First post on the new blog!

Our new blog is up and running! After some more fiddling around with code and stuff, we’re pretty happy with how the blog looks. In fact, we had our first new post for the new blog today. Check it out here:

http://www.pacificandjune.com/2015/06/vintage-beach.html

xoxo,
Kate “I should be in bed right now”

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Exciting News!!!

Hey guys!

Tay and I have had something in the works for a while now but have been waiting to share it-we are now pacificandjune.com! We’ve really been enjoying this project and realized that, in order to continue after college, we needed a name that was a little less… college-specific. We’ve also loved WordPress, but unfortunately it hasn’t allowed us to do some of the things we want to do with our blog. After consulting, we decided a move was our best option.

We’re really looking forward to the switch and have some more exciting news to share in the next few weeks. This blog will still recieve the occasional update while we transfer our posts over to the new website and we’ll check in periodically after that, but we just wanted to let you all know! All of our accounts will also be changed to pacificandjune and we hope you’ll follow.

xoxo,

Kate “Seriously so excited about these new graphics though”

A bit of summertime DIYing (and a shameless plug)

Hey biddies!

I don’t even know what it is about summer but I’m somehow both insanely busy and have nothing to do (hence the absence from the blog- never enough time to sit down and write a post or take photos).

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Aaaanyway, I’ve been seeing these adorable bracelets around recently that are super colorful and made with these oversized beads. I managed to down the local artisan who was making them (after creepily asking a random girl at a coffee shop who was very scared of me) only to find out that they were going for $30 a piece. Sorry, but I’m a college student and nobody has money for that. Instead, I decided I’d invest some time instead of money and try my hand at making a similar bracelet. I was pretty happy with how it turned out! In fact, I was so happy that I made a few for my mom and my brothers’ friends, then got requests from my mom’s friends and some random women in my grandmother’s office. Long story short, I decided to open an etsy shop! (And @Tay, there is one in the mail for you so we can match long distance <3)

Here it is! And I promise to be better about the blogging in the next few weeks. We’ve actually got some really exciting announcements coming up, so stay tuned.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/236410423/beaded-tassel-bracelet-multiple-colors?ref=shop_home_active_1

xoxo,
Kate “My 14 year old brother refused to model for the photos so they’re just eh”

Summer Reading Favorites 

I love reading, so I hate when I’m at school and hardly have time for leisure reading. However, that is what summer is for. I always work on a reading list second semester of school, and order the books off of Amazon as soon as I get home.

For the first half of the summer, I picked out four books that I thought were a diverse group. I tend to stick with YA books, because YA authors seem to be the best right now, and I find coming-of-age type of stories far more interesting than ~boring~ adult stories. Y’know?

Taylor’s Summer Reading List Part 1: *Click on pictures for descriptions/ purchase options

1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews

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I found out about this book from the movie that comes out TODAY! It received rave reviews and won the two biggest prizes at Sundance Film Festival. This is way enough to spark my interest. It’s always fun to read a good book and get a good movie adaptation to go along with it.

2. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler

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I always love reading a non-fiction piece by a favorite female comedian. Everyone loves Amy, and this book will having you laughing out loud (I found that out on a plane). It’s funny, witty, and smart.

3. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

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I picked this book mostly because of the title. I relate to it a lot. Also, Rainbow Rowell is one of the best YA authors out there right now. She writes complex, true to life stories filled with diverse characters. I’m obsessed with her writing. 

4. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green

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What can I say? I’m a sucker for John Green. I really enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines because they main character was not what you would expect. He is a socially awkward genius that doesn’t have many friends. Not your average protagonist if you ask me. It’s a fun story and an easy read. Bonus: If you haven’t read Paper Townsyou should get on that. It’s an incredible, exciting read! The movie, starring Nat Wolff, comes out July 24.

Enjoy the list! I would love to here your thoughts on the books and suggestions for further lists!

Xo, Tay “I’m seriously addicted to books”

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Every year around this time I face the ultimate dilemma: what do I get my dad for Father’s Day? Most years it ends up being some cheesy book that he pretends to like but ultimately ends up in a bin in the garage because, really, what use for it does he have? In all fairness, it’s really hard to buy for him. When he wants something, he usually goes out and gets it for himself.

A few years ago, my mom, brother and I finally realized that instead of trying to find him something new, we’d just upgrade the stuff he usually gets and spoil him a little (or get him the stuff we wish he’d buy because it’s so much cooler than his ugly pocket square/weekender/shorts, etc.). In fact, Father’s Day is the perfect time to say, “Dad, I love you so much that I’ve splurged on a $100 pair of shorts but really I just want to get you out of those hideous pleated things that should have stayed in 1982.”

Without further adieu, here’s a list of some fun ideas for Father’s Day. Some are upgrades on the necessities, some are just fun, kitschy things, but I can almost guarantee there’s something for every dad here:

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Cologne // Shaving Kit // Face Wash
Weekend Bag // Running Shoes // Shorts
Pocket Square // Cufflinks // After Shave
Bourbon Glasses // Beer Coolers // BBQ Tools
Cheese Board // Apron // Bottle Opener
Pen // Picture Frame

The Perfect Family Night In

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Since I am away at school for most of the year, I try to spend as much time with my family when I’m home. I thought it would be fun (and super easy) to have a family night where we made cannolis! We all had a lot of fun comparing our cannolis, and stuffing as many chocolate chips inside as we could.

If you’re looking for something quick and fun to do with the fam, do this. It is so simple, and so delicious.

All you need is:

– Ricotta Cheese (fresh or in container)

– Sugar

– Chocolate Chips

– Powdered Sugar

– Cannoli Shells (which can be pre-ordered from the bakery of most supermarkets/ or are found already made in the bakery section)

– Paper bowls & spoons

To make it a fun family activity you: 

– Lay the shells out on the table

– Put a small bowl of sugar and chocolate chips on the table

– Give everyone in your family their own bowl to make their own filling and a plate to put the cannoli shell

Instructions: 

1. Place 2-3 scoops of ricotta cheese in your bowl

2. Add sugar to taste (usually 1-2 spoonfuls)

3. Add as many chocolate chips as you want (I used dark chocolate chips)

4. (Optional) Add a drop of vanilla extract

5. Stuff the inside of your cannoli shell using your spoon

6. Add some chocolate chips at the ends to make it look official

7. Sprinkle some powder sugar on top

Xo, Tay “I want to make more tonight”

Baked Eggs

June gloom has officially set in. All I want is to be at the beach but for some reason it’s cold and misty and generally gross. Getting out of bed at 5 in the morning to workout has been a drag, but I always feel super energized when I get home and can’t go back to bed. Usually I would make myself a smoothie and walk my dog, but in this weather I was looking for something a little more comfort food-y.

I dug through the fridge and realized I had some tomato sauce left over from the spaghetti squash I made a couple nights ago, so I decided to make baked eggs and oh. my. lord.

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They’re quick, filling, and so so delicious. I made some quinoa to go with mine to add some more protein, but you can serve these however you like. Seriously, here’s another picture for good measure:

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What you’ll need:
ceramic ramekin or small glass baking dish
olive oil
1-2 eggs (preferably organic/free range)
tomato sauce (I used San Marzano and added chopped basil, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper)
seasonings

How to make it:
Preheat your oven to 400. Drizzle just a little bit of olive oil in your baking dish and rub it into the sides. Spoon a couple tablespoons  of tomato sauce into the dish and spread it around, creating a sort of well in the middle for your eggs. Crack however many eggs you want into the dish- just make sure to be gentle so your yolks don’t break like mine did. Put the dish on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until whites are fully cooked but yolk is still soft. Season with salt, pepper, and any other desired spices and enjoy!

xoxo,
Kate “Making these again for dinner tonight. And no, I’m not kidding.”

My Experience at “The Fault in Our Stars” Movie Premiere


A year ago yesterday, I was in New York City sitting in a pen across the street from the Ziegfeld Theater. One of my best friend’s (let’s call her A) and I had read The Fault in Our Stars during our Freshman year at university and fell in love with the writing, story, and characters.

We followed the movie process closely, and found out the movie premiere was going to take place at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 2nd, 2014. We never thought in a million years we would actually go, but it was a fun idea. We were so obsessed with the book, however, that we planned a trip to NYC (where I live part-time) so that we could see the movie together when it was released on June 6th.

We ended up in New York on May 31st, and planned on exploring the city until we saw the movie later on in the week. Everything changed the morning  of June 2nd, when we were eating breakfast and had the Today Show on the TV. The cast was being interviewed and talked about the premiere that would take place later on in the day. A and I looked at each other and simultaneously said, “We have to go.”

We literally left our breakfast on the table and ran out of my apartment. We walked quickly over to the other side of town until we reached the theatre on 54th street. When we arrived we saw the pens that had been set up across the street. People were already camping out in them. We went over and talked to a Mom that was there with her tween daughter and she informed us that they would be giving out wristbands to the red carpet/ movie to the first 300 people in the pens. In that moment, we decided we had to stay. When else would we ever get to have this experience?

  

So there we were, for 10 hours outside being treated like pigs in a pen, waiting for the premiere to start. They (the security guards/ FOX people) gave us one break to go to the bathroom/ get food. Eventually,  they moved us over to the carpet. By that time, we were all sweaty and smelly and gross. But, who cared? We were about to get the experience of a lifetime.

Even though A almost fainted, and there were like a billion tween girls that were screaming and pushing us and being so rude, we had an amazing time. This wasn’t just a movie premiere for us, it was a movie premiere for a movie that we were OBSESSED with. We had been following everything, and the fact that we were there, with the whole cast and crew, was absolutely incredible.

On the red carpet, we saw everyone. John Green stopped by and talked to each section of the red carpet. YES, Ansel is really hot in person. After all the celebs walked the red carpet, we were pushed inside to see the film. They put all of us crazy fans in the balcony area, and literally every single person involved in the movie sat below us. We got to watch the movie with everyone in the room. How cool is that?

Hank Green

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John Green

Ansel Elgort

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Shailene Woodley

Nat Wolff

A and me in the theatre!

The inside of Ziegfeld Theatre

The Inside of Ziegfeld Theatre

June 2nd is a day I will remember forever.

Fun facts about the day:

1. I stood in line for the bathroom with Ansel’s girlfriend for 20 minutes (she’s beautiful)

2. A girl behind A and I sobbed the loudest I had ever heard for the last hour of the movie and we couldn’t hear a word of the movie

3. Hank Green got food from a hot dog stand outside the theatre after the movie

4. I got to thank Josh Boone, the director, in person!

5. I’m a film geek and got to see my favorite screenwriters in person!! (Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber)

Love your film buff,

Taylor

*All photos are mine and were taken on my iPhone- that is why the quality is terrible (that and I was being pushed around by hundreds of people)

Figuring out your fitness routine

I’ve always been aware of my health, but I feel like now that I’m (sort of) an adult, I need to be more focused on it. When I was dancing/playing sports, I didn’t even have to think about working out. With the days of high school athletics behind me, I’ve found a pretty solid routine that works for me.


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Sunscreen // Tank // Shorts
Phone Case // Shoes // Protein Bar

I learned very quickly that what works for one person does NOT work for everyone. I have friends that love swimming- I hate it. Swimming laps is probably my least favorite form of exercise and reminds me of lifeguard training in high school, a memory I try to block out. I actually enjoy running, but I have friends that hate it. Now (when I’m hope), I usually run 4 days a week, weight train 4 days a week, do 15 minutes of yoga a day, and toss in a couple of fun classes like barre, pilates, etc.

It took me a while to find a routine that worked, and in the process I learned a few things I thought I’d share with you:

1. Gear up appropriately. If you’re going to take up trail running, don’t go with a pair of 2 year old cross training shoes that are totally worn down because you will get injured (and shin splints are the worst). California is warm most of the time, but during the summer we’ll have temperatures over 100 on a regular basis. I love my lulu shorts because they’re loose and made of a really breathable material, and I usually pair that with a breezy tank to stay cool.

2. Fuel yourself properly. I take a HIIT training class at 5:30 am 4 days a week, and even though I’m usually not hungry before I don’t do as well if I don’t eat. I like grabbing a macrobar on the way out because it has a ton of protein and tastes good but doesn’t have any extra junk. Seriously, it’s gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and macrobiotic so it’s compatible with most dietary restrictions.

3. Take care of yourself before, during, and after training. Wear sunscreen if you’re going to be outside. Drink tons of water. Soak in epsom salts after a particularly tough workout. Stretch! Even if you don’t want to take the time to do some of this stuff, you’ll feel so much better if you do and that will help keep you motivated.

4. Make your workouts fun! Don’t force yourself to run if you hate running. Yeah, it’s good exercise, but so are a million other things. Try a hip hop class. Take tennis lessons. Create a great workout playlist. Your primary reason for working out should be that you enjoy it and it makes you feel good, not because you feel like you have to.

5. Take the bad days in stride. I don’t exactly spring out of bed at 4:50 every morning, but when I get to go up on weight in an exercise or I notice my running times going down, it gives me so much satisfaction. Yeah, there are days where I am silently cursing my trainer throughout the entire session but overall I still enjoy it. Just remember that even professional athletes have bad days.

Hopefully that helps and gives you guys a bit of summer motivation! Share your best workout tips in the comments below.

xoxo,
Kate “Writing this while still literally dripping sweat and now I’m going to sanitize my computer”