fill in the blank.



This fill-in-the-blank stationery set made me happy. They're the perfect cards for any occasion. I especially like the "You + Me = _______"!






COURTESY OF: THESE ARE THINGS

 
 

summer jewelry.



Aren't these necklaces perfectly simple and perfectly summer?






COURTESY OF: MADEWELL

 
 

hot hot heat.



Today is a scorcher! It's one of those days that makes you just want to put on a fantastic bathing suit and lounge poolside with an ice cold beverage in one hand and a trashy tabloid in the other. Alas, the laundry has to be done, groceries need to be taken care of, and the house needs some straightening up to do. A girl can dream, can't she?






 
 

one week.




A week ago, I bid farewell to a couple of lovely people as they made their way out of the Sunshine State to the Golden State, namely, Golden Gate. And while I am so thrilled at their prospects, plans, and their general enamorment of their City by the Bay, I can't help but have a heavy heart. Tara and Mike are two people who came into Ryan's and my life when they moved into the apartment building that we were living in. We had all seen each other about town but had not gotten to know each other at all. Simply by living in the same space, neighborly dinners, outings, and adventures had begun. Little did we all know that their time in Florida was fleeting.

This morning, I woke up realizing that a week had gone by since their official move and I just felt ...low. It may not seem like that big a deal--friends come and go all the time--but somehow, this feels different. This feels like the a stronger bond, a bigger friendship, a lifelong one. The only difference is, we're now bi-coastal instead of being in the same space and time. This just means that I have to readjust and work hard at keeping in touch through hand-written letters, visits, care packages, et al. When I think of us visiting one another, it makes my heart swell because the new dinners, new outings, and new adventures will begin all over again.





IMAGES COURTESY OF: DESIGN YOU TRUST and WE HEART IT, respectively

 
 

{ahem...} / hello?



...a little over a month of hiatus has left me feeling rather stir-crazy. So guess what. I'm {sort of} baaaaaaack! I will do my best to make this blog space more personal and intimate. I will try my darndest not to let you, my readers, down. And above all else, I will let you in on so much good that is peeking its head just around the corner. It feels good, I tell you. Really good. The break was a much-needed one and I can truly say that I feel refreshed. Lots of down time and self-reflection on life, directions, and future plans have inspired me to keep on keepin' on. So hello! Hello? Is anyone there?






COURTESY OF: SARAH NELSON via SFGIRLBYBAY