Life Lately

Hi friends, it’s been awhile! I fully intended to get back to the ol’ blog on Monday, but I was stricken with a cold towards the end of my sister’s visit, so I made the tough decision to spend the last couple of days convalescing on the couch with Thai takeout, a giant box of Kleenex, and a DVR full of Fear the Walking Dead. But I’m on the mend now and ready to regale you with some highlights from my week off.

Our first order of business once my sister arrived? Wedding dress shopping! My friend Sarah joined us for the day and our little entourage visited several bridal salons around Seattle. It was SO much fun – and it was Kate’s first time trying on dresses, so there was a lot for her to absorb. (More to come later on the whole wedding dress shopping experience!)

Wedding dress shopping

Excited to start trying on dresses at Nordstrom!


Wedding dress shopping at BHLDN Seattle

Anthropologie, killing it as usual in the styling department


Wedding dress shopping

Isn’t she lovely? This dress wasn’t the one, but it twirled like whoa


Next up was our epic Mother’s Day surprise. First, some background: Kate lives in Taiwan and she hadn’t been home in about a year and a half. We had been planning this surprise for months and were a little worried my mom might suspect something, but she had NO idea, and the surprise went off without a hitch. There was a lot of crying and screaming (the happy kind!) which was extremely satisfying. I actually took a video of the whole thing, which turned out pretty great, but it’s in an “unsupported file format” so I can’t share it here. Trust me, it was awesome!

Mother's Day surprise

Here we are waiting for our mom to show up for Mother’s Day brunch so we can surprise her…of course she was half an hour late


Mother's Day surprise

Celebratory mimosas after the big reveal


We all had so much fun together over the next week – soaking up sunshine at the beach and the park, round two of wedding dress shopping, an afternoon baseball game, loads of wedding planning – but of course time passed way too quickly. By some miracle the weather was absolutely gorgeous the entire time, which made it even better! Now it’s back to the grind, but I’m wistfully looking through all the pictures on my phone in a fruitless attempt to drag my vacation out a little bit longer.

Life Lately // Lake Union

Strolling along Lake Union


Life Lately // Beach time

Sister time at the beach


Life Lately // Little Water Cantina

Victory margs and tacos after finding Kate’s dream wedding dress!


Life Lately // Little Water Cantina

As it happens, the menu at Little Water Cantina perfectly captures the essence of our blog


Life Lately // Mariners game

Taking in an afternoon baseball game


Life Lately // Mariners game

Bleacher seats are the best seats


Life Lately // Sister selfie

Takin’ selfies in the backyard


Life Lately // Newcastle Golf Club

Come back soon, Kate!


So that’s what’s been going on with me! What have you been up to lately? Any fun adventures to report? A cool vacation coming up? Has work/school/life been driving you crazy? Let’s hear all the juicy details!

♥ Mil

Sister Staycation!

Sister time!

I’m taking the week off from the blog for the greatest possible reason…my sister is in town! She lives abroad and we don’t get to see each other very often, so when she comes to visit, it’s a very Big Deal. The purpose of her trip home is threefold: surprise our mom for Mother’s Day, celebrate my 30th birthday, and do some wedding dress shopping. Having successfully accomplished #1 (a surprise we’d been planning for months), we’ll be focusing our efforts on #2 and 3 the rest of the week…both of which will likely include a LOT of champagne. Yay!

If you want to keep up with our shenanigans, you can follow along on Instagram. See you next week!

♥ Mil


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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

In case the ridiculous amount of commercials for Garry Marshall’s latest movie haven’t yet tipped you off, Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Time to come up with a game plan, people. Is anyone else’s mom really hard to shop for? Mine can be a challenge since she’s so unmaterialistic (it must skip a generation, because I’m basically a shopping addict). Fortunately, my shopping skills come in handy here. So if you don’t have any gift ideas yet, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered!

Mother's Day Gift Guide


1. Whether she’s a beauty junkie or not, your mom will appreciate a luxurious facial oil like this one from Drunk Elephant.

2. She already knows she’s the best, but a little reminder of that wouldn’t hurt.

3. Despite being a fairly traditional gift, this beautifully packaged bubble bath is anything but generic.

4. Give your mom the gift of quality time and take her to a concert! Bonus points if that concert is at a winery.

5. If she’s an iced tea lover, this sangria-inspired blend is destined to be her new favorite.

6. Engrave a necklace with her kids’ initials – or maybe the coordinates of the house where you grew up – for a gift that’s sweet and meaningful.

7. If she’s been very good this year (and you received a giant tax refund) consider the greatest gift of all: a fancy espresso machine!

8. These cute pineapple jars are perfect for storing anything from sweets to sentimental trinkets.

9. If you and your mom both like to cook, give her a book filled with fun recipes you can work your way through together.

10. Treat her to something she’d never indulge in herself, like silky soft pajamas in a stylish otomi print.

11. A beach vacation may be out of your budget, but this classic, fresh fragrance is a close second to the real thing.

My mom reads this blog, so none of the above will be her actual gift (hi, Mom!) but I’m planning some fun surprise activities for Mother’s Day weekend. What about you?

♥ Mil


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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Stylish and Sassy Young Moms

I feel like this is a week of confessions, because I have another. There was definitely a time when I threw all moms into a certain category: less stylish, less fun, older… Basically in my mind, all moms were just like my mom (sorry mom). Granted this was back in high school and college, when marriage and children were not even close to being on my radar.

Fast forward about 8 years…these days almost half of my friends are new moms and as a result my perspective has drastically changed. While motherhood is a huge part of my friends’ lives, it certainly does not define them. It doesn’t define the clothes they wear, hasn’t dulled their other interests or passions, and hasn’t affected our friendships.

My friend Misti, a brand new mom as of last Saturday, launched a brand new furniture company six months into her pregnancy. My friend Meredith, a recent mother to a beautiful baby girl, has a wildly successful freelance PR business and blogs on the side (here). While motherhood has certainly forced her to relinquish much of her sleep, she has not lost an ounce of her sass or style.

mothers day gift guide young mom

The lovely Mer with her husband Josh and their baby Eleanor (source)

With Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been looking at the traditional gifts and have wondered were my mom friends fit in. Everyone loves flowers or being taken out to brunch, but a lot of the gifts I’ve seen just don’t seem like them – fun and full of life. So I spent some time pulling together gifts I would genuinely want to send to any one of my lady friends. Gift that don’t imply that life as a mom means that mom jeans are looming in the near future.


Mothers Day Gift Guide for New Moms

Faux turquoise necklace that’s baby friendly, $15



Mothers Day Gift Guide Young Mom

Organic body oil to relax and pamper her, without worries about irritating the baby’s skin, $25


Mothers Day Gift Guide Young Mom

Mama bear necklace, because she’s been fiercely loyal friend and is now a fiercely protective mother, $39

Mothers Day Gift Guide Young Mom

Guide to the fashion capitals of the world, $60. It’s never to early to start planning the first of many “mommy vacations.”


mothers day gift guide young mom

Silicone wine glasses, because every mom needs a little something every now and then, and they’re classier than a sippy cup, $20.


mothers day gift guide new mom

A fun travel mug, to help her power through those early morning hours, $14


Mothers Day Gift Guide for Young Moms

A book to make both you and her laugh, $13



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