I know it may not seem like it because I keep things lighthearted here on the blog, but I put a lot of pressure on myself. A LOT. I felt a climax of that pressure develop over the summer. Since I had time off from school, I immediately became absorbed with Drifter & the Gypsy. Constantly taking pictures, posting at least 5 times a week, brainstorming ideas for posts, reaching out to companies, writing emails, networking, planning photo shoots, etc. My mind was always ON and I was burning out. I’d beat myself up if pictures I took weren’t up to my standards or if a post on Instagram didn’t get a lot of likes. Not good or healthy at all. I was genuinely scared about starting school again in September because I didn’t know how I’d ever keep up with my schoolwork if I felt like I was running just to stay in place on my school break. (more…)
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?