girls only.

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I just finished my first semester of graduate school (so happy about that!). After a super intense semester I needed a little getaway. So my friend Adri and I took a girls mini-vacation to Palm Springs… one of the best places to just lay by a pool and relax. I’ll admit I have a slight obsession with Palm Springs and the ACE. I feel like I’m experiencing the 1960′s, haha. It’s so laid back, much slower than SF. A girls trip was exactly what we needed. I wished we could have stayed longer and I’m already thinking about when I can go back. Perhaps, a birthday trip will be in order? Anyway, now it’s time to get back to San Francisco. It will be nice getting back to the city. Coming home is always nice. <3

dreaming of apartment bliss.

I have really been itching to redecorate my apartment and was pinning ideas like crazy before school started. Due to lack of funds and time, a total makeover will not be happening anytime soon. But I am going to slap on a fresh coat of paint, declutter, and add some greenery into the mix. First, I’m going to get some friends to come over for a “painting party” (aka a mild form of torture). I’m sure they are dying to attend. I will feed them, make them cocktails, and then my apartment will be freshly painted. It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint can totally transform a space.  

After I have reorganized and painted, I would like to steal this idea and use beakers to spread flowers and greenery throughout the apartment. I fell in love with this idea the moment I saw it and sent the photo to my best friend immediately because it reminded me of her. This will be a clean, simple, and a fairly inexpensive addition.

The one item I would like to save up for and can hopefully thrift and refinish is a new coffee table. The style of the coffee table above is what I will be looking for. Initially, I wanted a vintage  slated coffee table like this one. Unfortunately, most of the ones I found in my price range measure too long  and will not work in my space. If I can find a one less lengthy at a less taxing price, I will go for it. If not, I think a round coffee table will be the perfect solution.

Okay, so these plant stands are expensive but I had to share them because they are so awesome. I may not be able to get the stands, unless I can thrift something similar. but some pots and plants are doable. The tricky part will be keeping the plants alive! Let’s just say I was not blessed with a green thumb. Any tips?

When I first moved to San Francisco I dreamt of finding the quintessential SF apartment complete with hardwood floors, bay windows, and a ton of charm. Well, I got the hardwood floors but that bay windows and charm were out. Yet I cannot complain because the clean lines have grown on me, I scored the hardwood floors, and it’s rent controlled (ah, the dream). So needless to say in my apartment I stay. I love the inspiration room above: the huge tree-like plant, natural elements, textures, and that rug! I am going to keep the simplicity of the two rooms posted in mind as I slowly acquire new items for the apartment. However, I can’t help but wish I could start over and redecorate the whole space. One can dream…

life lately.

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It has been quite awhile since my last post. To be honest, I was going back and forth about whether to stop this blog altogether or start fresh with a new one. Then, I realized that I really enjoy having a blog so quitting was not the best choice and my friends said that I have too much content to start over. I agree. Much change and growth has been documented on this blog so it’s something I have decided to continue. The only thing is I’m not sure how often I will be able to post once graduate school begins. As mentioned in the previous post, I applied to graduate school and got in! I will start working on my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at UC Berkeley this summer. I’m beyond thrilled! Things are definitely on the up and up.

I thought I would share the good news and some photos of a few of my favorite things: beautiful white roses and greenery from an amazing friend, minerals from my best friend Chime (check her blog out at chimeblahblah), and a little air plant from Paxton Gate, a store worth checking out if you’re ever roaming around the Mission District. Just a few things that make me smile.

P.S. I hope to start posting outfits again soon. I keep saying I’m going to set up a tripod in my apartment, but my laziness prevents that from becoming a reality. Plus, most of the time I’m wearing overalls anyway. I guess it’s time for an overalls post?

break time.

 madewell denim | swedish hasbeens heart platform sandals | j.crew factory peplum top | ray ban wayfarers | vintage coach classic city bag | thrifted bangles

work has been beyond hectic lately and after spending most of my weekend writing and revising essays for my graduate school applications, i am definitely ready for a break. but i wanted to make sure i was satisfied with my personal statement and essay questions before leaving so that i can really relax. mission accomplished. it will be so nice to hop on a plane tomorrow morning and head out to socal to visit my family. i’m excited about spending thanksgiving with them and eating all of the awesome food my mom prepares. have a happy thanksgiving! i know i will. xo

in rainbows.

forever 21 dress | j.crew classic link necklace (similar) | michael kors watch | madewell boots | vintage coach city bag | j.crew tights

yesterday i spent the afternoon at the de young with some friends. i was waiting for the david hockney exhibit for a couple of months so i was really excited to check it out. it was amazing! seriously, i was smiling the whole time. as a matter of fact, i think i’m going to have to check it out a second time before the exhibition ends in january. going to museums is a favorite pastime of mine. therefore, i finally took advantage of the teacher discount and got a membership to the de young and the legion of honor. now i can go as often as i want and special exhibits will not cost nearly as much. also, i figure when i start graduate school (still applying… stressful)  i can study at the cafe and then walk around the museum afterwards. win/win.

i thought this graphic rainbow colored painting was the perfect backdrop for an outfit shot. ah, i wish i could hang it in my apartment. anyway, i’m off today so it’s time to take advantage of the weather and go for a hike. tata!

outside lands.

my friend rachel and i went to outside lands a couple of weeks back. rachel was given a vip wristband and i used my friend’s ticket… woo woo! rachel and i had an awesome time hanging out, eating a bunch, and meeting new people. i have to admit that i wasn’t the hugest fan of most of the bands that played, but i still danced around anyway. it was sort of a bro fest when red hot chili peppers went on and i was hoping that they would play more from the blood, sugar, sex, magik album (the only album i really like). they still sounded good live, offered up some 90′s nostalgia (i’m obsessed with the 90′s as of late), and we got in for FREE so i can’t complain. rachel and i had so much fun together (thanks, rach!!). all in all, it was a memorable adventure!

local kitchen & wine merchant.

i’m big on birthdays. last year i kinda went over the top celebrating my birth with two dinners and a brunch. so when my dear friend anne’s birthday rolled around and she said she wasn’t doing anything, i wasn’t having it.  i planned a little birthday dinner for her at local kitchen & wine merchant in soma. it was the perfect gathering of friends, the food was delish, and most importantly, the birthday girl had a lovely time. oh, and i tried the local hound (a ketel one and grapefruit concoction). best cocktail ever, y’all!

contemporary jewish museum.

ah, i had the best saturday afternoon. i headed to the contemporary jewish museum where i checked out the allen ginsberg beat memories exhibit and grabbed lunch at wise sons jewish delicatessen. so good! it was the perfect way to spend my saturday afternoon. later in the evening, i met up with my bestie amy for drinks at foreign cinema and then we enjoyed a nice dinner at radish. we spoiled ourselves for the evening.

now i gotta start getting ready for tomorrow… the first day of school. this is my seventh year and i still get a little anxious about the first day. haha. wish me luck!