birthday

weekend love it — saying goodbye, new beginnings & outdoor adventures

The past couple of weeks have been marked by tremendous changes. Like daily kinda have a panic attack and realize you need to breathe so you sit on the couch nursing a La Croix several times a day, tremendous, bittersweet, big, deep breaths in a paper-bag changes. And what could possible sway my ever cool, easy going self, without a touch of OCD and anxiety you might ask? I am officially leaving in less than a week for Graduate School.

That’s right. I am moving solo to Seattle to literally live my dream with the Grad School program that I am attending. I repeat that daily x 50 for a little verbal courage. Leaving Idaho, the boy, Miss Maude Pod, my family, my incredible group of friends and my #brassblossom boyfriend after this year may likely be the hardest thing I have ever done but deep down I know it’s right. I have wrestled back and forth with not going or delaying my start or simply becoming a professional hiker to avoid the real world, but alas I know that it is the right next step for for me . This year has been a hell of a year (and to be honest I am already welcoming 2016 with open arms) but it has also been a year that has taught me probably more than I ever really wanted to know.

So with that happy, sad, why the hell am I moving away from the great state of Idaho and sunshine news, here is what I have been adoring recently!

Disclaimer: There are a lot of emotions below…

1. new beginnings. The boy really boiled it down for me one day when I was sitting on the kitchen floor crying about saying “see you soon” to him and my little Miss Maude Pod when he said point blank that he was glad to see me crying because if I wasn’t crying it would mean I wasn’t going and that would mean I would be angry. Angry about giving up an incredible opportunity that I have worked so hard for and wanted so badly for so long. And while I occasionally question his tact, I never question is support. He is a wise boy. Buddha-like.

Even though I am having a difficult time practicing what I preach currently (aka crying hysterically on the kitchen floor…), the one concrete thing that this year has really taught me is that you have to live your own life, your own dreams and your own path. Earlier this year I was so paralyzed by fear that I felt I couldn’t personally function. And while I had a pretty legit reason, I have very slowly come to the realization that I need to live my own life, my own dreams and my own path in order to fully support anyone else. While the life and little family that the boy and I have made here is beyond incredible and will never be replaced, it’s not where I feel 100% complete. I have a burning desire to learn more, be more and accomplish more. So that is what I will be doing, even if it involves some more kitchen floor tears. So cheers to new beginnings and following your dreams!

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2. goodbye 25. Goodbye forever, 25. I just celebrated by 26th birthday and I am happily welcoming a new year of life and thinking 26 will be a dandy year. The only way I wanted to celebrate the day was with no stress. I just wanted it to be simple and happy and like every other normal day (as I am cherishing every second or normalcy right now). So that is just what it was. The boy and I enjoyed a super simple family dinner (plus goats) on Sunday and then I spent my entire birthday indulging in everything I love: sleeping in snuggling Maude pod, peanut butter toast + coffee, Crossfit, reading for several hours by the pool, cocktail hour at Sun Valley Pond and then a nice mellow night at home making dinner and watching the voice. #bestdayever.

best birthday cake ever from my always amazing mother

best birthday cake ever from my always amazing mother

when you go to crossfit and it's your birthday...

when you go to crossfit and it’s your birthday…

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3. stanley adventures. Last weekend I celebrated my birthday just a bit early with three of the most fabulous Idaho ladies around. I couldn’t have asked for better women to help me celebrate. Earlier this year (like in May) we committed a weekend in September to Meadow Creek Spa for their slack special as we had been talking about it for years. And it was absolutely perfect. We all enjoyed a treatment followed by some amazing hot-spring time and a rowdy night out on the town. Not surprisingly we spent the next day feeling not the greatest but that didn’t deter us from getting out and exploring in the Sawtooth’s at Alice Lake. A post to follow as it was definitely one of the best Idaho Adventures to date!

the view from meadowcreek spa

the view from meadow creek spa

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almost to alice lake...more on that to come

almost to alice lake…more on that to come

love these ladeis!

love these ladeis!

4. hiking all over wyoming. I have taken a few weeks off before starting back to the grind of school and earlier this month I went to visit family in Wyoming. It was the perfect week filled with sunshine, so many miles hiking and quality time with those I don’t get to see often enough. It was an ideal way to decompress after I quit working. Here is a look at my beautiful adventures (if I do say so myself) as well as a pretty strong reminder that Wyoming is also breathtakingly gorgeous…

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mountains for days

sacred rim in the wind river mountains

sacred rim in the wind river mountains

a hike without a yoga pose is not a real hike

a hike without a yoga pose is not a real hike

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quite possibly the prettiest lake ever

quite possibly the prettiest lake ever

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practicing using the bear spray...

practicing using the bear spray…

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handstands…

bow posing...

bow posing…

bird of paradising

bird of paradising

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5. sway steals. And now for some materialism since I appreciate a good shopping find as much as all this lovey-dovey talk. I bought these jeans Labor Day Weekend at SWAY and am literally in love. I was initially in love when I saw they were only $50 (cheers to Labor Day Sales!) and now I’m in love because they fit amazingly and are so soft and comfortable. Plus it’s super hard to find a cute pair of lighter jeans without looking like you have thunder thighs. As someone who is a die-hard yoga pant/legging wearing person, these jeans come close to that feeling you get wearing a nice pair of lulus…

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6. 1989 (aka best year EVER). 1989 happens to be the year both your #thebrassblossom beauties were born. It also happens to be the year Taylor Swift was born. And this remake pretty much sums up how incredible we all are! #poweryear.

7. happy birthday, cheryl strayed. Even though she wasn’t born in 1989, Cheryl Strayed is still one incredible woman who also just recently celebrated her birthday. Strayed’s work has really touched super close to home this year for me and her words, lessons and wisdom are truly transfixing. So in honor of her birthday, 15 of her greatest quotes were gathered together here. And here is one quote that is really speaking to me now:

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8. moments of gratitude. Maybe it’s because I’m ridiculously nostalgic right now and cherishing every moment of Idaho, family, friends, the boy and Maude Pod snuggles but I am continuously overwhelmed with moments of complete gratitude. Before this year I can’t really ever recall having moments when everything seems to slow and I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the simplest things. Gratitude for just those little moments where you feel complete and like you have all these little happy minions dancing inside of you regardless of whatever is a shit show in your life that day. My one goal going into this new year is to try to continue to recognize those moments and not let the hustle and bustle of life overcome those moments of perfect, little infinity.

love these two <3

love these two ❤

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Cheers to an amazing week and new beginnings! Until next time in Seattle…

taylor brass

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weekend love it — spring fever

Looking back on my photos, I realized how great the last couple of weeks have been. They’ve been filled with some unique and first experiences, lots of sunshine and time outdoors. Here’s a look!

1. lobster feed: I had a bad experience with a crab when I was in preschool. That sounds incredibly wrong, but it’s true — we spent the day watching and studying a cuddly crab friend (or as cuddly as crabs can be) at my preschool in California. We oohed and ahhed at how it walked sideways, how it never got close enough to pinch our fingers and toes. My mom bought and brought the crab friend home, and as I was helping her in the kitchen, next thing I knew, little crab was dropped into a pot of boiling water, bobbed back up bright red, and I cried. I’ve been scarred ever since.

Based on this background, I’ve been hesitant around shellfish and also just maybe don’t like it. However, when we were recently invited to a lobster feed, I couldn’t turn it down. It was a pretty intense reintroduction to shellfish, but I had to get my hands dirty, and I found out that lobster is pretty tasty. Thanks to Maggie and Riley for being the lobster feed masters and for such a great (re)introduction! Can’t wait to do it again.

taylor getting a lobster surprise

taylor getting a lobster surprise

popsicles for dessert!

popsicles for dessert!

they clearly knew what they were doing...

they clearly knew what they were doing…maggie giving a tutorial

chef riley with a lot of lobster

chef riley with a lot of lobster

the boys

the boys

yikes

yikes

they're really strange, beautiful animals

they’re really strange, beautiful animals

2. birthday bbq: I’ve been so looking forward to utilizing our awesome backyard for occasions just like the birthday party we threw for our dear friends, and adorable couple, Tori and Cody. We played yard games (some more “heavily” than others), feasted on delicious bbq fare, and had an all-around great time. Happy birthday, Cody and Tori!

so excited to have mia back and in my backyard!

so excited to have mia back and in my backyard!

beautiful cupcakes by taylor

beautiful cupcakes by taylor

the birthday couple

the birthday couple

backyard bbq

summer decor

summer decor

3. mother’s day and morel hunt fail: I love living in the same town as my lovely mother. She’s a pretty incredible lady, and she has taught me many lessons, in sickness and in health. We had a great mother’s day eating at our favorite restaurant, Cristina’s, and visiting Taylor’s adorable little baby goats, Lemon, Farrah, and Zoro. Chase and I rounded out the day with a (failed) morel hunt. Despite the lack of gathering, it was a beautiful day for an adventure out a dirt road and some romping around the woods.

mom and chase

mom and chase

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a photo break

a photo break

bottle feeding lemon

bottle feeding lemon

mom loving it

mom loving it

zoro was such a little love

zoro is such a little love

mama tay

mama tay

goats!

goats!

exploring some recent "burn"

exploring some recent “burn”

a pretty bunch of flores from cha-se

a pretty bunch of flores that cha-se picked for me

zoe filthy and loving it

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some unexpected wildflowers

some unexpected wildflowers

4. this article on “dadbod”: While I have to admit that I laugh hysterically every time I see Seth Rogen or Will Ferrell without a shirt on (“we’re going streaking!”), this article titled “‘Dad Bod is a Sexist Atrocity” by Bryan Moylan is a worthy read… A criticism to an article by Clemson University student Mackenzie Pearson, Moylan states, “There are people who enjoy the Dad Bod for its own aesthetic value, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Having a bit of cushion makes a guy look like he has better things to worry about than his appearance and isn’t so prissy that he only cares about the way his triceps look in a tank top. That just shows you what our society things about the intrinsic values of men versus women. If caring about one’s appearance is shallow, those are qualities that women should assume and men should assay.”

Thank you to my favorite news source, The Skimm, for this read!

5. sexy man split!: I was one of those people who headed into the theater with a girlfriend to see this movie with little to no expectations. We were literally cheering in our seats and ready to watch it all again by the end. I cannot contain my excitement for Pitch Perfect 2!!!

6. nice set of hooters you got there: Even the Community School campus has been feeling the Mother’s Day spirit this week. During spring break, a great horned owl mama built her nest in a pine tree right on campus. She had two hatchlings a few weeks ago, and these furry little friends are adorable and growing quickly. It’s so cool to walk by the nest tree to see them testing their limits on lower and higher branches. Pretty incredible animals! Gotta love Idaho for reasons like this.

adorable baby owls with mama

adorable baby owls with mama, photo taken by science teacher Bob Polk

baby owl getting bigger

baby owl getting bigger, photo taken by science teacher Bob Polk

my own subpar iPhone photo taken walking out of work

my own subpar iPhone photo taken walking out of work

7. new shoes: I fell for it. I finally suckered in to one of those Facebook ads that was “suggested for me.” Well, technically, I got an email from Hautelook, a Nordstrom company, and I certainly trust Nordstrom, so then I clicked on an ad. I ordered three pairs and kept two, both of which I absolutely love. The price point is great, the shoes are comfortable, and the materials are nice.

the natasha bootie in taupe. i am currently on the waitlist for the black ones

the natasha bootie in taupe. i am currently on the waitlist for the black ones

red shoes aren't exactly practical, but these are worth it.

red shoes aren’t exactly practical, but these are worth it.

8. true detective: As I type, we are watching True Detective. I am hooked. It’s spooky, smart, dark, and darkly funny. Check it out.

9. new jewels: A big thank you (although not from my bank account) to Laura for hosting a super fun stella and dot party. I purchased some great new pieces, and I’ve already worn all of them since I got them on Friday!

love both bracelets with my michael kors watch

love both bracelets with my michael kors watch

chevron cuff bracelet

chevron cuff bracelet

renegade cluster bracelet

renegade cluster bracelet

eva ear jacket

eva ear jacket

bonus necklace from my level of spending :) that I love!

bonus necklace from my level of spending 🙂 that I love!

Have a great week!

cheers krista

 

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weekend love it — spring break 2015

I miss the days of Spring Break. A lot. However, the spring sunshine and spring break spirit in Sun Valley are infectious right now, and I’ve been taking advantage as much as a can, between work and realizing that I’m not 21 anymore…

It was a great week filled with birthdays, sunshine, spring skiing and benders. Here’s what I’m loving right now:

1. birthdays. Many people in my life celebrate March birthdays, and this week I helped three of them celebrate in unique ways — one with yummy food and some late-night karaoke, one with gold dinos and cheese fondue (blog post coming soon) and one with aprés-ski unicorns and corn hole.

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kacie making her wish

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birthday flowers for tory

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rachel, the hostess unicorn for tory’s aprés ski adventure

trying to outsmart the wind for some candles...to no avail

trying to outsmart the wind for some candles…to no avail

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gold dinos for kacie and katie’s bday celebration at my casa

birthday girls at the gold dino party

birthday girls at the gold dino party

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kyleigh making a wish at knob hill

kyleigh making a wish at knob hill

2. “have courage, be kind.” Anyone who knows me well knows that I love a good fairytale…especially one with a modern twist that departs from a little patriarchy. While I don’t know that I could say that Disney’s live adaptation of Cinderella did just that, it did enough and then a little more. It was beautiful, intentional, and made my heart sing. I watched it with my mother, who certainly made the motif of “have courage, be kind” that much more poignant. I challenge you to not visualize yourself in cinderella’s glass slippers watching this movie.

While I’m not sure the “kindness” part of my #2 applies to House of Cards, courage probably does. I cannot get enough of House of Cards, and I am already counting down the days (but how many?!) until next season. It’s my favorite TV show right now, in a very different way than The Voice or PLL. While Cinderella may be an almost role model, Claire Underwood is one of my favorite characters ever because of her complexity and strength. That walk off at the end of the final episode?! Oh em gee. While I can’t say I agree with all of her fictional decisions, I love her. Claire Underwood for President.

3. sunshine. While I couldn’t join my “spring breaking” (not actually, but it felt that way for awhile there) friends as much on the slopes, I gave my all at the aprés scene and soaked up as much sunshine as possible this weekend.

river run love

river run love

i went down backwards while taggart hauled down the hill like he always does

i went down backwards while taggart hauled down the hill like he always does

tray races

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river run

4. food for thought. I started reading an actual book — not one on my iPad — and there’s really nothing better than curling up in the corner of the couch and flipping actual pages. I’m only half-way through, but I am loving All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

great read!

I stumbled upon this article titled “Why Your Happiness Has Little to Do With Positive Thinking” awhile ago and thought it was very interesting. While I have a hard time nay-saying positive thinking, the messages of this article really resonated me. #2 on the list is my favorite and advice I try to give and follow: “Love and embrace whatever state you are in.”

5. new duds. With wedding season on the horizon, I have had an eye out for great pieces for the last couple months. Using many gift cards that I’ve been hoarding for awhile, I invested in some solid additions to my wardrobe…from Joie to Mossimo, Panache to Nordstrom Rack. Here’s a look:

rebecca taylor onesie

rebecca taylor onesie

bb dakota dress

bb dakota dress

joie romper

joie romper

some steve madden shoes I may not be able to walk in

some steve madden shoes I may not be able to walk in

some fun lace shorts from target

some fun lace shorts from target

top and shorts from a cabi trunk show

top and shorts from a cabi trunk show

6. looking back. As we mentioned repeatedly, it’s been a strange few months, filled with the ultimate highs and lows. It was fun to look back over the past months of photos on my phone today. Life goes on, and I’m more thankful than ever for my friends, family and beautiful surroundings. In many ways, I’m feeling more alive than ever, and I can’t wait for a glorious spring and unforgettable summer. Life is good.

depth-of-winter hike with my cousin

depth-of-winter hike with my cousin

boise escape with rachel before seeing the worst movie of all time

boise escape with rachel before seeing the worst movie of all time

beautiful evening walk in the dog park

beautiful evening walk in the dog park

valentine's day with all kinds of couples

valentine’s day with all kinds of couples

par par and a much bigger stick...just as I slipped and got a concussion

par par and a much bigger stick…just as I slipped and got a concussion

skiing on dollar with isla and drew

skiing on dollar with isla and drew

isla's basketball game

isla’s basketball game

a new cute iPhone case

a new cute iPhone case

a delicious recipe from the book "clean slate" by the editors of Martha Stewart

a delicious recipe from the book “clean slate” by the editors of Martha Stewart

a housewarming gift for jenna and brad

a housewarming gift for jenna and brad

himalayan salt block that we've been grilling on since christmas — they're amazing!

himalayan salt block that we’ve been grilling on since christmas — they’re amazing!

valentines all the way around the world!

valentines all the way around the world!

lovely spring tulips for mom

lovely spring tulips for mom

my mom's new cat, Henry

my mom’s new cat, Henry

a new dedication to eating fresh fruit

a new dedication to eating fresh fruit

I hope you have a wonderful week!

cheers krista

 

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bright colors and blossoms — girly birthday celebration

Happy Birthday, Rachel!

It’s our dear friend Rachel’s birthday in a couple days, and we knew we had to do something special for her.

It’s still dreary in Idaho — we keep seeing teases of Spring — so we were in the mood for some bright pops of color, pretty blooms, and of course glittery gold…everything was over-the-top feminine!

Sometimes we think that we do our best “work” at the last minute, and in the moment. We put this girls night dinner together in about 24 hours and it was a total blast.

Here’s a look at the details that made this a night to remember. We love you, Rachel!

Decor Yellow

 

 

Our main focus was color, including hot pink (what’s girlier than that?), bright yellow, lime green, and shades of teal. Despite the snow/rain outside, we managed to make it cheerful and inviting.

Here are some close-ups of the details:

mason jars and wine glasses

mason jars and wine glasses

yummy, vibrant candy. sorry, gwyneth haters

yummy, vibrant candy. sorry, gwyneth haters

lemon drops!

lemon drops!

beautiful blooms

beautiful blooms

birthday table, complete with a birthday sign in the background

birthday table, complete with a birthday sign in the background

table setting

table setting

color!

color!

patterned straws and golden mason jar votives completed the look!

patterned straws and golden mason jar votives completed the look!

Menu Yellow

 

 

For the menu, we wanted something simple, healthy, but hearty given the cold weather. We enjoyed:

prosecco and raspberries

prosecco with raspberry icecubes

DRINKS:

  • Prosecco with raspberry ice cubes, which we sipped out of skinny mason jars
  • Red wine (of course, one of Krista’s recent favorites is Pendulum)
  • Pelligrino with fun straws, also from a mason jar
cheese plate

cheese plate

APPETIZERS:

  • A beautiful cheese plate including baked brie, crackers, roasted garlic, peppered salami, olives, and apple
  • Artichokes with Krista’s favorite dipping sauce — a little bit of mayo (which I usually hate), dijon mustard, lemon juice, soy sauce, and a splash of hot sauce of your choice

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MAIN COURSE:

  • Idaho baked potatoes, fully loaded, with sharp cheddar, sour cream, salsa, green onion, and bacon
  • Chicken three bean chili, which could be enjoyed on the potato, or on the side
  • Six green salad, which we also enjoyed at our St. Patty’s Day party
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a light lemon cake topped with a lemon glaze, thinly sliced grapefruit and clear sprinkles! (recipe by taylor coming soon!)

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candles in varying shades of pink completed the cake

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DESSERT:

  • A beautiful lemon cake baked by Taylor with a lemon glaze, thinly sliced pink grapefruit, and clear sprinkles on top — served with whipped cream
  • Tall candles in a spectrum of pink added just enough drama

A FEW MORE PHOTOS FOR FUN:

paper birthday sign

paper birthday sign

happy birthday card

happy birthday card

pretty cake by taylor

pretty cake by taylor

make a wish!

make a wish!

Happy Birthday, Rachel!

krista and taylor

 

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