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bathing in the beauty of Santa Cruz.

” There was something sacred about those afternoons—pagan, it’s true, but sacred. The browner my skin turned, the more clearly I understood the sun truly is a god worthy of worship. Even with eyes closed I could see him. I felt him sink into me at the atomic level, infuse my cells as I drifted in and out of sleep, floated on pillowy clouds of sun-induced lethargy, head spinning with idle questions such as, Where are the records of all the things that never happened? and Why do hippies have big feet? and Is “self-referential” a self-referential word?”

We took a spur of the moment “holy shit it’s hot out” trip down highway 1 to Santa Cruz a week or so ago. Maybe I am welcoming skin… you know, more politely put as “damage”, but it felt so right burning the top layer of my now transparent SF hide. Call us guilty (at least Alex puts sunscreen on her nose, I treat spf like I treat the church.) We’ll continue singing sweetly to “She’s Only Happy in the Sun”, Ben Harper knows the strings to our souls.-AS

Outside Lands Festival… Miserable.

A trip to Santa Cruz, two music festivals and yummy weather all in one week? Some may call us spoiled, but we simply feel blessed. Last friday at Outside Lands Festival was the hottest day in the City so far this summer; however, best friends and sweet, sweet music are what made the night amazing. Thievery Corporation was outstanding and Midnite always has our reggae skanking hearts. The price per ticket was a bit outlandish buuut, we’re taking the road of optimism and positivity. Next up on the festival circuit? Monterey Bay ReggaeFest. Some of our faves (friends and musicians) will be attending…

Tanya Stevens, The Itals, Don Carlos, Isreal Vibration, Richie Spice. Mmm mmm mmm, it’s already September but it feels like summer has just begun.

back on this side of the bridge for the week….

As roommates and friends, we’ve agreed that despite our busy and often stressful schedules (for the past month we’ve been driving up to Mendocino every weekend while juggling work/school/), it’s about time we kick our butts into high gear, literally. First things first, a wonderful grocery shop yesterday evening has left our fridge full of delightful, healthy treats…the challenge will be no bread/wheat for a week. Continuing on our health quest we awoke bright and early this morning and went for a brisk walk/jog down to Hayes Valley. There might have been an alterior motive by the name of Blue Bottle Coffee Co….some might say it’s the best cup of joe in the city…we might say so ourselves if our hearts weren’t at Central around the corner. Nonetheless a morning jaunt followed by a healthy dose of yoga left us energized for our day.

The first half of this week will be consumed by school, work, and healthy living but come Thursday things will be looking up. Weekend will consist of all things happy. Hike Mt. Tamalpais, Outside Lands music festival starts Friday… an incredible lineup in Golden Gate Park (just a minutes walk from our place). Thievery Corp, Midnite, MIA, Brett Dennen, The National, Band of Horses….the list goes on. Our dear Aussie friend Chris fly’s in Saturday, met him in Mendoza during our South American travels a few years ago. He’s a SF virgin so indeed our weekend will consist of all things “tourist.” Weekend weather says 85 degrees and sunny… feel like we’ve been sprinkled with magic fairy dust.

Meet Lil’ D…

At 4 years of age… this woman has an abundance of opinions, heaps of sass, and a natural love for all things style. What she called her “fat shoes” at the age of 2, her “reggae skankin dress” at 3, and an acute awareness of her overall appearance could scare most normal adults… but the Auntie A’s make sure to nourish it…. is that bad? Meet the Auntie’s little protege, Deanne Paola. While visiting our home in the city (they live out in the country) lil’ D vanished as we made dinner, and appeared in her carefully selected pieces…. Like she said…. “oooohhhh yeeeaaaaah… now that’s what I call style”. Precious.

Milan, Paris, London…

Should be working. This was a better path for the day… feeling great about it actually. Came across this editorial in the new British Vogue and thought… “it’s our duty to give our thoughts”. While this is entirely not true, we’ll still allow you to relish in our favorites. Disagree?… a good debate is always welcome. hippity hop hop…. back to dreaming of these far off places while digging for vintage gems at our favorite SF spots… Peace&Love. A&A