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dear julia

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Dear Julia,

Happy graduation! I am so unbelievably proud of you for surviving four full years at Caltech and graduating with an impressive degree in physics. From the first time I met you there during spring break of our freshman year I knew you were going to have an entirely unique experience. We went to a Jurassic Park themed party where the students had constructed a life-size model of a t-rex. This was not your typical “college” experience, but you would make it your own in time. You brought so much more to the school than just your intellect; you brought your amazing personality and an ability to light up a room like no one else.

You’ve gone through so many tough times during the last four years and there have been too many times that I have wanted to fly out to save you. That being said,  there have also been countless good times. You’ve made so many great friends, learned soooo much, and definitely left your unique Juju mark on the school.

I am so excited to be able to begin the next chapter of our lives together. You are going to make the most amazing teacher for Teach for America and we are going to absolutely kill it in the city. I am so incredibly lucky to have you as my twin. You are my rock and my best friend.

Own that stage today, Juju. Be thankful for the chapter you’ve just completed and look forward to your future with a bright smile.

Yours forever,

Cat

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destination graduation

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Today I fly out to Cali with my family for my twin sister‘s graduation. It’s super weird because she’s two minutes younger than me and yet she’ll be a college graduate before I am. I guess she deserves it though, after slaving away at Caltech for four years. Our next few days should look a little like this:

Wednesday 6/11 — Leave Albany at 6am (agggggggg!) headed for Southern California

Thursday 6/12 — Turn 22 and celebrate at Disneyland

Friday 6/13 — Watch my little sister (:P) graduate from college

Saturday 6/14 — Fly back to New York

Sunday 6/15 — Pray we make it back in time for my graduation!

Will it be a little cuckoo? Of course. But I am so glad that I am making this trip with my awesome family. We always have a fantastic time, no matter what in the world we are doing, and I think this whirl-wind adventure will be one for the books!

twin apt

love this inspirational wall next to the computer desk -- a great DIY idea and very lululemon, no?

love this inspirational wall next to the computer desk — a great DIY idea and very lululemon, no?

Last week my sister decided to agree to do Teach for America for two years after she graduates this June. Her ultimate life goal is to obtain a PhD in theoretical physics and pursue a career in academia, but when faced with the option of either diving into graduate school right away or taking a few years to give back and learn in a real-world setting, she chose the latter. I am so, so proud of her! Not only will she be nobly (and I think quite successfully) helping disadvantaged students, but she will be doing so in the best city in the world WITH ME! I can’t even express how excited I am to have Julia down in New York with me for two years. When I signed my job contract in the fall I did so knowing full well that my twin city plans might ultimately fall through and, to be honest, for quite a while it looked like they were going to do just that! But now the fates have favored us yet again and its seems that maddening and majestic Manhattan will continue to be our twin thing. I, of course, can’t help but already brainstorm ideas for our apartment… I know searching for something within our just-out-of-school budgets will be a pain, but a girl can dream!

these windows are just fantastic -- definitely a charming little feature that we could find in older apartments

these windows are just fantastic — definitely a charming little feature that we could find in older apartments

realistically, rooms will not be so much "rooms" as they are "spaces." this artful closet-made-wall-art next to a super comfy bed is a practical idea for a studio space

realistically, rooms will not be so much “rooms” as they are “spaces.” this artful closet-made-wall-art next to a super comfy bed is a practical idea for a studio space

beach time

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Tomorrow I will be flying down south to visit my grandmother in Naples, Florida. I’ve been there before when my family and I took a vacation to Marco Island before my grandmother moved to Florida, but I only remember it as the place with the really expensive shops and where we saw dolphins at the end of a dock. Needless to say, I’m psyched to go back and be spending more than just a day in the sun and sand. The best part? The Boy and my twin sister will be coming along as well! I can’t wait for a week of warm weather and warm memories 🙂

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morning, noon, & night

mnnThis spring break I will be headed down to Florida to visit my grandma and meet up with my twin sister who also has her spring break at the same time! I am so looking forward to the warm weather (remember Monday’s post?) and already brainstorming awesome outfits for some fun in the sun. I think this bright and blue collection would be perfect for a day down south. A casual tank and shorts for errands in the morning, a cute dress for an afternoon snack, and a flow-y frock and a classic jean jacket for a breezy night walking in the sand. Anyone else have fun plans for their spring break this year?

wish list: lululemon

While my personal Christmas wish list was primarily items from Lululemon (see here), I think it is important that I do a separate Lululemon Christmas Wish List (like I have done for other beautiful brands here and here. Oh, and I’ve wish-list-ed Lulu before here…) to highlight their magnificent items. If you’re wondering what’s lovely from Lulu lately, here you go:

Base Runner 1:2 Zip

Base Runner 1/2 Zip — $98

(I just treated myself to this baby last week. Worth.Every.Penny. I’m so serious — I am going to live in this top this winter.)

Run- Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve

Run: Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve  — $68

(My sister bought this for herself during Black Friday. Not fair! I have been lusting over this top for months!)

Boogie Short

Boogie Short — $42

(I get really hot during yoga so I think these shorties would actually be perfect for my practice. Also, bare legs make tree poses SO much easier…)

Sweat Once a Day Bag

Sweat Once a Day Bag — $128

(This bag definitely isn’t cheap, but it is so beautiful! I can just see myself toting it through New York City after work on my way to the yoga studio. Sigh!)

Knit Happens Leg Warmers

Knit Happens Leg Warmers — $58

(My mom is going to make so much fun of me for this, but I think these things look fantastic. Especially with the cold weather upon us, don’t extra layers on your legs sound perfect??)

What do you have on your wish list for Lululemon right now?

my week in photos

I can’t believe I’ve been in Cali for nearly two weeks now! Where has the time gone?! Here’s a little photo montage to give you a better picture (hehehe) of what my past week has looked like:

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The Boy and I went to Muir Woods to check out the giant red wood trees. It was absolutely incredible and I wish we had had more time to explore the park!

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I treated myself to a new Lululemon top (see here). Words can’t even begin to  describe the attention to detail or how much I love it.

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We ventured into the city to visit a friend from Union who was in town for a geology conference. We really only drove through, but I am looking forward to exploring more next week with my sister.

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Got a beautiful shot of the Golden Gate from a great look-out to the north.

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The Boy and I are taking full advantage of Union extensive winter break (read: 6 weeks what whatttt) and reconnecting with our childhood roots. I was creating a house out of Legos when the cat stepped in and decided to add his own touches.

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On Wednesday we drove 6 and a half hours down the state of California to visit my sister at Caltech! Here she is with the beautiful boys.

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I had the most incredible Waffle Chicken Salad for lunch at Caltech‘s faculty club, The Athenaeum — “a buckwheat waffle made with pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries, topped with frisee, apple, crispy chicken, goat cheese and maple vinaigrette” — that’s one equation that equals YUM.

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The Boy enjoyed exploring the Caltech campus and seeing all of the neat scientific displays, including this artwork representing 4D space.

IMG_0139Julia took a glamour pose near J. J. Thompson’s original cathode ray tube — BIG DEAL!