novels to get lost in

Sometimes you just need to get lost in a good thick novel. I especially love an epic story that crosses over different eras and continents, with well developed characters whose lives will somehow intersect.  A little hint of magic or fantasy doesn’t hurt either. Here are three of my favorite novels to get lost in: one: People of

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books by ladies you’ll want to be friends with – part 2

I loved compiling the original list of books by ladies you’ll want to be friends with so much that I couldn’t resist creating a part 2. I kept thinking of more books that would fit into this category and it would be wrong to keep them to myself! one: Bossypants. I’m willing to bet that most of you

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intentions for 2015

Happy new year! Where do you stand on resolutions? Part of me (the type A planner + list maker) has the urge every year to write out a long, detailed list of goals and plans. Another part of me kind of hates the idea of confining the year ahead to a list made on December 31st.

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books by ladies you’ll want to be friends with

Call them role models, call them girl crushes, or just call them what they really are – ladies you’ll want to be friends with. I’m sure it would be fabulous to grab drinks with these women in person but we’ll have to settle for the following book picks: one: Yes Please. I knew I’d enjoy this

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the #1 lesson of 2014

I don’t know about you, but to me 2014 felt pretty wild. Sometimes wild in a great way – and sometimes wild in a pretty terrible way. There are definitely experiences from this year that I never (ever ever) want to repeat again. But there were also so many beautiful moments – saying our vows

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the importance of everyday gurus

Friends are essential. This isn’t news to most of us – we all know we need at least a few close friends to confide in, lean on, laugh with, cry with, etc etc etc. But beyond that, its important to have friends who can serve as “gurus” in different areas of your life. These are the

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words to live by | no. 10

This life of ours can be tough. This world we live in can be so ugly. Among the many, many beautiful places and things on this planet… so many people are going through hard things, unfair things, devastating things. It’s easy to feel helpless, like there’s nothing we can possibly do to relieve any of

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the best decision

In my 28.5 years of life so far, I think one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (besides marrying my husband – which wouldn’t have happened anyways without the other decision I’m about to tell you about) was deciding to study abroad during college. I spent the spring semester of my junior year in

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sam + stevie + taylor

Let’s talk music!! I definitely don’t consider myself a music aficionado. Far from it. But I do love music and my taste encompasses a wide (random) variety, as my Spotify playlists reveal. {Are you using Spotify yet?? If not – go sign up right now! Its life changing. And if you want, follow me and you’ll see the full extent

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west coast – east coast

It’s been longer than planned since I last updated beautiful + co… The past six weeks have been pretty nuts. At the end of September I wrapped up a big event at work in Seattle, and then the real craziness began… We sold, donated and packed all of our belongings, drove across the country in four days towing a

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