1.05.2014

RESOLVE 2014


Now that the first week of 2014 has come to an end, I thought I'd share my resolutions for the year. In 2014, I want to travel more {for fun!}, worry less, and be easier on myself. I want to be more present in the moment, try new things, and floss as much as I'm supposed to.

ONE Do something creative every day. Whether it's documenting my day via Instagram, blogging, working on a design project for a friend, or simply doodling, I want to keep the creativity flowing all year round.

TWO Connect with loved ones. Many of my closest friends and family live in different states (or countries) so it's always a challenge to find time to catch up. In my experience, we make time for things that are important to us, and that's why I'm planning to connect with my favorite people on the regular this year.

THREE Be an adventurer. While I always look forward to new experiences, sometimes it's just easier to do dinner and a movie for date night, rather than coming up with something novel. One of my goals is to come up with fresh adventures, so we can truly explore Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Currently on the list: Ethiopian cuisine, paddle boarding, and champagne tasting.

FOUR Respect your body. This means being conscious of what I put into my body and exercising regularly, but also understanding the amazing capabilities I have, without comparing myself to others.

FIVE Let go. Living in a digital age as we do, it can be difficult to unplug from our technology and just be. This year, I'd love to focus more on being in the moment and less on catching up on the latest tweets or Facebook posts. To me, letting go also means worrying less about things that may not come to pass, and forgiving the past; because without forgiveness, we're not able to fully embrace all the amazing things to come!

What are your New Year's resolutions? Wishing you success and happiness throughout the year, with plenty of fond memories and adventures peppered throughout! Cheers to making every day count in 2014!

12.08.2013

LINKS TO LOVE :: 12.06.2013


  • Pharell Williams debuted a 24 hour music video - listen here and get happy. {24hoursofhappy.com}
  • Thug Kitchen will have you whipping your food into shape in no time. {thugkitchen.com}
  • Taystee and Crazy Eyes wish you a Merry Christmas {today.com}
  • Great podcasts from Grace Bonney - I'm definitely going to start listening to these on my daily commute! {designsponge.com}
  • 5 sweet videos to watch when you're having a bad day. {mackenziehoran.com}
  • Pretty much what I feel like every time I go to yoga - from the hilarious SRSLY girls. {vimeo.com}
  • These photos of amazing places I'd love to visit. {viralnova.com}
  • My daily Notes from the Universe never fail to give me a lift, and remind me of this awesome video. {tut.com // youtube.com}
  • Quite possibly the cutest 911 call ever {youtube.com}

12.04.2013

A THANKFUL HEART


Jean Baptiste Massieu once said {in French} "Gratitude is the memory of the heart." 

As we get further into the chaos of the holiday season, it can be really easy to lose track of the important things, and to forget about giving thanks to people who make the holidays truly special. We often don’t take the time to remind ourselves to take a step back and really appreciate all that we have in our lives. As you already know, I'm a firm believer that gratitude is the key to a full and happy life. I also believe that gratitude is an attitude; a choice, and one that we can make consciously to reduce our stress and express love for others, and life's blessings. Research tells us that doing something 66 days in a row will create a habit, so I'm keeping a gratitude diary for the next 70 days. I hope that amongst the gift giving, party planning, and holiday madness, looking back on this list will help me create memories of the heart, capturing the true spirit of the holidays -- love and gratitude.

Things I'm thankful for this week…
  • A kind and patient partner in crime who loves me, even at my worst. {11.28}
  • My Cougs, because they're finally bowl-eligible! {11.29}
  • Leisurely days at the beach, spent walking, reading, and eating my way through the weekend with people I love most. {11.30}
  • A little brother who will go out of his way to drive me home from the beach, and share his snacks on the way.  {12.1}
  • Good friends to cheer with during the Seahawks vs. Saints football game! {12.2}
  • A bus buddy, so I don't have to sit next to strangers first thing in the morning. {12.3}
  • The feeling of starting a new book, that you know you're going to love (I just started Where'd You Go Bernadette, and it's hilarious!) {12.4}

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What are you thankful for today?

11.22.2013

LINKS TO LOVE :: 11.22.2013



  • Looking for a way to be the coolest kid at your next ugly Christmas sweater party? Kick it up a notch with Tipsy Elves - apparel and accessories that's a blend of naughty and nice. Want matching reindeer jumpsuits for you and your honey? Done. Perverted snowmen sweater? You got it. They even have Hanukkah sweaters, so nobody feels left out. {tipsyelves.com}
  • If you need another reason to never post your phone number on Craiglist, Textastrophe is it (and it's hilarious). {textastsrophe.com}
  • An amazing tumblr/podcast for all the old school Saved by the Bell fans out there. {gobayside.tumblr.com}
  • 30 things every woman should know before she's 30 {refinery29.com}
  • Allie and Noah (aka Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling) may be getting back together (swoon!) {thefrisky.com}

9.21.2013

STYLE :: FALL ESSENTIALS

Happy first day of fall!

When a girl walks into happy hour in the sunshine, and walks out in the rain, you know it's the turning of the season in the northwest (true story - not the way you want to start your weekend). Personally, I can't wait for cozy days indoors and warming up with a cup of hot cocoa, but I may be getting ahead of myself.

Back to school season always makes me think of freshly minted office supplies, and of course, back to school shopping. Here are a few pieces I'm planning to incorporate into my wardrobe this fall.


ONE What better way to fend off the chill than a chunky fall sweater? This one from J.Crew is perfect for layering over your favorite chambray shirt, or pairing with a pencil skirt for the office. TWO Skinnies are always my go-to for an easy and chic outfit, so dark wash denim like these from ZARA will continue to be a staple for fall. THREE A large tote like this one from Mulberry is perfect for toting your books, laptop, and all your essentials to and from work in style. The versatile bag has a removable cross-body strap, so you can carry from the top handle or sling it over your shoulder, while the high quality pebbled leather will stand up to the unpredictable weather. FOUR Fall is the quintessential season for layering, and this denim jacket from Madewell will fit perfectly under a blazer, or over a dress to transition your favorite summer pieces. FIVE I'm a firm believer in ankle boots, and with a walkable stacked heel and soft Italian leather, this boot from Madewell will never go out of style. SIX I practically live in jeans and a t-shirt on weekends, and this graphic update on a white tee from J.Crew will leave you wanting amore, too. SEVEN As temperatures drop, you'll need to stay warm. This brightly-colored scarf from J.Crew will keep your spirits up even on the most blustery of days. EIGHT Just because sleeves get longer this season doesn't mean you don't need a little arm candy. This sculpted metal cuff from Stella & Dot will fit perfectly over your sleeve, or roll them up and show a little skin. NINE Now that you're not wearing sunnies every day, break out the cool with these 60s-inspired frames from Warby Parker, and soon you'll be impressing everyone with your smart style.

What pieces are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

8.14.2013

LISTEN :: END OF SUMMER PLAYLIST

Capitol Hill Block Party 2013 - from my Instagram

It's almost the end of summer, which means most of us are already thinking about fall fashion and back to school. But wait! Put down that pencil sharpener, step out of those riding boots, and soak up the last of the summer's sweetness while you still can! This playlist is prescribed to do just that. From toe-tapping tunes like Martin Solveig's Hey Now, to the haunting voice of Lorde in Royals, before you know it, you'll be humming along from the last rays of summer straight into the first crunchy leaves of autumn.

BONUS: Since we've been talking about creativity here on the blog, you'll remember that listening to new music can unleash your imagination. So get listening! And share your favorite tunes below in the comments - I'm always looking for fresh melodic inspiration!

Check out my top 10 favorites, and listen to the complete 33 song playlist below!

(1) It's Alright - Matt and Kim
(2) Royals - Lorde
(3) Pompeii - Bastille
(4) Hey Now - feat. Kyle - Martin Solveig, The Cataracs
(5) Out Of My League - Fitz and The Tantrums
(6) Worry - Little Comets
(7) I Love You - Said The Whale
(8) King of Spain - The Tallest Man On Earth
(9) This Is What It Feels Like - Armin Van Buuren, Trevor Guthrie
(10) Supersoaker - Kings of Leon


8.09.2013

HOW TO BE A CREATIVE GENIUS

Ok, so maybe that title was a teeny bit misleading. But you can't really have expected me to tell you how to unlock your creative spirit in a single post, right? (If you answered yes, then I'm sorry, but you have way too much faith in me, and also you're my new best friend).

However, since we've been talking about creativity lately, I've been looking for ways to unblock my own creativity, and have found some pretty cool resources, such as the video, 29 Ways to Stay Creative. If you can't see the video, or you're just delightfully lazy, I've listed them for you below. Now get excited and make something!


29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE from TO-FU on Vimeo.

29 Ways to Stay Creative
(1) make lists
(2) carry a notebook everywhere
(3) try free writing
(4) get away from the computer
(5) quit beating yourself up
(6) take breaks
(7) sing in the shower
(8) drink coffee
(9) listen to new music
(10) be open
(11) surround yourself with creative people
(12) get feedback
(13) collaborate
(14) don't give up
(15) practice, practice, practice
(16) allow yourself to make mistakes
(17) go somewhere new
(18) count your blessings
(19) get lots of rest
(20) take risks
(21) break the rules
(22) don't force it
(23) read a page of the dictionary
(24) create a framework
(25) stop trying to be someone else's perfect
(26) got an idea? write it down
(27) clean your workspace
(28) have fun
(29) finish something