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A last minute birthday treat

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A week ago, I turned 26. With all of our traveling, we weren’t planning on doing anything special for my birthday. Then, on the drive home from the airport, we decided to have a last minute get-together with some friends. Nick and my sister sent some messages out and made some calls, and gathered together some friends to celebrate. Quite an impressive turnout for last minute on a Monday!

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I wore the same white top that I wore on the airplane ride in the morning, and paired it with a knit skirt, dangly necklaces, and crochet Toms to keep it simple and laid back.

Of course we had to start with my absolute favorite chips, salsa, and guacamole.

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For dinner, Nick manned the grill and we hung out on the deck. We even opened up a bottle of ’04 Leonetti that we’d been saving for a special occasion (it was totally worth it). There was a plate of delicious cheese.

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And lots of good times with friends.

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Then, a champagne toast, and dessert.

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The highlight of the night was a dozen cupcakes! (Plus 3 gluten free!)

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My cupcake!

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A Weekend in the Sun!

We spent a fun-filled last weekend down in southern California to celebrate Nick’s brother’s and sister’s birthdays (as well as mine, which was on Monday). We had a really great time celebrating and hanging out with family.

With Seattle’s heat wave, I decided to wear a jersey knit skirt instead of leggings for the flight on Friday. Unknowingly, my sister and I completely coordinated down to our denim jackets and pink scarves! To keep it comfy for the flight, I wore my new James Perse skirt with a Bailey 44 top, jean jacket, lightweight pink scarf, and flip flops.

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Top: Bailey 44 from Amazon, Skirt – James Perse from Shopbop, Jacket – Nordstrom BP, Scarf – Shopbop, Flip flops – Rainbows

I started off Saturday with an awesome run on the beach. These were the killer views from my run! I love running on the sand, it’s such a great workout, and there’s nothing like running alongside the waves.

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Saturday day we helped prep for the party, and spent some time just laying out and enjoying the sunshine. I wore my swimsuit all day, but wore another jersey skirt and top over the top. 

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Top: Susana Monaco from Shopbop, Skirt: Forever 21, Flip flops – Rainbows

It was a gorgeous day to get some sunshine!

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Nick changed before I had a chance to get ready, so we snapped a fun picture on the patio! 

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Swimsuit: Victoria Secret

Then, party time! The party was Vegas themed complete with blackjack, poker, and roulette tables, so I wore a Vegas style little black dress with my anniversary sale Pedro Garcia booties. I went for gold jewelry with lots of gold bracelets and bangles and simple hoop earrings. 

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Dress – Shopbop, Booties – Pedro Garcia from Nordstrom

Sunday was another morning run on the beach!

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Then, we headed to 3 Thirty 3 for breakfast burritos and a bloody mary’s. Their breakfast burritos are amazing. You pick everything you want in them, and they made mine tortilla-less. The make-your-own bloody mary bar is also fantastic. They bring you a cup with vodka, ice, and salt on the rim, and then there are tons of hot sauces, spices, tomato juice mix, and veggies that you can combine to make it exactly how you like it. I wore my new Bailey 44 dress and wedges, and accessorized with my birthday present from Nick’s sister, a selection of adorable gold bangles including one with an “E.” 

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Dress – Bailey 44 from Neiman Marcus, Wedges – DVF from Zappos

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Finally, today we headed home. We had a 7am flight, so needed something to just throw on and go. I wore the same jacket and scarf that I wore for the flight down with a white top and my wonder under crop leggings.

Packing for the Weekend

packingImg: Flickr – George Eastman House


I love lists. I especially love making lists and checking things off. I also hate forgetting things when I travel. A few trips back I started using OneNote to make a packing list for each trip. After multiple trips, I’ve now come up with a basic template that I can use for weekend trips. It requires a bit of tweaking, but is a great starting point, and makes planing and packing that much easier.

This list is for a weekend trip with a flight. I never check my suitcase, so I not only have to be concerned with my liquids, but also for space.

Wear on plane:

  • Wunder under leggings (sometimes I will sub these out for a jersey knit skirt if it’s summertime)
  • Tank top
  • Knit top or sweater when it’s cooler outside
  • Over-layer (hoodie or denim jacket, depending on length of flight)
  • Scarf
  • Comfortable shoes (Toms, Converse, and flip flops are my favorite options, boots in the fall and winter)
  • Basic jewelry (simple stud earrings, silver bracelet, and watch) that can go through the metal detector
  • Fuzzy socks and an eye-mask (in my bag for the flight)


  • Friday night (depending on destination)
  • Saturday daytime
  • Saturday night
  • Sunday daytime
  • Monday (flight home) 

Workout clothes:

  • 2 sports bras
  • 2 pairs socks
  • 2 tanks
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts/capris 
  • Running shoes

Liquids bag:

  • BB cream or foundation
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen (formula for face and body)
  • Face wash
  • Eye make-up remover
  • Lash adhesive
  • Hair spray
  • Perfume

Medical liquids bag:

  • Contact solution and extra contacts
  • Anti-chafing gel
  • Any other medicines in liquid or gel form

Make-up bag:

  • Powder
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Brushes
  • Lash curler 
  • Mascara
  • Eye-liner
  • Naked palette or other shadow palette 
  • False lashes

Personal care:

  • Clarisonic
  • Toothbrush
  • Cleansing cloths
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo
  • Bobby pins and extra hair ties
  • Headband
  • Brush
  • Travel-size straightening iron and hair-dryer
  • Q-tips
  • Nail polish remover wipes
  • Glasses
  • Medicine 


  • Headphones
  • Phone charger
  • iPad and charger
  • Laptop and charger (optional)
  • Kindle and charger
  • P&S camera and charger

Finally, some of my favorite packing tips and tricks that I developed.

I roll each outfit together, oftentimes complete with jewelry. That way I don’t have to worry about what I’m wearing or overpacking. Each day or event, I just grab and go

I always bring workout clothes, a swimsuit, and a pair of heels. I love going for runs when I’m traveling. It’s a great way to fit in a workout anywhere, and if it’s a new place, it’s a great way to explore. All you need is a pair of shoes. Ab workouts can also be done without any equipment. For the swimsuit, you never know when you’ll need or want one, and really, who wants to borrow a swimsuit? A pair of heels is also key. They will dress up any outfit, and you’ll be ready to go if plans change.

For the flights themselves, layering is a must. You never know if it’s going to be really hot or really cold on the flight, regardless of the time of year.

Coordinated Coral and Weekend Adventures


Having my sister up in Seattle this summer has been a total blast (she’s working up here for an internship). We’re five years apart, but ridiculously close, and she’s truly my best friend. We always had similar style (and many of the same clothing pieces), but it has just gotten ridiculous on how much we’ve been non-intentionally coordinating!


I decided to take Friday off since my parents were in town. We started with a delicious breakfast at Café Presse. I enjoyed a cappuccino, a comté omelet, and yogurt with honey and walnuts. My mom and sister shared a Croque Madame!


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Throughout the weekend, we enjoyed lots of grilling and time on the roof!

Saturday, we did a great hike to Heather Lake. My sister and I even jumped in!


Finally, on Sunday, errands around town. I had to return my pink skirt from this post Sad smile. The skirt ripped! Luckily, J Crew customer service was fantastic, and returned it without any issues even though it was final sale.


Top – Target, Shorts – Target, Shoes – Sperry Angelfish from Nordstrom, Necklace – BaubleBar, Earrings – BaubleBar

The jewelry is from my first BaubleBar purchase (here is my referral link). There was a sale, so the earrings were free, and I was also able to apply my $10 off initial credit. For the price I paid, I was quite happy with the quality (however, I don’t think I would have paid full price).

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Walla Walla Spring Release Weekend


With celiac, beer is out of the picture. But, I’m definitely able to enjoy a fantastic glass (or two!) of wine. When our good friends Eric and Nicole suggested we join them and some friends for their annual trip to Walla Walla for the Spring Release weekend, we were all in.

With seven of us coming from Seattle, we decided to get a house off of VRBO. It was a great choice! We were walking distance from downtown, and I was able to get in some great runs in the mornings.

We started the trip with Abeja. Abeja’s grounds were beautiful, but unfortunately, we weren’t overly impressed with the wines.

Next up, was Reynvaan. Reynvaan is a relatively new winery started in 2004, and they recently closed their winery (after this spring) to list members only. Luckily, with our 2010 Futures order that we made, we’re now on the list Smile. We got to meet Matt, Mike, and Gale, and had an absolutely fabulous time tasting some of the best wines that I’ve ever had. Every Syrah was unique and yet also spectacular. We purchased 2 bottles of the 2009 The Unnamed Syrah, and 2 bottles each of 2010 The Contender Syrah, In the Rocks Syrah, and the Unnamed Syrah.


Then we headed to Waters. We met Jamie and Dreux, and tasted through their series. My definite favorites (and our purchases) were the 2010 Tremolo and the 2009 Loess Syrah (Syrah became a definite trend of the weekend!).



Then Sleight of Hand. We didn’t love anything, but were also in a hurry to make it back to the house. We did make time for some lunch at the Andrae’s Kitchen food truck. The food was awesome. I had their fish tacos, Nick enjoyed his burger, and other folks also had burgers, fries, and poutine.

Finally, we finished day one with the Corliss Spring Release party. We got to enjoy some barrel samples, some fabulous wine, and of course had to make a Syrah purchase. We picked up half a case of the 2007 Syrah (which we ended up sharing with Andrea and Justin), and a bottle each of the 2005 Cabernet Franc and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course, we’re now on the Corliss list as well…..

We started Saturday morning with the Figgins release party. The Figgins family started Leonetti Cellar, one of the big names in Walla Walla wine (and one of the infamous lists to get on the list). They make one red blend, and also had a fabulous 2010 Riesling. We picked up two bottles of the blend, and got on the list for the June release.



We then made our way downtown for the rest of the afternoon. First, we started with Charles Smith. Unfortunately Charles wasn’t there, but we did taste some great affordable wines, picked up two bottles of white (Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay) and pre-purchased (of course!) the 2009 “Royal City” Stoneridge Vineyard Syrah.


Otis Kenyon is another great affordable winery, and we were all big fans of their 2009 Carmenere. We also picked up a bottle of the 2008 Cab Sauv.

Then Spring Valley. Nicole is friends of the family, and their wines were quite good, although I must say that my favorite were the chocolate truffles made by Bright’s candies with the Nina Lee Syrah.

Finally, finished with Rotie Cellars before dinner. Nick was a fan of the 2010 Southern Blend, so we picked up two bottles.

Our last day, we went to L’Ecole No 41. It was a great finish, as we found a fantastic summer white with their Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend (good enough that we all shared a case!).

Downside of a fabulous trip? We had to make a wine budget category for Mint!

I Need a Polo….


Nick golfed growing up, and for our 3rd Christmas together, he bought me my first set of golf clubs.

We decided to get back into golfing more regularly than never, so went to the driving range on Sunday night, and then played 9-holes yesterday.

I wore my J Crew Minnie pants, but realized that I don’t have any cute polo shirts! (Or actually, any polos at all!) I kept it simple with a mint green tee (also from J Crew), and my oh so cute golfing shoes.


Pardon the hair flying everywhere!

Pants – J Crew Minnie, Tee – J Crew Vintage Cotton V-Neck Tee