4th of July Playlist

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Crazy in Love / Beyonce ft Jay Z
Sedona / Houndmouth
RyBro / Helvetia
Ex’s & Oh’s / Elle King
Gold Digger / Kanye West
Renegades / X Ambassadors
My Type / Saint Motel
Sweet Disposition / The Temper Trap
Keep You / Wild Belle
Cecilia & the Satellite / Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Cigarette Daydreams / Cage the Elephant
Electric Love / BORNS
Riptide / Vance Joy
Budapest / George Ezra
Hey Mama / Mat Kearney
The Obvious Child / Paul Simon
What is Life / George Harrison
Molecules / Atlas Genius
Make You Mine / Family of the Year
All I Want / Passion Pit
4EVER! / LANY
Long Way Down / Robert DeLong
Seeing Stars / BORNS
Rollercoaster / Bleachers
Kids / MGMT
Work This Body / WALK THE MOON
Girls / The 1975
Cough Syrup / Young the Giant
Time to Pretend / MGMT
Shake, Shake, Shake / Bronze Radio Return
Eyes Shut / Years & Years

Listen here!

California

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know that I was recently in California visiting my best friend from college. We spent the trip road tripping up and down the coast, sipping wine at a vineyard in Napa, and hanging out in Oakland. I had the best time (I was in desperate need of going on a trip!) and I wanted to share some photos that I took while I was there and put together a list of places we went that are definitely worth checking out if you’ll be on the West Coast any time soon!

We started our trip in Oakland where we ate mac and cheese at Homeroom and then spent a good part of the afternoon drinking beer and hanging out at Lost and Found.

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Next up…roadtrip! We did the 17 Mile Drive and stopped at a few places along the way to take in the views and snap a few photos before checking in to our Air Bnb.

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We spent the rest of the day in Carmel. We ate at the Hog’s Breath Inn and then went to Mission Ranch, where Clint Eastwood is known to make an appearance…no sign of him that night though.

Big Sur was next on our agenda and it was incredible. I think I could’ve stood looking at the views forever! We stopped from brunch at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. The food was so good and the inn looked amazing – I’m definitely going to stay there next time I’m in Big Sur because it’s seriously perfect.

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After a long (but amazing) day, it was time to head home. The next day was a little more easy going, we stopped by Mr Holmes Bakehouse for some treats, went to the movies (ha!) and then headed out to watch the Warriors game.

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On our last day, we went up to Napa. We spent the day at Domaine Carneros, sipping wine and chatting before it was time to head back home.

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It was such a great trip and (like always) I wasn’t ready for it to be over! But the good thing about having a bestie who also loves to travel is that we’re already planning our next trip :)

Smoothie Recipe

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If there are any snacks around, it’s a guarantee that I’ll be right there, snacking away. And while I do love my chips and dip, I try keep my snacks on the healthy side. One of my go to snacks as of late have been smoothies. Oh boy, do I love smoothies.

They’re quick and easy and you can play around and put anything you want in them. What more could you ask for? I usually try and make them in the morning, that way I know I’ve got some greens, fruit and other healthy goodness in my system.

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I usually just make up my smoothie recipes as I go along and throw whatever I have into the blender.

The smoothie in this recipe actually comes out pretty thick, so it would also be perfect for an Instagram-worthy smoothie bowl. It’s also just a fruit smoothie, but you could totally add in some greens, yogurt or chia seeds if you wanted to…whatever you want!

– 1 banana

– handful of strawberries

– handful of frozen mango

– handful of blackberries

– splash of orange juice

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And there you go! Super simple and really tasty.

What are your favorite smoothie recipes? Let me know!

 

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Dangerous (ft. Joywave) – Big Data
Let Me Down Easy – Paolo Nutini
Bad, Bad, Bad – LANY
Zebra – Beach House
Awake – Electric Guest
Cecilia and the Satellite – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
What Kind of Man – Florence + the Machine
Till We Ghosts – Petite Noir
S.O.S. in Bel Air – Phoenix
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – Paul Simon
Every Other Freckle (Daytrip Remix) – Alt-J
A Case of You – James Blake
So Close – Tom Misch, Carmody
Shuffle Your Feet – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Burning – The Whitest Boy Alive
Right On – The Roots, Joanna Newsom
From the Sun – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Still Sound – Toro y Moi
So Many Details – Toro y Moi
www – Har Mar Superstar
Rhythm Bruises – Har Mar Superstar
It’s Real – Real Estate

Listen here!

Driftwood + What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding Book Reviews

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Traveling has apparently been on my mind lately (isn’t it always though?) judging by the last two books I’ve read.

Let’s start with Driftwood, shall we? Ok. I really liked this book. I felt like I really connected with the main character, Clem. Clem was at the point in her life where she was trying to figure out what she was meant to be doing with her life (I’m right there with you, Clem!) when she found herself on a road-trip around California. I won’t spoil why she gets sent on the trip, but she goes to several seemingly random places in California and learns a lot about herself along the way.

{Speaking of road-trips around California…me and my bestie will be cruising the California coast come May. Any recommendations of places to eat, things to see, etc? Let me know!!}

After Driftwood, I picked up a copy of What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding after I saw it recommended on the Everygirl and I loved it.

While all of her friends were getting married and having kids, Kristin Newman (a comedy sitcom writer) found herself not doing those things. Can you relate? I sure can – my Facebook and Instagram feeds are full of engagement announcements!

During the months when her shows were on hiatus, she traveled. She’s been to some amazing, amazing places, met some cool people and had some incredible experiences. There were definitely lots of “oh my god” moments and a lot of times when I actually lol’d. I would definitely recommend this book if you’re single (and even if you’re not) – it’s entertaining and it’ll make you want to book flights out of town asap.

What have you guys been reading lately?

 

WORN / Weekends

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When your job requires you to wear an ugly button down shirt with the company logo on it, you start to look forward to the weekends and getting to wear literally anything else.

This is one of my go to outfits, especially on the weekends. It’s super comfy and versatile. It’s perfect to wear to brunch and to run errands in, but I’ve also worn it on a casual night out with my friends at one of our favorite bars.

Shirt: old but its from Pull&Bear

Sweater: Gap (similar)

Jeans: J. Crew

Shoes: Target

Intro: Capsule Wardrobe

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Finally. I’ve narrowed my once slightly out of control closet down to just a few pieces. For a while now – maybe the last year or so – I’ve been really making an effort to cut back on spending money on clothes. I admittedly had a little bit of a shopping problem. Whenever I got bored with what I had in my closet, I would head to my favorite stores and spend more money than I should have.

I’ve also been trying to be more intentional with decisions that I make – especially ones that involve money.

So when I heard about capsule wardrobes, it didn’t take much for me to realize that starting my own was just what I needed to do to get my closet and spending in check.

What is a capsule wardrobe? It’s basically small collection of really versatile pieces that you absolutely love. I started out with 35 pieces (tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes) but ended up with 38 after I added in my coats. Each collection, obviously, changes with the season, but ultimately has the same amount of pieces.

The fun (but also challenging!) part was going through my entire closet and really thinking about the pieces I had. Again, I wanted to be super intentional about it and only include pieces in my capsule wardrobe that I love, wear all the time and were 100% me.

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I quickly noticed how many pieces I had that I just don’t ever wear. You know what I’m talking about…the pieces that I was keeping “just in case.” Like the pair of heels hiding in the back of the closet that I might need “just in case” I went to a fancy dinner (spoiler: I NEVER wear heels and can’t remember why I even bought them in the first place).

Now that everything has either been put in storage (like my spring/summer clothes) or into a bag to go to Goodwill, I’m excited to start putting some ‘new’ outfits together!

So, stay tuned because I’m planning on sharing more outfit posts and, of course, updates and other posts about capsule wardrobes.

Do any of you have a capsule wardrobe? Or want to start one? Let me know!

 

24

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Today, I turn 24 and I have to admit it feels kind of weird. Not a bad weird, but not a good weird either. Just weird. I guess I felt the same way about 23 and I’ll probably feel the same way about 25, but I feel like 24 is the age where you’re in limbo. I’m not a living a college student lifestyle anymore (#beentheredonethat) but I’m not settled down yet either. I’m at that “figuring it all out” stage.

I’m not entirely sure what Year 24 will bring, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping for more traveling, more getting out of my comfort zone and more creative projects.

How am I celebrating this year? With my favorite Mexican food and seeing Joshua Radin in concert. Score!

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 Here’s this month’s playlist! Hope you guys like it! Listen here.

Fire Escape / Half Moon Run

That Moon Song / Gregory Alan Isakov

They Move On Tracks Of Never-Ending Light / This Will Destroy You

Stay With Me (cover) / Angus & Julia Stone

Blank Pages / The Album Leaf

Goin’ Home / Dan Auerbach

Comrade / Volcano Choir

Fire-scene / S. Carey

Too Bright / Perfume Genius

Maybe / Smoke Signals

Winter / Matt Corby

Stars / Sam Airey

The District Sleeps Alone Tonight / Birdy

Heart Skipped a Beat / The xx

Whenever, Wherever / Bombay Bicycle Club

Desire / Years & Years

You & I / Local Natives

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Life Lately

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Anyone else feel like they’ve got a case of the Mondays? I thought the best way to beat it was to share some photos I took over the weekend.

On Saturday, I spent the day with one of my oldest and best friends, Sara. She’s one of those friends that just gets it, so I love the time I spend with her. We made plans to go to the art museum here in Indy and just catch up. And surprise, surprise (not really) our afternoon of looking at art turned into an impromptu photoshoot.

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This weekend, I also:

Watched : the finale of Parenthood – still in denial that it’s over.

Decided: to start a capsule wardrobe.

Finished: this book.

Listened: to Sylvan Esso’s Spotify Session on repeat.