Thursday

Thursday

 
 
What a week it is been. As you may have gathered from my lack of posts–it’s been incredibly busy. Between jobs and packing up my house and preparing for upcoming trips I haven’t had a whole lot of time to take a breather, let alone take my camera out for an adventure.
 
I’m incredibly grateful for these times in my life because they are when magic happens. In the midst of the buzz and the quick conversations and iphone calendar reminders and the meetings that feel like client speed dating…things start to happen. Pieces come together that have been in limbo until now and you start to realize how working hard is going to start paying off.
 
Leaps of faith and dreams and things are more than just the initial jump, but the journey before and after them. Leaps of faith are what keep life exciting, and no matter how scary they may seem at the time–remember that whether succeed or fail they will be worth it in the long run.
 
Hopefully I’ll have some more exciting photos for you all soon! Cincinnati next weekend, the beach next month, europe, and..other things on the horizon. Things are about to get real interesting.
 
 
Speak to you soon!
 
 
x

July 4th

July 4th

 
Happy birthday, America! I hope everyone has endulged in at least one sno cone, ice cream cone, or popsicle today! Enjoy the holiday and don’t post too many instagrams of the fireworks.

Speak to you soon!

 

x

Weekend in the Woods

R&R | Summer Camping Essentials, via Red Lips + Tortilla ChipsWeekend in the Woods

 

Early tomorrow morning I’ll be loading up in a car with two of my dearest friends to escape the world for a few days. We’re headed to West Virginia for a weekend of hiking, swimming, star gazing and cabin-living.

I’m most excited about this trip because there isn’t any option but to be off the grid for a little while. Having a job that is centered around the internet means I am literally a l w a y s on my computer; or on my phone; or finding some tinfoil to make an antenna to check my email when there’s no 3G. But not this weekend. This weekend we’re stepping away from it all.

I’m taking my camera to capture the scenery (and the ridiculousness), but I’m hoping the next few days will be a big moment that we’ll just be living in. What I mean by that is instead of being consumed with the things we can take away from the trip on our phones or our memory cards we’ll be consumed with being with each other and making actual memories instead of virtual ones. I think it can be hard to do that in 2014, but I’m determined that this weekend will be full of them.

I’ll be excited to show you guys the moments I do capture. And don’t worry, as I’m sure you know, there will be plenty.

Exciting travel news when I get back! Speak to you soon!

 

x

La Piscina | Pool OOTD

La Piscina

 
 
Sometimes a getaway is exactly what you need when life seems to have been whizzing past you at warp speed. It’s easy to lose the beauty in moments when they all start to melt together.

A pool day is definitely in order; one with rays of sunshine and beads of sweat that are not only symbols of a physical detox, but a mental one as well. I’m all about this monochromatic swimsuit paired with a tropical, patterned kaftan on top. A vintage inspired pair of shades to protect my eyes, sunscreen to protect my face and water to keep me hydrated through the day are my other essentials.

What do you do to take a breather?

Regular posting back SO soon.

x

Travel Day

Travel Day

 

 

No matter how excited I am for a trip, packing is something I tend to procrastinate on. Somehow or another it ends up being the night before an early departure and I am scrambling to figure out where sandal number two is in the pair that I must take along with me.

Though the above scenario has happened more times than I’d like to admit, that isn’t the case for next week’s adventure; I’ve been day dreaming about what’s going in that suitcase for weeks. I’ve been picking up bits and pieces here and there to be at a Beyonce level of put together, while still being sensible for all day walking in the hot sun.

Staples? A comfortable pair of cotton pants, lace up sandals that don’t side around, basic tops to mix and match, and a hat for shade on demand.

So excited to share everything with you all!

 

Speak to you soon,

 

x

Two Weeks Until Takeoff

Two Weeks Until Takeoff

 

I’m certain a trip never seems further away than it does as you inch closer and closer to the departure date. The preparations have started, as premature as that may sound. I’ve been scoping out markets, Instagram hunting for must-see cafes and boutiques and doing my best to reconcile my  relationship with the Spanish speaking skills I took for granted in high school. (So far I have a lot of confidence in never forgetting words like “sangria” and “tapas”…the basics, if you will).

 
If you’ve been and have suggestions, drop me a comment below! I’d love your suggestions!
 

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, today is Cinco de Mayo! There could not be a more  appropriate holiday to be celebrating in the midst of this countdown. So grab your friends, a margarita (on the rocks with salt for me) and a set of fiesta speakers; here is your monday playlist:

 
  
 
Hablar con usted más tarde!  
 
 
x
 
PS: Don’t forget to leave me your Spain suggestions!

Simple Summer | May Playlist

Simple Summer

 

Simplicity: a summer filled with fresh drinks accented by notes of citrus and mint, an easy sandal that goes with everything, effortless outfits that keep us feeling cool (in every sense of the phrase), evenings on porches with friends, sunglasses being the only eye makeup you need. That’s what I want this year to look like. I want it to be easy and focused on moments and people, rather than overly complicated with summer bucket lists that seem to replace spontaneity.  I want to choose moments over planning. I want to make memories. I want simplicity.
I can hardly believe that May is about to make it’s grand entrance into 2014. It seems like yesterday we were just toasting to the new year and now it’s nearly summer. Crazy. But with a new month (and a new week) comes a new playlist! Discovered some really great new artists this week that I am excited to share with you guys. Enjoy!

 

 

Leaving for Spain 3 weeks from today. Words cannot express my excitement.

 

Speak to you all soon!

 

x

Pretty boy // Your Monday Playlist

Pretty boy

  

Getting back into the swing of things can be hard after a weekend of warm family moments and an abundance pillowy dinner rolls. Here are a few words to inspire your next few moves:

•Today is going to be great. It is a new week. It is a new day. It is a new beginning. There is no reason not to be delighted in that.

YOU are great. You are talented and your dreams are worth chasing. They are worth it. You are worth it.

•Know that you are loved. It’s Monday and sometimes it feels like everything is spiraling in a bad direction. It’s not. Breathe and know you are going to make it through.

 

•You can make the decision to be happy today. Don’t forget that.

 

•You can also make the decision to choose pizza for lunch, and there is no better cure for a bad day than that.
  
This weeks playlist was inspired by my (often discussed) masculine-feminine style obsession for spring 2014; I’m continuing to love the shapes and pieces involved in a more boyish look and twisting them with girlish textures and details . My two favorite items are the oversized black watch (MARC by Marc Jacobs) and the boyfriend shorts (rag & bone featured here, but we all know about the love affair I have with the Madewell suitor.)

 

The playlist is a bunch of fabulous ladies who sing like angels. So, without further adieu, your Monday mixtape:

 

Speak to you all soon!

 

x

Bluesday

Bluesday

 

With spring comes rain and with rain comes tranquility, or that’s how it is for me at least. Despite the misfortune of my always forgetting an umbrella and my lack of anything waterproof in my wardrobe, April showers make for some of my favorite days.

 

The steady pitter-patter of the tiny drops against my windows and roof become a metronome for my productivity. Conversely, it significantly heightens the likelihood that I am going to give in to the beckoning of my blankets and fall into a cuddle pile at some point; I like to think that that’s just part of fully enjoying the moment, though.

 

Above you’ll have seen my current rainy day essentials. Powder blues are inspiring me like crazy, so everything circulated around that–that, and my unfailing love for a hot cup of tea and a vase full of fresh hydrangeas. (Those New Balance sneakers are something that I’ve been loving, too). Naturally, I’ve put together a few of my recent favorite rainy day tracks to create this week’s playlist. I hope it helps you enjoy your rainy days as much as I enjoy mine:

 

 

Speak to you soon,

 

 

x