On my drive back down from San Francisco to San Diego, my friend Diane and I made a pit-stop at Point Lobos State Reserve for some some nature therapy. It was spontaneous so we totally hiked in our Avarcas sandals! At least the 3-4 mile hike was easy and totally worth it. The highlight of the trip was walking through the lush forest and seeing all the wildflowers in bloom. It was one of those places where you just want to soak in all the beauty as much as possible because it refreshes your soul.
We only had a few hours to spend in San Francisco, so we starting the morning at Cassava for weekend brunch. The Pork Shoulder & Fried Egg Open Face Sandwich is mouth-wateringly delicious - order that. While you digest, take a short drive over to Sutro Baths and Land's Ending for some seaside views and hikes. My 2.5 year old nephew absolutely loved exploring the ruins and running around on the beach. He held my hand as we walked along the old bath house and he kept telling auntie Clara to "be careful so you don't fall and drown." How did he know I have a proclivity to trip over my feet?? After our walk, we did some window shopping in Sunset District before heading back to my mom's place. Here's some snapshots from the short day trip:
Our chocolate lab, Skye, is already 9 months old and she has a boyfriend named Leo. They met in the dog park when she was 3.5 months old and it's been kisses and constant wrestling ever since! Here are some of my favorite shots of these little fur babies:
I heard there was going to be a Floral Arrangement Workshop near the the workplace (Make) so of course I had to sign up! I feel like there's something very calming and therapeutic about working with plants - especially spring flowers. We each started with a ceramic pot and learned how to prep the space with chicken wire and tape in order to support our arrangements. We learned to build a base with lovely greens, hydrangeas, sunflowers, and kumquats. Then we got to play around and gradually add more pops of colors and other accent flowers to build our floral centerpieces! Soooo much fun! A big thank you to Rissa of VEN for leading the event!
It's the last day of 2017 so I decided to finally post some of our favorite wedding day moments! Nick Radford was our photographer -- he was AMAZING! It's surreal to experience something you've been planning, preparing, and anticipating for over 1.5 years, so these photos are incredibly valuable to us. The whole day felt dreamlike and we were overwhelmed by the love and support from our family and close friends! A huge thanks to our vendors: Events by Ari for being hands down the best wedding day coordinator, Southfork Catering for mouth-wateringly good BBQ, Please & Thank You for craft cocktails that our friends still talk about, my talented Makeup + Hair lady (Sothea Ouch), our incredible photographer Nick, and Revel Weddings for the most romantic wedding video we could ask for!
This little chocolate munchkin is Skye, our English Labrador puppy! Her name was inspired by a glorious sunset that my husband and I both experienced the week before. We adopted her when she was 8 weeks old on November 29th, 2017 and she's an absolute sweetheart. Sure, she has her "crazy dog" moments, but she's also intelligent, confident, and crazy-good-looking, Right now she loves belly rubs, chewing on her stuffed polar bear (Huggy Bear), baby carrots (and eating them in her special corner), and she loves finding anything she can fit in her mouth and chew on (e.g. hands, shoes, sweaters, socks, plants, plastic bags, etc.). When she's not insanely hyper or destroying Huggy Bear, she sometimes indulges me and poses for photos. Here's a few of my favorite shots!
One November morning, my girlfriends and I packed my car with cameras, snacks, dresses, and sparklers, and headed east toward the Arizona border. It was thrilling to discover that the largest sand dunes in California were just two hours away from us! My friend Ashley brought her gorgeous red gown and I eagerly took photos of her running through the gorgeous desert. It was an exhilarating experience exploring this desert landscape and capturing the wonder and beauty all around us.
Daniel's been climbing for over six years but this past weekend I got to watch him boulder outdoors for the first time! We drove up to Yosemite on Thursday and camped at Tuolumne Meadows with a group of his climbing friends. On the drive up we witnessed an incredible lightening storm above the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. Giant bolts of electricity exploded across the sky, keeping us alert as we drove into the night.
Daniel and his friends impressed me with their strength and problem-solving skills. Every boulder was like a puzzle that they worked together to solve. I watched them try again and again and it was a thrilling each time they completed a challenge. We also jumped into pools of rushing water, hiked up Lembert Dome at sunset, and drank wine and whiskey around the campfire.
Hi friends! My Etsy shop, PressedMeadow, is now re-stocked with new items! These floral frames are made with real dried spring flowers and greenery that I pressed for three weeks and them arranged in pretty frame. These are perfect for the home or as a Mother's Day Gift! I've been having a lot of fun starting my first Etsy shop - it's a lot of work but it's been exciting to create things and connect with customers. Let's see where this goes!
Check out my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PressedMeadow
Thanks to all the glorious Southern California rain we experienced this past winter, wildflowers are transforming our parks and now deserts into a floral wonderland. Since superblooms in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a once-in-a-decade phenomenon, my friends and I hit the road and took a little Sunday morning drive! We visited the art sculptures, got ice-cream, and spent part of the day wandering by foot on dirt roads to get a closer look of the blooms.