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Jun 16, 2018

We're Moving.

Soon. Malibu Mara is about to turn a new leaf.
Please stay tuned!

Jun 4, 2018

I Took A Calligraphy Class

In in effort to live my best life and cross out things on my vision board I set my sights on taking a calligraphy class this year. Spoiler alert, it is a lot harder (for me) than it looks. I write in all caps soooo learning how to write normal, and fancy is still a struggle. I practice still from time to time. BUT WOW ITS NOT EASY. 
Rachel Jacobson taught the class. She is a local modern calligrapher and I loved her work and her Instagram. We did the class at Tendue in SE Portland and they poured smith tea. As if the calligraphy class didn't already sell me, the tea definitely won me. 
We started the class by getting used to holding the nib, learning how to do some warm ups and then got into learning the alphabet. I write in all caps so it was a challenge but I want to get better. I am thinking of trying a different nib and making my own modern handwriting. There are so many rap quotes that would make for cool things!
Would you ever take a calligraphy class?

May 28, 2018


Happy Memorial Day.
My current top 5 on my playlist give off major emo vibes but I am here for it. Am I going through a midlife crisis? I mean, when you rediscover bands you loved as a teen and see they still make fire music its kind of worth it. I'm here for full stan.



May 22, 2018


As someone who washes their hair about once a week, I don't have too much of a fun story to tell when it comes to my curly natural hair. It does take me a while to get through a bottle of conditioner, and twice as long to get through a bottle of shampoo. My rule for the past 6 years has been to make sure my products are sulfate free. Sulfates make curly hair frizzy, curls need all the moisture they can get! I have pretty good results with Marc Anthony products, but Not Your Mothers also has my heart just based on the scents of everything!  
Deva curl sent me their new Decadence leave-in and it gave my curls so much moisture! It contains Quinoa Proteins, yes that quinoa-- it helps add shine. Pequi Oil which has a high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids for curl retention and frizz control. Have you heard of Chufa? Chufa helps provide intense moisture. After using shampoo and conditioner you use the Deva Curl decadence leave-in on wet hair. I have always had the habit of using a product on wet hair first. This one is not oily or off putting. I really like it and you don't need that much product for it to work. Where has this been all my life? I have been missing it. 

It even lasts though my second emo rock phase I am going through. If you have curls, I definitely recommend buying this!

May 20, 2018


When you say CHI-CITY? Okay enough Kanye quotes. He's so problematic but I kinda gotta support him because you don't bite the hand that feeds you. Speaking of, I went to CHI-CITY for work. So of course, number one order of business, see the bean. I guess the real name is cloud gate? Regardless, we got maybe 3 group photos in and it started POURING. I read the weather before I left and it did warn of lightening and thunderstorms. Did you know people exist that didn't know thunderstorms means rain? Like always means rain? We came with rain jackets because I had to explain that. I never knew people thought thunder was its own thing. But anyway, it started pouring so we ran underneath the bean to take cover. You know, its made of all metal? Neededless to say, we all got kicked out. If that thing got struck by lightening we like, would have all died. It was also flooding really bad in the manner of 10 minutes. What a memory. Of course we took a bit of shelter in the nearest thing, a walgreens... so I bought a magnet. You know, I collect them when I travel. 
I really need to go back, we ate our way around Chicago but there is so much I didn't get to try. The trip started off on a creepy foot. The inside of our airbnb was cool, the outside was really sketchy. The host was SUPER sketch, but the exposed brick will forever be interior goals. 
The amount of murals is also pretty cool! Chi reminds me a lot of HTX but it gets WAY TOO COLD in the winter, so I could never live there. Visit? Yes for sure. 
Part of our food tour had us at Mahalos, Big star tacos and the famous Lou Malnati's. Is it weird that Ahi Nachos at Mahalo's was my favorite thing? I could eat it everyday. Unexpected fave, but I am here for it. 
I grew up with Six Flags but to visit the one at Gurnee Mills was still pretty fun. I rode maybe 3 things and ran to get a turkey leg. There is nowhere in PDX that I trust to get one, so I had to get my fill. I regret nothing, obviously didn't ride anything after eating which I kind of regret but my last job has be tapped out on amusements! I will be headed to Cedar Point when I travel to Ohio in July, so I will get my fill then. Overall, we managed to balance work and play very well. I thought it was going to be really rainy but luckily after our Monday bean incident everything else was fine!

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