Birthday Girl

Good afternoon! I am currently in Fort Myers, Florida and the humidity is real! I tried to take a photo of my hotel view and had to be quick because the lens was fogging up so fast! There is supposedly a mini waterpark at the hotel so my friend Colleen and I are about to go find it! The sunny weather is such a nice surprise because yesterday the weather said it was going to storm. These photos were taken on my birthday just last week in the absolutely wonderful city of Oporto! What a dream … 

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Boa tarde! Eu estou atualmente em Fort Myers, Flórida e a umidade é real! Eu tentei tirar uma foto da minha visão do hotel e tive que ser rápido porque a lente estava embaçando tão rápido! Há supostamente um mini parque aquático no hotel, então meu amigo Colleen e eu estamos prestes a ir encontrá-lo! O tempo ensolarado é uma surpresa tão agradável porque ontem o tempo disse que ia invadir. Estas fotos foram tiradas no meu aniversário na semana passada na cidade absolutamente maravilhosa do Porto! Que sonho …

xx

Mariamma

First Light

Good morning babes! I am finally starting to get back onto California time. The last couple days I have woken up at five o’clock in the morning - which is 11 o’clock Rio time haha. I think I will try and take a nap today so I get tired later and hopefully wake up a bit later too. I had a great day yesterday. I finally got a new phone number. It’s been months since I have had cell service on my iPhone and it feels like such a luxury now. In Rio I was using a cheap Samsung phone so it would be less likely to get stolen. After sorting that out I headed to my favorite thrift store. I got a black blazer, a satin Chinese-inspired dress, and a shimmery green top that I will need to get taken in a bit in the waist. Right as I was leaving, Ceci texted me and asked if I would like to take a walk during her lunch break so we took a short stroll in the park. Even with the 30 spf in my makeup I got a slight sunburn on my face haha. Who would have thought I’d get more of a sunburn in winter here than in summer in Brazil?! I guess the difference in altitude really does make a difference. I took the bus home and then headed to dance class. I taught my very first class! It was amazing to get to share some of what I’ve learned and everyone was so supportive and grateful so that made it even better. After class my mom and I got Mexican food for dinner.I finally got a burrito! 

Bom dia babes! Finalmente estou começando a voltar para a Califórnia. Nos últimos dois dias eu acordei às cinco horas da manhã - o que é 11 horas no Rio haha. Acho que vou tentar tirar um cochilo hoje, então me canso mais tarde e espero acordar um pouco mais tarde também. Eu tive um ótimo dia ontem. Eu finalmente consegui um novo número de telefone. Já faz meses desde que eu tive serviço de celular no meu iPhone e parece um luxo agora. No Rio, eu estava usando um telefone Samsung barato, então seria menos provável que ele fosse roubado. Depois de resolver isso, fui para o meu brechó favorito. Eu tenho um blazer preto, um vestido de cetim inspirado em chinês, e um top verde brilhante que eu vou precisar pegar um pouco na cintura. Assim que eu estava saindo, Ceci me mandou uma mensagem e perguntou se eu gostaria de dar um passeio durante a sua pausa para o almoço, então fizemos um curto passeio no parque. Mesmo com os 30 spf na minha maquiagem eu tenho uma leve queimadura no meu rosto haha. Quem teria pensado que eu sofreria mais queimaduras de sol no inverno aqui do que no verão no Brasil ?! Eu acho que a diferença de altitude realmente faz a diferença. Peguei o ônibus para casa e depois fui para a aula de dança. Eu ensinei minha primeira aula! Foi incrível compartilhar um pouco do que aprendi e todos me apoiaram e agradeceram, o que tornou tudo ainda melhor. Depois da aula, minha mãe e eu pegamos comida mexicana para o jantar. Finalmente consegui um burrito!

x

Mariamma

Garden Grow

Hey hey. These photos were taken before I went to dance class yesterday. By the time I got out of class a huge storm had begun. About halfway through my bus-ride it was pouring so hard that I couldn’t see clearly out the windows and water started to leak from the emergency hatch in the roof. I ran to the grocery store and then came home, completely soaked. I took a long hot shower and then was going to start cooking when all the power went out. I ended up spending the evening listening to podcasts … it was the only thing I could think to do without any internet or light! It reminded me of evenings with my grandma when she would stretch on a beach towel in the living room and listen to the radio. On my way to the gym this morning I noticed a few capsized trees and then I saw on the news that five people died in Rio yesterday due to extreme flooding in some parts of the city.  So much of Rio isn’t built to withstand common tropical storms and it’s so sad when people pay the price. I am getting out of town for the weekend tomorrow. I’m staying at an Airbnb in a little beach town close to Rio. I thought it would be nice to have some time to myself away from the city to reflect on this trip and just enjoy the last bits of Brazil, until next time. 

Ei ei. Essas fotos foram tiradas antes de eu ir para a aula de dança ontem. Quando saí da aula, uma tempestade enorme começou. Mais ou menos na metade do meu trajeto de ônibus estava derramando tanto que não consegui enxergar com clareza as janelas e a água começou a vazar da escotilha de emergência do teto. Corri até a mercearia e depois voltei para casa completamente encharcado. Tomei um longo banho quente e depois comecei a cozinhar quando a energia acabou. Acabei passando a noite ouvindo podcasts ... era a única coisa que eu conseguia pensar sem internet ou luz! Isso me lembrou de noites com minha avó quando ela iria esticar em uma toalha de praia na sala de estar e ouvir o rádio. No meu caminho para a academia esta manhã eu notei algumas árvores emborcadas e então vi no noticiário que cinco pessoas morreram no Rio ontem devido a inundações extremas em algumas partes da cidade. Muito do Rio não é construído para resistir a tempestades tropicais comuns e é muito triste quando as pessoas pagam o preço. Estou saindo da cidade para o fim de semana de amanhã. Estou hospedado em um Airbnb em uma pequena cidade de praia perto do Rio. Eu achei que seria legal ter um tempo longe da cidade para refletir sobre essa viagem e aproveitar os últimos momentos do Brasil, até a próxima.

xx

Mariamma

Out & About

Hello lovelies. These photos are from the past couple weeks, from allover the city. There was that delicious dinner at Bar Mineiro with the girls, and the cute airport lounge where I ate breakfast while I waited for the Federal Police to extend my visa. This city is full of cute corners. Last night I tried desperately to get an Itaú bike (one of the city bikes) and after accidentally grabbing one with a flat tire and then waiting for 20 minutes for someone to drop one off, which they never did, I decided to just walk home. It turned out to be a lovely walk; it was cool as the sun was setting and I got a beautiful sunset show above the mountains. A huge cloud loomed above Cristo, glowing from the inside out in a peachy hue. I was quite perturbed that I didn’t have a camera on me but I managed to take a few photos with my little samsung phone that were only worth sharing on a quick instastory. Now I’m off to meet Paula at a vegetarian restaurant she wants to show me! Hopefully I can find a bike ;)

Olá amores. Essas fotos são das últimas duas semanas, de toda a cidade. Houve aquele jantar delicioso no Bar Mineiro com as garotas e o fofo salão do aeroporto onde tomei o café da manhã enquanto esperava a Polícia Federal estender meu visto. Esta cidade está cheia de cantos fofos. Ontem à noite eu tentei desesperadamente pegar uma bicicleta do Itaú (uma das bicicletas da cidade) e depois de acidentalmente pegar um com um pneu furado e esperar 20 minutos para alguém deixar cair um, o que eles nunca fizeram, eu decidi voltar para casa em pê . Acabou sendo uma caminhada adorável; estava fresco como o sol estava se pondo e eu adquiri um espetáculo de pôr-do-sol bonito sobre as montanhas. Uma nuvem enorme pairava sobre Cristo, brilhando de dentro para fora num tom de pêssego. Fiquei bastante perturbado por não ter uma câmera comigo, mas consegui tirar algumas fotos com o meu pequeno celular da Samsung que só valeu a pena compartilhar no meu Instastory. Agora eu vou conhecer Paula em um restaurante vegetariano que ela quer me mostrar! Espero poder encontrar uma bicicleta ;)

beijos

Mariamma

Peachy Keen

Matching Set - Dajo RJ | Shoes - Thrifted | Sunnies - Rayban

Hi! I have had a nice morning here … back at CoffeeTown in Leblon working on some admin stuff and listening to an Erykah Badu mix. I have to skip out of here pretty soon to teach an English class. Luckily it’s only a metro stop away. I haven’t even told you, but my friend Hannah is visiting. Yesterday we went to Parque Lage, had a delicious lunch at a café in Jardim Botânico, and then went to dance class in the evening. It has been so hot. I tried to walk to Leblon but ended up getting an Uber because I was melting in the sun and forgot to bring water. A beach day may be in order tomorrow … 

Oi! Eu tive uma boa manhã aqui… de volta ao CoffeeTown no Leblon trabalhando em algumas coisas administrativas e ouvindo uma mixagem de Erykah Badu. Eu tenho que sair daqui em breve para dar uma aula de inglês. Felizmente, é apenas uma paragem de metro de distância. Eu nem te contei, mas minha amiga Hannah está visitando. Ontem fomos ao Parque Lage, fizemos um delicioso almoço num café no Jardim Botânico e depois fomos para a aula de dança à noite. Tem sido tão quente. Eu tentei andar até o Leblon mas peguei um Uber porque estava derretendo ao sol e me esqueci de levar água. Um dia de praia pode estar em ordem amanhã…

xo

Mariamma

Mood Board

Oh here we go again! :) I like to save photos that inspire me on Instagram and every so often create a virtual, ‘90s style wall collage. Cork boards and lots of tape … some very good memories! Anyways, here are some images that inspire me artistically. There is so much beauty being created and captured on the daily! I am feeling under the weather today so this was a nice sick-day evening activity. I hope you all have a more exciting Saturday night haha.

Vamos de novo! :) Eu gosto de salvar fotos que me inspiram no Instagram e de vez em quando criam uma colagem de parede virtual dos anos 90. Pranchas de cortiça e muita fita… algumas memórias muito boas! De qualquer forma, aqui estão algumas imagens que me inspiram artisticamente. Há tanta beleza sendo criada e capturada no dia a dia! Eu estou me sentindo um pouco doente hoje, então esta foi uma boa noite de trabalho doentio. Espero que todos tenham uma noite de sábado mais emocionante haha.

xoxo

Mariamma

Veste Rio

Happy Sunday! Yesterday I headed downtown to check out an event called Veste Rio where a bunch of local fashion labels had pop-up shops and sample sales. There were food trucks, a bar, and live music. It was all very close to Museo do Amanhã, which I went to with Dana only a couple weeks ago. After trying on a couple swimsuits at different shops I stumbled on Dajô where the items were marked so low! I found a super cute gingham set that you may have seen on my Instagram story. It was so cheap! And it’s all linen so it will be perfect as it starts to get hotter here in Rio. After I’d made my purchase I got a beer and listened (and danced a bit) to the all female Samba band. It was a lovely Saturday night. Now I’m off to see A Star is Born at the theatre. There’s been so much buzz about this movie so I’m excited to see it!

Feliz domingo! Ontem eu fui ao centro para conferir um evento chamado Veste Rio, onde um monte de grifes de moda locais tinha lojas pop-up e amostras de vendas. Havia caminhões de comida, um bar e música ao vivo. Foi tudo muito próximo do Museo do Amanhã, que eu fui com o Dana apenas algumas semanas atrás. Depois de experimentar alguns trajes de banho em lojas diferentes, tropecei no Dajô, onde os itens estavam tão marcados! Eu encontrei um conjunto de guingão super fofo que você pode ter visto na minha história do Instagram. Foi tão barato! E é tudo de linho, então será perfeito, já que começa a ficar mais quente aqui no Rio. Depois que fiz minha compra, peguei uma cerveja e escutei (e dancei um pouco) para a banda de samba feminina. Foi uma bela noite de sábado. Agora eu vou ver A Star is Born no teatro. Tem havido muito burburinho sobre este filme, então estou ansioso para vê-lo!

xoxo

Mariamma


Museo do Amanhã

Yesterday I spent the day with my friend Dana and her little family. She and I studied abroad together here in Rio five years ago but she moved back a while later and ended up getting married and having a baby. She lives back in her hometown of Chicago but it just so happened that she would be bringing her baby to Brazil for the first time this week! It was so lovely to reconnect with her. She has always been someone that makes everything more fun. And meeting her husband and baby was icing on the cake. We met at Confeitaria Colombo which is a historical landmark here in Rio. It opened originally in 1894 and still stands in its original building. It’s known for its pastries and for its chic reputation; until 1970 men had to wear full suits and women had to be wearing hats in order to dine there. I had a delicious hazelnut pastry. After our little sugar rush we walked to Museu do Amanhã to admire the building and all the surrounding murals. The day ended in Santa Teresa, an adorable neighborhood above downtown on a steep hill. We shared a big pot of moqueca which is a seafood curry of sorts with coconut milk, spicy oil, and creamed rice. The museum didn’t exist when I was here five years ago and I hadn’t been back to Santa Teresa in a long time so it was nice to mix the old and the new. I hope you’re all having a lovely day, wherever you are. 

Ontem passei o dia com minha amiga Dana e sua pequena família. Ela e eu estudamos no exterior juntos aqui no Rio há cinco anos, mas ela voltou um tempo depois e acabou se casando e tendo um bebê. Ela mora em sua cidade natal, Chicago, mas aconteceu que ela estaria trazendo seu bebê para o Brasil pela primeira vez esta semana! Foi tão lindo se reconectar com ela. Ela sempre foi alguém que torna tudo mais divertido. E conhecer o marido e o bebê era a cereja no bolo. Nós nos conhecemos na Confeitaria Colombo, que é um marco histórico aqui no Rio. Foi inaugurado originalmente em 1894 e ainda está em seu prédio original. É conhecido por seus doces e por sua reputação chique; até 1970, os homens tinham que usar ternos completos e as mulheres tinham que usar chapéus para jantar lá. Eu tinha uma deliciosa massa de avelã. Depois da correria do açúcar, caminhamos até o Museu do Amanhã para admirar o prédio e todos os murais da redondeza. O dia terminou em Santa Teresa, um bairro adorável acima do centro da cidade em uma colina íngreme. Nós tínhamos compartilhado uma panela grande de moqueca que é um caril de frutos do mar ou tipos com leite de coco, óleo picante, e arroz chamuscado. O museu não existia quando eu estava aqui há cinco anos e eu não voltava a Santa Teresa há muito tempo, então foi legal misturar o antigo e o novo. Espero que todos vocês tenham um ótimo dia, onde quer que estejam.

amor

Mariamma

Busy Bee

Hey there loves! These photos were taken in my Mamma’s backyard yesterday. She always has a yard bursting with flowers and fruit, which definitely keeps the bees happy. Today she and I are having a lunch/sewing date. I bought an off-the-shoulder Hawaiian print dress at the thrift store last month with the intent of turning it into a matching crop-top and skirt set. My mom grew up partially in Spain and had to take a sewing class daily. As a result, she and all her sisters are amazing seamstresses. It’s a skill I wish I’d studied more from her, so I try to find little projects that she can help me with. Later today I am going to my old high school’s football game to watch my youngest brother Eli play baritone saxophone in the marching band. He is so musically talented! And in terms of my general state of mind … Brasil feels so close! Today I checked the weather app on my phone to compare and it doesn’t quite cover the week I will be there, but almost! Looks like high 70s/low 80s and mixture of thunder storms and of course, SUN! It’s so nice that I will just be diving into another summer and skipping the colder months here. Perfect timing ;).

Oi amores! Essas fotos foram tiradas no quintal de minha mãe ontem. Ela sempre tem um quintal repleto de flores e frutas, o que definitivamente deixa as abelhas felizes. Hoje ela e eu estamos tendo um almoço / data de costura. Eu comprei um vestido estampado havaiano sem mangas no brechó no mês passado com a intenção de transformá-lo em um top de colheita e saia combinando. Minha mãe cresceu parcialmente na Espanha e teve que fazer uma aula de costura diariamente. Como resultado, ela e todas as suas irmãs são incríveis costureiras. É uma habilidade que eu gostaria de ter estudado mais dela, então tento encontrar pequenos projetos que ela possa me ajudar. Mais tarde, hoje, vou ao jogo de futebol do meu antigo colégio para ver meu irmão mais novo, Eli, tocar saxofone barítono na banda marcial. Ele é tão talentoso musicalmente! E em termos do meu estado geral de espírito… o Brasil se sente tão próximo! Hoje eu verifiquei o aplicativo de previsão do tempo no meu telefone para comparar e ele não cobre a semana em que estarei lá, mas quase! Parece alta 70s / baixa 80s e mistura de trovoadas e claro, SOL! É tão legal que eu esteja mergulhando em outro verão e pulando os meses mais frios aqui. Momento ideal ;).

xx

Mariamma

Summer Mood Board II

I started this post yesterday and I had so much I wanted to say. I'll try to recall ... I'm officially in my last week in Long Beach and I'm feeling a lot of things that can be summed up most easily as nostalgia. This apartment, this job, this city ... were all safe havens after a 'gypsy summer' last year where I didn't really have any stability. It was a beautiful summer, full of self-growth, being super present, spending so much time outside that I got the tannest I've ever been. But I was craving my own space, some peace of mind, and a little more of a routine by the end of it. I've often talked about this apartment as my little nest, even before I ever thought of leaving it. I surprised myself by wanting to leave it, this perfect little haven I'd created for myself. What I've learned: nests are for growth, and growth is for flying away - which I will literally be doing very shortly. I think I needed to prove that I could create a cozy, stress-free life for myself, completely independently. Now that I have, I feel free to create that - or something else - elsewhere. 

cheers to nesting, flying away, and the freedom to do so 

 

Eu comecei este post ontem e eu tinha tanto que queria dizer. Vou tentar lembrar ... Estou oficialmente na minha última semana em Long Beach e estou sentindo muitas coisas que podem ser resumidas mais facilmente como nostalgia. Este apartamento, este trabalho, esta cidade ... eram todos refúgios seguros depois de um "verão cigano" no ano passado onde eu realmente não tinha nenhuma estabilidade. Foi um verão lindo, cheio de crescimento pessoal, sendo super presente, passando tanto tempo fora que consegui o bronzeado que já estive. Mas eu estava desejando meu próprio espaço, alguma paz de espírito e um pouco mais de uma rotina até o final. Eu sempre falei sobre esse apartamento como meu pequeno ninho, mesmo antes de pensar em deixá-lo. Eu me surpreendi ao querer deixá-lo, este pequeno refúgio perfeito que eu criei para mim mesmo. O que eu aprendi: os ninhos são para o crescimento, e o crescimento é para fugir - o que eu literalmente estarei fazendo em breve. Eu acho que eu precisava provar que eu poderia criar uma vida confortável e livre de estresse para mim, de forma completamente independente. Agora que estou, sinto-me livre para criar isso - ou alguma outra coisa - em outro lugar.

aplausos ao ninho, voando para longe, e a liberdade de fazê-lo

beijos

Mariamma

Good Days Only

Top - Free People | Jeans - Rollas | Sandals - Blowfish Malibu 

Hello hello! I just went to yoga for the first time in a couple weeks. I've been feeling a bit tight from going to the gym so I thought it would be a good idea to allot today to just stretching. I always bike to yoga and I lay it down next to me on the grass during class. I've had the thought that I could get too zen and someone could swipe it quickly so I lay my yoga mat case and my backpack over the frame. As I was walking my bike off the lawn after class today someone did actually try to steal someone's bike! After the owner started yelling that it was her bike a guy from yoga knocked a girl off the bike at the intersection and got the bike back. It was so crazy! The girl had a yoga mat but walked off quickly without it. What a silly decision! Yoga on the bluff is a free/donation based class so it just seems so strange to take a free class based on loving and nourishing yourself and then greedily try and steal someone's mode of transportation right afterwards. I was impressed with how quickly that guy sprung into action though. And I feel a bit sad for the girl who attempted the whole thing. 

Anyways :) I have tomorrow off and I'm happy about it. I've been scheduled with Tuesday & Thursdays off the last couple weeks and it's actually pretty nice. I never work more than four days in a row which feels really easy. 

cheers 

Mariamma

Junk Yard

T-Shirt - Hanes | Shorts - Vintage | Moccasins - Minnettonka 

This was one of the first spots my cousin took me to in the desert. Artist Noah Purifoy created this "Outdoor Desert Art Museum" out of 'junk' items. It is open to the public in the Mojave Desert and we had a lot of fun wandering around in the dust and sand. I've had today off which is nice. I am looking forward to a couple restful days. On Mothers Day last weekend I worked a 14 hour shift and I've been feeling like I'm on the verge of getting sick ever since so I'm taking it really easy today. I cleaned a bit this morning (still wasn't totally unpacked from the desert), caught up with my friend Jenelle on the phone, and then headed to my favorite coffee shop to catch up on some blogging ;) and eat one of their delicious paninis haha! I picked up all the items from the tailor yesterday and I'm thinking of doing a little post on that. I dropped off two more items yesterday though so maybe I'll wait 'til those are done as well. Getting things tailored isn't necessarily cheap, but it makes a lot more sense than throwing $$ away on cheap items that won't last. I'm really excited to wear these items that I've had tucked away for so long! 

xx 

Mariamma

Good Read

I am attempting to start a new book. As a kid I was such an avid reader. I remember being so interested in books that I would wake up in the middle of the night and crouch next to a lamp on the floor to get a little more time reading. It's frustrating now that books tend to just put me to sleep. I've said quite a bit that, "When I'm actually an adult I'll read every day before bed," rather than watch TV or scroll through Instagram. So I have yet to reach full adulthood. I have heard so many things about how using screens right before bed isn't ideal and I'd love to start a healthier habit. This week I will read before bed even if it just makes me sleepy. It's also occurred to me that maybe I should find some more enthralling books haha. 

xx 

Mariamma

Mustard

Good afternoon babes! I was supposed to have today off but I got a call right after yoga this morning that someone needs tonight covered. Luckily I didn't have any plans until later tonight so that works out pretty well. And now I get to postpone my free day, which I'm not mad at. The Grand Prix was in Long Beach this weekend which meant it was really busy at work and parking was almost impossible. I worked from 2-midnight on Saturday and then 8:30-4:30 Sunday so I was exhausted last night. Nothing too exciting to update you on.

cheers 

Mariamma

Desert Dance

These photos deserve a little intro. When I went to the desert, this was a big vision that I wanted to create. It was really fun to play with my creativity and movement. I'm really happy with how they turned out. This dress is something my mom gave me. I had a gypsy themed 21st birthday - a lovely party with live music and lots of dancing in my mom's backyard. And I wore this dress ... six years ago! It has returned for yet another spotlight moment. 

Today is my Friyay! After work I picked up my newly framed paintings, went to the bank, went to the gym with Joeye and then we got dinner at a Thai restaurant I used to go to all the time last year. I'm feeling sleeeeepy right about now. My body is so sore. I love it haha! 

xoxo 

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

Lake Henshaw

I love the city, but this small town girl will always crave wide open spaces and some peace & quiet! I decided to give into my craving this week and took a trip to the desert. Luckily it's only a three hour drive. It's so nice to have my scenery change so drastically with just a couple hours in the car. That's the appeal of California I suppose! Everything is at your fingertips. 

Mariamma

P.S. The whales made it safely out of the channel. Apparently they weren't in a big hurry to leave even when the tide went up. Marine biologists that were watching their behavior said that they were likely cleaning barnacles off of themselves on the sand. Happy ending!

Home Body

Black Silk Maxi Slip - A gift from my Mamma

Happy Saturday! I got off of work not too long ago and am currently brainstorming on what to do with the rest of the afternoon. It's a bit chilly today so cozy things are sounding best. This evening I am going to my friend Dani's modern dance performance in Pasadena and then going out dancing with some friends in Hollywood. Should be a festive little night on the town! My friends Sabrina and Meg who I'm going out with tonight are moving to the Caribbean in about ten days, so I'm soaking up as much of them as possible before their impending departure. They have lived a few blocks away from me since I moved to Long Beach and I am so sad to lose such awesome neighbors! I'm obviously very excited for them though and have been playing with the idea of going to visit. I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! 

xoxo 

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

Bel Air

Hoops - NY&Co | Nude Top - F21 | Skirt - Thrifted | Boots - Amazon 

Photos by Alli Nadine

I am trying so hard to blog more! I have all these ideas for posts floating around my head but I realize I should just get in the habit of posting, whether it's well-thought out or not. My goal really is to post once a day - so you can see I'm slacking. I don't want to put too much pressure on written content though. My focus is on the photos. I've been strangely tired this week however, which has stood in my way a bit. Other than going on a long bike ride along the coast, going out to dinner and drinks with some coworkers, and running some errands, I've primarily spent the week at home. Last night I fell asleep at 8 pm and I still woke up groggy. I've been cooking for myself a lot so I know that I'm not lacking nutrients. I'll just listen to my body I suppose. It sort of gives me no choice ;). Tonight my friend Victoria is coming over to check out my new place and eat dinner. I'm cooking a polenta and mushroom dish and have a fresh bottle of wine ready and waiting! I really love to cook, but I especially love cooking for others.

xx 

Mariamma