Author: Stella

Friday Favorites

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (9)

This American Life // Stella: Stories are part of every day life. They remind us of the past. They help us imagine the future. But what about the present? I think that stories help us understand each other and builds compassion. It is what makes us human. They enrich our lives with different circumstances and situations we may never encounter and widens our perspectives. I’ve pushed podcasts before, but This American Life is one to add to your rotation. It is usually broken into different acts so all the stories are pretty short and digestible. But I promise you, as you listen to these stories, you won’t want to get out of your car when you get where you’re going until the episode is over (I obviously listen to podcasts while driving).

Family // Kendall: It’s been about seven years now since I lived in the same state as my best friend. She was in Denver for three years and just as she moved back home to Minnesota, I headed off to the west coast. I find it amazing how the mind is able to convince oneself that it doesn’t miss someone TOO much. My sister, the previously mentioned best friend, recently came for a long weekend and my god do I love that girl. So many perfect discussions were had while hiking Lake Tahoe’s various summits and making our way to its multitude of alpine lakes. Not only did I get to experience the perfect staycation, but I got to laugh face to face with my sister over nothing particularly important, stay up late(ish) drinking too much wine and observe her photography talent in action. FAMILY. Every girl needs a sister. Well… I do.

#FromWhereIStand // Allie: I’m currently developing a marketing campaign for work inspired by the Instagram trend, #FromWhereIstand, and I can’t stop browsing the feed! Have you ever looked at it in detail? I’m amazed at the level of creativity and inspiration Instagram users have packed into the simple concept of taking a picture of one’s feet. I may just have to pull out the chalk, put on my favorite shoes and create a masterpiece of my own!

Cold Brew Coffee

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I think it is safe to say that I love coffee with all five senses. I’m an addict, okay?  It’s not even about just drinking it to get my caffeine fix, but it is also the process of getting the final product. It is part science and art mixed. So, it is very lucky I moved to Washington where they truly worship coffee. There is nothing like starting off a cold, wet day with a hot cuppa joe.

However, as the glorious summer weather rolls in, we tend to set our sights on something a little colder. My weapon of choice? Cold brew. It is smooth with little to no trace of acidity. But don’t let that fool you! Apparently, the caffeine content is much higher.

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This is Now

I am one of those people that tend to dwell on some awkward incident like waving back at a stranger because I thought they were waving at me. Sometimes, those thoughts turn a little darker and focus on bigger things in my life that I, and this is a dirty word, regret. The words of “what if” and “if I had just” fill my brain until I can’t hear anything else. This motto is my attempt to shake off a past that is already written. There’s no changing it. All you can do is take the successes and failures and create a roadmap for today. It’s about making the past useful in making smarter decisions and knowing that you will have more failures and bigger successes. It’s not starting over; it is picking yourself up.

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The Desire to Wander

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I finally started on a project that has long been on my to-do list: organizing the years and years of pictures on my computer. Although I was dreading this project, I am really enjoying reliving some of the captured moments. I realized that I have been extremely blessed in the last few years to experience the joy of wandering this planet. I thought I would share a few of my favorite pictures from each trip.

To kick things off, South Africa. I studied abroad in Cape Town during college. For me at the age of 21, it opened my eyes to the beauty and the pain that exists in humanity. It was definitely a life changing trip.

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Friday Favorites

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (3)

Wild Rose // Stella: I absolutely love to wear red lipstick. There is something about it that makes you feel confidant and in charge. However, it has its time and place. For your normal every day, I recommend Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose. It tints your lips with the right amount of color, leaves minimal shine and keeps them moisturized. Buying lipstick, lip balm and any other lip-associated products is practically my second job ever since I discovered Lip Smackers, so you can imagine I have quite the stockpile. But this is the one product that I can’t seem to do without.

Camping // Kendall: While I am currently praying to Mother Nature for more winter storms here in Tahoe, the continually increasing temperatures have my mind wandering to summer camping months. So many places to slumber above a 1.5″ puff cloud this coming season! As a novice to the adult camping scene (took plenty of family funded trips in my youth), my arsenal is quite low. However, there was one purchase last season that I still get eager to pull out for each trip. My Millet Alpine LTK 800 sleeping bag is perfection and packs up ever so conveniently small. Feel free to read more about this favorite in the attached link. As with all gear there are pros and cons. For me this was a great purchase. It also didn’t hurt that I got it on sale, a frequent occurrence here in Geartopia. Advice: NEVER pay full price.

The Fifth Watches // Allie: Confession – I read one of those silly,”Things Every Woman Should Own Before 30″ articles today. Amongst many laughable items, like a “signature flower” and a “modest one piece bathing suit,” the list included a watch. I became interested enough to do some online shopping during my lunch break and a couple of  my favorite blogs pointed me to The Fifth Watches. I was intrigued by both their simplistic designs and unique marketing approach. As a digital marketer and as someone who knows all too well how saturated and competitive the watch/fine jewelry market is, I have to say that their marketing strategy is brilliant – you can only buy watches every 5th of the month, and they’ve generated so much demand and intrigue that there’s a waiting list just to grab one of these beauties.

Friday Favorites

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

“Happy Friday!” A phrase (or iterations thereof) that finds its way across all of social media, into every phone call and passing conversation and in the closing line of every email. It has been confirmed, saying “Happy Friday,” makes us happy!

To entertain the theme we would like to introduce our Friday Favorites. Nothing too deep. Just some little fixations that have been occupying our minds in the days leading up to “Happy Friday.” What better way than by each sharing one?! Enjoy.

Swoon-Worthy Art // Stella: Big word of caution here: I do not know anything about art. We took a spontaneous trip up to Seattle to see the “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic” exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. I had read about him a couple of years back and was just taken with his art. To see it in person, wow! Most of the pieces are these magnificent portraits of men of color painted into historical portraits. Even amidst the busy and decadent backgrounds, the subjects of portraits stand out. They are stunning and powerful.

Swimwear // Kendall: That time of year has officially fallen upon us. The annual swimsuit search extravaganza. While I am quite astounded to report this as my favorite of the week, I can’t help how overwhelmingly satisfied I am with what the industry has chosen for this season’s trend. Sporty. I’ve lusted for years to rock a sports bra and bikini bottoms to all things “swimsuit.” At times I have even done so, albeit I didn’t exactly rock it (insert memories of family vacation to Puerto Rico). Thank you swimsuit gods for delivering these new high neckline and athletic designs! No boobs peeping out for this girl.

Aeropress Coffee // Allie: I have always loved coffee. As early as middle school, on Saturday mornings, my mom would let me have a mug of Foldgers, filled to the brim with sugary sweetener. In college, just as my taste in fashion, music and books started to shift, so did my coffee preferences.  I constantly craved dark, black coffee, caring more about the caffeine intake than the actual taste. Recently, I’ve emerged into the third stage of this life-long love affair and have become increasingly interested in the taste of my coffee and the techniques involved in extracting as much flavor as possible. Enter my Aeropress. I’m obsessed with this little gadget mostly because it’s widely known as the cheapest, most convenient way to make an outstanding cup of coffee.