I think inspiration runs in a circular motion so here’s to hoping I can inspire all the incredible gals as much as they all inspire me. Badass Women is a series about capturing that positive energy and spreading it. Wanna help? Read about these cool girls and share their features with the women that inspire you!!
What is your relationship with beauty?
I think beauty is an attitude thing and it depends on each person.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I try to drink water and then I go to the bathroom and see how my hair "woke-up".
Name 3 things that inspire your art.
The sea, tie dye and the sky.
If you could give advice to yourself as a ten-year-old, what would you say?
Find a few things that you really enjoy, and practice, improve and dedicate more time to that.
What’s something you can’t live without?
My family and friends, and if I need to say something, my camera.
Where did you grow up?
How old are you?
What are you passionate about?
Writing, finding stories, traveling and photography.
Talk about the most challenging thing you’ve overcome, how did you do it?
Coming to study alone to the US. In the beginning it was difficult: another language, being alone, doing my laundry, buying my food, cooking, I did not do many of these things before, or I was not used to doing them. But I made friends very fast, and I started enjoying my free time and traveling alone and the experience allowed me to know myself better.
Coffee or tea?
Tea: Matcha Latte.
What quote inspires you the most?
There is a word in german that I really like, wanderlust. It means a strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world.
What song makes you feel like you can accomplish anything?
Adelante by Naira Ruiz or On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons.
What advice would you give to a young girl who dreams of studying abroad but it afraid to be far away from home?
Do it. It is an amazing experience, you will grow up a lot, and you will know yourself better. I think that I would not have learned the things that I learned during my exchange at any other time or experience in my life.
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There’s a good possibility that I’m addicted to tea and croissants but what I know for sure is that many of my greatest ideas form in cafes. I find the energy of other productive people really motivating and everywhere I go I try to find new places that not only serve excellent drinks and pastries but have an inspiring ambiance for my creativity to flourish in.
‘Café Hopping’ is a series of posts in which I share with you several cafes I’ve tried in a particular city and let you know how they were!!
6549 Pardall Rd B, Goleta, CA 93117
Café Equilibrium is a cute little place located in Isla Vista. They have a wide range of teas and coffees available plus sandwiches, crepes, and even gelato!!
The employees are always very friendly and in relation to other restaurants or coffee shops in IV, Equilibrium is relatively quiet.
It’s not the most dynamic or inspiring environment for me to work in, but if you want a quiet place to grab a snack or brunch with friends it’s a solid option.
Annie’s Recommendation: Caprese Grilled Cheese with Avocado
948 Embarcadero del Norte, Goleta, CA 9311
Nothing can quite compare to Caje’s hours. The café is open until 1 AM and is, believe it or not, usually busy that late!! With free wifi, friendly baristas, and a really unique menu of teas it’s hard to find anything to complain about.
One thing I will mention is that seating is fairly limited during busier hours ((ie. lunch)) or when it’s raining ((most of the seating is outside)). However, if you can find a table and have work to get done Caje is an ace place!!
Annie’s Recommendations: Peppermint Rose Tea
There are 2 locations in Santa Barbara and 1 in Goleta
If you’re looking for something a little higher in quality and sophistication French Press is where to find just that. I feel like when it comes to their menu it’s quality over quantity. Although they don’t offer as large a range of items as the other two cafes, they are accommodating and will do their best to create whatever drink you desire.
They play the best music from The Rolling Stones to Milky Chance, and the big windows, minimalist aesthetic, and intentional empty space really gets my creativity flowing. I often spend 3 - 5 hours at French Press working and to me that’s the mark of an excellent café.
Annie’s Recommendation: Matcha Latte with Almond Mylk
Whether you are planning a girls-night-in or just want to spend a rainy day inside eating chocolates and drinking tea good movies are a must. Sometimes it’s easy to forget your old favorites and other times you’re wishing for something new to watch. I’ve compiled a list that covers a good mix of both. Have a look through, pick a flick (or 4), and get ready to make some popcorn because these are my top 10 movie picks for a cozy day.
My favorite movie of all time, Like Crazy centers around the lives of Anna and Jacob, two soul mates dealing with the classic long distance relationship. Not-so-classic is the incredible authenticity of the characters and the powerful connection you feel to them as the viewer. No need to say more, go watch it, a must see!!
Almost Famous will have you wishing you grew up in the 70s almost instantly. 16 year-old William Miller gets the opportunity of a lifetime to go on tour with the band Stillwater and along the way he finds and loses his voice as he becomes entangled in the world of Rock and Roll, experiences romance, and discovers his passion.
Who doesn’t love Wes Anderson? Choosing just one of his films to recommend was impossible, and unless you want to do an Anderson marathon in chronological order starting with Bottle Rocket, Moonrise Kingdom is definitely a wonderful starting point. Like most of his work, Moonrise Kingdom is very light-hearted, quirky, and of course the cinematography is immaculate. Many of Anderson’s typical cast members appear such as Bill Murray, but the lead roles of Suzy and Sam went to fresh talent. If you haven’t already seen it, today is your day!! ((Warning: if you watch this movie you will definitely be stuck on Anderson all day...check out Rushmore or The Grand Budapest Hotel next.))
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
If you’re trying to come up with a classic movie to watch you can never go wrong with Ferris Bueller. ((Fun Fact: for my 15th birthday we set up a projector in the backyard and all my girlfriends and I sat around on couches outside by the pool at night, cuddled up in blankets eating candy and popcorn watching this film!!))
If you’re anything like me you’ve got a thing for mermaid, romance, and New York and I don’t know of any other movie besides Splash that combines all 3. Give it a watch.
The Virgin Suicides
Sofia Coppola directed The Virgin Suicides and collaborated with Corinne Day on a special book of photos from the film ((I know two super cool women collabing YES to that!!)). The film is all about the Libson sisters and a tragic suicide. The film tackles heavy topics and evidently has a sort of loss-of-innocence//coming of age vibe but defiant characters like Lux ((played by Kirsten Dunst)) counteract the negativity and make the film rather enjoyable. Not ideal for a fun champagne and pizza kind of get together, but if you’re looking for something a bit more serious and thought provoking this film is a gem.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
One of the most fascinating movies of all time. If you like movies that you need to focus through this is for you. Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, and Mark Ruffalo this film tells the story of a relationship between Joe Barish and Clementine faltered by a sort of dystopian clinic you can go to and erase all of your memories of a person...trippy I know. The cinematography at points is stunning and the development of the characters over the course of the film is exceptional. ((Viewing Tip: See if you can correlate the colors of Clementine’s hair with the seasons...it might help you grasp the non-linear timeline.))
This film is animated, but don’t be fooled, it’s not for kids. The movie was created using a technique called rotoscoping where everything was filmed on analog cameras and artists were commissioned to paint over the stills which gives the movie an almost stop-motion and highly surreal feel. If that isn’t reason enough to check it out, the film takes you on a deep and all encompassing philosophical journey that will have you feeling existential and introspective for weeks.
We Bought a Zoo
By far the cutest movie on the list. We Bought a Zoo is appropriate for all ages and will always be one of my favorites to watch with my family. Based on a true story, the movie chronicles the adventure of the Mee family when Benjamin Mee ((played by Matt Damon)) purchases a zoo for him and his kids to move to and restore with the help of a colorful and eccentric staff. This is a feel-good movie that offers something for any aged viewer. Grab your cat(s) or dog(s) ((or your favorite stuffed animal)), some animal crackers, and pretend you have your very own zoo while watching this today!!
When Harry Met Sally
My Nanny was the one who initially turned me onto movies starring Meg Ryan and I’ve been enamored by her ever since. She is in SO many great films ((Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail...)) but I think When Harry Met Sally might be my favorite of the lot. This movie is perfect for any occasion - fun to watch alone, with a date, or with your friends...nothing is stopping you - go give it a watch!!