Tees And Tank You
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Photography by Nicole Toczauer.

Hi friends! Can someone please explain how Thanksgiving is already this week?! Time slips away faster than my pug used to when I tried to kiss him. It's funny how all the things your parents preached to you as a kid turn out to be soooo true the older you get. *Cue the classic statements...* "enjoy being a kid, you'll miss it when you're older!", "the older you get, the faster time goes", "college flies by. enjoy it!". Our moody teenage selves are just like *dramatic sigh* "yeah, yeah, whatever". But now I'm like WHYYY! It's so fulfilling to be on the grind & hustle 'til you drop but I always seem to lose track of time! Let me tell you, it is well worth it though! Most of us bloggers have a full time gig and do this as our side hustle. It's a lot to juggle but the reward of doing something you love is like nothing else. 

One of the best parts of blogging is our little community of collaborators! We're all out here trying to make it with nothing but support for one another. The little social networks we build on Instagram are constant inspiration to keep your little corner of the blogger-sphere going. One of my favorite parts of the gig is discovering little brands to share with all of you guys! I'm currently crushing on Tees And Tank You and their endless selection of quirky, adorable tees! They literally have something for everyone - even you Steve Harrington fans (Lyuda and I are more into Billy, so dreamy). Shop some of my favorites below!

I'm looking forward to the holidays to take a step back, enjoy the slow days with family and re-center. 

 

GIVEAWAY! ♡♡♡

HEAD TO @MARTHAEELMAN for a chance TO WIN A TEE OF YOUR CHOICE FROM Tees and Tank you

 

 

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Exploring Venice with Pocky
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As you know, we LOVE sweets and snacks. Our fav summer snack (it's always summer in Lala Land) is Pocky! It's easy to throw in our bag and snack on while watching the skater boys do their thing at the Venice Skate Park. It's mess free, fun to share and sooooo yummy - perfect for an afternoon exploring Venice. Venice has 100% become our fave spot in LA. You know that period of "California dreaming" you have while you're still living out your days in the suburban Midwest? Venice brings that mood to life! Surfers, beach shacks, skateboards, weirdos, street art, waves - you name it. Pocky is the perfect snack to stash in our back pockets while observing the wild Venice scene. Martha's favorite flavor is Strawberry and Lyuda's is Matcha. 

What's your favorite Pocky flavor? See them all here!

 

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Photography by Nicole Toczauer.
 

This post is sponsored by Pocky.

Girls on Film

I started getting into "photography" when I was in high school. (Remember this post from Martha & I's high school shenanigans?) When my grandpa passed away, I inherited his old Olympus PEN camera from the '60s. I just play around with it and see what develops! Honestly, I don't even understand all of the controls. :P I love it, but disposable cameras are my all time favorite because there are only two controls. One for the flash and one to take the photo. It can't get more simple than that! My goal is to always have one around so that I can capture those silly, sassy, cool, weird and hilarious moments. I love the imperfections in each photo - a little out of focus, slightly out of the frame, underexposed, specks of dust, etc... the imperfections are perfect. The best part is shuffling through the developed photos for the first time and remembering the moments!

Here's a few pics of my adventures in Los Angeles.
(the weird overlay is from a camera from Urban Outfitters, I prefer the OG disposables)

 

our apartment's parking garage.

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a shop on Hollywood Blvd.

 

Franklin Ave.

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33°50'59.6"N. 116°33'57.5"W.

 

"the colorful hotel in Palm Springs".

 
It's National BFF Day!
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Yes. National BFF Day is a thing, duh! It's the perfect holiday & reminder to let your besties know just how much you love them! We teamed up with Daisy Natives for a MAJOR giveaway for you and your besties. I mean, how adorable are these t-shirts?! Head over to our Instagram to enter. Let us know who your bestie is & why they are the solid rock(star) in your life.

We've been BFFs going on 11 years. We're not your typical mushy, girly best friend duo. Our friendship is so special because we never fight (seriously, we've only gotten in 1 real fight ever). Blogging is our way to creatively collaborate. We both pay attention to different details and do an awesome job of balancing each other out.  We have so much fun (at all times) and know the universe put us both in the same math class in 7th grade for a reason! 

We're going to get a bit gooey here and tell you guys why we're besties!

Martha: Lyuda is my favorite human because she is such a thoughtful & caring friend! She's the kind of person that is always watching out for you and has got your back if anyone takes a jab at her bestie. Plus, she is THE funniest person I've ever met. Seriously. Lyuda's variety of hilarious accents and strange dance moves get me everytime. And, she just gets me.

Lyuda: It’s funny that Martha & I are besties because we’re somewhat opposite. She’s truly the ying to my yang! She’s my bestie because she always has the best can-do attitude, a smile on her face and she always laughs at my hilarious jokes. (They’re really not that funny tho.) She has killer style and inspires me everyday. Every brunette needs a blonde best friend & this chick is mine for life!

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH TRAMP | INSTAGRAM