Cool in Blue

So these are some old photos (hello, brown hair), but I've been so busy this past week since we moved that I haven't even found time to post, let alone take some new pictures. In fact, we still don't even have internet at the apartment, so I'm currently typing this at 10:58 11:35pm at one of my favorite (and few) late night coffee joints in Phoenix. I need a breather. And a cup of tea.

I'll keep it short because I'm so exhausted (and overwhelmed at the thought of unpacking more boxes), but I just wanted to make a quick post to say hi and that I'm still alive. I'm excited to hopefully share a bit about our apartment in the near future, and in the meantime ask for any decorating suggestions you may have! I am, of course, going through an inevitable style change (which seems to happen every few months), and trying to get through it without replacing absolutely everything in my apartment and wardrobe.

So tell me-what do YOU all do when you go through a style change? Replace everything? A few select pieces? Wait it out? Help a girl out!

xo, grace

shirt/thrifted (similar), shorts/ Free People, shoes/ Dolce Vita (similar), bag/Anthro (found here)

Misery loves Company

If I look miserable in these photos, it's only because I WAS. My stomach was forcing itself into another realm, Daniel was grating my nerves, and it was about 400 billion (LITERALLY, IT'S PHOENIX), degrees outside. But hey, I wasn't about to waste a good outfit, now was I? #sorrynotsorry

xo, grace

PSA: I suffer from chronic #restingbitchface, so even if I was happy in these photos you'd probably never know it. Don't judge us, we can't help it. Happy Friday y'all.

shirt/American Apparel, shorts/UO (similar), shoes/F21 (similar)

24 Things to Do (at 24)

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Anyway, I'm sure you remember it, because it went viral and sprung all of these quasi-relevant but equally stupid rebuttal articles like "23 things to do when you're married at 23," or "why my 23 married things are better than your pathetic single life 23 things" (okay, I might be slightly exaggerating on that one).

That being said, as you all (or at least those who read the post about it) know, I just turned 24 a little over a week ago, and therefore decided to construct a little list of my own. However, mine is completely independent of relationship status, and merely consists of 24 things (I would like) to do at the ripe old age of 24. This isn't necessarily a list of advice that I am giving to all 24 year olds to do at 24, but what I WOULD advise is to make your own list for yourself! Regardless of age, it's always good to map out some things, serious or not, that you would like to accomplish during your current year. Try it! That being said, here goes my own...feel free to heed my advice at your own risk.

24 Things to Do at 24

1. Watch Dirty Dancing for the first time  DONE, just the other day in fact. See my reaction to Patrick Swayze's glistening back muscles HERE. #zomg
2. Write down career goals.
3. Take a graphic design class.
4. Fill your apartment with more art. (Etsy, hello.)
5. Express gratitude more often.
6. Get more sleep.
7. Roadtrip to San Fran, Portland and Seattle.
8. Try something new.
9. Get a 4th tattoo.
10. Make a five year plan (it's okay if you don't stick to it).
11. Learn all of the words to "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea...and then rap your ASS off every time it comes on in the car.
12. Stop comparing yourself to other people.
13. Try going Paleo for a week. Who knows, you might like it!  (Already did that, and I hated it. So I'm adding something new in it's place). Write a song, and play it in public.
14. Visit at least ONE out of state friend this year.
15. Apologize more.
16. Stop doing things that need apologizing for.
17. Get a custom blog design (and domain!).
18. Surprise a friend with a gift, just because.
19. Pick an exercise regimen, and stick to it for at least a month.
20. Fully master a yoga headstand (or handstand, if we're going for the gold here!).
21. Go camping for the first time.
22. Try a new hair color. If you hate it, change it back. (I kind of did this with the blonde...but I think I should go more drastic).
23. Go a whole month without buying anything you don't absolutely need.
24. Stop caring what other people think. And love them anyway.

Well guys, there you have it. My list of 24 things to do at 24. Hold me to it! How about all of's your turn to make a list. Are you up to the challenge?


Clean Eating: Zucchini Pasta

DSC_5893.jpgFirst things first: Hallelujah Friday!! I'm so thankful it's the weekend it's not even funny. Unfortunately, Daniel and I are moving next Saturday, so I doubt I'm going to get much down time for the next few days (seeing as we haven't packed one single box yet...cue my inevitable #panicattack).

That being said, I'm going to need to keep my energy up this next week between working and packing up my entire life (and everything in between that), which is where this post comes in! I don't know about the rest of you, but my go-to meal usually involves all the carbs ever. Because, donuts? Anyway, what's great about this Zucchini pasta is that it's like eating pasta but much better for you for two reasons: 1. Less carbs than actual pasta, and 2. You get your daily dose of veggies! Oh yeah, and the added bonus is that it's actually quite tasty!
So, let's get down to's what you need:

  • 2-3 large zucchinis
  • spiralizer (to make the "pasta")
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup of raw minced almonds
  • freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
I'm not exactly a super precise chef seeing as I usually just throw things together, so those measurements are definitely approximate and can be modified to taste. Start off by getting your ingredients ready; spiralize all of your zucchinis until you have a mound of zucchini "pasta," slice your tomatoes and grate your parmesan. Next put your garlic and olive oil in a pan and let it simmer (but don't let the garlic brown). Once the pan is hot, add in your zucchini pasta, and make sure it gets stirred around so it will all heat equally and get coated in the olive oil. The point is to let the zucchini cook and get a little bit seared, but mostly to heat it up. Once it's been heated sufficiently, add in the tomatoes and almonds (mix them around to make sure they get cooked as well). Remove the "pasta" from heat once it's been thoroughly cooked, and add in any extra olive oil, salt, or pepper in to taste. Sprinkle some parmesan on top & serve while hot...that's it!
Isn't that the easiest recipe in the world? Totally doable. The hardest part about it is probably spiralizing the zucchini, and that doesn't even take that long. Guys, I'm a big fan of this meal; I really like it, and was surprised at the fact that it actually filled me up! I'm normally always hungry like 5 seconds after I eat, and I've never been a big believer on things like vegetables replacing my carbs, but in all honesty: it's pretty damn good.

That being said, I hope you all take my word for it and give it a try! Trust me, you'll be doing YOURSELF a favor more than me.

Alright guys, well that's about it for me. Is anyone doing anything spectacular this weekend?! Or does anyone have any good packing tips for me? We're only moving about 10 minutes away from where we are now, but I'm at the point that I just don't want to acknowledge that it's happening because I can't possibly fathom getting this place packed up in time. SOS...we need help!!

xo, grace

P.S.- On a completely unrelated sidenote, I just finished watching Dirty Dancing for the first time in my life. It literally took me 24 years of being on this earth to finally witness the glory that is Patrick Swayze and his back muscles. And omg guys. All I can say is, Nobody puts baby in the corner!!!

24 and resolute.

[This post is personal. Consider yourselves forewarned.]

24 years ago today, I graced (pun intended) this earth with my presence. Y'all, I'm 24. Wow. When did that happen?

Now, I don't know about the rest of you, but ever since I turned, oh sayyy 21, I have wanted to run in the opposite direction every time my birthday rolls around. With each passing year, it somehow becomes less of a festive opportunity in which to gorge myself on too much cake and celebrate life, but moreso a rather stressful and tense time of self evaluation. A nit-picking of every detail and failure of the past year. That may sound harsh & ridiculous, but after all, we are our own worst critics, are we not? I know I certainly am.

You know, I wish that in regards to age I was delightfully whimsical & carefree. I wish that I could just come to terms with having laugh lines by 30 & say that age is just a number...but I can't. I don't want lines, wrinkles, the messy responsibility of adulthood, or the discombobulated stress of my early (going on mid) twenties. I want to stay young with my whole life ahead of me & the world at my feet-but I also just want to have it together already. Probably not an attainable goal, right? Because who of us really has it together?

Guys, all I'm saying is this. 23 was a hard year. Hell. I'll even go as far as to say that 23 was a bad year. I wish that I could sugar coat the tail end of that sentence by adding on an ever hopeful, "but I learned a lot." But if I'm being honest here? I don't know what I learned. Or that I learned anything at all. At this point I feel quite honestly surprised that I even made it through in one piece. Because, honestly (there's that word again), I feel like I've never witnessed such extreme hardship and testing in literally every single area of my life. My marriage. My work. My relationships. My faith. Myself. All of it. 23 was the year in which it all came crashing down around me, and I became reluctant to even pick up the pieces because there were so many of them. I didn't even know how to feign interest in attempting to glue my life back together in hopes that it would maybe resemble at least a second-rate picture of what it used to be. So I didn't. I became apathetic. Distant. No longer present. A vague shadow of the human who I had actually been for so many years prior. I merely hoped that it would all come to resolve itself in it's own time. But it didn't. 23 left me feeling hollowed and broken, much like those gut wrenching sobs that render no noise but simultaneously shake you to the very core of your being (of which I became far too acquainted with this year). And you know what? The truth of it is, I'm still not sure that I'm ready to put my faith in things getting turned around. Because the brutal and terrifying reality is...what if they don't?

Now, at this point you must be reading this (and if you still are, bless you) thinking, where is the turnaround? Is it coming? Is this just going to make me walk away wondering why I didn't end my life 15 minutes ago, or has she actually got a point beyond 23 being the worst year of her life? Well, I think I do. At least I sure hope so.

If you're anything like me, you use music to mark specific periods of your life. Songs, so easily tied to memories, become the mile markers that you use to measure the distance of how far you've come, and the journey that you took to get where you are. Resolution, by Matt Corby, was one of those songs that marked this year for me. It played on repeat for hours, even days on end, and I'm not even sure why. I just couldn't stop listening to it. And then one day, I actually listened. Resolution. You'll be my resolution. And I thought, what does that even mean? Resolution has always made me think of New Year's, and all of the flakey promises that people make to themselves with full intentions of breaking them a week later. What significance does that really hold?

Well, the root of it is a lot fresher to me. Somewhat of a clean, less New Yearsed and abused blank slate. A word that I honestly don't hear being used that often (maybe I'm just hanging around the wrong people). Resolute. Resolute. Say it out loud to yourself, let yourself feel the weight of it's meaning. Now, in my mind I've always known what resolute means-it's a simple word. There is nothing complex or particularly interesting about it, right? But when I googled it, I realized that it's beyond simple-it's a word that is direct, and doesn't allow for misinterpretation. A word that cuts straight to the chase & isn't afraid to meet your gaze head on: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

What a brilliant combination. As soon as I read that, I thought: yes! That's it! That's what I WANT to be. That is exactly what I want to describe me. Not well intentioned or floundering, but admirably purposeful. Determined. Unwavering. Unwavering in my determination. In my purpose. In my marriage. In myself.  These are things that I aspire to be. My determination to better myself, to work hard at my job, to be intentional in forming relationships, to seek out my Father with the utmost dedication. These are all things that I desire. And this is what I would like to declare that 24 will be. 

23 may have been a hard year. It may have been the worst year. But regardless of what happens in this 24th year of life that I've been given, it is my choice of how I want to live it. And I choose to be resolute-in ALL things. I think you should too.


P.S.- This word WILL be my next tattoo.

4th of Julyin

dress/similar, shoes/similar, hat/similar

Hey all! Happy 4th of July...or in other words, Happy Birthday Amurrica! 

So first things first. Yes, my site is different (and undergoing a bit of maintenance, as you can probably see). I decided to treat myself to a little mini blog makeover & revamp as an early birthday gift to myself! I have to say, it was long overdue; but I love it! It's a good change for now.

Second thing; yes, my hair is also different. All the changes! I am officially blonde(ish) now (so if I make a post where I have dark hair, I'm just using older pictures...cut me some slack!). I was craving a change and thought...what the hell. Why not? I've never really been a "natural" looking blonde before, and blondes are supposed to have more fun right?! I certainly hope so. I could sure use some more fun. We all could! That's where this dumb post comes in!

I thought it might be fun to take some silly patriotic pics with props and everything. And guess was! This is probably one of the fastest shoots that Daniel and I have ever done, and it was definitely one of the most fun. That blonde must be kicking in already...amazing! I especially love my "faux-naked" pics behind the flag. You should've seen people's faces while we were taking them! Entertaining to say the least. ;)

Anyone have any big plans for their fourth? BBQ? Fireworks? Watching "Independence Day" on Independence Day (haha)? I'd love to hear!