DIY: adjustable-length chunky necklace + tutorial

portrait photography by the talented gal Tiffany of House of Tong, tutorial photography by myself.
DSC_0046_1rsI have purchased, returned, purchased, returned (you get the idea) several chunky necklaces. I finally realized that, as cute as those necklaces were, I had a certain design in mind… so…what the heck. I made my own. $12 and 45 minutes later I had my necklace, and it turned out just how I had envisioned. I probably could’ve found a similar necklace for cheaper, but I glean so much satisfaction from actually making & designing it myself.

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Here’s a tutorial; just switch out some of the materials and make it your own! Disclaimer: I’m no jewelry pro, so if you have a better way of putting a necklace together, please leave me some tips in the comments below!  See full tutorial here

weekend wardrobe

Last weekend, I went on a mini backpacking trip to Castle Rock Park. After being an avid runner for about 15 years, I finally broke down and purchased a cold weather sports sweater. I never needed one in So Cal, but how did I survive all those winters in Utah without one? OH yeah, I just didn’t run. Well Costco has a way of getting you to buy more than you went in for, like this turquoise sports jacket (only $20!) and the blue sports shirt (only $10!), below. So now I finally have decent exercise clothing that isn’t 100% cotton (that fabric stains and can get so HOT).

IMG_5285For climbing, I threw on some shorts and that easy-breezy sports tee:


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Having athletic clothing makes SUCH a difference, ladies and gents. Make sure your closet is well stocked for your summer outdoor adventures.

dress: Tomboy-ish

photography by my girlfriend’s husband Marshall

I used to have these camouflage print vans that I wore all the time. They gave my outfits a tomboy-feel and I wore them until they got holes in the soles. But when my girlfriend said, ” I found this skirt at a thrift store, I think it’ll fit you!” my first thought was, “NO thank you, I’ll never wear that…” And then I remembered my shoes, and started to miss having something camo-printed in my wardrobe. So I took the skirt.


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Don’t you love this view? I’m standing right next to a children’s playground at Alta Plaza Park in Pacific heights. Kids here are spoiled.
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It’s nice to have a little camo back in my wardrobe, even if the skirt kinda  cancels out the tomboy-ness.

hugs, hanalei.

hello weekend

Who is that super ripped girl with the huge biceps?
workout Yeah, that’s me. But wait–I’m neither of those things (oops). I am getting stronger, though! As for my getting out of winter hibernation goals, I have been doing…. just okay. Let’s be honest, going from running a few times a month to working out 5 days a week is going to be a slow transition. And by the way I felt really silly taking this picture (do you like my serious workout face?) but I can’t write a post without a picture, right??

On the upside, I have been consistently doing strength training once maybe twice a week. As for aerobic exercise…it’s been (again) once maybe twice a week thing.If you’re like me and trying to get motivated to get fit/stronger, I would say… just start with doing something at least once a week, and work up from there. I hope to keep on improving because rock climbing season is knocking at the door, and after yesterday’s  outdoor climb, my whole body aches.

This weekend we’re heading down south for a quick camping/backpacking/climbing trip with another couple who climbs. We’ll be in Redwood heaven so I’ve GOT to take my camera along.

Have a busy/low key/eventful/creative/healthy/mellow kind of weekend, wherever you are.

eat: Chocolatey-Milkshake Turned Healthy-Smoothie

Heya, this is Brooke from Giddy in the City again here with another food post for you!

This time Hanalei asked me to do a smoothie post. And I sure do love a good smoothie. So many fruit combos to be made! (And veggies too!) But what I love even mooore than a smoothie is…a milkshake.

Totally not as healthy though, which is why today I bring you a smoothie disguised as a milkshake — full of nothing but nutritious goodness, yet as chocolatey and sweet tasting as a good old-fashioned ice cream shake.

Here are the deets:

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The main components of this smoothie are a frozen banana, ice, a tiiiiny bit of honey, some almond milk, a dash of vanilla extract, salt and some cocoa powder. You blend ’em all up in a food processor (or blender), and there ya have it.

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The best part about this smoothie is it’s versatility. If you want to add even more nutrition with some veggies, you can add in spinach, zucchini, squash or avocado without it affecting the taste of the smoothie one bit. You can also switch up the extract to give it a different flavor. I’ve added orange, coconut, almond and mint extracts to this basic chocolate smoothie/milkshake. Or you can leave out the cocoa and have a straight-up banana flavor. It’s a fool-proof recipe, guaranteed. See the full recipe after the jump! Continue reading