If I'm being entirely honest, I didn't buy anything here. I was just killing time with my camera before going to a test shoot at a yoga studio. Post coffee, pre-yoga, mid-rain aimless picture taking. We've all been there. 

The display selection of these records really cracked me up. Big Willie Nelson fan here, but I've never considered buying a Richard Pryor album. Before my time, I guess. 

Harry Potter strategically placed amongst things that must be half a century old. 

This scene is legitimately my favorite thing, bright colors, copper, old bottles, and a few plants. I could live in this corner. 

Moisturizing Coffee + Sugar Body Scrub (diy + oil-free)

I've gotten into a pretty bad habit of splurging on beauty products on Amazon, possibly the best find so far is hyaluronic acid serum. Second to that, is this coffee scrub that I bought, loved, and then used in a day (only a slight exaggeration). The ingredients were super clean and simple: coffee, vegetable glycerin, and brown sugar. I felt kind of silly for not checking before buying because I have all of those ingredients here. One of my favorite things about this scrub is that it is almost completely dry in the package. No aloe, no oils, basically no liquid in there, except this vegetable glycerin that absorbs super clean. Meaning, definitely no residue and a lot less shower mess. I even liked using it on my face, which almost never happens. 

Aside from scrubbing myself down with homemade body scrubs, I am also day-dreaming of National Parks in Utah (I think about Utah so much that I wonder what would happen if I actually made it out there) and I just learned about this Kings Canyon Byway, which is a 50 mile stretch that I'm determined to take all of this pictures of. Speaking of pictures, if you haven't noticed, I added a Shop button over to the right, where you can buy prints if you feel so inclined, or I'll just share my Society6 link here. 

The veg glycerin looks almost like honey here. It has a funny, slightly gooey, unexpected texture, but not at all sticky. Similar to honey it is a humectant, which means it attracts moisture from it's surroundings and locks it in, making it a pretty good addition/primer to normal moisturizer. 

Coffee has a stimulating effect on the skin, and is said to improve circulation and also is good for reducing cellulite. 

Here's what you'll need:

1/4 cup of coffee

2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin

2 cups of brown sugar - I ground mine up in a blender to be extra fine, but it's super not necessary

pinch of powdered vitamin C - optional 


Blend up your brown sugar if you want it finer

Mix in vitamin C powder - it's great for skin and also can act as a preservative to prolong shelf-life

With a spoon mix in vegetable glycerin

Add in coffee grounds and mix again

Store in airtight container

To Scrub: Apply to damp skin and scrub in circular motions, rinse clean and moisturize 

San Francisco

It was a really beautiful day in San Fransisco, Ca for shooting. A friend of mine, Yvonne Quinones asked me to come up for a shoot she had all mapped out, mentally styled, prepped, and planned. This was my first shoot of this nature, so I was naturally a little apprehensive. But I'm honestly so proud with how they turned out. Take those risks, darlings, sometimes the pieces all just come together. 

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Model: Adrienne Villalon, IG adrienne_villalon

Stylist/Director: Yvonne Quinones IG yvonne_quinones

For photography inquiries, email 

Morning Thoughts

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Good morning, I'm slowly, very slowly, chewing through Neil DeGrasse Tyson's book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and it's a little over my head. We all need that sometimes, right? A challenge... first thing in the morning. I won't lie, this book is supposed to be for a super basic understanding of astrophysics with a bit of history, etymology, and philosophy, but I'm finding myself reading and re-reading each page. I actually heard about it from this interview with Stephen Colbert and was sold. Super sold. I'm just saying, I wish I loved anything as much as Tyson loves the universe. 

"Maybe you're special because you're the same" - NDT

Same, as in sameness of the universe. There's a guru I like, Nithyananda, who said something equally potent and attention-grabbing in one of his lectures and that was,

"You are not qualitatively different from the universe, but quantitatively."

I loved that. You're littler than all of creation but very much aligned to it, and made of the same stuff, and astrophysics confirms.  

Again, good morning.  My mind rattles before yoga. It really does. 

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I'm trying this superfood coffee from Terra Origin, and I'm pretty into it. It tastes coffee-ish, definitely very superfoody, and just sweet enough. I'm a pretty big coffee person, but I could easily incorporate this in place of my afternoon cup, and probably should. But I really have no regrets about my present coffee consumption, like, at all. The superfood list here is pretty impressive with mangosteen, kelp, collards, and chlorella, I do think this makes a superior breakfast companion for prolonged energy.  

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So this is one of those no recipe, recipes. 

Seriously, almond milk + Terra Origin

Heat it: stove, microwave, wood burning oven, whatever. 



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the stars are in your eyes. 

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