Last Day Home

Hi sweet thangs! Tomorrow will be my last day in Chico for a bit. I can’t believe how fast this trip has gone but part of me feels like it has been the perfect amount of time. It occurred to me today that I still haven’t had Hula’s, an amazing Hawaiian grill in town, so I may have to squeeze that in tomorrow haha. Also, I get to take one last dance class here tomorrow night with yet another guest teacher, this time from Mali. Dancing is the perfect way to be sent off! Just a heads up that I may not have much time to blog in the next couple months, but I will do my very best to give you little updates. Exciting things ahead! These photos were taken last week on a lovely girls’ day with Julia. We had brunch, went shopping, and stumbled on a carnival that hadn’t opened yet! Today has been v chill. I just got back from getting my nails done and now I’m going to start packing. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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Oi coisas doces! Amanhã será meu último dia em Chico um pouco. Eu não posso acreditar o quão rápido esta viagem foi, mas parte de mim parece que tem sido a quantidade perfeita de tempo. Ocorreu-me hoje que eu ainda não tinha Hula's, uma grade havaiana incrível na cidade, então eu posso ter que espremer isso amanhã haha. Além disso, eu vou ter uma última aula de dança aqui amanhã à noite com outro professor convidado, desta vez do Mali. Dançar é a maneira perfeita de ser expulso! Apenas um aviso que eu posso não ter muito tempo para blogar nos próximos meses, mas eu farei o meu melhor para lhe dar pequenas atualizações. Coisas emocionantes pela frente! Essas fotos foram tiradas na semana passada em um lindo dia das meninas com Julia. Nós tivemos brunch, fomos fazer compras e tropeçamos em um carnaval que ainda não tinha aberto! Hoje foi muito chill. Acabei de fazer um manicure e agora vou começar a fazer as malas. Espero que todos tenham tido um fim de semana maravilhoso!

xoxo

Mariamma

Inverno

Top - Free People | Zip-Up Jacket - Brandy Melville | Jeans - Rolla’s Jeans | Coat - Lulu’s | Sneakers - Diamond Supply Co.

Happy Saturday! I am currently in front of the fireplace after a morning spent out and about. I headed to the farmer’s market to get a bag of mandarins (they’re in-season!) and some turnips so my mom can make borsch (a beet-based Russian stew that is so yummy and healthy and I always crave it when it’s cold). The mandarins at the market weren’t looking great but I did find turnips. I ran into a friend who told me about a little roadside stand that sells mandarins across town to I went there instead. I definitely miss some of those tropical Brazilian fruits, but berries and citrus from California are also some of my favorites. I drove up the canyon to get a bit of an aerial view of Chico and snapped these photos. I tore a whole in the leg of my Rollas jeans while hopping the barbed wire fence, but that’s what I get for trespassing haha. My mamma will help me patch them. Thank God for mammas. After my little excursion into nature I went to buy some pjs from Forever21. I have been sleeping in my gym leggings for years now and I figured it was about time to get some clothes just for sleeping. I got a very cute matching sweatsuit with pastel dinos all over it and a cute pink drawstring. I’ll be nice and cozy until the spring sun decides to grace us with her presence … hopefully soon!!! 

Feliz sábado! Atualmente estou em frente à lareira depois de uma manhã passada. Eu fui ao mercado do fazendeiro para comprar um saco de mandarins (eles estão na estação!) E alguns nabos para que minha mãe pudesse fazer borsch (um ensopado russo à base de beterraba que é tão gostoso e saudável e eu sempre anseio quando é frio). Os mandarins no mercado não estavam ótimos, mas eu encontrei nabos. Eu encontrei um amigo que me contou sobre um pequeno estande de beira de estrada que vende mandarins pela cidade e fui para lá. Eu definitivamente sinto falta de algumas dessas frutas tropicais brasileiras, mas frutas e frutas cítricas da Califórnia também são algumas das minhas favoritas. Eu dirigi até o canyon para ter uma visão aérea de Chico e tirei essas fotos. Eu rasguei um pedaço inteiro da minha calça jeans Rollas enquanto pulava a cerca de arame farpado, mas é isso que eu recebo por invadir haha. Minha mãe vai me ajudar a consertá-los. Graças a Deus pelas mammas. Depois da minha pequena excursão à natureza, fui comprar alguns pjs da Forever21. Eu tenho dormido em minhas leggings de ginástica há anos e percebi que era hora de pegar algumas roupas só para dormir. Eu tenho um moletom muito bonito combinando com dinos pastel por toda parte e um cordão rosa bonito. Eu serei agradável e aconchegante até que o sol da primavera decida nos agraciar com sua presença ... esperançosamente em breve!!!

smooch

Mariamma

Back in Chico

I'm back in Northern California! I had an eventful drive home ... a pick-up truck isn't a great idea at 75 miles an hour with your whole life in the back ... and I'll leave it at that. I got home at four in the morning, said a brief and tired hello to my mom who had waited up for me, and then slept 'til almost noon today. Today we unpacked the truck and returned it and then headed to the 105th birthday party for the Chico Women's Club. My mom has been a board member for this historic group of women since 2002 and she makes me proud with how articulate, driven, and respected she is among the other members. She made a massive cake for the celebration, the largest version I've ever seen of her famous chocolate cake, decorated of course in flowers from the garden - a family tradition.  We dropped the rest of the cake off at the local homeless shelter before taking a quick dip in the creek nearby. I only had my nice nude heels with me so I walked to the creek barefoot which was a hot and stony path. My feet are feeling a bit raw. They used to be so tough! After eating a dinner of salad and tofu in the backyard we headed to the movies to see Crazy Rich Asians. It is such a good one! I feel like I packed a lot in considering I slept almost half the day away! It feels good and relaxing to be home, especially after a bit of a hectic move. 

happy homecoming 

Estou de volta ao norte da Califórnia! Eu tive uma viagem movimentada para casa ... uma pick-up não é uma ótima idéia a 75 milhas por hora com toda a sua vida nas costas ... e eu vou deixar por isso mesmo. Cheguei em casa às quatro da manhã, disse um breve e cansado olá para a minha mãe que tinha esperado por mim, e depois dormi até quase meio-dia de hoje. Nós descompactamos o caminhão e o devolvemos e então fomos para a festa de aniversário de 105 anos do Chico Women's Club. Minha mãe é membro do conselho desse grupo histórico de mulheres desde 2002 e ela me deixa orgulhosa de como ela é articulada, motivada e respeitada entre os outros membros. Ela fez um enorme bolo para a celebração, a maior versão que eu já vi de seu famoso bolo de chocolate, decorado, claro, em flores do jardim - uma tradição familiar. Nós deixamos o resto do bolo fora no abrigo desabrigado local antes de dar um mergulho rápido no riacho próximo. Eu só tive meus saltos nus agradáveis omigo assim eu caminhei para o riacho descalço que era um caminho quente e pedregoso. Meus pés estão um pouco crus. Eles costumavam ser tão durões! Depois de comer um jantar de salada e tofu no quintal nós fomos ao cinema ver Crazy Rich Asians. É tão bom! Eu sinto como se eu tivesse embalado muito em considerar que dormi quase a metade do dia! É uma sensação boa e relaxante estar em casa, especialmente depois de um movimento frenético.

feliz regresso a casa

Mariamma

Zavalapalooza

This past weekend I headed North, very North, for Max and Jenelle's wedding. It was so amazing to be reunited with the crew for such a special night - celebrating two people that make each other really happy :). The wedding started at 3 pm, in the blazing Chico sun, and was full to the brim with heart-felt speeches, big smiles, drinks, the infamous El Paísa taco truck, and so many dance moves! I also got to allot practically a whole day to visiting with my sissy. My dad's side of the family is coming down for Thanksgiving but my sister has school (college!) so she's the only one I won't see again in a month. I love that girl. I'm currently in a coffee shop in Santa Monica, killing time before participating in a paid research study on meditation that my friend Elly told me about. I'm curious to see how it goes!

xoxo 

Mariamma

Upper Park

Here is a little flashback to a day in the sun and water with my friend Acacia and her puppy. Upper Park is the upper half of Bidwell Park that runs through Chico and up into the hills. It frames a creek that travels through town. Lower Park is lush and green with a tight-knit canopy that keeps the vines and moss green below. Upper Park on the other hand has dry, rustling blonde grass and a canyon of lava rocks where the creek runs through. The water was still pretty cold - it warms up in July - but we managed to swim upstream a bit and have a little picnic and sunbath on a little rock ledge. I've taken so many photos this month that it's hard to find time to upload them all! I love this 'problem'!

<3 

Mariamma

Thursday Night Market

There are quite a few things that make Chico summer so wonderful, and Thursday Night Market is surely one. Every Thursday evening a few streets downtown are blocked off to make way for the throngs of people who come to shop at the booths and stands along the sides. There is anything from produce to clothes, to homemade soaps and food trucks. The city plaza is at the end of the street and there you can find a fountain that keeps kids cool and entertained while different community performances take place on an adjacent stage. This week there were hula dancers! I went with my mom this past week and we strolled around, watched the dancers and my friend Jesse who was singing and playing guitar in-between a couple booths. It was a lovely little evening that ended in getting a little saucy with my mom at a jazz bar afterwards. My mom is the cutest. 

<3 

Mariamma

Silver Dollar Fair

It's become tradition in my friend group to go in a big posse to the Silver Dollar Fair in Chico, and despite moving to LA last year, I've managed to make it every year for the festivities. There's something magical about the junk food, the janky rides, and warm summery nights. 

cheers to good friends and sloppy times

Zavala Wedding

What an awesome weekend! I got to go home to Northern California for my dear friends' wedding. It was an absolutely magical evening. Weddings are always happy and fun, but this one was especially beautiful. Oh how I love love! I was so happy to see all my friends and spend the night dancing away under the oaks and the ridge. And of course, there were lots of funny occurrences that made reminiscing this morning at brunch quite fun. That being said, I need to go to sleep because I didn't do much relaxing this weekend and I've got to get up early mañana.

Congratulations Shaylyn & Zane! 

xo

Mariamma