Tuesday, July 22, 2014

things i learned | road trip edition

As I write this at 7:58 on Monday evening from my favorite couch in my apartment, I have just arrived from my road trip to (and from?) Amarillo. Well, that's a lie. I came home and immediately got in a bubble bath, but as soon as I finished my bath I came to the couch to write this post. I'm so grateful for the time off, time out of Austin, time spent alone, and time spent in good company once I arrived at my destination. I'm also (mostly) grateful for the things I learned along the way.

A list of things I learned on this road trip:

Food poisoning is the single worst thing that can happen to a person. Especially on vacation.
Small towns think that wearing flower crowns is weird.
Amarillo has a maximum and minimum speed limit.
Librarians are so much cooler than you think they are. Even if you think they're cool already, they're still cooler.
There are like 18 ways to get from Austin to Amarillo, ranging from 7.5 to 10+ hours.
Having food poisoning is a great time to catch up on: reading blogging sleep dehydration.
Patios at restaurants are a rare luxury in places that are not Austin.
VSCO Cam is the preferred photo editing app of Girl Scouts who are cooler than I will ever be.
Psychic palm readers run out of steam at the end of their shift, too.
The Wild Cupcake. End of story.
I definitely want to be involved in Girl Scouts in some way in the future.
Always take an extra day off from work when you go on vacation, just in case you get food poisoning.
Mindy Kaling should read all audio books, always.
All Girl Scouts know the same songs, but there is always a new song or extra verse to learn.
Group iMessages are the greatest form of communication in my generation.
I probably can't ever eat nachos again. *shudder*
A rocking chair, porch, and good book are really all I need for a vacation.
Toot n Totem is a real place. Well, are real places. So many Toot n Totems, y'all.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and new people can join yours at any time.

Friday, July 18, 2014

featured | how do you deal

Hello from Amarillo! Today I'm a part of a really amazing project with a new blogging friend, Kate of Clear the Way. She's a feminist gal in California and I'm pretty sure she's my long-lost-blogging-sister. Kate has a new series called Feminist Fridays, and today I'm joined by a bunch of fabulous women answering the question How Do You Deal with Men Leering at You? Street harassment is an issue I'm extremely passionate about--well, about ending--so I'm grateful to have the space to talk about it with other women who, by nature, have a shared experience. This is Sisterhood, y'all.

Check out the feature and read the rest of her blog too, because she's brilliant.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

road trip

image via Kate Spade
As you read this, I am embarking (embarked?) on a 10 hour road trip across Texas. I think I've mentioned before that the lovely Briley (whose talented photography skills you used to see around these parts) is a Girl Scout camp counselor in her hometown of Amarillo, so I'm going to visit her for a few days! Being from Austin, I rarely have opportunities to get out of town. Going to my parents' is only 45 minutes away, so I'm really looking forward to a longer drive and some alone time.

At Jennifer's recommendation, I picked up BJ Novak's One More Thing on audio book--my very first audio book! I also spent all of last weekend creating the perfect playlist for my phone. When I take long drives, I like to have plenty of showtunes to keep me occupied, so I filled my little phone up to the brim. Also lots of old Britney Spears songs, some Fall Out Boy and Postal Service for when I'm feeling angsty, and plenty of BeyoncĂ©.

I'm hoping for lots of gabbing, flower crown wearing, hometown exploring, campfire singing, and pool time. I'm so excited to see Briley and also to mark off number 11 on my 25 before 25 list!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

vest summer yet

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vest: thrifted Gap // dress: Forever 21 (similar) // sandals: American Eagle // necklace: Land of Salt
I managed to snap a few photos in my new favorite outfit at my new favorite photo location before it started to rain. I swear, it has rained more in Austin this summer than I've seen in my whole life. The lakes and creeks are full of water though!

I bought this dress right at the end of my 30x30 because I was mad that I'd grown out of all my clothes and I wanted something comfy to wear. I've pretty much worn it every week since the challenge ended, but it somehow hasn't made it to the blog. In addition to the rain, Austin finally hit 3-digit-temperatures this week, so I opted for a vest instead of my usual cardigan. My denim vest is oft forgotten, but I'm trying to implement it into more outfits. I'm always a fan of floral and denim, and I've worn it with stripes (though not yet on the blog). How would you style it?