I've lived in the greater Los Angeles area for a little over 3 years now, I regret never posting my teenie Pasadena abode when I lived there, but I'm pretty happy with this Glen Rock apartment Josh and I have been tinkering with. We've been here since last spring, I think March 2014? For those of you who like to go down memory lane, here is my very first place back in college, over here is my favoritest college bedroom, and this is my last space tour post when I had just moved to Los Angeles. It's crazy to see all the stuff we've accumulated over the years, and that we do own actual grown-up furniture like a headboard, arm chairs and matching side dressers.
For the TLDR; crowd, you don't have to read any of this, I just wanted to share a few tidbits from what you just saw.
- The gnome was a drunken purchase by Josh when we went to the Rise of the Jack O'lanterns at Descanso Gardens last October. Actually, his brother-in-law bought it for him, and it's been chilling in our living room ever since.
- Our massive Ikea bookcase acts as a barrier and everyone is amazed at how many books we have, but since all of the cubbies are filled up, Josh and I have to get rid of books if we buy new ones and want to display them (first world problems, I know).
- My super talented cousin made and gave me the Breakfast at Tiffany's print this past Christmas. I placed it at eye level so that I can look at it every damn day because I love it so much.
- When we first moved in, this apartment did not come with a fridge. Josh found a great deal on Craigslist for an old, but still running refrigerator for only $50. The owners were remodeling their entire 1970s-looking home so they offered Josh their kitchen nook dining set also for an additional $50. So hence the yellow dining chairs which give much character to our otherwise Target/Ikea purchased home.
- Our zebra knobs were a spur of the moment buy from Anthropologie and I love them so.
- Yus, we have his and her dressers. Josh practically begged me for his own table lamp for his late night reading, so for Christmas I granted him that wish and got him this cute marble lamp from West Elm. I adore everything I put by my side of the bed, but my Jonathan Adler iPhone dock is too adorable to not mention.
- The last photo is of a fortune I got and I taped it to the indoor side of the front door as a kind of joke to Josh that we should be getting married this year. Don't freak out though, (if you are) we probably won't do such a thing until 2018 (our ten-year anniversary).
It's been while since I've done a "life update" so, why not list the highlights from this summer? I didn't go on a week-long vacation, nor even left the country, but it was still eventful and fun.
- Despite Josh and I living in the Glen Rock area since last spring, we haven't been to all that Eagle Rock/Glendale has to offer. We have a couple more restaurants we plan on trying, but we did fall in love with Four Café on Colorado Boulevard. They have a seasonal menu of salads, soups, sandwiches, and I am currently addicted to their grilled chimichurri steak on ciabatta bread. I keep forgetting about their breakfast menu, and I am a huge sucker for lemon ricotta pancakes which they have! Who wants to meet me there on Saturday before 2pm?
- I was able to go to two outdoor Cinespia showings, one for "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and the other was a 3-movie marathon, all 90s movies - "Can't Hardly Wait," "Scream" and "Cruel Intentions". Both were ridiculously fun and I went with different friends for each one. The movie showings are held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and you can picnic with your buddies while there is a pre-show DJ, an elaborate photo booth (with a huge ass line that I'm too impatient to stay in) and sometimes even drop-ins from the famous cast and crew of the movie you're seeing. At the end of this month I'll be going to the "Back to the Future" I and II showings, see you there?
- Can't afford original works of art, but that doesn't stop me from looking at them, or going to conventions to buy prints of them. In Pasadena, Josh and I love going to Flower Pepper Gallery. It's always so well curated and their window displays are constantly changing and are therefore a must see. We also went to the D23 Expo in Anaheim, a close friend of ours was able to get us discounted tickets to Disney's convention and we bought a few adorable prints that need to be framed. You remember reading that I hate waiting in lines, well that's why we did not get much free swag or did not watch any panels at D23. I don't regret it much though, everything is on the Internet these days.
- Other random tidbits of my summertime include me actually enjoying the pool and the beach. A couple of weekends ago I went to Long Beach and I, Tammy, swam in the Pacific Ocean! The waves owned me in the beginning (ocean water is so darn salty), but once I got far out enough, it was exciting and I got the hang of going against the waves. The best part of this experience was how warm the water was and on that day, the beach had a nice cool breeze. I hope to encounter another great beach day like that. I've been journaling since the end of July, and I hope to keep it up until I can't journal in that book no more. I've collected so many stickers in the process, I should make a post on all the stickers I have now (it's pretty ridunkulous). Lastly, this summer I finally had my tipsy-in-Vegas experience, and luckily I was among my cousins who are locals and took me off the strip. But you know what they say, "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas... as long as you don't post photos of it on social media and hashtag it like crazy." Huh? No one says that?
It was a very hectic summer, but meeting up with my friends and family over the weekends helped me relax and enjoy life.
Despite the last episode of Project Runway being depressing in that the girl team couldn't get along and were pretty much a bunch of mean girls, I still love my girl friends and truly believe that we are all in this together. Also, a rose gold "Girls" pennant pin? (Let me give you my money already!)
Oh yeah, I titled this post from a One Direction song, and I am not ashamed to admit that! But it kind of sums up this past year. I don't want to be a sap, but if it weren't for my close friends and family, I wouldn't have had the gumption to leave a job that sucked the life out of me and then jump into the scary but rewarding waters of self-employment. It's been a little over a month since I opened Simply Print and Megan posted about her experience, so I just wanted to follow suit and publicly announce that I am an entrepreneur, a small business owner, and working for myself is very tough and scary, but it's not so bad when you've got the support (and I don't mean financially).
I am so thankful to have done this transition in a time where the media is loving girl gangs (ie Taylor Swift and all of her girl-frands) and girl bosses, and pretty much the portrayal that girls aren't just catty towards each other, rather we actually love to support one another and help other girls achieve their deserved greatness. It's not fun going at it alone, so I'm eternally grateful for Megan and Aleksandra for roughing it with me. Simply Print is our baby and us mamas want to see it grow into something great and something we can all be proud of.
Most days I go through the motions and because it has been so crazy since we've "opened our doors," resulting in that I haven't had the time to sit down and process everything. Right now I'm smiling to myself because it's real, I really am doing my own thing and am responsible for my own livelihood. I hope everyone gets the chance to do what they want to do, life is so short and health is fleeting. I may be young, and inexperienced, and may have jumped too high too quickly, yet I'm happy with how it has been working and I hope it continues improving.