10.22.2014

five things

 
I love eating organic, whole foods, but there are days when I buy a donut and coffee before class because sometimes I just donut care about anything else.

There are clothes, scraps, twigs, and coffee cups strewn around my bedroom most of the time. No worries though - this means I've been creative, crafting, reading, writing, and drinking a beautiful amount of coffee.

Reading T. S. Eliot for Literature class. In my hammock, in the backyard, next to the lake. Even with a bald eagle perched in the tree above me for one moment. The first read through of a piece, I teared at his beautiful writing. Discovered this line that I have loved for so long, in its origin of a poem: I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. Note: I don't know why it took me so long to study like this. Homework in a hammock! It's genius!

Music, now playing: Ed Sheeran's album 'x' on repeat, loud, through headphones. Taylor Swift's three released songs, from her upcoming album '1989'. One Direction's "Steal My Girl" from their upcoming album 'Four'. Lolawolf (my soul music. more later). "Breakup in a Small Town" by Sam Hunt.

Some days I dress like a 90s kid, some days I love more bohemian. Other days I'm minimalist, others I'm outdoors/adventurous. It's fun though. My style is ever changing and evolving, with inspiration and experience. Although I'm sure my closet almost always feels confused, two things have not changed: comfort is key and dare to be different. Oh, and confidence is key.
  

10.20.2014

good morning



The fresh smell of coffee soon wafted through the apartment, the smell that separates night from day. | Haruki Murakami

 

channeling rachel greene




One weekend I found myself watching the entire first season of Friends. Yes, I've watched the beloved 90s show before but mostly random late night reruns when the night owl in me takes over. Come January 1st I will definitely be on Netflix when all of the seasons are released (!!!!). Besides laughing out loud - I mean, truly laughing to myself for a long time - at every other line and wishing I lived in the West Village of NYC in the 90s, I wanted to wear their clothes.

Sure, I'd wear Chandler and Joey's old, faded t-shirts and sweatshirts and Phoebe's fabulously unmatched, hippie coats and dresses (ok I basically do already). Really though, I want Rachel's wardrobe. I want to channel my inner Rachel Greene. She loves fashion but is casual about it. She looks chic yet comfortable hanging around the apartment or serving coffee at Central Perk. Loving: lots of denim, flannels + wool socks, overalls + waist-tied jacket, sweaters + high-waist pants, and short dresses + loafers.

Honestly, my favorite shows and films take place in New York City. I'm obsessed. They're so dreamy. One day, New York.. until then, I'll be living through stories.

10.19.2014

sunday drive



One Sunday afternoon with lattes in hand, Emily and I set off with no destination in particular. The beauty and curiosity of slow, small town roads led us from one stop to the next, conversation and good music filling the car. Those summer days seem ages ago but I remember them like yesterday.

10.05.2014

SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

  

1. A sunrise and 7 a.m. breakfast date at Suomi Restaurant with a good friend who was in town
2. This soft, thrifted shirt that I seem to wear a lot / a necklace found garage-saling, which was picked up in the Southwest U.S.
3. Good two-hour-long conversation in a parking lot, post birthday dinner for my sister
4. A card in a candy store that I still find myself smiling about
5. Fashion and styling inspiration for autumn is my favorite, hands down
6. Morning cup of coffee on the back porch, amongst the pine trees, at my family's home
7. Collaging and creating
8. Kayaking through Lake Superior

from sweet, sweet summertime. a few more visual love letters to come.

THE CAMP




missing summer days at the camp . . . french pressed coffee on the stove , evening bike rides , waking up to watch the sun rise from the wooden swing , being on the beach and toes in the sand , the moon shining over the tall pines each night , and swimming in lake superior every chance i get, of course .

 

9.24.2014

MORE COFFEE, PLEASE


 

Whatever the city or town I find myself in, I'm always hanging out in a coffee shop. It's been a dream of mine to work in one; this past summer, I did!

I loved :: the early morning drives to the coffee shop, hot cup of coffee in hand and soft music playing. A cup or two or three of organic, freshly brewed coffee when I arrived to carry me through the day. Baking goods and cooking cafe foods all day. Getting to know the regulars. Seeing friends pop in once in awhile. Enjoying a creative specialty drink. Meeting local artists. Making new work friends. Laughing a lot and sharing stories all day with the other kitchen staff and baristas. Learning the art of espresso and the language of coffee. 

I've since moved and classes have been in session for five weeks now, but I'll be back soon to work at least one more time. In May, when I quit my office jobs and moved home, all I knew was that I needed people I love and positive energy surrounding me. I needed fun. Hello, coffee shop! It happened all so quickly but I knew I had to go with my gut. Some mornings, okay most mornings, I wanted to sleep in until whenever I pleased, but I was always excited to go to work. The thought of going up to the cafe made me enjoy waking up - to a cup of coffee as well, of course. I loved just being at the coffee shop. Getting paid was a plus, honestly. I still can't believe summer is over but I have so many good memories. Also, I worked with two of my sisters, so even better. Sometimes we danced, I'd make them drinks, we'd all taste-test foods. Definitely a dream. In real life. Anyway...coffee!

My go-to's from favorite local coffeehouses:

Cafe Rosetta, Calumet - rosetta bite with an iced almond milk cafe miel / black coffee / muffins

5th & Elm, Houghton - rice milk latte / black coffee / cold pressed coffee

Babycakes Muffin Co., Marquette - rice milk latte / black coffee / with a muffin

Donckers, Marquette - black coffee with homemade truffles, chocolates

Dead River Coffee, Marquette - black coffee with a donut

I've definitely tried more than what's listed above (more coffee places, too..) but these are my tried-and-true favorites ;). My favorite choice of 'milk' is rice milk so I love a latte from the places that offer it. Truly a treat. Oh, the pumpkin spice lattes at Babycakes are in season now; I'll definitely be sitting down with one soon. The food at each cafe is amazing as well.. oh man, the food is a whole separate level of goodness. I love a good lunch or brunch date! Especially during the week to break up the rush of work and class, but hey! It's almost the weekend, again. Fall outdoor adventuring and coffee is on my mind.