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Short trip to San Francisco Packing List

Nicole Voris

I pride myself on being a light packer.  I try to make it a game with myself to see how efficiently I can pack without missing anything I need.  With ballet though sometimes it feels like I need to pack two wardrobes, one for the studio and one for the street.

Here is what I brought:

Here’s what’s on the packing list.

Dance clothes:

  • 2 Ballet Zaida Leotards
  • 1 pair of black tights
  • 1 pair of bootie shorts
  • 1 theraband
  • 1 tennis ball
  • 1 pair of warm up pants
  • 1 pair of legwarmers
  • 1 pair of pointe shoes in good condition (to last through two classes)
  • 1 pair of flat shoes
  • 1 set of toe pads/toe spacers (not shown)
  • 1 black sweater that I will also wear as “street clothes”
  • 1 bag to use as my dance bag (I chose my favorite giraffe print bag that my mom got for me)

Regular clothes list:

  • 1 black sweater (same sweater from dance clothes list)
  • 1 pair of black jeans
  • 1 pair of black leggings
  • 3 shirts (one crop top, one turtle neck long sleeve, and one white blouse)
  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • 2 socks
  • 1 bra
  • 1 set of warm pajamas
  • 1 leather jacket (San Francisco can be cold all year round)
  • 1 pair of flats
  • 1 pair of ankle boots

Miscellaneous:

  • My cross body bag that I will use as a purse
  • A tripod for my iphone
  • Cosmetics/toiletry bag
  • My reusable water bottle

Electronics (not shown above)

  • Iphone 6 plus
  • Ipad Mini
  • Charger
  • Headphones
  • My reusable water bottle

 

When making my packing list I try to choose clothes that go well together and are in the same color pallet.  I chose to go with mostly blacks and whites so that I could mix and match.  I also chose shirts that are easy to wash in the sink and that dry quickly.  My brown jacket isn’t in the white and black family, but I don’t have a problem wearing brown and black together, I personally find it aesthetically pleasing. :)

How did I pack it?  I have recently switched to using a travel backpack.  I use an Ebags weekend mother loader.  It has a ton of pockets, can pack a lot, fits my frame, and gives me much more freedom when traveling.

I packed all of my clothes and toiletries in the main pocket for convenience.  It’s easier for me if everything is together.  There is a center divider so I packed all of the dance clothes on the left and the regular clothes on the right.

I didn’t pack my boots, leather jacket, or leggings because I will wear them on the drive up.

In the back pocket regularly reserved for a laptop I packed my dance bag.

In one of the front pockets I took advantage of the organization system to pack my electronics.

I also packed my purse in that pocket so I would only have to worry about carrying my backpack when we get to our destination.

Fully packed!  I still have tons of room in the backpack and could probably fit twice as much! San Francisco, here we come!




Palm Spring Weekend Trip!

Nicole Voris

 

Palm Springs is a capital of great design.  A popular getaway for stars of the 60’s the city drips midcentury decadence.

As a lover of all things midcentury, I feel so lucky that Palm Springs is just a short drive from our Los Angeles home.

We stayed at the Riviera Palm Springs.  Check out this historic photo from the hotel's website.  The glamour calls to me!

We spent the day at the Spa and ate out!  Besides midcentury design, Palm Springs also has great restaurants. We enjoyed:

Brunch with bottomless mimosas at Trio.

Dinner at Tommy Bahama taking advantage of their restaurant week menu! (in Palm Desert)

And brunch at Cheeky’s, a restaurant that seems to be the hipster fav of the area.

 

A spa day, midcentury design galore, and decedent food and drink = Amazing weekend

Ugh! I can’t wait to go back!!

Saturday morning beach adventure

Nicole Voris

 

 

Early on a Saturday morning we headed out.  That early there was little traffic, an unusual occurrence in Los Angeles.  

After an hour of driving through the Calabasas hills we arrived at the "hidden" beach. Hello El Matador!   It was still super foggy when we arrived around 9 am.  Hiking down a mix of steep trails and staircases we begin to see the rocks and boulders reaching out from the sand.

 

It was both stunning and creepy at the same time.  I couldn’t decide if it reminded more of the opening scene of a horror film or a romantic comedy.

 

Walking down the beach we navigated around rocks, boulders, and caves to come to our morning spot. 

 

In the next fifteen minutes the June gloom began to burn off revealing a new gorgeous scene.  This beach was so different from the other Los Angeles beaches I have been to.  Despite being surrounded by luxury homes, the boulders and caves block the view.  It gives you the impression that you are hundreds of miles away from civilization and only you and your fellow beach goers exist.  (The lack of Internet access probably contributes to this feeling.)

I feel lucky that I got to experience this gorgeous morning and am anxious to go back.  The ocean is healing to the soul.   If you get a chance to experience this beach try not to pass it up!!  Be sure to check the tide though, don't get stuck when it's high!

Day trip to Muir Woods

Nicole Voris

 

I fully admit to the fact that I am a city girl.  I love leaving my front steps and walking just a few blocks to my favorite restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and theaters.  Having grown up in the country though, I still love my escapes to the great outdoors.

 

On a recent trip to San Francisco we had a free day to do as we pleased.  I had never made it out to the beautiful Muir Woods despite having lived in the bay area for 3+ years.  The day we went was surprisingly warm, a rarity for the bay area.  The gorgeous centuries old trees provided us a stunning cover though.  We ventured off the boardwalk and onto one of the parks beautiful winding trails.  It was a perfect days escape from the city! And just look at those trees!!

If you ever make a trip out here remember to bring water and snacks.  Also try to take the shuttle instead of driving! Parking is a mess! Enjoy the ride instead of worrying about getting there! 

 

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Wedding style

Nicole Voris

Oliver and I recently attended the wedding of two of our friends from our San Francisco Ballet School Days.  We have known them both apart and together.  It has been great to see their relationship grow and to be present at their special day!!  Congratulations Jordan Hammond and Ray Tilton!!

Because I love getting dressed up, one of my favorite parts of preparing for a wedding is deciding what to wear.   I of course try to fit into the couple's requested dress code as well as what I perceive their theme/venue to be.

I knew that Jordan and Ray's ceremony and reception would be all indoors.  I gathered from their invitations and the venues that they had chosen very classic and elegant style for their big day.  I ended up being spot on.  Here's a picture of the reception when we walked in.  The bar to the left is all white marble!  A shared love of both Jordan and I!


Because I always feel the need to be a little bit different, I decided that I would do my own take on the little black dress by wearing my little black jumpsuit.  In the excitement of the day I forgot to take full length photo of myself, but here is a picture of me in the jumpsuit. 

 

I wore plain diamond stud earring and black pumps.  I also had a black blazer because even in the summer San Francisco can be cold!! 

Oliver and I had such a great time catching up with old friends from our school days and seeing our dear friends get married.  Here we are proving that our wedding selfie game is strong.

Congratulations Ray and Jordan! We wish you a wonderful marriage!

Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher

Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher