lovelocalinstameet photo backdrop

My pals Sarah (@ladygolightly) and Renae (@colouranddust) put together this amazing instameet called Love Your Local in Tacoma, cohosted by and held at Satori Boutique (@satoriboutique) on October 3. When I say “put together” I mean styled, designed, organized, hustled… all in their free time. Say whaaaat?


Passport to Galway, Ireland

#ootd in Galway, Ireland

This summer I finally made it across the pond to Europe! We had 3 days in Galway.


Instagram Killed My Blog

Instagram killed my blog

My blog isn’t dead dead. Just temporarily maimed by my Instagram account.  MORE

Merry Christmas Baby

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everybody! I was just reflecting that this time last year we broke the news to family that we were gonna have a baby. And what a baby we ended up with! He has the most beautiful blue eyes, chunky thighs, furrowed brows, and a sweet dimpled smile. I know people say this quite a lot, but becoming his mama is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. He makes me strong, healthy, and happy. He makes me (glad to be) a morning person. He makes me silly. Suddenly I care less of what people think, and listen more carefully to my own instincts.

We didn’t do professional photos or Christmas cards this year, but I did have a chance to snap some quick photos. I’m happy that I got at least a few in focus–propping up a wiggly baby with one hand and trying to hold the camera still in the other will be a skill I’ll need to master quickly.

Merry Christmas from Rowan Fox (4 months old), and of course MJ and I. MORE

Let’s Be Honest.


I’m in the mood for something different.

I’ve got dark circles under my eyes and my face lacks color, but I don’t want to discuss ways to freshen up my beauty routine. I’m wearing clothing, but I don’t want to tell you how to “get the look.” Do you crave something more like I do? Superficiality is fun and lord knows there’s a place for it in bloggerdom (i.e. my Pinterest feed!), but I find myself seeking more. What, though? Honesty? Depth? Reality? Community? Connections? Heart? Sincerity? Grit? Creativity? All of those things, and probably more. Let’s start with honesty. MORE

A Foraged Holiday Table

Foraged holiday table | fur and feathersFinally, an excuse to use your (or your mama’s) wedding china.

When registering in the big bright Macy’s store at the mall 5 or so years ago, I thought it was so romantic and unquestionably the thing to do to register for wedding china. I still think that, even thought I have not once used my china in the 4+ years I’ve been married. Not so logical, is it? I was inspired to finally use the  stuff, so I threw a little place setting design together with things around the house. I hope you too get around to using that china. What are you waiting for? (PS I know I put the cutlery on the wrong sides…boo!) MORE

Holiday Hair Starts With A Good Blowout

the blowoutHair success Step 1. Blowout. Step 2. Anything can happen.

I can’t speak for everyone else’s hair situation, but I can’t achieve any proper style without blowing out my hair first. This beast must be tamed. It must be tamed hard with heat, a round brush, and good product. Your blowout is the base and greatest basic of hair styling, so you’ve gotta get it right. With that,  I teamed up with SEVEN The Salon to give you a good recipe (you wouldn’t attempt baking, say, a pie crust without a recipe would you??). MORE

Netflix Addict // Hooked On Christmas

Netflix Christmas movies

Time to get all up in yo Christmas!

I realized I watch so much Netflix that it could be considered a part time job. And while my expertise is mainly in documentaries, sci-fi television, and old classic movies, don’t let that scare you away. I still watch tons in other categories! Except really scary movies–not a big fan of scaring the crap out of myself. I like having clean underwear. Anyway, here are my picks for some solid Christmas vibes. MORE

Small Business Saturday Local Shopping Guide

manchik_mooreaseal029_c71c1eec-0b52-498e-9c47-cdd021680d20Stay home on Friday and go shopping on small business Saturday instead. Bonus points if you pay with cash so the credit card companies don’t get their fee. Above photo of Moorea Seal store by Julia Manchik. MORE

Balayage For The Win @ SEVEN The Salon

Copper balayage / updated ombre hair

New hair bitches!

You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to add copper into my hair. In a perfect world, I’d go 100% legit redhead, but there’s no way I can maintain that. The solution? Balayage. Miyoko at SEVEN the salon (Bellevue, WA location) did a full balayage to lift my ends, and then colored over them with a coppery tone. Instead of the typical ombre look, she incorporated my natural hair throughout for dimension and richness.

When I sat in her chair, the two key words I told Miyoko were copper and balayage. I let her do what she wanted from there, which was a good choice. I knew I could trust her because she had beautifully styled and dyed hair herself (never trust a stylist with a whack cut or dye job!). I love my hair because it’s the perfect balance between natural and funky. And I needed a little bit of funky. Since Rowan is now 3 months old, I’m feeling like I’m getting my groove back and I wanted my hair to reflect that. Ya know, so I can be a cool mom (insert Amy Poehler in Mean Girls meme here). MORE