Have a Summery Weekend!

I’m so excited that it’s OFFICIALLY summer!  Trav and I are kicking off the season right with a weekend full of multiple concerts and visits with friends :)  Plus, this weekend is pride in SF, so the energy of the city will be extra-awesome!  But first, let’s check out some fun posts from around the web…

The most beautiful baby shower of all time.

Hilarious photos of people on roller coasters.

A pretty updo for girls with bangs.

Love this summery dress!

Nautical nails.

Which dry shampoo is right for you?

How to make a cute, affordable cake stand.

I’m loving this bracelet from Forever 21!

This looks like the best dessert ever invented.

Gorgeous home tour.

And just in case you haven’t seen it yet: 21 photos that will restore your faith in humanity.  (so sweet!)

What are you up to this weekend?  Got any big plans to celebrate the first weekend of summer?  Tell me about ‘em in the comments!

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Wise Words From Dad

You know what they say: hindsight is 20/20. Don’t we all wish we could have the wisdom we get from going through hardships before we endure them?

When I reflect on the three phrases that have helped me in the past and guided me toward my future, I realize the one thing they all have in common is that they have been passed down to me from my dad.

So, in honor of Father’s Day earlier this week, I decided I’d share some of his wise words with you because, let’s face it; we’re all going through something— a breakup, a transition, a milestone, a decision, a move, love, loss, or something in-between.

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This first one used to seem like a joke to me, one of those silly things parents say that doesn’t help at the time but perhaps makes sense later on. When I came in crying after my first serious breakup with my high school sweetheart, my dad’s choice of comforting words before I sulked to my room were…

No one has ever died from heartache.

Ouch.  But two more major breakups and seven years later, I can safely say this advice is true. Heartache may be the worst possible feeling, but eventually it ends; your life doesn’t. You grow and you move on.

The other two things my dad has said for as long as I can remember have always remained in the back of my mind, especially when I was in college and throughout the choices I’ve made since.

Do what you love and the money will follow. & Follow your bliss.

These were my dad’s way of instilling in me the belief that there are intangible things more important than money, and if you listen to those (be they your passions, hopes, or dreams), money will take care of itself.

This isn’t to say that you can be careless with your finances (I’ve definitely had a few lectures from him regarding that too!), but things have a way of working out if you are truly in touch with your soul’s desire. And, if you follow your bliss– again, your dream or your calling– I think the universe will help everything else align in your favor.

Sometimes we forget our parents are people, too, who’ve learned by trial and error just as we have. Their wisdom isn’t from a parenting book; it’s more likely from living and enduring, making mistakes, and overcoming obstacles – the same sort we experience ourselves.

So join me in raising a glass to our fathers– or any older, wiser, influential men that have made you a bit smarter, life a little easier, and the harder times more bearable. Cheers, dads!  (And thanks!)

What advice has your dad (or grandfather or uncle, etc.) given you? Have they passed down any wise words that have helped you through a tough time or difficult decision? Share it with us in the comments!

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Wedding Wednesday: Good News on the Ring Front!

Last week at this time, I was devastated because I’d lost my wedding ring in a big dog park.  THIS week, I’m happy to report that my ring is back on my finger!!

(moments after getting my ring back)

After losing my ring, I put signs up in the park in the hope that if someone stumbled onto it, they’d return it to me.  I went back to the park with a metal detector and searched everywhere for my little ring with no luck.  Then I got a call from a regular at the dog park saying that someone had found it!

Days went by with no contact from this mystery person.  I started to worry that they weren’t planning on returning it to me at all.  But eventually, that amazing call came.  And on Monday evening, my ring was back on my finger!

Randomly cool side note:  the woman that found my ring married her husband on the same day that Trav and I got married last year!

I am beyond happy to have it back, and I am never taking my ring off AGAIN. :)

Have you ever lost something important to you?  Did you get it back?  Do you take your wedding ring off?

P.S. Happy first day of summer!!

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What to Wear to a Backyard Wedding

Your friend, the bride, is a vision in white and the bridesmaids all wear beautiful variations of the same-colored dress.   Bridal party fashion is typically pretty traditional.  So as a guest at a backyard wedding, you are morally obligated to bring your unique brand of cuteness to the occasion.

Stay classy but casual with a breathable dress that has a little twirl for the reception dance floor.  Stand out with a minty statement necklace that will make your look pop.  Suede wedges will keep you from tripping in the grass after your champagne makes everything tilt and shine.  Keep your lipstick and cell phone safe in a gold envelope clutch, and don’t forget to bundle up at the end of the night in a tough-but-sweet biker jacket that, naturally, matches your shoes.

What do you usually wear to backyard weddings?  Do you like to stand out with fun colors?  Are wedges your go-to shoe for outdoor events?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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POLL: Do You Want to Settle Down in Your Home Town?

Travis and I spent Father’s Day weekend in Santa Cruz, soaking up the sun and visiting family.  Even though we go back fairly often, I find myself missing it all the time.  San Francisco is fun and busy and exciting, but the change of pace in Santa Cruz is always so refreshing.  Trav and I plan to stay in the city for the next few years at least, but I look forward to eventually heading back to our home town and putting down roots.

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I have friends, though, who plan to live anywhere BUT the towns they grew up in.  Some of them crave more excitement, others hate running into people everywhere they go (personally, I love it!)  There’s a part of me that would love to move to a brand new place and create a life there from scratch… I can definitely see the appeal.

I’m curious where you fall on the spectrum…


Do you plan to settle down in your home town or do you want to move far away?  Where are you from?  Where do you live now?  Share in the comments!

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