Jack of All Trades Fair in Jack London Square, Oakland


Last weekend, Oakland was teeming with life as the Jack of All Trades Fair in Jack London Square unofficially kicked Restaurant Week off (in my mind anyway).

Similar to the Renegade Maker’s Fair in San Francisco, it was full of neat crafts, quirky art and overall very enticing fair!

Jack of All Trades Market, right this way!

Jack of All Trades Market, right this way!

Succulents

Succulents

More beautiful succulents

More beautiful succulents

Refurbished just about anything into a working radio

Refurbished just about anything into a working radio

Now what do these remind me of...

Now what do these remind me of…

Thought the Burning Man crowd would love these!

Thought the Burning Man crowd would love these!

So here's where you can get them ;)

So here’s where you can get them 😉

There's something touching about the juxtaposition of beauty and it's fragility

There’s something touching about the juxtaposition of beauty and it’s fragility

Adorable!

Adorable!

But don't forget Wall-E

But don’t forget Wall-E

These are going to be EPIC next Halloween!

These are going to be EPIC next Halloween!

I just had to...

I just had to…

Apparently you can get these at Cost Plus World Market. Brilliant!

Apparently you can get these at Cost Plus World Market. Brilliant!

When I get married, this little beauty will be there

When I get married, this little beauty will be there

And a last few sappy shots. I just love those little Star Wars-inspired cranes (or is it the other way around? 😉

Star Wars in Oakland

The perfect time of dusk

The Jack London Square harbor in Oakland

Some pictures you just can't pass up...

Until next time!

Chevreuse, France All Dressed Up For Christmas


The Christmas decorations are out in Chevreuse, a small town near Paris.

The baker has some of the grandest Christmas decorations around!

The baker has some of the grandest Christmas decorations around!

Even their window display screams festivity

Even their window display screams festivity

Can't remember where this is, but I like

Can’t remember where this is, but I like

And this.... Is the funeral store: caskets, funeral services, etc.

And this…. Is the funeral store: caskets, funeral services, etc.

Check out these hens at the butcher's!

Check out these hens at the butcher’s!

And Santa Clause is scrambling up not 1, but 2 windows.

And Santa Clause is scrambling up not 1, but 2 windows.

Santa seems to have a real thing for windows now.

Santa seems to have a real thing for windows now.

How cute is this?!

How cute is this?!

'tis the season for wreaths!

’tis the season for wreaths!

I’ll try to snap a few shots of the decorations in Versailles before I head out 😉

Strolling Paris: The Champs Elysees Christmas Market & Jardins Des Tuileries


Here’s the 2nd set of photos from my stroll around Paris Friday. I wandered the Christmas Market at the Champs Elysees and then lounged the Seine until I found the Jardins des Tuileries.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

And another, just because it was so picturesque.

And another, just because it was so picturesque.

For New Year's, some of the bigger boats on the Seine throw huge parties!

For New Year’s, some of the bigger boats on the Seine throw huge parties!

Paris' Grande Roue, seen from the Seine

Paris’ Grande Roue, seen from the Seine

So I took a lot of photos of the Eiffel Tower...

So I took a lot of photos of the Eiffel Tower…

The Jardins des Tuileries, favorite summer hang out of Parisiens.

The Jardins des Tuileries, favorite summer hang out of Parisiens.

Now let's add the Grande Roue and Eiffel Tower!

Now let’s add the Grande Roue and Eiffel Tower!

The Louvre Pyramid - we took a nice, long stroll!

The Louvre Pyramid – we took a nice, long stroll!

A church we found right around the corner from the Louvre, and our last stop for the day.

A church we found right around the corner from the Louvre, and our last stop for the day.

Stay tuned for more photos of France, coming soon!

1st Day Back In Paris: The Champs Elysees


After a groggy first day doing my best not to fall asleep at my grandparents’ in Versailles after the airport yesterday, I’m now out and about! First stop: Les Champs Elysees.

First, one last glance at the Golden Gate Bridge from the airplane.

First, one last glance at the Golden Gate Bridge from the airplane

Each year, there is a Christmas market at the Champs Elysees.

Each year, there is a Christmas market at the Champs Elysees.

Christmas market at the Champs Elysees

Christmas market at the Champs Elysees

Christmas market at the Champs Elysees

Christmas market at the Champs Elysees

Christmas market at the Champs Elysees

There's a great, big ice skating rink smack dab in the center of the Christmas Market!

There’s a great, big ice skating rink smack dab in the center of the Christmas Market!

Nice, big skating rink at the Champs Elysees

Paris' Grande Roue

Paris’ Grande Roue

Christmas market at the Champs Elysees

Yum! A court just for yummy Christmas specialties?

Crazy slide! Not so scenic, but just hilarious.

Crazy slide! Not so scenic, but just hilarious.

I'm pretty sure that's a real boar...

I’m pretty sure that’s a real boar…

I had a music box just like this one growing up!

I had a music box just like this one growing up!

We were supposed to see the Hokusai exhibit at the Grand Palais, but the line was so long  we strolled by the Seine and through the Jardins des Tuileries instead. Moro photos coming tomorrow!

We were supposed to see the Hokusai exhibit at the Grand Palais, but the line was so long we strolled by the Seine and through the Jardins des Tuileries instead. Moro photos coming tomorrow!

Lastly, my stand-in model and cuddle buddy while Phelps sand Turkey stay home in California.

Lastly, my stand-in model and cuddle buddy while Phelps sand Turkey stay home in California.

Little Trip Down to SLO


I took a quaint little last minute trip to SLO for a concert Thanksgiving weekend and got to try out my new camera 😀 (oh, Black Friday… so many great deals!) So here are my first shots with the Alpha 6000 (excepting the MANY shots of Phelps the cat).

We stayed at the famous and adorable Apple Farm Inn.

The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

And look what I discovered the next day!

La Fromagerie Sophie

La Fromagerie Sophie

La Fromagerie Sophie

I got some delicious cheese from there 🙂

Hmmm

Took a pit stop from Thanksgiving traffic to take some photos of road-side llamas for Anthony and Davide.

Llamas!

Llamas!

And that’s all for now, folks!

Are Social Media the Reason You Can’t Get a Job?


Title kind of gets the point across pretty clearly, doesn’t it?

See what I mean about inappropriate photos?

Here are some of the things you may be doing unwittingly that DON’T make you look like a good candidate:

  1. Inappropriate profile pictures. It’s the oldest one in the book, but still super widespread. Pictures of you flipping someone off as your Google+ / Gmail logo? Probably doesn’t make you look very professional…. just saying. (Oh, and same goes for pictures of you looking drugged in lingerie on Facebook.)
  2. Vulgar comments. Do you want the first impression your potential future employer has of you to be a public tweet claiming women “are ho’s and good for one thing only.” ? Pretty self-explanatory, right?
  3. Iffy Humor. I once found a LinkedIn profile with this position listed: Hot Anal Sex at Over the Counter from 1969-1969. Yes, it did make me crack up since it was so out of place, but it definitely made me reconsider reaching out to that candidate!
  4. Links on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is meant to be a professional platform, so I don’t recommend including links to personal websites or social media profiles that aren’t professional. ie, don’t include your Twitter profile where your personal URL leads to a website of you nude modeling (well, unless you’re only applying to modeling gigs!)
  5. Privacy. Yes, you are entitled to is, so use it. Recruiters and hiring managers don’t need to have access to your Facebook profile (which we do if your privacy settings are set to public, ie for anyone and everyone to see), so if you even suspect there may be something in there that doesn’t look professional, you might just want to set it to “friends only.” No, this does not make you look suspicious — people are entitled to privacy. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have somehing to hide.

I know all of this sounds pretty common sensical, but it’s actually quite common and you may be sending out some of those negative signals without meaning to. Couldn’t hurt to double check just to make sure, right?

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Your Very Own (Virtual) Tour of Google (they have deer!)


Yup, you guessed it: today Google unveiled a virtual tour of it’s Data Center in Lenoir, North Carolina for the public to discover what their mysterious data centers actually look like. That’s not all Google revealed on its blog today though. There is also an album of breathtaking photos of Google’s data centers taken by the talented Connie Zhou. Here are my favorites — you can check out the rest on their new site Where the Internet Lives.

Douglas Country

Douglas County, Georgia

Council Bluffs, Iowa

 

Hamina, Finland

Fiinish Googlers ice fishing outside what used to be a paper mill in Hamina, Finland