(photo via Una-deux Senses)
In addition to it being Karina's birthday today, it's also Friday! What do you have planned this weekend? Hope you all have a nice one and make the most of the last few weeks of August!
And now, some fun links for you to peruse in case you've run out of Summer Fridays and are still stuck at work.
Best wedding photos ever. I love people with a sense of humor!
The silver fox couldn't be more adorable.
My new favorite tumblr. Borderline obsessed with every photo.
This is where I want to go next summer.
I really love the Shipley & Halmos homepage.
Love this song by Fort Lean.
You know we're obsessed with braids.
Before True Blood, Anna Paquin was known for being a ten-year-old Oscar winner. I totally forgot about that.
And finally, happy birthday to my bff, Kati. Love you, doll face and can't wait to see you next weekend!
Obviously, she was stylish even as as a baby.
Pensive and at one with nature.
See? She loves the outdoors.
And she's a true party girl at heart.
I hate to be a debbie downer and all, but today I had a sad realization. Summer is coming to an end! With only a couple of weeks left before we're officially into Fall (which happens to be my favorite season actually), I thought it would be a good idea to jot down some things I want to accomplish before it's too late. So here goes, my end of summer wish list.
2. Make more summer pies! (this was a blueberry pie I made last weekend for la familia)
3. Go hiking and swimming in Harriman Park
4. Have a couple of more backyard BBQs and screen more films with our projector
How about you guys? What's on your end-of-summer wish list?
I came across this do and loved its bombshell appeal. Although it's such a fine line between sexy and messy, I think it would take a couple tries before getting it just right. :)
btw, forgive the
My friend Rachel and I are going to Paris in September for Labor Day weekend. We're so excited to tour the city together since we both have similar taste when it comes to traveling (we're not much a fan of the touristy destinations, but rather spend our time soaking in the culture and the people). Rachel sent me this hairstyle, which I think is the perfect do for a long plane ride. Seems like it'll withstand the long hours of traveling, and since we're arriving super early in the morning, hopefully it will cut our freshening up time in half so we have more time to explore the city. :)
(photo via NY Mag)
On Monday, I turned 29 years old. I feel very lucky to have such an amazing group of family and friends that made me feel special that day. I received tons of phone calls, emails, gifts, texts and Facebook messages from everyone I love and truly care about. But to be honest, every year on my birthday, I can't help but feel a wave of anxiety wash over me. There is nothing logical about this feeling. I am healthy and strong. I am surrounded by people that care about me. And yet, on a day that I am supposed to be celebrating and basking in the attention that Leos tend to love, I experience a fight or flight sensation that doesn't ease up until the day after my birthday.
I've been thinking about this a lot lately and trying to understand why I go through this. When I was a teenager and up until my early 20s, I had a list of goals I expected to accomplish before turning 30. Some of the big ones included being married, working in the music industry and living in New York. But life hasn't exactly worked out that way and with the exception of moving to New York five years ago (and loving it), I haven't accomplished the goals I once felt were important to me. I don't work for a record label or music magazine and granted, I no longer even want to work in music, but the point is, somewhere along the way, my path changed its course. And I should be okay with that. I am excited about what I do now. I'm in a creative industry and work with some of the most talented people I've ever met. And as far as relationships go, I meet my fair share of date-worthy gents. Nowhere near marriage, but that's okay. The beauty about living in this city is that new and exciting things happen everyday.
I feel like I have a positive outlook on this now, when just a few days ago, I was panicked at the thought of being one year away from 30. 30-year-olds are adults! And I don't necessarily feel like one most of the time. Which I suppose is a good thing because time does fly and before I know it, I'll be wishing I was a young 29-year-old. Right?
How about you guys? Do any of you ever go through the birthday blues?
(Pictures via Laura Makabresku via Aubrey Road)
Alex and I watched Crazy Stupid Love this past weekend. Have you seen it? It's about a sad divorcee (Steve Carell) who's lost his mojo, and enlists a lady's man (Ryan Gosling) to help him get his groove back + his ex-wife (Julianne Moore).
I was happily surprised to see it wasn't just another formulaic Hollywood rom-com. It's funny, smart + sweet. And Ryan Gosling's abs make a cameo in it, which alone is worth the ticket price. ;)
It's a film both guys + girls can both enjoy. I highly recommend! xo
Really, who could resist that face?
Lisa has always been an amazing friend...
I love that we have the same googly eyes.
Happy birthday, seester! You are my light and sunshine and my best friend. If someone asked me to describe you in a few words or more, I would say the following: Lisa is the most gracious, trustworthy, charming, adorable, and gorgeous human being ever! I can't even articulate what an important person you are to me. It's beyond words and would most likely involve a very large hand gesture resembling something huge. You're smart, well-traveled, an amazing friend to your friends, and your ability to multitask a million things (and do it well!) amazes me each day. I love you, chimichurri! I can't wait till the Care Bears (aka Cifuentes girls) take on the world! ♥