Back in August my housemates and I trekked to Pasadena’s hidden gem, Coffee + Plants L.A.
As their name suggests the cafe has plenty of beautiful plants that you can admire or take home. There is a beautiful pastel themed garland that lets you know you’ve arrived. Have I written about how much I love plants? The name was a big draw for me to come and visit this spot. My boyfriend sweetly picked out a cactus for me when we left. I named the plant François and he is still happy and thriving.
But back to the cafe, it is a beautifully decorated space that feels like a garden thanks to the outdoor seating patio. They have seasonal flavors like cherry mocha, blue lavender latte, a salted caramel latte, and plenty of dairy-free milk options.
This was perhaps one of the most special yet rejuvenating trips I have had in quite a long time. Travel can sometimes be stressful even if the goal is to vacation. You either bring too much or not enough, you feel rushed or feel like you should be doing more. Thankfully this was not the cause on our adventure. Our drive was windy but to eat diner food and share warm cocoa leaving us with fully bellies was a comfort in itself. Elevated by the actual autumnal weather as we hit the short drive to the cabin only to warm by the fire and listen to the thunder and watch the sparks of lightning.
This was a truly enchanting trip. We got a cabin from Air Bnb for a really good deal (if you want 40$ off your first trip use my code through this link!) I loved the fireplace and being so close to the trees and making tons of tea in the morning. Having never been to Big Bear, experiencing it in the autumn was a real joy. Driving at night felt as if I were driving through a Christmas town within a snow globe. At daytime we embarked out to explore the city, witnessing the trees hitting their peak of autumnal color – ranging from orange, ochre, and intense reds.
I am someone thats constantly on the go, in fact I usually exhaust myself, and thats when the nap/sleep comes in. It’s all in my nature, to be in constant thought and creation. However balance in necessary to recharge and replenish yourself. Be it through detaching/unplugging to take some time out of the day to read a book, journal, or any activity that helps you to unwind. Personally I like accompanying my downtime with something to imbibe, preferably handmade.
The solution? Scooping some adaptogens in my mug. Moon Deli Meditation Tonic has been a newfound go-to when I want to step into a calmer atmosphere.