Thursday, April 17, 2014

dream a little dream of me














    Ah, it may have took a bit longer than I excepted, but the trees are finally looking like spring has arrived. I forgot how much I love driving down Broadway and seeing all the "cotton ball" like blossoms on the trees on my way home from school, the little flowers popping up everywhere (even a small tulip plant right outside my apartment), and the green grass glowing so bright in the sunshine. This time of the year is perfect for wearing lots of color, hints the bright blue skirt I wore the other day, and still time for sweater tights (to provide a little bit of extra warmth, I'm the girl who is always cold). For some reason I also decided to support a middle part that day, which happens sometimes when your bangs are cut in a V shape and are getting rather long... possibly thinking of growing them out again. 
    I also recently found a new favorite store, Yoki, which is a Japanese-themed home decor/goods store in the Rivermarket neighborhood. I fell in love with every single item here, I could hardly walk away from anything, and I can't wait to purchase more of the cutest things I have ever seen from here. I bought a little sushi rolling kit from Yoki the other day, and my boyfriend and I have been eating it for all of our meals. We have also been going to the local farmer's market more frequently since the weather is warmer, and nothing is better than buying fresh veggies then coming home to cook them. 
    I just finished up a weekend of dog sitting, which consisted of me lounging around and watching cable television (I don't have that luxury at my apartment). I am ready for a much more relaxing week than the last few have been. I recently finished up training for some volunteering I am starting, looking for a summer job, and starting on a new magazine project. I think I just simply like keeping myself busy... and that's okay. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

the southern wild












(find more of my collections on my photography website, here.) 

    Although it snowed for a bit earlier today, spring has been in full-force for the last couple of weeks. Seeing blossoms bloom on all of the trees, ladies in long flowing dresses, people on the street eating ice cream, and fresh flowers all around town makes me feel so much joy for this time of the year. I read in a quote earlier today about how when you get older, you seem to become more in love with spring than fall. I believe I am becoming older, because I think spring is my new favorite season. 
    This collection of photographs, to me, screams joy and happiness of a new season. I photographed these at the Rosedale Arch, with my friend Bethany as the model. The gloves are for sale in my shop, along with the dress that is coming soon to the shop (so sorry ladies whom have already asked me about the dress, life has been so busy lately! I will post it as soon as I get a free second). 

Also, if any of you would like to fill out a survey regarding a magazine I am planning to launch in July, you can do so here

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

a film-like story















     Disposable cameras have always been a guilty pleasure for me. I love the idea of simply carrying around a film camera with me at all times, and snapping little bits of my day that I don't pick up my phone/digital camera for. I used to use disposable cameras (well, film cameras in general) all the time back in high school, and the days before Instagram or this blog. My mom is very into photography, so I always had a digtal camera growing up, but I preferred using her old film cameras or buying disposables to develop. After I started blogging and got a DSLR, and after I caved in a joined Instagram a little over a year ago (which I a glad I did, I ended up loving it instead of the hatred I had when the app first came out), I didn't use my disposable camera as much as I used to. I decided to change that months ago, and bought a large amount of disposable cameras I found at a store on sale. 
   This collection of photographs is from the first disposable I developed a couple weeks ago, which is a random assortment of past adventures varying even from seasons (as you can tell, with the snow and fall photographs). The one thing I am still doing poor at is developing the cameras in a descent amount of time, they are actually quite expensive now to get prints and the photographs onto a C.D. I have a handful of disposable cameras that I am currently using, and trying to use daily, so I am hoping to start a schedule of developing one camera a month. 
    My favorite thing about these cameras, and film in general, is the fact that is it not "right here, right now". I feel like that mindset is something I need to work on for myself and understand that not everything should be so sudden or instant, and using these film cameras.... in a way, is a good break from the instant gratification the past years have thought me. I also love using film because you have no idea how it is going to come out, and how the image will actually look when it is developed. I am also re-learning making mistakes with photography and experimenting with chemical burns/lens burning. I experimented with burning sections of my disposable camera to see how the images would turn out, which ended up not going as I planned, but I couldn't remember the last time I shoot something and it DIDN'T turn out. I don't know about you, but I semi-liked the fact I came away with nothing during the shoot I experimented with. With today's photography, you always get what you want and you know the way the images will turn out.. it was insightful in a way to walk away with simply knowledge. Well, and some interesting wrapped blurry pictures. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

made at home: banana date bars




Banana Date Bars

  • 1 1/2 cups of pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup of coconut 
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed 
  • 2/3 cups of oats
  • 1 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt 
  • 1 cup of brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger 
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted 

    In a large bowl mix shift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and oats. On the stove top, bring the dates and water to a boil. After coming to a boil, add in half of the brown sugar, and let the mixture sit to thicken. Mix the mashed banana, coconut oil, and brown sugar together in a small bowl. Add the coconut and walnuts into the dry mixture bowl, then add in the wet mixture and use the fingertips to mix together. Pour the date mixture into the bottom of a greased square baking dish, then crumble the dry mixture over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Serve cooled, and topped with honey. 



    I was at Costco the other week with my parents, and I saw a huge box of dates that I just couldn't leave without. When it actually came down to eating the dates at home, I usually just snacked on them throughout the day, and then I decided I needed to bake something with them. Date bars have always been one of my favorite desserts, and this was my first time baking them myself. I snacked on these on my car rides to school.. because in some way they remind me of a breakfast treat. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe, and think of this next time you have too many dates from a Costco trip. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

it might as well be spring






“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett,


   I cannot fully comprehend that spring has arrived. It seemed just like yesterday I was digging out my woolly sweaters and heavy coats for the winter season. Although I am on the verge of sadness to see winter leave, I do love the blooming of flowers and warmer breezes in the spring time. I have been trying to pull out all my pastels and floral prints for the start of the season, and I can't wait for more rainy April days that will shortly bring flowers in May. I have made my seasonal to-do list here as you can see, which I am excited about checking all of these off my list by the time summer arrives. I do hope this spring season stays for awhile, I am not completely looking forward to the heat of summer yet (or really ever for that fact!). Readers, what is on your spring to-do list? 
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