a week’s end

Isn’t it funny that the weekend is really the end and the beginning of a week? I know it isn’t everywhere but it makes me giggle, probably because my “weekends” never really fall on Saturday or Sunday. The glory/downfall of working in retail is that you’re weekend might fall on a Monday and Tuesdays or it might be a Friday and Wednesday. The glory is that if I want to go shopping it’s rarely busy and parking is a breeze. The downfall is sometimes I have to be up at 8am and can stay out too late then night before when everyone else wants to.

Since I got a rare Saturday/Sunday off Jeremy and I decided to drive down to Newport Beach. We read in the sun, zoomed around on bicycles and ate frozen bananas. There is a ferry that takes you from Balboa to Balboa Island, basically and retirement community for the uber rich- but they had a candy store with loads of salt-water taffy, so I was happy.

Today we stayed low key and walked around Silverlake with some iced coffees from Intelligentsia (predictable I know) and Jeremy picked up a new record at Vacation Vinyl. I love the shops there and they even added a few new ones.

Very excited, my first music festival is coming up soon, well first one outside of Albany. All in all it was nice to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the busy beaches and brunch goers this weekend. Sorted all my cleaning and practiced my ukulele- what more can you ask for in a weekend?

What did you do this weekend?

 

Unique LA

Yesterday, Jeremy and I went to Unique LA at The California Market Center in Downtown LA. It was gorgeous out, the sun really impressed me today and so did the craft fair. There were 300+ local vendors, selling everything from jewelry to hot sauce. We tired ourselves right out walking up and down the aisles, you could seriously get lost in there! I snapped some pics of some of the particularly cool things, but there were countless booths full of awesome treasures!

Who doesn’t love a good bow-tie? The well-dress dudes running the Pocket Square Clothing booth had their bow-ties very nicely displayed.

This vendor had little cut outs to take pics with, I just thought they were really cute! So did the little girls in front of me, they were picking them up and kissing them. Ha!

I made a purchase at Kyyote, Amanda makes all the intricate jewelry by hand and in LA. Props. Her stuff is beautiful and she was one of the most friendly shop owners, double props! I will definitely be making another purchase from her shop, her stuff is very beautiful!

My last stop was Favor based out of Portland. Really simple and lovely stuff. I picked up a ring here to go with another tiny ring I already have. Stacking is all the rage apparently, and it’s fun to mix and match. I really enjoyed walking around in this cool space and seeing all the different type of artists. I’m really looking forward to the Holiday Show in the fall!

What did you do this weekend? Spend it with you mom, or are you far apart like I am with my mom?

Mother’s Day

In my book, everyday should be mother’s day. They sure do a lot for us. I’m lucky to be blessed with one of the best moms around, she is my rock even when she can’t find her keys and provides crisis counseling when I need it the most. We’ve been through a lot in my almost 23 years of life, cooking, shopping, sitting on the beach or sitting on the porch, and I couldn’t have asked for anyone more fun to share those awesome experiences with. I love you Mama Bear!

Here is a recent picture of us outside The Rose Cafe in Venice. My mom sporting a super blonde ‘do. Now no one has to ask if we are mother and daughter, they just know!

I hope everyone has a lovely Mother’s Day, anyone have some fun brunch plans?

blue jeans & life decsions

jeans: Levi’s, t-shirt: J.Crew, kicks: Madewell, cardigan: American Apparel

Sorry I’ve been a little m-i-a. It’s been an up and down type of couple of weeks. In fact I feel like my entire life since graduation has been up and down, as I get closer to the “scary” one year mark of being post grad,  I’ve been trying to figure out what and where I’m supposed to be and do.

I guess when I graduated and moved to California I have all these visions and ideals of how it “should” be and how I “should” be starting my career. When that didn’t go exactly how I imagined it would, I kind of panicked. And by “kind-of” I mean I went on a totally melodramatic rant/fit. Hey- sometimes a gal’s gotta cry it out, and that’s OK.

So while I sort of have an idea of what I want my career and life to look like something could change tomorrow and I’ll have another worry. The moral of the story is the live for today. Which is where I’m trying to focus my energy on the “right now”, as a constant worry-er I know this will be hard.

Btw- the pic above was taken on a particularly cloudy day in Santa Monica. Jeremy and I walked up and down the promenade until we decided we needed some sandwiches. My new blue jeans and white tee seems to be my weekend uniform, I could live in this outfit if it were socially acceptable.

Have you made any big life decisions lately? How did you handle it?

 

 

It’s Getting Real

So if you haven’t seen this video yet you are probably freaking out about how genius and amazing it is. Too much? When I moved out to LA I finally got to frequent a Whole Foods. There are 3 within 4 miles of my apartment and walking distance to one from work and one from my apartment. Hofstra was located sort of close but it would have to be a special occasion or reason to make the trek. Let me tell you it gets real in all of the Whole Foods parking lots I’ve been to. So naturally I freaked out when DJ Dave showed up at work.

Usually photography is not permitted in the store, but I could not let this opportunity pass me by. By far the coolest celeb I’ve met in LA. I was the epitome of a fangirl. Sorry Dave! They have a few other videos and a new one coming out soon, which I’m very excited about! I know they’ve preformed around LA so I can only hope they do again soon so I can go out and support them.

Who have you met that you just couldn’t believe? How did you react!? Sissy Spacek was also really cool to meet. She is the sweetest!

 

Caramel Fail

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This is the movie poster from a foreign film titled Caramel. It takes place around a salon in Beirut, I recommend it! However this post is not about the movie, it is in fact about my failed attempts to make myself some caramel.

I gathered up all the ingredients from what I thought was a reliable source, notice it called for honey not corn syrup which was good because corn syrup scares me a bit.

I even spent a whopping 3 bucks on a candy thermometer because people say you will not achieve caramel-y goodness without it.

I carefully measured out each ingredient,

and made the butter into little “knobs” like it told me to! But alas, it was still a big major fail. I waited for it to get to the temperature it said but yet, when I poured it out on the cooling sheet it NEVER solidified. Just a light color of caramel in the form of sauce. Nothing wrong with this but I wanted straight up caramels, to put little bits of sea salt on. I wanted to enjoy them on my breaks at work when I just needed a little something sweet to tied me over!

I will prevail! I will attempt this again soon I just really rather not use corn syrup and since I know in the 1800s they didn’t have it you don’t need it, so we’ll see.

Anyone out there have a good caramel recipe they would like to link or share? I am in need, clearly. Better luck next time!