went walking playlist

This is my current Sunday morning / any morning listening contribution for the week. Folky lady singer/song-writers... it sounds boring to describe, but why do i like these songs so much? angel olsen, julie doiron, jana hunter....

went walking from ohanaorsomething on 8tracks Radio.

as a wedding photographer...

this past weekend i helped photograph my best friend's sister's wedding. my first wedding shoot!

they picked the sweetest little garden venue and had lots of DIY decorations. the bridesmaids all had colorful floral '50s dresses with big petticoats, and the flowers all came from a farm next door (complete with little snails!).

weddings are exhausting to photograph... and a little stressful because you don't want to miss any moments! but it was nice to do it as a pair with my friend chris - who was THE photographer with a rented lens worth approximately $8217468723648423 ;) I haven't seen chris's photos yet, but i'm pretty excited! i design a lot of big budget Indian weddings for work, so this wedding was particularly refreshing for me! no fire drills on my end! i got to observe and enjoy all the love of the day, and document it for Ingrid and Nick!

because this was an early evening wedding, one of my favorite parts was the sun! i love lens flares and it was fun to play with my angles to get perfectly hazy shots. i also ended up using one of the cheapest lenses (and best!) you can get! F1.8 - seriously awesome to shoot with! i've talked about this lens in the past, i still loooove it!

here is a very small sampling of my favorite shots of the day. congrats Ingrid and Nick!

little spots by docks

Developed another roll of film today, misc shots from canoeing in Seattle and hanging out at Pt. Defiance last weekend.

This week I feel super bummed out. Even though I'm always tired, I feel like I haven't been doing enough, maybe creatively, and it's wearing on me. I keep telling myself to make the time to draw more, or come up with a new sewing project. But it's a hard balance between work, feeling tired, and making time for hobbies that take patience.

As a random act of the day, while picking up my film, I got a new passport photo taken today. May old passport has been expired for two years, maybe when I have the option of leaving the country, I actually will? I've been dreaming about Europe again, it's been 5 years since I toured Italy, France, and the UK. This time I want to go to my homeland, Sweden and Finland... gonna start a research project, and hopefully make it happen in the next year!

the great bang grow out

I’ve had two trivial discoveries in the past three days. One, my bangs are finally long enough to braid. Two, I figured out how to do a twisty French braid… Not that amazing, I know, but it’s been a change I’ve been craving for with my hair…

I found this style on my sister’s Pinterest. She’s the master of crazy braid techniques, while me… not so much. I’ve got a lot of hair, but I’m actually really terrible at styling it. In my defense, my hair is hard to restrain and tends to go all over. It looks best messy and wispy anyway….

Byebye bangs!


Today I thought I'd share some of my favorite natural / vegan / cruelty free beauty products. While I'm certainly not the most high-maintenance girl around, I do like to be well put-together and ready for client meetings at any moment...
Yeah... got to be corporate acceptable / designer chic sometimes...
But hey, these are some rad things I've found and like lots!

1. Lulu Organics Hair Powder
"An all organic, TALC-FREE hair powder for hair on days of unwash." Man, the packaging is what first got me! It's so beautiful! But also, the product is great for bangs on second day hair. Get rid of the greasy strands around your face, and prolong taking a shower for another day or two! ;) It's a little expensive at $30, BUT - it lasts forever!

2. Moksa Abbey Road Organic Bar Soap
This company does good. Organic, species-conscious, they support just and fair wages, women’s cooperatives, environmental advocacy groups, non-profit environmental organizations, AND they're carbon neutral! Now to the soap, this particular scent is so wonderful. I love the clove, it's warm and calming - and works great for cleaning yourself up too!

3. Pacifica Spanish Amber Solid Perfume
This brand has no parabens, animal testing, animal ingredients or artificial colors. They're 100% VEGAN and Gluten-free. I have two favorite perfumes (mind you I have bad allergies too, so my picks are real winners and have passed the no-sneeze test!) - this is my "fresh" choice. I love the scent of amber, and this solid perfume makes me melt! The tin size is great for purses, and it's cheap!

4. For Strange Women - Bollywood
100% natural perfumes and other concoctions infused with pure botanical essences by a true artisan! This is my other favorite perfume (again, it has passed the no sneeze and no rash test with my allergies!). It's not sweet, but a full-bodied spicy mix. Very unique and dark. Find her shop on etsy too - samples are a good way to try!

5. Pacifica's Enlighten Mineral Eyeshadow Palette
Back to Pacifica, 100% vegan and cruelty-free. I've never loved an eyeshadow pallet more. These are beautiful complementing colors and a smooth finish. I like subtle makeup and this pallet is great! And the Packaging... guh - I'm a design snob, and I love their esthetic, it was had to throw away the box, too cute!

Ta-da! Some wholesome beauty!

calm water hot air

Despite my mermaid aspirations, I am not a strong swimmer, though my sea-legs are sturdy. I grew up on a 28 foot 1968 Owens. A labor of love, this wooden boat doesn't go fast, but she goes strong. My parents are only the second owners in its life, and they have restored it beautifully maintaining a classic esthetic.

They keep it in a boathouse near the Narrows Bridge, and tend to stay south in the lower Puget Sound. One of the best places for boating, so many islands and coves to explore.

This weekend, we joined my family for an overnight excursion to Jarrell Cove on Harstine Island. The water was calm and beautiful, but the air was unbearably hot! We were happy to be on a moving boat!... With lots of tequila and ice!

The comic relief of the weekend would be my parent’s water loving rescue dog that looks like a gremlin. Her breed is a complete mystery, and she is even weirder looking in person. Mohawk, 3 inch long ear tassels… she looks like a mini deerhound, they think.