Tuesday, September 30, 2014

To tell you the truth...

dress: cotton on (similar)
jacket: vero moda (similar here, and here-$18!!!)
shoes: franco sarto via tjmaxx (I maybe drove around to 3 different TJ Maxxes in Utah just to get these in my size, only to find out you can now shop TJ Maxx online. Still not regretting it.)
bag: bass outlet (Oh and it's reversible. Two bags in one. Holla. Find it here, and similar option with a cross-body strap here)

This post has been sitting in my drafts for quite some time now because I haven't been able to write anything that's both authentic and optimistic. So to save you some directionless ramblings about the basic life problems I encounter as I try to navigate this arbitrary world of "being an adult," let me just tell you the truth, as it stands, in this very moment:

It's currently 10:30 in the morning and I have no productive plans today; therefore, I am sitting in my bed, wearing nothing but my alumni shirt and my underwear and my brand new New Balance sneakers that I love so much that putting them on is the first thing I do when I wake up.

That is the truth.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

At Least I'm Not Addicted to Meth: A Swimsuit Story

swimsuit: pacsun (sold out, but other cool options here and here)
shorts: thrifted vintage levi's
shoes: converse
photos: Kenzie Gossling Photography

I know summer is basically over, but either I just totally forgot about these pictures, or I subconsciously try to block any visuals of me in a swimsuit from my mind. At some point I had big plans to write up a post about my ultimate guilty pleasure buys (swimsuits), yet here we are at the end of August and that's probably useless to you now. But I'm gonna do it anyways. The good news though, pretty much all swimsuits everywhere are on sale right now, and yes, I have a few coming for me in the mail as we speak (which will probably be returned because... my butt).

I don't know what it is, but I buy swimsuits all year long. Let's keep in mind that I live in Utah; where there are no beaches, no pools open past September 1st, and winter clothes are required 8 months out of the year. But I can't stop. They're like the Blue Sky of the online shopping world, and I'm Walter White. Did that metaphor even make sense? Don't think about it. It sounded cool in my head.

Anyways, if you have the same problem, let me be an enabler and direct you to my favorite suits, all under $50. Happy shopping (addiction)!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Farmers Only

dress: hm (similar style but with sleeves)
boots: bass
*Photos by Kenzie Gossling Photography 

I know the last thing the internet needs is a thousand more pictures of me, but when your friend asks if you wanna trespass onto a secluded farm and do a photo shoot, you can't really say no. So last week, Kenzie and I drove to the outskirts of Provo and found this perfect little spot with sunflowers, orchards, and a horse who had no problem violating my personal space. We snapped a few pics, got in touch with our country roots, then ended our excursion with some shaved ice, because I believe all perfect summer days involve eating something with a high amount of sugar and a low amount of substance.

The thing is, Kenzie is a really great photographer. I know this because she still managed to make me look decent after day three of not showering. If that's not talent, I don't know what is. Check out more of her photography here. You won't regret it.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

We came. We saw. We danced.

*go watch it on the vimeo website so you can watch it HD. Ugh.

When you're 23 and unemployed, with a spot of graduation money in your pocket, you tend to do things by the principle of YOLO. And that is exactly what my friend, Melissa and I did when we decided to take two weeks off from life and drive from Utah to California to Oregon then Washington, and back to Utah. We clocked about 3000 miles worth of driving, crossed 7 state borders, racked up over $400 worth of speeding and parking tickets, lost half of my car's bumper on the side of the freeway, and exhausted all the white girl dance moves we could think of for the sake of this video.

And somehow it was all totally worth it.

In other news, I'm moving to Seattle and only wearing Tevas and Patagonia from now on. Who's with me?


ps. if you want a full run down of our trip, pics included, visit Mel's blog for the recap!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Me, The Sea, and Anne B

sweater: hm
shorts: old navy (on sale!)
bag: anne b. designs c/o

First things first, these pictures must have been taken at that magical time of day when the sunset makes your skin look the same color as your leather purse. So there's that. #brownpeopleproblems

Second things second, let's talk about this purse from Anne B Designs. If you have been following me on the instagram, you know that I recently got back from what would best be known as a "mega trip" (aka, a completely unreasonable and poorly planned, but totally awesome road trip from Utah to Southern CA to Seattle) and this trusty little cross body stayed by my side the whole time. Literally.

Anne B Designs was founded by this really incredible girl named Sarah. You see, there are people who do well in the world, and there are people who do good. Sarah happens to do both. Not only does she make really adorable products, she also teaches women in third world countries how to sew so they can make a living for themselves. How cool is that? Well, Sarah currently has a crowdfunding campaign going to help fund her Made Collection that will allow her to fulfill her dream of starting a sewing school right here in Salt Lake City. Check out the video!

There's only a couple days left of the campaign and she's just under her goal, so be sure to donate HERE! And of course, stop by Anne B Designs to check out all dem cute bags!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Foul Creature of the Night

shirt: c/o PB + J Boutique
jeans: hm
sunnies: c/o Kameleonz
necklace: army surplus
shoes: urban outfitters
*pictures by Kenzie Gossling Photography*

If you've known me for a while, or just long enough to memorize my sleeping patterns (which takes less time than you'd think), you know that I don't sleep. Ever.

I mean, for the most part, being a human is great. You get to clearly articulate your thoughts and feelings with the use of language, and opposable thumbs are pertinent to important activities like texting and "What has two thumbs and _______? THIS GUY!!!" type jokes.

But if there's anything that really gets me down about being human it's the fact that sleep is a necessity. Like, don't get me wrong. I enjoy cuddling up to my boo-thang for Sunday naps just as much as the next girl. But do you not realize how much I could get done in the 8 hour span of time it takes to get a decent night's sleep? Do you not realize how many more wikipedia pages I could have in my repertoire of useless information if I could actually utilize all 24 hours? When you examine the ratio of episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians on Netflix to the amount of hours in a day, sleep just seems so arbitrary. It's simple math people.

So when I saw this "Creature of the Night" shirt from PBJ Boutique, it just felt right. Think of it as a silent protest to the oppression of Sleep, and a way to marginalize my crippling insomnia.

Or just as a cute, comfy tee. That works too.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

That one time I graduated college.

*photos by Emma Vidmar Photography

Since I never sent out graduation announcements, and I have virtually no use for these pictures except to please my mother, I figured I'd post them here. And since I already got all mushy gushy about graduating, let me just give you the highlights of what actually went down on graduation day. For posterity's sake.

- buying my tassel from the bookstore, then immediately throwing it away on accident after absentmindedly stuffing it in the paper bag my two maple donuts (read: breakfast) came in.

- having to go back to the bookstore and explain to the cashier how I needed to buy another tassel for my "friend". You know, the same "friend" I bought that second maple donut for.

- getting to walk around all day in an oversized, shapeless sack. Or what I like to call, The Snuggie Lite.

- hearing the BYU Bell Tower play Vitamin C's "Graduation".

- lining up to walk into the Marriott Center and seeing at least 5 other bloggers, who were also graduating in the same school as me (Family, Home, and Social Sciences), begging the question: Did we choose this major because we're bloggers, or are we bloggers because we chose this major? Suddenly, I'm questioning everything.

- fancy dinner c/o The Chris and Josie Nielsen Foundation for Directionless College Grads.

- my BYU alumni t-shirt. Free w/ purchase of 5 years tuition.

So there's that.


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