Sunday, April 27, 2014


Me and my friend Erin (who takes a lot of the photos on this blog) decided to start a new blog together. It's called Violets & Laurel and we are really excited about it.  We have a lot of great ideas that we can't wait to share with everyone.  That means a few changes for this blog.  First of all, I'm going to start doing all my Etsy Everything and style posts over there.  This is going to become more of a personal blog. I'll probably have a lot more wish lists and life updates.  I'll be posting anything I'm particularly excited about that doesn't really fit the vibe of the shared blog. 

So, into some personal stuff!

A few weeks ago I was tattooed by my friend the incredibly talented Briana Sargent from Buju Tattoo. I posted a few pictures of her shop in my San Diego post, here.  I just love her shop.  I feel like I'm in a fancy candy store when I'm in there.  It's so bright and cheery. 
The inspiration for this tattoo was a temporary tattoo Rifle Paper & Co designed. I saw it and fell in love.  I showed it to Briana and she really liked it too, so then I got it permanently inked on my arm.  I just love it, it's so beautiful.  I've been really inspired by pretty much everything Rifle Paper & Co have put out for the last few years, so this just fits for me.  I had originally wanted a peony, because that was my wedding flower.  Buuuut, it kind of looks like a peony, right?  It still kind of works. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Work Wear

Work Wear

Can I just wear this to work every day? Can I make a uniform mandatory and this be it? So comfy, so chic, so clean, so professional. I want it.  As usual it is heavily featuring Madewell, because Madewell is my grown up self's spirit animal. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

San Diego, Beyond The Donuts

I brought my fancy pants camera on my trip fully intending to take photos, but I didn't take it out of the bag.  Not once.  I just used my iphone instead and although the quality of the photos may not be the same, it was so much more convenient.  And still did the trick! Is this happening to anyone else?  Is the camera phone just too easy and convenient to bother with the big camera when on the go? I'm very interested to hear everyone's thoughts on this. Hopefully capturing my adventure to San Diego didn't suffer because of my laziness.  I don't think it did, not too much anyway. 
We did so much on our week in San Diego.  Besides eat donuts.  We visited La Jolla, ate fish tacos, Chris got tattooed, we went paddle boarding, and I had my first mexican mocha.  I loved it, I'm in.  I'm an official mexican mocha fan. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

San Diego, Don't Let Me Go!

This trip to San Diego was hands down our favorite time there.  We try to get there every other year, but this year marked 3 years since we had been to visit. It was much needed.  After this incredibly long and cold winter (polar vortex, I hated you) I was really hurting for some time in the sunshine.  Vitamin D deficiencies are no joke! It happens, and it is no bueno. So, we packed up and headed for a week on the west coast. We spent time visiting family, friends, and donuts. Yes, donuts. We went on a donut tour and it was fantastic. Here are some donut tour photos.

The third one may not count as part of the donut tour. It was a mini donut at a frozen yogurt place. But I thought it really fit into the theme of the week. After all the donuts I have been quite committed to my insanity work outs.  I was starting to feel the effects of eating sweets every day.  But it was vacation, and it was worth it.  Leaving sunny CA for chilly CT was tough.  It was a great trip. More San Diego photos to come!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Packing For San Diego

Packing For San Diego

In just a few short weeks me and the husband will be taking off for San Diego. This is a trip I have been looking forward to for a while! It's still pretty cold in Connecticut, so visiting the sunshine on the west coast will be bliss. To get ready for the trip I started making some vacation outfits on Polyvore. This right here is the outfit I would buy from Madewell if I were to suddenly have some extra funds laying around. Instead, I'll have to use it for inspiration. I recently cut some boyfriend jeans that were not fitting me right into shorts, so I will definitely be packing those. Part of me just wants to start packing already, but that would be a bit too much, right? Having a suitcase half packed for a few weeks in my room?

I used that photo of Lily Collins because she is my new hair inspiration. It used to be Blake Lively, but I recently chopped all my hairs off into a short bob. I love it, it's very light and easy.  I just need to get used to styling it differently. I love how Lily has been styling her bob so I've been trying to emulate that. Has anyone else taken the plunge and done a new drastic hair style/cut? Who's your style icon? Tell me in the comments! I'd also love to hear about any fun upcoming vacations. That's the best part of winter, right? Planning for warmer weather adventures.
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