Saturday, May 30, 2015

Getting Away: Sebastopol Edition

Long weekends is what working people live for. A quick escape where you have absolutely nothing planned. A few weeks ago, I suggested that my boyfriend and I go down to Santa Cruz for a long weekend. I needed a little break from the everyday life that I live in the hectic Bay Area. Beaches, beer, good food, shopping... What more could you want?

So when Jacob suggested that instead, we go to the woods and paint, read, write, and play music all weekend... Well, there were a lot of emotions going through my soul, but OH MY GOD YES was an obvious. We packed up our bags, which included: paints, canvas', magazine scraps, a polaroid camera, journals, books, coloring books, epic colored pencils, and a guitar. 

I mean, who could say no to that face?

If you haven't heard of the website Airbnb, you need to go check it out. Since Jacob introduced me to Airbnb, I will never again use a hotel. Airbnb is a website where people open up their homes to "rent" while you're on vacation. There are so many options. You can stay on someone's couch. You can use an extra bedroom in the house. And then there's the best. You can rent an entire place. We decided on this place. It was basically a studio apartment and was the perfect size for the two of us. We wanted a place off the beaten path, as we were just going to stay in and cook. I remember when we first started dating and we'd go out to breakfast and such all the time. At some point, we figured out that both of us are way better cooks than a lot of people. Don't get me wrong, we both still go out to eat, but cooking is a big part of both of our souls. Maybe that's why we get along so well.

Our own personal pond. The upstairs is the area we stayed. 

Our check in time wasn't until 4pm. So we did what all responsible adults do. We went wine tasting. And it was beautiful. Our first stop (yeah, first) was Lynmar Estate. This place was gorgeous. The property is incredibly large and it has both indoor and outdoor seating. Additionally, Lynmar Estate has their vineyard right there for you to see, as well as a garden area you can walk through. From what I vaguely remember through a wine haze is that we tried 6 different wines and ate delicious (but pricy) cheese. The best part about Sebastopol is that everyone seems to love dogs and allow them everywhere. Anywhere that invites my baby (Harley, duh) along is a good place in my eyes. 

1st: Be serious. 2nd: Lauren doesn't know how to be serious. 3rd: Jacob makes Lauren just drink instead.
I'm really bad at being serious. Like, really bad. I laugh at all the wrong times and usually the things (THANKS DAD). This has upset a lot of people in my lifetime. Not Jacob. He thinks it's great. It's probably because he's bad at serious too. This is why we have so much fun. #relationshipadvice (never take advice from people who hashtag)

The second stop was way more fun then anticipated. If you have ever wondered what wine tasting in an Urban Outfitters would be like, go to Red Car Wine (by the way, I mean that in a really good way. I like Urban and I don't care what you think). The lovely lady serving us, Kelly, was super friendly and chill. I dislike wineries that take themselves too seriously. Not everyone is going to swish their wine and sniff their wine, then comment on the distinct flavors and age of the wine. Most people just want to drink alcohol and have a good time. This was Red Car.

It was here that I first learned to play chess. Jacob was a great teacher. I mean, you know that quote? "Those who can't do, teach"? Yeah. That's Jacob with chess. Because I kicked his butt. Also, this is what we use GoPro's for. Time lapses of us playing chess. Also of me spilling wine. See if you can spot that moment. #tipsylaurenisgreat (I have to stop doing that)

We had one full day of a getaway and we took advantage of that. We seriously spent the entire time cooking, painting, reading, writing, playing guitar (Jacob, not me), coloring (Me, not Jacob)... It was pretty much the best long weekend ever, despite me twisting the life out of my left ankle. Because I'm a graceful butterfly. Which most of you already know. I can't walk in a straight line without walking into something. If a cop ever pulled me over, I'd fail a drunk test while stone cold sober.

Here's what we made:
Left: Mine. Right: Jacob

Did you say you wanted a time lapse of us creating these messes up there? WELL, it's a good thing we have GoPros just laying around everywhere. If I say GoPro once more, do I get a free on-- Oh wait...

Guys. There's a time lapse of me coloring. How epic is that? I know, it's not epic at all and I don't blame you for deciding to never come back to my blog again. #epiccoloring (I had to)

When I was a kid, my mom worked a lot and also traveled. My dad owned his own business and was able to basically create his own hours. He was the one who got me ready for school, made my lunch, and helped me with my school work. I don't remember a lot of one on one time with my mom when I was younger, but the stuff I do remember has stayed with me. Such as my absolute love my coloring. My older sister loves coloring as well. That's what I really remember my mom doing. If I wanted to color, mom would sit down with me and color for hours. In recent years, she's told me it's because it's easy and therapeutic. And she's right. Give it a try. When you're having a bad day, sit down with a drink and a coloring book and just go at it. You'll thank me later. #reallifeadvice (ugh, how do I have friends?)

**Fun Fact: I forgot a pencil sharpener. I used a vegetable peeler because Jacob is basically Macgyver and he's absolutely wonderful

 - so I can sigh eternally -

Monday, May 25, 2015

Decade Photo Shoot: 1990s

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” - Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone (Published in 1997)

1990s Photo Shoot: The day I realized this was the only decade I could actually remember... Ugh. The 90s. You all know my deep DEEP love of the 90s. Everything about it. The amount of chocker necklaces, the dark lipstick, Nirvana, Buffy, Harry Potter, flannel, chunky shoes, great movies, grunge... I can go on forever. This was one of my favorite shoots, only because it's my favorite decade. It's absolutely lovely in every way.

The End.

I really hope you guys liked this. I'm not sure if I'll ever do another photo series because it does take a lot of time and effort and guys, I'm just really lazy. But it was fun. I pre-wrote all this, so it's still May 4th in my time. I don't know if this will go horribly wrong and you'll all stop being friends with me, or it this will be amazing and you'll all tell me you love me (do that second one, please). Thanks for joining me on this journey.

- so I can sigh eternally -

Friday, May 22, 2015

Decade Photo Shoot: 1980s

“There's a notion I'd like to see buried: the ordinary person. Ridiculous. There is no ordinary person.”  - Watchmen (Published between 1986 and 1987)

“We lie best when we lie to ourselves.” - IT (Published in 1986)

1980s Photo Shoot: The day Katelyn learned that temporary tattoos aren't as temporary as we thought. She said hours of scrubbing left tiny flecks of tattoos all over. Whoops. When I was a kid, the pizza place by my house sold temporary tattoos in those little vending machines. During one summer, I wore them all the time. I even put glitter on the tattoos everyday to make them look even cooler. 10 year old Lauren, cooler than everyone else.

This was, HANDS DOWN, the most fun photo shoot we ever did. Katelyn had just Miley Cyrus'd her hair, so it was short enough to do a faux-hawk. It took pounds of gel, moose, and hair spray but it eventually stood up enough to take a few photos. We probably took 50 photos, just because it was so fun. The make-up, the fake tattoos, the Billy Idol snare, the attitude... It was just wonderful.

Disclaimer: That's make-up I stole from my mom. I don't need anyone thinking these are things that I wear.

- so I can sigh eternally -

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Decade Photo Shoot: 1970s

“The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.” - Interview with the Vampire (Published in 1976)

1970s Photoshoot: The day I learned that blue eyeshadow isn't absolutely terrible. True story. Then again, when have you seen me wear blue eyeshadow? Hippies, peace, flower children, disco, and David Bowie. That's pretty much what the 70s were about, right? This was another fun one, just simply because of the fun make-up. I feel like the 70s were when I really got to start playing around with make-up. Also, this is when Katelyn finally got to smile more.

- so I can sigh eternally -

Monday, May 18, 2015

Decade Photo Shoot: 1960s

“It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.”  - The Outsiders (Published in 1967)

1960s Photo Shoot: The day I learned that fake eyelashes are a pain. We struggled with the 60s as well. This was a tough one for us. I believe this was the last shoot that Katelyn and I did. And I think it shows. We were pretty burnt out by now and we were out of ideas. We had already done the 1970s shoot and we desperately wanted to make sure that we didn't replicate it. I think that this one was so difficult for us because this was when people started REALLY being themselves. They started expressing themselves in fashion. Yes, the 1920s weren't full of only female flappers in America and that wasn't the norm, but doing that make-up was WAY more fun than the norm. In the 60s, hippies emerged and started voicing themselves. Men weren't all in 3 piece suits (I know, it's a shame...) anymore. Women wore tiny dresses and short skirts (yessssssss). Everything was flipped on its head all across the board. From fashion to politics.

- so I can sigh eternally -

Friday, May 15, 2015

Decade Photo Series: 1950s

“Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece” - Lolita (Published in 1955)

“If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late?” - The Catcher in the Rye (Published in 1951)

1950s Photo Shoot: The day I learned that today was a wonderful day and we could not be defeated! This shoot was on the same day we did the 1920s. We should have just stayed up all night and powered through, because we were unstoppable. I couldn't decide which quote I liked more. The beautiful one from a book that is incredibly well written, but still about a pedophile and sometimes I forgot that part which made me hate myself a little bit but man is that a good book... Or the accurate one from the book that I willingly read in high school because the author uses a lot of bad words and that made me giggle (shut up, I was 14). So you got both. You're welcome.

As if it needs to be said, Marilyn was my inspiration here.

- so I can sigh eternally -


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Decade Photo Series: 1940s

“It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” - Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl (Published in 1947)

1940s Photo Shoot: The day Katelyn cut all her hair off and ruined everything for me. Thanks. When I began thinking about this shoot, I knew I need to pay homage to Rosie. This one was simple. We all know the Rosie look. But do we know what Rosie stands for? She represents a woman in a time that the entire world was up in chaos. A time where men fought against other men for a better life (or so that others could have a chance to live). Rosie represented the women who weren't prepared but who had to stand up and work labor jobs while men were off at war. She was the first step, albeit a forced one, in gender equality. She's a pretty cool symbol and I hope that we all recognize how difficult living in this decade was. 

Who says you can't wear winged eyeliner while working hard?

- so I can sigh eternally -

Monday, May 11, 2015

Decade Photo Series: 1930s

“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”  - Brave New World (Published in 1932)

1930s Photoshoot: The day I learned that I hate the 1930s. This was the hardest shoot we did. Katelyn and I researched, we tried a billion different things... But for us, the 1930s seemed like a transition period. It wasn't the flapper era anymore, but they hadn't quite reached the Rosie the Riveter (spoiler alert?!) period. Everything we tried looked like the 20s or the 40s. Even looking for a book from the 30s that I liked was hard (I found one. It's up there. Also, suck it Agatha Christie). Going through the quotes from Brave New World reminded me of the angst and confusion that occurred in that book. It's pretty much how I felt doing this entire shoot. Don't judge us from this one shoot, pretty please? 

Plus, the next two decades are going to blow your mind.

- so I can sigh eternally -

Friday, May 8, 2015

Decade Photo Series: 1920s

“I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” - The Great Gatsby (Published in 1925)

1920s Photoshoot: The day I learned that HOLY CRAP this is amazing. I believe that this was the second shot day that Katelyn and I did this series. And this is when we realized that this idea was the best idea that either of us had ever come up with. We got so excited after we finished this. I only had to take a total of 10 photos because every single one of them came out amazing. Even ones where Katelyn wasn't paying attention or when she tried to make a funny face. Excuse me while I dig out my headbands and Great Gatsby my way outta here.

- so I can sigh eternally -

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Decade Photo Series: 1910s

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” - The Secret Garden (Published in 1911)

1910s Photoshoot: The day I learned that drawing on eyebrows was super hard. I believe this was our very first shot at the decade photoshoot. We clearly had no idea what we were doing. But we went for it and this is probably one of my favorites that we did. Katelyn's big eyeballs really helped the overall look.

- so I can sigh eternally -

Monday, May 4, 2015

Makeup Through the Decades: A Photo Series

You know when you come up with this fantastic idea and you share it with someone? Then that someone is like, "Hell yeah, let's do it!" I'm really good at that. I come up with great ideas. I even go as far as to tell someone about it and get them excited to. And then life seems to happen and I'm laying in my bed playing whatever video game Steam convinced me I needed.

A few years ago, I shared an idea with my cousin. I told her I was interested in doing a photography photo series. You may or may not know, but I used to be really into photography. I still am, but until I'm able to have my own dark room (I know, what a snob), this will have to do. The photo series was to do hair and make-up from each 1900 decade (minus the 1900s because what?)... As best we knew how. It's important to tell you that neither Katelyn nor myself believe we're fancy make-up or hair artists. In the least bit. Some of our attempts are sad (*cough*1930s*coughs*) but it was fun. And it only took a good... 3 years? Yeah. We're lazy.

I'm going to post each individually over the next few weeks because I want to force you all to come look at my blog that I'm not paying attention to. Maybe that'll make me actually pay attention to it.

- so I can sigh eternally -