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December 31, 2014

2014 in review

even before 2014 started, i knew it was gonna be a good year. literally as soon as i woke up on new year’s day, i received an email from the director of my program in france that the course would be ending six months early. in that moment, along with a million other emotions, i knew it was going to be a very different year than i expected. if i’m being honest, i was so relieved that it was ending and that i had the opportunity to start new adventures. and adventure there were, along with new friends, hours of hard work, great travels, unexpected blessings and dreams coming true. looking back on this year is so bittersweet because 2014 seems unbeatable. i know God has so much in store in this coming year and all the years after that but 2014 will always hold a special place in my heart. here are a few highlights and favorite pictures of my year from january to december

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found out i wasn’t going back to france. decided to study in england for a semester. spent an extra 3 weeks in california. left for england.
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arrived in york, england. met new friends. went to an awesome valentine’s party. discovered great coffee shops. made dinners with my roommates. explored york.
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watched the daffodils pop up around york. cooked a traditional german dinner with german friends. traveled to iraq for outreach week. visited the capital of kurdistan. 
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discovered my favorite coffee shop: brew and brownie. went to the yorkshire dales for speakers week. had a beautiful easter. 
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tried to figure out what i was going to do next with my life. found out i got into university of cincinnati. said many sad goodbyes. left england. spent a week in paris with emily.
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saw the fault in our stars on opening day. turned 21. emily arrived in california for her summer internship. visited the new anaheim packing house. 
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went to the sawdust festival. was a wedding coordinator for a wedding in san diego. spent a girl’s weekend in palm springs for kayla’s 21st. visited carmel for a week.
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road tripped out to ohio with my mom. visited santa fe and springfield, mo. started university of cincinnati. moved into a new house. 
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pulled my first all nighter. participated in sorority rush. joined kappa alpha theta. visited cedarville for the first time since i was a student there.
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was initiated into theta. went on a church retreat in the mountains. walked in a fashion show. went to a few halloween parties as tinker belle.
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had a blast at my sorority’s winter semi formal. spent thanksgiving break with friends in connecticut. experienced my first snow in cincinnati. broke my car’s window.

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survived finals week. had our end of semester show. got on the deans list. came home to california. spent christmas with family.

In holidays on
December 27, 2014

happy christmas

happy belated christmas! this year was certainly a good one. it was filled with my favorite things like baking and good food and walks by the beach and presents but best of all, it was filled with spending time with people i love. here are a few snapshots of my wonderful christmas.

//christmas eve//

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{on christmas eve morning, we went on a walk around balboa island}
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{for christmas eve dinner, we went to cucina enoteca at fashion island, which is the new location of one of my favorite restaurants. i didn’t get any good pictures but the snapper i had was superb and i ended up really loving this new location. after dinner, we came home and had dessert and opened a few presents. i made a dark chocolate beet cake which i really regret not photographing but it ended up tasting much better than it sounds. i received the cookbook plenty more and i can’t wait to try some of the recipes!}

//christmas day//
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{christmas morning went from chill and quiet to stressful and crazy real fast. after we woke up, we sat around the tree and started opening presents. i got a lot of clothes, another fjallraven backpack to lug my laptop around school and a beautiful necklace i had been eying, which was a huge surprise because i was convinced the store had sold their last. after present time, my mom and i got down to cooking then we were off to grandmas house}
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{every christmas afternoon, we go to my grandmas house with the rest of our family and have a late lunch together. it was a really warm day so my dad and i walked the dog around the neighborhood before we ate. when it finally was time to eat, we had italian soup, courtesy of my mom, shrimp and grits, courtesy of my aunt and a quinoa apple salad, which i made. after lunch, we had desserts and opened more gifts and chatted around the table}


In eateries, food on
December 23, 2014

joan’s in studio city

this past friday, i trecked down to los angeles along with my mom and another food-loving mother/daughter duo to try the new joan’s on third, which opened recently in studio city. i already know this area well because it is the home of my favorite vegan restaurant, sun cafe, as well as many other cute shops and eateries so when i found out joan’s was opening its second location here, i was over the moon. the grand opening was while i was in ohio but all semester, i was looking forward to visiting when i got home. the space is much like the third street location but seemed much more spacious and airy. the food was wonderful as always and we walked out with a few extra treats and last minute christmas presents for friends and family. so happy to see my favorite LA eatery growing and thriving and fingers crossed they open a store in orange county soon

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In holidays, travel on
December 21, 2014

a white thanksgiving

this year for thanksgiving, I went to my dear friend julia’s parents house in the woods of connecticut. i went here once before for thanksgiving during my freshman year at cedarville and it was a wonderful experience that i’m blessed to have the chance to repeat. we drove 12 hours thru the night the tuesday before thanksgiving because we heard there was going to be a snowstorm in connecticut wednesday morning. literally as soon as we arrived to julia’s, it started to snow and snow and snow. on thursday, we had thanksgiving dinner at julia’s grandparent’s house, which already felt familiar because of my last thanksgiving spent there. we played pictionary and apples to apples and had races to fill out maps of the US and Canada with some of the Canadians we had visiting. after thanksgiving, we had a pretty chill break, filled with homework in coffee shops, watching the original pride and prejudice, baking and candle lit dinners due to power outages. i had a ridiculously large amount of homework to do due to finals week starting right after thanksgiving break but i ended up having a great time of fun and fellowship regardless of my workload. i ended up missing the first monday back because we were driving but God is good and all my teachers moved back our assignments so i didn’t miss anything.

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victoria station

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In lists on
December 18, 2014

grateful for…

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i’m home for christmas break and i couldn’t be happier! i love school so much but there is something wonderful about being home for the holidays. it’s so beautiful and warm here and it’s nice to move at a slower pace, at least for a few short weeks till i fly out again. here are a few things i’m most thankful for over these past few weeks

1. getting on the dean’s list for this semester (!!!)
2. the new nespresso store at fashion island
3. spending time with friends and family
4. christmas playlists filled with new and old favorites
5. sales at j. crew
6. impromptu mid week visits with friends at cedarville
7. twilight walks at balboa island
8. suja juices
9. my bangs finally getting to a manageable length
10. one week till Christmas!

In life on
December 13, 2014

my semester in snapshots

I survived my first semester in DAAP! I loved every minute of it but honestly, it is such a sigh of relief that I have conquered the first semester of the next five years of my life. when people say my program is hard, they aren’t kidding! i just got finished with ‘hell week’, which is the official name for finals week in my program and it was rough. we had huge, time consuming project after project due, then we had our final reviews in each class then our process portfolio, which encompassed all three studio classes then the end of semester show. on top of that, i’ve had papers for my literature class and plans to make for next semester and next year and it was all so overwhelming. but now its over and my last paper made its way to my professor last night and i’ve been chilling out with friends in cedarville for the past few days. i have some posts planned that I finally have time to put together that will be coming at you over the next few weeks but for now, i’ll leave you with a few pictures from my semester

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In holidays, lists on
November 27, 2014

thanksgiving thankfulness

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happy thanksgiving people! i’m currently in connecticut enjoying my six day break with my friend julia and her gracious family in the adorable cottage above. as my last post alluded to, this semester has been a whirlwind of craziness so its nice to rest and have some downtime before the final push to the end of the semester. in honor of thanksgiving, here are a few things, great and small, that i am most thankful for

  • my amazing, wonderful, supportive family back home
  • getting into the industrial design school of my dreams
  • the vast array of friends God has gifted me with, from lifelong friends back home in california to my awesome cedarville girlies to relationships i have made on my travels and new friends at college from daap, my sorority, my church groups and everywhere in between
  • my iPhone, for capturing the moments i would otherwise miss and keeping me organized and sane
  • having As on every project thus far
  • the opportunities i have gotten to travel and the many more to come 
  • living in a city with a whole foods and a trader joe’s
  • the immense love for design, art and aesthetics God has blessed me with
  • having a car at school that is my saving grace
  • getting in to such a great sorority
  • discovering quest bars for my days when food is the last thing on my to do list
  • julia and her family, and all the people who have graciously hosted me over the years
  • urban outfitters sale rack
  • finding hidden gems to do homework at like coffee emporium and sidewinder coffee
  • Jesus Christ, for being my Savior and best friend and walking with my every step on this crazy journey we call life
what are you thankful for?
past thanksgiving posts here
In life on
October 6, 2014

college update

hello people! I’m alive! sorry for the radio silence but college is crazy! my workload has been ridiculous and on top of that, I joined a sorority so time is definitely not something I have a lot of. goodness I feel like so much has happened since I’ve been here. in short, I LOVE it here! maybe you’ll ask me in a month/semester/year and my answer will be less positive but this is literally the happiest I’ve ever been! traveling for two years was fun and great and the experience of a lifetime but there is something about creating a life from scratch built around something you love that is so invigorating. I probably won’t have much time to post but I’ll try to update you when I can.

In travel on
August 11, 2014

girls weekend in palm springs

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for my friend kayla’s birthday, we spent the weekend at the ace hotel in palm springs. it was hot hot hot (like 105 degrees hot) but we spent lots of time sipping drinks by the pool and chilling wherever there was air conditioning to be found. we explored the downtown and some of the local hotels in the area but always ended up back at ace. we found a private pool in the back which was a nice way to stay away from the crowded and crazy atmosphere at the main pool. it was a nice time of getting to celebrate kayla in such a beautiful and fun place. it was so sad to leave but i’m looking forward to more girls weekends like this in the future.

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In lists on
August 9, 2014


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eating // scallops! probably a product of watching too much top chef
drinking // lots of iced coffee from my new nespresso vertuo
practicing // yoga outside in 100 degree palm springs weather (yikes!)
learning // lazy days are sometimes the best days
playing // iggy azalea, arctic monkeys and riptide by vance joy
reading // eat to live and the beginning of everything
walking // crystal cove state beach
loving // being in the same place as so many of my friends
cooking // life changing bread
wearing // lacy shorts and birks
craving // farmers market fruit (especially green figs)
working // as a wedding coordinator and florist! so fun
traveling // up the coast (big sur, carmel, slo) and out to the dessert (palm springs)
anticipating // the road trip to ohio and COLLEGE!!

{photo via this sweet girl}