it’s been a little over 4 months since i’ve been here. over the course of those 4 months i’ve had a lot of time to self reflect – to focus on me and my physical, mental, and emotional well being. and, shit, it got real. i stripped down all these barriers [that i never knew i had] until i felt defenseless, vulnerable and naked. it wasn’t fun, nor easy. i’m not finished and, realistically, won’t ever be – self reflection and care is an ever evolving process that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
BUT let’s be real, it’s much easier to avoid those nagging little voices and jitters that can easily consume your entire day than face them head on. it’s easier to sweep things under the rug and forget about them. but when there’s no space under the rug, those forgotten “things” magically appear again while trying to hide the new things and it SUCKS. it can be a vicious cycle. it can consume your body, mind and entire being.
i’ve learned that during those times where you can’t quite get a freaking grip, you can rely on your people. find your people and stick to them like glue.
they’ll be there for you when it’s literally the most inconvenient time for them. if you want them to shut up and listen, they’ll do it. if you want them to give you advice, they’ll do it. and if you want to go to the bar and get drunk, they’ll do that too.
THANK YOU to my people. these past couple of months i’ve learned that life isn’t always that much better in the fast lane. and i wouldn’t have learned that without them.
coming at you from the comfort of my parent’s house in denver where it’s cold, snowy and i have a full cup of coffee – i’m certainly not moving anywhere quickly.
last week i wrote about the trouble of taking care of your skin while flying. one of the biggest takeaways was the importance of a physical sunscreen. i mentioned wanting to try this specific product – and well, sephora was one of my first stops on this trip. the cream is supposed to help smooth out any sort of redness, acne and/or blemishes. it also brags about protecting against UV light and environmental pollution.
i’ve used it every day this week and i’m obsessed. to be honest, i’ve always been self conscious of my skin – i’ve used multiple products to even out my hyper-pigmentation or new blemish [yes, i’m 28 and still get acne. eye roll.] but with the addition of this product, i can honestly eliminate most of the others i had been using. it smooths out my skin without looking fake and makes my morning routine much easier. one thing i’m still learning is the appropriate amount of moisturizer to put on before – my skin is adjusting to the dry climate in denver and it needs a bit more lovin’.
head to sephora and get yourself some of this. ask for a sample which they will happily give you or if you’re ready to jump aboard it comes in two different sizes. let me know your thoughts!
i’ve found some really amazing prints and artwork as of recently. i’m looking for some new artwork for my living room – haven’t figured out what one [or ones] will be the winners. votes?
last and final “thing” this week is going to be some of the amazing people i’ve had the opportunity to spend time with this week. grateful for the relationships i have with all of them. ❤
so i’ve been addicted to podcasts recently – i listen to them while working out because i find that they keep me more entertained than music does. if you’ve listened to serial you’ll be sure to love ‘up and vanished‘. what i love [and secretly hate] about this one is that because it’s a real time investigation i have to wait for the next week to listen to more and i’m REALLY not good at waiting.
stolen right from the website:
“‘up and vanished’ is an investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of georgia beauty queen and high school teacher, tara grinstead, an 11-year-old mystery that is the largest case file in georgia’s history. follow along as host payne lindsey, a documentarian turned amateur investigator, examines old case evidence, re-interviews persons of interest, and uncovers new leads, while guiding listeners through his real time investigation. a recent arrest in the case may have given us more questions than answer, and the main question still remains… what happened to tara grinstead?”
when i’m making cocktails at home, the first thing i reach for is this tovolo king cube tray. the ice cubes are the perfect size for every drink because they don’t melt too quickly and they just seem so chic. especially when you’re still a novice cocktail slinger. i actually have two sets…. because who doesn’t love a good party?
i’ve thought about making some variations of ice cubes… found inspiration here.
the last in the series this week is highlighting these cute kids because i’m missing them a ton recently! we need to plan another trip to see them and PRONTO. elyse & tiffy
perhaps we’ll make a stop at our favorite restaurant cook. and while we’re there i might as well swing by cuyana. been dying to check this out!
now that my computer has officially dried out and turned back on (in case you didn’t see the latest instagram post, i spilled coffee all over my computer christmas eve and it’s been drying ever since) i’m back! keep your fingers crossed that it continues to work…. PLEASE!
we spent this past weekend celebrating christmas and spending some serious quality time with friends and family. my parents flew in on friday and we haven’t stopped eating/drinking/galavanting around the town since. here is a small glimpse into the past couple of days…
first stop we made was one of my mom’s all time favorite restaurants, tiny thai, a small local favorite that’s BYOB it’s a seriously hard to beat. and their takeout is a good as the dine in – which certainly isn’t always the case!
after dinner we headed back to my house to begin our christmas eve tradition – the annual book swap.
growing up, we were always allowed to open one gift on christmas eve and 9 times out of 10, it was ususally pajamas. now that we’ve grown up a bit [who am i kidding, we haven’t grown up] we’ve tailored our tradition a bit.
a couple weeks before the holiday we draw names and pick who we buy a book for; it can be hard cover, paper back, an audiobook, e-book, or even a magazine subscription. we’ve only been doing it a couple of years but it’s one of my favorite parts of christmas.
the next morning we did the full christmas thing – stockings, coffee, mimosas, more coffee, cinnamon rolls, and gifts.
we relaxed most of the morning, went for a long walk, and prepared for some dinner guests that evening. tiffany definitely takes the cake for her cheese board skills.
i had to work christmas day but luckily i was able to escape at 3:30 and head home for another night of dinner guests, drinks, and laughs.
after plenty of cocktails and far too much food we busted out the game of things. it was the first time i played it and it was hysterical. keep the wine flowing and you’ll certainly have a blast.
yesterday we worked out, made a couple of returns and went to manchester by the sea. it was amazing. be sure to bring some tissues and show up earlier anticipated – the ENTIRE theater was full.
it was a fabulous weekend spent with amazing people and 2017 is creeping around the corner, can’t wait to see what the future holds – cheers!
yes, you heard me correctly-the best place in the world. aka: northern california. i might be just a bit biased seeing as that 2/4 of the sister quad is there and my (almost) 3 year old niece and my 4 month old nephew.
my sister, jen, lives right outside the castro in corona heights. from there we travel back and forth to/from st helena to see my sister, meagan, her husband, jude, and the kids. this trip went by WAY too fast. it always flies by, but holy moley it was a whirlwind.
tiffany and i landed friday and headed right up to st helena. after an evening of wine with meagan and jude, we hit the hay. jude went to work the next morning while the rest of us drank coffee, played legos and changed diapers. we later met jude at cook [the restaurant/tavern he and meagan own in town – one of the best places. ever. oh, and they continue to win a place on the Bib Gourmand list.] i digress…. it’s amazing.
after brunch we sat and drank wine. from here – the view really is terrible.
saturday night we headed back to the city and went to the Sia concert. i’ve never been more obsessed. overall it was an amazing show. like knock your socks off kind of show. i’m still in shock. this is now my new favorite song and you can bet it’s been playing on repeat.
sunday we spent galavanting around the city with elyse.
if there’s anywhere you should travel in the near future – make it northern cali.
i’ve been quite busy out here in burlington – mostly just enjoying the weather. and loving every minute of it-obviously. it’s been SO nice to have the sun out more. it makes even the colder days feel a bit more bearable.
here is what i’ve been doing to keep busy recently….
(and yes, i know that i’ve promised a lot of different posts recently – i swear – they’re coming)
my friend, jess, and i spent a day at the spa in stowe. a day FULL of relaxation. we woke up early, ate a quick breakfast, and hit the road. after filling up the gas tank and grabbing coffee we were en route. we got there with enough time to unwind and relax a bit before our first service. we both had a massage and it was heavenly. there’s just something about a full body massage that cannot be rivaled by anything else. after the massage, we had a bit of time before our next treatment so we hung out in the sauna and the steam room. facials were up next and we finished the day relaxing with our books by the pool. after we were spa’d out, we grabbed a boozy lunch and made our way back to burlington.
it was a GREAT way to spend a random tuesday, we’re hoping to make a quarterly date.
we’ve been trying to get out and about as much as possible during the sunlight hours recently. lots of sunsets down at the lake, or watching from the williams fire escape at UVM. this shot was from one of the boat launches in burlington.
another sunny day we decided to bring a lunch and some booze out to charlotte. my (other) friend, jess, has a camp out there and although it wasn’t technically open for the season, we still lounged on the rocks for hours. the space is just unreal.
last weekend, my sister and i went to san francisco to spend time with our other two sisters. my niece is expecting a younger brother late june and her parents have both decided on a weekend with their friends/siblings before baby number 2 arrives.
this was meagan’s weekend. i don’t even really know what to say about the city except that it’s one of my all time favorite places to be in the entire world. we flew in late friday night and headed to right outside the castro where my sister, jen lives.
saturday was spent brunching at foreign cinema [you cannot miss the homemade pop tarts], walking around the mission and through the haight, and drinking the afternoon away on our friend, wyatt’s roof.
sunday was spent at the banya archimedes spa. (it’s an experience – that’s for sure).
monday we spent the morning FaceTiming with our dad, and drinking coffee. jen went to work, while meagan, tiffany and i headed to union square for a bit of shopping.
unfortunately, fun always has to come to an end so we flew out monday night on a red eye and landed in burlington on tuesday afternoon. the trip went by far too quickly, but it was another one for the books.
we’ll be back at the end of september to meet our new nephew, i’m so excited!
disclaimer: i hate fake trees. [sorry mom. and no, i didn’t hate my childhood and i still love christmas]. and here’s why: first, they don’t smell good. second, they don’t leave pine needles all over the place, and third they don’t smell good.
so, there will be no fake trees in the house i sleep in.
we went to whites tree farm in essex to pick up our beauty. it was a gorgeous drive, it was just cold enough that it felt festive. it was christmas tree heaven out there. hundreds of trees to pick from, sleds to drag it back to your car with and hot chocolate as soon as it’s loaded onto your car.
i secretly want a totally tacky tree for my bedroom. i mean, who doesn’t want a silver christmas tree loaded with glitter and streamers?!
i’m picturing something like this…. but full size!!