A Girls’ Weekend in Napa

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Wearing super old Forever 21 dress (similar here or here), Prada sunglasses, Sam Edelman sandals

This last weekend was one for the record books. Specifically, Saturday was one of the greatest days. A few girlfriends and I had been trying to plan a day trip out of the city for quite a while. Given that the two ladies i’d be traveling with worked in the wine industry, Napa felt more than appropriate. We left San Francisco at around 9am and made our way slowly through Bouchon bakery in Yountville, Olivier in St. Helena and Farmstead for lunch, into some of the most gorgeous wineries I had ever seen.

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We visited Swanson, Raymond and Chandon wineries and couldn’t help but snap a few pictures amidst the stunning vines.

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I have the most beautiful friends and it makes me so happy to capture their pure joy in photos.

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Cheers to many more girls’ weekends this Summer!

Life, Now.

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photo by: erica garlieb with my best friend in the world

I owe you all an explanation. It has been nearly a solid month since I blogged consistently. Truthfully, you guys are my friends, my readers, the people I feel most comfortable speaking candidly to and sharing myself with, and yet in the last month of uncertainty I pulled away. Allow me to explain.

Have you ever felt like everything in your life was inconsistent? Like you had no comfort, no continuity, and it paralyzed you? That is precisely how i’ve been feeling for quite some time now. In the last 75 days my whole world has shifted. Albeit for the better, I have moved apartments (into a gorgeous one, I might add), gotten a new roommate (whom i’m obsessed with), changed jobs (that has been more fulfilling than I could ever imagine), and ended a 4 year relationship that spanned my most formative years. Nothing has felt safe or comforting. I wake up somewhere that still doesn’t feel like home, walk a neighborhood that doesn’t feel like mine, and come home from a new office each day. Blogging was always my comfort. It was where I was able to express myself, dance around in front of a camera and show my true colors. But in the last few months it has felt scary. It has reminded me of a time that feels like so long ago. It felt exhausting, draining, like too much.

Frankly, the thought of sitting down and sharing myself with you guys when I felt so unstable was not something I could stand. Until now. I finally feel like I am under control, and i’ve accepted that while everything in my life changed at exactly the same time, that isn’t a bad thing. I’m strong, I can handle the change, and am very fortunate that every one was only for the better.

So, in short, i’m back! I don’t know what schedule I will be keeping just yet but I hope you’ll stick around for the ride. Thank you for all of your kind words, your emails/tweets/comments have meant so much.

My 24th Year

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Do you ever think back to years in your life that were tough? A lot happened, there were a ton of changes, and you’re left invigorated to be a year older and wiser? That’s pretty much where i’m sitting right at this very moment. Sunday is my 24th birthday, and I couldn’t be more ready to enter into a new year. For me, birthdays mark more transition than a new calendar year. It’s a time to evaluate what you have accomplished the last 12 months, what you hope to change, and to appreciate the opportunity for the months to come.

My beautiful friend Erica was kind enough to style and shoot some birthday pictures to mark this special time. We bought a few balloons, some cupcakes, and galavanted through the Presidio, just documenting. It was magical and I couldn’t be more grateful to have these pictures. Images that show exactly how i’m feeling at this moment, in this age: happy, peaceful, grateful.

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Ten Little Known Facts

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Photo from Greece – 2010

I often receive emails from readers asking me details about my life: where I shop, what I like, and tidbits about my personality in the hopes of getting to know me better. I’m all about transparency and think that this blog benefits from me being real, so here are 10 little known facts about me ranging from completely insignificant to deeply personal. Please let me know if you enjoy these types of posts, as I enjoy writing them.

1. I feel physically uncomfortable when my nails aren’t painted

2. I hope to own property before i’m 30

3. I’m currently 23 years old (24 on May 4th!) but people are often surprised when I tell them that. The way I carry myself feels older, I guess.

4. My current job brings me more satisfaction than I ever thought possible

5. I want to be good at decorating my own home, I really do. But for some reason I don’t have that strong of a home decor muscle. But i’m workin’ on it!

6. I would love it if I wore “flattering” sleepwear to bed. In reality I end up in men’s sweats and oversized t’s

7. I speak with my parents every. single. day

8. I am fluent in both english and spanish

9. I’m half Mexican, but you would never know

10. My greatest hope in life is to have an everlasting love

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