Locals Only; Shutter + Light

I just have to note the irony of this post- I couldn't blog the past couple of weeks because my disk on my laptop was full. I'm writing about an awesome analog camera shop but my digital photos were taking up space...Well, I thought it was funny. 

Shutter + Light is a camera store located in Santa Ana, close to my favorite shops, Mothers Market and Harveys. When I head down there, I like to pop in Todd's camera store and say hello, and see what new stuff they carry. They are the only ones in Orange County that carry Impossible Film, offer tintypes, and will offer to test your Polaroid camera to make sure it works before buying film. How awesome is that? I can't keep track of the amount of time and money wasted in thrift stores and ebay searching for the perfect vintage camera only to discover it doesn't work. This is one of the perks Todd offers in his shop. 

I've actually just found out about tintypes through S+L, and I was curious about what they were. I was there for the process and it was awesome to watch. I saw how careful the process was, sometimes it's hit or miss, but just like film, that's the exciting part of it and I can see why Todd does them. 

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"A tintype is a handmade photographic process that was invented in the late 1800’s. It is a chemical based process that allows you to put an image on a piece of tin (we use aluminum). So the image you see on the plate is silver. Since it is a chemical based process each image is unique and one of a kind. If you have the same subject and controlled lighting the image will still look a little different because of the way the chemicals were poured on the plate. It’s a fascinating process...When I say beautiful images I mean that in the way they are unique and one of a kind. Like a lot of hand made products they have their flaws and special qualities. They are not perfect and to me that is what makes them beautiful."

You can see more of Todd's tintypes and book your appointment here. The prices range from $60 to $220.

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Visit the store for their vintage cameras, too. I was in awe of the vintage Diana cameras they had. It's a small shop but they have so much! If you're going to Disneyland and are short on film, this is the place to go. 

Shutter + Light on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

189 E. City Place Dr. 
Santa Ana, CA 92705

(714) 617-5374
Shop hours:Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-5pm

Locals Only is a series on our.city.lights blog highlighting Anaheim and surrounding areas in the OC. If you're a small business and would like exposure on this blog, I love supporting local business'. Contact me here. 

Book Review: California

Most dystopian novels have a twist- zombies, or global disease, but this twist from California by Edan Lepucki, I didn't see coming. The writer builds her characters so well, I was getting annoyed with Frida, the main character, as if I really knew Frida in real life. She's stubborn, fearless, and spoiled and I couldn't stop reading. She's pregnant with her first baby and struggling with keeping a healthy marriage and healthy baby when there are limited resources in a fallen world. There is no food, only the food they grow, no antibiotics and even bandaids are hard to come by. The survival story of Frida and her husband Cal is exciting. I can't help but see myself in this book. The way the world Frida and Cal live in is not far off from how we live now. The only difference is coffee is extinct, internet is for the super rich, and eyeliner is described almost like a unicorn, it's never been seen in the last days. How would I live with the post apocalyptic life? It puts you on the edge of your seat, white knuckles you, and all the other cliches to tell you this book is suspenseful. After I finish a book, I normally pick up another one. However, I couldn't concentrate on my new book. I had to give myself a day or two to think about what Lepucki wrote. She wrote a great summer read. It's dark, disturbing, suspenseful, and well written. That's what I loved best about this book. Regardless of how silly the story is (extinct coffee? ha!) Lepucki has a gift for writing that keeps you reading. 

nail polish from the new black in walrus

nail polish from the new black in walrus

Friday Darlings

Every Friday I have a weekly collection of things I find darling. 

A few weeks ago I got this in the mail, from Jess' shop My Charming Colors. She makes these mason jar cozies and they've been perfect for ice cold drinks. They don't "sweat" and look adorable. 

A few weeks ago I got this in the mail, from Jess' shop My Charming Colors. She makes these mason jar cozies and they've been perfect for ice cold drinks. They don't "sweat" and look adorable. 

+ Thanks so much for the nice comments on this photo. There were hundreds of comments but most were curious about the lipstick and the glasses. I'm wearing Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso and I love LOVE my new glasses from Bonlook designed by Elsie and Emma

+ I've been in the process of getting rid of stuff. Not just clutter in my home, but clutter online and clutter in how I spend my time. This article and this one make me want to de-clutter more. 

+ 7 Harsh Truths They Don't Tell You About Personal Growth

+ Simple Ways to Make Someone's Day

+ Things I want to do- make a habit of being a plant eater more. Habits of Highly Effective Plant Eaters.

+ The trashy part of Disneyland. 

+ What do fireworks during the day look like

+ Amazing before and after home transformation. 

+ A Night at the Museum

+ Where's the cereal emoji though

+ One of my favorite red-headed-red-lip wearing women chimes in on her favorite red lipsticks.

+ Friday night pizza night

+ This instagram post. And this one

Happy Friday! 

YSL Babydoll vs Miss Manga

I'm not a beauty blogger but L'oreal's new mascara, Miss Manga, caught my attention. It reminded me of YSL Babydoll, a mascara I've been using for about 8 months and I'm on my second tube. One is high end while the other is a cheaper drugstore brand, but both mascaras advertise the full-fringe-wide-eyed-cute effect unlike a traditional mascara. I don't have big lashes, or any visible lashes, really and if I could save money on my daily beauty routine, I thought readers would, too. Read on to see how both worked!

YSL Babydoll $30 This is the mascara I would keep buying over and over. It does work on my short lashes and make me look less tired. It's not a miracle product but it works, and for me, it's been worth paying the higher end price for it. I also love the packaging. Just like the brand, the packaging is just as luxurious as the name. It's easy to come off, it has survived light teary nights, but failed during the tougher nights, so if you're going swimming in it, it's not going to hold. The brush is clean, clump free but the more I apply, it becomes thicker without clumping. 

L'oreal Miss Manga $7  I used this mascara on both my lashes and bottom lashes. I don't use mascara on my lower lashes because they smear easily and this mascara doesn't smear, even YSL. It is clumpy if you have too many strokes, it gets that "spider" lash look but I don't mind it because it can be fixed with a good lash brush. Unlike YSL, if you apply it a few times, you just make them thicker. With L'oreal's mascara, it appears to make the lashes look longer with each stroke. The brush bends for flexibility but I didn't see the point of that for my own application. Another bonus? It made my lashes so long, they hit my glasses. 

I like Miss Manga better not just for the price, but it does the job. It's cheap so you can buy one once a month. I try to make YSL last for 3 months. I like YSL but I realized I love the packaging and the name of it more than the actual formula. When I order it from Sephora, I love getting the box, opening it up and savoring the moment of retail therapy. L'oreal is just one quick trip to Target. It has cute packaging but it feels cheap. The packaging is a lighter plastic and the wand is clumpy, it just requires smudging it off a bit on the tube before you apply. The brush is cheap but it works better than YSL, so I'm still wrapping my head around this. Like I said, I'm not a beauty blogger and the only mascara I've used mostly was higher end. I'm happy with L'oreal's Miss Manga over YSL's Babydoll, and I'm open to other drugstore products. 

My Summer Beauty Essentials

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I am so excited to share what items are going to get the most use this summer. 

+ Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12 and Dipbrow Pomade- We're past the TMI part of this blog, right? Ok. I sweat. A lot. So much, my eyeliner and eyebrows are gone by the end of the day. Dipbrow has stayed in tact. I've tested this at Disneyland, in the heat, during workouts and many teary nights. I use the brush to apply it to my brows and use it as gel eyeliner. 

+ Nail X Formula in Turbo. This nail polish means business. It's bright, lasts for a long time, and it can be applied with multiple coats to add more color. I've only finished one polish before, and I think I'll be finishing this one, too. 

+ Supergoop Sunscreen Eyecream. Just because I wear glasses and shield my eyes doesn't mean I shouldn't miss that part of my face for sunscreen. It's an anti-aging eye cream without the heavy paragons, sulfates, phthalates, safe for sensitive skin, and has stayed put. So on those days I decide to wear contacts, it doesn't burn my eyes. What I love best is it's surprisingly priced for an anti aging cream that actually works, under $50. 

+ Cover FX Natural Foundation. I recently switched foundations and there's no looking back. This foundation stays put, has less chemicals than the previous one I used, it's water resistant, anti-inflammatory, calms my redness, it's vegan, fragrance-free, and it's so much gentler on my sensitive skin but still covers my rosacea. A little goes a long way, too. It's thick but blends well. 

+ Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Vinyl Gloss. This is the first lip gloss I've loved, I'll admit. I'll always go for the lipstick before I bother with lip gloss. Long hair and lip gloss are the worst combo, it gets stuck to my lips and rubs off on my face. Marc Jacobs Beauty has developed a lip gloss that avoids that color drag, my lips are in tact and there is no strange wine colored streak across my cheeks. 

+ Davines Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner. There's a reason "miracle" is in the name of this conditioner. A little goes a long way, my favorite part. My long thicker hair sucks up conditioner and it's constantly on my shopping list. This conditioner not only saves me money, but it works. I use it a deep conditioner by adding a cotton hot damp towel wrapped around my hair for a few minutes. I found it for $1 cheaper here

+ Sunscreen Bands. I'm recommending this product hoping the reader already uses sunblock. (My favorite is Alba's brand) When applying sunblock, rub a little on the band, wear it when you're out in the sun and when it's time to re-apply, it'll change colors to remind you. Unless you remember to always apply, these bands aren't needed. I get lost in time and end up with minor sunburns even when I apply sunblock. Plus, I paid $$$$ for my tattoos, I don't want to lose the color simply because I forgot to reapply. This is a great investment not just for your health. 

+ Soapwalla Deodorant Cream. Ok, so this is where things are getting real TMI. I'm totally comfortable in my sweat. However, I'm not comfortable around other people smelling it. This is an aluminum-free, organic, non-animal tested, vegan thick cream applied to your underarms instead of the conventional deodorant stick. Plus the idea of a chemical making you stop sweating completely, something our bodies are meant to do, sounds grosser to me than a smelly person. It's been tested under stress, the sun, heavy workouts, worn with black outfits and it doesn't rub off and you don't have to wait for it to dry unlike other natural deodorants. 

So those are my beauty summer essentials! If there's something I missed you can't live without, email me and let me know. I'd love to try it out. 

Friday Darlings

Every Friday I have a weekly collection of things I find darling. 

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Here are some Disneyland fireworks from the other night. I was so close, I could feel the smoke. The best view of them is the top of parking lot, FYI! 

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Here are some Disneyland fireworks from the other night. I was so close, I could feel the smoke. The best view of them is the top of parking lot, FYI! 

June 2014 Favorites

Let's take a look back at favorites for June 2014

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Favorite Instagram account is girlsfort. Andrea captures sweet moments of her day, her daughter and local coffee. It's so banal, but there's creativity and sincerity packed in a small square sized photo. 

Favorite purchase is OXO pineapple corer. Fresh pineapple taste so much better than canned and I've had a hard time cutting it, and it was awkward. I found this OXO corer and I'm enjoying fresh pineapple. 

Favorite moment was meeting Paul Frank. I've loved his designs for over a decade and he is so sweet and appreciative. 

Favorite purchase were my Birkenstock sandals. Yes, they're trendy and that's why I initially bought them but last year when my feet were twice the size due to edema, someone suggested them. I'm so sorry I didn't buy them earlier. I have sciatica, pelvic and back problems (another reason to lose weight) and these shoes totally ease the pain. I'm eyeing this pair next

Here's to July 2014!

Teadrops- Rethinking Tea

This is a paid partnership but it's a brand I 100% support, love and recommend and I hope you will, too

I love the idea of tea. However, every time I brew it, I'm off on the timing, the measuring, and I don't know how hot to make the water for certain teas. I love the benefits I'm sipping of tea, I know I could get more out of a leaf if I brewed it correctly. And I love Teadrops for this. Sashee, who grew up drinking tea her whole life, made it so much easier for people like me. No measuring, no timing, no worries about the temperature. Teadrops is tea formed in single serving designs with organic sugar. 

I tried them this morning, currently sipping and writing this blog post, and it tastes like tea should taste like. It's really easy to do, I feel silly explaining it. You add a Teadrop to the bottom of your cup, pour hot water, and enjoy. I love the sustainable packaging, Sashee's passion for changing the way we view tea, and my favorite part is they're all made here in California, by hand. I have so much love for Sashee and this company, I don't think I'm going back to plain tea leaves anytime soon. 

There's a giveaway on Instagram right now if you'd like a chance to win! 

You can buy from Teadrops directly on their page, get updated on news on Facebook and Instagram. Thank you, Sashee for making such a quality product. 

Friday Darlings

Every Friday I have a weekly collection of things I find darling. 

If you love scripture and Jane Austen, this Jane Austen Devotional is such a great combo, I highly recommend it for quiet mornings with a cup of coffee. 

If you love scripture and Jane Austen, this Jane Austen Devotional is such a great combo, I highly recommend it for quiet mornings with a cup of coffee. 

+ The archive of hit summer songs 

+ Orange is the New Black in real life *SPOILERS INCLUDED*

+ Saved by the Bell Lifetime movie. Srsly. 

+ A sweet story with a sweeter recipe. I'll be trying it this summer. 

+ Literally the Best Thing Ever- The Madonna Inn

+ I've gotten to know and love Tania on Instagram and she's taking on blogging

+ If you're local, The Cheese Shop has a deal on Amazon Local

+ Design Aglow has the ultimate giveaway for bloggers, photographers and creatives. 

+ A stunning maternity shoot. 

+ Friday night pizza night 

Enjoy your weekend! 

 

Healthy Eating + Snapchat

I know everyone has a different opinion for weight loss but I'm just sharing what I like so far. I should also clarify the obvious- I'm not a doctor, or a nutritionist, my snapchats aren't a weight loss program.

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I love my body, I'm not ashamed of it but I want to lose the weight because I gained it when I carried a baby full term, my body is just another reminder and I'd love to move forward. I was inspired by my favorite Instagram foodie accounts- @eating_whole, @sometimessweaty, @livylovestorun, and @karalinaluna to name a few. I would love to do Instagram but I don't have time to keep up with another account. Snapchat is easy for me because I don't have to style a photo, there are no filters, no edits, just basic pure healthy food. I hope just like other's have inspired me it's inspired you. So far I've lost 7 lbs in one week. It's not just snapping a photo, it's an accountability for myself. With the mix of my new treadmill desk and doing Pure Barre 3x a week, I'm happy with the results so far. Some people just eat their food, I like to snapchat it! Find me under "ourcitylights". See you there! 

Texas Forever

Ok, so I've never been to Texas but I love Friday Night Lights. I love the show for the thoughtful, heartfelt and smart writing, the unforgettable characters and the simple plots. Small town, college football with the occasional unexpected dramatic moment doesn't seem like it would make a good show, but the documentary camera style feels like you're a part of the Taylor family and the Panthers team. It's vulnerable, honest, witty and inspirational. A funny thing- I hate hate football, but I love Coach Taylor and Team Panthers. And Tami Taylor’s hair and all her y’alls. Here's some FNL inspired art for you

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts banner by Banter Banner

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts banner by Banter Banner

Clear Eyes Print by Speak Easy Digital Art

Clear Eyes Print by Speak Easy Digital Art

Buddy Garrity framed print by brianmietz

Buddy Garrity framed print by brianmietz

FNL quote by Graceymay

FNL quote by Graceymay

No Regrets card by EtherealDesign

No Regrets card by EtherealDesign

Gold Foil print by Honey and Fitz

Gold Foil print by Honey and Fitz

The Landing Strip shirt by Red Bubble 

The Landing Strip shirt by Red Bubble 

These aren't FNL related but how awesome would a FNL quote be on these custom wooden signs from Kaelahbee? 

These aren't FNL related but how awesome would a FNL quote be on these custom wooden signs from Kaelahbee

It's one of those TV shows that I'm sad I never watched while it was on, but I think it'll be one of the few shows that I will watch over and over. Texas forever!  

 

Lobster Nachos, Hidden Mickey's, and Sequins

Over the weekend we went to The Cove Bar in Disney's California Adventure. We've heard great things about the lobster nachos and the drinks. We went on a Friday at opening and it's not as crowded and you have first dips on the tables with the great views. Scott and I split the lobster nachos and I ordered the coconut elixir. I'm so hungry as I'm writing this and it was a bad idea to blog about delicious food. 

It was the first weekend of summer and with SPF 70, I still got sunburnt. I used to have this awful weird sensitive disorder where if I went in the sun at all, my skin would flare and get bumpy and bubbly. It was so gross but after pregnancy, it went away. Thank you, hormones. I look forward to spending my summer days comfortably outside. I also picked up a new set of Mickey ears. Pink, polka dots and sequins. It was a cherry on top of my sweet weekend. 

Friday Darlings

Every Friday I have a weekly collection of things I find darling. 

I cut our photo booth pics from the Ace Hotel. I put a few of them in an acrylic frame, and Scott put the other in his phone case. It's the little things, you know? 

I cut our photo booth pics from the Ace Hotel. I put a few of them in an acrylic frame, and Scott put the other in his phone case. It's the little things, you know? 

+ Can I just say how much I love love Ainsely (@mylittleartichoke?) She sends me a ton of pink inspired photos on Instagram by tagging me. Some are homes, some are pipes (!!) and some are just beautiful. Thank you, Ainsley! 

+ A friendly reminder- I'm taking summer sponsors this week. Last day will be June 23rd and I'm not taking any new partnerships until Fall 2014. Email me and let's talk. 

+ I've been snapchat'ing. I felt too old at first but now I'm getting the hang of it. Find me under "ourcitylights"

+ Do you want to join a gym for the summer but can't afford it? Try your local YMCA

+ I am in love with Dipbrow. After a few hours at Disneyland, my eyebrows were the only thing in tact. 

+ I want to play along

+ Friday night pizza night.

+ Add more books to your summer reading list. 

+ Check out the new cleaning green products. 

+ Who needs a fussy dress when you can just wear this to a party

+ I tested this recipe out and it's amazing. Put a little on Indian naan bread, so yummy.

+ Enjoy your summer solstice! 

Friday Darlings

Every Friday I have a weekly collection of things I find darling. 

I love my shirt from Jawbreaking. However, when I wore this it was Wednesday, ha! 

I love my shirt from Jawbreaking. However, when I wore this it was Wednesday, ha! 

+ Ada strikes again

+ I love this Instagram account

+ I joined the Birkenstock trend and I have no regrets! They are so comfortable and my back and sciatica pain has calmed down so much since I began wearing them. Trendy or not, they are some serious orthopedic shoes.

+ This is the last week to order Wes Anderson shirts from American Laundromat records, get it today while you can. 

+ Smocking Birds, a baby shop in OC Mart, had their grand re-opening. I purchased Max's first "outfit" there with a few more pieces. I would love to visit again to check out the new place! 

+ Seeking Your Authentic Self is Like Looking for a Unicorn 

+ I'm selling my shoes that no longer fit on Instagram. One of the ones I'm letting go are these wonderful By Paige shoes for under $40, barely worn. The bids end Sunday, get your bid on here if you're a size 7! I'll be purging more as I find more! 

+ Love love the ABM ladies photo diaries of their last vacation here and here

+ The Palm Springs vacation photos from Danielle makes me want to go back!

+ Friday night pizza night (not clean eating approved but gluttony approved). There is a quinoa mac and cheese with some vegan cheese, maybe it may work? I'll get back to you on this. 

+ If you make the real thing- try this to detox with it. 

+ I don't know the original source, but all the heart eyes for this 

+ Happy Friday! 

Taco Tuesday at El Jefe

I love tacos. I don't need a Tuesday to tell me to have tacos, but I will happily take advantage of the happy hour on Taco Tuesdays. When we were in Palm Springs, we loved El Jefe, located inside The Saguaro. I ordered the hibiscus tea and the fish tacos and we split the nachos. The tacos had traditional Mexican ingredients, but with the pickled cabbage and fresh fish, it didn't taste like the regular taco. I'm not a food blogger and I'm having a hard time describing this and all that comes to mind is the sophisticated word- YUM. 

El Jefe in Palm Springs

1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

The Anger of Grief

I didn’t want to write about Max because I didn’t know how to write with grace and love when I was stuck in anger and hate. I write this now from a different perspective of my grief than when I first wrote about Max.I don’t want to come off like I needed attention, or have this victimhood. My baby died but the world doesn’t owe me anything. Terrible things happen and while it changed my life, I still wanted to write good things about Max but I was so angry, I was stuck in my grief phase of “anger”. It was anger I felt towards people. No, I’m not angry at God. I’ve always believed God was in control, so why in the world would I be angry that he finally did take control. 

What I was so angry about was the people- how the nurses put me in the maternity ward to deliver a stillborn when I could hear newborns crying and they sent me home with a “Congrats New Mom!” tote full of diapers. I was angry at the people who I thought would be there the most were the ones who ran away the farthest. I was angry at the comments I was getting from people who have never had a baby and were giving me “advice” to get over it.  I was trying so hard to write about this beautiful baby but I was stuck. I was stuck on the criticism I’ve opened myself up to. I will always be a grieving mom and while I used to have thick skin, it’s hard to get it back. I get emails and comments from both extremes- “how dare you be happy when you just lost your son” to “you are a terrible person for feeling the way you do”. I had to stop writing about Max on here because Max’s story is a love story, his story is a gift and I thought some didn’t deserve to hear it. Even though he’s not alive, like a parent, there’s still a sense of protection of his little legacy, because that’s all I have of him to protect.

Something beautiful happened recently- I wasn’t angry anymore. I know it sounds crazy but after being angry for long enough, I was miserable being angry. I didn’t want Max’s memory to be associated with anger. It’s normal, it’s okay, but I was miserable. I wanted to be free of it. I would rather accept the sadness than lose my life in the anger. I understood there isn't a normal for infant death and while people say stupid things, I found grace and love in them. It didn’t just happen overnight, it happened over months time, with surrounding myself with people that love me- anger and all-, it took hours of therapy, hours of multiple baby loss groups, hours of vulnerability. I wouldn’t change the anger for anything else because if that’s what it took to get me to the emotional freedom I’m at today, I would do it all over again. And again. And again. Thank God for grace. 

Opening Day at Anaheim Packing District

I went to the opening day at the Anaheim Packing House. I remember 2 years ago talking to a historical volunteer, standing in a city building, looking down on the balcony at an empty lot. He said they wanted to restore the packing house and hopefully in a year or two it would be full of shops and people. I had no idea two years later he would be right. Not only is there a restored historical building, but good food, a brewery, to name a couple things.

We tried Orange Tei, a ramen and sushi restaurant and the name "Orange" is a throwback to the packing house. The ramen has hints of citrus and so far, it's my favorite place to eat in the packing house.

We also picked up a popsicle from Pop Bar. Normally I wouldn't recommend a popsicle that costs $5 but this isn't just a regular watered down sugary treat. These are handmade with yogurt and gelato and they offer vegan options. I picked up the chocolate and it tastes like a crisp brownie on a stick- amazing! I would recommend this place and standing in line for a few minutes was worth it. 

My personal favorite place was Studio La Fleur. It's based out of Costa Mesa and they set up their own shop at the packing house. So far, I've been twice and loved it every time (see here and here). I tell them what my budget is and I tell them I want flowers that will last me the week. They not only get creative, but they've lasted me longer than a week the first time. It costs more than Trader Joe's but I get a one of a kind bouquet made and I'm supporting local. 

Anaheim Packing House

440 S Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805

Friday Darlings

Every Friday I have a weekly collection of things I find darling. 

My friends had a Photo Booth and I loved how fun it was. We were awkward, funny, and you really get to know someone when they pick up a prop. This is my friend's aunt, how adorable and cool is she in those Minnie ears??

My friends had a Photo Booth and I loved how fun it was. We were awkward, funny, and you really get to know someone when they pick up a prop. This is my friend's aunt, how adorable and cool is she in those Minnie ears??

I missed out on a whole month of links, and while these are a few weeks old, they're archaic in blog time but I still want to share! Never doing that again! 

+ Candelles has a new summer collection. The scents are always unexpected but work perfectly well combined. 

+ Brandy once again, shares what's on her mind and nails it. 

+ Now I want to visit London even more

+ My book list is getting longer and longer and it's one to-do list I hope that never ends. Danielle recommends more books for the season. 

+ I always talk about how Pure Barre changed my life, and if you're curious and local, Groupon has a half off deal right now. 

+ On the topic of local, the Anaheim Packing House was two years in the making and it was worth it.  

+ Friday night pizza night

+ Secrets of the Stacks

+ Last month was Weezer's 20 (yes, TWENTY!) year anniversary of the blue album, one of my favorites, yep, even 20 years later *insert old lady emoji*

+ I recently ordered a print from Sarah Hunt and I'm looking for more space around my walls to see what else I can add from her collection. 

+ Local or not, this is my new favorite. I see my city in a different view now. I love seeing the mundane in another creative perspective.

+ I don't know which photo I'll be uploading, but I would love to get this

+ I've been wearing this nail set all week. It's perfect for summer and I love how easy the glitter comes off. 

Enjoy your weekend!