Friday, July 18, 2014

hiking little si // flashback friday

A couple weeks after hiking Franklin Falls, Josh and I decided to attempt to hike Little Si, also around the Snoqualmie Pass area. In the book of hikes I had been perusing, it was listed as a "moderate" hike, and I figured I was up for it. The day of the hike, it had been raining, but there was a slight sun break as right as Josh arrived at my house to pick me up. So we decided to chance the soon as we got on the freeway, it started pouring. I'm not sure what made us keep going, but we did, and I'm glad we did, because just before we reached our destination, the sun decided to come back out. We were blessed with dry weather for the entire hike up, which I, in my hugely out of shape state, somehow managed to survive...though it may have gotten to the point where Josh was practically dragging me along behind him to make sure I was still moving, because right before we reached the top, I was getting pretty exhausted. But the view was completely worth the hike up. We were able to watch the fog coming in to completely cover the mountains, until we couldn't see past the rock beneath our feet. It was surreal. I said at the time that it was like standing on the edge of the earth.
We ate lunch at the top, and right as we finished, it started to hail. Thankfully, the trees provided a good covering from that as we hurried back down. I felt reenergized, and so incredibly thankful that the way back was mostly downhill. 

It was a fun hike, and I definitely wouldn't mind doing it again, if not only for that amazing view up at the top. I'm hoping that now that the spring weather seems to have started, we will have the opportunity for many more hikes, hopefully with less chance of rain and hail. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

busy, busy, busy

//dress, choker, belt: thrifted / shoes: eBay / quartz necklace: JCP//
This has become sort of my latest go-to outfit. It's comfy and casual enough to wear around the house, but super easy to dress up for going out. I love the quirky, bright pattern, and the fact that it has pockets. I've also discovered that it's surprisingly versatile, which is what I'm always looking for in a dress. I wore this to dinner with the boyfriend's family a few weeks ago, and then I think at least one time since then. I can tell this one's going to get a lot of wear this summer...especially since it's been so warm here in Seattle for the past week! It's hard to believe that I was wearing sweaters to keep warm on the 4th of July and now it's sundresses all the way. 

I'm happy I only signed up for one class this summer...this constitutional law course has been fairly intensive, even for one course! I love the material and the topics we're covering, but it's just so much to digest. Then other things cropping up along with schoolwork and babysitting—church convention, and then the boyfriend hurting his back this last week...I've been pretty busy. This week, though, I've been able to work ahead and spend some time doing things I've been wanting to do, like sewing and whipping my disaster zone of a room into shape. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your week!

Friday, June 20, 2014

styling maxi skirts for "travel-sized" gals

//skirt, belt, sandals, necklace: thrifted / t-shirt: target / earrings: forever 21//

I'm a bit of a shorty—my 6"2 boyfriend calls me "travel-sized." So styling maxi skirts in a way so that they flatter me and don't make me look short and frumpy can be a challenge. Still, I love maxi skirts—they're super comfy, can be casual or dressy, are great for all seasons, and I don't have to worry about them creeping up and exposing too much skin, no matter what I'm doing, which is a major plus for me. This maxi skirt, in particular, is made of the softest jersey, and it swirls so nicely around my ankles when I walk. When I wear maxi skirts, I try to elongate my figure by wearing a fitted top, usually either more of a crop top, tucked in at the waist (a long necklace can be elongating as well!). I find that longer tops and sweaters can stunt my figure and just prove unflattering. 

What are your tips for styling maxi skirts? 

Anyway, life is picking up the pace again, and I'm enjoying it (this week, though, is it really only Thursday??). I started my summer class (Constitutional law) on Monday, and I'm working ahead so I can take a mini-vacation to head down to a Church convention next week. Meanwhile, with all I've got going on, my room has degenerated into a slight's kinda terrible. I'll have to see about making time to clean before I go crazy with all the mess. ;)

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Friday, May 30, 2014

visiting idaho // flashback friday

I thought I'd try something a little different for today's post. I was ordering photo prints the other day, and I came across a bunch of photos in my library that for some reason or other, I hadn't gone through or edited or anything. I thought it would be fun to share them with y'all over the next few weeks. Hope you enjoy!

Early last September, after my birthday, my family took a short vacation over to Idaho, where we stayed at one of our timeshare's resorts near a beautiful lake. We spent time wandering around the lake and lazing around, watching sunsets, and then after sunset, the glorious thunderstorms that happened nearly every night of our stay. We visited small towns, on the hunt for the best antique and thrifting spots. Some of the places we visited were absolute busts, like when we almost lost ourselves among the dusty and disorganized (and not to mention overpriced!) mountains of junk in one antique store, but we did find a few gems. On the way back home, we stopped off at the Grand Coulee Dam, then drove over to Leavenworth to grab German food for dinner. It was a much more laid-back vacation than I was used to, and that ended up being kind of nice and relaxing. I'm thinking that it's about time to head back. :) 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

long time, no see

//dress: marshalls / jacket: jcp / tights: target / boots: thrifted / jewelry: gifts/vintage//

I've missed writing on this little blog, and now that I have a break from school, I'm excited to dive back into it. I had finals at the start of this month, then immediately after, hopped on a plane to Orange County with my boyfriend to meet up with his family for a week of Disneyland, Universal, and SeaWorld. I bunked with his little niece, and we all had a blast. Still...after I got back, I desperately needed to recover after a week of what seemed like almost nonstop walking, haha. I didn't take as many pictures as I normally would have, but I did get a few, which I will hopefully be sharing on the blog sometime soon! So that's what I've been up to during my blog hiatus (oh—and I also got my hair cut!), and now life has finally started to slow to a normal pace. I have so many ideas, and my boyfriend, whether he knows it or not, is an amazing source of inspiration...I can't wait to share them with you all on here. Here's hoping that I actually am able to get myself back into the swing of blogging. :) 

This dress was definitely an impulse buy, as were the boots. I found the dress by chance at Marshalls this past week—its pattern jumped out at me from the rack, and it just happened to be my size. It was more than I'd usually spend on a casual dress, but as I carried it around the store, debating whether or not I should buy it, I realized I would wear it a lot throughout the year, since it can be easily worn as a sundress or layered with tights and I had to get it. The next day, I was shopping at Goodwill where I found the boots, a super soft suede, almost brand new, for $5—usually boots are never priced that cheaply at Goodwill—so, of course, I had to snatch those up as well. :)

Oh, and the camera I picked up last summer on my birthday while antiquing with my aunt. It's from the 20s, and I think it's absolutely adorable. :)

I hope you're all having a fantastic day!

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Thursday, May 22, 2014

the red dress {eshakti review}

//dress: c/o eshakti (similar) / heels, cardigan: thrifted//

I always love red dresses, but red is a color that I'm not usually drawn to or inclined to wear, possibly because it's more bright than the colors I usually wear, or maybe it's just not the greatest with my cool, pale skin tone. However, when Eshakti offered me the opportunity to review one of their dresses, and I saw this gorgeous, retro sundress, I thought I would go for it. I really love it--it has pockets (always a plus!), it's figure-flattering, it can be dressed up or down, and the style is so fun. Eshakti always has such beautiful dresses, and I love that they can be customized to fit each person's own style and measurements. The one issue that I've had with the two dresses that I have from Eshakti, however, is with the straps being ever so slightly too big on my shoulders. This dress is also a bit longer than I usually like, since it's at that awkward length where I almost have to wear heels to avoid making my legs look stumpy. Other than that, though, I'm pleased with the dress and its quality. With this dress, when I first tried it on, probably because I wasn't being careful, I ripped part of the seam along the zipper. It was a small rip, though, and an easy fix.

I highly recommend Eshakti—they have such a great selection of dresses, skirts, and tops in gorgeous styles and colors! If you haven't already, be sure and check them out on their website and on their 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

a very happy easter

//dress, blouse, backpack: thrifted / sweater: kohl's / belt: old navy / tights: target / socks: JCP / boots: fred meyer//

Happy belated Easter, everyone! I hope you all had a great day celebrating. I was up at 6:30 am Easter morning for breakfast with my family before church, then after church I had lunch with my boyfriend and his family before we headed to my family's for a giant get-together, egg hunt, and of course, more food. There was a lot of food on Easter, and I ate far more than I should have...but I don't regret it one bit. There was also the traditional game of Scrabble with my uncle, which I roped Josh and my younger cousin into playing with us. I always love playing Scrabble at family gatherings, not so much for the game as for the laughs that we get from everyone trying to make up words and arguing for their status as a word. I know Josh isn't a huge fan (and it didn't help that he came in dead last), but I fully intend to convert him, because it's one of my favorites.

This is an old outfit, from a little over a month ago, for an especially cold, gray day. I had picked up this dress at Goodwill back in January and was determined to wear it before it got too warm. I had kept meaning to add on some fabric at the base of the skirt, since it is far too short for comfort, but never got around to it, so I added a super thick pair of tights and my long, black sweater over the top. I'm really happy with the final look—it just looks cozy and warm and wintery (despite the fact that it was supposed to be spring). 

Photo 1 - 2012-12-22