Monday, November 26, 2012

quiet nostalgia

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I’ve run up & down those steps a thousand times. In the best times, carrying a Dolores Park bagel, (cream cheese w bacon was HEAVEN!) on my way to drama rehearsal or sneaking out in between periods to meet up with friends at the park across the way. 
Sandwiched between the Mission & the Castro and across the street from one of San Francisco’s premier parks, every day though vaguely similar to the previous, always held some sort of adventure, excitement or at the very least really delicious food. Those days feel like such a world away. In the oddest way Mission High, though you’re ghetto as hell and every day I spent there was a count down to leaving you for good, I still miss you. 

(previously published on my tumblr here)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Are you there blog? It's me, Praxis!

Quick peak of what my "right now" looks like. 2 lovebirds hangin on the sofa nursing last night's hangover. 

Well, hey there! I know, I know it's been a couple weeks since my last post. It seems that I have unintentionally taken a bloggy hiatus. I've just been really busy the last couple weeks and haven't had the time to post.  Our friend visited us from the UK 2 weeks ago, we went to Melbourne last week, and this week we've been celebrating Miguel's birthday pretty much every day. It's been hectic, but so much fun. I'll do a proper post about each thing soon, but for now I thought I'd leave you with some cool links to love.

abso-freaken-lutely in love with this outfit
pretty much want everything
i think donuts are the new cupcake. dying to try this recipe.
& lastly 10 free fonts to give your blog that extra boost!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

18 Things You Should Say YES To!

Yesterday as I was doing my usual blog trolling, I stumbled upon this article via Sometimes Sweet. The article intrigued me right away, because just that morning I was convincing a friend of mine the opposite-- helping her with the things she should say NO to. Sometimes I feel like we say yes to too much things, but these things tend to be for the benefit of others, and hardly for the benefit of ourselves.  I was happy to find that while reading the Huffington Post article, it was more about saying yes to things that would help make us better people.

My favorites were 1, 3 & 6, and if I could, a couple things I would add to the article are:

Saying yes to mani/pedi's on a monthly basis. That 30-1hr relaxation period can really rejuvenate you, and give you the personal time you've been looking for.

Saying yes to trying that 1 restaurant that you've been wanting to try for months now, but felt like you shouldn't splurge on the decadent meal. Trust me, it's worth it, and odds are you'll be talking about that amazeballs meals for a long time afterward.

Saying yes (or thank you) to that coworker/friend/partner who just said you looked great today. Instead of saying oh this old thing? or no I don't, I forgot to put my mascara on or You're just kidding right? We tend to shrug off compliments, but sometimes, especially when you need it, you should just take the compliment in and feel good that someone noticed your "you-ness."

Agree/disagree? Would you add anything else to the article? Whatever the case, I'm just happy that something so positive is floating around the internet.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Book Clutches?!

I was stumbling around the internet the other day, when I found something so fabulously adorable that I had to share.

The powerhouse of all things feminine, lady like and just down right lovely, Kate Spade has created yet another collection I am coveting. She's fashioned a range of clutches designed to look like your favorite classic book.Yup that's right -- sweet little clutches that look just like books!  How clever... how gorgeous.

Seriously, I've had to stop myself from pulling out the credit card and buying it at this very moment. At $325 a pop, it's not the cheapest, but maybe if I start saving....

Oh a girl can dream...

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Dia de los Muertos

In this household, between the two of us, we represent 4 cultures: American, Filipino, Spanish & Mexican. Each of these cultures are equally important to us, and we celebrate them often. Today is Dia de los Muertos, a holiday that celebrates the lives of our loved ones who have passed away. This Mexican holiday is meaningful to me because not only is it a reason to remember those who have passed on, but it is also a day to remember their personalities and qualities. If you were to google image search "Day of the Dead," you'll find a lot of sugar skulls and skeletons that are vividly painted in bright colors and smiling features. This is because this day isn't meant to be solemn, but rather a celebration of the lives of those who are no longer with us.   It is a day to remember their silliness, their kindness and the unique reasons they were so loved.

With that said, these days Dia de los Muertos has also become a tad commercial. Dancing skeletons and sugar skulls are all over the shopping centers, and Etsy has just sent me not one but two emails filled with items that are Day of the Dead themed. Personally, I love having a few bits and pieces within my house that remind me of this day and the Mexican culture, but I also think it's important not to over do it, and make the Mexican culture become "kitschy." It's a culture, a way of life, not the new theme of your living room. As someone who isn't Mexican, I find myself walking the line between respect and kitschy quite often.

Here's a few fun and cute things on Etsy which I find to be respectful to the culture as well.

Love, Love, LOVE these throw pillows from Pillow and Pocket. These are not necessarily Day of the Dead themed, but the images come from a popular Mexican game called Loteria which Miguel has memories of playing when he was younger.  I've bought 2, and the dreaded pillow hunt is now over!! 

This art print from Boxing Bear is pretty awesome. I love the grittyness of the print, and the expression of the mariachi skeleton. The Mariachi are some of the most passionate musicians I've ever seen, and I love how the artist conveys that in this print.

This cake topper is too awesome.  I love the idea of having these guys atop my wedding cake to truly convey the message "til death do us part." Definitely pinning this one for future reference! 

and lastly to end with a bit of cuteness, these corgi Day of the Dead Postcards are to die for. This is some cuteness overload. I'm two seconds away from ordering them, and for only $8 a pack, I won't feel too guilty. Now to think of someone to send em to.... 

 Hope you're having a fabulous day, and if you have lost a loved one, try and take some time to remember them and their qualities that made you love them so much. It might make you sad for a little bit, but simply remembering them is a great way to make sure their spirit lives on.