1. Trucks & Cupcakes & Summer Days OH MY!

    This post is going to be a random mish-mash of photos that have absolutely zero connection because it’s my blog and I said so! (bossy much?)

    I’ve been finding myself with a lot of spare time lately.  As a result, I have been going through various stages of boredom, followed by sporadic moments of energetic enthusiasm to learn new things, followed by an intense feeling of being overwhelmed because I want to do it all yet I can’t do it all.  (side note* this is what I call a “Classic Crew Cycle”)

    If you follow me on instagram, you probably saw that I recently got a sewing machine (Thanks Mom & Dad!).  Between learning to sew and catching up on THE KILLING, starting THE SOPRANOS // VEEP // NEWSROOM etc (don’t judge), I’ve also been picking up my camera.  

    Today I was inspired to try some more “staged” photos.  So here they are:

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    And that cupcake was damn delicious.

    I also took my camera out for a spin in a vintage truck.

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    And just because I’m bored, here are some pics from my Nikon 35 mm film camera.  

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    And that concludes the most random post of photos I’ve ever put up on my blog.  The End. 

    PS it wouldn’t be a cluster f*ck post if I didn’t add a song, right?

    Saltkin by Purity Ring on Grooveshark

  2. Birthday Bucket List

    Yesterday I shared with you guys some of my birthday goals/wishes I made last year.  Some that I accomplished, some that I didn’t.  Since today is my birthday, I thought I would share with you some things I added to my list this year!

    1.)  Buy a Prius.

    I’ve never purchased a brand new (or almost brand new) car.  When I was in highschool I drove a bad ass (but super old and unreliable) Jeep Cherokee - most days it wouldn’t start.  Then I drove a 1993 Ford Explorer.  Same story as the Jeep.  Then I bought a 1999 Honda Accord that I STILL drive.  The car is 14 years old guys!  That’s nuts.  This is the year I’m going to buy a new car (and do something for the planet.)

    2.)  Go on a wine tasting girls trip.

    I live in California and I have NEVER gone to a vineyard and participated in the greatest thing ever, WINE TASTING!  I’ve decided it also needs to be a girls trip to make it 20 times better!

    3.)  Host a Craft Night and make it into a monthly thing.

    There’s nothing I love more than crafts.  Add my bestest gal pals and that is a recipe for a perfect night!  No reason it shouldn’t be a repeated thing.

    4.)  Buy a real bike and cycle on an outdoor trail.

    I had a bad knee/back injury last year and as a result can no longer partake in treadmill running.  I filled my cardio void with spin classes and I’m obsessed, but I have to admit I’m jealous of all the happy joggers that I see outdoors.  My answer, outdoor cycling.  I’m terrified of riding on a trail because I’m a klutz so I figure this should be a good fear to tackle this year! 

    5.)  Go to Europe.

    This is on my list EVERY year and I never make it happen.  This year I will bite the bullet.

    6.)  Buy a record player, expand my record collection and DANCE.

    Pretty self explanatory on this one.  

    7.)  Learn to sew. 

    I was always jealous of my friends that took sewing class in highschool and made their own pajama pants.  So this year I shall learn!  How cool is it to say you made your own couch pillows or dress?  Okay maybe not cool in everyone’s books but definitely cool in mine!  

    8.)  Go apple picking.

    I think this one explains itself.  Fields.  Apple Trees.  Me picking apples, then making delicious things with said apples. 

    9.)  Learn to bake a pie.

    Speaking of apples, I want to learn how to bake a pie from scratch and it should probably be an apple pie.

    10.)  Travel more.

    Aside from my plans to travel in Europe, I really want to do some local exploring.  California has so much to explore and so do the surrounding states.

    So there you go.  A little sneak peek into some of my goals/wishes for this new year!  What are some things on your bucket lists?

    And what would a post be without some pictures?  Here are some polaroids from my birthday party last week:

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    PS if you want a fun read, here’s something I wrote on my last birthday. A little witty wisdom. 

    25 Years of Cheese Whiz-dom

  3. Birthday List

    Birthdays are my favorite time for reflection.  Reflecting on what has happened in the past year and reflecting on what I want for the next year.  Every birthday I make a list of things I want to do the following year.   It’s easy as we get older to stop exploring, to stop going on adventures and these lists help me stay connected to those instincts and desires.   

    I thought it would be fun to share with you guys some of the things from my list last year.  Things I did accomplish and things I didn’t.  

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    Mission accomplished!  This was a really important one for me this year.  Home is CRUCIAL to me for having a happy life (especially living in California away from my home in Canada).  I moved into my new home in September and have never felt more at home since I moved down here.

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    This is one that I can confidently say I accomplished. There may have been a few weeks where I didn’t pick up my camera but I think I made up for it for the weeks where I used it everyday.  Not to mention that I ventured into the world of film photography also!  You can check out some of my photo adventures here.

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    I didn’t make my European adventure happen this past year BUT I am going to Italy in July so I’m still going to high five myself for that! 

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    So I didn’t take a “professional” class BUT I did spend a day with a friend of mine, Ed Araquel, who is a professional photographer and he taught me many things.

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    Nailed it!  I love my instagram followers!  You guys have been so supportive of my photos and it’s been such a fun community to be a part of.  

    PS if you aren’t following me, what are you waiting for?  My instagram is @amandaccrew

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    I think it’s fair to say I “half” accomplished this.  Hosting Canadian Thanksgiving in Los Angeles was a blast.  It was definitely a “dinner party” but everyone contributed dishes so I didn’t technically make all the food. However, I did say I wanted to “host” a dinner party, not “make” an entire dinner… (that was me making myself feel better about not fully accomplishing that one).

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    I still have so much to learn with this program but I definitely have spent some time schooling myself in this department.

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    DID NOT DO THIS and I am not okay with that.  

    It’s been an incredible year for me and I’m really looking forward to adventuring into my next year.  Stay tuned for my list for this year!

    And please hit me up with any fun suggestions to add to my list for next year!!!!  Tweet them to me @amandaccrew or comment below.

  4. Sk8ter Boi

    Remember that song Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne?  From 2002?!?!  I used to jam out HARD to that song and I’m not ashamed to admit that. I dreamed of being able to skateboard as a kid. I even had this giant camo backpack that had a special strap to put your skateboard in (I was pretty hardcore). Unfortunately my severe case of ganglitis held me back from pursuing that dream (aka my poor coordination + my long ass limbs = a short skateboarding career).

    Anyways, back to the song. The only connection to that song and these photos is that my Canadian stud of a bud, Dustin Milligan, is skateboarding in these pics. Therefore he is a sk8ter boi. Lame connection, but I’m not going to lie, as I looked through these photos I sang that song. And I think it’s only fair for you to do the same thing. I made it easy for you and put the song below. You’re welcome.

    Before you get to the pictures, I also felt it would be helpful to give you 3 interesting facts about Dustin Milligan, to get to know him a little bit better.

    1.) He has an insane addiction to gummy candy. If you want to see a grown man turn into an 8 year old boy (examples: lit-up eyes, giddiness, spontaneous dancing, jumping up and down), give this one a bag of gummy bears.

    2.) He grew up in Yellowknife. Where? Exactly! Yellowknife is way up in northern Canada (near Alaska) where it’s FREEZING and dark for 20 hours each day in the winter.

    3.) Don’t let his strong jawline fool you. He’s pretty funny, so you should probably follow him on twitter @dustinwmilligan (that wasn’t that interesting but it is a FACT!)

    Skater Boy by Avril Lavigne on Grooveshark

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    **All photos taken by me, except for the last one (photo cred: Mr Milligan), on a Nikon 35mm F3

  5. Black & White

    Big shout out to everyone sending me your high-fives re: some of the latest posts of photos.  I read all your emails/comments and truly appreciate them!

    I have the first round of my latest roll of B&W film for you. Some of these pictures are from a Crafts & Cocktails party that my best friend Amber and I went to hosted by ZOOEY magazine.  Such a dream party!   A perfect combo of my favorite things — Crafts & Cocktails (pretty self explanatory).  The other pics are from a hang sesh on a friend’s rooftop a few weekends back.  

    I feel like I’m finally *starting* to get the hang of my 35mm.  Still tons to learn, but a lot less duds in the roll.  

    Stay tuned for part two of my B&W pictures.  HINT:  It involves a skateboard + a dude.  

  6. Old Roll

    Yet another reason why I love film.  While cleaning my office last week,  I found my old 35mm Canon camera (another film camera I own that I kind of forgot about… oops!) . I realized that there was an old roll of film in it still and immediately took it to get developed.  

    When I went to pick them up, the woman who runs the shop seemed worried (again).  Because the film was so old there were a lot of light leaks and again, I was PUMPED!  

    These pictures are about 3 years old.  It’s pretty fun to relive the memories through an old roll of film.

    PS I’m digging this track hard:  

     

    Beneath Your Beautiful (feat. Emeli Sandé) by Labrinth on Grooveshark

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    **All photos taken by me except for the last two which I believe were taken by Ivan Shaw but it’s been 3 years so don’t hold me to that.

  7. I heart film.

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    Remember that post where I was all, “I’m in love with my film camera and peace out digital”?  Yeah well, I quickly got off that bandwagon.  Not because I didn’t love my film camera, but because it’s very charm is what discouraged me.  Film teaches you patience.  You don’t get the instant gratification of seeing the picture that you just took.  That’s why film is so fun.  Because when you get your film developed, you get to see 36 memories that you kind of forgot about. How did they turn out?  Did I choose the right settings?  Did I capture those moments?  It’s really exciting! But it tests you.  In a world that is very fast paced and immediate result based, film goes against all of our new age tendencies  - which is why I love it. 

    And here’s the truth.  I totally slipped.  I got tired of waiting.    I was uninspired.  I was lazy.  I picked up my DSLR (also my iPhone) and let that gorgeous Nikon collect some dust. 

    The other week I was going to a friends party and I decided to get back in touch with my patient roots.  I asked forced my friend to walk the 2 miles to the party so I would feel playful again & brought my 35 mm camera.  And the camera hasn’t left my hands since.  I’ve been challenging myself to bring it out with me more often.  I mean I’ll always have digital (hello iPhone), so why not bring the film.  

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    Best part of the story, I was obviously pumped to get my film developed but when I got to the shop, the kind woman who runs the store alerted me to the fact that my film was actually projector film.  BUZZ KILL!  (Thank you Ed for the massive stack of expired film ;-) )  

    After recovering from my tomato-faced embarrassment over my rookie move, I asked her what my options were.  The only way she could develop the pictures would be by doing a cross-process finish on them.  She looked incredibly worried for me.  I was PUMPED!  Cross-process means it messes with the colors and will have unpredictable results.  My FAVORITE!

    Here’s the unedited, raw results.  And some tuneage!

     

     
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  8. Floral Crowns

    I’ve been secretly obsessing over floral crowns lately.  I’m not much of a “girly girl” but I will jump at any chance to escape to a world that is whimsical and ethereal.  The problem with these floral crowns is that they look so cool in photos but they don’t have much of a place in your everyday life.  (*Sidenote* This is a similar beef I have with the clothes at Free People - bad ass fairy tale, but doesn’t really fit into the whole running errands vibe).  

    Anyways, I was tired of drooling over photos of these stunning crowns and decided to join the ranks and make my own.  

    My friend Mary and I headed to Michaels, bought a stash of fake flowers  (and maybe some Champagne) and jammed out to a GIRLS inspired playlist and made some floral crowns.  

    Seriously, these things are so easy to make.  We followed this tutorial here from the Deer Circus blog which was super easy.  (Side note: this blog is really awesome so you should check it out while you are at it).

    I highly recommend turning on some tuneage and making one of these bad boys.  And then put it on and dance around your house.

    Feed Me Diamonds by MNDR on Grooveshark

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    And to answer your question…. Yes I’m still wearing my crown.  

  9. omg it’s a MIXTAPE

    Happy Friday!  Here’s a playlist I put together of some of my latest favorite songs.  Enjoy!

    OMG! it’s a MIXTAPE. from acespace on 8tracks Radio.

    Family of the Year — Hero

    Father John Misty — Hollywood Forever Cemetry Sings

    Stood Me Up — DWNTWN

    The Doves — There Goes the Fear

    The M Machine — Faces

    Angus and Julia Stone — For You

    Beach Fossils —Daydream

    Macklemore X Ryan Lewis —Same Love ft. Mary Lambert

    Guster — Backyard

    Emiliana Torrini — Sunny Road

  10. Creuset Crushin’

    One of my most treasured gifts I received this Christmas was my very first Creuset.  Creu-what? Creuset yo! 

    They are the most gorgeous enamelled cast iron cookware made in France since 1925.  Top of the line dishes in almost every color.


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    Anywho, I’ve been coveting one of these bad boys for a while now and my parents surprised me with one for Christmas. 

    So what does a girl choose to cook first with her gorgeous new friend?

    Cranberry and Rosemary Sea Salt Bread


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    This was surprisingly easy to make and I’m pretty sure you could bake it in any old dish.  The only thing I changed from the original recipe was that I used almond milk instead of regular milk.  Oh and I almost forgot… It’s effing delicious!  

    Pull out some olive oil and balsamic vinegar and dip it in!

    Click here for the recipe.

    And here’s a song to cook to: