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    DIY Pegboard Mug Storage

    I don’t DIY much these days, but recently decided to embark on a project. It was inspired by two things:

    1. My mom helped me unpack my kitchen during my move and told me I have way too many mugs
    2. The mugs were one shelf lower than my wine glasses, meaning I had to climb on a chair to reach my wine glasses, and I really wanted those more easily accessible

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    Epic 8 Day Utah National Park Road Trip

    Alternate title: The sort of 8 day trip that turned sort of 9 days thanks to a canceled flight. But more on that later.

    I’m about to attempt to cram 5 National Parks, 1 National Monument, 39.4 miles of hiking and one extra afternoon/evening stuck in Salt Lake City in to one post. Stick with me here and I promise you’ll be rewarded with (1) an epic vacation idea and (2) some pretty amazing photos.

    My cousin and I recently embarked on an 8(ish) day journey through 5 Utah National Parks and a National Monument. I had been to 4 of the parks before, but I’m always willing to go back for more. This was our route: Las Vegas > Zion National Park > Bryce Canyon National Park > Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument > Capitol Reef National Park > Moab > Arches National Park > Canyonlands National Park > Salt Lake City

    Let’s begin at the beginning – Las Vegas.

    Day 1: Las Vegas > Zion National Park

    We landed in Las Vegas in the morning, picked up the rental car and drove immediately to In-N-Out before driving the 2.5(ish) hours to Zion. We stopped for some groceries for lunches and snacks for the week in St. George and arrived in Zion around 2 or 3pm. We had time for a hike so decided to do the Emerald Pools trail. There are 3 Emerald Pools: lower, mid and upper. It’s 3 miles round to the upper Emerald Pool.

    Emerald Pools Trail

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    for the home

    The Apartment: Week Three

    It has been three weeks since I moved in to my new place. It is by no means done, but I’ve unpacked all but one box (that just has frames) which is quite an accomplishment since my weekends since moving have been filled with a trip to LA and the 80th birthday bash of the century for my Bubbie. I originally was going to wait until I felt done with the space to post pictures, but then I remembered that the word evolving is in my blog name and figured I’d post the progress along the way. It’s kind of fun to look back at some of those with the condo too.

    Before we get to the pictures, a really quick FAQ section…

    Why did you move?

    I wanted to be closer to work (really close actually) and closer to where I was spending more time outside of work.

    But won’t you miss your condo, you put so much work into it!?

    Of course I’ll miss it and the work I did. But I felt done with the space and ready for the next space.

    Why are you going from owning to renting? Are you insane?

    I did the owning thing and it was fine. I’m indecisive as a person and love designing so I really think I’m the kind of person that would be happy moving every three years (so yes, I am insane). I loved the character of an older building, but I’m excited for #alltheamenities of a new one. I’m sure I’ll buy again, but for right now, at this moment in my life, I’m happy to be renting. Read more…

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    TREATYOSELF2017: LA Edition

    Inspired from the brilliant Donna and Tom from Parks and Recreation, my friends (Phoebe and Michelle) and I just returned from a treat yo’ self trip to LA. Yes, we did TREATYOSELF2017 in LA (if you’ve watched the show you’ll get the significance).

    We stayed in Venice Beach (at an Airbnb) and traveled around a bit during a long weekend (Friday – Monday). Here’s my vacation recap and a travel guide (if you like beaches, sunsets and food, you’ll like this travel guide).

    Day One: Venice Beach and West Hollywood

    We arrived in the early afternoon and had a horrible rental car experience (i.e. waiting over an hour for the car). So, we went immediately to In-N-Out burger because it’s delicious and we were starving. After eating our body weight in burgers, fries and shakes, we drove to the Airbnb in Venice Beach and started exploring the area.

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    diy, for the home

    DIY Dark Floral Bookcase (and some great dark floral art)

    Anyone else completely obsessed with dark floral art? There aren’t enough black heart emojis to accurately describe my love of dark florals. Just in case you share this obsession, I’ll include some of my favorite dark florals at the bottom of the post.

    A little background on this project and brief life update. Life update first: I moved, two days ago. I traded up vintage condo living for modern apartment renting. With that, came slight downsizing, and an entirely new home. A while back I came across this Dark Floral Wallpaper by Ellie Cashman Design. It was love at first site (I’m almost 100% certain love at first site can occur with home decor).

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