Thursday, September 27, 2012

Currently Crushing: Fall!

Now that October is nearly here (which is my birthday month! Wooo!!!) I am ready for full on fall! I am talking cozy sweaters, football, soup and apple picking. However, in an unusual twist of fate, Washington has remained quite warm all throughout September.
I am ready for a chill in the air, bring it on Washington.
{I will be kicking myself for saying this come February when it is dark, dreary, very cold and WET.}
While it has gotten quite a bit colder over the last week or two, it isn't chilly enough for a typical fall ensemble for me. I tend to be a little warm most of the time and no one likes to be sweating in their sweater. For now, I will be mentally planning all the outfits I can wear when things cool down a bit more.
On a side note, I am majorly crushing this sweater and have been since I saw Jessica wear it. The only part I am not crushing? The price. Oh Madewell.

Don't forget your Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (or other warm drink of choice)!
- C

Friday, September 21, 2012

High Five for Friday

Today is the last official day of summer. We better live it up because come Saturday, Fall will finally be here. I must say, after weeks of complaining about the arrival of fall, I am super excited to bring out the sweaters, boots and comfort food!
Linking up with Lauren to celebrate Friday!

1. Finally having the time to make a delicious bath of cupcakes (chocolate with salted caramel butter cream)
2. New shoes (Target strikes again)
3. A spontaneous Blizzard treat
4. Wonderful time at the fair
5. Perfect ferris wheel ride

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
- C

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Currently Crushing: Tweed!

Call me an old lady, I love tweed.
There is something about tweed that is so classic, so collegiate and so FALL. I looked and looked for the perfect tweed blazer last fall but never did find one. I will be on the hunt again this year. With all these adorable tweed items on my radar, something tells me I will be bringing home more than just a blazer.
Linking up with The Wright Stuff for Currently Crushing Thursday!

What are your thoughts on tweed?
- C

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Words of Wisdom

I saw this little gem on the Ruche Instagram and had to pass it along.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
- C

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall Pin-spiration

I have finally come to terms with the fact that fall is imminent.
I think this may have to do with the reintroduction of the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.
Never the less, after reorganizing my closet to include my fall/winter items that had been stored I come to the decision that I have a few fall wardrobe gaps to fill.
{Obviously I need to look lovely while waiting in line for yet another SCHC.}
Here are a few images I am using to channel my fall style.

I am focusing on items with interesting texture, such as tweed, while not forgetting about the bright colors of summer, such as the teal pants and red skirt.
As always, I have Pinterest to thank for the hours wasted inspiration.

Source: via Colleen on Pinterest

What do you have your eye on for fall?
- C

Monday, September 17, 2012


There have been quite a few trends pop up in the last few months. Some were great, others I found quite baffling. First it was high low skirts, then came neon and flatforms, then there was floral print pants and the blogger bubble necklace. Now we have wedge sneakers...
While I have been on board with a few other trends, this one gets me. I just can't see the appeal!

What do you think about the wedge sneaker trend?
- C

Friday, September 14, 2012

High Five for Friday!

1. An ice cream treat on one of the final weekends of summer.
2. Hilarious license plate.
3. Airheads! I hadn't had had one sine probably the 6th grade.
4. Poor Snickers in the cone of shame.
5. (Not pictured, shame on me) I gave in and bought THE polka dot sweater.
It isn't online anymore. Sad. Visit your local Old Navy!

I hope you have an excellent weekend! I will be spending Saturday stuffing my face with fair food and waving at Brady as he rides the carnival rides at the state fair. Be jealous, very jealous.
- C

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Currently Crushing: Red!

Alright everyone, it is finally happening. I think I am finally coming to terms with the fact that the arrival of fall is imminent. I might as well be well dressed when it shows up.
Lately, I have been on the look out for a small cross-body bag for fall. I think a little red quilted number would be just what the doctor ordered!
Let me preface this little collage of darling bags by saying this item is a MAJOR crush. I am in love with the classic Chanel style (lets get real, who isn't?) but have not been able to find one in a similar style that is affordable! Help!
Have any of you seen a red quilted bag with a price tag that doesn't exceed two digits?


Left to right, top to bottom.
Rebecca Minkoff | Dolce and Gabbana

What do you have your eye on for fall?

- C

Friday, September 7, 2012

High Five for Friday

Four o'clock this afternoon can't come fast enough! Brady and I are headed out on a little weekend getaway to soak up some of the last bits of summer. In the meantime, here are a few things that made my week wonderful.
As usual, linking up with Lauren!

1. Monday off meant a lunch date with my love.
2. A mid-afternoon treat. So delicious.
3. Darling wine cozies from a friend made my bottles the cutest around.
4. Sunny days means the fountain is on at work. Such a beautiful spot to lunch.
5. Blueberry picking in the evening. Stay tuned for a cobbler!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
- C

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I am just delighted to share my new award!!! A huge thank you to Dani from Dani-Thinks for seriously making my day!
The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers by bloggers. It is a way to acknowledge each other and say, "You’re doing a great job." It is for blogs with 200 or less followers, so it’s also a great way to spread the word about smaller blogs and get them more readers and followers! When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.You pass the Award onto other blogs (make sure to let them know they were nominated) and ask them 11 questions. You’re not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you! (To get the button, right click the picture above and save the picture to your computer. You can then upload to your blog.)

11 Facts
1. I collect Starbucks city mugs from all of the places I visit. My recent additions are Whistler and Austin.

2. I was a big journalism nerd in high school and won the second place award nationally for feature writing on the high school level.

3. I love to read and bring my book absolutely everywhere with me.

4. I am perpetually motivated to do something different with my hair but can never quite muster up the courage to do anything drastic.

5. I met Brady through his cousin, Danielle. Danielle and I were roommates in college, she introduced me to him and I never looked back!

6. My biggest pet peeve is people who do not put their carts away in grocery store parking lots! Just walk the extra 20 feet and put it in the cart corral, don't leave it to roll around the parking lot!

7. My very favorite cookies are molasses cookies baked by my mom.

8. My absolute favorite cocktail is a mojito. I could drink them all. day. long.

9. Surprises are the best.

10. My very favorite food is buffalo wings made with Frank's Red Hot Sauce. Don't even try to use another sauce, Frank's is the best!

11. I have a slight major obsession with Jay Leno.

11 Questions
1. If you could wear one outfit from your closet for the rest of your life, what would it be?
In reality, I could seriously live in my WSU running shorts and one of my 100 WSU t-shirts. However, that would not be very attractive/practical. In order to be presentable, I would pick my favorite black and white polka dot blouse and my favorite coral pencil skirt. Both items fit my personality and style perfectly! I always feel so pulled together in a pencil skirt, it is my work "uniform"!

2. What is something (item..I'm going to assume you need your family) that you cannot live without?
Aside from my family and my fur babe, Snickers, I can't live without some type of music. While silence has its time and place, I am constantly listening to music. It sets the mood and always puts me in a better place.

3. What is your favorite dish to cook?
Hands down, my favorite dish to cook is a gnocchi recipe from Eating Well. When Brady and I moved in together I realized I was going to have to learn how to cook (seeing as I have always loved to bake- we couldn't live off of cake and pies for dinner) this was one of the first "complicated" meals I attempted. It turned out AMAZING and I have tweaked the recipe to fit our tastes. It is now a go-to meal that I love to cook!

4. What do you think is the hardest part about becoming an adult?
Time. Every since graduating form college and beginning my career, I have had such great difficulty managing time. Days zip by too quickly and I always seem to run out of time. It is too hard to fit in everything that needs to be done and still be able to stop and enjoy the small things.

5. What is something you are terrified of?
I have a huge fear of the open ocean. Weird, I know. It is just so deep and there are scary creatures out there. The thought of being in this situation seriously terrifies me.

6. What do you hope to accomplish through blogging?
I started this lovely blog as something fun to do and I just hope to keep it at that. I want to have a good time and get to know all of the other amazing bloggers out there. It is just incredible being able to connect with people from across the country through blogging!

7. Tell me something embarrassing from your childhood (because I want to laugh at you).
As a youngster I slipped and fell while dancing to the Men in Black song. The movie came out in 1997 so this was probably in 1998. This fall led to about a dozen stitches on my knee and a huge scar that I still have today. Very embarrassing!

8. What is your guilty pleasure?
Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I know, I know. The worst part of this guilty pleasure is I can't even do it any more! In order to save a little extra money, Brady and I cut down on our cable package and E! was eliminated. I am still bitter that DirecTV would only offer E! with a higher package. Don't worry, I still obsessively follow along on the E! Online. Don't Judge!

9. First Kiss?
Nothing all that special or memorable!

10. If a movie could describe your life, what movie would it be?
I am stuck on this one!

11. What is one goal you want to set for yourself this week?
To start my running schedule again! Brady and I have been remodeling and it has caused our newly imposed work out schedule to go down the drain. We need to start it up again!

I chose to nominate the blogs that have seriously inspired me since starting my blog a few months ago. It is such a good feeling to see other ladies out there in the same shoes I am in (sometimes literally, you guys have great taste in shoes)!
Now it's your turn. Here are your 11 questions to answer. Remember to answer these questions, in addition to posting 11 facts about yourself, then post 11 new questions for your choice of others who have less than 200 followers to answer!
1. What is your favorite season and why?
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
3. What is your favorite meal?
4. Are you a pants or skirt/dress kind of gal?
5. If you could live in any other time period, which would it be?
6. What is one trend you just can't get on board with?
7. What is your must have item for fall?
8. Dogs or cats?
9. Must have beauty item?
10. What is the #1 item on your bucket list?
11. Why did you start a blog?
I had a blast putting together this post! Thank you again to Dani for the sweet nomination! I hope the ladies I nominated have a great time as well!
Thank you so much for reading, it means the world to me!