fashion / lou and grey by LOFT


lou & grey by LOFT
I recently discovered lou and grey by LOFT and completely fell in love with this lounge-inspired collection in lots of pretty neutrals. I especially love the chambray stripe tee and light chambray romper. Seriously, I want it all. Check out the full collection online here and they even have tons of sales going on now, too. Lucky you + happy Monday!



weekend round-up


Ferme A Papier / Summer ShoesFriday! Friday! And so much to still be done…here’s to pressing on for anyone with lots of work to do this weekend. I fell in love with Cat Seto’s Ferme À Papier line in the flesh at the National Stationery Show this year – pictured above is her Summer Shoes art print! As customary, here are a few goodies for you:

+ I’m a fan of Seth Godin – I love his outlook on business, his books, and this 10 question AMA session he had with Skillshare.

+ A peek at the Paper Party I helped out with last week hosted by Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper – I used a helium tank for the first time! What a fun time with so many paper nerds like myself. (:

+ I love this couples’ story on FastCompany and how they planned their wedding for less than $10,000 in such a creative way utilizing technology. Though I’m surrounded [and love] all my friends + co-workers in the wedding field, I really love what these two did.

+ My friend + fellow blogger went to The Hive blog conference in Copenhagen and shared what she learned about being your own advocate. I could use a lesson or two in that.

+ The UT 2014 commencement speech by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven is well worth the listen. Goosebumps.

coffee talk / resolve to begin


We’re always striving, aren’t we? Longing for something different, better, more this or that. It’s easy to dream, at least for me. But you can dream all you want and wake up to the reality that you’re right where you started or where you left off. Being proactive is essential when you want something to change, but I’m the girl who often gets caught up in the logistics of it all, worrying about the details I shouldn’t. Sometimes it’s much simpler to just begin – to start walking in the general direction you’re headed and map out the details along the way. At least then you’re moving forward instead of being stagnant. And as the legendary Maya Angelou once said…maya angelou


Memorial Day weekend travels / new york


travel / peekskill, new york / photo by long cao
So my first trip of the summer entailed getting my phone stolen. Of course, of all places it would be in Vegas…I should’ve known. I spent a few days without a phone which actually felt very liberating and eventually ended up with a hand-me-down iPhone 4. Talk about first world problems – I’m very unsatisfied + frustrated with the camera quality on the 4, so my posting on Instagram became sparse. Like I mentioned yesterday, I spent the past week+ in New York working and galavanting through the semi-empty streets over the holiday weekend. I went to a few places worth noting and stole my guys’ phone to snap some pics so bookmark away!
new york travels
Donostia is a quaint Basque tapas restaurant in East Village, Manhattan with map-covered walls and bar seating for small parties. Amazing tapas at a great value. Don’t worry, I didn’t understand the menu either but they explain it well!

I went to the Hungry Ghost coffee shop nestled in a busy Park Slope, Brooklyn intersection and was stunned by the greys on greys and unique furniture. They serve Stumptown and apparently have delicious chocolate chip cookies which I’ll have to go back for.

Freemans, oh you are charming. Located in a SoHo alleyway, this little gem is well worth the experience – I mean just look at it. I recommend getting an entree + appetizer/salad to split with a friend.

The boyf and I took a day trip up to Peekskill, a small town about an hour north of Manhattan by train, and browsed through the shelves at Bruised Apple Books. It’s a legit, used-book-smelling, creaking floors kind of bookstore. The best kind of bookstore.

Overall, it was a very chill and low-key holiday weekend which is exactly what I needed. Who knew a city like that could be relaxing?

[ photo by Long Cao ]

summer blues


summer blues
What craziness it’s been! Sorry for my neglect – between the National Stationery Show and being in NYC for Memorial Day weekend I took advantage and take a break from posting. I’m not sure how the weather just jumped to feeling like summer, but I can say I’m ready to break out all the iced drinks, summer jams, and shorts + wedges. Here are 6 summer blues for you:

1 / bouquet by Sarah Winward via Snippet & Ink

2 / via limoni large luisa from Kate Spade

3 / blueberry-huckleberry grand mariner tart from williams-sonoma – yum!

4 / coin bracelet in indigo from Club Monaco

5 / striped melamine dinnerware set from West Elm

6 / I love this quaint space in New York called NAVY and their restaurant business cards via Design*Sponge

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