The fact that it’s summer is really the only excuse you need to make wild and carefree decisions, in my humble opinion at least. Some friends and I took full advantage of that this past weekend; we packed up and headed south to a lake house we rented in down state Illinois. While our trip was hilariously short, probably 35 hours total including car rides, we managed to make every second seem worth it. The thrill of jumping in the crisp, semi-icky lake water never faded, the amazing 90’s throwback playlist never got old or redundant, and the company was some that I could be goofy and laugh with for infinite hours on end. The weekend just seemed to personify exactly what summer should be— full of beautiful places and beautiful people that both seem to just erase all the worry and stress that existed before. Maybe it was the sunshine, or maybe the endless amounts of chips that were consumed while there, but I returned home feeling more whole, more energized with something only summer can fulfill.

I think it was the sunshine.

My friend is interning for Coach this summer & to see all of the creative and eclectic places everyone is headed makes life truly exciting. She asked if I could send her a picture of my purse & its contents, something I would never think to do. It’s funny the things we carry with us day-to-day, our essentials. Cinnamon gum and Diva M.A.C. lipstick can say a lot about someone. 

My friend is interning for Coach this summer & to see all of the creative and eclectic places everyone is headed makes life truly exciting. She asked if I could send her a picture of my purse & its contents, something I would never think to do. It’s funny the things we carry with us day-to-day, our essentials. Cinnamon gum and Diva M.A.C. lipstick can say a lot about someone. 

Lately I can’t get enough of my Jeffrey Campbell footwear. I find myself staring down at my beautiful booties whenever I walk. That’s the problem with pretty shoes— you have to remind yourself to look up, & appreciate the world not only beneath your feet, but up & in the clouds, too.

Lately I can’t get enough of my Jeffrey Campbell footwear. I find myself staring down at my beautiful booties whenever I walk. That’s the problem with pretty shoes— you have to remind yourself to look up, & appreciate the world not only beneath your feet, but up & in the clouds, too.

What says happy Father’s Day better than waffles for breakfast & ice cream for lunch? Answer: very little. We woke up early & made the waffles Dad used to make for us when we were little, and after we digested & enjoyed the patio, we made the trek downtown to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’. Jeni’s boasts flavors that are crazy, yet wisely paired. I got Goat Cheese and Cherries, brother the classic Salted Caramel, Mom Wildberry Lavender, and Pops splurged on a sundae (Bramble Berry Crisp). Despite the fun, my absolute favorite part was the time we got to spend, together. There’s nothing I love more than the beauty of family, especially mine.

Now that the summer time easy feeling has officially set in, happy hour is calling and it’s loud and clear. Our family fave is a classic Gin & Tonic, with lots of lime & a squirt of key lime juice to finish (Grandmere’s signature move). Hot summer heat + tart, crisp gin = perfection.

The Oregon coast is ruggedly gorgeous. It isn’t the common definition of a coast, all warm and balmy— it’s windy & rocky & edgier than any other beach I have seen. In Newport, OR, the sea food is fresh and the air tastes fresher. It embodies why nature inspires life. After a green and scenic drive and a trip to the aquarium, the rest of the adventure was spent in the sand. & In the air with a kite.

A couple little bits from the weekend:

- The beautiful colors from the Eugene, OR farmer’s market, including the first of the summer strawberries. Keep them coming, Mother Nature.

- Peonies galore: my spirit flower.

- The only photo I got from our Mother’s Day picnic at the coast. A perfect afternoon with the perfect people.

Birthdays and books took over this past weekend. Art HIstory paper was due Tuesday, Volcanoes final on Thursday (don’t ask), so the weekend was studying broken up by patches of celebrating 21st birthdays and warm candle lit relation. Not to mention a lovely Easter dinner date since I couldn’t be with my family.
- Acid wash jean jacket from a quirky thrift shop in Wicker Park, Chicago
- Perfect lipstick for birthday festivities, by MAC
- A little treat from Mama’s Easter care package
- Shiny bling also for birthday bashing, by Urban Outfitters
- Candle that smells like Grandmere’s fireplace, by Anthropologie
- Notebooks that make taking notes a little prettier, by Paper Source

Birthdays and books took over this past weekend. Art HIstory paper was due Tuesday, Volcanoes final on Thursday (don’t ask), so the weekend was studying broken up by patches of celebrating 21st birthdays and warm candle lit relation. Not to mention a lovely Easter dinner date since I couldn’t be with my family.

- Acid wash jean jacket from a quirky thrift shop in Wicker Park, Chicago

- Perfect lipstick for birthday festivities, by MAC

- A little treat from Mama’s Easter care package

- Shiny bling also for birthday bashing, by Urban Outfitters

- Candle that smells like Grandmere’s fireplace, by Anthropologie

- Notebooks that make taking notes a little prettier, by Paper Source

Spring has sprung in the beautiful Northwest & the energy of new beginnings and fresh starts are in the air. My yoga instructor put it awesomely the other day during my practice: use this time of year to plant new seeds in your life. By this she means parallel the new life of the outdoors with your life by choosing what seeds or changes you want to plant for your life this season. Use this time of transition to positively and proactively change your life to anyway you want to.It is in your hands, but you have to plant seeds to see growth. It’s a pretty crunchy approach, but I think it packs an important punch and is a beautiful way to think about the season. Happy spring, 2014.

Spring has sprung in the beautiful Northwest & the energy of new beginnings and fresh starts are in the air. My yoga instructor put it awesomely the other day during my practice: use this time of year to plant new seeds in your life. By this she means parallel the new life of the outdoors with your life by choosing what seeds or changes you want to plant for your life this season. Use this time of transition to positively and proactively change your life to anyway you want to.It is in your hands, but you have to plant seeds to see growth. It’s a pretty crunchy approach, but I think it packs an important punch and is a beautiful way to think about the season. Happy spring, 2014.