Winter Exploring

Saturday, December 26, 2015

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After a super long fall semester filled with an intense class schedule, I'm officially on winter break and with that, making up for my many late nights studying by traveling and exploring.

To kick off my winter break, my hubby and I took a roadtrip to Vegas before we traveled locally to spend time with my family for Christmas Eve and his family on Christmas Day. 

For our alone time, we started with LACMA to see the new Frank Gehry exhibit and to try out my new wide-angle lens....

and this is just the start.

We plan on taking a few weekend getaways, local day trips, explore our local mountains, hike, and of course, catch-up on all the art exhibits we've put on our must-see list before I kick-off film school this spring.

While I'm excited about all my winter exploration plans, with all this moving around and lugging my new camera and video equipment, it makes sense to carry everything in a bag that is not only comfortable, but also keeps my equipment safe.

This is where my SWISSGEAR backpack comes in.

My SWISSGEAR backpack is not only stylish, but also functional. It not only fits my Nikon DSLR camera body, but a couple of lenses, my flash, laptop, accessories, personal stuff, and even a tripod on the side!

I tend to carry my backpack over one shoulder or completely over my back when I'm shooting...and when I need to move around in tight spaces, my hubby takes turns carrying it....and doesn't mind one bit!

Weighing in at just under three pounds, My SWISSGEAR backpack is flexible enough to expand as I add equipment, while at the same time, the side strap streamlines the bag when I carry less.

I also love how the floating TabletSafe™ pocket protection keeps my tablet safe, and the unobstructed, ScanSmart lay-flat design will help me speed through airport security by allowing laptop-in-case scanning through the TSA X-ray machines.

With those features alone my travels this winter will be easier because of my SWISSGEAR backpack!!

Do you also have winter exploration plans you’re looking forward to? Join in the fun by sharing your Instagram pics using #SWISSGEAR to join in the conversation with other wanderlusts!


Ana Lydia

Special thanks to my hubby for playing photographer for this post :)

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Holidays are a beautiful time of year and also the season when we all show our love towards one another with thoughtful tokens of our love.

Those tokens sometimes appear as gifts under a tree.

But many times in the frazzled moment of last minute shopping, leaves many men the only option of gifting a clumsily wrapped box that includes something of little significance for the most important woman in their life.

To avoid this situation, here's a few gift ideas for the women on your Christmas shopping list that are like me and appreciate the small things and thoughtful details:

Something for HER home 
Coffee table books are a girls best friend. We leaf through them between sipping tea and looking out the window during the dark and windy nights. During the day we enjoy their beauty atop our favorite table. But sometimes coffee table books inspire us to be. That's exactly what Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour does.

It's not only a gorgeous book, it also includes beauty tips, stunning photography and inspirational tips from everyone's favorite pinup gal.

Something to warm HER heart
Sometimes a gift doesn't have to be just about the receiver. If you're head over heals for your gal, gift her a special bottle of Champagne, pair the Taittenger Brut with a stainless steel champagne bucket and a pair of flutes to create not just a gift, but a special moment that will make her heart skip a beat.

To make the gift even more special, plan an evening around that gift, and PRESTO - you have given your special someone a stunning gift that is not only thoughtful, but something that you can also enjoy with her to extend the feeling of the holidays.

Something to keep HER warm

I'm a huge fan of soft scarves with beautiful textures and light colors because they tend to be worn more with anything I have in my closet. But not only that, they add warmth and color to any outfit, while keeping the gift giver close to my heart.

One of my favorite scarves that I have found this season is this tan houndstooth scarf with fringe, which is also available in a cashmere look here.

Gift your special someone a beautiful scarf and I promise she will be kept warm this winter season.

Whatever you choose to buy your special someone, don't forget to buy it with love and give it with warmth in your heart to keep the spirit of the holidays between you.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas,

Ana Lydia

Holiday Getaway

Saturday, December 19, 2015

My finals and fall semester are over, giving me a bit of time to breath and enjoy this beautiful scenery on our way to Las Vegas for a Holiday getaway.

Hope your Christmas week is just as enjoyable!


Ana Lydia

Holiday Dining at City Tavern

Friday, December 4, 2015

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There's something about the Holiday's that makes all of us long to break bread with those we love while eating quintessential comfort food and sipping on festive drinks - more so - than any other time of year.  

But with everyone's busy schedule and long commutes, it sometimes makes better sense to meet somewhere special instead of cooking at home. That's why City Tavern, which is conveniently located at FIGat7th in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, is the perfect place to celebrate the Holiday's in Los Angeles.

Located in one of my favorite places in LA because of its convenient location and idyllic urban setting, City Tavern offers something for everyone to either enjoy a casual dinner after a show, or grab happy happy hour with your colleagues, or even a reason to stop by on a weekend to enjoy a leisurely meal after Holiday shopping.

With friendly service and a varied menu that now includes holiday classics, such as the seasonal ham-steak dinner we all crave and love; traditional tavern fare, like burgers and fries, are presented with a twist and elevated with a more upscale flavor profiles not usually found in casual settings.

Even the appetizers, including the deviled eggs, which are a locals favorite, the honey-glazed brussel sprouts and the truffle fries are reason enough to stop by for a quick bite.

The full bar at City Tavern offers a varied list of beers on tap, and many of the California wines we have come to expect in Los Angeles, but it's the inventive mixed drinks that make City Tavern a must go-to location for anyone looking for Holiday-inspired drinks that go beyond eggnog.

Make sure to stop by City Tavern after enjoying a day of shopping the FIGat7th Holiday Odd Market, scheduled for On December 11 and 12.


Ana Lydia

Ana Gutierrez Wearable Art

Sunday, November 29, 2015

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The summer has finally left Los Angeles to welcome my favorite season, Fall. With that, my breezy maxi dresses and swingy tops have lovingly been stored to make room for the many layers I will be wearing to avoid being blown-away by the Santa Ana winds. 

But regardless of what season it is, my personal style, weather spring, winter, fall or summer, is based on Euro-inspired classic pieces that can be easily mixed and matched, and complimented with my colorful scarves and jewelry.

I have found out that jewelry is the most classic way to update my style; and one piece of jewelry that I have been gravitating towards are long-strand statement necklaces, like my Ana Gutierrez Unique Scarf Necklace.

My Ana Gutierrez Unique Scarf Necklace in amazonite has been an easy piece to transition from Spring, to Summer to now Fall and Winter.

The light weight and organic texture of this piece makes it quite wearable, while the unique Oceanic style that's inspired in the coral reefs of Coco´s Island National Park, makes it a subtle statement piece.

I feel great wearing my Ana Gutierrez jewelry knowing that I'm wearing a piece designed by a Costa Rican designer, who is recognized for celebrating her country’s commitment to environmental preservation and fairness.

As a socially responsible designer, her provocative boho chic style is both unique and contrasts high polish materials with others in their natural rough state. The organic shapes of her jewelry reflect nature with a contemporary twist.

With the holiday season fastly approaching, Ana Gutierrez Wearable Art jewelry pieces also makes a unique gift alternative for the fashionistas on your shopping list.

My readers can view the complete Ana Gutierrez Wearable Art collection here, and enter “discover”  at check-out to receive free shipping.

You can also feel good shopping for Ana Gutierrez Wearable Art piece purchased knowing that 9% of the purchase price is donated to non-profits that protect National Parks and combat illegal fishing.


Ana Lydia
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