A Web & Graphic Designer Inspired through Running & the Great Outdoors

I’m Back!

Well HELLOOOO there!

Let me preface this with a huge, I’m so sorry. For the small audience that I may still have. Yes, it’s been over a year, 16 months to be more exact. And all this despite a 2013 AND 2014 resolution I had to blog more (or at all).

I know. I know.

Needless to say, a LOT has happened since then. I will make this first blog post in 16 months a brief recap of what has happened and why I took a small hiatus from the blog.

First things first, and the main reason I stopped blogging, I got a dog. My first very own dog as an adult. Mine, all mine. Well, and my boyfriend’s too. I can share. But he likes me best. His name is Bodee. Nope, not after the olympic skier or Point Break, but rather, an ode to The Wire (what can I say, I was watching that at the time we got him).

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He’s such a funny dog, neurotic, just like his owner.

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Yep, he’s a pit-mix.

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We rescued him, from the wonderful people at Much Love in Santa Monica.

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When we decided to start looking at rescues, we researched so many out here him Los Angeles. He was the first dog we saw, at the first place we looked.

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We never stood a chance.

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Now, I have a small understanding of why people think their babies and kids are the cutest. Yep, I have the cutest dog out there. Don’t you?

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This won’t be the last time I post pictures of him here, or on Instagram. Sorry, if you want to unfollow me. I will be sad. But I understand. Not really, but I will try.

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Second, I got engaged. August 3rd of last year, my boyfriend Russ proposed to me on a long weekend trip to Del Mar, CA. Yes. I cried. We are getting married in November of this year, in a very small ceremony. I will try my hardest to blog about the process along the way. I tried to do it on my own for awhile then decided to have a day-of-coordinator, then after some research and many meetings with many different wedding planners, I now have an a full-time wedding coordinator, Emilia, of Sweet Emilia Jane. She is my saviour!

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Third, we took our annual “big trip” to Spain last year. It was the longest I had taken of from work. It was nerve-wracking to be gone for so long, but so wonderful to travel. Yes, I will post about this too.

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Fourth, I ran my 4th marathon and first New York Marathon in 2013! Hands down, the best marathon experience I have ever had. Also, clocked in at the largest marathon ever recorded. It was amazing, oh yeah, and it was a personal best! Unfortunately, I injured my left hip during training and made a contentious decision to continue training and run it. I have been in physical therapy for two months and just now am getting back into running. Last week was the first time I ran on it since the marathon in November of last year. It was only for 1.5 miles. But I will take what I can get! And know I will be back on the road in no time. Still worth every day of pain. If you love to run, the ING New York Marathon is a must! I love NY!

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Fifth, I most recently, went from being a graphic designer on the marketing team at TrueCar, to the newest member of our UX (User Experience) team. So I am now a UX Designer. I am super pumped for the newest design challenge. So far, so great!

Lastly, yes, I promise to finish posting about our incredible trip to Japan in Christmas of 2012…

Thanks for being so patience and hanging in there. Keep staying tuned. I’m baaaaack!

Swan-son Song

Holy Moly! Have you heard of Swanson Vineyards?!? What a cute website, with some great wine labels. I’d buy one or two or a case!

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Talk about a HAPPY FRIDAY WineDay for a long weekend. I don’t know about you, but this week has been Looooooong. I’d love to sit down with one of these puppies right about now.

After strolling around on a cold but sunny first day and going to bed quite a bit earlier than I would like to confess, we acclimated to Tokyo time a bit more as we headed out at 5am to weather the rain at the Tsukiji Fish Markets. First stop, navigating the Metro, surprisingly easier than I would have thought. Tiny tickets in hand and the emptiest I ever saw the subways the entire trip.

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Welcome to Tskukiji. To the outer markets first, as they are open to everyone all day. And since it was the holidays and a very cold rainy day, I found out that this was actually a quiet day. sheesh!

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A tradition at Tsukiji, a sushi breakfast at 7am. I got the tuna plate, nearly 7 different kinds of amazing.

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After filling out bellies with sushi, we headed into the indoor wholesale markets,that open at 9am to the public. The bottom two images that have grey blue large bodies of fish, are the giant tuna and one getting sawed in half.

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I have learned that most places have westernized toilets. But after hours of walking around, drinking hot green tea in the cold cold rain, this Japanese-style toilet was all I could find… hmmmm.

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Then it was back to the Metro to find our way to Ginza, known as one of the most upscale places to shop in the world. yipeee!

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At 2pm, this was the weather, so we ducked into a little English-type bistro for some hot lunch and a beer. Heaven. And who says the Japanese dont celebrate Christmas?

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Lastly, a shot from our room after a long and cold day. How gorgeous are all the lights.

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Stay tunned for Day 3 and our weekend adventure to Kyoto.

I wanted to put together a fun gif of the Tokyo Tower, on our bus ride from the airport to our hotel.

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Day 2 to come soon.

Happy 2013!

Just 3 days ago I got back from my trip to Japan. And one of my resolutions is to blog at least once a week. My pictures alone will take me through the middle of the year I think! Ha! Hopefully not, for everyone sake.

So here’s part one, day 1. It was a long day being that we flew out of LAX at midnight and got in after a 12 hour flight to Tokyo at 5am the following day (missed all of Dec 20th, so bizarre). Then in an attempt to stay awake, we wandered around the city, just soaking it all in. Looking back, we did so much that first day!

Starting before the flight with some beautiful bills from the bank-o!

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Seeing double arriving in Tokyo airport at 5am.

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Off to a good start, even the airport signs are designed nicely.

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And this maybe TMI, but toilet seats that stay warm (it was SO cold there, so appreciated that one). And directions and features as well! Spray! Yikes! And those icons, hilarious.

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Right across from our hotel we stumbled upon our first shrine, the Kumano Shrine. And some gorgeous Olympic posters, plastered all over the city.

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Then it was off to a find some lunch. We settled for nothing but the best, a small little off the grid corner noodle shop in the Golden Gai district of Shinjuku. Amazing! There were only 7 seats and I was the only female. The other men were nearly all in suits, I propose on there way to work as it was still 9am in the morning. They would come and go faster than it took us to order our soba. Fastest I’ve ever tried to eat a bowl of soba in my life, and most delicious as well. Worth it.

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A crazy circular intersection of street lights. And some Love.

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Then we found our way across the city to the Park Hyatt Tokyo (think Lost in Translation) and to my surprise sadly renovated. Though still fun, with gorgeous views and great illustrations.

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The views from the top of the Park Hyatt Tokyo.

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And as we continued on our jont we ran into a fish tank, just on the street outside a restaurant. I mean how could I NOT take a snap of this. Fresh fish fillet anyone?!?

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And drink vending machines everywhere, of course with beer! Cold Sapporo to go anyone? Yes, Please.

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Then into Yoyogi park, massive and beautiful.

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Some funny signs.

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It wasn’t quite the year of the snake yet, but now it is!

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And finally, to our room with a view to call it an early night. Funny how much you can do when you start exploring a city around 6am!

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Next post, day 2-3 to come soon! Stay tuned…

Lakers Tonight

 

We have a very thankful NYC visitor (happy for the storm to be over and happy to get out to the west coast today) in town this weekend and in order to start things off on the right note, we are taking him to a Lakers/Clippers game tonight.  In honor of that, I put together a little outfit I thought would be great to wear to a game! Just wish I was wearing it. Hehe!

Happy Weekend!

 

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Spin It Out

There’s something magical about sweating. I know it sounds a little gross, but those of you that are athletes or workout-aholics, get it. Sweating just makes you feels, well, lighter, brighter, better.

I also know I am more motivated to sweat when I feel like I look good. And one of the first things that comes to my mind when wanting to look and feel good working out is Lululemon. Now before I continue I have to tell you I am not getting paid for this post, or any other post for that matter. This is a simply for me blog of things I love and want to keep a journal of and share with the ocassional onlooker, or family, friend.

That aside, Lululemon is a great source for clothing And inspiration. Their blog has become one of my go-to’s for motivation. Today’s post was no exception, in fact it was so moving, that I had to go ahead and write my own blog post on it!

Kate Hickl, a spin teacher and over-all fitness goddess. out of New York. Her video from Lulu is a must check out. She was once a big wig in the advertising world and left for her love of sweating (yoga, spinning) hits close to home for me. A real inspiration.

 

And if I were only in NYC I would check her class asap.

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