Tuesday, September 2, 2014

turkey bound {farewell to summer playlist}

I'm a firm believer that finales are key. While some folks try to sneak out during the last song of a concert to beat the traffic rush, I plant myself, determined to savor every last moment of our shared musical experience. And summer? She's really no different. Sure, Labor Day has come and gone and Fall is looming right around the corner, but that doesn't mean we can't have one last, feel-good hurrah, right?

I'm currently flying over to Turkey with my friend and fellow bon vivant, Heather for just that. We'll be bouncing around Istanbul, Cappadocia, and the Black Sea coast just to name a few destinations over the next two weeks, squeezing every last, sunshine-infused, messy-hair-don't-care drop out of summer. Care to join us? Follow along right here on Instagram, and let's chase summer together. Of course, we'll need some tunes blasting to round it out right -- feel free to sing (and dance) along to a few of these numbers...go ahead, even if your boss is watching...

And a quick update: Congrats to Jody Brown and Kimi! You've both won a free 6-month membership to Nature Box. If you could both shoot me an email (krystalannebick [at] gmail.com, I'll get you set up with next steps! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

east of eden {carmel travel diary}

"I want to describe the Salinas Valley in detail but in sparse detail so that there can be a real feeling of it. It should be sights and sounds, smells and colors but put down in simplicity..."
-- John Steinbeck, The East of Eden Letters

In high school, I went through a big John Steinbeck phase. Naturally, it started with Of Mice and Men (which I read and reread to this day and yes, it still makes me cry) but then I quickly devoured my way through his other works. East of Eden. The Grapes of Wrath. Tortilla Flat. And while his characters inevitably stole my heart, I think I've always most admired his ability to evoke a vivid sense of time and place, particularly summer in Salinas Valley, just a few hours south of San Francisco. 

The rolling farm lands, sweeping coastlines and the feeling of lingering dusk after a hard day's work. Whenever I drive down Highway 1, I like to think of how Steinbeck viewed California. Wildly romantic and with so much promise. (Personally, I don't think much has changed!)

This past weekend, I hopped down the coast and along the Salinas Valley to Carmel to unwind before flying out again, this time to Turkey. It was the perfect excuse to recharge, regroup and just be. Hopefully this travel diary does the sights, sounds, smells and colors justice. Enjoy!

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