LBI 2019

LBI 2019

LBI 2019 was one of my favorite vacations in the house where we stay. It lived up to all of my hopes and expectations: ice cream cones, late night lightning storms, foggy mornings, and an abundance of ships to be spotted out at sea. This could be said of any place…but traveling to the coast inspires such a wanderlust and curiosity in me, always has.

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Inlet Mornings

Inlet Mornings

The cadence of vacation is so warmly predictable. It looks similar every day, with perhaps a little variation depending on the weather. The days start with a quiet rise and meet-up for the coffee-goers. If we’re sleepy, we doze on the couches as the sun rises. We meander to clean out our mugs, hop in the car, or else walk, to get our coffees. After that', it’s a few hours of adventure.

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Peace in The Midst of Chaos

Peace in The Midst of Chaos

I’m writing this blog post with an anterior perspective of vacation, from the beginning…which is a bit unconventional from my previous LBI posts. This is intentional…almost as an exercise…to calm down and ease into our week. I fully acknowledge, that right now, at the start of vacation, I am stressed! But why!? What did I forget to pack? What will we do for dinners? What is on our “must-do” list? Will my family drive each other nuts? And this is awful, but a part of me feels like I can’t get to summer until I get through this week. I spent the drive down specifically meditating on how I don’t want to feel that way this year, or even right now.

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Sunflower Bridal Shower Invitations & Summery Stationery from Basic Invite

Sunflower Bridal Shower Invitations & Summery Stationery from Basic Invite

One of the wedding planning areas where I was hyper-focused was the stationery and invites, unsurprisingly. As for calligraphy, I loved my invites, but honestly I stressed over them. I remember feeling so overwhelmed and sometimes crippled by indecision. My wedding invites, which I designed on a popular wedding invitation website, felt like a chore because the process was filled with micro-details and frustrating “this or that” options. I was definitely on a budget, with limited time, and an vision for a timeless and classic design. You may imagine that I designed something custom myself but it couldn’t be further from the truth. I was in it to save money, time, and headaches. That being said, I was incredibly picky - I wanted a balance of original design, customization and online. This is where I wish I knew about Basic Invite!

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Decoration Notes

Decoration Notes

I have had this post saved in my drafts forever! What I envisioned for this post was to share my taste in decoration, and to show off some of our current accents around our home. But I am realizing that making a home doesn’t just happen. It takes years and time - acquiring pieces, creating stories around them, and finding the pieces that tell a story. Sometimes these pieces are heirlooms, or they are investments. So this wasn’t the kind of post I could rush.

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Currently

Currently

It is June, it is June! Yipee! I promised myself that this month, I would be ultra-present and conscious of my intentions. It is already HALFWAY through the year. How? HOW!? I wanted to mark the beginning of the month, and half-way point of 2019, by doing another currently post. I haven’t done one of these in a while. Just to share some thoughts, favorites, and feelings as of late. So, here we go!

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Portrait of Tanner

Portrait of Tanner

The urge to paint always hits me the same way. I don’t watercolor nearly enough, and when I miss it, it is this instinctual craving. I just know that I need to slow down and paint. I don’t need to see paint supplies, or even a painting to inspire me…sometimes I just know it’s been a while, and it is time to bring out my brushes and paints again.

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