life lately.

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It has been quite awhile since my last post. To be honest, I was going back and forth about whether to stop this blog altogether or start fresh with a new one. Then, I realized that I really enjoy having a blog so quitting was not the best choice and my friends said that I have too much content to start over. I agree. Much change and growth has been documented on this blog so it’s something I have decided to continue. The only thing is I’m not sure how often I will be able to post once graduate school begins. As mentioned in the previous post, I applied to graduate school and got in! I will start working on my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at UC Berkeley this summer. I’m beyond thrilled! Things are definitely on the up and up.

I thought I would share the good news and some photos of a few of my favorite things: beautiful white roses and greenery from an amazing friend, minerals from my best friend Chime (check her blog out at chimeblahblah), and a little air plant from Paxton Gate, a store worth checking out if you’re ever roaming around the Mission District. Just a few things that make me smile.

P.S. I hope to start posting outfits again soon. I keep saying I’m going to set up a tripod in my apartment, but my laziness prevents that from becoming a reality. Plus, most of the time I’m wearing overalls anyway. I guess it’s time for an overalls post?

palm springs.

american apparel cropped tee (similar) | forever 21 shorts | vintage coach city bag | madewell wedges | necklace gifted from/designed by chime | hat borrowed (thanks lerrie!) | ray ban clubmaster sunglasses

i had the BEST time last weekend celebrating my birthday with my dear friend lerrie and a bunch of new friends. they were all so awesome and we had so much fun together. the only one missing was our best friend chime. lerrie and i really missed her.

we stayed at the ace hotel (thanks to kenneth!) and spent most of our time hanging out by the pool. it was really relaxing and the people were amazing: smart, stylish, interesting, and super fun. i really wanted to have a wonderful birthday and it happened through this trip. this year has been a major transitional period in my life and i have grown a ton, which is great. but sometimes growing is hard and i just needed a vacation from it all. i needed a change of scenery, if only for a couple of days.  it was nice to leave everything behind, meet new people, and let loose in palm springs for the weekend. we kept saying “what happens in palm springs stays in palm springs.” but that wasn’t really the case considering we all blew up instagram like it was going out of style.

this trip really was the perfect way to ring in 32!

outside lands.

my friend rachel and i went to outside lands a couple of weeks back. rachel was given a vip wristband and i used my friend’s ticket… woo woo! rachel and i had an awesome time hanging out, eating a bunch, and meeting new people. i have to admit that i wasn’t the hugest fan of most of the bands that played, but i still danced around anyway. it was sort of a bro fest when red hot chili peppers went on and i was hoping that they would play more from the blood, sugar, sex, magik album (the only album i really like). they still sounded good live, offered up some 90’s nostalgia (i’m obsessed with the 90’s as of late), and we got in for FREE so i can’t complain. rachel and i had so much fun together (thanks, rach!!). all in all, it was a memorable adventure!

contemporary jewish museum.

ah, i had the best saturday afternoon. i headed to the contemporary jewish museum where i checked out the allen ginsberg beat memories exhibit and grabbed lunch at wise sons jewish delicatessen. so good! it was the perfect way to spend my saturday afternoon. later in the evening, i met up with my bestie amy for drinks at foreign cinema and then we enjoyed a nice dinner at radish. we spoiled ourselves for the evening.

now i gotta start getting ready for tomorrow… the first day of school. this is my seventh year and i still get a little anxious about the first day. haha. wish me luck!

insta-nyc.

manhattan brick.

on the subway. 

gimme more moma

strollin’ in ferragamos

museum greens.

greenwich village. 

bunnies (aka me and erika).

so today when i was on my prep period (not working on the grading i should have been working on and wishing i could take another vacation/trying to figure out how to afford to go back to nyc) i stumbled upon some photos from my trip that i hadn’t posted. it was so nice seeing friends and checking out a new place. i want to go back to explore more of the city and the museums! i’m hoping to teach summer school so i just may be able to swing another visit sometime soon-ish. until then, a girl can dream (and enjoy the beautiful sf weather).

dearest october.

fall colors. 

october is one of my favorite months of the year. i love the crispness in the air and the fall colors (and clothes!), storefronts adorned with halloween decor, and all of the festive get togethers. i also love looking forward to thanksgiving (a favorite holiday). october was the month brian and i exchanged our wedding vows nine years ago (i love my pretty anniversary flowers. thanks, babe!) and the month we got our cat bowie october. it is a special month for us to say the least. so dear october, i love you!

instalife.

windblown in the east bay.

ritual coffee.

around the apartment:

my little mama bear being so snuggly and cute… as usual.

the perfect record for cloudy/rainy days (or just the perfect record). a gift from brian.

my cute lil’ baby bow bow all stretched out.

these bike mounts from cb2 are awesome and much more reasonable in comparison to this one that’s about 150 dollars per mount!

out and about:

enjoying the sunset and breeze in the east bay.

my favorite skirt and comfy wedges.

can i just say i’m so happy it’s friday?! i’m beyond ready to relax and make some veggie stew this weekend. the weather has been much cooler the last couple of days and we had some light showers last night. so it’s the perfect excuse to rent some videos, make some stew, and relax on the sofa. however, i wouldn’t be too surprised if the weather turns on us. sf weather has a serious mood disorder! i really wouldn’t mind sleeping in and then awaking to the sound of rain. the smiths will be played and soup will be made!