public service announcement

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i went on vacation without a camera. that is crazy for anyone and absolutely crazy for me. i am that girl who has thousands of photos. photos on my computer, boxes and boxes of prints, stacks of polaroids, miles of 35mm negatives and pounds cd’s full of images all there to inspire me, remind me, and to tell a story. i adore photography. i scrapbook and i love it. i minored in photo in college and nearly lived in the darkroom. this laps in sanity was most defiantly a distress signal meant to snap me out of a funk. what the heck happened? how did i get on a plane for a wedding in carmel, california without a single camera? how have i abandoned my hobby? i blame my smartphone. on the up side, thank goodness for iPhone cameras in a time of crisis, however the convenience of my smartphone means that i have neglected my lovely cameras and in turn, abandoned one of my favorite creative outlets. together, we must break cycle of iPhone photos and our addiction to instagram filters, it is time to reintroduce the richness of film and the vibrancy of high-quality images into our lives.

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firstdance^^^they couldn’t be any more adorable

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the trip was wonderful and the wedding… beautiful. the intimate affair was the perfect setting to spend time with old family friends laughing hysterically over ‘remember when…’ stories while sipping champagne and dancing the night away. it was an ideal weekend with no meetings, agenda or to-do’s, oh how i wish that vacations were never ending. the sights of big sur and the quaintness of carmel made me want to never go back to the daily grind and for the first time in what seems like years, i was able to enjoy a sunset on the beach. pure heaven. until next time, i have the images on my iPhone to smile about and a pile of memories to add to the tales of ‘remember when…’

xoxo

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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!

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

xoxo

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

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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.

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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…

xoxo

veggies or bust

recently, i have discovered that there is a serious hole in my life! a hole that can only be filled with brussels sprouts and kale.

it all started when i made a little job change.  i went from the 9-5 deal to the world of evening shifts to pursue the typical hostess by night, actress by day (and all other hours) lifestyle. so, ultimately my schedule is far from normal.  the biggest challenge has become my food consumption.  the sudden lack of veggies and little to no time allotted for cooking is throwing me for a loop.  i get up later now, eat a brunch type thing when i feel like it, have a snack involving a ‘must eat something before work so i don’t pass out’ mindset, usually involving something fast and never including any sort of leafy greens. then i get home, its late and i am too tired to cook, so i throw together yet another snack of unhealthiness…sigh! something needs to change. i am having veggie withdrawals!

the light bulb went off last week when i found myself wandering around portland’s farmers market with a girl friend who put my choice of a gluten free muffin to shame in comparison to her organic apple. suddenly i was jealous of her beautiful, crisp apple, (what is going on here?) i realized that i am making all the wrong foodie choices and depriving myself of yummy goodness. organic and beautiful veggies abound (all at outrageous prices to fit the tree hugging, all-natural trend of portlanders) should be taken advantage of.  i shouldn’t be passing up all of the local wonderful-ness in exchange for a gluten free treat that to be honest, wasn’t all that satisfying.

time to step up my game! i cannot allow the crazy new schedule to win. so, how am i going to do this? buy veggies, use veggies, enjoy the veggies! maybe i will even jump in on this whole juice craze. although i do not plan to live on juice alone, i cannot argue that some green apple, lime, ginger, spinach, kale, parsley, cucumber, and celery liquid concoction won’t do some amazing things for my body, i’m just not willing to give up food in whole form and cheese spreads just yet!

so cheers to healthy deliciousness and making the choice to not eat popcorn and french fries!

xoxo

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!

xx

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.

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