Today’s post seems especially apropos, obviously because of the whole Christmas-is-in-seven-days thing, but also because I experienced my first true hipster over-saturation this weekend. During my craft-fair-a-palooza, I arrived at my second stop, the Echo Park Craft Fair, having just left the comforts of the trusty and only mildly hipster-esque Renegade Craft Fair. Within seconds, I was bombarded by fleece and gluten-free baked goods, and overhearing phrases like, “Well I’m working on merging the concepts of technology and culture,” and “They really have the best kombucha.” Normally pretty cool and collected in situations where I’m the odd-woman out, even I had to bolt.
I’ve decided. The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. It’s like the confluence of all the things I love in life: being outdoors, good food, good company, fireworks, magical sights … independence. Ever since I moved to Southern California from Arizona – and gotten closer and closer to the beach – my love for July 4 has grown even more. (For me, add the beach to anything and you pretty much have it made.)
Up until last year, our July 4 activities were a no-brainer. The boy, whose birthday is on that very day, lived in Redondo Beach so we’d invite a bunch of friends over, have some food and drinks and then walk to the beach to see fireworks go off all along the coast. Now that the boy lives downtown, we’ve been thrown off our game a bit. We’ve adapted to life in the city and grown to enjoy it immensely, but on July 4, the city doesn’t quite cut it for me.
But what to do? Drive to the beach and try and wade through the crowds for hours to find parking? No thanks. Stay in the city and try a find a cool rooftop somewhere? Maybe. What I’m getting to here, is that I want to hear your ideas, readers! Do you have special lookouts or activities you do for July 4? Where are the best places to go? I implore you, help us find a new July 4 tradition. I know you’ll make at least one birthday boy (and me) very happy :)
Happy National Pi Day, everyone! For those of you whose last venture into the world of math was a college communications math class (me), Pi Day is the one day each year when true math fans delight at the aligning of calendar days and the mathematical constant for circles that is March 14, 3/14, 3.14. No matter how you slice it, today’s the day to eat copious amounts of pie and fill your blogs with as many pie/pi puns as possible. So I’m rounding out the day with a list of some of the best-looking pies around, starting with this looker (above) from Bakerella that is pretty much my dream-come-true.
Having spent most of my formative childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, I often miss the dramatic change in the seasons from fall to winter. There was something magical about waking up to a snowy day and getting bundled up in front of the fire, especially on Christmas morning. These days, I barely even realize it’s Christmastime until the malls start overflowing with people and traffic becomes a nightmare.
This year to get into the Christmas spirit, I think I’ll just spend some time gazing at these dreamy photographs from Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen. Guneriussen builds and photographs these stunning scenes all over Norway – and then unfortunately deconstructs them. I just love the magical winter-like vibe they produce. I could stare at them for hours.
I don’t know why, but this year I’m all about scarves. There are just so many great ones out there, and they’re pretty universally liked, so it’s always a great gift in my book. A couple years ago, I got an infinity scarf from American Apparel, and I wear it pretty much every day in the winter. Now, American Apparel has even more patterns to choose from and the scarves are pretty reasonably priced, too ($20 to $30). Perfect for a last-minute gift!
It’s the last party dress to share with you guys! This gorgeous sweaterdress looks warm and cozy, but it’ll give you a major silhouette, while the sparkly fabric makes it perfect for the holidays. I especially love the ruffle hem and the low-cut back.
You can see all five party dresses from the past week here, and I hope you guys have a ton of fun at the events you’re going to! :)