December 29, 2014

2015 Resolutions

The end of a year inevitably brings dreams of the new one. 2014 was a great year for us--filled with many adventures and memories, but as we move forward to 2015, all we can think about is how we want more. More adventures. More success. More happiness.

Both of us get restless easily and frequently and so in 2014, we traveled a lot separately and together. In this next year, we hope to explore new places like Portland and Seattle, and revisit some of our personal favorite cities together. Brandon has never been to New York City, while I have never been to Paris. We hope to share our favorite spots in these magical cities with each other. We are also planning to go to Outside Lands in the summer. In between these big adventures, we cannot wait to continue explore California more.

We're not ones to make cliche resolutions and not sticking to them, and so instead we thought about our bigger plans for the future and how we could get closer to achieving them in this next year. The details are still uncertain, but we are both certain of the direction we want to go. As we're getting older, we need to think beyond the cool shoes or jacket that we want now and more towards the house or life we will have in a few years. To get there, we need to save money now and also progress to having a job we want and love. With every passing year, we want to be better than the last. We cannot wait to document the next year on this blog. Cheers to the new year!

December 26, 2014

Mules With a View

Attempting to break out of our introverted tendencies, we ventured out to The Ace Hotel in Downtown LA for some drinks with friends. What better excuse to bust out our leather jackets than moscow mules and rooftop views. After soaking enough city lights, we headed home vowing that we will sprinkle our usual cozy nights in with nights out on the town. It's good to break out of our routine once in a while.

December 22, 2014

In Contrast

We couldn't end the year without finding one more grimey corner of the world to stomp around in. We stumbled upon this abandoned warehouse on our way to grab dinner at our favorite vegan thai restaurant one night and decided to revisit it to shoot on a recent sunny winter morning. The shadows that were created in this space were breathtaking. There's just something so magical about the sun in the winter time. We love how it becomes softer and just barely there in the sky.

December 18, 2014

Musing: Ana Kras

Sources (1. Lou & Grey // 2. Lina Scheynius)

As we strolled down the shops of Old Town Pasadena during the weekend, we came across a new store that peeked our interest. We first walked past what seemed like an ordinarily mundane store, but upon closer look, we were captivated by Lou and Grey’s design aesthetics. Our interest for the brand bubbled over when we saw pictures of their Fall/Winter 2014 campaign displayed throughout the store. We were intrigued and inspired by Lou and Grey’s choice to use one of our favorite artists, Ana Kras, as the model for the campaign. She is better known for being a painter and a furniture designer. Some of her most recognizable works are her “bonbon” lamp series and her collaboration on visuals for Devandra Barnhart’s album Mala.

December 15, 2014

Walk It Out

On a lazy Saturday afternoon, we headed towards the coast to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. We found sanctuary at RaT Beach after grabbing coffee at a favorite local spot, Two Guns Espresso Cafe. In an attempt to get a bit of fitness in, we opted for a walk along the beach. After Friday's storm, it was just chilly enough for us to bundle up in light layers. It was the perfect California winter afternoon--complete with sunshine, windblown hair, and deserted lifeguard towers for us to romp around.

December 11, 2014

November Outtakes

In every relationship (romantic or not), the honeymoon phase will eventually end. The phenomenon of being new stops being shiny, and the reality of being together settles in. Decisions about committing and moving forward need to be made. Feelings about each other need to be figured out. Visions and goals for the future need to be aligned. Sometimes the shift is seamless and goes unnoticed; while other transitions may require some adjusting. We’d like to think we’re still in the honeymoon phase of our relationship, but our visions and goals for our blog needed to be revisited in November.

December 8, 2014

A Merry Unbirthday

After getting our first tree together over Thanksgiving weekend, we have begun starting new Christmas traditions. On Friday, we played hooky from work and traveled to the magical world of Disneyland to celebrate Jasmine's 25th birthday. As fans of both Disney and Christmas, it was the perfect way to ring in our favorite time of the year. We arrived when the park opened, and immediately took advantage of the lack of lines and hit the big rides: Space Mountain, Star Tours, Matterhorn, and Big Thunder Mountain--all before 10AM! In between indulging in corn dogs and clam chowder, we managed to squeeze in 25 rides to represent 25 years of life. Our top three favorite rides were Peter Pan, Star Tours, and Big Thunder Mountain. We actually rode Star Tours five times in an attempt to visit all six worlds (we managed to get 5/6!). This Disneyland trip was the best one either of us had ever had and we cannot wait to go back together again!

December 1, 2014

Daze in the Sun

With no desire to spend money on clothes we didn't need, we evaded the Black Friday crowds by escaping to Santa Monica Pier for a day in the sun instead of in the mall. We took advantage of the summer extension and started with a chill ride on the ferris wheel, where we were reminded of just how thankful we were to live in a place where we can spend the holidays at the beach without a jacket. With nothing but clear skies and sunshine to guide our way, we walked from one beach to another. Once we got to Venice Beach, we explored street vendors and cooled off with ice cream before making the trek back to the pier.