Weekend Leftovers Vol. 7

Weekend Leftovers Vol. 7

There’s something about New York. I really can’t put it into words why I love that place so much. It’s not like I had very many memories of it growing up. My folks moved to CA when I was 4 years old. But the moment I started to walk around Chelsea Village and Greenwich there was a part of me that knew I was home. It was like as if I could feel the city’s energy recharging me with every step I took. I also lucked out because according to friends it was the best time of year to come because the weather was just absolutely perfect. There was no rain, no sign of humidity, and the climate matched Northern California to a tee. 

I hope you enjoy this edition of Weekend Leftovers as much as I enjoyed capturing pieces of it and reliving it through these photographs.

Weekend Leftovers Vol. 4

Weekend Leftovers Vol. 4

...this is this volume of Weekend Leftovers has me reflecting back on all sorts of growth over the years. I was a young woman who once didn't believe that true friendships with other honest, raw, and real women were possible. I spent my 20s raising my two beautiful daughters, so the time that most women get to form these strong bonds that carry them into their adult life were ones that I missed the train on. Looking back now at what felt like a slightly lonely decade of womanhood was just a time in my life that prepared me to embrace all the women in my life today. 

Weekend Leftovers Vol. 3

Although the tasting with The Dorian SF and a few amazing blogger friends wasn't over the weekend I wanted to share it with you guys here because I sometimes consider Thursday nights as weekend. 

The Dorian SF is ode to a bygone era, a modern day parlour for freethinkers. This couldn't have been a more perfect setting for a bunch of SF Bay area creatives, bloggers, and writers to get together for some cocktails and their fresh new dinner menu. The Dorian SF is located in the Marina. If you haven't yet checked out the Marina neighborhood, its one that's filled with restaurants, fun little shops, and everything that you basically need to hide your wallet from. It's darling neighborhood and a perfect home for this little dining experience. 

Cocktails, I mean on the weekend we need to cheers with a libation or two to honor all the hard work during the week. My favorite drink on the menu that evening was the Hellfire Club. Not sure if it was because of the name, but the Mezcal, spiced pear liqueur, ponzu, and black Hawaiian lava sea salt just seemed like the combo I needed to kick off the weekend.

Dinner was served and we had a range from himachi sashimi, which I think I could've indulged in a few more plates of it, to ahi tacos, pork bao sliders, and a burger served on a platter and the cutest little french fries dish. 

I couldn't stay for the dessert course, but seeing everyone's IG stories that evening made me hungry for more. 

Friday 03.10.2017 - a night out at Cukui for Hella Kitty, an female focused art show where proceeds went to the ACLU. It was supposed to be family night, but Jon wanted some adult time so we left our little Adobo Fam at home. 

Some of my fitness sisters came out to meet me. Love these girls: @bbghapa, @bbg_yogicass, @hellowigglefy, @munfung.bbg @elle_active. (not BCCAs in our cups) 

Some of my fitness sisters came out to meet me. Love these girls: @bbghapa, @bbg_yogicass, @hellowigglefy, @munfung.bbg @elle_active. (not BCCAs in our cups) 

I've spoken about how I hid parts of my fitness journey from old friends, partially because I felt misunderstood, but ultimately I hid away parts of my life away because I just didn't feel "worthy" enough to belong in certain groups of friends. To some degree I felt like I didn't fit in. Being at the art show that night reminded me that I did fit in with my "cool" friends who were creative artists, DJs, photographers, and more. For once in a very long time, I felt like I belonged and that I was proud to be me.  I shared my feelings of insecurity with a friend and she shared this incredible post found on Thought Catalog that sums up every bit of this friendship insecurity I have. 

Saturday 03.11.2017

Wedding season has begun and we've got a pretty solid year at Encarnacion Photography, however we're still taking weddings for 2017. Once wedding season begins it means the hubs and I are both spending time during the week working away at editing photos, answering emails, or biz admin stuff and weekends are long days carrying a ton of wedding equipment capturing people in love.

My husband, my better half. I can't put into words just how much he means to me in my life, but I'm going to try. Oh Jonathan...


Jonathan is one of those guys that come into your life that makes an impact on your heart. He's kind, gentle, and OH SO DAMN PATIENT (especially to deal with me). While there's a lot of similarities and passions that we share, we're also extremely different. He's more relaxed about certain aspects of our life and I am typically wound up like a tight screw. But he balances me out and I do that for him.

I shared a recent transformation photo that seemed to go a little viral with several publications this week. In that post I shared how instead of working on my physical health I had to work on our relationship health. Jonathan and I have been married for almost 9 years and have been in a relationship with each other for almost 15. That is an INCREDIBLY long time to be with someone and on top of all that a lot of life to have experienced in 15 years. We were and are growing old together and of course, a lot of evolving has happened during that time.

Relationships will continue to challenge you to grow as a person. These challenges are opportunities to learn how to be better for one another.

We started off 2016 disconnected with one another. If I can describe it to you imagine two planets in space each spinning on its own orbit. There were moments we were aligned spinning simultaneously and in sync and moments where one planet seemed to be moving at its own pace while the other spinning out of control. When we argued we just didn't want to see each other's perspective and if I was being honest, I used my friendships, my training (at that time), and my work as reasons to not have to face the truth that we were no longer connected. Through months of therapy we learned that our biggest areas of struggle were the following: communication, the ability to hear one another, and our differences. I don't know what happened or when it happened, but at some point I stopped looking at our differences as something to celebrate.

Let me know if a post on relationship health is something you guys would want to hear about. Comment below. Have an incredible weekend!

Weekeend Leftovers Vol. 2

Weekend Leftovers Vol. 2 is quick and short. I spent this last weekend recovering from a cold that I had the week before and kicked it off with a 90 minute SoulCycle ride, lots of girlfriend time, and major cuddle seshs with Olivia.

Friday  03.03.2017

SoulCycle Walnut Creek hosted a live DJ and 90 Minute SoulCycle ride. It was exactly the workout I needed to kick my cold followed by dinner at True Food Kitchen. I think one of my favorite things about this evening is how connected and present we were with one another at dinner. There wasn't the need or pressure to document every single dish or moment and we just enjoyed one another's company.

these candied ginger that goes with one of TFK's drinks were amazing!

these candied ginger that goes with one of TFK's drinks were amazing!

Saturday 03.04.2017

I kicked off Saturday morning with my girls over at Westfield Valley Fair mall for #beautyandbalance, a event hosted by Beautycon. My friends and I worked out in the middle of mall. So there's a first for everything.  

We obviously love taking photos

We obviously love taking photos

Staying healthy on the weekends can be a challenge.

Here are 10 Simple Tips for a Healthy Weekend

  1. Workout in the morning, before you head out for your day. Often in my case, I bring friends with me. 

  2. Limit your cocktails. One trick I have is to drink a full glass of water before ordering my first drink. This keeps me hydrated with H2O rather than gin. 

  3. Eat like you do on the weekdays. Just because the weekend is here doesn't mean you have to throw your good eating out the window. 

  4. Never go hungry to a party/event/outing. 

  5. Schedule some relaxation time. If you can find a way to get ONE hour of peace and quiet for yourself, do it!

  6. Get outside and do something active. Go on a bike ride or on a walk. 

  7. Get enough sleep. Aim for your 7+ hours a night on the weekends if you can. 

  8. Prep for the week ahead. I schedule my meal prep days on Sundays which helps me stay on track during the week and weekend. 

  9. Be productive. Lazy Sundays are amazing, but aim for an active-rest Sunday. 

  10. Order well while eating out at a restaurant. Order a salad or something fresh before your big brunch meal, this will satiate you before your big order of pancakes or french toast and you'll probably find yourself pretty stuffed before having that heavy order. 

After the #beautyandbalance event, Liv and I did her favorite thing, which was ride our bike to the library for some new books for the week. 

Sunday 03.04.2017

Sunday wasn't too eventful. We did our typical Whole Foods run for the week my husband had spent most of his day shooting an engagement session in SF, so it was a girls day. However we managed to do the one thing that we're always so happy we have the opportunity to do and that's snuggle with our kids in our bed. 

Sometimes life can be filled with the most exciting adventures filled with new experiences. Some weekends are simple, a little mundane, a little ordinary. Despite what your weekend might be filled with, find the joy in the simple moments. Life isn't going to be about jumping off cliffs, traveling to new and far places every single weekend. Some times life will be about watching Netflix while being in your pajamas all day. Even the mundane can be adventures if you're using your mind and those around you to create a life worth living.