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Let’s Wander: Desert X

Alison Leigh S. blog

If you’re not already familiar with what Desert X is exactly, it’s basically a series of art installations that are set up in spots located within the Palm Springs to Coachella Valley areas, available for free, public viewing from the end of February to the end of April. This year, one of my best friends, Taylor, and I set out to go see some of the installations ourselves. While we didn’t make it to every single installation, as several of...

International Women’s Day

This post is unfortunately a day late, but that does not lessen the importance of it. As a woman, I take great pride in annually recognizing and celebrating International Women’s Day – along with Women’s History Month as a whole. I am an avid supporter of ‘Shine Theory’, which is the practice of befriending successful women instead of viewing her as a potential enemy/competitor, as coined by Ann Friedman. Thus, in this post I wanted to take a moment to...

Let’s Wander: Coronado Ferry Landing

With some inspiration from one of the several great books I’ve read so far this year, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, I have decided to use the idea of ‘wandering’ as a way to present my photographs of the places I go – hence the ‘let’s wander…’ heading. To provide some context, last weekend my family and I headed down to San Diego and took the ferry over to Coronado to celebrate my little cousin’s 13th birthday, and...

Valentine’s Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

For Valentine’s Day in previous years, I have typically gone for baking the standard brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and other chocolate-related desserts. This year, I wanted to mix it up a little, knowing that I was going to be consuming mass amounts of chocolate in other forms anyways, and bake something not within the chocolate realm. I came to the idea of vanilla chai cupcakes after seeing a boxed version of them being sold in the grocery stores. As an...

DIY: Christmas Gift Wrap

Each year I try to step up my gift wrapping game just a little more. Last year, I began using plain brown packing paper as the base wrap for my presents and dressed them up with fancy ribbon and gift tags. This year, I wanted to take my brown, minimalistic packing paper aesthetic to the next level.   Inspired by Zoella’s gift wrapping ideas blog post from last year, I went ahead and purchased some Christmasy stamps to help personalize...