Be Weird

Guys, I'm in such a weird mood (i.e. grumpy, emotional, irritable, wanting to junk punch someone, etc.). Pretty funny considering the sweatshirt I'm wearing, right? Haha:) In all seriousness, though, I need to learn the balance between being kind and just being dumb. I know that seems like a weird topic but really sometimes I'm kind to the point of stupidity. It really is my opinion that, "being kind is always brave", but at the same time sometimes we need to be kind to ourselves. That's where I struggle. I will always give precedence to being kind to others (most of the time when they don't even deserve it) rather than myself. I'm like the queen of sass and for the most part I have no problem sticking up for myself and others. There are two exceptions, though. I struggle with expressing my needs/grievances and sticking up for myself in work situations and romantic situations. I don't know what it is about those two things but they always stump me and I always end up letting people walk all over me. It's pretty stinky, but I guess I need to work on learning to be kind to myself in those situations or I'll be forever getting hurt. Anyway, yeah, there's that. Also, I think it's safe to say that Utah forgot what Winter is and has just glossed right on over to Spring! (Betcha it'll snow tomorrow now that I said that;) I wouldn't mind one little bit if it weren't for the very real fear of "Climate Change"! Guys, ack!!!

sweatshirt: somewhere in Canada -great options here-
skirt: c/o Agnes & Dora
shoes: F21
purse: c/o Sage Boutique
photos: Ro Photo

Since I'm in such a weird mood I'm going to keep this brief. Printed skirt+sweatshirt+booties+bright bag=Perfection. Amen. Also, my little sister sent this sweatshirt to me from Montreal for Christmas, so forgive me, but I have no clue where she got it.

Much love!



Here's a random thought. I always used to think that when I had kids I wanted to have mostly daughters, because I grew up in a female dominated household, but now that I'm older I've come to two conclusions. One, it really doesn't matter whether I have boys or girls, really, I'll be happy with whatever. Two, even though I'd be happy with whatever I think I'd actually really like to have a few sons. Mostly because then I could raise em to be really, really great men/husbands. (You can thank me later future wives of my future sons;) Anyway, yeah, there's that random gem for ya. Just something I was thinking of. Want to hear another random gem? When I'm upset or feeling blue, for whatever reason, the phrase, "cheer up buttercup" never fails to make me feel better. Sort of weird, right? Those three words are just like my cure-all. Also, the "Finding Nemo" main title song. It just sounds like a nice, big, warm, bear hug! Also, there's no medicine quite like a smile, am I right? Smiles are just infectious and sometimes smiling even when you don't feel like it will make your whole day better! Oh, and I just have to say, 5 a.m. is absolutely horrid. Seriously, you don't know what torture feels like until you've had to wake up at 5 on a regular basis. And I'm a morning person, so the fact that 5 a.m. is difficult even for me, is saying something. It's just cold, dark, and icky. Bleh.

striped tee: F21
coat: Old Navy
leggings: h&m
sneakers: American Eagle
readers: F21
hat: F21
photos: Ro Photo

For this look I just wanted to go for something super laid back and casual. An easy "basics" look that still looks put together. Because, seriously, there are just some days that absolutely require wearing leggings and a simple tee. The key to not looking like a bum on those days is bringing a combo of subtle elements that are structured and/or fun. For me, my structured pieces were my striped tee (you can never go wrong with stripes) and my structured camel coat which is seriously the best coat I've ever owned. It goes with everything. Anyway, for some "fun" elements I slid on my glittery sneaks, my go-to knit hat, and some readers. Once again, props to ma girl Ro for being such a great photographer!

Much love!

AWOL Nation

Guys, sorry I went awol there for a week. I just got so busy with school, work, and making some big decisions. It was a weird week for sure. Good in general, but ultimately sort of hard. When you're younger (not that 22 isn't young) but I mean when you're a day dreamin' teenager "young" you sort of create this picture in your head of what dating/romance/whatever is going to be like. That it'll just be as simple as, "I like you. You like me. Let's be happy." Then you get out there and realize that it just sort of isn't. There are so many other factors and maybe it actually IS as easy as that when it's right. I wouldn't know to be honest. That hasn't been my experience with dating so far but like I said, maybe I just haven't found the situation where the time AND person are right. I guess there are some times when a puzzle piece seems like it's just right but when you try to match it up it doesn't actually quite fit and you can either try and force it to fit or you can move on and find the piece that will fit in easily and perfectly. Does that even make any sense? Maybe not, I don't know. What I do know for sure is that both parties should be equally interested in each other and interested in trying otherwise it really just isn't fair. Right? I mean, I just think, I'm a choice daughter of God and maybe that sounds cheesy but it just makes me think that I deserve someone that will sense and know that and think, "I"m all in." Anyway, yeah, enough weird talk. Life is meant to be lived with joy and a smile, so that's what I'm doing! :)

top: h&m
skirt: F21
shoes: Aldo
photos: Ro Photo

Guys, confession time. I've had this skirt since I was 14 or 15. My awesome older sister bought it for me because she had thought it was cute and here we are 7ish years later and it's still stinkin' cute. The weather here in Utah has been feeling so Spring like lately (knock on wood) that I knew I had to pull out some florals! Also, nothing says cute & girly like some strappy flats, so yeah! :) Also, I just have to give a shout out to ma girl, Romina. She took these photos and she rocks. Seriously, I love that girl with all of my heart. We can talk about anything/everything and laugh like crazy. She makes my soul happy. #friendship

Much love!


If I Had You

So. School. One week down. I'm exhausted beyond belief but I still think it's fab! We'll see how long this lasts. ;) Waking up at 5am has been both harder and easier than I expected. Which, I know that makes no sense at all but that's how I'm feeling about it. I'm sure you're all wondering why in the heck I get up at 5 if my class doesn't start till 8. Well, here's the thing. For starters, it's about a 45 minute drive, then I've also got to get up with enough time to eat breakfast, pack a lunch, prep my backpack for both school AND work, clean my room, get through a few yoga postures, and finally, actually get dressed and decent looking. So yeah, all that's a 3 hour encompassing routine. Lovely init? So far my favorite class is Intercultural Communication. I've already learned a bunch in just two days and I pretty much devoured the first chapter of the textbook. Sooo good. The only thing is, I pretty much started crying in class when we started discussing white privilege. Well, not crying but getting sniffley and that teary burning sensation you get in your eyes when you know the water works are about to start in full ugly force but you're trying to force them back. I mean, white privilege is a very important topic to me but it certainly isn't one I cry about. I'm a tough cookie. (Sort of) What really got me going were the comments a couple of my peers were making. I won't repeat what they said because I've already erased them from my mind, but let's just say I was extremely disappointed to hear that there are humans on this Earth that harbor such ignorant and rude opinions. I do have to say, though, that I was very impressed by what the rest of the class had to say! Progress, guys! Also, surprisingly enough, I'm REALLY liking "History of Rock N' Roll". The only reason I really took that class was because one of my art credits from Westminster didn't transfer over and that was the only class that would fulfill that requirement within the parameters of my schedule. I was completely expecting it to just be a "fluff" class but I've been so surprised by how interesting it is and how much I've already learned. I mean, we pretty much discuss the ins and outs of music for an hour and a half and you guys know how obsessed I am with anything to do with music. We covered the early 50s and the crooners today (one of my FAVORITE music eras!) and sigh...that Frank Sinatra, you guys. He's the babe of my heart. Best male voice I've ever heard and I sort of think he's weirdly attractive too. Swoon. If you feel like being wooed give, "If I Had You", and, "I've Got You Under My Skin", a listen.

denim top: F21
suede skirt: c/o OASAP
tights: h&m
shoes: F21similar
photos: Shailynn

I've just got a few outfit things to say today. First, this is my new favorite skirt. It never fails to get compliments when I wear it and it's super duper cozy. Next, since it's a little on the shorter side, these super thick tights are ma best friends. Also, denim & suede? Match made in heaven. Finally, my hurrs are black again, can you tell? No more subtle ombre!

Much love!


First Day

Guys, I'm fighting with all I've got to stay awake right now and type up this post. Seriously, I'm DYING of exhaustion over here. My first day of school was so draining! It was SO fun, though! I really had such a blast! Except for the fact that I forgot to bring a coat and all I had on top of my sports tank top was a flimsy quarter sleeve hoodie. And it was freezing. And it started raining. Like crazy. Of course. ;) I actually ended up running about 2 miles around campus in the ice cold rain with barely any coverage. Some would call that unbearable, but, call me crazy, I actually thought it was sort of fun! A mini freezing adventure if you will. I was seriously beaming the whole time. Maybe I was just on a, "I'm happy to be back at school", high or something because I was giggling with glee the whole time I was getting soaked through. I know, I'm weird. I just love the rain, though! Anyway, the three classes I had today were so great and I'm so excited to jump into studying EVERYTHING. School, school, school, man. I love it! Also, I just have to quickly apologize for my rising hemline in these sitting photos, it's just that I seriously have no concept of how to sit like a lady in a dress. It's a skill I've never possessed. I try my hardest but somehow my dress always ends up scooching way far up or I end up sitting like a dude. I have no grace in that department, I guess. So, sorry!

dress: F21
tie front top: Gap
socks: h&m
wedges: h&m
photos: Shailynn

For this look it was all about those cutesy mod vibes! I wanted to just create a really simple/understated "New Girl" type of outfit! Which, I mean, bows+dress+frilly socks+pink heels=Hello Jessica Day! :) Anyway, I'm seriously dying of exhaustion over here so I honestly can't think of anything else to say. My apologies. I will say this, though, that Shailynn is pretty dang good at getting me to crack up like a maniac.

Much love!