Monday, July 21, 2014

Rocket Boat

My friend had free passes to ride this tourist attraction at Pier 39 called Rocket Boat, so we hopped on the bus and headed down there one day to ride it. It's pretty fun, the name says it all: it's basically a really fast boat that sails around the bay. We got some nice views of our city from the boat so I thought I'd snap a photo.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Trench Coat: Gap
Blouse: Nordstrom
Dress: Forever 21
Tights & Flats: Target

My current obsession at the moment is this 1950s remixed version of the song "Rude." If you haven't heard of Scott Bradlee and the Postmodern Jukebox, you need to go through their playlist NOW. They take modern songs and throw in a few retro remixes for that old school sound, turning your hit songs of today into 1920s jazz, 1940s swing, 1960s soul, and so much more. Their cover of "Rude" is one of my new favorites, check it out below:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bay Bridge Lights

This is kind of a weird photo but I was playing around with the filters on my Camera+ app and I thought this one looked interesting. Kind of makes it looked like one of those really old cameras with overexposure or something, but I thought it added an interesting effect to this photo I took of the Bay Bridge after one of the games last month.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


As I mentioned a week or so ago, I picked up Lana Del Rey's new album Ultraviolence and I haven't stopped listening to it since. It's such a beautiful album in LDR's traditional dark and moody style, but a little more experimental than her previous album. In fact, these days anytime I'm listening to music, there's a 80% chance that I'm listening to Lana. I have several favorite songs, including "Shades of Cool" and "West Coast", but at the moment my favorite is "Brooklyn Baby". You can have a listen down below, but as one of the cheerier songs on the album, there's something very cool and carefree about the lyrics and the overall mood, but also retains some of Lana's dark humor in the lyrics and dreaminess in the music. I also love the irony and humor in it, as it pokes fun at Brooklyn hipsters, which is something I can generally relate to since I'm occasionally do make fun of our own native (or ironically not native) SF hipsters. Have a listen to this awesome song:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Together We're Brandon

I went to All Brandon weekend at the end of June for the Brandon bobblehead giveaway. For those of you who don't know, we have three Brandons on our team, so it's a bit of a joke around the clubhouse and fanbase about how we have so many Brandons on our team. Our slogan last year was "Together We're Giant", so as a joke Hunter Pence a blog post about the ridiculous amount of Brandons on the team and created a hashtag as a joke #TogetherWeAreBrandon in reference to the slogan from last year. Nevertheless, it stuck and "Together We're Brandon" has been a bit of a joke all season. I'm rather obsessed with the slogan to be honest. I love our Brandons :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin

In the midst of the many ongoing projects I have accumulated over the summer, this Skyrim dress has been on the top of my personal sewing project list. I found the fabric over at Spoonflower, and being the huge Skyrim nerd I am, I decided that I needed a Skyrim-print dress in my life. I'd never ordered anything off of Spoonflower, and for $18/yard I was a little hesitant. However, it turned out to be well worth the price. The Kona cotton is rather nice quality, especially compared to the cheap Kona cotton fabrics at Joann. The print is super nice as well. I would definitely order again from Spoonflower if I ever wanted a custom print.

As for the dress itself, I used the same pattern that I used to make my Marvel dress, M6887, except I chose another style with sleeves and a solid back. It proved to be a little trickier because the polyester lining was shifty, and I had a hard time getting the fabric to lie completely flat with the zipper, which is weird because normally I have no trouble with zippers. It turned out a little uneven here and there but only noticeable to me since I'm the one who made it.Overall I'm quite happy with the way it turned out, and I prefer the polyester lining to the cotton one I had previously used with my Marvel dress. I can't wait to wear it out! My friend also owns a Skyrim t-shirt so we're going to try to wear it out together like a couple of nerds. What can I say, maybe I'm the Dragonborn and I don't know it yet...just kidding (kudos if you understood the reference). 

Anyway, the title of this post comes from the theme for Skyrim. "Dovahkiin" means "Dragonborn" in the Dragon language, which is the main character you play in Skyrim. It's one of my all-time favorite games, and despite starting it in 2011, I still haven't finished playing. Trust me, it's one of the longest games in the world, and almost impossible to completely finish. I'm nearly done with the main quest but I'm sort of putting it off because I don't want to finish it. Anyways here's a beautiful rendition of the theme by Malukah, it's one of my favorite covers:

Monday, July 7, 2014

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack (and Ice Cream)

My friends and I went to the game a few weeks ago, and my friend bought an ice cream with the little souvenir helmet. I've always wanted one of these but was too cheap to buy one, so I thought a picture was better than nothing. Sadly we lost very badly to the Padres, shut out 0-6.