KAYLENA: Welcome to Herflection! I can’t believe that I am actually here, writing my first blog post. The most writing I’ve done is essays for class and a journal to myself, so it’s strange to think people will be reading this. Here’s to not getting stage fright. My mom and I came across the realization that this blog platform was what we’ve been missing from our lives. At every outing, outfits were planned, food was eaten, pictures were taken, yet we never actually did anything with them. What we lacked was a safe space for our content and opinions, reviews and tips, and aspirations for our future. And now we’ve created one, with Herflection.
With me leaving the nest for the first time in my life, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my relationship with my mother, especially with the making of Herflection. It’s the snapshots of our time together, that strengthens our relationship: shopping and finding we’ve grabbed the same five articles of clothing, screaming over the deaths of those we loved on Game of Thrones, or driving home from dance practice, quiet from exhaustion, but hearts content. Herflection is substitute for these moments, our connection while I’m away at Davis.
My insights will most likely include sarcasm, half-attempted jokes, and literary references. Food is my forte, and writing is a passion. With a future filled of bikes, coffee, and classes, I am excited to be a co-writer on Herflection, and I can’t wait to start writing more! Much Love, Kaylena xx.
KAREN: Hi everyone! You know what puts me in a good mood? Good food! What makes a meal even better is enjoying it with someone you love. Kaylena and I love spending time together catching up over brunch and taking photos of our food. We’re super excited to have a place to finally share these tasty moments with you. But our content won’t be limited to calorie-full posts, we promise.
What makes this blog so dear to my heart is that it’s a joint project with my daughter. Having a child at the ripe young age of 18 was not easy. Challenging, would be an understatement. However, in raising her, the pleasure has been all mine. She is smart and driven, playful and fun-loving.
Now she herself is 18. I can’t believe she’ll be leaving the nest to move to UC Davis. This may prove to be more difficult for me than her! I will, after all, be losing my yoga partner. Kidding aside, I am extremely excited for her and her new chapter in life. Herflection will be a perfect way for us to continue to share our passions.
Recently we went for a coffee date at our favorite local coffee shop Coffee Shop Walnut Creek. Then we had brunch at Corner’s Tavern. Hey, when you can’t decide, you order a little bit of everything to satisfy those taste buds. So don’t mind the combination of parmesan cheese covered brussel sprouts, seafood stew, smoked wings and peach french toast… and yes, sometimes you have to stand on the furniture for a good picture of your eats!
Photos by Grace Navarro
Tune in next week, when we write about the move to UC Davis!