Category Archives: Life

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

ruqiyaimtiaz-500x500Thank you Design Sponge for lifting my spirits today.  September has been a tough month for me, physically and emotionally.  Scrolling through these images today was reminder for me to appreciate the little things and stay positive.

The weather has finally cooled down here in central California and I can’t help but feel a shift in the aura around me.  It’s definitely a good thing.  I’m looking forward to the cooler weather, the holidays, and spending much needed time with family and friends.  So whoever you are out there, reading this or not, chin up and cheers to the new season.

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My Favorite “Chill” Albums

Lilo 2I fell in love with music long before I also fell in love with fashion and design. Every so often I’ll hear a song from one of my favorite artists and think to myself, “Damn, this song and album IS STILL so good!” and then I just feel all fuzzy and warm inside. Isn’t that what music is supposed to do? Make you feel nostalgic or transport you to another place? I started thinking about some of my favorite albums (there are sooo many) and how each one holds a special place in my heart and were present in different periods of my life. I’ve been in “chill” mood lately so here’s a list of some of my favorite albums and artists that I’ve had on repeat the past week. I can’t possibly list all of them because there’s just too many. What are some of your favorite albums?

  • “Hopes & Fears” – Keane
  • “Ceremonials” – Florence + The Machine
  • “Parachutes” – Coldplay
  • “The Mating Game” – Bitter:Sweet
  • “Some People Have Real Problems” – Sia
  • “Tidal” – Fiona Apple
  • “Ray of Light” – Madonna
  • “Born To Die” – Lana Del Rey
  • “This Way” – Jewel
  • “Broken Bells” – Broken Bells
  • “Gran Turismo” – The Cardigans
  • “Little Broken Hearts” – Norah Jones
  • “Little Earthquakes” – Tori Amos
  • “No Angel” – Dido

Ok, I’ll stop here. I’m starting to get all emotional inside!

 

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Vineyard Farmer’s Market

IMG_0369One of the best things about living in the ‘No is the fresh year-round produce.  We’re not called the world’s “fruit basket” for no reason!  The Vineyard Farmer’s Market is my favorite local farmer’s market.  From the beautiful arbor covered in vines to the endless variety of local fruits and veggies, you just can’t go wrong.  I stopped by this past weekend with my pal Lauren to stock up on some fresh fruits and check out what’s currently in season.

What are some of the places you like most about your town?

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And last but not least, absolutely no smoking dogs, please.

 

Life Lately…

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Hello Friends,

It’s been a while, but I’m finally done with my spring courses and transitions at work.  I am soooo ready for summer!  I did play around with the idea of taking a summer course, but I think I need a much needed break.  I have a lot of things on my summer To-Do list and I’m determined to knock out…well, most of them, let be realistic!

Summer in the central valley for me means exploring the great outdoors with my Buttercup, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (white peaches and strawberries galore!) and summer movies.  It also means more time for family and friends, which I am very much looking forward to.  The rest of the year I’m antisocial and introverted due to work and school…ugh.

What are some things you’re looking forward to this summer?

Speaking of which, here are a few things I’m looking forward to.  Sadly, both of these collections won’t launch until after summer, but nevertheless, it’s still really exciting!

Joseph Altuzarra for Target, coming to a store near you on September 14th.

joseph-altuzarra-target-collection-mainAnd let’s not forget the highly anticipated Alexander Wang collection for H&M launching on November 6th!

alexander wang hmI am very happy to announce that Fresno will finally have it’s very own H&M store opening next week on May 29th.  I know, we’re finally almost cool!  I am very excited and cannot wait for these collections to launch!

Have a great rest of the week and you’ll be seeing more of me this summer 🙂

xOXo,

@BLO

 

Summer Image: kswp.org