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    San Diego: Day I

    Photos by Laura Nolan

    Outfit Details:
    Anne Klein Satchel
    Maxi Dress from ANGL
    H&M Pleather Jacket 
    H&M Strappy Sandals

    I drove down to San Diego this weekend to visit my best friend Laura, after not having seen her in person for almost two months. Laura is my former roommate, and it is strange to think that I now have to drive miles to see her instead of leaving my room to go knock on her door. It is really funny, though, because when we were first assigned as roommates, Laura and I both didn’t think that we would have that much in common. Before meeting in person, we both had looked at each other’s Facebook profiles and had developed preconceived notions of what the other would be like. However, once we actually started living with each other, we found out that we both had very similar interests and values. Laura and I quickly became inseparable, and developed a very special bond. We’ve been friends for more than 7 years, and I couldn’t be more thankful to have found such a wonderful and supportive best friend.

    Laura was such a wonderful tour guide and made sure that I got to see the best of what San Diego has to offer. After I arrived at Laura’s house and got settled in, our first stop was at Cabrillo National Monument, which is located on the Point Loma Peninsula. This weekend’s weather was quite unusual for California, and was rather cold and windy. Most of the time that we were at Cabrillo National Monument, Laura and I felt like we were going to be swept away by the wind. Regardless of the weather, Point Loma was beautiful and I definitely want to stop by again next time that I am in San Diego. 
    Laura and I also stopped by Balboa Park, which is the home to an array of museums and gardens. It is very easy to spend the entire day there since the park is so beautiful, and there is so much to see and do. While I was there, I really enjoyed stopping by the Botanical Building because there were so many unique plants, and it was very peaceful despite it being a very busy day. I also loved walking through the Spanish Village Art Center, which features several studios and galleries with work from local artists; the center is very colorful and unique, and I felt like I was transported to a completely different world. It is definitely a place to visit if you’re in a creative rut, and you want to find a place where you can be inspired. 
    Aside from driving all over San Diego, Laura and I had the opportunity to catch up and do our favorite things such as eat ice cream and watch Parks and Recreation (we’re really easy to please). We even managed to squeeze in a Skype date with our other best friend Kelsey. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect weekend! I’m sad that I had to leave San Diego, but I am so thankful that I got to spend time with my best friend. 
    I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and thank you for stopping by! I’m really looking forward to sharing more pictures from San Diego with you next week, because it will give me an opportunity to look back at this amazing weekend. 
    Much Love,
    Helen Grace
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    Spot-On

    Photos by Sarah Veyna
    Outfit Details:
    Sunglasses(Thrifted at The Grove Vintage)
    Forever 21 Clutch in Black (Old)
    Zara Floral and Polka Dot Sweatshirt
    ASOS High-Waisted Trousers
    Madewell Stacked-Heel Loafers in High Shine

    This sweatshirt from Zara is one of my favorite purchases of all time because it combines two of my favorite prints: polka dots and florals. I hardly ever shop at Zara because, after all, I work at a nonprofit and paying $70 for a single item is a bit out of my price range. I got lucky, though, when I randomly walked into the Zara near my house, and found this sweatshirt for only $15. That’s a steal for such a nice item! This sweatshirt is just so comfortable and perfect for lounging, and yet it’s fancy enough to wear to work.

    In my last few posts I’ve been going on-and-on about change, and how moody I am. I sound like a broken record to those around me, and am even starting to get on my own nerves. That is why I’ve decided to set an intention to try to be more positive and optimistic. I need to make an effort to stop focusing on the minor things that bother me, and both embrace and seek those that make me happy. I constantly need to remind myself that I am in charge of my own happiness and health.

    I really wish that I could be less vague about what is going through my brain right now. However, I would rather share those things with you at a later time, when everything is resolved. As ominous as that last statement sounds, I promise that I’ll have exciting news to share with you when the time comes. In the meantime, I will focus on making time for projects and adventures that I can share with you on this blog. I’m going to San Diego this upcoming weekend to visit my best friend Laura, so there’s a start!

    As always, thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope that you had a lovely Easter weekend, and that you have an amazing rest of the week.

    Much Love,

    Helen Grace

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    A Hint of Retro

    Photos by Sara Hatakeyama and My Mom
    Outfit Details:
    Denim Jacket (Old)
    ASOS Petite Pencil Skirt in Jersey (Similar here in black)
    Forever 21 Mod Polka Dot Crop Top in Black/Cream
    Caged Sandals (Purchased on Ideeli.com)
    I took these photos in two different locations because my friend Sara had volunteered to take my photos while we were out for coffee, but my camera’s battery died before we were able to get enough shots. Luckily for me, my Mom was kind enough to snap a few more–that was before my Dad intervened and said that he was going to start charging me for the use of his backyard. He was obviously kidding! But, if he weren’t, you really can’t blame anybody for trying to find potential business opportunities in this economy.
    It’s so challenging for me, just as it is for many women, to find a bathing suit that fits well, and that is also in both my style and price range. Luckily for me, I stumbled upon this cute crop top while I was at Forever 21 the weekend before last, and had the marvelous idea of using it as a bathing suit top. It fits perfectly on me, and I love that it has that retro feel that I’ve been looking for. I’m super stoked to wear this when I visit my best friend Laura in San Diego at the end of this month, especially with the amazing beach weather that we’ve been getting in California. It’s hard not to get excited about hanging out with friends when they’ve moved away and you only see them in person a few times a year. 

    I’ve touched on the topic of friends moving away in a couple of posts. The reason I’m kind of revisiting that topic in this post, is because lately I’ve been thinking about the possibility of moving somewhere new. Although I’m not planning to move outside of the L.A. area, I’m such a creature of habit that just moving to a different neighborhood is scary for me. Even more terrifying, is the possibility of moving somewhere where I don’t know anybody. Although it’s not very apparent to people because I’m so reserved, I’m an extrovert and always feel the need to be around people even if I’m not interacting with them. I mean, I’m the type of person who goes and reads at a coffee shop because they get so anxious being home alone. 
    I’m slowly learning to be more open to change, and see it as a good thing. I need to accept that fact that I don’t always need to have a definite plan, and that doing spontaneous things can be fun and exciting. It’s all just part of growing up, I guess. I’ll definitely let you know how my plan to not have plan, progresses in the next few weeks.
    Much Love,
    Helen Grace