Though I’m happy as can be San Diego, I truly miss the good ol’ PNW!! I wish every month could consist of 3 weeks in San Diego, 1 week in Seattle or Portland. ;) Needless to say, Michelle & I took a trip to Portland this past weekend…because we found cheap tickets, an adorable place to stay, and delicious food was beckoning. I’ll be back with lots more photos (food photos galore? get ready)… but wanted to share this photo from a hike we took on our last morning in PDX. One of the most amazing qualities of the PNW is the abundance of trees. So. Many. Gorgeous. Trees. And this hike was no exception! If you find yourself in Portland, don’t miss Forest Park. It’s incredible.
Lately, life has been a good mix of busy and relaxing. The weather has been a bit odd — beach weather one day, rain the next. It’s nice, but has kind of kept me from completely settling into summer mindset. Michelle and I have found a lovely Saturday morning routine; we grab iced chai’s at our favorite coffee stand, Roast Coach, then go for a long walk in our favorite San Diego neighborhood. It’s truly one of my favorite things in the world. I love soaking up the sun while on a walk, and checking out the rad historic houses w/ amazing landscaping (cactus/succulents/raised beds, etc.).
Here are some film shots I took over the last month or so: 1/ love me some bougainvillea 2/ this house is ombre, ha! 3/ sunny day in la jolla 4/drinks @ polite provisions
Pigment is one of my very favorite shops in San Diego. It’s filled to the brim with succulents, stationery, home furnishings, books, and a myriad of other amazing items. They carry a lot of my favorite product lines, including Baggu + BKR water bottles, as well as a bunch of crazy cool local products… so every time in go in, it’s temptation CENTRAL. Anyways, I’m thrilled to say that a few of my stationery items are now available at Pigment. If you look at these photos closely, you’ll see my thank you cards, as well as my San Diego post cards. Yippee!!
If you’re local, you should check it out! And if you find yourself visiting San Diego, this adorable little shop in North Park is not to be missed. (ps. thanks to Pigment for letting me photograph their beautiful space!)
You know those moments where you think, “if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it”? Yep. This is one of those moments. Since dreaming up Odd Daughter Paper, and launching this website/blog, I’ve been working to launch the online shop. And let me tell you… that’s a heck of a lot of work. :) I wanted to have so many more designs available when the shop launched… and so I kept holding off. But let’s get real here– additional products = additional time + money. (which I don’t have at this precise moment). Needless to say, I just decided, “get over yourself, and launch your shop already!”. So that’s what’s happening!!
I DO have a ton of other designs/goodies in the making… so they’ll show up soon. But in the meantime, feel free to check out the official Odd Daughter shop!! Thank you for your kindness + support. It is much, much appreciated.
After having lived in San Diego for OVER A YEAR, Michelle + I finally visited the zoo!! I can’t believe it took that long. We went on a particularly busy day, so there were definitely crowds, but it was still super cool. We grew up going to the LA zoo (which has like 5 animals), so being able to see a tiger in real life for the FIRST TIME was pretty awesome. We saw monkeys and zebras and elephants (getting pedicures) and cuuuurazy looking camels (see above)… and so on. It was rad, and we will be back. If nothing else, for the pandas (which were the only thing we missed). And, we still have yet to visit the Safari Park. SO MANY THINGS, you guys. So many things to look forward to. :)
Have we ever talked about how I don’t do well with change? When I was little, I was the worst with change. Apparently (
though it’s hard to believe) I threw crazy stupid tantrums when I was five and my family moved. (New house? Simply COULD NOT handle.) During elementary school, I’d get so nervous at the end of the summer because I’d be starting school in a new grade, new classroom, and have a new teacher, etc. In the end I usually loved it, but I just hated the thought of it being different than what I knew! I’ve come to understand (and sometimes appreciate) the need for change in life, but sometimes I still hate it. And that sometime is now. My supervisor/co-worker/friend has moved on to an incredible new opportunity w/ the fantastic company 31bits. While I’m incredibly happy for her, I just hate when I like how things are and then they change. Selfish? what? Haha. I constantly have to remind myself that change (whether it’s related to work, friends, relationships, where you live, etc.) can end up being surprisingly wonderful. Though there will never be anything wonderful about Rose not working in the next cubicle, I truly believe things will turn our better than I could have expected.
If you totally embrace change, I applaud you. And I’ll happily attend your next seminar.
++ above are a few photo strips from a lil’ trip to portland.
Work has been entirely too crazy lately. It’s the busiest time of year for me, and in addition to that, my supervisor (and dear, dear friend) is moving on to another job (something very exciting! but I can’t be expected to be happy, can I? haha, I kid.). Needless to say, the overtime and non-stop chaos at work have been taking a toll. This past weekend I made sure to use every minute I had for pure relaxation and/or fun. Ok, full disclosure, I cleaned my room in order that I be ABLE to relax. One of my favorite parts of the weekend was a leisurely evening at Polite Provisions and Soda & Swine.
PP and S&S (srsly. I’m not going to keep typing those out.) are two lovely (and connected) establishments that just opened up in my lovely neighborhood!! PP serves incredible drinks (both alcoholic & non-alcoholic) in a delightful setting. Next door, S&S serves up some delish food. They have a fairly simple menu that centers around meatballs (you can order them on a slider, sub sando, atop spaghetti, or a la carte), old fashioned bottled sodas, and pie. WHAT? YUM. If you’re enjoying some provisions, you can have food delivered from next door (S&S). It’s most-lovely. ALSO– They’re within perfect biking/walking distance. YAY!
I’ve sampled a good number of food items — and at this point, I love the veggie meatball slider w/ pesto & feta, twice-cooked fries, and pickled veggies best. But you guys– I still have more to try!! Oh– and the chocolate-coconut frozen yogurt is so, so good. Also, the prices are completely reasonable. SO, if you find yourself in San Diego– specifically the North Park/University Heights/Normal heights area– definitely make a pit stop here! OH, and the root beer. THE ROOT BEER.
I have a four day weekend (praises!!) for Easter, and am hoping to hit up PP/S&S at least once ;) I hope you each have a relaxing & blessed Easter. We have so much to be thankful for! xo!
I took a little trip up to LA this weekend to watch my dad run the LA Marathon. As much as I’m entirely not ready to run a marathon right now (!!), I’d love to be able to travel across LA on foot– from Dodger’s Stadium to Santa Monica. It’d be pretty rad (minus the wanting to die part). Right now I’m sitting on the train heading back to San Diego, and thought I’d do a little post. So, here are some photos that are completely unrelated to one another. :)
Above // Waiting for my dad to run by. (and that he DID– 3:26! what?!) // Art Deco hotel: love.
Below // half+half at brunch // my new favorite succulent : obsessed // sunset cliffs after work // (window) shopping in venice // lunch at gjelina
I hope ya’ll had a good weekend! I can’t believe that it’s Monday tomorrow! … happy thoughts, happy thoughts.
My 26th birthday is quickly approaching, and for a brief second I wondered– what should I ask for?? As timing would have it, right after wondering that, I received an email from One Day’s Wages, challenging me to ask others to donate in honor of my birthday. It’s such an odd thought, because at this age, I don’t expect presents from anyone except my parents & sister (ha, thanks, guys!). So as much as it feels kind of awkward, I really can’t care because this is such an important cause. So in lieu of gifts, I propose the following…
One Day’s Wages is a non-profit organization working to alleviate global poverty. There are 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty… which is so far beyond my comprehension. ODW challenges you to give up ONE DAY’S PAY, and gives you concrete ideas of the kind of impact your $$ can make. I’m hoping to raise $1,026 to go towards the Women’s Empowerment Fund, which seeks to address many of the issues young girls and women face. Please feel free to take a look at MY PAGE! I’ll also be donating the proceeds (minus shipping costs) of all of the items sold in my Etsy Shop through April 3rd. Think about it this way: you’re either getting free stationery or a free donation (!!).
Thank you in advance for your generosity, even if that is just spreading the word. You’re all amazing..!! xo!
Michelle and I were walking around South Park a few weeks ago when I snapped this photo. For some reason seeing it brings me back to something we talked about during our walk. South park is a darling neighborhood, filled with some great small businesses. And while wandering, I mentioned that it would be so amazing to own a little shop someday in a cute neighborhood like South Park. But it’s so hard to imagine something like that right now because I just have no idea what the future holds. It’s not to say that I’m against planning or having dreams (this girl has dreams! trust me.) … but you just never know where life will take you. During college, I knew I wanted to do something creative with my life– but I thought that something was Interior Design. Illustration wasn’t really on my radar… and now, it’s what I’m most passionate about! When I lived in Seattle I never could have imagined living in San Diego. And yet, the opportunity arose, I jumped on it, and I love it here!
Sometimes it’s crazy to see how things turn out… and yet, there’s still so much life to be lived. I don’t want to shy away from setting plans and having dreams… but I do want to keep in mind that I have no idea where life may take me! This is both terrifying and delightfully freeing. Do you guys ever feel this way? So certain of how you see your life going..? But also under the realization that you know things can and will turn out so different than you ever expected…? That life happens. and passions change. and that’s OK.
It’s entirely possible that this post makes no sense… but it’s what’s on my mind at the moment. So there you go. :)