Simple Summer Outfit

Tank: H&M (a great loose-fitting tank for $10 that comes in several colors) | Shorts: H&M (they do stretch out, so they're great if you want a looser-fitting cutoff)
Hat: Target | Bag: H&M | Sandals: Steve Madden (very similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott | Bracelet: Margaret Elizabeth | Lipstick: MAC 'Vegas Volt'

I don't know about where you are, but it's SO hot here right now. When we went to the Royals game on Sunday, neither of us thought we had ever sweat so much before. It was actually quite disgusting (TMI? Sorry :)). I typically like being outdoors, but I sweat so much over the weekend that I'm perfectly okay with being in the AC all week. This humidity is cray.

I keep seeing certain Midwest and Southern bloggers wearing sweaters and pants in the dead heat of summer and almost want to laugh because it's so unrealistic. I know I know, they're doing fall previews, but still! It's July and it's hot hot hot! So, today I bring you a super simple outfit for looking cute in the heat. I'm a real girl living in the dead center of America, so I always want to be real with you. Sure, there are some blogs I read and love knowing that I'll probably never have their lifestyle. But my favorite fellow bloggers are those that I feel like I could be best friends with, no matter how big or small their blog is. That's what I want this space to feel like! I post what I'm actually wearing and what I'm actually living, and I hope that resonates with you too.

I hope you're having a great week, and as always I truly appreciate you reading my little space on the Internet!



Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

^^ As my friend Sarah was taking the previous shot, Trey hopped in and said, "Here, I'll be your personal wind machine." He is a dork...
All photos taken on my iPhone 6+
Dress: H&M (online in different colors/prints than mine, but on sale for $10!) | Sandals: Steve Madden (similar) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Since we drove to California and needed to get from San Francisco to San Diego anyways, we planned an entire day to drive down the coast on the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as Highway 1. I now know why it's such a famous road trip because it was breathtaking. It honestly felt like we had to be in Europe because the scenery was so unique. We didn't drive all of the PCH that day since we hopped on south of San Francisco and then cut over to the 5 somewhere in the middle of the state, but we got to spend several hours on it and saw some of the most famous lookouts.

The first handful of pictures were taken at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve (I'm linking the Google image search to show you how amazing it is), which has stunning cliffside views and lots of trails. We spent way longer than planned here because we kept hiking and hiking to discover new views. Some of the trails and lookouts had people on them, but then sometimes we would have cliffs completely to ourselves. We also hiked off of a trail and got probably 100-200 feet away from sea lions sunning themselves on a secluded beach. It was amazing! The only downside to this adventure was that I was stupidly wearing a sundress and sandals - ugh.

We then continued down the coast as a heavy fog rolled in, which you'll notice in my photos of the Bixby Bridge and at a couple of lookouts near it. This hindered our views quite a bit, but it also made for a really interesting vibe in photos. We hiked up this crazy hill on a tiny dirt path overhanging the highway and I was scared to death! You can see how narrow it was in my two photos of the bridge, but it was worth it because we got such great shots of the bridge and surrounding terrain. Fortunately, the sun came back out for the last bit of our drive and we stopped at a few more lookouts before heading to a faster route to San Diego.

Along those lines, I will warn you that it takes a long time to make it down Highway 1! It's incredibly curvy, plus you can't drive super fast on the curves and with all of the traffic, so it just takes so much longer than you would expect. You also have to factor in all of the times you'll want to stop for pictures and to take in the views, which you should absolutely do. I also didn't have any cell service for a few hours, which made it feel like an even more foreign experience.

All in all, it was by far one of my very favorite days of our trip, and it was an incredible adventure I would highly recommend experiencing for yourself someday!

Thanks for reading!



Pom Poms

 Tank: J.Crew Factory (also love this & this) | Shorts: June & Beyond Boutique (pom pom shorts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Hat: Sole Society (identical) | Sandals: Steve Madden (similar)
Bag: Kenneth Cole (old; just bought this bag) | Earrings: Kendra Scott
Bracelet: Margaret Elizabeth | Lips: MAC 'Vegas Volt'

I bought these shorts a few months ago but waited and waited to shoot them because I was saving them for California. After all of that waiting I wasn't able to shoot them on vacation, so here I am wearing them in small town Missouri. Oh well! I still love them and how they can go from casual/sight-seeing to a night out with a simple swap of accessories.

Our anniversary weekend was absolutely amazing! In our typical fashion we didn't do a normal relaxing, romantic weekend and instead did tons of fun things. On Friday we drove to St. Louis and went to the [free] zoo before going to the J. Cole/Big Sean concert, which was soooooo good. Then on Saturday we drove across the state to Kansas City (one of our favorite cities!) and shopped at the Plaza, went to Boulevard Brewing Co., and then went on a little date night. Yesterday we slept in, got room service (which was heavenly) and went to a Royals game. It was a lot of driving and a fairly packed weekend but we had so. much. fun. I love that occasions like Valentine's Day and your anniversary give you the excuse to block off some time and go do something fun and different! We've been talking about going to a Royals game together for at least 3 years and finally went! I just love going on little trips with Trey and spending time together doing fun stuff. Being married is the best thing in the world because you get to hangout with your best friend every single day!

If you want to see our wedding photos and read about our first year of marriage check out my posts Part 1 and Part 2.