The Kindness of Friends

People always ask me “Who’s your photographer?”, “Who takes your photos everyday?”. I simply reply, “My favorite bun-head, Erica.”

She’s sassy, she’s fierce, has perfectly trimmed bangs,  has the kindest heart, and is loyal to the bone. We share a love of good coffee, sweets, a good salad, getting our fitness on, Broadway shows, and Beyonce ( duh ). She never complains about being my photographer, in fact, I think she enjoys a break away from the monotony of office life.

This day was a particularly warm day in December, so I opted for a short, leggy dress. I thought this was too short for work, Erica just said, “Work those legs guuuurrrl.” I think she approved. Breaking away for 15 minutes from the office, we took a stroll outside to our friendly hipster neighborhood, had some good laughs and took some of my favorite photos of Dressember.

Enjoy!


*Thank you for the photos. Thank you Erica for your talent. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for your love. OKkkkrrr!

E and P


 

 

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World Aids Day- December 1

Today I went to church (shout out to New Life Community Church in East L.A.) and took some photos in front of our little building. Jonathan said not to take photos in front of beat up East L.A. business railing that covers part of my church; that it looked ghetto and that I needed something nicer. I disagreed. I accept the community my church is in as it is. It is beautiful, one just has to open our eyes to see it.

I proceeded to take some photos in front of our building before I got too many stares and honks from passing cars and pedestrians.

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Today’s message was about faith and works; how our actions should reflect our faith and how our faith should reflect our actions. They say that our actions speak louder than words and I think that’s true. I’m slowly learning how to live this out and I’m starting by educating myself about issues at hand. Baby steps right?

So to start, today is World Aids Day.

Facts:

  • Every minute one young woman acquires HIV, accounting for 22% of all new HIV infections
  • Women are 2 to 4 times more likely than men to become infected with HIV
  • Every day, 900 children are born with HIV

Let’s be the generation that ends this.

What are you doing to take action?

Resources:

http://www.worldaidsday.org/

Summa’ Time

I’m a major fan of summer… not just any summer but an LA summer.

People might say that LA has no real seasons; that it just has one really long sunny season. But I’d beg to differ. As a native Angeleno, I can tell when seasons change. When its temperatures elevate to  a simmering 81 degrees as opposed to its usual 77, when the sunsets are evermore radiant and passionate, when it’s nice and brisk in the morning to actually witness and enjoy the ever-so-talked-about-but-never-really-seen sunrise, when the birds outside my bedroom window chirp a bit more melodically, when summer night weather blankets you just perfectly and deems pleasant late night walks, when the sunsets are continuously radiant and passionate, and when I see my friends a little bit more than I do my family 😉

Summertime in LA means picnics. Really. Picnicking becomes the quintessential activity for summer. I picnic whenever I have the opportunity- even when you go see Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z in concert. Two weeks ago, I was able to check off seeing Jay-Z perform live in concert… Justin Timberlake was an added bonus. The concert was amazing but I have to say that one of the best parts of that day was bringing blankets, tons of good food, an instant polaroid camera, and a lot of good stories. All in the good company of friends.

Ashley and I spent the day picnicking and enjoying life. As you can see we enjoy our polaroids!

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Summer PicnicI’m no picnicking expert but here are my recommendations for an essential summer picnic (outfits to follow ).

Blanket:

"Just put a bird on it" or any animal for that matter. Where is my giraffe-themed picnic blanket?

“Just put a bird on it” or any animal for that matter.
Where is my giraffe-themed picnic blanket?

Picnic basket:

Ms. Kate Spade, you are effortlessly chic

Polaroid Camera:

Diana Camera

It’s amazing the countless hours of fun a little thing like this can afford.

Sunglasses:

These fun, quirky, and perfect for the summer sun!

These fun, quirky, and perfect for the summer sun!

Oversized Flowy Hat:

Bow-love!

Bow-love!

FOOD:No photo necessary. Just bring anything that you can carry and want!

What are you summer picnic essentials?