lately.

November 17, 2017

life

Lately I’ve been too busy to stop by. Lately I’ve been working on several projects (that I’m excited to share with you soon), and lately, I’ve been in my head way too much. Remember when I said 2016 was a dumpster fire? I would like to issue a retraction because this year has given me a run for my money. Topping this list is the fact that we almost lost my sister. I guess I haven’t really dealt with it and out of respect for her and my family, I won’t lay out here. But, needless to say it’s been hard and I feel like it’s changed a lot and… idk what else to say…

I’m feeling really overwhelmed right now so this blog has fallen to the bottom of my to-do list. Any trips I wanted to plan have been put on hold, and all of my energy is going in to my portfolio. To be honest, I think I’m motivated by the fear of the future more than anything. I’m not complaining though, it drives me to push myself harder to get it all done. Through this process, I’ve felt grateful, for finding what feels like a calling, for getting a second chance before it’s too late, and for the path the lead me here. At the risk of being totally cheesy and cliche, everything happens for a reason, including our failures. I can only hope the new year will bring brighter beginnings.

Xx

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Spoke to Me | 2

July 31, 2017

inspiration / life / travel

Do you love Ted Talks? I often find myself down a rabbit hole of Ted Talks in the mornings to get me motivated. This talk about buying less and traveling more really spoke to me. I’ll admit, there’s pressure to have the latest clothes, the nice car, and a fabulously stylish home. But, what if we adjusted our values just a little bit? Instead of putting money toward things, we put it toward experiences that challenge us and grow our minds and views…?

Chicago

July 21, 2017

travel

Although I’ve spent most of my life in the south, I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. I spent my younger years in Southern Illinois, and as long as I lived in the Midwest, I never made it to Chicago. Crazy, right? Well, I took advantage of the Fourth of July holiday and finally explored the city with one of my dearest friends. Chicago is the perfect blend of metropolis and middle America. Wholesome, but not out of touch. Bustling city with the friendliest people. It was the perfect place to celebrate all things America…

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Berry Crumble

July 3, 2017

food

What’s better than Fourth of July pie? BERRY CRUMBLE. It’s like no-fail pie baking. Who has time for crust anyway? I made this recipe for the Fourth a few years ago and come back to it every summer because it’s so dang quick and easy. You can make it with any berries really, but my favorite combination includes raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Bake it up and take with you to your Independence Day bash. It won’t disappoint!

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Amsterdam, Part 2

June 29, 2017

travel

Oookay, I thought I could squeeze the rest of Amsterdam into a second post and be done with it, but I did a lot more than I thought! And I definitely don’t want to bore you with an unending blur of photos so there will be one more post after this one. In case you missed it, here is Amsterdam, Part 1, and here is what I did beginning on day three…

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Happy Friday

June 23, 2017

weekend

How’s your week been? I haven’t been feeling the greatest so I’m trying to focus on eating super healthy and getting enough rest to bounce back. I always feel like I should be doing ten million things at once: watch design lessons online, read a book I’ve had on my nightstand for months, keep up with current events, drink more water, refine my portfolio, network online, meal prep, work out, sketch, wash my car… you get the idea. I’ve almost checked a new blog post off my list though. I’m looking forward to sharing the second part of my Amsterdam trip next week. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of another beautiful canal at sunset and a few gems from around the internet…

Do you ever read the fun facts about your favorite movies? I was recently reading about Before Sunset, one of my faves, and learned this…

In the movie, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) confesses to Celine (Julie Delpy) that he wrote a book about their meeting 9 years before, partially in the hope that she would read it, and re-establish contact with him. Like Before Sunrise (1995), this is based on events in director Richard Linklater’s own life. He had once spent a night walking and talking around Philadelphia with a woman called Amy in 1989. Though they initially stayed in touch over the telephone, they lost contact eventually. In 1994, Linklater shot Before Sunrise (1995), based on his night with Amy. Like Jesse in “Before Sunset”, Linklater was secretly hoping that Amy had heard of the movie, and would show up at the premiere, but she did not. When “Before Sunset” was released, she did not show up either. It wasn’t until 2010, before Linklater started production on the second sequel, Before Midnight (2013), that a friend of Amy, who knew about their story, contacted Linklater to tell him that Amy had died in a motorcycle accident on May 9, 1994, at the age of 24, a few weeks before he started shooting Before Sunrise (1995).

From the New Yorker article, Before the Internet, made me laugh:

You’d be in some kind of arts center, wearing roomy overalls, looking at a tray of precious gems, and you’d say, “That’s cat’s-eye,” and your friend would say, “Nope. That’s opal.” And you’d say, “That’s definitely cat’s-eye.” And there would be no way to look it up, no way to prove who was right, except if someone had a little booklet. “Anyone got a little booklet?” you’d ask, looking around. “Is there a booklet on this shit?”
Then you’d walk outside and squint at the sky, just you in your body, not tethered to any network, adrift by yourself in a world of strangers in the sunlight.

Happy weekending! Xx

Archives: Los Angeles, Part Three

June 9, 2017

travel

In case you didn’t notice before, I’m about to give myself up right now. With each trip I take, I promise a post about this or that and inevitably run out of time to share and it never makes it here. After a week in Europe or an extended weekend in Puerto Rico, I have SO many photos and stories to share but real life catches up to me and I just don’t get to it before I’m on to the next trip. So. I’m ready to make it right. I’ll take you back in time to see the hidden gems from past trips that I didn’t get to share. You ready? With summer upon us, let’s head back to the sunny west coast…

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Amsterdam, Part 1

May 12, 2017

travel

Spending ten days in Europe feels like a dream. It was a truly magical experience and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to go. As a self-proclaimed country mouse, being inundated with different languages, currencies, and public transportation (the last of which was the most challenging,) everything was overwhelming but in the best way. I was pleased with my decision to go alone because I could conquer as much or as little as I wanted each day, and in eliminating distractions, found the opportunity to observe even the smallest details.  In an effort to document all the art, food, culture and people during my travels, I kept a record of each day’s itinerary, and there is so much to share so I’m breaking it down in a few posts. Here’s what I did during the first part of my stay in Amsterdam….

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