The Bronx Zoo

Back in July after I started my (not so) new job Matt took me to the Bronx Zoo. As a New Yorker who had never been to the best zoo in the state that very much had to change. Well, to clarify, I had been there but I was very small and didn’t even know I had gone until I asked my mom about it.

Ram

Horsey

Gorillas are cool.

What was the best part? THE PEACOCKS JUST WALKING AROUND LIKE PEOPLE. I couldn’t even deal. They’re my favorite, if you couldn’t tell. The other highlight was the Emperor Tamarin monkeys –before the zoo visit we were geeking out over how cute they are and that they have moustaches. We like to call them ‘little mens.’ I didn’t get a good shot of them unfortunately!

Peacock Friend

Also got to see my second favorite animal, giraffes! Look at this guy trying to play hide and seek or something.

Peekaboo

I was hesitant to go into the butterfly house (I find them terrifying) But I braved it.

Monarch

What’s your favorite animal?

Mom’s day // Photo book & discoveries

Mday

This year, I designed a photo book to give my mom for Mother’s Day. I’ve already made her too many pillows & got her too many flowers…the occasion begged for something more permanent. I slowly gathered all of the digital photos I had of her and I, family, and later took some photos of flowers during Easter. Check out little me with skinned knees holding my pet rabbit…I swear she wasn’t that big when I was younger.

Mother's day photobook cover

After going through the photo archives on my computer, I still needed some more good images. I sneakily dug through the old photo albums in our house, finding a lot of gems. The picture on the cover was one of the gems–my dad, mom, and I on our old swingset.

Mother's day Photobook

One of the more recent photos– around 3 years ago?

Here’s another photo album gem I found–I didn’t include this in the book but I had to scan it! One of my parents took this years ago, maybe before I was born–I need to ask them about it. Not sure what happened to the film, but I’m diggin’ this happy accident. The light leaks in the photo are gorgeous, as well as the composition. It’s of Montauk point here in Long Island.

Sunday was spent with the fam of course…shopping around for a new outdoor furniture set, eating italian food, and playing with a puppy we’re currently taking care of. I am now definitely on a mission to take more pictures of my family! Have you made any photo books?

Diana Mini Cali Photos


Venice

Randy's Donuts

Stop and smell the small flowers

Airport Motel

retro motel sign

double exposure?

[attempt at a double exposure]

My first roll shot with the Diana Mini came out pretty okay! Most of the second half of the roll was overexposed–I think it’s because I put the camera on the cloudy setting at that point. It was cloudy out but still bright, so i’m guessing I should have left it on the sunny setting. I’m happy with the ones that did come out properly exposed so it’s all good! After researching what kind of film to use I was afraid that regular 35mm from a convenience store wouldn’t give me the neat effects that the Diana is capable of. So I hunted around for something else. I ended up finding & using Kodak 400 speed film that was expired by a year.

I loved all of the beautiful retro signs in Los Angeles, I also took some more of them with my SLR. Next up, more California pictures from my digital camera.

January Photo A Day part 1

photo a day

This month [like a bunch of bloggers], i’ve been doing the photo a day challenge from Fatmumslim.com. Although, I haven’t been doing one a day–instead a bunch at a time on the weekends when I can take photos in the daylight. Maybe at some point I’ll really do a photo per day challenge, but for this I wanted to use my SLR instead of my phone’s camera. This will definitely be easier in the summer when there’s more hours of natural light! Here’s some of my favorites, you can see the rest on my Flickr if you’d like!


closeup

↑ Close-up

read

↑ Something you’re reading

breakfast

↑ Breakfast

wore

↑ Something you wore

dailyroutine

↑ Daily routine

childhood

↑ Childhood

Are you participating in a photo challenge this month? I’d love to see :) Part 2 coming soon.

twinkle twinkle // christmas part 1

twinkle lights

Hope everyone had a rad holiday weekend! Sitting at the table after dinner on Christmas Eve, I was thinking about how the night felt like it was in fast forward motion..it didn’t feel like I got to really take it all in! Maybe it’s partially because I can’t get out of the habit of always wrapping all of my gifts on Xmas eve..haha. Yep, I am a major procrastinator.

twinkle lights

A couple weeks ago I put some twinkle lights up in my room. I just draped them over my curtain rods, &– BAM! instant pretty. I love them so much I might end up leaving them up all winter..it brightens up the room so much & lots of lights make me really happy during the blue winter months.

rainbow sprinkles

My brother and I used to make sugar cookies every year around the holidays with my mom..we haven’t in the last couple years & I definitely miss it. The first and only time I made vegan sugar cookies the results were less than yummy. The boyfriend and I found a much better recipe and made some super good ones this time around!

sugar cookies

full of ornaments