Deep V Varsity Sweater

kate spade strike a pose

hatpark city


Hi there! After blogging for a bit now, I’ve learned that people most like fashion posts and date outings. So, I’m going to try to make more of an effort to document moments of fashion (though I’ve been budgeting like CRAZY. *Ahem, not spending money), and moments of dates that Mark and I go on.

This past weekend we spent more time on building up our food storage. We even found freeze dried meals that last up to 25 years in the packaging. Sounds gross, right? Well, we tried a sample and it wasn’t too bad! We feel like it is important to create a storage of things we may need in an emergency. Whether it’s a financial emergency or the apocalypse, we want to be prepared. After shopping for our emergency supplies, we went to Park City for dinner and had hamburgers. Sometimes you just need a good burger. It was a beautiful day!

Thanks for stopping by!

jeans: j brand // boots: steve madden (old), similar // hat: target // socks: banana republic, similar  // sweater: nordstrom // purse: Kate Spade



Something from the <3 heart: this speech

Welcome Home


Our entryway

kitchen organized

Plates all in orderwhite couch

Put your feet up

ysl coffee-table

Coffee table toppings pillows

My favorite pillowsloveseat

Our love seat by the windows

Here are some snippets from our new home! We are aiming to keep things simple. I knew my parents would appreciate seeing it. :)

Cake Plate: Williams Sonoma // Gold dipped glasses: Anthropologie, similar // White couch: Pottery Barn // Coffee table: Ikea // Gold polka-dot pillows: Anthropologie, Similar // Blue pillows: Gatehouse here in Utah // Coasters: Anthropologie, Similar // Gold side table: Cost Plus // Blue love seat: used KSL listing

Yoga + Pretty Thoughts

A new week! And, a new month! I’m glad March is here. Though I’m hoping for a lot of snow this month, this month is bound to put some Spring into my step. I’ve been thinking about this piece written by Ronald Dahl:

pretty thoughtsIsn’t that the truth? Someone can be beautiful on the outside, but because of their harshness, or way of thinking, they don’t seem as pleasant. And, we all know people who are NOT supermodels but make others feel like a hundred bucks, are unbelievably kind, and thoughtful. This has been on my mind because I most definitely want to have pretty thoughts regarding myself, others, my job, my relationships, and the trials in life.

Have a happy Monday!



Nail Art

nail art

nail art


I’ve neglected to share my recent nail art with y’all! I LOVE this transparent pink polish. I think it’s the perfect color. So, here is a neutral on neutral take. And, some with rifle paper flowers with gold and green branches. I loved them both.

thanks for visiting my blog with these silly things.

5 ways to be healthy

Thank you Michelle Obama for this idea! She asked us (all of us) to list 5 things of something health conscious. I’ll share some 5 overall healthy habits. <3 Cause, I’m a expert on this and all. ;) (i’m not).

green juice

1. Eat your vegetables. I had a yoga teacher that would say “eat your vegetables” every single time we would end class after the traditional “namaste.” It burned on my mind because of him, and I learned that this was one thing I could never ever neglect. I really do notice the negative effects to not eating those veggies: low energy, low positivity, sluggish, hunger, etc. So, to stay full, to have good energy, and to stay positive I know I need to eat my vegetables.

couples hike

2. Get some sunshine. While at work, take some time to walk outside for 10 minutes. Or, play outside with your kids. I once was in a depressive state for a long time a few years ago, my mom asked me what gives me joy, I replied with “going on walks”. Even though it was winter and snowy, it was decided that going out for a walk, even to get some winter sunshine was worth bundling up.

3. Be with friends. I count this as being healthy, because it is so important to be socially engaged. It’s scary to think how many people are glued to technology: video games, social media, netflix, and blogs *cough*. I’ve had roommates that lock themselves in their rooms and would watch netflix all day (and a friend that is in this current situation). Where’s the fun in having a roommate if you’re not chatting together once in awhile? Socializing is being vulnerable. I really believe that if we teach ourselves and the younger generation to be socially engaged, then we won’t see so much sexual violence, broken hearts, and loneliness in the world.


4. Read. Read. Read. And, read some more. My husband is a brilliant man due to a number of things, but also due to his dedication to reading (there he is in the HBS library). It is so motivating to me. I’ve been reading more and I feel so much joy out of it. Keeping our minds healthy is just as important as keeping our bodies healthy, don’t ya think?

5. Lastly, move your body. I can’t really say what the “best” workout is. You can listen to this podcast to find out (hint: whatever it is you’ll actually do is the best). But, for me I’m pretty much in love with everything except for swimming. I love boxing, running, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, weights, rowing, and yoga again. Is there a career out there for me to go to cool workout studios all day? Can cool workout studios come to Utah? (SoulCycle, FlyWheel, Barry’s Bootcamp do you hear me?!). I could move all day and love every minute of it. But, obviously there are moments that I severely don’t want to move a muscle and be lazy all day. Sometimes I let myself be lazy, but the moments when I “make” myself move I feel like a new woman afterwards.

What’s your #GimmeFive??

over the weekend


well, this pie looks like it is for the 4th of July. It is not. The stars were for “the stars” in Hollywood! I made a pie and had some girlfriends come over and watch the Oscars this past Sunday. I love watching award shows, but this go round we all just gathered on the couch and listened to one another’s thoughts, struggles, and joys. Having friends is priceless. I have no advice for most things in life, but I can be a listening ear and say a lot of prayers for friends in need. So, it was much better than watching the entire broadcast, having heart to hearts always win. I will forever be grateful for those kinds of friends. 

Now for a very unglamorous picture:

food storageMark and I are working on our food storage and emergency essentials. Mark is in charge of what we would need in emergency and I am in charge of food supplies for a year. A whole year! We filled our trunk and backseat full of things that would last us about a year. We bought shelves for them and loaded the shelves up. We still have a long way to go, but we know how important this is. If you aren’t going to do a big overhaul, then start small. Buy 6 cans of beans instead of the one you need for a recipe. The next week, buy three jars of peanut butter instead of one. And, so on. I’m no expert, but my brother-in-law’s mother is, check out her blog. 

As for emergency essentials, Mark found candles that last 100 hours so we bought a few of them! We got a few other things that we will be happy to have if and when we are faced with an emergency. Here’s some more info about emergency preparedness.

All black everything

shopping all day gold crown


Mark and I try to live by the rule: “Less is more”. This black blouse has lived up to that reputation.

We finally moved into our town home and we decided to not buy anymore furniture for it. Mostly because we don’t need anything else. And, we like to keep things simple. Same goes for pretty much everything else in our lives, ie: our closets. Gosh, I love cleaning mine out. I have a bag of clothes ready to be donated. I’ve tried to sell some of them to second-hand shops, but they have so many rejects (I don’t get why they don’t want my lightly used Nordstrom and Anthro stuff!).

Knowing that I can’t successfully sell my clothes, I’ve learned to be very picky with what I bring into my closet. I [strive to] stick to a budget and only buy what I really, really, like, really want/need. I think it helps me live whole-heartedly to be much more thoughtful about purchases.

Back to our town home, maybe I’ll get a professional photographer to come by and take some staged pictures for y’all?! Ha, probably not. But, I’d love to post a few pics of it, so stay tuned.



Yoga – Arm Balance Flow

Yoga is pretty much the best. Well, honestly, any kind of movement or exercise you enjoy is the best. For me, I enjoy yoga oh so much! I still have a long way to go, so if any of you have any tips to sticking handstand, I’m all ears.

“To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile.
(From Ketut Liyer, the Balinese healer)” – Elizabeth Gilbert