‘It’s never too late to be who you might have been.’ George Elliot

When I reflect on my past year, it’s hard to believe that so much as happened.

In 1 year I,

1. Became engaged.

2. Graduated with my bachelors degree (yay!).

3. Opened a store.

4. Broke off my engagement (don’t be sad, this is a good thing).

5. Closed my store (bittersweet, but for the best).

6. Last but not least, took some much needed time for myself.

And I have never been happier.

Looking at my list, it’s no surprise that blogging took a back seat, but it’s really no excuse. Having “me” time is just as important as everything else that you do in your day.  This past year was full (to the brim!) with lessons, some learned the hard way.  By far, the most important lesson was that I needed to slow down and enjoy the present; stop looking to the past, and focusing too hard on the future. There’s so much beauty in the simplicity of life, and I’m happy to say that for the first time in years, I have spent many evenings just watching the sunset that’s in my backyard, feeling grateful for where I am today.

My new favorite sport: Dune Frisbee

My new favorite sport: Dune Frisbee

Shell Beach sunset

Shell Beach sunset

Edna Valley fog fighting with the sun

Edna Valley fog fighting with the sun

RIP my beautiful store, so much love

RIP my beautiful store, so much love

A visit from the “Supermoon”

Do you ever get in those nature-y moods?  Apparently that was me this weekend.  I think it all started with the amazing “supermoon” last night.  According to scientists, over the weekend the moon was the closest to Earth (and therefore brightest) that it will be all year.  Although my camera is obviously not designed to take moon shots (or if it is I obviously do not know how to use that function), but I gave it my best attempt.  My attempt as a nature photographer continued today, and I couldn’t resist taking a few flower shots as the sun was setting.

The “supermoon” lights up the sky at 11:30PM.

The sun setting over the hills.

The prettiest flower in the garden.

Garden party

Just a little garden stroll with my new favorite Habitual jeans.  I was worried they might look too leathery since they are a coated denim, but they are the perfect waxy finish that I was looking for.  I picked up this top on my last trip to Santana Row to visit my sister in San Jose, and it has easily become one of my favorite blouses.  My only regret is that I didn’t buy it in the cobalt blue color in addition to this white one.

BCBG blouse, Habitual Addison Moto jeans, Louis Vuitton Mahina bag, Christian Louboutin heels.

Pastel pants for Easter tea

I sure do miss getting an Easter basket.  To make up for my lack of Easter activities, I spent the day attempting to make my favorite mango iced tea instead of running down to the cafe and spending 10x as much for a smaller amount.  The workers of my favorite lunchtime spot (Kreuzberg, Ca) must think I’m slightly obsessed because they told me where I could buy the tea locally to save myself some money.

Step 1: To get in the Easter spirit, put on pastel pink jeans (Rich and Skinny) and pair with heels (B Brian Atwood) to prepare for brewing tea.

Step 2: Fill up your tea ball about half way with mango ceylon (from The Secret Garden), depending on how strong you would like the flavor to be.

Step 3 and 4: After brewing in hot water for about 20 minutes, add honey if desired and make sure it is completely dissolved.  Add the hot tea to a pitcher full of cool water.  Then if you’re like me, you’ll want to add as much ice as possible, put your freshly brewed tea in a reusable on-the-go cup, and maybe add a slice of lemon.