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hello lovelies!

this week, i didn’t have much time to take pictures over the weekend, what, with my predictably busy lifestyle. but i did find a spare moment to look through my picture archive, and found a collection of photos from only a few weeks ago that just remind me of how much i love my camera, and the creativity that it sparks in me.

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for these pictures, i decided to change it up a little, just because i was feeling artsy, and i put on a bright purple wig! the style and color are so different from what my own hair looks like, that i barely even recognize myself in these. i did this photo shoot with my friend, callie, who happens to be very blonde, making her hair almost yellow. the two tones contrast in a very aesthetically pleasing way (they are, after all, opposites on the color wheel), and make the pictures twice as interesting as they would have been with either of us individually.

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blonde and purple, purple and blonde. whichever way you slice it, the resulting photos are both stunning and surprising. it was a beautifully sunny day, so we walked up the street of my house to do the shoot in a setting with less background distractions, while also taking a few pictures along the way. it was an interesting experience stepping in front of the camera, as i am notoriously camera shy, but i found that i really did like the feeling that went along with capturing beautiful images of myself.

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the hair i wore was a little bob cut, and very vintage looking when i paired it with a denim jacket and polka dot skirt, and callie was wearing a messy side braid with a loose t shirt and ripped jeans that made her look relaxed and modern. these pictures, in every way, portray us as visual opposites, and this happens to hold true in our personalities as well. i myself, am more introverted and quietly creative, while callie is loud and friendly, and boldly artsy. all of these elements are mashed together when we collaborate, and instead of clashing, we complement each other in the best ways as photographers and friends. please comment below to let me know how you express yourself, and have a wonderful day.

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hello lovelies!

this week i visited the santa barbara art museum with a few friends. these people i was with are very special to me, as i have known them since I was about 2 or 3 years old. we tend to do a few things together from time to time, as a mechanism for keeping the connections and friendship between us. the art museum is a place that i have not been to for a very long time. the last time i remember going was for a field trip in elementary school. as a result, almost everything i saw was new to me. there was a large room full of beautiful photography that was all muted colors and black and white pictures on walls with bright orange and blue paint that complemented each other very prettily. another room that i really enjoyed was the room named “geometry of the absurd”, featuring textured geometrical art pieces with bright day-glo colors.in this picture, i was particularly captivated by the compliment of my friend’s pink hair.

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then finally there was a children’s room that was full of chalks and pens, and most importantly, a large statue of soft clay that was made for tiny hands to mold.

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after the visit to the museum, my friends and i were hungry, so we walked a few blocks down state street to a pretty little bakery called lilac patisserie. this bakery is dedicated to gluten free, and they even have a few vegan items! normally, i don’t like gluten free pastries. they always feel so dense to me. but this place makes them so well i can’t even tell the difference between their desserts and wheat ones. even the vegan cupcakes are absolutely amazing, tasting like they contain gluten, dairy and eggs while catering to the many vegans in santa barbara unlike any i’ve seen before.

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this is what i ordered: a chocolate fudge yellow cake with sea salt caramel. it is so rich that i took 3 bites, and i was full… for the rest of the day! going with friends was a fun experience because of the opportunities to share and swap, that let us get a taste of everyone’s treats. i wanted to give special mention to the frosting they make here that to me, is the very definition of decadence. with beautiful organic designs of flowers and leaves, they decorate the tops of their delightful cakes with colorful buttercream that melts in your mouth.

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i loved this afternoon activity in downtown santa barbara with the visit to the art museum and the drop-in at the small cafe for a sweet treat, and would recommend it to anyone who happens to be in town. please comment below with your favorite weekend activities, and have a beautiful day.