• 4 things : Around the World

4 things : Around the World//September 1, 2014

I’m on a mini around the world trip. I guess we could call it around the world in 20 days. San Diego – Iceland – Italy – Dubai – San Diego
I met someone while I was traveling in college and they explained to me that not all tickets are round trip. Some of them just keep going until you arrive back at home. I was so amazed and grilled him with tons of questions. I remember we were sitting on the edge of a cliff on the most western point of Portugal. He was Australian and said they were really common. I asked him so many questions that eventually he said “I have a girlfriend.” I laughed a little because he caught me off guard. I assured him I wasn’t faking my interest in RTW tickets just to hit on him. Boys. A few years later I took my own year long trip around the world. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. If I had my way all my tickets would be around the world.

Reading – lonely planet Iceland. I am obsessed about going back for a longer trip.
Loving – an exhibit I saw in Reykjavik called Twosomes. It has inspired me to set aside some time to delve through the archives and search for stories. Hopefully I’ll be sharing what I find soon.
Dining with – Cristina and this weekends beautiful bride and a few of her friends and sisters. Cristina was explaining that at her new job in Dubai she only has 22 vacation days. There was a slight pause and I was certain that they would say 22 it isn’t so bad but instead their mouths dropped and in unison they said “no. Cri no. How awful” Let me clarify in the States 2 weeks vacation equals 10 days. I’m very pro-vacation it sounds like the Italians know what they are talking about.
Dreaming of Dubai
I’ll arrive tomorrow. I’m so curious to see what it all looks like. What is real and what is imagined?
Happy weekend,
Suzanne

 

 

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The $40,900 Question: Ashley Allison-The Dailey Method//August 30, 2014

If you are looking for a great workout custom to your body, then look no further. The Dailey Method is an exercise studio owned and managed by Ashley Allison. We are so lucky to have gotten an interview with Ashley and to hear more about The Dailey Method and the wonders it has to offer.

1. What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Witnessing the amazing healing powers of The Dailey Method, both mentally, physically and spiritually with all my different students. Each person has their own reason and need for coming to their very first class and it is beautiful to watch them gain much more than just an exercise routine as they build a practice with us! I have seen/heard of so many different results from rehabilitation from injury, flexibility, strength, weight loss, to simply just gaining some self confidence and self love. I feel so honored to be a part of it.

2. What first got you started with the Dailey Method?

A friend of mine took me to a class when I was living in San Francisco and I was hooked from day one. Later, I used TDM to rehabilitate from a back injury and that was when I truly started to appreciate the scope of what TDM had to offer and felt a need to share it with more people.

3. What makes the Dailey Method so wonderful?

It’s ability to offer so many different things to people – it’s not just an exercise class, it’s a practice and it’s a community. For me, I was first attracted to the perfect combination of stretching and strength training in one class. Once I really began my practice, I started to understand the importance of prioritizing alignment as we do in all of our positioning and how unique it is from other exercise regimes. As I went deeper into my practice, I could really appreciate the mental/spiritual outlet it provides as well, and the education and connection it creates within your own body.

4. What would you say to somebody who is looking into exercise as an alternative to something like invasive surgery that may not be mandatory?

I would give them a big hug and tell them how amazing it is they are willing to give their body a chance! I would tell them to be extremely patient and kind to themselves because it takes a lot longer to heal your own body from the inside out, but it also lasts much much longer with way less side effects ;).

5. What do you do to recharge?
You might not believe me, but honestly, I take class. It’s those times when I feel I don’t have any time or energy to take class that I usually need it the most. If I force myself to get in there, I come out as a new person! Not going to lie, naps are awesome too. I think I love them even more because I rarely get to take one!

6. What profession other than yours would you like to try?

Hard question! I’m a curious person and can find interest in a lot of things, so it’d be hard to pinpoint one profession. It would have to involve helping people (or the greater good) in some way, that has been a huge drive for me in everything I do. Funny enough though, if I had to come up with an answer to this question, I think I’d go with owning an elephant rescue, but I guess they are people in their own right and are definitely part of the greater good ;)

7. Something that has been inspiring you lately?

The human connection and empathy. I have found myself really thinking a lot about wanting to teach people (and myself) to be kind to themselves because I think it would lead to more kindness for others. I’ve started to really notice how we can be mean to ourselves in many different ways and varying degrees and it’s interesting to see how it manifests itself in different behaviors that affect those around us. At the risk of sounding pretty cheesy, I am really sensitive to anger and selfishness and I feel this heart wrenching need every time I watch the news to figure out how to do my part in getting people to recognize that we are all connected and sharing this life together, so why not do it joyfully?

8. A food you couldn’t live without?

Warm chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven and a cold glass of milk – don’t tell anyone I’m a cookiemonster!

9. Something people don’t know about you?

I want a pet elephant. Seriously.

10. If you had $40,900 to spend on one trip, where would you go and what would you do?

Interesting number, why the extra $900? This is another tough question! Hmmmm, I LOVE to travel, and that’s a lot of money to travel on, so I might have to cheat on this one and say I’d buy a round-the-world ticket for my husband and I (and may as well throw one in for my dog too since we have all this money to burn because she would be an awesome travel campanion!) Why not use that extra $900 for a first-class ticket and live it up while we can?! I would make sure that we went to places we have never been before and target the ones that are harder to get to when we don’t have an imaginary fortune :). I like a balance of active exploration and total relaxation when I travel, so I’d probably skimp on hotels/etc in some parts, spending more money on doing things, and then splurge on nice hotels and spa treatments in other parts. I like to see all the sites, but I really love getting off the beaten track. I’m a sucker for natural wonders and beauty, I tend to really lose my breath when I am standing in front of a massive waterfall or at the top of a mountain watching the sunset or just sitting and watching people of different cultures laugh together, especially children. I always love to hear young children speak different languages, there is something so adorable about it!

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Meg, Ty and Harper : A sweet family portrait//August 28, 2014

“Family: Where life begins and love never ends.”  -Unknown

It is always special when I have the opportunity to photograph past bride and grooms children.  Meg and Ty have become dear friends since their wedding years ago at Estancia and watching their family grow is wonderful.  I especially love following Ty on Instagram where he tags pictures of Harper with #harperhasmyheart , the Easley family certainly has mine.

xoxo,

Suzanne

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4 Things…Intern Addition//August 24, 2014

Suzanne is off wandering the world and doing what she does best-shooting weddings. She is currently in Iceland, so us interns at Shewanders picked Suzanne’s brain for a couple of things to write about. Lately, these have been on Suzanne’s mind (with our own input here and there)…

 

Dreaming of: The Grant Bridal event and hanging out with my pals. Suzanne attended a gorgeous get together at The US Grant Hotel. The theme was A Mid-summer Night’s Dream, and it was like a fairy tale. How fun it must be to gather around with friends and vendors for an evening to enjoy each other’s company and brainstorm.

Missing: Catalina Island. Suzanne spent a night in Catalina with Mike and his mother. Their trip looked so wonderful. It is nice when family can get together for a little getaway.

Watching: The Other Woman. Hanna suggested that Suzanne and the rest of us check it out. Definitely putting that one on the must watch list.

Thinking of: The ALS ice bucket challenge. It seemed a little bit silly at first, but after learning that people are actually donating money as well as pouring ice water on themselves for extra effect, it seems like a pretty cool way of getting more people involved with donating and being more aware.

xoxo,

The Shewanders Team

 

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The $40,900 Question : Jen-Cake//August 23, 2014

Jen and Kimberly are the owners of Cake, a bakery located in Mission Hills, San Diego. Their talent and fun personalities are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this bakery. They take a vision and skillfully sculpt it into a reality. Read on to find out a little more about Jen.

1. What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Creating custom designs for clients that are so into it. I like the personal collaboration aspect of it all.

2. What got you started in the baking business?

I was a chef in San Francisco for 10 years and decided to bake bread for awhile. The bakery Also made wedding cakes.  I ended up falling in love with them… They are one big giant pastry.
 3. Most surprising client request?

We were asked to make a 7 tiered wedding cake with over 1,500 flowers and jewels-it was over the top.
4.  A piece of advice for somebody going into the baking business?

Really know your craft. Work in a bakery first to hone in on your skills and go from there.
5. Color pallets that you are loving lately?

Metallic and blacks are popping up everywhere this summer. I’m into it.
6. What makes CAKE so wonderful?

We are authentic. We have a happy animals menu along with a vegan and organic menu. We are also able to make designs in white chocolate.  What that means is no fondant.  We design the whole cake with delicious ingredients.  It makes a really big difference. Your mouth will thank you.
7. What do you do to recharge?

Have a glass of Jameson and a nice dinner.
8. Three things you can’t live without?

Analise, Abram, and Dave.  My two children and my husband.
9. If you had $40,900 to spend on one trip, where would you go and what would you do?
I would go on a rad trip and send anonymous envelopes of money to people.  I would pay for people’s tickets into Disneyland, like “I got your ticket today, I got your ticket today, I got your ticket today.” If I had that much money, I would impact as many lives as I could. It would be so amazing.

 

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Teny and Adam : Santaluz Club//August 21, 2014

“I believe in the immeasurable power of love; that true love can endure and circumstance and reach across any distance”-Steve Maraboli

 

This wedding was a beautiful union of an Armenian woman and a Jewish man. Teny and Adam’s Santaluz Club wedding made us swoon. There was so much emotion packed into this day and we had never seen festivities quite like theirs. Congratulations once again to you both.

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

Venue: The Santaluz Club

Coordinator: Details Defined

Photography: SheWanders 

Rental: American Party Rentals

Filmography: Russel John Films

Cake: Cake

 

 

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One Pic : Jess and Michael//August 19, 2014

“Forever will never be long enough for me to feel like I’ve had long enough with you. You’ll wear white and I’ll wear out the words “I love you”, and “You’re beautiful”.”- Train, Marry Me

Jess and Michael were married at the San Diego Botanical Gardens on a gorgeous August day. We were thrilled to be a part of this day and were touched by the love that the two of you share for each other. A big congratulations to the both of you.

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

 

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