life in the fast lane

well hello again.


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.

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2016 in review

as i’m mentally preparing for another year i’ve been scouring over pictures on my computer. new ones, old ones, good, and most certainly bad [admittedly overly self critical over here]. here are a few of my favorite memories from this past year:


marielle and loic’s dinner party was definitely one for the books. and the whole night was extra special because of the paper crowns. fullsizeoutput_970


my co-worker and great friend, jess, and i spent the day at the spa in stowe. massages and facials followed by some steam room and a dip in the pool. it was exactly what the doctor ordered – especially because it was mid week! fullsizeoutput_a4a


every time we go visit our sisters in california i think to myself, “that was one of the best trips out there, it’ll definitely be hard to beat.” and yet, every single time we go back, it get’s a little bit better. our trip this spring was amazing. meagan, was able to fully relax and unwind with baby #1 at home – perfect getaway before baby #2. img_1850


memorial day weekend was one of the most spontaneous and memory filled weekends of the year. spending a weekend at my friend, jess’, camp in charlotte is a luxury and it might be one of my all time favorite places in vermont. it’s so easy to unwind and  not have a care in the world when you’re drinking wine on the porch watching the sunset. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset


our trip to wisconsin this summer was anything but boring. we kept it exciting by visiting the anchor [seen on diners, drive-ins, and dives], running a half marathon and doing some water skiing all within 72 hours. img_2019


one of the highlights of the summer was when my mom came to visit us in burlington. we hiked, we ate, we sat in the sun. we survived a monsoon and went to a show at shelburne museum all in one evening. we, also, wore hats. img_2237


tiffany turned 30. we had the best sister celebration at topnotch in stowe. after a morning of pampering, we took to the pool with cocktails. Processed with VSCO with g3 preset


we spent many a day on the lake. one of the most memorable afternoons was this one. hard to beat a day on the boat. great friends, tunes, and a beer or two will turn anyone’s day right around. img_2423


it will most certainly be hard to beat this day right here – day one of brenna’s bachelorette party at the palms resort in vegas. i think that’s probably all i should say about it…img_2459


ian and i hiked sterling pond this fall. we randomly saw friends halfway up, went for a dip at the top and took the long way home through stowe. it may have been the long way because of all our detours… doc ponds, cider mill, cabot.fullsizeoutput_ce0


twr – aka my dad – made an appearance in burlington this fall. lots of coffee, some exploring in montpelier, and a belly full of pizza rounded out this long weekend. img_2897


can hardly wait for what 2017 brings.

summer ain’t over yet

it’s warm and humid here today so what better way to spend it than with a chilled bottle of wine (or two) in the backyard?? although, weather like today can be hard to dress for – it’s hot but not. unless you’ve lived in the humidity, you don’t get it and it’s actually quite hard to explain [obviously].

here’s what i chose:

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shop the look below!

madewell t-shirt // i honestly cannot find it anywhere online anymore, but it is the best shirt ever. it dries quick, and holds it’s shape really well.

havaiana flipflops // need i say more? if you don’t have them, just trust me.

bailey 44 skirt from jess boutique // this skirt is one that i grab when packing for most trips. it’s nice in that it’s super casual but can easily be dressed up for a night on the town.

nixon watch // i’ve had this watch for a couple years now and i honestly get a compliment about it nearly every day. the face is pretty, it’s super simple, and surprisingly light.

eenadee bracelet // this nugget bracelet is sterling silver and made with the same nylon that wind surfing boards are made of, so it’s perfectly durable for long days at the beach and in the sun.


happy tuesday!

life lately in photo

hiiii everyone, i’ve missed you all. it’s been a bit since i’ve been here, and for that, i apologize. but, what better time than the present to jump right back into the swing of things?!

things in my life have been quite busy recently – been picking up some extra shifts at the hospital, helping plan a bridal shower, and trying to enjoy the last few bits of summer and sunshine before it’s gone! here are a few snippets into the last weeks….


some girlfriends and i were FINALLY able to get together after what had been far too long. summer travel, what feels like an endless wedding season and working every other weekend limits what free time you have to see friends!

we started our night at the bar juniper which is located in hotel vermont. after a couple drinks, we headed next door to hen of the wood.

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L –> R : me, kathryn, sara, hannah, hillary

summer in burlington isn’t complete without hitting up the champlain valley fair in essex. we devoured corn dogs, fried dough, and the best corn on the cob. we attempted to stomach some rides after inhaling all the food with little success. lots of people watching, a random game or two, and some dancing in the beer tent (only because tiffany makes me) to round out the night.img_2597


as a kid growing up in colorado, labor day signaled the end of summer – school has started and all the neighborhood pools close. in vermont, we have access to some of the best lakes, ponds and streams around – and lucky for us, they never close. this labor day, ian, and i hiked up to sterling pond. it was hot, humid and steep. the shaded trail along with the cold pond at the top made it a lovely hike.

a bit about sterling pond….

the trailhead is at the top of the notch road – aka 108 – in vermont. it’s closed from november to may due to the extreme winter conditions and the limited access to help bail cars out. we drove up through cambridge and through smuggler’s notch to the top and  drove out past the stowe mountain resort through the town of stowe. it’s a great hike for families but keep in mind it’s especially wet and can be slick – and we even hiked on a dry day! although it’s steep, it was quick. we were done in 90 minutes and that’s even with swim at the top! a must do if you’re in the area and have an afternoon free!

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back in burlington and after a quick shower, we dined at the kitchen table in richmond which just so happens to be one of my all time favorite restaurants. it’s a quick 15 minute drive south on i-89, located right next to the Cat business. it’s an amazing restaurant with the best food – sourced from the best local ingredients. it’s one of those restaurants where you can’t not have room for dessert.


the other night we packed up some take out, grabbed some booze and biked down to oakledge where we watched the last of the sun set and spent some time outside before the weather changes too much.

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the past couple of days have been extra sunny so i’ve been soaking up as much as possible. a few days with a co-worker and a couple at the delta for some kiteboardng

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 i promise to come back later this week to show you all a new pair of booties i’m obsessed with. stay tuned….