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what's in my bag midwest wedding weekend

What’s In My Bag: A Midwest Wedding Weekend

This weekend I’m taking a long weekend to celebrate a college bestie and a wedding weekend in the midwest. I decided to bring you all along, as I share what’s inside my bag. From light layers to a simple palette, these pieces are perfect for the fall season and can be worn again and again, far after a special occasion. The best part? With a bit of smart packing it all fits into a weekender bag.

Keep reading for the full looks after the jump!

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01. For the Plane

If you’re anything like me, you might find that air conditioning on planes is a bit too much to handle. Because of this, I love wearing a popover with distressed skinnies. Paired with a pair of classic Nike’s it’s perfect for early mornings and long days of travel.

02. The Rehearsal Dinner 

With a bit of trendy accessories, elevate a chambray shirtdress for a night with brews, bonfires, and cornhole. We love the cut out flats and can’t wait to use these throughout the fall season. Paired with a bold, geometric earring and a casual up do, enjoy the ease and casual nature of all that the Midwest has to offer.

03. The Wedding Day

Made with chiffon and with pockets, we purchased this dress for a graduation and have worn it to two weddings since. It’s a lightweight material perfect for summer and early fall and in a navy shade, its spanned the seasons flawlessly. By pairing it with a casual zipped bootie, it stays within the wardrobe of the groom’s side, perfect for my role in this wedding.

Burnt Orange Popover | Black Distressed Skinny Jeans |Weekender Bag
 Modern Drop Earrings | Cut Out Flats | Linen Indigo Sleeved Dress
Navy Off The Shoulder DressFoldover Leather ClutchLeather Booties

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10 things to love this weekend

10 Things to Love this Weekend

It’s crazy to think that in just a few short weeks summer will be over. In week we’re in T-minus two weeks of a serious launch and start school at the same time. Throwing in a wedding of a dear college friend in the Midwest next, we’ll be operating in overdrive around here for the next few days. With that in mind, we’re taking full advantage of our last weekend of summer. From symphonies by the lake, to cornhole on the downtown green, hikes on snow cladded mountains and placid lakes, it’s going to be a full weekend embracing everything that the last golden evenings of summer hold.

Here are a 10 Things to Love this Weekend:

Everlane is finally releasing denim next month. We can’t wait to add these to our fall capsule. Affordable and the perfect cut.

We absolutely love this article on money from Me and Orla. It talks about the balance, the mindset, and what it’s like to have money when you distinctly remember when you had none. It’s brilliant.

Looking for a simple one pot meal? We love this recipe from Camille Styles and are excited to try it this weekend.

Does the fall season of transition have you feeling the financial woes. As a millennial I used to have a really terrible relationship with money. This article from The Financial Diet shares 8 Painless Money-Saving Tips. We’ve been using them this month and it’s been incredibly helpful.

We love toast. Toast many, many ways. Savory, filled with berries and almond butter for breakfast, or topped with a classic avocado. Darling Magazine talks toast in this article complete with the perfect recipes.

These vegan Raspberry bars from Christiann Koepke look delicious and stunning.

Looking for the perfect treat from brunch? These baked blueberry donuts from Ela Vegan are full of blueberries, soft, and a light cake.

Freedom and friendship are a beautiful thing. We’ve loved this article from Grit and Virtue sharing about honesty and transparency in relationships.

31 Free Things to Do to Boost Your Confidence from The Financial Diet.

Have you noticed mindless scrolling through feeds? Can’t break checking your phone or feeling phantom buzz from your phone? We loved these honest thoughts from Rowan Made on Breaking the Social Media cycle. (We can’t wait to be hiking on the open trail this weekend, out of service. It’s going to be great.)

Just in case you missed it, here are this week’s posts:
Flying Solo: The Used Car Lot | Eggplant Parmesan (Whole30 Edition)

What are you up to this weekend?

camping lake siskiyou

Weekend Diaries: Camping at Lake Siskiyou

This weekend was perfect and beautiful in every way. A combination of old and new friends. Surrounding a campfire and spend by the lake. There was the crispness of the blue water, the stunning summit of Mt Shasta in the distance, and the green nature of the pines.

Keep reading for the full Weekend Diary after the jump!

Nights were spent by the fire, bear stories were cultivated, and campfire doughnuts went down as more than a legend. My new car, finally made it’s inaugural trip, and did all the things a Subaru should do. I got my kayak out for the first time this season and literally can’t wait to take it out again.

We started out to the campsite on Saturday afternoon after spending the morning prepping for the weekend. We met friends at the Lake Siskiyou Resort and hit the beach. Our afternoon was spent enjoying the beach, kayaking through the bays, and swimming in the crisp lake water.

As the afternoon met the evening, we made a quick stop at the general store, picking up a bit of ice cream. (Life is a little too short. Sometimes you should eat dessert first.)  Heading back to the campsite, we started building a fire and prepping dinner. Placing our salmon and potato foil packets over the fire, we cleaned up for dinner. As the dinner cooked over the fire, we opened a favorite brew. It was the perfect way to start our evening. With camp chairs surrounding the fire, the sky grew dark and was glistening with the galaxies that were revealed in the openings in the pines.

The next morning after an eventful evening (Bears are a true reality in NorCal), we placed a pot of coffee over the fire in hopes of finding a bit of energy. The rest of the morning was spent sipping a cup of coffee, enjoying a cherry and chia seed oatmeal, and an organic apple.

Packing up the site, we headed to Castle Lake. This lake is smaller and slightly more placid in nature. With a small boat ramp, we decided to take the kayak out again enjoying a slower pace, navigating the lake with ease, taking in views of Mt. Shasta.

What to Know before You Go:

Castle Lake Campground is part of the National Parks service and is somewhat primitive; however, it is free to the public. There are six sites available, first come, first serve. Make sure to bring your water with you. If this site is full, make your way to Lake Siskiyou Resort and Camp. This fills up quickly in summer months. Make sure to reserve your spot prior to arrival. Both lakes are somewhat busy during the summer season. We recommend coming here during the week to enjoy the lake with fewer people around.


Hike around the perimeter of Castle Lake. This is a short hike and easy to navigate. Take in the tall pines, views of Mt. Shasta, and the crystal blue color of the lake.

Ready for an adventure? Head to Heart Lake. This trail is strenuous, steep, and the elevation gain isn’t for the faint of heart. However, the views are absolutely stunning and perfectly unparalleled. Total hiking time is around 1.5 hour with an 1,100 foot elevation gain. Catch the trailhead from the parking lot at Castle Lake.

Feeling beast mode? Meet Castle Crags. With stunning rock formations, commit to the summit and do it. It will take around a half a day. As you go up in elevation, you will be more exposed to the elements. Wait until the height of summer has passed, to avoid the summer in triple degree temps. If hiking in summer, pack plenty of water and sunscreen, making sure to have plenty of energy for the hike.


You’ll find great food in Dunsmuir on the 5. Most of it is pub food, but some of the best you can find.

Yaks: Rated one of the top 100 restaurants on Yelp, while it is slightly unassuming, it is delicious. While dining there we met Nancy the owner. She has stories for years of how she has seen Redding transformed through delicious food. We had a sampler of their tots, homemade sticky buns, glazed chicken thighs, and stuff jalapeno peppers with a lemon ginger marmalade. This restaurant is worth the drive over and over again.

Dunsmuir Brewery Works: With one of the best burgers of elk you’ll ever have, this brewery has amazing beer and bites. After a long day at the lake, enjoy dining on the patio, under the string lights. I recommend sipping on their summer ale, with notes of citrus and apricot, it remains light and refreshing.

Where are some of your favorite camping spots? Any places in NorCal we should go explore?

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below.

summer gathering

A Summer Sonnet Overview + Free Hosting Guide

Happy Friday everyone!

We’ve absolutely loved sharing this week’s posts. We hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes and are inspired to host your own gathering. The other day I found myself in conversation with a friend and we were reminiscing over the past year. Some of our favorite nights in Redding have been like this. Often times outside, underneath the string lights and stars, with a drink in hand, surrounded by great food and community. In the daily grind of life, it’s challenging to find margin to make a delicious healthy meal, much less make the time to sit down and enjoy it. It feels somewhat counter cultural to unplug and engage at an evening meal. May I issue you a challenge? Find the hearts and those you want to share a meal with. Set a date and make it happen. Whether it’s lobster or grilled pizza, find a dish that’s simple to prepare, set the table and gather those you love. It’s worth it time after time.

We want you all to be equipped to host your own gathering, whether it’s the first time you’re having people over or the hundredth. We pulled together A Summer Sonnet Hosting Guide. It includes printable menus, recipe cards, shopping list, and playlist. Consider everything but the shopping done! Download it on the clickable link below.

A Summer Sonnet Hosting Guide

P.S. Have gluten-free, dairy-free, or Whole30 eating friends joining you for dinner? This meal becomes compliant by removing cheese from any dish.

Sources for Table:

Canape Plates from Anthropologie
Dinner Plates from World Market
Napkins from World Market 
Flatware from Target
Stemless Gold Rim Wine Glasses from Pier 1
Red Wine Glasses from Crate and Barrel
Natural Linen Runner from Crate and Barrel

Just in case you missed it, here are this week’s posts:

Gather: A Summer Sonnet | DIY Floral Bundles | Grilled Lobster Tails | Heirloom Tomato Salad with Whipped Chive Goat Cheese | Zucchini Ribbons + Asparagus Salad

Are you feeling inspired to invite friends around the table? We’d love to see it! Use #GGgathers on Instagram.


casual friday

Casual Friday: Vol 5

Happy Friday everyone!

We’ve had a full week getting back into the swing of things and enjoying the holiday. Our day was filled with friends, pools, and string lights, which are pretty much our favorite. Around the studio we’ve been wrapping up work for clients (we can’t wait to show you some fresh collateral) and working on bumping up our personal business game. Lately, it’s looked like iteration upon iteration of wireframes, sitemaps, and logo redesigns. But we can’t tell you how excited we are for this space to get a fresh (and much needed) overhaul. The features are going to be great and will serve you far better than what is present.

Keep reading for a few updates on life lately after the jump!

Every time I go to Seattle, the trip is a bit different. More than anything, I’m reminded of the value of family and cherish time with my littles. (I have two nieces, a brother, and sister-in-love there. The littles are 1.5 and 4 which are really fun ages.) Whether it’s dancing in the kitchen, going to the coffee shop and smelling the beans, or skipping rocks into the Sound, there’s something about the wonder of a child. Seeing life through their eyes, helps you discover wonder, mystery, and joy through the ordinary nuances of my day. This one keeps me inspired and learning how to love bigger than I ever thought before.

I’m currently loving these sandals and have worn them almost everyday since returning from New York. From one of my favorite companies, Everlane, the Bridge Sandal is the perfect blend between a casual and dress sandal. I love them. They look smart and can pair with anything.

Road trips have definitely become a favorite over the years and I can’t really explain why. On my most recent one, I discovered that love solo travel. Maybe I just needed a bit of introvert time or needed that bonding experience between myself and my latest car purchase. Regardless, it was the first time in years I had enough time to listen to podcasts, stop when and where I desired, and take in the long drives. I don’t know how much more solo travel will happen in the next two months, but I’m excited to embrace the rest of summer. Next stops? SoCal where the air is coastal, Big Sur lives, and it’s 40 degrees cooler.

Here are a few things we’re loving on the Internet lately:

  • With crazy hot temps, we’ve been binging on Netflix and have been loving Mind of a Chef. Make sure to watch season three where my hometown is highlighted. (Still a little bit Kentucky proud.)
  • We’ve been prepping for a bedroom/creative studio makeover. I wonder, “What are your thoughts about having a desk in your bedroom? The good, bad, and the ugly?” Let me know in the comments below.
  • Let’s talk about Jenna Kutcher and her podcast. I’m pretty obsessed with it at the moment. Make sure to check out her full site and freebies.
  • Since returning from travel season, we’ve been getting back to clean eating, meal prepping, and eating as close to the Paleo diet as possible. This vegan tahini dressing is truly magical. We’ve been putting on everything. From Mediterranean bowls to a fun dip to have with crudites. Getting creative with recipes and meal prep has helped us stay the course, embracing the discipline and structure boundaries can bring.
  • The sandals above? They’re super comfortable and the perfect replacement to my Everlane sandals from 4 seasons ago. Find them here.

Just in case you missed it, here’s this week’s posts:
 5 Podcasts for a Summer Road Trip
Currently Loving: Home
Brand Stories: Anchal Project
Shop the Brand: Anchal Project