mountain weekend

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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over the labor day holiday, my roommate and i met up with our friend megan for a weekend in the mountains. megan lives in a sweet little house in morganton which is not a far drive from the blue ridge parkway. we spent friday night at her house and then spent saturday hiking, floating down the new river in big blue tubes, and camping out at a campsite in blowing rock. we had a such a great time. girlfriends cannot be replaced or substituted. they are my lifeblood.

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what didn't make it to instagram

Friday, September 5, 2014

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top left: the newest market where i am selling my goods! it's such a sweet place.
top right: my good friend katie who was super preggo in this picture. she just had her baby a few days ago, and i get to meet him on saturday. #auntielacey
bottom left: zeke
bottom right: a walk through the duke gardens

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top left: a sample of some of my newest cards
top right: new dress from loft. dresses are my best friend.
bottom left: planning a trip to california in october. i want to do all the things.
bottom right: saw this mural in downtown milwaukee. you have a million thoughts floating around in your head. choose the most positive.

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top left: our apartment at golden hour
top right: sent dan to the grocery store with a very specific list, and he came back with exactly what i asked for. so many kiss rewards.
bottom left: double mom and daughter date.
bottom right: green curves.

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top left: my friend sarah's daughter and her cute little top knot. future fashion blogger in training?
top right: chicken and strawberry salad with balsamic and parmesan.
bottom left: greenery at duke gardens
bottom right: recent hiking trip with my roommate and our good friend megan.

six months

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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a whole post devoted to my relationship? yup.

i'm really not one to yammer on and on about my love life. i know i mention my boy in posts here and there, but it's just not my style to gush endlessly (even though i could).

however, today is our six month anniversary, and i would be remiss if i didn't acknowledge it here since this blog is all about my life, and he is a very big part of it.

i've known dan for years, and i had a crush on him since our first introduction. (how could i not? LOOK AT HIM.) he is kind, sweet, encouraging, funny, and super cute to boot. he is way out of my league, and i don't know why he likes me, but i am trying my best to keep him around!

he calls me his dream girl, and i call him the best guy i know. thankful for these past six months with him.

{this picture is one of the first pictures we took together. it's blurry, but it's still one of my favorites.}

september mix

Monday, September 1, 2014

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hello, all! happy labor day. my friend chelsea and i think the same about this holiday. it's our official herald of autumn. it allows us to breath a heavy sigh of relief that summer is on its way out the door and fall is charging through. it's kind of like "we did it!! we made it through summer without cutting all of our hair off and taking ice baths every day!"

today i am spending the day crafting, going to a durham bulls baseball game, reading, cleaning, shopping for jewelry supplies and hanging with my boy. what are your labor day plans? what's that? listening to rad tunes? aww yeah, i got you covered. 

september mix

american girl : tom petty and the heartbreakers

big light : houses

love natural : crystal fighters

while we go dancing : white rabbits

be the song : foy vance

human : the killers

cavalier : james vincent mcmorrow

on my knees : seryn

lay my body down : the great american canyon band

genesis : grimes

marchin on : onerepublic

hope : kopecky family band

overjoyed : bastille

happy september! get out there and find a leaf to crunch. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

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wearing: my pajamas which consist of an old t-shirt that my boyfriend was giving away and a pair of teeny tiny shorts that my friend chelsea gave to me a few birthdays ago. i have bedhead. #iwokeuplikethis. that is not hard to believe.

reading: cinnamon and gunpowder by eli brown. i found this book at a thrift shop, and the cover alone won me over. (i do admit that i judge books by their covers. guilty.) the year is 1819, and famous chef owen wedgwood has been kidnapped by the infamous pirate mad hannah mabbot. in order to keep himself alive, owen must create delicious and exotic feasts for mabbot every sunday using what meager and tasteless supplies he has on the ship. it's part adventure, part food book. i'm digging it so far!

anticipating: camping next weekend with my roommate and our friend megan. we went two summers ago, just the three of us, and we're at it again. we went primitive camping last time and none of us got a good night sleep as we thought every noise we heard was a bear/psychopath coming to eat/murder us. we're paying the $15 to set up shop at a designated campsite this year. hey, smores.

listening to: carry you back home by john hiatt.

eating: can't get enough chicken caesar salads lately. i've never had such a strong craving for lettuce before. so that's new. i've been ordering them out at restaurants and buying ingredients to make my own at home. they're both comforting and relatively healthy (minus the fatty salad dressing and copious amount of parmesan cheese) so i'm indulging.

up to today: driving home to the pines. i am stopping by one of the markets where i sell my art to deliver a new display that i've been working on. i found this old wooden drawer at goodwill and immediately thought it would make a great jewelry stand. i sanded it down and painted it a light blue-green and then added some hooks and wiring to be able to hang my necklaces and earrings on it. i'm happy with how it turned out! i hope it looks good in the shop. i will also spend some time with my mom and step-dad while i'm in town. perhaps a coffee date is in the works? always coffee. that's a given.

what are you guys currently up to? tell me all the things!

parker and otis

Monday, August 18, 2014

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one of my favorite things about living in durham is the variety of unique shops and restaurants we have. there are so many great local boutiques and coffee shops and eateries within a 10-15 minute drive of my apartment. parker and otis is a gem of a place in downtown durham that combines the best of the shopping and eating worlds. if you asked me to recommend a great breakfast/lunch place in durham, this place would definitely be on my list. their food is super fresh, super local, super delicious. they have a huge variety of chocolates and candies, a great coffee bar serving up local roast coffee, and the best assortment of gifts and cards. i went this past saturday morning for breakfast and ordered one of their huge and fluffy cheddar cheese biscuits along with their breakfast BLT on sourdough. so delicious. if you are ever in the dirty d (as we so fondly call this awesome city), do yourself a favor and stop by parker and otis!

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no plans, no problem

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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starting last night and all throughout the day today i've been feeling on the verge of getting sick. nothing major but my throat is sore and scratchy, i've been sneezing off and on, and my head feels heavy. i have no plans tonight but to read and catch up on a few things that i can do from the comfort of my bed. in my pajamas. with wet hair. 

it's nights like these, the slow and easy nights, that i cherish. since coming home from vacation and working a lot this week, i feel like this chill night is just what i need. in fact, i feel exhausted when i go a week without a night or two of peace and quiet. it recharges me. anyone else like that? 

one thing i plan on doing while browsing pinterest (because that is DEFINITELY something i can do in my pajamas with wet hair) is listen to this rad girl's august playlist. you should too. 

happy thursday, y'all! it's almost the weekend. 
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