Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's About Time!

I have a new domain! Blogger was a great platform for my blog, but I wanted something a little bit more. So, please follow me on my new site:

I will not be posting here anymore, but I did import all of my old archives into my new site. Thanks & see you on over there!

xo Charlene

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Year, New Goals

Simplify | whether it be my belongings, my to do list, my mental to do list... anything & everything so that I can reprioritize and refocus my attention to the important things
Drink More Water | I am a Coca-Cola lover and I'm not saying that I'm going to quit my love, but I will take a step back on the sugar drinks and drink at least 6 cups of water a day. I said 6, just so that if I can't make it to the 8 cup mark I won't feel too bad about myself.
Create | I've always been creating things here and there, but I haven't found my niche or my rhythm on actually making things that I love making. I want to just create more and find what I'm passionate about. I want to redefine my style and step up my skills on each medium.
Travel | My husband and I love to travel and seek new places and go back to the places we've enjoyed traveling to. However, we're on a budget nowadays, so we're just happy to take a couple of days off and travel within a few hours away from San Diego. We are going to travel internationally once while I'm 28 which will be in January to the Philippines and maybe China.
Date Nights | It's hard sometimes to find a night within the week to just relax and be with my husband. I want to make the time.
Read More | It's time to cut down on my ongoing list of books to read and hoard.
Learn 3 New Things | I'm all for always learning and trying new things, so I've got crocheting, speaking fluent Spanish, and giving the piano a try this time. Kind of excited and kind of scared.
Find My Career Path | It's just time. I just need to put myself out there and to stop holding back.
...& a couple more:
Be Grateful
Listen More
Spend More Time with Family & Good Friends
Celebrate The Small & Big Things
Be a Better Version of Myself

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Headquarters

Seaport Village has always been a tourist spot for me, so I always strayed from it in the past couple of years. I mean, it's a cool place, but overpriced stores and restaurants have their limit. Just recently, Seaport Village added a new plaza right across from the original stores and restaurants, which they've updated, and called it The Headquarters. This building used to be a Police Headquarters back in 1939 until 1987, when they moved locations to a bigger facility. The building was renovated to maintain the same architectural style of the original building and its details.

I've been to the infamous Cheesecake Factory here, but my new favorite restaurant is Puesto. They specialize in gourmet street tacos. Need I say more? The lively colors and modern style makes this place the new it spot. My favorite tacos are the Carnitas & the Filet Mignon. Each taco has their own unique toppings, which makes it even more original and exciting. Go on a Tuesday because each taco is $2, which saves you more money to try out the side dishes, salads, cocktails, or the bigger plates. I instantly know that I am in love with a place or a dish when I need to take a moment after I take that first bite and just... it's just that feeling of pure joy, really. Cheesy as it sounds, everyone must know that feeling I'm talking about. It was a good night, even with the 45 minute wait.

Places mentioned:
The Headquarters || 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Puesto ||  & a cute stationary store that I love: Seaside Papery

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkin Farm

Tucked in a corner of East San Diego lies a pumpkin farm that is enjoyable for anyone to roam around in. Enrique & I did a little stop over on the way to the wedding that I mentioned about yesterday because even though it's still warm out and Autumn's presence isn't in San Diego just yet, we thought it would be nice to walk around a pumpkin patch so that it'll maybe put us into the Halloween spirit. I've never been to a pumpkin farm, just a regular pumpkin patch that most neighborhoods have, so I was beyond excited when I saw rows and rows of pumpkins scattered around the grass. There was also a hayride that we didn't get to ride on and a corn maze that we entered by the exit. 

I don't know about you, but since I live in San Diego, our Halloween's are mostly warm and sunny, as per usual for our weather. We don't get the cold wind or fallen leaves until maybe mid November, so going to the pumpkin patch is kind of a big deal, just so that we feel apart of the holiday. Autumn is my favorite time of the year and the yearly pumpkin patch visit is a must. This neighborhood that we visited is Rancho Bernardo and they also have a pinery for the wintertime in place of the pumpkin patch. I've never been to the pinery, so maybe this winter I'll come back for a visit. 

Places mentioned:
Pumpkin Farm || 13421 Highland Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92025

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Wedding By The Lake

This past Friday, I was a second video shooter for my husband at a wedding in Murrieta/Temecula area in California. The wedding was a blast and the bride and groom were so cute and obviously in love. It was very easy to get into capturing their wedding because everything flowed smoothly and the venue, Monteleone Meadows, was amazing. It was a good mix of rustic/fairytale/garden/classy, if that makes any sense at all. My favorite is the barn like reception area that housed a bunch of twinkle lights and rustic metal roof fans. The lake was more like a large pond, but beautiful nonetheless. There was also swans guys, swans... at a wedding. Anyway, my husband said that I did a great job and I'm glad that he liked what I shot. I've never really filmed for a wedding, I mostly photograph, so it was a bit of a different pace for me. I also know what my husband (from now on, I'll go by his name, Enrique) likes, so it was a piece of wedding cake. Since I was busy working the night away and assisting Enrique, I didn't take much photos, but here's a couple from the day.

| First thing I saw when I parked was a bull. I was very excited.
| An obligatory swan shot at a wedding.
| I spotted cute, tiny fungi. Enrique was very confused as to why I was laying on the grass, trying to get all close and personal with these little ones.
| The ceremony started thirty minutes late, so we snapped random photos of each other to pass the time.
| The ceremony gazebo.
| Out of focus twinkle light goodness.

Enrique is now going to spend weeks editing their wedding. It'll be so good. I'm actually relieved I don't have to edit this time around. I'll share when he's finished. 

Places mentioned:
Monteleone Meadows || 35425 Briggs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563