the lost days of summer

lost days of summeronce upon a time, summer was a vacation, days at the pool, weekend escapes to the lake and lazy days on the hammock. time was occupied by sun bathing, adventuring with friends and picking what movies we were going to rent (these also happen to be the days of blockbuster and hollywood video) now there are mounds of responsibilities and netflix. summer as i once knew it has officially come to an end. i miss the old days.

is it just me, or does summer just get shorter every year? the festivities of the season turn into a whirlwind and suddenly it is fall, the bbq’s come to an end and it’s time to start planning my halloween costume. where does the time go? to say the the past few months have been busy would be an understatement, relocating my life to LA made for an insane summer and 2013 is official a year for the books. from fourth of july shindigs to getting settled in california, i haven’t had much time to relax poolside. my life has been a big mess of boxes, packing tape, goodbyes and a freakishly long drive… suddenly, here i am, i am starting my new actor life in LALAland, where everyone is beautiful and the smog is thick. needless to say, it is going to be one heck of a journey!



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heart smores


seizing 2013

ten days into the new year and the adventures are already piling up. so far, i have survived turning 25, been at what felt like deaths’ door with the flu and sent off my first contract of 2013 to my agent. however, this is just the beginning and with the year so fresh, it is easy to be optimistic. optimistic about my career, about my resolution, about making this year unforgettable and pushing myself even more as an actor and person. there is just so much to be done and it seems a little more than daunting! now, more than ever, it is the perfect time to up my game. just like any new year, there are ideas about getting fit, nailing more auditions, booking more jobs and making an impact… and i couldn’t be more excited!


i am itching to get going… there is a lot on the horizon and it’s time to seize the day (everyday).


twas the season

awww the holidays, oh how i love them. mostly i just love the family traditions that i hold on to a little too tightly, in the end i thank my family for putting up with my complaints about needing things to be done a certain way and grumbling under my breath (or not so under my breath) about how things should and need to be done perfectly. what can i say?? i like certain things to remain the same… it is tradition for goodness sakes! so this year, as it has been done in many years past, we cut down the ‘big tree’ along with my mini apartment tree at thornton’s treeland. these trees must past a rigorous test of height, color, shape, fullness and personality, the hunt is not an easy one and i am sure that my parents want to strangle me by the end of it all. as always though, we found our perfect little trees worthy of christmas. although the trees passed with flying colors this year i ended up in tears away… the ‘big tree’, all decorated with perfection decided to misbehave … the darn thing fell over. terrible! all in all it wasn’t all that horrific, but my dramatics kicked in and i was just sure that christmas had been ruined! there were some fatalities but the majority of the little ornaments put up a good fight and christmas was once again wonderful and as it should be.treeland copy




the holiday proceeded wonderfully! at my parent’s house, the live tree for the parlor (to be planted later) was cute as a button with it’s vintage rustic feel, while the ‘big tree’ in the family room glittered with silver and purple. meanwhile, my little portland apartment was not without decoration, a sweet little tree full of silver and white along with decorations of  holly, greenery and paperwhites have filled my little space for the holidays. i am in love with my little apartment and even more so at christmas time! the holiday itself came too quickly and i wish that time could be reversed so i could enjoy the season once more. christmas eve and christmas day were full of joy and warmth as i spent them with the people that i love.





christmas morning

skooby eating santa hat

polaroid with tree

in the end, the holidays for me are all about spending time with family and friends, great food and a cozy atmosphere. christmas of 2012 was lovely and i am sad to have it in the past.  however there is a new year to look forward to and although i am uncertain with all the the change that is in the air, i know that 2013 is going to be a great year full of even more opportunities to grow and to pursue my dreams!

the ‘haunting hour’

*disclaimer: i apologize for the tardiness of this blog post, but better late than never… right?

i love hosting… dinner parties, game nights, cocktail hours, holiday events… i love it all.  however my tiny studio apartment has its limits so i my little soirees are on a mini scale for the time being, mini but mighty i would like to add! and my little halloween shindig was nothing short of mighty.

fondue spread, homemade caramel apples, a signature spooky cocktail, halloween decor, haunted serving dishes, game playing (and conquering), and lots-o wine! i would like to think that it was a success.

this halloween was definitely on the more subtle side of things in comparison to years past, and surprisingly, i was ok with that. the extent of my costume was some black and white stripped stockings, a witches hat and a black dress granting me the ability to say that i did in fact dress up while staying as minimal as possible (i wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if i hadn’t dressed up). this year, the focus was less on the costume and more on that atmosphere, a good time with my favorite people and a shmorgishborg of treats and potions all culminating in a great time and endless laughs.

i would like to think that all levels of the ‘haunting hour’ were equally memorable, however the game playing might have taken the cake this time. it was a scream! a little known fact about me is that when it comes to game playing, excluding most main stream sports, i am beyond competitive. i like to win, i really like to win, it’s kinda a problem!  so when we broke out our rendition of the game ‘celebrity’ (a game that i am now officially obsessed with) it was ‘go time’. after much yelling, hand wringing and fast talking, i am proud to say that my team won, giving me the right to break out my dance moves and boast about our mad skills… maybe i should work on my sportsmanship?? let my guests win one of these days??? hmmmm? anyway, games are the perfect party entertainment and i pity anyone who doesn’t share my love for them, that is the moral of my story. plus actors and games go together like eggs and bacon, it’s a fact!

happy halloween y’all! bring on the rest of the holiday season…


summer adventuring

summer has finally graced the northwest with its’ presence… just in time for fall to sweep in and steal the show. with only a handful of sunny days worthy of a sundress, good times must be had and fast before the rain settles in for the next 10 months! so with the sun shining and the “record-breaking” heat, we had ourselves some awesome fun.

first and foremost, any day that involves my polaroid camera is a good day! i love my old school polaroids and film – even if my friends do take to teasing me about how funny it is that i have no idea what digital media is (i DO… i have an iPhone and an instagram account, i just like the real stuff better. one day they will thank me!)

first thing on the agenda… mimosas!

next up, its time for the crawfish festival!

follow it all with a portland style block party and you have a mighty fine summer day! yay summer, yay friends and yay polaroids! without these, life would be much less enjoyable and much less memorable.

thank you portland for some much-needed sunshine and adventures!


a little celebration

last night, the finale to a wonderful weekend was a little ‘family’ dinner of perfection! celebrating a television debut and a birthday called for an amazing cheese spread, chilled bubbly, red wine, summer salads, mini cakes and of course the best of friends. nothing beats a get-together full of laughter, great conversation and amazing food! lucky to be surrounded by love and happiness… here’s to the promise of exciting adventures and more dinner parties.