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A Day in Santa Barbara

I’m baaaackkkk! Did you miss me? It has been ashamedly long since I’ve posted. I’ve wanted to post a few times since last, but once you fall off the wagon, it’s hard pulling yourself back up. I’ve missed the creative outlet, however, so that will help inspire some more content on here.

In the meantime, this is going to be a picture-heavy post (as far as blog posts go; nothing compared to facebook albums and, um, my entire iPhoto collection). Two weekends ago, my bf S and I took a day-trip to Santa Barbara. It was a nice little escape for the day. {The pictures are much more lovely if you click for gallery form!}

We mostly just ate, drank, and walked. If you’re ever in the neighborhood and need to grab a bite (or WANT to, hello), I’d definitely suggest The Shop Cafe for a great selection of fresh takes on brunch and lunch favorites. We grabbed a salad and sandwich there and ate at a picnic table on their patio. It had a great, laid-back vibe and was a perfect way to start our day in S.B. Oh, and make sure you try their iced chai latte!! SO good. Vanilla beans and everything.

I also highly recommend the Santa Barbara Courthouse. There is beauty in every detail, inside and out (and so many photo opportunities—would be an amazing engagement shoot location). The view from the clock tower is a can’t-miss! The courthouse is one of the best free attractions I’ve ever been to.

After some beach walking/pier sitting/leg dangling, we stopped by Apéro for some creative and delicious cocktails. One of S’ had pieces of honey comb in it; they tasted like freeze-dried caramel. Really fun! We also sampled one of their tapas plates (brie goo and apricot and fancy greens on artisan bread. . .mmm), which was also tasty.  It was a nice stop.

That was pretty much our day, with a little more walking and a little more eating and drinking. We concluded with him buying curtains, me buying a dress, and In N Out on our way south. We’re so lucky to live within a few hours of some great cities. I’m already itching to go again!

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Specialized Ties

Lately, I’ve been doing a little college graduation gift hunting and came across this amazing Etsy site that sells hand screen-printed neckties. There are many amazing options for those in your life with specific majors, careers, interests, hobbies, etc. Here are some of my favorite designs (click the store images to go to the specific product’s page):

Food /CocktailKnife and fork silkscreened microfiber necktie. Eat Me.

Classic Cocktail necktie, "Old Fashioned." Mens drink recipe tie. Silkscreened microfiber.

Meat Grinder necktie. Bacon and sausage lovers tie, screenprinted microfiber. Pink ink.

Black "Whiskey Business" necktie. Silkscreened microfiber. Choose tan or muted orange print.Geography/Topography

Bermuda Triangle silk necktie. Old maritime map, screenprinted men's tie, antique brass ink.

Topographical Error tie - NARROW silkscreen microfiber necktie. Seafloor contour map.Science/Chemistry

Science Affair necktie. Silkscreen microscope tie. Black ink.

Posion gas screenprinted necktie, "Chemical Warfare." Microfiber tie, black ink. Choose standard or narrow width.

Experiment necktie, science and chemistry silkscreened tie

Transportation/Cars/Driving

Gear Shift silkscreen necktie - 6 speed manual transmission. Microfiber woven sharkskin tie.

Tread Lightly tie. Tire track silkscreened microfiber necktie.

Technology/Circuitry

Resistor. Circuit board necktie, screen printed design. Men's tie with dove gray print. Choose standard, narrow or skinny.

Short Circuit black necktie. Silkscreened circuit board, silver ink. Choose standard, narrow or skinny.

Rocket Science/Astronomy

Rocket Science red silk necktie. As worn by astronaut Al Worden, Apollo 15. Apollo cockpit silkscreened tie. Black ink.

Rocket blueprint necktie, Mercury spacecraft. "Rocket Science II" men's tie. Navy screen print.Cosmonaut tie, Apollo-Soyuz red necktie - Soviet Red edition. Choose regular or narrow width.Medicine

Caduceus, medical symbol necktie. Silkscreen design, microfiber tie. Steel blue ink.

Brainwaves necktie, "Insomnia." Sleep cycles silkscreened tie, white ink. Choose standard, narrow or skinny.

Rx Prescription necktie. (Fancy edition) Choose standard or narrow microfiber.

OK, and these are just pretty:

3 custom silk neckties. Groomsmen ties - wedding/group multiple discount

3 wedding silkscreen neckties. Groomsmen group discount, matching microfiber ties, same design

Mid-Century Ampersand necktie. Fancy Caslon font "and symbol" screen printed typography microfiber tie. Standard width.

There are so many more beautiful designs available, both themed and neutral. Kind of glad I’m not a guy or else I’d go a little nuts on this site! Which ones are your favorites?

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