Twenty-Six: A Self-Portrait

Amongst all the moving craziness was my twenty-sixth birthday. If it’s any indication of how the rest of the year will go, I’ll take it. It was a rainy, cloudy day–my favorite kind of weather, and a bit of a rarity in southern California these days. My roomie/bestie–er, the birthday elf–surprised me with a (rad) gift first thing in the morning, and later we went to grab breakfast at Coffee Commissary. Gimme that baguette breakfast sandwich all day erryday. We ran errands and I ended up going to two different Targets (on. a. Sunday. kill me) to get bedding stuff. I ended the day grabbing dinner with my parents at Caioti and ice cream at Sweet Rose Creamery, and then went back to the apartment to drink a cocktail (gin + absinthe soda, yes please!) and unpack books. It was simple, but lovely. This weekend will be my birthday party (the first one I’ve thrown in ages) and a birthday trip to Disneyland (I’ve never gone during Halloween before!). I guess growing up can be okay sometimes.

The last few years have been difficult. Lots of ups and downs, and while the highs have been extraordinary, the lows have been devastating. It’s been a lot, and to say that I’ve been overwhelmed lately would be an understatement, but honestly, things are good, and it feels really nice to start a new year feeling positive.

Here’s to being twenty-six; to fresh starts and new adventures and a new year of positivity and happiness. Cheers.

tuesday links

Happy Tuesday, friends. I’m still catching up on everything (unpacking/sleeping/email/life/etc.) after the move, but hoping to be a little more settled soon.

  1. Loving Olga‘s commitment to a fashion cleanse.
  2. Wrote a piece for SGG about one of my all time favorite sad girls/actresses, Shiri Appleby…which she then tweeted at me about! Ahhh!
  3. A new update on the ongoing behind the scenes Good Wife drama between Julianna and Archie. I’m #TEAMARCHIE, obviously.
  4. An interesting interview with Kanye West.
  5. Pretty excited to see this Tower Records documentary, directed by Colin Hanks.



Family Heirlooms

Most folks who know my dad (or who have ever been over to my parent’s house) know that he’s an avid collector of Dia de los Muertos art. Lots of skeletons everywhere! We were doing a lot of cleaning, with all the garage sale and the moving and such, and he was kind enough to give me two pieces I’ve coveted for *years* to take to my new place. I’m so happy to have a little reminder of my old home in my new one.

(Apologies that this is up late….but I moved!!! More to come.)


tuesday links

It’s the end of September and while other cities are enjoying the glorious first few weeks of fall, it’s still averaging about 95° daily here. I’m over it–I’m ready for leather jackets and big cozy sweaters. Soon, I hope! There’s a lot going on this week, with the moving and my birthday and all that jazz, but hopefully everything goes smoothly. I get to pick up our keys tonight and I’m so excited!

  1. My friend Kathy has a giveaway to celebrate her debut novel, How To Be Brave. Check it out!
  2. I was quoted in the Daily Cal about the Bear’s Lair.
  3. Two great interviews with Shonda Rhimes. I can’t wait for her book to come out!
  4. If you have any musical loving friends, they’ve probably been raving about Hamilton. And honestly? It’s lives up to the hype–at least, the soundtrack does. The footage also looks great. I’m really hoping I can get tickets to see it when I go to New York with my brother.
  5. I can’t wait to make this penne alla vodka…in my new kitchen! Ahhhh.

Have a good week, friends!





And what better way to celebrate that you’ve survived a trip to the Swedish superstore than a bag full of sour gummies and, even better, licorice?! Yes please. It’s nice knowing that you’ll end your trip on a sweet note, no matter how stressful your shopping experience might be.


Okay, so this picture is kind of a cheat, because I technically took it a couple of weeks ago. But, I was at Ikea this past weekend, and I have to go again this weekend…so it still (sort of) counts. Right? Right. 

tuesday links

This September has been nothing short of crazy. Whether it be at work or at home, I feel like I’ve been going non-stop, with no light at the end of the tunnel. The move is next week (!!!!) and I’m knee-deep in packing. I also have a bunch of other stuff to get done, and yet, I’m supposed to have time to sleep as well? Oof. Last weekend I had my first garage sale, which was way more intense (emotionally and physically) than I expected. We managed to sell half of the stuff we put out, and then donate another 27 bags to Goodwill and another 10 boxes of books to the library. And yet, after all of that, I still feel like I have too much stuff. How did I accumulate so many things?!?! In any case, I’m just a little tired and ready to get this move done and go back to my everyday routines, because this whole working all day only to come home and work until midnight is a bit much. That said, it’s been nice to get rid of stuff, interesting to go through things (especially things I thought I had lost), and overall I’m just super excited. Next week!!

  1. This Kate Leth comic captures my move perfectly.
  2. You all know about Pizza Rat, right?
  3. There’s been a ton of new SGG content lately; a few of my favorites are our staff guide to your freshman year of college, SGG loves Chvrches  and Sad Girls Guide to: Starting Over.
  5. An oldie but a goodie–James Corden’s carpool karaoke is my favorite late night segment and his episode with Stevie Wonder put a huge smile on my face (and, okay, maybe made me cry a little bit).