December 22, 2013

years I love (2013).

2013 was pretty great. It was full of epic trips, good music, and really really great people. Here's to making 2014 even greater! 


December 15, 2013

songs I love (2013).

Nothing beats hearing a great song that you love. As we venture into 2014, here are 50 songs (old & new) I fell in love with in 2013 (in no particular order). Check out last year's list for more awesome inspiration. 


1. Born to Run - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros 

2. Reflecktor - Arcade Fire 
3. Ashamed - Deer Tick 
4. Lost Coastlines - Okkervil River 
5. When We Were Young - Brett Dennen 
6. Shake - The Head and the Heart 
7. Open Ended Life - The Avett Brothers 
8. Don't Be a Stranger - Blitzen Trapper 
9. Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake (yep)
10. War Zone - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 
11. The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES 
12. My Song 5 - HAIM 
13. Tennis Court - Lorde 
14. Harrison Ford - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 
15. Home - Jenny O. 
16. Moon of the Daylit Sky - Aaron Embry 
17. Josh McBride - The Head and the Heart 
18. Boxcar - Shovels & Rope 
19. Last Mile Home - Kings of Leon 
20. Big House - Deer Tick 
21. Wrecking Ball - Jared & the Mill 
22. Dreams of Cannibalism - Typhoon 
23. Falling - HAIM 
24. The Giving Tree - Plain White T's 
25. Badge and Gun - John Mayer 
26. All Sense of Time - David Wax Museum 
27. Go Go Go - Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers 
28. In the Darkness - Foxyglen 
29. Country Calling - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros 
30. The Truth is a Cave - The Oh Hellos 
31. Jericho (Live at Daytrotter) - Blitzen Trapper 
32. Ain't It Enough - Old Crow Medicine Show 
33. Next to Me - Emeli Sande 
34. Step - Vampire Weekend 
35. Helicopter - Deerhunter 
36. Song for Zula - Phosphorescent 
37. Sons & Daughters - The Decemberists 
38. When My Man Comes Home - Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu
39. Brave- Sara Bareilles
40. I Could Take the Whole World On - Ben & Kaci 
41. So American - Portugal. The Man. 
42. Diet Mountain Dew - Lana Del Rey 
43. Gazebo Song - Spirit Family Reunion 
44. America's Son - Air Review 
45. Shook Up - Clairy Browne & the Rackettes 
46. Battleships - I'm from Barcelona 
47. We Are Free - Jay Jay Pistolet 
48. I will Return I Promise - Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny 
49. Feet to the Sky - Lulu & the Lampshades 
50. Rambling Man - Laura Marling 

December 12, 2013

things I love (story time).

A few years ago I started listening to the This American Life series on NPR and was instantly hooked. They pick a theme each week and tell a few stories pertaining to that theme. It's always really interesting...I generally learn something new...and it's a great way to get through long flights/drives/work days. 

The newest ones were always available to download on iTunes, but when I plowed through them in a few days I thought I'd have to patiently wait to hear a new one each week. 

Until I discovered they had an app. With over 500 shows, you will likely never run out of great episodes to listen to. The app has ALL the past episodes archived and available to stream. It's sort of the best thing ever. 

Next time you have an hour, check one out. After one, I PROMISE you'll want to listen to all of them. Here are a few of my very favorites so far to get you started... 

510: Fiasco! 

414: Right to Remain Silent
509: It Says So Right Here 
505: Use Only As Directed 
504: How I Got Into College 
494: Hit the Road
487-488: Harper High School 
478: Red State Blue State
466: Blackjack  




December 11, 2013

people I love (happy birthday mom!)

Happy Happy HAPPY birthday to my very favorite mom. She's the busiest gal I know, and she's creative, smart and throws a darn good party! She makes a wicked Halloween costume, loves her pups (and usually her family!), goes on adventures, ziplines when she's afraid of heights, makes entire communities of people fall in love with her and is just the best lady around. 

Happy Birthday Mom! 


December 7, 2013

places I love (joshua tree pt. 2).

After some Palm Springs exploring we were off deeper into the desert for our REAL weekend adventure. 

I had seen this amazing airbnb treasure a while back on someone's instagram and knew we HAD to get there. Jay and Stephanie's homesteader cabin has become increasingly popular (and I can see why) so when it was available over Thanksgiving we didn't hesitate for a second. 

The weekend was exactly I had hoped. Wine in mugs, reading great books, a weird indie movie or two on Netflix, dirt roads, exploring the park, wandering around town, EPIC views, cold weather, campfires, s'mores, and sunsets to great playlists. 

It's a place I'll definitely go again. And again. 

If you are ever within 500 miles of Joshua Tree, go. No matter what. 


 ^^the most wonderful cabin you ever did see.^^


December 4, 2013

places I love (joshua tree pt. 1 - palm springs).

If you know me at all, you shouldn't be surprised that I take advantage of every visit from my sister. We pick somewhere a little weird, pack up the car, and enjoy a weekend adventure whenever we can. 

Over the Thanksgiving holiday we decided to venture west to Joshua Tree, CA. We found a quirky airbnb rental, threw our stuff in the trunk and hit the road. 

Since we took about 9,000,000 photos, I thought I'd break this up into a couple posts. 

On our way across the desert we had to stop in Palm Springs. We stopped at one of my favorite hotels, ate delicious lunch, and made some stops at Party*Lab and Dazzles (one of the craziest vintage shops I've ever been in). Check it out! 


^^the ace has little quotes hidden all over the place. in this case, "things come around" in the ladies room.^^


December 3, 2013

things I love (stuffing & pie).

You guys. How is it holiday season already? I feel like I just finished winding down from last year's festivities. It's the perfect time of year in Arizona, when it finally starts to cool off and feel like fall, family and friends all come back home for visits, and you can spend an entire day in the kitchen chatting and cooking. Which is exactly what my family did. 

I made this killer stuffing (I used ground sweet italian sausage instead and about 1/4 loaf less of the bread) me it's perfection. My sister defied logic and made the most beautiful pie I've ever seen (and it was her first pie...ever). We played cards, told stories and had a really, really great day. 

Thanksgiving might be one of my favorite holidays. It's always such a treat to have everyone you love together sharing stories and delicious food. 

I hope yours was filled with only good things. Happy Holidays! 


^^so what if I'm the weird one in the family that jumps up mid-meal to run out front and take a photo of a special moment. you'll thank me later.^^

^^the epic pie.^^

^^turkey comas all around.^^

November 22, 2013

shops I love (bando).

You guys. I love I have more of their glittery goodness on my nightstand and sprinkled around my bedroom than I care to admit. Every time they have a sale, I can't resist. Sometimes I dream I have enough of their baubles to swim in them Scrooge McDuck style. I buy them for my fellow bridesmaids, for my mom, for my sister, for my best friends. 

They have an adorable blog, are inspiring on instagram and are just the a perfect way to brighten things up! 

Here are some of my absolute favorites that I can't get enough of. 

Check 'em out! 

and check out that fun gif I made at blogshop! woop. 
clockwise from top left: mini pom pom flower (I have it in blush, gold and off white), flurry pouf(hot pink!), mini hearts & the twist scarf. 


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