Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday // Fall Finds

You need these beauties in your closet. Ok. I could be biased, because these are in my closet and I LOVE them. I mean love. I do. You should too. OR you could comment below with what YOU are looking forward to wearing during the Fall or during those cold, rainy days of Utah summers...*snorts because there is no such thing*

p.s. thanks for the immense, deep, and personal love you have all sent me from my past posts. You are all gems. Golden gems.

1 // I just. It's so perfect. Like I could wear this every day of the week. I mean, I have really gotten into v-necks lately. Let the collarbones show. Just let it. Wear a breezy sweater all year round with this. I really wanted the olive one, but it was sold out when I first bought it. Now it's back on the market, but I can fork over $30 when I got it for $15. I kid you not. Navy is JUST fine. 
2 // Ugh. It's so good. It's structured. It has zippers. It's on ebay. 
3 // For sports enthusiasts who aren't actually sports enthusiasts. So basically me. 
4 // Welp. It's a gray sweatshirt. One word. BOMB. Or to be more formal, the perfect piece for Fall. You can't go wrong with a gray shirt that you don't really sweat in because that is so last year and sweatshirts are strictly for fashion now. #normcore
5 // Converse lovers get out of here, because Converse are out. Vans are in. 

+ h a p p y // w i s h i n g 

+ s t a y // g o l d

p.s. I got everything with an extra 40% off awhile   ago so don't judge me. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Terrific Tuesday // #PinsMyMomSendsMe

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My mom is a gem. She's a gem for a countless number of reasons. She's a bomb cook. She's so in shape it puts all the other in shape people to shame. 

She is kind. She is giving. She is a perfect listener. She is practically perfect in every way.

Oh and she sends me pins. Like a lot. She sends me one probably every single day. Multiple times a day. And I love it. Some are style pins. Most of them are. They are all spot on. Totes spot on. Lately, she has been sending me quote pins, and she sent me this one today. 

Today I was feeling pretty stressed, lethargic, and unmotivated. I was comparing myself to people. I was getting myself down, and then the email notification that she sent me a pin popped up in my inbox and I was instantly refreshed and comforted by my mom and this pin. 

Can I get an amen, preach, and hallelujah? Say no to that unnecessary crazy, people. It's not even worth it. The crazy in our head, in our life, at work, at night, at lunch, at whatever. Just say no to it! 

Be gone unnecessary crazy. Hello, necessary crazy!

And you, yes, you reading this...STAY FLIPPEN GOLD! 

p.s. happy birthday Karly! I love you to pieces. If I were gus gus I would carry a thousand corns for you.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Musing // Observed thrice.

I am not the skinniest.

I am not the curviest.

I am not the most fit.

I am not the prettiest in pictures.

I don't look gorgeous without makeup.

I have a roll of chub on my belly.

I sometimes eat more than I should.

I didn't exercise today.

I was impatient.

I wear oversized clothing that probably isn't flattering.

And I feel sad.

But here are the things that I am.

I am the kind of person who tries to see the silver lining in every thing.

I am a giver.

I am a lover.

I am a fighter.

I care.

I love.

I laugh.

I am a daughter of God.

I am a wife.

I am a daughter of wonderful parents.

I am a person who tries.

I am a person who smiles.

I am a person who doesn't give up if she doesn't see results in the mirror.

I am strong.

I am powerful.

I am beautiful.

And I am gold.

p.s. photos are not mine. I found them on pinterest. I was just too lazy to link the sources. please don't sue me. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Musing // Birkenstock-up or Birken-stop?

You can probably tell that I took way too long trying to come up with that title. I think it's clever. And you should too. Just think it's clever, okay?

So the #SundaySurvey results came in and it seems like people are all about the Birkenstocks. So let's just get on to talking about these iconic German sandals made for trendy college girls, trendy college girls' moms, your flower child aunt, and the inner flower child in you.

As always, pinspiration to make you want to get a pair even more.

So Birkenstocks. The two most popular styles are the Arizona and the Gizeh, but Birkenstock offers a wide variety of styles in a variety of colors so if the styles you see on this post don't suit you, have no fear and click here to see the plethora of styles waiting for you.

First up, Arizona. The big sister of Birkenstocks. The ugly big sister that everyone loves with her eclectic and quirky style and her tendency to wear socks with sandals. The Arizona is my preferred look and they are my summer splurge this year. Back story: when I was first going to California to meet Tyler's parents, I wanted to get a pair of Birks to wear to the beach and to Disneyland and to basically everywhere, but my mom promptly said "No way, those are ugly, your lesbian aunt would wear those." So the birkenstocks stayed in the box and I proceeded to pin every pair of Birkenstocks on pinterest in the most stylish outfits until on my birthday my mom surprised with the most perfect pair in a Born box. I screamed and shed a tear or two. Well then of course, me being never satisfied and really dumb, I begged Tyler for another pair, but that's a different story. MOVING ON... Here are the Birkenstocks that you should be wearing.

There's a lot. #sorrynotsorry

1 // The Black Amalfi Leather Arizona with a Soft Footbed is the most expensive of the Birkenstock sandal. I hear these are like walking on a heavenly cloud. Not a terrestrial one, a heavenly one.  
2 // Granola, anyone? 
3 // Keep 'em clean!  
4 // Ahh...memories. My first pair. 
5 // Seeing this color a lot lately. 
6 // May or may not have bought these. AGH! 
7 // Ok, because we all know that every girl has the red saltwater sandal. Why not a red birkenstock? 
8 // For fair haired ladies and brunettes with bomb tans. 
9 // Metallic J.Crew goodness. 
10 // If only I had enough outfits to wear you with. I can't even handle these. 

And if you prefer the Gizeh, I personally am partial to this brilliant red, a metallic brown, and a classic oiled leather black or brown

Now Birkenstock Pinspiration! My favorite part. 

11 // Hey, we can't all look like Free People models off-duty, but we can always try. 
12 // The picture that broke me to buy the soft oiled Arizona's in black. 
13 // Let's get lazy. Classy lazy of course. 
14 // Mary-Kate brought them back. 
15 // Très chic. Isn't that what they say? 
16 // Pretty self- explanatory. 
17 // I think you get the norm core picture. 

Stay tuned for next weeks post on Vans and then for the week after that Vans fine rival: Converse.

+ h a p p y // m u s i n g 

+ s t a y // g o l d 

p.s. The price of your birkenstocks will depend on the footbed (soft footbed is always more expensive)  and the material of the straps. Check the details of the ones you are in the market for. I tried to share a variety of material styles on this post. I hope it helps. As always, trusting the Birkenstock website is the way to go.

p.p.s I forgot to mention you can find Birkenstocks for a great price at Nordstrom Rack, on Ebay, and at Modern Shoe on Provo Center Street. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Favorites // Take a Sick Day

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The picture above completely sums up what Ty and I are doing this weekend. Tyler has also contracted some kind of bug, so I'll be doing more of the eating and he'll do more of the drinking and cozying. You know how it is. Enjoy these wonderful things from the internet.

1 // Three dresses that would be great in anyone's closet.

2 // The Loft has a new line that is right up my alley.

3 // I have been OBSESSED with this blog.  It's probably my most favorite thing on the internet.

4 // A beautiful tote. Check out the monograms you can get put on them. I want an "A" for sure.

5 // The perfect recipe for pizza dough. Use whole wheat flour you won't regret it.

6 // Tasty and healthy chicken salad. 

7 // Though I have slowly started to drift apart from this blog, I really appreciated this post. 

8 // My Summer Splurge. How Tyler let me, I will never know. But boy am I stoked to get these.

9 // Holy cow. Phobias. 

10 // I think I have found my signature scents. 


12 // This book is gold. It speaks to my soul. Looking into read this and this next. Also, have you read this one? It's perfect.

13 // Welp, now I want to go on a picnic. 

+ h a p p y // w e e k e n d 

+ s t a y // g o l d

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Inspired // Laid back, always.

I am not a laid-back person. Not at all. My style on the other hand. Totes laid back. So laid-back that I said totes in a blog post. Eh, what a buzz kill to inspiration. Be inspired anyway, I say!

1 // I feel like this outfit is the essence of Saturday morning brunch and a walk on the beach. So pretty much the dreamiest lifestyle of all. 
2 // Notice how I said laid-back not edgy? But being edgy would be my dream. My denim dream.  My edgy denim dream. 
3 // Yaaaas. 
4 // *faints*
5 // Teeny tiny picture of best oversized outfit ever. 
6 // I would go on many fancy dates in this outfit. 
7 // Another teeny tiny picture of perfectly simple style. 

+ s t a y // i n s p i r e d 

+ s t a y // g o l d