I’ve already told you guys about my Memorial Day Weekend over at Jennifer‘s apartment, but let’s throw it back to the first time I properly hung out with Jennifer. I’d already known of Jennifer because I followed her photography on Tumblr, though I don’t know if she knew I did, and I’d also seen her photos on Facebook when she tagged our mutual friends in them, but the two of us, me and her, were never introduced, so I just admired her photography from a distance.
Oh how the times have changed. Today she’s sharing her photography with us here on the blog (with some of mine thrown in too) from that time we brunched at Bluestone Lane together with Victoria over spring break!
On some random day, the school photographer working in Communications reached out to me to ask if I was interested in working as a student photographer, and also asked if I knew of any other students who might be interested in the job as well. (She had been referred to me through Admissions, for whom I worked.) A few names immediately came to mind, Jennifer’s amongst them. I finally had an excuse to talk to her and introduce myself! So I did.
I messaged her on Facebook, asking if she was interested and saying that I had seen her photography through mutual friends. It turned out that the school photographer had already reached out to her too, so instead we mulled over the opportunity together, in the middle of which we stopped to acknowledge the fact that we had many mutual friends but somehow never crossed paths in person. This could only be reconciled in one way. We literally said, “Let’s be friends!! And say hi to each other when we see each other and stuff!” And so it began.
Our first adventure was to Bluestone Lane, which I had found out about through Amber/Ember + March. Amber said great things about their branding, and I was not disappointed. I fell into #aesthetic heaven. I ordered the Avocado Smash, which people raved about on Yelp, and which is totally blogger #aesthetic. Our waitress let us know that their shipment of avocados hadn’t gotten to the shop yet but would be here soon but would be a wait. We figured that we had already made it all the way out here, some indeterminate amount of minutes extra wouldn’t hurt.
After placing our orders, Victoria stayed at the table to watch over our stuff while Jennifer and I wound our way through the shop, fingers stuck on the shutter, eyes peeking through the viewfinder. It was great. I’d almost forgotten what it was like to travel with other photographers. You never need to urgently call out to your friends in distress as they reach for the first bite before you’ve gotten your picture. You never need to apologize for making them wait. #noshame #bloglyfe
We took pictures right up until our food was served and Victoria had to call us back to the table. It was so quick! Especially considering they had apologized for “making us wait” for the avocado shipment. It felt like no wait at all. V impressed.
Amber also raved about their flat white, which makes sense because Bluestone is an Australian-style coffee and café fare. If you drink coffee, you should definitely give it a try. Although I love coffee shops, I don’t really drink coffee; I can only drink the stuff light with coffee and heavy with milk, cream, sugar, chocolate, etc. I think I was almost afraid to get the flat white because I heard such great things about it, but what if I drank it and didn’t feel the same satisfaction?? These are the kinds of trivial worries my mind wanders to. I didn’t get the full Australian experience with the flat white, so I decided to go with the Aussie Iced Chocolate. It had the word “Aussie” in it! Valid reasoning, no? Whatever the matter, it was delicious and I was tempted to keep the cup. Next time I promise I’ll go for the flat white!
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