All posts tagged: travel

Favorites of the Decade

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ūüéČ Here are a few of my favorite albums, shows, movies, and events‚ÄĒboth personal and public‚ÄĒfrom the last decade. I’m surely missing a lot, but everything I’ve listed below certainly had an impact on shaping the last decade of my life. And while I think it’s important to acknowledge the many bad, strange, and horrifying things that happened (or were made) between 2010 and 2020, I’d rather celebrate the positive. What are some of your favorites from the past 10 years? I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019) When marriage equality passed in the U.S.! Days – Real Estate (2011) 20th Century Women (2016) Making it through college and having some of the most fun and exciting experiences of my life. I cherish that time with my friends (and the lack of responsibilities) dearly. Moonlight (2016) Every Beach House album. My time with Hayley‚ÄĒa quirky and loyal rescue dog who I was lucky to have in my life for a number of years. They Came Together (2014) The Tree of …

Looking Back on My Trip to Iceland

Last June I was lucky enough to travel to Iceland and embark on one wild adventure. My boyfriend’s family brought me along on their family vacation (again, I’m unbelievably lucky) and I got to see and do some¬†very cool things. I’ve spent nearly a year writing and then re-writing about my experience in Iceland, but nothing I’ve put together seems to capture the magic of being in a largely untouched place. So instead, I’ll let some of the photos I took throughout my trip speak for themselves. For the record, even the photos don’t do the island justice so you’ll just have to believe me.¬†Long story short, Iceland is fucking cool and if you get the chance, GO THERE! It’s extraterrestrial, beautiful, slow-moving, quiet, remarkably cool, and undoubtedly magical. Flying from Reykjav√≠k to Akureyri Akureyri Airport Whale watching in¬†H√ļsav√≠k Reynisfjara Beach in Vik Petra’s Stone Collection in St√∂√įvarfj√∂r√įur Just outside of Reykjav√≠k Somewhere in Iceland…? Eldhraun lava field Our hotel room in Rang√°r√ĺing eystra J√∂kuls√°rl√≥n glacial lagoon Su√įursveit Hornafj√∂r√įur Sk√≥gafoss Gullfoss Dettifos Go√įafoss Around Reykjavik …

In & Around Palm Springs

I spent three days this past week in and around Palm Springs with my boyfriend, and below are a few pictures I took during our fun little trip. When I first arrived I wasn’t quite sure why the Palm Desert was (and still is) a go-to Hollywood destination. My realization by the end of our first day was that maybe because I grew up in the desert, desert cities aren’t as much of an escape for me as they are for others. I could see how such a slow, small, pretty town could serve as a reprieve for those who aren’t used to the wondrous charms of the desert. And quickly, I too was charmed by Palm Springs. One of my favorite things about the city is the architecture. I have a love for mid-century modern design, particularly from Southern California, and everywhere I looked there was another groovy building, sign, or piece of furniture. Because the history of Palm Springs is so deeply entrenched in Hollywood – particularly 1920’s through 60’s Hollywood – it …

There’s No Place Like Home

As I captioned the above photo on Instagram,¬†things are always changing in Tucson, but also remaining exactly the same. I spent 24 years of my life living in the same city. I was born there, went to school there, fell in love there, made friends there, lost friends there, had loved ones be born there and die there. And when I moved away I had no idea what it would feel like to come back home. When I’m in Tucson I’m bombarded by familiar smells, sounds, and feelings. The air is different, the stars shine brighter, the birds chirp louder. In the summer there’s the smell of creosote and the sound of cicadas. The fall starts off warm, but a coolness eventually rolls in. The winters are chilly and dark and there’s something wonderful about feeling cold in the desert. In the spring the Texas Rangers bloom with bright purple flowers and the smell of sunscreen fills the air as people flock outside before it gets too hot again. While I wouldn’t trade living in …

Catalina Island: Facts n’ Photos

Before visiting Catalina I knew nothing about the island except for the fact that it’s off the coast of California and (most importantly) that it was the iconic setting for the end of¬†Step Brothers.¬†After spending a weekend on Catalina Island I learned quite a bit and am here to report back with some fun facts and a few photos I took during my short visit. 1.¬†The Catalina Island Wine Mixer is now a¬†real thing, and it’s happening in September! There’s even a¬†Step Brothers themed costume party y’all. 2.¬†The Wrigley family owns Catalina and has since the early 1900’s. 3.¬†The Wrigley family were known for their gum and numerous other business ventures, including as part-owners of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs even held their spring training on the island from the 1920s until the 1950s. 4.¬†There aren’t many cars on the island. In fact, residents have to spend 30 years on a waiting list before they can even get a Smart Car. Now that’s patience. 5.¬†Instead of cars people use golf carts, and they’re loud, annoying, …

A Weekend in NYC

A few weeks ago I spent a long weekend in New York City, marking my first trip to the big apple ever. On the flight from Reykjavik I started reading How to See the World by Nicholas Mirzoeff – on visual culture and how we see things and are seen – and realized that although I had the experience of observing the New York City of film, television, and advertising, I had never¬†actually¬†seen the city. While I had been dreaming of visiting NYC for years, I showed up almost nervous. After spending time in parts of rural Iceland (the least populated place I have ever been to) I was heading to the most densely inhabited place I had yet to occupy. Iceland has a way of¬†slowing you down and I worried that the extreme change in environment would almost be jarring. But instead of feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of New York’s streets, it felt good to finally see it¬†myself – not on a screen or billboard. I found New York City to …

Visiting the Huntington

I’ve been meaning to visit The Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino¬†for over two years, and finally went with my sister recently. Below are photos we took in the various gardens, which span 120 acres and include a Desert Garden, Japanese Garden, and Chinese Garden, among others. The photos below do not do The Huntington justice, so I recommend spending the day there if you’re ever in the Los Angeles area. The Huntington Library was founded in 1919 by Southern California businessman Henry E. Huntington. Huntington had a deep interest in gardens, art, and books – building a massive research library, art collection, and botanical gardens. Only 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the Huntington Library is a wonderful place to relax and appreciate nature.

Summer Mood

Although it’s not¬†technically summer yet, it sure feels like it to me. Last fall I posted a “mood board” here on Catch-all, which visually encapsulated¬†my feelings during that time of year. I forgot to share something for winter and spring, but I’m so excited about this summer (woohoo, school’s out!)¬†that I decided to come back with a summer post. I’m always inspired by the beach and the desert, but this summer I’m also enjoying¬†bright, playful patterns, oranges and pinks, vintage Emilio Pucci, all things Lupita Nyong’o,¬†Twin Peaks (It Is Happening Again),¬†Wet Hot American Summer, fruity cocktails, greasy diner potatoes, purple flowers, and donuts and pies. What visuals (and tastes, smells, and sounds) are¬†stimulating you this summer?

Business & Leisure in San Diego

This past weekend my sister accompanied me to San Diego, CA, where I presented a paper at the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association’s national conference. My paper, titled “How YouTube and Instagram are Normalizing Veganism,” analyzes the ways in which vegan cooking and lifestyle content creators appropriate mainstream YouTube aesthetics, and examines¬†the¬†importance of a strong¬†digital community for vegans. While the purpose of my trip was to present at the conference, I spent the majority of my time hanging out with my sister in and around San Diego. On our way down from Los Angeles we stopped in San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar, La Jolla, and Coronado Island, and in San Diego we spent time at¬†Balboa Park and around Old Town. We also drank¬†great coffee from¬†Heartwork Coffee Bar and Dark Horse Coffee Roasters, and stuffed¬†ourselves with¬†food from Kindred and Barra Barra.¬†Presenting at PCA/ACA not only gave me the chance to¬†work on my public speaking skills¬†(I’m doing better but there’s so much room for improvement), but it also provided me with some much-needed time for …