My friend Kurt and I are the only two people from our small hometown in Washington from our graduating class working in Silicon Valley. What that means is that a lot of people like to ask me what it’s like to work in it and they often go straight to the HBO show “Silicon Valley.” – “It’s like that, right? It’s totally like that, I bet.” Umm… no. But I’ll let you think that if you want! I kind of enjoyed this video by Wired of the cast of Silicon Valley guessing what startups do based on their name and it’s pretty ridiculous and NSFW (language wise) so if you’re watching this at work, I hope you have headphones!
It’s funny because turning 26 felt significantly different than turning 25 last year. After turning 21, there aren’t that many milestones afterwards except for those years where you just know you’re getting much older… 30. 40. 50… When I turned 25, I still felt like I was at a very fun age. I was right in the middle – I could be more responsible if I wanted, sure, but I could still do things that I felt were really carefree and spontaneous. At 26 though, I’m like – I need to just have everything together.
It wasn’t a quarter-life crisis, but I had a lot of questions for myself. Am I happy with where I’m at in my career right now? Am I happy with my friendships and my relationships? Do I feel like I should be doing things differently – with myself, my career, or my relationships? All in all, am I happy with my current situation? I’ve thought about these answers for a couple of days now so it’s pretty interesting to reflect on these things. 2016 has already been a really great year for me and I hope we can just continue on that path. At 26, I know I have a lot of life ahead of me, but I also know that if there are things I know I want now – that I probably shouldn’t wait any longer to have them or to go after them.
Anyways, all reflection aside – my birthday was exactly what I wanted it to be. Some people would rather take the day off work on their birthdays, but I love going into the office because everyone is just so nice. Also, no one can be a jerk to you! (not just in the office, but anyone) My team bought me the prettiest bouquet of tulips from Bloom That and later on in the evening, I met up with Mandi, Eric, and Ryan for dinner at Delarosa. We had the cutest family style dinner of salad, pastas, pizzas, and desserts! It was very special to have dinner with these three because they were the first three friends I had when I moved here and we’re all still friends today. We’ve also all just gone through a lot – Mandi and Eric got engaged last year and Ryan moved to New York for like a minute, but now he’s back!
Every year, my birthday reminds me of all the people that I miss and that I no longer get to see as often anymore, but it always means the world to me to hear from them on this day. Thanks everyone for making it so special!
This was the first thing I woke up to this morning and this is genius. I’m loving the waffle looking texture and the hue of the shoe itself. The advertisement is also pretty cheeky as well. This makes me miss home a little bit because one of my favorite spots in Seattle – Skillet Diner serves up a mean chicken and waffles. I sometimes remember just going to that place to get a different meal and then asking for one piece of chicken to go afterwards. I hope someone I know buys these kicks.
Dress – Aritzia / Tights – Free People / Booties – Munro (Nordstrom)
We’re sliding in a quick post before we get ready for our birthday party tonight! I’d never worn this outfit before and I was a little bit hesitant to pair my t-shirt dress with these tights. This dress is from Aritzia, of course, and perfect for every day wear. I bought these tights actually from Nordstrom Rack – quite the steal! And we wore these boots because it complimented everything pretty well. This sitting pose is kind of awkward and actually we haven’t done one since this time, but it’s still kind of funny to me. I don’t do the whole serious thing very well.
Every year Coachella’s the first to come out with their lineup and everyone loses their minds over it, but really – the best lineup I feel like always comes from Lollapalooza. This is just phenomenal.
Nick Jonas – Close ft. Tove Lo
OH MY GOSH! Nick Jonas has announced a new single, released a new music video, and announced a new album. To say that we’re excited is just an understatement. This video is so steamy and we can’t get enough of the hook.
omg we luv her.
Dress + Scarf – Aritzia / Booties – Dolce Vita
Bear with me as we catch up on outfit posts, y’all! This isn’t the first time you’ve seen these booties (and they won’t be the last!) – they made appearances all throughout fall – when it wasn’t raining of course. When I picked this outfit to wear to work, it had been a new one that I hadn’t tried out before so I wasn’t sure how all the colors were going to work together, but I knew this scarf would complement the booties and the booties would make the outfit more casual because of the black dress. Can I be the poster girl for Aritzia yet? I luv you. I haven’t given this scarf too much love lately because I’m still obsessed with the one from Oak + Fort, but I think they both are very different. The Oak + Fort scarf is great for days when it’s chilly af. However, this one is still warm and cozy, but just a little bit lighter and not a pain to lug around.