Monday, October 28, 2013

case of the mondays.

case of the mondays.

Case of the Mondays. And a sudden realization that I need to prioritize my time better. Although I always, always say that. How does one break free of last minute, sometimes impromptu, creative projects and actually do them in a timely manner? Stop being lazy? (There maaay be a teeny weeny grain of truth in that.) Need more time? (Time is def conspiring against me! Fa sho.) Or both. (Time is making me lazy? I'd believe it.) But one thing's for sure - weekends are never long enough. Here's to closing out October with all those personal projects I've meant to do so I can finally get on other photog collab work. Wish me luck!

besos ... jin.

Friday, October 25, 2013

diy // gold polka dot pumpkin.

DIY // gold polka dot pumpkin.

Been meaning to spruce up that pumpkin you've picked up weeks ago, but don't have time to deck it out and just now realizing Halloween is next week? Awesome. We're in the same boat. Into gold detailing like me? Double awesome. Grab some gold paint and a sponge. Ho-hum ordinary pumpkin, no more!

DIY // gold polka dot pumpkin.
DIY // gold polka dot pumpkin.

Materials // Gold acrylic paint. Sponge of any kind. Small container to hold paint. Pumpkin.

How to // 1. Sponge can be any shape, size, type. If you're like me and too cheap to buy an already affordable sponge, an old kitchen sponge will do. Just cut out a circle and you're good to go. // 2. Pour a small amount of gold paint into the container and dip sponge into paint. // 3. Stamp away! Make sure you press a little harder into the crevices of the pumpkin to get some paint in it's nooks and crannies.

DIY // gold polka dot pumpkin.
DIY // gold polka dot pumpkin.

Totally lovin' how my raggity old kitchen sponge makes the most imperfect gold polka dots ever. Kinda gives a fun, rustic vibe, no? Now to get fall festive on my patio and find a spot for all that imperfect gold-dotted pumpkiness!

besos ... jin.

Friday, October 18, 2013

pumpkin tree branches.

mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.
mini pumpkins on a branch.

I saw these pumpkin branch lovelies at Whole Foods and immediately picked up a 'bouquet' without hesitation. Anything with an unexpected twist - I'm on it! Actually, those aren't really mini pumpkins on a stick. They're really ornamental eggplants, or edible eggplants, if ya bravely curious enough to stir-fry away. Def gonna give that a go one day! But purely on the ornamental side, I'm in love with how these branches are utterly simple, yet adds a quiet whimsical-fall-foliage-in-the-forest statement piece in a classy way. Stick them in wine and Perrier bottles. Boom. Good to go. Festive autumn merriments, à la country chic meets city coffee shop, in just a couple of steps. Happy Friday!

besos ... jin.

Monday, October 14, 2013

family photoshoot // the spann family.

family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.

Nevermind that it's been 2 months since The Spann Family photoshoot, but better late than never, eh? It's amazing how a mini vacation and adopting a new puppy love can suddenly fast forward August into October! Yowzah. But alas, here's my last summer photoshoot of 2013. And may I add, one of my quickest. It took less than an hour to shoot this family! They posed themselves and knew exactly what they wanted! Major score in my books when it's 100+ degrees outside!

Anyways, Ancella and I go way back. Like college some XY number of years way back. Back when we kicked it as fellow Lambda Lil Sis pledge sisters. Nowadays we occasionally kick it at our usual lunching spot, Blue Dahlia Bistro, and I can honestly say Ancella is one of my closest girlfriends from those good ol' UT days. So imagine how honored I was when she asked me to shoot her family portraits for their upcoming Christmas cards! Totally lovin' how Ancella thoughtfully chose black as their photoshoot color theme, 'You like how we're wearing black? Cuz, you know, the dog is black and she's part of the family and we all have to match.'

Right on, girlfriend! Right on! Can't wait to see how those Christmas cards turn out in a couple of months!

besos ... jin.

Friday, October 11, 2013

friendly friday reminder + oh yah, happy friday!

happy friday.
'Those who push the boundaries of creativity are the ones who change the world. They don’t follow trends, they set them.'

Stay fiercely curious, open-minded + non-judgemental, my friends. You'd be surprised by what you're missing out on.

besos ... jin.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

seattle 2013.

seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.
seattle 2013.

As many times as I've been to Seattle, I could never get tired of this city. The laid-back vibe, fresh air, nature-y backdrop. With a hint of the hipstery twist. Who's not down with that? It's like I had never left Austin! Though Seattle would have felt more like my 2nd home if some of my favorite people haven't recently moved out of this fine, quirky city! My ading is now somewhere in Arkansas. Liz moved to Houston a year ago. And Helen ... I have no idea what happened to her. But for sure, Seattle's not the same without them. Yeah, it's just not the same. Many, if not all, of my memorable Seattle (mis)adventures involved them all! Then in comes Jay to save the day. He moved to Seattle 2 months ago and thanks to him and his proximity to Seattle University, Vince and I got to be college kids all over again, running around Pine St. and E. Madison St. every morning. Def a great place to kill a whole week, where finding tourists this far removed from Pike Place Market, Belltown and Chinatown is rare. We kinda felt like locals! Young locals, at that. You know, kicking it with the college kids and stuff.

But I'll admit, even without all the good people no longer in Seattle, this trip has proven to be just as memorable as the last few. How many people can say they started off their very first hours in town jamming out at a Typhoon concert with Jay's roomies at The Crocodile and then going on a midnight tour around Brandon's malarial research lab immediately thereafter? We even ventured outside of Seattle to do a bit of hikage in Whidbey Island. (Our first choice was Mount Rainier, but weather beat us out. Next time!) And ain't nobody took advantage of the Car2Go like we did! Nor had to fight a losing battle for a Car2Go like we did. I thought you Seattleites walked and biked everywhere?? Oi. But I'd do it all over again - zipping around Seattle in a Car2Go. It's fun! Even though it's a hassle and even though parking is scarce and even though you spend more time searching for a Car2Go than actually riding in it. My Car2Go word of advice: Reserve, reserve, reserve! Maybe when I come back to Seattle in 3 years, teleportation will be alive and well. Hey! A girl can hope! Would def make my traveling life easier!

besos ... jin.
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