ROUND THESE PARTS

August 15, 2014

It's so hard to believe that this summer is almost over! I know that's such a cliche to hear but if there's anything that we can all agree on as human beings, it's that time marches on. I'm being very deep and philosophical right now. These past few weeks have been very chill in our household - and by chill I don't mean the temperature unfortunately, but just very relaxing and very routine. Like, not a lot of super fun blog content. I went to the Hawaii! I baked a cake! I bought a purse! My life is amazing and I am so so blessed! Sadly, no Hawaii (I did go to Cambria though and will post pictures later) and no new purse (and Kate Spade is having an insane sale right now, I'm being SO good) but I did bake a cake! And life is awesome and I am #blessed.

Greg's friend won tickets to the Cubs / Dodgers game! So we a double baseball date with him and his girlfriend and they were very lovely. I think as a general rule of thumb, I enjoy things that are free with good company. I mean - just speaking generally. ;) Also Wynonna Judd sang the national anthem and I had a very odd obsession with The Judds as a child; not necessarily their music because I can't name any song their songs, but more of an obsession will how high and full Naomi Judd's skirts were. I watched their concert VHS strictly for the full petticoats and sequins.


We went to Umami Burger. I got the Royale. I felt like a queen.

and it was Greg's birthday, so I made him a chocolate chip cookie cake with cookie dough frosting (using this recipe, which I will probably double next time to make two layers) We did a movie + burger date night last Saturday, which is one of my ultimate favorite combos of any two things. I'm still trying to find the ultimate burger in LA. I think the best one I've had so far is still from Father's Office.  


After dinner we walked around our neighborhood, wandering bookstores, peering into apartment buildings we'd love to live in, and I bought Gone Girl because who am I kidding, that stuff is my jam. That stuff being "stories about missing women" - which I know, is totally weird but I eat that shit up. I devoured it in three days and haven't done that with a book in such a long time. Greg was like "wow, you're reading" and I was like "that's really sad that this shocks you."

And today is Friday! Yayyyy. Have a great weekend!

ONCE

July 17, 2014



Gregory took me to see Once for my birthday. He sure knows the way to my musical-theater-lovin' heart. The show was really intimate and like nothing I'd ever seen in a musical before. All the actors accompanied themselves on instruments on stage and it was so magical.

Watching that show made me really miss performing. Granted, it's something that I've never had the desire to do professionally in any capacity, but singing and acting and just being around creative people in general is something I've done since I was little. Live theater is such a powerful, intimate, visceral thing; how you can share something with an audience of thousands of people and yet still feel like you're the only one experiencing it. It operates on me like nothing else. I'm just in awe of those actors who are jumping around on stage 8 shows a week, playing their violin or singing their song and interpreting something new out of the material each time.

(This song was one of my favorites)

love you, G. 

OVER THE WEEKEND + HELLO 25!

July 7, 2014

The first photographic evidence that I am 25. My birthday was very wonderful and low-key. Greg made me breakfast Friday morning and was like "Marathon Scandal, you know you want to" and I was like SAY NO MORE. Then after a few glorious hours of lounging and Olivia Pope, we went to the Apple Pan and grabbed me some birthday burger.

It was delicious and came out shockingly fast. I don't know how may more times we'll go there only because it's on the west side and we're east siders (I knew that would become my truth once I moved to LA). So if you know of any great burgers on the east side - hook a girl up.


After burgers went to Disneyland to watch the fireworks! Which I know - sounds slightly like crowding suicide but it actually wasn't too bad. Also I hope to one day be able to work a baseball cap like my mama. Maybe 25 will be the year of the cap. Or maybe I should just accept that I have a large head and move on.

Strawberry belts at the Farmer's Market. Not from my birthday, but still important I think. It's a universal love.

The rest of the weekend consisted of trying diligently to finish my birthday cake (because it's from SusieCakes and they are AMAZING and the nearest location is in Brentwood and getting it involves a 90-minute drive round trip, but it is a religious experience). And watching The Sopranos. 

But yes, 25. I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. It feels really good.

I hope you had a great 4th!

A FLOWER ARRANGING PARTY

June 18, 2014

Last Saturday, because the pink peonies at Trader Joe's were so very much at the TOP of their instagram-ready game, a few girlfriends and I got together for a flower arranging party. I mean, have you seen these babies?! They're just achin' for some arrangin'.




To fancy things up a bit, and because I'm a sucker for all things pretty on paper, we picked out these invitations from tinyprints.


Our "flower menu" included peonies, snapdragons, hypericum, hydrangeas, garden roses and mums.

 These two cuties were very supportive of our creative process.


Posing with our works of art, feeling very accomplished, in touch with our inner Martha Stewart, and slightly buzzed. All in a days work, ladies. ;)

LUSHING IT UP + BLUE EYED PONIES

May 20, 2014

If we were friends in real life I'd be sending you one of those OMG, why don't we hang out more?! texts and you'd be like, ugh, I know! Brunch? and I would be like YES and send you a lot of brunch emojis. We'd catch up over mimosas and hollandaise sauce and sit outside and ogle over other people's dogs on a wednesday afternoon. JK, I work full time, so it'll have to be on a Sunday. 


Work has been really good. I'm contracting at a great company until the end of the summer and it's been wonderful to have (somewhat) steady employment as I try to navigate my way around LA. I know I want to do something creative, but I'm not sure in what capacity (whether it be at an agency, or in casting, or production, etc.) just yet. And I found that moving to LA in pilot season means that people in those jobs are only hiring people with that experience; and I'm totally down to intern, but mama's also got to pay her bills, sooooo...we shall see. 


My dad and his wife had a wine tasting for their joint 60th birthday party and it was so much fun! (My sister and aunt put on this yummy spread at winery #2) Apparently I have been living under a stupid rock because I had it in my head that wine tasting was this crazy expensive thing that only rich people do, when in reality it's SO inexpensive and fun and I feel so classy doing it. Even if I'm only really enjoying the rosé or fruity savignon blanc (with hints of grapefruit and fresh cut grass, sign me up).



This pony was at winery #3 and he had crazy blue eyes. We all had had a few by then and found ourselves buzzed, trying to feed the horse and being like I am so communing with nature right now, this horse and I are making a connection and then the horse had had enough and went inside the barn. It was cool while it lasted, though.




And lastly, a picture of me and my red-bearded fellow because I think he's cute and we're surrounded by greenery and it's kinda magical.

Have a great week! XO


SO I'M ALIVE, I'M SWEAR

March 21, 2014

Sometimes life just gets kinda crazy and before you know it you haven't blogged in two months. Mom, apologies. But life has been crazy good. Realllly busy and delicious and good. So good my pants are a wee bit tighter than they were last month, but eating my way through our neighborhood restaurants and baking to my heart's content has been a really wonderful reintroduction to LA. And I mean, finding your go-to pizza, italian and indian food places is IMPORTANT. 

Like I said, baking a lot. I found the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I'll ever need in my life. I'd like to think that I'm baking these for Greg but for realz, I'm just jazzed I have an excuse to bake for myself now. Major live-in-lover perk. That sounds gross. 

Staining legs for our dresser! Most of our apartment is stuff from Ikea, and as much as I would love to shell out the cash for West Elm or DWR, I'm thrifting and Ikea hacking for now. Representing my twentysomething-ness. When I buy my first big piece of furniture that I don't have to assemble myself, I'll feel so legit. Almost as legit as I'll feel when I have an apartment with a parking space. A girl can dream...

Kitchen and dining area, for now anyway. Can't wait to get rid of those college Ikea chairs. Blech. Maybe something more colorful? 

The view from the observatory, which is right up the street from our apartment. I love seeing it all lit up at night. 

In between moving, unpacking, making a billion trips to Target, bopping around on various temp jobs, and getting used to our new "normal" (whatever that is, right?) I'm trying to also take the time to soak in all the exciting stuff too! Living in this city again, where I was born and raised, where so much creative awesome stuff is happening, is so fulfilling to me. How excited and lucky do I feel to be exactly where I am in my life right now? Tickled pink, really. 

xo

SOME SISTER REALNESS

March 19, 2014

This is an obligatory I love my sisters so much, aren't they beautiful / gorgeous / amazing, I miss them already post. Three cities and two states are between the three of us so when all Pinto girls are under one roof, the following things happen:

1) Both of our parents text us demanding photographic evidence of the gathering, or was my Dad refers to in texts as "sis pics"
2) Several outfit and hair checks
3) We start talking in that weird sister voice that was also reserved for childhood pets. But I won't get into that. 

Anyway, I miss them already. Come back soon, minis!

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