Thursday, August 27, 2015

Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day (yesterday) to all the pups in my life! I love dogs so much, they make me really happy every time I see one and I can't imagine my home or life without one.

(Unless it's that German shepherd that tried to eat me when I went to pet it outside WTF. Don't tie your dog up outside a bar if it's mean, duh)

Gizmo is just dang happy to be a dog. He walks up to every human he sees, looks them right in the eyes, and gives them a look of pure love and want to be friends and everyone falls immediately in love with him. He throws up a lot and ate a lot of my shoes when he was a puppy, but he's so fluffy and cute, I forgive him. He stands at a perfect plie constantly and is a pro at destroying toys in 30 seconds flat.

Tuffy is not as mad as he looks. He started out the first three years of his life really rough and now he's the most spoiled dog in the world. He would prefer to always be touching one of his people and he sits in front of his brother at the dog park when he can tell he's not feeling safe. He will do anything for food, including biting your face. He snores really loudly, but it's just adorable enough to not be annoying. I treat him like a baby and he lets me. He'll always be my first born. (I'm creepy)

My mom's dog Bailey looks more like a muppet than any dog I've ever met. My mom adopted her when her previous owner, Mike's grandma, passed away and she's been a silly, noisy, muppety presence in my mom's life ever since. I'm so happy they found each other and that she gets to be a companion for two crazy old ladies in her lifetime. She snorts the entire time you take her for a walk and my mom calls it "hunting for truffles" and she has the absolute softest paws you've ever felt.

My sister's dog Winston is such a happy dog. Laura fell in love with pugs after meeting Tuff and she really hit the jackpot with finding Winston. He's the sweetest little thing; always ready for kisses and spins. He is super spoiled, especially once her fiance moved in, but he deserves it just for being such a snuggly little weirdo. He's allergic to bees and has been stung more than any person or dog I know, but he's tough despite his tiny size. He's also basically a hot box; if you sleep with him, you will never be cold.

And some pups from the past who we still love just as much and think about on National Dog Day...

Sonar was probably the weirdest dog ever. She was part coyote, part dog, part mountain goat, part human. She winked at Kristin once which we still laugh about today (and btw, I am partly convinced that Gizmo is Sonar reincarnated and I asked him once AND HE WINKED AT ME). She would lay by me when I would cry, but she never wanted to snuggle otherwise. She once dug her way out of my backyard in Bakersfield while my mom was visiting me and was lost for days in a horrible storm. I found her at the pound covered in mud with bloody paws and kept her at my house until the weekend when I could drive her home and she ate a bunch of chips and shat orange poo all over my rental's carpet. She was such a strange, silly, little dog.

I couldn't find a good photo of Radar on my new computer, but here he is probably barking at us, which is pretty typical. Radar was the smartest dog I've ever met. Like, he could point to the right color if you asked him. He was freaky smart. He was fiercely protective of Laura and trained Sonar himself by being a bossy, barky cow for a couple months until she fell in line. He looked just like Lassie and people would always yell that when they saw him. He loved to attack the hose and hated getting brushed. He was the runt of the litter, but turned out to be the best one by far.

Now, go hug a dog immediately.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Life Lately in Photos

I realized this morning that I haven't done an iPhone dump in forever so I have a ton of pointless photos to upload for an easy/free blog post. Ready, go!

The view from our lunch table at the farmer's market in City Park.

Denver is just so pretty, I take way too many photos of it.

Hikes, hikes, and more hikes.

My work group took a trip to the Tabasco plant in Louisiana and it was deathly hot and humid, but also pretty awesome.

Don't feed the crocs. No seriously, there are crocodiles walking around on the island. It was not cool.

Walking home after Orange on the weekends is one of my favorite things to do.
Side note: I ditched Orange today because I didn't want to ruin my post-haircut hairdo. I'm a horrible person.

Mike has decided breakfast cocktails are a thing.

Not into it.

Mike has started meeting me at a coffee shop near work after my weekday Orange classes so we can all walk home together and enjoy the weather. The dogs love it.

Mike making chili.

Lots and lots of dog park visits.

Mike made Mike Isabella's meatballs and pepperoni sauce and it was flippin' good.

We went to my coworker's boyfriend's art show and ended up buying this awesome/weird painting. Tuffy was not impressed.

Obsessed with my new haircut.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

When A Wig is a Good Thing


My hair lady and I decided it kind of looks like a wig and we love that about it.

I need to calm down, but as someone who usually hates her hair, I'm pretty excited that it looks exactly as I wanted it.


The end.

Floral Fun with Rent the Runway

I think my brain has officially decided it's Spring which obviously makes no sense since it's almost Fall, but my brain does what it wants. I almost typed what "he" wants which is weird that I've subconsciously decided my brain is a man all of a sudden.

This post is a mess already.

Anyway, my brain feels like it's Spring and therefore is obsessed with florals right now. Maybe it's because it's still so gosh darn nice outside here in Denver or maybe I just like florals all the time? Who knows.

We're getting ready to go to my coworker's wedding in a couple weeks and while Mike is scouring J.Crew for the perfect suit (because he will take any excuse to buy a new suit) I've been drawn to every floral dress I see. Is it okay to wear a floral dress to a September wedding? I'm gonna!

Here are a few of my favorites from Rent the Runway. Which one would you wear?

By the way, if you haven't ever rented a dress from Rent the Runway, be sure to use the code FIRSTRTR25X75X at checkout because you'll get $25 off your first rental of $75+, which is awesome!

Cynthia Rowley Ashley Dress
This one with some nude heels and bright earrings. 

Carmen Marc Valvo Georgia Dress
This one with gold accessories and shoes. 

Floral Element Dress by Parker
I love the neckline of this one. 

Elizabeth and James Gorda Crop Top
This crop top paired with a black tulip skirt and heels. I men, if I were a tall, thin person, but still!

This one would be my pick if it were a more formal wedding (paired with more dainty shoes, those heels are awful).

Blumarine Garden of Delight Dress
This one is one of my two favorites because it's floral, but not super springy and I love how graphic it is. Pair with red or black shoes and simple accessories.

Matthew Williamson Sonoran Desert Dress
This is my other favorite because it's so flowy, flattering, and such a happy print. I love that they paired it with yellow shoes and it really doesn't need much accessorizing at all.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Taking the Time With JORD

The only thing I miss about our horrid commute when we were living in Virginia was the extra four hours a day I had to read. I read so many books and it was so nice to actually have the time to sit down and read. I'm an English major and a librarian's daughter, I love books; I have to!

Since we moved to Denver and my commute consists of a fifteen minute walk to my office every morning and we spend our weekends exploring, hiking, or trying out breweries, I've lost all my reading time.  Literally, my kindle keeps dying before I even get a chance to use it. I miss my books though and taking the time to just be quiet and enjoy a great story.

Lately, I've resolved to take more time to read. Even if it means rereading Harry Potter for the eight thousandth time (sorry not sorry). Once you actually take the time to sit down and crack open a book, you realize there really is nothing better than pouring a glass of wine, putting on some comfy pants, and snuggling up with the pups and a good book.

Speaking of time (this is a great segue guys, wait for it), JORD recently sent me this amazing watch to help me keep track of my time (can't spend all day reading Harry Potter, now can we?). I'm wearing the Ely in maple and think it's just absolutely cute.  I'm not usually a big watch girl, especially since the trend for the last couple years seems to be masculine, metal watches on girls. I have teeny tiny wrists and don't really like wearing heavy things on them. The Ely is super lightweight which is perfect and I love the feminine look of the maple. The best thing is that JORD has you measure your wrist before ordering so the watch fits you perfectly when it arrives; perfect for us teeny tiny wristed girls or guys.

Which JORD watch would you choose? I also love the Sully, Cora, and 94A for girls and the Dover, Pujols, and Delmar for the guys. Check out how I styled my JORD watch below...Harry Potter and a pug really are the best way to wear anything, don't you think?