day dream with me

day dreaming


I've decided that I'm not purchasing anything until I am happily moved into Portland so I can spend more money on fun things for the new apartment, but a girl can still dream! This list is a hodge-podge of sorts filled with little things that make my heart beat a little faster.

1. If you are in need for the perfect throw-on dress that still makes you look put together, look no further. THIS blue and white beauty is calling all of our names! You could even use it as a cute cover-up!!

2. I love THIS planner from ban.do. One of my biggest pet peeves is when you're asking someone how they've been and they respond, "I've just been sooo busy!" To which I always want to respond, "Oh are you??" (in my best Kristen Wiig voice...obviously) I'm  not a fan of people assuming their busy is more busy than your busy. WE ARE ALL BUSY! ok, rant over. So use this planner for irony and laughs only please. :)

3. Moving ooooon, another blue and white ITEM. Because of course.

4. Same as 4 but this one's a PILLOW so it's different. Also this throw pillow would look great inside or out.

5. How beautiful are THOSE gem hair barrettes? I maaaaay need to pick up one of those as my hair is growing out.

6. Can I have THIS dress in my closet please? Perfect for a cute going-out dress or just a day dress. The options are endless!!

7. Putting this in another post because everyone should read THIS book pronto!

What are you day dreaming about?




Why Knot {Read}: Scary Close


I don't consider myself an overly stubborn person, but I definitely have some stubborn tendencies. The most recent example of this was when my sister told me I NEEDED to read Scary Close and instead of getting right on that, I let it sit just to prove I didn't NEED to read it. When I wanted to read it, I would. (Yeah, obnoxious.)

Once I finally told myself I was being ridiculous, I picked up the book and finished it in 3 days. Guys. It was SO good. Donald Miller has a way of writing that doesn't sound judgmental but instead sheds light on his flaws and all of our flaws when dealing with relationships. I love how he has examples of the bad things he's done in relationships and why he knew he needed to change his ways. He wasn't saying. "I'm a perfect person and these are the steps you need to take to become like me..." 

Far from it.

None of us need books telling us we are horrible people or living our lives all wrong. But I think we all need books and people telling us how to better improve our lives and the relationships we foster.

Scary Close is one of those books that makes you want to take notes, share with all your friends and pass around like a special token. The whole book leads up to his wedding to his now wife and how he worked on being the best man he could be for their marriage. The whole time I kept wanting to see what he and Betsy looked like at their wedding and how everything panned out. The good news is, the wedding pictures are on his website to be viewed at any time and they. are. beautiful. 

If you are in need of a good book that will enlighten you and push you to be the best version of yourself, I recommend Scary Close. You can buy it on Amazon HERE or through your online retailer if you have a Nook or a Kindle. :)

Happy Reading!!

Sisters


I think it's truly unfair how little time we have to fully appreciate our sisters once you reach an age where you actually want to spend time with them. In high school, you take that time for granted and then, as the oldest, I was the first to move away and miss out on how great they were becoming. Now all three of us are rarely all together but when we are, it's really the best.

My sisters and I are all at ages where we look up to to each other equally, root each other on, and rarely fight. It's cheesy to say but I think we might be at the golden age of sisterhood. (Now all I can think about is The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants...) I enjoy spending time with my sisters and see them more as live-in friends these days. 

One of the major blessings in my life lately has been these several months of getting to know my youngest sister at her current age. I was away at school for most of her high school years and missed a lot of her recent development. Being home with her now has been such a blast and she is one of the wisest and funniest people I know. I will never take for granted this time at home where I've gotten to truly know my sister. 

Because of how close my sisters and I have become, saying good-bye all the time is getting increasingly more difficult. My mom and I drove to Yosemite and back last week to drop off my middle sister for the summer so she can change kids' lives as a camp counselor for 2.5 months. On the drive home we were reflecting on how the last three weeks since she got home from studying abroad were the last few weeks of our family ever living under one roof for a significant amount of time again. It's sad but also exciting so think how each of us is growing and creating a life even if it means we will be separated more than reunited majority of the time. 

God had a genius moment when he decided siblings would be a good idea.

Hope you have a great Wednesday and go hug your sister/brother!

The Bathroom Reveal


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Remember when I showed the wallpaper plans for the downstairs bathroom renovation in THIS post? Well, we finished the bathroom about a month and a half ago yet I never got around to taking pictures of the finished product! I'm really proud of how it turned out considering how skeptical my mom was of the wallpaper at first. We were originally going to wallpaper the whole bathroom in the marble print but realized that would be a little much considering how small the bathroom is and how little light is present. Instead, we spent quite a bit of time going over the perfect grey color to compliment the marble for the back wall and I think it helps make the marble standout while also not making it seem like it's too much. 

One of the favorite parts of the room and the one that was the most recent addition was the distressed shelf. We wanted the room to be modern but also fit in with the rest of the house, which is more French Country. I scoured the internet for quite a while to find the perfect shelf and I found the right one on Etsy in the Blue Ridge Sawdust shop! Check them out HERE! They did such a nice job and the color of the shelf is completely customizable. 

To complete the shelf, my mom and I went to the Sutter St. Vintage Fair and we picked up all three of the frames for super cheap. We then went to our favorite store on Sutter St., Roost, and picked up the gold candle. We got the succulents, the little yellow vase and the "H" book at one of our favorite boutiques in Truckee! 

One of my favorite pieces though, is the frame of my grandma and grandpa taken outside a bar in Berkeley. They are so young and are looking at each other in the sweetest way. I loved being able to add such a loving touch to the room. 

And that's it! It was such a fun project but definitely not something I could do all the time. I commend all of you interior decorators out there!! 

All photos by Scott Allison Films

Here's the facts// wallpaper, candle, shelf. The rest was picked up at little boutiques!

Shades of Blue








Lately, I only want to purchase things in shades of blue. Blues are taking over my closet and I'm more than ok with it. This silk cami is from The Loft during one of their crazy 40% off sales and I saw that Kaitlyn from the Bachelorette wore it on the show last week! My mom picked it up in a darker blue shade as well because it's so easy to dress up or down. I also got the skirt from The Loft for grad school! I thought it was a fun twist on the pencil skirt. :)

Also, can we have an honesty moment here? 

I have no idea what direction I want this blog to take. I'm tired of feeling pressured to shop and save money (because honestly, I shouldn't be shopping at all but I do love to shop). I'd love to switch up the content on here a bit but I'm not sure what I want to write about and what you'd like to read! I have a few ideas up in the air that I'll maybe play around with but it may take some time. 

I miss being consistent on here but when life gets crazy, this blog definitely gets put on the back burner. There are lots of big changes going on in the next couple of months so maybe we should all sit back and just wait for me to process those on here. ;) You know I'm going to anyways... I always have allllll the thoughts during big and small life changes. 

So stick with me and we'll explore the next chapter together. :)

The Perfect Spring Outfit






I'm sure it's because I haven't had a true spring in a couple of years but this spring has been especially wonderful. This spring has consisted of the smell of jasmine, blooming flowers, my little tomato plant sprouting fresh tomatoes, rolling green vineyards and the smell of BBQ wafting throughout the neighborhood.

We drove into the Napa valley this weekend and it is probably the last time I'll be back for a while. There is truly nothing prettier than Napa in the spring/fall. Even in the summer the vines are stunning! I probably should have rethought the white pants situation as I'm just asking to spill something on them when i wear them, but they seemed more airy for a day walking around Healdsburg. Pair them with a polka dot blouse and you're good to go!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!


Why Knot {Listen} II

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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.