Why Knot {Listen} II

link

I did one of these last month and I thought it was fun to share what music I'm currently loving. My sister just got home from Italy and also introduced me to a couple new tunes so those are included in this list as well. :)


1. Renegades- X Ambassadors

2. Geronimo- Sheppard

4. The Fall- Imagine Dragons

5. Hold Back the River- James Bay

6. Rivers and Roads- The Head and the Heart

7. Work this Body- Walk the Moon

8. Shoulders- for King & Country

9. The Obvious Child- Paul Simon

10. From Afar- Vance Joy


Also, sorry about the long absence!! It's been a crazy few weeks and I haven't had the same level of motivation as in the past. Hopefully I'll get some new outfit posts shot and some fun, new content up this week. But for now, enjoy the music and let me know what songs you have on repeat!!


Today We Talk About Decorating

Room Love

So as many of you know, I am moving to Oregon after the summer! This means a new place to decorate and make a home and I couldn't be more excited. If I had a rather large budget, than this is what my little office in my room and the living room would look like (that is, if my roommate liked it!).

I saw this couch on Dot and Bo (an amazing website!) and I fell in love. No, really. I showed my sister and I swear I looked like the emoji with the heart eyes. And then that rug.... don't even get me started on how much I want that rug.

 I am also really loving everything Gray Malin right now. His photographs are stunning! I would love one of his Italian ones for above my desk so I can transport myself back to one of my favorite places. And then how beautiful is that ocean one? He is so talented.

If you had an unlimited budget, what are some items you would splurge on?


Here's the facts: couch// desk// rug // Italy photo // Ocean photo // clock // state outline // A // records // pillow // vase


I Wanna Be There in My City


San Francisco is awesome for many reasons, but one of my favorites are all of the fun places to photograph. Monica and I had a blast finding cool spots and it was funny watching her jump back into taking photos in public. It was nice to have not only my best friend in town, but also my previous creative director/photographer. ;)






This SKIRT is from Banana Republic and is a classic staple that every girl should have in her closet. I, for one, want all of them for grad school (still so fun to say that!!) and the future. I love how bright and happy this one is. Having a chambray shirt front-tucked into the skirt dressed it down a bit and made it perfect for exploring the city. 

The bag is Monica's and she found it in a vintage store back in Tucson. Isn't it a beaut?? And I originally didn't plan on wearing my Burks with this outfit but I like how it helped dress it down even more. 

Lastly, the necklace I'm wearing is from the for King & Country concert I went to last Monday. It's an Australian coin and a little crest that is meant to symbolize how every women deserves only the best and is priceless in the eyes of God. Beautiful right? I bought me and my sisters one as little reminders. You can buy one HERE. Also, the concert was amazing and if they are coming to your town, I definitely recommend going.

Here's to the Weekend!


Hey friends! 
I'm sure everyone is with me when I say boy, am I glad it's Friday. The last week and a half have been a whirlwind (in the best way) and I'm excited to rest a little bit in the weeks to come. But this weekend I am flying to LA for the day for my friends graduation, going to a of King & Country concert on Monday and then my college roommate is coming to visit for the week!! (jumping up and down like a 5 year old) All that's to say that there won't be much posting next week but stick with me! 
I'll be back :)

If you've been under a rock, let me tell you about this article that's been circulating about a woman who left her responsible and sensible life and went to live on an island. I am seriously smitten with this story and LOVE the idea of living this kind of life. LINK here. 

Just stumbled upon THIS blog and love it! I love discovering new blogs to add to my list. :)

Loved THIS home tour on The Everygirl. Also, I will forever not be able to say Marina del Ray without saying it like The Californians from SNL. Marrrrinnnaaaa deeeeeeeel Raahhhhhyyy

Have a great weekend!!


So You're Looking for the Perfect Graduation Gift


Fret not! I've got you covered!

The Perfect Grad Gift


It's that time of year again! GRADUATION TIME!! I am going to my friend's graduation this weekend and I can't wait to be there for her like she was there for me! And then in the following weeks, the rest of my friends with be graduating!! It's such an exciting time and it really feels like their is electricity in the air. Everyone is buzzing and ready for the next big thing!

I thought I would round up a few of my favorite gift ideas for anyone struggling with what to get their friend/loved one/etc. Let's begin!

1. For my graduation/our Christmas gifts, my friend bought us all bracelets that said, "Tucson." I absolutely love my bracelet and it's such a special gift because we all will be leaving/left Tucson and now we can always remember the memories we had in that desert town. You can put the person's name or the name of the city they went to college or even their hometown! Either way, it will really mean something. HERE'S the one in the picture. There are so many options though.

2. I. Love. Flowers. Honestly, who doesn't? Is there anything sweeter than being gifted flowers? Well what about if those flowers came straight from the fields and also helped charities such as Wish Upon a Teen and Trees4Trees? Bloom2Bloom would be a perfect gift for a grad who is further away but you still want to send some love. We sent two bouquets to some relatives and they LOVED them.

3. This one is similar to the first but in necklace form. How fun would it be to get someone a state outline of where they went to college or are headed to next? Or even their home state! Etsy has some gorgeous ones like THIS one. Also, I'm such a fan of rose gold.

4. Now this one would be tricky for me because I can't bake very well for the life of me but I have friends who love to bake for special occasions and give the goodies as gifts. I think it's a great idea because you spent not only money but a good chunk of time to bake the yummy treat. Also, if the cake has edible flowers such as the one ABOVE, then bonus points.

4. For my graduation I also received a blanket similar to THE ONE in the photo that screams the Southwest. My friend gave it to me and it's always something I'll treasure to remember my time in the desert. I have it lying at the end of my bed for a pop of color. How nice would it be if you got the graduate something unique from their area?

5. Lastly, everyone can use a beautiful candle like the one ABOVE. Not only will it smell amazing but it can also be a nice decorative piece! If you or your family is giving money as a graduation present, this could also be a nice complementary piece. I'm obsessed with that blue color!!

Did I miss anything?? If so, let me know in the comments!!


So....


I'M GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL!!

I'm moving to Oregon in August to get my masters in Speech-Language Pathology and I couldn't be more excited!!

I have to be honest though. I was 99% sure this wasn't going to happen. I completely felt like God was telling me grad school was not a stop in my path and instead I needed to find alternatives. On MONDAY I was looking up apartments and jobs in the Sacramento area so I could be proactive and have a plan for once the summer ends. And honestly, I was content. I had grappled with the pain and rejection of not getting in anywhere all of March and April was spent picking up the pieces and trying to find a purpose. 

But God is sneaky like that. I think He wanted me to sweat it out a little bit and see how I handled it. And He wanted me to see that no matter the outcome, I would be fine regardless. 

My mom and I both agree that if I had heard in February or March when everyone else I know heard their good news, I probably would not have enjoyed it as much and would not have gone through the important journey I did. I wouldn't wish my March on anyone because it was filled with a lot of heartbreak and uncertainty but at the same time, isn't that when we learn the most? Isn't that when we realize how strong we really can be? I look back on the last two months and I think, "Dang, I'm proud of myself! High fives all around!"

Just as Whitney from Blonde Atlas wrote in her Saturday post, God places those periods of "Saturdays" in our lives for a reason. If I had not experienced my own Saturday, then my Sunday would not have been as sweet. My Sunday would not have been such a huge exhale and sense of relief. And as much as I struggled with the waiting in the beginning, I really do believe that I was trusting almost the whole way. I made plans, I updated resumes, I looked for jobs, I sought out advice, etc. etc.

So when I heard my exciting Sunday news, I was shocked, I was elated and I was emotional. I immediately called up everyone I hold dear and shouted the news to them. And because we had all been on this journey together, there were many joy-filled screams. 

And to close it all out, my parents and I bought some champagne and toasted to the roller coaster ride this spring has been. Is there any better way to celebrate??


"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for these who have been trained by it."
-Hebrews 12:11 



These Are a Few of my Favorite Links


What. A. Week.
Guys, God is so good. I have a pretty exciting post for Monday, but if you follow me on any social media like TWITTER or INSTAGRAM, then you may know what it's going to be about. ;) 
For now, here are some of my favorite bits and pieces from across the web::

1. THIS post and recipe by Amanda at Marshall's Abroad looks mouthwateringly delicious!!

2. Love THIS lace tunic on Haley from Sequins & Things!!

3. THIS post on 25 Famous Women on Female Friendship was SO good. Seriously I love when women build up other women.

4. Can I have all of Happy Habitat's blankets?? Look at THIS one!

5. Gift giving is my love language and so THIS company has the right idea. I love the idea of sending little parties to people we love.

And because I know we all lead busy lives and I don't want to keep you too long, I'll keep it to five. But thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Off to the Safari





I wore my hair wild (aka natural) to really get into the safari vibe I feel when I wear this vest. 




When I first saw THIS VEST I thought it was a bit too daring for me and then my aunt persuaded me to try it on and we both loved it. I paired it with my Target white JEANS and I love how it pops the vest even more. I decided to wear it as a shirt but you could easily wear a shirt underneath for colder weather.

Is anyone else freaking out that it's almost May? I just looked at my calendar and had a mini panic attack that May is sneaking up so quickly! There is so much to do to prep for May and I'm not anywhere near ready. Yaaaaaaaaaay. ;)

Maybe it's just a mid-week thing. HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

Why Knot {Explore}: UC Davis Picnic Day


 This past weekend, my friend Sarah invited me to her school's picnic day! She goes to UC Davis and even though it's only a short drive from where I live AND my mom went to school there, I had never seen the campus or the cute town. Davis is seriously adorable and everyone bikes, which I absolutely loved. It was a jam-packed day in the hot sun (it was almost 90 degrees!!) but so much fun! 

Here are some highlights::

 One of the biggest highlights for me was when I got to milk a cow!! How many people can say they've milked a cow?? It was actually pretty easy and the cow (her name was Pretty Lady) didn't seem to mind all that much. Such a neat experience!

 I firmly believe these will never get old. We had the perfect amount of people to be all of the animals!

 Sarah and I both made the wise decision to wear hats or else I think my pale skin would have easily burnt. It doesn't take much. I'm actually pretty proud of myself because I only got the smallest sunburn after a whole day in the sun! (#irishskinproblems)
 
We saw this "Coke" can in the distance and thought it was pretty hilarious. I wish I could say I don't drink soda because I know it's absolutely horrible for you but every once in a while there is nothing better than a couple sips of Coke. I actually prefer Coke Icees above all else. 

I missed the UA Spring Fling this year but made up for it with Picnic Day. Experiencing something like Picnic Day made me so glad to live in Northern California. UC Davis is doing a ton of research in sustainable farming and trying to find the best way to feed a growing world and I find it fascinating and so important!

Hope you had a great weekend!! Listen to "The Fall" by Imagine Dragons and wait for the build if you need a way to escape the Monday blues. :)

P.S. If you don't already, you can follow me on Instagram HERE! Join the party!