Weekend Hiking

We hiked Castaways Park in Newport Beach this Saturday, which has stunning views of Newport Back Bay and Harbor. The hike is moderate and short. But we enjoyed the great ocean views and beautiful homes along the trail.

Breath-taking Ocean View
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Saturday Hiking

Today’s weather was almost 100 degree again. So we decided to hike along the coastal line again.

We had so much fun to hike along back bay trail to Upper Newport Bay Natural Preserve, where salt water and fresh water meet to create a very dynamic Eco-system.

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Weekend Hiking

It has been another intense week. I just realize how important to disengage a little bit and have a little refreshing time over the weekend. So I can prepare myself well for a new week. This weekend we decided to hike Zuma Canyon Trail, Malibu. The trail is rated difficult but we took a rather easy approach this time. So we can spent more time to enjoy the views and interesting things along the hike.

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Friday Vibes

We probably all have certain stay-at-home fatigue. But life is about celebrating every moment. Just In case you kind of need some fresh ideas to get motivated to plan your weekend, read on to see what inspires us.

Country Life

Having a chicken coup may help us slow down life a little bit and forget what’s going on outside of the crazy world.

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Our Backyard Cocktail Party

Our color of July is color of bright red. If you haven’t read about it, you can click here to learn more. Color of bright red is classical in fashion, passionate, romantic, trigger a dose of positive cheerful energy. That is why I am dressed in red today to just feel good! I like to layer reds in different patterns and forms.

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Great Outdoor Living II—-Lu Lu Powers’ Charming Outdoor Kitchen

Two years ago, Quintessence visited Lulu Power’s home in Los Angeles. The house is full of color, pattern, books, greenery and fresh flowers. And we totally fell in love with her outdoor bar—small, neat, layered with full of charm. If you haven’t heard about Lulu Power, here is a little info about her on her instagram: The Entertainologist. Cooker,Creator,Cocktail maker. Food Editor for House Beautiful. She is a well-known entertainer and we were very lucky to go to many events entertained by her before COVID-19. With approaching of 4th of July, we probably will have to stay at home again and spend quite some in our backyard for celebration. So we all need some inspiration to make sure we will have some fun time. We kicked off our great out series last Friday. If you haven’t read it, you can click here to learn more. Today is our series 2. And yes we will talk about Lulu’s outdoor bar by sharing Quintessence’s youtube video below. Before we share the video, here are several things we think that really make her outdoor bar so cool:

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Greater Outdoor Living I–Friday Vibes

Think about your 4th July celebration? We know that we will continue to stay at home and enjoy our backyard life besides earlier morning hiking. Just in case you have a similar plan, we will kick off our 4th July outdoor series from today. Why not? It’s summer time. New design styles and ideas for outdoor living is blooming like no time particularly under the current pandemic crisis. Read on for our thoughts on sprucing up your outdoor living game.

  1. Chicken coops are a thing now.
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Friday Vibes–Rose Garden in Sunset

Hope you had another successful week.  At this pandemic crisis time, our wellness is far more important than anything else. One of the ways to take good care of ourselves is to be close to nature—fresh air, sunshine, blooms, greenery and birds…etc.  Every Friday, we will spend quite some time in our rose garden for a meditation.

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Our Memorial Day Backyard Cocktail Party

 

 

We are hosting another BBQ & Cocktail party in our backyard for Memorial Day celebration. From my home to yours, wish you a happy Memorial Day.

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5 Simple Ways to Spice Up Your Outdoor Living Space

With summer is approaching, you may plan to spend more time in your porch, balcony or backyard although you have probably already spent  quite a lot of time outdoor for this strange quarantine time if you are from California like us. If your are a little bit tired of your outdoor living space and would like to give it a quick makeover, we have a good news for you–there are 5 simple ways that you can do to spice up your outdoor living space right now.

  1. Get some fresh pillows in blue-white, striped pattern, hot pink or elegant neutral. You can simply throw these pillows on your IKEA outdoor chairs or your grandma’s rusted iron Victoria bench, those adorable pillows will bring in a whole new level of energy and cheers to your outdoor space.

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