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A Smattering of Instagrammer Genius

This past week, one of my favourite design sites posted some of their top picks for Instagram and I thought to myself “HELLO!!! You follow some AMAZING people!!” So, in response to that thought, I am introducing you to some of the accounts I love to follow. They inspire, they stir up creativity, they make me smile. I love the photos that take you on a journey of the persons life. Photos that make you want to teleport there and just be. Some of these folks are friends. Some are strangers I feel like I know. One is my favourite man on the planet. Have a look. Give these folks a follow…


MERMAAIDY : Friend of friends in Seattle. I adore her sweet photos.



 SENORDELAO: Our friend Tony in the Springs. Photographer, lover of life, loves a good taco and to adventure in out city and beyond.


TABITHABAB: My dearest Tab. Friends since she could barely walk. She has decided to take life by the horns and to travel and to study abroad. I am crazy proud of her!!!



DRVOLLAND: Acquaintance and another friend of friends. I feel like I know him well. His photos are GREAT!!  Eye doctor and seeker of beauty and well-curated spaces.




ANNARIFLEBOND: Favourite designer/painter…I am obsessed with all she posts and save them as phone backgrounds so I see them often…



ANTHROPOLOGIE: Need I say more?



THUGLIFEFOREVS: Recently started following this gem. Every shot is golden and so smart. Her eye for things inspires me to really look around.




LOCAL_MILK: A darker feel to her photos…so much depth…I love the neutral palette. Such a work of art!




 DENISEBOVEE: I want to steal her children. Not really. But close. She has the best photos of them all living life to the fullest!!



 CALEBFRIESEN: I would marry this man over and over again. I am always impressed by his eye for things. His attention to making every shot award winning. He inspires me.




 INGWERVANILLE: Such beautiful colours…based in Vienna and Provence…I want to be Svetlana’s friend…




 _FROTOGRAPHY_: My dear Charaia, the wild child ;) I am proud of her for breaking out into some new things…for being fully alive and fully awakened. She is such a BRILLIANT one.





A Reminder That You’re Beautiful

My friend Tara shared this with me today and I had to keep pausing it in between tears and mixed emotions. This. Is. Priceless. This is real life. The daily struggle…what it means to be fully alive and fully female. The position of the heart…the condition of the physical appearance. Another reminder that, no matter your shape, size, deformity, religion, skin colour, age, sexual orientation, acne, clear skin, makeup, no makeup…YOU were made by a Creator who fashioned you PERFECTLY. In every season, in every decade…so much more than skin deep, you carry a beauty and possess so much that only you can. EMBRACE YOU. Love the differences in the women around you. Call them out. Remind each other of your value and worth. Hold the hand of someone who needs a sweet reminder that they’ve not been forgotten and that they are SEEN. We have no time to be catty or to tear someone down. It’s just not worth it.

Happy Friday!



Currently Obsessed With: Part 5

I am a girl who loves things. I don’t need a lot of things or expensive things, but I do like NEW, FUN, PRETTY things. Here is yet another list of things I am currently in love with, enjoying, or eyeing. I’m excited to share with you what I’m diggin.

aztec sweater


Love this stuff. On blankets, pillows, clothing…I have this sweater and ADORE it. I also have one that is coral and cream. Classic or trendy? Maybe a bit of both. I just really like it!



Before we got married, my favourite pink French press broke (well, the glass did…). On our honeymoon, my sweet husband treated me to a new white one that I LOVE!! He is also a gem and makes me coffee in this most mornings. I am spoiled :)



Cale found one of these for me at Goodwill!!! I have been wanting one FOREVER and was so stoked he found one!! We brought it home and I have made the Danish pancake balls several times now. This is going to be a new tradition in the Friesen home :D




I cannot WAIT to go camping…I think about it often…I dream about it even…I brought my tent home when we were back for the wedding and I am SO EXCITED to adventure with it in a new state!

coconut lemon lotion



My dear friend Ally had this at her house and I freaked out over it!! She took me to the natural grocers and I bought some the next day. It smells delicious, two of my very favourite flavours!!!



Cale and I have a pretty decent sized apartment. We are on the second floor and have LOTS of natural light pouring through. I am new to house plants in general. I have mostly lived in darker apartments, with not much bright light. So I was so happy to welcome plants it my life with my move to Colorado and this apartment. We have a couple kinds of ivy and a few succulents, but mostly herbs we use for cooking! We have mint, basil, cilantro, and rosemary right now…we are looking for a few more to add in. LOVE.



Bravo to the history channel!!! This show ROCKS. We just finished season two and are both SO BUMMED its over. Excellent character development, savage and fierce, and so relational and real. The landscape is beautiful and every episode keeps you wanting more. Season three cannot come soon enough! It’s also a fun thing for me to watch as a Scandinavian. Long live Ragnar Lothbrok!!!



Again, I blame my mother. I ADORE these little guys…fragile, but they write perfectly and come in amazing colours!!! I do a lot of letter writing and these are simply perfection.




This line of makeup is excellent! I have several of their lip gloss and have used a few other items. Worth checking out for sure!!


neon runners



I am pining for a pair of these. The runners I  have now are starting to wear some, after all of the running I have been doing. These pink ones are seriously delicious!!! We also just joined the YMCA, so I feel like I need a fresh pair of kicks to motivate me…right?? ;)

What are YOU currently in to??  I’ll keep my eyes peeled and will let you know what other things I am CRAZY about!!!

Cheers! XOXO


For Both Our Sake: Part 1


I am two months into marriage and I have barely even scratched the surface of what it truly means to be a lifelong partner to someone.  Wife is such a funny word… meaning “a female partner in a marriage”. Earlier this year, just months before Cale and I tied the knot, I sent out an email to some women in my life that I trust, love, and respect. Some older, some younger, some newly wedded ladies. All of these women have different perspectives and life walks and outlooks. I have dreamed of being a wife for a very long time and, might I add, a damn good one. I hear these women who complain about their husbands ALL OF THE TIME. (I think to myself… I’m sure you are not always a walk in the park yourself, lady…). They do not honour him, respect him, or ever think that they may be the one who needs to compromise. They get together with other women and they have a full out tear down session, their husbands hearts and reputations being sacrificed so they can one up another gal with how bad they have it and how stupid their man is. Now, again, I am new at this, so please don’t throw any stones. This is just observation. I have also seen women who, on the flip side, make their man look like a million bucks, all of the time. They encourage him, love him, support him when it’s hard to…they are selfless. They don’t continue pointing out his wrongs…they are real. Raw. They have the same tough times, but they do not air their dirty laundry to the neighborhood. They are who I look to as my guidance for this crazy adventure called marriage. They are women who run their households with strength and beauty. They have offered me some beautiful insights. Some practical, some things to be aware of…I long to be an amazing helpmate and counterpart to Caleb. To pour out love on him and to see him shine and grow and learn and thrive…

Here are a few pieces of advice I was given. I am keeping these things anonymous, as to protect the advice giver. There were just some gems in here that I had to pass on, so you too could apply these to your current relationship. They’re beautiful gems I carry in the pockets of my brain and pull out when needed.

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I often want to ‘teach’ my husband a better way – or make him somehow different.  Truth be told, I learn so much from his different approach.  But it’s so easy for me to feel like I’ve got the ‘right’ way.  It can get sticky when push comes to shove and you realize how different you each are…make room for the other person to be them.

Date nights must be FIERCELY protected

Be a student of your husband. Figure out what makes him tick, what causes his face to light up, what brings him joy. In turn, these are things that will make YOU the most happy

Talk about EVERYTHING! Never assume anything

Be quick to forgive-do not fall asleep angry…or at least work towards this ;) You are teammates working together to problem-solve an endless amount of daily events. It is really true that you should never go to bed with unresolved issues.  We have found that making a ritual each evening recounting events of the day keeps us on track.  We talk about how we handled ourselves, but more importantly what we would do differently if something similar were to come up again.

When he says you’re beautiful, believe him. He’s going to see you in all your glory. It’s easy to assume he’s not going to like the parts of your body that you don’t. He’s not even going to notice them. He loves you wholly. This man is your partner, your love, hopefully your best friend and your heart.  It is very easy in the dailiness of life to forget the “person” you fell in love with.  The newness WILL wear off and if you have both been paying attention you will find you love one another far deeper then you do now.  This is based solely on your respect for one another and what each of you individually bring to the table as well as meeting each others emotional needs.

Reach out to your community of family and friends around you that will hold you and your husband up through both the good and bad. Do not smear your husband in the process, but seek out truth from those around you. Talk about household chores and don’t get frustrated if he does not automatically do something. Voice what you need and what you BOTH expect.

Apologize when you are wrong, even if it is unintentional. Your partner’s feelings, ideas, opinions, and preferences are just as valid as your own. Make room for your mate to be who they are and you won’t have to apologize so much

There is only one side and you are both on it.

I have learned from both my marriage and from the destruction of my parent’s marriage that speaking kindly to one another is absolutely essential. Even when you are mad or frustrated or in pain, you always have a choice about how you speak to another person

Be generous in the bedroom. Take your time. Tell your partner what you want and what you like. Don’t be shy or hide yourself. Lose yourself in each other. It’s honestly one of the best places in the world. Don’t take it for granted when your partner moves toward you in a physical way and don’t use sex as a solution to anything.

Be co-creators together. Both of you are already complete – you do not complete each other-Instead you are fully formed individuals who work together as a team to create the life you want to live. Instead of having eyes only for each other, picture yourself standing side by side, hand in hand, facing toward your future. Equal. You move forward together but separately. Since you’re not conjoined, if one of you struggles along the way, the other is more equipped to help you up.

Make time for yourself. Have interests apart from your mate, and allow your mate the same freedom. This will make you better partners to each other

Above all, be grateful. Give thanks for your mate every single day. If you are frustrated with your mate, give thanks and you will be filled with love. I’m not kidding. This is serious stuff. Gratitude is the birthplace for all love, joy, connection, and belonging.

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The women in my life are pure gold. I plan to write out more of the words given to me, as well as sharing some of what I am learning on my own and through others and, for myself, through my relationship with God. Breathe. Embrace life and ENJOY the RIDE!! Cherish your every relationship. Cultivate it, water it, feed it…watch yourself and the other person thrive…



What to Wear Wednesday: Rock That Clock!!!

Ever since I can remember, I have loved watches.  I had a couple different ones as a kid. My favourites were the Swatch watches I had in mint green, light pink, and white (big shocker…). You could change out the faces and the bands and mix and match. The possibilities were ENDLESS. I also had a Mickey Mouse watch that I got from my Grandpa and Grandma Smith and I treasured that little watch. Red leather bands and sweet Mickeys arms working hard to help me keep track of when I could go out to play, when dinner was ready, and when I had to go to bed. Magic.

I only own a couple of watches now, if you can believe it. Although, after rediscovering the Swatch watches, I now want a complete set that I can change out and play around with. A couple of years ago, my sister and I were on an epic roadtrip and we drove to San Diego for the day, to visit my friend Vince. At the time, Vince was working at Nixon and we got the full tour of the showroom. And my heart stopped. And I fell in love with a perfect gold watch that I still find myself drooling over and dreaming about…It’s safe to say my love for watches was rekindled that day. Shortly after, I purchased a giant white knock off that I still wear and love. Someday, maybe, I will rock that Nixon watch I so long have pined for…ha ha ha…

Here are some awesome watches I found on my searches.  Watches are an effortless way to add SOO much to an outfit.  Year round. I find myself looking  at men’s and women’s wrists alike, to see what their time keeper looks like…why not make a statement??!! That’s kind of my feeling on most things…check these out!!!

















I found some excellent watches here if you’re on the lookout for a new clock to rock:


Cheers!! To a summer full of sunshine, colourful clothing and fantastic time pieces!!

What to Wear Wednesday: Aprons Aplenty


I have officially been a wife now for a little over one month. Since then, I have ventured into all sorts of new things as a “domestic partner” or what have you. I have found myself in the kitchen much more. Planning meals with Caleb, cooking together, and , most recently, taking on the vast world of baking.

A few summers ago, I read a book, while poolside in Palm Springs, called a Homemade Life, by Molly Wizenberg. It stirred up something in me. This awakeness to how vital food is and how central it is to gatherings, to making a house feel like a home…to self-discovery. I started to follow Molly’s blog ( and it was another beautiful example to me of how I wanted to eventually be. I wasn’t quite there yet. Shes just released a new book that I cannot WAIT to dive into! My friend Amy volunteers at Molly’s restaurant in Seattle with various cooking classes…I am insanely jealous. I may move back just for that opportunity ;)

I just discovered, in the past few weeks…drum roll please…I love to bake. I truly love it. Initially, it stresses me out. If it’s something I have never made, I am a little tense. Once I am in the swing, I really like it! I have a lot to learn…I want to make a homemade cake, French macaroon, Chocolate eclairs, Madelines…apparently I also want to be French!! :D I was also given an entire box of special recipes from the women in my life, over my wedding week. I am excited to dive into these and to share the not-so-secret ones with you.

In honour of this new season and my new found love for baking, I thought the appropriate thing would be to blog a bit on some of the FANTASTIC aprons I have come across!! Mostly Pinterest, of course ;)

Okay! Here we go!


I love the nautical, striped look!! So fresh and clean.


This is just so rad!! All the colours and the floral…fun tapestry!


A fave from Anthropologie.


I like the half aprons a lot! This is the cutest thing…


Cinderella, anyone??


So awesome!!! I adore this pattern and cut…like June Cleaver :)


Another Anthropologie I love.


I want this as a DRESS!!!!


Great basic in vintage reproduction. Love.


Best half apron ever!!


Wonder woman of the KITCHEN


My dearest Michelle bought this for me a few years ago. I wear it often!! Here I am with my mini me, Violet, in our aprons. Baking cupcakes when she was just a little.


Also, you MUST try this recipe. This is what I made last night for my sweet Caleb’s 30th birthday dessert. It was a big hit at our house and will now become a part of my recipe box.



This apron, shockingly, is Anthropologie :) Coral print, with layers and frills. Love love love!!!

Happy cooking, baking, and apron wearing!



What To Wear Wednesday: Floral Hair Crowns



In honour of May Day tomorrow, I thought this would be an appropriate post!! I have been admiring these floral wreaths for a long time. Cutting pictures out of magazines, tucking them into journals or putting them on my bulletin board. Admiring the females that can effortlessly pull off such a feminine, beautiful look. I think I will make one, just because. Maybe I’ll even throw a crown making party??!! I love all things floral, as you know. Cannot HANDLE how awesome they are!! I understand I am late to the game and that these have been popular for quite some time. Better late than never. Join me in making a floral crown to celebrate May Day and all things FLORAL and wear it like you mean it :D

I found these following photos on Pinterest and thought I would pass along. The bottom two are dear friends of mine, Rachael and Dionne, who sport their versions of the wreaths so well!!

20140430-110047.jpg 20140430-110056.jpg 20140430-110106.jpg 20140430-112100.jpg 20140430-112108.jpg 20140430-112118.jpg  Ravishing Rachael :)

  20140430-120601.jpg  Divine Dionne :)

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Here are a couple of websites I found tutorials on for making your own crown!! Make them with real flowers, silk flowers, tissue paper or fabric. So much fun :)

Happy May Day from Colorado!! Ill be blogging soon about the wedding and all that has been transpiring :) Thank you for your encouraging notes and for reading!!




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