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we’re engaged!

April 10, 2017

The photographer finally becomes the bride! Zach and I are excited on this new chapter in our lives, and it’ll be fun to be on the other side for a change!

Over a week ago, we took a week off and road tripped down to Bishop, CA, where we rock climbed, hiked down into the Owens river gorge (with two small kids, a baby and a small dog, no less!), had Gromit experience his first snow, went to a hot spring surrounded by snow, and all around had a lot of fun. I brought my little Fuji x100, which I’m finding is spectacular for travel, especially with a lot of hiking, because it’s so lightweight, small and fun to use!

jug handle state reserve, california

Headed up the coast to the Mendocino area this past weekend with our friend Allen and his daughter (who is the cutest ever – her and Gromit were like two peas in a pod) and took the opportunity to get some r&r, while at the same time playing with my newest cameras (Fuji X100 & Contax G2). I’m still going to need to wait for the Contax film to develop, but I played around with the images from the Fuji, and I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of how the camera reacts (it’s different than my Canon 5D mk3, which basically feels like an extension to my body)!

The holidays are upon us, which means gatherings galore! We are having Thanksgiving at our place for the first time ever, and I am so very excited, because I simply love hosting. Zach and I have lots of wonderful things in store, and the emphasis is going to be something low-key, yet meaningful, and lovingly put together. Since he also has a lot of food allergies, we’re focusing on making a menu that is “Zach-friendly” (as we call it), while at the same time, putting together an atmosphere that is warm, cozy and inviting.

While planning for our Thanksgiving, I can’t help but recall the gatherings that I have been a part of this year. This year has definitely been the year of Friendsgivings, and I don’t blame anyone – who wouldn’t want to put on a beautiful gathering and bring people together for a shared meal? One of my favorites this year was definitely the one put on by Lonny Magazine x Shelter Co, which I was invited to by my friend Alicia. I’ve been following Lonny since they began and obsessing over Shelter Co’s tents, so it a huge treat for me to see this all in person. It was such a magical day that I’ve been keeping the feel of this event on the back of my mind, while we plan our own little Thanksgiving get-together. We have some fun projects in the works that will result from our little gathering too, which we’re very excited to share. In the meantime, we can just soak in the loveliness from this day. <3

The twinkling lights, tents and long table set up outside in the wild made for such a magical affair.

Some of my favorite elements for the table were their pomegranate decor, enamelware plates and bowls, and menu designs!

A craft tent was also put up, where we all made fun feather hangings to take home.

Salt Point provided the delicious meats (I still think about that yummy turkey chili)

And of course, one had to end the night with some cast iron apple pie, and a bonfire.

Other inspiration:
- Lonny’s post about this event
- Alicia’s write up from this day
- Some Friendsgiving tips from Hither & Thither  (I became a fan of honeycomb that day!)

Here’s to hoping your holiday gatherings this year are inspired and wonderful!

 

One of the biggest benefits of moving back up to Sacramento has definitely been the proximity to San Francisco. With the ability to make a quick day trip into one of my favorite cities in the world is definitely a perk! On this particular trip, my dear friend Vanessa and I explored some new areas, and hit some of our favorite local spots.

Up at the crack of dawn, Vanessa and I drove into SF playing music that we inevitably ended up creating into a playlist for you to enjoy, while perusing the images. :)

Above is The Mill, who has probably the most amazing toast ever. Seriously! Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed!

We then wandered into The Perish Trust, which was only a few doors down, and browsed at all the lovely wares they had there. I wanted to take everything home!

We then hit up the Haight for some vintage shopping at Wasteland, where I snagged a cute slouchy sweater, and then some eats at Sparrow Kitchen & Bar. The most delicious huevos rancheros I ever had!

We then hit up The Mission District, and lounged at Delores Park, after indulging in some Bi-Rite ice cream! That was a definite must to round the whole day out. :)

a very encinitas christmas .

December 24, 2015

Last year, just before moving back to Northern California, we decided to have an impromptu gathering of all the friends that weren’t traveling away for the Christmas holiday. Seeing that it was the last holiday we’d spend in Southern California, we made it “a very Encinitas Christmas.” ;) Ferns were gathered, mandarin oranges procured, and menus printed up. Food was cooked & eaten, dogs were played with, records were spinning, drinks were consumed and garlands were worn as crowns. It was a very Merry Christmas, and I thought I’d share with you images from our little gathering, on this year’s Christmas Eve. :)