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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

3 Year Wedding Anniversary!

Benj Haisch Photography
Photography by Benj Haisch

Time flies when you're having fun! I'm looking forward to saying that decades down the road, God willing. Today, Husband and I celebrate our three year wedding anniversary! Though our love is relatively young, it's encouraging to experience how much it's grown.

For this anniversary, we thought we'd share three things we appreciate about each other:

Husband: I love that she's got a strong spirit - feisty in a good way. She's also encouraging with her words. I just enjoy our kindred partnership together - she's my ride-or-die chick... or should I say trap queen, I think that's the term nowadays.
Me: I love his quirky sense of humor - he's the weirdest person ever and you'd never be able to tell! He'll go the oddest lengths to make me laugh. I appreciate his steadfastness - I can depend on him for anything and he always comes through. He also loves selflessly through acts of service, and thoughtfully makes me a latte every morning, packs my lunch, makes us dinner... what a keeper!

You can see more posts of our wedding and engagement here.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Travel Uniform in Malmö, Sweden

Malmö, Sweden is closer to Copenhagen, Denmark (50 minute train ride) than it is to Stockholm, Sweden (1 hour flight), so we spent a day of our itinerary in Copenhagen to visit this cute city. Just make sure to not go on a Sunday, as lots of shops and businesses are closed!

Ann Taylor striped linen midi dress (on sale!)
H&M long mohair cardigan (similar - on sale!)
The Row "Row8" sunglasses via DITTO
(^^ for 1 free month, use code: HEYPRETTYTHING)
Céline large Trio bag (similar)

We were traveling abroad Europe + Iceland for three weeks, so I tried to pack clothing that can be versatile. In the summer, a linen dress can be worn for comfy all-day exploring (post from Copenhagen here) or as a coverup to the beach. Here, we took a day trip from Copenhagen, Denmark to Malmö, Sweden, and I went the casual route by pairing this dress with Converse sneakers.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Picks: Back to... School + Work

We're approaching a new season, which feels like a fresh start in and of itself. Additionally, as a teacher, fall signifies the end of summer vacation and the beginning of work (luckily, I love my job). Below are my favorite picks for the 2015 school year:

back to school
2. LeSportsac "LeLunch" lunch sack
5. Kate Spade polka dots pen

Fall Student Trends: '70s denim, cognac leather fringe, and marble, like this phone charger.

fall fashion
1. Madewell multi-plaid dress
2. Rifle Paper Co "Garance Dore" notepads

Fall Work Trends: feminized plaid, burgundy suede, neutral lip, and a large carry-all tote.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Maxi Dress at Sand Dunes

Billabong maxi dress
sand dunes
Billabong maxi dress
sand dunes
Billabong maxi dress
Dolce Vita Jaeger boots
wool hat
sand dunes
Billabong "Solar Sun" maxi dress (c/o)
Wilfred coral bandeau (similar)
Dolce Vita "Jaeger" booties (c/o)
Moorea Seal "Morley" wool hat

Last week, my sister-in-law and talented photographer Cassie Marino and I packed a car full of clothes and accessories, a cooler of food and drinks, and headed to eastern Washington. We drove for hours with this dream of a destination in mind: sand dunes. After weeks of sharing a Pinterest board for common inspiration, we set out to make our vision a reality, and we're thrilled with how the photos turned out! I wore this maxi dress, which works just as well with sandals for the beach as it does with desert boots for any occasion from festivals to stomping around in dry, barren lands. The sand dunes are vast and windy, which made shooting a literal whirlwind of an adventure.

Check out more photos from this shoot on Cassie Marino Photography's blog and Instagram!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Iceland [2 of 5]: Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Iceland
This is the second post of our Iceland trip (the first was about Thingvellir National Park), and it's on the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa. I totally recommend spending at least half a day at the Blue Lagoon! It's beautiful, relaxing, and unique as an experience. If you're thinking about a trip to the Blue Lagoon, below are some details and tips.

How to Get There:
The Blue Lagoon is about a 50-minute drive from Reykjavik. There are plenty of tour busses that can take you there. We rented a car for our time in Iceland, since we planned to drive around, and the drive is straightforward and scenic.

What to Know:
  1. The price of Standard tickets range from 35-45 euros (during summer season) -- including parking.
  2. We went with Premium tickets, which come with a free drink at the in-water bar, flip-flops, and skincare package, and use of towel and robe. Since we didn't pack those things and planned on lounging at the Blue Lagoon for hours, we went with that option.
  3. There is a luggage-storage room if you need.
  4. The shower/locker room is clean and modern. Your entry bracelet digitally secures the locker. The water is rich in silicate minerals, so in the shower, take like 10 pumps of conditioner (provided) and coat your hair before heading in, otherwise it'll get so nappy!
  5. The water is about 100 °F, so stay hydrated and drink lots of water.
What to Bring:
Blue Lagoon Iceland
Necessities: iPhone underwater case, sunglasses, swimsuit (you could rent it there, but... just bring your own).

massage at Blue Lagoon Iceland
Top: There are many spa and massage treatments you could pre-book at the Blue Lagoon. Email them way ahead of time to ensure a reservation, because they book up fast. Husband and I got 60-minute in-water relaxing massages -- they were heavenly!
Bottom: In a portion of the Blue Lagoon, you can get scoops of silica mud, which you can apply to your skin for a deep clean and exfoliation. Be careful to not get it in your eyes -- Husband got some in his and they got irritated and swelled up.

If you have any additional questions, let me know if the comments below! You can also check out the rest of our Europe + Iceland trip.