Desert Rose

I just finally made the post about the church and vineyard which you can see below. The wifi at my mom’s is so slow so I have to head to a nearby coffee shop for some speedy internet. I thought I’d do another quick update while I’m here since I’ve been sitting on these photos Jenelle took of me in her super photogenic backyard. I had an amazing dinner last night at my friend Cecilia and Bruno’s. Bruno is from Brasil and Cecilia and he met there. It was exactly what I needed. I feel particularly strange today … emotional in general. I’ve been sitting on this egg, so to speak, for about five months and it’s about to hatch! I’m ready to see and explore what comes next. The anticipation has a jittery sort of energy, like new love. I’m spending tonight with another group of friends which will hopefully calm these nerves. I feel like I’m in Chico to scoop up some love for my journey. I’m lucky to have this place and all the people it houses.

all in my feelings ;)

Acabei de fazer o post sobre a igreja e a vinha que você pode ver abaixo. O wifi na casa da minha mãe é tão lento, então eu tenho que ir a um café nas proximidades para uma internet rápida. Pensei em fazer outra atualização rápida enquanto estiver aqui desde que estou sentada nessas fotos que Jenelle tirou de mim em seu quintal super fotogênico. Eu tive um jantar maravilhoso ontem à noite na minha amiga Cecilia e Bruno. Bruno é do Brasil e Cecilia e ele conheceu lá. Era exatamente o que eu precisava. Eu me sinto particularmente estranho hoje ... emocional em geral. Eu estou sentada neste ovo, por assim dizer, por cerca de cinco meses e está prestes a nascer! Estou pronto para ver e explorar o que vem depois. A antecipação tem um tipo de energia nervosa, como um novo amor. Estou passando esta noite com outro grupo de amigos que, esperamos, acalmará esses nervos. Eu sinto que estou em Chico para pegar um pouco de amor pela minha jornada. Tenho sorte de ter este lugar e todas as pessoas que ele abriga.

tudo em meus sentimentos ;)

Mariamma

Anza-Borrega

Feliz Friday y'all! I don't have much planned for the rest of the day except some house projects. I'm currently at a coffee shop on 2nd street and I'm planning on picking up a painting that needed the glass fixed in the frame on my way home. A couple months back I did a post about spray-painting the frames of four pieces of artwork that I bought at the flea market. They are a set and I wanted to hang them in a certain formation together but the beams in the wall were going to make that tricky. The guy at the hardware store convinced me to buy this heavy-duty, double-sided adhesive that could hold up to 300 lbs (supposedly) to the wall. Long story short, one of them fell off of the wall (in the middle of the night I might add) and shattered. I took the rest down fearing the same fate and finally got around to getting it fixed. Now I can hang them all the old-fashioned way haha. 

Sometimes simple is better. Lesson learned. 

xo 

Mariamma

Cacti

Top - Thrifted | Pants - Stolen from my Ma :) | Booties - Circus by Sam Edelman 

Good morning! Today is my last day in Santa Barbara and luckily Nicole has the whole day free to spend with me! Yesterday we had lunch together and then I headed downtown while she met with a professor for a few hours. I wandered around, popping into shops while sipping on a matcha latte from Good Cup. When Nicole was done we met up and headed to dinner at a restaurant in La Arcada. I'm just waiting for her to wake up right now so we can go wander around more today. I'll head back to Long Beach this evening ... just in time for traffic. 

Have a lovely Friday! 

Mariamma

2018

Hello loves. I'm sitting in a coffee shop off 2nd street. I had an appointment on this end of town and I decided it was a good excuse for a bike ride. It only takes me about 15-20 minutes to get clear across town. Long Beach really is a little slice of heaven! I took the bike path along the beach, bundled in my vintage minnie mouse bomber and listened to Olivia's seven minute voice note with my headphones for half the ride. She just officially finished her masters! So exciting!! 

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Years. I spent NYE with some of my old friends from High School. We all met up at Jared's house in Venice for a lovely little reunion. This past weekend I headed down to San Diego for Lauren's birthday. It was wonderful to catch up with her and Marina, dance, speak some Portuguese, eat some pão de queijo, etc. It was an ideal way to spend the first moments of 2018. I am so excited for what this year holds. 2017 was anything but predictable and it's so funny that I assumed my life would get more and more predictable as I got older. I don't make this assumption anymore ;) 

cheers to new years and new possibilities 

xo 

Mariamma

Sparkle

Here are more photos from my trip to Anza-Borrega State Park. Those sun flares are pure magic! 

Today I have a few things on the agenda ... repotting some plants and soaking in the sunshine on what is supposed to be a 90 degree day! I think I'll take a nap too. You know it's a going to be a good day when you're already planning a nap at 6:45 a.m. 

Happy Friday!

Mariamma

Desert Dessert

A few weekends ago I went on a little day trip to the desert. I just needed some silence and solitude. I love me some city, but I can't live without my nature. There is something so magical about the desert and its muted shades. No harsh hues but lots of snarled cacti that will insert themselves in your feet via your open-toed sandals ... BEWARE ;).  

smooches on smooches 

Mariamma