Thursday, April 12, 2012

Music in the Air

It just appeared.
One day it wasn't there, the next, there was a piano smack-dab in front of the steps of Royce.
Boasting the words "Play Me, I'm Yours", the piano is free to anyone who wishes to play amidst the hustle of classes and tests.

They're all over LA, placed there by the LA Chamber Orchestra.
30 pianos, decorated, all with those same words, so that anyone can make music.

I might just have to go on a little scavenger hunt!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter by the Beach

So Easter is always a time full of traditions for my family.
We would always go to our church for the Easter morning service, drive up to meet my grandpa for Easter brunch, and then go back to his house for an Easter egg hunt! Well, now that I'm in college, it's been harder to keep those kinds of traditions- especially as my Spring break and Easter don't collide.
Thankfully, Sonya, a friend from Intervarsity, invited me over to her hometown to celebrate Easter with her and her family.
And let me say- Easter by the beach is absolutely fabulous!

{Sonya, Victoria, Duy, Me, Ruri}
We all drove down (or is it up?) to Sonya's church to start out the morning.
The service was great and the people were so welcoming.
After church, we headed back to Sonya's house for lunch, and then Sonya gave us a tour of the beach right by her house!

{Roommates! Victoria and Me}
It was an absolutely beautiful day to be by the beach.
The water was sparkling, families were spread all over the sand, and the weather was perfect!

The best part about Redondo Beach is the decor- there were murals painted on all the walls, shapes of fish printed into the cement, even mosaic on the stairs!
This is probably one of my favorite pictures of all time.
Goodness knows a good fishy face is always in style.

Maybe it was just the dress (borrowed from Victoria), but I always feel a bit out-of-time by the ocean. You know that feeling? Like, knowing that the ocean has been there forever and the short time that you're seeing it is only just a speck of the time it has seen?

Still can't get over the sparkling water.
Easter was perfect.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Treasures and Tunes

So, during Spring Break last week, I had another thrifting adventure with Lena.
Like usual, we found so many gems, our favorites being:

This ridiculous 80's jumper.
You think it's a dress... but surprise! That bottom has legs!

My personal favorite- this whole ensemble.
The boots were hers to begin with, but paired with the zebra striped crop top and the safari shorts made this outfit animal-tastic.

As for tunes, our Goodwill has mounted televisions that are constantly playing some sort of music video station.
I would say it was MTV, but I'm almost certain it's not...

Anways, as you know I'm a fan of the oldies style, you can imagine I fell head over heels in love with Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves.
It's definitely got a classic vibe, but it's also a bit rock-y and pop-y!


First off- the name. If you remember my awesome-band-name-formula from way back, you'll know that this name wins. Big time.

And secondly, how about this single?

It's just fun.
Lena and I were literally in the middle of Goodwill, thumbing through the racks, and dancing around.

And thirdly? The. Whole. Album.
All of it is just spot-on.

Hello, new favorite band!