I’m really excited about the September edition of 30 Days of Lists starting in a few days, so I want to invite you to join Amy, the registered Listers, and me in a “warm up” list on Instagram today!

This has been a mini-tradition for the past few years, and we really enjoy getting one list out of the way before jumping in head first with the next challenge.

Personally, I think it helps give new Listers an idea of what to expect for the upcoming challenge. They get to see how there really is no wrong way to make a list and that we celebrate the different ways people make their lists…some go digital, some keep things simple, and others go all out and create list books each time around.

We’re all about having fun and tell your ‘right now’ story, so if you think this sounds like something you would like to do, find out more about the September edition of 30 Days of Lists on our website.

My List:

S16 30 Days of Lists Instagram Hop

I decided to use one of the printables we sent out to our newsletter as for my list for today’s Instagram hop so I could include it in my Project Life layout for the month. It’s a simple 3×4 card that I stamped with LIST: and bullet points (using the classic #30Lists stamp set from rukristin) and hand writing the list prompt and my list with a pen.

In case you cannot read my handwriting, I selected…

Books to Read This Year*:

I have a bad habit of buying books faster than I can read them.

How to join the Instagram Hop:

  • Select a list prompt from the list posted on the @30daysoflists Instagram account
  • Write out your list!
  • Snap a pic of your list and share it on Instagram
  • Be sure to use #30Lists in the caption and feel free to tag @30daysoflists in the photo


These list prompts are from our first 30 Days of Lists back in March 2011. Can you believe we’ve been listing for all these years?! We can’t!

Many of our Ambassadors and Sponsors are joining us today by selecting one of the list prompts below and showing off their list on Instagram. We’ll be tagging them in our photo for the day (visit our profile to see it!) and re-gramming their lists throughout the day to show off their awesome lists.

We hope you take a few minutes to visit their accounts to see what other great projects they are sharing. It’s nice to find new inspiration, right?

We cannot wait to see how you’re listing today 

*These links are Amazon Affiliate links. Purchases made through these links may result in a commission for me. I use the money from affiliate links to buy gear, more books, and to donate to local organizations. If you do not wish to shop through affiliate links, simply copy the book title and author and paste the information into your favorite search engine.


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The Patagonia Sale is going on right now and since today is payday, I’ll probably spend all my money stocking up on a few favorites. To be honest, I don’t normally buy Patagonia unless it’s sale time…and when the sale comes around, I know exactly what I’m searching for right away:

  • Patagonia’s barely bikini underwear is my go-to adventure undies. They’re fantastic but I prefer to pay a discounted price. They aren’t on sale this time around, but the barely thong is and I’m considering trying them out
  • I own two pairs of these board shorts and I’m certainly eyeballing a third pair since they’re so comfy
  • I’m really drawn to this down vest (in oxblood) as an extra layer to have while adventuring this fall and winter. I overheat really easily so I like the idea of a vest to keep my core warm without me feeling like I’m baking inside a jacket
  • The best deal? Personally, I think the Merino Thermal Weight Crew baselayer is the best deal for $64. Patagonia uses a Merino wool blend, which means you get faster drying times and great durability

A quick note: I am a Patagonia affiliate, so purchases made through the links above will result in a small commission for me. I use Patagonia products and am sharing pieces I know Campfire Chic readers will enjoy. If you do not wish to shop through affiliate links, simply head over to the main Patagonia website and click “sale” to find some great deals.

This week’s Essential Reading:

  • Ali Edwards is announcing the creative guest designers for 2016 December Daily this week, and I am having a good time following along each morning as the guests are revealed and peeks at their collections are shared on Ali’s website. I’m making notes as to which kits I want to buy so I can save up for the pre-sale
  • Speaking of December paper projects, Crate Paper shared a sneak of their Snow & Cocoa line and it’s pretty adorable. The colors and patterns are something I can see myself reaching for throughout the winter, not just in December. I’m adding it to my shopping list
  • Now’s the time to jump into Megan’s Pocket Your Year scrapbooking workshop. There are daily (yes, DAILY) challenges going up on the challenge site to help scrappers like you and me get more of our stories in our albums. Pocket scrapbooking is a great way to tell stories in creative ways that also doesn’t have to be overwhelming, which is exactly what I need right before heading into the holiday season
  • Registration for 30 Days of Lists is still going strong! If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t hesitate! Register here


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I love a good challenge and 30 Days of Lists is one challenge I know I’ll tackle three times a year.

Earlier this week, I shared how I’ll be participating in 30 Days of Lists this September and I’m glad I get to share it with you.

My 30 Days of Lists Album for September 2016

How does 30 Days of Lists work? During September, Amy and I will be posting a list prompt each day for 30 days. Listers get the list prompt in the morning (Pacific time, at least), see examples of how we interpreted the prompt, and then go off and make their own! Some Listers share their finished lists on Instagram, some use the prompts to practice blogging daily, and others share their lists only in our private Facebook group.

30 Days of Lists Album for September 2016 - Campfire Chic

I loved using a Midori Traveler’s Notebook for one of my list books (yes, i totally made TWO list books) last September that I jumped at the opportunity to use one of (#30Lists Ambassador) Monika of I Love It All’s handmade Midori-style notebooks for this challenge.

30 Days of Lists Album and Supplies for September 2016 - Campfire Chic

The main supplies I plan on having handy throughout the month include the stamp sets featured above (all stamps except the set with circles – by Ali Edwards – are from rukristin’s shop), dry ink for my stamps, thin embellishments (shown here are from Ali Edwards’ Day in the Life kit), dry adhesive, and simple black pens.

I made a title page (below) using stamps from rukristin’s Awesome Ladies Scrapbook set and alpha stamps from Kelly Purkey. The inks are also from Kelly Purkey.

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30 Days of Lists Album for September 2016 - Inside Pages - Campfire Chic

My lists will most likely be a single layout each day (instead of my lists spanning two pages for a double layout), and I used a ‘today’ stamp on the top of each pages. The stamp is from rukristin’s line and I love every stamp in the set!

I’m really inspired by bullet journalers and people who use a Midori-style notebooks as daily journals or to document their travels. I admire the commitment and how things seem to always fit perfectly on the page.

I pinned a few examples on Pinterest. 

I went to the Guillermo del Toro museum exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently and several of his notebooks were on display. There were tablets available to visitors to virtually flip through the pages of his amazing journals and I wish I took photos (Note: I found this pic on Instagram that somebody shared)!

Anyway, I’m hoping to practice filling my notebook with lots of lists and maybe some doodles and maybe more stamping. I guess we’ll see as we work our way through September :)

30 Days of Lists Album for the September 2016 Challenge - Campfire Chic



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One of my girlfriends got married last weekend and all she wanted for her bachelorette party was something low key and involved food. We decided a Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour would be the perfect way for the bride and bridesmaids to spend an afternoon together, and made reservations for six through Six Taste Food Tours.

Microadventure: Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour

A few of us took an art deco architecture tour of Downtown Los Angeles earlier this year with the Los Angeles Conservancy, so we were looking forward to seeing a different side of the area and stop at Pitchoun Bakery again. Yes, I am the type of person who picks up an almond croissant as a snack to have during a food tour.

Microadventure Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour - Campfire Chic

Our tour started near Pershing Square, which has ample underground paid parking. This is a good meeting location for us because we all live all over the Southland, and having public transportation stops near a parking structure is helpful.

Our tour guide let us know that we’d have plenty to eat throughout the day and assured us that there would be water along the way given it was such a hot day.

The first stop was at Soi 7.

Soi 7 is a large Thai restaurant and boba stop near Pershing Square. The restaurant is beautiful and we enjoyed the green curry fried rice and wings we were served. The restaurant has a whole wall of loose leaf teas and we were presented with the canisters to smell the interesting flavor combinations like coconut chai.

It was a short stop to our next stop: the famous Bottega Louie.

SixTaste Food Tour of Downtown Los Angeles - Campfire Chic

While we were still at Soi 7, our tour guide took our French macaron order. We had a choice of earl grey, salted caramel, and raspberry macarons, and he went over to the bakery to place our orders so they would be ready for our arrival. As soon as we walked inside, I went insane and wanted to buy and look at everything. The bakery area is next to where people are enjoying brunch, so expect to see several champagne stands as you wander around.

In addition to my salted caramel macaron, I ordered a hazelnut beignet. Some of my girlfriends got small boxes of assorted macarons to go and raspberry beignets. The interior is gorgeous and I wish it was less crowded so I could get more photos, but the beignets above and the macarons below give you an idea.

SixTaste Food Tour of Downtown LA - Campfire Chic

The tour was organized to give us a chance to not get too full between stops. One way our guide helped to keep the food theme going without us actually eating anything was showing us hidden gems along our route like a small courtyard decorated to look like a European street where the restaurants would bring out tables and chairs into the middle of the street so guests could dine outside in the nice weather.

Another stop was the newly refurbished Clifton’s Cafeteria.

This is the oldest surviving cafeteria style eatery in Los Angeles and is known as a “cabinet of curiosities” because the interior is decorated differently on each floor, from a gothic bar to exquisite European salon, to (my obvious favorite) National Park meets Natural History Museum. Clifton’s Cafeteria has a strong history, which you can read here and here.

SixTaste Food Tour of Downtown LA Cliftons Cafeteria - Campfire Chic

A good part of our tour was centered in the Spring Street Arcade.

We were surprised to find this spot, especially when one of our girlfriends works nearby and drives by this location on a daily basis!

We started our Spring Street Arcade visit at Guisados, which is a small taco chain. The bistec en salsa roja taco was fantastic and the mole poblano taco was awesome, of course. I didn’t get photos of the tacos because I ate them too quickly.

The next stop was a magical visit at Bier Beisl Imbiss.

SixTaste Food Tour of Downtown Los Angeles Spring Street Arcade - Campfire Chic

Ask somebody about fancy sausages in LA and they’ll direct you to Wurstkuche in the Arts District. Tell them to stuff it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great place to grab an artisanal brat after standing outside in the hot sun with a bunch of other sweaty people and then you have to wander around the back to try and find a place to perch. It’s like going hiking in Runyon Canyon, it’s just something you do when you’re in LA. Now, if you’re looking for something extra special and way more interesting, check out Bier Beisl Imbiss.

Chef Bernhard Mairinger spoiled us with two kinds of sausage, curry fries, beer pretzels, and poppy seed chocolate marble cake. Chef explained each thing he served to us and answered any questions we had about the food and his restaurant. A few of us needed something more than water at this stop, and the restaurant was really accommodating about splitting the drink checks for us.

I can see this being a spot we visit in the future for group lunches and happy hours.

Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour - Campfire Chic

And because we’re adults, we stopped for dessert before our final food stop of the day.

We got a short tour of Gelateria Uli, also located in the Spring Street Arcade before sampling their delicious gelato and getting a small scoop of whatever flavor we wanted.

SixTaste Food Tour of Downtown LA Spring Street Arcade - Campfire Chic

Flavors from the top: Thai tea, raspberry sorbet, coconut lemongrass, espresso with waffle cone, chocolate sorbet, peach sorbet.

I wish I brought a cooler with me, because the case was filled with delicious flavors I was ready to take home like green tea matcha, strawberry balsamic sorbet, and roasted nectarine.

Food Tour of Downtown LA Spring Street Arcade - Campfire Chic

Food Tour of Downtown LA - Campfire Chic

Maccheroni Republic

Our last stop was right across the street from Grand Central Market, one of my favorite food hall type locations that’s been around for forever. While our guide ordered the pastas, which are all organic and handmade on-site, he asked us to visit the famous Bradbury Building just a few doors down from our final location: Maccheroni Republic.

Our tour group was seated outside, which was great because the patio is beautifully decorated. We were greeted with ice water and warm bread as we waited a short amount of time for the two dishes for us to try. We tried the Agnolotti di Osso Bucco, which is the green tortelloni (above) filled with osso bucco meat and marrow in a salsa verde. This isn’t something I would normally eat, but it’s no fun being the person who refuses to eat something on a food tour. It was delicious and something I would recommend to friends visiting this restaurant. The second dish was the Bianchi and Neri, black and white thin vermicelli (black is from squid ink), shrimp, mushrooms, and roasted pancetta in a creamy bisque. Holy hell, this dish was amazing and something I will go back and eat in a heartbeat. I love squid ink pasta and mixing it with regular pasta made the dish really beautiful. The large shrimp were really good, too.

Our group had a lot of fun on the tour and I can see us using this tour agency again to visit other parts of LA in the future. In addition to the Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour, Six Taste tour offers include: Thai Town, Little Tokyo, the Arts District, Santa Monica, and Hollywood. It was fun with our group of friends, but the group was generally made up of couples looking for a fun way to celebrate anniversaries or visiting from out of town

I like to eat and explore cities. Here are more blog posts documenting just that:

This post is not sponsored by Six Taste Tours, my friends and I just really enjoyed the tour and I wanted to share some spots in Downtown Los Angeles to share with you.


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Wow, we opened registration for September’s 30 Days of Lists this week and I’m excited to get started…but I also feel super behind in the behind-the-scenes process for putting a challenge like this together. I was busy with wedding activities the last two weekends, which would normally be my crunch time, and so I was staying up late earlier this week to prepare for Tuesday night’s registration. I’m getting too old for staying up so late! I was exhausted for the next two days! Grad school Kam would be so disappointed with me…

Why am I telling you this? Because I want to remind you that sometimes life gets in the way of some of our best laid plans. I want you to remember that staying up late is something we do sometimes, but make sure you take care of yourself the other hours of the day (I had giant iced green teas this week, which helped!). And I also want you to keep in mind that it’s okay to adjust your schedule to better fit your ever-changing schedule.

Shit happens, what matters is how you deal with it.

This week’s essential reading:


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