Through the lens: photos from August

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Why does the week after a long holiday weekend always seem to last longer?

I’m not sure what the deal with that phenomenon is, though I’m gearing up for a long, busy September. But before I do, here’s one last look back at August in photos. I spent most of August soaking up summer, playing tourist around L.A. and going bicoastal to spend some time with family at home.

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These two gorgeous girls are my little sisters, except they’re not so little anymore. When I went home, we took a trip to Oxford, Maryland, the cutest little coastal town. My sisters have spent a lot of time there, and clearly they were in their element longboarding and biking everywhere we went. They gave me a tour of all the (adorable) waterfront homes.

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And when my college roomie/BFF came to visit me here in L.A., we went to all the must-see places in the city, including Malibu, the Griffith Observatory, Hollywood and more.

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Check-in time: What are you looking forward to in September?


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  1. Your planner is your friend. Keep yourself organized is all and know when to say “no”. Looking forward to getting back into a routine – it’s been missing since summer began. 🙂 Have a great one Cassie! -Iva

    • Cassie Paton says:

      My calendar really has become my best friend. It’s weird. I didn’t used to be this kind of person. But it is oddly satisfying to add something to my Gmail calendar and see everything organized into different colored boxes. 🙂

  2. I haven’t lived in Los Angeles in 22 years, but you’re making me want to move back. Maryland looks awesome. I’ve always wanted a little beach front shack, just enough room for me.

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Come back for a visit sometime!! And Maryland really is beautiful. I appreciate it now more than ever, being so far away!

  3. Oh my gosh. That first picture. I love Venice.

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