Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cuckoo for Koko

I've been wanting to post about some other trips I took over the summer,
but they won't make much sense until I introduce him

this hunk of a man/Greek god is "Koko" (that's what I like to call him. along with kokonuts, kokopuffs, kokobear, bratface, and other unusual terms of endearment. unless I'm mad. then he gets called by his first name.)

Isn't he handsome?

Anyway, I'm introducing him now because he came to visit me this summer.
traveled over 7,000 miles
across 2 continents
and the Atlantic Ocean
all the way from California. 

we had a fun 3 weeks together
visited a few new places
and I miss him dearly.

Friday, October 21, 2011

my current obsession: pinterest

So I recently discovered Pinterest
and have fallen in love.

Pinterest is a "vision board-styled social photo sharing site where users can create and manage theme-based image collections".

Basically, you can upload, find and share photographs of your favorite things and categorize them into vision boards.

I use it to keep track of recipes, inspirations, crafts, ideas, outfits, items, and images that I want and like
as well as the sites they come from.
It makes it easier than Bookmarking everything on the internet.

Some of my vision boards include themes like Holidays, Dream Wedding, a Wishlist, Outfits, Quotes, Fitness Inspiration, Home Decor Ideas, Places I Want to Visit,  and so on.

If you haven't checked it out yet
go there now.
They also have an application for the iPhone.
It can become addicting,
but I think you'll thank me later.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Barcelona, España: La Genta Esta Muy Loca!

At the end of May, I took a 5-day trip to Barcelona.

I spent the first 2 days exploring on my own,
then met up with my sorority sister and her travel mate
as well as my cousin who I have not had the chance to spend quality time with in years
since she has been off studying in New York/Australia/London
It was 4 California girls loose in Barcelona
I needn't say more.

Here are some of my favorite photographs followed by a complete list of "Things I Saw" and my "5 Favorite Experiences" of the trip.

Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Park Guell

Mount Tibidabo

Camp Nou

Champions League Final 2011
Barcelona Beats Manchester United 3:1
Magic Fountain

La Sagrada Familia

La Boqueria Market

Santa Maria del Mar

Placa de Santa Maria, Picasso Museum

Things I Saw 

Casa Batllo-Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Passeig de Gracia-La Pedrera, Gracia, Park Güell, Las Ramblas, Tramvia Blau - Tibidabo, Monestir de Pedralbes, Palau Reial–Pavellons Finca Güell, Camp Nou: Futbol Club Barcelona, Francesc Macia - Diagonal, Placa d'Espanya, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Anella Olimpica, Funicular de Montjuic, Fundacio Joan Miro, World Trade Center, Colom-Museu Maritim, Miramar-Jardins Costa i Llobera, Port Vell, Museu d'Historia de Catalunya, Port Olympic, Champions League Final,  La Sagrada Familia, La Boqueria Market, Placa de Santa Maria, Santa Maria del Mar, Santa Maria del Pi, Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, Picasso Museum

5 Favorite Experiences

1) Watching the Champions League Final
On a giant big screen television in a Plaza along with thousands of other people climbing light poles, lighting fireworks, drinking and cheering in the streets. The people I met at my Hostel and I came decked out in our Barca gear (shirts, scarves, bracelets) and celebrated with the locals drinking beer and champagne (classy).

2) La Sagrada Familia.
The architecture is impressive and it is worth going inside to see. It was completely untraditional in comparison to other Catholic Cathedrals I have seen, but very bright and beautiful.

3) Pablo Picasso Museum
I LOVED his art (the naughty sketches made me chuckle). I would visit Barcelona again solely to see this Museum and pick up some more souvenir post cards of his paintings.

4) La Boqueria Market
One can find the yummiest fresh fruit smoothies here as well as colorful displays of organic fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, dairy, chocolate products

5) Magic Fountain
Truly magical. Every night, around 9 PM there is a music/water/light show. Lots of people (and couples) gather around the fountain and on the steps of  Museu Nacional d 'Art de Catalunya to have picnics. Very romantic.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

fashionable denim?

This year I have been seeing a lot of denim
dresses
tops
jackets
vests
I couldn't really picture myself wearing any of them though.
I think because this fashion nightmare is what I picture everytime I think of anything other than denim pants
so I passed on making any denim purchases.
While going through my closet today
I found an old, cropped denim jacket that I bought back in high school.
(I had my family bring it to me this summer)
Yet I haven't worn it since high school.
So, I considered either donating it or tossing it.
Then, I came across these images on Pinterest.
Denim vests looking stylish and fresh!

Why not give my jacket a makeover instead?
So I did.


It was easy-I just took a pair of scissors and cut off the sleeves following along the seams.
Hopefully my new vest gets more wear than my old jacket!