I've been to Sutro Baths a couple of times for client sessions and I've always wanted to go back on my own so, a few weeks ago, I grabbed a roll of film and headed out. The Sutro Baths used to be a large, privately owned swimming complex right on the edge of the Pacific coast. Think turn-of-the-century spa with club rooms, private dressing rooms, and saltwater and freshwater pools with slides. Shortly after closing in 1966, the building burned down leaving behind what looks like ancient ruins, except it's just concrete from 50 years ago. With sea water pouring into the empty pools and wildlife springing through the cracked and crumbled concrete, Nature has slowly taken back what Man left behind.
If you're in the area, I highly recommend checking it out. You can explore the Lands End trails while you're there and take in some truly gorgeous views (assuming Karl the Fog isn't around).
Well, here we are. The end of the week and almost the end of May. Can you believe we're nearly at the halfway point of 2016? I feel like I was just planning out my quarterly & yearly goals and now, here we are, five months (almost) down and only seven to go. How did that happen?
We have rain in the forecast for tomorrow but I'm hoping it holds out as I have an engagement session scheduled. My clients have chosen a few very cool neighborhoods for a more "urban San Francisco" shoot and I'm super pumped so I don't want to reschedule! I also have a wedding on Sunday at one of my favorite wedding spots here in the city so this is shaping up to be a very busy but love-filled weekend.
What about you? What's on your agenda for the next two days?
1 | I woke up! I mean, seriously, if being alive is not reason enough to be happy about today, the rest of this list won't really matter.
2 | Coffee. It's delicious, it's easy to make, it's warm and comforting, and it's energizing. It's happiness in a cup!
3 | Rico went to sleep within ten minutes of me putting him down for his nap this morning and he's still sleeping soundly an hour later. And the choir sang Hallelujah.
4 | Food. Our fruit bowl is overflowing and our fridge is filled to the brim. This hasn't always been the case for me in life and just seeing the abundance in our kitchen fills me with gratitude everyday.
5 | Flowers. They're blooming everywhere in the city, like daily gifts from Mother Nature and, as basic as this may be, I've already purchased my first peonies of the season. One of them now lives beside the bed. #ImBasicAndIKnowIt
6 | The Husband. Waking up with him and having breakfast together as a little family, even if Rico does through his food all over the kitchen, makes mornings so much easier for this natural night owl.
7 | Scan Day! Well, technically it's tomorrow but we're now one day closer. I have five rolls I'm anxious to see and tomorrow -tomorrow!- the scans will be ready to download. I'll have to wait a teensy bit longer to get the negatives and prints, though, but that's okay. I can wait with the scans in hand.
8 | Gia & Juno. They were looking for a little extra attention this morning and I'm always happy to oblige. Honestly, nothing relaxes me more than petting those fuzzy little critters.
9 | Fresh air. The weather has been on the warmer side lately so I've been opening the windows first thing in the morning. The crisp spring air fills the apartment and keeps it cool as the suns warms the day.
10 | Motivation. I've been reading Better Than Before and finding lots of motivation and inspiration to finally adapt some healthier habits. Theresa's Post-It method for workout motivation has been surprisingly effective for me, too. I've actually managed to stick to my "workout 5 days a week" habit for three weeks now!
I've never really been much of a bikini gal. Part of it is, of course, my own body insecurities. My midsection has always been my least favorite part so it makes sense I wouldn't be inclined to put it on full display. But for much of my high school and college days, one-piece swimsuits just weren't in style. Sure you'd see a few in the stores but they were usually beyond basic and not very supportive. Because of this, I can honestly say I didn't even own a swimsuit in college. I was living in Chicago so it wasn't that big of a deal but there was just no way I was going to don a teeny tiny two-piece.
But now? One-piece swimsuits have had quite the makeover these days. Sexy, sporty, vintage, quirky, cool - whatever your style, there's a one-piece out there for you. And you're going to want one because one-pieces have a lot more going for them than just the (much appreciated) belly camouflage. Convenient (no mix-matching or lost pieces), comfortable (no riding up or slipping off), and completely on trend for the season, here are a few of my current faves.
1 | Seea Palm Zuma One-Piece - If you're looking for a suit that can go from beach to boardwalk to dinner al fresco this summer, this little beauty is up for the job!
2 | Seamed Underwire One-Piece - The clean lines and neutral tones make this one a classic that will undoubtedly be in style for many summers to come.
7 | Out From Under Plunging V-neck - Tan that cleavage, girl. You know you want to. You know you also want to click on that link so you can check out the back of this suit, too. It's totally worth it.
8 | Without Walls Arabesque One-Piece - That is NOT two separate suits you're seeing up there. That is one reversible suit. Classic nude or sporty teal, it's like two suits in one to suit (<-- see what I did there) whatever mood you're in.