Late last week I came to the sad realization that summer is nearly over for me. In a week or two I’ll be starting my last (eek!) semester! I’m making a point to do all the summer things I had planned on months ago, but of course, it’s very last minute.
One of my favorite things about late summer is the abundance of tomatoes and basil! They’re among some of my favorite things (heirloom tomatoes tossed with pesto? Amazing), so in honor of summer I decided to make an easy, fresh bruschetta to enjoy with a great bottle of wine!
West End Wine Shop in just a skip down the block from us so Tyty had them help us pick a bottle of wine to go with our dinner. The owner is super helpful and friendly and their selection is great for any budget! We walked out with a Montepulciano and another lighter red wine for after dinner.
After a rainy afternoon, wine and bruschetta was the perfect meal to enjoy on the patio at dusk. The key to a perfect bruschetta? High quality ingredients and rustic bread. Nom.
How are you spending your last summer nights?
*Sorry about the poor quality pics! I only had my phone on hand!
As much as I hate to think about it, summer days are starting to come to an end. Here in Boulder, the nights are cooler, more crisp, and even starting to feel short! Autumn is definitely my favorite season, but I’m trying to soak up the last bits of summer as much as I can in the next few weeks!
Transitioning from summer to autumn can be a bit tricky. The days are still scorching hot, but the evenings are drastically cooler and often require more clothing than your favorite cut offs and tank! The key to gracefully embracing fall’s changing temps? Contrasting seasonal favorites!
A breezy silk tank paired with bold jeans or leather skinnies are a no fuss, perfect combo for those in between seasons. Pointy toed heels or flats are super hot for fall and match perfectly with chic leather skinnies; and since fall is not quite here, keep the shoe light and neutral summery tones (you don’t want to chase summer away too soon!). Throw your phone and evening essentials into a printed or beaded clutch in monochromatic colors to make a statement!
A perfect look for meeting up with your crew for a few early drinks or a casual date night dinner.
This weekend I went on the most beautiful — but also the most difficult — run I’ve ever been on! My dad had signed up to run his 50k trail race (crazy, I know) so I decided to participate in a short but sweet 10k. In the ultrarun world, 6 miles is very short, but it was my first go at the trail thing so I opted out of the half marathon.
I couldn’t believe how challenging yet rewarding the race was! I knew I could do the distance, no problemo…the terrain and inclines proved to be all mental. After running a mile up a steep incline, we had to run a mile in ankle deep sand! But the view was absurdly awesome. Hundreds of gorgeous moss covered redwoods. It was like running in an elvish land! I did well having not trained on trails (just over an hour time) and had a lot of fun!
Anyway, if you love nature and you’re a runner, I highly recommend signing up for a trail race. Definitely a challenge, but I believe in you!
This weekend I’m pretty darn excited to be flying home! It comes as a nice break between a hectic summer and the new semester (starting next month!). I will only be home for a few days but enough time to get my in-n-out fix and a few other favorite foods. I’m excited to spend some quiet time at home with my mom and a short trip up to Santa Cruz with my dad to run a trail race and visit my best friend!
This post comes a day late, but yesterday was National Lipstick Day! There are few accessories I love more than a gorgeous shade of lipstick (hence the name of this blog) to show off and add a little spice to your look.
My favorite shade is a limited edition Wonder Woman MAC red (see below) that looks absolutely perfect with my outfit. I also love dark plums and wine colored lipsticks, and am currently on the search for the perfect melon/burnt orange color.
Regardless of your color, lipstick is a great way to add a pop of color! What are your go-tos?
Happy Monday lovelies! Take some time today and figure out how you’re going to kick this week’s ass! I’m going to tackle the daunting task of packing up my house before leaving to LA this weekend so next week’s move is an easy one!