Currently

Reading: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. Very excited about this one, I hope it’s good!

Watching: Just finished Season 3 of Kimmy Schmidt. I really liked it! Titus is everything.

Listening To: “Wildflowers” by Dolly Parton. This is my current favorite song and I listen to it at least twice a day. IT’S SO PRETTY!

Loving:  L’Oreal Color Riche Balm in Plush Plum. Just a touch of color but not too bold.

Inspired by: Friends of Type. The feed is just beautiful typography for days.

Looking Forward To: Finishing my UCLA design program in just 3 weeks! I cannot wait to not have homework every night, oh my goodness.

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Currently

Reading: The Circle by Dave Eggers. It’s pretty addicting, if not a little too long.

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Watching: The new season of Veep! I went to a Q&A panel with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, and writer/producer/director David Mandel last weekend, and it was just great. Watch it here, if you’d like.

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Listening To: Gilmore Guys podcast. When I’m in the car alone, this is on. No questions asked. I know I’m a bit behind, but I really enjoy listening to smart people talk in depth about things that I like. Who doesn’t right!?

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Loving:  My reading nook at work. Almost every lunchtime, I walk over to the Warner Bros. lot, go behind the Central Perk Starbucks to this little quiet courtyard, find a little bench, and sit to read my book. It is so relaxing, and honestly, I look forward to it all morning. I’M NOT A BORING PERSON, I PROMISE.

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Inspired by: Bonnie Lui. She’s an illustrator/designer I met last weekend at the Downtown Burbank Art Festival, and her illustrations are adorable. I bought a poppy print from her that I just can’t wait to frame and hang.

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Looking Forward To: In 3 weeks, I leave for Pismo Beach for 5 days of camping bliss. HELLO SALMON TACOS!

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Currently

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s what I’ve got going on right now, just in case you’re curious.

Reading: The Girl in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I’ve been doing pretty well with my reading this year so far. I read After You and Be Our Guest in January, and First Comes Love in February, so I’m on a better role than last year, woo hoo!

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Watching: The BachelorI’m really not even ashamed, because the amount of entertainment that it provided was worth it. Honestly though, Nick was a boring man so I’m excited for Rachel’s season, ya’ll.

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Listening To: Vista Kicks. I saw them open for Save Ferris a few weeks ago, and they are quite good! Also their bassist had food poisoning and took breaks to go be sick in a bucket throughout their set, so that deserves some respect. They’re kinda channeling a Ramones style with their matching turtlenecks, aren’t they?

Loving: Bears. I think they are rapidly becoming my favorite animal. I just watched a documentary on Netflix called Beary Tales  that I would highly recommend to anyone who likes to watch animals being cute and running around and having nothing bad happen to them. It’s about a man who finds two orphaned baby bears and cares for them into adulthood. Ugh it’s so great.

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Inspired by:  Ana Marta. She’s a graphic designer and motion graphics artist from Portugal I found on Youtube, and she’s inspiring me to learn After Effects. Her videos and graphics are so cute and, well, inspiring!

Looking Forward To: My upcoming trip to Portland with my sister. Can’t wait to drink lots of fancy coffee and buy a book at the feminist book store. Also apparently there’s a haunted pizza place there too, so that’s weird.

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Last Year in Review

Jodi Benson liked my instagram post.

Robert Schwartzman shook my hand and touched my arm.

My heart was broken over a boy.

I turned 28.

I got my first job as an official graphic designer.

The Getty hired me to intern in the design studio.

Liana Hee sketched a mermaid for me.

I had my first mammogram.

I visited 3 new states.

I went to Disney 10 times.

No I sure didn't... and this is what many don't understand about me. I still want to do more, see more, and have more.:

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Happy New Year!

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My my my, what a whirlwind of a year this has been. Around the first of the year, I like to make some goals, as many do, and check in with my goals from the previous year to see if I reached any of them. So here we go.

  1. Get a new job in design.
    • I did this! I got a job as a graphic designer, as you might know if you follow along with this little bloggy. I also was able to intern with the Getty Museum in their design studio as well, so maybe I can count that as a bonus point, because I already have a feeling *spoiler* this list is going to go downhill from here.
  2. Read at least 15 books.
    • Would you like to guess how many books I read this year? I’ll tell you. Five. Five books. I suppose that is better than none, though, so I’m really not all that disappointed. Reading just wasn’t as big a priority this year as I thought it would be, and that’s okay.
  3. Update photo albums.
    • I started this project, but it is still in progress. I do really want to finish this though, so I’m gonna carry this over to next year.
  4. Keep soda and Starbucks on the weekends only by 2017.
    • I think I’ve really accomplished the soda-half of this goal. I’ve seriously cut it out, and I only have it occasionally at this point, so woo hoo! The Starbucks though… I really love that Starbucks, and I did NOT succeed in cutting down. My drink of choice however has less sugar than my former selection earlier in 2016, so I don’t feel quite as terrible about my failure as I would if I hadn’t switched. This isn’t an excuse though, I know.
  5. Keep up to date in my Q&A journal.
    • I didn’t do well at this. I made it through about half of the year, but for about 2 months during the summer, I was on vacation and not at my house all that much, so I fell out of the habit and that’s all it took. Carryover!
  6. Master time-management. 
    • This will be an ongoing goal for me I think. I feel much better about how I have been allocating time this year – time is made for tasks and people who deserve it, and I don’t feel as horrible of a friend or student as I did last year. I am still late a lot though, so like I said, an ongoing goal for sure.

 

Now for this year’s new goals…

  1. Cut the sugar.
    • Not completely, because I know I would fail immediately, but I want to eat healthy this year.
  2. Get in shape, stay in shape. 
    • I think I’m going to join the gym so I can be serious about this. Healthy habits haven’t been a priority for me, but this year I want to change that.
  3. Finish my graphic design program.
    • This is sort of a freebie, but I don’t care. I’m excited to finish!
  4. Learn to play the violin.
    • I got a violin as a Christmas gift, and I’ve always wanted to learn, so now’s the time!
  5. Join a church and bible study group. 
    • I think this will be the one I try first. I’m sort of hesitant because I don’t love meeting lots of new people, but I think it will be a really good thing in the long run.
  6. Prepare to buy a house. 
    • I can’t wait!

Cheers to the New Year!

xo

 

 

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Hello again!
It’s rather funny how when my sister is away at school, I seem to find myself with ample free time which translates to, in this case anyway, a few extra blog posts. =) I thought I’d give a quick update on the job situation that I currently find myself in.

I am currently the graphic designer (that’s really cool for me to say, guys) for a clothing company called BarreSocks here in southern California where I conceptualize and design graphics for our clothing, socks, social media, and website. Besides the fact that I’m getting officially PAID to be CREATIVE, it’s just a really, really fun job. I work with some really nice people doing fun designs for a company with positive message. Some shifts are happening within the company too, which essentially just means that we are growing and it’s super exciting. Also, I sometimes get to model which is a fun little addition.

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Since I’m still in school, BarreSocks is still only part time, which means that I have lots of time for homework, which is very important. You see, however, this quarter I only needed 2 courses, which left a good chunk of extra time in my schedule, which leads me to the other really exciting thing I’m getting to be a part of – I was chosen as the UCLAx Fall intern for the Getty Museum Design Studio. THE GETTY. I’m still having trouble grasping that I’m getting to do this, because in all honesty, I feel like a teeny tiny fish in an enormous, prestigious pond, so I’m just sticking to the ‘Dory’ strategy for now. It’s also accompanied by a crippling fear of failure, and anxiety that keeps me up for hours, but I just keep reminding myself that it’s worth it. It’s funny how you can be really excited about something and completely dread it at the same time. Oh, life.

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Anyway, that’s where things are at right now, so it’s lookin’ pretty good. Only one more quarter to go until I’m done with my graphics program! Real adulthood, here I come! (in theory)

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