what i'm reading // the year of magical thinking

in this touching true-life story, joan didion shares the heartbreaking tale of her husband's death and how she reflected upon her long marriage in the year following. I read this book while we were in morocco and I haven't stopped thinking or talking about it since. her story made me feel even closer to my husband and family, and led me to re-evaluate how I live in the moment and appreciate the ordinary. didion is a gifted observer and a brilliant writer, which led me to recently start blue nights, also by didion, about the loss of her daughter. while they are tough subjects and far from a typical "summer beach read," i highly recommend this book for anyone looking to do some introspection. 

happy heart // week 47


if i'm deciding on a place to vacation, the dream usually starts with a photograph. whether the initial trigger is a bright sandy beach or a bustling marketplace, i mentally catalog that image as a "must-see destination." this was one of the main attractions to visiting morocco for our honeymoon -- hours on pinterest drooling over the myriad colors and landscapes. 

for this week's happy heart, start a pinterest board, a bulletin board, or just photos stuck on the fridge to start your fantasy vacation list. 

// img via traveling colors // 

fall wardrobe wishlist


fall in phoenix wasn't really a season so much as an incredibly nice week stuck in mid-october. now that we are in manhattan, I'm excited to see the leaves change in the park and experience fall to its fullest -- that includes seasonal dressing!

sweatshirt dress // beanie // boots // sweatshirt // track pants // slip-ons // bow // bag (also love this) // coffee // coat // tights (similar) // dress

happy heart // week 46

For a long time, I was super guilty of harping on about work problems and stress during dinners with chris. I eventually realized I never felt truly relaxed at home because I carried my day into what was supposed to be personal time. Quitting this bad habit was definitely a worthwhile change. This week, make the conscious decision to keep work talk out of dinner conversation with your friends or significant other and focus on the here and now. 

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weekend warrior // august 15

i'm totally crushing on these black loafers from free people for fall. too bad all of our expenses are going to furnishing our place!

i'll be chained to our apartment over the next week as we have a kajillion deliveries coming. we get an actual mattress tomorrow and i am so. pumped. there've too many motels and air mattresses for this gal to take. I am really excited to start sharing photos of our place and how we're stretching our creative muscles to make it work. We have about 1/3 of the space we had in Phoenix, so it's definitely a challenge. Photos will come soon, promise!

Have a great weekend, friends!