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As of 5PM today we’ll (hopefully) all be joyfully skipping from our desks to begin the three-day weekend that kicks off the summer season. That is truly something to be excited about. But before I go on to talk about the lighthearted things that so often occupy my mind and space on this blog, I want to make sure to offer a little written note of thanks for all the men and women who have given their lives in service of this country. Sure, we may be about to elect Donald Trump (heaven help us), but this country is pretty darn great, and I’m so thankful for the people who helped keep it safe.

After observing a moment of silence on Monday, I plan on donning my favorite new top for summer—this perfectly oversized off-the-shoulder chambray number—for a day spent drinking cold beer and grilling delicious food. Sweet corn isn’t in season yet, but it’s been popping up in small quantities at our local grocery stores, and I’ve been buying bags of it because it’s already so delicious.

Whether you plan on attending a Memorial Day parade, grilling out, hitting some epic sales or all of the above, I hope you have a lovely three-day weekend!


Springtime Crops

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It’s almost summer, and that means the corn is growing strong here in Iowa. It’s been an especially rainy spring, which I gather is good for the corn, but not great for the planting of soy fields. I already know much more about farming than I ever thought I would just from listening to the radio every morning and evening on my commute.

When you’ve lived in Texas, you learn that sometimes people will ask you if you ride horses to school everyday. In Iowa, the stereotype might have something more to do with tractors. And you know what? I regularly see people driving their tractors down the road, filling them up at gas stations heading out to the next field. It would feel very cliché if it wasn’t the reality here.

As I’ve told pretty much everyone who asks how I like living in Iowa, I had very low expectations—of the landscape in particular. I pictured flat, two-dimensional corn fields that were dizzying in their sameness. Instead, I’ve found that the miles and miles of rolling corn and soy fields that surround our little town are beautiful in their pastoral calm.


Lifestyle, On the Cheapish

Festival Uniform


Last year, I went to Coachella without really thinking too much about what I would wear. Once I got there, I realized that the festival had a dress code of its own—and I was completely unprepared. So this year, I was determined to dress the part. I wanted to embrace the flower child festival spirit without looking like I was wearing a costume. I also wanted to buy pieces that I could incorporate into my daily life in SF and that would be comfortable for a day and night spent in the desert.

So, I took a trip to Forever 21. Since I was on the hunt for more trendy pieces, I wasn’t too worried about buying things that would last beyond the season. I knew I wanted to try out the crop top trend (without baring too much), so I opted to pair this blue ikat top with a high-waisted asymmetrical maxi skirt. I added in a few Southwestern-inspired accessories and obligatory round sunnies, slipped on my wristband and skipped into the sunset a happy hippie—for the weekend, at least.


Top: Forever 21 // Skirt: old (similar) // Necklace: Forever 21 // Sandals: Dolce Vita // Bag: Forever 21 (similar) // Sunglasses: Kate Spade Saturday (similar)

Clothing, On the Cheapish

Green Goddess Skirt


Jacket: Zara (old) // T-Shirt: Old Navy (similar) // Sunglasses: Nordstrom // Skirt: Zara // Booties: Sam Edelman // Bag: Street Level (old) // Jewelry: Forever 21, H&M, BaubleBar, J.Crew

You know how the shopping gods always seem to spite you? Like when you have some spending money and want to treat yourself but you can’t find a single thing you want? And the second you stop in for some window shopping when you’re trying to save, everything is perfect and everything is on sale and everything is your size?? Well, that happened to me recently and after the amazing haul I scored at Zara, I’m not complaining.

Among my favorite finds of the day was this emerald green maxi skirt. Since I’m a tad on the short side, it’s hard for me to find long skirts that don’t overwhelm me. The thing I love about this skirt, aside from the vibrant color, is the way it’s cut. The top of the skirt flows straight down, then flares at the bottom for maximum drama and minimum excess fabric (for me to trip on). And since it doesn’t get too cold here in SF, this is the perfect winter skirt when paired with black suede booties and my favorite moto jacket.