Good Luck Charms

Evil eye bracelet as a good luck charm

Do you believe in the powers of good luck charms? I feel a little silly admitting it, but I buy into the idea. At least I think they can’t hurt!

Generally I feel like I have very good luck. I joke that I must have been a saint in my past life, because my current life is pretty great. I’ve been able to overcome obstacles so far, and good things continue to come my way. I still don’t mind keeping a few charms around to keep me even more fortunate.

Evil eye bracelet as a good luck charm

Recently I’ve been wearing an evil eye bracelet. I kept it on my wrist for my entire trip to Mexico to keep bad experiences away from me. I’ll say that it worked well enough because nothing too uncomfortable happened. I added a blue friendship bracelet to the stack to feel a little more bohemian. Since we’ve returned back to New York, I’ve kept the evil eye bracelet on because I’m waiting for very big news. I’m hoping the little bit of extra positive mojo will help. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Easy DIY Scuba Diver Costume

DIY Scuba Diver Costume with instructions

I really love dressing up for Halloween, but I hate spending a lot of money on it. I also try to avoid any costumes that could be offensive, and prefer to stick to famous characters or professions. With that in mind, this year I decided to make my own scuba diver costume for Halloween!

DIY Scuba Diver Costume with instructions

The project is pretty easy and only cost me $11 out of pocket for two adult costumes.

Supplies for scuba diver costume

Two Weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Two weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico | a travel recap

Two weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico | a travel recap

We just got back from two weeks in Mexico, and it was quite a trip. I already talked about how much of a culture shock it was, but today I’ll share more photos and details of the trip.

Posing on zicatela beach in Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido is on the southwest coast of Mexico. It’s a fairly new city, and it attracts Mexicans as well as loads of foreign tourists. A lot of people come from all over the world for the surfing, and it wasn’t uncommon to meet people from France, Australia, other parts of Mexico, and the US.

Pinspiration and our Wedding

Rug as an aisle runner for wedding -- with buckets of flowers flanking the seats

This post is part of Wedding Wednesdays, where I am sharing details on our June 2014 nuptials. If you’re looking for a general recap, check out this post.

I need to confess something to you. When Pinterest first started, I thought it was pointless and I refused to join. I figured I didn’t want another online account, and my tangle of browser bookmarks was working just fine.

Obviously, I eventually broke down and created an account, and now I love it. I used it a ton when planning our wedding, and it was really great to be able to easily share pictures with George. It’s been fun for me to revisit our wedding pin board and see how inspiration images were transformed and customized in our own wedding. Here are some of my favorite examples.

Adventuring | How authentic do you like your vacations?

Adventuring | How authentic do you like your vacations?

Adventuring | How authentic do you like your vacations?

I’ve been thinking a lot about different ways of having authentic travel experiences, and about the various ways to vacation. Right now I’m on a getaway in Mexico, and I’ve had some of the most real (read: uncomfortable) interactions with a different culture.

I could barely hold back my gag reflex as we walked through a market filled with smells of raw seafood and meat, out at a nice 85-degree room temperature. And I’m pretty sure our surfing instructor was talking to a drug lord as we rode away from our lesson. Don’t worry- he left us by telling George and I not to walk in our neighborhood alone at night because people hide in the bushes waiting to mug you. Oh, and did I mention that I only speak about 30 words of Spanish?

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