Los Angeles Staycation

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A few weeks ago I had my first official vacationing visitor! What does that even mean? Like, she was on vacation and came to stay with me and hang out with me. Yep, I’m pretty special. My fellow brunch loving babe, Brynn, came out to enjoy the last few days of California summer and I couldn’t have been more excited. While she was here we ate In n Out, shopped on Abbott Kinney, visited my favorite light house (which I finally got see up close!!!), I sprained my ankle, we had a few drinks, and hung on the beach. Oh yes, you read that right, I sprained my ankle.. which altogether ruined the remaining plans I had for her visit, but we made of the best of it.

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Pictures include: a mural of Venice past, the best fries ever, rooftop views in Marina del Ray, Point Vicente Light House and the museum on the grounds, a picture of a random stranger (BUT LOOK HOW CUTE SHE IS!!! HOW COULD I NOT TAKE A PICTURE?!), brunch at Suburbia – bottomless mimosas and Golden French Toast: ricotta, figs, honey & almonds, Manhattan Beach, and drinks at Cole’s.

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Halloween Room Tour

One of my most favorite things to do is decorate for any and all holidays. This year I decided to just decorate my bedroom, instead of the living room, as I spend most of my time in my room. I hope you enjoy this little video I made. I’m still working on learning how to use my camera.. so please forgive the shakes.

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Fri-Yay | No. 1

I love to start “series” posts and then never continue in the series, so here’s another one of those.. maybe.

Who else is thrilled it’s Friday? Here’s some videos, articles, blog posts, blogs, podcasts, and/or whatever else I discovered this week that I think you should take a few minutes out of your Friday to enjoy. As well as a few pictures I took.

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Remember how I talked about brand image and blogs this week.. so did two of my favorite blogs.. trendsetter much? Kaylah talked about how much she’s grown over the years, and how she’s ready to start sharing more of that on her blog. And then Elsie talked about sometimes overthinking posts, styled blogs, and finding balance in your blog.

I was listening to one of my many podcasts, 99% Invisible, while stuck in traffic last night. Their latest episode, McMansion Hell: The Devil is in the Details, spoke directly to designer brain. I will now be a frequenter of McMansionHell.com by Kate Wagner.

I’ve always been a Regina Spektor fan (like cried-at-her-concert fan) . Her new album, Remember Us to Life, came out at the end of September. Here’s an interview from Noisey made me love her even more.

Speaking of music, THIS GEM, came out today. SIRES has been working on Soul for Sale for like.. literally ever. Okay it felt like that in the fan girl world. I love this band with my whole heart and I hope that you’ll support them by listening, sharing, and buying their amazing music.

Lastly.. Michelle Obama’s dress at their last state dinner, here. And anxiously awaiting the premiere of The Crown!

Side Hustle

I’m putting together a running list of potential side hustles, or just like, stuff to do that could make money. I think I might love 10 part-part time jobs instead 1 full-time job. Sounds more fun.
Wedding florist, but just being an assembler. You tell me what to do.
Cleaning lady for adorable elderly folk. My Mom does this for a real sweetheart, and when she tells me about how cute he is playing bridge and such with his friends, I get so jealous. I need more people over 75 in my life.
Babysitter for my friends, so that I can be an Aunt to like 19 children and eventually be the cool Aunt who picks them up from their first high school party when cops bust it. I’d pretend to be their Mom, and then not tell their Mom until they go to college. I hope none of my parent friends read this. And if you are, I’m CPR and lifeguard certified.. so that outweighs all my schemes.
Baker, ideally cake decorator but that might require some experience. And if we are being extra picky, I’d want to work for a home baker. I wouldn’t find the early mornings bad at all, or the sugar.
Website updater, that’s an official title. I tell Nicole all the time that I would happily update her blog, but I could do this in so many different capacities for a variety of businesses. For example, with Nicole, I’d correspond with her client via email about their family. Their names, their kids ages, what their family likes to do together, cute stuff. Then I’d put their answers into a post with all of the beautiful images Nicole created. **Nic, hire me.**
Vintage hunter/salvage-er. I’ve got a place in mind that I’d like to shop for to help curate their perfect store.. technically this job would be a called a buyer, but I think that’s too formal. I recently found my new favorite show, Salvage Dawgs (terrible name), which inspired me to want to salvage stuff. They go into abandon houses, or houses that are about to be torn down, and they rip like everything out of it. Some physical labor every so often wouldn’t be bad at all.. not to mention I’d happily occasionally trade that labor for amazing finds to put in my own space.
Christmas tree decorator (!!DREAM JOB ALERT!!), cause some people actually hate doing this. What. How? But actually, great, cause I will happily do it for you. I could also wrap presents too. Give me all the Christmas related jobs. I will even shop for you.
Painter, another job I’m stealing from my Mom (Mom, want to start a business?). And by painter, I mean, of walls in your house. My Mom taught me how paint like pro. You pick the color and move the furniture out of the way, and I’ll do the rest.

Alright that’s where the list stands today. I could also do some lawn and garden care, maybe open an Etsy shop, and maybe eventually I’d really like to teach a college class or two. What are your side hustles?

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Kind of a Stream of Consciousness

I’m experiencing writers block, or maybe not really. There is a part of me that wants to post on here every day, but not just your usual blog-y content, which is what I’m struggling to write. Recently, I was telling my dear friend Zach how back in day (yes, I can say that) we used to blog every day about whatever, from what we had for lunch, to fights with our parents, or how cute so and so looked in those skinny white jeans and studded white belt. That was before blogging was a job, or photo editing was making pictures more beautiful not just putting them in sepia tone, or social media was actually called social media and not MySpace. Sure, I was a teenager, but I was so excited to come home and plop down in front of the family computer to write on my blog and chat with my friends on AIM. I miss that excitement.

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An embarrassing photo of some of the first bloggers circa 2005. Please note the belts.

Last night I got to see Joy Cho speak on panel hosted by Grace Bonney. BLOGOSPHERE QUEENS. I mean, they started their career-forming blogs when I was a teenager wearing hot pink eye shadow. These women inspire me. But their blogs, their social media, it all has an atheistic. It is all a brand. They don’t write about dating, or struggling to pay their bills, or wanting to set Donald Trump’s hair on fire. The further I dive into the idea that I might want to be a blogger, I’m realizing to have a blog that pays your bills, it has to fit a bill. You have to teach people something, or review something, or round-up something, and all of those somethings have to be generally appealing to the same broad audience. There is this quote on the front page of Design*Sponge today from Cheryl Day that says “own your style and don’t even think you have to change who you are to be successful.” And I sort of just want to scream LIES!

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Alright so maybe you don’t have to change who you are, but you have to edit yourself. You have to pick something. You have to have direction. I can just hear my Mom saying, well yes, you do. But Mom, why?! Why can’t I just do every thing I want to do? Why can’t that be my style? Why can’t I write about how guys send me creepy messages on Tinder, what lipsticks I’m obsessed with right now, how cool *pun* the Arctic is, and open a flower shop, and be an interior decorator, and run for city council? Well Nan (this is my pet name as an adult, which I prefer over my childhood name, Pookie), you just can’t do everything right now. You’ll figure out. Just be patient. Okay, Mom, you can get out of my blog post now. Love you!

Patience. Something I have just about none of. Interest. Something I have for just about everything. My Mom is mostly right (all the time), doing everything is kind of impossible, and I do need to pick a direction, and I will figure it out. I’ve been figuring out. This post is just another step in the figuring. And here’s what I’ve figured today, I’m going to stop trying to brand this blog. I’m going to write as much as I want, whenever I want, about whatever I want, and that’s going to be my style. It might take away from the potential of this blog ever becoming my main hustle, but you know what, if I change my mind I will set all the posts that don’t fit to private and keep movin’ on.

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