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Photo of the Week No. 35: Bestie Behavior

August 29, 2018

My bestie Yvette paid me a visit this past weekend, and it did my heart good to spend some quality time with her. This Photo of the Week stars her and my guy bestie Ronilo (well, his arm doing the absolute most). If you know them, you know that this image captures their essence: Yvette working her angles with subtle fierceness and Ronilo being more extra than guacamole at Chipotle with the finger pointing. He got that tattoo for Coachella, by the way. Hahaha. This image is hilarious to me because you don’t even see his face but you know it’s Ronilo. In any event, I’m such a lucky gal to have these two, who I’ve known since the fifth grade, in my life. Alternate titles: “Est. 1995,” “Dos Amigos, Dos Muchos,” “Besties Doing What They Do Best,” “Double Trouble,” and “Twice as Nice.”

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Photo of the Week No. 34: Baby M in the Making

August 22, 2018

This Photo of the Week centers on the cutest little piece of decor from my sister’s baby shower this past weekend. As you may remember, Ayesha and her husband Skylar are expecting a baby boy. My sister took care of the decorations, and I was so impressed by the M that she decoupaged with a world map background. (P.S. I have a feeling that some of her other creations just may appear as future Photos of the Week here). What does the M stand for, you may be wondering? It’s for my future nephew’s name, Marquis (the “s” is silent, as is with the French pronunciation). I can already tell he’s gonna be bougie! LOL. Totally kidding! I’m so excited to welcome him. He’ll be here before we know it!

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Photo of the Week No. 33: Boys at Play

August 15, 2018

We’re deep in the throes of summer, yet for some reason it’s back-to-school season. Times have changed! This image of South African boys at play came to mind when I think of summer and school, for some reason. Life’s simple pleasures come from spending time with good people and being carefree. This Photo of the Week, taken in the Langa township of Cape Town, captures a slice of life, as a group of boys play with a suitcase in the afternoon sun. I don’t recall what exactly they were doing, but they were in their own world and full of joy. It doesn’t take much to put a smile on your face, to feel seen and heard, and a part of a community. This image is a reminder of that.

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Photo of the Week No. 32: Goat Yoga Is the GOAT

August 6, 2018

Guys, I went to goat yoga last weekend and I’ll never be the same! LOL. Hear me out. The idea of goats — real-life livestock — roaming about a yoga studio, leaping from back to back is pretty ridiculous. But something about it was so relaxing and therapeutic. Not to mention, I burned no less than 1,000 calories from laughing at the sheer absurdity of it all. This Photo of the Week stars Burlap, a feisty doeling with an affinity for banana chips, who was one of two goats from Hello Critter that graced us during the session at Laughing Frog Yoga Studio in Santa Monica. It even looks like she’s in the midst of her own yoga pose. Namaste? More like Baaamaste. Amirite?! I’m telling you, it’s something worth trying at least once. Dare I say, goat yoga is the GOAT (greatest of all time). Trust me!

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Photo of the Week No. 31: “Yaaasss to Yarn”

July 30, 2018

This Photo of the Week features a bright basket of yarn that made me fall “thread” over heels. See what I did there?! LOL. This image was captured at a crafting corner. Though the subject is something so simple, upon closer review, it captures a pretty complex scene. There’s a lot going on with the patterned tablecloth and tools, but the yarn in the foreground steals the show with its vibrant hues. And there’s a stray orange string ever so gently draped across the front of the basket. I also appreciate how the polka dots (I love me some dots!) get a little love, too. Alternate titles: “Cooler Threads Will Prevail,” “Darn That’s a Lot of Yarn,” “From Thread to Toe” and “Thread-to-Thread Format.”

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Photo of the Week No. 30: “Feisty Bestie”

July 25, 2018

This Photo of the Week stars my Bestie in the Westie, Yvette. The pose she’s striking in this image is a familiar one, believe it or not. LOL. Turn the camera on and watch her show up and show out, anytime, anyplace. That’s why I love her! “Go best fran, that’s my best fran!” We were at Brown Estate near Napa a few months ago, and as soon as I started snapping photos, here Yvette goes gyrating and posing. This is one of my favorites from the day: the clenched fist, piercing gaze and powerful posture — it gives me so much life! Get you a bestie who makes you laugh like no other, brings out your inner weirdo, challenges you to get your life, and just adds so much joy when she’s around. Shout out to Yvette (a.k.a. Vetty, Shekinah, Ebbie, and so on) for being my ace!

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Photo of the Week No. 29: “Belding’s Office”

July 18, 2018

Guys, I finally got to step inside Mr. Belding’s office! This Photo of the Week is a snapshot from my visit to Saved by the Max, the “Saved by the Bell” theme restaurant in West Hollywood. It’s been booked for months, so my guy and I were lucky to get in when a friend had a pair of extra tickets. As a kid watching the ’90s teen sitcom, I always dreamed about going on a date with Zack Morris at the Max (and sharing a milkshake while listening to “our song,” A12 in the jukebox — too detailed?), cheering on Bayside (and Slater) at a wrestling match, chatting by the lockers with my girl Lisa Turtle, and even being called in to the principal’s (Belding’s) office (for a good reason, obvi). On Sunday, we had the chance to dine and run wild in the restaurant, and, trust, I took photos of all the memorabilia. Having a separate room set up like Mr. Belding’s office was a nice touch. Super nostalgic! Of course, the wood-paneled room had a desk with a name plate and a framed photo of everyone’s favorite princi-pal, among other trinkets. Run, don’t walk, to Saved by the Max, and let me know what you think!

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Photo of the Week No. 27: “Plumes of Peonies”

July 2, 2018

I haven’t met a peony that I didn’t like, and seeing these here peonies was love at first sight. That’s why they’re the star of this Photo of the Week. At first glance, my mind takes me to tropical settings, thanks to the popping pink color on the flowers, the vibrant green leaves and the red branches in the arrangement. These flowers look like they’d be in the lobby of a swanky hotel, but reality this image was taken at a café. Always take time to smell the roses photograph the peonies!

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Photo of the Week No. 25: “Summer Amusement”

June 19, 2018

This Photo of the Week was captured in the throes of fun at the Santa Monica Pier last Saturday for my job’s summer party. This particular image is a case of being at the right place at the right time. As I was chatting with my guy and my brother, I looked up to see the famous West Coaster roller coaster was passing through against the backdrop of the iconic Ferris wheel. This image is a snapshot of whimsy and merriment. To me, it represents good-natured, old-fashioned family fun, as evidenced by some of the riders’ hands in the air and smiles on their faces. Alternate titles: “Party at the Pier,” “At Play at the Pier,” “Wild Ride,” “Rolling with the Homies,” “Screaming, Joking, Straight West Coastin'” and “Screaming Summertime Fun.”

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Photo of the Week No. 24: “Bath Time”

June 12, 2018

If there’s one thing Berkeley, my four-legged rapscallion, despises the most it’s bath time, without a doubt. This Photo of the Week captures the hate pretty well, in my humble opinion. I mean, check out his crooked muzzle. It’s like he’s saying, “Oh, so you really wanna snap photos right now?! Woooooow, Mom! I’m about to cuss.” I also enjoy the detail found in the droplets dangling from the whiskers on his chinny chin chin. And that his shnarly snout is in focus, while his eyes, ears and body are softly blurred in the background.

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