Winter

1. Knitting projects

2. Tea

3. Turtlenecks

4. Christmas Cookies

5. Snow flurries

6. Early sunsets

7. Fuzzy socks

Switzerland in the Snow

IMG_6610Hello my friends, how are you on this winters day? My friend Mele is visiting me from California, and boy did Europe have some crazy weather in store for her! We trained down to Interlaken, Switzerland for two days to experience the snow in all its Alpine glory. From Interlaken, we took the little train up through the valley to Lauderbrunnen, the most picturesque valley you ever did see. In fact, this place inspired J.R.R. Tolkien for much of Middle Earth. I can see why. It felt like we’d wandered into a new realm. I was waiting for the White Queen to show up on her sleigh with Turkish Delight…oh wait, wrong book reference ;p Below are a few photos if you’d like to see!Processed with VSCO with m5 presetAlmost needed a grave stone myself from being frozen!Processed with VSCO with m5 presetCan you say perfeeeeeeeect?!Processed with VSCO with g3 presetIt was almost hard to take a bad picture. Everywhere you looked– boom, beauty!Processed with VSCO with f2 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with g3 presetA Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night…;pProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 presetLove this girl so much and her adventurous spirit that is down for anything! Have a good one friends.

Fresh Snow

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I woke up to fresh snow the other day, and it was mesmerizing. I could not pull my gaze away from the window the entire day. Then I wandered out into this winter wonderland and stumbled here and there in an amazed stupor. The only thing that broke me from my trance was the fact that I could no longer feel any of my  body parts, and decided it was perhaps best to wander back inside and warm my extremities. But, to be honest, it was so beautiful that it almost justifies loosing a leg or two. Almost.

I am from California, folks. We don’t have snow like this in LA. I know it will get old by January or February, but not today. Today it is some kind of magic.

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20 reasons to drink a cup of coffee right now

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  1. Tastes heavenly
  2. Smells lovely
  3. It’s classic Instagram photo material
  4. So many pretty mugs to choose from
  5. Feels warm in your hands
  6. Sipping burns calories
  7. Distracts you from whatever boring task you’re doing
  8. Life is hard
  9. Gives you just a little bit of extra energy
  10. Goes great with cookies
  11. It’s winter and it’s cold out
  12. It’s social– drink with your friends!
  13. Facilitates conversation
  14. Brings back memories
  15. You’re part of a long tradition of coffee drinkers and coffee lovers
  16. You work hard and need a break
  17. Signals to others that you’re busy right now
  18. Forces you to slow down
  19. Compliments any outfit
  20. Why not?

hey Fort Worth, you’re a lot colder than I remember

unnamed-2Oh hey Fort Worth, you’re a lot colder than I remember! Last time I visited was in November when it felt like SoCal weather, but this trip is a different story. Still, I love the feelings winter brings, that sense of encouraged hibernation and coziness. I’ve had such a relaxing few days already, and it’s just the start of break. Below are a few photos from around town if you’d like to see!img_2328img_2303img_2268img_2266img_2253img_2252unnamedimg_2364img_2346img_2323img_2270img_2457img_2456img_2447img_2428img_2433img_2434img_2390

A Trip to Utah: Zion and Bryce Canyon

IMG_3001A few months ago, my brother and I started dreaming about how amazing it would be to visit Zion National Park in Utah. It looked like a photographer’s dream. So we mentioned it to our parents and, magicians that they are, they made it happen! We left December 27th and returned December 30th. We spent two whole days exploring the canyons, cliffs, rivers, and vistas of this gorgeous place. It is a different kind of beauty than I’ve ever seen before. Arresting, stark, harsh in all the best ways. The sandstone cliffs shoot up abruptly from the valley floor, creating a natural cathedral of sorts. It’s easy to see where it got it’s name. It truly felt like Heaven on Earth. It is very similar to Yosemite National Park in California, so I joked that it’s Yosemite’s red headed sister. After hiking around Zion for a day, we decided to spend the next day driving a few hours  to Bryce Canyon, a neighboring national park that is much smaller but stunning in its own right. Southern Utah is chalk full of beauty. Below are a lot of a few pictures from our adventure if you’d like to see!IMG_3094IMG_3149IMG_3092IMG_2958IMG_2843IMG_2839IMG_2845^This was my parent’s first visit as well, which made it extra special!IMG_3130IMG_3160IMG_9753 (1)IMG_3000IMG_3019IMG_2999IMG_9503IMG_5416IMG_2963IMG_2895IMG_2878IMG_2980IMG_2807^Brrrrr….it was chilly! But in a refreshing way.IMG_2690IMG_2759IMG_2810IMG_3215^Stone arches like this one were scattered throughout the park.IMG_3119^”Oh hello, I didn’t see you there…”IMG_2935IMG_2876IMG_2873^Someone got a Polaroid camera for Christmas…IMG_3208IMG_3182^The drive to Bryce Canyon.IMG_3233IMG_3229IMG_9795^Bryce Canyon!IMG_9764IMG_9204IMG_9806 ^Still obsessed with photographing my new tattoo…IMG_9798IMG_9801 ^Casually sitting in the road…I’ll do anything for a good picture.

P.s. A video of our trip is soon to follow!

Question of the Day
Have you ever been to Utah? What did you think of the landscape?