Book Club—Dirty Rush

Friday, August 21, 2015

Raz and I are heading to see SHANIA VIP STATUS in San Diego this weekend, so I thought it was time to talk about one of my favorite reads of the summer - NAY! The year! I read quite a few books at the beginning of the summer and I'll write about a few more later. 

If you like my sunglasses, they're cheap and from Target. The Red Card is dangerous and incredible, guys
But for now, if you want a quick, really good, juicy beach read, Dirty Rush is EVERYTHING. If you liked White Girl Problems, or think you would based on the title (which really explains it all), this book is for you. I cannot recommend it more highly.

And it doesn't have to be just for sorority girls, even though they/we all get it on a totally intense level.

Outtakes! This is what still life photo shoots look like when you have two cats. 

Anything we MUST see or do while we're in SD? We have quite a few ideas and are staying in the Gaslamp. Thinking burritos and bike rides.

Also, it cannot be ignored that Sunday is my dad's three year deathiversary. It's hard to believe it's here, but it is. Last year we were in Hawaii for it. We didn't think about it when we booked the trip and our whole time there was so, so special.

Shania was my dad's favorite. It's amazing how all these things work out. I cannot wait to report back.

Brand Next Door - Rocksbox

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I was so excited when Rocksbox reached out to me because I've been thinking a lot about upping my accessories game. I go back and forth on that all. the. time. I want to invest in some good pieces, but I still like some costumey stuff sometimes but I can't wear that to work and type and I don't love bracelets and I usually just wear my big stud earrings but I need to diversify and UGH.

So the thing with Rocksbox is for $19/month, you get three pieces of super nice jewelry and they guarantee at least one of those pieces will be from your wishlist you create on the site. You do a little style profile, update your wishlist (they recommend keeping about 15 items on it) and you're up and running!

Shipping is free both ways and you can return/exchange your box at any time.

Plus, the boxes are SO CUTE and come with THE BEST little personalized card in them to make you feel extra special. 

This druzy number is my favorite. I've been wearing it NON-STOP. I'm wearing it today, actually. I got a cool rose gold double layered druzy guy I wore to a wedding a few weeks ago and some great gold earrings I wore last week. It's been fun to change it up, AND, if you use my code - whitpopaxoxo - you'll get your first month free! So go 'head, add to that collection! You can buy the pieces you love for a discount, too!  

Destin-ation, Florida

Saturday, August 8, 2015

I always wanted to go on family vacations. We've always had Chelan, and I would occasionally tag along to my parents' work conferences if they were in cool places, but we didn't plan annual adventures away. It just wasn't how we prioritized.

Shortly after my mom started dating George, she began talking about his family and their big biannual vacations. George and his four siblings would agree on a destination and the kids and grandkids would come if they could. This year, Raz and I joined in.

The sibs had decided on Destin, FL. We didn't know much about it, but it sounded like a tropical vacay and we were in big need of one of those, so it could have been Yakima for all we cared and we would have had a great time. 

And you know what? I was right all along! Family vacations are just as fun as I always imagined they would be. I'm about to make sure I have many more of them.

Raz's new woman, Payton
Hurricane season makes for some epic sunsets 
My beautiful, fierce momma

One thing worth addressing, and why I think it's taken me a while to write this post, is the tropical elephant. My dad is gone. My mom has moved forward. We all have, but we haven't forgotten, and we never will. George's family adopted us so immediately and completely, it was hard to resist them. And you know what? I realized pretty quickly I didn't want to. 

It's a fallacy to believe a person can ever have "enough" family. Sure, sometimes (often) it can be a lot to manage. I've had experiences that have proven how completely invaluable as much family as you can get is. I don't hate it.

There will always be another side of me, and a part that will be sad. But I believe that whatever you believe in - God, the Universe, Allah, my dad as our guardian angel, whatever - is trying to fill some of my little soul potholes. S/he/it is doing a pretty good job.

My one piece is sold out, but if you want the two piece, there are still a few here and here 

Aside from caddying for Raz on the golf course (got an outfit for it and everything!) and learning what "the turn" is, Crab Island was my favorite part of the trip. White sands, clear water, lots of floats and beers. It was THE BEST. 

How fabulous are we? 

Our next big adventure will be my first time to Cabo this November. We're taking some time just the two of us, and two sets of friends decided to join in because they just couldn't miss out on the fun. 

There will be a lot of mini travels before and after, but Destin ranks high on the list of great family getaways. And to think we've only just begun. 

I'll Wine If I Want To

Monday, August 3, 2015

The past several years, I've spent my birthday at our family cabin at Lake Chelan. My great grandfather bought it when my grandma was eight, so it's been around a lonnnng time. The older I get, and maybe given our experience with my dad, I've become aggressively obsessed with my maternal family. They are my most intense, passionate, offensive, confrontational, disorderly, and fantastic asset. 

This year, I wanted to do something I'd never done there before—a limo wine tour! I invited my mom and my aunts and uncles and cousins and hoped for the best. 

But first, I had to get a Jenner-inspired manicure that was sure to scare grandma.

On my birthday, we woke up to really smoky skies from a fire up lake. It was pretty ashy, but it made the sun this crazy red color that made the lake look incredible. 

Plus, George said the right thing—that the air was full of smoke because everyone was lighting candles for my birthday. 

I will never get sick of this view. If you like my Kendall x Kylie x Topshop x Nordstrom dress, you can get it here.
Our tour took us to three wineries in the area and we all came home with lots of bottles. Miraculously, my mom and her brothers barely bickered and even Grandma and Papa came for the after-potluck. AND WE HAD ICE CREAM CAKE I WAS SO SURPRISED AND EXCITED. 

I felt pretty fabulous all day, cuz like hihelloheyyy, I prefer to be driven. 

I can't wait to get this birthday month going. I'm slowing down in my old age, so we're gonna keep it contained to brunch, babies (other peoples', to be clear), and Taylor Swift and Shania concerts. 

And not to be preachy or anything, but I think I'm starting to gain that wisdom thing. I've learned no matter the history, you can have a whole lot of belly laughs telling politically incorrect jokes with your family over wine, cheeseburgers and ice cream cake. That's why I give myself a full month—not because I'm a complete narcissist, but so I can always start with my family. 

After all, life deserves to be celebrated, always and often, with as many people as you want to fit in it. 

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