I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and time back up in Northern California – my computer has been a little screwy so I’m not able to share pictures yet, but soon! – and time is just flying by until the end of this month and the move. Feeling a little scared, excited, and overwhelmed all at the same time. But for now, my parents are in town and I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with them, introducing them to some friends and the places I love here. I hope you all have a lovely weekend, too.
And here are a few fun things from around the web:
These Tumblrs are cracking me up.
All the Restoration Hardware Stocking Stuffers are massively on sale. (I especially love the Pocket Bocce and Stanley Flask).
Jordan’s dark bedroom walls are so lovely.
Rubi has a fun Holiday Gift Guide (first up is the men’s guide, and her blog has beautiful hair images and a portfolio of her work- enjoy!)
These vans (for J.Crew) are perfection.
Recently I’ve been trying to spend as much time with my friends and really bask in the next six weeks of living in LA. I’ve fallen desperately in love with it here again and I know that’s just the rose colored lenses of leaving this place, but I’m having a blast and enjoying my time more than ever. I really will miss my neighborhood and these people, but luckily with work I will get to be here quite a bit.
The above photo is from this past weekend where I watched the USC game with a few friends (and USC students/fans). As an Oregon fan, I could side with USC and we were all extremely happy when USC won (thanks for putting in Oregon in first, guys – and also, go sports!). But mostly, I just enjoy spending time with Kayleigh, the adorable blonde on the left. Kayleigh and I have been friends since before I can even remember. Her Dad was the first person who ever made me eat an oyster, we weathered an earthquake in her living room, and ran around our cul-de-sac as tiny terrors. We were inseparable and I am so happy to have her here in LA – to be able to reconnect and share these moments with her. It was her birthday on Wednesday and we will be celebrating her this weekend. Kay, I love you and am so thankful for you.
I apologize for the grainy cell phone quality photo, but I am trying to get better at documenting my adventures in LA before I leave. And I’ll try to remember to post them, too!
This song is so beautiful.
This is keeping me on point a lot these days. Overall, I’m the happiest I have been in months and it feels nice to just not over think anything and simply be happy. Some days aren’t always that great, some people will always disappoint, and work can be a challenge, but it’s important to keep a healthy distance from those emotions and maintain perspective on the things you’re thankful for. I’m thankful for a lot right now – how much I’m enjoying LA and my friends here, a career I can be proud of, and the person I have become. These last few years have taught me a lot and I’ve grown so much (as you do in the last few years of your 20s). I wouldn’t change who I am for anything. I may not be as settled as I had thought I’d be by now and I may not know what the future holds, but it has dawned on me that it’s a little silly trying to picture it regardless. It’s important to enjoy everything life is giving you currently without thinking too much of the future. My life is going somewhere, that’s for sure. And though I may not know exactly what that looks like, I’m happy to just be moving towards it.
I’m feeling more comfortable in the person I am, and for that I am so very thankful of all the troubles, disappointments, and triumphs that have gotten me here.
“You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart…” – Franz Kafka
I spent a lovely Saturday evening/early Sunday in Santa Barbara this weekend and it was so needed. My heart is full and happy from spending time with some of the people I love most in this world. It’s a nice reminder, too, when you’re around people who love you so endlessly as well – they do exist, they are there. It can get a little isolating in this tiny apartment and this somewhat lonely place that is Los Angeles. It was nice to escape for 24 hours.
The above is a picture I took on an early Sunday morning walk, coffee in hand, around the harbor. The cool, salty air mixed with the warm touch of the sun was revitalizing. I love Santa Barbara more than I can possibly put into words. It holds such a special place in my heart. More photos to come, I’m sure.