Saturday, July 31, 2010

25 before 26

Tomorrow is my birthday. My 25th birthday to be exact. I don't know why, but it feels like a big milestone or something. I've been alive for two and a half decades, a quarter of a century, two dozen and one years. Whoa.

It feels weird. When I was younger I could never picture myself at this age; it always seemed so old and so far away.

On the eve of my birthday I'm feeling very nostalgic, looking at old pictures and I'm also feeling very curious as to what this next year of my life holds. I want it to be full of adventures, changes and laughter. I want it to be a year of continuing to seek God's will and a year of hope.

Back in December I created a goals, dreams and silly to-do list of 24 things to accomplish before turning 25. While I didn't accomplish quite all of them I am so proud of what I was able to do. I have made another list for this next year of my life; 25 goals, dreams and silly to-do list to accomplish before I turn 26.

1. Visit Jenny in Georgia & go to Tybee Island
2. Meet Amanda irl!
3. Get a more permanent job (that I like)
4. Visit my Seattle girls
5. Go back to my natural hair color

6. Go on a road trip (drive w/ Jenny back to Seattle?)
7. Do 1+ DIY project a month
8. Get/Stay out of debt/save $
9. Move out of my parents' house
10. Get current on my photo albums

11. Get a record player & start a vinyl collection
12. Get a second tattoo (at Mind's Eye Tattoo in Boise)

13. Run a 5k
14. Buy a car
15. Go to Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA

16. Go to a midnight showing of a movie opening
17. Go on a date

18. Re-watch & catch-up on Grey's Anatomy
19. Read the complete works of Jane Austen
20. Stitch a needlework/embroidery sampler

21. Go on a hike
22. Go to Canada (Whistler/Vancouver/Victoria)
23. Add more merchandise to my etsy shop and reach 50sales.
24. Re-create/paint the Paul Smith rug hanging shown in Carrie's apartment in the Sex & The City Movie (inspired by Miss James)
25. Take a dance class

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time from Tuck Everlasting. "Tuck said it to Winnie the summer she turned 15: Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life. You don't have to live forever. You just have to live. And she did."

Some of these seem a little out of reach, but I guess that's part of the fun of it. I'm excited to see what I will be able to accomplish from this list. I'm also excited to see how God's plans for my life unfold this next year.

photo source

Friday, July 30, 2010

Fashion Friday: Ashley Smith & Masha Novoselova by Ahmet Polat

Photographer Ahmet Polat makes an endeavor into fashion photography with the July 2010 issue of Vogue Turkey. Inspired by seventies’ psychedelic patterns and colors, the duo dons an array of vintage style pieces from the pre-fall collections of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and others in Retro Bodrum.


Fashion Friday: Tatyana Usova & Tatiana Lyadochkina by Marcelo Krasilcic

Marcelo Krasilcic captures the story of the two Tatyanas for the July 2010 edition of Elle Italia.

Can I have these swimsuits?


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wardrobe Wednesday

This is my outfit from Friday.

Dress: Target
Belt: Express
Boots: Forever 21
Ring: Forever 21
Bracelet: Forever 21

Weekend Update

Hi friends. This past weekend was awesome! Jenny and Janelle came to visit! They arrived Thursday evening right after Ashlee and I got our hair cut and colored. As you'll see I added red and blonde to my hair, it's feels so different!

Friday we went to Qdoba for lunch and stopped at Target for a few things and left with a few more than we intended. Then we went over to our old elementary school and a near by park for a photo shoot. We took over 300 pictures in an hour! Then we came home and edited pictures and cooked dinner. Friday evening Daniel joined us and we went to the Snake River Stampede Rodeo. We were all pleasantly surprised to find our seats were in the front row! It was so much fun! I loved the rodeo clowns and the barrel racers and the bronc and bull riding was insane! We awarded ourselves the best dressed at the rodeo. Afterward we stopped at Sonic for a snack and then hung out on our patio for a bit before going to bed.

Saturday we slept in, watched The September Issue and made margarita pizza for lunch. Then we proceeded to make the worst decision of the day, we went to the Boise Music Festival. We got there around 3:00pm and found a good spot to lay out our blankets. Luckily the sun moved behind the trees so we had some shade. Soon the crowd was getting on our nerves, people walking through our blankets, bumping us, knocking a drink on Janelle's purse and just being rude. We got fed up, but tried to stick it out. After 7:00 we couldn't deal with people and that's when we made the best decision of the day- to leave. I texted Daniel for a food suggestion downtown and by chance he was having a random bbq at his place. We had such a great time there and were all so grateful to get out of the chaos. There was croquet, a tire swing, telephone pictionary, a fire pit and many silly stories. It was wonderful. While we were there Janelle said, "Does anyone else feel like they're 16 again?" I answered, "Yeah! Isn't it totally wonderful?!"

Sunday morning the girls and I went to bible study, had lunch at Qdoba (again) and ran to Target (again). I bought The Hangover because we had been quoting it all weekend. After watching it and hanging out a bit it was time to take the girls to the airport. It made me so incredibly sad because I had enjoyed my time with Jenny and Janelle so much. There is nothing better than being with friends who know your heart and who you can completely open up and be yourself with. I love those girls so much and I am so grateful they came to visit.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wardrobe Wednesday

This outfit is from last Thursday. I had gotten my boots and shirt in the mail the night before and just had to wear them. I told Ashlee that I felt like Miley Cyrus circa Party In The USA. Haha! I am so in love with my new boots and can't wait to wear them to the rodeo on Friday.

Shirt: Forever 21
Shorts: Tilt (From highschool. Should I be embarrassed?)
Pink Bracelet: Forever 21
Bracelets: by Amanda Leigh
Boots: Forever 21