Saturday, April 25, 2015

Everything old is new again.

Since I finally bit the bullet and got myself my own computer a few weeks ago, Jake and I went through old photos while deciding what to transfer to my computer from his. I got a MacBook Air, so it doesn't have a ton of storage space and I don't want to clog it up with thousands of pictures, so we got organized and went through years of pictures together this morning while drinking our coffee. It was so fun to look at our first photo together and reminisce about our wedding day. Below are some classics -- don't say I didn't warn you!

Our first photo taken together at Jack & Dan's in Spokane circa 2007: 

In Seattle, on Queen Anne Hill 2007: 

My 24th Birthday: 

Visiting Grammy in Michigan circa 2011: 

At our Magnolia apartment - so many memories there!

On our wedding day - 08.05.11

We got married on the waterfront in Seattle....and sometimes mostly I miss that place. 


Sunday, March 29, 2015


Sidenote: It's been awhile. Sorry I haven't blogged in what seems like ages. Life got in the way.

Sidenote No. 2: In case you were wondering, I survived #nospendfebruary - it was rough but I made it and I'm proud that I did it. I really think we can do anything we set our minds to - no matter what it is. One of my favorite quotes lately is: Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right.

After over a year and a half of living in Charlotte, we finally made it to Atlanta for a weekend trip. We bought Justin Timberlake tickets the day they went on sale which was at least 6 months before the actual concert date - 12/20/14. We made the 3.5 hour drive the morning of the concert, stopped in Buckhead for some Shake Shack {sooooo good, I'm obsessed and eat it every single chance I get.} I also noticed the Dyptique store was almost right next door so we had to pop in and we ended up getting the Mimosa scent. My second candle so far and certainly not my last.

After getting checked into our hotel, we took a quick nap and then got ready for the big show. Can you believe it's my first time seeing Justin Timberlake in concert? Now, I've seen 'NSYNC several times but given how big of a JT fan I am, I still couldn't believe that I missed out on seeing him on tour for so many years. That's why I had to make a special trip to see him in ATL since we were out of town when he came to Charlotte in the Summer of 2014. We took about a million photos but the ones below are my favorites.

The next day, we stopped at the Georgia Aquarium because it's the biggest and best in the world. It did not disappoint. My favorite part is the conveyor belt-like apparatus that you just stand on so you dont have to worry about running into someone while you stare at the fishes and ...wait for it.. whale sharks, what?!?! swimming above you. So cool! I felt like a kid again.

Of course I had to touch these. They are the most amazingly soft and squishy thing I think I've ever felt.

We also ate at some delicious restaurants - including West Egg Cafe and The Little Tart Bakeshop. Highly recommend if you're ever in the area. We definitely need to make another trip back to ATL, I don't feel like we got to know the city very well just yet, we need to spend a little more time together.

Until next time,

Sunday, February 8, 2015


I am embarking on an important journey this month. Said self-imposed journey entails not spending any money on clothing, shoes, handbags, etc. I've done spending diets in the past, but this one is very specific and honestly, one of the main reasons why I'm doing it is to prove to myself that I can. I was inspired by Becky at The Pumpkin Spot who is remixing her closet while on her #NoSpendFeb.  You can also follow along with Jaclyn at Sharing my Sole and Katie at Pearls and Twirls who are also participating in  the challenge. I need all the support I can get!

Now I leave you with one of my new favorite quotes: "Collect experiences, not things."  Some of my favorite experiences from 2013 and 2014:

Riding and walking over the Golden Gate Bridge. 
 Checking out NYC from the Empire State Building 
Finally hiking to the top of Rattlesnake Ridge  

A few of my goals during my very own No Spend February are:
1. Keep myself out of debt. I recently paid off my credit cards (for the 2nd time in my life) and it feels so good. Once my shopping cleanse is over, I know I am going to really think twice about purchasing something if I don't have the cash up front to buy it.  
2. Shop my own closet by mixing pieces that I wouldn't normally try together. All in the name of fashion!
3. I'm hoping this will kickstart my desire to minimize, streamline and declutter my closet {and my life}.
4. Stop and smell the roses. And be more in the moment.

Overall, I think this will be a fun challenge and the month is almost halfway over, people. So, cheers to me making it through a couple more weeks.  Use the hashtag #nospendfeb on instagram to follow along with us!  

Saturday, January 31, 2015

NYC | Part 5

It's time for the last few photos from our NYC trip. Can you believe that tomorrow is February? That means our trip was almost 3 months ago. Well, technically it was at the end of November, so not quite.  Anyway...on our last day in the city, we walked from the East Village towards the West Village mainly because I wanted to check out Washington Square Park. It was a cold, but sunny and  beautiful day.  

And yes, I wore my Zella leggings every single day of our trip. I'm not exaggerating either. I totally fell in love with them and they are so comfy and cozy and go with everything. So there's that. 

Of course there was live music in the park. I felt like we were in a movie. 

That's it for NYC photos from this trip. I'm really hoping to make at least another quick trip sometime during 2015. I think it would be nice to go in the Spring since we haven't been during that season yet.  

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NYC | Part 4

Last time we visited NYC, we spent some time in Williamsburg and honestly, we weren't that impressed. We knew Brooklyn would be gritty and not as fancy as the city, but the impression we got this past summer wasn't the greatest.   We were determined to spend more time in Brooklyn to really decide if it was a place we truly loved or if it was a place we could pass on. Thank goodness we gave it another chance, because we totally fell in love with it! We rode the subway to the Financial District and got off at the last stop before the bridge. We knew we wanted to walk over it and we amazed by it's size! We knew it was big, but we didn't know it was that big!  That's what she said? Sorry, it seemed natural. 

I remember watching Million Dollar Listing and hearing about DUMBO {Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass} and ever since then, I've always said I wanted to check out what all the fuss was about. We walked over the bridge {I highly recommend doing that if you haven't before!} then walked down under the bridge for that iconic view. 

Here's that photo you've probably seen 8957483 times.

Cue impromptu photo shoot with cool brick background. Too bad it was freezing cold and I couldn't bare to take my puffy coat off. Don't make fun of my nikes. My feet were DEAD.

Jake's fave shot of the day!

I read this blog and she recommended checking out Jane's Carousel. It was so fun! We took a ride and felt like kids again! Best $2 I spent in the city.

That's it folks. After our day of exploring, we Jake tried some beer from Brooklyn Brewery then we had dinner at the Reynard in the Wythe Hotel, complete with pre-dinner drinks at the bar which has a killer view of the NYC skyline. For further reading, check out this blog post I wrote about Brooklyn for Dwellable. 

Stay tuned next week for the last NYC post of this trip. 


Saturday, January 3, 2015

NYC | Part 3

We decided to explore different parts of the city on this trip, so on FRIDAY after a much anticipated tour of the Federal Reserve Bank including the gold vault which holds over 300+ billion dollars with of gold {this is a must do if you can get tickets}, we wandered around the Financial District. It was really cool to see Wall Street and the Stock Exchange especially after seeing it in so many movies over the years. Very iconic! 

Then, we walked by the new World Trade Center and saw the 9/11 memorial which was very overwhelming and sad. Again, this is something we had heard about and saw on TV for years..  decades even and to see the area in real life was just very powerful. I'm not sure I could go into the museum just yet, I really think that would be something I would have to really prepare myself for. Maybe someday I will be brave enough to step foot in there. 

We were watching TV the night before Thanksgiving and noticed that my alma mater - Gonzaga was playing in none other than Madison Square Garden - turned out it was a tournament with the Championship Game being played the day after Thanksgiving. So we bought tickets and made our way over the Madison Square Garden on Friday night - it was the first time for both of us and it actually seemed pretty small and intimate. It was nice to root for my Zags in person again. 

After that we hit the town and checked out Cask Bar in the East Village. I am proud to say that after a night of light drinking and a desire not to ride the subway or take a taxi, we decided to walk 26 blocks back to our hotel. Doesn't 26 blocks seem super far? Well, its actually only 1.5 miles and only took us about 30-35 minutes or so. It was nice and refreshing. And I met my step goal for the day, so I was a happy camper. 

The next morning {SATURDAY}, we had brunch reservations at Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental along with this view of Central Park. Pretty nice, right? I could definitely get used to living the high life in this city... no pun intended!   

Below is the first course which included 4 small tastings.

I had the granola crusted brioche french toast. Let that sink in for a minute... and it tasted as delicious as it looks. Bon appetite! 



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