Me and husband got to go visit my sister-in-law, who lives in Missoula, Montana, again. I love that place in the summer!! Beautiful, green mountains with equally cool people. I think my husband might be as tall as a mountain (he is 6'6").
We only came up for a weekend, but what a great weekend. My sister-in-law and her husband took us hiking at the beautiful Lake Como. Upon arriving, the sun started setting which was really amazing. The surroundings looked different every minute that turned into sunset.
We made up this game while walking on the shore, that we would "just walk to the next bend in the lake". However, every bend would show a new larger bend and then we would have to walk to the next bend in the lake. Eventually it was too far and starting to get dark, so we had to turn back. Being a Cali girl, I'm not used to such big lakes, and had no idea that we could not just walk around all of it in an hour or two. The "lakes" in southern California are nothing compared to lakes in Montana.
As usual, the boys turned everything into a game, stopping every few feet to skip rocks. (I can only make a rock skip once, meaning I can just throw rocks into bodies of water). I don't remember what they are doing in this picture, but I'm sure they are having fun.
And here is Natassja and I. She is so beautiful, inside and out! I have really miss them since they've moved to Missoula. I'm so lucky that my husband's family have turned out to be such good friends of mine. She can make me laugh so hard that I cry. Though, to be fair, I cry fairly easily.
We were also able to explore the Tamaracks, which are trees that looks like normal Christmas trees, but aren't green all the time. They will be intermixed with regular fir trees, but turn yellow or orange in the fall. From far away, they just looked like dying trees, but up close you realized they are actually changing colors with the seasons.
It was hard to say goodbye to Tasj and Rob, but it was time to get back to Salt Lake. Until next time, Montana!!
On to my outfit of the day...Bold stripes and cheetah pants (though subtle cheetah). My shoes were from Vans. They weren't on sale but black vans are a great basic shoe to have that last pretty good. I think they were $30 (I got them a long time ago). My cheetah print jean were from Nordstrom Rack and were 9.95. My pink and white striped shirt was from Down East Basics and was 7.99. They had a great sale one weekend at the outlets in Park City, and I got a bunch of very cute shirts for under $10. My earrings were a gift from an aunt of mine, so free. My outfit total was $47.94. Which is pretty awesome considering I didn't skimp on my shoes!!!
My tip of the day??? It's OK to spend a little more than you usually would for quality items!! Take, for instance, my black vans featured above. I've had those for about 3 years now, and they still look great. I've spilled bleach on them (covered the bleach spots with black sharpie and none the wiser) and washed them twice now. Somethings never really do go on sale so don't feel guilty spending money on something that will last you a long time. Thank you for reading!!!
My family started a tradition of camping at Lake Powell, in September, 2013. We were able to go again this year, and it was just as fun as the year before!!!
I was able to camp with my dad, husband, brother-in-law, and 3 siblings and their kids. We camped down and dirty in the sand. I let one of my nieces cook me a hot dog one night but declined to eat it, due to the sand caked on it. Also, one of my brothers had an interesting night when he tried to leave early because his child got sick. His car got stuck in the sand in the middle of the night, then he came back to the camp to get help to push his car, but then we couldn't find his car again!! Well, we found it eventually but it was a crazy night.
If you haven't been to Lake Powell, I definitely recommend it. It has beautiful sand stone cliffs with clear blue, fresh water. It was originally a canyon that was damned up sometime in the 50's and now is a beautiful lake. It also doesn't grow a ton of moss like most lakes so I enjoy swimming in it since it doesn't seem dirty.
Part of our Lake Powell tradition is to rent a boat one of the days we camp, which is really the best way to explore all the nooks and crannies that are supplied by this beautiful canyon. If you knew my family, you would know how nerdy they are and what a surprise that they actually like to go boating. One of my nieces didn't want to get off the tube, even after several hours! Can you believe my super old dad was able to go tubing with his grandchildren? We packed a lunch and ate on a sandy beach. I explored a crevice while we ate, I was curious to go all the way to the end. However, I kept feeling something near my feet while I swam. I shook it off at first as being silly (it does creep me out to think about how deep the water is and who know's what is really down there?) And then all of the sudden fish started swimming by. Thousands of tiny fish that actually jumped in the air as I screamed and hurled myself onto one side of the cliff walls and propped myself up with my feet on the other side of the walls. Needless to say, I didn't explore anymore tiny canyons after that. I barely got in the water on the way back!! I wish I could have had a picture of me being terrified of those fish.
Lake Powell was fun, as always, and seeing my family was even more fun. I can't wait until next year to go back!! There is nothing else quite like those sunrises over the water, where the water is displayed in shades of orange to a deep grey. Until next year!!
Here is an outfit that I wore, which I like (obviously). My strappy sandals are from Aldo outlet and were $20. My pants are from Nordstrom Rack, and were $11.99. Those pants have been great with my weight fluctuation. They fit me when I gain weight and when I lose it. My shirt is from Down East Basics and was $8.50. My earrings were from a coffee shop in Sandy (they have a cute key on them) and were $6.99. My bracelet is a simple multi-stranded silver bracelet I got sometime in High school (I have no idea from where or how much). My outfit total? $47.48
My tip of the day is to keep your closet organized. I just recently moved to a bigger home, but me and my husband lived in a tiny 500 square foot studio for over a year. I had to be very organized with my clothing so I would remember what I had. I probably went a little over board with organization (I have a little OCD) but its always a good idea to go through your closet and see what you still want. You might remember that cute shirt you bought a couple of months ago that some how got pushed behind everything else!! Then you can also get rid of clothes you don't wear any more or that don't fit you. When I had a super small closet and I would rotate out my winter and summer clothes so I didn't have as much actually hanging up in my closet. I also arrange my shirts by color so they are easier to find. But whatever works for you, I just think it's nice knowing where everything is. Thank you for reading!!
This post is very late!! I apologize! Over the summer, me and my husband got the chance to go to Glacier National Park in Montana. It was AMAZING!!!! We were able to go hiking, helicopter riding, skipped rocks, and played games until we fell asleep. I'm not sure I've been anywhere prettier than this place. My family had to drag me out on the helicopter ride (it was expensive and I'm scared of heights) but it was one of my favorite things we ended up doing. We got to see parts of the park that we couldn't have with out being in the air. Below is a photo that doesn't do the park justice, but I did my best!
The water in the many lakes, scattered throughout the park, were the purest blue I've ever seen. It's hard to describe, but the color was almost a light blue, like the blue of the sky at noon. Truly breath taking.
To get to the twin falls, my family and I decided that we needed to run the whole way (it was starting to get dark). My sides hurt!! But it was worth the run. That was my favorite hike we did. The waterfall is actually quite bigger in person too.
There were many gorges that were GORGEOUS!! (Haha get it?)
And don't even get me started on the colorful rocks. Beautiful rusty reds and mossy greens and deep blues. Just spectacular. Plus, my feet are pretty cute (:
And here is the whole gang!! Eating rock candy's like the hard core adults we are.
Our last day we all got to go kayaking, which was fun (though a little cold). It was a perfect end to a perfect weekend. I love being outside in nature and water.
Well, on to my outfit of the day...
I love this ensemble!! (I usually love everything I wear though..) My shoes are from Aldo and were $19.99 ( I swear outlets are the way to go!). My pants are from Nordstrom Rack and were $14.99. My shirt is from Down East Basics and cost $9.99. My kimono is from CottonOn and was $9.99. My necklace was a gift from a college friend. My outfit total was 54.96!! Yay!!
My tip of the day?? Definitely invest in a bunch of plain white and black shirts that can go with pretty much anything. I also recommend a couple of other neutral colors to keep as part of your closet stable, like brown or grey. This also helps on days that you are rushed because a plain shirt can go with anything and look put together. Thanks for reading my blog and stay tuned for some more articles!! PS, I had to show off my curled hair because I don't do it very often!!!