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My Week Through Instagram: Week Twenty-Five & Twenty-Six

This Sunday I have a lot of recapping to do so bare with me! This year I challenged myself to post a picture a day on Instagram, a personal project to document my life and the things that inspire me on a daily basis. If you follow along here you've probably already seen my weekly recap posts. This summer has not been the most productive in terms of blogging (I'm sorry to say...life is keeping me busy) and I haven't shared a recap post here on the blog in four weeks. That's an entire month! Today I am going to get back on track and share my Instagram photos from the last month, weeks twenty-five to twenty-eight.

I'll start if off with week twenty-five:

Sunday: Cute red & white checkered packaging on my sandwich.

Monday: Summer started to finally heat up and we had our fans on full-bore.

Tuesday: This marked the first day of our road trip. We vacationed in Denver for a few days, stopping in St. George, Utah and Grand Junction, Colorado along the way. We pulled over in Vegas for a quick break and I snapped this shot of the sunset and skyline.

Wednesday: Somewhere in Utah on day two of our road trip. The rock formations in Utah were gorgeous. It was such a site to see and definitely something different from the scenery in Southern California.

Thursday: Who knew I was to find my dream home in Grand Junction, Colorado? We took an evening stroll through this historic downtown neighborhood and it was full of charm. Not only is this house mint in color but it has that lovely scalloped woodworking detail.

Friday: Spent the late morning and lunchtime meandering through Washington Park. This is a great neighborhood in Denver with a lot of historic homes and shady overgrown trees. It reminded me of some of our old streets at home. There were quite a few geese and ducks sleeping in the shade and getting cool in the lakes. The temperatures were pretty high.

Saturday: Took a quick jaunt to Boulder, CO to see an art market put on by my friend Nic. Found this inspiring tile floor while waiting for lunch.

And now for a roundup of week twenty-six:

Sunday: A favorite stop along the road was Frisco, Colorado. It was small but it had a charming downtown that ended in a scenic marina and lake. It clearly was a destination for vacationers looking to escape the Denver heat. We stopped there on the way to Denver but then returned on the way back because we enjoyed it so much.

Monday: Another capture of the impressive rocks in Utah. It was incredibly windy at this rest stop.

Tuesday: We made it home on Tuesday but these violet flowers were a sweet surprise I found while in Frisco.

Wednesday: In the evening I visited a local wine bar with a friend I haven't seen in awhile. Nothing beats sharing a glass of red with good friends.

Thursday: I picked up some strawberries at the grocery to try out a strawberry margarita recipe. They were perfect and sweet, just like they should be.

Friday: My family clearly couldn't get enough strawberries so we opted for the three-carton bundle to get us through the weekend.

Saturday: Revisiting pictures from Denver. This one was taken along the river at the new park there. Those colors in that sunset are something.

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Washington Park in Denver, Colorado

Happy Friday everyone! For my American readers, did you all have a nice Fourth of July holiday? I had a long day at work so by the time I got home, ate some dinner and watched a few fireworks I was ready to call it a night (and then wake up super early the next day). So mine wasn't too eventful. I hope you all had a safe and fun day.

I want to share a few of my Colorado vacation pictures today. Summer is synonymous with time spent in the park and outdoor picnics. While in Denver we visited a few parks because we had Scout with us and she limited what we could do indoors. Scout appreciated romping around outside and getting out of the car (we spent a lot of hours in the car). Denver was very hot while we were there so we gravitated toward shaded spots on the lawn. A favorite destination was Washington Park (or Wash Park as the locals call it), recommended by my Denver friend Nic. The neighborhood is just what I enjoy: old homes with lots of detail, big overgrown trees lining the streets, big sidewalks and plenty of photo opportunities. 

This old high school was right across the street from the park. It was beautiful, looking so collegiate with the ivy climbing up the brick walls. No high schools look like this is Southern California. Since we don't have any extreme weather, our schools are really spread out with multiple buildings and a lot of outdoor areas. To me, this is a school out of the movies. On the right, is a wrought-iron gate in the Washington Park neighborhood. Look at all of those green trees!

Just one of the many old homes I feel in love with here. Even in the middle of the day on a Friday, this felt like a lively community. So many people were at the park, most of them walking, jogging, rollerbladding and biking. The people of Denver are very healthy. Even in the minimal time we spent there, I saw this to be the case.

There were two small lakes in the park and ducks and geese were cooling off and sleeping in the shade.

It is a pretty picturesque spot.

Scout has obviously seen birds before but this might have been her first encounter with ducks. She was very intrigued...but from a safe distance of course. I wouldn't mind having this park as my view everyday. What a lovely park to walk in and get inspired.

Scout had the whole backseat to stretch out in during this road trip. She does great in the car but after a few hours she would get antsy. And she was quite content when we got home. She missed looking out her windows at our yard with all the lizards and birds. 

I'm so glad my friend Nic recommended Washington Park. Have you ever visited? Have you ever been to Denver? How did you like it?

Have a great weekend!


New Month, Back to Blogging

Hello friends who I haven't talked to in forever. Yes it has been a long bout of silence here on the blog. I hate posting inconsistently but it was really nice to vacation and set my computer aside. We all deserve a little technology break to rest and refuel our creative juices. Of course a technology break still means the iPhone and camera are by my side but I am proud to say I used the internet quite minimally. Do you allow yourself to get away when you're on vacation?

So our vacation consisted of a trip to Denver, Colorado. My Mom and I drove up there to see my brother and his band perform in downtown Denver. We spread the trek out over a couple of days to minimize hours in the car, stopping in St. George, Utah and Grand Junction, Colorado as well. We passed through some truly beautiful country. And such an eclectic mix too. Utah has some spectacular rock formations and Colorado has an impressive drive through huge mountains. I had never been to either of these states so I really appreciated broadening my view of our vast country. Have you ever been out that way?

Here is a sneak preview of my trip with a lot more pictures to come. I actually took more film shots than digital ones so I'll need to wait a bit to get those developed. But I'll be sporadically recounting the trip through my images in the weeks to come.

Somewhere in Nevada I believe before reaching our first stop in St. George.

At a look out point in Utah on day two of travel.

Besides vacation pictures, I have DIY projects and other photos to share. This week may be back to the grindstone with work but I am glad to get back on track with blogging. I missed it. Have a good Monday night! 


Back From a Vermont Wedding

I am pleased to announce that regular posts will resume...now.  For the last week and a half I have been on vacation, having a lovely time traveling around on the East Coast.  My cousin got married in Vermont two weekends ago so after the wedding my Mom and I got to spend a few days exploring that state (neither of us had ever visited...spoiler alert, it's gorgeous there!) and then we also spent a little time in Connecticut (spending time with family) and in New York City (seeing a friend and a few sites).  It was such a great trip (and I have tons of pictures to prove it) and I really enjoyed relaxing, hence the lack of posts.  But all good things must come to an end and I am definitely happy to be home, in my own bed, with my dog, and with full access to all of my belongings.  The good news is that I have so much to share on the blog.  I still want to recap the Renegade Craft Fair, share pictures of some recent projects, and post travel pictures from my Santa Barbara bachelorette trip and my East Coast trip.  So I'll start today off with some pictures from my cousin's wedding.

The wedding took place in Ludlow, Vermont at the Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort.  I will share more pictures of Ludlow and the surrounding area later but this beautiful resort was the backdrop for the ceremony.  The day was a bit windy but completely clear and beautiful.  Everything in Vermont is so green and lush so I'm glad the ceremony was held outside.  

The morning of the wedding was spent helping with the flowers.  Hydrangeas were the main flowers and all the hues of purple and blue were just beautiful.  These particular bouquets were put together for the ceremony, tied to the chairs along the aisle.  I did up a few of these bundles myself.  Some of the hydrangeas were ordered and shipped to the venue but my aunt grew some of them in her own yard, such dedication!  This wedding was definitely DIY and so many friends and family members pitched in to help my aunt, uncle, and cousin.  It was neat to see and such a nice reminder...weddings are about coming together and supporting loved ones.

White hydrangeas were on display for the reception centerpieces.  We did them all up in my aunt and uncle's room, filling up vases in the bathtub even.  Flowers were everywhere that morning and I loved this yellow daisy that got discarded in a bowl on the counter.  

My picture taking during the wedding was fairly limited.  This was one of the few that I snapped during the ceremony.  I definitely enjoyed being a guest and focused more of my energies on visiting with family, meeting new people, and dancing the night away.  My cousin had a great photographer documenting everything and I hope to share some of those official pictures soon.

My cousin looked so pretty!  She had a beautiful lace dress which was very timeless and classy and it just looked fabulous on her.  I was so happy to be able to attend her wedding and show my support for her and her new husband.  

Happy Monday everyone! I have a slew of emails to get to today so I'm off to get back into the swing of things.  It's always a bit challenging getting out of vacation-mode but fingers crossed I'll get caught up in a few days.  Here's to a great week!   


PS, I Love You

After this weekend, that title definitely stands for: Palm Springs, I love you! 

I spent my Saturday and Sunday in the desert with my best friend Elysse.  Awhile back I decided that a girl's weekend in PS would be a great holiday gift for my bestie as well as a relaxing mini trip for me!  And since we stayed at The Ace Hotel, it also meant that I got to stay somewhere that I have been ogling for awhile.  The hotel was absolutely awesome, I totally dug the vibe there, but the best part was definitely catching up (in person) with one of my fav people EVER!

Here is a little photo-diary of my trip:

Wind turbines on the drive in.  This is when you know you've arrived!

My babies!  I brought these little succulents along for the ride (I did a little mini photoshoot with them for a DIY project coming up so they weren't totally random).  I kept calling them "my babies."  Doesn't everyone bring along their own decor to their hotels?  They should, all the cool kids are doing it!

I love the vibe at The Ace, including the interior design and signage.  

The lobby has this crazy, cool nautical robe display.  It is very picture-worthy (hence the pictures).

It looks so desolate in this picture but really there was a bumpin' pool party going on behind me.  I was lucky to snap this when people weren't out-and-about.

These bushes/flowers are spectacular!  Their color is absolutely gorgeous.  Love the grey + yellow color scheme.  I took a bunch of pictures of these plants.  I really want to know what they are...I want to fill my yard with them.

To me, the desert is all about earth tones and textures and this picture sums all that up for me.  

A girl's weekend would not be complete without a fruity-girly drink!  Yummy strawberry margarita.

Such a cool sign.  Iconic and totally picture-worthy.

Some of the suites at The Ace have private balconies with fireplaces but they also have communal fires which is awesome for girls on a budget.  After drinks in the Amigo Room, we warmed up by the fire.

Another shot of the cool lobby + cool man!

On Sunday we had brunch at Pinocchio's.  They had fun, fringe umbrellas which I definitely appreciated.

The scene of the crime...yes, I crafted in my hotel room.  Doesn't everyone?


So that was my weekend in pictures.  I have other ones that I haven't gone through or processed yet and I may put those up sometime soon as well.  Also, Elysse has behind-the-scenes pics that I may share too.  It was amazingly fun and relaxing and I loved every minute of it.  

What did you do this last weekend?  Anything fun?  I must admit that we booked this trip and didn't even realize it was the Super Bowl until a few days before leaving.  Clearly my priorities are not football.  My priorities are basically everything but football.  I imagine that many of you were doing Super Bowl related things.  Anything fun? 

Also, if for whatever reason, you want to see more of my pictures, you can see my set on Flickr.