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November 29, 2015

REI launched an amazing campaign this holiday season called #OptOutside. It basically encouraged people to head outdoors on Black Friday, rather than spend the day shopping. I think that a lot of people would agree that Thanksgiving has become way too commercialized, and as a former retail worker, I truly appreciated the idea of stores remaining closed so that employees could actually spend the holidays with their families. I sincerely hope that more companies adopt this model next year.

So on Friday, I decided to head up to Oak Glen to check out their annual apple butter festival (more on that later this week). These photos were shot at the Oak Glen Preserve which is right next to the Riley's at Los Rios Rancho apple farm. The Wildlands Conservancy maintains a number of easy walking trails that allow you to explore all of the plant life within the preserve. 

I really wanted to keep walking past the lake, but by the time I reached it, I was freezing my hands off! You can't tell in the photos, but there was a light snow falling the entire time I was there! Brr! Despite the low temperatures, it was definitely worth it to spend the day after Thanksgiving outside in fresh air. I'm hoping to make #OptOutside a yearly tradition.

Vintage Finds at Bravo Farms

November 25, 2015

Whenever I drive up the I-5 to San Francisco, I always pass by Bravo Farms in Kettleman City. I had no idea that this western-themed restaurant/gift shop had an entire second floor dedicated to vintage antiques! As an avid prop collector (and ridiculously huge fan of the TV show American Pickers), this place was pretty much my dream come true! If I had the money, I totally would've left with a trunk full of items! I can't wait for my next trip up to San Francisco, just so that I can explore all of the vintage treasures at Bravo Farms again.

Things I've been listening to lately:

Quiet | TED Radio Hour - This episode discusses ways to "find the quiet in our busy lives." There's a particularly interesting section about how society views introverts compared to extroverts. My favorite quote from this one: "Making a living is not the same as making a life."

Delirium | Ellie Goulding - Ellie Goulding's third album was released earlier this month and it's amazing!! Right now I can't get "Something In The Way You Move" out of my head. I'm crossing fingers that I'll be able to see her perform live at the Staples Center next April.


California Autumn

November 22, 2015

Macaron Madness

November 8, 2015

There's nothing I love more than photographing pretty desserts...except for eating them haha.