There are few things I love more than seeing my friends live out their creative pursuits. My incredibly artistic friend, Brennan, just unveiled his second collection of handmade planters. He & his wife have a beautiful Portland home that they’ve decorated in the best way and his new planter collection is the perfect extension of their aesthetic. [Earthy. Hip. Vintage.] I’m OBSESSED.
Check these out ——- SHOP / INSTAGRAM.
In some ways, I don’t understand Taco Tuesday. Because I want to eat tacos ALLLL of the days. But then again, I’m glad we have the excuse to really appreciate tacos once a week. I live in San Diego, so there are about a million good spots for tacos. BUT, one of my current favorites is Puesto. If live in or frequent San Diego and you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth a visit. They have two lovely locations — one in La Jolla and the other in Seaport Village. I absolutely love the potato soyrizo tacos– with a cream soda, of course! YUM YUM YUM. And, their branding/design is top notch… which I always appreciate ;)
What are YOUR favorite taco shops?!
I honestly have no idea where this summer went. I realize there’s nothing interesting about saying “ahh, I’ve been SO BUSY“. But that’s the real deal, folks. It has just been a crazy season, filled with designing custom wedding stationery, finding a new house (for RENT, you guys. let’s be real) / preparing to move, and attempting to enjoy the beauty that is summer in San Diego.
The GOOD NEWS is that in San Diego, we basically have 6 months of summer… YAY! So I still plan to enjoy it for a while. :) I took these photos one morning in La Jolla. Ironically, I wasn’t enjoying a leisurely day at the beach… I just needed some supplies in La Jolla and forced myself to take a minute to enjoy the scenery, amidst my crazy stressful day.
In moments of stress, I need to look at these beautiful beach photos and remind myself how lucky I am to live here!!
Time is flying by and it’s been over THREE weeks since I was in Portland! But – I have more photos to share. :) As you’ll see, my time in Portland (aside from going to the wedding), was basically about HOLDING ADORABLE BABIES and EATING INCREDIBLE FOOD.
The sister & arrived on Friday morning and spent most of the day hanging out with three of my closest college girlfriends (two of which have beautiful babies). It was so, so good to see them. AND, it was rad to see my friends as parents! For lunch, the ladies hit up Porque No, while the men did MANLY THINGS. That evening we grilled and just enjoyed hanging out. We had breakfast/coffee at Woodlawn Bakery (SO GOOD) basically every morning. On Saturday we met up with friends/babies for lunch at Bollywood Theatre, which was incredible. And, of course, followed by ice cream at Salt n’ Straw. Completely stuffed, we took off for the wedding!
Then on Sunday we met up with other college friends to watch the World Cup championship – over nachos+ sweet potato fries, of course. During the remainder of the day, we spent time wandering around Portland (Powell’s and the like…).
It was such a good trip, filled with so many good things. I’m grateful for such wonderful friends, and for Portland (because let’s be real. THE FOOD).
About two weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Portland. In case you haven’t already noticed, I really like Portland (see here, here, here and here). This trip was based around the wedding of my dear friend Katie Ann to her amazing fiance, Adam. And this wedding did not disappoint.
Most importantly, I got to see some of my very, very dearest friends from college. Some of whom I’d seen somewhat recently, but for others it had been a while. Katie Ann (the beautiful bride) and I shared the upstairs of an adorable little house, the year after I graduated from college. So many memories from that house… and alll the laughs. Needless to say, this wedding was the perfect reminder of how much I loved the girls in that house. We got to celebrate our friend being in love, eat amazing food (!!), and die over her cute nephews.
I’m so grateful that I got to be a part of this beautiful day!
++ mix of photos from my iphone, and film shots on my canon rebel.
On Saturday, the sister and I took a stroll through Balboa Park. We started out by “hiking” (I use the term loosely, but we WERE walking uphill) on some nearby trails. But then we were like “WAIT. WE GET TO LIVE IN A CITY THAT HAS A MASSIVE, BEAUTIFUL PARK SMACK-DAB IN THE MIDDLE. WE BETTER TAKE ADVANTAGE”. And so we did. We wandered through the park, admired the beautiful fountain, and were amused by the dog meet-up groups. Picture 15 greyhounds all standing together with their owners. Hysterical.
I seriously feel so lucky to live 10 minutes away from such a beautiful park. I need to spend more time there.
Two weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Chicago — a work trip for my day job. I’d been once before, but this definitely reinforced the fact that CHICAGO IS RAD. Highlights included: GOOD food (DO NOT miss Belly Shack!), a Cubs game, trying to figure out the L, & the lovely neighborhood of Wicker Park.
What a cool city.
New floral thank you cards are available in the shop (!!) — as single cards and in sets of 6. I feel like you can never have too many thank you cards on hand, and want to challenge myself to write more thank you notes. Seriously – in the craziness of every day life, a little gratitude goes a long ways!
HAPPY FRIDAY, friends!!
This weekend was just what I needed. A BREAK. Juggling a full- time job and a growing business is freaking difficult sometimes. And sometimes you just want to cry and have your mom hug you. You know? Anyways, my parents, being the wonderful humans that they are, drove down from LA to hang out with me and help me get my life organized. THEY ARE THE BEST.
I wish I could do it all on my own… because that would be so impressive, right? But sometimes life hits you with the reality that you need other people. And honestly, that’s a beautiful thing. This week — which was filled with my least favorite thing, ANXIETY — people in my life showed up. And even better, I realized that it’s okay to lean on other people. I mean, I’m still working on this… because I’m a people-pleaser and don’t want to inconvenience my friends. Except, when we’re all there for each other (in our worst times), it’s not an inconvenience. Needless to say, I’m learning some lessons over here.
And no, I wasn’t at the beach this weekend… but these photos are better than my messy house. So, enjoy.
++ film photos taken throughout San Diego – mostly at Sunset Cliffs and on the Point Loma Nazarene campus.
One of the best moments of my recent trip to Portland was being able to see the beautiful baby that two of my friends – Brennan + Lacey – MADE! Little Mirah Lee was only 2.5 weeks old when I got to see her, and she was pretty darn adorable. The only thing more sweet than precious Mirah was being able to see my two friends as PARENTS. Seriously, crazy. I’m so excited for them!!
Also, their house is absolutely adorable… they’re just so dang stylish. And the street that they live on? Gorgeous! Oh the Pacific Northwest… you are so tempting sometimes.