A Sunday Afternoon Walk

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetIMG_0944My hands turned red approximately one second after this photo was taken and never really recovered.IMG_0936Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetLove this row of colorful houses. Can I have the middle one, please?IMG_0942Glove hand problems. I need to get some of those digital gloves that you can touch your phone screen with!IMG_0953IMG_0919Home again, warming up.

October.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetOctober. It’s here.

Part of me welcomes October with open arms, but another part of me is very nervous to begin this new season.

I feel like a school girl on her first day, all nerves and jitters and freshly pressed clothes. I even bought a new backpack! Ha. Is 23 is still young enough for a hair bow?

I am nervous to meet so many new people at once. It’s tough on this introvert. But I am also so excited to be surrounded by people my own age and in my same stage of life for the first time in over a year. It feels good to reference something pop-culture-y and be understood right away. Or to hang with my female roommates in the kitchen for hours after a meal.

There is something so intoxicating about Fall. The leaves, the air, the scarves. I just bought a new scarf yesterday and I haven’t taken it off since. I am a bundle of emotions right now, but at least 99.9% of them are positive.

Welcome, October. Let’s do this. IMG_0553IMG_0557IMG_0541IMG_0532IMG_0530

Little Letter

img_2089Dear Halloween,
Thanks for being so chill. My friend Jessica came over and we cooked dinner and baked cookies. Several rounds of trick-or-treaters stopped by the house and I loved seeing their costumes and giving them candy! We even handed out some of the cookies we baked, so you could say we were the ‘cool house.’

Dear November,
Welcome! I’m still in shock that you’ve arrived. Thanksgiving is this month, which means Christmas is right around the corner. The weather has finally cooled off and I’ve busted out my sweaters that were languishing in the back of my closet. It’s nice to have you.

IMG_2057.JPGDear Winnie,
While babysitting you today, I asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” to which you replied, “25.” Yes, yes I think that’s a perfectly reasonable answer.

Dear Sarah,
You are such a loyal friend. I adore our coffee dates and deep conversations. Thanks for everything, I don’t say it enough.

img_2058Dear Texas,
I’m coming for ya on Friday! Can’t wait to visit my parent’s house again and go to a Baylor football game on Saturday. I hope I understand whats going on…I’m not very sporty.

Dear “Stardust”,
I watched you for the first time last night, and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. Your four star rating on Netflix is well deserved. Your plot is intricate and beautifully executed and the characters are dynamic. Plus, you feature Robert De Niro as a cross-dressing pirate so…enough said.

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetDear Germany,
I miss you.

Dear LA County Museum of Art (LACMA),
It had been ages since I’d visited you, but I’m so glad I finally did on Sunday afternoon. I particularly enjoyed your Andy Warhol exhibit. img_2087

An Afternoon at the Pumpkin Patch

img_0167Happy Fall friends! Yesterday two of my dearest, oldest friends and I headed to the nearby pumpkin patch– actually, it was more like a pumpkin patch on steroid. Festival is a more accurate word as there were booths, food, music and plenty of festivities. Below are a few photos from our afternoon if you’d like to see!img_0330img_0278img_0198img_0220^Asada fries did not disappoint. They reminded me of Döner, a similar turkish meal I always used to order in Germany.img_0229img_0236img_0238Pumpkin hat anyone? Anyone?img_0243^What a beauty, this oneimg_0249img_0254img_0262img_0267img_0275img_0281^Wow, is she stunning or what?! img_0284img_0290img_0295^Green pumpkins are just as cool as orange if you ask meimg_0297img_0301img_0306^True loveimg_0308img_0310^I was very attached to this gourd…img_0317img_0324^These mini, misshapen gourds were adorableimg_0327img_0333img_0340img_0341img_0347^The happy coupleimg_0154Hope you are able to celebrate fall this week! What are you planning to be for Halloween? My top contender currently is White Trash (i.e. wearing a white trash bag over my clothes…). Pretty lame, I know :p

Happy Weekend- Nashville, Here I Come!

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I have definitely been bitten by the travel bug. If I don’t get on a plane every few months, I start feeling itchy and restless. Luckily, I am headed to Nashville, Tennessee tomorrow morning to get my travel fix! The last time I visited Nashville was four years ago when I was checking out a potential college, and I remember loving the city. I can’t wait to explore again, see my extended family, and eat lots of Turkey on Thursday. Things may be a bit silent around here as I sink deeper and deeper into ‘vacation mode‘ but I will be back next week with lots of pretty pictures and stories to tell. Have a great Thanksgiving friends!

 

The Griffith Observatory

IMG_0754Since returning home from Germany three months ago, I’ve set out on a campaign to explore my lovely home city of Los Angeles. Sometimes I find myself longing for the mystery and excitement of life abroad, when every day was a new, foreign adventure. But then I remind myself that there is so much I have yet to explore in my own backyard! Adventure is a lifestyle, not a specific place or time. Getting out and finding beauty and wonder in your surroundings is always an option, no matter your circumstances.

And so, last Saturday, my little brother and I grabbed our cameras and paid a visit to the Griffith Observatory. Without a doubt, the Griffith Observatory offers one of the prettiest and most expansive views of the Los Angeles basin. You can see everything- the hills, the ocean, the skyscrapers of downtown, the Hollywood sign, everything. Although I’ve been here before, the view took my breath away the moment I stepped out of the car. Built in the 1930’s as a work project during the Great Depression, Colonel Griffith wanted to make astronomy accessible to the public, and insisted admission stay free, which it has more than 80 years later! Whether you are a ‘science geek’ or not, I would highly recommend a visit- it is as educational as it is beautiful.

Below are a few pictures of our time, if you’d like to see! IMG_0782IMG_0664IMG_0671  ^Doesn’t the observatory look slightly futuristic in this photo?! It reminds me of Star Wars for some reason… IMG_0771IMG_0752IMG_0792IMG_0745 ^The sunset was out of this world beautiful.IMG_0659IMG_0652IMG_0622  ^There she is, that famous symbol of this great city! gdfs IMG_0829IMG_0677IMG_0728IMG_0721
IMG_0814^I lucked out in the little brother lottery. Gonna miss this kid when he goes off to college next year! IMG_0817IMG_0812IMG_0808Question of the Day
Have you gone on any recent adventures in your home town? Do tell!

Happy Weekend!

IMG_0437  Big news: Fall has finally arrived in Southern California! Sure, it’s a little tardy to the party, but it’s here none the less. Last Friday it was so windy that the power lines on campus were knocked out and all classes were cancelled! Then on Tuesday, it rained and hailed, an extremely uncommon but extremely welcomed occurrence in the midst of our drought. And the last three days have been chilly and fresh. I couldn’t be more thrilled to bust out my scarf collection and wear the jackets that have been hanging listlessly in my closet, taunting me all year. This weekend is shaping up to be a full one: babysitting tonight, initiation for my sorority tomorrow, and a banquet for my parent’s non-profit organization on Sunday. Oh, and a research paper needs to be written at some point in between! Procrastination is my hobby. What are your plans for the weekend? Is the weather fallish where you live? I’d love to hear. Have a good one friends! IMG_0451IMG_0458IMG_0461IMG_0476IMG_0477IMG_0497IMG_0501IMG_0511

Pumpkin Patchin’ It

IMG_0130.JPGWarning: If you’re not a fan of the color orange, this post is probably not for you :pIMG_0109.JPGIMG_0210.JPG Sometimes when Fall won’t come to you, you have to go to it. The trees are frustratingly green here in SoCal, with no sign of shedding their leaves, so I made up my mind to place myself directly in the way of Fall! So on Saturday evening two sweet friends and I headed to the pumpkin patch. We had so much fun goofing around, posing for pictures and trying to find the perfect pumpkin to bring home. It’s hard work, guys. It can’t be too big but has to be large enough to carve, and the stem needs to be cute. I personally liked the pumpkins with warts and funny shapes, but opted for a regular one in the end.IMG_0171.JPG
^I think this should be our Christmas card this year! If only we were related…IMG_0220.JPGIMG_0148.JPGIMG_0218.JPGIMG_0215.JPGIMG_0142.JPGIMG_0157.JPGIMG_0124.JPGIMG_0121.JPGIMG_0120IMG_0105IMG_0114IMG_0126IMG_0206.JPG
^Saw this adorable baby sitting on a hay stack and couldn’t resist taking a creeper picture. Note the orange bow perched atop her gorgeous black curls. Obsessed.

Tell me friends, have you been to your local pumpkin patch this season? If not, I highly recommend a visit. I left wearing a smile that has yet to fade!