Nashville Exploring + the Warmest Winter EVER with Brooklyn Bicycle Co.

Nashville Exploring + the Warmest Winter EVER with Brooklyn Bicycle Co. - offbeat + inspired

Back home, I always considered “the north” to be EXTREME north. Basically the Canadian border. It’s lake-effect snow, sub-zero winters, local skiing, maple syrup fresh from the tree and basically any scene from Fargo. Living in Nashville, I’m learning that “the north” means anything upwards of Tennessee, where it’s not uncommon to cut down your Christmas tree in a t-shirt. And I’m kinda torn.

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Campfires, Cocoa + Minnetonkas

Campfires, Cocoa + Minnetonkas - offbeat + inspired

This is definitely one of my favorite combinations in the world…campfires, the outdoors, hot chocolate, cozy clothes, sunsets and good friends. Simple, magical, and getting to feel adventurous right in the backyard. This was such a welcome retreat from the craziness that is November/December. The holidays seriously snuck up on me this year! I’ve been so busy settling into Nashville that when I finally came up for air, it was Thanksgiving week! And now Christmas is right around the corner. It’s ok though, campfires like this one will be my reality check – all is right with the world when you’ve got sweet ones to share life with and a good pair of shoes.

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Salted Bourbon Brownies + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream! #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

I happen to love the fact that Christmas season starts at 12:01 AM on November 1st. I love that I went to the mall the other day to get my shattered phone screen fixed (again), and was met with the comforting warble of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and a jolly See’s Candies employee handing out free chocolate lollipops. I love that as abruptly as the holiday magic begins, my kitchen turns into a buttery, chocolatey, flour-y wonderland where I retreat regularly to create and let the inspiration (and sugar) fly.

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A Weekday Brunch, Vintage Inspiration & Mini Quiche Lorraine + Pancake Skewers with Warm Maple Butter

A Weekday Brunch, Vintage Inspiration & Mini Quiche Lorraine + Pancake Skewers with Warm Maple Butter - offbeat + inspired #VintageCharm

Thrifting for kitchen stuff is my favorite. I love that I can give myself a $10-$15 budget and an afternoon at the flea market, and walk away with a pile of treasures. I’ll go straight to the section with tables full of vintage dishes as far as the eye can see, and daydream about swimming through a sea of them cartoon-style — remember the duck in the vault with the gold coins? Yeah, that.

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RiSE Festival + Letting Go

RiSE Festival + Letting Go - offbeat + inspired

I woke up before sunrise to catch an early flight out of Nashville with Kappel. I couldn’t believe we were only hours away from the Mojave Desert and only a day away from RiSE. I took a big (for me) leap a little over a month ago and shared on Free People’s blog about the struggle to find my identity through anxiety issues, miscarriage, divorce and eventually freedom and healing. I had a lot to release, and what I ended up experiencing was beyond anything I could have imagined.

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Hard Lemonade Bonfire Chicken

Hard Lemonade Bonfire Chicken - offbeat + inspired

The house I’m renting in Nashville is amazing. It’s a little 2-bedroom cottage in a charming neighborhood and the backyard is HUGE. There are big old trees, lots of shade, even a little lattice & ivy covered swing! But my FAVORITE thing about the yard is how perfect it is for bonfires.

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Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People

Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People - offbeat + inspired

I believe that the most beautiful things happen when our walls come down. It’s scary and painful, but it lets us breathe and live. It leaves us vulnerable to all kinds of hurt, but those hurts can strengthen us and grow our roots deep and strong if we let them.

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Hard Lemonade Glazed Cupcakes

Hard Lemonade Glazed Cupcakes - offbeat + inspired

I’ve spent the last week hopping around New Jersey, taking moto adventures through the northwestern hills and lakes, visiting with family and friends, and remembering all the things I love so dearly about my home state. I got to stay at my aunt’s house on Lake Wawayanda, and it is the epitome of a perfect summer retreat. The backyard is unreal. Hammock naps, reading on the dock, storytelling around the fire pit…SO perfect for hot days in mid-August.

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Dreaming of Salted Cocoa Nutella Cupcakes in Tulum!

Salted Cocoa Nutella Cupcakes - offbeat + inspired

I’m in Tulum right now and I can’t even begin to describe how surreal it is. Mexico, for most of my life, had been this intangible exotic thing that I celebrated subtly with a love for taco trucks and simple margaritas. Now I’m in a city where there’s a mezcal bar every ten feet and the best tacos I’ve ever had in my life are being slung on every corner for about 40 cents a pop. I’ve also learned that swimming pools, lakes and oceans do not hold a CANDLE to cenotes when it comes to a day of swimming.

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My First Trip to Miami!

My First Trip to Miami! - offbeat + inspired

Well it’s been FOREVER since I posted and I’m really sad about it!! I’m still alive!! The short story: I’m moving to a new city (more on that soon! :O), I’m at a new workspace, I’ve been taking on new projects, it’s been a total whirlwind! Sarah shared her big announcement a few weeks ago and it’s such a bittersweet thing, but we’re both so excited to continue sharing our life adventures with new perspectives (her new blog!), new inspiration and LOTS of recipes. So I’ll just jump right in. My most recent adventure/project is what I’m sharing today…my first trip to Miami (what? why had I never?) on a SUPERFUN collab with Starwood Hotels.

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