OUR TRIP UP NORTH CENTRAL COAST ↠ AVENUE OF THE GIANTS

Leaving Cambria was hard y’all, a girl can get used to a beautiful ocean view & lush green flower fields pretty fast. But I was incredibly excited for our next adventure. We made our way to San Francisco, to embark on the Alcatraz tour (which I documented on my Instagram Stories so follow me on there!) Back in the city I must say it was quite bustling but the trolleys were quite fun! We had to drive on to the next city of Santa Rosa to check in to our hotel. The next day we had breakfast at Jeffrey’s Hillside Cafe that was absolutely remarkable. We let the waitress know that I have Celiac, so she very thoughtfully and diligently took care of my order and made sure my breakfast didn’t come into any contact with allergens. They also serve a damn fine cup of vegan coffee. They do have several plant-based & vegan options for y’all! Nick & I loved our meal and with full bellies, we went up on out north.

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February’s List Theme: Be Kind to Others

Here is February’s list, Be Kind to Others. Something we should do on a daily basis, innately and unconsciously. Kindness is not about giving back to a specific group of people (or creatures), its about realizing there is a world beyond ourselves, our perceptions; ultimately our actions & interactions affect one another. But most importantly be kind to yourself first & foremost.

You don’t have to do this alone, you make a project out of it, invite your friends &/or family, start a group, spread random acts of kindness and you can even share your journeys. Don’t limit it to a month! Lists are to stimulate and help come up with more ideas!

Here are some links that can help you out
Learn about Operation Beautiful & Contribute
No-Kill Animal Shelter Locator
Locate a Recycling Facility 
Locate a Salvation Army in your area
Locate a Food Bank
Reach Out & Read
Locate a Public Garden near you
Million Trees LA Trees for the Future
International Ocean/Coastal Clean-Up locator

Love With Box is an organic/healthy subscription box that donates a meal to a hungry child in the USA
Learn about the Kind Campaign
Random Acts of Kindness  has great ideas & you can be a RAKtivist
Even more acts of kindness & one you can try with children

february list be kind to others at http://violet-woods.blogspot.com

Inspiration / Listen and See

Zooey Deschanel’s Marie Claire interview is perfect
Loving Hannah’s Society6 artwork!
I really want to get this Almond Milk, found via the Local Rose
Alice + Olivia Spring ’14 is my dream back to school wardrobe.
Kinfolk Inspiration from Seachant
Olivia Wilde is a classy babe
Pamela Love’s home is my dream
Teatime Remedies for your needs
Mumford & Son’s new video and beautiful Lily Collins in M83’s Claudia Lewis
Sneak peek into Rodarte’s upcoming short film
& new Au Revoir Simone

SOMEBODY WHO // AU REVOIR SIMONE from HARRYS on Vimeo.

Inspiration / Summertime Living

New banner kindly made by Hannah Graff, I love it so much, check her out!

I almost cried tears of joy: preview a song from Mazzy Star’s upcoming album (!!!!)
gardening in small spaces & Moon Juice founder Amanda on health & energy
Lana Del Rey previews “Black Beauty” and its stunning
how to live without air-conditoning via the Boston Globe
creative  Q&A with Beth Kirby – inspirational
these amethyst skull rings from Macabre Gadget
a great guide on choosing herbal teas, & farm stories: calming herbs {heaven}
Leilani Bishop is so beautiful, as is her botanical perfume line
The images of this Los Angeles house visit is my dream way of living
Ashley Lebedev’s UK Photojournal 
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