Wander Lust

23 September 2015

I have been itchin' to get outta here. I like our tiny, quiet neighborhood where you don't hear a peep after the sun goes down and you can see the stars so easily, it reminds me of my home town. There are so many great things about where we are right now, but I want to travel. 

Unfortunately, we have jobs and money and dogs and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.  Just so you know, the dogs aren't blah, blah - I love them -  but they do make going places and planning things a bit harder. Despite that, I have been thinking of all the places I really want to go see and Blake and I are going to try to make traveling a bigger priority in the next few years. I would love to be one of those people that takes a few years off and just goes - but my need for a structure makes that hard.

I'll tell you one thing - following other blogger instagram accounts doesn't help with my travel envy. What do these people do for work? Do you know? Because I want their jobs. 

Go ahead - browse around. You'll be on the adventure train in 2 seconds! You'll also need a few kids that are impeccably dressed and a photographer to follow you around everywhere you go.

And just in case you're not sick of enviable instagrams yet, check out Socality Barbie. So funny. 

Anyyyyway, back to the list! 

| Amalfi Coast, Italy |
| Banff, Canada |
| Sweden |
| Paris, France |
| Santorini, Greece|

These are just a few! What destinations are on your lists??

Happy Wednesday!

DIY FRIDAY : Floral Maxi Skirt

18 September 2015

Happiest of all weekdays!
This week seemed to fly by but I'm still partial to weekends so I'm pretty excited. We are going to the CU vs CSU football game this weekend with all of our friends from college and I can't wait! Whenever we get ready to see everyone like this I wish that we lived closer so that we could see them more.

Apart from that I'm going to try not to let the foster puppy ruin the house and finish a few things in the sewing room. I've got some really cool things to show you guys soon! I want it to be completely done before I show you. 

As for this weeks DIY Friday, it's an oldie but a goodie! 

After we got engaged I had a really clear image in my head of what I wanted our engagement photos to look like. A few months before hand I had seen this post on CaraLoren and I loved the look of the flowy skirt and how bold it was against the field they were in. I wanted to find something similar but I wasn't able to find it in any stores, soooo I made it! 

This was the first project I had done in a long time and I was a little rusty but I still liked how it turned out. It's also very simple! If you haven't tried any of the DIY's yet this one would be a great one to start with! Super easy! 

P.S. Sorry for all the photos of Blake and I, they are the only photos I had of the skirt! 

Materials - 2 yards chiffon and lining
Matching thread 
Matching zipper 

Step 1.  Measure your waist and add 5 inches to each side. This will allow for your darts and seams. Cut the skirt pieces from both the lining and the chiffon. Cut a waistband piece from both the chiffon and lining. This will only need to be long enough to match up with the edges of your completed skirt. 

Step 2. Match your lining and chiffon pieces and sew along the edges and the top. After this you will have two cohesive sides for your skirt instead of four. 

Step 3. Find the center of your front skirt piece. Measure three inches out from either side of the center. *This part can be tricky but you can do it!* Pinch together a two inch piece of fabric and fold over matching the center of the pinch with the 3 inches out mark.  Pin and iron so that everything stays in place. Got it?? Questions welcome! Repeat the step to create four total "pleats" on the front of the skirt and the back. Make them as uniform as possible. 
One you have everything pinned run  stitch along the top of the pleats to hold them in place while you place the waistband. 

Step 4. Pin the skirt right sides together (chiffon sides) and sew along the sides to create your full skirt! Leave about a six inch opening on one side to allow for the zipper. 

Step 5. Take your waistband piece and lining and fold in half, iron and sew along the top as close to the fold as you can. Now open the it back up and fold the raw edge in. Iron to hold in place and pin if you want to. 

Step 6. Pin the waistband in place along the top edge of the skirt. Make sure to cover all of the stitching used for the pleats. Sew as close to the bottom fold as possible. 

Step 7. Follow the directions on the zipper package to install it. Hem the bottom of your skirt and you're done!

Chiffon can be a little tricky to work with since it can be slippery especially when paired a silky lining. If you would rather start with something a little easier look for a lighter cotton blend or light knit that doesn't need a lining. 

I hope you guys try this one! It's easy, fun and flowy!

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Some things

15 September 2015

Sometimes you just need to write some things out in a list. So, for your viewing pleasure... 

1. We got a foster puppy. She's sweet, adorable, and very naughty. More on her later because in the three days we've had her, she has caused me much stress. Why do I agree to do these things?

2. I am now the owner of a Subaru Outback. Not exactly the cool whip I saw myself in but I'm interested to see how I adjust to the Subaru lifestyle. I should stock up on yoga mats and trail mix. 
It's very nice and also a manual so I need to factor in 10 extra minutes to my morning routine for a mini anxiety attack while I get used to driving it. Gone are the days of eating cereal in the car in the mornings. I am also hoping to get one of these cool roof top tents and go on some trips! 

3. Denim on denim (Canadian Tuxedo) is my jam. I am working on some projects that will go perfectly with the combo and I cant wait to show you! 

4. I am the worst blogger in the history of blogging, consistency is certainly not my middle name. 

5. I am still watching too much NCIS but the good news is that I think I'm desensitized - I am no longer afraid to walk around my own house at night. 

6. I made myself a new workout schedule that will hopefully force me into better shape and stop me from going home everyday at lunch to see my puppies. It was getting out of hand. 

7. Everyone in my family is already taking care of their Christmas shopping and I'm not ready. I have had a few phone calls asking what I want and I haven't even figured out what I want for my birthday.

8. Speaking of birthdays, Blake and I have a really fun trip planned for ours! We are going to Beaver Creek for a few days and I can't wait. It will be such a nice little get away. 

9. Have you guys seen The Pioneer Woman's new line? My goodness its beautiful! Such pretty bowls. I am in love with her. 

10. I have been looking into some nice sturdy rain boots for fall/winter lately. I prefer rain boots during snow season more than snow boots because they're so much easier to put on and seem to cover more of my pants. I'm a sloppy walker so I need extra snow splash protection. Plus my dogs literally walk alll over me and they are easier to clean. 

11. I was in Joann's the other day and found the prettiest David Tutera special occasion fabric and have to admit that I have already started planning my Valentines Day outfit. 

I think that's all guys! Happiest of Tuesdays! 

Fall Wishlist

02 September 2015

First of all - warning - this post is a bunch of garbled thoughts that have nothing to do with each other... I'm sorry that you all have to read my nonsense :) It's been a minute since I have made the time to blog, you know.. life. 
Blake was gone in Canada for almost two weeks and I spent most of that time working on a few building projects and watching too much NCIS. I know that it's not cool... but I got pretty wrapped up in it. 
At one point I was afraid to leave the sewing room because I was positive there was a murderer in the living room... and that's why you shouldn't have access to all 12 seasons of a crime drama on Netflix. In my defense it was night time and my dogs kept doing those creepy, low growl barks at nothing. 
Apart from that I ate a lot of pizza and took a successful trip to IKEA. Thankfully, Blake is home and things are normal again. Back to eating better, dance parties and sitting in the grass watching these crazy dogs play.

^ ps. I promise she likes him sometimes.

 We have finally been getting some cooler weather too and that and the fact that it's officially September has me dreaming of fall!  I have been needing to get some new jeans - I ruined my favorite pair during wedding prep and I don't think I'll make it through September without getting a new pair. One good thing about it is that I have been forced to actually wear the other clothes in my closet but I'm not happy about it. I'm thinking these or these as replacements - maybe both ;)

As far as the rest of fall goes - I have been really wanting a few different staples for the last few years and this is the year I actually get them! I can just feel it.

You can browse through all of my fav's below!
Apart from all the clothes I need I am also so excited for football season because that means....WELCOME BACK SOUP SUNDAY! I'll be sharing all of my recipes with you guys here but I can't wait to try this one.

So cheers to pumpkin patches opening soon, birthday months and tall boots!

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