Fishing Trip

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I love fishing; it’s one tradition in my family that I’m so glad I “grew into.” My parents and I headed up into the high country this weekend to get some quality time with our fishing poles and enjoy some fresh mountain air. We went to a couple of different lakes ponds, ending up at our favorite little lesser-known spot for a good part of the day. As soon as my line hit the water, I had a fish! We had amazing luck, we caught (and released) 18 fish between the three of us. It was such a fun day!

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These mountains just take my breath away. I’ve lived here for 18 years and I’m still totally head over heels.

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One of the bigger fish I caught. Don’t worry, we released him right after this photo was taken!

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Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

xo.

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Life Update: Back in Colorado

Last week I finished up the summer semester at school and hopped on a plane back to Colorado for the summer. I’ve been home with my family for a few days, and I’ve really settled in to being back. The weather has been really good here this week, and I’m enjoying spending lots of time in our backyard with my pets. I start work in a couple of days, and I’m planning some DIY projects to share on the blog with all of you. Until then, here are a few snapshots of the last few days at home.

Quinoa Salad

My mom and I made this incredible warm quinoa salad for dinner last weekend.

Puppy Love

Ben is still doing pretty dang good for a 12 year old (almost 13!) shepard. He’s such a handsome fellow!

Porch

My parents spent the better part of last year putting up this gorgeous beetle-kill wood on their back porch. The picture doesn’t do it justice, it’s really beautiful in person!

Garden

Elouise spends most of her day outside in the garden. Summer is definitely her favorite time of year.

Banana Bread

A fresh loaf of banana bread hot from the oven.

I hope you’re all having a great June — can you believe the 4th of July is next week? I can’t. Slow down, summer!

xo.

Closet Crush: Summer Wardrobe

I’ve had major shopping withdrawals the last few weeks. All I want to do in my spare time is online shop (very dangerous habit). Somehow I’ve been able to hold off so far, but I’m excited to get shopping after my Finals are over this week. There are some really great summer trends this year that I can’t wait to get my hands on! Here are some of the trends I’ll be looking for this year (click the pictures for the links!):

1. Matching Sets — Taylor Swift might just be the master of matching sets (I think she’s on to something!). This trend has been going around for a couple of years now, and I love it so much. It’s playful, pretty, and unique. Bonus points for a matching set with shorts, rather than a skirt.

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2. Crop Midi — My friends joke (lovingly) that I’m a grandma trapped in a 20-something’s body, so crop tops don’t exactly fit into that picture. But I think there’s a way to do a crop in a way that shows just the teensiest of skin (or no skin at all!!) that isn’t too cringe-worthy. I call them “crop midi’s” because they fall below the ribs and above the belly button — perfect length for a high-waisted skirt!

3. Feminine Tomboy — I’ve really developed my personal style this year, and I’ve ended up with a very feminine tomboy type of look that essentially consists of colorful blouses, boyfriend jeans, and my navy utility jacket. I’m in love with my boyfriend jeans, and I hope to invest in a couple more good pairs this summer since they’ve become a closet staple.

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4. Birkenstocks — Okay, I’ve been known to laugh at this brand in the past, but they’ve come out with some really pretty styles this year (read: pretty colors that aren’t quite as “hippie” feeling). I’ve noticed a lot of my favorite bloggers wearing them this year, and I can’t help but want to take home a pair for myself. They look amazingly comfortable, which is really important for me (all of those years of ballet and pointe really do a number on your feet!).

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Anyway, those are some of the trends on my shopping list for this summer. What’s on your list?

xo.

Summer Goals

I’m finishing up my summer semester this week, and I’m so happy to be able to go home for my summer vacation. It’s kind of my last official summer before I enter “the real world” so I’m excited to spend some time just relaxing and doing fun things. In typical fashion, I’ve come up with a few loose goals to help me make the most of my time this summer.

Summer Goals

1. Updating my resume — This is kind of a boring goal, but I think it’s so much easier to update it every few months rather than waiting until you need it.

2. Start a photo album — I’ve had the most amazing time in Pittsburgh for grad school, and my grad school adventures are far from over. Next spring, I’ll be traveling to other states for my full-time internships, and I want to have a physical photo album/scrapbook all about my grad school experience.

3. Do some serious sewing — I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be making yet, but I do have some ideas that I want to try out. I’d also love to start experimenting with sewing clothing, but we’ll see. Might be above my skill level!

4. Downsize — The last 5 years have been hard, because I’ve had 2 homes (my home at school, and my parents house). So I have a lot of stuff back at my parents house that I haven’t used since high school that I need to get rid of. I want to de-clutter my bedroom, donate some clothes, and get rid of things I don’t need.

5. Handmade stationary — I love giving people handmade cards for birthdays, thank you notes, and everything in between. But I know that the next year of my life is going to be pretty chaotic, and I won’t have time to make cards. So, I want to make some pretty multi-purpose stationary that I can give to friends in a pinch.

Those are some of my goals for this summer! I find that setting goals helps me be more productive and organized, and I tend to get more done when I have some sort of structure. What are you excited to work on/accomplish this summer?

xo.

Life Update: Making Goals

It feels good to finally write a couple of blog posts again — it’s been a long couple of weeks, and I’m beyond ready for summer semester to end so I have a little bit of a break from school. I have some big goals for the blog this summer, and I’m hoping to really dig into those goals while I have some time off from classes and get back to the roots of what I envision Imperfect Chevron to be. More to come on that soon…for now, here are some photos from the last few weeks of my life.

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Could Pittsburgh get any more beautiful? I snapped this shot before heading up the Duquesne Incline with some friends a couple of weeks back.

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Okay, maybe it’s not “real sushi” because it’s chicken, but man was it delicious. Ginger-dressing is always the way to go!

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I’ve been taking advantage of the warmer days and walking in Schenley Park quite a bit. It really helps me calm down and get a break from the stresses of school for a few minutes.

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I treated myself to fresh flowers this week (it was a doozy, I needed something to lift my spirits!). I don’t think anything is quite as special as having fresh flowers in your room.

xo.