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wednesday ramblings – just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean you can’t be it

It’s been quite a while since I have blogged. I have been busy with school, trying to make the most of my last couple of months in Seattle and in general, just living life. But whenever I feel like everything is starting to spin out of control, I always return to “The Brass Blossom.” I feel like it is a space where I feel safe, but I also feel like I can stretch my wings. Writing a blog post always makes me feel both grounded and empowered all at the same time. So I return to the trust worthy BB this week to share some thoughts….

This week has just been one of those weeks. I have felt like I was just in a funk. Being in Grad School at the ripe age of 27, I feel like I am just in the wrong place, at entirerly the wrong time in my life. Even though I always try to focus on the present and how “comparison is the thief of joy,” sometimes I just want to give into comparison and by like, “you win!” I see everyone else getting married, getting lady boss jobs, having babies and in general, just kicking ass in life, while I am over here like, what pages do I need to read for economics?

To add to this funk, my best of friends from Idaho are all going to the women’s march this weekend in Boise. I just felt left out and sick of being away. It didn’t help that Seattle decided that this week would be the prime time to start torrentially raining again and I just feel stuck. Both physically in the rain and in Seattle but also mentally.

I also happened to actually be stuck on the bus when all of this came crashing down on me. I was talking to my mom and she asked if something “happened.” I couldn’t even say yes. There wasn’t just one thing or even really a thing. It was just a bunch of stuff. So naturally when she asked if I was okay, I started crying and then it got awkward because I was having a minor public meltdown on a very public bus. And the girl behind me wouldn’t stop staring. This was probably due to the fact that I also chose the one sit that is perpendicular to all of the others and is smack dab in the middle of the bus, because apparently it is the safest. So I just rode it out. The tears, the stares, which probably weren’t even stares but just poor bus seating. But hey, at least I was in the safest spot. It was just a no good, very bad, but really in the scheme of things, not so bad moment. Disclaimer: this is why you don’t have personal conversations on the bus, so you don’t appear to be unstable.

But then later, an amazing friend inspired me. She inspired me out of my funk and inspired my weekend. She proposed that this weekend we celebrate all of the things that women can do. Regardless of your political stance, or what you think about e-mails, health insurance or who to tax, one thing that I hope all women can agree on is that this election was discouraging for at least one reason. That one reason alone is that a woman still is not and cannot be the wholly President of the United States of America. You can’t be what you can’t see.

So as someone who is generally pretty lady boss focused and a results oriented person, I think that celebrating all that I can be is a pretty fine way to turn around my week. I can celebrate wanting to be a lady boss and achieving that. I can celebrate buying a tweed blazer with fantastic elbow patches to one day wear to a board meeting to lean in. I can celebrate drinking whiskey. I can celebrate my body for what it can do, not what it looks like. I can celebrate crushing it at Crossfit. I can celebrate being independent but also being encouraged – by a family, a boyfriend and friends that encourage me to my highest potential. I can celebrate growing up in a home that didn’t solely define gender roles and limit that very potential. I can celebrate choosing to have children or not. I can celebrate reading a health law book just before finishing my trashy romance novel. I can celebrate choosing a career, whether it be a CEO or a calligrapher. I can celebrate that I am intelligent, athletic, strong, motivated and maybe, even witty. And I can celebrate me.

So I encourage you this weekend to celebrate the things that you can do, regardless of your gender. Don’t focus on the funk (or the flu as it is going around like wild-fire – stay healthy people!). Focus on the future and what we can do. And as I’m walking my own walk and talking my own talk, remember, especially all you boss ladies out there, that just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean you can’t be it.

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weekend love it – so many adventures full of love

The past two weeks and weekends have literally been absolutely amazing. They were chuck full of “little things” that make me completely and utterly grateful. It has definitely been a year of highs and lows and right now I am riding a wave of high that I am just hoping continues on for infinity.

Not only were they long weekends and short work weeks, but they were full of so many adventures, celebrations and love. I have been having some pretty serious withdrawals this week but I am looking forward to another weekend full of love!

Here is a look!

1. hiking for life. I spent almost the entirety of the Fourth of July weekend hiking and it just truly amazing. Plus I got new hiking shoes (INOV8, which fit my baby feet so nicely) so that made it even more amazing. Every day I literally (and physically) felt on top of the world from the hiking, views, slightly sore feet, best company around and post-hike snacks and drinks. I am seriously considering a job change to “professional hiker” so if anyone out there has any connections, please throw them my way.

I tipped off the weekend with an amazing Idaho Adventure to what is literally one of Ketchum’s best kept secret hikes with a few amazing lady friends and then followed it up with a hike to Titus Lake with the boy and one of our favorite couples. Lastly, Krista and I did a short hike to detox on Sunday and it was just what I needed to wrap up the amazingly active weekend.

awesome new hiking shoes (i got them from the clymb for a great price)

awesome new hiking shoes (i got them from the clymb for a great price)

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silver lake

idaho friends in idaho places

idaho friends in idaho places

wildflowers for days

wildflowers for days

evenings on silver creek

evenings on silver creek

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fourth of july watermelon, blueberry & feta salad

fourth of july watermelon, blueberry & feta salad

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titus lake

titus lake

love these two!

love these two!

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2. washington love. Ermygawd. Literally the best weekend of my ENTIRE life just happened. I wasn’t sure anything could top my Fourth of July weekend full of Idaho, so much food and amazing company but this last weekend just did. The boy and I were invited to what will likely be the most amazing wedding we will ever go to for two of our dear friends from college. We also did a bit of exploring and I even managed to make it to an early morning Crossfit session for the bride. It was a giant smorgasbord of all of my favorite people and favorite activities all wrapped up into one.

wedding wod

wedding wod

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handstands for love!

handstands for love!

just some crazy chihuly glass

just some crazy chihuly glass

glass bridge

glass bridge

i stole some chalk from some kiddies and got creative

i stole some chalk from some kiddies and got creative

my favorite people!

my favorite people!

the cutest (and best) cookie i think i have ever eaten at 10:00 am on a sunday...

the cutest (and best) cookie i think i have ever eaten at 10:00 am on a sunday…

3. wedding love. Since this last weekend was literally so amazing, it deserves two spots in my Love It. The wedding was truly spectacular. Not that anyone expected anything less as the bride, Gina Paulson (eeekk!), is quite possibly the cutest, most creative and Crossfit, coffee and cat loving person ever. She happens to be the creative genius, manager, owner and soul proprietor (probably?) of Eleven and West. You must check it/her/the website out now.

Since that evening I have been continually flipping back through the photos on my phone in an attempt to relive all the fun, smiles, love, food and hugs. Literally the best night of my life and I didn’t even get married…ahhemm.

gift bags (i know, how cute!!)

gift bags (i might save this paper bag forever…)

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i just cant even…

fairy lights, white chairs and pretty love notes in gina's perfect calligraphy

fairy lights, white chairs and pretty love notes in gina’s perfect calligraphy

so much love for this guy (looking so fresh!)

so much love for this guy (looking so fresh!)

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you cant sit with us...

you cant sit with us…

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so true

so true

is it free advertising if you work for them? coozie and all...

is it free advertising if you work for them? coozie and all…

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i had seconds and then a truck rolled up with these buggers and literally made my life

i had seconds and then a truck rolled up with these buggers and literally made my life

new friend?!

new friend?!

photo booth fun

there is nothing better than a photo booth & sequins

the most amazing couple! so happy for them!

the most amazing couple! so happy for them!

4. national kissing day. National Kissing Day went down on July 6th and there were so many kisses at our house. Goat kisses that is. I captured the boy being loved on / mauled by the goats and thought it was so appropriate as it happened to be National Kissing Day! Too cute not to share!

goat kisses! (please note bernard taking a little tumble in the background)

goat kisses! (please note bernard taking a little tumble in the background)

goat loves <3

goat loves ❤

5. thug kitchen. My aunt originally shared Thug Kitchen  with me and I have been laughing ever sense. I love good clean food and Thug Kitchen is just that mixed with like seventy swearwords and funnies for each recipe. A must read, follow and even cook from for nommy eats and silly times.

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6. pretty presents. By far one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is wrapping presents. I just love creating something just as beautiful as the gift. There have been several recent birthday celebrations in our lives and I am still just loving this recent wrap job topped with a fresh flower.

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7. j.crew jumpsuits. If I was to ever categorize my favorite things in life, J.Crew and jumpsuits would be right up there with coffee, 30 minutes of dead silence in the morning, sunshine, beans, Crossfit, Uggs, Lululemon, wearing leggings every day, pugs and green tea. So the other day when J.Crew was having 50% off their sale items, I literally almost cried of happiness that a J.Crew jumpsuit that I had been eyeing for months was only $40.00. I obviously bought it immediately. It was fate. I absolutely adore the fun colors and slightly too big fit (leaves extra room for summer celebrations…).

On another note, the boy thinks this jumpsuit is pretty radical as well. He advised me at 5 am when we were leaving for Seattle, “wooo that is quite a jumpsuit! It looks like it belongs in the 70’s with cocaine!” Why thank you Mr Boy, I really appreciate your compliment? Whatever. I wore the jumpsuit last weekend and just loved ever minute of it but figured since there weren’t any pictures of me in it on the internet that it’s totally good to go for another weekend! Love when that happens! #internetettiquette

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8. pugs – peanutbutter & instagram. My pug love is never ending so I figured why not keep sharing my recent pugger life highlights…my little pugger Lizzie loves just about anything and everything to do with food. So more often than not when I finish a jar of peanut-butter I pass it off to her. Because when you’re a 13-year-old pug there is no good reason not to lick a jar clean, or as clean as you can when your nose is flat and your tongue is a bit short.

loving on some peanutbutter

loving on some peanutbutter

And speaking of internet etiquette, here is Doug the Pug to teach us 9 things you shouldn’t do on Instagram (unless you’re a pug of course)…take notes!

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sending love

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Thus far 2015 has been a year (enter choice swear word…). A year full of raw emotions and simultaneous tears and smiles. As some of you may know my “boy” suffered a critical injury at the beginning of January. And while he is doing spectacular, and it will be A Positive Tale, it has needless to say been a rough year.

However in the midst of it all, when the road to recovery began to seem just the more manageable, “The Brass Blossom” officially turned one. So on February 9, Krista and I celebrated. It wasn’t necessarily the popping bottles, dancing on the table type of celebration you might imagine, but it was perfect. We went to a comforting and indulgent lunch at Cristina’s, split a glass of champagne and just talked.

It was a day that obviously marked a milestone for us. Over the last year we have poured our hearts, souls and Martha Stewart crafty selves into this blog. What started as an outlet in the middle of winter to surround ourselves with pretty things has become a part of us. It is something that we genuinely love and keeps us going in the toughest of times.

And during this tough, frustrating, yet remarkably hopeful time, one thing we knew that we wanted to do was send some love. Because regardless if it is two days or 15 days after Valentine’s Day, it is never too late to send a little love. It seemed only fitting that since our first-ever post was about valentines, we should send some again this year. These photos are a part of that effort, no matter the fact that they’re quite belated.

We will be honest. Neither of us are exactly hopeless romantics — we’re more like realists, something we have always related to in the other. But even realists like us know that in the suckiest of times, if nothing else, there is love. And love has gotten us through the last month and a half.

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So we are back. Or as back as we can be for now given the circumstances to send some Brass Blossom love near and far.

Huge special thanks to my mother or my “Craft Minion” as I commonly refer to her as. She got out her needle and thread and hand-stitched the top of our banner at like 9:00 pm one night. No questions asked. She is one devoted lady and simply radiates love.

Also, huge thanks to our friend Rachel who not only took the pictures of us awkwardly posing but also told us when we looked awkward. That’s a true friend, and we love her dearly.

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We love you all.

krista and taylor

 

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love it friday — kid president

If you’ve never heard of Kid President, I am sorry for you.

This little guy is full of dance moves, jokes, and inspirational ideas. He’ll make you laugh, cry, and bust a move. In this particular video, he’ll remind you just how much you love your mom.

Be sure to check out all of Kid President’s wise words here.

Enjoy!

cheers! krista

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love it – share your sweetness

Happy Friday! In honor of this glorious day of the week we have decided to create a weekly “love it” post to share something that we love. Whether it be an inspirational article, a funny video or a sweet picture, we thought it would be a perfect way to welcome the weekend on a positive note!

Krista originally introduced me to Huffington Post and it has been a favorite of mine ever since.  Below is a brilliant article that highlights embracing sweetness. I know it may sound corny but this article completely resonated with me. I am generally completely type A and constantly focusing 17 steps ahead. In the drive of my life I feel that I occasionally lose focus of the now and of those that I love. This article is a great reminder, that I constantly need, to embrace being sweet and loving.

Cheers to embracing sweetness and taking a moment to send a bit of love to your friends, coworkers, siblings, roommates, grandparents, fathers or mothers this weekend. And of course, cheers to Friday!

How Embracing Your Sweetness Can Benefit Your Well-Being

cheers! taylor

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valentine cootie catchers!

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valentine cootie catchers!

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of St .Valentine, we wanted to send our love and a bit of humor via a classic from our childhood days, cootie catchers. Cootie catchers brought us back to the days of Elementary School filled with childhood crushes and daily art and crafts projects…We also thought it was a bit more interactive, unexpected, and refreshing than your typical valentine.

On our first attempt to craft a cootie catcher, we were a little rusty —  it took us a bit to recall the exact steps. If it has been a while since your elementary days as well, here’s a helpful video.

MATERIALS:

  • decorated origami paper (we happened to have some on hand but any piece of square paper will do)

  • sharpie

  • inspiration to fill the inside!

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all folded & ready to personalize

Obviously the best part about cootie catchers is filling them with fun fortunes and phrases! They are super easy to customize so get creative and branch out from the elementary days of just numbers and colors. You can even throw in some dirty valentine phrases (“get naked?” for your good friends)! Here are some examples of how we filled our cootie catchers:

OUTSIDE SQUARES:

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INSIDE TRIANGLES:

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MESSAGES:

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the middle also serves as a great place to write a note!

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as always, to add a touch of gold we used gold lined envelopes for mailing

cheers! krista & taylor

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