentality that I'm not the best at saving for some far off future. SIXTH, take better care of myself and my health. This is pretty self explanatory. I've been pescatarian on and off in 2017. I'd like to continue that into 2018. The only time I don't "restrict" myself is when I'm on Holiday, so I'll definitely be having Croque Madam's for breakfast every morning. But for the most part, I eat pretty healthy. If anything, I'd like to cut down on my caffeine intake. I drink a lot of coffee. Like 2-3 cups a day minimum. 

These are my six resolutions... or intentions, maybe goals. Six things I intend to work at throughout the year. I'm not one of those "New Year, New Me" people. I love the me I am. So... New Year, Same Me with 6 goals. Hopefully, I can keep at them. Happy 2018 Jems.


Rejuvenate Medical Spa

I'm a HUGE fan of botox. If you've been following me since the beginning or just found me, you'll know I love my botox. When I moved from Orange County to Los Angeles at the beginning of summer,  had to find a new place. And believe me, I did my research and read countless reviews before settling on Rejuvenate Medical Spa in the Valley. 

The communication even before booking my appointment was so freaking stellar. I had so many questions because I wanted to be sure I was picking the right place for me. I've been to medical spas before, where they try to oversell you on the injectables and I don't like that at all. The Rejuvenate team was so easy to work with and they booked my appointment for me during one of our many messages back and forth. They called to confirm the appointment the day prior as well. I feel like this is a such a small thing that not a lot of places do, so I appreciate it so much. 

As this was my first time at Rejuvenate Medical Spa my appointment was a little longer than your typical botox appointment, as the staff had me fill out paperwork and the medical professional who would be administering my botox really took the time to ask what "look" I was trying to achieve and what areas I wanted to have the botox injected in. Once she mapped out my face, the injections part of the appointment was quick and as painless as can be. 

I would DEFINITELY recommend Rejuvenate Medical Spa for anyone interested in getting botox or even a consultation. They really are amazing. They even follow up with you after the appointment to make sure everything went well.

Below is a quick video of me getting my botox ;)

Rejuvenate Medical Spa
17130 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316

Services by Appointment Only
Phone: 818-788-6363
Instagram: @rejuvenatemedicalspa


Microblading at Sugarin P.1

The day after Thanksgiving I got my brows microbladed. I've gotten them done before in Korea but microblading typically only lasts 1-2 years. I was coming up on my two-year mark and have been needing to get them redone. I connected with Christina and after looking at her portfolio I knew she'd be perfect to get my brows re-microbladed. In addition to microblading, she does lash lifts and lash extensions. She has a pretty amazing portfolio and has worked with some notable Hollywood stars such as Sarah Drew and Whitney Port. After going through he portfolio I knew this was a match made in heaven. 

The whole process of scheduling, pre-care, procedure, aftercare and follow up has been amazing. Once we confirmed my appointment date and time, Christina sent over pre-care information to ensure my brows and body were in the best condition for the procedure. The day before getting them microbladed, she even emailed me to remind me not to drink and coffee and wine and to not use any medications that may thin out my blood. Thank god she did this because the day before my appointment was Thanksgiving aka lots and lots of wine ;P

The entire procedure from arrival to departure probably took close to 3 hours. Christina probably spent the first 15-20 minutes talking to me about my brows, the procedure and asking me how I wanted my brows to look. From there she spent a good amount of time mapping out my brows, I would say probably close to an hour. She measure the distance between my brows, the distance from my eyes, etc. ensuring they would be even on both sides. After she had mapped my brows out, she had me sit up and from there she made some minor changes. Once we landed on a final shape, the numbing cream was applied. The numbing cream is a topical cream that is all natural, free from chemicals and animal byproducts. The numbing cream needs to sit on your brows for a minimum for 30 minutes to ensure as close to a pain free experience as possible. I'm sure ya'll are thinking if the numbing cream masks all the pain and in all honesty, no it does not. BUT, it really does help. I'm such a wuss when it comes to needles and this is no different. The only time I really felt any sort of pain of discomfort was when Christina was creating the strokes on my arches and tail. Other than that the process felt like more of a "raking" sensation if that makes sense. I think the sound/noise was what had made me cringe. But again, nothing that was unbearable and honestly the end result is worth any and all pain. The actual microblading process took about an hour and I can definitely appreciate that after each time Christina cleaned off the dye, she found little imperfections that she wanted to fix. She really is an artist. 

After my brows were finished and cleaned off she explained the aftercare process to me, provided me with take home instructions, an ointment to start using after day 7 and then told me we'd touch base to schedule the touch up session. 

Christina offers microblading services for $600. Such a great deal considering at salons in Beverly Hills charge up to double that. If you've been wanting to get your brows microbladed right now is the perfect time especially because the after care requires you to be out of the sun for two weeks, no pools/beaches and no sweating. I mean it's winter right?! All I'll be doing is Netflix and Chillin'. 

Please note all services are by appointment only. Contact information is below. 

Sugarin Studio
1250 N. La Brea Avenue
Suite 136
West Hollywood, CA
email: christinasugarinstudio@gmail.com
phone: 310-994-9931
website: christinaartistry.com


**Please note I was provided complimentary services however, all thought, ideas and opinions expressed are my own. 

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