My Surprise Birthday Trip!! 7 Locations.

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Okay you guys, I was a little slow to post this since my blog wasn’t quite done being developed just yet but HERE IT IS! Woot woot! I want to start off by saying this was one of the most AMAZING things someone has ever done for me (besides my parents haha – yep, I see the sad in it!). This started two wednesdays ago, when Keith called me and said “pack your things, find someone to watch the fur-babes and we’re leaving tomorrow morning.” Ummmm YES!!! Hello, only been a dream of mine since who knows when!

So off I went. On this rip current running around my house, cleaning up my random piles of clothes I left from the day before, charging a billion tech gadgets to take with me and finding my sitter for my 1,345,235 animals – thanks mom.

The next morning came and off we went! I had no idea where we were going. I had bugged him about wanting to see Silverton, CO for months but since I lack huge amounts in the direciton department, I had no idea that us heading South, was us heading towards Colorado. This was perfect. It meant that literally the entirety of the trip was a secret to me since I wasn’t allowed to pull up Maps and cheat to see where we were really going. After traveling for a couple hours, we ended at dusk in Moab. It was amazing how many times I have been there, and it had never been so quaint, beautiful, fun like it was this time. We did nothing except drive through and yet I loved it more than ever before. Turns out, I was always sleeping or looking at my phone or been absorbed in a conversation every other time I had driven through. Sad, right? I learned my lesson as I looked from left to right rapidly as if I had never seen the place before, stupid grin from ear to ear the whole time.

We finally pulled up to the other side of town where we parked at a cute like spot in a KOA. We were parked under a blackberry (looking) tree. As we pulled up, it was already late. So we had to be as quiet as possible. I went to grab the sleeping bags and tents out of the back of the truck when eeeeek! I felt a bite, then something wrap around my ankle and another bite. It was so dark I couldn’t even see what I had flung off my leg. Keith ran around after hearing me scream and shined the light to see this cute little hamster looking butt running away. So basically now I have super powers.

We spent the night quickly falling asleep and waking up at the butt crack of dawn so we could make it to a cafe in time for me to trade and us to eat breaky. I had my best day trading yet and was excited the entire rest of the day. After we finished eating, we packed up and headed more South. Hours later, we passed a sign that read “Mesa Verde National Park.” Keith yelled all excited, “ooh I want to go there!” Turns out, he was messing with me and he had already had a camping spot. I.AM.GULLIBLE. Anyway, after we set up our spot, we headed for the cliffs of Mesa Verde. This is where the many AMAZING dwellings were. We hiked the Balcony House first and the Cliff Palace the next day. But not before a cute little Gecko climbed into our fire later that night causing ridiculous panic and then super sadness as we couldn’t get him out in time. Ummmm NOT something I wanted to ever see. RIP little thing!

After seeing these crazy, unreal cool cliff homes and climbing 40ft wooden ladders hanging over 1,000+ft cliffs, we went onto our next journey.

DURANGO was next on the list!!!! As I saw the signs for Durango, it all hit me!! We were in COLORADO!! I was like a tiny child, shrieking in the front seat, on the edge of it just screaming with excitement. Yes, I am easy to please, back off! ūüėČ We didn’t get to spend much time here though sadly and I would LOVE to go back! This place was gorgeous, so historic styled and just plain everything I love! It was so fun, it seemed so relaxed. Everyone was chill and just enjoying the day, living in the moment. Honestly, not what I expected of Colorado.

We ate lunch in Durango and then OFF TO SILVERTON!!! I was such a little kid the entire drive, just reeling with excitement as we passed over each peak. We were finally back in the mountains, the place that really has my heart. It was so green, beautiful and the dirt below the pines were RED! What?! In Utah, red rock is completely different than the pines in our mountains. So this was shocking and something I most deffinantly did not expect. As we climbed higher and higher though, I felt myself getting nauseous, a little sick and mildly uncomfortable. This is because I have Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (a fancy way of saying my heart just beats super fast ever since I broke my back) meaning that in high altitudes, it beats even faster making it hard to breathe, making you nauseous and dizzy. I then went to sleep to ease these issues and relaxed my body as we climbed higher and higher. As he woke me up I looked out my window and was shocked. I was looking straight down a huge cliff, straight down! Nobody believes in guardrails? What an amazing view, and then THERE IT WAS, SILVERTON!!! This tiny town in the basin of surrounding mountains. A sleepy town, still in its original, most pure form. Beautiful. The mountains, the old buildings, the town personality and hospitality, all something to love. Later that day we drove up to Eureka (a small, old abandoned town) and became amazed at the huge glacier type drifts still covered the mountains and the remnants of the abandoned mine overshadowed the entirety of one whole mountain side.

After driving home, we spent the night in a really cool old hotel and perused the shops, the empty streets and ate at some of the little family owned cafe’s and restaurants. The hospitality was to die for. The next day we went through Old Hundred Mine and dove 1,000 ft deep into the Earth where the air was damp and the clothes were wet. But the view was crazy cool and the story, even better. We panned for “gold” and left later that day. Thankful to drop in altitude after huffing around for a day, we began out descent to Ouray, another small town I really wanted to see! As we turned corner after corner, waterfalls poured down as if there was endless water and year round observers. We stopped at the biggest waterfalls, taking in the emotion of the view and losing my favorite shoe in the process. Damn. Then onto Ouray.

We pulled into the small (yet, way bigger than Silverton) town and drove around to see all of the little shops. As we finally pulled up to the hotel, we jumped out and still kept browsing the town. There was so much to see and so little time to see it all. After having a small meal, we kept venturing on through the town and then off to sleep.

That morning we woke up, said our goodbyes to Ouray and headed to Black Canyon of the Gunnison where the views were unlike any other. The drop off was two times the size of the empire state building and were more rough and jagged than I had ever seen before. The canyon was almost so deep that it seemed surreal, as if if you fell, you would just take flight before you hit the ground – because you had enough time to figure it all out, of course. Once Keith had gagged and heaved his way through the canyon (he is not a huge fan of heights), we headed to one last spur of the moment stop. This was a life size historic site where old buildings and treasures were made into an entirely accurate historical city. Unfortunately, we had a tour guide with weird stories and no life. So our really cool tour ended up being more mentally painful than anything – two hours later, we managed to escape with our sanity and started out drive home. Thank goodness.

What an amazing trip and so, so, SO COOL that is was all a surprise. I am still in awe. Can I just relive this little adventure?

Anyway, that is it! Thanks for stopping by as always! Be sure to check me out on Insta, Pinterest, The Twit, and soon Youtube.

A Breath of Fresh Air

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Weekend, where are you? Just stop, stop waiting to come around because I so dearly need you. Between being extremely weighed down in classes and having our business get super busy with the colder weather, I am simply exhausted. That is why I so dearly needed a breath of fresh air at the top of the mountains. So where to? Basin.

My new beau (handsome, did I mention) and I grabbed the dogs, grabbed some every so healthy Costa Vida and headed for the mountains. We arrived just a little after the sun passed the mountains and the cold, crisp air was hitting us harder every minute. But I didn’t care. We were alone, with some good food and some cute pups with the worlds best view and a whole mountain to ourselves. What more could I ask for? This was my peace. My heaven.

We ate, got super fat and played with the fur babies and then enjoyed the view while having our daily conversations about life. The fall colors were vibrant and beautiful and the birds were making their last rounds before heading south for the winter. So we got to see tons of gorgeous blue birds, bright pink and coral trees and a couple little creatures… and bigfoot!!! Just kidding.

Anyway, point is, sometimes when your load becomes huge, you just need a small escape to help you breathe again. I hope you enjoy your weekend as much as I will and have a fun rest of the week!

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I had to throw this in here. As I was studying stocks, I turned to see these two cuddled up on top of each other. Liv (the little girl) is my runt Foster baby. Max (the BIG boy) was a foster fail I adopted a couple years ago. He usually plays so tough around the house with all the other creatures but with her, she is his weak spot. It is adorable. This also relaxed me in my studies and made me laugh. Just what I needed. Enjoy!

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XOXO –

White Wash & Comfort

Hello Beauties,

If you haven’t noticed, this is clearly the week for sales. Between Nordstrom’s Semi Annual, ours at KISSmeMINT, Misguided, Akira and so many more are having some awesome sales. Don’t worry, I will keep you informed this week on some of my favorite finds. Until then, I wanted to show you one of the cutest new lines I have seen all Summer. Which is ironic because it is from Mura (which is an Australian boutique) and they are in winter. So… Outside of the fact that it is currently eighty-five degrees outside right now, I am still prepping for fall with all the good deals. So if you’re an early bird like me, check out the Coffee For Two¬†Collection at Mura.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 2.29.58 PM This year, it is all about the nudes, blacks and whites in the color pallets with an occasional soft rose or grey. That is why this feed feels so pretty to me. Hope you enjoyed it and jump on the lookbook like I did. Here are just a couple of my favorites.

Rest assured, that I will be getting the Battlescars Knit // just $55 AUD

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The Cavalier Skirt // $69 AUD

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Thanks for reading! Be sure to follow me on Insta, Pinterest, Twitter, Bloglovin’ and email.

XO –

Meet Boys + Arrows

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Deb the Desperado Bones Suit //  Top  //  Bottom  //

Boys+Arrows | Shop Swimwear for girls with an appetite for adventure and a passion for life.

Remember when I posted this ridiculous(-ly gorgeous) suit just a couple weeks ago and gushed about how I wished I could find the bottoms? Well ladies and gents, I am happy to tell you I am now their Affiliate. With that, I get the latest news and info FIRST. >>>>

So, ready for it? You can now get BOTH the top and bottom of Deb The Desperado¬†Bones Suit. It is a pre-Order because these sold out SUPER fast last time. So I don’t think I need to tell you twice to hurry!

Boys+Arrows | Shop Swimwear for girls with an appetite for adventure and a passion for life.

// Bones Top // 

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//Bones Bottom //

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There’s actually two kinds of bottoms. One is a more fuller, still cheeky kind of coverage, but I got these ones you see above (less coverage but a super cute fit). Yep, at first I was worried, but when I tried them on, I was IN LOVE and not at all nervous about lack of coverage.

Anyway, hope you love them.

And I’m out kids.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, Love Ya!

XOXO –

Whispey Lace Dress Obsessions

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.09.12 PM// Photo: @peacephoto // Dress: KISSmeMINT // Jacket: (Old – Sorry!) // Jewelry: Shop Dixi //

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Ever try to find that perfect little white dress that could go with just about anything in just about any season? If so, then I have found it for you. This gorgeous dress is one that will make any body shape look cute in any cold, warm or even hot weather season. It is a loose fit, a soft, luxe fabric texture and has all the right lace details. Don’t believe me? Head on over and check it out here. Otherwise, love on it while you can before it is gone, because this WILL go fast. Here are some more images from this fun shoot.

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I hope you loved it. Please feel free to follow me on my other social media at Bloglovin’, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

XOXO –

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