This is why I love the internets

I am a total Mac groupie. I LOVED my iPhone. It was the best, honestly and truly. I can’t even give you any super quantitative reasons for why, but just don’t bother talking to me about your Android phone as I am blindly committed to how awesome the iPhone is. Unfortunately, however, with my leaving work, I also had to hand in my much-loved, work-provided cellular device. And with it went my easy access to the best app of all the apps, Instagram.

I do have a tablet, which I used to take the photo below with, but it 1. is not convenient to carry around and snap photos with 2. it has far worse point and shoot camera specs. I am sure most are thinking, why don’t you just buy your own iPhone, like the rest of the world (less those dummies with Androids)? Well if that was a simple answer, I would share that with you, but instead just trust we have our reasons (short-term: sad yet also long-term: exciting reasons.)


// This photo is of some totally delicious and healthy blueberry french toast that I made last Saturday YUMS! //

There is a light at the end of the tunnel though – not the happiest, brightest light, but at least a florescent bulb. My husband’s new job has ordered him some fancy (Android) smart phone and I am totally commandeering it, when needed, for my Instagram pleasure.

In the meantime, my Instagram account is a little sad and the above picture is all I have for recent photos, so for fun and because I don’t have much else to report, here are some of my favorite internet finds from this week:

+ Over 100 corgis at this event in the Pacific Northwest. I would have totally attended but I might have died of happiness.

+ If I did my wedding over again it might just look something like this (featured on Brooklyn Bride), with a little bit of YEAH! Rentals action and Max Wanger Photography thrown into the mix. Love everything – the dress, the neon sign, the invites, the bands, the gold details.. swooooon.

+ I have been told by MANY that my personality doppelgänger is Aubrey Plaza (particularly if/when I am hungover – which has never happened*…,) and while she probably shouldn’t be anyone’s role model, I am taking it as a compliment because I find her outstandingly hilarious, all of which makes me want to see this movie. Plus, being linked to her is much better than who people actually have mistaken me for. Like really, it’s happened at least 10 times – in college, one customer at Starbucks even refused to call me ‘Ryann’ and instead called me ‘Lindsey.’ EVERY. DAY.

     * this is a lie.

+ UO has Bullet Planters? WHAAAA? I want. Too bad I don’t have a money tree, otherwise I would buy one in every color, in both sizes. Also, H&M Home is kinda killing it – with this (in orange and dark green please,) this (cutest toy for Jenny,) and this (perfect for a makeup tin,) and this, and this.

+ These photos by Fiona Conrad have me daydreaming of a trip to Santorini. Just beautiful.

+ Alex and I have been talking a lot about making our own bloody mary’s. Well, this recipe by A Beautiful Mess has me ready to stop talking the talk and finally walk the walk. Or drink the drank.

+ Here are a bunch of incredible tricks that my dog can’t do. But we love her anyway. This dog is very appropriately named ‘Jumpy’. How adorbs.

+ This week’s soundtrack has simply been these two songs on repeat: Lucius, Two of Us on the Run (really all of Lucius’ songs) and Walk the Moon, Shiver Shiver (officially unofficial band-made music video)

+ If you know me in real life and we have happened to discuss kids at all, you have probably heard me say that I really only would want one/them to decorate its/their room(s) and to dress it/them up – see my Pinterest board ‘If I ever change my mind about children‘. Its a pretty horrible, but honest truth. I like kids, I really do, I just have little-to-no baby fever. This Buzzfeed post, however, does make me want to borrow one for dress up reasons (much like my Halloween post from last year.) Also, I am a horrible human being, but seriously, have kids and let me be the crazy aunt-lady. (Alright, fine, #6, 12, and 22 do give my lady parts a tiny twist of desire to have a little Wesley James Moore, some day. The tiniest bit of desire.)

+ An older article, but one I reread this week and if you are a bride, you should to: Why you need a Wedding Planner.

+ Whoooo wouldn’t want these awesome Owl Letterpress Cards? See what I did there?…

+ I LOVE this embroidery artwork that the Jealous Curator tracked down by Stephanie K. Clark. Along with the JC, I am thinking “DAMN I WISH I THOUGHT OF THAT.” Besides that, I want them all.

+ Alright so my plan is: devote one room’s wall space to Stephanie K. Clark’s creations, and another to these gemstone prints. Must collect them all!

+ I am overloading you with dog stuff today, but really how totally cute is this make your own felt dog kit? What a great gift idea for (ME) someone who loves their pooch?

+ Speaking of gifts, this has to be one of my favorite finds of the entire year, not just this week. Not Another Bill is a service that allows you to sign up/subscribe so that you or a friend receives cool new surprises in the mail every month. Some of their past month’s gifts seem amazing.. now if only I could find that money tree…

Happy weekend to all, and to all a good night.


All I want for my birthday is: SLOTHS

I mean.. come on:

Sloth Necklace by CuriousBurrow on Etsy Sloth Ring by CuriousBurrow on Etsy Sloth Ring Holder by CuriousBurrow on Etsy

I need sloths for my fingers, for my neck, and for my keys. 

All photos and adorable items from Curious Burrow’s etsy shop.

Do yourself a favor and watch this sloth video: Sloth Sanctuary

Also this one: Sloth and Cat

And this one: Just a bunch of cute sloths

My head wants this hat


Like, so bad.

/via Free People/

Working for the Weekend

Although the week has started and I am already well into my crazy schedule, my mind is stuck on my weekend. In my mind I am still bike riding along the strand or sipping mimosas with a good friend after finishing our 10K.

Only a few more days before we get to enjoy another little life break.


For some extra fun-timez, here are a few great things the internet has introduced to me today:

  1. I just can’t quit watching the NPR tiny desk concerts, here is a great one of Swell Season.
  2. While I was considering just making some myself, these coasters may have changed my mind.
  3. Last chance to vote for Homies on Apartment Therapy – everyone should vote! (If you are dying to know who I voted for, here is a hint: rhymes with Ranhattan Fest)
  4. I think I could literally listen to Amy Winehouse singing Valerie for the rest of the week, straight.
  5. Booked our flights and our rental care for our spring break, Europe trip. Countries will include Belgium, Germany, and France. Send any must-see’s my way. (So far I have taken about 20 pages of notes from Oh Happy Day’s Paris posts)
  6. My type-friends will appreciate this: Kern Ring Set. I also appreciate and want to own them.
  7. Two favorite recent (crazy stylish and beautiful) blogs I have found: Sweet Thing and JASPR.
  8. My web design class meets for the second time tonight and I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite classes of all time. Big plans, huge goals, and exciting future – here I come.
  9. This Design Sponge, Bri Emery of Design Love Fest and Blogshop feature is so inspiring and motivating. Repeat – big plans, huge goals, and exciting future – here I come.
  10. This vegan paleo recipe posted by Jeremy and Kathleen has me wanting to go vegan paleo.

What are your weekend plans? What are your huge goals?

**Don’t forget to immortalize your favorite pet or loved one in a DIY cell-phone cover, either for the Hallmark holiday around the corner, or just because.**

GIFTS + the 2013 OUTFIT

We just got back from a nice long weekend with my folks in WA, which we lovingly referred to as Christmasgiving or Thanksmas. I love being with my family, they are incredible, and now both Alex and I feel very fat and happy. Mostly fat.

As we didn’t spend thanksgiving with them and we will be spending the actual Christmas holiday with Alex’s family, we decided to combine a mock-thanksgiving, aka enormous amounts of eating, with some gift-giving. The food was delicious and my parents are epic heroes of Christmas – mostly my mom, she is seriously the holiday champion.

Here are a few of the amazing gifts I was given this year, in case anyone is still looking for some last minute gift ideas for their lovies:

  1. Steve Madden clutch. I wouldn’t normally consider myself a Steve Madden sort of lady, but look at this bag! I am in love. A little black, a little brownish pleather, a little gold. If a bag could define me or my style it might be this oneSteve Madden Clutch
  2. Makeup Brushes by Ecotools. So I really needed this (somehow a mother always knows) – I have a horrid habit of using my fingers as my only means of makeup application – it’s ok, I disgust myself too. It isn’t that I like to get foundation all over my hands and ultimately on everything I happen to touch, but more that I get annoyed with most brushes. Many don’t apply makeup like I want them to or will suck up half the product making things run out much faster, which = $$$. These though, are magical. 100 points for Mom! I feel like a little girl who finally shaved her legs for the first time without cutting herself. I am a grown up! A grown up with makeup brushes! Hooray!Ecotools Brushes
  3. Infinity Scarf from H&M. I know these are really “in” right now, but I am totally jumping on that bandwagon. I kinda hate all norm-y scarfs now. Honestly, it gets windy enough here that the ends were always flying around and driving me insane. This happens no more. And this infinity is a lovely, crocheted little ivory number. It’s like a snuggy for my neck!H&M Scarf
  4. Military Jacket from Nordstrom– this one is from my (RAD) sister. She works at Nordstrom, which I am now finding is SUPER amazing. I have been dreaming of the perfect military jacket for a while now, and finally it is mine. Alex has already made fun of me because I don’t think I have truly taken it off, except for shower-time, since I got it on Saturday. This will surely be a new staple in my attire.Nordstrom Jacket
  5. Urban Outfitters Soap Dispensers. I know, super exciting. But really, they are. They look like little modern white penguins. We got one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom. Maybe these little guys will help kick-start some brainstorming for the redo each of these spaces?UO Soap Dispensers
  6. H&M Gold Bangles. Simple but lovely, these little bangles will probably be on my arm daily – the only variation being whether 3, 9, or 20 are stacked.H&M Bangles
  7. Lip Balm by Maybelline. I have always used ChapStick but my devotion has really been out of laziness rather than true love (sorry ChapStick). It is quite often, unless I have a great recommendation on a product, I just go with the brand I know and don’t waste the energy or money finding the perfect one. And now with lip balm I don’t even have to, because the perfect one was gifted to me. This loud packaging holds some good stuff, and with SPF 20, it helps my lips stay soft while avoiding any burning/drying/cracking. The other great thing is that it doesn’t create any sort of film on your teeth. I don’t know what it was about ChapStick, it did the trick, but after a few minutes of talking/eating/breathing, I felt like I had a little waxy film on my front teeth. The ChapStick would sneak in there and have a slip and slide party on my pearly whites and I didn’t like it. I am pretty anti-ChapStick-teeth-slip-and-slide-parties.Maybelline Lip Balm

So, in summary, don’t be surprised if you see me wearing the outfit below, basically every day of 2013. Does anyone else ever wish they could be like Doug Funny and have a closet full of the same outfit or a uniform from time to time?Outfit 2013v2

Items not listed above:

1 – Weird hat I found at my parents house, they had two so I “borrowed” one, permanently. It doesn’t have a tag and I have no idea where it is from. Sorry, Charlie.

2. Black Tank Top from Old Navy. They only cost, at least they did when I was there and because of this they basically are my source for tanks.

3. Belt from Forever 21. It was only $3, FACT. I don’t even care if it breaks tomorrow… because it only cost $3.

4. Shoes from Bass. I don’t usually shop here, but I happened to be here with someone else buying a pair of shoes during a TWO-FOR-ONE sale. And they have quickly become my favorite shoes. They are really well-made and make me sound like a horsey when I am going down stairs.

5. Black Skinny Jeans from Forever 21. I think they cost $15 and are pretty amazing. I wear them way too much for being cheap pants. They will probably start to disintegrate soon but even after wearing them just one day, I think I got my moneys worth.

Please also note that I am atrocious at dressing myself. This is also why I want to wear the above outfit, daily – I may have found one outfit, finally that kinda, sorta actually works. Most of the time, I just feel like an awkward pre-teen who doesn’t know how to pick clothes for her changing body, except that I am 24 and should have this stuff figured out by now. If I had lots of money I would hire someone to do my shopping and styling for me, but until then, I will continue to be like a big question-mark walking down the street. Well, a big question-mark with one good outfit.

Thank you again Mom, Dad, and Sis! Love you to the sky and back, infinity and beyond.

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