italian vacation // honeymoon

YES, it's happening, in just a few short weeks!  I've been a few times already but it's been years and I'm old enough now to appreciate it that much more.  Strangely enough (insert sarcastic yet playful tone), in my planning, I've found myself doing some online...browsing.
(I've only done a teeny bit of actual shopping).

There are things you can buy there, of course, but there are things you need to take with you and have from day one, and here are some of those things.

Comfortable Footwear.
if you're anything like me, which you probably are if you're reading this, comfortable footwear doesn't mean a pair of Crocs.  I think it is definitely possible to be comfortable and cute, but maybe at more of a cost than a pair of Crocs or Sketchers.  No offense. 

Here are my faves

I did buy the 3rd pair, just because I couldn't resist any longer.  I'm so glad I did; they are perfect.  I can't say yet if they're going to be comfortable for day long walking, but so far I'm in love with them.
These are all available at Nordstrom.
1.  Born
2.  MTNG
3. Saucony

Another thing to bring is a backpack!  
Ideally, you want one that zips closed, just because of the petty crime there, but as long as you're careful, I think you could take anything you like.

Like these!

Again, available at Nordstrom (and/or Topshop and/or anywhere that carries D&B).
I always check Nordstrom first because it's where I work and I do appreciate my employee discount.  I mean...
1.  Topshop
2.  Topshop
3.  Topshop
4. Dooney & Burke

Well, I better stop blogging and get back to "watching hockey" with my husband...I hope I can have the remote real soon.


some life//insta style

hi from me. 
i'm drinking a dos equis and getting ready to change into jam jams but I thought a quick insta post would be fun...
although i need a new collage program though.  ribbets just not cuttin it anymore.  suggestions?

ps. i turned 33 yesterday.  i feel like i'm starting to understand more about life and that less is more and that letting go of control and other things is real good.


not the first one//not the last one

Well hi!
It's still seriously frustratingly cold here in Warshington.  UGH.  I am making the most of it by wearing heavy sweaters and boots because I know I'm going to miss it real soon and will be struggling to wear summer clothes in my pasty white skin.  
Lately I've been working a ton, and trying to take better care of myself...I am nervous about getting on a plane to Italy this summer -  don't get me wrong, I'm seriously excited but as I've gotten older (turning 33 next WEEK!?!??!) I've grown a bit more terrified of planes, enclosed spaces, and just life in general.  It's not so fun...I know I'm not alone though and there are lots of us out there who struggle with anxiety.  
I've found walking and fresh air are pretty much the best way to get out of my head sometimes.

Here is my song for this post.

sweater: freepeople
pants: americaneagle
top: forever21
boots: kennethcole
bag: thrifted


better late than never.

Hello and how are ya!  I'm beyond exhausted but in a good way mostly.  Hard work and more hard work, a few too many sleepless nights and a very busy mind, but also exhaustion from enjoying the extra sunlight with plenty of projects and to do lists, so yeah.  Anyways, I realized I never had the chance to post our engagement photos!!  We just hit 6 months a few weeks ago...sometimes I wish time would slow down just a bit!  I understand now why people sometimes say the first year is the hardest.  Don't get me wrong, it's been wonderful too, but you just can't predict what challenges are going to come up and being married just changes things.  It just does. In good ways of course :)  

Anyways, we took these ourselves, with a tripod and a remote.  It was a gorgeous day and it was nice just being the two of us and not having to pay a photographer!!  

I'll always love these pictures.   I need to go to artifact uprising and print a book already!


DIY // lampshade dip dye

Good morning!  Today I wanted to share with you a super easy DIY for dip dyeing a lampshade.  In my recent attempts to lighten and whiten my home decor style, I developed a bit of a "despisal" - that should be a word...I haven't finished my coffee yet, but as of right now, I feel confused that that isn't already an existing word...it means currently despising if you ask me - for the lampshades I had on our nightstands.  I was hoping I could more or less bleach them and leave a bit of color fringed at the base.  Anyways, here is the before:

They're just so blah and beige.  Gross.
So after snapping a couple of fun pictures to get the light right(ish)....

I dove right in with the bleach.  I have no idea what the water:bleach ratio was, but lots of water and not a lot of bleach..

I checked them at 5 minutes, added more bleach and let them soak for another 25.  I really wanted white but it wouldn't happen.  They honestly looked the same at 5 minutes as they did at 30.  So here they are.  Don't judge our bedroom too much, we haven't finished painting.  It's hard to paint the room  you sleep in because the fumes can be nauseating!!


spring 2014 // floral

Hi guys!  
It's my first polyvore collage!!!  I am currently going a little crazy for floral prints, pink and anything yummy and sweet (that's nothing new actually but it seemed fitting to include it in my collage).  I kinda messed up the lip gloss and the phone case overlap but how long do you really want to spend adjusting little angles when the sun is shining and it's your day off?! 

Anyways, I love these products and you should too ;)  
...The leggings are on clearance right now at Target and perfect for sleep or just a lazy day at home.  
...The lip gloss (glace for the Laura Mercier connoisseurs who know what's up) is one of a brand new collection Laura came out with of GORGEOUS colors.  Obsessed.  
...The bag I can't decide if I should splurge on...it's not crazy expensive, and I could use my discount (I work at Nordstrom), but I worry I won't love it beyond this Spring...is that crazy?  It's just so fun and pretty, but I usually go for muted and neutrals so it's a bit of a reach for me...
...The phone case I just got at Target as well and I love it.  I have a baby pink gel manicure right now and I think it's affecting all of my preferences lately.  
...I haven't had a bubble tea in the last month or so, but my friend just bought some sort of bubble tea machine and has invited me over to party it up with some boba and maybe a little DIY.  

So, yeah.  Spring will be here soon and it's time to lighten up :)
Florals, pinks, and fun.
 spring 2014 floral


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