So, I’ve moved to Richmond. And in this new adventure I have discovered that people go nuts for murals and street art. Is there really a difference? Apparently because these murals are next level, guys. Next level. When I get things organized I’ll start to actually note where these were taken, but for the time being it is enough said that they are all from the city of Richmond, and that they are all pretty dang cool.

Intergalactic Space Girl brought to you from a side of a deli in the Fan. 
Halycon Girl: brought to you by the side of a quaint vintage clothing shop in the Fan.
Chick With a Bird: brought to you by the side of a restaurant in the Fan.
Weird Bird Thing: brought to you by the side of a residential house in the Fan.
Coolest Bird Ever: brought to you by the side of a building of a parking lot Downtown.

Rainy Aesthetic: What is a “thing”

On this chilly Monday afternoon, I look outside my window and am reaping my reward of wishing for cooler stereotypical fall weather. When the weather gets cooler I feel more inclined to go hiking, since I get to wear beanies and pretend to be in an REI or North Face ad. You know what I’m talking about- the ones where the ridiculously good looking people are hiking in like 200 dollar (at least) outfits, no dirt, no sweat, and carrying what looks like either a delightful picnic for the top of Machu Pichu or survival gear? That was a hell of a run on sentence, but you get the aesthetic I’m talking about.

I started collecting pins and patches for my backpack when I was a junior in college and went on my European Vacation. I used to pick up patches and stuff when I was little, and by “me” I mean my parents. I still have the green patch covered bag. So when I decided to go abroad I decided to re-ignite that habit. To this day I don’t know why I stopped collecting for that weird adolescent/teenage period of time. I must have thought I was either too cool, or wanted a souvenir other than a pin. (dumb.)


There it is! My trusty bag and camera. Photo taken like your stereotypical instagramer. (btw my instagram user name is m.e.rose12)

Honestly, like not to sound too metaphorical and deep, but on this quiet Monday afternoon I kinda asked myself while posting pictures for this post, “Why are these pins so important to you?” which led me to the thought, “What is the nature of a thing?”

Ultimately, I think the “nature” of a thing is the emphasis and intention a person gives it. I enjoy collecting pins and patches because it gives me a sense of accomplishment to see them building up on my bag. I enjoy looking for them in souvenir shops, and am looking forward to when this bag is so covered, I have to find a new one to keep adding patches to. (fyi, I already know which bag I am using next.) For me these little kitchy things don’t necessarily “make” the trip worth having. More like, I feel that they are inspiration and motivation to myself to continue exploring my life and what it has to offer.

I dunno. They’re also cute.