Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekend In La La Land Top 10

1) Jo and Ashley battled L.A. traffic to pick me up at LAX, and we finally make it to Brew Co by 12:30 a.m. Woke up the next morning still giggling about the night before. My friend Jo (in purple) is in grad school at UCLA right now, and Ashley technically had the longest drive for this magical weekend. One night out with these girls was not enough!

2) UCLA footbal game vs. Cal. Pretty much attacked Britt upon my arrival at the Rose Bowl. Hey Brittany!

3) Kyyyyyy. Basically the nicest person you will ever meet.

4) Classy tailgate. Those cookies were darn good!

5) My Disney gal. I haven't seen her since graduation, and we finally got to catch up.


7) We celebrated Halloween two days early in West Hollywood. Luckily, my friends had a magical costume box since I didn't pack one of my own. And Katie's dino costume is pretty epic.

8)We went to this bar called The Hudson. Anywhere with baby Mason jars is more than ok in my book. And Snooki was a hit!

9)Feels like home to me. I managed to see (almost) all of my college besties this weekend. Catching up is so much more fun in person!

10) So happy this pretty lady loves ADPi as much as I do. Cannot believe it's been four years since I wore a white dress at Presents!

Oh Los Angeles we leave you now,
At the setting of your skies.
As we leave the comfort of your ground,
With your angels we will fly.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fear the 'Stache

I saw this video for SF mayoral candidate Ed Lee and just about fell over. The creators of the video had the same idea we did when we were cheering on Dad at his marathon last year. If you don't have a beard to fear, well, the next best thing is a mustache. Featuring the likes of B. Wilson, Ashkon, and more, Lee is hoping his 'stache gives him the extra leg up in the upcoming mayoral election.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Krush Weekend

Brigi had a softball tournament in Sunnyvale this weekend, which happens to be 10 minutes down the road from where I live. She, my mom and I had a fabulous weekend shopping, eating and enjoying three sunny softball games. We zoomed to the Stanford Shopping Center on Friday night, made a quick dash to the J. Crew at the Westfield Valley Fair Mall and The Great Mall between games on Saturday, and went to a huge Nordstrom Rack in Palo Alto after dinner on Saturday night. Non-stop shopping action! Oh, and babygirl and her team, The Krush, dominated. The sunshine felt awesome this late into October.

My mom is all trendy now with her Instagram app on her new iPhone. Love these shellacked pumpkins!

Yummy food at Babbo's Pizzeria at the Stanford Shopping Center.

Softball fields tend to look at little post-apocalyptic.

I cannot wait for more fun girls' weekends!

Monday, October 17, 2011


I'm hanging this gem of a quote in my bathroom. What gal isn't obsessed with quotes to get her going in the morning? Considering I haven't invested in vinyl lettering yet, this did the trick.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Just Keep Running

I made a quick trip to the city this morning to see one of my best friends finish a half marathon! Seriously, Kimi is amazing. I made it to the finish line about 20 minutes after she finished running, and one of the first things she did was ask me how work/apartment life/Norcal were treating me. 13.1 miles looked great on her! And, Kimi's already signed up for another half marathon in January — so inspiring! Who knows, maybe she'll convince me to join her one of these days. While we waited for her sister to complete the full marathon, we had a fantastic time catching up. We may go four or five months without seeing each other, but it always feels like we're ten-year-olds again whenever we get together.

I haven't spend much time in the Outer Richmond/Ocean Beach area of SF, so I loved taking in the pretty sights.

Monday, October 10, 2011


This is the first. time. ever. I've ever had more than a couple shelves or a desk to decorate. I have a whole apartment! Whatever your budget is, there are easy ways to maximize what you have (and what you find), to make your space perfect for any season.

Trade or Reuse
My mom was gracious enough to part with a few of her Halloween decorations that she doesn't have room for or doesn't use as much. I snagged this bowl and this pitcher from her china cabinet and gave them a new home here in Mountain View. I've also acquired a few piece of my own over the years, and was so excited to finally have the space for them. Trade or borrow pieces from your mom, aunt or friend until you build up a china cabinet of your own.

I have used this Mason jar over and over again, filling it with appropriately colored straws or confetti. This antique mirror is also a perfect accent piece any time of the year — the UCLA pumpkin was a gift from my uncle four years ago. I also have too many picture frames to put out at any one time, so I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to let my orange/earthy-colored frames see the sun (above). You would be surprised how ordinary items in your home or apartment can be transformed for the season.

Make the Most of Your Dollars
Similar to a piece of clothing you'd purchase from Forever 21, The Dollar Tree is the perfect place to buy trendy or seasonal items. The sparkly garland featured above? $1. This adorable scarecrow? $1. If you're looking for a little extra fluff or "stuffer" items, The Dollar Tree, Marshall's and even your local thrift store are a great place to start.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dancing Deer

This weekend I made a quick trip to Moraga to visit my sister. The St. Mary's campus is SO different from UCLA; it's seemingly tucked away in a wooded, serene corner of the North Bay. Maggie sends me pictures of deer outside of her window, and we even had to quickly brake as a deer bounded into the road as we drove to lunch.

My dad used to call these "Dancing Deer" signs. Such a jokester :)

We drove to Walnut Creek for lunch at Boudin, and had a major catch-up session. I don't know if I will get to see her again until Thanksgiving, so we definitely made the most of our time together. Whether it's discussing college classes, comparing funny parental texts, or talking about the future, there is nothing like having a sister to chat with.

Isn't she cute?

This was the only acceptable picture of us after trekking around to find where I parked my car - oops!

After lunch, I turned to Mags and told her I was content.
"About lunch?," she said.
"About life," I replied. Content-ville in Bethyland right now.

We also made a quick trip to the Dollar Tree to grab a few holiday decorating supplies, some of which will be in full force soon. Even though the visit was short, it was a perfect afternoon together!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Dress Your Family in Corduroy

I have been itching to pick up a pair of colored pants, and this corduroy pair from J. Crew are ah-mah-zing (skip to 0:11). Love the texture, love the color, and love how versatile they are.

Also, I love that my "full-length" mirror cuts out my midsection. Score!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Go Bruins!

The UCLA football team played Stanford up here in Palo Alto this weekend, and a few of my best friends from college came to watch the game and hangout. Other than a loss to those Stanford Trees (found out this was their unofficial mascot), it was a perfect weekend. Now that we live everywhere from Los Angeles to Spain, I am so excited for any time with my UCLA/ADPi favorites!

PBR Laughter UCLA trees taxi cabs rando wine glass hot dogs
nacho cheese Princess Leia new memories reminiscing sleeping in nighttime swim 8 clap besties Jersey Shore recaps Google + hangout
$6 Diet Pepsi ADPi Dobby chips p-p-p-poker face tree pictures non-stop fun celebrity obsessions amazing friends
Ping chat lovely weather sleepover can't stop won't stop

Since this is the only photo I snagged this weekend (aside from the few locked in my camera... long story), Ashley is sure to have a much more visually appealing post.