Weekend with the Besties

Hey everyone! I'm still here, running around like a crazy person trying to finish up all that I have planned for Christmas… which is in 6 days! Eek! And amongst all the hustle and bustle, I'm spending the weekend in SoCal with my best friend Allison from Life of a Real Orange County Housewife.  Check out her blog if you get a chance! Allison writes about family, food, fashion, home style, decorating, DIY projects, and what it's like being a real Orange County Housewife.

 

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We're celebrating her daughter's one year birthday, catching up on life, and checking off the last few items on our Christmas shopping lists.  I am so happy that I could come down and celebrate such a special moment with my close friends and their families.  It truly puts me in the spirit of Christmas, sharing gifts and making memories with the people you care about most.  This trip is extra special to me because I'm unable to see my close friends as frequently as I'd like, each of our lives have taken us all over California, and our busy schedules make it difficult.

The party was a huge success.  Here are a few of the highlights…

 

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Lake Shasta Shenanigans

I'm back! I'm happy to finally get time to share with you our little vacation to Lake Shasta.

First of all, I made sure to pack my Nikon and document the entire vacation.  I set a goal to take some sunrise and sunset photos.  I failed in waking up in time for the sunrise shots, but I did manage to get a few really great sunset pics.  I think they came out well, don't you?  I thought the color palette on both of these sunsets was so captivating.  I spent some time thinking 'how could match color swatches to these photos?' When in doubt, Google it!  I stumbled on this neat palette generator from this site, CSS Drive, where you can upload any image and it will generate simple, medium or complex color palettes based on your image.  It also allows you to export the palette as a CSS stylesheet.  Pretty genius right?

I just LOVE the warm hints of yellow, taupe, green, and blue from this sunset. I want to snuggle in the greenish color that sits between the blue sky and the yellow sunlight.

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I snapped this shot as the last bit of light left the sky.  CSS Drive spit out a few palettes with different intensities, I selected the lighter palette because I can't get enough of these blue and gray hues in this image. 

 

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