Month: August 2015

Summertime Pattern Mixing

        I find myself trying to hold onto summer as long as I can. Although Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, it comes and goes far too quickly. Utah’s fall only lasts about three glorious weeks and then the dark cold winter creeps in. Before you know it, the roads are icy and your shoveling snow off of your driveway. Personally, I do not look forward to teeth-chattering cold for six months (I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a mild season). I can appreciate the snow for its silvery beauty, but driving in it is a whole other story. Let’s just say my vehicle isn’t very “snow friendly”. Every time a storm passes through, I basically have a heart attack if I have to drive anywhere. White knuckled and road rage inclined, I say a little prayer every time I arrive to my destination safely. I absolutely love the holiday spirit, and Utah is really great about hyping it all up, but I could do without the inches of snow through town. So, …

For The Love Of Denim

        I love denim. Denim tops, denim bottoms, denim jackets–all of it. So, when I came across this Banana Republic denim cropped top, I immediately had googly eyes for it. Despite my love for the beautiful thing, it was $69.50 at full price and let’s be real, I was not going to pay that much. So, I kept my eye out for it to go on sale, but as I relentlessly scoured, I repeatedly turned up empty handed. When I finally did find it, it was super random.         I discovered it when my husband and I were in Maui (take me back).  We had decided to stop by an outlet mall and as we walked through what seemed like a ghost town, which was crazy because hello it’s an outlet mall, I spotted the Banana Republic. I made my way to the back where the sale section resided and out of the corner of my eye I saw it–oh the glorious thing! I had found my beloved denim crop top for about $20! Hallelujah! This is totally …

Stripes For Days

        It’s compelling to me how our fashion choices reflect our personalities. Personally, I’ve always been a print gal. I love bright florals, geometric patterns, and I love stripes. I guess it’s the creative side of me. I love seeing how colors and shapes flow together and compliment each other. Often times I find it difficult to pick out an outfit for the day because I have so many patterns and not enough basics. I guess I’m lucky that mixing patterns is trendy right now, because I have a closet full of them! I love stripes because they look classy. They are simple, but elegant. For a pattern obsessed girl, stripes are my sweet spot because they aren’t too busy.         As I look back on how my style has changed over the years, I catch myself reminiscing on times when I was just a kid with my trusty navy blue Abercrombie sweatshirt. It’s sort of hilarious. We all have those times in our lives when we look back at our fashion choices and cringe a little. …

All Things Floral

        Growing up I always loved fall, and I still do. The transition from summer to fall was difficult at times (because let’s be real, who wants summer to end?), but I always loved the spirit of excitement that came along with a new school year. When I think back on those summer to fall transitions in my life, I think of light drizzles and tall trees. I smell wet sidewalks and feel the anticipation of starting new classes. I imagine my first day of school outfit and how no matter how much time I spent on my hair, it would always get ruined because it usually rained (ugh). I remember driving around the neighborhood seeing countless different species of trees that each have a unique and beautiful way of changing throughout the season. Some still green and lush, others yellow, orange, and red, and yet others already wilted and brown. But with the new school year, as the leaves on the trees change color and wither, new friendships would begin to blossom.         Soon all color …

Weekend Getaway

        To celebrate our two year anniversary (whoohoo!) my husband and I took a short, but adventurous getaway to southern Utah. We indulged our outdoorsy side and took to exploring Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, both magnificent. Although my husband has just recently come around to the the whole sleeping outside thing, I have always been a camper. I grew up in Oregon, so camping is sort of a requirement for citizenship there. Despite my husband’s recent conversion to life in the outdoors, we were both stoked for our little weekend holiday.         Friday afternoon we packed our Odwalla bars and Chacos and we were off! By the time we arrived in Zion’s we were famished so, we so we succumbed to the temptation and treated ourselves at the Switchback Grille. After all, it was our anniversary! By the time we were finished with our lavish meal, the Sun had long since gone down and we were left to assemble our tent in the dark (rookie mistake). As we brought out our trusty headlamps and began …

Jumping In

        I would describe myself as an outgoing introvert. My opinion may not be the first you hear, but I’ve grown to feel a little more comfortable expressing it. I tend to mull things over in my head before I make decisions, and before I voice them. I contemplate and often overthink things. I am an observer. I take note before I speak. At family gatherings I sit content just listening to conversation–I don’t necessarily have to be a part of it to enjoy it, and I like to people watch.         With all of these characteristics, blogging is understandable out of my comfort zone. The writing part is not, but the sharing aspect is. Despite that fact that openly sharing my thoughts and feelings does not necessarily come natural to me, I’m trying to do and experience more things that are out of my comfort zone. One of the easiest ways that I can think of is by trying new trends in clothing. It may be a small way of challenging myself, but it’s an area …

The Best Collage

        I don’t know about the rest of you, but I still have to fantasize about my dream home–I don’t have it quite yet. Reality is that I am living in a (thankfully renovated) 1970’s rental. Although it works for my little family right now, it has us itching to own our own home. We don’t necessarily need more space at the moment, but like everyone else on the planet–we want it. If we plan to have little kiddos in the future (which we are) and we want those kiddos to have a bedroom to sleep in (which we do), this little rental won’t fit our family for much longer.         Don’t mistake what I am saying, we are SO thankful to have a roof over our heads, cars to drive, and food to eat, there’s no doubt about that. However, it can be difficult to see “everyone else” relishing in their shiny new car and grand, beautiful home. I understand that not “everyone else” has those things, but it can definitely feel like it sometimes. I have …

The Bee’s Knees

        All I wanted was food all day long. I was a ferocious snack eating machine. It was ridiculous. If I wasn’t eating, I was starved, so I took to eating healthy snacks like carrots, bananas, and granola throughout my day. Everywhere I went, I felt like I was packing food for a day trip for a family of four. Yes, I was eating healthy snacks, which is fantastic, but I was still hungry 99.9% of the time. I did not understand why I was constantly eating, but constantly hungry. Then, it hit me.         My choice of breakfast foods sucked, and quite literally. My sugary bowl of milk and crunchy goodness was sucking the life out of my day. Every morning, I ate sugary cereal for breakfast, anything and everything from Cocoa Puffs to Captain Crunch. (Who can blame me? Cocoa puffs are delicious!) When I made the conscious decision to eat a wholesome healthy breakfast, the change was unbelievable. In the beginning, I would still pack loads of fruits and veggies to snack on, but …

My J.Crew Infatuation

I remember being confused, standing on the sidewalk of the Gateway Mall. Why did he want to go into J.Crew?  I was certain that I had been there before, and it wasn’t a place that I wanted to shop. Was he looking for something for his mom? A million questions such as these were running through my mind and I had no explanation. I guess it’s the result of growing up in a town that only has one mall with, shall I say, limited choices. As a high school aged kid, my fashion sense didn’t go far beyond Forever 21 and American Eagle. There wasn’t much to choose from. Certain stores like what I thought to be J.Crew, were places where no teenage kid would wonder into. It seemed like a ghost town to any teenager–a store where mom’s shopped, not young adults. You may be thinking, J.Crew is fabulous, why wouldn’t she want to go in? J.Crew is not a mom store. The truth is, I had naively believed that J.Crew and J.Jill were the same thing (that’s embarrassing). So, as a …