Off exploring...

Friday, October 24


Remember two weeks ago when I mentioned that one thing that has helped me thrive in this waiting season is seeking out opportunities to explore the area where we live???

Well, this weekend it's happening. I realized that we live in this amazingly beautiful area of Southern California, but so often we choose to travel outside of the country and we don't take advantage of where we live!

Last weekend at a yard sale I found a sweet looking vintage thermos, and got the idea in my head that we need to camp. Because that's the only time you can legit use a vintage thermos, right? haha! So I got myself on google, found a campsite, and we booked it!! Tomorrow we are off on an adventure!!

Happy Weekend friends! Hope your weekend is filled with adventures and spontaneity!! xoxo 

2 Yard Sale Dresses {and a house full of company!}

Wednesday, October 22


As you can see by my lack of blogging this week, i've been a bit busy living my life with a house full of visitors!! A full house makes my heart happy:) Our sweet Aline from Switzerland is here with her Dutch husband Rick. This is Rick's first time to America, so we are having a blast watching his expressions as he encounters all things American! Oh, the laughter that has ensued! Yesterday we spent a full day going up and down the coast, walking along the cliffs, getting our feet wet in the ocean and dirty with sand, watching crabs and sea anemones in the tide pools! We ended the day with a bon fire on the beach, and loved watching Rick devour his first s'more! S'more for the win!! 

Almost daily i've been wearing something that I purchased at a yard sale! I have received a handful of comments each time, and love responding that my outfit is second hand. Today I wanted to share two lovely dresses that I picked up for a $1 each! One is a red Free People dress, and the other is a Roxy polka dot dress. I wore the red dress to work last week, and the polka dot dress to a bridal shower this last weekend. Just love that fashion doesn't need to break the bank:)

Happy Wednesday friends!! Today i'll be on the beach and introducing the Dutchies to fish tacos:) xoxo


Friday Give-Away!! {a yard sale sweater, a sneak peak at our room, and a lovely necklace to win!}

Friday, October 17












I go to grad school all day Thursday, and man, when I walk through the door around 10pm, I am exhausted! But then I get super giddy because IT'S THE WEEKEND! I'm gonna have me some fun:)

One lovely project i've been working on lately is our bedroom make over!! Loves, I'm So excited to share it with you... but you'll have to wait patiently as it still need a few finishing touches! Today is just a sneak peak…so get excited! My favorite thing to do in the morning is snuggle up in my big white chair, drink tea, and read. The sun shines through the windows, and I journal, pray, and just generally bask in all the light that surrounds me. If you're wondering if i'm actually reading that vintage book…the answer is YES. These old Readers Digests, that I swooped up at a yard sale for pennies, actually have some pretty hilarious and wholesome short stories in it. If you're asking me if I was reading it that very moment…totally not. It was staged…{cheers to being authentic!}. But that's pretty much what I look like every morning, cuddled in that chair with a book, ….but with scrubby jammies, messy hair and no make-up. I'll leave that up to your imagination!

Speaking of pennies...See the oversized maroon sweater i'm wearing? Twenty five cents at a yard sale, and it still had all the tags on it! I'm pretty sure it was probably a grammy sweater from Coldwater Creek or something, but I'm going with it! You can't beat 25 cents… {except when you have a scandalous experience with it…}

Anyway…

My favorite thing about my outfit it the gorgeous gold necklace hanging on my neck! I recently heard about a beautiful jewelery company called Ekata Designs. They are based in Memphis, TN and employ Nepali Refugees. swoon. You all know Nepal is very near and dear to my heart, as we lived there last year.
Not only is Ekata transforming the lives of refugees who are working to build a better life and a future here in America, but they also are creating some really innovative and adorable lines of jewelry! Today, I'm giving away the same necklace that I am wearing! 

Here's what you need to do to enter the give-away: 
1. Go to Ekata's website {here} and check out their jewelry
2. Leave a comment on my blog with your favorite Ekata piece
3. Follow Hope Engaged on Bloglovin, FB, and IG

That's all!! Good luck ladies!! Happy Weekend:)