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

p h o t o 

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 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Terrific Tuesday // Tasty

So many T's in one title. The fun never ends over on this blog. So today I'm bringing you one of my FAVORITE lunch recipes. This stuff is good, people. Mm mm good, really. And it comes from one of my favorite fitness and food blogs: Our Best Bites.

I don't have pictures, but the blog does so check it out if you need the visual aid. I'm also linking the ingredients I used. Indulge away!

Skinny Chicken Salad for One
from Our Best Bites

4 ounces or 1 cup of shredded or diced (cooked) boneless, skinless chicken breast. (I totally used a rotisserie chicken sold cold in the deli section.)
1/4 cup diced celery
2 Tablespoons sliced green onion
1/4 cup diced sweet, crisp apple. (I am partial toward Fuji. In fact, it's the only apple I eat. Expensive, I know.)
1 Tablespoon Light Mayo 
1 Tablespoon light mayo or Greek Yogurt (The Greek yogurt is beyoooond.)
1/2-1 Tablespoon of fresh Parsley or Cilantro ( Cilantro is SO cheap at Winco. I love the flavor, plus I buy a huge bush and use it for three meals a week: BBQ chicken pizza, Carne Asada Tacos, and this lunch).
1/8 teaspoon Curry Powder (Check it out in the Hispanic/Asian foods aisle.)
1/4 teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar 
1 Tablespoon Roasted Sliced Almonds ( Buy them in bulk. Sure, it's expensive but you can use them over and over again. Wahoo!)
Salt and Pepper to taste (Kosher salt, ya'll.)

Combine all ingredients except almonds and stir to combine. If possible, chill for an hour or so or even overnight before eating. Before serving, mix in the almonds.

Enjoy with lettuce, whole grain bread, pita chips, pita bread, tortillas, pop chips, whole grain club crackers, and a nice, cold glass of Gold Peak Sweet Tea. (Shhhh.)

+ h a p p y // t u e s d a y 

+ h a p p y // e a t i n g 

+ s t a y // g o l d 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Musing // A Muse About Shoes : New Balance Edition

Yes, what a trivial thing to be musing about. Shoes. But the truth is I just can't get them outta my mind. So lately, I have done these two Instagram posts called #SundaySurvey (I know I'm super original and really stick to my posting routines. I'm the greatest.) And I featured New Balance shoes on the first one and Birkenstocks on the second. So I thought I would do a muse about those ugly shoes that everyone wore 20 years ago, but for some awesome reason they are totally rad again and all over Pinterest.

(Next week I'm going ALL out on the Birks. Just you wait and see.)

Yes so here is a little muse about the sneaker that I need in my closet now. Notice the word need. Okay, before you all yell at me...want. I just want them. Is that a crime? No, no not all.

New Balance sneakers. Oh heavens. My brother-in-law Greg wears New Balance sneakers that he has probably had for 20 years, and he's totally awesome, and when I first met him he was wearing them, and I really wished they were in my size and that I could wear them all the time. Here's the dealio, New Balance sneaks are ONLY cool if you don't wear them athletically. So don't do it. Don't try to wear them to the gym. Don't try to wear them running. Wear them with your ripped jeans, non-ripped jeans and your dress and you skinnies and you t-shirt dress and your fancy sweat pants and your cute jean shorts with that perfect white blouse. Don't wear them with your nike running capris or that Lulu Lemon top. If you do, I'll still love you but in my mind I'll tsk at you.

Pst...I will allow you to wear them with oversized tees and sweatshirts though. That's totally acceptable. Heck, wear them however you want. You just won't see me wearing them with athletic clothes. I don't even think the word athletic and my closet go together. Whoops.

Here are my New Balance picks + some Pinspiration, naturally.

1 // #420 is a really go-to popular style. You can go vibrant like these or you could go with more neutral colors. Either way you are throwing it back, and you're good as gold. I think these will be the ones I get eventually. 
2 // Love. Love. Love. #620 is another classic. It's so hard to decide though. These are definitely that neutral sneak with that powerful pop. When I did the survey, a lot of people chose this pair. And I see where they are coming from. They would go with more things and that is totally great. The wear to price ratio is fantastic with these ones. 
3 // Do you see what I'm talking about. NB's (am I allowed to abbreviate the name??) look totally bomb with a Peter Pilotto inspired dress. Hot dang. Get in my closet. This blue pair is sold out everywhere. Thanks, Jules. 
4 // Hold it. I think I want this pair the most. 
5 // We all know if Sydney wears them, we ALL gotta wear them.  
6 // Okay, so we can't all be slinky like this hot mama, but we can have the shoes, and that's enough for me. Is that demeaning, disrespectful? I'm a feminist, yo. 
7 // Do as the Man Repellers do. Repel those men. 

Want to read more about New Balance sneakers (and other sneakers gems)  on my fave website right now? Click, HERE, here, and here

All in all, I'm just saying that these are beating out vans on the throw them on and go grocery shopping shoe. Too bad Nordstrom Rack's mens' shoe section hogs them all.

Stay tuned for the illustrious Birkenstocks next week.

+ h a p p y // m o n d a y 

+ s t a y // g o l d 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Playlist Thursday // Late Night Listens

Late night everything.

My sister has been in town and that is why I haven't written.

Oh well.

Here's a playlist.

1 // Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez

Seriously need Walty Mitty right now.

2 // All Coming Back to Me Now by Celine Dion

This is on like 5 times a day at my house. It just is.

3 // When I Fall in Love by Sam Cooke

4 // Human Nature by Michael Jackson

5 // Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran

Probably the most beautiful thing my ears have ever heard.

6 // Venus by Sleeping at Last

7 // True Colors by Jules Larson

8 // Jolene by Ray Lamontagne

How many times has this been on a playlist? Sorry not sorry.

9 // Let It Be Me by Ray Lamontagne

You might also be aware that this is late. (I am posting this at 10:00 PM on Sunday...yes, I know...)

Oh well, again. I hope you enjoyed.