CALIFORNIA LOVE / MORRO BAY



    Yesterday we took a short adventure to a little town only fifteen minutes away.  We drove on a random road (typical) up a mountain that looked quite promising, and sure enough, the view was beautiful. We hiked a bit and found a Lion King-esque rock to sit on to take in the view. A trip to Morro Bay is not complete without going to Taco Temple (quite possibly the best mexican food and chocolate bread pudding of my life). Exploring with my favorite guy and his wolf has got to be one of my favorite things in life.... along with chocolate bread pudding, of course.
Photos taken on Iphone + Instax

NEVADA CITY


  Nevada City is a charming little place. A tiny town filled with beautiful, historical buildings with decks that encompass the whole home and classic saloons that once served as cowboy hangouts. While exploring, we came across a coffee shop that recently opened up in the National Hotel called The Curly Wolf. A mixture of the outside heat, perfectly cooled mason jar, and good coffee beans made for one of the best iced lattes I've had in a while.

HAWAII - instax shots


   Hello folks! Hawaii was pretty wonderful. I swam with turtles, explored waterfalls, wore my swim suit 24/7, ate lots of pineapple, and sported salty ocean hair all day. Here are a few Instax wide shots I took (these photos of them don't do them enough justice though). 


+ a HUGE thank you to all my favorite blogger buddies who did guest posts! I loved them, how about you?

YUBA RIVER








 I have to say, I would much rather be back there right now rather than sitting on my couch typing behind the computer. Grass Valley is a beautiful little town full of tall trees, clear swimming holes, rolling hills, and interesting people. We spent a week there, visiting his family and sweet little nieces and nephews. We had some car problems, but that didn't stop us from having fun. Just out of San Francisco we broke down - smoke bursting out of the hood and all. Thankfully my manly car mechanic (who knew!) was there and we went on our way. Last time I spoke with Stephanie, an avid road tripper, she told me, "the adventure doesn't start until something goes wrong!", which is so true. It added some excitement to the trip as we went on hoping and praying that my jeep wouldn't stop in the middle of nowhere (and it didn't, yay!) After getting the water pump replaced (boo!), we headed home down the beautiful coastal highway 1, stopping at San Francisco again (for bi-rite ice cream, of course), Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. Traveling with him is my favorite. We dream about owning an airstream someday, taking a few months to explore America. Oh how I'd love that. 

Photos taken on Instax Wide 

DAY BY THE BAY


Flowers in front of Bi-Rite Grocery (such yummy sandwiches and ice cream!)




Four Barrel Coffee.
Hunter jacket: Target Lace Dress: Thrifted Boots: Urban Outfitters 09 Purse: thrifted for a buck from the 40s! Glasses: Etsy Yellow Sweater: Ruby Rose

Shot with Canon AE1.

BIG SUR BIRTHDAY















We spent most of the day in the car, which I didn't mind because the coast is so pretty! Poor Philip found out he had pneumonia the day before, but he still wanted to go and he drove the whole way (whadda guy!) We went to Kevah for brunch, explored some beaches (what happened to the day of FREE beaches and parks, California?), and took lotso pictures. It was a good birthday!



FOG



I always catch him mid-fixing collar

This morning, Philip and I went to Montana de Oro and Morro Bay. My favorite thing about it is that you can pretty much always rely on fog, which I love for photos.

SLOWLY

Slowly editing Russia and Norway pictures. . . haven't had a whole lot of motivation, so why not enjoy the summer that is growing dim? Have a good day, nice folks.

Denmark & Estonia // No. 2

These are a few shots from Copenhagen, Denmark. They have equally cool style as the Swedes, so I'm thinkin' it's something all Scandinavians are blessed with, haha. The city reminds me an awful lot of Amsterdam, with the canals and bikes, but a whole lot cleaner.


Tallinn, Estonia

I got this summery number from Clever Nettle. I'm a sucker for cut-out backs.

Looking quite tired after the plane ride, but I love these doors!





P.S. there have been some questions as to when I will re-open my shop, so to all of you who were wondering, I givin' it a bit of a revamp it and I should be open sometime in September! I haven't been too pleased of the quality of the pictures, shoots, ect. so hopefully this will give me some time to work up inspiration for it. But now coming to think of it, I should have a end of summer sale to get ready for fall! Too soon? Eh, maybe, but I sure do love fall.

P.S.P.S I finally decided to buy a layout from Liven Design. How do you all like it!? Dang I just like writing now because it's finally aligned with the pictures! hallelujahhh.

SWEDEN // No. 1















Phew, it feels good to be home after a 16 hour plane ride! It is 7 in the morning (my brain thinks it's 4 pm) and I am feeling a bit jet lagged, so I thought I'd put it to good use and get going on the daunting task of making a post! First up, Sweden. It is such a peaceful place filled with well-dressed people and adorable babies. My favorite thing was the street style. I've been to many cities in the world, and I gotta say that this one is my favorite for style. If I had to describe it I would say it's effortlessly chic. This is the first post of many, so beware ;)

Portland Filmy





ace hotel






I loved portland just as much as I thought I would! the people are so friendly, the food everywhere is delicious (coffee equally good), and the vintage shops are darling and affordable. my favorite was Animal Traffic, on mississippi, which also happens to be my favorite area.
the main reason for the trip was to visit the school I was accepted into, PNCA. although I hear it's an excellent school, it wasn't my cup of tea. it just really wasn’t what I was looking for at all for my education as a photography major or as well as a student. I am still planning on moving there in the end of summer though, and hopefully go to lewis & clark or the university. any advice, portlandians?

(my digital camera is still broken, so I had to rely on film the whole trip! shot with canon ae1)

SF




alcatraz


the japanese tea gardens
I've been going to Mama's since I was a little girl and it is still soooo tasty.


amoeba is heaven. I got beach house, fleet foxes, andrew bird, and good ol' bobby dylan on vinyl for my new record player.
we ate lots and lots and more. please do yourself a favor and go to bi-rite to get the best ice cream in the world.



fuzzy
we went to height ashbury seeking vintage stores, and we sure found them! the only problem is that they were a bit expensive. I can't justify buying a 1970's dress for 80 bucks. I saw the prettiest cape at american apparel, but it was 100, so I had to pass it up. the wonderful thing is, I found the exact same one at crossroads trading co. for 30! hurrah! I think the best vintage/thrifting spots in SF are in the mission district. my favorite one was called clothes contact. I found some loverly things for the shop there, including a 60s green peacoat, a 50s dress, and a 60s blazer. they also were playing flight of the concords, which automatically makes them the coolest shop.
I also got to see my dear pal roxanne! we went to Tartine for breakfast and then she took me to all the thrift stores in the mission then back to her lovely little apartment.

Travel Guide / CENTRAL COAST

I get emails from people who are visiting the Central Coast and want to know what to do and where to go, so I've narrowed it down to a few of my fave spots. I'll will keep adding to this list as time goes on.

FAVE FOOD /

NEON CARROT
If you are vegan/vegetarian, the Neon Carrot is your place. My favorite there is the veggie burger, which surprisingly is made out of beets. I'm no fan of beets, but you just have to try it to believe me. And if your not a vegetarian like myself, try the hamburger (my boyfriend loves em)

SALLY LOOS
This is my absolute favorite cafe in the world. It has the best coffee, atmosphere, food, and the acai bowl is to die for. Jen, the owner, is the coolest and sweetest gal around who amazing baked goods.

THE NATURAL CAFE
The food here is pretty good and reasonably priced, with a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Super healthy, while still being tasty. Although I gotta say, careful what you order because some of their food can be a bit bland! I tend to stick with the tostada salad. Oh, and the peanut-choco milkshake is my favorite!

NOVO

This one has a fresh, asian-fusion vibe to it. My favorite thing about it is the outdoor seating, overlooking the creek under twinkling lights. The best place for atmosphere and a nice dinner.

HIGH STREET DELI
One of the best deli's around. I am so obsessed with the Mother Nature Veggie sandwhich I dream about it almost every day (ha, such a foodie) In my opinion, it's the best deli around with a pretty cool vibe.

BIG SKY CAFE
One of my favorites for a nice, healthy, wholesome dinner. My favorite is the vegetarian chili with their homemade corn bread (so good) As with most of the ones mentioned above, they definitely cater to vegetarians. Although they have some delicious salmon and meat options!

MEE HENG LOW
The best noodle place around! Often times there is a jazz band playing upstairs, which just adds to the charm.

SPLASH CAFE
For a quick bite, this place is yummy and filling! They have really great fresh fish options, clam chowder, tacos, and veggie burgers. Right next door there is a place called Frank's, if you wanna get a milkshake to drink with your meal ;)

FAVE PLACES /

Ruby Rose is a great little vintage shop filled with gorgeous clothing, home decor, and great little nick nacks. This is my favorite place in SLO to find treasures! They are open thursday-sunday.

The Palm theatre is the best one around. It is the first solar powered cinema in America that plays indie films.

Booboo records is the best record store around (er, well, maybe the only one. . . haha) but it still is pretty famous and great.

Sunset Drive-In is also a great place to catch a movie. I have a grudge/hate relationship with regular chain movie theaters, so I love this one because you can bring a dinner and relax in the comfort of your own car! I also have some childhood nostalgia when I go to them, and that makes me feel happy too. Tickets are pretty cheap at 7$.

FAVE COFFEE SPOTS /

Nautical Bean, Kreuzberg, Linnea's, Black Horse Coffee.