weekend love it – labor day

With summer coming to an end, the air is getting crisper, just as the pace of life is seeming to slow. As much as I love the long, sunny days of summer, I love fall. Since I was a little girl, September has always been one of my favorite months. Not only is it my birthday month (hello, dooming quarter life crisis), but also it is the month I associate with the transition to fall.

I get giddy thinking about the crisp morning air, JCrew sweaters and vests, pumpkin patches and curling up with a blanket and a nice cup of tea (even though I do that every night…it’s more satisfying in the fall). Here is what I have been loving recently during the end of summer!

1. Girls Weekend. This weekend was full of girl time, as the boy was off tromping through the woods. Miss Maude, pugger Lizzy and I were like the three best friends anyone could have. We ate plenty of (dog) cookies, cooked up a storm and completed a DIY. Miss Maude was initiated into the Oregon Duck football fan club this weekend, rooting for the Ducks in her green bandana along side Parley in her yellow bandana. Even though they weren’t the best fans and spent most of the evening wrestling with each other in the dirt, they were too cute not to share!

Miss Maude even went for a solo swim or two as Lizzy and I lounged in the sun. FYI, pugs rarely swim, even in times of distress.

miss maude longing for more summer days

miss maude longing for more summer days

ready for the oregon game!

ready for the oregon game!

miss maude & princess parley rooting for the ducks!

miss maude & princess parley rooting for the ducks!

sunshine baths

sunshine baths

2. Virtual Pug Run. “Pug Unicorns…pugicorns. With the magic of unicorns and the adorable ambition of a pug, you can accomplish anything…a personal best at your next race, the ability to jump higher, run farther… or the ability to look at a human and get them to give you whatever nom-noms they currently don’t want to share.  The magic of pugicorns.” Enough said.

I have challenged all of my friends and families who have a special place in their hearts for pugs to compete in the Virtual Pug Run. The run benefits Northern Illinois Pug Rescue. Rumor has it that if $7,860 is raised (enough to save 26.2 pugs), a man will run the Chicago Marathon in a pug singlet. Talk about a visual.

As cool as a man running a marathon in a pug singlet is, this is truly an incredible opportunity to benefit an organization in need. Unfortunately pugs are not the most low maintenance of dogs and are prone to health problems, which is one reason many are given up. I hope to one day (soon) adopt a pug in need. I constantly have my eye on adoptable pugs from Pug Pals – Boise Pug Rescue.

My lovely aunt, who is the proud owner of three wonderful pugs, just competed today with her running group in New York. My mom and I are planning on running later this month. Whoever draws the short straw will be wearing our one piece pug costume. Obviously pictures to come.

virtual pug run!

virtual pug run!

3. Instagram Floral Designers. Leave it to Martha to round up a “bounty of beautiful blooms” on Instagram. Martha recently shared her top 25 Floral Designers to Follow on Instagram. Here are a few of my favorites:

sarah winward - forist who creates natural style flowers for weddings in utah & beyond.

sarah winward – florist who creates natural style flowers for weddings in utah & beyond.

Fleur in Logan Square Antiquing, boutiquing & flowering. Brick & mortar boutique & custom wedding design in Chicago (Moving to 2651 N Milwaukee in early October!)

fleur in logan square — antiquing, boutiquing & flowering. brick & mortar boutique & custom wedding design in chicago (moving to 2651 n milwaukee in early october!)

Moon Canyon -

moon canyon – refreshing and cheerful flowers and arrangements from the los angeles-based duo of kristen and amy.

munsterrose - iPhone-only shots of bright flowers on white backgrounds.

munsterrose — iPhone-only shots of bright flowers on white backgrounds.

shotgun floral studio + design house. floral design, creation + installation for events + accounts in CA. will travel for awesome. SHOP | opening 2015! #shotgunwashere

shotgun floral studio + design house. floral design, creation + installation for events + accounts in CA. will travel for awesome. SHOP | opening 2015! #shotgunwashere

4. Brunching. Breakfast, or rather any form of breakfast, is my favorite meal. The boy respects my daily tradition of 30 minutes of peace, quiet and alone time each morning as I enjoy my breakfast and coffee. I feel like (rather know) that without this time I am not a nice person.

I feel like brunch gets even better in the colder months. This weekend I enjoyed brunch with my aunt and cousin at Java after a Crossfit workout. I went for a Hippie Burrito in a bowl minus the tortilla with a side of Chai Tea. A meal at Java is a must for anyone!

java brunch

java brunch – hippie burrito in a bowl + chai tea

5. Cancer Warrior. Fortune recently highlighted Kathy Giusti as a Cancer Warrior. Not only has Kathy Giusti beat cancer but also she established the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Kathy Giusti shares about fixing the cancer research system, lessons for leaders and an authentic life lesson.

Kathy’s strength and determination to fix a broken system hit home for me. Not to mention, such an incredible woman in science deserves to be mentioned!

taylor brass

brass blossom

 

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