what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Cursive
I finally saw them play! Crescent Ballroom was the place to see them. It was intimate, sweaty, and full of musical-lovers. This shirt was a must.

2. Asparagus
With this health kick I'm attempting to be on (farewell Filiberto's and pizza), I've been getting hooked on veggies. Asparagus being one of them. It's so tasty steamed or sauteed. Can't get enough.

3. Shoesies
These cutout wedges need to find a home in my closet and a place on my feetsies. Hey, my birthday isn't too far off, lovelies. Hint, hint.


don't sweat it

When I was younger my parents bought me a book that had a great impact on my life. This reminds me that I should probably take it off the shelf and reread it. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and it's all small stuff by Richard Carlson.

Life can take it's toll on us sometimes, but there are a lot of times when we should stop worrying and just let it ride. This book is full of inspiration that ultimately leads you to enjoy life. As someone who can cry pretty easily and suffer from minor panic attacks over the itty bittiest things, I highly recommend it.

Here are some excerpts that I just love:

“One of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ourselves, or for others, thinking that life should be fair, or that someday it will be. It's not and it won't. When we make this mistake we tend to spend a lot of time wallowing and/or complaining about what's wrong with life. "It's not fair," we complain, not realizing that, perhaps, it was never intended to be.” 

“Something wonderful begins to happen with the simple realization that life, like an automobile, is driven from the inside out, not the other way around. As you focus more on becoming more peaceful with where you are, rather than focusing on where you would rather be, you begin to find peace right now, in the present. Then, as you move around, try new things, and meet new people, you carry that sense of inner peace with you. It's absolutely true that, "Wherever you go, there you are.” 

"Ask yourself: Will this matter a year from now? To play "time warp," all you have to do is imagine that whatever circumstance you are dealing with isn't happening I right now but a year from now. Then simply ask yourself, "Is this situation really as important as I'm making it out to be?" Once in a great while it may be-but a vast majority of the time, it simply isn't."

May you stop stressing and start living. I remind myself with this.
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gruyère grilled cheese

If there are two things I love on my taste buds, it's garlic-y goodness and melted cheese. While browsing one of my favorite foodie blogs (previously mentioned here), I found the perfect recipe to satisfy my taste buds. How good does gruyère and roasted garlic sound? Even better, when it's melted between two pieces of bread. 

Roasted Garlic & Gruyère Grilled Cheese

Per sandwich:
1 head of roasted garlic
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 slices white bread
1 fairly thick slice of Gruyère cheese (or any other good melting cheese you prefer)

Remove the roasted garlic cloves from the head and mash in a bowl. Place cheese on top of one side of bread and spread the mashed roasted garlic over the cheese, top with other slice of bread. Using a non-stick pan or a cast iron griddle, place on medium-low heat with a 15g (1 tbsp) butter and heat until the butter completely melts. Place sandwich in pan, so that the cheese is closer to the bottom of the pan, then cover the pan with a lid or a piece of foil. Fry until the cheese melts and the bread has turned golden brown, about 3 minutes, and then add the same amount of butter to the pan, flip the sandwich over and fry until golden. Eat immediately, try not to make any excessive moaning noises while enjoying the melted cheesy goodness.
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sunday spark

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
-Marilyn Monroe
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hello, spring

I can not get enough of this weather. It's finally springtime, and despite the allergies that come with it, it's one of my favorite seasons. There is a breeze. There are flowers blooming. The skies are clear. It's the perfect time to break out the shorts and floral tops, which is exactly what I did today. Just paying homage to that wonderful mama nature.

Top: Free People, Shorts and belt: American Apparel, Shoes: H&M, Necklace: Enspire Jewelry


Arizona has had some amazing weather lately. It's too good to pass up and stay inside. I've been taking advantage of those sun rays and laying by the pool. I'm finally getting my tan back, but I would like a new swimsuit to go with it. There are oodles of cute ones that have caught my eye.


love twenty

I like a little bit of everything, so when I stumbled on Love Twenty I was one happy gal. It's a website dedicated to twenty-somethings and offering good reads on everything from fashion, to love, to careers. I suggest you check it out!
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friday funnies

This kid kills me...in a good way.


diy: dog print

It's not a shocker that I love pups. So when I saw this DIY on the Glitter Guide, I knew I had to try it. How fantastic is the gold silhouette on that apricot paper? Seriously, be on my wall.

Click here for the greyhound stencil. I've found a few great Jack Russell prints. It's easy to find your favorite critter by searching the web. Wouldn't Charlie look fabulous in gold? That reminds me that I desperately need this pillow.

Here is what you will need:
- Silhouette of your choice
- White computer paper
- Colored scrapbook paper
- Glitter
- Scissors
- Glue
- Frame

Here is what you do:
1. Print out the stencil on regular computer paper and cut it out to create the silhouette you've chosen.
2. Add a layer of glue over the silhouette, sprinkle with glitter, and let dry.
3. Glue the silhouette to a piece of colored paper.
4. Place inside the frame and hang. Pretty easy!

Tip: Using patterned stock card would look pretty unique. There are tons of choices at Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michael's.


what is moving on?

I've had a lot of lovely ladies asking for advice on what to do in a...

Break up, n. The ending of a personal, especially a romantic, relationship. 

Simple to define, but not so simple to understand. Not so easy to go through. Sometimes it knocks the wind out of you. It's completely unexpected. It causes your knees to buckle and the only safe haven is the ground you're about to collapse to. Sometimes it creeps up on you. It draws out over time. While goodbye is the only option, the word is too difficult to say. Each heart-wrenching time, whether quick or slow, right or wrong, merely sad or devastating, is the end.

The end isn't something that is easy to come to terms with. It means waving familiarity goodbye and bracing yourself for change. One you never saw coming. Never planned on. Never hoped for. Never wanted to endure alone because you didn't think you'd have to.

You try to fight it, pleading and crying. You become desperate. You don't want to lose the person who so easily crept into your heart. You don't want to lose the tiniest moments that were so big to you. You don't want to lose all the time you spent wishing and working at it, only to see it go.

It isn't easy. I've spent the past few months going through it. There were so many questions whirling around in my head. So many pangs in my heart. So many wishes I still would shut my eyes tight for. I felt. I felt every repercussion of a breakup. I felt every feeling that sparks at the impact of a sudden end. 

Through it all, I found that there has to be a point of acceptance. Accepting the end. Accepting the losses. Accepting the hurt. This is the point of moving on. Again, a term that is simple to define, but not so simple to understand. 

I have searched my head and heart to understand the act (or art) of moving on. To understand how. To understand why we have to. I've been scribbling notes on napkins, papers, journals. Typing notes onto my laptop. Entering notes into my phone. Grabbing every thought I have on the matter and placing it somewhere safe and unforgettable. This is what I've learned...

It is moving forward with your head held high, even if your heart is low. 
It is accepting what can not be, even if you struggle to understand why. 
It isn't that you don't love them enough to fight for the relationship. 
It is loving yourself more, and knowing when to end the battle for what once was. 
It is forgiving the other person, and more importantly, yourself. 
It is forgetting the fear of them finding someone else because you will do the same in time.
It is finding the strength to cut ties, no matter how difficult life may seem without them in it. 
It is placing space between you and them in order for feelings to fade and hearts to heal. 
It is pulling away when you would rather push your way back into their hearts and into a relationship. 
It is properly balancing the good and the bad, and seeing which truly outweighed the other. 
It is realizing how much emphasis you placed on the "good" to convince your friends, your family, and ultimately yourself, that it was right.
It is realizing they were not the right one, no matter how much you tried to turn a blind eye to it. 
It is not feeling remorseful, but all the wiser for this realization. 
It is being thankful for learning lessons that you once saw as mere mistakes, whether on your part or theirs.
It is not questioning what you did wrong because there are two people in every relationship. 
It is knowing that you were enough, and that someday the right one will see you as more than enough. 
It is hugging yourself when you are weak, and praising yourself when you are strong.
It is crying. A lot.
It is allowing yourself time to mend.
It is opening up your heart again, even if you are fearful. 
It is realizing you are going to be okay.

Now, I am no expert on the matter. We all love in our own ways. We all feel in our own ways. We all move on in our own ways. That's what is beautiful about relationships, even in their demise. But if I could ease the breaking of your heart by just a little, then sharing was well worth it.

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. The Vow
I am one sappy gal. I tear up over anything that has to do with love. Books, movies, random couples on the sidewalk. So with that, I had to see The Vow. I laughed, cried, and ended up thinking a whole bunch about "great" love.

2. Cornish Pasty
The ladies and gents who work here are all wonderful people who crack jokes and hold great conversations, as they serve up delicious plates of food. I like going towards sundown when they light up all the candles and play awesome tunes from Pandora.

3. Relaxing
Sometimes it feels like I go, go, go, and it's begun to take its toll on me. I haven't been under the weather in awhile, but I am loading up on Vitamin C and homework in bed. This just reminds me that some "me" days are A-Okay.
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avocado chop chop salad

I found this recipe for a crisp, fresh salad with tons of yummy ingredients on Pati's Mexican Table. The main ingredient being my favorite: avocado. This would be the perfect thing to munch on, on a warm day.

Serves 4-6

 ripe Hass avocados, about 2 pounds, pulp cut into large chunks
14 ounces (1 1/3 cups) hearts of palm, drained, rinsed and thickly sliced1 cup corn kernels, from freshly cooked ears of corn or thawed and cooked from frozen1 tbsp red onion, chopped6 oz cherry tomatoes, or about 1 cup, whole or halved according to your preference3 tbsp pumpkin seeds, toasted
2 tsp apple cider vinegar1 tbsp lime juice1/4 tsp oregano3/4 tsp sea salt1/4 tsp brown sugar1/4 tsp black pepper2 tbsp olive oil2 tbsp safflower oil


To make the vinaigrette, pour the vinegar and lime juice in a small bowl. Add oregano, salt sugar and black pepper. Pour the oils in a slow stream, whisking with a whisk or fork to emulsify. The vinaigrette can be made a day ahead of time, just emulsify before using.

To toast the pumpkin seeds, place them in an already hot small saute pan, set over medium heat.  Stir often, being careful not to burn them, until you start to hear popping sounds (similar to pop corn), and they begin to acquire a nice tanned color, about 4 to 5 minutes later. Remove from heat and place in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, gently mix the avocado chunks, hearts of palm slices, corn kernels, cherry tomatoes and red onion with the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds and serve.

This salad can be served as a main salad with a side of toast or pita bread, or it can be served as a side salad to grilled chicken, fish or meat.


sunday spark

"Letting go doesn't mean giving up... it means moving on."
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friday funnies

I don't know how I have never seen this before..


what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Guitar
I'm so happy to have my baby back. It's been fun putting together songs and attempting singing. I just need to get my callouses back because my fingertips are sore!

2. Warm weather
It's been such a great temperature outside lately. I've tried to spend as much time as I can outdoors. I even did some studying with Charlie while she sunbathed.

3. Guacamole
I love this green goodness. I put it on crackers, chips, sandwiches, spoons.


sweet treats

There are so many adorable and edible treats that are meant to be eaten today. Chocolates, cakes, candies, cookies, and cupcakes. The five "c's." Pink and red frosting. Tiny sprinkles. Hearts. If only there was a way to eat it all up without getting a tummy ache. Here are some pretty pictures to feast your eyes on...

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