Let’s Get Emotional. Together.

by tatiana on November 20, 2013

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If you’re a regular listener of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, you’re probably familiar with the episode a few weeks ago where they talked about “Pop Culture That Makes Us Cry.” As many of my friends and family are aware, although I keep pretty cool in most situations (I like to think I have a good poker face, but I probably don’t), I’m a sucker for sentiment. The PCHH folks discussed the different films, film scores, songs and other things that make them emotional. Some of those things make them emotional because of a memory or an association from their own lives that they relate to that bit of pop culture.

Well folks, I decided to make my own list of Pop Culture that makes me cry. In no particular order, they are: [click to continue…]

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Halloween and Aloha

by tatiana on October 18, 2013

Howzit! Happy Halloween!
Photo Credit: SanFranAnnie

Happy October! I just got back from Hawaii where it felt like August weather-wise so my brain is a little confused — especially since we’re currently experiencing our summer weather here in San Francisco. Must acclimate to the concept of Fall! I was in Oahu & Kaua’i for about 10 days. It was so many things: it was amazing, intense, beautiful, educational and challenging. I will post photos and share more soon, but for now, here are some videos I put together using Magisto.

But! Halloween is less than two weeks away, and that means I need to get moving on my costume. I decided just yesterday what I’ll be dressing as this year, and I’ll be sure to post a tutorial of sorts in the near future.

But for now, here’s a quick roundup of some of my costume-related posts from the past few years. Enjoy!

DIY Veruca Salt Costume
DIY Hello Kitty Costume
DIY Halloween Wreath Tutorial
Spotlight: Makeup Artist Arianna Jimenez

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

by tatiana on August 18, 2013

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Today I stumbled upon this post, by a fellow designer/blogger gal whose blog I enjoy, and I thought I’d join in on the fun. Also because this type of post totally takes me back to my Livejournal days. (You know you miss Livejournal too!) (And I’m obviously looking at you, Cathy.)

Anyway, here we go!

1.) I started watching Friends for the first time.

We weren’t really allowed to watch it when it first aired (I think I was about 9 at the time), and as I got older I never really felt a need to watch it since I had no clue what the big deal was about Ross and Rachel. I caught a re-run here and there, but never really watched the show from start to finish. So last year, after not getting many a Friends reference and being generally curious, I decided to marathon it, thanks to my friend Jenna and her DVDs. I’m currently on Season 6. AND I AM SUCKED IN.

2.) I am a Green.

This year I was given the opportunity to attend Western CUNA Management School, and while I was there I learned A LOT. One of the most fun and introspective things I learned was that, according to the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) tool I am a Green. This basically means that I thrive when I’m working in situations where I don’t have to rely too heavily on others, and am very data and deadline driven. I’m also slightly Blue, which means that I combine feelings with reason (kind of how graphic design works, actually). Sounds about right!

3.) I played on my high school’s golf team.

Whenever I share this fact with people, they usually look pretty surprised. I’m not sure why. I played tennis in high school was well, so it’s not like I’m totally un-athletic, but maybe it just doesn’t seem like something I would do. I do miss golf and sort of want to start playing again. [Enter statement about whacking balls here.]

4.) Orange is the New Black gave me stress dreams.

Season 1 of OITNB was amazing. I’d watch it again from start to finish. But it unfortunately freaked my brain out and I had stress dreams the first 3 nights I watched the show. My dreams basically consisted of me being in prison and wanting not to be.

5.) I played a Facebook game and got stuff for free.

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For the last 4 months, while watching TV or movies, I’ve passively played this Facebook game called myVEGAS. In anticipation of my friend’s wedding in Vegas (which is next week), I accumulated a bunch of points and was able to redeem them for 2-nights of hotel accommodations, a ticket to The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show and I’m currently working on getting a free buffet. Before myVEGAS, I’d never played a Facebook game, and had judged those who played them. So, if you’re judging me, I totally understand, but I also don’t care! [Laughs all the way to the casino.] [Probably ends up spending too much money at said casino.]

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Let’s Take a Walk: Victorian San Francisco

by tatiana on July 28, 2013

Victorian San Francisco | tatianajimenez.com

Like many people who live in or visit San Francisco, I really love this city. One of my favorite (free) things to do is taking advantage of the different guided walking tours City Guides (funded by the SF Public Library and other patrons) has to offer each month.

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A few weeks ago I went on the Victorian San Francisco tour, which started literally a block away from my apartment. The tour group met on a street corner in Lower Pacific Heights and we embarked on a 2-hour journey through the history of the neighborhood and an in-depth look at the architecture around us.

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I love the intricate detail. Sometimes it pays to stop and take a closer look.

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This photo below is of a house that was built by a woman who’s sister had planned to build an identical house next to hers (which is why it looks like it’s been sliced in half), but her sister’s house was never built.

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Have you been on any City Guides walking tours? I highly recommend them. Be sure to check out their website!

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Chance of Flurries Hat

by tatiana on June 2, 2013

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern | tatianajimenez.com

It’s been a while since I’ve knit a hat, so after a quick search on Ravelry for a pattern that looked like it would be fun to make, I went with the Chance of Flurries Hat pattern. It’s very similar to another pattern I purchased a while ago (A Most Bespeckcled Hat by Alexandra Tinsley), but soon after I’d purchased it I realized that I didn’t have circular needles in the size that the pattern called for, so this free Lion Brand pattern worked with the supplies and tools I already had. (I plan to knit the other one soon as well, and am excited to compare the two. It’ll be a pattern show down!)

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern | tatianajimenez.com

I know what you must be thinking — summer is approaching! Why are you knitting a beanie at this time of year? Well, dollies, 1.) it’s cold here year-round, and 2.) you can never have enough beanies, especially beanies with pom-poms on top.

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern | tatianajimenez.com

I’m happy with the way this beanie came out, the pattern is super cute, but unfortunately after I blocked it and tried it on I realized it doesn’t fit my head comfortably. The top is a little too tight. Luckily I have an adorable (and hip!) little cousin who this should fit perfectly, and I’ll be sending it to her this week.  I’m hoping that the Bespeckled pattern will fit a little better so it can keep me warm at all of the Film Nights in the Park I plan to attend.

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern | tatianajimenez.com

A happy San Francisco Summer, from me to you. ;)

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Monday Inspiration: Tin Can Identity

by tatiana on May 27, 2013

I stumbled upon this video on Logo Design Love and had to share. I’ve never seen a brand identity presented in video form. Pretty brilliant.

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Photo credit: awesomepeoplereading.tumblr.com

As Google announced back in March, Google Reader will cease to exist as of July 1st, 2013. Feedly keeps getting suggested as a good Google Reader alternative, but reading through the viewing options and preferences on their site is making me twitch a little. Most importantly, I don’t like that Feedly isn’t web-based (I’m too lazy to download something on 3 computers), so Bloglovin is looking like the best alternative for me.

Having said that, I wonder if I’ll be able to consume the large amount of content on all of the sites I subscribe to (89 to be exact) as quickly with Bloglovin. My guess is that I won’t, but I will try!

Here are some of my favorite blog feeds in my Reader at the moment:

Freunde von Freunden
Category: Interior Design
Favorite Post: Nir Stern – Interface Designer and Architect, Apartment, Noe Valley, San Francisco

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As they explain on their website, “FvF is an international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments.” I found this website when I was getting ready to move into my studio apartment back in April. I was looking for interior decor inspiration and found this site to be rich with beautiful photography and really interesting living and work spaces.

DesignLoveFest
Category: Graphic Design and Style
Favorite Post: Benefit Cosmetics/Dream Job 2: The Detective

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I stumbled upon DesignLoveFest about a year ago through one of the many other style blogs I read and this one quickly became a “must read” for me. Bri Emery is not only a talented graphic designer, but her style posts are really terrific. She doesn’t do the typical outfit posts that you see on a lot of fashion blogs. She is great at utilizing fashion (that is often vintage) and creating wonderful concept-driven posts. My favorite is linked above and is a part of a series she did for Benefit Cosmetics where she explores different “dream jobs”. The video is a lot of fun, and her site is incredibly inspiring.

Kitty’s Drawings (and Sewn Creations)
Category: Sewing and Vintage Fashion
Favorite Post: Butterick 6740 – Best Shirt Ever!

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My good friend and fellow lover of vintage sewing, Kendra, alerted me to this really fun blog about sewing with vintage patterns. Lately it’s been motivating me to get back into sewing – I miss it!

Umami Mart
Category: Food
Favorite Post: Postcard from Hoi An: Cao Lầu on a Lonely Night

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I can’t remember when I started reading Umami Mart’s blog. It was probably some time either before or after my trip to Japan last year. I was most likely scouring the web for travel blogs that talked about Japan because I was looking forward to going/missed it. Umami Mart is a food and culture blog with a large emphasis on Japanese culture, and they also have a shop in Downtown Oakland, which I have actually never been to, but walked by once!

How Do I Put This Gently?
Category: Just for Fun
Favorite Post: Too many good posts to pick one.

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I don’t think there’s a whole lot to explain here. Also, I’m not sure if browsing through animated gifs counts as reading, but I highly recommend it. It may or may not improve your quality of life at any moment.

What are some of your daily reads?

Also, if you follow my blog already on Google Reader, don’t forget to import your subscriptions to Bloglovin (if you think Bloglovin may be your jam)! It’s really easy to do. (Instructions here.) And, if you’d like to follow me, click here! Easy peasy. Happy reading!

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The Scalloped Birthday Blanket

by tatiana on May 19, 2013

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket | tatianajimenez.com

I’m not sure if it’s obvious or not, but one of my goals over the next year (or three) is to slowly (but surely!) make a blanket for all of my favorite people in life. It might be a quilt, or a crocheted piece or MAYBE a knitted blanket (I have to REALLY like you to spend that much time on a blanket)… but this is my goal. Blankets are comforting and time consuming, but they’re a fun challenge.

This blanket was made for my good friend Brianna (you can read about some of my adventures with Bri here and here). We’ve been buddies since high school and she is basically the Ron Swanson to my Leslie Knope. We are pretty opposite, but at the same time have SO MUCH in common. It’s a great friendship. Having said that, I wanted to make her a rad blanket that would compliment the decor in her house and be a fun enough keep my interest whilst crocheting it for hours (upon hours, upon hours). Also, Bri’s mom is an avid sewer and quilter, so I had a lot to live up to as far as decorative blankets go in that house! (Bri’s mom – your quilts can never be topped!)

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket | tatianajimenez.com

Ok, I’ll stop sucking up now. I found the pattern for this blanket in this book. The square crochets up pretty quickly, which was great. It helped that I was using 5 different colors for this blanket, so my eyes never got bored looking at the same color. This is important! When I get bored during a project, I lose motivation to finish it and then it’ll sit around for a few months. No bueno!

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket | tatianajimenez.com

This blanket took about 2 months. I would have finished it sooner if I didn’t feel so intimidated/lazy about sewing the squares together. Eventually, the work got done (with RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on in the background, of course).

I’m really happy with the outcome of this blanket. The colors are very vintage, but the pattern feels updated. This is another blanket that I thought about keeping (much like this one).

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket | tatianajimenez.com

Are you working on a blanket project? Have you made blankets (knit, crochet, quilted) in the past? What was your biggest challenge? My next blanket is going to be a quilt… so keep your eyes peeled for that post in about… oh, 2 to 3 months. (wink)

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Where have March and April gone?

by tatiana on May 10, 2013

Radio Silence | tatianajimenez.com

Sorry for my radio silence the last two months. I was doing so well with blogging in February and I totally dropped the ball… and for very good reasons!

1.) March was my birthday month, so I was a very busy gal… you know, celebrating life and whatnot. And making my friends (I wish my SoCal friends could have teleported to celebrate as well!) watch my favorite movies from childhood at my themed slumber party, “Welcome to 1993.” We watched Free Willy (well, it was on in the background whilst Jello shots were being consumed), The Babysitter’s Club, Moonwalker, and Jurassic Park. I also made goodie bags, which was probably my favorite part of my birthday slumber party.

Goodie Bags | 1993 Themed Birthday Party | tatianajimenez.com

2.) I moved! My beloved roommate and I parted ways after 3.5 fun years of sharing living quarters (and 2 years prior to that back in college). Needless to say, I miss my roomie, but I am loving living alone, and my new neighborhood. While I don’t have any blog-ready interior photos quite yet, I will share one of the chairs I have my eye on from EQ3 in Oakland. I LOVE EQ3!

Wide Chair | EQ3 | tatianajimenez.com

So now that I am comfortably settled into my new age (29) and my new place, I will be updating more regularly. Or, one would hope. I hope everyone is having a lovely spring, wherever you may be.

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Exploring the Inner Sunset

by tatiana on February 26, 2013

Inner Sunset | Photos by Tatiana Jimenez
Kirkham & Funston, where our Inner Sunset journey begins

This past Christmas I decided to splurge a little on myself and bought a DSLR camera. (Which means that my posts will be a lot more photo heavy from now on!) I did some research and asked around to get recommendations for a body and lens that would best suit a beginner. My friends unanimously recommended a 50mm lens, and for the camera body, I decided to go with a Canon 30D.

Inner Sunset | Photos by Tatiana Jimenez

Inner Sunset | Photos by Tatiana Jimenez

My sisters are photographers, so I was lucky to have them around during the holidays to answer all of my questions (I had a lot, and still have a lot). My sister let me borrow this book, which was a fantastic introduction to the world of understanding aperture, ISO and exposure.

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A good friend of mine also jumped into DSLR photography last year, so we spent a day together about a month ago exploring her neighborhood (the Inner Sunset) and taking some photos.

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Kate leads the way on our trek up Mt. Sutro

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The view from about halfway up Mt. Sutro

It was a very cloudy day, which (for me especially) was quite a challenge. As dark as it seemed to be outside, a lot of my photos were overexposed. But luckily a few came out ok too.

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Golden Gate Bridge in the distance

I hope that my photos only get better from here. One thing I know about myself is that I’m not the biggest fan of hiking, but taking my camera outside on that day in the Inner Sunset and (gasp) hiking up Mt. Sutro didn’t feel like exercise at all. It felt like work, for sure, (I totally tripped over a tree branch at one point) but I think the photo-taking distracted from the idea that we were hiking. Basically, I think this is a great new way to trick myself into getting out of the house and getting some Vitamin D and endorphins.

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