29 January 2015

School Daze

Love In Sweater | H&M Pants (similar here) | Bearpaw Shearling Boots in Evergreen | H&M Tank
Ray-Ban Tortoise Wayfarers | Scarf from a market in Paris | Grandma's Vintage Necklace

My transition into San Francisco student life has been surprisingly smooth. It was with great trepidation that I made the decision to move away from my comfortable little Palm Springs life, away from my boyfriend, and away from my family. I've longed for an adventure like this since I was a child - the idea of being in an unknown area on my own has always been a rêverie, and this week it has become my reality. My car died weeks before the move, so I've had the added challenge of exploring the public transport system (which, by the way, has been super easy to figure out - though I haven't yet ventured farther than campus). I see my classes in a new light. I'm no longer the party-seeking eighteen year old who didn't put much thought into my studies. I realize, now, that my profs are experienced professionals offering wisdom that will guide my future, and I'm giddy to soak it all up. As you can see in the previous post, the area I'm in is absolutely fantastic, and I feel incredibly lucky to seize this opportunity. To all who dream about the chance of adventuring on your own, I say do it. Jump the mental "I can't" hurdle and go while you can. More later - I've got papers to write!

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25 January 2015

One-Way Ticket to San Francisco

It is with vague recollection that I recall foggy mornings as a child, skipping to school with my hand in my father's (his was so big that he held mine with thumb and pinky wrapped around the entirety of my fist). We moved from the Bay Area when I was a few months shy of ten, and I've spent the majority of my life in the desert of Southern California, surrounded by sunshine and those picturesque mountains of Palm Springs, without much thought of ever returning. My recent pursuit of a degree in Print and Online Journalism unwrapped the possibility of studies in San Francisco. Like a pilgrimage to Mecca, the idea of living again within the vicinity of my childhood home made absolute sense. With a late acceptance, this new move has been thrown together super hastily. It's required a few eight hour drives, scheduled around the holidays and our long-time planned reunion in Vegas (photos for another post, though you can get a glimpse of the weekend on Insta). This is likely the most challenging situation I've placed myself in. It's scary and amazing and curious and new, and I'll look forward to detailing the experience right here on the blog. Sooo.. without further ado, here's a little peek at my new little neighborhood and my first few steps on this epic adventure.

Looking out from the balcony.

Awfully blurry (apparently I need a telephoto lens), but you can see the tippy top of the Golden Gate.

A five minute stroll to the dog beach. (Puppies!)

And so, a new chapter begins... Here's to living to the fullest!

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16 January 2015

The Blue Vanilla Caroline Butterfly Jumpsuit

Blue Vanilla Caroline Butterfly Jumpsuit | Gap 1969 Denim Jacket | Nine West Bonkers Sneakers

I'm a sucker for a good jumpsuit, though I hardly wear them. At 5'10", it's difficult for me to find onesies that are long enough - I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this little number probably isn't supposed to be high-water, but I sort of like the cropped pant look for spring. The butterfly print feels particularly appropriate as I begin to make some markedly transformational decisions in my life. I'm not quite ready to share them here yet, but stay tuned because this new venture of mine should (hopefully) lead to some rad new blog content. But I digress... The jumpsuit arrived from London (thank you Blue Vanilla!), and the cropped pant fit had me thinking 90's. So I piled on the gold (aren't you obsessed with these kicks?) and my old Gap jacket (legit from the 90's), and I have to admit this outfit had me feeling trés cool.

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10 January 2015

The Dark Chocolate Lover's Stovetop Cocoa

This recipe makes for a very syrupy chocoholic hot cocoa, so add the chocolate piece by piece and taste as you go to get the perfect ratio for your palate. We are big dark chocolate fans, so I modified the original stovetop recipe that I found to have a little less sugar and a lot more chocolate. I don't do hot cocoa often, and when I do I'm looking for a legit dessert substitute. This isn't your basic chocolate milk.

The Dark Chocolate Lover's Stovetop Cocoa
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1.5 oz Baker's unsweetened chocolate
  • About 1/8 - 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 dashes cinnamon (or use a cinnamon stick as a stirrer instead!)
  • 1 handful mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish (just grate a little Baker's)
  • A couple shots of Peppermint Schnapps (if you're feeling boozy)

  • Heat milk and cream on low-medium heat, stirring well. (Don't let it sit and burn, because you'll get a weird filmy layer over the top.) Add chocolate, sugar, pinch of salt, cinnamon, and vanilla, tasting as you go, stirring until fully dissolved. Schnapps should be added to the cocoa once it's in the mug, if you're going that route. Serve with marshmallows on top, and if you're feeling fancy grab a blowtorch for the perfect charred s'more flavor. Garnish with chocolate shavings. Cheers!

    Remember this mug from my $1 DIY post? With a careful hand wash of the inside, the Sharpie design stayed intact. (Just don't use the dishwasher.) Also, need a little fashion fix? Head over to the Everyday Facts blog to check out my guest post & find out what my must have item is.

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    06 January 2015

    The Long Sleeved Knit Dress

    H&M Knit Dress | ASOS Skinny Belt (similar here) | ModCloth Booties | Handmade Scarf

    This midi is another score from my recent H&M haul - the outfit possibilities are really endless with such a basic piece, and it's perf for layering. My mom and I knit the scarf, many moons ago (she started the project, and I finished it off). I had quite the obsession with Olsen-esque floor-dusting scarves in high school - may begin to rework my collection into the wardrobe this month while it's chilly.

    Random tangent: have you guys had clear skies the last few nights? We had a Wolf Moon on the 4th (it was so beautiful and bright!) and all 5 visible planets were out last night. Tonight and tomorrow, the moon moves towards Jupiter, so keep an eye out for the little bright light that will be hanging around the moon - it's our system's biggest planet. To keep up with the stars, check out earthsky.org/tonight.

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    05 January 2015

    $30 Love & Pieces Giveaway

    So did you guys just fall to pieces in love with my gold lion tassel necklace, like I did? (See what I did there?) Seriously, though it came to be from the coolest little curated jewelry boutique, Love & Pieces. The necklace that I picked out is designed by Gunner & Lux, a father-daughter duo, (and she's only 5!) - totally a brand that I can get behind. (Thanks again to Signe from The Daily Savant for introducing me to Love & Pieces - I'm excited to pay it forward to you guys.)

    Down to business. It's a giveaway! Use the entry form below and enter to win a $30 gift card code to Love & Pieces. Check out their Insta and support curated design! #lovesparkleshine

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    Psst... you can enter every day!
    Ends at Midnight Sunday, January 18

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