I’ve Got Sunshine


This dress is not my usual style – I typically stick to more structured materials and designs, and when I do decide to wear something with a more free form material, I tend to lean towards simple and clean cut lines. But while perusing Alternative Apparel’s website, I found myself drawn to this dress, particularly the interesting sunshine yellow pattern with its water color appearance. It is just so summery and effortless, with an easy-to-wear design on top, and can go from barefoot on the beach to boho dressy with heels. Plus it has pockets (no brainer, always). It went on sale, so I decided to go for the unusual, and am happy to report that it has been one of my favorite things to slip on for simple weekends. It could probably use a little altering, but I figure, what’s the point? It’s always going to create an oversized statement, and I feel that’s how it should be.


Alternative Apparel dress (skirt version here) | Zara heels | bag from Italy | UO necklace | Clyde’s Rebirth bracelet | Anthropologie earrings |¬†Tumbleweeds Handcraft¬†sunnies






I finally feel like our place is put together, and am looking forward to tackling a couple of DIY projects this weekend for finishing touches, as well as planning some fun future travel plans. Have a great weekend!



Music Monday: Xavier Rudd

I’ve been listening to Xavier Rudd ever since my brother and brother-in-law showed me him in my early teens. Being a sheltered girl from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I thought it was so cool to discover an international artist (he’s Australian). His voice was something unlike I had ever heard before… so soothing and uplifting. For me he was always Jack Johnson meets Bob Marley, until recently when I finally got the chance to see him live last week in Seattle. He is so much more unique and interesting than I could have imagined. Between playing his didgeridoo and dancing around shirtless while his bassist and drummer played, I could NOT peal my eyes off the stage. Xavier is not something you want to miss if he ever passes through a city near you. It was one of the best shows to date I have been to in Seattle… although that is coming from a pretty big fan :) Check out the song below for a small taste of what he has to offer. I hope this song brings you to a sunny beach smiling… even on a rainy day.


Happy Monday! Hope all you PNW’s are enjoying this BEAUTIFUL summer we are having.



Up North


Kyle and I recently spent a week in northern Michigan in the Traverse City area for a couple of weddings and vacation time. As anticipated, it was absolutely wonderful. Summertime in Michigan cannot be beat, and this is the first time since we moved to Houston that we were able to get some quality time along the shores of Lake Michigan without running back and forth across the state for various occasions. Kyle happened to be in one of the weddings, so a majority of the week was spent in Leland – a quaint fishing town on Lake Michigan – with the rest of the wedding party. We all stayed at this amazing 100-year old cottage right on the beach, and spent the days building sand castles, drinking, preparing for the wedding, and visiting some cool spots in Traverse City. And beyond getting some quality time with friends and family that we miss dearly, we were able to visit with folks that we don’t get to see most visits home, such as Tricia (check out her blog, Growth By The Season, it’s awesome!), as well as some of Kyle’s childhood pals.

Below are some outfit shots that we took while strolling through the fishing village in Leland and some random shots from the rest of our trip. And let me just tell you about this maxi dress – it is the most comfortable and versatile piece I own, and is currently on sale, so anyone reading this should seriously consider buying it. Right meow. In fact, I’m thinking about getting it in another color!


JCrew Factory dress (on sale!) and scarf, Everlane sandals, bag from Italy, Madewell bracelet, American Apparel earrings, Ray-Ban sunnies








Fresh fish, NOMMMM!


My favorite sand sculpture of the week – the Leland Sand Beast – of which most of the credit goes to Kyle’s friend Don and his incredible sand sculpting skills (I was commissioned for detail work :))


Old Mission Peninsula lighthouse.


A memorable week up north! Can’t wait for our next trip up.

For now, back to reality and unpacking this new place – have a great weekend everyone!

PS – don’t forget to check out our summer playlist, now up on Langford Market’s blog!




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