Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Goals

Kenji Ono, Julie & Julia

I've been seeing a lot of these lists popping up on various blogs, and I love them. I think it's so important to think about what you want to/need to achieve and set goals for yourself in the process. Since this summer is going to be so busy for me, I know that writing out a list of goals is going to be super helpful in keeping me centered and calm.

1. Make popsicles - Ok, it's no secret that I love popsicles (see this post here). Not only are they cute, but they are SO simple to make! I plan on picking up a couple packs of popsicle molds from World Market and crafting up a bunch of yummy recipes in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for those posts. Popsicle making is something I'm new at, and I'm excited to challenge myself and try something new. If I get really good at it, maybe I can make a business out of it! (ok, I'm getting a little carried away there.)

2. Take better care of myself - I don't necessarily mean doing yoga (like the cute little girl is doing above), but take care of myself by eating better, not getting as stressed out, and staying active. I can be good when I want to be, but to be honest, lately I've been slacking. Walking (fast paced) is my favorite form of exercise (while listening to my favorite Elvis tunes, or Jenny Lewis, depending on my mood), but I'd like to try my hand at a dance class and I hope to be swimming a lot since my job will be in Malibu near the beach for the summer :)

3. Planning more date nights - Because my job is moving to Malibu for the summer, that means I'll be spending more time in the car, and less time at home. I want to make sure I plan at least one date night a week so that we can stay connected as a couple. I also love that little cartoon above. It kinda looks like us (a little), and the girl is holding an ice cream cone! I'm going to try and use these "planned date nights" as blog posts for you guys, so you can hopefully get some inspiration from me and what I decide to do to plan for them. I'm looking forward to getting dressed up, picking out a new restaurant, and having a fun night with my guy without any stress from the week.

4. Hosting dinner parties - Not sure how many I'd like to have, but since we moved back into the city, we've only held one party, and it was our housewarming/my birthday. Since we live closer to friends and have a bigger kitchen, this should be fairly easy to do now. I have so many ideas for food ideas, and decorations, too. There's also something so relaxing for me about planning a get together, and executing it as well. Party planning makes me happy. I'd love to share my ideas on the blog so maybe I'll turn it into a weekly theme.

What are some of your summer goals? I'd love to know!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My (Current) Favorite Instagrammers

I love Instagram, probably way more than the average person. It's what I use to promote this blog, and it's such a great, simple creative outlet. I follow a lot of people, but I'm pretty picky (if you saw my most liked photos, they mostly consist of baked goods) and I wanted to share my favorite Insta accounts so that others can be inspired as I have been! There are way more than what I'm posting here, but these are the ones I follow pretty religiously and like every single photo that is posted. What are some fun Instagram accounts that you follow? I'd love to know!

I first came across Elizabeth's Instagram while browsing people's liked photos, and right away I knew I would love her posts. Not only does she have the best style, but she has some pretty cute pups, and a love for Elvis, like me! She also decorates the cutest cakes and owns her own boutique which I so wish I could visit. It's in Rhode Island and it's called Shop Bananas. Add her! 

Kelly is amazing. She can take anything and turn it into something practical. For example, did you ever think you could turn a plain ol' straw hat into a donut design, or a piƱata into a taco? Her creativity blows me away and she is truly inspiring. Her wedding is taking place in Palm Springs soon, and I can't WAIT to see all those pictures. I just know it's going to be the most fabulous DIY wedding ever. Follow Kelly! 
@studiodiy /

Carrie is the cutest! She takes the loveliest photos of her daily outfits, places she visits around her hometown of London, and you can't deny the fact that she always looks like she's having the best time wherever she goes. She also loves to indulge in Lush products, which I love, too. Go follow Carrie! 
@wishwishwish / wishwishwish

I love Tieghan's Instagram! I mean, how can you look at her photos and not get hungry for what she's cooked up on her blog? I want to try to make everything I can, as it all looks SO GOOD. I mean, just look at that pasta in the bottom right corner! Yum yum. Go follow her!  
@halfbakedharvest/ half baked harvest

Alix is a Parisian girl who loves Charlotte Olympia (a designer who has the cutest bags + shoes that Alix likes to wear on the blog). Her photos are fresh, fun, and make me want to visit Paris asap. Plus, she has great hair! Go follow her!  

You know I love a good Elvis account, and this one is great. Brittany posts some of the best photos of Elvis I've ever seen, and takes great care in making sure that she's always posting something original, or keeping the page interactive with questions for those who are following. I always look forward to her photos popping up on my feed! Go follow her, if you're into Elvis of course! @babyletsplayhouse

This girl has GREAT style. She just recently moved to LA (my hometown) and takes the most gorgeous photos. She loves the 60s and it shows in the photos she chooses to share (like all the ones you see above) and they put a smile on my face. I wish she'd post more often! :p Go follow her! @girlpartyshop