A Visit with The Revolution

by tatiana on August 21, 2010

Refusing to let the HAND of the MAN hold them down.

Traci and Patrick made a stop in San Francisco and stayed at Casa Barker/Jimenez last night. It was really really great to see them. They’ve embarked on a journey from Orange County to Portland. I know, I’m jealous too. But we can live vicariously through them via the blog.

Patrick modeling the Mustard Crocheted Headphones

Kate and Jesse were also here and it was a lovely evening full of vegan-friendly dinner (fried gnocchi with amazing sauce) and chats about the food industry, our mutual loves of all things knit/crochet, and craft fairs. Big big plans always occur when I’m around my like-minded crafty people.


Friendly baristas, amazing coffee, live music AND amazing decor. DREAM COFFEE SHOP

About a month ago I went to Seattle for a wedding (which I will post about soon-ish). We stayed with our friends, and they live in the oh-so-hip Capitol Hill, where everyone looked fresh out of Urban Outfitters/Anthropology that weekend. The weather was beautiful, and so were the people. But not in the plastic-hipster Hollywood way, just in a laid back but still pretty polished way. ANY-WAY, moving along… [click to continue…]


It's Happening…

by tatiana on July 29, 2010

I just got my Lonely Planet London 2010 guidebook in the mail. I can’t wait for February! I plan to visit my good friend Kendra who is going to King’s College for grad school and studying film (you can check out her amazing labor of love HERE). Next item on my to-do list is to get a copy of my birth certificate and my passport. Baby steps to London…


Curiouser and curiouser!

by tatiana on July 6, 2010

As you can see from this quickie collage I threw together, Chandra and Andy’s wedding was beautiful, well-planned, and left room for us to get a little crazy (especially on the dance floor – please note the comfy shoes I changed into, photographed above). It was a great weekend and a day we’ll never forget.


Raise Your Glass

by tatiana on June 23, 2010

Tomorrow evening I will be on a plane heading to Southern California for a 4-day weekend filled to the brim with wedding goodness – Chandra and Andy are getting married!

As I may or may not have mentioned in past posts (like this one?) I have the honor of being the Maid of Honor. We have a lot of fun things lined up before the ceremony in Malibu on Sunday, but I can’t wait. It’s going to be beautiful.



The ocean speaks in spits and I can hear it from the interstate. And I’m screaming at my sister on a cell phone, she is far away.

This weekend I finally flew up to visit two good friends who live in Seattle, WA – home of the original Starbucks, and one of my favorite romantic comedies.

I went to Seattle expecting it to be a carbon copy of San Francisco. I was wrong. Their politics are similar, and their LGBT community is proud and lovely. But it was quite different from the city I call home. First of all, there is an abundance of greenery… or, at this time of year, autumn colored leaves covering the sidewalks, which is actually really beautiful. I say this even though I almost slipped on some soggy leaves. Luckily I have cat-like reflexes and saved myself from having a soggy bottom.  Additionally, it was cold. Not Chicago winter cold, but colder than SF… and rainy, but I was expecting that, and am happy to have experienced Seattle’s rainy season.

The city was quite dreamy… it had a very relaxed and homey feel. I would describe Seattle as a more liberal midwest, because it reminded me a lot of Minnesota… I don’t know why. It also felt a little 90’s, like the majority of the fashion in the midwest. I’m not hating, just observing. I’m happy to be home, but on the walk up my beloved street, I was missing the colorful leaves and the crisp Washington air, and my Seattle-ite friends. I’ll be back soon! I’ll have to do an update that includes photos… too tired at the moment. Chinese food coma. Seattle had some really great signs, and architecture. Oh man. The little houses! Stay tuned!


Everyone else thinks it’s the bee’s knees

by tatiana on August 25, 2009


A United Farm Workers mural in the Sonoma State University library

And so do I. I’m talking about San Francisco here, my pretties. I went there this weekend instead of my planned trip to Las Vegas for a friend’s birthday, which is fine with me, seeing as how I was there a mere two weeks ago. Frequenting Sin City can be bad for the soul, according to me.
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“This building is making me sea sick.”

by tatiana on April 6, 2009


Yes, I am finally updating about my trip to Chicago that happened over a month ago. Hey! Better now than never, right? I think so.

Looking through my photos, I realized I may have to make this a two parter. A series, if you will. In part one we shall embark on the historical gem that is… dun duN DUN… The Auditorium Building!


First of all, it was a Saturday. We had been in Chicago for one whole day so far, and my throat was starting to become sore. When I had looked out of my 5 star hotel window that morning and saw that the city looked just plain frozen, I knew it would be a painful trip to our destination. On the way to the subway, I ran into Starbucks to grab a banana for a quick breakfast. Usually one may experience a frozen banana defrosting in the hot summer weather and becoming a regular banana. My experience was the exact opposite (minus the chocolate and nuts of course)! Boy oh boy was it cold… and WINDY! Ain’t nothing worse than feeling your eyeballs becoming numb. Anyway, enough complaining…

We arrived at the Auditorium Building. A little background; as you may know, Chicago is filled with wonderous architecture that people from around the globe travel to marvel at. Amongst it’s many famous architects, the two who designed the Auditorium Building were Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. During our tour we learned that Frank Lloyd Wright was a junior architect at the time this building was being designed.

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It turns out, Bri and I were very lucky. Due to budget cuts we were on one of the last two tours of the building. According to our guide, the Auditorium Building was one of the first multipurpose buildings to be built in the United States. Built in 1889, the building housed a theater, a hotel and office space.

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But it was the theater that was the most fascinating. Sorry for the dim photos; flash photography was not allowed inside the building. Also, sorry there are no photos of the exterior. I was too cold to remove my gloves to take pictures outside, just use your imagination.

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The theater interior was absolutely gorgeous. So much detail and thought was put into this space. From the lightbulb placement, to the beautiful murals on either side of the theater, this place was awe inspiring. I love being in well preserved historical landmarks, such as this, because my imagination tends to run wild and I often imagine myself being alive during that time period and walking the same floors and hallways in a big fluffy gown waiting to see the National Ballet. Ahhh. Did you know that the Auditorium Theater was the first theater to allow women to attend an opera without a male companion?

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I very much enjoyed my visit to the Auditorium Building. These days, it is home to Roosevelt University, and you can still catch a show in their amazing theater. Oh! I forgot to mention, the building seems to be sinking due to lack of solid foundation. So, when walking around the theater, one may begin to feel a bit sea sick, like Bri did. The floor is very uneven, and it’s a really strange thing to experience. As Bri said at one point, “This building would have been a goner a long time ago if it were in California.” This is probably true. But I guess this is why we have to travel so far to experience living history.


The countdown begins! In less than a month my good friend Bri and I will be spending 4 days in the windy city. I’ve been once before, in 2005 with two friends from college. That was a trip I will never forget. That time we had flown in to Minneapolis and drove down through Wisconsin to good ole’ Chicago… with some interesting events occurring in between of course. I am excited to see how the city has changed, or if my perception of the city will be different as a 24-year-old, versus the 21-year-old who last walked that Magnificent Mile. I’m definitely not as blond as I used to be…

Tati in the City

I’m really stoked that Bri and I basically want to see the same things when we’re there. We both want to go to the Museum of Science and Industry… and I wish it were April BECAUSE that’s when the Harry Potter Exhibit opens. Whyyyy. Oh well, hopefully it will travel to California? I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Anyhoo, being the art fan that I am, I cannot go to Chicago without visiting the Art Institute. In 2005 I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art instead of visiting the Art Institute. I look forward to getting up close and personal with American Gothic… ok, not too close I guess. But here is my homage, taken at a wine bar in Irvine about a year ago. It would have been clever if this photo was reflective of the recession, but it’s the total opposite:

Neo-American Gothic

My friends crack me up.

Anyway, I have just over 25 days until I will be taking over the Midwest! Watch out Midwesterners, with your neat accents and good cheese. I’m hoping that when Bri and I are out there we’ll be able to see our friend’s band, Beautiful Losers, perform.

Beautiful Losers

I’ve been told that they will sometimes do a 311 cover at their shows… I’ll have to see it to believe it.

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So the roommate and I decided to embark on the crowd attracting phenomenon that is the Orange County Fair this weekend. Because I don’t do fair rides, my main thrills come from the abundance of greasy, caramel-coated and fried foods. Oh gluttonous gluttonous day. Makes me feel gross just thinking about it; but hey, it’s not everyday I eat 10,000 calories in the span of 3 hours.

Other than the junk food, I always love the contests. Mainly, the quilting contest. One day I will enter in it, but for now I will just continue admiring. Also! Added bonus… some amazing person embroidered a picture of none other than Elizabeth I.

Expertly made quilts and embroidery

One contest I was very confused by was what seemed to be a “stuff” contest. Really. Display after glass display of themed stuff. Beach Boys stuff, Elvis stuff, a collection of Heinz cans?! My first thought was, ‘oh! They’re installations of some sort. Ready-made art! I get it…’ but no. I don’t think it was that complicated. So Kendra and I decided that we will enter in this “stuff” contest next year. She is probably the biggest collector (at least that I know) of Vivien Leigh memorabilia. And I am a moderate collector of Lucille Ball memorabilia. We’ll see what happens. It’s on!

We then headed over to the photo and painting exhibit, where we continued to be amazed and inspired. This piece was probably my favorite. It also reminded me that I need to do laundry.

The Girls, by Nancy Johnson

The last adventure that we embarked on was the animal section. I am not a big fan of farm animals because, well, they smell. But I did see a cute bunny. That was neat. That area was mostly just sad. I know the animals are probably taken care of considerably well (especially since I saw a few PETA signs here and there), but their cages were so tiny. Main complaint: Why the hell did it cost $1 to see the giant horse? And more importantly, why was said giant horse in the smallest tent imaginable, with barely any sunlight? I mean, yeah, that was a huge friggin horse. Wow. But, after being in the tent for 10 seconds I started feeling really bad for this horse, and so did the 7 other people in the tent. Kendra wanted to bring it home with us, but I told her that it wouldn’t even fit in our living room. Ultimately this horse made me think of the following scene from the critically acclaimed film, Follow That Bird (1985):
Big Bird: Say, there’s a lady named Miss Finch who’s chasing me. Do you mind if I hide in your fun fair?
Sam Sleaze: Why, no, not at all. We have the perfect place for you to hide. Right here in our hiding cage.
Sid Sleaze: You’ll be safe here.
Sam Sleaze: Yeah, real safe.
Big Bird: Gee, thanks. Oh, gee, I sure am a lucky bird.

Are you crying yet?