April Adventures in Joshua Tree

April 5, 2017 in California / Travel

Two years ago while making our big move from Austin to L.A., we stopped for the night right outside of Joshua Tree. Our intention was to do a short hike there the next day and then finish our drive to our new apartment in El Segundo, but after 12+ hours of driving and a rather uncomfortable sleep, all we wanted to do the next day was press on to our new (and first!) home together.

Ever since then, I’ve been meaning to come back to Joshua Tree. It’s always seemed like one of California’s less “popular” parks, standing in the shadow of places like Yosemite and even Death Valley. Finally, we had a reason to come back to Joshua Tree (our friend’s wonderful wedding!) and do a bit of exploring.

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Thrifting Tips: What To Do When It Doesn’t Fit

March 28, 2017 in Style / Thrifting

When I was a much younger lady, I had a lot less discretion (heck, didn’t we all?) I thrifted with reckless abandon, buying anything that vaguely looked good on me and was “on trend.” Which, trust me, meant a lot of embarrassing styles and questionably fitting clothes. So I made a rule for myself: I wasn’t buying anything unless one, I could see myself wearing it at least once a week and two, it fit me perfectly.

But when I spotted this Adrianna Papell blue paisley dress, all the rules were OUT THE WINDOW. Needed it, wanted it, had to have it, even though it was two sizes too big. Rules: they were meant to be broken.

So what should you do when your thrifted find doesn’t fit? I’ve got three tricks up my sleeves.

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Thrifting Finds: Vintage Glass and Chevron

March 21, 2017 in Style / Thrifting

Writing this post feels like waking up after a long nap that I hadn’t planned on taking. I’ve been existing in that vague space people think of when they say they’ve been “around,” but not necessarily going out and painting the town.

I’ve got a lot of great content queued up in the next few weeks, including a few hikes in Kauai and some new outfit posts. Stay tuned, and satisfy yourself until then with this little peek at my latest thrifting finds.

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Tiny Hikes: Squak Mountain Central Peak

January 4, 2017 in Outdoors / PNW / Travel

My family didn’t have a lot of traditions when I was growing up. Sometimes my mom would try to get us to go around the table at Thanksgiving and say one thing we were grateful for, which nobody took very seriously (sorry, mom). The traditions Daniel and I have created so far have sprung up organically from things that we loved doing last year and want to do again, like our snowy New Year’s Day hike up Squak Mountain.

We picked the Central Peak trail last year because of the lack of high snow drifts and the avalanche danger that comes with it. There was a bit more snow at the peak this year, about 3-4 inches, which made the trek even more fun.

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Thrifting Finds: Montello by Mackintosh Vintage Coat

December 22, 2016 in Seattle / Style

I try to always walk into a thrift store with a mental list of things I need and a list of things I definitely don’t need. Coats have been number one on that list for a while because, really, I have an embarrassing number of coats. In fact, my last thrifted find was about a coat.

I suppose fate has a way of intervening. While I was idly flipping through the heavy winter gear section on a recent trip with my friend Rachael, this vintage coat with a beautiful chevron pattern jumped out at me.

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