Summer Vibes

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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 – Ban.do (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!

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Weekend at a Plantation

This weekend, I felt like I was living on a Southern plantation in the early 20th century, wandering around fields and lounging in royally decorated sitting rooms. And I suppose I kind of was. My family and the boyfriends went back to Virginia to visit with my mom’s family and celebrate my cousin’s wedding. On Thursday morning, I woke up shockingly early to catch a 5:30 a.m. flight to Charlotte, North Carolina. In Charlotte, we ate some Carolina pulled-pork sandwiches, boarded a little propellor plane that seated 50 people, and headed to our final destination of Lynchburg, Virginia. I was hoping to feel very Jackie O. climbing out of a little biplane onto the tarmac, but sadly, it was not that glamorous. We spent the evening looking at the family heirlooms that decorate my aunt’s house, getting a tour of downtown Lynchburg, and enjoying the chirping sounds of the Virginia forest.

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On Friday, we drove to Berry Hill, the site of my cousin’s wedding and the purpose of the trip. The whole place is so Virginia. It’s full of colonial antique furniture and art featuring presidents/Founding Fathers (they sure love Thomas Jefferson back there). Domenico, Emily, Tommy, and I spent the afternoon exploring the property. Especially notable was the family cemetery on the lot – the earliest birthdate we found dated back to the mid-18th century. Then a perfect Southern dinner at Molasses. It was Domenico and Tommy’s first time in the southeast, which made the experience all the more fun.

The next day was the day, but we made use of our morning and early afternoon. We woke up to a drizzly, grey morning, but figured, as desert-dwellers, we should take advantage of it. We went on a stroll to a boggy little lake, and while we were out there, the downpour started (hence Domenico’s Noah from the Notebook-ish look). Then a game of bocce ball, a tennis match, and a swim. Luckily, we cleaned up well for the wedding. The weather also made a good presentation, clearing up for the outdoor ceremony, which was lovely. The rest of the evening was spent chatting, and dancing, and drinking, and eating doughnuts with my cousins, who I too-rarely see.

Just a few days later we made the same trip back through Charlotte and home to Phoenix. It was so brief but sweet – I’m already missing that Southern charm.

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Another Lazy Sunday

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top – Anthropologie // skirt – thrift store in Payson // belt – Goodwill // brooch – handmade by me

It seems that the only opportunity I have to blog falls on a Sunday, so here I am again, the evening before another week of work. I’m learning that a 40-hour week, while productive and (mostly) satisfying, leaves little time/energy for my usual pastimes. (My knitting has taken a bit of a hit recently, so I had to wear my knitting pin today to make up for it.) Mostly, I come home, watch a movie, catch up on some reading, and cuddle Rae, who just wouldn’t stop modeling for me. I’m realizing how important it is to make time for other activities, even if it’s just taking a little bike ride, making a real dinner, or working on a project.

So, I’ve been trying to squeeze everything into my weekends. It’s also my time to get a little creative and colorful with my outfits. Today I even did a bun! Quite the undertaking for me.

Ball of Yarn Pin

Materials: button, scrap yarn, two toothpicks, brooch pin

This little project hardly warrants a tutorial – I could even make it on one of my lazy weeknights. Wrap the yarn around the button until it’s at the desired thickness. Hot glue the end of the yarn to the back of the button. Glue the pin on top. Slide two toothpicks between the yarn diagonally. That’s it! Bonus, I’ve also been told it looks like a bowl of noodles with chopsticks. Either way, it’s super fun.