Aug 14, 2014

a summer in memoriam

MAI // 
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Juillet // 
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AoÛT // 
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all in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer - one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going - one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.
|| anne's house of dreams, lucy maud montgomery || 

summer twenty fourteen. where do i even begin?
this summertime was a romance novel, an adventure, a vibrant mosaic composed of both firsts and lasts. it was days painted in gold, and memories preserved in sepia tones rather than journals.

summer dawned early in may. textbooks were thrown away with jubilant celebrations, and i took my first plane trip in over seventeen years. this small town californian girl meeting pensacola's sugary white shores resulted in a culture shock for sure, but i think i have left a part of my heart there i have yet to recover.

weekends in june were spent with friends in lavender fields, swing dancing, and combing downton shops. other days were spent running after kids in muggy 90 degree weather, while evenings were filled with Skype dates and the planning of week and a half long trips.

july brought menagerie of adventures including that of visiting my dear OC family for 10 days, and my first stay in Arrowhead. from the time i met up with johanna in an azusa costco until the very last day when we parted over in n' out burgers - every single second was filled with uncontrollable laughter, frightful teasing, traditions two years established, inside jokes, and echoing memories that are now lining my shelf. out the three trips i've made down to LA, this year was by far the best.

august came in the blink of an eye, with a handful of goodbyes i was reluctant to say. last sunday, after weeks and weeks and WEEKS of misunderstandings, mishaps, and miscommunications; my family and i {along with my very dear friends} pulled off one of the best church gatherings i can even remember, as all my good friends bid me goodbye. read about it here. my best friends surprised me with a stunning coral dress {with a matching nautical bracelet} that i've been admiring ever since it was first displayed in my favorite downton shop. last night, we went shooting in the country and sat under a ceiling of never-ending stars as a last hurrah to summer. 

now, i'm here: my last day in cali, and tomorrow my parents and i are packing up the only life i've ever known for the past seventeen years, and making our way to florida over the next two weeks. i'll admit, that i've been swinging from wild excitement to utter terror all within these past 72 hours; but i am looking forward to the many adventures i'll be sharing come christmastime.

do tell me about your summers!

and to all you students/graduates who went faraway for college shoot me your best college advice + something that you couldn't live without in your college years. ;)

je t'aime beaucoup, mes amis. 

listening to // c'est ça l'amour || laughter lines || make this leap || love like this


  1. Gaah, I am so happy that you're going to college. (: I'm only going into high school! XD Also, those lavender field pictures look gorgeous.

    My summer...Well, I was mostly playing tennis to be honest. And I took a drawing class! So that was quite fun.

  2. I'm also beginning the adventure of college in the next few weeks. And like you my attitude towards the change is constantly up and down. I'm not flying across the country (in fact I am going to a local college here in TN). However, I do understand the culture shock :) I have lived most of my life in TN, but I moved to CA for around a year and it was a wonderful experience. I can't wait to continue to watch your journey over the next few years!

  3. This looks like an amazing amazing summer!
    Your photographs are so amazing. I love love love the lavender ones. But seriously beautiful edits on all your photography!

  4. Lovely pictures, Grace! Many blessings + much love as you head to your adventure in Florida. :)