wedding planning update

When you get engaged, one thing that married people fail to mention is how the wedding will become the central (if not only) topic of conversation with your family, friends, and pretty much anyone else you interact with who finds out you’re getting married. Here’s the thing. I love my partner in life. Being married will be the next step, a formalization of a life we’ve been creating together these...

lost in translation

Well ohayōgozaimasu to everyone! It’s been a hot minute (and a half) since I’ve posted anything on the blog: leading up to a big vacation it seems there’s always a million things to take care of that precluded me from writing, but truth told, I just haven’t been feeling very motivated or inspired lately. Part of that is due to the the fact that I’d curbed any shopping in anticipation...

the wedding cakestravaganza

Last weekend, perhaps against our better judgment, my new fiancΓ© and I (still feels super weird to say that) decided to go to the Bridal Extravaganza in Austin. I should begin the retelling of this adventure that by saying that I’m not exactly a ‘princess cut, sweetheart neckline, 9 bridesmaids in my bridal party’ type of girl, so going to this thing had me more nervous and skeptical than excited....

35 Things I’ve Learned

Today I turned 35, which could be considered a milestone birthday in some ways. Depends on who you ask, I suppose. (Many women consider it to be, and if you’re not sure why that is, ask one and prepare for an earful!) I’m honestly quite happy to be spending it in a low-key, comfortable environment this year, and I don’t have really any negative feelings about turning another year older....

shopping in Medellin

Now that the dust has settled a bit from my premature homecoming from Colombia, and decidedly feeling more ‘disaster’ than ‘stylish’, I’ve had a chance to sort through my thoughts (and my photos!) and reflect on the time I had abroad. As I’ve said several times throughout my journey, Colombia really is an amazing and hugely varied country. My favorite place, as predicted, was MedellΓ­n: it’s a more international city...