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In travel on
December 4, 2017

the vatican

The highlight of my brief trip to Rome was visiting the Vatican. The Vatican is located just outside central Rome in Vatican City, which I learned is actually considered a different country! I really wanted to visit in Saint Peter’s Basilica but the line was crazy so we just admired it from the outside. We did do the Vatican museum, which we had already bought tickets for, which I highly recommend doing if you are planning on visiting. The museum was wonderful and there were so many pieces of art I’ve studied in my art history courses that were fun to see in person. The Sistine Chapel was by far the highlight of my Vatican experience. It was so beautiful and awe-inspiring but the part I liked the most was people watching. There are no photos allowed in the Chapel so a docent, who looked a little like Santa Claus, would yell as loud and as sternly as possible “no photo” to unsuspecting people taking pictures. Seeing their reactions was priceless and after every person he scared, the docent would chuckle a little then be off to find his next victim. Here’s a few sneaky photos of the Sistine Chapel I got away with, as well as some other pictures from the Vatican Museum.



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In art, travel on
July 1, 2014

chateau versailles

versailles is just so beautiful. though this is my second time visiting, i was still in awe of how grand and decadent and detailed it is. growing up, i was obsessed with all things 16th century french. i would read book upon book on louis XIV and marie antoinette and the french revolution. my dream was to marry a prince at versailles and have a fairytale wedding. so when i found out that kim kardashian was rumored to be married at versailles, my 10 year old self was quite jealous. they ended up only having the pre-wedding party at versailles and we just so happened to visit the morning after the big party. on top of the history of versailles, the fact that we were standing in the same room that lana del ray performed in the night before and the lawn where the huge fireworks occurred was pretty awesome as well. another highlight was the hall of mirrors, which was closed the last time i visited. the scale is so grand, with sparkling chandeliers and gold building everywhere and i spent over a half hour just walking the hall and taking pictures. i could go on and on about how beautiful versailles is but instead, i’ll just leave you with these photos so you can see for yourself. and stay tuned for the pictures of wonderful gardens i’ll post soon.

{louis XIV bedroom}

{of course there’s a ladurée inside the chateau!}

{marie antoinette’s gorgeous room}

{lana del ray performed right here for kim and kanye’s party the night before}

In art, travel on
July 23, 2012

sawdust festival


the sawdust festival is the place to be in the summer. it is an arts and crafts festival in laguna beach where all the local artists showcase their work in little handmade booths. it’s inspiring to just walk around and look at what people have created, both awesome and weird. the food there is also really good and i’ll go there just for the mediterranean veggie plate. its that good! there are also booths for great baked potatoes and sorbet. between the art and the food and the peaceful atmosphere, the sawdust festival is my favorite summer hangout


In art, fashion on
April 19, 2011

you remind me of home


today i went to the getty villa in malibu with my AP european history class. i really dig museums so it was a blast looking through though antiquity and sculptures aren’t my favorite kinds of art (i’m more of a modern art kinda girl). we went to the beach before and it was as beautiful and peaceful as a beach should be beach that early in the morning. here are some pictures that document my time at the getty villa and nearby beach


you remind me of home by ben gibbard and andrew kenny


jacket: anne taylor loft
pants: forever 21 via goodwill
tshirt: target
shoes: j. crew
purse: kirkland via salvation army
necklace: my mom’s from the 1960s
ring: getty villa gift shop