Quinn is 1!

Monday, April 30, 2012

We had the best cupcake themed first birthday for Miss Quinn Madison. Can't wait to share the pictures with you all. She was a perfectly behaved birthday princess all afternoon long!

We love you Q! You're one!

A Roll of Film

Friday, April 27, 2012

My first role of Holga film FINALLY came in! I'm not thrilled with the results, but it's just a toy camera after all, right? I also picked up my refurbished canon AE-1! Can't wait to put that baby to use this weekend ;)

(My favorite! I'm a sucker for flowers)
I'm off to sushi and "The Lucky One" with my boy. Meaning Zac Efron...

Any plans for your weekend yet? xoxo Happy Friday!

Awkward and Awesome

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Feeling super giddy today, so let's just stick with the awesome! ;)

-Watch this video of one of my favorite and first bloggy friends Marlee and her sister! Isn't it amazing! And check her out at her blog. She is one of my favorites!
-I'll be sponsoring three of my favorite blogs in May! So excited to be able to have my little button on their sidebar!
-Putting together my graphic design page for your viewing pleasure. It's under construction for now, but stay tuned dolls! In the meantime, what do you think of the new "banner" and name? Check that out here.
-I'm skipping missing class to pick up my guy from the airport!Can't wait to shower him with kisses and love :)
-Sunday I get to photograph a first birthday party for a girl you might have seen around these parts! Stay tuned for those next week.

Happy almost weekend!

little notes

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

dear May,
Can't wait to see what goodies you have in store for me! Please, be kind, and help me figure out what the next step is.

dear 5:30 am spin,
It's not that I don't love me a workout at a normal time of day, but It's just SO invigorating to be able to be home before 6:45 (when most sane people are still asleep) and be ready to start my day. I think I'll keep you up.

dear Long Beach,
I have officially moved all out of my first real apartment in your great city, and am living back at home. Thank you for teaching me some responsibility and helping me grow up!

dear Santa Cruz,
I may be soon calling you home! EEEK!

dear Quinn,
Seriously...you'll be one next week?! I love watching you learn to walk and talk. You are the light of all of our lives precious baby girl!

dear you,
I've been questioning what the heck it is I want to do with my life and I would love to know. "Are you happy with where you're life is/is headed? Do you enjoy your job?" I'd love to hear from you!

xoxo Happy hump day

Eye Candy of the Week

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I've taken it upon myself to leave you all with a little eye candy to help you get through your Tuesday's each week!  (What do you think? Is this something you'd like to see every week as a new feature? Let me know!) Without further adieu...What I'm swooning over this week:


Monday, April 23, 2012

It's been a week, so bare with me for another Coachella post, but my camera finally came in! Here are the glorious pics from that weekend. They bring back so many wonderful memories I had completely forgotten about. I will always hold a special place in my heart for my first experience at any sort of music festival.


Don't you just love the look of theses pictures? Disposable cameras never go out of style! I will cherish these forever

Weekend Warrior

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The weather up here in Santa Cruz was so beautiful this weekend! We decided to have a BBQ a celebrate the warm :) Complete with carne asada, ceviche, and mimosas!


Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Roxy

Can't believe the weekend is almost done! I fly home tomorrow afternoon :( Gonna go soak up the last bit of this great weekend. Hope yours was peachy! xoxo

Go enter this giveaway before its too late!

Spicing Things Up

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I'll never forget this advice my Mom once gave me.

"It's a woman's job to help keep the spark alive in a relationship." 

(While I do agree with mommy dearest, the man should put in equal effort ladies!) As 1/2 of the relationship, I try to keep things fun and interesting for me and my man, especially since right now our time together only consists of weekends.

Here are a couple of my go to's for keeping the spark alive:

1.Workout !
This is one of my favorite things for me and Nick to do together. Granted, he does ALWAYS kick my butt in our frequent runs, but it's so nice to get outside, enjoy the weather and each others company. We are both very active, and getting to share in something we both really love makes it all the more fun!
2.Cook dinner !
This one is so fun! Pick something you both love to eat and make it together. I do most of the watching and eating, but it's still so nice to make something together that you both love. (Don't forget the music!)
3.Take turns planning dates!
Every other weekend Nick and I switch off on the planning of a special date. It doesn't have to even involve money. Go for a walk on the beach. Go to a museum. Just plan it and do it!

Put on some new lipstick, throw on a cute dress and call it a day! And don't forget to tell me how it went ;) I'm off to a BBQ! Have a great Saturday dolls!
Go enter this giveaway RIGHT NOW! Please :)

Awkward and Awesome

Thursday, April 19, 2012

*A few images I'm L-O-V-I-N-G this week!*


-My obsession with the food network. You'd think I could cook or something! No I can't at all if you were wondering...
-The amount of times I visit A Beautiful Mess (daily) hoping they have added another amazing post to there already immense amount of awesomeness.
-Thinking of giving the master cleanse a second go. Who am I?

-Quinn's birthday party is in one week! Can't wait to take the pictures at her party and see her in her party dress! Hope there's a tutu involved somewhere.
-Skipping Missing class last week due to "personal matters" (aka being tired) only to find out it got canceled! I walked into class and asked for the notes I missed. Turns out, there were none! It must be the universe's way of sending me some good vibes after my Coachella catastrophe
-You should go check out the giveaway Nikki is hosting on her blog! I'm excited to help one of you spice up the look of your blog!! This is something I'm really passionate about, and I would LOVE to work one on one with you to create something beautiful :)

Have an awesome Thursday! We've almost made it to the weekend ya'll!

little notes

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

dear Quinn,
You are one in one week! Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday you were born. Can't wait to have a little bebe of my own one day!

dear "little notes",
It has been a couple weeks, and for that I am truly sorry. No more of this. I promise.

dear Coachella,
I miss you. (despite your freezing nighttime weather and crowded-ness)

dear Adam Levine,
Is it not enough that you are drop.dead.fabulously.gorgeous? I fall more in love with you every Monday and Tuesday night on the voice. You are just plain dreamy.

dear J.Biebs,
I'm digging "Boyfriend" more and more lately. Perhaps it's because you resemble a young Justin Timberlake (voice-wise of course) in the song? Either way, keep up the good teenage heartbreaking work!

dear blog,
Thank you for being a place where I'm neither shy nor worried about writing how I'm feeling or for being my own lame self. You'll never know how good it makes me feel to be able to write down anything under the sun.

dear you,
I thought I'd take this time to let you know I'm a countdown kinda gal. Like for everything. 10 more minutes of class, 25 more minutes of spin, 3 more days till the weekend, 5 more minutes till I ABSOLUTELY need to get out of bed so I won't be late for everything. Who's with me on this one? Also, anyone wanna swap ad's for May?

dearest mom,
THANK you thank you! You surprised me with a plane ticket up north. Now I won't have to worry about getting a flat tire. In the middle of nowhere. Late at night. By myself! Holla at chur gurllll.

Happy Hump day!

Between a Rock and a Hard Spot

I've been having somewhat of a quarter life crisis. The all too common question "What's next?" keeps circling around in my brain. I'm kind of happy, but I'm not content with where my life is headed. I'm just plain confused. I debated writing this on here, because let's face it, reading about other people's problems is not my cup of tea either, but this blog is a place for me to write down MY feelings, and you can choose whether or not to read on.

My main problem : I'm lonely.


That's the only word I can come up with to describe what I'm feeling at any given moment. Blame it on my depression. Blame it on my anxiety. Blame it on the fact that my boyfriend lives 6 hours away. It hit me really hard after this weekend ended. Being so close to the people that I love most, and having the time of my life, made me realize that I'm just not happy living here in Long Beach, mainly because I just feel alone 24/7. For the past two days I've been commuting the hour to and from school to be home, and honestly I've felt better. But, on Monday I couldn't shake the sadness that came over me when I had to say goodbye to my best friend as he headed back up to school with all his friends and I was stuck alone in L.A. And I cried. A lot...All.Day.Long. Puffy eyes followed (I'm that girl that can cry for 1 minute and have red eyes for the next two days).

I've been thinking a lot lately...why not leave Long Beach and take a year off of school or transfer and find what it is I REALLY wanna do with my life. I've switched majors from Business, to Communication, to Human Development, to Psychology and still am not sure what it is I want to do with my life. I've been lucky enough to have parents who above all else just want me to be HAPPY. I can't thank God enough for giving me an amazing Mom and Dad who support me no matter what. I know a lot of people who can't say the same thing.

Now, all there is left to do is make a decision. Any decision. I just need to do something to get me out of this funk. Something to make me happier and feeling less lonely. For now, I'll be commuting back and forth, from school to home. All I hope is that I somehow find the "right" thing to do, and I pray that it comes easily and quickly. I'll just keep doing the things that make me happy. Taking pictures of the things and people I love most. Venting on here when need be. Talking to you all and hopefully continuing to make new blogging friends. Driving up to Santa Cruz often to fill my heart with the love it needs. And spending time with the people who know me best.

It is not my hope to have you feel sorry for me in any way, but I do ask for your continued love and support as I take on this transitional phase of my life. Bare with me as I figure out what I'm going to do with "the rest of my life". (ok that may be a long time, but I hope you get my point).

On a happier note:
I can't express my immense amount of gratitude to have already had two lovely ladies hire me for revamping the look of their blogs, and it sure has gotten me to thinking: maybe this is where I'm headed? I guess it'll all work out in time, but is it too much to ask that this transition speed up a tad? I think not. If you need a blog design email me! I'm willing to work with the pricing to help build my portfolio, and see if this is something I do really want to pursue :)

If you made it this far, you rock! Thank you for your continued support and loyalty! Kisses to you all.


Monday, April 16, 2012

according to my iphone

I'm back guys. AND I'm exhausted! Coachella was everything I had hoped for and more! It was a lot different than I expected, but I was so pleasantly surprised! I decided to take in a disposable camera, just in case I lost it, which I'm proud to say I did not :) Those pics will be ready by the end of the week! But for now you get to get a little glimpse of what fun I had through my iphone pictures! Enjoy.

I don't know how this slipped my mind. I GOT SCAMMED! The ticket I bought off of a girl from Craiglsit was not real. I even met Hanna/Nicole in target, gave her a hug, thanked her, was assured that everything was legit and STILL she had the lack of decency to scam me! She gave me everything that Coachella asked for, as far as a scanned copy of her driver's license, credit card, confirmation number and receipt. All of it was fake. Will Call even said that the received the exact same info from 2 other people... I had all but driven home when my mom mentioned to me that she saw on FB that my friend mentioned she had an extra ticket for sale. Don't have a clue how I got so lucky that my friend (who I wasn't even staying with) had an extra ticket that she just let me use...for FREE! I am beyond amazed that I have such great people in my life. Everything worked out fine, minus the whole being 350 dollars shy, but what can you do. I won't be so trusting next time...

Hope your weekend was FABULOUS!! xoxo


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ok, let's face it. I am the worlds worst packer! I over pack everywhere I go. I can't help it. I love options. This time I have taken it upon myself to make minimally for Coachella. Only pre-planned outfits (and maybe an extra shirt or two. I can't just quit my ways cold turkey!) Here you have it... the "goods".

I'm so exited!! I can't wait t get a tan! (minus tomorrow, it's supposed to rain)

Are you doing anything fun this weekend? I've been designing my little heart out! Can't wait to show you all soon!! xoxo

A Special Treat

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

No not the food kind. The fashion kind! But first let me introduce you to Jessica! Take it away girl.

Hey everyone, I'm Jessica from Living the LA Life. I'm a recently engaged gal who loves her fiance, family, friends, and fashion. I enjoy sharing stories about the places I venture to, the yummy food I eat, the clothes I wear, and my coming wedding.

I started blogging when I moved away from home to start a new life in Los Angeles. I believe that by documenting my life, I've been able to capture the faces, places, and moments that make life worth living. Also, I've recently had the opportunity to connect with others in the blogging community. The experience has been wholly rewarding, so I've decided to take my site more seriously. I hope to continue to grow my blog and would love if you stopped by!

What have you learned from this experience? The move has made me both a stronger and more adventurous person. I like who I am becoming and feel that I'm living a fuller and happier life with each passing month. I'm madly in love and thankful I have a Fiance to takes this journey with!
Isnt she a doll! Jessica is my first "real" sponsor, and I couldn't love her more! So blessed she has taken a liking to my little old blog :) Today is your lucky day dolls.

 She's giving away this adorable dress

(This dress is technically one size fits all! Score!)
& this necklace

Where these bad boys together, or separate and mix and math with your FAV styles! (to die for I know)

How to enter:
LEAVE 1 comment telling me you did so!

For an extra entry tell me where you'll be wearing either or both of these!

The giveaway will be open till Monday! We want these to get to you ASAP! 

*P.S. This is my first ever giveaway! *

Awkward and Awesome

Thursday, April 5, 2012

+I may or may not have gotten a little emotional last night at the fact that One Tree Hill is over forever! That show got me through high school. I will miss you Haley, Brooke, Nathan, Julian, Jamie and Chase.
+My obsession with Instagram. It's unhealthy. Clearly, by the number of pictures I post on there (follow me @torib)
+My love for Justin Timberlake. It verges on the edge of obsession, but I'm not upset about it.
+2 tests on Monday night...after a long weekend away. Should be interesting.
+Road tripping up to Santa Cruz with my momma then heading to Bass Lake for a much need post spring break weekend! Can't wait for the singing in the car and joke cracking (both done my me, obviously)
+Designing a new blog for my dear friend Jessica! So excited :) I will also be hosting my first giveaway coming up for her so be ready dolls. You DO NOT wanna miss out on this little gem!
+Starting the countdown to Coachella! 8 days if you are curious at all!
+Shopping for said Coachella event. I can't very well show up in the same old clothes now can I? No, no I can not :)

I hope to post this weekend but if not I'll see you all back here Monday with a weekend recap and some inspiration. (fear not my dear camera will defiantly be making the trek up there with me )

Happy Weekend!!
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