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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.

 

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Stripes + Sneakers

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On our recent road trip through the Pacific Northwest, Max and I discovered that one of our favorite wineries is located just 20 minutes from my dad’s house in Snohomish, WA. Having both lived near wine country for several years, we’re no strangers to the tasting room, but we were excited to sample our favorite Rieslings from Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Rather surprisingly, this was up there as one of my favorite wine tasting experiences to date. The tour was informative, just the right length and included complimentary tastings. You can also choose to purchase additional tasting flights, which we did, obviously, and were rewarded with a couple few on-the-house tastes of reserve wines from the charming grandfatherly bartenders.

And what better way to walk off a bit of a white wine buzz than by exploring the beautiful grounds around the chateau? We spent longer than I care to admit stalking a pair of peacocks around a perfectly dilapidated greenhouse, so it’s a good thing I wore my sneakers for the occasion. On trips to Napa and Sonoma, my outfit of choice is a feminine maxi dress and a nice pair of wedges. But since we were wine tasting in Washington, I decided to dress down a bit and opted for my favorite new Zara striped t-shirt and white Chucks. I added some ladylike pops of red and a floral necklace to round out my outfit.

I’m definitely adding Chateau Ste. Michelle to my list of favorite Pacific Northwest places, and I can’t wait to go back! Luckily, I brought home more than a couple bottles of wine to tide me over.

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Top: Zara (sold out) // Sunglasses: Forever 21 // Jeans: Old Navy // Purse: Target (similar) // Shoes: Converse // Bracelets: Bauble Bar and Old Navy // Lipstick: NARS Heat Wave

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Vive La France!

Happy Bastille Day!

We share the official colors of red, white and blue with our French friends, but red, white and black seemed a more appropriate color palette to wear when celebrating La Fête Nationale.

Black and white stripes embellished with a bright red pout has always seemed to be the unofficial uniform of the Parisian woman, at least in my  imagination.

So in honor of France’s big day, I raided my closet for a look that would pass on the Champs-Élysées. Without further adieu, my attempt at a très chic Parisian look (crème brûlée not pictured).

bastille15bastille5bastille3bastille1bastille11bastille4Dress (worn as a top): Forever 21 – similar here, Skirt: Frenchi – similar here, Shoes: Sole Society – similar here, Sunglasses: Prada