Recently I celebrated my 30th birthday. Prior to turning 30, I took a month long sabbatical. In preparation of my trip, I ordered a few things from Nordstrom and when my things arrived a sample of Gucci Flora was included. I decided to bring it with me along with my usual perfumes.
During the trip, I wore this perfume several times - on days spent laying by the pool, during intimate dinners with my beau and on evenings cruising down the highway.
A few days ago while cleaning I found the sample of perfume in my travel bag and it had leaked. Probably because I didn’t close the cap all the way. But then something happened, as soon as I smelt the perfume all the memories of our trip rushed back to me. I remembered so clearly how the sun felt on my hot skin, how the wind felt blowing through my hair and how happy and blessed I felt to be spending time with my beau.
That’s the amazing thing smell can do to you.
So for my 30th I bought myself a bottle of that perfume. Not because of how great it smells (although that’s a plus) but for the sweet memories I am reminded of every time I wear it and the new ones I will create.
Here’s to turning 30!
Happy dance! My sisters came over yesterday for lunch and we made a cheesecake following this recipe. It turned out delicious!
This week I’m celebrating a little break from school and work and wanted to share a photo from a still life shoot I did for a class project a few weeks ago. Peonies are my favorite flower and so many times we see photos of them still fresh in a secure ball. I wanted to capture my peonies fully bloomed. I think they look like a completely different flower.
It’s been a little over a year since I picked up my first 35mm film camera and started my journey on black and white film photography. Recently I decided to take a class which I envisioned it to help me set aside dedicated time to focus on my craft, be surrounded by others who love the medium and work on my technical skills. If you’d like to follow along, you can find my future blog posts under ‘photography school’ by typing it in the search bar.
I’m already on my fourth week of class and I’ve learned so much. I’ve been pushed outside of my comfort zone (hello completely dark closet that forces me to face my fear of the dark!!!) and I’ve learned to be completely in the moment. It was such a struggle to not let my mind wonder elsewhere when I was watching the clock while developing my film or prints. Now I find it very therapeutic and refreshing to be completely focus on the task at hand with no interruptions.
These photos were taken earlier this week while I was in the lab developing my film and printing. You can see there are clocks everywhere. Time is of the essence!
What is she like?
I was told -
she is a
She is like
the sun to night;
a momentary gold.
A start when dimmed
by dawning light;
the flicker of a candle blown.
A lonely kite
lost in flight -
- Lang Leav
Sanxia District, Taiwan | November 2013
I am so happy Spring is here! I was going a little crazy being locked indoors pinteresting DIYs, watching too many sad documentaries and stuffing my face with comfort foods!
… and with Spring here that means my favorite flowers are at the market! I love Peonies.
I love hanging out with my sisters especially when one of them shares my love for photography and all of them are perfect photographic subjects.
I went shopping with a girlfriend a few weekends ago and was so shocked to hear the women in the fitting rooms talk about their bodies. It was similar to things I would say about myself: I wish I was thinner, smaller here, bigger there, yaddy yah.. and as I looked at myself in my fitting room mirror, at that moment I decided I’m going to start accepting and loving my body for exactly what I see in the mirror. That’s how my mirror selfies started.
… and I am loving the longer days which means romantic sunsets on days we have sunshine.
My sisters are my favorite people to photograph. Aren’t they so beautiful and photogenic? I know I’m being a little bias as their big sis. ;)
On this Saturday morning we waited almost two hours to be seated; however, that time passed by quickly over coffee with lots of funny stories about my nephews, the latest fashion trends, celebrity gossip and updates on our lives.
I love having brunch with my sisters.