HOME AGAIN

Happy Monday!  We just got home from Salt Lake City and after being gone for a week and a half (first to NYC, then to Alt Summit), it’s nice to be back.  Yesterday I wrote about our plans to tackle #1 on my 28 by 29 list of learning to ski – and let me just tell you, it was a big fat fail.

Some crazy weather moved in fast and as we were driving up the mountain, we saw cars sliding off in to ditches and visibility was poor with fog and snow.  We had a midsize rental car that may or may not have had snow tires (how does one know if you do??), obviously no tire chains and no emergency kit with blankets, food, etc.  So we thought it best to turn around and crawl down the mountain with other better-safe-than-sorry drivers at 20 mph before finding ourselves in trouble.  When we got back on the interstate, the fog had thickened so much we missed our exit twice and snow started pouring from the sky.  It was quite an adventure, but needless to say we were disappointed that we stayed a day after Alt Summit to ski and didn’t get to.

Oh well, at least we are home and safe.  And we had a good time drinking hot toddies and watching the snow storm from a pub near our hotel, so it wasn’t a total loss.  But now I need to decide: should I replace the item on my list with something else, or try to find a place to ski close to Atlanta?

Here’s some Instagram pictures of our snowy Utah adventures yesterday – oh and by the way, when we woke up it was 40 degrees and sunny so we didn’t think to check the weather (amateurs, right?).


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downtownslc2I’ll share some pictures from my “real” camera soon – the Rockies are sooo beautiful!  Parker and I would love to move out west and have those big mountains in our back yard.  Maybe one day!  For now though, it’s so nice to be writing this from the comfort of my own bed with my dog at my feet.

 


WEEKEND PRETTIES

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Yesterday was the very last day of the Altitude Design Summit but Parker and I are staying a little longer to tackle #1 on my 28 by 29 list of learning to ski!  We decided to learn skiing rather than snowboarding because the concierge at our hotel convinced us that snowboarding is super hard and for the more advanced…and by promising that we would “hate our lives” if we skipped skiing and went straight to the board.  Sold.  And if I want to ski for the first time in my life, what better place than Utah and these gorgeous Rockies to do so, right?  It’s tempting to take an earlier flight home to sleep in our own bed and see our sweet Frankie dog after being gone for over a week, but I’m more excited to play in some snow and take in some views.

Hope you’ve had a great weekend so far!  Here are some fun, pretty links to enjoy:

With all the traveling I’ve been doing lately, I’m craving a sturdy leather bag like this one to cart around everywhere.

What’s your favorite shade?  Mine is “Coral Crush”

I wish I had a stylist friend to come over and help me pick out pretty outfits!

Fun, old fashioned illustration is my favorite.

Feeling festive?  Make a fabulous crown.

How do you plate your food?

Can’t wait to get home and make this for breakfast.

The Happiness Machine: A fascinating artle about how Google became the best place to work ever.

(photo by  ya qiu)


HAPPINESS IS PAPER DOLL SAVE THE DATES

I have been following Shannon’s blog, Happiness Is, for as long as I have been following blogs. Hers was the very first I put in my Google Reader and I was so excited when she got married to her long time love.  She’s just revealed her Save the Dates that she created for their wedding and I had to share them because they are so creative and so pretty.

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Paper Doll Save the Dates!  Shannon’s love for vintage is so apparent if you have read her blog even for a short while, and she did not disappoint with her save the dates.  Those are her and her husband’s heads on real vintage paper dolls that they found on eBay, scanned and edited for their purpose.  They included different outfits for the wedding day, the wedding night (ooh la la!) and the honeymoon!  Complete with accessories too!  Adorable, right?

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These all DIY Save the Dates are truly unique, definitely a fresh spin on a retro theme and executed flawlessly.   Her and Hal’s engagement pictures were also a bit 60’s vintage inspired and DIY, so go check those out too!  I can’t wait to see what else Shannon reveals from her wedding since everything seems to be so fun and true to her aesthetic.  Congrats Shannon and Hal!

 


TODAY AT ALT SUMMIT

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So Alt Summit is the most exhausting, inspiring, overwhelming and most amazing place.  Today I almost cried (a few times) from overwhelming joy because I met Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, Mara Kofoed from A Blog About Love, Ez Pudewa from Creature Comforts, Alison Faulkner from The Alison Show and THE Design Mom and founder of Alt herself, Gabrielle Blair.  I can’t even express what it’s like to meet people whose blogs you follow religiously, who you look up to so sincerely and who you fiercely support from behind your computer screen every day.  And to have the privilege to meet them at such a pivotal time in my life is just so inspiring and emotional.  I quit my job exactly one week ago today with hopes and dreams of some day being just like them and it has meant so much to be able to look them in the eye and tell them that I love their work.  It sounds so completely cheesy so I’ll stop…but it’s totally true.

Also, there has been a balloon party, crazy amazing string art, and french macarons too, not to mention the endless amounts of beautiful product and party design, awesome swag and awe-inspiring speakers…so, basically this place is amazing.

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Love from Alt!  xoxo!


28 BEFORE 29

Okay, so I mentioned before that I wanted to make a life list.  Today is my 28th birthday and I’m writing this from Alt Summit in Salt Lake City feeling overwhelmingly inspired for my new life and what I can do to fill it with happiness.  Quitting my job last week was a huge first step in order to find more joy in life and in an effort to really put this pivotal year to good use, I’ve decided to start my life list now.

I remember exactly where I was when I read Amanda’s list last year – I was at my parent’s beach house for the weekend during a hard time at work and I looked around and noticed I wasn’t appreciating this life enough.  I had just married the man of my dreams, I was vacationing at this beautiful house, I was healthy and yet life was passing me by.  28 wonderful things to do before turning 29 sounded like such a great idea.  Not an intimidating big 100 things Bucket List, just 28 small, lovely things in one year.  And no chores or obligations allowed either – just fun stuff!

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1.) Learn to ski or snowboard

2.) Grow an herb garden

3.) Eat a cupcake from Enjoy Cupcakes

4.) Print an instagram book (including honeymoon pics!)

5.) Practice hand lettering – more specifically, calligraphy

6.) Read 12 books

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  3. Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville (Hey!  Don’t judge me, it was actually a really good read albiet a guilty pleasure.)

7.) Go to 12 new places in my own city (including, but not limited to: restaurants, antique stores, hipster shops, farmer’s markets, maybe a hookah bar?!)

  1. Einstein’s 

8.) Photograph for pure pleasure again

9.) Learn how to can fruits and veggies

10.) Make a gallery wall of framed pitures somewhere in our house

11.) Run across the Golden Gate bridge

12.)  Have anniversary pictures taken in the hills of California

13.) Visit a lavender field

14.) Bake the perfect meringue

15.) Make a painting

16.) Pick seasonal fruit – apples in the fall, strawberries and blackberries in the summer

17.) Make fresh pumpkin butter

18.) Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding

19.) Hike a mountain with Parker

20.) Sew an apron

21.) Make a set of tea towels

22.) Pick wildflowers on the side of the road

23.) Make a necklace

24.) Visit Red Rocks Ampitheater

25.) Have a picnic at the top of Stone Mountain at sunset in summer, watch the firworks and hike down with headlamps and flashlights

26.) Learn to play tennis with Parker

27.) Makeover our bedroom

28.) Make a gingerbread house – from scratch – complete with sugar glass windows

 

What about you?  Do you think you would ever make a list like this?  Go check out Wit & Whistle to see Amanda’s list and by the way, while you’re there just look around at her beautiful blog.  It’s one of my favorites and she’s so talented.