Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fall Things

So, somehow it's mid-November and tomorrow is my birthday. 32nd, if anyone was counting. As usual, life has been crazy. Last month, I was lucky enough to spend almost 2 weeks in Hawaii for a dear friend's wedding and a weeklong visit with the family, including spending an evening in Kona with my brother and his wife. Believe it or not, I flew direct from LAX to Lihue for the wedding, but ended up flying through Seattle on my way home. You read that right. KOA > SEA > LAX. I feel like a crazy person just typing that. Alas, that is the price you pay for cashing in airline miles. I honestly shouldn't complain. 

The last 6 weeks of the year brings five more trips for me. A few are for work, and some are for play. But, I really wouldn't have it any other way. (I rhymed)! If I could work full time and be constantly traveling, I probably would. Although working from home is so nice. Except when I have to leave during the day and I haven't showered or brushed my teeth or changed out of my pajama's. There could be worse problems.  I like to call these #champagneproblems, actually.

Life is actually really good. I am starting to feel a little more at home in Cali and it just feels like the right place for us.  After we moved to Charlotte, it took about a year for that to feel like "home" to me and I am anxiously awaiting that feeling to happen again. Flying "home" into LAX was interesting, I am not quite used to saying we live in Long Beach or that California is our home state. But, I think it will happen in time.

What else is new? Oh, I changed my hair -- I am going blonder, what can I say? California just does that to you. It was almost 90 degrees earlier this week... and I could get used to that.

Alright, that's all I have for this life update, today. I am hoping to start working on some city travel guides or at least travel recaps, but you know how that goes. More coming soon.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Never Leaving: Palm Springs Edition [Part II]

Did you catch my first Palm Springs post here? If not, first thing's first. Immediately stop what you are doing (well, maybe not exactly) and read it here first.  OK, Phew! Now that you are all caught up we can proceed with some classic bachelorette party relaxing-by-the-pool photos.  Let me start with a disclaimer: Reading any further may cause a condition called FOMO [fear of missing out]. Read at your own risk.

Our new jobs: Lounging poolside, like a boss. #slay

Basically, everyone fell off the swan but me [by some miracle]. So at the end of the weekend, it was Derek [swan's name] - 4 Kim - 1. So I guess Megan did share the swan, after all.  

In other news, if you can believe it, I did not pose for the photo below, I was already in that position when the photo was taken. Not to brag, but I guess I know a few things about lounging, pool side. 

I went for a quick drive around a few other 'hoods to check out some famous Palm Springs houses. Let me say, I was so surprised how deserted the neighborhoods were. I know it's October and all, but the weather was pretty perfect except for a bit of wind storms.

Tip (or #lifehack): If you are renting a house, get the pool heated. Even if it's 90+ degrees. Just trust me on this one. Mmm k? 

The infamous #pinkdoor house was all that I imagined it would be + more!

As you can probably tell, we just had the best time in Palm Springs and cannot wait to go back. I *may* have booked a weekend getaway there next month for my birthday. 

...and of course we left with a lifetime of memories. Palm Springs, I miss you everyday! Too much, too soon? 


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Never Leaving: Palm Springs Edition [Part I]

Have you ever traveled to a place where you seriously looked around, did a double take and said to yourself, "I could live here. No, really, I think I could actually live here"? This feeling has only happened to me a few times in my life. Charleston, Turks + Caicos,  New York City...

Enter: Palm Springs.

I have been hearing about this vacation destination for probably 10+ years but I never had the pleasure to visit until we recently threw a bachelorette party for one of my besties there.  Side note: can I please have a do-over for my bachelorette party? I mean, Vancouver BC is fun and all but.... Palm Trees. Our very own Pool. Flower crowns. Penis Pasta... the list goes on and on.  

My parents are from a tiny town in Michigan. Back in the mid-late 80's they went on their honeymoon to Hawaii where my uncle was living. I've heard this story many times, but my uncle said something about living in Hawaii and my mom casually said, "This is a nice place to visit, but I could never live here". Fast forward a few years and they moved to Hawaii. They have been there ever since (nearly 25 years).

Where do I start? Even though we were only in town from Friday - Monday, I honestly did not want to leave. We stayed at a gorgeous AirBNB complete with our own pool and a few floaties -- don't worry, we brought the swan and the pizza, among other things. For the most part, we didn't leave the house much, why would we even have to? I ventured out to check out the #pinkdoor house, drove around a few other 'hoods and was mostly just in plain awe with the sight of the mountains just beyond the next stop light. The architecture is on a whole 'nuther level. I mentioned in a previous post that I was more of a strictly ultra modern girl than a midcentury modern girl. Let me back up and say that living in our mid-century modern home in Long Beach has given me a whole new appreciation for mid-century modern architecture and I am officially obsessed.  When we used to live in Seattle, we would drive around and look at these boxy, modern homes, dreaming to own one someday. Living in Socal, those homes are a little further out of our reach (insert money with wings emoji) these days. So the mid-century option seems more appealing and albeit, affordable.

Anyway, I digress... back to the weekend. What did we do, you ask?  Drink (only a little), eat, sleep in until 7:30 am (#thisis30), stay up until almost midnight (OK, a few people stayed up past midnight), hot tub it up, pool it up, make flower crowns which turned out so amazing (I am so proud of us!), learn how to use shared photos for iPhones, took 1,237 photos including 35 videos, learned how to turn on/ignite a BBQ (just me?), inflate YAY balloons (harder than it looks), broke a single martini glass, made an epic trip to Target (in under an hour no less), talked #lifehacks, made frose  (how do I get the thingy over the e?!?) from scratch (so many steps, but so good!), learned about a bunch of new instagram filters (go check yours!), got special hats and tanks made, ate penis pasta for dinner (yes, it was as good as it sounds), burnt some bacon, took turns riding the swan (except for Megan), became a #wolfpack, went to Harry Potter World (that is a discussion for another day), and I think that about covers it. I'll spare you the gory details. Basically, it was one of the best trips I've ever taken, in my life (not exaggerating). For real, though.

Bottom Line: Don't be surprised if Jake and I end up in Palm Springs someday. Don't say I didn't warn you... and stay tuned for more Palm Spring photos. I'll share another round next week.



Saturday, September 3, 2016

Midcentury Modernist

As you can probably tell by the name of my blog, I have a thing for vintage and modern things. Over the years, my style has ebbed and flowed.  It's long been a dream of mine and my husband's to one day build (or own) a (pre-fab) modern home. We started reading Dwell magazine a few years back and it only fueled our modern/minimalist obsession even more. 

Fast forward to us relocating across the country this summer to Southern California. We were hoping to find a house to rent so we could dip our toes in the water and decide if we wanted to jump into home ownership. After looking online for several months, we found a great mid-century modern home to rent in an amazing neighborhood.   

If you asked me a year ago if I even liked midcentury modern homes, I probably would have said no.  Architecturally, I prefer modern.  Finding a modern house anywhere is no easy task.  Finding a modern house in Southern California is HARD.  They seem to be all built and owned by architects and they are (not exaggerating) a million dollars+++.  I was browsing the 'net when I came across the mid-century modern home that we are currently renting.  Jake literally started fake crying when I showed it to him -- it was/is his dream! It was a very quick drive to his new job. It was in our budget. It has 4 bedrooms - we were looking for at least 3. It has a backyard!  As you can imagine, we just fell in love with it so much so that we might want to buy a mid-century modern home now! If we can afford it, that is... haha. That is a whole 'nuther story, though.  Isn't it crazy what happens when you open your mind to new possibilities?

One of the coolest things about our home is that it's in a neighborhood full of midcentury modern homes. Many have been redone and they are all just gorgeous.  One of our favorite things to do is going for walks around the neighborhood and checking out the other homes all built by the same architect.  I also LOVE our outdoor space! One of the first few things on our list is to (1) get a BBQ and (2) get an outdoor sofa. Hello, outside dinners. I. cannot. wait. (We even have a TV outside that the owner left for us to use. Who has a TV outside?!?!? I mean....) #blessed. I know, I'm sorry. I had to. 

I posted several photos of my office here, but decided not to include photos of Jake's office (you're welcome) or the guest room. I need about 2 years to decorate it, so hang in there. Maybe one day, it will be up to par for me to share... In other news, we have never had a guest room before. So, we love having visitors!  Please come visit us and I really mean it.

...and I left the bed messy on purpose. For a true lived in effect. 




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