Hello from the West Coast!

I wasn’t able to get my draft that I had planned to publish today ready in time, unfortunately. But! Staying on schedule is a really important goal for me right now so I wanted you all to know I’m having a lovely, if exhausting, time!

I am on my way home today so you’ll hear from me soon!


What I Packed: Vegas/LA 2016

Unlike last year’s trip, I had less-strict guidelines for packing for this trip. In some ways, this made packing a little bit tricky because there was just more room for error, so many possibilities! Of course, with another trip to a Disney park, I was going to do more Disneybounding. Let’s just jump straight to it, shall we?

I took some photos of the packing process but am not happy with them. Would you all mind if I reshot and posted those photos after I come back? Just looked over these photos upon getting to our AirBnB in LA and am not satisfied with them at all.

(Warning: This post is much more in-depth than it needed to most, mostly because it served as my packing guide.)
(This is a long post; I warned you!)

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Off to Spring Break 2016!

This time last year, I was able to see my friends Megan and Don get engaged and the whole time that was happening, Ben and I were both thinking, “How did the two of us bums get invited to this special moment in their lives? They literally found me/Starr at a festival and just welcomed me/her into their lives!” Their terrible lapse of judgment aside, I am really thrilled to be able to attend their wedding in Los Angeles in just a few short days!

Photo by James Jollay Photography

This wedding trip is going to mark a lot of firsts for me:

  • First visit to LA ever
  • First visit to California since YouTube was invented (haha ohmygod)
  • First visit to Vegas without my parents (aka my second visit to Vegas ever)
  • First visit to Disneyland and California Adventure (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • First time using AirBnB (I am a latecomer to all sharing economy businesses because I am a stubborn granny, okay?)
  • First time meeting some really awesome people
  • First time seeing some friends in years and years

There will obviously be plenty of other firsts, but those are kind of the big, broad ones! Not only will we be in LA for a few days, we’ll be doing bachelor/bachelorette party merriment in Vegas before the wedding and a magical day at Disney after! It is really difficult to articulate how excited I am to experience all of these firsts AND to see these great friends get married solely because of the sheer power of their friendliness when I was working at a festival.

I am trying to make sure we do all the must-see/must-eat things on our trip without overwhelming myself with a checklist that I feel obligated to have complete before I head home. After all, I want to feel rested after a vacation. Or at the very least, not more stressed than when I left!

Do you have any recommendations for Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or Disney?
Conversely, what are some over-hyped attractions/restaurants that I definitely don’t need to spend time on?

I Saw the Light (2016) // [review + Q&A]

There was a screening of the new Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, a few days ago, but I wasn’t too keen on going, as I wasn’t much of a country fan at all, much less know anything about Hank Williams. The extent of what I knew about the movie was that Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen were in it. (And people thought they were dating as a result.)

Then I saw that the screening included a special Q&A with filmmakers. That is a little more interesting, but again, I didn’t really have a keen interest in the film at the time.

And then, I saw that a friend of mine had gone to a New York screening and I realized something then.

Tom Hiddleston was doing the Q&A after the screening.

Sorry the photos are so blurry!
Tom Hiddleston and Marc Abraham

That’s right, the star of the film, fan-favorite Tom Hiddleston, and the director, Marc Abraham, were touring with their new film.

Sorry for the grainy video but Tom Hiddleston really wanted to sing “I Saw the Light” with us. #isawthelight

A video posted by Starr (@sipofstarrshine) on Mar 29, 2016 at 7:43pm PDT

(Having trouble with the embedding here, so let me know if this video shows up!)

They were in New York and the day before they arrived in DC, Tom made a Colbert appearance. I’ll share some of the insights that Tom and Marc provided throughout my review so here we go!

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