Absolutely, positively need this shirt.
 (via: blackbird tees)
You guys, Treehotel in Sweden literally has some of the coolest places to stay ever. I would happily stay in any one of their seven rooms but the UFO has my heart. That's some bucket list material right there.
 (via: Treehotel)
 Easily one of the cutest door stoppers ever.
(via: Modcloth)
Hah! How cute is this chameleon necklace?!
 (via: designosaur)
I LOVE this tiny skull ring.
If I can't live in a beautiful home this style, at least my animals can, right?
 (via: HabiFab)
These prints by Nan Lawson are adorable. She has a handful available from different movies but I picked the two of my favorite movies.
 (via: Nan Lawson)
 (via: Modcloth)
Does anyone out there have a rainbow maker? Are they as awesome as they sound because I could use more rainbows in this place!
In the past year or so I've begun collecting signs, these two would be an awesome addition!

Link Love...
▴ Another Beetlejuice inspired print!
These plugs from Bandaru Organics are so pretty. Love the colors!
▴ The more I think about it the more I want a swing in my apartment.
▴ Eye love this phone case!
▴ If you ever wanted a dress covered in poop emojis - here it is!


Happy Friday!
xoxo


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Now that I've told you I'm going on another road trip I can subject you to hearing about it all the time just like everyone who has seen me in person this last week or so. It's essentially all I think about and nearly every other conversation I have is related to it. I just can't believe it's actually happening again. *knock on wood* I am SO excited. It's a little bit too soon to start packing but you best believe I'm already planning what I'll be packing.
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I'm obviously trying to save every penny I can for the trip. Every thing counts, especially when you're in In-N-Out territory and are a bit of a burger maniac. Y'all, I cannot wait to eat In-N-Out again!! But the day after I booked my plane ticket I stocked up on film and then went straight to TJ Maxx. I wanted to buy something special to wear on the trip. I tried on a handful of things but wasn't particularly crazy about anything so I left empty handed.
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Then this morning as I was catching up on the internet after a little three day break (My favorite Canadians came for a visit! More on this soon. I have, uh, 40 billion photos to edit) I saw Modcloth was having a huge summer sale and I immediately set to work browsing for thing I'd love to wear and take on my upcoming trip! There is seriously so much cute stuff marked down right now.

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I'm most interested in finding cozy shirts for the trip. I recently picked up these shorts, which aren't currently on sale but are worth every penny, and now I just need some tops to go with them. Even though my wardrobe has changed from all dresses to a good mix of jeans and dresses I don't really seem to have very many shirts.

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The last trip I didn't take a single dress just because I knew I probably wouldn't want to wear a dress when I hadn't showered in a few days. The two above though look so cozy and relaxed I think they might be perfect for long days spent in the car. I'm especially fond of the striped one. I should probably grab it before it sells out in my size!

One of my road trip goals is to actually get photos of myself this trip, proof I was actually there, ya know? Jeff mentioned another couples outfit post in the desert with cactus, and I am 100 kinds of into that idea, I just need to make sure I pack something that will make me feel super cute no matter how sunburnt, and sweaty I am! 
xoxo


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dress - It's A-boat Time Dress via Modcloth (no longer available)
sweater - TJ Maxx
pin - estate sale
belt - thrifted
camera bag - Jo Totes
boots - thrifted

This is another dress I dug out of my closet while gathering things for an upcoming shop my closet sale. I've probably only worn it two or three times. Whoops. It actually has a little bit of sentimental value to me so even though I hadn't worn it in a while I was almost positive I wouldn't be parting ways with it. Shortly after getting my license I drove to Philadelphia to see my favorite band two nights in a row. It was my very first time traveling completely alone, I had definitely never been that far from home by myself. The trip wasn't all that great. (You know, I'm almost positive it was because I forgot to eat almost all weekend. Haha, adulting 101, Seriously. It's kind of funny now how dumb that was/is.) Anyway this was one of the dresses I brought along. At the time it was brand new, and I was just so excited to explore the city in it and then dance my butt off. I had a horrible headache when I woke up the morning I was going to wear it and I ended up just driving straight home without ever wearing it. The direct memory tied to this dress isn't the greatest, I guess, but at the same time it was such an exciting chapter in my life I can't help but love the dress because it's attached to that time. Does that make sense? Regardless, its still a super cute dress and maybe someday I'll go explore Philadelphia properly in it!

Hope you're having a great week!
xoxo



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Last year Jeff and I went out west on a roadtrip. We flew into Denver, Colorado, rented a car, and drove across Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. We traveled over 3,200 miles. We had no set schedule. We just drove, stopping whenever and wherever we pleased. That trip was one of the absolute best weeks of my life.


Last week we started serious planning on our next trip - as in plane tickets have been purchased and we leave in less than a month! Ahhh! Commence freakout! I'm trying to to think of ways to make this one even better than the last. It's stressful, honestly.  Looking back I have no idea how I was able to so calmly embark on a trip without any real plans. Jeff and I had only known each other for around three months at the time, it blows my mind that we never once fought about where to stop. Even after getting home from that trip there was only one thing we missed that I regret (not that it really matters because we'll be hitting it on this next trip!)

I feel anxious about our upcoming trip because I'm terrified of not making the most of it. I need to learn to sit back and relax because I know it's going to be fun no matter what. I love traveling with Jeff, there's no one else I'd rather spend a week in the car with, and I'm sure we'll find tons of amazing places to explore and photograph. That being said, I wanted to share my road trip resolutions. These are just a few things that have been floating around my head lately, I thought that writing them down and sharing them would keep me accountable.


On all trips here on out I plan to... 

Take more photos of people and stop being weird about getting my own photo taken! I think it was the photos of a stranger's safari that really got me thinking about this. I barely have any photos of us from our last trip. Part of it was that we were sleeping in the car, and not showering. Honestly, I loved that part. Hair, make-up, and cute clothes were not my priority in the least but I didn't want photos of myself like that. Looking back now, I wish I had photos of myself in the desert, in front of giant dinosaurs, and at the Grand Canyon. Who cares if my hair was greasy, and I was sunburnt?! I want those photos for myself. Nothing wrong with some cheesy tourist photos, even if you think you look dirty!

One of the only photos of us from the trip. Taken by Jeff.

▴ Speaking of photos, I want to shoot more than just pretty landscapes. I LOVE a good landscape photo, and I know I'll be taking my fair share of them on this trip but I also want to shoot more "behind the scenes" type of photos. Pictures of our meals, pictures of where we sleep, just all the little details that make the trip what it is.

Our last trip was insane, we seriously saw so darn much. We packed so much stuff into that week that it's easy to forget certain things. The other day I randomly remembered a little diner we ate at while waiting on Mesa Verde National Park to open. It was some strange smiley face themed place with great food plus they actually had chocolate milk instead of having it on the menu and then saying "oh, we don't have that". Anyway, it was special because we had just had one of the worst nights sleep of the whole trip and this was one of the only real meals we ate. It was so nice to just sit down and enjoy food. I, of course, didn't take any photos - because why would I? But I wish I had even just one photo from that place. That's the kind of photos I'm talking about with this goal.

Share more stories. I want to document my trips better. There are lots of things from 2014's trip that I wish I had talked more about. Story telling isn't really my strong point. I rely on my photos to tell stories but looking back I feel like maybe I glossed over a lot of parts of the trip on accident. It was all just so fresh and overwhelming to look back upon that I didn't think to write down a lot.

This year I might take a notebook and just jot down little things as well as where we are, and what day it is. I've never been great at journaling but I think I'd like to give it a shot.

 ▴ Get photos printed! Recently I started putting everything I had printed from the last few years in albums. It feels so good to have them out of boxes and somewhere that they can actually be looked at. The thing is those are only my film photos. I can't even remember the last time I got digital photos printed. While I don't see myself printing out everyday photos, I do want to print photos of trips.

A while back Chatbooks sent me a book of some of my instagram photos printed and my first thought was "roadtrip photos!" I think when we get back from this trip I'd like to get a book or two made from my digital photos so I have a keepsake of sorts from the trip, maybe even with excerpts from my travel journal as the captions. You can find photos of the book they printed me in this post. The books are only $6 and they have free shipping PLUS you can use the code "theda146" to get your first book when you subscribe to your Instagram Series.


Basically it just all boils down to the fact I want to be able to remember these trips better! I know I've briefly mentioned before how I don't feel like my memory is the best and I want to soak up everything little thing I can from road trips. Traveling is when I'm the happiest.
xoxo


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