Sunrise at Trillium Lake

Happy Tuesday! Hope you all are having a great summer. 

Cory and I did a road trip up to Seattle a few weeks ago, and on our way back down to LA we stopped off at a location I've been wanting to see for a while... Trillium Lake by Mt Hood in Oregon. This was one of the prettiest sunrises I've ever seen. All of these photos were shot on my iPhone 7 Plus. SO crazy to see what that phone can capture. Kind of hard to take a bad photo though with an amazing location, right? We got to the lake around 5:30am, and it was the perfect timing. The fog was starting to clear up so you could see Mt Hood, but you were getting these beautiful colors coming through.

Sunrise is my favorite to capture vs sunset. I love the quiet, still, and tranquil moments sunrise brings. I love being able to capture and witness the earth waking up. It's worth the loss of sleep for sure. Especially when you see moments like this one. I feel like photos can't capture how beautiful it actually was. If you ever get the chance to see this place at sunrise, do it. With or without the fog, it's beautiful. 


Sporty Details

Recently, all I've been wanting to wear is extremely comfortable, sporty clothes. Oversized sweatshirts with sneakers, vans, classic nikes, old school track jackets, and comfortable lose tops have been on repeat. Maybe because summer is more of a relaxed season and I can get away with it? Anyways, today I'm sharing with you a look that I've been wearing a lot... and yes I have repeated this outfit. 

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Shopping at Forever 21 can be really stressful and chaotic because there are SO many pieces to look at. I mean after all, it is fast fashion. But for some reason it's always a hit or miss place. When I went back to Seattle, I just wanted to pop in real quick and see if there were any cool and basic tops I could wear for the summer or layer with pieces... well. I found this top I'm wearing in this post and I'm obsessed. It's a softer, stretchier mesh actually feels like good quality. You can wear it after a workout, with a sporty everyday look, or even going out with a black leather skirt. I picked up two tops like this, and not going to lie... I've been wearing them a lot! 

With the top, I paired some trousers from Zara, my favorite Garrett Leight sunnies, some classic Vans, and some hoop earrings. Make sure to shop the look below!


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Photos by Cory Staudacher

Hurricane Ridge

Most of you know that I was born and raised in the pacific northwest. It's my home, comfort, and the perfect getaway during the summer months. The past couple months I've been processing a lot with life, the future, and just a lot of emotional and spiritual things have happened. So much good has come from everything, and I can't say enough how good of a spot I'm in with my friends, family, and with God. Coming back to Seattle to visit family is one of the best ways to cope and get through any hard or difficult time. Everyone has different ways they cope or deal with any stress in their life. I workout or go running, but I also love to escape away into nature. Cory and I spent five days at my parents cabin, away from our phones and social media. It's like we hit the refresh button and completely felt inspiration and peace. 

During this trip we drove north and spent the evening at one of my favorite places, Hurricane Ridge. If you are going to Washington at all, I HIGHLY recommend going this time of year. It is STUNNING. I feel like photos can't even capture the true beauty. It is a breathtaking place.

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My niece and I

One of the funniest, but also terrifying moments of this hike was the moment we saw a black bear. Growing up around the area, you would think I would have seen more or know what to do around a bear. Nope, I was clueless. Let me back up and tell you how it happened.

We were hiking up the trail to see this beautiful and stunning view of the Olympic Mountains, and some hikers told us they saw a bear in the distance. We just thought "Oh wow, a bear!". Meanwhile my mother is singing the children's Teddy Bear Picnic song to my little niece (who is only 18 months) in a baby hiking backpack. My dad loves his camera and his photo gear almost more then anyone I know. I guess that's where I got my eye from? :) Anyways, he's way gone, and hiked way farther on the trail then we did. We can't see him, hear him, or anything. But, this is very normal for him. So it's Cory, my mom, my niece on her back, my brother and I all taking photos at this beautiful sunset.

We wanted to see how far away the bear was from where we were at, so we starting hiking over this little hill where there was a look out. As soon we started walking to the lookout, we see the black bear walking over... towards us... about 15 feet away. Here's the moment I thought was funny but also terrifying. Try and picture this scene...

We see the bear... My brother Trevor and my husband Cory start screaming "There's the bear! There's the bear!"... I, of course BOOKED it up this hill. I'm screaming trying to scare the bear (which isn't what you're supposed to do at all around a bear). I turn around, and my mom is almost moving slow-mo with my niece on her back... my mom is a pretty "small" person. So having this huge baby carrier on her back with a child in it, trying to run up a hill was actually a really funny picture. My niece also calls any dog, or pretty much any animal "JoJo" (long story why). So she's saying "JoJo, JoJo" over and over, thinking the bear is a large dog, while my mom is freaking out. I wish someone was taking a slow-mo video of us because we all responded so differently. Meanwhile, Trev is trying to get the perfect photo of this bear, Cory is basically running in circles looking like a chicken with his head cut off, and I'm just yelling nonsense. So the bear made his way across the path and it's like it didn't even phase him. He didn't look at us, or anything. It was probably a very lucky moment and definitely something I will never forget. But I keep picturing us all freaking out while the bear is probably thinking "Oh look, I'm scaring more humans. Cool". Just glad we were safe and nothing happened. Just a really "exciting" moment for us. At least now I know how to respond when I see a bear... definitely do not do what I did.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the photos! Haha.

My mom and my niece Ezra.

Summer Overalls

Happy Friday! 

Cory and I are back in LA from another trip to Seattle. It's always good to go back to the pacific northwest to spend time with family, but we are ready to be back in LA. It's officially summer, and I couldn't be more excited (even though I feel like it has been summer for the past three months here in LA).

Anyone remember wearing overall shorts as a kid? I remember on my first day of Kindergarten, I wore these denim short overalls with flowers on them. Now, I can't seam to get out of the ones I have. I've had these overalls from Topshop (similar) for three years, and they still are one of my summer go-to's. I love that you can wear a variety of tops with overalls. Yes, you can wear off the shoulder tops, but they also pair with hooded sweatshirts, turtleneck tops, a lacy bralette, and ruffles.

With the denim overalls I'm wearing an off the shoulder, thin sweater from Madewell, some basic hoops earrings, and my new favorite aviator sunglasses (similar). Shop the look below!

ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES.


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Photos by Cory

DTLA

Hi everyone! It's been a crazy couple weeks. I haven't been able to share on my blog as frequent as I'd like to, but there will be lots of fun travel posts coming soon that I can't wait to share with you all. Cory and I are planning a road trip along the west coast for July, and I'm sure I will have lots of photos to share with you. So stay tuned! 

Moving to downtown Los Angeles has been one of the best decisions Cory and I have ever made. Before this, we were living on the east side by Echo Park/Silver Lake, and it was fun... but we needed a switch and change of atmosphere. We were tucked back in these hills in a small amazing house, but there was no cell phone service, we were about 10 min (on a good day) away from a grocery store, and everyone around us was about age 50+. Not that we didn't like it, we just didn't want to feel like we have "settled down" (if you know what I mean).

There's something about living in the middle of skyscrapers that's so energizing and motivating. The fact that I get to wake up every morning and walk a block away to my favorite coffee shop has changed my life. Also, the fact that I don't have to drive 10 min to a grocery store is the BEST THING. My favorite grocery store is walking distance, and all of our favorite bars and restaurants. We feel very blessed to have a place like we do, and couldn't be more happier with the downtown lifestyle. Such a drastic change from our place before, but it's worth it.

DTLA is a neighborhood in LA that is growing tremendously. New restaurants, shops, bars, and apartments are going up everywhere. It's bringing in a whole new crowd and DTLA is now a livable part of Los Angeles. I guess about five years ago it wasn't a place you would go. Now, some of the newest and best places are opening. Maybe I should share a travel guide for DTLA?

Now about the clothes...

For this look I'm wearing some of my newest additions to my wardrobe that I can't live without. My new frames from Privé Revaux, a studded suede jacket from Sézane, my Saint Laurent Small Sac De Jourmy Alexander Wang denim shorts, leather block heel from Topshop, some basic hoops from Zara, and a white tank I got a couple years ago from Totokaelo. Make sure to shop the whole look below!

DOWNTOWN


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Photos by Cory