Posted on March 8, 2014
The kind of lovely thing about dating a man in grad school is the abundance of study dates. I really love working and reading in coffee shops. It’s even at the top of my list of activities to do while traveling. So lucky me, Lance likes to read and work in coffee shops as well. Perfect pair, no?
When he came to visit we went to Cafe 4 to do some work. It’s such a great place! It’s located in the foyer of Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley. I really love the drinks they offer as well as the variety of sitting areas. Lance and I chose a large table to spread out all our computers and books. Even though we spent most of the day there working, it was some good quality time. Some of the things I miss out on having a long distance relationship is experiencing everyday life with him. I cherish the normal activities. Plus I love working, so it killed two birds with one stone.
20600 John Drive
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Posted on March 6, 2014
People often ask me who my ideal client is. I think about it for a while, but it always goes back to the same thing. My ideal couple is in love. They’re best friends who are always laughing. They cherish each other and have a way of spreading their immense love for each other to the people around them. Their wedding is all about the celebration of their marriage. These are the couples I crave to get to know and photograph. And that is who Melissa and Alex are. Best friends in love… the best way to be.
I know Melissa and Alex from when they were still in high school (or middle school), and I was already old. I loved seeing their relationship grow and was so excited when they asked me to photograph their wedding. Interestingly enough, Melissa’s dad was one of my dad’s groomsmen; her aunt when to college with my mom and her cousin is my oldest friend. And Alex’s mom and I are New York friends. She’s the one who introduced me to my hairstylist who cut off all my hair!
We had a fun (and windy) day at Land Ends for their engagement session. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding this Sunday. Yay! I’m so excited!
Posted on March 5, 2014
Not a day passes without me thinking of my dear mom. Sometimes thoughts of regret and sadness fill my mind but on this day all I could do was smile. These rocks remind me of the good… the happy, wonderful, silly moments I shared with my mom.
My mom bought those rocks years ago for a craft project for the children’s Sunday School class at our church. She had each of the kids paint an attribute of God on the rock as a reminder. (I think I may still even have my rock somewhere in this house.) One day I saw them lined up along our walkway to our front door. When my dad was cleaning out her things he found them and laid them neatly where I found them that day. Whenever I see the rocks I smile because it reminds me all the reasons why I love my mom and my dad. I love my dad for how much he loves my mom. I love him for finding a place for these rocks. I love him because he does cute things even though he’s almost 6’0″ tall and pretty manly. I love my mom for her creativity and her silliness. I love her for her faith. I love her for how she always encouraged me.
There will always be hard days when it comes to missing my mom. But I’m so thankful for these good days.
Posted on March 4, 2014
Let’s just get it out of the way. Charleston is freaking gorgeous. Visiting Jensine and Sam was perfect in so many ways. I loved all the spots and eats they took me took! Even with the closing of the bridge I saw so much of the beauty I’ve been hearing about Charleston. When the weather finally cleared in Charleston, Jensine took me to Old Charleston where I was just in awe. I understand why so many of my friends honeymooned there. Muy romantico. oui. oui. (Are those three different languages? yikes!)
The buildings have so much personality and history… two things that are seriously lacking in California. I’d stop to read plaques on sides of houses describe the notable persons who once lived in the houses. We wandered through the buildings and to the shore. Eventually we headed back to the car and at that point realized we forgot where we parked. We knew the general area where the car was parked so even though we didn’t exactly know where it was we did eventually find it. score.
Isn’t Old Charleston just so beautiful?
Check out the rest of my Charleston adventure here.
Posted on March 3, 2014
I met Tina and her business partner, Sarah, in January at Alt Summit. I’m not sure how we met, but I definitely enjoyed getting to know them. Together they run their interior design company Franklin Eighth in New York. When Tina asked me if I’d be interested in sharing my space on her blog, Life in Sketch, I immediately said, “Yes!!!” She started a series called “Work + Play” that explores the work/home life of creatives and entrepreneurs. I’m so excited I love seeing people’s workspaces! When she emailed what she’d need from me, I thought… “Awesome! I just need to take some pictures and answer some questions.” But as I went through collecting the information I realized I’m really boring.
At the time I was still settling into my room. I moved a couple months back but hadn’t unpacked anything and certainly didn’t decorate. All I set up was my computer and pretty much nothing else. Boring. But I did have a general idea of what I wanted the finished space to look like; my furniture and computer were in place, but I needed to organize and decorate everything. In order to properly photograph my workspace and answer Tina’s questions, I made list of action items. First I unpacked and cleaned. Then I took out all my prints and pictures that had been in hiding and hung them on my wall. The process of arranging pictures and prints on my wall probably took the longest. I knew that I wanted to showcase my personal pictures and art from other places. I tried a bunch of different combinations including non-traditional artwork, but eventually ended up with a very structured gallery wall with just prints and personal photographs. After that everything fell into place. Next to my bureau I already had a stack of books and blankets where I read, so I just utilized a wine crate my former boss gave me. So that’s the story of my space.
I do love everything about my space. It’s a little sparse (and still a little boring) but it’s very me. Check out my post on Tina’s series Work + Play series to learn more about my life as an entrepreneur and the “secret headquarters of magical thinking” (see instagram)!
Prints on my wall (from L to R)
Van Gough quote . Chelsea Petaja
Ocean image . Amy Martin
Bright & Confidence print . unknown
Restaurant interior image . Em the Gem
Albert Camus quote . Chelsea Petaja
Bird image . Max Wanger Printshop
Paris map . unknown street artist
Seize the Day quote . Kal Barteski
Coffe mug image . me
B&W image . Abi Q
Jeremiah 29:11 quote . Kal Barteski
Posted on February 28, 2014
A while back I came across a Charleston guide from Lingered Upon. Alice wrote about Butcher & Bee and because of its industrial/woodsy interior and deliciously looking sandwiches, I made a mental note and facebooked Jensine to let her know I’d want to eat there on my visit. Butcher & Bee was a short walk from downtown, and even though I arrived at noon, it was fairly empty.
Their menu changes every day, but you can follow their facebook page or twitter to see what’s on the menu for that day. I ordered the Pork Belly Sandwich and the Curried Brussels. Oh amazing goodness. That sandwich was so flavorful and all kinds of great texture. Oh and I had a very spicy ginger ale. I love ginger ale.
While I was eating (alone), a lil ole lady struck up a conversation with me. She was everything I thought an older southern woman would look like…. classy, vibrant and incredibly warm. When her husband show up he was wearing the most adorable sweater with two puppies on it. He had a distinguished air about him but he was goofy and adorable. They talked about themselves, and I talked about myself. They even invited me to stay with them the next time I visit Charleston. I enjoyed my lunch as they told me stories about their lives as Charleston locals. They were so sweet. They even shared their hummus plate with me because it was “too delicious not to share” and it was indeed quite delicious.
I’d definitely come back to try all their eats. But their food is really filling. I could only finish half the sandwich and didn’t even make a dent in the brussel sprouts. So go hungry, it’ll be worth it.
Butcher & Bee
654 King Street
Check out the rest of my Charleston adventure here.
Posted on February 27, 2014
waiting for my right hand man to arrive
hoping to finish all my work before he comes
loving this gorgeous (and sunny!) California weather
eating breakfast for lunch
planning my Ireland and London trip. (yay!)
reading the marriage plot (still)
thinking of exploring and adventures on sunny days
wearing two extra warm layers of clothing
watching all the seasons of How I Met Your Mother
wondering when the two births I’m on call for will happen
looking at all the pretty pictures on my wall
drinking redbull and lots of water
feeling very overwhelmed but very excited
I have a lot of work ahead of me in the upcoming months. I honestly wonder how I’m going to get it all done, but I’m thankful for all these amazing opportunities. 2014 is lookin good. very good.
*image of downtown Charleston, a picture I snapped while we were lost and looking for the car… but more on that later.
Posted on February 26, 2014
Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.
- Larry Hazen
Even though it was pouring for most of the day, Jensine and I were determined to do some exploring. We’d been cooped up working indoors all day, so I was itching to get some fresh air. The weather didn’t permit the most optimal conditions for exploration, but we made the most of afternoon in Mount Pleasant.
And so we explored! I got a bit acquainted with the closed Ravenel Bridge while learning what “low-country” was. We weathered the chilly, windy weather. We even went to the beach, Isle of Palms, where I imagined many lovers took romantic walks along the water on warmer days.
There’s certainly always an upside to any situation. Here are some fun observations I made that day….
- Incorporating “y’all” into casual conversation is harder than I’d like.
- Bridges close. Who knew?!
- I feel very strange experiencing beaches wearing boots, a coat and scarf.
- The beach life in Charleston is majorly romantic. The beach homes are beautiful and magnificent.
- California drivers drive faster than most places I visit.
- The locals really love the slow pace. So this is country living. I love it.
- Cockroaches are very scary.
- Kindness always wins.
Check out the rest of my Charleston adventure here.