Really fun shot!
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Really fun shot!
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Great mural and unique blog!
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Yes, I am the most embarrassing tourist ever…..
Happy Thanksgiving one and all! Not being American, I don’t actually celebrate Thanksgiving (and truth be told, am pretty sketchy on the historical details surrounding it) but I do love the idea of a holiday that’s a.) a day off, b.) a time to see your family, c.) not religious therefore all inclusive, d.) not about presents and e.) a time to remember and celebrate all the things we’re thankful for. (Because we all know how easy it is to focus mainly on the things that suck!) So in honour of this holiday (and given that I do love a theme!) here are 2 very American outfits that I wore when I was in the USA in the summer of 2011.
The red, white and blue outfit (dress from Zara, bag from Oasis) was worn at a Yankees game in New York (complete with pink Yankee hat that I bought about 12 years ago because, ahem, Victoria Beckham had one.) and yes, I posed like that A LOT.
The American flag tee (Miss Selfridge) was worn in LA that same summer. (My belt, which you can’t really see, has a Harley Davidson American Eagle buckle as well. Sometimes I think I take themes too literally…)
And I did the American flag inspired nails for a birthday party I had at a bowling alley one year, figuring that bowling and Americana go hand in hand!
Also, speaking of posing like a nerd, over-theming my clothes and being inspired by American activities, SPOILER ALERT, I am going to New York on Saturday for a few days!!! I am insanely excited and am going to take pictures of everything with a view to blogging about it.
Let the packing crisis begin!
Happy Thanksgiving (and Happy Hannukah, if you’re celebrating)!
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And Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukka to all from toemail!
Every Saturday hundreds of people make their way to Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, Calif. to get their yoga on by the sea. The session is relaxing and motivational for anyone who wishes to improve and challenge their capacity to breath, live well and meditate. The class is intimidating at first, but the point that we were present in the same space to challenge ourselves was voiced throughout. The group meets every Saturday at 10:30 for a tai chi session followed by the hour long yoga. Exactly what I needed before my big trip. ~
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Carmel by-the-sea is a ten minute south-west drive on the I-1 from Monterrey. it is a small, quaint little town with a downtown center that only covers several blocks straight and to its sides. Though we spent after-sunset having dinner in one of the best Italian food I’ve ever tasted in the Bay Area (Little Napoli), we spent most of the days exploring China Cove. The hike up isn’t quite that bad and the sceneries you meet upon reaching the top may as well erode any negative feelings you had while hiking up. So we spent our whole day here, immersed in our beautiful great escape from the always and eventually, nauseating dimness of Berkeley.
What I’m Wearing:
Dress | ASOS
Sun Hat| Forever 21
Sandals | Sam Edelman
Sunglasses | Prada
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This was taken on November 9, 2013 on the beach on a lovely Saturday morning. Some of the sunniest days in San Diego are in the wintertime. Our spring and summers are frequently overcast with what we call “May Gray” and “June Gloom,” so we take in as much sunshine as we can get in the fall and winter.
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Meet Yoga’s hottest couple. LA-based Equinox instructor Briohny Smyth mesmerized viewers with her gravity-defying arm balances in “The Contortionist,” which sparked significant conversation in and around the yoga community. So naturally we brought her back — this time with her new husband, Dice Iida-Klein, also an Equinox yoga instructor and star in his own right (see him master the floating flow on a paddle board). When you watch the Acro Yoga session we captured, you’ll see their performance is more than an amazing physical feat. It’s a display of the strong emotional connection that has grown, and is continuing to grow between them. It’s the type of connection that, at times, made the crew on set feel like they should leave the room…We asked the pair what’s really happening during these intimate sessions. Here’s what they had to say:
When I first started learning, my biggest takeaway was that it’s really about the base — the person on the bottom — and if you’re a strong base, anybody can fly with you. The key is communication with the base- and trust. I could do all of these poses on my own, but I’ve never been very good at trusting people, which is something that most of us women gain over time — especially when it comes to men. It was a real challenge for both of us to go from singular practices, where we had full control, and release control to one another. It was a really big thing for me because I was a single mom, and I had built my own businesses, so it has always been about having two hands on the wheel. When you’re on top in Acro Yoga, it’s all about letting go and trusting one hundred percent, because if you fight back, it’s much harder for the base. So, Dice and I went through a lot of little tiffs of, “You’re doing it wrong — No you’re doing it wrong!” and every single time it always came down to me letting go. And for Dice, who has always had a tough time expressing himself, he had to work really hard to master his duty as a base, because he has to be extremely communicative and tell me what he needs and what he needs from me. So for both of us, it was just the balancing act-balancing not only our bodies, but also our personality issues.
I definitely think what Bri said is very true. I mean, it’s learning how to balance each other’s personalities. I would say Bri is a little more of a control freak than I am, but when it comes to being flown, she has to give up control, and I have to take over, and for me it’s very gratifying to be the foundation. It’s kind of like I’m the rock, and I think that’s how I feel with this family [Briohny and her daughter] away from Acro Yoga. I’m learning my place as being the man of the household, and I’m learning for me it’s not about directing anybody. It’s more or less the stronger I am, the stronger they’ll be. Just by standing tall, I think everything else just falls into place.
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Yoga is one of my favorite workouts. It’s part strength, part flexibility, and part laying on the floor. It reminds me a lot of dance, and I love that I can have a great workout and also leave feeling centered.
I was so excited when I found out that the Wanderlust Festival was coming to LA. Wanderlust Festivals take place across the world (the next one is in Whistler) and feature four days of outdoor yoga with live music in beautiful outdoor settings.
In order to get people excited for these festivals, they also host Yoga in the City events. These events offer free classes at interesting, more urban, locations. My friend Jennie and I went to the most recent event on the Santa Monica Pier.
Afterwards Jennie and I left feeling very zen.
For more information on the next Yoga in the City, click here.
For more information on Wanderlust Festivals, click here.
Amazing shots, can feel the energy just looking at the pictures!
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Work involved worth the end result. Interesting and beautiful!
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University life here in Isla Vista is three things: chilled, beachy and friendly. It’s also a town taken over by students between 18-25 years which makes things rather interesting… Ultimately though Jack Johnson’s album Bushfire Fiarytales embodies this place completely (unsurprising since the album was inspired by this place) which makes me want to take up guitar!
More specifically though my week has been like a holiday – with birthday parties each night, live music on every corner, trips to the beach, eating bagels and pita’s (plus a food festival), dinner parties, board games, video games, chilling, and lots of beer and wine. But all of this has been done with the nicest people, my roommates
Looking pretty happy!
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Edge of the World
It’s funny how often my Photo-Heart Connection image turns out to be one that I took at the very beginning of the month. I just finished the first month of my 365 project, so I took a lot of photographs this month, and there were quite a few that I liked a lot. But when I reviewed the month, this image, taken September 1, was the one that had the most meaning for me.
That’s me sitting there — you probably knew that already — perched on the edge of the driveway, posed in front of the view that I see from my front window every day. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? The layered mountains with their ever-changing light and shadow, the wide-open sky, the rural character of the neighborhood, the horses down below peacefully enjoying their breakfast.
My mind also fills in all the things you can’t see here: the mountains that wrap the rest of the way around us, the birds, the bunnies, even the lizards and snakes and coyotes, oh my! Then there’s the cottage, perfect for my needs, everything I could desire. A charming small community. My sister and brother-in-law, their friends and extended family, all the kindest, most generous people you could imagine.
“Okay, so where’s she going with this?” you may be wondering. I’ve been asking myself that question for months. The answer is, I’m leaving. Moving back to Maine.
It wasn’t an easy decision (understatement of the decade) and I still ask myself sometimes if I’m crazy.
There is so much that is good here, so much that is beautiful, and I’m more grateful than I can say to have been able to explore and share it for the past year and a half. But my deepest heart is longing for rain, for trees, ferns, moss, and most of all, the sea. I fell head over heels in love with Maine the first time I set foot there. It somehow felt like home, like “me,” in a way no other place ever had. For twelve years it was home, and it’s calling me back now.
I had to come here, to try this, to know if it was right for me. I’ve learned a lot. I love this place, and I know I want to come here again — to visit. But I also know I have to go back, to where I’ve learned I need to be. There’s a lot of work to do to make it happen, and a lot of uncertainty at the other end. I’ll be leaving here the first week in November, returning to Maine just in time for winter.
I probably am a little crazy after all.
And that’s my Photo-Heart Connection for September. You can click HERE for this month’s linkup at Kat Eye Studio. Thanks to Kat for hosting this monthly practice and linkup!
Amazing picture, tough decision but there’s really no place like “home”.
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I spent the whole day believing that it was Friday yesterday. I don’t know if it was because my boss left to Mexico for summer vacation or just because I needed the week to be over so badly. I had the typical Friday excitement where you find yourself looking at your watch every 5 minutes and making 100 plans at a time.
However, I woke up from my ‘happy bubble’ when I heard one of my coworkers say the horrible words ‘Bye guys! See you tomorrow!’. What?! Tomorrow?! Is there a company event and I don’t know it? Checked my inbox. Nothing.
Oh, wait. Maybe today is…No way, that can’t be possible! I looked desperately to the calendar and finally saw it… August 22, THURSDAY. Five seconds in shock, and then the reaction – ppiodnfnauwppamf!!
After the epic fail, I spent the ride back home in a cranky mood and repeating to myself how stupid I was. After a while, I arrived in Marina del Rey and saw people coming from the beach with their surfboards and big smiley faces. In that exact moment everything became clear. No reason for being sad. I needed to keep that ’weekend sensation’ running through my body and make the most of the evening I still had left. Said and done. I got home, picked up my camera and my boyfriend and went straight to the beach.
It felt right. I felt free. I was doing exactly what I wanted to be doing. And you know what? It wasn’t even Friday…
Love these shots, you really made the best of it!
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My toe when we stopped to view the change of colors in Vermont. People who come up for the color change are called Leaf Peepers. So here is my Vermont Leaf Peeper toe photo.