Back to the Drawing Board (Kind Of)

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Very recently, I was attempting to last-minute enroll into college. The process didn’t go as planned and I came to the realization that waiting was the logical and responsible choice.

The degree I chose to pursue was Graphic Design – something I’ve established a pretty strong interest in over the past few years. I was unfortunately not someone who found their academic niche right out of high school, therefore I felt as though it was simply a waste of money to attempt furthering my education at the time.

But something I DID discover right out of high school was my love of blogging. In hindsight I realize that I fell in love with blogging because I felt as though it was my only outlet to continue writing after graduation.

Throughout my erratic high school career, the one and only thing that was constant for me was writing. I adored any English class I was in. I loved writing essays, short stories, poetry, and even in diaries/journals. English was the only subject in school that gave me any form of fulfillment, and the only thing I felt I honestly excelled at.

So to no surprise, when I was required to write a 300-500 word essay for my placement testing in order to apply for college, I lit up. I hunkered down, turned on The Lumineers radio, and I busted out (with ease), a 500 word 5 paragraph essay… As if it were something I did on a regular basis.

And it all clicked. Furthering my education, however I end up going about that, is exceedingly important to me. Graphic Design is 100% something I intend to turn into a career… But writing has been, is, and always will be something that I am profoundly passionate about… and how lucky am I to have blogging as a platform to share my greatest passion with anyone who cares to read it?

So what does this mean for me and my future? I can say with total certainty that I have no idea. What I do know is that I’d love to spend a lot of my time writing. I want to create an e-space full of wonderful, read-worthy content: stunning self-produced photos, beautiful graphics, and words that actually mean something. And what I know I don’t want is a generic blog full of shit that I don’t actually care about sharing.

I love clothes too though so don’t think you’re getting out of outfit posts here and there.

I’ll get there. I’ll run an awesome, consistent blog. I’ll wow you with just how mundane my life really is, and also with my ability to make it seem as though it’s not. I’ll do what I’m passionate about – and I won’t curate my content to “what I think is going to get me the most reads/followers”. I just want to be here, being my truest selfsharing my life with whoever wants to “listen”.

Hopefully you’re down with that – and hopefully I can entertain at least a few individuals with my musings. But if not, you can always go watch dog videos, or read articles entitled “Celebrities and the Surprising Nicknames they’ve Given their Genitals” or something along those lines. I don’t know – there’s plenty to do on the WWW. (Side note – I just came to the realization that World Wide Web does in fact correlate with the www we put at the beginning of web addresses – oops).

But here’s to getting back to the drawing board, or whatever. Coming to realizations. Beginning new adventures. Figuring my life out – whatever that means.
Here’s to being one step closer to knowing exactly what it is that sets my soul on fire.

And this journey will entail ample amounts of wine & coffee, lots of spilling my heart out, hopefully a college degree?, but definitely, definitely a lot more time spent doing what I love.


W R I T I N G.

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SIX Closet Staples for Fall

Fall is coming up a lot quicker than you all may think.
I usually start preparing for Fall sometime in July, and start dressing for it in August.
Yeah, I jump the gun – but I have to be honest, I HATE Summer clothes.
I’m just so much more in my element when I’m wearing boots and cardigans.

I do receive a lot of compliments on my attire in the Fall, so I figured I’d fill you guys in on some of my staples; items that I plan to wear very regularly this fall, that you may enjoy too.

FALL MUST HAVES

 

  1. Thigh high boots – I got these last year at J.C. Penney, and they are the most incredible boots I’ve ever owned. I wore them 4-5 days a week last Fall & Winter. Excessive? Maybe.. But they just go with every damn thing. Penney’s only has size 5 left (I think they may be discontinuing them) and I tried REALLY hard to find something similar, but I just couldn’t find anything for you guys. (So sorry, start searching!)
  2. Wide brimmed fedora – I’ve purchased almost all of my “fedoras” at Target. I got really lucky for awhile, but as of late they just haven’t been producing good hats. I’ve been eyeballing a few Urban Outfitter hats for while now though. They’re on the pricey side – but when you wear hats as much as I do (4-5 days a week), it definitely makes them worth the price. The one pictured IS Urban Outfitters.
  3. Over sized cardigan – You can find these babies just about anywhere! My go-to is obviously Target! There aren’t many shopping options in good ol’ Kalispell Montana. The cardigan pictured is perfection, and is from Nordstrom and comes in 7 gorgeous colors. But if you’re “cheap” like me, head to your nearest Target, buy 17+ things that you didn’t plan on buying AND one of their awesome cardigans.
  4. Low heeled booties – Guys, these are a must. There’s nothing worse than having super cute booties that have too high of a heel. The point of booties in my opinion, is to have a comfortable yet fashionable pair of shoes to wear, that aren’t full blown boots, and aren’t flats. They’re perfect for fall, and functional for just about any activity. Pictured are from TJ Maxx. I own them, I love them, you definitely need them!
  5. Black ripped jeans – I’ve been seeking out a pair of these bad boys for MONTHS! I finally found the one in the photo at ASOS and was planning on buying them. THEN, I went to TJ Maxx a few days later and found a VERY similar pair for $19.99! Score! The brand of the pair I got from TJ Maxx is called KANCAN, but they’re not available on their site, so go check out your nearest store!
  6. And last but absolutely not least; the perfect work bagI am obsessed with this bag, but I have to be honest with you, I don’t own it yet… It’s on my wish list, and I hope to snag it up soon. But it is an investment! It’s made by Western Bound Goods based out of Bozeman! She hand crafts every bag, which is freakin amazing if you ask me.. I’ll have it soon enough, but for now I’m just going to drool over it til’ I save up some extra dough!

 

Fall is my absolute fave. I am counting down the days til hot drinks, crisp air, leggings, scarves and vibrant earthy colors. Just thinking about it makes me giddy.

What are your Fall staples? Whether it be food, drinks, clothes or activities – I want to hear about ALL THINGS FALL.

Top 5 Favorite Local Restaurants in The Flathead Valley – Lunch Edition

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In my ideal world, I would wake up at 6 a.m., make myself coffee, have breakfast in the dining room (or on the patio during the summer), do some stretches, get ready for the day, and head off to work (on time!).
But most importantly, I would prep and pack a delicious meal for lunch every. single. day.

But I live in the real world. The cruel world – where I wake up 40 minutes before I need to leave the house, scramble out the door just PRAYING I have enough time to stop and get a REAL coffee – which let’s be real, does not happen very often.

One way or another, I drum up some form of caffeinated beverage, and survive off that until lunch time – where the real fun begins.

Eating lunch out is frickin’ expensive, everyone knows that. But a lot of times you just have to do it. And since I gave up fast food (with the exception of Frugal’s and Burger Town), a local delicious restaurant is where I go.

So here are my tops. My faves. The places I visit (or at least want to) most often for lunch on-the-fly.
Keep in mind that I’ve only been back in Montana for ONE year, so these could change.
(NOTE: I also spend most of my time in either Kalispell or Whitefish, so, sorry Bigfork and C-Falls, catch you next time).
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Seasonal #1) mountain berry bowls – Kalispell & Whitefish
Favorite Menu Item: The Good Medicine bowl – sub strawberries for blueberries
Other Great Menu Item: Literally anything, it’s fruit – it’s all good.

1) Central Avenue Bakery and Deli – Whitefish
Favorite Menu Item: Turkey Adobe Sandwich – sans tomato and onion
Other Great Menu Item: I haven’t tried anything else, other than their pastries – which are AMAZING.

2) Wrap & Roll Cafe – Whitefish
Favorite Menu Item: Thai Peanut Veggie Wrap – add chicken
Other Great Menu Item: Chorizo Burrito – all the way. But again, anything you pick will be amazing.

3)  Montana Coffee Traders – Kalispell
Favorite Menu Item : Black Bean & Pesto Quesadilla
Other Great Menu Item: Asian Chicken Salad! OR Pulled Pork Sandwich

4) The Knead Cafe – Kalispell
Favorite Menu Item: The Sunset Turkey Sandwich
Other Great Menu Item: Carnitas Grande Burrito Bowl

5) Bonelli’s Bistro – Kalispell
Favorite Menu Item: Squash Salad – add chicken
Other Great Menu Item: Grilled Chicken Arugula Wrap

Notable mentions that didn’t make the list:

Wheat Montana – Kalispell
Split Rock Cafe – Kalispell
Desoto Grill – Kalispell
Tea Kettle Cafe – Columbia Falls

So what about you, people of the Flathead?
Where do you like to get a quick bite?
I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Pluviophiles & Petrichor

Say It Dont Spray It

Don’t you find it odd that some people view rain as dreary and depressing, while others are completely enamored by it?

Nothing brings me more bliss than gazing out the window on a rainy day, listening to The Postal Service Radio on Pandora, and sipping on coffee or tea.
Cliche, I know… It’s just the place I’m most content.
Also, side note – Pluviophile is not a dictionary word, so don’t judge me..

While I’d love to lay around and stare out windows all day, I must be a productive member of society, meaning: pants.
Well, other clothes too. Cute ones! I think anyway..

While I would love to be an Urban Outfitters, Anthropology, Bloomingdale’s kind of girl… I am stuck being a TJ Maxx and Target girl for now.
Which, honestly, I’m not horribly upset about… Neither is my bank account.

Jeans: Target, HUNTER boots: Amazon, Cream ELEMENT Long Sleeve: TJ Maxx, Flowy Cardigan: Target, Hat: Target

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I had to add a photo of my hot ass photographer, sorry babe.

Also, you know that intoxicating smell that fills the air when it’s raining? That’s called petrichor.
Some scientists believe that people inherited their affection for the scent of rain from ancestors who relied on rainy weather for their survival.
But mostly it’s a certain chemical that plants release when it rains, and a bacteria the ground produces when it gets wet. SCIENCE!

Anyway, while I didn’t get to spend my day vegging out and watching it drizzle, I did enjoy my short time spent time outside, taking pictures and laughing.

I hope you all had a really, really good 4/20.

And to all of you pluviophiles and petrichor lovers; keep praying for rain.
We need it & we love it.

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How I Spend 35.7% of my Awake-Time

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I spend it at my amazing job, duh! I’m talking about my job guys.
Confession: I actually had to like, do an equation to figure that out! Oops, should’ve paid more attention in Algebra. Anyway, I am awake approximately 112 hours each week, and 40 of those hours are spent at my job. That equates to 35.7% of my WOKE hours spent working. (and you thought you wouldn’t learn anything new today)

But let’s get serious, I love my job (97% of the time). Seems unreal, huh? Here’s what I do, for those of you who don’t already know.
My official unofficial title is : Operations and Marketing Manager at the most absolutely BA Montana business out there – The Montana Scene.
What that means is: I currently manage multiple employees, including my dad (just kidding, kind of, HI DAD!) at 3 (soon to be 4, shhh) different stores and 1 Operations HQ Warehouse.
I also do tons of other tasks such as fulfilling web and wholesale orders, occasional design assistance (fave), pulling and running product for the stores, training and staying in constant contact with employees, and also some occasional (let’s be real, more than occasional) site modeling (also fave).

There are so many more things I do on a daily basis but I really don’t want make anyone any more jealous than they already are.  The important part is that I seriously, seriously love it.

It’s almost as if having an un-accomplishable (I know, not a word) task list is my calling. Constantly running out of time to finish projects, writing unrealistically long check-lists in my planner and answering endless, I mean endless emails, just kind of feels like what I was born to do.

So cheers to Melissa and Sean (the owners) for giving me the opportunity of a life time. I will forever look back on this time in my life, and be astounded at the trust and faith they put into me to help them on this awesome journey. The invaluable knowledge and experience I’m gaining from this job will greatly impact the rest of my life. (Melissa, if you’re reading this, I hope you’re shaking your head at all the sappy shit you just had to read).

I’m coming up on one year of working here, and am proud to say I’ve only had one or two stress-induced “I’m quitting and becoming a house wife” meltdowns.
Both were talked down by my amazingly supportive husband who said “woah, woah woah I know your personality type and you would go on a rampage if you had to be a housewife”. Hah, yeah, that’s how it happened.

(Both meltdowns, I’m sure, occurred sometime around Black Friday / Cyber Monday : you guys are monsters I tell you, MONSTERS. Totally kidding I was absolutely at Target on Black Friday, I wont lie to you)

Anyway,  I’m glad I am where I am. It feels really, really good.

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First Coffee

One of my favorite things on this planet is coffee.
I know a lot of you can get on board with that.

It gets you through your mornings, soothes your soul, and fuels your adventures.
It’s delightful, world-renowned, and can be contrived in hundreds, possibly thousands of different ways. What’s not to love?
I would go as far as to say that I am passionate about coffee.

So when the amazing company I work for decided to do a new coffee themed shirt, I was like yaaaaaaas. I was super fortunate to get to come up with the concept for this design, then the wonderful Amanda from Wheelie Creative brought my idea to life, and voila!

Here it is, the magical-ness of coffee and adventure all in one beautifully comfortable cream sweater:

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Coffee & Explore Pullover

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Side note: See that precious Latte Pin? Cutest thing you’ve ever seen, huh? I got it at The Red Caboose in Whitefish.

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To Go Mug: Hobby Lobby, Olive Army Jacket: TJ Maxx, Jeans: Target, Shades: Ray Ban

I can’t wait to do tons of coffee drinking and some serious exploring in this bad boy.
Also, where are your favorite places to get coffee in the Flathead Valley?

First Coffee, and then we
EXPLORE.

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