My favorite coffee house, Forzas, is located about 1,100 miles north in the rainy city of Seattle. The place was awesome! It had live music, a great menu, a relaxed atmosphere of "African mahogany wood", a nice warm fireplace, and art on the walls. When I was visiting last summer my sister and I went to Forzas almost every night to get a mocha or toffee frappacino. I mean, there chocolate is made from Ghiradellis, who wouldn't like it? So a few months back when I was craving my mocha from Seattle I was thinking that I should just open a Forza franchise in Santa Clarita. It's nice that we finally got a few coffee shops besides Starbucks here. In the photo I liked the reflection from the store front window in the glass, so why not capture it? I didn't even notice the colorful mugs until I looked at the picture! Sorry if you don't like coffee.
It's about time that the Santa Clarita Valley gets a new coffee place besides Starbucks! I went to the Coffee House with my sister for the first time this week and enjoyed it more than a Starbucks for many reasons; the employees are extremely nice, my mocha was DELICIOUS, it was much more "home-y" with really comfortable couches, and they have free wireless internet. It's funny that this opened because I was seriously considering opening up a coffee shop of my own not too long ago, but sadly my dad wouldn't help me invest haha.
Sprinkles. cupcakes. are. delicious.
Stacey and I decided to make a trip to Beverly Hills to eat a Sprinkles cupcake. After waiting in line for about twenty minutes (for cupcakes? yes...), I decided on a peanut butter chip and she got strawberry. They were quite delightful, but not my favorite part of the night. I always enjoy discovering new things, like a street that looks like Paris (not the photograph below). Or flipping through an African photography book. Or when I thought the ATM machine stole $20 from me, but then the cashier told me I gave her $20 too much. I had a lot of favorite moments of the night. It definitely made it onto my list of "top 5 summer nights."
Although the quality of the iPhone4 camera isn't top notch, I want to post pictures weekly, just because. This photo was taken at The Grove, after walking by one of my favorite window displays ever (it had a white cruiser bike with a basket full of flowers and a sign that said "just married" and mannequins wearing wedding attire). It definitely gave me ideas for my wedding :)
I was privileged enough to photograph Miss Essex niece, Grace and nephew, Adam. I was Miss Essex teacher assistant for a semester this last year and so she knew I liked photography. We ended up meeting at the Paseos and walked along them for a short time until we found a few spots. I also brought my brother Ryan along to help me carry around a few of the props we used. It was one of my first time photographing toddlers so it was a little bit challenging but still a lot of fun :) I had my shutter speed up pretty high in order to catch multiple expressions from each of them. I hope you enjoy them Miss Essex!