Here is the second half of my little photoshoot with Kate. Growing up in Washington, I loved that this entire shoot incorporated the natural elements. We took these water shots in the lake that I grew up going to just 5 minutes away from my home. I felt like Mother Nature, and I absolutely loved it! Make sure to check out more of Kate's work on her site, People are ok too.

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When my friend Kate contacted me a few months back asking to do a little photoshoot collaboration I knew I couldn't pass it up! We spent a few solid weeks planning everything out. Color schemes, the overall aesthetic that we were aiming for, wardrobe, the works. I'm going to take a few seconds to brag about my girl because she seriously does wonders! We met up for sushi and after the initial catch up we got right down to business. I loved that Kate had taken so much time beforehand to really think about me, what I would like and what best expressed my personality. She had lots of creative ideas and was so enthusiastic about everything, how could I not get excited! She answered any questions that I had and really went above and beyond finding perfect locations and outfits. When we finally picked a date and time I remember being a little anxious. Besides our wedding photographer, Eric is always the one who takes my pictures so I had no idea what really to expect. The instant Kate lifted her camera I felt so at ease. With every snap she would give you words of encouragement and perfect direction. She would get all in there and fix any loose hairs, wardrobe malfunctions, what have you. I think it helped too that both of us were really up for anything - balancing acts, getting our feet dirty, taking little hikes to find the best shots. Okay, enough bragging. But really, she's A++!

Here's a little sneak peek of the first half of our photoshoot in the woods! Make sure to check out more of Kate's work on her site, People are ok too.

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Whenever a new season starts to approach - Fall, I'm reading for you! - , the first thing I immediately turn to is my hair. Oh that dreaded question, should I or shouldn't I? I've been getting a lot of emails and comments lately asking for short hair style inspirations. Thank goodness for Pinterest and its infinite source of inspiration. So this post goes out to all you "shorties"! Below are three of my favorite ways to style short hair. Which look is your favorite?

BRAIDS: 1 & 2
WAVES: 1 & 2
UP-Do: 1 & 2


Another weekend, another hike! Oh Summer, you've been oh so good to us. With all of this constant sunshine, new friends and new places to explore. This weekend we headed up to Eric's family cabin near Leavenworth and found a new pretty trail to hike. As always, the scenery looked like it was straight out of a movie! A big thanks to Eric's parents for inviting out for this quick weekend adventure!

Where is your favorite place to hike? We're always on the look out for new places :)


I was fooling myself when I thought that I would steer clear of braids for a while. I mean, come on! I feel like braids and I are now a packaged deal. That and flower crowns... and eye liner... and of course Eric! ;)

I've played around with up-braids before (like these milkbraids) but lately I've been drawn to all of the pretty braided crowns that I've been seeing on Pinterest. If you follow my hair board, this is nothing new. All I can say is, my hair would be suffering big time if it weren't for Pinterest and all of its magical wonder.

This look is so fun and absolutely elegant! It is that perfect look for a wedding, a bohemian vibe along the beach, or for those times you just want to feel fancy in your own apartment. Below is a quick tutorial, because I'm telling you it's so simple!!

To Create
step one: Part hair down the center. Create two equal fishtail braids and secure with small elastic.
step TWO: Take one braid, bringing across hairline and securing just behind opposite ear using as many bobby pins as necessary.
step three: Take second braid, bring across to opposite side just behind previous braid. Secure braid with as many bobby pins as necessary. And you're done!!


I've had giant stacks of polaroids laying around my house for quite some time now, collecting dust and just waiting to be displayed. These aren't even half of them, but I'm waiting till I have enough to fill up a giant frame like this one or make a collage like this one (all found on Pinterest). In the meantime I thought I'd make little heart displays around our place, finally getting pictures hung up on the wall.

What is your favorite way to display your polaroids?


Eric and I have been taking advantage of this beautiful Summer weather by going on many hiking adventures. We usually stick to our 3 favorite spots, but this weekend we wanted to change things up a bit. After seeing so many pretty pictures from friends hikes up to Lake Serene I knew that would be our next destination. I had been dreaming about it all week! We called up some friends and planned for an early morning 4 mile trek up (like straight up) and reward ourselves with a brisk, but pretty swim in the glaciers. The day started off pretty muggy and overcast. I swear, I had never sweat so much in my life on a hike before! Unfortunately the higher up we went the thicker the clouds got. Although we didn't get the views we were hoping for, the hike was so much fun and the clouds added their own ambiance to the experience. But don't you worry, I'm coming back for you Lake Serene! But fingers crossed for a clearer day.


Introducing Catherine Short from A Short Blonde!

NAME: Catherine Short

AGE: 27

LOCATION: Chicago (Moving to Nashville in September!)

CAREER: Barista, and also assisting my husband with his design and marketing company. 

BLOG DESCRIPTION: A Short Blonde is a journey of celebrating and learning to embrace the highs and lows of life. Living my life well and hopefully encouraging others to do the same are important to me. My blog is filled with things I love whether that be a great recipe, adventures in travel, a good book, or my latest fashion inspiration.

A TYPICAL DAY: My days revolve around coffee: making and drinking it. ;) On work days, I wake up very early (between 4:00 & 6:00am), but that enables me to be home by lunch time. I utilize my afternoons for either blog work, running errands, exercising, or baking. In the evenings (when we're home) Jordan and I enjoy watching a television show together. Currently we have been marathoning How I Met Your Mother

OUTSIDE OF WORK: I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, reading memoirs, practicing yoga, and traveling! Jordan and I try to plan at least one big trip a year, but our schedules are flexible enough for day trips throughout each month. I also spend far too much time on Pinterest, but don't we all?!

SUMMER STAPLE: I've really fallen in love with hats: big floppy hats, baseball caps, fedoras, they all work! Hats are perfect for protecting my fair skin and camouflaging a so-so hair day.

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Lately I've noticed that stripes have been making a big play in street style lately, and I for one couldn't be happier! My stripes obsession can be traced back to my kindergarden class picture. You can't even begin to imagine the amount of striped shirts and dresses I currently own. Even still, I currently have my eyes set on this stripe too! Safe to say, I don't see this trend leaving us anytime soon!
Below are a collective pair of striped trends in all aspects of your wardrobe. Which is your favorite?
P.S. Inspired by the lovely Kendi Everyday!

(sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 )

I love how effortless and timeless a striped tee can make an outfit. It gives that extra "preppy" style that just works for everyone. Thick or thin stripes, long or short sleeve, I love them all! I might just even have to try nabbing myself a vertical striped tee inspired from that third image. Swoon!

(sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 )

That fourth look is beyond perfect in every aspect: The brim hat, ankle booties and mini-bag. Smooches all around! And if I could I would rock that two piece like nobody's business. I'm starting to see a theme though of black and white. You can't mess with a classic. Which styling do you like best?

(sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 )

The idea of striped pants first brings to mind a pinned stripped business suit. I love how each of these four looks has a different vibe. The first is the perfect any day, casual look. The second is very tailored. The third is grungy, comfy. If I wasn't at risk of being frisked at the airport, I would definitely wear those bad boys on those long plane rides. The fourth is that great touch to a bohemian, laid back feel. Would you wear striped pants?


I saw this on Kelli Murray's blog and can't get it out of my head. Oh that Maya Angelou...

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life". I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou 


Hi dolls! I'm just now getting around to sharing pictures from the rest of my weekend. Seafair is a Summer festival in Seattle that has everything from parades, hydroplane races and the Blue Angels. So much fun wrapped into one! Eric and I called up some friends, rode our bikes through Mercer Island and found ourselves in the middle of the freeway bridge watching the Blue Angels air show among hundreds of people. Such a great experience and worth all the traffic.

Have you ever been to Seafair?

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