Belvele

28 Jun

CoveyFirst and foremost, cheers to the Supreme Court for (finally) doing the right thing and legalizing gay marriage across all 50 states!

Marriage is beautiful. I love everything about it. I get giddy every morning when I put on my wedding ring and think about how lucky I am to have found Derrick. Every couple deserves the right to that commitment and that feeling, and now every couple in the US has it. I can’t believe how far we’ve come. I’ve never been more proud of my country.

In other awesome news, my friend Monica is moving to SF and becoming an entrepreneur! The linen crop top I’m wearing is from Belvele, which is the ethical online fashion boutique she’s launching. You can help support her by pre-ordering this same top and/or several other beautiful pieces on the Belvele (I’ve got an adorable tote headed my way as well). Monica arrives in the city tomorrow night, so get ready for future posts full of our shenanigans.

That’s it for now. Happy Pride weekend, everyone. #LoveWins

Covey

Belvele, Everlane shoes, Pour La Victoire bag via thredUP, Warby Parker sunnies. Responsible consumerism, y’all. 

 

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honeymoon in Iceland

30 May

Iceland was dreamy. I don’t even know where to begin describing the beauty of that country. It’s otherworldly, and so, so romantic.

We rented a 4×4 and drove around the entire island over the course of almost 2 weeks. We swam in hot springs, climbed around waterfalls, hiked around glaciers, went whale watching (saw 3 whales and a whole lot of puffins), explored several creepy abandoned houses, and visited just about every museum (we’re both a little obsessed with Scandinavian history, especially Derrick) and café in the entire country.

One of the best parts about the trip was the solitude. We got there right before tourist season started, so aside from actual Icelanders, we basically had the entire Ring Road to ourselves. Plus, we both were 100% offline the entire time, so as soon as we left Reykjavik, it felt like we were the only people left on earth.

A few favorite things:

1. We hiked out to this abandoned, naturally-heated swimming pool that’s clear out in a valley near Vik one night. It’s built into the side of a mountain, and it’s completely deserted. We swam for half the night, and then nearly froze to death hiking back, but it was totally worth it. Most romantic place ever.

2.  Hiking around the glaciers. First off, I wasn’t prepared for how incredible it would be to see a glacier in real life. Glaciers are awesome. Second, it was a wee bit dangerous, which made it all the more fun.

3. We’d booked a room at the Foss Hotel in Hofn. When we arrived, they upgraded us to their best suite (honeymoon perks!). It was a corner room with windows all around, and it actually overlooked a glacier. Unreal.

4. The Saga Museum in Reykjavík. I love visiting museums with Derrick, he gets so excited about history and it just kills me. I’m stupid in love with that man.

5. This is a bit predictable of me, but I loved the Blue Lagoon. It’s such an iconic Iceland thing, and it was the very first place we went when we arrived, straight from the airport. Also, the silica mud made my skin feel amazing. I was literally glowing for the rest of the trip. Highly recommend it- best way to recover from an international flight.

Addendum: I completely spaced my other favorite spot in Iceland when I wrote this post! Here it is:

6. The Tvísöngur sound sculpture in Seyðisfjörður. It’s a short hike up a mountain overlooking the fjord, and it’s fascinating. You can spend forever in there just singing and playing with the effects. I even got D on camera singing this Beatles song that was written about our cat. Pictures added below.

The Blue Lagoon

Reykjavík, from inside Hallgrímskirkja.

Hallgrímskirkja. With an actual rainbow all the way around it. Because Iceland is magic.

The only #ootd post from the trip, because I was in hiking boots every other day. Bag by The Swedish Model, Zara boots from thredUP, Everlane sweater & undershirt. 

þingvellir National Park. Sólheimasandur plane crash 

Our pool.

Overlooking Skógafoss. Skógafoss

Black sand beaches at Vik. 

Black sand beaches at Vik.

Showing off my $10 knockoff sunnies. Icelandic gas station chic. 

Icelandic horses, escaping. 

Our new house. Glacier hiking. 

Glacial lagoon wandering. 

Special thanks to the friendly folks at the Foss Hotel. 

A little bone museum we found along the road somewhere in the East Fjords. 

Running around Gufufoss. 

Tvísöngur sound sculpture in Seyðisfjörður. 

Tvísöngur sound sculpture in Seyðisfjörður. 

Everlane anorak, Uniqlo scarf. Ignore my awkward stance, please and thank you. 

Seyðisfjörður

Dettifoss. Being majestic. 

Handsomest man alive. At Dettifoss, which is the biggest waterfall in Europe- and is featured at the beginning Prometheus, for any sci-fi nerds out there. 

We stayed in this adorable little house overlooking the fjord in Akureyri. Scandinavian design forever and for always. 

Cafe rats, doing cafe rat things in Akureyri. 

Making out in the whale museum in Húsavík.

Running around this black desert somewhere up North.

Siglufjörður. 

Furthest North we’ve ever been. 

His n’ hers. At Goðafoss. 

At Goðafoss. He’s so handsome I can’t stand it sometimes. 

Exploring this crumbling house somewhere on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

On a beach, just before we got back to Reykjavík. 

Taking pictures in the middle of the road. Because that’s what you do when you’re the only two people on earth. State of the car by the end of the trip. 

dream dress

9 Feb

dream dress  |  longleggedlady.comSo Monica (of Amatoria) came to visit a couple weeks ago! We had more fun than we were supposed to at a Yelp boat party, cuddled/napped in the park, overate at brunch, and just generally got in to lots of typical SF mischief. My not-so-secret goal is to get her to move out here.

Anyway, she left this gorgeous white dress behind for me. I’m completely in love. It’s super soft, stretchy, and so comfortable. I have a bit of an obsession with simple white dresses (if you haven’t noticed), and this one is my new favorite by far. It’s perfect on it’s own, but would also be a good base for layering in colder weather. Just add tights, a scarf, and a masculine looking jacket.

In other news since I last posted: Enso’s new EP was released! It’s beautiful, of course. You can listen to it here. I’ve been playing it on repeat almost every day on my walk to work- which is saying something, because I heard it about a million times while the boys were writing it (the Enso studio is also my living room).

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party girl

26 Dec

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I have no idea what my plans are for NYE just yet, but at least I’ve got the outfit planned.

Derrick and I ditched Christmas this year, since we’ve already traveled so much for the wedding (and we just booked the honeymoon!!), so we’ve had the time off all to ourselves. Obviously we miss our families, but it’s been so romantic to spend our first real holiday as marrieds with just each other.

The city was completely dead yesterday. We wandered down to Grand Coffee in the Mission and had some whiskey, then we went home, opened a bottle of champagne and made a candlelight dinner. Perfect.

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domestic goddess

24 Dec

I promise I’m not turning this into a DIY blog, but I just discovered how easy and awesome it is to make my own skincare products and I’m dying to share. I will keep the mason jar shots to a minimum.

DIY organic lip balm  |  longleggedlady.com A few weeks ago, I was looking at some really prettily-packaged organic, all-natural, $18 lip balm, and it occurred to me that I just can’t justify paying $18 for a small container of beeswax, shea butter, vitamin e, and essential oil. At first I was thinking, they must do something really special to the ingredients, right? Like, there must be some kind of process they put this stuff through to make it usable. But then, isn’t the whole point of the organic/all-natural product movement to use ingredients that are as unadulterated as possible?

Well, I googled it a little and discovered that there doesn’t have to be any complex alchemy involved in making moisturizers. You literally just have to heat up a few things, stir in some other things, and possibly use a mixer for a few minutes.

Also, it’s incredibly inexpensive. I made 12 jars of body butter and 20 tins of lip balm for about $35 total. If I ever run out (I used a bunch of them as holiday gifts, but I still have a truckload), I’ll re-use the jars and tins, so it’ll be even cheaper.

The best part? You don’t have to follow a recipe perfectly, there’s plenty of room for interpretation. Basically, I read a ton of recipes, then bought the ingredients I liked most and just kind of put in whatever amounts of each sounded good to me.

DIY Lip Balm 

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For the lip balm, I tried three batches, and this was my favorite version:

Ingredients

  • 1 oz of beeswax
  • 1 oz of shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 7 or 8 capsules of vitamin e (break them open and squeeze out oil, don’t just drop in the capsules)
  • A couple spoonfuls of sweet almond oil
  • A few drops of lavender essential oil
  • Optional – some lipstick shavings for color (I actually preferred without)

Step 1: Melt the beeswax and shea together until they’re completely liquified.

Step 2: Remove from heat and add the coconut, almond, and vitamin e, stir until they’re all melted together. This is also when you can add the lipstick shavings if you want.

Step 3: Add the essential oil (or skip this, up to you).

Step 4: Pour it into the tins, and let it sit until it hardens (takes less than 30 min, less than 5 if you put them in the fridge).

See? Stupid easy.

 

Lavender-Coconut Body Butter

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I made two versions of the body butter, here’s the one I liked best:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of shea butter
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of sweet almond oil
  • 10-15 vitamin e capsules (again, break them open)
  • Lavender essential oil- however much you like. I probably used about 1/2 tablespoon

Step 1: Heat up the shea and coconut until they’ve liquified

Step 2: Let it cool for about 15 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir them up.

Step 3: Put it in the fridge to cool for about 45 minutes, until it’s no longer clear and it’s starting to feel solid.

Step 4: Use a mixer and beat for 2-3 minutes, then put it into jars!

Et voila, you have a body butter that smells amazing and feels super luxurious. You can even pretend you paid $50 for it.

“winter”

6 Dec

longleggedlady.comFirst off, a belated happy Thanksgiving.

I had every intention of blogging last weekend, because we drove up to Oregon to visit my in-laws (I have in-laws now!), but then we got there and I somehow forgot about blogging because I was too busy eating non-stop, cuddling with their dogs by the fireplace, and gossiping with my sister-in-law. I realize that traditionally, a wife isn’t supposed to like visiting her husband’s family, but I love it. Oh well, I have no problem eschewing tradition.

Another thing I love about visiting Derrick’s family is the drive. I hate the responsibility of owning cars, but I love renting them and going on road trips, especially through Northern California and Oregon. It’s so misty and green and beautiful. And Derrick is the best road trip partner, he never complains about my need to stop every 2 hours to pee. That’s like, half the reason I married him.

Since we had about 18 hours of road trip time, I had a list of things to listen to (aside from music). I can’t read/listen to anything without giving everyone I encounter my opinion on it, so here’s a rundown:

– The Serial podcast. It’s riveting. If you don’t know about it, go google it and get caught up immediately. I’m obsessed now.

– World War Z. It’s one of the best audiobooks on earth. I’ve read the book like 5 times (big fan of both zombies and re-reading things) and I still didn’t get bored listening to it.

– Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. We’re only about a third of the way in, and so far I think it’s… just okay. I was more or less liking everything up until the first sex scene, which writing-wise was a disaster, and plot-wise didn’t seem terribly believable, though I’m willing to give Ken the benefit of the doubt and assume it’ll make sense later.

longleggedlady.comBack to fashion for a minute, since that’s what this blog is supposedly about. I realized this fall that I’m actually a little disappointed about already having the perfect winter coat. I found this one last year, and I still love it, but it’s a little weird to get to “winter” (if you can fall mid-50 degree weather that) and not be on the hunt for outerwear. It’s like I’ve actually begun to build a lasting, adult wardrobe. Scary.
Luckily for me, I still don’t have the perfect leather moto jacket. So there are things left to aspire to.

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I don’t normally blog about food/cooking, but it’s winter and the sun is going down so early that I’ve been spending less time outside in fun clothes, and more time inside, wearing yoga pants and trying new recipes.

Recently, I discovered the magic of turmeric tea (thanks pinterest), and I’m hooked. I’ve been trying to find ways to cut back on caffeine, so instead of drinking coffee or black tea, I’ve switched to this. It’s warm and spicy and allegedly very healthy.

To make it, you just need ginger, a half teaspoon of turmeric, and a little cinnamon and cayenne pepper to taste. Put all those things in a mug, then heat up a cup of coconut milk, pour it in and stir. You can strain out the ginger, but I’m lazy and never bother. The internet recommends sweetening with honey, but I prefer it without. Et voila, the perfect non-caffinated winter drink.

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hitched

1 Nov

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Writing about the wedding is such a daunting task. Every time I try, it sounds so gushy and cheesy, so I’m just going to keep this short and simple, and let the photos do most of the talking. And there are a lot of photos, because I’m terrible at choosing favorites.

Just a little gushing: I’m not a “wedding girl,” per se, but I’ve done my fair share of fantasizing, and this turned out to be one of those few times in life where the reality actually surpasses the fantasy. The whole day was better than perfect.

My favorite parts:

1. Seeing Derrick for the first time while walking down the aisle. He has the most beautiful blue eyes, and they were open so wide and he looked so handsome. The sight of him took my breath away.

2. The wedding address. One of our closest friends officiated, and he wrote the most thoughtful, meaningful address I’ve ever heard. It made most of the wedding party (and probably a good number of guests) cry. We’ve gotten so many compliments, people have been asking us for copies of it ever since. If you’re interested, you can read it here.

3. Right after the ceremony, the wedding party all went back up the stairs to the balcony overlooking the courtyard and stood there hugging and laughing while Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros was still playing. Everything else that day happened so fast, but for those few moments on the balcony, it felt like time stood still. Derrick kept kissing me and all I could think was that I’m the luckiest girl in the world.

4. The toasts. Especially my dad’s. They were all hilarious, but also so sweet and moving. I wasn’t prepared for how overwhelmingly loved I felt that day, not just by Derrick, but by all of our family and friends.

5. The reception and photobooth pictures. Derrick and I laughed so hard when we got them back. I highly recommend having a photobooth at your wedding so that everyone can get some camera time. It’s like getting 300 extra gifts.

Ok, gushing complete. Enjoy the photos.

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Credit where credit is due:

My mom (a real life saint) did most of the heavy lifting with the planning. So any and all compliments should be directed to her.

Our photographers, The Mullers, are undeniably the best wedding photographers I’ve ever seen.

The florist, Linda Hill of Town & Country. She made the place look like a fairy tale.

Tim and Ryan of The Benson Soap Mill, who made the coolest wedding favors ever for us.

Frank, our officiant, who wrote the best wedding address I’ve ever heard.

Cupcake Omaha, for making us a croquembouche (I would advise all future brides to involve cream puffs in their weddings if at all possible, big hit).

My talented aunt Karen, for managing to make the groom’s (delicious) confetti cake look incredibly classy and beautiful.