Monday, December 16, 2013

san francisco

Back in October I made my biannual trip out west to visit friends from Miami who have moved to San Francisco. SF is one of my favorite cities to visit because it has so much to offer between the food, the sites, the people, and the music.

Outside of park lounging, 
I went to Palo Alto for a tour of Stanford, a look at startup life, a hike, and an amazing stay at my friend Hannah's house/commune; did some obligatory shopping and more people-watching on Haight Street; went to the bars for an hour to justify getting late night food in the Mission; went on a 2-billion-mile walking tour of downtown, Chinatown, North Beach, and the Marina; hiked Corona Heights; and popped into Philz for a mojito iced crack coffee every time we passed one.

{City Lights}  

 {views from Corona Heights, the Marina, and the Castro}
{in David's backyard}
{in Panhandle Park}
{pastries at La Boulange. not pictured: massive sandwiches and baked treats from Tartine}

Thursday, September 12, 2013

hot august blues

In honor of the end of summer and of finally getting around to cleaning out my camera, here are a couple of pictures from Baltimore's Hot August Blues festival, which this year featured one of my top music and all-around-human crushes, Grace Potter and the addition to several other awesome bands.

The whole day was a perfect way to mark the end of summer, and after several years of missing out for one reason or another, I couldn't be happier that I got the chance to go. Here's a glimpse at some of my favorite pics, though they definitely don't do justice to how gorgeous the park was, or how much great music actually went on throughout the day. Read the write-up, and see a billion other (way superior) photos here.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

sweet virginia

Sometimes months fly by before I realize that I've forgotten what it feels like to step foot outside northwest D.C. So when most of the city cleared out for Memorial Day Weekend, it seemed like the perfect time for a daytrip we've been longing to take. After driving for about an hour and a half, we hit the tiny town of Front Royal, VA, the portal to Shenandoah National Park. From there, we began our journey along Skyline Drive.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

spring break

A long weekend came and went, and all I'm left with is a peeling sunburn. Just kidding. Kinda. Our trip to Miami was really relaxing—full of great food, a birthday celebration, some time with friends and family, and a bit of sun. We stayed at the Shelborne hotel on South Beach for a night, and though the weather didn't always cooperate, we got a quick tour of SoBe and its characters while walking around Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road. Of course I didn't take nearly enough pictures, but here are a couple of colorful shots. Can you tell how much I miss those palm trees?

Monday, April 1, 2013

rodrigo y gabriela

Even without a full-time job, I still dread Mondays. Sure, I get to sink into the comfort of a squishy couch, gobble snacks and do minimal work on my own laptop, but there's no escaping that sense of  gloom that lingers like a weekend hangover. The good news? This Friday kicks off a long weekend in (hopefully sunny) Miami. Enter Rodrigo y Gabriela, whose funky flamenco jams will be getting me through this week of couching and waiting. If you haven't seen the duo's version of "Stairway to Heaven," you're welcome.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

follow me

Photographer Murad Osmann has turned his 
Instagram account into the newest viral phenomenon with his stunning series, "Follow Me". Osmann snaps stunning pictures of his girlfriend as she leads him through some of the world's most exotic locales, from the beaches of San Sebastien to the crowded streets of Hong Kong, to Venice during Carnival. Not only are the photos artfully composed, but they evoke a undeniable sense of romance, mystery (we never see her face), and full-on wanderlust.

Monday, March 11, 2013

manifest destiny

Though a lifetime resident of the east coast, in recent years I've found myself taking every chance I get to go west. When my brother relocated to Colorado for work in January, I was not upset. A weekend trip, split between the city of Denver and up into mountains, meant lots of family time, serious skiing and even more serious cowboy food.

springing forward

Growing up in Miami, FL, we had two types of weather: hot and hurricane. It wasn't until I moved north for school that I got to appreciate, and anticipate, the changing of the seasons. In one word, scarves. As temperatures climbed to the mid-60s this weekend (more than appropriate for daylight savings time), the entire city shed winter coats, slipped into Sperrys and headed outside to savor the first signs of spring. Obviously it's only a matter of time before I'll be lamenting the heat and wishing for winter, but until then I'll find every excuse to head outdoors with my SPF 30 and a DIY pedicure. I wrote about some kewl places to enjoy springtime here.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

thievery corporation at 9:30 club

I first saw Thievery Corporation about a year ago, also at the 9:30. I actually went to the show by myself, which was not a big deal except that Thievery is one of those bands who make you want to turn to your friend and dance/cheer/fist bump the night away. Needless to say, this time around I was thrilled to have an awesome crew along for the ride. Fists were bumped, and fun was had by all. Here's the write-up, with some sweet pics of the party (one of which I stole and pasted above).

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Ai WeiWei's retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum proves an obligatory stop when visitors come to town. WeiWei's photography, large-scale installations and dissenting political commentary make "According to What?" one of the city's most intriguing exhibitions. "Forever Bicycles," a commentary on overpopulation, is probably my favorite piece in the show, so I was blown away when coming across photos of "Stacked" currently on display at Italy's Galleria Continua. Of the mesmerizing installation, MyModernMet says: "As the main mode of transportation in WeiWei's homeland of China, the installation criticizes mass production....The towering piece reflects the overpopulation of 'things,' and, thus, the people that own them."