Current Playlist: Poolside Jams

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Here’s a little mini list of songs that I have been loving. I try to keep Spotify on at work, so that I can find music that keeps me going through the day.  I fully plan on soaking up some sun and pool time this weekend, with these little tunes in tow. Some oldies and some newbies. Enjoy!!

1.   Susanne Sundfor – Delirious

2.   The National – Anyone’s Ghost

3.   Monakr – Diamond

4.   Glass Animals – Black Mambo

5.   Lord Huron – Ends of the Earth

6.   MGMT – Electric Feel

7.   Cher Lloyd – Sirens

8.   OMI – Cheerleader

9.   Ryn Weaver – OctaHate

10.   Madeon – You’re On

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That’s my little list for now. Hoping to get more listening in and to share more goodies!!

Cheers!

XOXO

Weekend Thrifting!!

This weekend, a sweet little neighborhood to the east of us had a neighborhood wide garage sale. Cale and I took some loose cash and hit the streets! This is one of our favourite things to do.We usually make a plan of attack when there are so many in one space. We did find treasure!! We also found a few at the Goodwill in Golden, when we were there adventuring, climbing through Red Rocks park and eating perfect Indian food. Here’s a snap shot of some of the things we found.image2L to R: Pink and White striped tank $.75 – Shark sewing machine, used once $5, BRAND NEW Target pillows, 2 for $10 – Sam&Libby flats in blush and black, never worn, $5 – Vintage pink swan planter, $8 – Vintage 60’s Flour/Sugar containers, 2 for $6, and a $4 succulent garden from Trader Joe’s that doesn’t really count. Also, the photo below is the epic pair of black Schuler and Sons Skelly ankle boots I scored for $10!! They had their original tag for $188 on them – tread like new, hardly worn, if they even were. I had spotted some similar at Anthropologie and had to explain to my husband why it was okay for me to get yet ANOTHER pair of shoes :D He’s the best…

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(Not pictured: Food dehydrater for $5 – Philodendron plant, full and still growing $3 – Bissell push vacuum for our one rug! Ha! $5) I was also given a hand mixer that is absolutely lovely by my dear friend Sarah, which I am so stoked to use!!!

That’s all for now! Until the next treasure hunt…

Cheers!!

XOXO

Currently Obsessed With: Part 7

Well, our summer is sloooowly making its way into view. It has been crazy rainy here in Colorado Springs. We broke a rain record from 1835. Bananas. Being a Seattle girl, you would think this rain would be easy peasey for me to deal with. While it is sentimental and does make me miss the Pacific Northwest, I have become spoiled with the Colorado sunshine! I will not complain, however about how GREEN it has made everything!! That, I love. In this rainy month, I have found comfort in a few things that give me hope that the sun will shine again! Ha ha ha…things I like all year long, but that recently have made me excited and ready to embrace summer and permanent S U N S H I N E.

 

 

1. Sauvignon Blanc

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My book club drinks wine at every gathering. At our first meeting, my friend Abby brought the BEST Sav Blanc and from then on, it is all that I have wanted. Boxed or bottled, I will drink it. This is going to be my first summer consistently drinking white wine and I am so excited about it! I want to add some peaches and raspberries in next time…

 

2. Tina Fey

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I have recently started watching 30 Rock again from the beginning and it gets me every time. Tina Fey is stinking brilliant. SNL has not been the same since her departure. Her comedic timing is awesome and I just want to hang out with her. That is all.

 

 3. Tarte Cheek Stain

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My favourite summer cosmetic. My sister/bestie Michelle gave me one of these years ago and I have been buying it ever since! Tipsy is my jam. It gives me a warm, peachy glow all year round that I just love!!

4. The Firewatchers Daughter


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The direction this woman has taken is nothing short of perfection. She brings tears to my eyes. A Pacific Northwest cat that KILLS it with old school folky vibes. This album is in the top of my most listened to right now. We listen to it on road trips and I sing along to it at work. Get to listening if you haven’t.

 

 5. Jeni’s Whiskey & Pecans Ice Cream

 

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WARNING: This ice cream will change your LIFE! Hailing from Ohio and stocked on the shelves at Whole Foods, this ice cream will be showing its face at a lot of parties and gatherings this summer. It is udder perfection. We had it as dessert for my dearest Sara’s birthday and I literally licked my plate…shamelessly. The. Best.

 6. Pink Hair

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I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.

 7. Richer Poorer Socks

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 My friend Vince works for these guys and I have been nothing short of thoroughly impressed with their products! I spoil my husband with these bad boys and have a pair or two myself. Having an epic sock game is a must. I learned that from my mama. she still has the best socks ever!

8. Peep Toe Shoes

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Heels. Booties. Platforms. I love me some peep toes and am a big fan!

 9. Hello Lucky Cards

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These cards are so totally fun! They have them for every occasion! I have bought their boxed cards before too and they’re just great. So fun to send to friends and to received! (http://www.hellolucky.com/)

 10. Large House Plants

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So, we started with a small succulent and herb garden. Now, we have a few large house plants and I just want more and more and more. These are NOT our house plants. This is the Denver Botanic Garden, but my husband looks so handsome, this was the picture of choice :D Maybe one day I will have a giant palm!!! Right now, we have a snake plant and an awesome rubber tree!

There you have it. How I am dreaming of summer and warmth and what I am currently drooling over.

Cheers!!

XOXO

What To Wear Wednesday: Stud Earrings

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Vintage. Gaudy.Triangular. Glittered. Matte. Square. You describe it and I probably own a pair of stud earrings to match the description. I have so many pairs, so little time. I buy them at Goodwill or garage sales or new off of the rack. I am not picky. As much as I love bracelets and necklaces, I love a good pair of stud earrings. They match every occasion. You can rock the big giant grandma glam ones with a cocktail dress. You can pair the neon bow pair with your swimsuit or a cute sundress. They suit every event, every season and never, in my opinion, go out of style. You can fashion your own with craft store backings, a glue gun, and your favourite buttons, bottle caps, or sea glass! Here are a few pair I have recently spotted and loved. In the photo above, I am wearing my vintage gold and white stars, from my sister, for my husband’s green card party.

If you’re into designer pieces, Kate Spade is hard to beat! Two of my girlfriends got me these “Mrs” earrings as a bachelorette gift and I wore them my entire honeymoon! They are my most favourite pair. The other few photos below are also adorable earrings by Kate.

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And, as usual, a smattering of more fun stud earrings that I just L O V E.
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(I want these salted pretzels B A D L Y!!)
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And of course, champagne/blush are my fave!!!
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It’s summer! Throw your hair back and let your cute ears make a statement.

What to Wear Wednesday: The Saavy Blazer

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Do not buy the lie that you cannot wear a blazer if you do not have a business meeting to attend. That is absolute poppycock!! (That’s a nicer choice of word than what originally popped in my head…) It took me awhile to get into wearing blazers, even to business meetings!! I hesitated to buy one. I went birthday shopping with a friend, about 3 years ago and he bought it for me as a gift! It is navy with gold buttons and three quarter length sleeves. I started to play around with it and wore it to work. I wore it with patterned pants, with skinny jeans, boots, and long necklaces. I have tried it with skirts and over dresses. There are so many ways to wear it!! Pair it with a graphic tee, a boyfriend jean, and some neutral or patterned flats!  JCrew makes some stellar blazers. I also really like Banana Republic for classic blazers. You can usually find some fun ones while thrifting too :D I’ve since bought a teal one, a white one, a neon yellow one that zips, and a blush colored one with polka dots, pictured below. LOVE.

 As per usual, I have rounded up some visuals for you, via Pinterest. A variety of looks and tastes. My fave is halfway down – a Khaki green blazer with a tulle skirt. Take a look :

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Blazers are a great addition to your wardrobe, all year round!!! Pick one, work it, and enjoy. Cheers!!

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One Year In…

When Caleb’s cousin Josh was visiting us in March, he took some pretty amazing photos of Caleb and I at a park here in the Springs called Garden of the Gods. It is jagged red rocks coming up from the earth, in an unlikely place. So raw, so rough, so beautiful. We go here often just to walk and snap a few photos and to take in the fresh air. We were almost married for one year when these were taken. It has been a really incredible year and I am more in love with my best friend now than I ever have been. Even on the days when he sees me at my lowest point, my ugly crying, he is genuine and tender. He is my anchor. I am a rollercoaster and he is steady as a mountain. I have learned that:

Marriage is better than I could have ever expected it to be.

Forgiveness should be offered quickly and not withheld.

Sex is the most beautiful with the one you were created for.

If someone truly loves you, they love ALL of you, even the parts that are hard to love.

Marriage is an adventure and trying new things together adds spark to the everyday.

Spontaneity is your friend-you cannot plan every detail of your love story.

Being secluded always can be damaging-community is key in ALL seasons!

The other person’s needs exceed my wants.

Talk about everything, without shame – an elephant in the room feels even bigger in a marriage.

Words can either uplift or tear down – I refuse to be a nagging, negative wife with a sword for a tongue.

When men are sick, they are like needy, sweet little puppies….lol….

So many more lessons I could share, but this is a good little list for now. Josh took so many good photos. It was FREEZING out, to the point my hands were bright red. We braved it though and rewarded ourselves later with Mexican food and cocktails!! I was also excited to wear my all-time favourite dress from Anthropologie!!

Cheers!!!

XOXO

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Currently Obsessed With: Part 6

Hello!!! Thanks for stopping by!! As you can see, it has been WAY too long since my last post. Life has become busy in our bustling community here in Colorado Springs! Not to mention, I have spent the past year investing in my relationship with new husband. It has been magical!! Marriage is a blessing. Not always easy breezy, but worth every moment. I am grateful. I have also been writing a bit for Colorado Collective (www.colorado-collective.com), which is made up of and focused on local makers and shakers in the Southern Colorado region! Lots of events and personal stories. Check us out! I’ve also started a book club with a friend, have become more committed to my personal health, and we’ve joined a weekly meal group! We get together and share a meal and chat about life…whether tough or lighthearted. We are in the process of packing up our life in the Friesen Mansion apartment and moving a few blocks to the East, into an awesome little two bedroom house!! I am perusing websites, catalogues, and keeping my eyes peeled while shopping for pieces that will fit our new space. Life is good!! Hustling and bustling as usual. Thanks for your patience and understanding with my unintentional hiatus! Life has a mind of its own :D

So, I thought I would showcase another round of my obsessions…since I seem to get an awesome response and since I am already talking about them with anyone who will listen anyway…HA!!

1. Brush Script/Hand Lettering

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Caleb is amazing at brush script/handlettering!! I have wanted to learn for so long. He bought me some fancy brush tip pens and showed me some of his secrets and I have been practicing every chance I get!! Here’s the stack of my first practice sheets on the kitchen floor.

2. Blush, the colour

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So, some of you may remember, but I used a lot of blush colour in my wedding. The flowers, the bridesmaid dresses…I cannot get enough of it. the Post-Its on my desk are even blush!! I saw this skirt from Urban Outfitters and wanted to DIE!!! I need this skirt…in a major way…okay, and the purse…

3. Clean Eating

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In February, Caleb and I jumped on The Whole 30 wagon and have tried not to look back! Tried being the key word. We did our Whole 30 successfully and felt amazing after! It was not without its challenges though. It taught us a lot and we have changed our eating choices. It is amazing what clean eating can do for you! I would encourage everyone to dedicate 30 days to this and see the changes for yourself! No regrets! (And yes, that IS Whole 30 BBQ Pork stuffed sweet potatoes!!)

4. Danish Design

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I have about 600 photos on my Pinterest I could post here. This is a perfect balance for Caleb and I. Very clean lines, minimal, but with character. We are trying to pair our stuff down to just what we LOVE, which for me, is hard. This is the gist of what we are going for. So, that being said, I am searching far and wide for the exact items I LOVE that embody the Danish design aspects.

(Photo Courtesy of www.Domainehome.com)

5. Book Club

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Like I mentioned earlier, my friend Sarah and I started a book club!! It is the very best. 5 girls reading the same book, drinking wine, eating cake and yummy cheeses, and gathering to chat about the book and the rest of our going ons. I am loving every second of it and it is forcing me to not only read, but to FINISH the books!!! This is our current read and I do not want it to end…so beautifully written.

6. Almond Milk Lattes

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I learned on Whole 30 that my body really does hate dairy…lame…BUT!!! Almond milk is my new friend. I use it in things I would need milk for. I also LOVE my lattes, as you know, and am still having them. I have just substituted for almond milk and it is a dream…

7. Cookbooks

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I have always loved cookbooks, but to be honest, they usually sit and collect dust. Not anymore!!! I am dedicated to working through them and challenging myself! The most recent one I got was my “paper” gift on our first anniversary from Caleb called “The Forest Feast”. It is all vegetarian, which I am not, but can appreciate and enjoy. My sister-in-law got it for Christmas and we all sat around looking at it, drooling over every page. I was ecstatic to receive my own copy!!! I will hopefully remember to post recipes I make on the blog.

8. Gilmore Girls

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I am so enjoying going back an re-watching these episodes, years later from their release. When I was 16, so was Rory, the daughter. Now I am 30 and the same age as Lorelei, the mom. It is blowing me away!!! The writing is brilliant, it has been so long, I feel like this is my first time watching them. I watch them on lunch breaks, when I was dishes, when Caleb watches basketball…I am, needles to say, pathetic…

9. Kimono Cardigan

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I just bought one of these second-hand, to see if I liked it or not. At first, I was convinced they looked like bathrobes…and then I wore mine and LOVED it!!! I am still getting use to so much flow, but if what you’re wearing underneath is structured, have no fear! The options are also endless…

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10. White Lilacs

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Our weather here in the Springs has been B A N A N A S! Hail and thunderstorms and sunshine and snow…and that’s all in one day. No joke!! Through the chaos, these beautiful buds have emerged and have brought my heart such happiness! The air is thick with their delicious aroma…I love Spring and I love white lilacs.

11. Pink Lip Colour

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I wear pink lips most days and the Spring brings it out even more! Every shade, but mostly mid range, full colour, not too frosty. I loved this colour on Emma Stone, so that’s the photo of choice. Plus I just adore Emma and cannot WAIT to see Aloha!!!

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Well, that is all for now. I’m excited to get back into the blogging groove. I have missed it!! Your feedback is welcome.

Cheers!!!

XOXO