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sunglasses - Lily c/o Moorea Seal
ring - Forever 21
shoes - ASOS

Yesterday I turned twenty five! Eeep! But I've been celebrating for a few days now and I'll probably keep celebrating this week because that's just how I roll.  

Jeff took me to Oglebay over the weekend to celebrate. I cried over how cute tamarins are, ate the best burger of my life, devoured chocolate that was too good for words, took a bath in a massive bath tub, rode an aqua cycle, and we had a stinken fire place in our hotel room! (We cranked the air up so we could at least turn on the fire place for a little bit!) I've been feeling more than a bit worn down by the city so it was SO nice to escape if only for a few days. I'm back home feeling refreshed, and ready to get down to business - an excellent way to start my twenty fifth year!

Here's to making this year even better than the last!
xoxo

Just because I love silly traditions here's a peek back at previous year's birthday outfit posts ft. balloons! 2012, 2013 + 2014


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Blydesign makes the prettiest jewelry! She uses lots of opals in her work, and of course I love me some cactus jewelry!
 (via: Blydesign)
These key cases are probably the cutest thing ever. So much prettier than the mess that my keychain is and when thrown in my purse my keys would no longer be able to scratch up everything!
This duck dress is adorable.
 I feel like these shoes would look cute with the dress above! Adi Kilav actually just makes tons of awesome shoes. I'm particularly fond of these ones.
 (via: Adi Kilav)
How has my jean jacket survived so long without tooth lapel pins!?!
(via: hooptedoodle)
This shirt reminds me of when my friends and I were attacked on our bikes which sounds awful but it's actually not so hear me out... After everything one of the police officers offered us a ride home because I was visibly shaken, sitting on the curb crying. I declined the offer. Jeff then said "Do you want to go get Mitchell's?", which is my favorite ice cream spot. I, of course, said yes in my saddest voice ever. Everyone laughed including the cops. Going to get ice cream has quickly become one of my favorite things. It can turn the crappiest day around for me. Never underestimate the power of getting ice cream with your friends.
(via: Brit+Co
Absolutely, positively in love with the patterns on these rugs!
Yes!
The color of this nail polish is so pretty! Actually all the colors by Habit are pretty dreamy.
 (via: Brit+Co)
The pattern on this dress is super cute!
(via: Modcloth)

Link Love...
a Link dog costume! I need to see Klaus in this.
▴ Megan from Freckled Italian is visiting California right now and her instagram photos have me itching to get back out there. I really just want In-N-Out, whatever. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This installation in the desert is just killing me. Oh how I would have loved to see that in person.
▴ I love that this flamingo sweater is quirky but not so over the top you couldn't wear it all the time.
This shirt based on one of my favorite SNL skits is the best.
Angie recently shared some photos from her stay at the Bulgari Hotel a while back and I am dying. You guys, monkeys! I actually googled the hotel, and the one star reviews all have to do with monkeys which is kind of hilarious to me. I need to go!

Hope you have an excellent Friday!
xoxo

Ps. Don't forget to browse my Everyday Favorites if you want to see more fun finds!


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After realizing how great my plants were doing on my deck I decided to move everything out there for the summer. I'm no expert, everything I know about plants has been from scouring the internet or personal experience, and believe me I have killed my fair share of plants. I think I'm finally getting the hang of really growing things though. For the first time ever I'm actually confident I'm raising healthy succulents that are taking root and growing!

Something I kept reading about over and over was that plants have a growing season and a resting season. In the winter they should get less light but I had no idea how to do that because by moving them anywhere away from the window it just wouldn't be enough light. It took seeing some of my plants outside thriving for that little bell in my head to finally go off and realize that putting them outside to get the most sunlight might be the best option for healthy plants. Despite getting what I would consider a great deal of light in my office nothing really compares to being outside.


I get so many requests for posts on how to grow cacti and succulents but it's really all trial and error for me. My best advice is make sure they get lots of sunlight and to water them when the soil is completely dry. I don't have a regular watering schedule because some weeks they dry out quicker than other weeks and each plant is different. I recently read about how watering them a little bit less will help grow better roots since the roots will search for water. I'm not quite sure how true that is but I have been playing around with watering certain plants only a little bit instead of the full amount I would normally give them. So far so good!

Another thing I've noticed really seems to make my plants super happy is misting them. I bought a spray bottle specifically to mist the pups I was propagating. Since they were right beside all my other plants I'd end up just spraying every one of them down. I noticed fairly quickly how much more green and lively everything looked! Now it's something I do to every one of my plants outside on a daily basis.
 

Basically if you didn't feel like reading all that nonsense above, for healthier plants -
▴ Make sure they get enough light! If possible, put them outside for the summer. Just watch when the forecast calls for heavy rain, they most likely won't love that and make sure they don't get too much light. Plants can get sunburn too. I think there's this idea that succulents are super easy to grow inside but it's just not true - they need lots of light!
▴ Water them when their soil is dry. All plants are different and no one on the internet is going to be able to tell you the best schedule for yours, just keep an eye on them.
▴ Mist your plants daily - I promise it makes a huge difference! 

Even if you end up killing a plant at least you go to enjoy it for some amount of time. Think of it this way, it's kind of like buying flowers. You enjoy them for a week and then they die except with succulents and cacti they live a lot longer than flowers.
xoxo


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I don't know what I was expecting from a place called Death Valley but somehow I was still shocked by the conditions in the park. At the visitors center we stood beside a sign that read 119 degrees Fahrenheit, which is easily one of the hottest temperatures I've ever experienced. Why we had to visit at the hottest time of the year is beyond me but I'm definitely glad we went. It still blows my mind that just a day before we were on the coast where I was worried I hadn't brought enough warm clothes.

We did a lot of driving in Death Valley National Park, and not too much else since we're both absolute babies in the heat. One of the few spots we stopped was at Mesquite Sand Dunes. It was insanely hot. So hot that I could feel the heat through my shoes which I thought was crazy. After roaming around in the sand a bit shooting photos we scurried back to the car. We sat down, turned on the air, chugged some water, and realized there was a funny smell in the car.

"Do you smell burning rubber?"
"I think it might be my shoes...?"
Lifts foot as close to face as possible in the car. "Yep!"

That sand was so hot our shoes were actually melting. The park's brochure actually said of the eighteen heat related deaths in the park sine 2000 three of them occurred in the sand dunes. My photos don't really seem to capture the size of the dunes and just how expansive the area was. But to see this place in person and experience heat that oppressive that fact really isn't all that shocking.


The goal was to not spend too much time in the park since we needed to get out of the area before we got too tired. Every other night that we had tried to sleep in the car this trip it was miserable. The last thing we wanted was to be sleeping in the car in this heat. After the dunes we cruised to the visitor center to get stamps in our National Parks passport. We sat inside looking over the other main parts of the park trying to figure out what else we wanted to see. Death Valley National Park is massive, it actually has more miles of roads than any other national park. Sadly everything else we were interested in visiting suggested having some sort of fancy pants all terrain tire that our rental most definitely didn't have. Guess we'll just have to go back another time to see The Racetrack...

We made one last stop in the park, at Zabriskie Point. You walk up this steep hill to the an overlook where no matter which way you turn there is a gorgeous view. It kind of seemed like all the other visitors in the park that day we're following the same agenda as us - only get out of the car when absolutely necessary. This overlook, and the visitor center were the only place we really saw anyone else. Even with the crowd at Zabriskie Point it was a perfect last stop. It was so beautiful you could easily just tune everyone else out.


Right outside of the park there were tons of abandoned buildings. It was a busy-ish area and a great majority of them were fenced off  so we passed. We did manage to find another outside the fenced area that we stopped at. Just a small shell of a building but I love the photos of it nonetheless. I actually have a whole post of abandoned things we visited in the desert that I'll share another day. The desert is a wonderful place!

xoxo

You can find more posts from our road trip under the "travel" tag. 


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