This was perhaps one of the most special yet rejuvenating trips I have had in quite a long time. Travel can sometimes be stressful even if the goal is to vacation. You either bring too much or not enough, you feel rushed or feel like you should be doing more. Thankfully this was not the cause on our adventure. Our drive was windy but to eat diner food and share warm cocoa leaving us with fully bellies was a comfort in itself. Elevated by the actual autumnal weather as we hit the short drive to the cabin only to warm by the fire and listen to the thunder and watch the sparks of lightning.
This was a truly enchanting trip. We got a cabin from Air Bnb for a really good deal (if you want 40$ off your first trip use my code through this link!) I loved the fireplace and being so close to the trees and making tons of tea in the morning. Having never been to Big Bear, experiencing it in the autumn was a real joy. Driving at night felt as if I were driving through a Christmas town within a snow globe. At daytime we embarked out to explore the city, witnessing the trees hitting their peak of autumnal color – ranging from orange, ochre, and intense reds.
I have always been the kind of person that held a keen interest in paper goods. I loved the art of penpals, snail mail, and receiving or creating invitations. I always attributed this to having an artistic nature and wanting to explore and express myself in different mediums. I am definitely one of those people who keeps cards, letters, etc as momentos.
Basic Invite is a great website for those who like to customize and dabble with design, in particular those who may not have graphic design experience or want to have a bit of control over how their paper goods look. They have a wide variety of selections ranging from stationary, invites, business cards, and stickers for any occasion! I love scrolling through their instagram feed to see how others have created really gorgeous designs for their own events & business.
What I appreciate is that you can create anything you want, don’t want to create an invitation? you can create stationary to write your own thoughts or practice calligraphy – if you want to feature your own photography on a card, that’s also possible too.
This was a belated but beautiful mini-staycation I took in April. I haven’t been to Monterey since I was a teenager, and it was there that I fell in love (but was slightly intimidated! By the winding roads!) with Carmel by the Sea. The central coast clearly has my heart. It’s so lush and carefree compared to the city. There are a good number of tourist but for the most part everyone seems to be going at a slower pace which is a good reminder for any of us.
Another perk to these cities are the fact that they are dog friendly! I took my own pup Mimi and she really enjoyed herself while we made our way through the downtown area of Carmel. Many of the shops and cafes even leave out dog bowls for the fur-babies.
I think I prefer making baked goods from scratch. As grateful as I am that premixed flours exist my personal choice is that, if I can somehow duplicate a baked good with minimal ingredients and a little practice then it seems worth it in the long run. Even though it’s September, it’s still summer but I’m still over here playing some old Taylor Swift jams and of course paying an homage (like please go away hot weather) to summer!!
These muffins are so fluffy and a really proper way to end out summer. I had these strawberries from Trader Joe’s I wanted to use, leftover lemon from a previous baking session, and some nighttime inspiration – side note if you haven’t read Jenny Han’s book series To All The Boys I Loved Before, or its Netflix film counterpart then you’re truly missing out. Lara Jean Covey is a literary icon who you’d find sipping strawberry milkshakes at a 50’s diner or baking, baking all the time. So basically take your pick: binge the book series and then watch the film or the other way around and have your heart restored with joy and hope.