Here’s something you may not know about me: I’m obsessed with tiny spoons and have quiet the collection. So when Kelly from Design Crush sent over a link to Miscellaneous Adventures I may have squealed. So many spoons! So many outdoorsy vibes! So much wood! Kelly is a good friend, indeed.
Miscellaneous Adventures was created by illustrator and craftsman Andrew Groves and serves as a place for design to meet traditional craft and outdoor skills (aka my personal heaven). You know what else is awesome about them? They believe in FUN. So, not only do they sell stuff, but they also host incredible workshops to learn skills like woodcarving and wild camping in the woods. I don’t know about you, but I’m all for anything that gets me outdoors more and more.
Meet The Beach People — bohemian, beachy, sexy goodness. With an online shop full of beach carts, totes, and one awesome round beach blanket, they’ve got everything you could possible need to finish up this summer. What’s funny to me is that this feels oh-so-California, especially with the model’s mussed blonde hair and the golden hour light. Yet The Beach People hail from Australia. Makes sense though, I’ve always felt like Australian beaches and Californian beaches were like long-lost cousins.
The Beach People’s motto (according to their Instagram) is ‘bringing bliss to your sea adventures’ and it couldn’t be more perfect. I loved the laid back vibe they’re throwing out there. Now, who wants to go to the beach?
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to take after my dad more and more. One specific way is that I feel most peaceful when I’m surrounded by mountains. The sight of them actually takes my breath away. And, as I’m writing this, I can smell the cracked dry earth and scrubby plants. I feel like myself when I’m that deep in nature, especially when the cellphone service cuts out and I’m alone with my thoughts. Recently, I headed to Colorado (Frisco, Denver, and Red Rocks) with a couple of friends and Noodle. Here’s a visual diary of sorts.
As you can see, it was an incredible trip, one that gets the wheels turning and leaves me breathlessly inspired. And, as always, thank you to my amazing travel companions and all the kind people we met along the way (hi, Peter).
To describe my trip to Turks and Caicos as incredible or amazing or mind-blowing doesn’t even come close; actually words can’t describe the impact this vacation had on me. Like I said before I left, I hadn’t taken a vacation in years. I’m talking over 5 years. I’ve just been go go go go gooooo without ever once taking a break and this year, I felt it. I really enjoy outdoorsy stuff, climbing, hiking, kayaking, etc. So one morning we woke a bit early and decided to venture out onto the ocean to kayak. There is something so peaceful and freeing about being in a solo kayak on the ocean, with land behind you, but just a stretch of the clearest turquoise water ahead of you. I could actually see the curve of the earth. That morning really got me thinking.
Travel is important. My first real takeaway is something that many people would say DUH to. As a kid, I traveled a ton. My mom made sure to show me the world, so we’d go somewhere every summer. From Greece to the Netherlands, even a cross-country road trip of the states, I grew up understanding how important it is to simply get away every once in a while. Somehow, as an adult I’ve lost sight of this. That clear morning on a kayak though, it became abundantly clear to me just how important travel is. This experience can never be matched and now I am itching for more.
Learn Greek. I know you’re probably wondering what that has to do with Turks and Caicos, but bear with me. One of my biggest regrets in life is not learning Greek properly as a child. I understand enough to get by (maybe) and can definitely curse out someone, but that’s not the same. To this day, I fervently wish I was bilingual. Now that I’m back in Philly, I plan to enroll in Greek lessons. The reward for this? Why, a trip to Greece next of course!
Hit the gym. I’ll probably catch some flack for this one, but I was just not happy with the way my body looked in photos. The truth is that after hours behind a computer, hours stressing out, hours not working out, I’ve gotten soft and I am not happy about it. I’ve already enrolled in a gym membership here in Philly and I’m meeting with my trainer today!
This trip really was spectacular and I am beyond grateful for the experience. Now that I’m back, my mind feels fresh and clear and I am bursting with ideas!
For more information about your own trip to Turks and Caicos:
Harbour Club Villas & Marina — Marta and Barry are the owners and truly wonderful people. They made sure we had the best time ever with loads of suggestions. They even hooked us up with the amazing crew aboard the Atabeyra. I honestly cannot recommend this place more!
Atabeyra — This sailboat (and it’s crew) were so incredible that we went 3 times! The snorkeling was breathtaking (I saw an eagle ray), the sunset was magical, the rum punch was… happy juice. Highly, highly recommend.
For delicious meals, check out: Da Conch Shack and Bugaloo’s. Be sure to order conch with every meal! From conch fritters (think hushpuppies) to conch salad (similar to ceviche), it’s incredibly fresh and refreshing.
Last week was a doozy! I’m pretty sure the super moon threw the universe out of whack and sent everything haywire. Needless to say, as the weekend rolled around, I felt the urge to skip town. I hit the road on Saturday morning to seek escape in the greenery around my parents’ houses in Maryland. And, while I consider Seattle to be my home, there is a part of me that will always find peace in the slower pace and lush greenery of Maryland. It’s just where I grew up, where my family is, and where I know I can relax. While visiting, I got to play with my best friend, Chubs the lab, lounge in my mom’s wild garden, and eat tons of great homecooking.
Love the look of moody, vintage-inspired apothecary artifacts and scientific specimens? This tutorial from Terrain, assembled by one of their in-store display artists, teaches you an ingenious way to achieve this moody look using a basic scanner and some of the season’s freshest blooms. I absolutely love this project because it reminds me of making sunprints as a kid, but in a totally twisted way! Be sure to check out the easy and ingenious tutorial here.
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