Lake House Photo Journal

This is a collection of some of my favorite photos that I took during weekends spent at the lake in Pennsylvania this summer !

Views from the little dock on the lake

This sunset photos looks so rustic and perfect to me and instantly makes me feel the peace and happiness I feel there.

These were taken of a few waterfalls on a nearby hiking trail.

One of my boyfriend and mine’s favorite things to do is watch the sunset. I love how the rays of sunshine are peaking through the clouds of the first one, trying their best to keep shining before they set, and the reflection of the sunset and the clouds on the super-still lake in the second one is unrealll.

Being on the lake was one of the highlights of the past summer. It’s pure happiness, relaxation, and time with people I love !

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Collages

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been obsessed with making physical collages out of pieces of paper (either pictures I’ve taken or pictures I’ve found online). I always have new ideas for themes and make them for any and every reason I can think of. If I need a way to destress or get my mind of of something, I sit down and make a collage. I even started to make them as presents/cards. I made one with pictures of me and my boyfriend for our anniversary, and I made one of my mom’s favorite things for Mother’s Day.

Here are a few of the collages I’ve made so far:

This is one of the first collages I made of random pictures I like, including Wall St. (I’m a business major), ’68 Olympics (which my professor actually qualified for), Woodstock (because who wouldn’t go back in time to live that?) and clips from TV shows like That 70’s Show, Gilmore Girls, and Lizzie McGuire.

This collage is about places I have travelled to or want to travel to in the future. It includes places like San Francisco, Italy, Spain, and Colorado and a quote that says, “Be faithful to your dreams”.

This is more of an inspirational collage I made when I was feeling down. I tried to incorporate happy pictures so I could look at it and be reminded of all these positive things.

This collage is music-themed and includes some of my favorite artists like Rex Orange County, Bad Suns, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay with lyrics and pictures I took at concerts.

This is a collage in the shape of Manhattan with pictures I’ve taken of some of my favorite places that I’ve been and a few pictures from online/Instagram.

I made this collage for the cover of my planner because this planner was just too preppy for me haha. (Side note: planners are one of my favorite things and I would die without one) I put inspirational quotes to help me hustle through my work and a few of my favorite things like sunflowers, elephants, and sunsets. I also wanted to note the lil quote that says, “if the music’s good, you dance” because I pretty much live by that!

Making collages has been sort of a therapeutic activity for me as well as an art form. I can’t stop making them, someone please send help(but also don’t because I’m loving it) ok bye.

The Best Meal You’ll Ever Have: Vegan Recipe

This is my recipe for Peanut Butter and Banana Toast inspired by the infamous Elvis sandwich. 

This is one of my favorite meals ever because you can eat it any time of the day. Breakfast- PB & Banana Toast. Lunch- PB & Banana Toast. Dinner- PB & Banana Toast. Dessert- (you guessed it) PB & Banana Toast.

If you haven’t tried the combination of peanut butter and banana, then you need to because your life will be forever changed for the better. 


There are only a few key ingredients: 

1. Bread of any form- an English muffin, rye bread, whole wheat/grain bread, white bread- I like to switch it up.

2. Peanut Butter- any brand, smooth or crunchy, it doesn’t matter.

3. 1 Banana- the best time to eat a banana is when it’s a little spotted (don’t fight me on this !)

4. Ground Flax Seed- this is optional, doesn’t add a ton of flavor, but it’s apparently good for you.

Step 1: OK, so first you need to put two pieces of bread in the toaster for just a few minutes until they are lightly browned and crisped. 

Step 2: Once they are out of the toaster, I spread about a tablespoon of PB on the top of both pieces. 

Step 3: Sprinkle as much of the ground flax seed over the PB (about a teaspoon/tablespoon). 


Step 4: Cut your banana into about 1/3-inch slices (honestly, do whatever your heart desires) and place them on top. 


If I have circular bread, I like to arrange the slices into a flower-shape. With normal shaped bread, you can’t be this fancy, but it’s ok. 

AND NOW IT’S FINISHED. 

Total time for completion: Less than 5 minutes. 

(Which means it takes basically no time at all to create a 5-star gourmet meal from the comfort of your own toaster)

ENJOY

Rome’s Municipal Rose Garden

5/22/18

It was nearing the end of the day on my second-to-last day in Rome, and after walking about 10 miles, we stumbled upon this huge rose garden called Roseto Comunale. The flowers were supposedly in peak bloom, and the garden is only like this for a very short period of time every year. Seeing the garden was such a special surprise and a perfect end to the day! 


What made the rose garden so amazing was that you could see the Roman ruins in the background near the Forum and the Coliseum. 

Needless to say, we had QUITE the photoshoot in here and got some killer profile pics. 

Like LOOK AT HOW BRIGHLY COLORED AND STUNNING THESE ARE. ugh.


I felt like we were wandering through a fairytale the whole time. Rome is amazing, and there are so many hidden treasures ! 

Santa Marinella Photo Journal

5/20/18

Some friends and I took a day trip to the coast of Italy at the Santa Marinella beach, just a quick train ride from Rome. The views from the window were exactly what you would picture the Italian countryside to look like with farms and villas and overflowing greenery. We didn’t really know what to expect, but the beach and the town itself did not disappoint ! 


We walked a block or two from the tiny train station to the pink boardwalk full of local Italians, palm trees, and food. For a second, I almost felt like I was in South America. The vibe here was totally different than in Rome. 


The water was surprisingly clear and blue, and the fine sand was free of rocks and shells. Out in the water were strips of rocks that people would swim out to, climb, and stand on. I really love the second photo with the brightly colored umbrellas. It was seriously such a perfect day. 


Santa Marinella appeared to be the type of summer vacation town that would be the setting in an indie romance movie. Every building was cute and colorful. Only a few people spoke a little English, and you could tell this really was not a tourist spot. I think this is part of the reason why I enjoyed it so much.


Of course, there had to be a little gelato break from tanning in the hot sun. (I got dark chocolate and rocher~YUM)


The mountains were visible creating the perfect landscape. Italy never ceased to impress me ! 
Overall, I’m really glad I took the time to take a train adventure, explore, and see the coast. 

Rome Photo Journal

My trip to Rome was one of the best weeks and trips of my life !

I couldn’t stop looking out at the view from my window. It was so picturesque and pretty serene to say it was in the city. I loved the rooftop gardens that seemed to be everywhere and the bright colors of the buildings. 

I really liked this statue on the fountain at Piazza Navona that looks like he can’t quite get his shirt over his head. (I think it’s Bernini but don’t quote me on that) 


Ah, yes the oh-so-famous Trevi Fountain was truly STUNNING in person and actually massive. However, I totally wasn’t expecting it to be smack-dab in between tiny streets, but, nevertheless, I still felt like I was living in the Lizzie McGuire movie. 


Seeing the Papal Audience was way cool. The amount of people there in awe, no matter what beliefs we all had, was really a special moment. btw papa francesco was ADORABLE. 


Some Roman streets


And, of course, the Colosseum. Honestly, it wasn’t as big as I was expecting. It is was still insanely impressive for the time, beautiful, and made you think about how even through so many years we still have and build arenas for enjoyment today. People aren’t so different now as we sometimes think. 


This was at Piazza Venezia in front of this hugeee monument known as the “birthday cake of Rome”. We just happened to stumble upon it as we turned a corner and truthfully had no idea of its existence before that lol. I couldn’t believe how big it was; after that, I couldn’t stop seeing it every time I looked at the skyline. The area surrounding it had such pretty architecture. 


This is the Laocoon by Michelangelo, one of my favorite sculptures at the Vatican Museums. Just look at the emotion on his face- it’s incredible (and somehow carved out of a ROCK may I remind you, like wow). Renaissance art is amazing and knowing the history from class made me way more interested in it. 

This is one of the many bridges in Rome crossing the Tiber. Each one was unique and had different statues and carvings. The river bank was always popping with people and excitement and was one of my favorite places to be. 


This was one of the breathtaking views from Villa Borghese, a park. You could see St. Peter’s (and tens of other churches), the “birthday cake”, and other cute buildings. This made me realize how the buildings in Rome are not very tall, but still gorgeous and nothing like any other city I had been to before. Gazing at the view was something I could have done for hours. 

Roma has a piece of my heart. 

Ciao for now !

California Playlist

The start of a new series of playlists that I have created. Today is the first actually warm day this year and I’m laying out on the grass listening to these songs and inspired to post them! 

This playlist is compiled of songs that for some unknown reason remind me of California or have that West Coast-skate boarding-night time-driving by the ocean-calfs hurting from climbing hilly SF-vibe. (I have no idea what I’m saying at this point, but my imagination is wild and if you listen to these songs you will strangely understand what I’m saying) 

A list of pure BOPS: 

1. Loving is Easy- Rex Orange County 

2. Salad Days- Mac DeMarco 

3. Dopamine- BøRNS 

4. Chamber of Reflection- Mac DeMarco 

4. Feels like We Only Go Backwards- Tame Impala 

5. The Beach- the Neighbourhood

6. Driving to Hawaii- Summer Salt 

7. Nothing- Rex Orange County 

8. Warm Thoughts- Flume 

9. 12:51- The Strokes