Sunday, March 31, 2013

in review: March

Tomorrow will mark another month passed in 2013.  As I mentioned on Friday, it is amazing to me how quickly these last few months have seemed to fly by.  I have been super busy at work, but also in life apparently.  Nearly every weekend this month has been full of friends and fun!  Biking across the bridge, Alameda, hiking, wine tasting with out of town guests and our latest roadtrip.  

Besides the weekends, there have been dinners out, catching up, some journaling and spring-tizing our apartment!  As part of reviewing the month, I have decided to share some of my favorite moments from instagram in March (you can follow me here).  

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and looking forward to a beautiful April!

Friday, March 29, 2013

happy weekend

The weeks are going by so quickly and I can't believe that it will be April on Monday already!  Also, its hard to believe that Easter is on Sunday.  I will be looking forward to the pictures of my nephew Easter egg hunting and all dressed up in his Sunday best!!

R and I are headed out of town on a short road trip down to the Central Coast for some hiking, campfires and Hearst Castle!  I am really excited to spend some time outdoors (though hopefully it doesn't rain!) with my 2 favorite boys.  

I hope everyone has a very lovely Easter weekend! 

  This will be our 4 hour drive down highway 1 tonight...

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

parks, picnics and weekend getaways

Here in SF, we have had a mix of weather the last week or so since spring officially began.  But when the sunny days arrive, I am craving all that it brings, which for me includes long afternoons in the park, riding bikes and a picnic.  Wouldn't Public's bike be perfect with Moz sitting in the back basket riding around the city!

I have also been looking for outfits that would be cute and comfortable not only in the city, but also for traveling.  I have several trips coming up this summer and I love how Madewell's simple linen dress and white sneakers would be perfect for site seeing or out to brunch with girlfriends.  And I am also not sure that I can resist the polka dot backpack which is ideal for biking or even a carry-on.  So many possibilities!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

some thoughts...

As I mentioned last week, I have been taking a blogging class through Blogging Your Way, Blog Boss.  It has been a very inspirational class for me to begin to truly take blogging seriously and to develop tea with hummingbirds in line with my vision.  It has forced me to think of what I want to accomplish and if I could dream big, what that would be.  I love writing and journaling, and this blog has been an opportunity for me to visually represent my passions.

Today, I wanted to share with you my homework from last week.  It was an inspiration board to describe what we ultimately what our blog to become.  I loved putting it together!  To create a story through words and visuals of my true vision.  I know that it will continue to evolve over time, but I hope that this captures the sense of what this blog is meant to be.

One of the most important (and fun) things for me is to continue to have adventures within my own life.  I LOVE to travel and experience new places, people and things.  However, the longer that I live in SF, the more I have found that many of these adventures can happen within our local communities or areas.  Hiking and backpacking is a rather new passion that I only discovered after meeting R.  But I will always adore going off the beaten track to new (and sometimes rather odd) places and sites.

One of the things that I really hope for my blog to become is also a connection for people around the world to share their adventures.  To create a sense of community and inspiration!  I hope that you will continue to follow me on this amazing journey.

To see more images, visit my "Blog Inspiration" board on Pinterest.

Images via Pinterest--siting original sources where possible.  Adventure Club, Girl in Boat, Girl in Rome, Pink Sky, Pink House, Girl in Dress, Rediscover Adventure, Vogue Book, "I Want To Have Adventures With You"-no original source found    

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

California Adventure: roadside attractions

Last weekend, during our Napa trip (read here), we also visited some natural wonders that are near Calistoga, CA.  It was an interesting to see and experience a piece of geological and natural wonder so close to our home.  Both felt a bit like roadside attractions that you may visit on a roadtrip across the country, quirky and excited hype, but it was a fun excursion!

First, we went to the Petrified Forest.  Mostly, I get excited about visiting any forests (maybe it was that there are no real forests in Kansas), but I soon discovered that these are not actual trees, but rocks.  According to wikipedia and my friend's husband, who did actually know what to expect:
"A petrified forest is a forest where the tree trunks have fossilized as petrified wood.  Petrified wood is a result of a tree or tree-like plants having completely transitioned to stone by the process or permineralization."
All of this was happened due to a nearby volcano eruption.  California is definitely a state of natural wonders, but it is interesting to consider it in as completely wild.
Next, we traveled about 5 miles down the road to the Old Faithful Geyser of California.  Which we learned was one of only 3 geysers in the world that perform on regular intervals.  The others being Old Faithful in Yellowstone (the more famous one), and another one in New Zealand.  In addition to be a natural wonder, it also had a petting zoo for goats.  Random, but so much fun to play with and feed all the baby goats!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

happy weekend

The weekend has finally arrived!  It has been a much more restful week than the previous, having time to catch up with a few of my girlfriends at our favorite sushi place, late birthday couples' massage and getting into season 2 of Downton Abbey.  Has everyone seen the show except for me?  Naturally, both R and I are obsessed (and this may lead to a marathon this weekend).

I am very much looking forward to a relaxing weekend with R and Moz.  We are heading out of town next weekend for our nearly annual Easter excursion!  This year, we are heading down south to camp near Hearst Castle.  I am looking forward to exploring and getting a little European fix!

Happy weekend!

Venice image-from my personal archives 

inspiration: hair

Last night at dinner with some girlfriends, we were discussing hairstyles and my recent lack of any drastic changes.  Up until the last couple of years, I was a bit more risk-taking with my hair with purple streaks, asymmetrical layers and even a perm.  However, in preparing for the wedding last year, I was focused on keeping it as long and simple as possible.  Recently though, I have been thinking more and more if I am ready for a more drastic change than just a trim.  So I was pretty excited to stumble upon this link via Cupcakes and Cashmere.  It was fully dedicated to bobs.  I really like the idea of a longer, wavy bob, and a trend that seems to look good on a variety of people.

So I took to Pinterest to come up with some potential inspiration.  I love the center part and waves of the first two, and really...who could resist those cool glasses in #3!!  I definitely have some things to think about!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

spring mint

Happy first day of spring!  Of course in true spring fashion, SF was cold and misty today.  However, that doesn't stop me from dreaming of blooming flowers and dresses (without tights).  I also am a traditionalist when it comes to fashion, and truly do love the spring-like colors this time of year.   

For awhile now, I have been obsessing about minty greens.  I love the softness of the color and it can be paired with neutrals, blacks/greys or even fellow pastels such as lavender and soft pink.  So in honor of spring, I pulled together a items that I am currently loving!  Who wouldn't want to wake up in that beautiful, feminine bed or drink tea and journal in a pretty mug and a "brilliant" notebook! 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

California Adventure: Napa

This past weekend, my friend was in town for some much needed R&R (along with myself).  It had been such a crazy last few weeks, that it was the perfect opportunity to take a long weekend with wine and sunshine.  The weather was perfect and we spent Friday casually making our way to different wineries along St. Helena highway.

Our first stop was at a rather new winery called Ram's Gate Winery.  It is located right at the edge of Sonoma Valley.  It has a beautiful seating area, with a beautiful view of the entire landscape, full of vineyards and sheep grazing.  We tasted 4 different wines, with the sauvignon blanc being our favorite with its crisp, fruity flavors.    

Our next stop was just down the highway at Viansa Winery.  Many people have recommended this winery and I was anxious to try it out.  The place was stunning and we tasted a variety of Italian wines from the vineyards in Carneros Valley.  Our final stops on Friday were to Franciscan and Peju.  Peju is one of my personal favorites.  Family-owned and operated, and organically farmed, they make a delicious variety of wines.  Some of our favorites are Provence, which is a blend of red and white wine that is chilled and PERFECT for any bbq or outdoor gathering.  It is refreshing, but not too sweet as many ros├ęs' can be.  R and I's personal favorite is their Merlot.

On Saturday, we had reservations to tour Beaulieu Vineyard.  I had actually never been to the winery before, but it was a great experience to tour their facilities and see how they make wine.  It is a very labor intensive process and is remarkable to see, rather taste, the final result.  The winery itself has been around for over 100 years, and was one of the few wineries to survive Prohibition.  They have a fascinating history and legacy.  Part of that is their BV Private Reserve Georges de Latour Cabernet.  It was made in memory of the BV founder Georges de Latour.  I am usually not a fan of cabs, but this one was absolutely delicious!  

It turned out to be a perfect weekend getaway, with only a short drive from the city and an opportunity to see the California poppies and mustard flowers in bloom!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

blogs i love

This month I am taking a blogging class from  Blogging Your Way (taught by Holly Becker from decor8), called Blog Boss.  I have had the opportunity to learn so many new things and getting to explore new blogs through the students in the class.  This week, we are doing case studies on blogs and why we love them.  I have chosen a few of my favorite to share today!

8 Blogs that I Love (+1 extra for fun):
My go-to blogs are blogs that I read every day.  Its how I start each morning and I really appreciate the work that these women have put in to give great content and beautiful images day after day. Others are ones that I frequent nearly daily, but also simply love them for the amazing design, unique and creative content and are a true joy to pop by and enjoy a few moments of inspiration in the middle of the day.

A Cup of Jo: I love the diversity of the posting.  It is an amazing and interesting blend, from fashion and parenthood (and I'm not even a parent) to just funny things that she finds in her life.

Cupcakes and Cashmere: I absolutely love the content and diversity.  It is fashion, DIY, cooking and personal glimpses into her life.

Piece of Cake / Peace of Mind: This is a recent one that I found.  I love the primary colors of the design; simple, yet fun and whimsical.   I also love the make/use/wear/eat column which is such a unique way to share inspiration for the week in different aspects of life.  Also, she is a tea lover like me (what's not to like about that)!

Raining Sheep : simple. beautiful. photography

Honey Kennedy : The graphic design of the blog is so lovely.  Many blogs are fairly simple, but honeykennedy has beautiful and ethereal graphic design throughout her entire interface.  Her content is great too, I love her support of local or smaller fashion designers. 

The Senses Five : love the idea of exploring life through the 5 senses and how that is interpreted. 

The final are bloggers from my class.  I have recently gotten acquainted with their blogs, but am looking forward to reading them regularly!
Lovey Dovey : The posts are so interesting and really draw the reader in.  It is really simple and personal.

This Makes Me Happy :  Beautiful and unique layout,  I loved the simple design, clean, beautiful pictures/images.  

A Life Well Lived : When exploring this blog, I loved all of the content, especially on traveling and adventure.  It also has great photography which brings the posts to life.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

happy weekend

 It's supposed to be beautiful this weekend in SF.  My best friend is in town with her husband, so we intend to make the most of every moment; wine tasting, mani/pedi's and good food.  It is definitely a welcome break after the long weeks lately!  

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Read This:

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved reading.  I did it constantly as a child, going to the library once a week to check out as many books as they would let me.  Even in high school and college, I was probably one of the few people who actually read for fun.  Until the last few years, I only read fiction novels, and maybe a couple memoirs here and there.

About 5 years ago, R challenged me as a New Years' Resolution to read 3 nonfiction books.  At the time, this was EXTREMELY difficult for me to accomplish.  But since then, the resolution has stuck.  In addition to nonfiction (which I now love!), I added the challenging of reading classic literature.  There were quite a few books that I realized that many people had read in high school, that I actually had not.  So each year, I have been trying to add to my collection.  I have found this resolution challenging (some classic literature is difficult to get through), but mostly rewarding.

This year, I have focused my resolution on 2 classics and 2 biographies.  And the 2 classics I am focusing my attention on are both over 1000 pages.  The first one I just finished, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.

It has been recommended by a few people, and I have to say that it lived up to every one of them.  It is definitely not a quick read (took me 2 1/2 months), but well worth it for the incredible storytelling and exploration of revenge, forgiveness and human transformation.  

"...all human wisdom is contained in these two words, --"Wait and hope."---Your friend."
It is truly an amazing book, and I can understand why it has been a best seller since its publication in 1844, and why it is a classic tale.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

California Adventure-Sausalito

I apologize for the delay in blogging again.  It has been a unbelievable hectic at my day job, and I have come home most nights completely mentally exhausted.  Which has meant that I haven't done a whole lot of blogging, running or really anything.  The weekends have also been really packed, but full of friends, food and fun times!

A few weeks ago, R, Moz and I had the opportunity to house/dog sit for our good friend and her 2 pups (Zeke and Zebby).  She lives in Sausalito, and we had an amazing time spending the weekend there and exploring the small town just across the bay.  Her house was literally on the water (on stilts), and minutes away from the downtown and plenty of great hiking and biking trails.

Top 2 Photos-the "neighborhood", 3rd Photo: view from the trail

On Saturday, we woke up early to get breakfast at this cute little restaurant, Cibo.  It is chic, modern and the perfect way to start our weekend away.  After that, we took the pups for a long hike in the Marin Headlands.  The trail overlooks Sausalito, Tiburon and Angel Island to give us the perfect views and a chance for the pups to run around freely. 

For a late lunch, we went to F3 (Fast Food Francais).  It is definitely not your typical fast food place.  They had the most varied and unique burgers, including the Duck Confit and Beef with fried oysters (which is what we got).  Bon appetit!  We spent the rest of the day wandering along water line enjoying the beautiful weather!  

It is definitely a perfect short getaway from the city, and Moz thoroughly enjoyed being with his besties for 2 1/2 days! 

Hummingbird we found during our hike!

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