what I'm listening to

'Life Imitating Life' album - Augustana
Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo
Menswear + Chocolate - The 1975
Fleetwood Mac
Flawless - Beyonce'

gulf shores, alabama

from florida, we drove over to gulf shores, alabama to stay for a few days. we hung out at gulf shores state park with my grandparents (they're snowbirds:) and visited our great uncle, relaxed poolside, and admired the cutest beach houses i ever did see. i wanted to knock on doors and move right into one of the pastel-colored houses on stilts, just across the road from the gulf of mexico beaches. in the park, i biked around with my brother and visited the nature center and saw some snakes + alligators.

i'm always back and forth about getting a tattoo but somehow seeing a bright colored tattoo place in gulf shores on vacation made me almost step right in and prop my clean arm under the needle. what's cooler than a spontaneous tat? (well, not injecting chemical ink into my body. see the problem here? rocker me vs. health-conscious me)

i know i'm only twenty-one but beach vacations make me want to retire right now. i mean, life is a dream on the coast. until then, i'll be pursuing living/writing near (ON) the beach and traveling all around, because i wouldn't be able to settle down right now (aka retire) but i find myself most me when i'm near bodies of water.


florida | no clocks in paradise

everything in florida is full of cheer, bright colors, and happiness. the sunshine is contagious. it's snowing outside, again, and now i'm missing this vacation more than ever.

i stopped in fort walton beach in search of coffee before a little shopping and stumbled upon a backstreet garden and the backdoor entrance to maas coffee roasters. there were only three people hanging out in this small coffee shop on a 70 degree, sunny morning. i ordered an iced almond toddy - so good! i love discovering local treasures in new places.

found those rad mirrored sunnies in forever 21 the night before. that place is heaven and hell, yeah? i could spend an entire day just browsing. and ok, i even loved the bathroom walls in old navy. bright blue! matched my denim romper. and rings. le sigh, i really want summer. now.

spent the last day in florida with my cute family at the beach, of course. the gulf of mexico is so warm - swimming is an absolute dream! obsessed with those white-capped, cerulean blue waters. fished again from the beach; my dad caught a puffer fish! summer beachy hair is my absolute favorite. i already miss my saltwater, sun-bleached waves.

destin + fort walton beach, i'll be back. thanks for being incredibly dreamy.


Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it is worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person's face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under the sky. It's okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise.

Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You

florida | all in a day's play

love for bright turquoise ocean waters , five guys fries , a sisters fro yo date , parking lot hangs , palm trees , cozy on the beach , shore fishin' , cotton candy sunset skies , playing and dancing in the warm gulf of mexico , toes in the sand , and family . so happy and free .


florida | day vibes

wake up, meander down to breakfast, sip coffee, lay by the pool, eat some more, adventure out, repeat.