Little Red Dress


Zara dress, Mossimo sandals When it comes to having warm shoulders, who really needs them? I’ve always been drawn to jewel-tone colors, especially red (see here and here) so when I saw this punchy number on the hangar from afar, it had me at hello. I love the that the shoulder cut outs make this otherwise classic silhouette feel a bit edgy. As you may or may not know, I’m a big fan of swapping out my closet with ThredUp and Crossroads, but…

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Our Engagement Photos


  Today marks four months until our wedding and just over a week ago we celebrated our one year engagement anniversary. Being the most impressionable day in my life to date, I remember it like it was yesterday. The engagement period has been such a fun time in our lives and now that we’re in the home stretch I wanted to kick off our four-month wedding countdown by sharing our engagement photos by my utterly talented friend Jamie from Rose Street…

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Our Engagement Story


It was the Monday before my birthday that Shannan asked me what day that week would work for us to go out to an early birthday dinner. We were heading to Seattle that Saturday to visit a couple of our best friends that had recently moved to the rainy state and then to San Francisco for the Giants vs. Dodgers series (Giants swept again – you know, the usual). It was a sweet gesture so I thanked him but insisted it…

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Sonoma Getaway


The other week the world was brightened with thirty-something years of one of my dearest friends April, or as I like to say, Apies. You may remember the backpacking trip she and I took through the Dominican Republic not long ago. I’ll spare you the quick math and confirm that April was indeed born in April. To celebrate her birthday and name paying homage to spring’s favored month, a few of my close friends and I took a quick trip to…

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Seasons Greetings & Holiday Card Making


Seasons greetings, my friends! I can hardly believe Christmas is just another 36 days away. I was at the store the other day shopping through the holiday isles and got stuck at the greeting cards for a while. I filtered through the bunch and admired the cuteness of the DIY impostors, as they were a subtle reminder of my fireplace mantle during the holidays growing up. I was always exited to check the mail and see whose holiday card came that day…

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Hopping Through The Gili Islands


In the same way I was excited about switching gears from mainland Bali to island life in Nusa Lembongan, I had put the Gili Islands on a pedestal and could hardly wait to finally arrive in paradise. The Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands off the northwest coast of Lombok made up of Gili Trawangan (often referred to as Gili T), Gili Meno and Gili Air. When I first started doing my research on these islands, I…

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