Please enjoy some of my recent creations!
And be sure to check out The Impossible Project while you’re at it – they supply all the film required to fulfill my severe polaroid addiction. And they recently released a black & yellow film in collaboration with Jack White, which I’m dying to try! ;)
During our annual family road-trip to Malibu, my mom and I stopped for a night in Las Vegas. Seeing how I’m 21 now, it seemed like a necessary stop to make along the way. ;)
We booked a room in advance at The Palms Casino & Resort. Since we were driving from Boise, we knew that we would be checking in late that night…but not 2:00am late. The room they put us in was small, but really fancy, and had a great view of the Vegas strip. We weren’t in our room for more than 5 minutes before my mom got a call from the front desk letting us know that they upgraded us to a Penthouse! The bellhop grabbed our bags and escorted us to the 85th floor. The sound of Drake’s new album and the skunky smell of ganja flooded the entire hallway. I took a big whiff and thought out loud, “These are my kind of people!”. The bellhop just laughed and said “I’m sure if you asked, they’d be happy to share with you.”
We were moved into one of their gorgeous “Penthouse E‘s”. The room was elegant and up to date, with a modern design, an ENORMOUS spa bathroom, and even had a jacuzzi on the balcony! The view wasn’t as nice as our previous room, but who cares with a room like this?! I was in heaven. The first thing I did was break into the minibar…shots shots shots. Followed by ordering room service – chicken tenders for me and a BLTA for my mom. After eating and freshening up a bit, we went downstairs to the casino to play some slot machines and have a few drinks. We got back to our room around 6 a.m. and I watched the sun rise over Las Vegas, while I soaked my feet in the jacuzzi. Though it was short-lived, It was a phenomenal first trip to Vegas. One I’ll never forget, and I owe it all to my mom and the fabulous service at The Palms!
The next day, we checked out at noon and were off to California.
We spent the rest of the week in Malibu, on Pepperdine Campus, while my dad taught a summer mediation course there. Since he was teaching most of the time, my mom an I spent some (much needed) girls time together. We laid out at the beach, shopped our brains out, and ate at Malibu Seafood at least 5 times – a family favorite since way back in the day when we lived there.
All three of us made the trip back to Boise together and decided to stop in Vegas for round 2! This time we booked a room at Hotel Nobu inside Caesars Palace. The room was comfortable, it had a huge flat screen mounted on the wall and a great bathroom. Caesars Palace itself was in-cre-di-ble. It’s so much bigger than I imagined and there was so much going on, I didn’t know what to do with myself! Later that night, two of my cousins and one of their friends, all of whom are locals, met me in the lobby to show me around. We ate dinner, played the slots, had a few drinks, and people watched for a while (it was hilarious). Later on, they ended up taking me to one of their favorite bars called Moon Doggies. It was a quintessential dive bar – small, smokey, just the right amount of dirty, and the kind of place where the servers laugh and drink along with the customers. And their pizza shop, Naked City Pizza, was actually featured on the show Diners, Drive In, and Dives! We hung out there, drank, reminisced, and watched the bartender light off pre-4th of July fireworks until sun-rise the next day. It was such a great way to top off the night!
I loved both hotels for different reasons. The Palms provided luxury rooms and outstanding service. While Caesars Palace had good rooms with average service, yet had the most going on and is centrally located on the strip.
To me the answer is quite simple – If you’re looking for a place to relax and be pampered, choose The Palms. But If you’re looking for a classic, “what happens in Vegas…”, kind of night, then Caesars is the place to stay.
Remember my post a while back, about my first visit to Thunder Mountain Monument? Occasionally Joey and I stop to visit when we’re driving through Nevada on our way to California. This time we were greeted by a black dog, who accompanied us for the duration of our time at the monument. We walked around what was left of the school house – which burned down in the early 80’s, took some photos, stretched, then took off for California to celebrate Joey’s sister’s wedding! Whenever I’m on a long road trip like this one, being comfortable is essential…comfort and junk food. I pile the car up with pillows and blankets to snuggle up with, stock up on munchies, and wear one of my favorite lazy-day outfits. There’s nothing comfier than kicking back in a tank, a pair of Birks, and my One Tribe Honey Hive harem pants!
Here’s the first tutorial I’ve ever made. It’s a quick one, showing how to create emulsion lifts using IMPOSSIBLE instant film. This can be quite a simple process which yields really beautiful results. Happy Lifting!
Back in 2008, when Polaroid quit producing film, a group called The Impossible Project bought the last factory producing analog film along with some of Polaroid’s production machinery and started re-creating their own version of analog instant film. They’ve even created a new Instant Lab, that lets you print instant photos from your iPhone! Believe me, It’s on my photog-wishlist for sure. With the goal in mind to revive and reinvent the future of instant film; if it wasn’t for The Impossible Project this format of photography could have very well disappeared forever! So, many thanks to their company!
I was introduced to my first Polaroid camera this past Christmas, when my boyfriend bought me a refurbished Polaroid 600 camera and 3 packs of film. I instantly (pun intended) fell in love with how authentic each photograph was. Very shortly after, I discovered the magic of Emulsion Lifts – a technique where one soaks their film in boiling water in order to release the layer of emulsion from the plastic, leaving a thin floating photo in the water that can be transferred onto paper, wood, glass, etc. It takes a very immediate form of photography, and turns it back into an intimate, hands-on process with results that are absolutely dreamy!
Below are some of my first Polaroids taken and some of the first Emulsion Lifts I’ve made. I’m looking forward to creating so much more, and already have some projects up my sleeve. ;)
In other news: Tomorrow, Joey and I are road trippin’ to Northern California so we can visit his family and celebrate his sister’s wedding!
Bloke Body is a %100 natural skin and hair care company. They’re relatively new and only have a few products so far – 3 different versions of their famous body scrub, sweet mint lip balm, and their new restore and rehydrate hair treatment. I came across Bloke Body on Instagram a while back. It’s been gaining a lot of popularity lately and I kept hearing about it from other bloggers, so I decided to buy a pack for myself to see what everyone was fussing about. I bought 2 packs of their Coffee + Sweet Orange Body Scrub, one for me and one for my mom to try. Made with Arabica Coffee Beans and Coconut Oil, this scrub is made to target cellulite while hydrating your skin at the same time. The caffeine in the coffee exfoliates the skin, stimulates blood flow, and has an overall tightening effect. The coconut oil leaves your skin nourished and smooth.
They arrived in the cutest little packages! I’ve been using it about 4 times a week, mostly on my legs and torso, for about a month now. Combined with a healthy diet and weekly exercise, I’ve noticed a significant decrease in the stubborn little cellulite on the back of my legs. After every use my skin feels delicately soft. And during use, the coffee gives your skin a tingly sensation that really wakes you up in the morning. I don’t think my mom used Bloke as “religiously” as I did because she’s the queen of skin care & beauty products and has a million other things to try…But the first week I bought it for her all she did was rave about how soft it made her skin feel! As for me, I am extremely happy with Bloke‘s body scrub. When I’m finished with this bag I’m anxious to try their Green Tea + Sea Salt Scrub on my face!
Sorry for the inconsistent posts everyone. I’m just so preoccupied with my classes this semester that during any free time I do happen to have, all I want to do is chill out. That being said, February has been an exciting month for me as a photographer. Some of my work was chosen to be apart of the 2015 Juried Student Exhibit at my college – Boise State University. It was my first art show and even though it was only at BSU, it was still a nerve racking experience…when I’m trapped in a room with 60+ people, my anxiety goes crazy!
On top of the exhibit, a photo I made of the Korean War Monument in Washington D.C. was chosen as a finalist for the 35th Annual Best Of College & High School Photography Contest, hosted by the Photographers Forum and co-sponsored by Nikon! It was an honor simply to be chosen as a finalist, and a big congratulations to the winners this year!