I don’t remember who’s idea was to go to Manhattan Beach that afternoon, but I’m so glad somebody came up with that plan. As soon as we arrived and I looked at the sky, I knew that was the perfect day for a sunset shooting. Sunsets in Southern California are always special; but if you actually are in the town with the most beautiful pier, the result is just out of this world.
Often times people from Spain ask me if I feel like I’m living in a movie. For the most part, I don’t feel that way since I have a pretty busy-normal life here. However, in magic moments like those, I totally feel like I am inside of a TV show and somebody is watching from behind. It’s hard to believe this is real; and even better, that this is happening TO ME. How can I be that lucky?
Sharing that moment with some of my best friends was the icing on the cake. California always brings a perfect ending to a perfect day.
I took this photo a year and a half ago; back when I was living in Atlanta. Thousands of pictures later, it is still one of my favorites.
I remember it was a beautiful Sunday, one of those days when you just can’t stay at home. We decided to go to Piedmont Park, our favorite spot in the city, and spend the afternoon hanging out by the lake. Dan had an important business meeting next day, so he had to bring his laptop and work for a while. At that time, I had no idea how to use my brand-new DSLR camera as we got it just a few weeks before; so that was the perfect occasion to start playing with it. This was probably the only decent picture I took that day, but I’m so glad I kept it.
Every time I come across this image, it reminds me the importance of working hard without making excuses. No matter where you are, or how much you rather be doing something different, there is always something you can do to be closer to your goals.
This photo shows the two sides of the same coin – hard work versus the rewards that come from it. A young man who is giving up his day off to create the future he dreams of; versus a retired man who has worked hard his whole life and now has the time to completely dedicate himself to his main passion in life – painting.
Good morning friends!
Any of you watched the Oscars ceremony yesterday? I’d never watched it before, but I finally crossed that out of my list last night. Living in Los Angeles, only 4 miles away from Hollywood… I mean it almost feels like a crime not to do it. Plus, my friend Tonja hosted an awesome Oscars party at her house with lots of delicious food and two homemade cheesecakes – I would not miss that for anything in the world!
To be honest, I didn’t watch any of the movies that were nominated, but it was fun to guess who the winner would be only by watching the 10-second trailer that they showed at the beginning of each nomination. My friends and I also came up with an awesome game to burn time during commercial breaks – Celebrity Age Quiz! With the magic of Photoshop, plastic surgery and make up it truly is a mystery how old some celebrities actually are; you should have had to see my surprised face with some of them. Did you know that Sandra Bullock is 50 years old? Crazy…
My favorite moments of the night were:
1) When Ellen DeGeneres invited a bunch of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper and Kevin Spacey among others to join together for an epic star-studded selfie with the goal of breaking the Twitter record for most retweets. If you still haven’t seen the photo, take a look here!
2) The inspirational acceptance speech of Lupita Nyong’o after winning the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave (watch it here).
“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.”
What were your favorite moments of the Oscars ceremony?
…they are called FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY.
I hope you guys have a truly relaxing and recharging weekend!
This exotic flower was one of the first things I noticed when I first moved to California. I’d never seen one before, but its vibrant colors and attractive shape rapidly caught my attention. There is a sidewalk close to where I live full of these magnificent flowering plants, so they are one of the first things I see every morning on my commute to work. I just can’t help but smile every time I look at them. The Bird of Paradise flower is the perfect ornamental piece for any street, they make you feel like you are surrounded by beautiful tropical birds all the time.
I’m in love with the combination of colors of the petals (orange, purple and magenta) and the leathery green leaves. I think this is my favorite plant in the world; I can’t wait to cover the garden of my future dream house with those.
Does the Bird of Paradise flower grow where you live?
Remember when yesterday I said that my favorite thing about Santa Barbara was the downtown area? Well, take a look at the pictures below and you will rapidly understand why.
While we were wandering through outdoor venues and enjoying the unique boutiques of State Street, one of my friends told me that the area sort of reminded him Spain; and I totally agree with that. Downtown Santa Barbara has a Mediterranean feeling attached to it, with stunning landscaped plazas, multi-colored tiled walls and brick-lined sidewalks that made me feel truly at home. I just loved how every single corner was beautifully decorated with flowerpots, cute benches, metal sculptures and gorgeous fountains. The city is so well taken care of, it is really a pleasure to walk around and enjoy the little details that make Santa Barbara a very special place.
Picking a restaurant to eat was very difficult as there were so many great options to choose from (take a look here), but we finally decided to go for Italian food and take a seat at Bucatini. That restaurant hit the spot; the combination of a beautiful terrace and a good pizza was definitely what I was looking for after spending most of the day walking non-stop. Perfect ending for a perfect day.
So, what do you guys think about Santa Barbara? Would you visit it if you had the chance?
One of the best things about having international friends here in Los Angeles is that we are crazy about exploring all that California has to offer. We travel a lot on weekends, and thanks to that I’ve had the chance to visit some of the most beautiful cities in the States (check out some of my favorite California towns here: Palos Verdes, Newport Beach, Napa Valley, La Jolla, San Diego, San Francisco, Malibu, Big Bear Lake ).
A couple weekends ago, it was finally Santa Barbara‘s turn. We started the day walking along the beach boardwalk towards the Stearns Wharf, where a beautiful dolphin fountain welcomed us. I love the beach and always make a point to stop at every pier in every town I visit; of course I couldn’t miss this one! The views of the ocean from the end of the pier were gorgeous, the water was so pristine that I could have easily spent hours staring at it. I really enjoyed taking in the nice ocean breeze, as well as checking out the few souvenir shops that were nearby. I ended up buying a cute snail magnet for my mom’s collection – I hope she likes it!
Overall, Stearns Wharf is a very nice spot to capture a panoramic view of Santa Barbara’s downtown and the mountains, so don’t miss the chance to take a walk there if you are visiting the city. Even on cloudy days, people are always out with their kayaks, skateboards and bikes making the most of the day. The vibes of this city are amazing; there is so much life everywhere you look!
Amazed by the beauty of Santa Barbara’s beach and pier? Wait and see the downtown area – it was by far my favorite thing about this city! I’ll post some pictures soon.