Summer Vibes


Last weekend Domenico was kind enough to take some graduation pictures of me. We spent the morning walking around downtown Phoenix, finding pretty murals and painted stairs and snapping pictures. It was a beautifully breezy day, and I got a little bit of that summertime feeling.

This week I also: attended my last class as an undergrad, booked a sweet little Airbnb in Paris, bought my cap and gown, and dreamed of the canals in Amsterdam. There are so many scary and wonderful things happening lately, it’s hard to even keep up.

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top – TJ Maxx // shorts – Gap outlet store // shoes – Steve Madden // Phoenix brooch – gift from Domenico // watch – Geneva (with a new Fossil mint band that I love) // “best” bobby pin – (courtesy of Kaylie)

Also, just because this is too good to keep to myself, here’s my hapless attempt at looking cute and blowing confetti. Adulthood, here I am!



Valentine’s Day Wears


I hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day with your love/friends/pet/favorite meal. I spent the morning watching reruns of Sex and the City (a great Valentine’s Day show) then met up with Domenico to make curried vegetables over polenta. Then we grabbed a tsoynami, I dropped off my Sheepish Heart Bomb hearts, and we headed to the movies to watch the Oscar-nominated short films. It was a lovely evening, and I decided not to take my camera along. Emily did snap a few pictures of my hearts day outfit before I left though. I was totally decked out in my lip-patterned dress, my kissing kids necklace, and my knitted heart hair clip. As you can see, Rae was my valentine for the day.

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The next morning, we went to the VNSA annual book sale, did a little browsing at Frances, and then split some sandwiches at Hula’s. Of course, we did have to do some economics studying, but overall, it was a pretty lovely Valentine’s Day.

Weekend of Thanks


There was so much to be thankful for last week. Here are a few of the things (and people) from Thanksgiving weekend that I’m particularly grateful for.

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1. The lovely women (and men, although they aren’t pictured here) in my family. These ladies are so kind and inspiring. I’m so glad Emily brought along her camera to dinner so we could take some pictures while everyone was together and looking sharp.

2. Pie. Dinner included both pumpkin and bourbon hazelnut. Enough said.

3. The approaching end of the semester. I suppose this one is bittersweet. I’m thankful for the fascinating classes I’ve taken, the projects I’ve worked on, and the fact that in a few days, it will all be over. It’s time for a break.

4. Good old-fashioned sleepovers and time with Kaylie. After dinner, I headed over to Kaylie’s house for some quality crafting and Christmas-party planning time. On Friday, we skipped the shopping madness but did – at a reasonable hour – go to Alternative Black Friday, a pop-up vintage market in downtown Phoenix. We stopped in at Urban Outfitters to see Rylee, grabbed some late breakfast at the Phoenix Public Market, and finally made it to Frances. I’ve been hearing about how lovely this store is for years, but only just got around to stopping in; it definitely lived up to the hype. I can’t wait to see this girl more when she comes home from Christmas in a few weeks.

5. Festive/fancy holiday outfits. Speaking of vintage, I was really excited to wear my new ’60s green dress to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s my latest vintage find and a little bit fancy, so it’s great for the holidays.

6. The great outdoors. After my shopping date with Kaylie, I drove up to Domenico’s parents’ cabin in Payson. His family and I spent the evening huddled around a fire, eating leftover stuffing, and playing Settlers of Catan. The next morning, we packed some leftover-Thanksgiving sandwiches (which are another thing to be thankful for entirely, but I’ll just slip them in here) and headed north to Jack’s Canyon. It’s a beautiful place. Some of the folks did a little climbing, but I spent the afternoon soaking up sun and catching up on my reading.