A New Orleans 4th of July




This is 4th of July, New Orleans style. I’ll leave it to the photos to tell the story. Hope your holiday weekend was just as fun… Continue reading


Wearing This//Going Here


I’m spending this week in southern, hot, sunny New Orleans with my best friend Kate. She picked me up from the airport last Friday (after a harrowing flight through the storm, yikes) and we tried to think back to the last time we saw each other and we realized it had been LAST YEAR at my wedding! Thats the longest we’ve gone without seeing each other, which is a pretty big deal since we’ve been friends now for about 20 (!!!) years.

I’ve been to New Orleans once before, back in 2008, as part of a project to help with the hurricane relief. So I didn’t really get to see much of this amazing city. This time around we’re doing it all. Eating fried catfish, going to festivals, touring the graveyards, and visiting our friend John Goodman’s house (duh!).

I’m a huge fan of the weather here right now. Its hot and sticky and PERFECT for a weeklong vacation from your own dark, cold, cloudy steel city. Kate and I have been scouring the stores and streets (literally stopping people on the street) to find the perfect jumpsuit, but alas, we have found nothing so far. But I’m still dreaming of walking the city streets in a sleek black jumpsuit and straw hat.

Wearing// 1. Black Jumpsuit 2. Arena Cuff 3. Leif Straw Hat 4. Jcrew Downing Tote 5. Swedish Hasbeens Suzanne Sandal
Destination// New Orleans, La. Photo by me.

Joshua Tree, Ca


Earlier this month my husband and I took a quick trip to the left coast for some sun, sun, sun. And to see these wonderful and weird trees that only grow in this one small part of the world; Joshua Tree. We booked a small homestead cabin close to the National Park through Airbnb and planned to stay a few nights. And you know, sometimes things just don’t go the way you plan it and so you have to come up with a plan B, and sometimes plan B is just totally awesome and you don’t even care that plan A failed. And you also think to yourself, “I’m glad I married a guy who can come up with a plan B like it ain’t no thang”… Continue reading


We’re Back!


We are home from our mini vacation and super wiped out. We packed a lot into 4 days and on top of it all I came down with a cold (huge bummer) which I’m still getting over. It was so nice to get out of the city for a bit and see a part of the country that neither of us had ever been to. I took a ton of photos which I’m really excited to share, so stay tuned! For now, I’m feeling inspired to bring a piece of the desert into our cloudy and gray Pittsburgh home, and cacti are by far the easiest plant for me to keep up with. I think these photos offer great ways to incorporate cacti either indoors or out. And I especially love the way small cacti and succulents can be used for a centerpiece!






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Wearing This//Going Here: Joshua Tree, CA


Tyson and I are going to the desert on Thursday! I’m beyond ready for a bit of a vacation, even if its a short one. We decided to go to Joshua Tree, CA to celebrate our one year anniversary and spend some time together way out in nature. I’ve never been to the desert and quite frankly after the winter we had here in Pittsburgh I’m ready for some serious sun and heat. We found a great place through Airbnb thats only a few minutes from Joshua Tree National Park. Did you know that Joshua trees don’t grow anywhere else in the world? And U2 also has an album called Joshua Tree. And thats about all I got for Joshua Tree facts.

So this round of Wearing This & Going Here I’m featuring things I’ll actually be packing. Comfortable sandals are a must for walking around the “downtown” area of Joshua Tree and of course exploring the park, so even though Tyson hates my Birkenstocks there’s no way I’d leave them behind. And a couple of shirt dresses and nice shorts should do the trick. Jcrew has a really great sale going on for their chino shorts collection, so jump on it! We’re probably going to be doing a lot of hiking and so a good water bottle is key. And that’s it folks! Super simple.

Wearing// 1. Madewell Bien Fait sweatshirt 2. JCrew water bottle 3. Timex Weekender watch 4. Target Striped shirt dress 5. Birkenstock Black Arizona sandals 6. JCrew Chino shorts

Destination// Joshua Tree, California






Watkins Glen, NY




Last weekend Tyson and I took a spontaneous trip to his hometown, Watkins Glen, to surprise his mom for her 60th birthday. No one knew we were coming so we had to figure out where they would be celebrating her birthday. We went to his brothers new house and saw that there were birthday decorations out on the deck, but no one was out there. So we rang the doorbell and peaked through the window and everyone saw us and started screaming! It was so funny to see our nieces slightly confused and then REALLY excited.

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