Monday, July 30, 2012

Oh, Let's Go Fly A Kite: The Berkeley Kite Festival

This past weekend, in search of a new experience, I attended an event that is apparently not-so-new: the 27th annual Berkeley Kite Festival. Besides a lot of kites, I really wasn't sure what to expect from this event, but it seemed that it would, at the very least, provide some entertainment for the afternoon. So, in spite of not actually owning a kite, I decided to see what it was all about, and headed down to the Berkeley Marina with my lovely friend Vicki to do just that.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Songs of 2012

Maybe it's the vacation mindset or maybe it's the sunshine, but summer is a season that needs its own soundtrack. While my summer playlists tend to favor catchy pop songs, glam rock tunes, and laid-back reggae-esque numbers, a good summer song can be of any genre. In fact, the only real requirement for a summer song (for me at least) is that it complements certain seasonal experiences––sunshine, road-trips, beaches, backyard BBQs, warm summer night parties, etc. Each year, regardless of whether I actually experience any of these summertime things, I make a playlist to coincide with the season, featuring some old favorites and some new discoveries. And while I don't quite have room to share my entire 2012 playlist with you, it's only appropriate that I share a few of the newer songs I've added to this year's list, considering the theme of this blog. So, without further ado, here are five of my favorite summer songs of 2012:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Keep on (Food) Truckin'

Lately, the unstructured nature of the whole looking-for-a-job, recent graduate lifestyle has got me in a bit of a funk. (Or maybe it's just the summertime blues.) Whatever it is, on Thursday, it left me in the mood for something new and delicious for dinner, but not in the mood to figure out the details. Luckily I remembered an article I had read earlier in the week about the newly launched Off the Grid near Haste and Telegraph in Berkeley, about three blocks away from where I live. I was craving an easy, delicious dinner on the cheap, and it was the perfect option.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Surviving Bay Area Summers: Layering Rompers

"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." – anonymous

You've all probably heard this oft-repeated quote about the summertime weather in the Bay Area. (Although you may not have known it wasn't said by Mark Twain.) Having lived in the Bay Area for some time now, let me tell you that this witticism is true....just not all the time. In fact, more often than not, the weather in the Bay is frustratingly inconsistent. It'll be foggy and freezing when you wake up, then by midday it's hot as hell, and as night falls, you face the cold once more. (And sometimes it's not even that predictable.) So, how does one survive this moody weather style-wise? 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

Having seen a few of Wes Anderson's other films (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, and Fantastic Mr. Fox to be exact), I knew that going to see his newest movie, Moonrise Kingdom, would not be a disappointment. At the very least, his films promise stunning visuals, quick-witted dialogue, and a unique vision. This film in particular had the added attraction of being set in 1965, being about young love, and being filled with an all-star cast. Despite––or perhaps because of the fact that I knew exactly what this film was likely to be, I had to see it.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Walk in the Art: Oakland Art Murmur

Me, Art Murmuring.

Recently, I was finally able to attend Oakland Art Murmur, an event I had heard about time and time again but hadn't actually experienced for myself. Every first Friday of the month, Oakland's galleries and mixed-use venues open their doors, allowing the public to peruse local artwork, soak up the creative atmosphere and take in the night air. And that's exactly what Ben and I did this last Friday.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Mexican Snack for the American Holiday

After getting all dressed up for the fourth, I had pretty much reached my patriotism quota for the day. On this American holiday, I didn't want BBQ. No, and no hot dogs or hamburgers for me either. For some reason (maybe it's the California girl in me), I craved a Mexican snack.

Luckily, Ben's boss had just given him a recipe for some crazy good homemade tortilla chips and Ben offered to teach me how to do it. We also decided to make some pico de gallo and a couple-a margaritas, and make a semi-meal out of it. 

The results? Deliciousness. Here's how we did it: 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Four for the Fourth

Hello lovely readers and welcome to my very first style post! As I'll probably repeat throughout this section of the blog, my wardrobe is not as fancy as many style bloggers, but I try to be creative with what I have. So, in light of the holiday, I decided I wanted to come up with four outfits that channel the spirit of the fourth. Continue reading to see photos: 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sunday Streets and Adventures in Claustrophobia

Me, walking the streets of the Mission.

I had been wanting to try something new in the Mission District, one of my favorite San Francisco neighborhoods, for a long time now. So last Sunday, I stole away my boyfriend Ben and we headed over to a event that happened to be in the neighborhood which was part of a series called Sunday Streets. Put on by the city in order to promote the health of the community and its citizens, Sunday Streets temporarily closes the streets to vehicular traffic in various neighborhoods and opens them up for walking, biking, dancing, hula hooping, yoga-ing, you name it.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fiona Apple's "Daredevil"

Photo by Sebastian Kim for Interview Magazine.
Before I start writing about "Daredevil," I have to admit something: Fiona Apple is one of those artists that passed me by. I had always heard about her and wanted to check out her music, but I just never got around to actually doing it. I heard a few songs here and there, but I was never the die-hard Fiona fan that some of my friends were in high school. After listening to her newest album with the lengthy and enigmatic title The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do though, I discovered the true meaning of better late than never.