Sometimes these photographs and things are little reminders to myself, but basically more of a collection of my own thoughts from the last couple of months.
Alright, well if you couldn’t guess it from my not-so-subtle hint last week, I was in LA last weekend! My darling friend Gelesia is engaged and getting married next year and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her. She’s been with her fiance for about six years and I really didn’t want to meet him for the first time on their wedding day. We had been talking about visiting each other for a few months now, but with her launching her own line and wedding planning, it seemed like a better idea for me to visit her right before my busy season. We enjoyed our weekend so much together that we’ve agreed that we’ll be making two trips a year to see each other in our respective cities. Next year, she’ll get a couple extra trips from me because of her bachelorette party and her wedding day, but I’m not complaining!
Above is one of the last photos we took from the weekend (at my request!) When I visited her, I couldn’t help myself from looking through some of the pieces she was creating. I fell in LOVE with this dress and begged her to let me try it on and let me wear it for a photo in her backyard. Also, how great is this view of downtown LA?
For a throwback, here’s a photo from when I last visited Gelesia six years ago in LA! We were babies and I overedited this photo.
– I can’t even with these sushi beach towels [Colossal]
– The pain of being in love with someone you can never be with [Elite Daily]
– 15 rules for an unconventional wedding [The Coveteur]
– Things to avoid when eating out [The Guardian]
– The Real World is casting in SF next month, do you have what it takes? [7×7]
– Silicon Valley Dictionary – like Urban Dictionary, but a place where people only in tech can truly relate [Silicon Valley Dictionary]
– The most popular foods across the world calculated by Instagram [Photoworld]
– The best amenity kits in first class by airline [Afar]
– How to recover from an all-nighter
– Calculate how much time you’ve spent watching your favorite television shows [tiii.me]
It’s actually been a few weeks since I returned from my trip back home! It almost feels a bit outdated to write this post now, but then I remembered that I couldn’t not share all of the photos of everything that I ate while I was in Seattle. It just seemed like the wrong thing to do. Even though I’m calling the Bay Area home now, Seattle is never that far away and I don’t take advantage of the short flight as much as I should. It can be challenging because I have times at work where I should be in the office and not on vacation, but luckily for me the summertime is not that time. And that time also happens to me when Seattle is the hottest and the brightest! I decided to go back for Father’s Day and a few days extra which ended up being the right amount.
Before I even landed in Seattle, I had one request and that was for Kevin to pick me up at the airport (okay a 2nd request) and take me straight to Wasabi Bistro. I didn’t get to go here when I was in town during the holidays and it was the only thing that I wanted because no offense – California can’t even match up to Seattle when it comes to sushi and seafood. We were all thinking it. Also, I had sushi three times when I was home, so there.
– Los Angeles Photographer Emily Knecht captured herself in crying selfies for the last three years. [i-D]
– The best and worst airlines, airports, and flights – a summer 2015 report [FiveThirtyEight]
– The one haircut that all women love on men [Esquire]
– How good is your eyesight? I scored 20 and this was so much harder than I thought! [iGame]
– This device blows a bubble to notify you of your upcoming meetings. [Swiss-Miss]
– Shaving dogs into cubes is becoming a new trend in Japan [MTV]
– When to close your eyes [Instagram]
I had been looking forward to my extended weekend trip to San Diego for a long time for two reasons. 1) I was really ready for a vacation and definitely needed a change of scenery from the Bay Area for awhile and 2) I couldn’t wait to be reunited with some of my favorite girlfriends. A couple weeks ago, Jennie and I decided that now that we are a few years out of college, the friends that we stay in touch with are the ones that are pretty much stuck with us for life. That couldn’t be more true with this group. I was already getting an extra day with Memorial Day Weekend, but thought I could use an extra two days prior so I took the PTO, unplugged, and stayed off the grid as much as possible! (something that’s always difficult for me to do!)
Take a peek at all the things we saw, ate, and did while in San Diego below!
– 50 Incredible hotels to stay at in your lifetime [Business Insider]
– “Why I gave up a 95K job to move to an island” [Cosmopolitan]
– Getty Images is giving out 30K grants to Instagrammers [High Snobiety]
– Justin Rosenstein (co-founder of Asana) shares his tips for increasing productivity [Quora]
– Whoa, Bestie Row? [Lighter Side of Real Estate]
We recently ventured out of town a couple of weeks as a company for our annual retreat to Sonoma/Napa and it was the best short-term getaway I’ve had in awhile! I obviously need to give myself more vacations. Honestly, it was nice to just get off the grid, unplug (sort of!) and relax. I’m really fortunate that I get to work for a company that cares a lot about doing this for their employees and I’m especially grateful that if I ever want to go up to Sonoma/Napa that it’s never too far away. I’ve probably been up more than a handful of times now with co-workers and always with friends and family that visit from out of town and they seem to love it. I wanted to write this post right after I had gotten back, but when you unplug, your emails and your work catch up with you so I needed a little bit more time to get back into the blogging rhythm. Here are a few snaps that I took and a couple that I “borrowed” from my co-worker Wenwen at the end of the post!
It has only been four months into the year, but already I’ve got travel plans on my mind. San Diego next month is just the first adventure, but after that we’ve got so many more months ahead to plan for week-long trips, weekend trips, and even longer trips! The goal is to have one 10-day trip on the calendar this year – where we’re going to go – we’re not sure yet! But there are possibilities. However, the only travel bag I’ve got is my Herschel duffel and there’s no way that will last me for a 10-day trip so it’s back to square one. Once we settle on the bag, we can settle on the trip, right? When I first bought my duffel, it was just after graduating college and I thought it was perfect for my weekend long trips. I think it’s called the Weekender anyways so it was a good fit. However, when that thing is all stuffed, it can be really difficult to lug around. I’m totally THAT girl that has to ask people on my flights to help me stow my bag overwhead and take it back down again. Also, I’m that girl that is lopsided carrying my bag because it’s so heavy and I’m sweating getting to my gate. Herschel just unveiled their new Spring collection and I’m really excited about their hard-shell luggage with wheels!
Now I can’t have all of these things, but if I had it my way – these pieces would be mine!
If being in my mid-20’s has taught me anything, it’s that I procrastinate way more as an adult than I ever did in college. Jennie and I are headed to San Diego next month for our bff Ashley’s 2nd graduation (grad student y’all!) and for an all-around girls’ spring break trip and as of today we have finally solidified our plans. Since the graduation takes place over Memorial Day Weekend, hotels were snatched up almost immediately. Jennie and I are normally “hotel” girls, but I thought this might be a pretty good opportunity to try out AirBnB since I never have before.
Surprising, right? I actually dug back deep into the archives and noticed that I first wrote about AirBnB back in 2013 – so not like it took me two years or anything to try it out myself. As a first time user, I felt really self conscious. Was it supposed to take me THIS long to settle on a place to stay at? Are the photos an accurate representation of what the place actually looks like? I will also note that I nearly messed up three times on the booking because the dates had somehow gotten switched in the process. Close. Call. In the end, we settled on a nice studio for the two of us – really we’re only looking for a place to sleep because we’ll be out and about eating and beaching the entire time.
Nadia told me that for some bookings you have to request to book – as in the host approves YOU. Is there anything more nervewracking? I was anxious for a few hours after that just hoping that Jennie and I would be selected and eventually we were and I received a message from the host via AirBnB right after the approval which put all my worries at ease.
Spring Break is on y’all.
A coworker of mine once told me over breakfast that one of the best things about being a parent is watching his son discover something new for the very first time. As his son was having this experience, he himself as a parent, was learning how to appreciate those little things all over again from the eys of his son. It was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever heard at my office and it wasn’t even about work.
I came across this video that Casey Neistat made about his son Owen this evening which I ended up watching in between lots of commercial breaks. It’s really worth all 19 minutes. This video that Casey made about his trip to Peru with his teenage son was the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time.
For one, Owen is way cooler than I ever was at 13. This video reminded me of the adventure my mom took me on to Japan when I was 17 and even then I remember whining that I was missing a month of my summer. Years later, I came to terms that one month back in Seattle would never equate to the experience I had in Japan.
I can’t wait to be a parent someday so I can do things like this with my kid!
First vacation of the year – check! I’m finally now at an age where it has become maybe not a little bit easier, but more convenient for my cousins and I to get together. When we were younger, we were on family trips and there were a lot more people around, but now that we’re adults, we get to plan the trip and we get to do all the things we like doing. There’s a sort of an independence that comes with it and I think that’s why I enjoyed my weekend in Portland so much. A handful of my cousins are still in school ie) Grad school, dental school, etc. They’re all smarty pants! Kristie and I have never actually been to Portland before and since one of our cousins is currently living there and in school, we knew it would be the perfect place to visit first.
I had been itching to experience Portland for myself because for years all I’ve heard was that it was better than Seattle, worse than Seattle, more hipster than Seattle, etc. And now that I’ve finally seen it, I have my own opinions to make. First off, Portland is gorgeous. The trees, the bridges, the water – all things that reminded me of home without actually being at home. I love the little neighborhoods – Alberta, Alphabet District, Pearl, NW 23rd – it’s like any other major city that has their own area. I did, however, find the pace of Portland to be much slower, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something I’m not used to. Our cousin also let us borrow his car the first day we were there and I found it to be fairly straightforward to get around. Let’s talk about the things we ate though since that’s usually the only reason why we write these posts.
Looks like I’ll be able to check off one of my New Year’s resolutions very soon! Earlier this year, I vowed to travel more in 2015. At almost 25, I feel like I’m finally ready to take on all of the vacations and weekend trips that I always dreamed of slash never had the chance to take advantage of while I was in college. On an upcoming “cousins” trip, I’m excited to finally be able to explore Portland! I’ve driven through Seattle’s number two city twice now for road trips to San Francisco, but never had a chance to actually see the city. I hear that it is very much like Seattle, much more hipster, and full of delicious food. I love the Bay Area, but I’m looking forward to getting my Pacific Northwest on just for a little while. We’ll be creating a little packing list that we’ll post about soon just for the trip on Yow Yow!
Since I’ve never been before, does anyone have any suggestions?
I can’t wait to brunch, but it will be easy to find places I think because…Yelp. I’m also excited to try Salt & Straw, Stumptown in its own city AND of course Voodoo Doughnuts. I know it’s completely overrated, but I just have to.
After talking with my manager this week, she even encouraged me to go to one place a month in 2015. Can you imagine the damage that could do to my bank account? I’m excited nonetheless and I’m just going to take it one trip/adventure at a time just so I don’t wear myself out. :)
Favorite Style Icon: Lily Aldridge
Lily is a style icon both on the runway and on the red carpet. This year, we really got to see her show up at a lot of events dressed to perfection. She was featured in our “Snaps for a Snapshots” several times in 2014 so even by the numbers alone, she beats everyone else. We’re looking forward to seeing more of her in 2015 and someday taking over the head angel slot when Adriana and Alessandra retire.
Runner up: Jamie Chung