florida fishing

By June 25, 2014 Life

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While summer in the Midwest is one of the best places to be, sometimes you just need a change in scenery. I think a getaway truly feels like vacation when you shake up your normal routine, take advantage of doing things you can’t do at home, and disconnect as much as you can. This past weekend I flew down to Florida for a quick trip with the boyfriend and a couple fun pals, and while it was a super quick (too quick!) of a trip, we packed all the sunshine-state goodness we could into a few short days.

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To take advantage of our beach and boat scenery, we logged some serious hours on the water buzzing around on a fishing boat and got ourselves completely out of sight of land. We caught a (crazy, wild, hard-fighting 35-ish pound) cobia and grilled him up for dinner. We docked up to a darling, divey bar on the water for conch fritters and live music played by an old looking sailor. We fished for our own bait, sipped margaritas before noon, dug up sand dollars and seashells, watched giddy dolphins follow our wake, reeled in a baby shark (which we promptly tossed back in!), swam in to a beach bar for fresh oysters, and enjoyed a perfect overdose of sun, seafood, and salt covered skin.

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I packed light for the trip but couldn’t help myself from picking up a few new things before our trip – like this Wildfox tee and this head wrap from Ban.do. (perfect to disguise salty, wind-whipped ocean hair!)

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summer favorites

By June 14, 2014 Beauty

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Along with lightening (or really, altogether dropping) my hair routine for the warm summery months, I’ve found myself overall using less stuff in general. It’s so nice outside – I don’t want to waste a minute indoors when I can be out in this sweet sunshine. I’ve never been a full face of makeup kind of girl, but in the summertime, I whittle my beauty routine down to just the bare minimum.

3 of my favorite things in constant rotation so far this summer – a coconut oil moisturizer by Amir, a bright poppy lip thanks to Clinique’s chubby stick in ‘heftiest hibiscus,’ and a new Sephora find – Lavanila’s lavender ‘healthy deodorant.’

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As for summer sparkle, while I usually sing ‘the more the merrier,’ for the summer I’ve also cut back. A pair of good statement earrings has been my go-to jewelry pick, and little else. I’ve been particularly smitten with the 2 Loren Hope ones and Bauble Bar pair above. Cheers to another sunshine filled weekend!

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air hair

By June 5, 2014 Beauty, Style

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While most resolutions kick off with the start of a new year, I decided a couple weeks ago to make one just for the summer. I don’t know if it was the 105 degree heat while on vacation last week or my sudden desire to make my morning routine as low maintenance as possible but…I’m putting my hot hair tools to rest. Just for a bit, just to see what happens, and just to be kinder to my hair for awhile. I’ll bring them out on rare occasion for special events but my goal is to let them collect a little dust all season long while growing some healthier locks.

I’m typically pretty attached to my blessed blow dryer that I always refer to as my ‘reverse vacuum,’ because it’s that good. And I got a new flat iron a couple months ago that has been downright magical. (It even lets out a pleasant little sound when it’s hot and ready!) But the constant daily heat on my super fine hair was getting to be too much work and was killing my mane. So until further notice, I’m going au natural with the air dried hair. If all else fails, I’m keeping my trusty head scarves and hats within arms reach. It’s summer!!

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Photography by Justin Meyer

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beach town touring

By June 3, 2014 Life

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While mom and I loved our relaxing little Palm Springs getaway last week, after a few days of being glued to our poolside chairs we decided to shake it up and head west for a beach day. For a couple land-locked Midwest girls, 2 hours to the nearest beach was nothing. We hopped in our car super early, grabbed a fresh juice (green for me, pear/carrot/ginger for mom), and made our way to Corona del Mar, where we proceeded to enjoy the day cruising up and down the coast hitting up beach towns, cute little shops, and turning off the Pacific Coast Highway for anything that caught our eye.

We packed in a lot – from Corona del Mar headed down to Laguna and explored the town and beach, made our way down to Newport Beach and San Clemente, then back up north we picked up avocado sandwiches to go from Orange Inn (ooh yum!), which we carried to the beach for a little picnic. En route to Huntington Beach for dinner at Fred’s Mexican, we spotted a sign for Balboa Island and took a turn – neither of us had heard of it and it turned out to be the cutest little town! We stopped for a Balboa bar but ended up with the tastiest chocolate/coconut/almond covered frozen banana. (*Must recreate at home!) Watching the sun set in Huntington was the perfect ending to a memorable day.

(En route to the beach I insisted on one road trip stop – Hadley’s Fruit farm for a famous date shake, and a photo op with the Cabazon dinosaurs. *highly recommend doing both!)

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