Barcelona by Gaudi

I knew that a major part of our trip would be seeing all of the Antoni Gaudi's work. Many of my coworkers had actually lived in or visited Barcelona, and every single coworker recommended I see one or more of his works. Prior to the trip, I honestly had no idea who Gaudi even was (I'm not quite that cosmopolitan), but I was soon to find out!

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Sitges, its beaches, and the Corpus Christi Flower Festival

I feel a little guilty saying that my favorite place on our trip was actually not even in Barcelona, but the neighboring beach town, Sitges. (Sitges and its beaches - it rhymes!) My mom and I loved it so much, we made our way to Sitges twice. I haven’t actually been to Greece, but the relaxed pace, olive oil everything, and style of buildings were reminiscent of what I imagine Greece to be like – I guess it’s the Mediterranean coastal life! I just loved the simple, colorful buildings, and the maze of narrow, pedestrian-only cobblestone streets.

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Barcelona, where all the little things are wonderful

This is probably not quite "local" enough to fit the title of this blog, but it’s been two weeks since I returned from my trip to Barcelona and I wanted to finally share some pictures! It was probably the most well-timed vacation I have ever taken; I departed for España on essentially the last day of my big project at work (and it already is rare to only have one project at work). Because I was busy leading up to our day of departure, I hadn’t done much research on what to do or expect, which made the whole trip exciting and novel. Going into the trip, all I expected was a city full of color and energy, which turned out to very much true!

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Dainty Gold Beaded Layering Necklace

Lately, I've been seeing people wear the prettiest, dainty and delicate layering necklaces, and I finally decided to get on trend! While I'm still a huge fan of bold statement necklaces (which many of my DIY necklaces are), I love the light subtlety of these necklaces, especially since I'm the kind of person who tends to wear jewelry for days at a time without taking it off.

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Limekiln State Park on the Big Sur Coast

A couple weekends ago, I found my new favorite campsite! I hadn't driven down to Big Sur in awhile, so I obviously couldn't turn down an invitation from my friends for a quick weekend trip! Just one night camping might not seem worth it for a three and a half hour drive each way, but the drive itself is honestly a huge part of the experience. I've driven (and biked) along Highway 1 so many times, but it never gets old - I am always surprised at how awe-struck and grateful I am each time to live in such a beautiful part of the world! 

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DIY Bike Streamers (for road bikes too!)

I think a lot of cyclists take themselves a little too seriously, so I love that the streamers on my road bike immediately give off an unexpectedly FUN and juvenile vibe. Before Bike & Build, I wanted my bike to have a bit of character and distinction, especially since all of my fellow riders had essentially the same road bike - and streamers were a great solution. Plus, when I pass all these serious old men going up hills, it’s even more satisfying to think that the glittery, extremely girly streamers are the first thing they see when I ride by.

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Binder Clip Picture Board Display

A few weeks back, I made this awesome hanging picture board, loosely inspired by something I had seen at a pop-up market in San Francisco. I had wanted to make something to display my awesome Artifact Uprising square prints, but hadn't gotten around to it, so I was really happy when this picture board finally came together! It was something that I created much more organically than my other DIYs, because I didn't have a clear vision when I first started, nor was I making something that I had already seen DIYed before. But it turned out great, and so many people have asked about how to make it, so here's my attempt to walk you through it!

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