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The Family Path

April 14, 2016

I dedicate this post to anyone who has gone through this. Past, present or future.

Infertility sucks.

About five years ago, Jared and I decided we were ready. Let’s have a baby! What an exciting decision and the thoughts of a little one with brown hair, freckles, and blueish-green eyes filled my thoughts. As the months went on I kept getting my monthly cycle. We all can agree periods are a bummer. Not only do they cause cramps, bleeding, acne, swollen or tender breasts, tired feelings, trouble sleeping, upset stomach, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, headache, backache, appetite changes or food cravings, and joint or muscle pain, but my personal favorite “You’re Not Pregnant” is the main thing that crosses my mind when I get my monthly cycle.

A period is a big red flag you’re not pregnant and for those women who want to be, it’s basically insult to injury. Oh you wanted a baby instead of bleeding for seven days? Well, better luck next time. Month after month, year after year…this is how I feel getting my period each month. Pregnancy symptoms are the same as period symptoms and as an incredibly optimistic person (and constantly changing cycle), I always think THIS IS THE MONTH. I’m totally pregnant. My boobs hurt, I’m tired, and my belly is bloated. I take a pregnancy test and then I set my iPhone timer and come back into the bathroom to find that same sad one line. I usually just stare at it and imagine what it would be like to have two lines. I mean I’ve had so many friends experience it and I know of so many people who weren’t supposed to be able to have kids and end up pregnant. THUD…that stick goes into the trash.

The truth is after one year of trying to have a baby, Jared and I went to Seattle Reproductive Medicine and did extensive testing. We found out that our chance of getting pregnant was slim to none and began to look into In Vitro Fertilization or IVF.

IVF payment options: If you have good luck at a Casino, then you might be a good candidate for IVF. A.K.A. I’m a terrible gambler and always want to “cash out”. I’m not a giant risk taker and the way they presented the financial options I felt like I had to choose between “MAX BET” or bust. Let me explain. The average woman takes TWO tries of IVF to get pregnant. They break the options up into three choices. Choice 1: Try one round of IVF for a crazy amount of money. If you get pregnant, great and if not, you are out a down payment on a house. Also, you know that from the information above it takes two tries for the average woman to get pregnant so you’re taking a risk. Choice 2: Try two rounds of IVF and cheaper than if you did Choice 1 twice, but still more money overall. Choice 3: Three tries and a HUGE amount of money up front. Also, if you don’t get pregnant in three tries, you get a large percent of your money back, but you don’t get any refunds if you get pregnant on the first or second try. Anyone else spiraling into despair? How the heck do you decide? All the options are expensive and most of all none of the options have a guarantee. It all starts to feel predatory because reproductive clinics have supply and we are the ‘baby fever’ demand, willing to for-go any college fund for the kid, just to get the kid here.

Other Weird Things to Consider: Let’s say we go with IVF and we get more than one viable embryo. We then need to decide if we want to pay monthly frozen storage locker fees to keep the baby for a possible sibling in the future. What a weird bill to get in the mail each month. Oh, ya know, just paying to keep my future kid frozen.

“When you grow up…you get married and have kids.” Although I never remember anyone telling me this. I do remember plenty of Disney movies and toys sending that message frequently. I mean there was no Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora or Jasmine who just traveled and got some pets. How many times did I play the game of “Life” and pack my car full of little pink and blue peg children? How many times did I play with Barbie and Ken with their RV and babies? The answer would be A LOT. I mean the population of our species depends on people procreating. It makes sense. It’s the norm and it’s hard not to feel “off” being 31 years old and in the non-mom club. When I tell people I’m 31, the response is “Oh you’re so young! You have plenty of time!” Mary M. Murry, R.N., C.N.M. states “Turns out about 14 percent of births in the United States are to women 35 and older. They are considered advanced maternal age. Women over 35 may take longer to be able to conceive. This is related to those eggs we have had since birth. We don’t make new eggs as men make new sperm.” Plenty of time for me equals about four years. Four years to really decide if it’s important for me to be pregnant and with each year that goes by, the chances of IVF working decreases.

As a family photographer I get asked a lot if I have children. I’m GREAT with kids and most moms assume I must have some of my own. I’m not sure if it’s my age or ability to make kids happy or a combination of both, but the expression is always the same after I tell them I don’t. It’s a look of “Huh, would not have guessed that.” They always looked stumped. Trust me…it surprises me too. Then I always feel like I need to explain myself…oh the choices of what to say…”Well, we have been trying, with no luck” That statement seems oddly personal for meeting someone for the first time. “We have pets.” That one always seems like we value animals more than humans and comes across like we don’t want children. “Not yet, but hopefully soon”. This option definitely makes for an awkward moment because now it feels like I’m trying to throw myself a pity party or the mom feels sad she asked because it obviously implies it’s a sad subject around my household. If anyone has a suggestion for what to say when that question presents itself, I’m all ears.

What about adoption, fostering or using a sperm donor? We’ve looked into all those options and honestly are still exploring the possibilities. It’s a lot to take in. We research and then pause. Research and then pause. Every family has to make the choice that is right for them. I have such an open mind at this point and I think how ever we want to have a family is wonderful. Whatever route we choose, it will include lots of effort and a large check. I mean heaven forbid we just have sex. 😉

The National Infertility Association states – “Infertility is a major life crisis for 1 in 8 couples. For these women and men fighting the disease of infertility, the infertility experience involves many hidden losses for the individuals, their loved ones and society as a whole, including:

Loss of the pregnancy and the birth experience;

Loss of a genetic legacy and loss of future contributing citizens to the next generation;

Loss of the parenting experience;

Loss of a grandparent relationship;

Low feelings of self-worth;

Loss of stability in family and personal relationships;

Loss of work productivity; and

Loss of a sense of spirituality and sense of hope for the future.

Because infertility often involves major personal life issues and decisions, it is often experienced as a private matter and is not ordinarily discussed in public forums. The personal nature of the infertility experience contributes to the failure of the public, politicians, healthcare professionals and the media to recognize infertility as a disease. This causes a lack of sound knowledge and available resources about infertility.”

Well…here I am, talking in a public forum. It is my hope this post takes away some of the isolated feelings associated with infertility and even though I don’t have the answers of why we are dealt certain cards, there are lots of reasons for us to be happy even though our life didn’t end up the way we assumed it would. This year we will be married nine years and including our dating time, we’ve been together for an entire decade! We’ve traveled, we’ve made wonderful memories, we’ve overcome physical pain, emotional pain and we feel more connected now than ever. I’m thankful this experience has brought us together rather put a wedge between us.  Another silver lining in this is having seven nephews and two nieces to practice our parenting skills on. They range in age from one year to 11 years old and they are all so wonderful, unique and keep us laughing. Being an auntie and uncle is the best! We also have many friends with amazing kids and we love our connections with their families. Lastly, we have two dogs and two cats, who definitely live a pretty pampered, attention filled life. I mean we put our dogs on our Christmas card last year and consider our pets to be family. We are definitely not lacking in opportunities to make a positive impact in a child’s life.

This can be a tough road but with each passing year that goes by we have the opportunity to learn and to grow. With age comes wisdom and I’m hoping by the time we have a baby we’ll be wise beyond our years. I’m still optimistic there is a chance we’ll have a miracle baby. I hear this story all the time and will shout it from the rooftops if this ends up being our story. I’m not sure what the future holds but for anyone who is struggling with infertility. I FEEL ya. I heard this quote while at hot yoga about a month ago and tears ran down my face while in Shavasana pose, “Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer

Let’s behave kindly and with gratitude.

-Kristina

P.S. I bought the game of “Life” just so I could take that photo. Thank you macro lens!

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Airbnb Getaway

January 31, 2016

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Airbnb was really easy to sign up for. You make an account and then Airbnb verifies you are who you say you are and then you can start messaging hosts. Once I messaged our host, we sorted out the details of when we could check in and any questions I had. I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect upon check in. Would our host be cool or creepy? Would the house look like it did online? I am super happy to report everything exceeded our standards. Ryan, our host, was extremely welcoming upon arrival and gave us a tour of the home. We were delighted to find the house was bigger than it appears online. The natural light, high ceilings and wonderful decor made us feel like were staying at a blog worthy friend’s home. What a treat! Parking was easy and always available which was a plus. Rather than feeling like total tourists, our stay made us feel like locals who had a house to come back to. Also, as an added bonus I took all the photos for Sarah’s kickass period post in this house because the light was too good to pass up!

Whether it’s a group of friends or just my hubby and I, I will definitely be using this wonderful option in the future for accommodations. I’ve listed below other places I’m ready to run away to. Who’s coming with me? But, seriously though. Is it vacation time yet?

Here is a little more about Airbnb: Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

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And yes, Joshua Tree is listed twice because I couldn’t decide which house I’d rather stay at. They both look amazing!

 

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First Stop, Hollywood

August 19, 2015

When picking a seat for a flight I always pick the window seat. I find comfort and gratitude watching from above, not to mention, I love leaning into the wall to take a nap. An endless sea of blue mountains, one slightly lighter than the next, then fading into the distance is a scene my cell phone didn’t do justice. I dug out my “real” camera and snapped the first image to our COTF adventures.

Upon arriving at the Burbank airport I was ecstatically greeted by Sarah who then whisked us away to Starbucks. With our iced coffees in hand we headed to the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles for our hike to the Hollywood sign. With this trip Sarah and I wanted to cross some activities off her “L.A. bucket list”. Sarah has lived in southern California for over ten years and there is still so much to do and see!

For a Sunday morning this place was packed and became more busy by the time we headed out. As kids Sarah and I watched the movie Troop Beverly Hills on repeat. (For those who haven’t seen the movie, here is a quick recap: As Phyllis, a Beverly Hills housewife, is in the middle of a divorce, she tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter Hannah’s Wilderness Girl troop. The girls camp near the Hollywood sign and “rough it”. “We’re the girls from Beverly Hills, shopping is our greatest thrill!” The movie came out in 1989 and if you have no reason to watch it…Watch it for the fashion! See the trailer here.) Basically what I’m trying to say is… We were visiting a scene from one of our favorite childhood movies and it felt like everything went full circle.

As we took goofy tourist photos and explored the observatory, we were definitely excited to learn about our solar system and planet. Once we got our fill of space knowledge, we decided to keep on hiking closer to the Hollywood sign. Along our hike, the cutest elderly couple was truck’n along next to us. The sweet lady exclaimed she had never been there before and was so excited to see the views. Sarah and I both got super sentimental about seeing this seasoned couple hike the cracked, hot pavement together. Growing old together is something we both value in our marriages and our relationships. I like to think when our hair is white we’ll still be out exploring new places and taking on challenges together. Especially in big hats and while walking our toy poodles. Tiz & Siz. Yes, we’ve already picked out a breed and names for our dogs when we are 80.

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Summer Concerts

July 14, 2015

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Lay back and smell the sun
Warm up the Georgia pine
Feels so good to be taking it easy
Why would I ever leave?
‘Cause I know

I got some good friends that live down the street
Got a good looking woman with her arms ‘round me
Here in a small town where it feels like home
I got everything I need and nothing that I don’t
Homegrown, Homegrown”

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Sunshine, live music and great friends added up to a killer weekend! Meegan and Curtis are our friends who as the lyrics say, “that live down the street” literally! Last time I went to the Gorge Amphitheater I was 18 years old and wanted to be as close to the stage as possible. It’s funny how things change and now I’d rather sit comfortably on the grass than fight my way through a crowd. It was doubly confirmed I’m at a new stage in life as we drove past the “Standard Campground” at the Gorge and arrived at the “Terrace Campground”. We got out of our truck and introduced ourselves to our neighbors, one gal said, “You guys are smart to stay here with the old people. The bathrooms alone are worth it.” Old people…yep, I’m one of them. I want a nice bathroom, a view, and a little space from my neighbor…and I’m okay with that.

After successfully getting our tents ready for our return later that evening, we headed down to the concert via shuttle. There was a sea of people wearing red, white and blue and I felt like it was the Fourth of July all over again! Zac Brown Band fans definitely know how to represent the good ol’ U.S. of A. As I gave my ticket to the lady at the gate, she commented how Meegan and I were dressed more for Sasquatch Festival than the present concert, which was funny because I was even wearing cowgirl boots! I tried to embrace the country vibe and apparently I missed the mark.

For most of my life I really didn’t enjoy country music. It was such a part of our small town where I’m from, I wanted to rebel against it. After a little maturity and wisdom, I actually really enjoy country music now and had a blast at my first country concert. They covered songs from the Beatles to Metallica during their set and took some serious liberty with their extended guitar solos. Dancing and singing filled the amphitheater to our delight and I’m already pondering maybe going back to the Gorge to see the Foo Fighters in September. It was an awesome experience overall and next time I might try staying at Cave B Estate Winery (they have desert yurts!). Unfortunately, they were all booked for this event.

Waiting in line to catch the return shuttle after the concert, we chatted with a couple from L.A. who fulfilled a bucket list check off by attending the concert at the Gorge. It’s pretty exciting to know to we have such a desirable destination just 3.5 hours drive from us. Whether you live near or far, I recommend at least going once and experiencing the views and music for a crazy, fun night!

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Book Clubs & Hammocks

June 23, 2015

When I was asked to be in a book club over a year ago, I really didn’t know what to expect. I only knew one girl in the club and here’s the kicker, I had read under ten books since high school. That’s like one book a year. I thought these ladies would sense my surreptitious* past in the first meeting and realize I wasn’t bringing much to the literary table. Boy, was I wrong! This group of ten woman has welcomed me with open arms and we have become wonderful friends. I’m still in the club, YAY!

As I lay in my hammock in our woods reading this month’s book, I’m super proud of myself for making time to read. I tend to reach for the remote when I have downtime and although tv has it’s enjoyment too, I find reading elevates my thoughts and expands my vocabulary to boot. Every month is a new challenge to find solitude and less screen time. 

A little bit about the club: Each month a new person picks the book and also picks where we will meet. We usually meet on Tuesday evenings around 6:30pm and have enjoyed Seattle’s cuisine from China Town to the U-District. Most months the person in charge has coordinated the theme of the book with the restaurant they choose.

One of my favorite memories was early on in the book club we read, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jaime Ford. We met at The Panama Hotel for tea and discussed Seattle’s sad past of the Japanese Internment and young love. As we left the building we were standing in a circle saying our good-byes when two wildly and wonderfully dressed women approached us, mimicking that of Iris Apfel. One woman spoke and said it made her so happy to see a group of young women enjoying the hotel. She asked us what we were all up to and we eagerly told her about our book club and what book we read. She preceded to tells us how she is the owner of the hotel and one of the characters in the book is based off of her. We were all so excited to meet her and she gave us very encouraging words of how women need to follow their dreams in life. She even signed our books (those who brought them). Before parting I commented on her fox fur/scarf that was draped around her shoulders. I said something like, “Wow that is quite the fox!”. She immediately took it off and put it around my neck. I had instant feelings of guilt and joy by her kind gesture and while feeling sad the animal died for fashion. But it was so freaking soft!  I couldn’t help but laugh at her wonderful sense of exuberance for life.

This and many other monthly memories have become part of my life because my friend Jasmine’s invitation to read once a month. If you want to be in a book club, I say start one! I think you’ll be surprised by the camaraderie and fun you’ll have. I’ve read books I never would have picked out because everyone’s taste is so different. This summer I plan to read as much as I can outside and especially in hammocks. Happy page turning, swiping and scrolling!

-Kristina

*I just learned that word in this month’s book!

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Hello From The Pineapple Paper Co

June 8, 2015

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Here I was at my friend’s baby shower, and in walks Aly. A vision in black, with green eyes and red lips. I knew most of the people who were going to be at the shower, but I had no idea who this girl was. I thought, “she looks super rad” and asked myself, “Why don’t I know this girl?!” What started as a conversation at the shower turned into an Instagram friendship and is now a full blown hoemance (it’s like a bromance, but for girls). Aly and I think we came up with the term, but we aren’t sure. Aly has continued to impress me since the first day I met her all of 2.5 months ago and we’re so excited to feature her on the blog today!

At Cake On The Floor we are interested in promoting businesses we believe in and interviewing people who are not just creative, but candid too. Aly graciously agreed for me to come to her home and photograph/interview her for our blog. Over wine and blueberries, I hit record on my app and away we went!

COTF: How did you start The Pineapple Paper Company?

PPC: I guess it really started with Yes. Yes is the company before I changed the name. It all began when I started making Christmas cards for myself. I tried to buy some online, but they were so expensive…and they weren’t even that nice. I always wanted to change something about the cards available. Sooo…I started making them myself and people started asking me to do theirs! The business just kind of evolved from there.

COTF: We love your logo! Does the pineapple have special meaning for you?

PPC: Not really, I just really like pineapples! I mean I like pineapple, but it’s not something I can eat and eat…and eat. I see the fruit and I get excited. It brings me to a really bright place. Pineapples represent welcoming and when you see one you just can’t help but get happy. (Similar to hearing Pharrell’s song) I’m kind of the same way about cactus.

COTF: Where do you draw inspiration from?

PPC: Oh gosh! Everywhere! Top three would be…fashion, people, and words. When you think of a word or see a word, it really transfers you to a place. For example, if I say the word poppy. That would bring you somewhere, not necessarily the flower, but in your case you’d think of Poppi Photography. For me, the word palm tree has different meaning compared to PNW natives…I’m born and raised in Florida and the word palm tree doesn’t take me to some tropical getaway, it takes me to my childhood and the things that I used to see every single day. As well as the things that were in my front yard.

COTF: Who’s your ideal client?

PPC: That’s a tough one. I do so many different things like wedding invites and stationery. I guess the best client is one who orders both. (Laughs!) I like clients who are laid back and are really inspiring and vibrant. I draw a lot of inspiration from people. Most of my orders are online and everything is through text, so I have to get a glimpse of that individual, just through the words that she’s saying. I like clients who are excited about the process and are with me… and choose to purchase through the PCC because they like my specific style and modern/bohemian theme.

COTF: Is there anyone in your life, friend, company or celeb or otherwise that you’d love to work with?

PPC: Olympia famous, Stevie Olson! As soon as I met her, I knew I wanted to design for her. It was a goal of mine to be able to sell my products in LOLA Lifestyle Boutique because the type of woman LOLA attracts is the same type of clientele I like. Someone I would want to partner with is The Little Press. They are in Perth, Australia and they are GORGEOUS! They started kind of just like me with a small office and stained hands. They are all letter press and do a lot of collaborations. It would be so fun!

COTF: In a digital world, what makes you drawn to the tangible?

PPC: The senses! I really like the smell of things. So, it’s really odd, but when I get a fresh order of envelopes or paper, I unwrap it from it’s plastic and take it in! I don’t know what it is, but I just love that smell! Also, with every woman in the world having a Pinterest board, I want to bring the Pinterest board to your hand. A real life creation for you!

COTF: I think COTF needs some thank you cards! Do you think you could help us with that?

PPC: AHHHHHH!!! (Screams) YES!

And now let’s talk about Aly as a person!

COTF: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

PPC: Check my Insta!

COTF: Best vacation you’ve taken?

PPC: When I was in Arizona (I was stationed for active duty military with my husband, Kyle) living in Sierra Vista with nothing to do, we’d take weekend vacations to Phoenix. Last year over July 4th weekend we took a belated honeymoon back to Phoenix again! I absolutely love it there!

COTF: When you aren’t working what do you do for fun?

PPC: When I’m not working…which is like never…I’m really into fashion. Shopping is my fun! Then it just draws more inspiration for The Pineapple Paper Co and I’m back to work again.

COTF: What’s your drink?

PPC: Morning drink: coffee with whole milk. Evening drink: A sweet, sparkling, gin drink of some sorts.

COTF: Favorite social media app?

PPC: Insta (Aly never actually says Instagram. I kind of love it.)

COTF: Best advice you’ve been given?

PPC: This advice comes from my mom. I moved around a lot as a kid and I always hated it. I had to make new friends and I was always afraid people weren’t going to remember me. She told me, “If you are going to be remembered for something, be remembered for something good.” I apply this advice whenever I meet someone…whether or not I’m going to see them again, I want it to be a good memory. Especially if I run into them again in the future. I don’t want them to be like, “Oh…there’s Aly” (makes a sad noise, then laughs)

COTF: There are many charities in the world. If you started one, who/what would you want to help?

PPC: It’s a charity that has already been started, but I would want to help with The Wounded Warrior Project. It hits close to home for me. In 2008 Kyle was deployed in Iraq and was at a check point. While he was at the check point he got hit by a vehicle born IED. (A huge bomb in a car, which basically makes in two bombs in one because the bomb explodes and then so does the car). 15 people were injured and two died in that incident. Thankfully there was a cement barricade which Kyle was behind, however the blast threw him around 50 feet. He remembers being airborne and then falling and waking up in Kuwait. His First Sergeant told him that his team leader didn’t make it and then he was medevac transferred to Germany because he couldn’t walk. Then he was transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McChord here in Washington and it took him a year to learn how to walk again. During that time it was really tough. PTSD, pain meds and nightmares were all consuming and The Wounded Warrior Project gives support in many ways to those who need it. Kyle fought really hard to improve and is the most self-driven person I know. The morale boost the foundation provided was super helpful. I feel like it’s a way to pay back to those people who stepped up and were in harm’s way. They arrange iPads, computers, DVD players to be provided to soldiers who are recovering (even the occasional celebrity visit for a pick-me-up). Kyle not only walks now, but runs marathons! The Wounded Warrior Project has been known to build houses and create solutions for those who have lost limbs free of charge. They raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.

Last question because hey, we’re COTF…

COTF: Favorite kind of cake?

PPC: I’m not really a sweets person, but I’d say plain vanilla cake with rainbow sprinkles. Maybe funfetti cake. I mostly just want to eat sprinkles and ditch the frosting.

This girl definitely adds some serious funfetti to my life and I hope you remember The Pineapple Paper Co the next time you need a card, invite, stationery or announcement! Each card is hand crafted to celebrate life’s best moments. Every piece of stationary touches Aly’s hands whether she is applying water color or applying gold foil or whatever else you can dream up. Thanks to Aly for being super amazing and I can’t wait for Sarah to meet her the next time she visits! Lastly, thanks to Nana and Tinker Bell for posing for the camera!

XO-

Kristina

 

 

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When In Doubt, Hike It Out

April 30, 2015

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Here are some hikes that I have completed in Washington State and some I want to visit in the future:

1. Paradise, Mt. Rainier

2. Spider Lake, Olympic Peninsula

3. High Rock, South Cascades

4.  Steamboat Rock, Central Washington

5. Similkameen Trail, Eastern Washington

 

 

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I’m Leaving On A Jet Plane

April 14, 2015

I'm Leaving On A Jet PlaneI'm Leaving On A Jet PlaneI'm Leaving On A Jet PlaneI'm Leaving On A Jet PlaneIt’s a grey day here in the PNW and to beat the overall gloomy vibe, I started to think about what I wanted to pack for my upcoming trip to California. Can you say…Sunshine?! Those magical rays of light really do it for me. I’m sure most of you Washington dwellers feel the same and are ready for a healthy dose of vitamin D. GAH! Is it summer yet? I have all these cute things just sitting in my closet so patiently. Just waiting and waiting and waiting to be worn. When the sun doesn’t come to you, YOU GO TO THE SUN.

As a photographer, I work for clients 99% of the time and I rarely take the opportunity to make images for myself. This is why this blog is rocking my world. I just photographed my wardrobe around my yard for fun! All of the pieces you see here I have purchased at LOLA Lifestyle Boutique. LOLA Lifestyle Boutique is a shop here in Olympia, WA where I live. (Don’t worry, she sells almost everything online too!) Stevie, the owner has impeccable taste and get ready for a compliment overload once you wear something from LOLA! I also added what brand each item is below.

Here is what I love about each item 1-8.

1. L*Space This bathing suit is kind of awesome for pale ladies such as myself. Turns out if you are pale and wear white, you look tanner! I swear it’s true! I need all the help I can get in that arena, so white for the win. Also, I LOVE the braided back.

2. Wonderland Sun Does anyone else get a headache from eye wear? I sure do. Lucky for me I found these shades and haven’t ever felt that annoying pressure above my ears. Not only are they comfortable, they make you look like you’re ready to be stalked by the paparazzi.

3. Some Days Lovin Kimono with macrame! What else do you need for L.A.? Laid back and chic has me ready for a night out.

4. Yerse I jumped on the hat train and I’m never getting off. I’ve bought three hats at LOLA since they opened. Who am I kidding? I have four hats! Hats can be kind of pricey, but with Lovely Bird you can look adorbs and not brake the bank.

5. LOLA Life Style Boutique The bracelet and ring combo is one of my favs right now. When I spoke about compliments earlier, #5 takes the cake!

6. Baggu Ah, the metallic bag. Perfect for spring and summer and adding a dash of sophistication to your ensemble. Plus, lots of room for whatever you need to stash in there!

7. Tiffany Kunz is my favorite jewelry designer. Her pieces are minimalist and beautiful! I could pick anything she sells out of a bag and be totally happy.

8. DL1961 Ok gals, if you want a flattering short, these are for you. These shorts are the “just right” version of Goldilocks. Not too short and not too long. Plus, I’m really feeling the distressed denim lately.

I’m anxiously awaiting to board my plane in the near future and go see Sarah! Can’t wait to be reunited in style and curate some more fun blog content for you. We’d love to hear what your favorite go-to pieces are for spring and summer. Don’t be shy and post a comment below!

 

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We Go Way Back

March 30, 2015

joshua tree cake on the floorjoshua tree cake on the floorjoshua tree cake on the floorjoshua tree cake on the floorjoshua tree cake on the floorHey Everyone! Meet Sarah! Sarah, meet everyone! Ok now that my enthusiastic introduction is over, I can get to telling you about this girl. Sarah Steele is my bestie. This past year we celebrated 25 years of friendship. I know, I know…you’re all thinking how freaking old is she? Well, I’ll tell you. She is 60! Doesn’t she look amazing?! Just kidding. We just turned 30 and we met when we were five. But here’s hoping we look EXACTLY the same in 30 years. 😉 And guess what else is crazy, we’ve lived in separate states since 8th grade. That’s 16 years of long distance friendship! I don’t think we’ve ever let more than a week go by without talking on the phone. No joke. She knows everything about me and the opposite is also true.  To say I love this girl is an understatement and I honestly can’t imagine my life without her. When we were little we dreamed of working together. There was a florist shop, a non-profit to save the world, an art gallery, a candle company and basically whatever else our seven year-old hearts could dream up. Fast forward to 2015 and behold the power of the internet and technology! We’ve figured out a way to work together and it’s called cakeonthefloor.com! This blog will include posts from each of us and collaborative works. There will be no topic off limits and we will be coming up with some super rad content to share with you. Are you excited yet? Oh good! I’m so glad to hear you are excited! Me too! This is going to be so fun. I love you guys. Too mushy? Ok, I’ll tone it down a notch. Sorry, I’m just thrilled to be working with my BFF! Because seriously, we go way back.

XO – Kristina Wunsch

*These images were taken by me (Poppi Photography) at Joshua Tree National Park for Sarah’s 30th birthday. I WANT TO GO BACK!