morel hunting

best of may – mojo, bachelorette mischief, morels & resiliency

May was one of those months where I think I lost my mojo. Jupiter was in retrograde for most of the month but I think it was more than that. All in all it was a fantastic month but nothing quite went as planned…

In the process of tracking down a missing Lululemon Gift Card (for which I probably would have gone to the end of the Earth to find), I managed to lock myself out of my apartment in Seattle wearing nothing but sweat pants and a white tank top and simultaneously kill the battery in my car by leaving a light on (not to be discovered until days later). Thankfully a pizza guy came to my rescue 30 minutes into sitting by the door nipping out with no bra on. And that was just one night.

P.S. You can learn how to jump a car on Google. #modernwoman

Then American Airlines changed my flight suddenly at 11:00 pm the night before I was supposed to fly out and also managed to lose my bag between Seattle and Phoenix. I was on my way to the most fantastic Bachelorette weekend celebrating my favorite dino friend. My bag ended up going all the way to Hawaii without me (seriously sad) leaving me to clothe myself in all of the offered belongings from my very nice friends. And again, naturally I wore yoga pants and a sports bra on the plane so I was pretty defenseless when it came to extra undergarments.

Please learn from my mistakes and make sure when you leave your home to always, always bring keys and wear underwear and a bra and even pack an extra or two in your carry on so you don’t have to nip out to a pizza guy, go commando for several days or borrow what turned out to be a very nice pair of underwear. Also you never give back borrowed underwear. Rule #1 of life.

But enough about my May craziness that seemed to always come back to undergarments and on to the good stuff! Here is what I loved!

1. #dinotribe. Despite not having any luggage for most of the trip and having to deal with American Airlines for too many hours (they were absolute miserable and not at all helpful), the highlight of May was my trip to Phoenix to celebrate one of my greatest friend’s bachelorette party. I also cannot wait to be with her on her wedding day! She was that friend in college who suddenly just appeared like a bright, loving, generous, compassionate, brilliant light and never left (in a good way). She is also my favorite person to snuggle and make pug and dinosaur noises. She is that type of friend.

We spent the weekend enjoying the scorching hot weather, drinking too much alcohol and laughing literally the entire time. Highlights included a run that turned into a two hour adventure lost in the desert, posing with cacti, blowing up giant pool floaties by mouth, strapping down that one friend who had too much to drink on a pool floatie in the middle of the living room to sleep next to a bowl, late night talks, the absurd pictures that were captured and 5 am walks in the sunrise. It was truly one of the greatest weekends where we all fell back into those insanely comfortable relationships we had in college and made some new incredible friends. Love you all!

just the beginning...

just the beginning…

the most beautiful bride to be (& her dino!)

the most beautiful bride to be (& her dino!)

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running with bae

running with bae

we may have been lost but that didn't stop us from impersonating cacti

we may have been lost but that didn’t stop us from impersonating cacti

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my happy place

my happy place

before one of the most fun nights that i have ever had

before the insanity

selfies

selfies

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❤ my bri bird

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bethhhhhhh

5 am sunrise walks

5 am sunrise walks

2. reading on the bus. I’m not certain how it took me so long to figure this one out. I rode the bus everyday to and from school. I spent anywhere between 20-3o minutes on the bus but never felt like it was enough time one be that one person to dig through their bag and pull out a book and spill the bag’s contents everywhere. But when modern technology meets having a gigantic iPhone 6+ it turns out you can read quite comfortably on your phone!

I ended up reading nine books in May. Yes, nine! One of which was Grey (aka 50 Shades of Grey told by the male character). I figured since I went to Grad School and learned useful and smart things everyday that I could read trashy novels on the bus. And yes, it was fantastic just like the first novels and pretty much word for word the first book. Definitely a great summer read!

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3. home for a break. I started the month off with a fantastic trip home. To maintain my sanity in Seattle I tried to go home at least once a quarter to cram in as many Idaho activities and love as possible. This break topped the charts with lots of friend-time, dog hikes, days of morel mushroom hunting and time spent with the boy and my Maude Pod. It literally couldn’t have been more perfect.

birthday love!

birthday love!

my favorite hiking buddies <3

my favorite hiking buddies ❤

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sunrise hikes

sunrise hikes with my brass blossom boyfriend

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a trip home wouldn't be complete without some goat love!

a trip home wouldn’t be complete without some goat love!

4. may morels. During my visit back to Idaho in May, the boy and I spent the majority of two days hunting for morel mushrooms. Other than finding a lone morel hiking last summer I had never gotten into the hunt. But let me tell you, it is one of the most addicting activities that I have ever participated in. The boy and I went with some friends and simply wandered in circles around in the woods for hours and hours with the pups. I now understand the Gold Rush.

The only thing that stopped us both days was when the girls got hangry. Lesson learned boys: always bring snacks for your girlfriends when morel hunting. Wine and cheese would be a great start.

look at this things!

look at this things!

morels!

morels!

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my love bugs + morels = perfect day

my love bugs + morels = the perfect day

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i promise she loves us

i promise she loves us

post-adventures schooners

post-adventures schooners

lovers <3

lovers ❤

5. sheryl sandberg does it again. I was recently asked who I want to be when I grow up? Apparently I’m not grown up but not the point. My first thought was Sheryl Sandberg. Not only because she is a badass COO but also because she seems to just get it. Her recent “getting it” was a Graduation speech she gave to Berkeley. She touched on many things but what got to me most was her note about resiliency:

“And when the challenges come, I hope you remember that anchored deep within you is the ability to learn and grow. You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”

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6. honey. My one major complaint about Grad School is the fact that it has really cut down on my online shopping. While this is sad and all I think that I will survive, especially after coming across this life changing online shopping app, called Honey. I’ve probably spent a good amount of my precious life searching for promo codes to get discounts or free shipping while online shopping. But when you download Honey it does it all for you! Simply install it to Google Chrome and a little icon will appear when you go to check out! I literally saved 60% off the other day when I ordered some paper invites.

Feel free to use my code to join because it also gives you points to redeem when you share with friends!

Code to Join: joinhoney.com/ref/vloyjc

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weekend love it — morels, mccall, babes and a baby!

1. i left my heart in san francisco and a baby on the way: There are so many people that I love in San Francisco, and there’s about to be one more! I had such a great time visiting my cousin to celebrate her baby on the way, due at the end of June. She is one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out, and I can’t wait to meet her daughter or son. We enjoyed lots of great food, and some solid entertainment, but my favorite part was helping her and her fiancee continue to set up their baby nursery. What a lucky kiddo! I truly love this city and was sure I’d live in the Bay Area again at some point in my life. Never say never, I guess!

the most adorable gray and white gender neutral baby nursery, complete with a goodnight moon PB Baby gift from my mom

the most adorable gray and white gender neutral baby nursery, complete with a goodnight moon PB Baby gift from my mom

some of my very favs

some of my very faves

scissors — the most logical tool to cut pizza at amazing restaurant A 16

scissors — the most logical tool to cut pizza at amazing restaurant A 16

I made everyone go on a walk by the water #idahoislandlocked

I made everyone go on a walk by the water #idahoislandlocked

incredible brunch cocktail

incredible brunch cocktail

non-alcoholic (thank goodness) shot of watermelon water to kick off the morning

non-alcoholic (thank goodness) shot of watermelon water to kick off the morning

super cool wall display at a la urbana brunch the following morning

super cool wall display at a la urbana brunch the following morning

dad-to-be carter amped on the baby gifts

dad-to-be carter amped on the baby gifts

beautifully wrapped presemt

beautifully wrapped presemt

j-mills

j-mills

cutest pregnant lady ever. I cannot wait for an occasion worthy of these balloons

cutest pregnant lady ever. I cannot wait for an occasion worthy of these balloons

BABY!

BABY!

always a sucker for a chalkboard sign

always a sucker for a chalkboard sign

incredible photo/balloon display that I need to replicate...and an incredible view

incredible photo/balloon display that I need to replicate…and an incredible view

cheers to baby wigell

cheers to baby wigell

impromptu early birthday breakfast for my dear cousin laura

impromptu early birthday breakfast for my dear cousin laura

adorable baby gifts from GAP

adorable baby gifts from GAP

erica asked me to be her bridesmaid, and I couldn't be more excited to stand by her side!

erica asked me to be her bridesmaid, and I couldn’t be more excited to stand by her side!

2. heather mcdonald: It’s a really good thing I don’t have a weak bladder, or I probably would have peed my pants a couple weekends ago. The boy’s amazing sister had the great idea to go see Heather McDonald at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco. You may recognize her from Chelsea Lately, one of my favorite shows from college. I had never seen a live comedy show, and I can’t wait to see another one after this great experience. Here’s a clip of her standup, which I found to be incredibly relatable and hysterical:

3. mccall is for (morel) lovers: Whether it’s steelhead, grouse, or mushrooms, the boy might have a slightly obsessive personality. At least it mostly applies to outdoor activities? We have been on the hunt for morel mushrooms — a.k.a. the only mushroom I enjoy eating — for two years now. The mythical morel was finally found in McCall, and with a strangely wet spring, they’re all over Sun Valley as well. More to come on this adventure (not for the faint of heart) in an upcoming “beginner’s guide to morel hunting” (although I still have no idea what the f I am doing). Otherwise, McCall was a great escape and excuse to visit with his parents, although neither was feeling well. McCall is further proof that Idaho is an incredibly beautiful state, and one I feel lucky to live in. Can’t wait to head back to McCall for a couple exciting weddings this summer!

I enjoyed the "Idaho Gold" at the Salmon River Brewery, which is delicious also gluten reduced!

I enjoyed the “Idaho Gold” at the Salmon River Brewery, which is delicious also gluten reduced!

the first morel discovery — thank god!

the first morel discovery — thank god!

look at this little guy! precious

look at this little guy! precious

double morel

double morel

pars ready for the hunt

pars ready for the hunt

cleaned up and out for a drink at the shore lodge

cleaned up and out for a drink at the shore lodge

the first day's loot

the first day’s loot

4. the start of wedding season: I will attend the first of six summer weddings on Saturday, and it’s certainly inspired my wedding pinterest board (which will remain private…). Here are a couple of my favorite finds of the week that make me swoon just a little bit, along with what I thought was a nice take on finding the right ring.

seen as stylemepretty.com

seen as stylemepretty.com

can't take credit for this find — taylor pinned this on our brass blossom pinterest. Check it out!

can’t take credit for this find — taylor pinned this on our brass blossom pinterest. Check it out!

seen as stylemepretty.com

seen as stylemepretty.com

love the texture of this bouquet, also from stylemepretty

love the texture of this bouquet, also from stylemepretty

5. good reads: Taylor and I have both mentioned this book, but seriously, read it. Pulitzer Prize winning All the Light We Cannot See is the best book I have read in years, and I love that author Anthony Doerr is from Boise, Idaho. Doerr will also speak at the Sun Valley Writer’s Conference  in July, which I will sadly miss.

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My new “rip-through” read is #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train. I cannot put it down. Pick it up if you haven’t already!

6. the marten stuffer: Welcome to “The Onion” of Sun Valley. The clever and anonymous writers of satirical site The Marten Stuffer are keeping me laughing. Some of my favorite articles include “First Lite Yoga Pants Feature New ‘Camel Toe Eraser’ Technology,” “Wood River Valley Mating Inequality Baffles Researchers,” and “Valley White Stress at All Time High,” just to name a few…They’re lol funny and incredible accurate in many ways.

7. the start of wildflowers: I went on a quick hike with my friend Rachel on Tuesday, and the wildflowers were incredible! Nothing’s better than wildflower season.

wildflowers

wildflowers

wildflowers

wildflowers

 

Have a great week!

cheers krista

 

brass blossom

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

zoe

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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