Big Sur, Again

Long time, no post! I have to apologize – school has been on my tail for the past couple of weeks and I can’t catch a couple of minutes to work on a post for you guys! With that said, I totally forgot to post these amazing photos from my road trip to Big Sur over spring break.

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As you may recall, I went to Big Sur last summer and realized my undying love for the small stretch of coast. So when my friend suggested a road trip for a couple of days, it was naturally the first place I thought of.

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We hopped in her Jeep and made the three hour trek (a small price to pay), where I got to show her the famous cliffs and waves for the very first time! It was as magical as ever – I can confidently say that of all the places I’ve been, Big Sur is my favorite.

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I experience a different sort of excitement here. The absolute, raw beauty is unlike any other you’ll ever see and it creates a sort of hope for the future. When you’re driving down Highway 1, taking in the sea breeze and sun rays, you just know that you’ll visit a lot of places in your lifetime, but you’ll make it back here again.

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Big Sur

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Tank, Shirt, Hat, and Necklace, Free People // Jeans, Topshop // Boots, Steve Madden

This past weekend I took a little adventure down to Big Sur and Carmel for the day – the best decision I’ve made in weeks. Not only did I spot Gerard Butler in a restaurant, but I spotted two whales playing near the beach and got to enjoy some amazing weather! (Last time I ventured down to Big Sur, it was cloudy the entire weekend). Needless to say, the day was amazing, and it reminded me that I need to get out and go on more adventures like this one.

As for what I’m wearing, I’m of course decked out in Free People – I got this shirt for my mom for Mother’s Day and according to her, she “hasn’t gotten a real chance to wear it!” It’s true, I’ve stolen it enough to make me debate buying myself one. Here’s another take on the Free People look for my FP series – this one’s a little more tomboyish, with subdued tones and a laid back vibe.

What are you guys getting up to this summer? Any adventure ideas for me?

xx

Photo Diary: Golden City

Last week I experienced the joy of returning home to SF for my reading week. I relaxed, rejuvenated, and recovered from the anxiety that is midterm season.

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Spending seven hours at the YYZ Airport inevitably leads to photo-ops.

In the most cliche of terms, you truly don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. The grass is always greener on the other side. Etc., etc.

But the reality is, these phrases are overused for a reason.

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 More of my lovely feet, for your pleasure.

Returning home was like experiencing the glory of the Bay Area for the first time all over again. I felt that electricity and spirit of adventure rising up inside of me again, urging me to embark on long scenic drives and stroll the colorful city sidewalks with a rediscovered pride. I experienced the kind of energy you can only get in San Francisco.

I romanticized the hell out of that city.

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 Stinson Beach – in other words, your typical highway 1 beach town.

And you know what?

I cannot regret not romanticizing it while I had the chance to every single day.

Because honestly, how dreamy can something you see every day possibly be? Sometimes it truly does take leaving a place to realize the things that you miss so much. The minute aspects of life that you grew accustomed to begin to manifest themselves in your memory as large, evidently significant details of your daily endeavors in that place.

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Jane on Fillmore, a definite must for any visitor to the area.

Leaving San Francisco for University has improved my appreciation for it immensely. I miss it every day, and for every day I miss it I have a different reason to.

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Outdoor dining at its finest, curiously found at a local bookstore.

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Prius in the background – found in any contemporary photograph of SF.

Being back in Montreal has solidified these sentiments. Not to say that I don’t adore this French city I’m so lucky to call a second home – I’m sure I will appreciate it when I am home for the summer as much as I appreciate the Bay Area now.

But as finals roll around and my first year of University closes in on me, I’ll have a California sunset to guide me home, and it will have never been so radiant.