Friday, May 1, 2015

ON THE ROAD // Yosemite Car Camping

"Yosemite Park is a place of rest, a refuge from the roar and dust and weary, nervous, wasting work of the lowlands, in which one gains the advantages of both solitude and society. Nowhere will you find more company of a soothing peace-be-still kind. Your animal fellow beings, so seldom regarded in civilization, and every rock-brow and mountain, stream, and lake, and every plant soon come to be regarded as brothers; even one learns to like the storms and clouds and tireless winds. This one noble park is big enough and rich enough for a whole life of study and aesthetic enjoyment. It is good for everybody, no matter how benumbed with care, encrusted with a mail of business habits like a tree with bark. None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree." – John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938)
I've finally reached a place that took me 4.5 years to visit. I booked a car camping spot back in January for Lower Pines in Yosemite National Park. The drive from LA was an easy (albeit, a bit boring) 4-5 hour drive. How did it take this long to get here! My friends, Alyce & Bronco, came with me (what an awesome couple). I drove through the Sequoia National Forest on the way to the entrance and decided that this weekend was one where I wanted to look at things with new eyes. How long has it been since we really looked at things with wonder and curiosity? When life hands you the same thing day in and day out, there is an ache for newness & non redundancy.

Driving through the Sequioas, the road was winding and spotted with shade. The Ponderosa Pines seem to be presently shooting up from the ground to the sky above. I expected to feel a rumble at any moment and see a pine skyrocketing up in its full form. Not going to lie, the photos from this trip are minimal and not too impressive. Not only did I try to take the time to try to be fully present, but I also dropped the new camera I was borrowing (sobbing emoji). Needless to say, I was rather frightened to take it out and use it (and I was feeling crummy about how I would break the news when I got back home).

National Parks week was just last week and I'm glad I was able to appreciate one of the most beautiful sites in the west this month. Car camping was super easy and a really great way to have a "home" base if you've never been to the park. Lower Pines is close to everything that you imagine when you think Yosemite; so I definitely suggest that area (especially by the river!). We were able to walk to Vernal Falls, making it about a 5 mile round trip. We relaxed by cooking dinner, journaling, drinking A LOT of whiskey and tequila (don't judge) and taking photos of the glistening beauty around us. The only word I could think of when I though of Yosemite National Park was "majesty". Have you ever just seen something so much bigger than yourself that you were in awe? Leaving such a grand place was tough and the ride home was just depressing. I'm taking it as a sign for a different future.

Backpacking trip anyone?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Every once in a while, Forever21 just KILLS it. Ideally, I'm not into fast fashion. I prefer to go the thrifted route or buy something of quality (& then wear it to death for years). I'm also 6' tall so all their regular dresses become tunics on me and I usually have to pair it (reluctantly) with a pair of leggings. As much as we all love showing off a good booty, wearing no pants with a too short dress would significantly increase the amount of times I'd be looking to cater to my bikini line... a task I'm not too excited to do on the regs. I obviously do, but who likes the pain of waxing?!

Sorry, not sorry for making it weird.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

WHAT I WORE // Distress & Denim

Denim is the be-all, end-all fabric of choice for my life. I have yet to discover a more versatile fabric than good, blue-collar denim. I picked up this Vintage Levi's men's jacket for $20 on ebay. Paypal makes shopping dangerous, amirite? Waxed black jeans are a staple in my closet. Dressed up or down, you can wear them anywhere. Right now they kind of reek like campfire, which personally is A-OK with me. Not so much for others' noses. I actually found out the brand is owned by a family I know! Small world, that Los Angeles crowd...

I would wear this outfit for short rides (like the 2-3 miles to work) on my Honda CB550F Super Sport. Which, is really make her debut this post. I got her a few months back and I'm stoked on her managable size. I wanted to get a CB750, but that is a beast of a motorcycle. The 550s are much more agile and I loved the root beer color. She needs some work currently; but that will come in a future post series (get stoked, nerds). I'm excited to get my hands laden with oil, rust and dirt.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

ON THE ROAD // South Bay Sailing

When someone invites you onto their sailboat for a sunset ride, the answer is yes. Always, yes. My new friend, River Jordan, took my coworker and I out on a cruise around the South Bay. I've never sailed before (besides in a dinky Hobie), so seeing this massive boat, River & his pops working together and how much effort goes into it, I have a new found respect for the art of sailing. And a crazy smile on my face I couldn't take off. I've been feeling a renewed sense of wonder and adventure lately. Anyone else in the same (should I say it?) boat?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

April 2015 Jukebox

I have about 30-plus soundbites of tasty awesomeness headed to your buds right about now. Spring is here, but I realize some of us still have a bit of winter somewhere. This hour and forty-five minute playlist is a bouncy balance between the two. Here are a few of my favorite tracks this month: