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Ever since I bought myself a round trip ticket to Paris for next month*, my evenings have been consumed by brushing up on French and making a list of places I want to visit on my second trip back. I am très excité to return to the city with no plans except to spend my days wandering […]

Crêpes at La Petite Lou Lou Cafe

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From my little family to you and yours, we hope your holiday season is filled with happiness and peace, and as many cookies as you can handle before wanting to vomit. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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On Halloween afternoon, I put on my Hocus Pocus half-sleeve tee and loaded my bags into the car. Forty minutes later, Jon was bidding me off at the curbside drop-off area for JetBlue at Dulles International. I was about to fly across the country by myself, something I hadn’t done before in all my years of […]

La Jolla, CA / Steer Your Ship

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It’s finally happened – Jon and I adopted a dog. I know, everyone thought we’d be on our own forever, and while we’re still content being DINKs, both of us had wanted a dog for awhile. Little Bronson had been on our radar since the summer. In fact, when I saw him posted on Save […]

Welcome, Bronson!

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My heart. Deep inside my chest, it flutters with the force of one thousand butterflies when my husband brings me a cup of tea during those late nights at the computer. It thumps like an african drum when I dream of far-off lands and exciting new experiences. It beats wildly when I begin creating something […]

My Wild Heart

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I’m a little blown away that it’s already October 25th. I mean seriously, it’s like we visited Scotland during the summer, and then we returned home and autumn appeared as if from nowhere. Seasons, man. As I sit here on my couch watching Halloweentown while I edit, I can hear leaves tumbling down the street […]

It’s my husband’s birthday, and he’ll make fire if he wants to.

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Ah, the Moscow Mule. It’s that famous vodka cocktail served in copper mugs – and those mugs more than likely are what have brought back the popularity of this drink in recent years. So what’s up with the copper mugs, anyway?

Cocktail Friday: Moscow Mule

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That said, my bright-eyed dreams of being a California girl inspire my art from every angle. As a professional photographer I can't bring palm trees and warm sunsets to Virginia in January, but I can let those things play a role in my artwork.

I tend to favor a mix of pastel and bright colors reminiscent of southern California and the 1960s, wildflowers that might have been found in a hippie's flower crown, and lettering that has a little bit of flair to keep it whimsical.

Hi, I'm Alicia. 

In reality, I live hours from the ocean and my skin is pretty damn pale.

In my head, I'm a coastal girl with salty hair and sun-kissed skin.