Life As I Know It

Two happy (and cool) cats at Park Guell, during our trip to Barcelona in February.

Boom! And just like that, the first 3 months of 2017 are in the bag.

But I’ve been a little silent on here. Shocker, I know. Despite this, I wanted to give everyone an update on what’s to come in the next few months. It’s major and I wake up pumped and motivated every day just thinking about it. It makes me wiggle my toes, shake my booty, and bob my head to the music.

You know why?

Because we’re going on a road trip!

That’s right party people! In just a few weeks, we’re hitting the roads and circling the roundabouts as we weave our way from Saint-Etienne through the South of France. Ever since I arrived in Aix and saw the lavender bunches one block from my school, I’ve been dying to see the fields where they come from with my own eyes. (I was a few months too late last time around!). And carpe diem, right? We won’t be in Europe next summer, so we’ve decided to make the most of our summer here.

Here’s a rough outline of the places we want to visit:

  • Valence
  • Orange
  • Avignon
  • Lavender Fields
  • Roussillon
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Marseille
  • St. Tropez
  • Cannes
  • Nice
  • Monaco
  • Gorges du Verdon

After our southern adventure, we’ll head back to Sainte to (hopefully) meet some family here before we each make our respective voyages back to the USA. I’ll be heading back for around a month in July to gorge myself on hot Cheetos, tacos, Sonic, peanut butter, and any other trendy food I can get my greasy hands on. I’ll be visiting friends and family too…. But FOOD.

And that’s it! A summer full of sunshine and new destinations.

And of course, I’ve gotta give you a general life update.

So far, I’m finally starting to shed my homesickness and culture shock. I’ve found a rhythm to my daily life, and I feeling less and less discontent. I think this must also be a side effect of better weather recently, as well. I’m no longer bundling up in a shirt, blazer, scarf, coat, and snow boots every time I leave the house. And my daily commute by foot and bus just feels a lot more enjoyable!

We also totally lucked out by being in Saint-Etienne during the Biennale for the Cité du Design. It’s a month-long celebration of art and design hosted by the city. And the place comes to life! It’s so refreshing to see new installations fill the city, not just around the Cite du Design, but stretching to even further destinations. Despite the rain this week, we’re going to visit a few of the expositions. I’ve wanted to go for the past few weeks, but since everyone was preparing for finals, there wasn’t much time to spare.

And yes, I said finals. Today was Austin’s last day of exams for the semester. He still has a few projects left to complete, but his classes are finished… in March. I know! Crazy.

Well, that’s about it!

I will be documenting all of our adventures on YouTube, so make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing ❤.

Trip: Dallas

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Giddy up into the pretty ol' city of Dallas..

Where I woke up after a very long night of drinking. Well technically I woke up at 3 am and heaved myself into a car filled with my boyfriend and his little brother. We were headed to Dallas to drop his little brother off at the airport, so we turned it into a nice little day trip!

After the airport, we made a pit stop. We drove by a bunch of large office buildings and figured one of their parking lots would make a nice place to nap. We drove into an empty parking lot, reclined our seats, and shut our eyes for an hour. There's no shame when you're tired. 

The Shed at the Dallas Farmer's Market

Next, we headed to the Farmer's Market for breakfast. It was nice to wander around the booths, but their samples were even nicer. We ended up noshing on a cup of elote, a cup of cajun rice and beans, and spankopita with a dash of greek coffee. It was all delicious, but the greek food was AMAZING. 

Enjoying delicious greek coffee.

No trip would be complete without some time at the museum, so we spent the afternoon looking for parking. Just kidding... kind of. We found parking a couple blocks away and we walked our little tushies to the stunning Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Even if you don't go inside, the building itself is a must see!

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Next on our itinerary was a visit to the hip Bishop Arts District. Remember earlier when I talked about the amazing greek food? Well, we found its challenger.  

This little Cuban stand of deliciousness had me like 😍. If you visit Dallas, please visit this. Ugh, so good I can't even bear to think about it. Since we just stopped for a snack, we each got a small taco and split some yucca fries. Again, so damn good.

Dude, Sweet Chocolate shop in the Bishop Arts District. The owner was pretty excited to show us his photo with Wayne Coyne when we said we were from OKC.

Afterwards we wandering around the arts district until our feet couldn't move any more and our energy was drained. Before we headed to McKinney for dinner, we stopped by the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. 

So, disappointing.

Maybe it was because I was hangry and had to wait in line while a million people snapped photos before and after they got their cupcake. But by the time I finally got mine, it didn't even taste that good. Would not recommend. 

Sprinkles Cupcakes

We finished off the day with dinner and coffee with my family in McKinney. What a cute little town, that I neglected to take photos of. Oops.

All around a really nice and successful trip. Despite being so close, I haven't been to Dallas since I was a kid. It was so wonderful to get out of OKC for a day and enjoy a mini-vacation with Austin.

Until next time... Adios!

 

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

November 22, 2014

And a little update since I feel like I have given up writing since fall break. The semester is coming to an end way too quickly (finals start this Friday), and leaving couldn’t be more bittersweet. I am SO excited to come home to the USA and OKC, but I’m already missing Aix. Like most experiences, I have disappointments and things I would change if I could do it all over again, but I’ve also gained so much from being here and feel like I’ll be returning home, not a different person, but an improved one. Since being here, I’ve gained so much confidence and assurance in who I am as a person, and I no longer feel like I need to go out and prove anything to anyone other than myself. I feel like I’m also coming back to the states with a clearer idea of where I want my life to go, a lovely thing as I enter my final semester of college (yikes!).

I’ll be creating a wrap-up post to further reflect on my experience here, but I just wanted to give everyone a little update and let them know I’m still alive (and survived three more trips to Lisbon, Paris, and Lyon). So many more stories and photos to come once the stress of finals passes :). 

Test Shoot in France: Romain

 I’m so excited to share another photo from my collaboration with the modelling agency in Marseille! I still can’t believe that the whole situation worked out with the agency and I’m actually doing what I’ve wanted to do all along with photography. Cheers to taking risks and facing your fears… something to really be thankful for today! Happy Sanksgeeving, as the French pronounce it :).  
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 AND another successful test shoot this morning in Parc Jourdan!

I’m so excited to share another photo from my collaboration with the modelling agency in Marseille! I still can’t believe that the whole situation worked out with the agency and I’m actually doing what I’ve wanted to do all along with photography. Cheers to taking risks and facing your fears… something to really be thankful for today! Happy Sanksgeeving, as the French pronounce it :). 

reganshorter:

AND another successful test shoot this morning in Parc Jourdan!