6.29.2016

Currently // June

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Now that this month is coming to a close, I thought it would be nice to take some time to reflect on how June has been and to document some things that happened...

Reading... The book Brooklyn. I have had it for several months now and am slowly getting into it.
Playing... Sudoku on my phone. I had never played before, but while I was in Chicago I gave it a shot and now I'm addicted.
Watching... The Bachelorette and the new season of Pretty Little Liars. What can I say, I just love trashy TV haha
Trying... To make plans for our anniversary getaway and for a trip I may be taking with some friends. So many details to work out!
Cooking... Everything on the grill! I grilled tri-tip and veggies by myself for the first time the other day and now I want to grill allllll the things. So yummy! 

Eating... Yummy catered breakfast and lunch at my internship everyday. Yes, we are very spoiled.
Drinking... Vanilla coffee. We have awesome coffee machines at work and I am trying to not get hooked on caffeine!

Texting... 
My sister because she is awesome and I miss her.
Pinning... Branding inspiration for a bakery I am designing things for!

Going... To bed early these days because I have been so tired from working so much!
Loving... Swimming pretty much every afternoon at my nanny job! Makes those 10 hour work days a lot better!

Hating... The fact that I have to get some stuff done to my car this week which just means $$$.

Discovering... What I am really interested in for a career and also what I do not want. 

Thinking... Of all the things I would like to accomplish this summer and that I should probably write them down so I can start working on them!

Feeling... Generally happy about life right now! Good things are going on.

Hoping (for)... A miracle to happen and I find a place to move to soon!
Listening (to)... The Gilmore Guys podcast. I still have not caught up to the present day episodes, but I have been loving listening to them while I drive everyday! Plus, with the GG revival coming, it's been extra nice getting ready for that!

Ordering... That pink donut pool float and other things from Amazon because Amazon is king. Gotta love that Prime shipping! My sister also introduced me to Jane.com and that site is dangerous too!
Thanking... Myself for finally getting a new iPhone. I love it! Oh, and Dai for putting up with my antics :)

Considering... Taking off on an adventure this weekend! It is a holiday weekend after all, so why not?

Starting... To blog more often! I have really missed blogging consistently and would like to get back into it!

Finishing... This post because I should probably get back to my actual work ;)


All in all, June has been a great month! It flew by way too quickly though and I just want summer to slow down a bit! I'm excited to see what July and the rest of the summer will bring :)

How was your June? Did you do anything special? How is summer treating you so far?

6.27.2016

A Coffee Date + JORD

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It is no secret that I love coffee dates. I love them so much it has become my mission to make Dai love them too. Whenever I can, I get him to come along with me to a coffee shop where we can find a cozy spot to sip our yummy drinks and talk or work on blog things. When I got back from my two-week-long trip, I made a date for us to do just that. We had a lot to catch up on since we hadn't seen each other in so long (the longest time apart in 3 years!), so we headed to the city to visit a new-to-us coffee shop called Pinhole Coffee. We loved the vibe and camera themed decor, but that's another story that deserves a post of its own!
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While I was away, Dai and I each received beautiful new wood watches from JORD! I have been eyeing JORD's watches for quite sometime, so I was definitely thrilled to finally have one of my own. I had also shown Dai this company a while back and ever since then he has been telling me that he wanted one, so as you can imagine, he was pretty happy too!
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When we opened our watch boxes, we were both so impressed with how nicely our watches were packaged. I almost didn't want to take mine out! I love that I now have a nice wooden box to use for something else, or better yet, a safe place to store my watch when I am not wearing it.
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On our coffee date, we both excitedly decided to wear our watches for the first time and I must say, we are in love! With our watches and each other ;) After going back and forth between our options for watches, Dai finally settled on the Delmar series in Red Sandalwood & White Carbon and I settled on the Frankie series in Purpleheart & Plum. It was a tough decision because we liked so many of them, but we are very happy with our choices!copy-6602copy-6831
So far I have gotten a lot of compliments on my pretty purple watch! It is very unlike anything I have seen before and the color makes it so unique. It feels really nice on my wrist, especially since JORD sent it to me already sized with my wrist measurements, which is such a great service that they offer with your order! I always hate when I get a watch and have to wait to wear it until I get it sized, so it made me very happy to be able to wear my watch immediately after opening it.JORD-8
One great thing that we have discovered is that these wood watches fit in so well with our casual style (but can also be easily dressed up when need be!). Whether we are wearing them to work at the office, run around with kiddos as a nanny, out on the town on a Friday night, or on a coffee date, they just look so good! We are quite pleased with how these unique watches fit right in to our busy and casual lifestyle.copy-6706
Dai was really drawn to the eye-catching design of his watch, as the big face of it compliments his style and the redwood and white carbon contrast each other so nicely. So far he has loved wearing it to work and showing it off to his coworkers haha.copy-6879
All in all, our coffee date was a success and we enjoyed our latte & iced coffee! I think I just may have even convinced Dai that we should schedule some more of these in the future :) There is something so nice about relaxing and catching up over a cup of goodness!

Big thanks to JORD for sending us these lovely watches to enjoy and wear on coffee dates for many years to come!


Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. While I may have been compensated in some way, all views and opinions are my own.

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6.18.2016

The Busy Bee Update // 2

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I have been on summer break now for 4 weeks and I am just now sitting down to finally write a blog post. I know you are probably wondering what in the world could now be keeping me from blogging now that school has ended. Well, let me just start by saying this: life has been quite the wonderful whirlwind!

Let's see...what have I been up to?
I went out of town for two weeks with my dad and took a road trip from Illinois to California.
The day after I finished school, I headed out to Illinois to help my dad and his siblings clean out their 92-year-old aunt's house since she unfortunately passed away in April. I had not been to my dad's hometown in 6 years, so it was nice to visit again and see some extended family. While I was there, we were very busy trying to sort through my aunt's belongings and clear the house out so it could be put up for sale. It was really bittersweet being at her house, but it was good closure and I really enjoyed getting to know her more simply through all of the things she had. She and her late husband built that house and had lived there since the 1950s, so as you could imagine, there were tons of things buried in there. I found many vintage treasures and am happy to have those momentos to remind me of her.

During the second week of my trip, my dad and I drove from Illinois back to California. I had never done a road trip like that, so I was very excited for this adventure with my dad! We left Illinois on Sunday and ended in San Diego late Thursday night. We took our time getting home and stopped along the way in Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, the Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas. I will definitely be posting more about that very soon, but it was such a fun trip!

I started a summer internship!
Two days after I got home to the Bay Area, I started an internship at a company called RingCentral. I am working in the marketing department (no, nothing design related) and have really been loving it so far! I just finished my second week and it has been a fun new experience. I have made lots of friends with the other interns from various departments and I am enjoying the team I work on. I am still nannying in the afternoons though, so between the two jobs I am working 50 hours per week. It has been really great and fulfilling, but I am definitely tired at the end of the day!

I'm figuring out where I will be moving to in the next month or so.
Along with all these fun things going on, I also have to deal with the not so fun task of figuring out where I am going to be moving to. So far I haven't found any great options, so it has been a little disappointing. I am not sure what I am going to do yet, but I know everything will work out one way or another!

I've been enjoying my weekends and evenings completely free of homework!
Aside from everything else, I have been simply enjoying my evenings and weekends that have left me free to relax, go places, and just hang out worry-free! It is so nice not to have any school assignments hanging over my head! I have been hanging out with friends more and have lots of things lined up on my summer bucket list. I am definitely soaking up every moment of this freedom before school starts back up again in August!

I am currently at Blue Bottle Coffee in Palo Alto with Dai and we are having a lovely summer day out and about! We are sitting outside at this public workspace and it is so nice! I wanted to use this relaxing time to quickly write a post to check-in and update you all on what's been up with me. I haven't abandoned this blog, I promise, and look forward to finally writing all these posts I have drafted in my head :)

Have a wonderful weekend!



4.27.2016

The Busy Bee Update

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There are exactly 3.5 weeks left in the school year, but I am not really sure how that is possible. I cannot believe how quickly it has gone by! I am so very ready for a break, yet am also very stressed out thinking about all the things I need to accomplish in such a short period of time. I am doing my best to take things one day at a time, but I definitely often feel overwhelmed.

Sleep has been pretty inconsistent depending on what is happening with assignments, but today I am feeling good and much more well rested than the other days this week. Plus, I am having a good hair day, so I am counting it as a win! Let me tell you, lack of sleep screws everything up. Every evening has been spent eating a quick dinner after work and then spending the rest of the evening doing my school stuff. I have been doing pretty well at focusing this week, which is great because I don't really have any time to waste!

Other than school being a crazy whirlwind, life has been carrying on and things have been looking promising. I finished working on my resume and am currently on the hunt for an internship in the "real world." I have a few opportunities in the works thanks to connections I have made, so I am hopeful that something will work out! I have been realizing lately that, depending on how my portfolio review goes in May, I could be graduating next spring! Though I am hoping that my portfolio will get me into the BFA program, which would extend my schooling a year, it is still a really crazy thought to think since I really don't feel anywhere near ready for that. But it is also kind of exciting. Hopefully getting some experience in my professional field this summer will help me to feel more prepared for that if that is what will be happening!

I also found out recently that I am going to have to move in August, which is a huge bummer. I am really not thrilled about this and the hassle of having to find a new place to live when I have finally settled in pretty nicely where I'm at now. This will be my 4th move in two years and I currently have no idea where I will end up living, but I know that this is all happening for a reason and everything will be alright in the end.

As you can tell, this post doesn't have any particular purpose other than to pop in to say hello and
give you all a little update about what has been going on with me lately! I likely won't be posting much until school is over (May 19th!!!), since I have an animated design video to finish, a portfolio to put together, a couple papers to write, and a handful of tests to study for! After that though, I am planning to get lots of blogging time in over the summer, which really makes me happy to think about :)

I hope you all are having a great week!! I'll just be over here keeping on as a busy little bee... buzz buzz!

Have things been really busy for you lately? How do you deal with so many things and such little time to do them?



4.20.2016

Happy List // 15

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When life gets busy, it is easy to just think about all the stuff that is causing you stress and your never ending to-do list. Busy or not, I think it is always important to remember and take note of all the good things happening in life, even if they are small and simple :)

Here is my current happy list:
+ Wearing my big sun hat to the dog park.

+ Green tea soft serve ice cream.

+ The fact that we are exactly one month away from summer break! Oh my goodness.

+ Museum dates with my guy.

+ Sprinkles Cupcakes, especially the dark chocolate with sprinkles and the salted caramel.

+ The idea of spending summer by the pool. Pretty excited that my nanny family has one in their backyard!

+ Luxury movie theater seats that recline. Movie watching will never be the same.

+ Costco trips with Dai.

+ The fact that The O.C. is now on Hulu. Long live Seth Cohen and baby Rachel Bilson.

+ Sitting on the grass talking and eating lunch with design friends between classes.

+ Mini golf with my nanny kids.

+ The free resume building site that has been a lifesaver in helping me create mine! Probably one of the best things I've discovered in a long time.

+ Breaking out my spring clothes.

+ Spring morning walks to Starbucks with Marly (and Dai occasionally!).

+ The lovely, sunny week we have been having!

+ Taco Tuesday.

+ Blogging again!

What's been making you happy lately?

I am really looking forward to the weekend! On Friday I am heading out to see my mom overnight since it is her 50th birthday! It will be nice to spend some time with her and celebrate. The rest of the weekend will be spend with Dai, probably alternating between relaxing and working my booty off on homework! The end of the semester is so close! I just need to hang in there!

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