Pismo Beach Food Recommendations

Pismo Beach and the surrounding area is a beautiful place to visit. I find myself coming here whenever I need a change of pace or clarity with myself or my life. I have a few favorite places I visit each time but of course I always love trying new places! My food recommendations below!

 

  • Mon Ami
    • I LOVE crepes! I love how light and delicious they are – sweet and savory! Mon Ami makes beautiful creations and has a wonderful atmosphere. When you walk in you immediately step into France. The decor is very calm and pleasing. I love dining inside, enjoying my food and tea, and reading a book. Every time I’ve come here the employees are so friendly and sweet and make the experience that much better. My favorite crepe is the Pismo – ham and cheese, mmmm. My go to drink is their Vanilla Chai Tea. I don’t know what they use but it’s literally heaven. I am an avid chai tea drinker and nothing compares! It’s my absolute favorite spot to get some.

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  • Blue Moon Over Avila
    • The last trip I took to Pismo Beach I decided to treat myself on my last night there. Blue Moon Over Avila is a fun French restaurant that overlooks Avila Beach. Outdoor and indoor seating is available along with a bar. Any time I go out to eat by myself I always choose the bar. Why? No idea. As stated before, I’m a huge tea drinker. What I loved about this place is that they give you an individual teapot for your drink. It gave it so much more of a pleasing aesthetic and it was nice to prepare my tea exactly how I wanted it. I highly recommend getting the filet mignon. It had my mouth watering and leaving me wanting more when I was finished! I was truly impressed. Are you on Yelp? Make sure to check in here to get a FREE appetizer – the French Garlic Bread is extremely good and a light appetizer to start.

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  • Pismo Yogurt
    • Okay so nothing insanely fancy about this one but support your local businesses! Pismo Yogurt is located by Pismo Beach Pier and is perfect for hot weather. They have fewer selections than Yogurtland or other big chain fro-yo shops but you still get really good choices! They have a bunch of yummy toppings too(my weakness). The day I went for some fro-yo I had planned for ~60 degree weather(according to the forecast…) it reached 80 degrees!! Needless to say, they were extremely busy that day.

 

  • Ocean Grill Avila Beach
    • This is another fun place to go to if you visit Avila Beach. It’s indoor seating but no matter where you sit you have a view of the ocean. Even at the bar there’s a giant TV that has a live feed of the ocean. I love having dinner and drinks here during the sunset. I’ve tried a variety of the food here and don’t think I really have a favorite – it’s all so good! Dessert here is really good too(Again, check in on Yelp to get some FREE!)

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  • Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards
    • Hands down my favorite winery! I found this place from a local to Pismo Beach. I was so happy I had the opportunity to meet him and that he told me to check this place out. It’s not a far drive and it’s secluded in the hills so it’s a beautiful drive. One of the cool attractions? They have peacocks! They wander all around and are so beautiful. The vineyard is family owned and one of the family members designs all of their artwork. The theme they use are mermaids and I’m amazed every time I go in and look at all their wine labels and paintings. Their wine is extremely good and my favorite one is their Golden Delicious Chardonnay. It’s their house chardonnay infused with apples. Another cool thing about it? The apples used are from the apple orchard next door to them! Seriously, I don’t know if this place can get any cooler. Make sure to check in on Yelp again here so you can get a free tasting!

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More recommendations to come when I visit again! If you’re in the area and try these places out let me know what you think!

4 Reasons Why I Get Eyelash Extensions

The first time I heard about eyelash extensions I was in my junior year of high school and we had a foreign exchange student from Norway in my class. Another girl had told her that her lashes were so long and that’s when she told us that she had eyelash extensions. Now, keep in my mind, I lived in a very small town in Minnesota. The way of life out there is extremely different. I had no idea that eyelash extensions were even a thing and I thought that it was a crazy thing to do! Fast forward to April 2018 when I decided to finally give them a try and fell in love! In this post I’ll explain why I decided to try them and why I continue to pay for them.

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Let’s start with a quick background about my eyelashes. I was blessed with very long eyelashes. What I wasn’t blessed with? Curl. They are stick straight and a mile long. When I first started wearing makeup at 13 years old, I had just the basics. After wearing mascara for awhile, I was still frustrated that my eyelashes weren’t curling. I brought it up to my mom and she let me know that we could get an eyelash curler for me. Let me tell you I tried every trick in the book for the eyelash curler. Curling my lashes first, putting mascara on and then curling, repeating that same process twice, heating the curler before curling…..I googled until there was nothing left. Eventually I just accepted that my lashes were doomed and stubborn.

-> 2017. My first experience with false eyelashes was when I did a photo shoot. A friend of mine did my makeup for the shoot and I decided to buy some(yolo right?). She put them on me and I felt like one bad-ass woman. I was unstoppable! Fierce! Needless to say, I got hooked and bought myself more lashes.

-> April 2018. I was talking to one of my friends about eyelash extensions. We both were saying that it seemed really cool but we were too scared to try it. We made a pact that I would try them first and if they looked good then she would get extensions too.

The first appointment was amazing. It was so relaxing and the results after were so worth it! I decided to go with a medium length natural style. They looked so beautiful and I felt much more confident! For once in my life it actually looked like I had eyelashes! Since then I haven’t had them taken off. I go every 3 weeks to get them filled and love them every time.

But what about the pricing!? Here’s what I think is super funny about people’s responses when I tell them how much my lashes are: they literally pay the same amount to have their nails or hair done. Quality acrylic nails can be anywhere from $40-$80 depending on where you go and your design – and those get filled every 2 weeks! Women’s hair stylists have always been expensive. My last stylist increased her price to $90 for a haircut. When you first get the extensions it will be in the $110+ range. Fills vary on the style you’re wanting. Note: Pricing also varies on where you go. These prices are for my lashes. I pay anywhere between $60-$80 for my lash fills depending on which style I go with. Generally I stick with the Volume style which is $70. Why do I pay this much every 3 weeks?

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  1. It looks BOMB. I don’t think I need to elaborate.
  2. It’s convenient. Waking up every day and not having to worry about makeup is amazing. It saves me so much time getting ready in the morning(or if I’m running late!)
  3. It saves me money. Yes, you read that correctly! Since getting lash extensions, I have greatly decreased my trips to makeup stores. I feel confident leaving my house with zero makeup on so I’m not wearing makeup every day. This also means I’m not having to spend money on makeup remover wipes either!
  4. “Treat yo self!” I don’t spend a lot of money on myself, especially since I’ve become a minimalist. My haircut is around $45 and I go whenever I feel like I need a touch up. I don’t get my nails done anymore because of how damaged they were from gel and acrylics. I very rarely buy any new clothes anymore. The only reason I’ve bought clothes recently is because I lost some weight. Having my lashes done brings me so much joy and confidence! 

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I’ve been really happy in my decision to continue getting eyelash extensions. It’s an expense I don’t mind and budget for every month. I love the convenience of them so much! If you’re interested in getting them, make sure to do your research! You’re dealing with your eyes and want to make sure you’re staying safe and healthy. Word of mouth and Yelp are really great options in deciding where to go.

HELPFUL TIP: When you go for your first set, start with the natural since it’s the cheapest option. When you go for fills you can choose other styles and pay the fill price instead of a new set! 😉

Using the KonMari Method

Now that I’ve officially gone through all of my things and kept the ones that spark joy, I’ve been focusing on tidying and organizing. I started minimalism before learning about the KonMari Method so I didn’t sort through my items in that way but I am using her folding and organization techniques! But today I’m going to introduce you to my friend Amanda. Amanda is a lifestyle Youtuber and vlogger that had questions for me about minimalism and sorting through her clothes. I nearly fell over in excitement! This post will show you how we started the KonMari Method with sorting through and folding clothes.

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The great thing about the KonMari Method is that you are organizing and decluttering by category, not space. I went over the basics with Amanda and then asked that we gather all her clothes and put them in a pile on her bed. As you can see in the pictures here, she had quite a large pile!

 

After we gathered all her clothes, I told her to go through each item and ask herself if it sparked joy. One of Amanda’s concerns was that she was wanting to lose weight so there were a few clothing items that no longer fit her and some she wanted to keep. Another friend of mine, also looking into the “sparking joy” concept, had mentioned the same thing about wanting to lose weight for their clothes. I told Amanda the same thing I told my friend – if the item still sparks joy for you then keep it! The other thing to think about with these items is if you’re keeping it because you like it or if you’re using it as motivation to lose weight. Things we generally save to motivate us to do something don’t actually motivate us. We use it as an excuse to keep it or feel validated in the decision to keep it. For example, last fall I lost about ten pounds. I’ve already purchased new pants and got rid of ones that were now too big. However, I can’t let go of my shorts just yet. I wasn’t planning on losing weight and I’ve been doing what I can to gain some back. All my shorts bring me joy but not all of them fit me. So, my plan is to keep them until spring/summer arrive and if they are still too big then they’ll be donated! You can always find similar clothing items at any time and you’ll probably find an item that looks and fits better on you too! It’s a win all the way around.

In the end, here was everything Amanda found that did not spark joy for herself. This included all different kinds of clothing, shoes, accessories, and purses. We separated what was in the bags by what she wanted to sell, donate, and throw away.

 

After we sorted through all of her clothing and accessories, it was time to fold and organize! We kept her jackets, sweaters, and nicer shirts hung up in her closet. The rest of her shirts, pants, and shorts were folded and put in the dressers. When we started putting away all her clothes, Amanda was in awe with how much her room had changed! In the pictures below, you can see how much nicer her clothing looks and how much easier it will be to find items. I realized after this whole process that I forgot to take a before picture of her closet! To paint a picture for you, it was squished from end to end with clothes, making it impossible to find items easily. There were also so many clothes hanging that the wooden pole started to bend!

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Talking with Amanda afterwards, we both could sense a completely different energy in her room. It was less cluttered and everything was perfectly in the right place! She is now reading a copy of Marie’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing to continue her KonMari Method journey!

You can check out Amanda’s Youtube here!

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