Every time I walked past this motorcycle I was always captured by the composition of the colors, the cold black and silver metal against the softer brick red color. I just knew that I had to do something with it. Since this bike is classy, yet powerful I wanted to match the clothes with it. Kind of “urban, modern, biker chick”-vibe if you know what I mean, haha.

On a different note, last month has been busy. I’ve been studying my ass off (philosophy is interesting, but you really have to put down some time if you want to get a good grade), went to some concerts (including Freddys new band Sway), “starred” in a music video (so much fun!), and I’m also trying to see all the Academy Awards nominated movies before the Oscars!

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When we reached our last stop – Newport Beach - of our mini road trip it was dinnertime for us. We decided to eat at Rusty Pelican, a restaurant that has a wonderful view of the Newport Beach Harbor. Since we were seated outside on the patio we could enjoy the view and the sea air while watching the sunset.

The restaurant serves wild caught fish and gets fresh deliveries every day, just as it should be. I ordered the arctic char with lemon caper butter, served with homemade garlic mashed potatoes and my, oh my, the fish melted in my mouth! The char was cooked to perfection and all the flavors were well paired. For the dessert, Sanna and me shared the Rusty’s Trio; key lime pie, chocolate torte, and walnut apple cobbler. A perfect end to a perfect dinner!

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The Korean Bell of Friendship was a spot we found by chance, when I was searching for interesting places along the Pacific Coast Highway. It wasn’t really along the highway, but close enough to check it out. The place is very peaceful and beautiful, with a great outlook over the ocean and Long Beach Middle Harbor. We spend some time just taking in the scenery and snapping some tourist pics (that’s what you do on a road trip, right?) before we drove off to the next stop.
We drove through the less charming parts of the Long Beach Harbor, with factories, gas stations for trucks and strip joints for the sailors and truckers, and on to our last stop; Newport Beach for a nice dinner. I will write more bout that in another post!

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Last week me, Alex, Sanna and Ellen went on a little girl’s road trip. The goal was to drive along the ocean, see some of the cities/landmarks and celebrate that the finals were over. Our first stop was Manhattan Beach, with a cute pier (a state historic landmark), clean beach and a small city-vibe. If you want to lie on clean sand and work on your tan you should definitely consider leaving Santa Monica/Venice Beach area and take a ride to a less crowded beach such as Manhattan Beach.

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I was at The Echo the other week to see and snap some pics of The Shelters. I really like this band, their songs are great, they are tight live and entertaining. The two singers have two different stiles, both song wise and fashion wise. One of them goes with the 50s style, the other one seems to be more into 60s and 70s fashion influences. The energy on the stage is great, with one of the singers/guitarists bending back, crouching, and what not while the other singer/guitarist is pulling off some 50s moves. He seems to live and breathe that style. When we went out to wait for our Uber driver and tried to explain where he was supposed to drive (they never find their way to The Echo… what’s up with that?), one of the singers was standing outside with some friends. There he was, leaning slightly against the wall, with his legs stretched out, with perfectly backcombed hair, smoking a cigarette, channeling some kind of mix of Marlon Brando and James Dean (I hope you know who that is, most people here seem to have no idea...). Seriously, it was hard not to stare.

Anyway, the band is great and if you get a chance to see them live – do it! I hope to hear more new music from them soon and catch them live in the nearest future!

More pictures HERE.

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When it comes to pictures that are not taken spontaneously (street photography, live concerts etc) I usually get a pretty clear picture in my head of what I want to snap. I know exactly how I want to compose the colors, accessories and environment/background. Like with the pictures above. I was looking for this kind of t-shirt (white with red details) for a while and when I found these sunglasses I just knew that they would look great together. Than I needed a lollipop, red nails, red lips, and a few weeks later I used Sanna as my photography assistant… and tadaaa, here’s the result!

On another note, I have been busy! Going to concert, premieres, celebrating my first Thanksgiving…. I will probably throw together a post about it with some pictures from my iPhone so there’s a official record of my whereabouts, haha. Stay tuned!

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When someone called America for the land of endless possibilities they probably weren’t referring to the food, but since I’ve moved here I’ve seen hybrids of foods that I would’ve never imagine, not even in my wildest dreams. Some of them seem pretty disgusting to be honest (Bacon donut? Cheetos Chicken Fries? Euw!), but some make sense… Just like this vegetarian pizza with pretzel instead of regular crust. It’s like having dinner and a snack at the same time, haha.

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HIM was one of the first bands I “found” by myself. Before that I would listen to what my mom listened to (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Whitesnake, Michael Jackson, etc) or what my friends were into at the time (Enrique Iglesias, Britney Spars or some rappers I didn’t even liked), but as soon as I discovered MTV, Viva, VH1 and other music channels I started exploring my own taste in music. I remember seeing HIMs Join Me in Death video and being taken both by the song (musically, lyrically I’m pretty sure I didn’t understand a word, haha) and the scenery. I still remember that I thought it looked so mysterious with snow and pale men in black clothes. Looking back, I think my adoration of pale men must have come from seeing Interview with the Vampire on TV, a movie that I was probably too young to see... but I loved it anyway! I still do actually, probably the best vampire movie ever made.

Anyway, HIM was a band that I never forgot, listened to from time to time and I even saw them live a couple of times. I’m pretty sure that Ville Valo was one of my first metrosexual crushes as well, haha. When I heard that they were quitting I really wanted to see them play one last time, and fortunately I even got to snap some pictures of them!

See more pictures HERE.

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One can only wonder what Tobias is doing....

Being a basic witch I just had to go to a pumpkin patch, float around the pumpkins, put some spells on people and sweat a little in my black outfit. It’s October after all, right?
This was my first pumpkin market experience, and I really liked it! I can understand why it’s such a big thing here in US; it’s a cozy activity, especially if you’re doing it with your friends or family. I just wish the cornfield-maze wasn't closed. It would take around 45 min and it was about 38 degrees Celsius (around 100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the shadow… so they didn't want us to go in. Next time!

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Bands like Greta Van Fleet make my heart smile. Young musicians with great concept (I love the 70's vibe) and so much talent! The singer has an amazing vocal range; seriously, sometimes I couldn’t believe my ears. They sold out Troubadour even though they only have released an EP with four songs… That says a lot. Can’t wait to see them again!

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