A Day in Santa Cruz, CA!

A lot has happened this summer, so lets play a quick round of catch-up before I share some fun photos from a recent day in Santa Cruz.

I visited home (Colorado) over July 4th weekend, and it was SO GOOD, you guys. Spent so much time with my parents and brother, and my grandma. I even got to see my cousins! I love my family so much, and it was such a nice little trip. My cat kind of ignored me the whole time, but you know how cats are.

I turned 25 (omg, how!?) and spent my birthday moving into a new room. I’m settling in, loving my new room and my new housemates. This year is going to be a good one, I can tell.

I started a new workout routine…I’m waking up at 5am to go to the gym 3 mornings a week now. It’s…new. I don’t enjoy getting up that early, but once I’m at the gym, it doesn’t seem that bad. And I’m finding I feel a little more energized on those mornings! So we’ll see how long it lasts. I’m trying!

Aaaaannnd…that’s pretty much it. Oh, I’ve had a disappointing turn of events — I think I mentioned I was planning a trip to Paris, France, with my family for the fall. I am not able to go on the trip, so been feeling a little bummed about that…but I’m trying to stay positive and putting my efforts into thinking about a spring destination. Any suggestions? I’m thinking somewhere in Spain or the Mediterranean region?

And now, some photos from Santa Cruz! When my dad was in town helping me move to my new place, we went to Santa Cruz for a day of relaxation at the beach. The morning was really foggy, but we stopped at the Harbor for a couple hours to walk and look at the boats, and it gave me all the feels. We even saw some dolphins off shore!

Santa Cruz // Imperfect Chevron

Santa Cruz // Imperfect Chevron

And this little dingy was called “The Eloise” so of course I had to take a picture, since my cat is named Elouise (and yes, I know it’s spelled incorrectly).

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We drove up to Capitola village and hung out on the beach for a few hours. We grabbed these delicious burgers at the ice cream shop right off the beach (SO GOOD), saw a seal in the shallows, and walked on the pier.

Santa Cruz // Imperfect Chevron

Santa Cruz // Imperfect Chevron

Santa Cruz // Imperfect Chevron

We love you, Santa Cruz! Looking forwards to spending more time at the beach soon.

Hope you’re all having a great summer!

xo

Summer Forever: How to Make it Last

The word “summer” holds a lot of power; when I hear the word it almost invokes a dreamlike state, untangles magical childhood memories and floods me with an instant of pure, untainted happiness. I spend most of the winter daydreaming about it, find myself invigorated with a new breath of life every time June rolls around. Maybe it’s just me, but there’s just something special about summer.

And this time of year is always bittersweet; while I’m always looking forward to the crispness and refreshing air of fall (and of course the BEST fashion), I’m always a little sad that summer is slipping away. The freedom and happiness and long days of summer are something I really cherish, and it’s hard to let go of that every year!

So today I’m sharing a few tips for making the feelings of the season last a little longer. They’re all simple little ideas that I think will help me ease into fall happily!

Summer Forever: How to Make it Last

  1. Microwave S’mores: one of the essential summer activities is lounging around the campfire and making s’mores (whether it’s at a campsite or in your own backyard), and I’m happy to report you don’t have to give up all of that chocolate-graham crackery-goodness just yet! I find that microwave s’mores are pretty satisfying, easy, and quick. I just microwave a marshmallow on top of a graham cracker for 10 seconds on low power, just until it expands and gets warm and gooey. Then I arrange some chocolate on top (chocolate chips, Hershey bars, or fancy flavored chocolate all work great) and devour.Make Summer Last via Imperfect Chevron
  2. Bring the plants in: plants just add a fresh and warm feel to your space, so as the summer slows down bring a couple indoors to add a little summer to your house. You could also plant a little windowsill herb garden inside.
  3. Keep the iced coffee flowing: I like my coffee hot in the mornings, but in the summer I like to take my afternoon coffee break with a nice cold iced coffee in my hand. To make sure I always have iced coffee on hand, I fill up these little glass containers (which were full of Kombucha at one point, yay for reusing stuff!) with leftover coffee from the morning pot. I like iced coffee plain with a splash of almond milk, but you can customize your cup however you prefer.Make Summer Last via Imperfect Chevron
  4. Make use of your summer garden: use that extra basil to whip up some fresh pesto for your pasta, sew a few lavender sachets for your shoes, or make a pretty bouquet for your table with those late summer blooms. Another solution if you don’t have a green thumb? Buy some pretty flowers from the grocery store or farm market!

If you aren’t ready to say goodbye to summer yet, try some of these ideas! I’d love to hear some of your ideas, too, because I am so not ready for summer to be over.

xo

Life Update: Dog Days of Summer

We’ve finally gotten to that “Dog Days of Summer” time of year, although here in CO it’s been really cool (like pants weather) this week. I’m in full speed job-searching mode around here, so life’s been a little hectic, but also exciting.

Here’s a few photos from what’s been going on around here lately:

  1. I passed the NBCOT (a really big scary national board exam for occupational therapy), and i had a special celebration with my family and this amazing bundt cake.Life Update via Imperfect Chevron
  2. doggie car rides are always the best. this dude is turning 14 next week and we’re all amazed and grateful that he’s lived this long and happy life. he had cancer a few years back, and the vet told us this year that he’s got active cancer now, so we’re not expecting a lot more time with him but we’re grateful for every day that he’s able to spend with us (still enjoying life).Life Update via Imperfect Chevron
  3. I bought this little stool for $3 at a thrift store; it had black legs and the most hideous carpety fabric. I painted the legs white and recovered the cushion in this adorable citron polka dot fabric. it’s currently functioning at my sewing table/vanity table.Life Update via Imperfect Chevron
  4. in one of my free hours last week i made this little polka dot card set. i used acrylic paint, heavy art paper (which I cut into the perfect sizes), and this calligraphy cheat.Life Update via Imperfect Chevron

Hope your week is going great!

xo

Weekend Getaway: Vail, CO

*this post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

When I graduated with my Masters degree in June, my sweet parents gave me an unexpected and amazing gift: a long weekend trip to Vail, CO and tickets to the opening night of the Vail International Dance Festival. I have always wanted to go to the festival, and I’m so happy I was able to see the performance this year. My mom found us a great little condo on Airbnb (an awesome service that I’d highly recommend if you’re traveling…so much better than staying in a hotel) within a mile of the little downtown area, and my parents and I really enjoyed exploring Vail. Here are some pictures of the trip and a little recap of what we did on our little getaway:

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

What we did:

  1. Hiked at this little hidden trail near Copper Mountain up to a gorgeous mountain lake, I didn’t get any photos because I was too busy trying not to cry hiking 6 miles with shin splints *sigh, dance injuries*.
  2. Fished and got skunked at the ponds off the highway by Copper Mountain.
  3. Biked through Lionshead Village and Vail Village, and through one of the ritzy neighborhoods to explore.
  4. Found the Rimini Gelato shop and splurged 3 days in a row (so. much. sorbet!). They had the best sorbet I’ve ever had, which is amazing for a dairy-free girl like myself.
  5. Admired the performers of the Vail International Dance Festival on the lawn at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater.
  6. Walked through the Betty Ford garden. Very dreamy.
  7. Spent the day just walking through Lionshead and Vail Village, listening to live music, people-watching…so good.

Anyway, this trip was so refreshing and fun. Vail is definitely a great vacation spot for people of all ages and activity levels (your trip can be really active/adventurous/leisurely, there’s so many different ways to go). It is a pretty expensive town, but we managed to save on costs by renting an affordable condo outside of the downtown area and cooking at home rather than eating out. Bring your bikes and walking shoes and you can have unlimited free entertainment!

xo

*this post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

 

Life Update: Summer Sun

Now that I’m back home, life is good. I’m settling into studying for my NBCOT exam, spending time with my pets, and helping my family keep up with the chores. I’ve been keeping pretty busy, and I’m really enjoying the summer (my favorite season). Last weekend was so good, you guys, my family took lots of long walks, set off some little fireworks to celebrate the fourth, and cooked a really nice meal. And this week is “birthday week” for me, and I’m getting kind of nervous about turning 24…that just sounds like a real serious age. Anyway, here are some photos from the last couple weeks around here. Hope you and your family had a wonderful 4th of July!

Summer Sun via Imperfect Chevron

I painted our old porch swing this punchy orange color

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the views at Chataqua park in Boulder are worth the killer climb to the top!

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the lake near my house hired a goat farmer to maintain the grass this summer, and I have loved watching these goats munch along

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Summer Sun via Imperfect Chevron

this little turtle was right along the path. nature is so cool.

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that gorgeous mountain view.

xo.

Take Me Home – Road Trip 2016

This year as already been a whirlwind, and I’m both thrilled and terrified that we’re already welcoming July this week (say what?!). In the past week, I finished my OT Fieldwork and grad school, drove back across the country from NC to CO, graduated (woot woot!), and have been settling in back at home. Lots of stuff going on, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so happy to be back in Colorado, with my family and pets, and looking forward to the next chapter of my life. I don’t really know how to be an adult human that isn’t in school, so it’ll be an interesting transition to the “real world” for sure.

I’ve already got lots of blog posts to share with you all, but for now I want to share some pictures from the road trip my dad and I took (driving me back to CO). It could’ve been a super boring drive, but we broke up the hours and made a couple of stops along the way. All of these pictures are from Nashville, TN. Hope you have a great week!

Road Trip via Imperfect Cheron

HORRIBLE quality photo, but I had to share this delicious hot chicken and waffles. When in Nashville…

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View from the pedestrian bridge

Road Trip via Imperfect Cheron

Road Trip via Imperfect Cheron

taking the typical tourist picture outside the Johnny Cash Museum (which was SO GOOD, by the way. If you’re ever in Nashville, definitely check this out!). These are from the museum, as well:

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Johnny Cash was an amazing performer. So cool to learn more about him.

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My dad met Elvis (lol) on Broadway! We liked Nashville, but as people who really don’t enjoy country music it wasn’t necessarily our scene. But I’m so glad we had the chance to visit!

Road Trip via Imperfect Cheron

Road Trip via Imperfect Cheron

Road Trip via Imperfect Cheron

The Parthenon (exact replica) was amazing. You can see me in the last photo as a size comparison. It was the perfect park to have a picnic lunch and hang out for a while before hitting the road again.

xo

Currently I’m…May

Holy cow, you guys. Is it just me or does it feel like we just celebrated New Years? Things are really rolling around here, I’m getting ready to finish my last 4 weeks of my clinical rotation here in NC (and finish school, forever!) and make the drive back to CO for the summer, and I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by. Today I ordered the study book for my OT boards exam that I’ll be studying for all summer, and things are really starting to sink in. I’m so looking forward to summer’s arrival (it is my favorite season, after all) and spending some quality time at home. Side note, any good tips for things to do/places to eat in Nashville? I’ll be driving through next month and I’d love a chance to check out the city.

Here’s what I’ve been up to this month so far…

May Life Update via Imperfect Chevron

xo