Shopping for new glasses with Warby Parker


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Last month, I visited the Warby Parker store in Venice to pick out a new pair of glasses. My old pair had broke so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try out a new brand of eyewear. I’ve seen Warby Parker online for a while. They’ve got that hipster look going on that I love so much. Warby Parker is within my budget and has a brick and mortar location within walking distance of my apartment, so it only made sense for me to try it out.

As a book lover (who doesn’t read nearly enough), I love that the stores are made to look like bookstores. It makes the idea of picking out glasses more fun. It felt less medical.

I ended up going with the Wilkie glasses in Greystone and I love them.

Chill Time


playlist chill time

A playlist for when you need to chill out, think about things that don’t really matter and attempt to feel like a cloud.

  1. Nanao Tavito – What Are You Waiting For? What You Waiting For? できたて
  2. thewonderwheel — Corp Accounts 11
  3. Mr Little Jeans — Rescue Song (The Naked & Famous Alt. Remix)
  4. Cosmo’s Midnight — Cosmo’s Midnight – Walk With Me (feat. KUČKA)
  5. Tom Misch — Sunshine
  6. Tkay Maidza — Brontosaurus (ft. Badcop)
  7. Sameblod — Forever
  8. Diablo Pablo — You’ve Gotta Realize
  9. CarlaMorrison — Hoy yo quiero [Previously Unreleased]
  10. Gold Panda — Clarke’s Dream
  11. tashakimiyaki — This Time Tomorrow
  12. Swirlies — Wrong Tube
  13. Saint Marie Records — Sway – Fall

This playlist includes two artists I know in real life, my boyfriend (The Wonder Wheel) and his dad (Diablo Pablo). Be sure to give their tracks a good listen.

Summer 2015 Favorites

Summer 2015 favorites

Favorite movie: Out of all the movies I saw this summer online, on DVD and in person, Ant Man would have to be my favorite. The cast made it good for me. I’m not usually a fan of action movies in general. But if it’s got hotties who are awesome actors like Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and Bobby Cannavale, then I’ll watch it and love it. Side note: Ant Man was actually the only movie I saw in theaters. I enjoyed the others from home because I’m a homebody.

Favorite TV show: Okay, so I watch a lot of TV. I watch too much TV really. I’m trying to cut back and focus on living life. Some shows I watched this summer include East Los High, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Twin Peaks, The X-Files and Switched at Birth.I’m a sucker for teenage soap operas. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, but I’d have to say I most enjoyed Switched at Birth. I like getting to know the characters and the different dynamics involved. In case you’re wondering, I’m pretty sure I’m a combination of Kathryn and Bay, but more Kathryn than Bay.

Favorite podcast: I listened to five episodes of The Lively Show in one day and I’m sure I’ll listen to more soon. In fact, I started this post last night and had written four in that last sentence, but now I’m up to five. I’m listening to one of the episodes right now. I enjoyed hearing entrepreneur Jess Lively talk with Gretchen Rubin, Caroline Rector, Becky Murphy, Joy Cho and Jessie Artigue.

Favorite music: I like all the music I’ve heard from Courtney Barnett so far. The music is pleasing and the lyrics are beautiful, relatable poetry. They’re even a little silly. My favorite song of hers is Pedestrian at Best.

This blog post was inspired by Diana of the blog who does similar posts, as well as The Lively Show and all the YouTubers who do monthly favorites.

Mom’s Apple Crisp

mom's apple crisp

I’ve loved summer, but now that Labor Day is over I am so looking forward to the days when I can wear jeans and sweaters outside without sweating. I want to wear boots and tights with the oversize forest green jacket that’s hanging in my hall closet. I’m also hoping I can make it to the pumpkin festival at my school again this year and maybe even go apple picking in Oak Glen.

When I was a kid, my family and I used to go to the California apple country area of Oak Glen almost every fall. By the way, I said “area” because I just looked up Oak Glen and it seems that it’s not technically a city. Any way, it was such a treat. We’d all get in the van and prepare for an hour long trip up to the mountains. We’d come home with a gallon or two of delicious apple cider and a bag full of apples. Inevitably, my mom would take those apples and turn them into apple pie or apple crisp.

I recently made her apple crisp myself, partly because I was craving it and realized that apples are in season already, but also partly so I could take photos of it for the family cookbook I’m working on. My mom was gracious enough to let me share the recipe here with all of you. I paired it with some home-made whipped cream, which you can see in the photos. Of course, it also goes great with vanilla ice cream.

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Apple Crisp

6 medium cooking apples peeled and sliced

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup butter

Heat oven to 375°. Place apples in 8 or 9 inch square pan.  Sprinkle with lemon juice and water.  In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients by using two forks or a pastry blender until crumbly; sprinkle over apples.  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender.
Yield: 6 servings.

As you may be able to tell by reading the recipe, this is incredibly easy. The hardest part is peeling the apples without cutting yourself, and hopefully that’s not too hard for you. I only got a small nick. It’s much easier to make any kind of crisp than pie, generally, because you don’t have to worry about working with dough.

Give this recipe a try soon and let me know what you think!

3 summer outfits

I thought it would be fun to post some of my favorite summer outfits. I feel very ME in each of these outfits. They remind me of what I used to like wearing as a kid. I’ve always liked combining ~girly~ clothes with practical and comfortable choices like sneakers and hats. I’ve actually worn each of these outfits recently, so I named them after what was happening at the time.


Look #1: Sunday morning at the Farmer’s Market

Farmer's Market
Farmer's Market Photos by Paul A. Rosales

Shirt/Uniqlo (similar one and two), Skirt/Target (similar), Purse/H&M (similar), Sunglasses/Bonlook, Shoes/Vans

Look #2: Stormy weather date night
Stormy weather date night
Stormy weather date night
Photos by me.

Undershirt/H&M, Tank top/American Rag, Sweater/Uniqlo (similar), Necklace/Liz Claiborne (similar), Glasses/Bonlook


Look #3: Another sunny day in California

Another sunny day in California
Photo by me.

Shirt/Jarritos (free at the LA Street Food Fest), Hat/Quiet Life purchased on Poshmark), Shorts/BDG from Urban Outfitters, Sunlasses/Borrowed from Paul

I just looked back and it’s been 10 months (!!!) since I’ve posted an outfit. I’ve never been the best blogger, but I still haven’t completely quit. I always come back to blogging. Also, I post such a variety of things and outfits aren’t my favorite thing to post because it means asking my boyfriend or someone else to take pictures of me.

This time, to save him the trouble and get some more photography practice myself, I took some photos yesterday with my camera and tripod. But he took photos of the first outfit on my iPhone a few weeks ago when we went to the Farmer’s Market and I was particularly proud of how I dressed myself. :)

I’m not crazy about these photos, but I thought I’d go ahead and post them any way. Soon I’ll do a fall shoot to practice using my tripod again. Because it’s almost fall!