I’m excited to share with you guys this video I made with my dear friend Katrina. We filmed in late August at Ocean Beach in San Francisco while she was visiting from her home in the Philippines. The talent of my friends blows me away sometimes. I am really blessed. I wish Katrina didn’t live halfway across the world, but she loves to travel and she loves San Francisco, so she visits fairly often, which is good.
I’ve been super inspired by seeing companies embrace film as of late (have you seen Free People’s YouTube channel? Incredible. I could get lost in it for hours…). It adds a whole new viewing experience that photography cannot offer. Which is part of the reason why I was really in the mood to create a video instead of taking outfit pictures or doing something else more standard this time.
PS. I highly recommend you watch that video full screen. I’m just sayin';)
Some of my favorite movies are old movies. My parents made sure to expose me to a wide variety of films at an early age, so I gained an appreciation for old movies. You don’t have to worry about uncomfortable scenes or any foul language or violence; they’re the perfect films to watch with the family (and with friends or by yourself too!). Whenever, really. Here are some of my faves:
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S:
Super cliché, I know. But has there ever been a creature as gorgeous as Audrey Hepburn? I think not. I’ve seen this movie at least 20 times and I’d watch it again in a heartbeat. At one point, I had most of the lines memorized. (I even did a photo shoot inspired by the film a few years back). I love the bustling of old New York City, the fashion, the classic love story and of course, Audrey Hepburn.
Here is my favorite scene from the movie (and quite arguably one of the loveliest movie scenes ever):
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK:
Before I saw this movie, I always thought of Jane Fonda as that woman who does yoga and used to act and is still really famous but hasn’t really been in movies lately. But MAN. The Jane Fonda in this movie is a BABE. No wait… make that a MAJOR BABE. Material for the next Girl’s Got Style? Perhaps. But aside from girl crushing on Jane Fonda (and Robert Redford ain’t too bad looking himself), the story’s about two mismatched newlyweds living in a NYC apartment the size of a shoebox and it’s super sweet and light-hearted and whimsical and you should just go watch it now already.
BRINGING UP BABY:
The first time I watched this movie I was in absolute HYSTERICS. I love Katharine Hepburn’s quirk and spontaneity. She and Cary Grant have the best chemistry together.
SEND ME NO FLOWERS:
I watched this movie randomly with the family one night when we all felt in the mood to watch a movie. It was one of those let’s-just-pick-something-that’s-available-to-stream-on-Netflix-really-quickly and we didn’t put much thought into it all. I was surprised the movie was so good since we basically picked whatever was most convenient on our streaming queue. The best kind of surprise!
Do you watch old movies too? If so, are any of your favorites on this list or do you have more to add?
last photo via the red list, all other photos are screenshots of the respective films.
I feel like one of the best ways you can make someone feel special is by giving them a handwritten card. It’s a shame the world we live in is so fast-paced that quite often handwriting ANYTHING gets overlooked. Nothing beats a handwritten card. Seriously.
Shutterfly has given the traditional paper card a little facelift with their Mix & Match Stationery Sets. There are 7 different stationary sets to choose from and within those stationery sets, there are 15 card designs. After you pick a stationery set, YOU pick & choose how many cards (up to 12) of each design you would like within the set.
I’m completely indecisive and went for 1 of 12 of my favorite designs from the Everyday Expressions set to get the most designs in my package. It has cute, everyday sayings for a variety of situations which come in handy for the casual user. I’m going to use one for my parents’ wedding anniversary (coming up in less than a month!), a thinking of you card for a dear friend who recently had surgery and a thank you card for a designer who lent me some clothes for a photo shoot for the blog.
Tell me, do you handwrite cards? If not, make it a goal to handwrite at least 1 card a month! You will make someone feel really special, I guarantee it. ♥
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I spent the last few days with my friend Katrina shooting some videos. Katrina is an incredibly talented videographer from the Philippines who was visiting San Francisco to shoot a wedding. The last time she was in SF, we shot this video (which is still one of my favorites!!).
This time we were pretty ambitious and shot in multiple locations: Alamo Square, Ocean Beach, Rockridge (a neighborhood of Oakland), my bedroom and my (newly redecorated!) office.
It will be a few months until I get to see the final videos, but until then, here are a few of my favorite outtakes (you may have already seen some if you follow me on Instagram).
Our day started out at The Mill, a cafe in San Francisco that specializes in fancy toast (such a San Francisco thing to specialize in!). The light in that place is just gorgeous.
This photo was not staged at all;)
Then we walked over to Alamo Square to shoot by the Painted Ladies. They were lookin’ mightyyy fine that day.
I really love this part of San Francisco because it’s high up on a hill and when you look out, you can see the whole beautiful city.
We spent the afternoon at my house where we shot in my bedroom and office.
Look at that cheese ball!
Where the blogging magic happens:
The next day, we shot at Ocean Beach, but we were running short on time, so unfortunately, we didn’t get too many stills. You guys will just have to wait for the video to come out! You can see some pictures from that day on my Instagram account here and here.
Thanks for a fun few days, Katrina! I can’t wait till next year when we get to do it again!
A few weeks ago, I cat sat my next door neighbor’s cat, Casper, while they were away in France for two weeks (jealous). Casper made his debut guest appearance on the blog here and you may recognize him from this Instagram post too.
Let me start off with saying I’m not much of a cat person (sorry guys). I grew up around two cats until they passed away when I was very young and I’ve had dogs ever since. I think if I grew up around cats, I’d be more of a cat person, but it’s all about what you’re exposed to when you’re young I suppose.
Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical about looking after Casper. But I thought why not! How bad can a white cat named Casper be anyway? At first, he hid from me every time I went over, but after a few days, he started making little appearances here and there in my presence. By the end of the week, he was snuggling up with me on the couch while I worked on my laptop. Of course I had to do a little photo shoot with my newfound friend!
Our mini photo session involved a little furniture-rearranging (just don’t tell the neighbors!).
If you’re in SF, there’s a super cool event this Thursday you need to know about: Score. Score is a pop-up shop that started in Brooklyn in 2009. Since then, it’s expanded and is taking place in San Francisco this Thursday, August 21st at the SOMA StrEat Food Park.
Here’s how the event works: you bring your old clothes, accessories (shoes, jewelry, bags, etc), books, art supplies, housewares or vinyl records and pay an entrance fee. Once inside, everyone drops off their old items at curated departments and then takes whatever they like! For FREE! How amazing is that?! In addition to the free shopping, there will be DJs, food truck drinks & eats, screen printing, nail art, photo booths and more.
Here’s a video of the Brooklyn Score event to give you an idea of what it looks like. Proceeds from ticket sales go to Hack the Hood, an organization that provides design and technical training to low-income youth.
I’m happy to be partnering up with Score as one of their style partners, so I’ll be there and I’d love to meet some of my readers! You can buy your tickets here. Will I’ll see you there?
With my three outfits inspired by LÄRABAR flavors shot, edited & published, I thought I’d post some of the outtakes from the fun collab.
I’ve never posted the outtakes of any of my photo shoots before, so I thought this time I’d share them with you for a few laughs. Be prepared for some pretty unglamorous shots and to see how not everything always goes according to plan…
I always try a lot of poses, but some come out looking completely awkward, like this:
What am I doing with my hand??
Setting up the LÄRABARs:
Awkward in-between poses faces:
Some pictures I like, but not enough to include in the final post:
Some pictures I like, but they don’t fit in with the mood of the others, so I edit them out:
The Cherry Pie LÄRABAR pictures were at taken at the BEST possible location I could ever dream of. The way the flowers were growing up the house was crazy and they matched perfectly with my outfit! Madeline over at CODE Salon agreed to put some curls into my hair to make these pictures extra special.
I checked the weather a few days in advance and saw it was going to be a cloudy morning. For those of you who are into photography, you’ll know that cloudy days are best for taking pictures (cloudy days = even lighting). I was excited that it would be cloudy because I wouldn’t have to worry about the sun making the pictures super blown out and contrasty. I lined up my hair appointment early in the morning, right before my mom and I would take the pictures.
The hair appointment took longer than usual, and I could see the sun peeking out through the clouds. I hoped it would still be cloudy in the neighborhood where we were going to take the pictures (San Francisco has these weird microclimates where it can be sunny in one place and then cloudy in another place). But much to my dismay, by the time we got to the location, it was super sunny and bright. Way too bright to take pictures. I took some test shots anyway, just to see if I could try to make the pictures work, even with the sun shining brightly.
Way too bright:
The sun would only get stronger as the day went on, so my mom and I didn’t have much choice but to go back later that day. (A wee tangent: To make matters worse, my camera stopped randomly stopped working a few minutes later. I had to take it to the camera store ASAP. I was all dressed up like I was going to prom and the camera store was in a bad neighborhood of San Francisco. It was quite a sight. Fortunately, my camera troubles were an easy fix and my camera was back to working in no time!).
With going back later in the day, I was afraid we would miss the golden hour, so my mom and I returned to the location about an hour before the sun would start setting. Or so we thought. An hour went by and the sun was still way too bright for pictures. Rats. My mom and I drove around the neighborhood to try to kill time. We drove through the center of town (which took about 5 minutes). We drove into a park and people-watched. We drove around some more. It was so boring sitting there because we literally had NOTHING to do. I mean, I had a MILLION things to do at home, but I couldn’t do anything in the car.
And then…. AT LONG LAST! The sun starting setting another hour later. We hurried back to the house with the flowers and saw a HUGE BIG RED TRUCK parked right in front of the house. Oh my goodness could this day get any worse? I knew I would just have to make it work though. The light was still a little too bright, so my mom and I circled around the neighborhood for a few more minutes until the sun went down lower.
We returned to the house a few minutes later and like a miracle, the truck was no longer there! And the lighting was PERFECT! Picture-taking was going all fine and well until these huge gusts of wind came out of nowhere, making my hair blow around like crazy! My mom ended up taking a few hundred pictures of me because my hair was blowing in my face in so many shots. BUT we made it work! I didn’t get home until after 8 pm (we got to the location at 4:30 pm!) and I was starving because I hadn’t eaten yet. But I’d was say it was worth it. Completely worth it.
The wind would NOT let up!
My mom took this RIGHT before I was about to jump:
Can I just tell you how hard it is to jump in heels AND make a normal face AND make sure your hair isn’t in your face?
I hope that gave you a wee peek into what goes into these outfit shoots for the blog. Just remember, things don’t always go according to plan, even for me:)
See all three of my LÄRABAR flavor-inspired outfits here. Which outfit was YOUR favorite?