Saturday, April 18, 2015

Garden Prep

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We had a really mild winter here in Utah this year (sorry to all my pals in the northeast!), so the change of seasons wasn't nearly as dramatic as it usual is, but oh how nice it is to have Spring officially here. Utah is being it's typical self, giving us 70 degree weather and a full day of snow all within a 24 hour period. Oh Utah.

And what does Spring mean? Well, it means I can retire my heavy coat and thick tights, send the kid out to play in the backyard when he's driving me bonkers, bbqs, yard work, and planting the garden!

To be honest, the husband is the one truly keen on the garden and I'm happy to see him passionate about something, so I stay back and only help when requested. It's quite nice, really. I'll stick to taking pictures of the progress and curating my gnarmy (army of garden gnomes)... and enjoying the fruits of his hard work in a few months time, of course.

In any case, every year we make a handful of trips to our favorite local nursery and there's something strangely magical about family run spots like this.The things they're able to grow and at such a scale... truly impressive. And come on, the kid is adorable when allowed to roam (somewhat) free.

Garden Prep

Friday, February 20, 2015

Vanity - Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Decor

Let's start off with one of those cliche statements: I don't really like Valentine's Day.

Surprised? I doubt it. I love to decorate for just about every holiday, but Valentine's Day and Easter just aren't my favorites. I think it has to do with the colors: I'm not a fan of red, pink, purple, pastels... they just don't do it for me. It's hard to get excited about decorating, but I did manage to whip up a quick banner using ribbon and washi tape I had on hand and a bunch of vintage valentines I printed out last year and glued to cardstock. And that's it -- that was the extent of my Valentine's Day decor.

Oh and if you couldn't already guess, I'm not a mushy lovey dovey gal. I'm not bitter about it or anything (or whatever other labels are lobbed at those of us females who aren't keen on the "day of love"), it just isn't my thing. I'd rather express my appreciation and love throughout the year on random days where it isn't expected... without all of the hearts, roses, glitter, blah blah blah. Want to make me swoon? Do the dishes or grab some gerber daisies from the grocery store. Boom -- done.

Now with all of that aside, I'm really not one to pass dressing up when given a theme. So I threw on this entirely-out-of-my-comfort-zone, but oh so comfortable floral dress and snapped a few shots with the sorta Valentine the kid made at school.

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Slightly fitted, stretchy, velvet (which I swore up and done I would never wear), red... not exactly my style hallmarks, but I'm glad I took the risk and bought it. It was easy enough to take the style risk because I bought it from eshakti and was able to customize the length, sleeves, and measurements to fit my pear shape. Eshakti for the win (yet again)!

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dress - eshakti  /  belt - old  /  heels -Pink Studio (old)  /  glasses - Ray-ban

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Words of Wisdom

Beauty High

Can you tell that I've got the itch to make some changes? 

Hair cut... hair color... both? This gal is hankering for a change. I don't think I can step away from red/orange (10+ years is a pretty legit commitment), so it'll be about changing the shade, getting a cut, or adding some fun color into the mix (as the blue is almost entirely gone now). 

I'm currently undecided and continually broke, so this will have to be an at-home affair, as per usual. Thoughts?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Christmas Week Recap - Part II

We had our first (and only, as of February) real snow storm of the season start early on x-mas morning, so we all woke up to a White Christmas. My Mom has been talking about wanting a White Christmas my whole life and I was finally able to give her one, so that was kind of swell.

Snow angels were made, our first snowman was built, much fresh snow was consumed (by the kid and myself),  and much staring at the beauty of it all was done by all..

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Christmas Week Recap - Part I

I'm six weeks late with this, but just go with it.

My parents & little brother came out to spend Christmas with us in Utah for the first time this last year and I was more than a little excited about it. Since I moved in 2008 we've been switching off  us going to California or staying in Utah minus all of my family, so this was wonderful and new for us. I had to beg, plead, and maybe guilt -- but by some miracle (or animal sacrifice) my Dad was able to get the 24th and 25th off for (what I think is) the first time in my entire life.

They arrived on the 23rd, much coffee was consumed, a few games played, many movies watched, fewer than usual fights occurred, and all was right with my world for a few days.

We kept the adult giving light this year (although Santa did bring the husband and I the elusive Alternate Universe Zoidberg to add to our collection -- score!), but as you can see by the below photos, the monkey was spoiled rotten.

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