wedding

summer love it – so many celebrations, spreadsheets & cuddles

This summer was absolutely a whirl-wind. I returned to Idaho just in time for prime hiking season and a summer full of celebrating everyone and everything I adore. While this summer was absolutely delightful and full of so much “love it,” I am now welcoming fall with open arms. I definitely filled my plate with far too many activities, travels, work and obligations, but I just couldn’t say no. It was a summer that just filled my heart with so much of what I feel to be home.

When I left Idaho last fall I knew that I was leaving a truly special place with so many people that I just love. At first I felt like I was abandoning all that I love and care for. Abandoning what I define to be myself and where I feel most at home. However as the year past, I realized that going back to Grad School was truly one of the only decisions I have made for myself. Obviously others were in mind but it is something that I am doing for me, for my passions and for my dreams.

I recently came across a quote that just resonated on every level. It defined the mixed feelings of leaving that I have felt the last year. The quote is that “your growth is not an abandonment of others.” I think that all this time I have felt that by growing and changing that I was abandoning what and where was home for me. So going into this last year of school (ever!), I am going to truly appreciate growth and change for what it is. It isn’t an abandonment of others or those that you love or where you call home, it is just trending in a different yet positive direction.

So without further ado or more sappy thoughts, here is what I just LOVED this summer!

so many snuggles. While I love the boy, love my mother and all my family, and love all of our friends in Idaho, I was probably most excited to have (almost) full access to unlimited Maude Pod snuggles. She is just the apple of my eye, the sweetest little girl ever and kinda a sneaky, spoiled gypsy. There is nothing I love more than her snuggles, sloppy, wet mouth kisses and how much love she truly gives us. But to prove I’m not a crazy dog mom, I also documented people and goat (obvi) snuggles too. So much love this summer!

morning coffee snuggles

morning coffee snuggles

getting out of bed is pretty tough...

getting out of bed is pretty tough…

helping mom with laundry!

helping mom with laundry!

i just cant even!

i just cant even!

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my little lupine lady

my little lupine lady

these two <3

these two ❤

post-wedding naps with the boy

post-wedding naps with the boy

goat snuggles!

goat snuggles!

more goat snuggles!

more goat snuggles + the modern day pioneer woman ❤

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my favorite adventure buddy since day one

my favorite adventure buddy since day one

this guy + idaho <3

this guy + idaho + our friendly photo bomber

being a lady boss. This summer I had two incredible opportunities for internships within the healthcare administration world. I loved both opportunities and couldn’t have asked for a better summer. However doing two internships per week in two different geographic locations probably was a bit much. At times I felt spread way too thin but wouldn’t have changed the opportunities for more sanity. That being said, it wasn’t all work and no play, as displayed by just a few of my lady boss mirror selfies…

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celebrating mrs millemann. To make sure we sent off the, at the time, future Mrs. Millemann off in style, we had her bachelorette party in Austin, Texas. As most of us had never been there and they love country, it was the perfect place to celebrate. While at times it appeared it was a frat party and spray tans were sweating off everywhere as it was SO hot and humid, it was truly so much fun. It was a never ending pool party and the perfect girl’s weekend.

To make sure she was truly going off in style, we surprised Krista with a somewhat last minute weekend before the wedding at the Meadow Creek Inn and Spa in Stanley. We hiked to Heart Lake with a golden pegasus, ate way too much cheese, hot-springed, dinned until we were seriously full and tipsy, danced the night away and stayed up talking until 4:00 am. It was ridiculously fun and exhausting and the perfect final celebration!

Cheers, to the now, Mrs. Millemann! (more on that to come…!)

invitations for austin!

invitations for austin!

the frat crew

the frat crew

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you can never have enough flamingos…

no words

no words

again, no words

again, no words

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love this lady!

love this lady!

floaties are obviously a necessary hike belonging

floaties are obviously a necessary hike belonging

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pretty much my favorite place ever <3

pretty much my favorite place ever ❤

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so pretty!

so pretty!

hindsight is always 20/20

hindsight is always 20/20

idaho galore. Obviously no Idaho summer of mine would be complete without some serious Idaho adventures. While I didn’t get out on as many hikes or adventures as I would have liked, it’s the quality that counts. And since pictures say a thousand words…

hiking selfies!

hiking selfies!

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the lupine <3

the lupine ❤

#whitegirlsjumping

#whitegirlsjumping

point proven...

and again!

baldy hikes + champs for a favorite lady!

baldy hikes + champs for a favorite lady!

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the brass blossom does the squash blossom farm

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love this crew!

love this crew!

more stanley adventures!

more stanley adventures!

sawtooth lake

sawtooth lake

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good morning chase & krista!

good morning chase & krista!

some fish, some take photos

some fish, some take photos

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patriotic pie!

patriotic pie!

symphony picnic nights

symphony picnic nights

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moose lake = beyond gorgeous (& straight up a mountain)

moose lake = beyond gorgeous (& straight up a mountain)

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<3

obvi, no adventure is complete without a jumping photo

obvi, no adventure is complete without a jumping photo

idaho rocky mountain ranch

idaho rocky mountain ranch

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gold + jewels. At the beginning of summer Rocksbox invited me to be a Rocksbox It Girl. I tend to be pretty minimal when it comes to jewelry, mostly because I tend to be allergic to quite a lot of it, so I was a bit skeptical of renting jewelry. However, I have been amazed by my experience with Rocksbox. Essentially you create an account and for $19.00/month you get three pieces to wear and exchange at any time. You can also buy your rentals for a lesser price than retail! Every piece I have received as been in perfect condition and they really pay amazing attention to your style profile.

And while I am not one for sales, if you would like to try a FREE month of Rocksbox you can with the code “taylorsbff8”! It’s a super great deal and you can cancel after your first month at no charge. So if you’re feeling like you need to spice up your fall wardrobe a bit, I would highly recommend it!

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(please excuse my gnarly crossfit callus!)

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#lahmanlovebirds. I liked to joke that I was on the “wedding tour” this summer, which is something I wouldn’t have changed for the world. I was so honored when I was asked by my dear (dino) friend Bri to be in her wedding in Vail. After the most incredible bachelorette party in Phoenix with some amazing girls I knew that it was bound to be a ridiculously precious and fun wedding to follow. So I made sure I was done being a lady boss just in time to trek it to Vail to send Mrs. Lahman off in style!

It was the most perfect weekend surrounded by so many friends, love and laughter, almost all of which was captured! It was one of those weekends where you actually felt the love. Not only do Bri and Luke radiate love off of each other (literally, so cute!), but all of their wedding guests and every detail of the wedding showed the many years of love and devotion these two have shared. There could not have been a more perfect celebration for those two so cheers to Mr and Mrs Lahman and love in Vail! (wedding photography by the amazing Teresa Woodhull Photography)

vail hikes/death marches

vail hikes/death marches

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uber trunk selfies!

uber trunk selfies!

love these ladies!

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i mean it doesn't get better than these two <3

i mean it doesn’t get better than these two ❤

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so much love!

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my little dino lady ❤

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how every good night should end (please disregard my horrific dance moves...)

how every good night should end (please disregard my horrific dance moves…)

#millemannsIDo. I topped off my wedding tour with my ever so loved, brass blossom boyfriend tying the knot. At one point, someone, somewhere during one of the celebrations asked me if I was going to be sad to be losing my dear friend. This thought had never crossed my mind because even though she may be a “Mrs,” she is still my brass blossom boyfriend and I happen to know that I can find the Mr Millemann all day, every day sitting next to the boy at work. So while everything changed September 17th, nothing really changed at all.

The wedding day was perfect. It was surrounded by days of the most rain Idaho has seen in years, like tsunami style. But the actual day was truly perfect. From the welcome party to the wedding, no detail was left untouched and it was absolutely magnificent. While there is no doubt that all of the details were spectacular, my favorite part of the wedding was how much love and support came from so near and so far to celebrate Mr and Mrs Millemann. There was so much laughter and quite a few tears but it was a day that was truly meant to be. So incredibly grateful and honored to call Mr and Mrs Millemann my friends that are family. (more photos to come!)

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wedding week hikes

no hike is complete without champagne

no hike is complete without champagne

squad goals

squad goals

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morning yoga

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typical

typical

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already smack dab in the middle of their marriage!

already smack dab in the middle of their marriage!

cheers to the amazing couple!

cheers to the amazing couple!

birthday celebrations. After a summer full of so many celebrations and just going full steam, my birthday happened to fall after all of it. All I wanted to do was have a mellow day. And while the actual day wasn’t the best, the night before we crashed the last night of Mr and Mrs Millemann’s “mini-moon” in Stanley for a little bit of celebration. You seriously cannot beat Stanley, Idaho in the fall. We had a casual hot-spring soak for 8, then a delicious soup dinner followed by a roaring game of “Salad Bowl.” Somehow the boys won and it was the perfect way to continue the celebrations of the summer.

cheers to mr and mrs millemann!

cheers to mr and mrs millemann!

the most perfect of birthday celebrations

the most perfect of birthday celebrations

casual din for one!

casual din for one!

So now after the most amazing summer, I am back in Seattle, ready to power through, grow and change, without abandoning all that is wholesome and so full of love in Idaho!

 taylor brass

brass blossom

best of february — comparison is the thief of joy, wettest winter & goodness

All in all February was a fantastic month. To be honest though, Grad School is a bit of a roller-coaster with all of the work, emotions and just being at a different point in life than so many of my friends. There are many times when I just feel like I am going nowhere and so far behind in life. It’s especially hard when almost every day your focus is on where you will be in the future and you don’t even have a sense of an answer to this question.

But my mantra of recent months has been that “comparison is the thief of joy.” I tend to get really swept up in where I think I should be in life, rather than just focusing on the present. So I have made it my resolution this year live not comparing and just focus in on what makes me happy and “do me.” So with that in mind I have been loving going out to escape the city on a hiking adventures, enjoying the sunshine or going to yoga or just staying in to binge watch a TV show or just relax!

Also apparently this year has been the wettest Winter on record in Seattle. While the rain hasn’t gotten to me that much, I am so excited to go home for a few weeks this month for Spring Break for some Idaho sunshine and love!

Here is what I have been loving this February!

1. seattle explored. To escape the wettest winter on record I have made sure to take full advantage of any day that looks like it could be remotely sunny. I am very fortunate to have another Idaho partner-in-crime living in Seattle who also enjoys getting up early on weekends to go on an adventure and escape the city for a few hours. We always make sure to pack coffee, snacks, detox ginger tea and beer, our yak tracks (must have Winter hiking accessory!), extra socks and so many layers! So far we have ventured to Lake Serene, Discovery Park and Heather Lake. We ran into oodles of snow at both Lake Serene and Heather Lake. I love being able to hike in the Winter where you start on “dry” ground and end up just a couple thousand feet up surrounded by snow!

Another amazing adventure I went on recently was with a great friend from Grad School where we circumnavigated Lake Union. It ended up being about a half marathon work of walking but was the perfect way to spend an amazingly sunny Thursday afternoon. Seattle is quite possibly the most beautiful city when the sun is shining!

poo poo point for some sunshine

poo poo point for some sunshine

early bird gets the sunrise

early bird gets the sunrise

idaho adventure buddy!

idaho adventure buddy!

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so much snow!

so much snow!

lake serene

lake serene

so excited!

so excited!

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the best way to start the morning

the best way to start the morning

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so much water

so much water

first glimpse of heather lake

first glimpse of heather lake

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hiking selfies!

hiking selfies!

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gas works park while circumnavigating lake union

gas works park while circumnavigating lake union

that skyline!

that skyline!

2. bridemaids x 2. I was asked by two of my very favorite people to stand by their sides during their special days. They are two of the kindest and most loyal friends and I’m soooooo excited! I cannot wait for all the pre-wedding shenanigans and being apart of their big days. Cheers to another Summer on the wedding circuit!

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yes!

yes!

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<3

so pretty!

so pretty!

yes!

yes!

3. love at home. I escaped the wettest winter on record in Seattle early in the month to go home. I happened to get a cold right before leaving but the trek home was well worth it for all the love, sunshine, snuggles and more snuggles. Every time I enter the Wood River Valley I just feel a sense of peace and calm. It continually makes me even more thankful to come from such an amazing place with amazing people. So much love!

morning snuggles with my favorite pirate

morning snuggles with my favorite pirate

when the girls drive the truck

when the girls drive the big truck

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casual game of sledge hockey

casual game of sledge hockey

greatest place ever

greatest place ever

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tricky goats!

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maude pod <3

maude pod ❤

my favorites!

my favorites!

4. good reads. My book choices recently might indicate that the Winter is getting to me a bit more than usual but the Target “self-help” section just really calls my name sometimes. Honestly there have been many times where I have gotten a bit down about living in Seattle by myself and all the stress that comes along with Grad School so I figured a bit of inspiration from Shonda Rhimes and my always favorite Cheryl Strayed couldn’t hurt.

I sped through both of these books and they are staples on my nightstand here for whenever I need a dose of inspiration. I would highly recommend both!

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5. good tv. One name + one word says it all. JoJo + shiplap. For those of you that are similar cult followers you know what I am talking about. For those of you that haven’t been exposed to the greatest show ever let me introduce you to Fixer Upper. It is about a couple who live in Waco, Texas who take the worst house in the best neighborhood and make it into the house of your dreams.

I literally love everything about it, but mostly I just adore JoJo and her love for shiplap, subway tile, distressed wood, white, farm-life and the list goes on and on. I highly recommend a binge watching session right about now. JoJo (yes, we are on a first name basis) also has a blog….
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6. good laughs. For those of you that have Instagram go follow Pumpkin the Raccoon right now. And if you don’t have Instagram, go stalk Pumpkin on whatever form of social media you see fit. You will not regret it.

Pumpkin is a rescued raccoon who lives somewhere tropical where the living is easy. Pumpkin has the best family that consists of two doggie siblings and pretty much just enjoys the finer things in life. If I’m ever having a bad day, Pumpkin cheers me right up!

pumpkin <3

pumpkin ❤

7. pretty blooms. Okay I have to admit that every time I see a tree flower in Seattle I am absolutely amazed. Being from a place where pretty much the only things that really “bloom” are flowers in like July I am constantly amazed that ginormous trees bloom. The current cherry blossoms and other beautiful blossoms in Seattle are literally brightening up the entire city. It makes me so happy every time I see them, rain or shine. And they add to another reason why Seattle is such a gorgeous city.

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so pretty!

so pretty!

inspired by all the florals!

inspired by all the blooms!

the view from my bedroom - so pink!

the view from my bedroom – so pink!

Cheers to March and enjoying most of the month in Idaho for Spring Break! Hope you all are having a fantastic end to your Winter!

taylor brass

brass blossom

“will you be my bridesmaid” gift boxes

When Chase popped the big question, one of the funnest things to think about — outside of spending the rest of my life with him of course — was the year ahead with an incredible crew of ladies. They are cousins, confidantes, partners in crime, and best friends, and they deserve the best.

But how to ask them to be a bridesmaid? While part of me wanted to text or call them immediately, I wanted to mark the occasion and commitment (and it is a commitment!) with something a little more special. They are and will continue to be so supportive, giving, and generous to me, so I wanted to at least somewhat return the favor from the start.

Googling and searching on Etsy didn’t return anything all that inspired…and with 11 bridesmaids, buying a $50 customized box that someone else makes without much in it wasn’t really an option.

I wanted to include items that had some kind of significance or than symbolized something, so I settled on:

materials

  • Ivory and gold polka dot boxes from PaperSource
  • Ivory tissue paper
  • Monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie
  • Le Pen pens in rainbow colors
  • Mini bottles of champagne
  • Christmas ornaments with stars on them
  • 3×5 photos from throughout the years
  • Pink satin ribbon
  • “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” cards from Rifle Paper Co.
  • Navy and Ivory cardstock/envelopes from Willow Papery

Each item connected to something in the first card on the box:

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outside of the first card

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front side of the first card

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back of the first card, which connects to the contents in the box

Box for “keeping my shit together,” mugs for “comfort”, pens for “writing my story” and “bringing color to my life,” champagne for “celebrating,” stars for being like “stars,” and photos for “amazing memories.”

Here’s a look at everything!

incredible boxes from PaperSource that I got for 20% off

incredible boxes from PaperSource that I got for 20% off

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the assembly line

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maybe my favorite monogrammed mug for Rachel

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starry ornaments from anthropologie

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the main parts

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I think everyone's favorite part was looking through the photos — probably mine too!

I think everyone’s favorite part was looking through the photos — probably mine too!

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the second card they opened, inside of the box

boxes ready for bows!

boxes ready for bows!

erica's

erica’s

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finished off with a satin (or silk) bow!

finished off with a satin (or silk) bow!

Thanks to all my favorite ladies for saying YES! You are the best, and I love you all so much!

cheers krista

 

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best of september

Yep, it’s most of the way through October. However, September was an exceptionally great month, especially the very end! Here’s a look at a bunch of exciting experiences and travels from September.

1. stanley family retreat. When brother drew came into town, the Detwiler family, plus Lisa, decided to head north and spend some time unplugged, and most importantly, together. We had a lovely night in Stanley, and this may need to be a new tradition!

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some lovely friends greeting us outside of our cabin at Redfish Lake

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family portrait on the Redfish Lake beach

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delicious, indulgent dinner at Redfish Lake Lodge

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enjoying some Macrostie wine from the cellar

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yummy mocha at The Stanley Bakery

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one of our favorites, The Stanley Bakery…with a great photo bomb

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vampire weather at the lake

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peek-a-boo

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morning stroll on the sand

2. meet the blackadars. The last stop on our wedding tour of the West found us back in beautiful, but chilly, McCall for the Blackadar nuptials. Lesson: never discount the unpredictability of weather in the mountains! Despite the snowfall the night prior and a very wet start to the day, the Blackadar wedding was a great time, and we were thrilled to celebrate Erin and Bill!

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last minute craft project 🙂

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you can’t have a wedding without a keg!

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my hot date

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nice view of jog handle once the clouds opened up

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boulder lake fishing

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much needed warm up with some beer and beer cheese soup at salmon river brewery

3. bittersweet goodbyes. As you all know, my brassblossom boyfriend departed for the city by the sea a few weeks ago to chase her dreams and kick some ass. Thankfully, I was distracted and out of town when she actually departed, cutting down on potential teary moments. To send her off in style and celebrate her bday, we tore up the small town of Stanley (and were on the struggle bus for all of sunday, worth it), and went on lots of lovely hikes. So proud of Taylor!

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post spa treatment bliss at meadowcreek spa

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best place to read a great book

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mountain village hot springs pool

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incredible mac and cheese at the redd

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we had quite the rowdy time at Mountain Village!

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some great live entertainment

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“almost alice lake”

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well-deserved milkshakes at smiley creek

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a lovely setting by taylor at one of our final dinners together

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the ice cream sandwich cake heard round the world

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incredible dinner of cristina’s corn chowder, salad, cheesy focaccia, and sausage!

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one last early morning proctor hike

4. the big apple. I traveled to New York City for work and had the pleasure of staying with dear friends who showed me some of the city’s best — and a whole lot of incredible food. I think we’re all still recovering! It was an amazing weekend, and one that made me excited to return to explore more of this beast of a beautiful city.

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cucumber lemonade at Westville

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my pretty lunch date

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amazing wisdom at the corner park coffee stand

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mac and cheese at westville…

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incredible view of the empire state building, dressed in white for the pope

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everything bagel at Tompkins Square Bagel — insanely delicious

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creative and delicious display of cream cheese flavors

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after some food, some culture at The Whitney

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even the stairwell was striking and artistic

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the highline — a former rail road track that is now a narrow urban park

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had to join my fellow tourists for this shot

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had to hit Broadway, especially as former peer Rumer Willis was starring as Roxie! Amazing show.

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ducks in the big city

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buttery flaky indian style tacos. yum.

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the entrance to my very first spin class at Flywheel — not intimidating at all! Amazing class that I wish we could have in Ketchum.

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on sundays, we brunch…two plates of food = always a good idea.

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surprise tropical cocktail goblet at the new bar around the corner.

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cozy dinner at an authentic Italian restaurant, Bianca

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delicious ice cream for dessert — can’t forget that name! Or the unicorn pictured below.

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had to take advantage of the amazing international cuisine and ease of a city (yeah for Seamless) with some fried rice before my flight.

5. best tuesday ever.  On Tuesday, September 29, after I’d been stuck in the JFK airport for 6 hours, spent the night in Salt Lake City, and had a crazy half day at work, Chase and I went down to Silver Creek Preserve because he “wanted to take some photos,” as he frequently does. After an incredible sunset, some Dang’s Thai Cuisine, and what turns out some faux photo snapping on Chase’s part, he pulled me up onto my feet, he got on on knee, I blacked out, I tried to sit down into a sagebrush, he stood up, I said yes, we hugged for a long time, he put a ring on my finger, and we both cried a little bit (sorry, cha-se). It was an absolutely unforgettable Tuesday fall evening, and we are both so lucky. On September 17, 2016, I will be Mrs. Millemann! Woah! That is crazy, and I just cried a little again. Ironically, we have pretty horrible photos of the event, although there is about a pretty epically awkward and emotional 7- minute video from his camera, which was on a tripod. That video will not be included here 🙂

the girls came of course

the girls came of course

beautiful drive down

beautiful drive down

sunset on silver creek

sunset on silver creek

the "ox bow," the view from the proposal spot

the “ox bow,” the view from the proposal spot

taylor was in on the secret (my beautiful ring was a team design effort, thank you taylor!) and wrapped a thoughtful present for chase to give to me after he proposed.

taylor was in on the secret (my beautiful ring was a team design effort, thank you taylor!) and wrapped a thoughtful present for chase to give to me after he proposed.

Cody couldn't help himself and snapped this shot the next day.

Cody couldn’t help himself and snapped this shot the next day.

our family

our family

mom is beyond excited...

mom is beyond excited…

October has been crazy busy, but soon enough, I will return to weekend love its!

cheers krista

 

brass blossom

 

best of august

1. too hot to handle

Our second-to-last wedding weekend found us in balmy southern california. All I can say is thank god for wedding programs fashioned as fans and the pacific ocean. Chase’s cousin was married in a beautiful orange orchard close to Dana Point, and we ate great BBQ food, drank some margs and tecate, enjoyed a mariachi band (everybody was talkin’ bout their tight pants…and wigs) and shut down the dance floor. So much fun! Congrats to the (hot) bride, Kenzie, and her incredibly nice husband, Brent!

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impromptu updo…

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thank god for program fans…and I love this quote

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a little prosecco pregame in the car — they were selling these in the Hilton DoubleTree lobby!

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beach lyfe

2. gettin’ country

The boy was finally able to join me for one of my favorite weekends of the year — Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis, Idaho. Really, who needs Stagecoach when you have this delightfully redneck affair ft. incredible music, 6 packs of Keystone Light tall boys, velveeta grilled cheeses, campsites manned by families riding around in ATVs donning mardi gras beads, Oregon flags left and right, and more great music? It’s the stuff of legend, and, well, country songs, and it’s been my favorite Idaho event since I was about 15. Needless to say, we’re going back next year for at least two nights!

Two weekends later, we spent the night camping in Stanley, and I discovered one of my new favorite bars in the Kasino Club and one of my new favorite bands, the Necked Rednecks. YES, you read that right, and YES, they are awesome — even as four of their six band members wear eye glasses.

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miski and me reliving the glory days in challis

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feelin good at Kasino Club

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3. back to school shopping

Working at a school, it’s difficult to not get in the back-to-school spirit. Right on cue, fall is in the air with chilly nights and upcoming forecasts of inclement weather. I may be in my second half of my twenties, but I don’t have a big kid budget…so, in comes Forever21. Here were a few of my favorite purchases:

 

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eyelash lace-trimmed sweater

jersey trapeze dress, which I also have in gray

jersey trapeze dress, which I also have in gray

spiked faux stone earring

spiked faux stone earring

side-cutout shift dress

side-cutout shift dress

4. sweet symphony

the beginning of August brings one of my very favorite things about Sun Valley summers — the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. We’ve blogged about these before, but I think it’s safe to say that I’m a fanatic. They’re almost meditative for me, and they relax me in a way that’s difficult for me to find outside of a beach with a good book. I enjoyed great food and drinks with friends and family each time I went and enjoyed the stunning views of Baldy. I already can’t wait for next year!

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i was up for the symphony, rain or shine!

i was up for the symphony, rain or shine!

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5. good luck and true love

The California wedding weekend brought a couple other treasures — an incredible bracelet, a gift from Jenna and Brad, and a chance to meet baby Makena. The rose gold bracelet is simple, delicate, and features the Greek evil eye or matiasma, and is said to ward off evil spirits and bad fortune. I legitimately think it’s been working, and I wear it to a superstitious point.

I was so grateful to be able to meet miss baby Makena, the newborn daughter of my cousin, Erica, and her fiancée, Carter. She is so sweet and I can’t wait to see her little personality!

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6. reads and views

Here are my favorite reads of the month:

Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table from The New York Times, which includes this beautiful quote about stars and mortality:

“A few weeks ago, in the country, far from the lights of the city, I saw the entire sky “powdered with stars” (in Milton’s words); such a sky, I imagined, could be seen only on high, dry plateaus like that of Atacama in Chile (where some of the world’s most powerful telescopes are). It was this celestial splendor that suddenly made me realize how little time, how little life, I had left. My sense of the heavens’ beauty, of eternity, was inseparably mixed for me with a sense of transience — and death.”

Op-Ed: How secular family values stack up from The LA Times, which includes this conclusion:

“Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more tolerant, on average, than religious adults. Recent research also has shown that children raised without religion tend to remain irreligious as they grow older — and are perhaps more accepting. Secular adults are more likely to understand and accept the science concerning global warming, and to support women’s equality and gay rights. One telling fact from the criminology field: Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those behind bars, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons statistics.”

The Woman’s Guide to the 22 (Yes, 22!) Candidates for President from Glamour Magazine — this one speaks for itself.

How Jeannette Walls Spins Good Stories Out of Bad Memories from The New York Times. This is not a recent article, but one I recently discovered. Walls is the author of maybe my all-time favorite book, The Glass Castle. Rumor has it Jennifer Lawrence will star in an upcoming film version. I can’t wait. Here’s one of Walls’ quotes from this article:

“We all have our baggage, and I think the trick is not resisting it but accepting it, understanding that the worst experience has a valuable gift wrapped inside if you’re willing to receive it.”

cheers krista

 

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weekend love it – summer love, letters & luxuries

July was truly a spectacular month. If my life were a country song (in like the sappiest way possible), the theme of the song would be about love (like every country song…). We spent the month of July enjoying the Northwest on a wedding tour and cannot be more thankful than to have been a part of that love. We have also enjoyed our fair share of amazing indulgences (cue the “dad bod”) to go along with all that love…here is a look!

1. northwest wedding tour continued. The boy and I were again lucky enough to be invited to another amazing wedding, this time in McCall, Idaho. And while I completely think that the Wood River Valley is the only place in Idaho worth noting, McCall and it’s people are quite spectacular as well.

Krista’s “sister-in-law” (otherwise known as Chase’s sister) married the love of her life in the most amazing, heartfelt wedding full of a constant stream of simultaneous laughter and tears with a side of the most amazing grilled cheese (I literally ate my weight in cheese). Literally every moment was amazing, but I’ll just give you a sneak peak as Krista spent almost the entire week celebrating their love so deserves the spotlight! Cheers to a life full of love, laughter and happy tears to the Brennans!

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big idaho sky

the boy, his camo tie and the future of randolph

the boy, his camo tie and the future of randolph

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the boys :)

the boys 🙂

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duckkkkksss!!

go duckkkkksss!!

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picturesque

so much love

so much love for the boy, 70’s cocaine jumpsuits and idaho

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lake view

2. pretty letters. I have always truly enjoyed handwriting and beautifully written letters and words. So I was ecstatic when I was asked to help out with a few chalkboards for the wedding in McCall. I love pretty words, pretty letters and making pretty things for pretty people!

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there is no greater sign than an idaho sign (& coffee)

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backwards but the idea is still the same...cheers to the brennans!

backwards but the idea is still the same…cheers to the brennans!

and to top it off...the cutest card i found in mccall

and to top it off…the cutest card i found in mccall

3. new eats & treats. The Warfield recently joined the ranks of Ketchum restaurants. And right now it seems to be sitting pretty high. Warfield definitely hit the mark on a place to go for good food, good drinks and an ahhhhmazing deck. And the service and overall atmosphere was actually incredible for a newly opened restaurant. Go right this second and enjoy the deck and some nommies. You won’t regret it!

love me some brick and gold accents

love me some brick and gold accents

this door handle makes me swoon

this door handle makes me swoon

topo map menus

topo map menus

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the best cocktail (the London Lemonade)

the best, not-too-sweet, cocktail (the London Lemonade)

the veg burger

the veg burger

krista's poutine

krista’s poutine

brussels forever!

brussels forever!

the best deck around

the best deck around

4. i heart lulu x seven billion. A few weeks ago I was very nicely asked by the local Lululemon store to participate in an event. A few other local women who also participate in Crossfit (and are all total badasses) and I were brought into the store to give our opinions, ideas and suggestions for Lululemon gear for Crossfit. We talked about nipping out, some boob chaffing and all those fun things that happen when you work out. And then we were given gift cards to purchase some new Lulu swag! I know, like my dream come true!! Lululemon and Crossfit all wrapped up into one?! Pretty much best night ever.

And now I wasn’t sure anything could top the brainstorming event but the pants I got actually are the MOST amazing pants ever (Street to Studio Pant II…I also sized up for a bit of a looser fit). If you didn’t know by now I would wear yoga pants everyday of my life, for the rest of my life if it were socially acceptable. And guess what!? These pants make it socially acceptable. They can definitely be termed more of a “lifestyle” item and I literally wear them everywhere. A must buy! Even goats love them…

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mecca

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the pants i got...not the best angle but just wait!

the pants i got…not the best angle but just wait!

pretty much the cutest shirt ever...thinking about running back by for it

pretty much the cutest shirt ever…thinking about running back by for it

trying to get the goats to cooperate for a photo: fail. wearing my new pants everyday: success.

trying to get the goats to cooperate for a photo: fail. wearing my new pants everyday: success.

5. we were liars (semi-spoiler alert). I started reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart in late December and literally pummelled through the first half of the book. (Side note: The fact that the female author goes by E. Lockhart makes her super cool in my book. Total throw back to female authors not being able to be published under feminine names.) Then the boy’s accident happened and reading was the last thing from my mind. I attempted to pick up the book in February but the storyline of the main character having a traumatic brain injury just hit a bit too close to heart.

But I recently picked up the book running out the door on the way to the pool since I had forgotten to download a book. And I loved the rest of the story. There is a reason this book is a “New York Times Bestseller.” It’s a quick read with a twist of an ending. I highly recommend it and if I say more I will spoil it…

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6. sunday night impromptu “family” dinner. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of wonderful and I desperately needed a relaxing weekend. On Sunday, my Brass Blossom Boyfriend and I went to a Barre class, hung out at the pool and then parted ways only to enjoy a very spontaneous, “family” dinner with the boys and black dogs later in the evening. We had amazing food (with only slightly burnt corn….Cha-seee), a few drinks and a whole lot of laughs playing cornhole (P.S. #thebrassblossom came soooo close to beating the boys in cornhole…we will get them next time!). Summers are definitely for impromptu dinners like these on back porches listening to country music.

(half) of my lovely dinner dates

(half) of my lovely dinner dates

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i just love summer nights

i just love summer nights

idaho pie for dessert (recipe coming soon!)

idaho pie for dessert (recipe coming soon!)

7. i only like pugs. This shirt and card pretty much sum up my life.

 

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Cheers to a week full of recharging!

taylor brass

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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.

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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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weekend love it — savoring the sun

It has been a long, hard week, but it’s impossible to not feel like the luckiest girl in the world when you live in the most beautiful place in the world…and when you have the most supportive friends and family in the world.

Here’s what I’m loving this week:

1. Indian Sun Valley summer. My preparation for fall may have been a bit premature. It has been so crazy beautiful here lately. As a mountain biker said on a recent hike, “The sky here is always blue, but sometimes it is BLUE.” As in the most beautiful, pure, and potent blue you’ve ever seen. Pair that with gold speckled aspen trees, and you have a colliding horizon that makes even the simplest tasks take that much longer, because you want to take a picture of every view. Here are some photos of the lovely scenery:

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new neighborhood hike

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trail creek at work

dr. suess tree

dr. suess tree

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failed selfie on proctor with par par

failed selfie on proctor with par par

fun hike with aunt gina, uncle tom, and mom!

fun hike with aunt gina, uncle tom, and mom!

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2. LC’s wedding. I have always admired this lovely lady. Sure, reality TV is silly, but she has always struck me as someone who is composed, graceful, creative, and even genuine and modest. Her wedding, and her as a bride, from what I can tell from these photos was all of those things. I especially love this photo by Elizabeth Messina of Kiss the Groom (which is on my bookmarks bar, check it out for an onslaught of swoon-worthy photos) of their engagement.

Elizabeth Messina's photo

Elizabeth Messina’s photo

3. Gone Girl. This book was upsetting to me — it was great, thrilling, twisted, well-written, and I would recommend it, but it also infuriated me for the way it represented gender relations. The main characters, Nick and Amy, are equally horrible. You hate them both enough to agree that they deserve each other. I loved the movie — I thought it was perfectly cast — but both Taylor and I left feeling like something was slightly off. We didn’t hate Nick nearly as much as we hated Amy in the movie which wasn’t the case in the book. There are many more themes and undertones and a level of complexity in the book that were missing from the movie. This article puts it perfectly. Good find, Taylor. That being said, go see it. When has the movie ever been as good as the book?

4. Yoga pants.  Yes, I’m wearing some right now. The recent coverage of dress codes and their connection with slut-shaming has certainly caught my, and any self-respecting woman’s, attention. The fact that these girls are being forced to alter their behavior and compromise their comfort all because “the boys can’t help themselves” is a great example of a lot that’s wrong with society. Here’s a great article that says it better than I can. Also, this makes me laugh…and is also relevant to my point.

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5. Neighbors and baked goods. Moving into a new house brings a new awareness and investment in your new neighborhood. I’m having fun getting to know our neighbors and have been so pleasantly surprised by gestures like this one from our neighbors Liz and Josh. Cookies were inside of this tuperware, and they are insanely delicious. I also made some tasty treats this week, which I’ll post about soon.

thoughtful housewarming gift

thoughtful housewarming gift

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chase’s favorite fall recipe, pumpkin muffins. recipe coming soon!

Have a great week!

cheers krista

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hitched & antlered – idaho wedding gift inspiration

This past weekend Krista and I (plus the boys) attended an incredibly beautiful wedding full of love and a bit of rain. It was pretty much like an Idaho tsunami. But despite the rain, thunder, lightening, flash flood warnings and mud I have no doubt that true to the saying that “rain on a wedding day brings good luck”, the beautiful couple will have a brilliantly happy life together. The couple shared what they love about each other during the ceremony and I cried as hard as it was raining. Hiccups were involved.

The couple registered at a few local stores and had an online registry. Their online registry was perfectly reflective of their relationship as it included a double sleeping bag. While I thought of overnighting the double sleeping bag because to be honest, who doesn’t need one, I chose to buy a more personal gift from a local furnishings store, My House Furnishings.

I also picked up a bit of paper and card from our local favorite paper boutique, Willow Papery, to supplement what I already had in my wrapping cupboard to complete the project. Side note, one of my life goals is to transition from a wrapping and craft cupboard to a walk-in closet.

So I went to work and channeled their love and wedding invitation in my gift and wrapping. A look below at the process!

spoiler alert for the couple - Idaho attuned wedding present

spoiler alert for the couple – Idaho attuned wedding present

the invitation & spider mums that are brightening my table

the invitation & spider mums that were brightening my table during all the rain

ready to wrap

ready to wrap

love this subtly gold & white tissue paper

love this subtle gold & white tissue paper

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box wrapped in natural colored polka-dot paper

box wrapped in natural colored polka-dot paper

a blue strip of paper to tie in one of their wedding colors

a blue strip of paper to tie in one of their wedding colors

4 yards of yellow ribbon that i wrapped multiple times around the box (you can never have enough ribbon)

4 yards of yellow ribbon that i wrapped multiple times around the box (you can never have enough ribbon)

festive blue bandana tied around the yellow ribbon - their invitation included a few symbols reminiscent of a bandana

festive blue bandana tied around the yellow ribbon – their invitation included a few symbols reminiscent of a bandana

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tied, wrapped & bowed!

tied, wrapped & bowed!

ready for the wedding!

ready for the wedding & proof that the paper was dry at the beginning of the night!

We spent the night indulging in the couple’s love, amazing company, incredible food from the ‘the haven’ and a few drinks that led to some questionable dancing. The Idaho tsunami didn’t manage to dampen (pun intended) anyone’s spirits. Congrats, Riley & Maggie!

Krista & Chase inside the tent that thankfully kept us dry!

Krista & Chase inside the tent that thankfully kept us dry!

the boy & i (post stripping the sweater and jacket that were keeping me warm)

the boy & i (post stripping the sweater and jacket that were keeping me warm!)

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