Christmas Cat

Sunday, November 27, 2016

This is the first year I've shot my own holiday cards, so I had a really tough time choosing my favorite photo to use!  Here are some of my favorite outtakes of my cat from my Christmas card shoot earlier today.  I used a cat-toy laser pointer and treats to get her to sit still long enough to get some useable shots.

Cider Mill & Apple Picking in California

Monday, October 24, 2016

Now that it's fall, I really miss the East Coast more than ever. Sweater weather, crisp air, and changing leaves don't really exist in SoCal. But that doesn't mean there's not a to enjoy a slice of autumn - you just have to drive two hours outside of Los Angeles to Oak Glen, California.

If you're in Southern California and are craving the fall experience, I can't recommend taking this day trip enough! It was exactly what I needed.

We spent most of the day picking apples and throwing tomahawks at Ridley's Apple Farm, then continued on down the road for hot, fresh donuts and apple cider at Snow Line Orchard and Cider Mill. Ridley's has an old-fashioned feel to it, with colonial-style buildings, and a general store full of homemade fruit butters. Snow Line is the type of orchard I'm used to from back East, and it really transported me for a minute. They also have cider, wine and beer tasting and BBQ on site.

Here's some 35mm shots from the day, mixed in with a couple iphone ones.

Gadget of the Month: Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

Friday, October 14, 2016

Portable. Iphone. Printer! Yaaas!

I think the Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer is pretty amazing. It has wireless printing technology and connects directly to your phone via bluetooth (compatible with both iphone and android). It also comes with a USB so you can also connect to your digital camera or computer if you'd like, and a free download of the Polaroid ZIP app to make editing your pictures before printing super easy. The photos are 2X3, and printed on ZINK paper, which is easily refilled via Amazon.

I love scrapbooking, but get behind with printing photos from my phone. I love this gadget because it's so simple, portable, and reasonably priced that I can print photos for scrapbooks or art projects whenever the mood strikes. Which is often! I also really like the idea of stocking up on some extra packs of ZINK paper and bringing this with me to a party or get together, and then giving out the photos as little mementos of the day.  

LGV Fall Sale and Coupon Code!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Make sure you visit our etsy shop ASAP to get some fresh fall threads!

Fall Wishlist

Saturday, September 3, 2016

It's fall and you know what that means. It's officially time for me to start inappropriately wearing sweaters, burning cinnamon stovetop potpourri, and eating everything pumpkin spice while cursing the fact that I live in Los Angeles where the weather never changes.

Although I've been out of school awhile, I still get excited thinking about shopping for this time of year. Maybe it's because I miss the leaves changing. Maybe it's because autumn signifies a shift in time. Maybe it's because I've been conditioned by marketers to consume new stuff under the guise of "back to school" shopping. Whatever the case, here are some cute things I've got my eye on this fall.

1. A nice way to keep nature alive inside despite frosty nights. Hanging Planter, $27, Amazon
2. Experimenting with new flavors for my bar cart. Bitters set, $52, Amazon
3. This beautiful print of a Pacific Northwest scene on posterboard reminds me Twin Peaks and crisp autumn days. Oregon Print, $65.00, Etsy
4. I need to re-up my stationary, and this versatile succulent notecard set is adorable. Notecard set, $14.99, Modcloth
5. A new cat mug for all the tea being chugged when the temps drop. Cat mug, $7, Amazon
6. Fall is the perfect time to camp and explore the outdoors; expand your know-how with this guide. "A Woman's Guide to the Wild," $18.99, Modcloth 
7. I still drag a backpack with me everywhere and it may be time to update with this perfect moss-green colored one from Herschel Supply Co. Backpack, $99.99, Modcloth

2 Days in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Thursday, September 1, 2016

This summer, we decided to spend a week road tripping through Utah. Naturally, the first thing I did while planning our trip was buy a guidebook. We definitely wanted to see everything Utah has to offer in the summertime, but after reading through some of the example itineraries in the book, we realized that in order to see all 5 national parks within our timeframe, we would basically need to change locations once every one or two days. While this might work for some people, we really wanted to spend time exploring the parks at our own leisurely pace and not feel like we had to stick to a strict schedule or check 500 things off our to do list each day.

That's a long way for me to say that we started our trip by spending 2 days in Bryce Canyon National Park. It was my first time visiting this park, and I was stunned at the otherworldy natural orange rock formations (called "hoodoos"). The hikes were far more challenging than I expected, due to the change in elevation. The air in Bryce Canyon is really thin and I just wasn't used to it. A camelback is a must, for sure.

Despite the increase in elevation, the temperatures soared into the high 90's (F), and even broke 100 one day. Unlike other national parks I've been to, Bryce Canyon has an entrance that's very close to town.

For these reasons, I would suggest staying in a nearby hotel if you can. They're reasonably priced and offer a much-needed respite from the heat after spending your days hiking and exploring. There's a local rodeo in Bryce Canyon City that's apparently a must-see, although we didn't make it to the show this visit. The nearby Bryce Canyon Resort also offered great live music and beer around a fire pit at night.

4 Days in Zion National Park, Utah

Monday, August 29, 2016

This past July, I was lucky enough to spend four days exploring Zion National Park. It's one of the most-visited national parks for a reason; it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever laid eyes on.  The park itself is beautifully maintained, and has easy access to Springdale, the town just outside of the park, via free city bus. Zion also has a free-to-visitors internal bus system that takes passengers up and down the road through Zion Canyon. The buses are used to keep in-park traffic to a minimum, so everyone can do what they came to do: enjoy nature. No private vehicles are allowed past a certain point on the road in Zion Canyon. I.E., you have to take the bus. But it's awesome! And you can look out the window in awe without worrying about accidentally driving over a cliff.

We camped on the river and climbed the park's most famous hike, The Narrows, which you must hike up the Virgin River. In the cold water. Against the current. And yes, you do need a walking stick as much as everyone says you do. Don't worry too much, this hike is choose-your-own-adventure style: you can turn back at any point you get tired, there's not really a stopping point, unless you plan on staying overnight (and you need a special permit to do that). Plus, the cold water feels so nice in the dry heat.

Because of soaring temperatures (100+ degrees-Fahrenheit), we skipped Angel's Landing on this trip.  We did the Emerald Pools hike (quite easy and highly recommend it if you're after some shade) and rode horses that day instead. The next time I visit Zion, I hope to make it to the top of Angel's Landing as well as explore the Kolob Canyons section of the park.

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