4.08.2011

You're The Good Things

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Mmmm blurry.
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Grant is my boyfriend
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Fronds
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HB
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I've been told I have "artistic hands"
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Don't be fooled, I don't know how to play.
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On the way home from the below photograph
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Empanadas Place in Costa Mesa. Go. NOW!
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Sad that I sold this shirt
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I don't hate it
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Sunglasses: F21, Jacket: Zara, Flannel: thrifted, Jeans: AG on sale at Anthro, saddle shoes: DIY
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Best friends

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A corner of Grant's room
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Being a drama queen at jury duty
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Just another Tuesday afternoon

It's been a while since I've done one of my random photo posts so here it is! A bunch of snap shots from all over the place from the past two months. Call me a voyeur, but the blogs that I visit the most usually include snapshots from their day to day. While we're on the subject of blogs, I'll say that I also like blogs that are more, how do I put this, based in reality. Sure that washed out photo effect looks cool, and soft focus does make things seem dreamy, but after a while it becomes a little gimicky (sorry to say). I'll chalk it up to different strokes, though.

Also, did you know that I'm going to Europe next month? That's right! I'm heading off to the old country (my first visit!) for a month long jaunt with Grant and the Templetons. 

If you know of any fun, off the beaten path things to do in these cities: 


  • Copenhagen
  • Berlin
  • Geneva
  • Rome
  • Sardinia (Olbia, North-Eastern coast)
  • Paris
  • London 

Then holla over hurr in the comments! Bonus points if you tell me delicious places to eat (double bonus points if you divulge some tasty vegan spots for the Templetons)

43 comments:

  1. I also prefer real pictures and I'm going to try taking more. The darn iPhone is just so handy though! ;)

    Lovely site.

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  2. Whoa, I love that black-on-black outfit. I'm sad you sold that shirt as well.

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  3. Love the photos!

    Tip for Rome: Go to the Trastevere area, it's where the real Romans live and where I was lucky enough to spend a summer. There is also a baller flea market that happens there every Sunday!

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  4. Ohhh I have some good Berlin recommendations! I'll leave a comment again tomorrow. :) P.S. Ohhhhh those empanadas look soo good.

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  5. My boyfriend is Filipino so his mom is always giving me empanadas! She makes them from scratch at home and they're so delicious. She even does orders for people and sells them, so I feel pretty lucky!

    paperwhales.blogspot.com

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  6. I love your blog! And I watched all of your thrifting find videos. Actually, after watching them, you inspired me to go thrifting haha. Your blog and photos are awesome and I LOVE EMPANADAS!

    Oh and the picture of the dog and cat riding bikes made me giggle for five minutes. Yeah I'm cool.

    http://likespinning-plates.blogspot.com/

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  7. random photos and photos of peoples days are my favorite. i'm over the whole soft focus/vintage photo feel of blogs as well.

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  8. JURY DUTY! One more year and that's me! Boo! Haha! Have a great day, and thanks so much for commenting on my blog! You have NO idea how much that means to me!


    www.castacee.blogspot.com

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  9. Wow a whole month in Europe, that is going to be an amazing trip.

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  10. oh you got me craving for empanadas, where will I find empanadas here at 6 in the morning lol! great coordinate btw! <3 and lovely photos! have a good day!

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  11. I have so much to say about this post, I don't even know where to begin!!

    Okay, first LOVE that first photo.

    Second, it's so funny because your bf reminds me of Cobain in general and that shirt in the second photo sealed the deal for me. I saw a Daniel Johnston documentary a couple years ago and I have always wanted that shirt Cobain wore which boosted Johnston's career! :)

    Third, I did not know your bf had a blog! I checked it out and I'm in awe of his photography. Your man's a photo genius!

    Fourthly (?) you are so gorgeous, even when you look completely irritated at jury duty. LOL!

    Lastly, I really wish I had recommendations for you regarding those countries. But I have never been out of the country! I will live vicariously through you. :) Will you be blogging during your travels or will I be Ashleyless?!

    PS. I also want to thank you for your sweet comment. I actually AM writing a book right now!! My lack of confidence has been a roller coaster regarding it, so your words really lifted my spirit. xoxo

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  12. I love your random photos posts! So much to look at. ^_^ That display in the first photo is AWESOME. I love the butterflies.

    That's really exciting you're going to Europe!! I'm going to Europe for all of May too! Definitely go to Borough Market in London. So many tasty cheese samples (& other samples too for the Templetons!) and also go to the Musee D'Orsay in Paris and the market on the Rue Mouffetard. The D'Orsay is one of my favorite museums in the world, I even like it better than the Louvre (am i allowed to say that?). That's really cool you're going to Berlin- I've never been there & want to go so bad! Eek talking about Europe gets me so excited-- Have an awesome trip.

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  13. hi again, oh actually i don't know ed or his wife as skateboarders, rather as artist & muse, my ol' man is an artist & we both love his work! actually, jason drew some pencil crayon drawings from ed's book, from teenage smokers, you can see them here:
    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4809395066_a945d57e47_b.jpg

    & here:
    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4136/4808764133_6b8efe17af_z.jpg

    its too bad you can't see them in person as the drawings are made up of tiny circles of colour upon colour!

    tara-lynn

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  14. It was the anniversary of Cobain's death a few days ago... I have that daniel johnston shirt! :) you should watch the devil and daniel johnston. it's great.

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  15. Hi,

    A whole month in Europe is going to be so exciting!

    Please go to Brick Lane when in London for really good thrift finds. Liverpool Street Station is probably the nearest tube. And see Absolute Vintage on Hanbury Street which is just across from Brick Lane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQTm3bZKESE

    I don't think that the Tate Modern is exactly off the beaten track but it is a must-see if you're a fan of art. Rothko, Pollock, its all there.

    ON the weekends make sure to see as many markets as you can like Portobello Market at Notting Hill and Camden Market. Camden Market is an interesting place to see all the different sub-cultures.

    When you're in Paris you must definitely see Versailles. Really decadent place. If you have a few days in Paris, try to take the train from Gare de Lyon to Annecy, its a really pretty countryside with mountains and a huge lake.

    Europe is going to be so fun. Hope you have a great time and cant wait to see the photos from it!

    ast

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  16. I love your OUTFITS, I love you and Grand together, I love your PHOTOS and the fact that you are going on a European adventure.. can't wait for photos. :)

    xoxo

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  17. So jealous of all the things you score during your thrifting trips. Those prices sound too good to be true...
    >>When in Paris check out the Marais quarter. There you will find one of my favorite vintage stores called 'Vintage Desir' at 32 Rue Des Rosiers :)
    Here's a link to photos of what it looks like: http://www.lacasapark.com/la/2009/09/vintage-desire-32-rue-des-rosiers-paris/

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  18. Also: I really like your blog...

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  19. These towns are cool in themselves. The architecture is breathtaking.
    I have not visited any of them yet.
    I'm going to Berlin in June. That's pretty close to my town.

    But I have good advice for any occasion for visitors to Europe.
    Whenever you want something to eat or drink coffee in nice atmosphere:
    - seek narrow streets unbeaten by tourists
    - look where the locals eat
    - go to tiny villages and ask locals where you can eat at this place

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  20. I love this post, the photos are really cool! & Europe is going to be so much fun (look at me talking like I'm going).

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  21. In Rome, go to the vintage shop that's in a sidestreet of Piazza San Cosimato, Trastevere. They have all kinds of vintage and secondhand designer clothes for great prices. I only discovered this place last time when I was in Rome and really wished I could have had more time to check it out. Hope you find it!

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  22. not sure if you have artistic hands but they are really pretty!!!

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  23. In London, Food for Thought in Covent Garden is a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options (kind of an institution - been in the same location since the early 70s). Also, Wagamama is an Asian noodle bar (it's a chain with locations all over London)...really good cheap food with vegan options. Also, loads of Indian restaurants if they're into that...Amaya is one that's a bit fancier I think, but they have veggie options of course.
    The best thing about London is that virtually every restaurant has vegetarian options. When I lived there I was vegetarian and never had a problem finding good food.
    Also, if you ever want to just grab food on the go to eat in a park or the hotel or something, basically every Marks & Spencer has a grocery store on the first floor with sandwiches and other take away stuff and gourmet food.
    I'll get back to you about Rome and Paris.

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  24. I wasn't sure whether the place where you ate empanadas was really called Empanada's Place or you forgot the name of it and just called it that, so I googled it to make sure. I want some, NOW! Oh, and have fun in Europe.
    xx Allie

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  25. Vegan food in Paris: good luck. EXCEPT: falafel. Go to a tiny little place called "L'As du Falafel" in the Marais neighborhood. seriously best falafel ever. I miss Paris...

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  26. I love Empanadas and great pictures!

    Vicky
    new post: Back on stripes:&
    follow me

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  27. I love your blog! You're going to have so much fun in Europe, it's a BEAUTIFUL country. For Sardinia you have to check out Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, (I think you can find old episodes on youtube), he's wife is from Sardinia and they go to some pretty awesome places. Watch out for the cinghiale....and have fun!

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  28. in Rome:
    Pifebo Vintage (2 locations: Monti & San Lorenzo neighborhoods) GREAT SHOES & BAGS...these are both hip areas of the city.
    I suggest heading to San Lorenzo at night for some un-touristy fun! There are a lot of good spots and the neighborhood is quite artsy/music-y.

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  29. Artistic hands plus dramatic juror.... ; D

    And I want an empanada now, and I'm in the middle of the country in the middle of the night in Northern England, so that's so not going to happen. Grrr.

    I'm with you on blogs. I like some washed out photo blogs, but generally unreality is kind of boring.

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  30. in london, i second the comments about the tate modern - it's amazing. i also recommend the spitalfields area, and shopping on ledbury road. enjoy your trip!

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  31. There is a real (pas digital) photobooth at the Palais du Tokyo in Paris. It only costs 2€ and makes a nice souvenir. And everything looks and tastes so good at Rose Bakery on rue des Martyrs:
    http://parisbymouth.com/rose-bakery/

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  32. Okay...to finish my earlier comment...I was also vegetarian when I spent time in Rome and Paris, but I couldn't remember the names of any restaurants (just that the food was good pretty much everywhere). So, I asked a mostly-vegan friend of mine who's traveled all over, and he said Te Diro in Rome is vegan and Le Grenier de Notre-Dame and Saveur Veget'Halles are both vegetarian with vegan options in Paris. Nowadays, every major city in Europe pretty much has vegan or vegetarian restaurants, you just have to know where to look. I'm sure your friends know about websites like happycow, etc.? Anyway, you'll find no shortage of delicious treats, so many pastries, gelato, etc., but definitely not for your vegan friends. Let me know if you want any art recommendations for London, Rome, Paris, as I went pretty much everywhere art-related that I could go.

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  33. Great pictures!
    I love the nail polish you're wearing in one of the pics. I wish i knew how to play the guitar, but im afraid i have really small hands hahah

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  34. Tips for London- As another comment said- try Brick Lane for vintage clothing. But if you go on Sunday then you can visit the up market which has a host of new and young designers and delicious food from all over the world. There used to be a vegan bus restaurant there too but sadly it has moved away..I don;t know where. 'Mildreds' in soho (central London) is a delicious vegan option but not super cheap.

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  35. in case it wasn't clear the market is called 'Sunday Up Market'. I didn't write it very clearly.And there's the Backyard Market around there too.

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  36. I always love your random pics posts. Your pictures make me smile. Can't wait to see your pics of Europe :)

    Anthea,
    Embracing Style

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  37. Absolutely go to Brick Lane on a Sunday in London. That's when the market is, and the food is absolutely amazing, you can get pretty much anything from sushi, to sri lankan, to freshly made waffles with strawberries and chocolate sauce. Also, if you head past the main market at Brick Lane (it kind of peters out into guys with blankets selling old video tapes, weird dolls and fantastic jumpers, and yet more food) then you can get to Beyond Retro, which is huge and always worth a search. They organise their clothes by colours and patterns, which I always find useful! Plus, just round the corner from Brick Lane is a really tiny kitschy coffee shop, but it does get fairly packed around lunch time; I've ended up sitting on a suitcase before... http://www.qype.co.uk/place/1490917-The-Vintage-Emporium-Coffee-House-London
    And in Paris, head to Le Marais for some good vintage shopping. 'Free P Star' and 'Coiffeur Vintage' are really good, with lots of stuff around 5 - 10 euros but things get rabid, so don't surprised to find people getting nekkid to try stuff on in hidden places and/or attempting to push you over and grab your finds. There are also lots of falafel shops and Jewish bakeries around there.
    Well, that was a ramble! Have fun!
    Saskia x

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  38. http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/997/londons-best-cheap-eats

    This will be useful for yummy food (including vegan)

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  39. when you are in berlin you should visit this vintagestore and vegan coffeshop in neukölln: http://singblackbird.com/
    if you are there on a friday go to the market at maybachufer, delicious food, people with fabulous style and so much to see.

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  40. Ummm, DUDE!! When will you be in Paris?!?!!? I'm going at the end of next month! AHHHHHH. Can we please hang out?!

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  41. I always love your photos :)
    That wall and you with the guitar (cool nail varnish!) are my favourites :)

    I am awful at adding day to day pictures in my posts - such a rare thing on my blog but definitely something I like to see and would like to do more of.

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  42. You have a great wall collage, and Grant has a great tee shirt. Beautiful.

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