Life Lately

A couple of weeks ago I graduated from UC Santa Barbara (Olé olé)! Sharing that experience with my family and friends was an absolute blast, and I truly appreciated their trekking out to Santa Barbara to show their love and support. The highlights of my graduation weekend were a toss-up between not tripping while crossing the graduation stage, having an amazing dinner with all my loved ones at Beachside Cafe (my favorite oceanfront restaurant in Santa Barbara in case you're ever in that neck of the woods), and topping off grad night playing King's Cup at my apartment with my best buds in the whole world.

My graduation weekend also fell on Father's Day, which made the ceremony that much more meaningful. The night before I was to head off to Santa Barbara to start my freshmen year of college, my dad was diagnosed with stage IV appendix cancer and only given a couple of months to live. When my dad hugged me goodbye after my freshmen move-in, I couldn't help but cry as we both realized he might not witness me graduate from UCSB.  Four years later, my dad got to share in my college graduation. It was the greatest graduation gift I could have ever hoped for. My dad and I have always bonded over our shared love of learning, so it meant the world to experience that day with him after all the love and support he (and my entire family) provided me throughout my time as a Gaucho. 

[Not pictured here is my grandma who was also in attendance!]

And as a Gaucho, I'd like to take a moment to discuss the May 23rd shootings in Isla Vista (UCSB's college town). The loss of 6 UCSB students, and another 13 injured, was a senseless tragedy that had a significant impact on my time at UCSB. I was at my apartment in Isla Vista the night of the shootings. I heard what sounded like fireworks go off, which is not an unusual noise overheard in that neighborhood at night. However, the sudden wave of sirens and police loudspeakers shouting, "Lock your doors and stay inside," was far from normal. I went to sleep that night knowing something awful had happened, but (like the rest of the IV community) not knowing what. The next day, news broke of a massacre. I decided to drive home because, like my friend Laura so perfectly phrased it in her own reflective post, "I know too many people." Unfortunately, I did. I was friends with one of the victims: Katie Cooper. Katie and I met while taking ballroom dance classes my sophomore year of college. I have never met someone who so genuinely lit up a room like Katie. She was one of the friendliest, most confident women I have ever met. I became even better friends with her in the anthropology classes we shared where we excitedly gabbed about our shared love of new archaeological digs around the world, art history, and our weekend plans spent with mutual friends.

I wanted to talk about Katie, and the massacre in general, because it will forever mark my experience as a UCSB student. But what I most want to share is the inspiring response made by the Isla Vista community following this tragedy. As a community, we joined together to host a candelight vigil, replace bullet holes for flowers, create a remembrance wall showered in flowers and uplifting memories, and host memorial services at Harder Stadium and the ocean. My boyfriend (Daniel) and I placed bouquets at all of the memorial sites dispersed throughout Isla Vista, and I participated in the Memorial Paddle-Out. In retrospect, the Paddle-Out was the most healing experience I was fortunate enough to take part in. The sea was full of kindness, camaraderie, and a sense of hope that I won't soon forget, and probably one of my most cherished memories while at UCSB.

As a recent UCSB graduate, it's important to discuss the tragedy of May 23rd and the significance it had on the community I have called my home for the past four years. After witnessing the awe-inspiring manner by which my community responded to such violence, I could not be prouder representing the 2014 class of Gaucho graduates. It was an honor being a Gaucho at UCSB, and it will be an even greater honor representing my amazing university in my post-graduate life (which for now includes a trip up to Lake Tahoe :) . 

That's life lately. 


Summer Overall

I am excited to announce my collaboration with my friend Joua Yang from, Joua To The Rescue! Joua is a fashion blogger reigning from Minnesota where she studies anthropology at college. Since both of us come from anthropological backgrounds, Joua and I thought it would be fun to blend our interests for cultural studies and fashion in a collaborative post about one of this summer's top trends: overalls. 

The one-piece, tough cotton or linen, work overall was first worn by men around 1891 to protect "normal" trousers, shirts, or vests while at work. It was not until World War I that women began wearing overalls in European factories.

Today, overalls are making a comeback as the perfect throw-on-and-go wardrobe piece for summer. I styled my look with delicate, minimalist jewelry, a light pink tank, barely-there makeup, and my sister's vintage Ray-Bans. One of my favorite summertime pastimes is grabbing a latte and almond croissant from La Boulange and spending my morning with a good book at Stanford University. 

From an anthropological standpoint, overalls are unique in that they enable the wearer to totally customize the look based on their own style perspective. Me? Coffee, cool shades, and my snuggly granny sweater are my go-to's. Joua? Well, you're just going to have to check out her chic take on this summer staple by reading her post

Above is a photograph of me wearing jean overalls when I was about 5 years old. Back then, I styled them with ladybug tube socks, white Keds, and a red yarn bow.