Blog Rut, Revisited

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I don’t know what’s going on with me, but lately I’ve had a major case of writer’s block. I try to come up with a post and just… nothing happens. Or I write something, read it, and then realize it’s complete crap and not worth posting. Yesterday I wrote a post about an embarrassing moment (I was inspired by all of the ones I read from the “Blog Everyday in May” challengers), but then after actually reading it I realized that not only was it probably a bit inappropriate (it took place at a gynecologists office), it was also one of those stories that just wasn’t as funny if not told in person. And then I get annoyed at myself for wasting all this time on something I wouldn’t even post.

So I don’t know what’s up with me and this lack of blogging inspiration. I have no reason to not be inspired… my life is good right now.  I’ve been super busy with lots of fun stuff, and usually when I’m busy having fun, blog content inevitably follows. But for whatever reason, I’m just not feeling it lately.  I’ve had a couple of these “blog ruts” before, but they usually only last a few days. This one has been going on a few weeks…

Hopefully I’ll snap out of this soon (and if you have any tips, please share!), but in the meantime, I was going through photos on my phone and saw this one and started laughing. So of course I have to post it here.

Masks from Bell Jar Boutique

Are these not the creepiest/most hilarious masks you’ve ever seen?

How are you all doing? Anyone else having the blog rut blahs like me?

Jamie || Hello Little ScoutMay 14, 2013 - 11:12 am

Don’t worry, we all go through our phases! This was a great post!

SonjaMay 14, 2013 - 11:26 am

I don’t write a blog, so I can’t help with the rut. But ever since I’ve been reading your blog, I’ve enjoyed every single post, if that helps at all?!? You have a natural way of writing that makes me feel connected…and since I love love love San Fran, I can live vicariously through you :)

JessicaMay 14, 2013 - 11:39 am

Yup, it happens to the best of us. I usually just get inspired by other bloggers’ posts. And I agree if you are having fun in real life, usually it transfers into your blog. It will pass I’m sure. XO!
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Julie / BoundMay 14, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Ummm, yes, I have these all the time. So annoying. Usually I just have to push through them, and then it all becomes fun again. Or I just try something totally different. Like…write a guest post for someone else’s blog :)
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nicole marieMay 14, 2013 - 1:25 pm

those are soooo creepy!!!! oh my gosh!!

everyone needs a blogging break. i think it’s good to just step back when you feel like that. no need to put pressure on yourself and force a blog post.

nancy @ adore to adornMay 14, 2013 - 2:37 pm

When I first started to blog, it wasn’t a “personal style” blog. In fact, I thought I was writing to be more of a curator of things inspirational. It was tough thinking of topics on a daily basis. In fact, it led me to not post very often since I really didn’t want to post just to post…then I thought, maybe…try…an outfit post? It’s perhaps easier to post compared to a really thought out post? But…I guess what I’m trying to get at it…is that having a writer’s block is completely normal. If you didn’t then I’d say you were lucky! =)
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ShaylaMay 15, 2013 - 6:50 am

I feel like I’ve been in a blog rut for MONTHS and it’s annoying — I don’t want to not blog but I don’t want to write just to fill space. I feel your pain!
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eileen ragan | leaner by the lakeMay 20, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Do not fret! Just keep on enjoying your lovely happy life. The content will come. Plus, remember that this space is for you! Enjoy it and don’t make it a burden on yourself. Take a breather, brainstorm some posts on your downtime and you’ll be back to content bubbling in no time.


My boyfriend is obsessed (so weird) with art involving creepy masks. Totes showing him your photo!
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It’s Friday, I’m in Love

A few things I’m loving on this particular Friday…


First of all, the fact that it’s Friday. TGIF, am I right?


Amanda Knox’s book.
I’m completely engrossed in it and can’t put it down.
Because I studied abroad in Perugia, Italy, I’ve followed the case closely since day one.
FINALLY hearing all of the behind the scenes stuff and learning Amanda’s point of view is just fascinating.
My heart aches for everything she had to go through in Perugia,
and it still boggles my mind that there are so many people out there that hate her so passionately.
And Chris Cuomo… wtf?!?
Worst interview ever.


Like most of the rest of the world, I think Charles Ramsey is awesome.
“You got some big testicles to pull this off bro, cause we see this dude everyday. I means everyday.”

This video:

It’s, sadly, more true than I would care to admit.*
“I’ve got wrinkles and acne at the same time”
“Today’s the day the doctor prescribes me xanax, and wine…”
When I was watching I kept thinking to myself,
“She doesn’t even look 32! She looks my age! Oh, wait…”

*Minus the recluse and boring parts,
as my friends and I are still quite social.
Except now our hangovers are just a whole lot worse…

Happy Friday friends!
What are you up to?
MargaretMay 10, 2013 - 5:30 am

haha- I love that 32 video…age wise, I’m still kind of right in the middle- but definitely leaning more toward 32. Especially with the hangovers. Ugh- the worst.

Oh and Charles Ramsey…cracking me up. We have some awesome people in Cleveland!
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BriMay 10, 2013 - 5:59 am

LOVE that song, haha! I will be 32 this year, so it’s perfect. :) And I was watching her too thinking she can’t be in her 30s, haha!

And, yes, love to Charles Ramsey! He’s a hero in my book!

Have a great weekend!
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MoMay 10, 2013 - 7:16 am

The “acne and wrinkles at the same time” really hit home for me. I’ve never really broken out before, but 31 has been the worst year of my life for that. I might be glossing over so 12 pimple angst, but it’s pretty terrible right now. Maybe they make me look younger?? I’l just tell myself that.

Kaitlyn @ Shoot the BreezeMay 10, 2013 - 7:27 am

I just downloaded Amanda Knox’s book and am really excited to dive in. I hadn’t seen that Chris Cuomo interview but I just watched it, and I kept thinking, “Is this real life?!” He’s the biggest bumhole ever.
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MistyMay 10, 2013 - 7:31 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE The video. SO fun..

I want to read her book. The whole thing is so very sad… and Charles Ramsey is a true hero for sure!
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StephanieMay 10, 2013 - 9:57 am

She just told my life story in song. And I thought the same thing – she looks like she’s my age! Oh wait…
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Palm Springs Weekend

Palm Springs. 17 girls. One house. Hot sunny days. Long boozy nights.

As I’m sure you can imagine, it was quite the weekend.

Alas, I took a total of 6 pictures all weekend. ALL weekend.

Lame, I know.

Feeling like I’m in a sorority in a bunk bed room with 5 girls // Out and about in Palm Springs
Cheers! // Pool party at Riviera Hotel


I did capture some of this…

And even some T Swift karaoke!

*thanks to Gretchen for her superb video skills*

I was sincerely hoping that this video would prove that I am, in fact, the phenomenal singer I believe myself to be, and that I don’t actually sound like a dying tone deaf cow, as others have told me.

Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case.

And that arms up in the air pointing thing I’m doing is basically my signature dance move.

I’ve got talent, I know!

You’re welcome.

How was your weekend?

MargaretMay 8, 2013 - 6:14 am

Looks like an amazing weekend! I spent mine on a girls weekend in Chicago…doesn’t look quite as rowdy as yours, but awesome none the less!
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Girls weekends are the absolute best! We did a bach weekend in Miami last year and it was totally out of control and amazing. Palm Springs looks gorgeous! Glad you had fun, lady!
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StephanieMay 8, 2013 - 8:43 am

Oh my goodness that video is priceless! I love hearing about your boozy bachelorette weekends. So much more exciting than my weekends these days! :)
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MoMay 8, 2013 - 9:59 am

For some reason, I couldn’t post on your past posts. I would press “comment” and nothing would happen. Lame. Anyway, I love the video, and your signature dance moves – can’t wait to see those in person sometime! (can we both just re-do our weddings so we can be invited to each others pretty please??)

Julie / BoundMay 8, 2013 - 11:23 am

If there could only be six pictures, those are a pretty fantastic six! My weekend involved a lot of women friends all up in my grill also, which I was pretty obsessed with. Glad you’re having such a fun month!

RachelMay 8, 2013 - 3:18 pm

I like that you got a picture of our bar girlfriend but not one of me. hahah. It was one wild and crazy weekend. I wouldn’t have expected anything less. Fun times.

heather @ fieryandopinionatedMay 8, 2013 - 7:37 pm

haha oh lord, you are brave for posting that video! i hate the sound of my talking voice recorded, so i would do pretty much anything to keep from being filmed singing. also your moves look scarily familiar to me – we’d be quite a pair on the dance floor!

Everyone loves a good girls weekend! Looks like SO much fun!

Alycia Crowley (@alyciagrayce)May 9, 2013 - 10:36 am

this looks like so much fun! i have always wanted to go to palm springs!!!

chantalMay 13, 2013 - 6:40 pm

this looks like an amazing weekend! that pool looks just like vegas (in a good way)!!! you are making me want to go on another girls trip, like yesterday!
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250 Words About Me

Okay, so if you read even a quarter of the amount of blogs I do, I’m sure you’ve heard about Jenni from Story of my Life’s Blog Everyday in May challenge. When I first read about this I wasn’t even remotely interested, because I knew there was no way I would blog every single day in the month of May, and I didn’t want to sign up for a challenge I would surely fail. And I still feel that way.

But! (there’s always a but!) Yesterday’s writing prompt was to write the story of you life in under 250 words, and a lot of the blogs I follow participated in it. I loved reading all these little stories. They were full of cute vignettes, and I learned facts about people that I’d never known before.  So I decided to do one of my own.

I’m still not participating in the actual challenge, but if I see a writing prompt that interests me, I might jump on the bandwagon and share it here.

So here you have it. The story of my life in 250 words on the dot:


I was born in Carmel and moved to Palm Springs, California when I was six. I despised living in the desert and was convinced I should have been born in the south, where I thought my prudishness, love of country music, and extreme girlishness would be much more appreciated. Up until my senior year, I positively loathed high school. I was never the popular girl in school.

I went to college at the University of Colorado. I fell in love with Boulder, and with college. For the first time in my life, I felt like I “belonged.” I studied abroad in Perugia, Italy, and my love of travel was ignited. After college I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where I worked as a bar maid. When my visa expired six months later, I took what little money I had and flew to Thailand. I  spent the next six months backpacking through Southeast Asia. To date this is one of the best experiences of my life.

When I got back I moved to San Francisco. I knew no one, but within a few months I had a job and new friends that are still some of my very best friends today. One year later I met Kevin. Four years after that we got married. I’ve been here, in San Francisco, for almost seven years now. In many ways my life at 30 is not at all what I pictured, but in the best ways, it’s exactly what I hoped it would be.

College Besties // Striking a prom pose in Dak Lake, Vietnam
First year in San Francisco // Honeymoon bliss in Tulum, Mexico


There’s a whole bunch of other stuff missing, things like relationships and grad school and jobs and more travel and what not, but hey, I only had 250 words, so there you have it!

In other news, tonight I’ll be heading to Palm Springs for my friend Rachel’s bachelorette party. I feel like I haven’t even fully recovered from Austin, yet here I go again. It’s supposed to be HOT (like over 100 degrees hot). Since living in San Francisco I find anything over 90 degrees pretty much unbearable, so I’m not sure how well I’ll fare (how I grew up there is quite baffling), but I’m excited nonetheless.

If any of you out there wrote about your life in under 250 words, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to read all of your stories!


MistyMay 2, 2013 - 6:02 am

It’s a brave challenge! I wish I’d known about it yesterday…

However, it was nice to get to know a little bit more about you since I’ve only been reading you for a few weeks!
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Kaitlyn @ Shoot the BreezeMay 2, 2013 - 6:43 am

I hope to participate everyday in Jeni’s challenge and have so far managed to check Days 1 and 2 off the list. ;) Here’s the link to my story in 250 words- I had a lot of fun with it!
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JessicaMay 2, 2013 - 7:08 am

I feel the same way you do about the challenge. Probably not going to happen, but I want to take part in some of the fun prompts! And I’m really glad you did. I loved reading your mini bio. You stayed in Scotland for a while?! So jealous- for some reason I just feel the need to go there. Totally strange but totally true.
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LaurenMay 2, 2013 - 7:29 am

Serena, I love this!! Can’t wait to see you on Bart in a few short hours!!!
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BrendaMay 2, 2013 - 8:20 am

I was born in Boston, raised mostly on the island of Oahu (Hawai’i), and did not fully speak English until 1st grade. Regarding the language thing, I wasn’t mute, just spoke Spanish first. Since I learned English fully in South Carolina, I had a bit of a southern accent until I moved to Hawai’i and then I picked up a bit of a pidgin accent there. I have a thing with accents actually. I was a very rebellious teenager and at 14 y.o., actually stole my grandfather’s truck in the middle of the night with my cousin and made it as far as the front yard where I crashed into a palm tree (in reverse). Good times. I played electric bass sophomore year of high school and loved Red Hot Chili Peppers. I love the beach and feel most at peace when I’m in the ocean under a sunny blue sky in 85 degree weather. Summer 2007 I lived in Quito, Ecuador and worked at the U.S. Embassy working on the new embassy newsletter and doing other random stuff. I don’t have any tattoos but had a thing for piercings, although with age I have become a bit more conservative. I have a B.A. in Psychology and taking a break from grad school. I am currently nursing a broken heart and don’t see myself dating for a while. I now live near Washington D.C. and absolutely hate 95. Currently wanting to travel more, live an adventure, and lose 85 pounds.

Serena: You’ve lived such an interested life so far!!! A bar maid in Scotland?? Amazing!!

StephanieMay 2, 2013 - 8:37 am

I had no idea you traveled so much during/in college! That’s so cool. Have fun at the bach party :)
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nancy @ adore to adornMay 2, 2013 - 11:26 am

So great to know more about you. Of course, 250 sounds so little when you say phrases like “about me.” What do you leave in and what do you leave out? The good vs. bad? I start becoming way too analytical and critical about myself. (But when am I not that way about myself?!)

Thank you so much for sharing!

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KellyMay 2, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Fascinating!! I wish I’d be so courageous right after college!! Did you travel by yourself?

CamilleMay 2, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Serena it’s great that you took the time to travel after college! It’s still a dream of mine even though I graduated a few years ago. It’s so important to to have an adventure before settling down.

DJMay 4, 2013 - 7:00 am

I love this! I had no idea you were so adventurous. I studied abroad in Edinburgh and I’ve been in love with Scotland since I stepped off the train there.

AudreyMay 7, 2013 - 1:11 pm

I love reading your story, you already lived a full and wonderful life! I love it that you were a bar maid in Scotland. :)

x Audrey

Nicole MarieMay 8, 2013 - 2:25 pm

oh my gosh i had no idea you moved and traveled that much! you are awesome!!

Happy May Day!

I’m sure you’ve seen this photograph a zillion times, but it just doesn’t get old.
It makes me think of Spring and May and sunshine and I love it.

Beautiful photograph © Jessica Nichols and available for purchase here.

Happy hump day!

Did you that today is May Day?
If this means nothing to you, then go check out the post I wrote about it last year.
Go on. Click over. I’ll wait.

Interesting stuff, right?
My family never celebrated May Day,
but I think this is one of the traditions
I want to start celebrating when Kevin and I have kids.

As for me, my May is already jam-packed, and it just started!
Between bachelorette parties and 30th birthday celebrations and weddings,
I don’t have a single weekend to myself this month.
But it’s all fun stuff, so no complaints here.

The weather in San Francisco has been unreal this past week. I’m talking mid-80s.
It’s rare that it gets this warm, so the city has just been alive. People everywhere.
However, I’ve noticed a serious decrease in my productivity when it’s this nice out.
All I want to do is sit in the sun with a nice cocktail and lounge.
How do you year-round warm-weather dwellers get anything done?

Anyway, what are you all up to?
Do any of you celebrate May Day?

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SarahMay 1, 2013 - 10:29 am

The weather HAS been amazing in the bay area. I’m so bummed though because it’s going to be pretty warm today and both my kids are home sick =(

- Sarah
A Girl In Transit
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nancy @ adore to adornMay 1, 2013 - 10:50 am

I have not personally celebrated May Day but I’ve always thought that I should start. And then of course…I forget about the fact that May comes so fast! Seriously…when did it already become May? Didn’t I just finish saying “Happy New Year’s” ????

Anyway..Happy May Day! I don’t have as elaborate plans as you lucky girl! =) But I hope that I get to have a busy summer!

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Julie / BoundMay 1, 2013 - 1:10 pm

I haven’t yet celebrated May Day like THAT, but it sounds pretty fun :) Sounds like you have a great month ahead of you!
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heather @ fieryandopinionatedMay 1, 2013 - 2:21 pm

i, for one, have never seen that picture but it is beautiful! love it. i’m down to sit in the sun and drink cocktails with you anytime (as long as we bring sunscreen this time around). just say the word!

Kaitlyn @ Shoot the BreezeMay 1, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Oh boy… I am studying abroad in France and I was up for a rude awakening when I realized everything… and I do mean EVERYTHING… was closed for May Day, which we don’t celebrate at all at home (Canada). Whoops!!
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chantalMay 3, 2013 - 10:01 am

this weather has been amazing! I have done like nothing at work with it being so nice!