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Putting up Sunday’s Photo of the Week posts is always a great gauge of where my head is at. Sometimes I’m in a calm, satisfied place and time moves deliciously slowly; it will feel like at least a month has passed since I last posted. Other times, my schedule is insane, my to do list out of control and my nerves are frayed, and I could have sworn I was posting Photo of the Week just yesterday. This week is one of the latter. I’m still trying to dig myself out of this hole I got myself into of missed deadlines and email insanity, so please forgive me if your messages have gone unanswered recently.

Onto more pleasant thoughts! Over the week, I fulfilled my vow to leave my friend’s Venice apartment as seldom as possible, taking two hours on my final day there to run down to the boardwalk and walk the canals. On Friday my Brooklyn girfriends flew in and we road tripped to Palm Springs, where we had the pleasure of being guests at what must be in the running for world’s most beautiful wedding. Today I’m saying a wistful goodbye to Southern California and heading north towards San Jose. In a week I’ll be back sleeping in my childhood bedroom, a luxury I’m really looking forward to. In the meantime, I’ve seen enough of SoCal to know I desperately want to return someday when I have a little more time to enjoy it!

Photo A
Venice Beach SkateboardersCalifornia cool

Photo B
Venice Beach BoardwalkVenice Beach boardwalk

Photo C
Palm Springs WeddingBeautiful bride

Photo D
Wedding FlasksCombining two of my loves: photography patterns and mini flasks

Photo E
Ace Hotel Palm Springs WeddingThe happy couple!

Which photo is your favorite?

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38 Comments...
  • Kathryn
    March 16 2014

    The bride and groom are adorable, but the photo of the flasks is beautiful.

    • Alex
      March 16 2014

      We all took a shot as they kissed πŸ™‚ Bartender wedding!

  • Lucy
    March 16 2014

    I adore photo E! There is something so whimsical about it – the glow of the lights adding something of fantasy about it.
    Being from England, I also love the sign – that is something so synonymous with America and conjures up memories of travelling America for me.

    Really gorgeous pictures! xxx
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  • Tyrhone
    March 16 2014

    I like the skateboarders, reminds me of when I had the flexibility to think I might actually be good at it. Of course now I have given up all hope…
    Tyrhone recently posted..Rainy day in Puerto Morelos, or Parawaiting

    • Alex
      March 17 2014

      I’ve never so much as stood on a skateboard! But I would say they are quite fun to watch πŸ™‚

  • becky hutner
    March 16 2014

    Photo B ‘cuz that’s my hood!! Though I do love a Palm Springs wedding…such a shame you didn’t see more of Venice etc. but at least you did the canals which is my official happy place. Glad you left with good feelings about Socal, she welcomes you back whenever you’re ready again! Maybe Coachella 2015??
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  • Steve
    March 16 2014

    I am plumping for D. I hope the contents of the mini flask tasted fine.
    Steve recently posted..Photo of the Week – Protest Signs in Leeds

    • Alex
      March 17 2014

      I’m not much of a whiskey girl but I loved the idea πŸ™‚

  • Michelle
    March 16 2014

    Love your photos!! The ones of the palm trees really makes me want to go to Cali πŸ™‚
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    • Alex
      March 17 2014

      I’m not sure I’m wanting to leave now that I’m seeing the weather predictions for next week in New York!

  • Emily
    March 16 2014

    I like photo B the best – the focus/fuzz on it really draws your eye!
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    • Alex
      March 17 2014

      Thanks Emily! I loved how little the people looked and wanted to emphasize it.

  • Rick
    March 16 2014

    I was expecting to see a photo of YOU carving an air-walk grab at Venice beach. Hell – you do everything else :-))

    Enjoy California (forty million of us do)

    • Alex
      March 17 2014

      Ha, no skateboarding for me πŸ™‚ I’ll stick to softer water landings!

  • Amanda
    March 17 2014

    Always fun to see california through an outsider’s lens… Things that seem so commonplace to me are exciting to visitors! I vote Photo e, I love nighttime shots πŸ™‚

  • Joella J (J in Beijing)
    March 17 2014

    I’m glad you like South California. My husband is from there and (being a sun deprived Brit) I just love it! I like photo A best because I’ve always thought California skateboarders were awesome! Photo C is lovely too and the bride looks gorgeous!
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  • Taylor
    March 17 2014

    aww I love the picture of the bride! So pretty πŸ™‚
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    • Alex
      March 17 2014

      She is always gorgeous, but I’ve never seen her quite so stunning!

  • Sarah Somewhere
    March 17 2014

    Definitely the last one – so gorgeous!!! Hope things are slowing down for you and you get some time to relax.
    Sarah Somewhere recently posted..Living Raw: When weakness is strength

    • Alex
      March 17 2014

      Thanks Sarah. It won’t come this week, but I’m hoping once I’m back on the East coast I can head into hibernation for a while.

  • Dad
    March 17 2014

    Hmmmm. Hard to choose but I think the flasks. Just because. I like the pattern of the arrangement and then the individual names makes you look harder. What was in them?

    • Alex
      March 17 2014

      Whiskey shots which we all took as a group when the ceremony concluded πŸ™‚ It was a great touch for a double bartender wedding!

  • Rachel
    March 18 2014

    wow, California looks so cool! definatley on my to do list. love the mini flask idea!
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    • Alex
      March 18 2014

      I’m already planning a return visit! It’s an amazing state.

  • Pam
    March 19 2014

    Hi Alex!
    I just discovered your blog!
    It’s lovely!
    I just opened mine, since a few months!
    Nice pics!
    My favourite is without any doubt the first one, I came back to Europe in January from California so your pics pic made me recalling those beutiful moments in Venice Beach!
    Pam πŸ™‚
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    • Alex
      March 19 2014

      California is a special place! I am loving it and can’t wait to come back to explore more. It’s fun to tour your own country sometimes!

  • Julia
    March 19 2014

    Photo E. It’s so fun seeing a post on where I’m from! Palm Springs is so luxurious. I got to school in LA, and just spent a few days there lounging by the pool for spring break.
    Julia recently posted..Weekend Trip to Eugene, Oregon

    • Alex
      March 19 2014

      I adored Palm Springs! I definitely need to go back someday when I have more time to explore. We barely left The Ace πŸ™‚

  • Kristen Noelle
    March 19 2014

    Ahh the picturesque Venice! I spent Saturday there with my best friend (my first official visitor since I’ve moved! ^_^) … You’ve got to go to 26 Beach CafΓ© whenever you get back up to Venice. I think you’d love the adorable interior, and their brunch menu is to die for!!
    Photos D & E are my favs!

    • Alex
      March 21 2014

      Ah, this comment came just a few days too late, Kristen πŸ™‚ But I’ll keep it in mind for the next trip! Enjoy your kick ass new home!

  • Danica
    April 7 2014

    Hey Alex!
    I’ve been a reader for a while but not really a commenting… I totally wish I had realized you were in Palm Springs! I live in Edinburgh right now but I am from there! I hope you liked it and did not die from the heat! When were you there? Was it during the tournament? You should have gone around Coachella! (okay so that wouldn’t work with a wedding but Coachella Fest is great!)

    • Alex
      April 8 2014

      Hey Danica! I was there the week this post was published, in March πŸ™‚ I will have a full Palm Springs post coming up soon! It’s funny, when we were leaving my friends and I were musing about what it must be like to grow up in a place like that, so small and ruled by tourism. What a beautiful spot, though!

      • Danica
        April 8 2014

        I can certainly attest to the fact that it is a strange place to grow up! The population swells dramatically and then the whole place empties in the summer! I love going home for Christmas now. Where else can you lay by the pool and tan in December/January!

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