Monday, August 31, 2015

Kitschy Friday

Last Friday--well, two Fridays ago now--I met up with my friend Yadira to check out this plant shop she'd been telling me about every time I saw her at work. Camelback Flowershop is SO CUTE that I felt like a bull in a china shop. I didn't want to ruin anything, it was all so perfect.
They have the most beautiful freezer, I know it's a weird thing to say but they really do. It's all black with this beautiful glass door, it looks like the fancy closet of my dreams.
Some Fridays they have "happy hour" where they offer samples and limited amounts of tiny pastries (I tried a prickly pear macaron--WOULD RECOMMEND) and fancy tea lattes. It was extremely indulgent and I was a little more than excited, even if I didn't know what to do with myself. Also, the owner of the shop looks like a model, I feel like that's worth mentioning?
If I were less poor, I would be there all the time.

Yadira then directed us to Flower Child which is f-ing delicious. Get the mac and cheese and the sweet potatoes, so good! Best sweet potatoes of my life no joke.
One thing that I like a lot about Yadira is that if she wants to take a pretty picture, she will do whatever she wants to do to get that pretty picture. Sometimes I'm self conscious about taking photos, which is dumb. All this to say, thank you for all the pictures Yadira! I think I took two of the pictures in this entire post. Go team.

It was a fun Friday afternoon, and I look forward to doing more stuff like this and actually bringing my damn camera!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New York in Summer

 Home away from home.
Mom and I returned from London jet lagged and generally insanely tired, and the next day Rebecca came up for the weekend. It was so good. Oh, the bickering! I love to hate it, I really do.

We went to Brooklyn to eat the food and walk the bridge, like ya do. But Smorgasburg is only on Sundays?!?!? We clearly need to read the fine print on the internet. At least there was Lizzmonade.
It was p hot. Like melty-summer-hot. Not desert-oven-hot. Or the preferable Europe-summer-hot. Between the lack of sleep and change of climates, my body was sufficiently confused.
Possibly my favorite picture of us to date! (I didn't bring my camera, so I stole a lot of these from Rebecca. Thanks, Boo).
There was also ice cream and memorial-ing.
On Sunday, EVERYONE came to Grandma and Papa's. Well, almost everyone (we missed you, Spitzes of Colorado). Including Dan, brave soul that he is. Impressive, no? (very)
Mom insisted we take pictures in front of the tree we played on growing up. "Oy" does not even begin to cover it.
This is what happens when I leave for a minute. No idea. I repeat: brave soul.

(*ahem* matching sandals)

After putting Rebecca on a plane at the crack of dawn, we went to the beach club with the cousins (so good, I miss beaches!) and then I saw Reuben, one of my favorite people of all time. We ate Ramen in Manhattan! I used chopsticks for real and it was a time!
Not pictured: meeting Dan's extremely nice and normal family (who did not insist we take pictures in front of a tree), not one but TWO trips to Max's for pizza (IN ONE WEEKEND), and the countless golden snap chats taken by me and all of my cousins.

I love them.

Thus ends my summer-adventure-posts. Took long enough, seeing as it's almost September? Counting down until we go back, sooner rather than later.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Happy Friday + Slices of Life

As a break from my summer travel posts, and my blog silence, here are the things I have been doing since I returned to Tempe about forever ago. As per usual, super snugs with Joon. She is curled up next to me as I type this! She's been missing me though, as I've been busy and not home a ton. sigh.
I went with my new friend Brittany (we met in Belgium, and she's starting at ASU this semester) to look at PUPPIES. Worst decision ever, purely because, well, puppies. These were the tiniest and therefore cutest puppies I've ever seen. I could cry just thinking about it. It hurts my heart.
Messy came back from Europe so comedically jet lagged that frankly I wish I had it on video. I missed her so much!! Also: Wen captured my bliss with Joon, and I took a lot of selfies. I'm sorry for so many pictures of my face, but hey this is what I currently look like (plus about a pound of sweat).
Yesterday was our first day of school! On a Thursday, bizarre, I know. I actually had class, a three hour seminar. Pray for me. Har har.

Frankly it's nice to be back though. I want to put all of my energy into clarinet this year and I'm really, really excited about it.
P.S. Dan is the nicest boyfriend ever.
That is all!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

London Tourists, Part II // HARRY POTTER

On our second day in London, we went to the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour. This is where they filmed all eight movies. Same set. All the actors were there. In person. It's fine. AND YOU CAN TAKE PICTURES! I was too excited, I gave my camera to my Mom.
 Cupboard under the stairs
 Great Hall
 Costumes from Goblet of Fire. HERMIONE'S DRESS! (the most beautiful dress of all)
 From Prisoner of Azkaban
 Gryffindor common room!
 Dumbledore's office
Potions master
 Hagrid's Hut
 More Dumbledore // Horcruxes
 Borgin and Burke's
 Malfoy Manor
 Umbridge's proclamations
(why blurry????? *cries*)
The Potter's House in Goodrich's Hollow
Chess pieces from Sorceror's Stone
It was the most magical day. Similarly magical to Harry Potter World. (I also have a thousand photos on my phone, but I decided that I had to draw the line somewhere.) MOST. MAGICAL. DAY.

Happy Olivia. Thank you, and goodnight.
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