RiSE Festival 2016 | Mojave Desert

We just had such a special weekend together, and I’m left with a feeling I get a lot.  It’s a mixture of feeling so grateful for Blake and this ache of missing the rest of our family who are so far away.  Does that ever go away?  I don’t think so. We were lucky to get to go to the RiSE Festival for the third time.  It’s always hard to find the words to explain…
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Flatiron Building | New York, New York

We are staying in Midtown on Madison, super close to Madison Square Park and one of the most iconic buildings here – the Flatiron Building.  So of course, we had to stop and take some classic New York photos near it. The Flatiron Building is the triangle shaped building built in 1902 to fill a wedge-shaped lot between 5th Aveue and Broadway.  Over the years it has become a symbol of New York, loved especially by…
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The Resort Pelican Hill | A Wednesday Affair

Last night we had the chance to attend an event at The Resort at Pelican Hill.  Blake and I were laughing at ourselves as we pulled in to the resort, because we’d always wondered about it but have never been.  It just seemed like a place only accessible to hotel guests, and we’d never looked in to staying there.  Well, we were so wrong!  It’s actually SO accessible, and SO amazing. While it’s easy to…
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Packing for NYFW

Packing for NYFW - a Guide by Jen Hawkins
I’m in the midst of packing for NYFW (I leave to New York tomorrow!!) and here are some of the essentials I’m bringing. Portable Phone Charger.  How awful would it be if my phone died halfway through my day?!  It’s not like it’s easy to find a spot to charge, and I need to be able to watch my calendar, call Ubers and map Subway routes! Plus, Sonix has the cutest ones now, so I…
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The Golden Gate Bridge | Best Viewpoint

Blake and I decided to make a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge on our road trip.  He couldn’t remember being there when he was little, and even though I feel like I’ve been there a million times it never gets old.  As Blake said on our trip, “Bridges are just so cool.”  And this is one of the coolest!  For those of you who haven’t been, you need to go!  And if you’re wondering…
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Fern Canyon | Humboldt County, CA

This past week we’ve been driving all over Northern California visiting family and friends that are family.  Our first stop was to Arcata, CA, which is where both my parents and their parents grew up.  Humboldt County is such a beautiful and remote place, and holds so many special memories for me.  Since Blake hasn’t spent time there, I was so excited to show him around.  One morning, we decided to head up to Fern…
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Date Night in Seattle

Since I’m from Seattle, a lot of times when we visit we just hang with family and don’t get out to explore the city much.  This trip, Blake and I found ourselves with an evening alone and decided to make a date of it.  Afterwards, we both concluded that it was one of our very favorite nights in Seattle together, and consequently a perfect date (for anyone out there looking!) We started by eating at Din…
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Universal Studios, Hollywood | The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

My little sister is a long-time lover of Harry Potter.  She’s the perfect age for it, as kind of she grew up with the characters.  When I heard the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was opening at Universal Studios in Hollywood, I knew we had to take her.  So, as part of her college graduation gift from us, we did!  I decided to post about our experience in case it helps someone else who’s wanting…
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The Paradise Society | Rancho Las Cruces, Baja California Sur, Mexico (Part 2)

Once again, I’ve procrastinated this post for the reason that I loved this trip so much.  Weird, I know.  It should be easier to post about if I loved it, but for some reason it’s so much harder!  If you haven’t read my post about The Paradise Society or the first half of my trip, check it out here.  For the second half of our Baja trip, we made our way to Rancho Las Cruces.…
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Boys + Arrows x The Paradise Society

Guys, I might have found my favorite one-piece of all time.  It’s SO comfortable and flattering, and I have gotten so many compliments on it already.  I want it in every color way!  I also LOVE this cover-up.  When we took these photos, we were joking that the cover-up with the suit could pass as an evening dress!  Really tho, such a good way to go from pool to dinner when you’re on vacation! Champagne…
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