Things To Do In Malibu On A Budget

Have you ever wanted to live like the rich and famous for a weekend but just don’t have the budget for a lavish lifestyle? It is definitely possible to experience Malibu on a budget and take a peek into the lives of celebrities.

couple walking on the beach at el matador beach

Accommodation

Airbnb – $190/night split between 2 people for 2 nights

We chose to stay at an Airbnb since the hotels in Malibu are all pretty expensive and we wanted a more unique experience. The place we chose was a pool house of a really fancy house that had a pool, hot tub, and even a tennis court and was in a great location very close to the beach. I felt like Ryan Atwood when he first arrives at the Cohen’s house. Truly a dream come true for me. It wasn’t exactly dirt cheap, but it was a great price for the luxury experience we were looking for.  

Malibu Beaches

El Matador Beach – $3 for 1 hour of parking

mexican blanket on the beach
el matador beach malibu

The first beach we checked out was El Matador Beach. It has tons of cool rock formations and is the perfect place for a photoshoot! We even saw a music video being filmed when we were there. We kind of got bullied out of a popular photo spot by a photographer, so that was annoying, but I ended up getting better pictures in other locations, so she can go kick rocks (literally)! This beach is very windy and not really ideal for laying out and enjoying the ocean, so we moved on to the next spot.

couple walking on the beach in california
malibu beach

Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach – $10 for all day parking

Visiting the Pier and Surfrider Beach is a must when you’re in Malibu, so this was next on our list. There’s always people out surfing and it’s fun to watch them since I know it’s something I’m not capable of doing. You can easily spend most of the day here just walking around and chilling on the beach.

Scope Out Celebs at Nobu – Free

Nobu, a celebrity hotspot, is right next to the Pier, so you might as well walk over and see if you can spot anyone famous. If you’re a cheapskate like us, go to McDonald’s for lunch (which is conveniently across the street from Nobu), and walk alongside the parking lot. You can even see the back of the restaurant from the beach, so either method works. Unfortunately, we didn’t see anyone when we were there but maybe you’ll have better luck.

Hidden Gems

Point Dume – Free

sunset at point dume
view from point dume at sunset

Parking is sparse at the base of Point Dume, but you can park on the side of Grasswood Ave for free. Just make sure your car is completely within the white line because I’ve read they’re sticklers around there and will ticket you. Walk past the fancy houses and imagine what it’s like living there as you make your way to Point Dume. We went just before sunset, which is the perfect time for a beautiful view. We went a little late though and were unable to get to the top before the sun set, but we will had a great time there. I was wearing flip flops and there were some parts where I wished I had been wearing actual shoes, so keep that in mind.

Malibu Hindu Temple – Free

malibu hindu temple

On our way home, we stopped at the Malibu Hindu Temple, which is about 15 minutes north of the beach. This is an actual temple, so be mindful of that and respectful of other visitors. You will have to remove your shoes to go in, so keep that in mind too. It’s a very beautiful place and something that you wouldn’t expect to see in Malibu, so it’s a cool place to stop if you’re driving that way.

Have you been to Malibu? Let me know your favorite things to do in Malibu in the comments!

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Thyme Honey & Dijon Glazed Chicken with Ancient Foods Gourmet Ingredients

I’m no chef, but I do love to cook. I’m always looking for new recipes to try out (usually on Pinterest) that are quick and simple to make because I’m always in a rush. I figure if I combine a few good quality ingredients, I can whip up something that’s going to taste really good without having to do a ton of prep work.

I was really excited to work with Ancient Foods because I love mediterranean food, and put olive oil on pretty much everything. I also really like that they source their products directly from farmers in tiny Greek mountain villages. I have been to Greece and let me tell you the food is amazing! They sent me their Wild Forest and Thyme Honey and their Keros Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil to try. I immediately started searching for the perfect recipe to match these ingredients and found this thyme honey and dijon glazed chicken drumsticks recipe. The recipe is paleo if you’re into that sort of thing.

Honey dripping from spoon
Ancient Foods honey and olive oil
olive oil honey and garlic mixture

I tasted the honey on its own and it has a distinctive thyme flavor without being overpowering. The thyme flavor comes from the bees foraging the wild thyme that covers the mountainside where the honey is sourced. Isn’t that crazy??  I knew this honey would be perfect for a savory but sweet dish. The recipe calls for dried thyme, but I decided to leave it out and let the honey bring all the flavor. It took me less than 10 minutes to prep the chicken and then 45 to cook. Not bad at all!

Honey and thyme chicken drumsticks
Chicken drumsticks and green beans

While the chicken was in the oven, I made some green beans and tossed them in a bit of the olive oil. The food was absolutely delicious! Just as I suspected, the honey was a great match with the chicken. The olive oil was also amazing, both as part of the recipe and drizzled over the green beans. It is described as having hints of fresh herbs and a round, buttery, peppery finish. I’m by no means an expert on gourmet olive oils, but I can certainly taste the difference between these products and your standard grocery store fare.

Ancient Foods has supplied me with an exclusive discount code for my readers. Use code THEKELLYROBERTS40 for 40% off – valid for one week only (expires February 19th)!

Have your tried any new recipes lately? Let me know in the comments below!

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Classically Glam Valentine’s Day Lingerie

You probably have some ideas in mind when you think of lingerie for Valentine’s Day – red, pink, satin, lace – but everyone has their own style. Yandy came up with 4 “V-Day Vixens” to help you find the best lingerie for your personal style. I chose the Classic Glam look because I tend to choose more classic silhouettes that I feel are more flattering for my curves. I also prefer lingerie that has a luxurious feel and rich colors. Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, but also indulging a little and making the day special for the both of you.

For the Classic Glam style, of course I had to choose some classic staples for the holiday. Here are my top Valentine’s Day lingerie essentials:

Lace Robe

Yandy Pink Sheer Lace Robe

The Yandy Eyelash Lace Robe Set is a sheer mesh with lace trim and satin belt. The Amaranth color is very rich and the lace makes it look a lot more expensive than it is (only $24.95!). A nice robe always makes me feel super fancy and this color is great for Valentine’s Day. You can wear it when you’re getting ready and doing your makeup, and as a coverup over your lingerie.

Satin Romper

Yandy Green Satin and Lace Romper

I am loving jewel tones right now, and this Green Eyelash Lace and Satin Romper is the perfect shade of green. The satin buttons and lace details give it an elegant touch and the criss cross straps on the back make it really easy to adjust. As you can probably tell from my faux fur blanket, I am all about soft, luxurious items. I can’t resist anything that makes me feel like a princess! There’s something about the overall look of this romper that makes me feel like royalty in some fantasy world.

Satin Chemise

Yandy Red Satin Chemise

A Red Satin Chemise is a classic choice for Valentine’s Day. The strappy back on this one gives it an updated, modern look. You can’t go wrong with red on Valentine’s Day and this chemise is the perfect shade of red for the holiday. Lead the way with some rose petals on the floor for a quintessential February 14th.

Here are some of my other lingerie pieces from Yandy: Viviane Plunging Mesh and Lace Chemise Set, Enchanting Garnet Chemise Set, Long Satin and Chiffon Robe.   

Don’t forget to use my code ‘thekellyroberts20’ for 20% off everything from Yandy!

Have you picked out your lingerie for V-Day yet? What are you planning on wearing?

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How to Choose a New Year’s Dress Based on Your Style

Everyone has their own idea of what a New Year’s outfit should look like, but one thing is for certain – this is the time to wear something decadent that you wouldn’t wear on any old night out. You can dress as extravagantly as you please because everyone will be dressed to the nines. Of course, you don’t want to wear something you’re not comfortable in, because the whole point of the night is to have fun. Whatever you choose to wear should reflect your personal style, but also dare to push the boundaries and take it to the next level.

Star of the Show

Gold Metallic Dress with Thigh High Slit
Yandy Divine Metallic Dress

New Year’s parties are the one time you can really go all out and not stick out like a sore thumb, so why not go for it? Floor length is definitely the way to go if you are dressing to impress. You will turn heads in this dress with the thigh high slit and gorgeous gold, slinky fabric. The cut of the dress hugs your curves in all the right places.

FYI, this is the dress I will actually be wearing on New Year’s Eve because I am just that extra. I usually wear something with sequins, but I’m ready to change it up this year. Metallic has the same ‘wow’ factor without sharp plastic scratching up my arms.

Classic with a Twist

Black Gown with Zipper Front
Divine Vixen Dress

Black is always a great choice for formal events, and not everyone loves sparkle. You can jazz up the classic black gown with an edgy touch, like a zipper running down the front. Just because it is a plain black dress doesn’t mean it has to be boring. The material for this dress is super stretchy and is very figure flattering. You can even take the outfit up a notch with eye-catching shoes or accessories. This dress is also great for a more formal New Year’s Eve party.

Club-Going Cutie

Red Long Sleeve Dress with Cutout Neckline
Call Me Baby Red Dress

If you don’t feel like wearing a floor length dress, a cocktail dress is also a great choice. Red will definitely stand out from the crowd, and the cut out gives it a flirty touch without being too revealing. This dress is also made from a very stretchy and figure-hugging material, which is perfect for showing off your curves. Wearing a short dress also makes it a lot easier to dance, which I’m sure everyone will be doing a lot of on New Year’s Eve!

Have you found your perfect New Year’s Eve outfit yet? If not, head over to Yandy and check out their dresses. You can use my exclusive discount code ‘thekellyroberts20’ for 20% off everything!

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