4 THINGS... REFLECTIONS

Hi & I hope you are all having a wonderful week! As we’re gearing up for Saint Patrick’s Day and the first day of Spring I just want to take a quick look back at the great things that have happened this week.Dreaming of: A gorgeous Mad Men inspired shoot at The Parker in Palm Springs that Mike and I are doing later this week. We did a similarly themed engagement shoot a few years ago & I can’t wait to do another.

Concepting:  I created a pinterest board of a super fun shoot I’m hoping to create this summer. It feels like leather, slicked back hair, and Kate Moss- I can’t wait.

Inspired by: This week Mike and I have started doing a five minute journal  & I already feel more grateful. I can see my daily meditation and journaling improving my year already.

Reading: I’m reading over my notes from the Photo Field Trip we did earlier this month and I am inspired to shoot more personal work.

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xoxo,

Suzanne

4 Things... Spring Forward

Hello & happy Sunday everyone! It's the time of year to spring forward- I hope that everyone remembered to reset their clocks last night/ this morning.Dreaming of: my new underwater housing, I can't wait for it to arrive. This is going to be a rad summer full of beautiful water portraits. Check out our previous underwater works- they're so much fun.

Creating: a new body of personal work. I've been thinking a lot about print and I'm starting to conceptualize a physical body of work. My idea is still in the ephemeral anything is possible stage but I'm excited about the possibilities.

Watching: Bob's Burgers. I often fall asleep to an episode. The show itself is an acquired taste- definitely not something I ever thought I would like but by some turn of fate the Belcher's have become very zen to me.

Playing: I've spent the last few days making art, making friends, and going on a photo field trip (yes, a photo field trip). It's been such a sweet time running around and eating tacos with my tribe. They have done a fantastic job of recreating a summer camp. Running a business and shooting for your dreams can be overwhelming at times and I'm so grateful for this time to decompress and be inspired.

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xoxo,

Suzanne

4 THINGS... INSPIRATIONS

Happy March everyone. The last of February has been tons of fun, but I’m always excited for the beginning of a new month.Obsessing over: oh my goodness everyone- I am OBSESSED with the orangutan in this new Android commercial. She is just the most adorable animal ever.

Reading: The Morning Miracle by Hal Elrod. It has inspired me to wake up early and meditate before I hit the shower.

Watching: Mike and I went to the Old Globe this week and saw The Twenty-seventh Man and it was phenomenal. It was incredibly touching, I wish everyone could see it. It was definitely one of the best plays we’ve seen all year.

Dreaming of: remodeling our office. I have a dream people- it may be small but it seems great to me. Hopefully I’ll share some pics with you over the coming weeks.

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xoxo,

Suzanne

4 THINGS... DAYDREAMING

I hope that you are all having a great Sunday! This week I’ve had so much fun- I got to hang out with my ridiculously cute nephew, have a phenomenal time with cool people in Yosemite , and go on a great date night at the Old Globe.Obsessing over: Headspace. Headspace is my  stylish meditation app that makes it easy- today was my eighth day in a row using it . It helps me get in the right mood to accomplish the things I want to- I encourage you all to give it a try!

Reading: Burial Rites. I am totally wrapped up in this dark novel by first time author Hannah Kent. It is set in rural Iceland on farms with mostly turf houses. I actually saw these houses on my Iceland trip last summer and I was fascinated to hear this dark tale set in such a hauntingly beautiful place.

Traveling: This Wednesday Mike and I will head to Vegas for WPPI. WPPI is a photography conference on a giant scale. Photographers come from all over the world to hang out and refine their craft. I’m super excited to get to spend time with my fellow artists.

Dreaming of: In less than two weeks I’ll be camping/glamping with friends in El Capitan. I’m dreaming of clear skies and not needing a rain jacket! And, of course, s’mores.

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xoxo,

Suzanne

 

4 Things... New Discoveries

Hi all & happy Sunday! This week as Mike and I come home from New York we’re getting back into the Southern California groove. We’ve been exploring and appreciating beautiful San Diego.Watching: Wild. Reese Witherspoon is amazing and this chronicle of her crazy journey is definitely worth a watch.

Photographing: I’m SUPER excited about my shoot this week. We’re doing a bridal fashion shoot for a new magazine complete with three generations of Native American women.

Listening to: Jess Lively’s podcast- The Lively Show. I love Jess’s sweet heart and her bravery and intelligence are so inspiring. When I listen I go through and research all of her guests, and I love how much I learn.

Dreaming of: a small road trip with my brother’s family- including my adorable nephew- tomorrow! I can’t wait to get out on the road and explore with them.

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xoxo,

Suzanne

4 Things...NEW ADVENTURES

Happy Sunday from the big apple! We have an e-shoot in NYC and are spending the weekend with Mike’s family in Warwick. We’re hoping to do a few more spur of the moment shoots- we’ll see how it goes.Obsessing over- I’m in love with these Instagram feeds: Stella Maria Baer and Yoshimoto Nara

Dreaming of- Phoot Camp!  I just heard about this crazy awesome super fun event. I hope that they do one in 2015 and that I’m there running around, laughing, and making new pals.

Letting go of- Artist disappointment. A shoot I’ve been really looking forward to got rescheduled again. What do you do with your unfinished dreams? How do you know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em? My inner artist is impatient and throws tantrums easily- she’s sulking in the corner. So many dreams are being realized, yet I don’t want to let go of this one.

Adventuring- I went to the Brooklyn Museum of Art and I saw a great piece by Judy Chicago called The Dinner Party. It was EPIC.

Here's a snapshot of me with a sweet mural in Brooklyn- I'm in love with all the public art here.

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xoxo,

Suzanne

 

4 things...Superbowl Sunday

Happy Superbowl Sunday everyone.  I hope you are enjoying game day.  After a week in Indiana I am excited to be home, and what better way to spend some time with Mike than watching TV and eating some good food.  Even though my team is not in the game I will have fun cheering along and enjoying the festivities and commercials that come along with Superbowl Sunday.Watching: Game of Thrones.  After the Superbowl Mike and I will continue our marathon. We were definitely late to the game on this one.  After so many people told us to give it a try we finally sat down to watch this great tale.  The author is such a magician.  I am in story land heaven.  Our goal is to be caught up before the new season airs, and I don't think we will have a problem doing so.

Reading: The War of Art.  This book was better than I thought it would be.  It catches you off guard and leaves you wanting to soar and paint and turn cartwheels at the edge of the ocean.  It is worth a read.

Dreaming of:  NYC.  Later this week Mike and I are flying there for an engagement session and then heading outside of the city to visit his family.  What a treat it is going to be.  Hopefully there will be a winter wonderland of snow when we arrive.

Hanging out with: Morgan and Joe for the finale of our fantasy football season with some chips, salsa and a few beers.  It was a fun run this season.  I definitely was not victorious, but neither were the Packers and they are still awesome.

 

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Have a wonderful week.

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

 

4 things...Holly Jolly

Happy Sunday.  I hope everyone enjoyed the little bit of winter weather we got this week.  The rain on Friday was so refreshing.  Everything is always so beautiful after the rain, it feels like all of nature is rejoicing.  It is also the perfect weather to stay in and work to.  The light pitter patter of rain on the ground outside is the perfect relaxing cadence to offset a long work week.  I hope we get a bit more winter weather this holiday season, it always feels more like Christmas when its cold outside.Singing : Christmas carols.  Mike got me tickets to the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley as an early Christmas present.  We went last Sunday and it was rad.  You get to ride around Gaslamp, Balboa Park, Embarcadero, and Old Town to see all of the festive lights while singing a long to Christmas Carols led by the conductor.

Hosting : Tonight Jen Nesovic, Vlad, Mike and I are hosting our 3rd annual gift exchange.  I can't wait for tonight.  Our gift exchange has become one of my favorite traditions during the holiday season.  Every year it brings us together in the midst of our own holiday chaos, for a night that is nothing short of wonderful.

Relaxing : Gretchen Seitz acupuncturist is amazing.  I am always overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude after seeing her.  This is the perfect time of the year to reset and let go, and I would highly recommend her to help you do so.

Dreaming : A spring trip.  Mike and I delayed our winter trip to the spring.  There was so much going on we decided to put a pin in it.  Now I have the fun task of daydreaming where to go next.  I'm thinking March or April, maybe Chile and a few days in Cusco Peru! We shall see. Vamos a ver.

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xoxo,

Suzanne

4 things...rest

Happy post Thanksgiving Sunday.  I hope everyone had some good food and good times this week. With the Shewanders team being so wrapped up in production these past few weeks the Thanksgiving break was refreshing. We opened our November Newsletter with a quote by William Woodsworth that simply said "rest and be thankful."  It seems like an easy enough concept, but with our lives becoming increasingly busy and work being a click away, it is not as easy as it once was to just rest.  But this week I let William's words become my reality and I found time each day to rest and be thankful for all that this year has brought my way.  During my restful week I had these four things on my mind.Inspired by : Artwork by Rebecca Louise Law.  I find joy in nature and she has created stunning works of art using the beauty of the world around us.  It is also inspiring to see someone take their passion for art and love for nature and combine it in such an innovative way.

Loving : Robin Schwartz's Amelia and the Animals portraits. Robin has been capturing portraits of her daughter Amelia's love for animals since she was 3 years old.  I love how her daughter, now 15, has become a creative partner with her mother, dreaming up new whimsical and sweet portraits to take.

Reading : Maya Angelou quotes.  I came across a Maya Angelou quote this week that made me stop and smile.  The quote read, "You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal.  Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you."  I then found myself spending hours on Pinterest reading through more of her words of wisdom.  Maya Angelou had an incredible view on life, you will not be able to read her quotes without feeling inspired to go out and live your dreams.

Dreaming of : A winter wonderland.  It is almost December, and I am in need of a snowy winter escape.  Mike and I are planning a trip with a group of friends and I cannot wait to make snow angels and drink hot chocolate.  But to hold me over until then, we are planning a winter themed date night at the Hotel Del.  Every holiday season they open Skating by the Sea  ice skating rink, and it is the perfect place to enjoy the San Diego style Christmas.  I won't be able to make snow angels but sand angels, ice skating and hot chocolate will do for now.

Have a wonderful week.

 

xoxo,

Suzanne

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4 things...musicials

Happy Sunday everyone.  It has been a fun filled week for me.  Vegas did not disappoint.  Mike won $40 on the slots and then lost $10.  We are not professional gamblers by any means but we did use that $30 to celebrate with drinks at the Vesper.  While we were there Mike educated me on the origin of musicals.  He told me that it was because of people like me, who were bored of communicating and were not that great at it.  Because in musicals you talk sometimes and then you just sing the rest of the time.  He raised a good point, although I do not think he is 100% right.  Either way we could not stop laughing about it.  I may never look at a musical the same way again.  Thanks to all the fun we had this week we still have not officially unpacked.  However we have mutually agreed that we will attack the boxes on Saturday.Hosting: A luncheon for my pals at my new place.  We like to do a small friends Thanksgiving every year.  It is nice to talk about the year and reminisce on the moments we've shared.  I look forward to it every holiday season, and I am eager to catch up, share some laughs, eat good food and sip on wine.

Planning : A trip to the east coast.  After the fun we had in Vegas we decided another trip was in order.  We are thinking New York, Boston or Pittsburg.  Hopefully the stars align and the entire Vegas crew can make it.  We have to continue our #adventureswithus

Watching : Fall TV.  I know I mentioned it last week but I just have to say it again.  If you do not watch Scandal you really need to.  Without spoiling anything, there was a Helen of Troy montage at the end of this weeks episode that was so well done.  It seems like TV shows are stepping it up and drawing the audience in closer and closer.  I also highly recommend Parenthood.  Julia and Joel's elevator scene was absolutely beautiful.  I am sad that it is the last season.

Listening to: Bright Eyes, "This is the first day of my life".  I can listen to this song over and over again and not get tired of it.  It is hard to believe it has been out since 2005.  It is definitely one of those beautiful tunes that will be playing for generations to come. lakephotography

 

xoxo,

Suzanne

4 things...loved ones

Hello all, I hope you have had a joyous week. I am spending this weekend with my family for a very special occasion, my brothers wedding. I am thrilled to be apart of his big day as a bridesmaid. It is a different way to view a wedding, to stand so close to the bride and groom and feel the emotional connection they share, and to look out at all their loved ones who are wishing them the best. It reminds me how important family and friends are. These are the people who are the nearest and dearest to your heart. The people who will support, love, and care for you. The people that will cheer for your successes and be around to pick you up if you fall. What would we be without our loved ones.Craving : my mom's cooking. Part of me wishes I could stay home forever just to be able to eat her food everyday.

Buying : gifts for my nephew. He is 3 months old now and I just want to get him everything I see. I did buy him a pair of footed monkey pajama's that I cannot wait to see on him.

Planning : A date night with my girlfriends. I could use a little bit more time with my friends and family this week. I am thinking of taking them to the landmark theater in Hillcrest to watch Art and Craft. The premise reminds me of Exit Through The Gift Shop, so I have a feeling I will enjoy it.

Exploring :  my new neighborhood. It is such a beautiful and lively place. There are so many coffee bars and new places to eat. Mike and I are going to have a good time trying them all and finding some new favorite places. So far we found a place called Senor Mangos that has the freshest smoothies and acai bowls. They also have a little fruit shop next door with local fruits and vegetables.

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone and send a family member or friend some love today.

xoxo,

Suzanne

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4 things...hello fall

The first week of fall is here and although it still feels like summer is lingering, mostly because of the weather, I am ready for the beauty of Fall.  I love how new season's seem to bring new adventures. Summer to me always feels full of bright, happy and fun times where Fall always feels full of intimate, special and personal joy. Mike and I have begun feeling that special joy of Fall with the move to our new place. It is the perfect time of year to create a new personal space.  Now that the big move is coming to an end I was fortunate to get some time to enjoy the things that come around this time of year.Moved by: SD film festival.  I went to the world premiere of a film about Chelsea King from Poway, Ca.  It was a touching documentary told from her brothers point of view that brought a mixture of emotions out of me.  I would highly recommend it.   Chelsea's Light: A Brother's Journey.

Noticing: signs of fall in San Diego.  Ghee the weather doesn't seem to change but...TV shows return.  Hello Scandal!

Watching:  Scandal along with the rest of my fall line up.  Watching new shows, drinking warm drinks, and snuggling up in blankets on the couch with Mike sums up some of my favorite things to do this time of year.

Dreaming of: my brothers wedding next weekend.  I am ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the wedding as a bridesmaid instead of a photographer.  I am looking forward to every bit of it.

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone.

xoxo,

Suzanne

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4 things...An artist

I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be an artist.  What "keeps the music playing". I've been thinking about what keeps me inspired: my muses, my friends, my family and my experiences.  I've always needed my voice as an artist to be about people. Telling someone's story.  About composing their story in a way that is filled with optimism and with it adding a drop of hope into the world.  As I grew to understand myself better as an artist, I saw hope and optimism return as themes over and over again in my work and in my life.  Even my most subversive younger work had a freedom to it, a hope, an optimistic outlook.  Hope and optimism have inspired me as an artist.  What keeps you going? What adds meaning and inspiration into your days?Remembering : Botticelli.  The first time I saw The Birth of Venus in person at the Uffizi in Florence I wept.  Sweet happy unabashed tears. I love remembering how profound that moment was to me.  I really felt the staying power of art in the world.  How this one pairing has been seen by so many. I felt grace connected to all of the artists and art lovers before me.

Watching : a routine Travis Wall choreographed on sytycd called ". ". This piece was everything. I think it's difficult to craft dances about joy without it coming across as false.  This dance felt like the best happiest moments that move on circles and disappear the second you realize them. This dance was a gift. I love that I could sit on the couch and hold Mikes hand and share something really beautiful with him.  I'm always so grateful that Mike loves theatre and dance too.

Dreaming about : Mike and I are going on a big trip in November. I've been pouring over ideas. We will be in Europe for 1 week and Asia for 1 or 2. So many choices my head is spinning.

Reading : the creative habit by Twyla Tharp. What a fascinating woman. I love how deep she delves into a project.  I'm hoping to create my rituals that free me up for more time for art and love.

Happy weekend ya all.

xoxo

Suzanne

 

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4 things : Around the World

I'm on a mini around the world trip. I guess we could call it around the world in 20 days. San Diego - Iceland - Italy - Dubai - San DiegoI met someone while I was traveling in college and they explained to me that not all tickets are round trip. Some of them just keep going until you arrive back at home. I was so amazed and grilled him with tons of questions. I remember we were sitting on the edge of a cliff on the most western point of Portugal. He was Australian and said they were really common. I asked him so many questions that eventually he said "I have a girlfriend." I laughed a little because he caught me off guard. I assured him I wasn't faking my interest in RTW tickets just to hit on him. Boys. A few years later I took my own year long trip around the world. It was one of the coolest things I've ever done. If I had my way all my tickets would be around the world.

Reading - lonely planet Iceland. I am obsessed about going back for a longer trip. Loving - an exhibit I saw in Reykjavik called Twosomes. It has inspired me to set aside some time to delve through the archives and search for stories. Hopefully I'll be sharing what I find soon. Dining with - Cristina and this weekends beautiful bride and a few of her friends and sisters. Cristina was explaining that at her new job in Dubai she only has 22 vacation days. There was a slight pause and I was certain that they would say 22 it isn't so bad but instead their mouths dropped and in unison they said "no. Cri no. How awful" Let me clarify, in the States 2 weeks vacation equals 10 days. I'm very pro-vacation,  it sounds like the Italians know what they are talking about. Dreaming of Dubai I'll arrive tomorrow. I'm so curious to see what it all looks like. What is real and what is imagined? Happy weekend, Suzanne

 

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4 Things...Intern Addition

Suzanne is off wandering the world and doing what she does best-shooting weddings. She is currently in Iceland, so us interns at Shewanders picked Suzanne's brain for a couple of things to write about. Lately, these have been on Suzanne's mind (with our own input here and there)... 

Dreaming of: The Grant Bridal event and hanging out with my pals. Suzanne attended a gorgeous get together at The US Grant Hotel. The theme was A Mid-summer Night's Dream, and it was like a fairy tale. How fun it must be to gather around with friends and vendors for an evening to enjoy each other's company and brainstorm.

Missing: Catalina Island. Suzanne spent a night in Catalina with Mike and his mother. Their trip looked so wonderful. It is nice when family can get together for a little getaway.

Watching: The Other Woman. Hanna suggested that Suzanne and the rest of us check it out. Definitely putting that one on the must watch list.

Thinking of: The ALS ice bucket challenge. It seemed a little bit silly at first, but after learning that people are actually donating money as well as pouring ice water on themselves for extra effect, it seems like a pretty cool way of getting more people involved with donating and being more aware.

xoxo,

The Shewanders Team

 

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4 Things...Provocateurs

Happy Sunday everyone. I'm thrilled to finally take the time to sit down, take a breather, and write about what I've been up to this week. Mike's mom Mary and I have been exploring sunny San Diego this past week. We've found so many rad things to do. I even made a clay unicorn cat, which I am very proud of  by the way. He gets to be mounted on my wall for all to see. I also finally had waterslide day at Aquatica. The whole SheWanders intern crew spent the day being daring and trying out every slide. Even Mary joined us in the lazy river. I think it's safe to say that waterslide day was a success. Lastly, I leave for my trip to Iceland next week. Words cannot express how excited I am to be in Europe once again and continue my adventuring. The picture below is from a session with two adorable sisters. Here are 4 things I've been enjoying this past week...Learning: This week I watched videos on the Warsaw Uprising. Nazi Germany controlled Warsaw, Poland during WWII. Warsaw  fought to gain their freedom in a 63 day battle. Many sources claim this to be the biggest  adn most significant uprising in the rebellion against German rule during the war. Sadly, Germany prevailed. These black and white films are a still frame in time of a significant historical landmark. There is a powerful message to be seen in the documentary film reels. The desire for freedom and peace ring loud and clear. It's hard for me at times to grasp these difficult moments in history, but the message is amazing all the same. Fight for what you believe. You can check out the videos here.

Watching: I recently watched the movie Exit Through the Gift Shop. This movie is all about graffiti artists and the ephemeral idea of street art. The filmographer wanted to simply take videos of street artists. One street artist pushed him to make documentary from the videos to show the daily life of these artists. Graffiti artists must remain anonymous, therefore, their work is never truly appreciated. No matter how amazing their art may be.

Listening: I've been listening to Bjork to "get in the mood" for my Iceland trip. She's an insanely talented Icelandic singer and her videos are crazy artistic. Here is a link to her video for her song Mutual Core.

Dreaming: Right now I am dreaming of Iceland. I'm extremely curious to see puffins, Icelandic ponies ,and thermal baths. This trip is going to be rad.

 

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

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4 Things...Inspiration

Happy weekend everyone, Sunday has rolled around once again. For the next two weeks Mike's mom Mary is in town.  It will be my mission to find new things to cross off her list. It's August so I don't think Palm Springs or Joshua Tree National Park is in the cards.  Any thoughts on a cool overnight trip? Mexico anyone? I feel like I always remember all the must see places of this amazing city after our guests leave. This week Mike and I have accomplished a lot. I've felt immensely inspired lately and feel like I can do anything I put my mind to. Below is a dreamy picture from a past trip to Laos. Here are a few things I've been loving this week and that have been adding to my inspiration...Inspiring: This week I've been loving the Inspire Me with Words Pinterest board. This page is the absolute best pick-me-up. When you need a few words of encouragement, or just to be reminded of how amazing you are, this page has just what you need. Sometimes we all need to take a step back and realize how rad we all are and how much we accomplish from day to day.

Loving: I had an art date with Ashley Bright. Ashley works at Promar Designs. I have always had an obsession with gold stars. You know the kind you get in elementary for being good in class? Gold stars are my Love Language.  Ashely fulfilled my inner kindergartener and created a magical poster to help me achieve my goals.  I will definitely share it once it's been printed. I am so thrilled to create the organized work life that I always dream of, yet often eludes me.  This is a beautiful step in the right direction for both me and my business.

Feeling: This week something my husband did made me feel extremely proud. As you know, Mike and I went to brunch with our friends Scott and Jenny of Quixotic Pictures at The Pearl. I was enjoying my Kentucky wake up call.  All of a sudden I see mike swimming extremely fast across the deep end of the pool.  A big smile of amazement spread across my face and I looked at our friend Scott and he was smiling too. I said "Hey Scott, do you know how awesome this is? I've never seen Mike swim so far!" Scott looked at me a little quizzically and I answered "Oh, he doesn't really know how to swim." Scott's face totally changed he looked back at Mike who had made it to the shallow end and finally lifted his head to breathe. Scott looked at me and said "I pushed him in". Ha ha well I guess Mike would never have known he could swim so far without his pal Scott.  I could tell Mike was pleased he rose the occasion and we all had a good laugh.  It made me wonder what else we can accomplish? What else is in us right below the surface?

Dreaming: With all the amazing things that we've accomplished this week as a SheWanders team, husband and wife, and as individuals; I feel like we need a hero soundtrack. I've been dreaming about finding one the last few days. Which brought me to my search on Songza. I was thinking maybe this will play me some Eye of the Tiger. While searching for my "hero soundtrack", a playlist popped up called:  "Saving the World". Of course I had to click on it, who wouldn't? This lead me to a page where the words "We’ll help you save the world from evil. You must choose a genre, but choose wisely." appeared. I was hooked. From here you can select "Intrepid Indie Rock", "Heroic Classic Rock", "Bold and Daring Film Scores", "Grandiose Glam Rock", and "Medieval Metal." Don't mind if I do. Upon clicking the "Heroic Classic Rock" button, what was the first song to pop up would be? That's right, Eye of the Tiger. Followed by none other than Final Countdown. I'm pretty intrigued to find out what's in the "Medieval Metal" playlist. Go on over and check this playlist out. Every hero needs a soundtrack to save the world.

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

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4 Things...Relaxing Weekend

Happy weekend everyone. San Diego has been experiencing some crazy East Coast weather again this week. Hot and humid seems to be the new norm for SoCal. Fortunately for me, I've been experimenting with underwater photography lately. It's been rad to play with new ideas and come up with shoots that are outside the box. I enjoy treading on the wild side. The photograph below is from one of my recent sessions. These are 4 things that I've been enjoying this week...Watching: Into the Woods a the Old Globe Theatre.  This musical premiered at the Old Globe in 1986 and has returned this August. This play uses classic children stories to weave a story and lead your imagination into a dreamy, mythical world.

Thinking: I've been thinking about the movie we recently saw. It's called Wish I Was Here by Zach Braff. It is a fantastic movie about a 35 year old father who is a struggling actor and still trying to discover himself. I'd highly recommend seeing this movie.

Loving: Potato salad. On Kickstarter, a rad guy named Zack Danger Brown is raising money by selling....potato salad. If you donate $1, he will say your name out loud while making potato salad. What does $2 get you? A photo of him making the potato salad, and he will say your name out loud when making the salad. Now if you feel inclined to donate $20, you receive items such as a potato-salad haiku, your name carved into a potato to be used in the his salad, and an autographed jar of mayonnaise. Best part? Under "Risks and Challenges" he states: It might not be that good, it's my first potato salad."

Dreaming: I've been dreaming about today all week long. Today is Sunday funday at The Pearl with our friends. We are taking a much needed day off in the midst of wedding season and hanging out with great people by the pool. It's time for some relaxation.

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

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4 Things...Endless Summer

With the heat wave that has been hovering over San Diego the last few days, we hope everyone has found a way to keep escape the heat. This weather is an excellent excuse to escape to the beach and swim in the cool water. The picture below is from a trip we took to Sydney, Australia, our sister city who also has one season. Summer. Endless Summer. Here are a few things I've been loving this last week...Discovering: I just recently heard about Smart Girls by Amy Poehler, Meredith Walker, and Amy Miles. This blog is meant to be an inspiring place for women of all ages to learn about their true selves. In their bio the women state that they hope the blog opens up resources and experiences for girls, teens, and adults to learn about . They even have camps and workshops for teens to teach them about their opportunities in life. They encourage women to explore and discover new ideas, learn about new topics, and most importantly...to discover themselves.

Reminiscing: A resource party with my friend Taylor McWethy. Taylor is a marketing and advertising specialist. I feel so immensely lucky to have such wonderful friends to collaborate with. We got the inspiration for this from Mighty Girl.

Reading: Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub. Sugar is my weakness, which is why I decided to read this book. The author explains the hidden effects of consuming as much sugar as Americans do and why it should be cut out of our diets. She also exposes foods which I would never have guessed contain sugar hidden within. This book definitely puts healthy eating into perspective.

Dreaming: of waterslides.

Happy Weekend.

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

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4 things...Moonlight

Happy weekend to you all. I hope everyone has had an event filled summer so far. I'm still dreamy from Lauren and I's trip to Washington and Oregon.  I can not wait to share some images of the beautiful sites we walked through.  I feel like I left a little piece of me on Orcas Island.  It's a bit like summer camp.  People's faces soften when you mention the island.  It just has a little magic.  I'm so grateful to Morgan and Erin for making us a part of their wedding week and Serena and Dan for opening up their home to us.  Here is a nostalgic look at two strangers watching the moonlight dance on the water.1. Reading: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweeden by Jonas Jonasson. Check out a review here. Two great things about this book: It's funny, and it reminds us the impact that just one small person can have on the world.

2. Creating: watercolor in plein air. This past week I got a chance to paint in the beautiful outdoors of Washington National Park.   My painting was no masterpiece but it felt really good to draw upon real life for inspiration.

3. Dreaming: of a date night with Mike. Even though I've had a blast on my trip to the Pacific Northwest, it's nice just to sit on the couch and hold Mike's hand.  I've missed him.

4. Inspired: by a Rad post in an inspiring blog. Wittyrental's recent blog post talked about fashion forward ladies and imagined what their spaces would be like. This post has really sparked something in me that I can't quite verbalize yet but I hope to soon.

Happy Sunday friends,

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

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