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September 27, 2016 - No Comments!

Portuguese Beach

There are few things as calming to me as the Northern California coast. There is serenity and beauty to the foggy skies and dark green cypress. A weekend filled with brisk walks on the beach, eating good food with family and friends, and simply sitting in the hot tub while watching the fog roll by helped me slow down and feel refreshed.




September 8, 2016 - No Comments!

A few Tulum photos

Tulum was absolutely gorgeous! I loved my time there, and will be writing more about it in my new personal project, Hydeaway Magazine. But for my family and friends, here are a few quick photos :)

August 26, 2015 - No Comments!

Weekend Getaway


Last weekend my boyfriend Samir and I made our way down the coast for a weekend getaway in Carmel and Monterey. We had been wanting to do this for a while, and so we booked an Airbnb and were soon on our way! It was the perfect little break from work and school. We shopped and ate tons of food in downtown Carmel, did the 17 Mile Drive (of course), went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and got some serious R&R on the beach. The weather was perfectly overcast, which was great for me to step my Instagram game up! I love a white aesthetic, I always have and probably always will. I have tons of photos coming up that you can also see on my instagram: @micaelaballew. I couldn't pick just a few to share on the blog, so here goes all of them! Enjoy.


This was taken along the 17 Mile Drive, a beautiful drive I recommend to anyone visiting the Monterey Peninsula. You truly feel the ocean vibes with the roaring, tumbling waves and the sublime rocky shores. Along the drive, we stopped to check out the Lone Cypress (a good photo spot), and also paused at Pebble Beach Golf Resort to check out the 18th hole and tell our parents we were there haha. Samir loves to play golf, and he had fun exploring the grounds and seeing the awesome views straight from the course.


Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach


We spent a lot of time at the beach on Saturday, which was amazing. The cool breeze and ocean air was so refreshing, it really felt like we could stay there forever. We walked down almost the entire half of Carmel Beach, away from a lot of the crowds of people to our own spot on the rocks and near the golf course.


Carmel Beach

Ocean Beauty

Carmel Beach

Above is the view from our rocky perch. You can see Pebble Beach Golf Course on the left. So many people were walking their dogs on the beach, it made me wish Penny was with us! After a day at the beach and getting a delicious Italian meal downtown, we made it to the Aquarium on Sunday to see the jellies (my favorite) and the sharks (Samir's favorite).



The jellies are my favorite, they are just so beautiful. I hope you enjoyed all of these photos and definitely recommend visiting the area if you get the chance! It was just as wonderfully beautiful as I had hoped.

x Micaela


July 30, 2015 - No Comments!

Coffee Shop: The Mill

The Mill - SF

I recently went to a coffee shop I had heard about in San Francisco, called The Mill. Located on Divisadero near many other cute shops, it featured a bright and airy space that called for photo-taking and grabbing a latte immediately. A joint venture between Four Barrel Coffee & Josey Baker Bread, they serve not only bread but many other fun eats and toast, especially. I really loved the walls of the most beautiful white tile, as well as a wall of handmade ceramic pottery (almost bought a mug). My latte was delicious and while there was a lack of wifi, I felt quite at home writing and sketching in my design journal. Here are a few shots I took during my visit.

The Mill - SF

The Mill - SF

The Mill - SF

June 8, 2015 - No Comments!

Excursion #2

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."
—Ansel Adams

On a sunny and warm Friday afternoon, my mom and I made our way down to Mumm Winery on the Silverado Trail. I was excited to see the Ansel Adams exhibit as I had heard from friends that it was really beautiful. This little excursion from the normal was exactly what I needed after being stressed with school and finals coming up. Neither I or my mother had ever been to Mumm before, so it was a new experience for us. The grounds were beautiful, the sunny patios filled with people, the red accent chairs and umbrellas on the brink of a beautiful view of the Napa Valley and rows of endless vineyards. On the horizon line was the edge of the valley, light blue rolling mountains that are signature to this place I call home. We went into the gallery, and were entranced by the beauty we found there in the black and white photographs! Here is my photo journal.

The outdoor setting was beautiful! I really loved the aesthetic and the warm breeze coming through the patio. Below are some of my favorite photographs from the exhibition.

The church by Bodega Bay that I have seen many times on family excursions to the beach (like the one in Excursion #1!). I recognized this photograph almost immediately and it brought me back in time to when I  was standing at the bottom of this road looking up at it.

The above photograph was particularly interesting to me because the caption told of how Ansel Adams would manipulate different colored lenses as well to get the right amount of deep richness in the black and white photographs. He was trying to recreate the image he saw in his head or make it look as close as possible to the magnitude and sheer sublime that he felt standing before it. He wanted the viewer to feel what he felt, which I thought was really neat.

The photographs I took of the photographs don't do any of these justice, but they were quite beautiful to look at. I was also loved learning more about Ansel Adams and his passion for preservation of wilderness lands. He was a very important figure in environmentalism, and I do not think I realized how much work he actually did for conservation. His passion for Yosemite really shows through his photographs, and I could tell how he had fallen in love with it. They were beautiful. I'm really happy I made the trip down to Mumm. It was a great experience.


April 29, 2015 - No Comments!

Lately from Instagram

Last week I visited Inglenook Estate in St. Helena with a few girlfriends. It was so beautiful!


Blessed to live in such a beautiful place. This was on a walk to a friend's house.


Feeling nostalgic about leaving college. It's so crazy that I'm going to be done in 5 weeks.


I interviewed in Sausalito last week. I'm excited to say that I will be working there this June!


Beauty surrounds us. This was at Twomey on the way to Calistoga.