Thursday, July 24, 2014

washi tape keys

All of my work keys look the same! I have three keys that unlock different doors, so I created this little solution - put washi tape on the keys to distinguish them. What do you think? Hopefully this idea is helpful for you! 

- Christina

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

25th birfday


Yesterday was my 25th birthday! Keith and I took a day trip to LA to celebrate. We got to LA around lunch time so we went to the vegan restaurant, Cafe Gratitude. We had so much yummy food. It seems that a lot of vegan restaurants now and days want to create menu items that center around substituting meat and dairy (a lot of seitan, tempeh, tofu), which is fine but Cafe Gratitude was a breath of fresh air with a lot of VEGETABLES. I created a little video documenting our lunch date. (I wanted to document the whole day, but technical difficulties...) The menu is really unique. At the top it says "I AM" and you fill it in with your order. My entree was called "Whole," so I ordered "I am Whole." Definitely a restaurant worth checking out. Can't wait to go back!

After lunch we went to the Griffith Observatory. It was my first time visiting. It's so cool! The observatory was created in 1935 by Griffith J. Griffith (great name, right?) to have the public be exposed to astronomy because apparently observatories we're out in the middle of nowhere and were only available to scientists. There's a lot of exhibits, all free to check out. & there's a planetarium that have different themed shows ($7 a ticket). We watched the show about the Northern Lights. Super fascinating. 

Other activities included going to KindKreme for some chocolate ice cream, walking around a nearby farmer's market & Echo Park Lake, have a birthday cocktail (a bloody mary), and dinner at a Japanese restaurant, Honda Ya. 

This morning Keith, Courtney (& some puppies) and I had a lovely breakfast which pretty much concluded the celebrations very nicely. 

I'm so thankful for Keith and Courtney making my 25th birthday extra special. Love you two.

- Christina

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Monday, July 14, 2014

giveaway // turban headbands

It's giveaway time! The prize? 4 handmade headbands made by yours truly. These headbands are made from soft Sophia fabric (& elastic) and are perfect for any day. Perfect for when you need to get your hair out of your face! I use mine for my dirty hair days or while working out. You will win all four headbands pictured above.

To enter:

1. Follow me on Bloglovin', Google Friend Connect, or subscribe by e-mail (you can see Google Friend Connect & the e-mail subscription form on the left).
2. Follow me on Instagram.
3. Additional entry, post any of the above photos on Instagram with the hashtag 
#cityloveeegiveaway (and be sure to tag me! @city_loveee)

Comment below to let me know you've done at least step 1 & 2!

Giveaway ends August 1st. Good luck!

- Christina

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Photos by Ashley Richards, my sister. Feel free to check out the rest of her work!
Modeling by Courtney Seymour, one of my dearest friends. She's a model/actress so please check out her work!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

kickstarter film fest

Hi everyone! I have a Kickstarter project that I've planning out for the past couple of weeks. I'm hoping to have it produced by the end of the year. With the interest in my project, I've become interested in other Kickstarter projects.

Kickstarter just recently announced their annual film fest. It's so inspirational for me, as a recent film studies graduate, to see people crowd sourced their idea and accomplished it! I hope that works out for me someday.

Another cool feature of this film festival is that you can host it at your house too! Kickstarter will be making it available to stream on July 18th, the day the festival is commencing in Brooklyn. 

I created a little round up of the films that I am interested in seeing. The films featured in this post are all women driven projects. 

Little Feet is a film from the point of view of a child, Lana. She is the daughter of the director and was assigned to eccentially create the film as she pleased. It's a fascinating perspective that I haven't heard of before. My favorite line from the trailer is, "I love you Lana. In my brains and my heart" spoken by her brother. Isn't that line enough to make you want to see it?!

Me & Ewe is also a film with from a child's perspective and is directed by 11 year old, Trinity Andersson. She has been playing with stop-animation her whole life. With the funding from her Kickstarter project, she was able to create a short film with real production value. She says to shoot one second it takes 15 minutes to an hour depending on how many models are in the shot! It's really inspirational how driven this young woman is. 

You may have already heard of Obvious Child which stars Jenny Slate. I first knew about Jenny Slate from Girls, but she's also recognizable from SNL and Parks and Recreation. Obvious Child is "an honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best Valentine's Day of her life." Directed and written by Gillian Robespierre, it's a real inspiration to see more women filmmakers in the industry.

More women filmmakers include Katrina & Riley of World's Longest Yard Sale Documentary. These two women go on a quest to collect stories from vendors and patrons of the 127 Sale. The 127 Sale is a yard sale starts in Michigan and ends in Alabama! I'm really excited to see what they have in store.

These are only a few of the Kickstarter films that I am interested in. Others include, World Fair, Tomorrow We Disappear, and Rich Hill. I can't wait to see these films from the comfort of my own home. Bring on the popcorn!

- Christina

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Monday, July 07, 2014

summer playlist

Creating playlists are fun all year long, but are especially fun during summer. Listing to tunes specific for the season while by the pool or on a long drive are prime. Here's a summer playlist just for you!

- Christina

P.S. - Be sure to follow. I plan on updating it throughout the summer!

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