Archive for June, 2010

June 30

It’s late. I’m tired. I’m still listening to this guy lecture about all the questions I missed. So i decided to take my cam and shoot things in my makeshift office/living room/lounge. There is no wine in this wine holder. =/

we four each have one of these wine holders. they are from my favorite french professor in high school.
June 29

“I’ve always cherished that thing, of being able to travel between two different cultures. Melting into different universes in different countries makes it more interesting.” – Clémence Poésy

finally found this book
June 29
h&m celestial necklace

June 27

I had a 6 hour simulated exam today. 3 hours in the AM, and 3 hours in the PM. I went home afterward to nap for an hour. Woke up, showered, and did this shoot before I have to go back to watch the lecture for the exam…telling me why I got over 50% of the questions wrong. sigh. At least i saw some sun today too.

On a brighter note, I found this necklace in a random Forever 21 bowl of jewelry for $2.99. It’s a plane, a luggage tote, and an Eiffel Tower. Three of my favorite things, and it’s what keeps me going everyday in this barbri class. Wearing it reminds me of what’s at the end of the tunnel.

forever 21 travel necklace, h&m shirtdress, forever 21 shorts, h&m flip flops

June 26

Grabbed this French inspired Club Monaco dress at the last sale. I can’t believe I scored it in my size. I knew exactly where I was going to wear it to the minute i saw it…my dinner with the girls and my french professor. Today was the first day this week that I left the school before 9 pm. The sun was still out! I even managed to grab one of my brothers on their way out of the house for some pics. I look like crap with bags under my eyes and puffy cheeks, so let’s showcase the dress more today than me.

I have no idea what the straps on the back are for. They just dangle there, and it’s the prettiest thing. Who’d have thought? Just a piece of fabric looped through the back of my dress. heh.

and did i mention…pockets?!?! ..::eeep!::..
club monaco dress spring 2010, aldo blush bag, cathy jean wedges

June 17

Brtini graduated from high school today. The same one her sister Leanne, Kat and I graduated from 10 years ago. Our 10 year reunion just passed. Crazy. I feel so old.

June 13

Every few months, my two best friends and I have dinner with our favorite professor of all time, Gina Gruwell. She was out high school French professor who took us abroad after our senior year, and she was the one that taught us all how to backpack and travel. She and her husband Rod have been our mentors and inspirations since we met them 14 years ago. It’s amazing to me that this year is our 10 year high school reunion, and we still keep in touch with all the people we treasured the most from that time. I’m very blessed to have these relationships still…and cheers to many more years of wining, dining, and traveling!!!!

gorgeous table settings

Me digging into the caprese salad and Kat opens the Prisoner, a group favorite red.

Gina made the most amazing dinner. 2 in thick steaks with mash potatoes and veggies, topped with an insanely delicious peppercorn sauce. [she tweaked the recipe from Morton’s but I personally think her reduction is much better than Morton’s]. We brought over 5 bottles of wine from our latest trip to Napa, but Gina had a chilled bottle of white waiting when we got there, then opened one of HER favorites called Grey Wolf after we finished off ours, and then topped off the night with a malt scotch whiskey tasting. Goodness, i’m getting drunk just thinking about it…

Oh, and she also made amazing portobello mushrooms for the vegans! i wanted to eat this whole as well.
the original 4, but we’ve expanded to include the boys as well *_*

I got a new Club Monaco dress that fit this occasion perfectly, but I’ll have to do the outfit shoot later. I also forgot to do a group photo! =/ Next time, we are going to go out to a Thai restaurant, my favorite one, so I will have to be sure to take one!
My friend Carmen here went to UCLA and then traveled to Peru with me and Kat 3 years ago. Ever since I’ve known her, she’s been wanting to go into the Peace Corps. Obstacles and challenges have come and gone, and well recently, she got approved and appointed to Cameroon, Africa!! She just landed last week in the country, and is now settling in with her host family!

I’m so proud of her for doing this, fulfilling her dreams, traveling, and doing everything she ever wanted to do. She will be an amazing asset to the country! She also started a blog called Peace Corps Adventures in Cameroon, so I’ll be following her via her blog! You should check it out! It’s a great way to learn about the country’s history, economics, and share in her experiences with the culture…and maybe inspire you to do something as awesome!

Learn to Be Foundation banquet

club monaco dress, H&M earrings

Ironic Sidenote: When we’re not trekking around 3rd world countries, we sometimes look real nice here in CA! *_* I wear this dress sparingly because I’m deathly afraid of getting it dirty. I only bring it out when I know I won’t be eating any pasta, pizza, or buffalo wings. It’s one of my most prized dresses, perfectly fitted, and tailored to perfection. Needless to say, it will not be coming with me to Southeast Asia later this year. *_*