Thursday, September 1, 2016

Just Make It

Ok, everyone. Stop what you're doing right now and go read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

This book (which focuses on creative living beyond fear) was definitely what I needed to read and what I've been continually thinking on since I finished it. I mean, hello. How perfect is this quote, and how pertinent, especially as I ease myself back into the swing of things. Of course, what better way to share a quote about just making stuff than by just making something. Duh. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Here's Something

After spending the last three weeks absent from this space, it seemed like it was about time to pop back in for a moment. Saying yes to new adventures this summer has meant saying no to blogging (clearly, right?!), and I think it's been a good thing. I've had this blog for over seven years, and am really taking the time now to reflect on what it is I want to be creating and sharing moving forward. I had an epic long post typed out on this subject, but decided that all the feels are for a different time (note to self: don't type up post drafts when you're feeling dramatic). 

Currently, I'm focusing on creating simply for the sake of creating, not for numbers or people or my own ego. Today's post is brought to you by my most recent foray into this process. I'm literally just going with it, you guys! Definitely all about the basics this August, and you can't get any more classic than crisp whites and your favorites jeans.

Outfit pic from here, watercolor here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sleek Inspiration

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Bring on the rest of the summer events, friends! I've been gathering some some of my favorite "kind of casual but also really put together" hairdo's recently, and I'm really into these sleek options. Remember how this ceramic flat iron made my hair look last week? Yeah, that's definitely happening again for at least one of remaining summer events I'll be attending. I just don't think you can go wrong with a glossy, no-fuss hairstyle. They're classy and confident and simple, which is really all I can ask of my hair on a good day.

Monday, July 11, 2016

the grid / 4

The past couple weeks have just looked a little something like this. After a quick trip to Minnesota to visit family (what is WITH you Midwest people and your pontoons, seriously?!), I've settled into somewhat of a summer routine, which mostly means I work all morning, and hike all afternoon. I'm still trying to say yes to more new adventures, spend as much time as possible outside, and eat an absurd amount of ice cream. Priorities, amiright?SaveSave

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


I did it (finally): I chopped some serious length off of my hair. I think for a moment or two there I was emotionally unstable/felt like I was missing a limb, but it seems as though that feeling has mostly passed and I'm back on track with the classic love-hate relationship with my hair. Nice! Typically, no matter what the length, I embrace the natural wave my hair has because a) it's easy, and that's really all that needs to be said, but also because b) wavy hair is just my jam right now. 

Occasionally, though, I like to switch things up for a more sleek look, especially with shorter hair because there are just not enough hours in the day for me to justify straightening long hair. If I'm going to put my arm through the workout of holding a flat iron for what feels like forever, there's one requirement: it needs to be easy. Thankfully, the ceramic flat iron I've been using from Irresistible Me is so easy and effective (and light!) that I actually enjoy the process of taming my waves.

This flat iron heats up fast, works well, and leaves my hair feeling so soft and fresh... basically the opposite of how every other hair straightener has made my hair feel. Oh, and it automatically shuts off after 30 minutes so we can just skip the whole "did I turn my flat iron off" panic. Big round of applause for that. The final thought? 10/10 would definitely recommend. 

Monday, June 27, 2016


Images curated from here.

As has become the tradition around here, I've pulled my summer inspiration together into one mood board for the season. I find myself inspired by the moody tones of the ocean and the endless green of the Pacific Northwest, slow mornings and productive afternoons, and simple floral patterns. For me, this summer means more sunshine, less time in an office (cheers to teleworking!) and the chance to maybe figure out some life ish in the meantime, too. Fingers crossed.