April 29, 2015


pugAnother month has come and gone, and with it, the very last dregs of winter. We’ve been in major spring cleaning mode over here, boxing up our heavy sweaters and coats, dusting off our sandals, and shaking out our party dresses for the months ahead. Any other spring cleaners out there? Hope you had a great April, and here are a few fun links we’re browsing lately…

A very funny, feminist bachelorette party banner.

I saw these all over Amsterdam last fall.

5 things happy people have in their homes. #1 is hard for me, but I love #5.

This is currently at the top of my lust list.

Loving this Instagram account.

Crackers are the stars of these last-minute lunch ideas.

The coolest earrings.


The new superfoods.

Love this casual look (and pretty much anything this girl wears).

(Pug photo via Pinterest. Cargo bikes and happy people links via A Cup of Jo.)


April 28, 2015


Photos via Pinterest

After about a year of rolling the hemline on one of my favorite fitting pair of jeans, I finally got around to taking them to the cleaners to be hemmed. When I got them back, they were not quite right. Something about the way they were cut, the bottom hem no longer sat flush against my leg and they were irritatingly wrong. I would put them on with something to see if my mind had changed since the last time I tried them, and I always ended up taking them off and storing in the back of my closet.

But something crazily simple dawned on me Sunday afternoon, cut the *hit hem off and look like super model, duh. So that’s what I did. I layed them out on the ground, took a quick guess at where I should run my scissors, and snip!

This super simple craft took no time at all, and transformed an article of clothing that I stopped wearing into something I’ll wear all the time. Have you altered an item of clothing at home? What was it, and how did it go?


April 23, 2015

half-marathon training

half-marathonThis weekend is the Bend, OR marathon/half-marathon (the city’s first!), and I’ll be running in it. It’s my first ever half-marathon, so I’m pretty excited/nervous. I’ve been following a modified version of this beginner half-marathon training schedule for the last few months. Up until the end, I was hitting every long run on the weekends, but the last couple of weeks, I have barely trained. Burn out maybe? Hence the nerves.

I thought I’d share a few of the products that have been helpful during training, and hopefully during the race!

Nike Lunarglide 6. $110. My all-time favorite running shoe with just the right amount of support. I’ll probably have to retire my pair after the race, I’ve put so many miles on them.

Nike Hyperwarm Pullover. $99.97. It’s still pretty chilly in the morning when I set out for my long runs. This top is keeps me warm without overheating, and is super comfortable thanks to its seamless design.

Songza. Free. I’ve written about Songza on this blog in the past, but it’s worth mentioning again here. I have to have music when I run (I get so bored otherwise), and the cardio hip hop channel on Songza really keeps me in the zone.

Glide anti-chafing balm. $26.99. Once I got into the 8+ mile runs, this stuff became an absolute necessity.

Have you run a half-marathon (or marathon)? Will you do it again? Any tips for race day?


April 22, 2015

mother’s day gifts


Mother’s Day is less than three weeks away, so we’re busy brainstorming gift ideas for the women who have given us a lifetime of love and support. (Even during those awful teenage years when we didn’t deserve it.) Love you Steph and Gwen!

1 lb. box of truffles from See’s Candies. $21. Nothing says “thanks for being my mom!” quite like chocolate.

A delicate star bracelet. $38. Pretty and dainty, just like her.

All The Light We Cannot See. $12.99. A great read for her to get lost in.

A chic layering piece for her morning workouts. $108.

LAFCO candle. $60. For the mother who loves burning candles and fresh scents.


April 21, 2015

garden escape

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Denim: AG. Top: J.Crew. Sandals: J.Crew. Backpack: Rebecca Minkoff (Sold out! See here and here). Sunnies: Celine. Jewelry: David Yurman, Cartier.

Allen and I didn’t waste a lot of time after getting engaged to start looking at venues for our wedding next summer. Using our weekend days to visit public parks, city gardens and rooftop escapes to try and find the perfect venue, I think we are finally settling on something. It’s funny, I felt like I was fairly decided before we got engaged on what I wanted our wedding to be, but over the past couple months, I have spun in so many directions. I felt pressure to explore all my options in order to make the perfect decision, but I’ve come to find out that there is no perfect decision as long as it feels right – and ‘you’ as a couple. So after a lot of searching, we are coming back to where we originally started, to have a low-key, fun vibe celebrating with our closest people.

Hello wedding planning for your Tuesday. I don’t plan on going overboard here, but will incorporate some wedding planning series as we progress in the process. Hope everyone had a great weekend. We stayed around town, rode our bikes to the park, took sushi dinner to some friends that just welcomed their second baby and enjoyed the warm sunshine.