Farmers Market.

October 31, 2011

Last year (thanks to my sister Marissa) I developed quite the obsession with going to the farmer's market. I enjoyed it so much that I got Mike hooked on it as well, and before you knew it, he and I were going to 2 different farmer's markets every weekend (sometimes even 3). He loved going to pick out fresh veggies and herbs for dinner and I loved going to photograph all the different stands and also pig out on the freshly popped kettle corn. I fell in love with taking Polaroids of all the different vegetables and getting shots of all the gorgeous colors. It was a sad day in April last year, when the season ended here in Miami and we stopped going. Much to my delight, farmer's market season is upon us again! This past Sunday Mike and I (with Riley in tow of course) made the first trip of the season to our favorite market. In our opinion, the best farmer's market near us is the Pinecrest Gardens Farmer's Market, located at the Pinecrest Gardens. We want to include Riley in our weekly ritual, so we decided to bring her with us this time (while the market is not super busy) to get her used to it/the people/etc. Needless to say she did great and I can't wait to bring her with us every week! I unfortunately did not bring my camera(s) with me this trip- it was quite the overcast day, so I didn't get to take any photos, just a few iPhone shots. I can't wait till next weekend though- I will definitely have my Polaroid camera with me!

Here are some of my favorite Polaroids from last season:


Squash & eggplant.

red onions.

smoked eggs.

Love this!

October 28, 2011

This week I'm bringing you an extra-large list of things I've loved this week, to make up for not posting last week- I was on vacation! I myself am so thrilled it's Friday and I am looking forward to a weekend with nothing at all to do!

This Dermablend "behind the scenes" video for their new commercial featuring Rico Genest aka Zombie Boy. Rico is beautiful to watch and this video is just amazing- the way his tattoos get completely covered is just crazy!

This adorable little ocotopus, via bunny X productions

These great children's book themed prints by Josh Cooley

I will forever love this Youtube video shot at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, in the Kuroshio Sea tank. The combination of the great song + the beautiful view make this this a fantastic treat to watch. I could honestly sit at my desk and watch this on repeat all day long. Visiting this aquarium is on my bucket list, for sure. I mean come on, WHALE SHARK!!

This wonderful Polaroid diptych by my friend Whitney Johnson and her boyfriend Dave Tuttle. I love everything about these two images!

This really great DIY camera wrap, courtesy of Design*Sponge. I'd love one of these for my DSLR.

These really awesome paper dolls- I seriously need these in my life! Check out CrankBunny for more!

These beautiful calligraphy necklaces from Crystal Kluge, via Design*Sponge
. Aren't these gorgeous? I would LOVE to have one, but at $195 they're just slightly out of my price range at the moment.

If watching this "Iceland's Midnight Sun" video (by Joe Capra) doesn't make you want to rush out and buy a plane ticket to Iceland, then you must be blind. The landscapes are so beautiful- I can picture myself taking thousands of pictures there. Do yourself a favor and take 4 minutes out of your life and watch this video!

This adorable, customizable tote bag from AuntyCookie, via Design*Sponge. At $15 this would make a really cute and inexpensive Christmas gift, don't you think? I should get one for my sister and one for myself while I'm at it!

Daytona Beach.

October 25, 2011
This past weekend Mike and I took a family trip to Daytona Beach, of course with Riley in tow, to celebrate my 35th birthday. We had a very calm, relaxing weekend, enjoying the outdoors and taking advantage of the cooler weather. Daytona Beach is a very quiet, laid back town, with honestly not much to do (unless you happen to be there for a race of course) so we mostly played at the beach with Riley. Riley had a great time on her first vacation and aside from the long 4 hour car ride, I think she had a blast ;) I took about a million pictures of her on the beach and here are my favorite shots:

I love her floppy ears!
Her floppy ears were going crazy in all the wind. I loved it!


Chasing birds for the first time!
And then she saw the seagulls and went nuts chasing them- it was great!

The two loves of my life.
I love the reflections of Mike and Riley on the water.

Watching the sun go down.

One of my favorite shots.
I love this shot of Riley.

Ponce Inlet lighthouse.
On our second day there, we drove to the Ponce Inlet lighthouse to check out the dog beach for Riley.

With papa.
The Ponce Inlet lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida.

Walking with papa.

As soon as we got to the beach, Riley paid no mind to the cold water and jumped right in!

I love catching Riley "in action"- she is so funny!

With papa.

My two loves.
Riley played her little heart out that day. She has such a good time whenever she's at the beach.

Cuddles with mama.
And at the end of the day, it was time to cuddle with mama.

Hope you enjoyed my Riley photo overload!

35 things.

October 18, 2011

My birthday is on Thursday and I wanted to do something significant this year, to commemorate turning 35 years old and to hopefully ease the "pain" of getting older ;) I came up with a list of things I want to accomplish this next year, before I reach my next birthday. Initially this list grew to 55 items but I decided to pare it down to just 35 things, one for each year. I plan to post my accomplishments as they happen, so please keep checking up on me and my list!

1. Have a spa day: facial, massage, the works
2. Learn to be more of a positive person, especially stopping the “hating” that I do
3. Road trip with Mike and Riley, to somewhere we’ve never been before
4. Re-launch my Etsy store and make a commitment to be more of an active seller
5. Go camping on the beach
6. Build a fort in my living room
7. Start saving for a trip to Italy (Venice!) with Mike
8. Majorly clean and purge my closet and donate everything to Goodwill
9. Making walking an every-day habit and make a true commitment to it
10. Make a habit of blogging at least twice a week
11. Start saving for my dream camera (a Leica naturally)
12. Plant one or both: a rose bush and a jasmine bush/tree in my front yard
13. Print out more of my photos- I don’t do that often enough
14. Watch a full sunrise; from darkness > dawn > sunrise
15. Participate in a fund-raising walk
16. Visit an art museum and spend the entire day there
17. Explore more of Florida
18. Learn to cook at least 3 new meals (tom-kha-gai perhaps?)
19. Visit another state
20. Get rid of as much debt as possible
21. Do something about my current work/job situation
22. Talk a walk through the pouring rain
23. Take more pictures- with something other than my iPhone
24. Use my film cameras more often (Diana Mini, especially)
25. Go on a picnic
26. Become a healthier person, physically, emotionally, mentally
27. De-clutter my office
28. Visit the Farmer’s Market every weekend this season
29. See snow again
30. Stop using/saying the word “like” so much
31. Plan a really great surprise for someone else
32. Learn to make a cinemagraph
33. Finally invest in a pair of prescription sunglasses (been wanting some for at least 15 years)
34. Get some of my Polaroids printed at a really large scale (at least 12”x12”)
35. Learn to love myself more

Love this!

October 14, 2011

Greetings on this lovely Friday in October. We're finally starting to feel a slight weather change here in Miami. The evenings are feeling a little cooler and it's finally not always 95 degrees outside. Here are some of my favorite things this week:

These new pieces by Audrey Kawasaki. I love her paper-cut pieces. They are so beautiful.

This latest viral video- a little girls reaction to a surprise trip to Disneyland. This is so cute and heartwarming and definitely made me want to shed a tear.

How beautiful is this orange claw-foot bathtub? (Via Design*Sponge)

This beautiful portrait of a couple of. I would love to take a photo like this with Mike and maybe even Riley stuck in there somehow.

This picture of my love Riley, that I took this week on our way to the beach.

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