Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! I was trying my hardest to stay completely off of my computer yesterday because I wanted to enjoy the time with my family and *successfully* achieved my goal. To top things off, I didn’t buy anything during Black Friday. Self control, like whoa!
Actually, I didn’t really feel like I needed to buy anything. I had recently purchased two holiday party dresses (I only needed one) so that felt like enough for me. On top of that, I’m headed to Boston next weekend and saving money just always sounds like a really good idea. I was very lucky to have celebrated three Thanksgiving this year! A record! Every year, my company hosts a Thanksgiving with an entire feast and it’s one of the most darling events we hold each year. Last weekend, I also attended Mandi’s Friendsgiving which was also very sweet and started with a win from the Seahawks. That’s always a good thing especially since we’re having an embarassing season so far. Here are a few photos from all three events for you to enjoy below. This year, I am very thankful for:
Before these became everyone’s favorite centerpieces!
Last week, we traveled down to the south for the very first time! I had been looking forward to this trip for awhile and after 4 days of hard work with my team in Houston at the Grace Hopper Conference, a few of us had planned ahead of time to wind down in Austin the weekend after. Houston was whatever, but Austin was extremely cute and charming. If I had to describe it, it was probably a more fast paced Portland, but with that same darlingness and Southern charm that you might expect. When planning this trip, we all kind of prioritized what mattered to us the most 1) Food 2) A great Airbnb in an awesome neighborhood and 3) the ability to get around – so we got a rental car and I played Soccer Mom the entire weekend!
It’s still summer in Texas so with the hot hot heat, we headed over to Barton Springs for the afternoon where we laid out and sort of got into the water.
I thought I would give you all a heads-up… I’m headed to Houston/Austin this week! During the work week, I’ll be in Houston and then come Friday, my coworkers and I will be flying off to Austin for a weekend of non-stop eating, bar-hopping, shopping, and sun! There won’t be any posts while I’m gone, but I promise to write something up when I return so you can see all of the photos and see the places we went. I actually haven’t been excited about a trip like this in a long time. I’ve never been to Texas before or even the south for that matter. It’s always more fun when you can go somewhere new. Plus, one of my favorite college friends, Nicole, is currently living in Austin so it will be nice to see the city through her eyes. It’s her last week before she moves to Dallas. Have a great week y’all!!
P.S. you can follow all of my Texas adventures on my Instagram this week!
– Big Boi and Phantogram collaborated on a new album together and we can’t wait for it to be released. [Time]
– Ciders are making it onto the drinking scene [Valet Mag]
– 14 drinks you’re not allowed to order after you turn 30 [Cool Material] AMF should’ve made this list.
– The most Instagrammed location in every state [Cool Material]
– Former Facebook employee is building a very high-tech hotel in Palm Springs [CNN]
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!