DESIGNER VACA 2014

at the beginning of this month, i hung out in palm springs for a few days for my second year at designer vaca! it was a really, really fun few days meeting new people and catching up with old friends. a major highlight was hearing the incredible jessica hische talk about her career – she was so open about everything and i was a total sponge hearing her speak. i made a little video to recap the trip! already looking forward to next year!

ROAD TRIP

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my sister and i have been spending a lot of time in the car lately. we’ve been filming some weddings up in northern california and with all of our equipment and side trips we like to take, it’s easier to drive than to fly. these are a few things that make the 9 hour drives much more enjoyable! p.s. how the heck did anyone get around pre-iphones + google maps? baffles my mind.

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HAPPY CAMPERS

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over the three day weekend i went beach camping with my family. i haven’t been camping in years and it was a total blast! i was in auntie heaven with the two little ones – they bring me more joy than i could have ever imagined. and even though sleep was sparse, the upside of waking up at sunrise was being able to snap some photos of that gorgeous cotton candy sky :) lots of relaxing happened, many naps were had, s’mores were consumed, and besides reis having to work all weekend, it was pretty much perfect. hope you all had a happy labor day!

THE MAGICAL DREAMLAND THAT IS KORAKIA PENSIONE

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whenever reis has time off of work, we try to take full advantage of every single day and go on as many adventures as we possibly can. he recently had a two week break and we were fortunate enough to visit palm springs, hawaii, and new york! three very, very different places (and very, very different vibes).

palm springs was a last minute, spontaneous decision and i am so glad we went! reis has never been out to the desert before and i honestly wasn’t sure if he would be into it. there isn’t much to do other than lay poolside in dry heat and that’s not really his thing if you know him…boy needs an ocean. but he loved it! since it was a thursday and weekday rates are significantly cheaper than weekend rates, we booked a room at korakia pensione. MY GOODNESS. it is by far one of the most incredible places we’ve ever stayed at and one we plan on visiting again and again! it’s serene and beautiful and relaxing, the rooms are gorgeous, and i’m pretty sure we had the place all to ourselves. we saw maybe a total of 5 other people during our stay. the weather was perfect and not too hot and we camped out by the pool until the sun went down. for dinner, we rode the complimentary hotel bikes into the town and enjoyed mexican food at las casuelas (great atmosphere, okay food). after we ate and explored the town a bit, we rode back to the hotel and relaxed on the back deck where they show old movies every night  (hello gorgeous rugs and pillows galore!). the pools are open 24/7, so after the movie we couldn’t resist going for a late night swim. DREAMLAND, I TELL YOU. the next morning we woke up early and rode bikes to the ace hotel for some stumptown coffee before booking it back in the morning heat to korakia for breakfast! they include a delicious homemade breakfast in your stay and they serve it al fresco in their moroccan courtyard. you really feel like you’re in another country while you’re there. it’s amazing. we had to check out by noon, so we enjoyed a few more hours of pool time and were relaxed and refreshed by the time we had to leave. we had the best time and cannot wait to return! hopefully soon (but not in august because the staff said the heat is absolutely unbearable then). yay for spontaneous, romantic getaways with my man. love him so much.

THE CALIFORNIA COAST MAKES FOR A REAL GOOD ROAD TRIP

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my brother and sister-in-law recently moved to santa cruz (and gave birth to their beautiful baby girl on monday night!) so this means lots of road trips up the coast are in my future and i am very excited about this. i love road trips – especially up the coast of california. my love for this state continues to grow as i see more and do more and create memories with all of the different experiences it has to offer. california is so vast and diverse and unique and there are countless little nooks and crannies that i am dying to explore!

a few weekends ago on taylor’s due date, we drove up to santa cruz in hopes that we would get to meet our sweet little niece! parker babe was cozy in mama’s belly and didn’t make an appearance all weekend, but we had so much fun hanging out with the parents-to-be, seeing their life up there, and visiting their adorable cottage. we also got to spend time with laura, who lives only a few blocks away from my brother and taylor. this makes me really happy because 3 of my favorite people in the world now live within walking distance from each other! another perk of the weekend was driving into san francisco on saturday night to surprise one of my best friends and her fiancé at their engagement party. i’m so glad we got to be there for the special celebration and having a reunion with all of my college roommates was the best ever! love those girls so much. sidenote: i am completely fascinated by the fog situation in sf; seeing it roll in like a blanket on our drive into the city had me snapping a million and one photos. we cruised around the city in the morning and couldn’t leave without stuffing ourselves with burritos from la taqueria that are ohmygosh so good. we made our way back down the coast late sunday afternoon and stopped in beautiful big sur just as the sun was setting. we hadn’t been back since this trip and goodness gracious, that place is breathtaking! it’s definitely worth the extra driving time in my opinion! this weekend was one for the books for sureee and i’m thankful for many more trips up there real soon!

BEACH TOWN LIVING

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i’ve really enjoyed living in redondo beach the past several months. it’s mellow, not super sceney, and we can bike to all of the necessities (coffee + good brunch spots + trader joe’s + goodwill). honolulu wasn’t the most bike friendly city, so we’ve loved having the convenience of being able to ride our bikes directly from our house on mini adventures. for the sake of my sanity, i have to leave the house once a day and this often takes place in the form of a quick cruise on the strand. these breaks have been made even better by the recent purchase of my coffee cup holder! now i can get my caffeine fix via bike without the one handed struggle and high possibility of lots of spills. two thumbs up to beach town living.