Where We Are Now by Eunice Kim

So I've been a bit MIA with this site and I declared that this summer is that time that it's coming back! Originally, this blog was made for me to post DIYs, travel tips & tricks and some photography. After having a few posts, this all just didn't sit right with me. The blog felt purposeless and I was determined to give it a purpose. 

Over the past few months and lots of thinking, I decided to repurpose the blog as my online portfolio. While I am not a full time photographer, my hope is that my photos reach someone, somewhere, somehow. Additionally, I added a blog section so that I can still sit here behind my computer screen and type away all of my inner thoughts and feelings. (I want to talk to you guys!) 

I still have lots to say and share so I want to post all that here. I am working on some calligraphy bits this summer so that will make its way up here too along with some fun, personal projects.

With that all out of the way, I can't wait to start this summer and bring site back to life.  

Cheers,

 Eunice

Travel Like a Local by Eunice Kim

Exploring a new city is always an adventure. This past week I got to travel to San Francisco and fell in love with this West Coast gem. SF has everything that you need from the coast to downtown to the hills in Marin County right across the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Of course all of the tourist attractions were beautiful and fun but my favorite part of the trip was definitely the 16th Ave. Tiled Steps along with the view from Grand View Park which lies at the top of the steps. 

The view as soon as you get to the top of the steps (shown above)  

The steps were a quick stop during our trip but they left the biggest impression on me. I highly suggest it for anyone who is traveling to SF and looking for some local finds. 

The biggest part of traveling (and wanting to go about it like a true native) was finding accommodations through Airbnb somewhere in a cozy SF neighborhood and taking the MUNI downtown whenever needed. (I got a 3-day pass for $26 which applies to the light rail, cable cars, buses, etc - recommended)

I got back 5 days ago and have yet to sort through all of my pictures and thoughts on other attractions/monuments but I'm excited to share more SF finds so stay tuned! 

xox, Eunice

Birthday Girl by Eunice Kim

This past weekend I was able to celebrate my 22nd birthday with my best friends at home! It was such a lovely weekend, jam-packed with plans. My friends surprised me with the most amazing dinner @ Amanda's Restaurant in Hoboken. We were able to have a cozy corner table to chat, take pictures and indulge in the massive amounts of food that we ordered. 

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To top it all off, I was able to enjoy the drive home with the sparkling New York City lights in the distance. I didn't take too many pictures because I wanted to enjoy my time with my friends; sometimes it's nice to just enjoy the moment. 

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes via text and Instagram. Safe to say that it was an amazing way to bring in 22. 

xoxo, Eunice

 

The Summer of '77 by Eunice Kim

I am a big believer in that everything happens for a reason. Whether it's tough to believe that or not, I really do think that God places people, things, events, etc in our lives at the perfect time (even if we don't think so). This event was one of those small moments. 

A few weeks ago I read an announcement that Spike Lee was coming to my school in honor of Black History Month. I was beyond thrilled. As someone who loves film and has a younger brother who is an even bigger film enthusiast (hi, Joe!), this was a once in a lifetime chance.

I don't think that I have ever listened to someone so intensely while at school (sorry professors!) He talked about how he began his film career thanks to his good friend who gave him a camera and how that summer he filmed everything in New York City. As interesting as his past was, it wasn't his past that stirred my attentiveness but more so his attitude and work ethic. He continued to talk about his thoughts towards film, the recent marches on how #BlackLivesMatter and more. 

After speaking for about 30 minutes, he turned the mic over to the audience for a Q&A segment. Soon enough, a fellow classmate asked "Do you have any advice for us graduating seniors?" I didn't realize in the moment but this is exactly what I was waiting for. Prior to the talk, I thought about writing a post on choosing to pursue a career that you love or solely working towards monetary gains. Spike answered that question for me. 

He stated it very simply, "if you have a job that you hate, you're (going to be) miserable." He continued to say "when you have a job you hate, you need a crane to get your a** out of bed." Then, he ended his answer with a little tip to us lovely Millennials. 

"You guys as Millennials are great ... but you want things instantly. You want to snap your fingers and be rolling. It doesn't work like that. There is no such thing as overnight success. Whatever you choose to do, you have to bust your butt. Those (who are) half-stepping it are not gonna make it. (That's why you can) never lose why you're here." 

Thanks Spike and cheers to your life-changing summer of 1977. 

xoxo, Eunice 

A Fresh Start by Eunice Kim

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This DIY comes with the hope that Groundhog Phil was wrong and there won't be 6 more weeks of winter. In light of recent snow and rather horrifying winds, I created this floral letter DIY to brighten my day. This is super easy, relatively inexpensive and great for wall decor. I personally used a wooden letter so that I wouldn't stress about cutting out a letter from cardboard but feel free to do so! That already lessens the price by $3-4 and you're recycling old materials. Ok enough chit chat, let's get started! 

Things You'll Need: 

  • Cardboard or Wooden Letter
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Artificial, Decorative Flowers 

I had all of my supplies besides the flowers so I didn't need to do too much shopping but if you do not have any of these supplies already, your local craft store should have everything for a reasonable price. As for the flowers, I bought peonies, hydrangeas and roses. My flowers were a bit on the pricey side just because I bought so many and opted for more colors but you can definitely find flowers that work for your budget. Decorative flowers are sold in most craft stores such as A.C. Moore, Michael's, Hobby Lobby as well as some dollar stores. Once I bought all of my supplies and set everything on my craft table, I was ready to DIY! 

Before gluing all of the flowers down, I cut each flower from its stem and started to arrange them on the letter. I like to see how it would look before gluing them all down! Once my glue gun was heated up, I started to glue the bigger flowers and then filled in the empty spaces with the white flowers. This project was super fun and took me around 30 minutes to make. 

It's super pretty and makes me excited for the warmer weather. Thanks for joining me in my first indelible DIY, please share in the comments below what type of flowers you used for your letter and how it turned out! 

xoxo, Eunice