Last week Dale and I spent the week in Arkansas leading up to our friends Michael and Joanna’s wedding. One of my favorite parts was finally getting a chance to visit Crystal Bridges! If you are visiting Arkansas I would definitely recommend visiting. Here are a few of my favorite pieces we saw:
Earlier this month Dale finally had a week off and we headed to California! Our first stop was San Francisco, I loved getting the chance to see family and also see where Dale spent his childhood though first grade. Our second day we finally ventured into the city and began our day on Market Street. After walking to the Ferry Building to grab breakfast we made our way to China Town.
I loved having a whole day to just walk around and explore. After China Town we spent some time shopping around Union Square before heading to lunch with a friend. After we ate we headed to the pier to see the sea lions and had a delicious brownie at Ghirardelli. Before heading to Palo Alto for dinner at Zareen’s we made a quick pit-stop at Twin Peaks for a view of the city. Our first few days were great, San Fran is really one of my favorite cities in the US. Next up, Carmel Valley!
Hello, friends! Our second day in Austin began with breakfast at Russell's Bistro with some family friends. Afterward we decided to hike up to Mount Bonnell – even though it was a cloudy day the view was still beautiful! Next up was a visit to The Contemporary Austin's Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Close to the park we discovered a garden complete with a group of peacocks!
After enjoying the museum we headed downtown to walk around Lady Bird Lake. I couldn't help but stop to try out the swan paddle boats, they reminded me of pictures I have seen in Japan! Our walk ended back on Rainey Street where we had dinner at G'Raj Mahal. Our final stop was a beer flight at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden. I can't wait for the next opportunity we have to come back to Austin because there was still so much to do that we didn't have time for in our short weekend visit! After another night in our tiny house we were headed back to KC. Until next time, ATX!
Happy Friday, friends! It has finally started to feel like Fall but I definitely enjoyed the warmer weather we had most of the month. This October had some big moments — I moved back to my original team at Hallmark in the lettering studio, we celebrated Dale's 26th birthday, my sister Sophie spent her birthday weekend visiting us in St. Louis, and of course we attended a Halloween party (with our whole group dressed as Mario Kart). Here are a few of my favorite finds this month:
- I loved Paper & Stitch's Fall Style Guide, I am feeling inspired to start making my own real mood boards.
- Dreaming of Dubai...
- This moon party would be lovely, Halloween season or not.
- A beautiful home in LA, especially the light and airy pink bedroom.
- Mustard inspiration.
- Sugar & Cloth shared this beautiful pillow DIY, and my only hesitation is whether or not our kitty Otto would destroy it...
- One of the highlights of my month was receiving my first Oui Fresh Beauty Box! I have to say I am really impressed with the quality and selection in the first box, I can't wait for my November one to arrive.
- These blush boots are on my wish list.
- I'm planning on testing out this minestrone recipe next month!
- So many statement sleeves
Happy Summer! Like I mentioned in my previous post, this summer has been a whirlwind of travel/making/ working on repeat and I'm feeling pretty inspired by all I have seen and experienced. I didn't get a chance to round up my June favorites, so here is a combined list of a few favorite things I discovered online these past two months. First up are these beautiful plaster planters by Paper & Stitch. I would love to test out their DIY soon!
- I am still continuing to switch out my home and beauty products to ones that are higher quality and made with more natural ingredients. I'm dying to test out Beauty Counter's mascara.
- I have also heard great things about this Cocovit Facial Mist...
- Before the Summer is over I MUST try this.
- Flowers are one of my favorite things, and this pressed flower DIY is stunning.
- Happy to read this article after my recent travels and recent world events.
- Favorite plane read: A Darker Shade of Magic
- This dress is most definitely on my wish-list! (I would love to purchase something from Pixie Market, I highly recommend browsing their website.)
- This Fall I will be participating in a macrame workshop! Here is a peek at another one Think.Make.Share. hosted.
- New favorite recipe.
I hope you all have had wonderful Summer adventures so far. Continue soaking up the warm (or in my case HOT) weather!
Last week I was lucky enough to jet off to the Dominican Republic to see two friends from college get married! We stayed at the Hard Rock Punta Cana and couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather.
This trip was a rare exception where I didn't take too many pictures, but instead relaxed and enjoyed the beach, pool and a snorkel trip. But I did get a chance to test out my GoPro and made a super informal video with my friends. I am still getting the hang of filming without feeling awkward, but I am planning on making a few videos when I head to Italy in a few weeks. I'm really happy I tested it out beforehand, I know the video will be fun way to remember the trip. I hope you all are off somewhere sunny this summer!
A few days ago my mom showed me some recently-discovered photos of my great-grandparents and grandfather. My great-grandparents, Lillie and Lue, were part of an amateur movie-making club which traveled all over the world taking pictures and making films. My mom grew up seeing pictures from these trips, but she mostly remember pictures of the places. These often didn't include her grandparents, making these images all the more special. This is just a small glimpse into their life, and the many photos we will now be able to treasure!
I have to admit this post was harder to put together than I expected, 2014 was BUSY! I think the main reason this year is so hard to reflect upon is because I went through so many major changes within such a short period of time. I graduated from college, got engaged, adopted a kitten, and started my career. I was lucky enough to travel to Colorado, Spain, and San Francisco. These are all events which could merit a full paragraph so I will keep things simple. Looking back at 2014 helped me to realize just how lucky I am to be surrounded by such wonderful friends and family. These few pictures barely begin to summarize everything that happened in 2014, but they are some of my favorites.