October 30, 2014
A few days ago, we charted into different territory. Not only did we venture out to the beach at night, but we also left our digital cameras behind and embraced the old ways of documenting memories with our instax mini. Without worrying too much about being behind the lens and capturing moments, we were able to enjoy a moment away and pretend that it was our private beach to wander and own. Being native California kids, the beach always has a magical way of healing our tired souls. The emptiness of the shoreline and the visibility of the stars during our night beach visit was especially remedial for the stress we've both been experiencing at work. Thoughts about our goals for the future came easily and natural in this enchanting (lack of) light. In the midst of all the craziness, being reminded of what we're working towards helped to center us. This state of nirvana and the anticipation of Halloweekend just might get us through the rest of this week. Might being the keyword.
Location: Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, CA, USA
October 27, 2014
Mondays are always hard. They're made harder when we have photos to remind us of the good times of not too long ago and of the seeming eternity of five work days that we need to endure til the next adventure. Last Friday, we were both feeling low in spirits with a "work sucks and then you die" mindset, and so this weekend relaxation was just what the doctor ordered after a long, sucky work week. The remedy: A picnic a la Trader Joes in a park shaded by quintessential California palm trees and bougainvillea flowers. An uneventful attempt to vintage shop for halloween costumes that turned into a discovery of cool new stores with labels we love. Finding Toms for $30 at Costco of all places to add to our ever growing list of his and her things. A cliche date of a dinner and a movie with Gone Girl and chicken run burgers at Native Foods. And lastly, a spontaneous, late night visit to the beach complete with star gazing and hand holding. With no real plan, we were kind of all over the place, but in the end, it all worked out just the same. Sometimes the best things in life are unplanned.
October 23, 2014
Waking up at 4AM and barely functioning until finding an open Starbucks was worth all the fatigue to catch this glorious view on the I-15N on the way to Las Vegas. That day we had one mission and one mission only---to drive far enough into the desert to catch the sunrise. After driving for over an hour and nearing the sunrise time, we decided to pull over at the nearest exit that looked like it would lead to an empty patch of land. Completely unaware of this hidden gem, we totally lucked out on this random truck stop exit that had plenty of boulders, bushes, and joshua trees for us to romp around and explore. Armed with our trusty parkas and boots, we braved the cold, morning air and relished in the majestically, unreal sky that was gradually emerging before us behind the mountains. We were excited to be bundled in layers for once and get a taste of what Fall should feel like. After playing in this natural playground until the sky was high in the sky, we continued our journey towards Sin City, where we gorged on the best onion rings we've ever had before the Rise Festival.
October 20, 2014
October 16, 2014
After our weekend at the beach, we thought we would ease back into life in LA with a quick trip to Silver Lake. Chain link fenced views of the city skyline; street islands that make you feel like the center of the universe; and randomly glaring wall art are all part of the appeal of this quirky city that we love. $5 moscow mules at our favorite bar and vegetarian indian food made for an easy and perfect bookend to our usual sunset chase. Nostalgic of our past skulls phase, we had fun playing with and wearing this scarf especially when the wind and sun caught it. This trip was just enough taste of the city for us before our upcoming trip to Las Vegas where instead of chasing sunsets, we'll be chasing floating lanterns and drinks. The weekends just never seem to come quick enough.
October 13, 2014
We took a mental health day by getting out of the hustle and bustle of LA and retreating to the comfort of the beaches in Orange County. It just wouldn't be Fall in California without a beach day in the middle of October. We thought we'd be even more festive with some Oktoberfest beer which was just the icing on the cake for our relaxed afternoon. A baseball tee and gym shorts tied everything together since style was the least of our concerns that day. There's just something so reenergizing about a secluded beach, stolen kisses, and the sunset...at least until a huge, random, single wave crashes and soaks your clothes and towels. Thanks to quick reflexes and unisex clothes we were able to scrounge together decent enough change of clothing to enjoy some mediterranean food and bid the weekend goodbye.
October 9, 2014
We started off the month right with a quick trip to San Francisco, but when we got back, we realized that adventure was out there in our backyard all along. From Silver Lake to LACMA to Pasadena, in the midst of all the September craziness, we still managed to soak in Los Angeles and all its glory.
October 6, 2014
In a frantic frenzy to capture the first rainfall of Fall, we scurried out the door armed with our black hoodies and our fujis. However, in true California fashion, the rain didn't stay too long, allowing the sun to sweetly peek through the trees as we explored nearby neighborhood streets.
October 1, 2014
Over the weekend, we woke up to catch a nonexistent, overcast sunrise and explored a green space before our morning ritual of grabbing coffee at Urth. Strong spanish lattes and cool jackets make our world go round.