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Hey, look, I got dressed twice this week! Definitely winning!

One thing I like about LA is the opportunity to go to free movie screenings. I love going to the movies and when they are free, I love it more! The Mr and I went to see a screening of The Nest, the new Amy Pohler and Tina Fey movie coming out next year. I was really funny! But, other than that, mums the word because you sign a bunch of stuff and they would hunt me down and cut my head off if I said anything more.

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// Top, Jacket, and Hat: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Jeans and shoes: Urban Outfitters //

Who has Halloween plans? I’m meeting with some friends at a local bar, but I’m not dressing up or probably even staying out passed midnight. Not for lacking of wanting to, I just have no imagination of DIY skills for a costume and it’s annoying repeating costumes several years in a row. Also, David doesn’t have a costume, so I decided to be myself so he can be himself! Also, I am such an old lady, but I think I was born an old lady so it’s not a huge surprise I am thinking about going to bed while everyone else is planning on going to some crazy parties. I work at 6 a.m. the next morning, and it’s damn hard to wake up that early on a weekend when no one else has to think of getting up for hours.

I’ve never been a huge Halloween person; I think because I am just looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas and Halloween tends to delay those holidays! I will call it here: next year, I will be a huge Halloween supporter! Now you have to hold me to that!

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I will never be over sheer blouses or crop tops.

Also, we’re going apple picking this weekend and I am going to burst from excitment! It is the first official Autumn activity for us of the season, and I officially cannot be made fun of for listening to Christmas music once Halloween passes. Not that I haven’t already started, but I’m pretty sure it is more acceptable in November. Anyone else as crazy as I am?

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Firstly, excuse the bitch face in every single one of these photos. I may not have been in the best mood when taking these pictures, and yet, I still did it. I almost waited a day, but then realized that if I waited a day, that day would most likely turn into a week, based off of my blogging track record as of late. I’m human. This means I am lazy and I procrastinate, even on doing something I love, and I have bad days.

I feel like maybe I’ve been having more bad days lately that good. Is post wedding depression a real thing? And not a real thing as in “It was the best day of my life, I want to relive it over and over again, I miss it so much!” (even though, YES), but as in, I have no idea what I am supposed to do now. I spent months immersed in this one very important, meaningful day and now it’s over. I don’t have a particularly stimulating day job, so it doesn’t keep me as distracted as I would like. I feel like I need another something to focus on, but I don’t feel the motivation I need to figure it out.

Has anyone experienced this feeling after the end of a life altering event or change?

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 // Top + Jeans: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Boots (pictured below): Thrifted via Buffalo Exchange // Hat: Free People //

I also may wear this outfit at least one a week, with or without the hat. It’s the easiest thing to throw on and look like I still paid attention when I got dressed. Honestly, this was the first time I put on makeup in about two weeks, maybe the third time I’ve been dressed in something other than pajamas or work out clothes. I work at home and now that I am full time, instead of part time, there is really no need for me to get dressed. I am definitely an instant pajama girl once I get home from anywhere, so you can imagine what working from home does! After work, I head to the gym, so pajamas and gym clothes have became my norm!

I need a kick in the butt for this rut I am in!

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I am one of those crazy Christmas lovers, so I have no doubt that the holiday season will perk me right back up into my normal self! I have been perusing Pinterest for gift and DIY ideas for months now, and I am ready to begin to put them into action!

Not to worry, this will be my one and only depressing post. You have to choose to be happy and I am choosing to be happy to find something meaningful to focus on. Life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies as we would like it to be, and really, do you need another blog claiming that it is?

p.s. I am hoping I will be able to share wedding photos very soon! We have them all but we have SO many that we haven’t even had time to look at them all just yet!

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I know I never got around to sharing photos from our honeymoon. There are just so many and I tried to go through them, but couldn’t figure out which ones would be best to share that accurately describe our trip. Instead, I’ve decided to share some of the photos we took with disposable cameras throughout the trip! Before digital cameras became so popular, I used to have a cheap film camera and use disposable cameras often in high school. It’s nice to just take a photo and be surprised a couple weeks later, seeing how it comes out. With digital cameras and camera phones, I don’t think I need to admit sometimes how many times I take a picture to try to get it perfect. It’s embarrassing, sometimes, even to myself!

I think these photos, more than the others we took, depict our honeymoon perfectly! Lots of laughter, food, sightseeing, and more food!

Seattle, WA // We spent almost a whole week in Seattle. We went to Pike Place almost everyday, whether it was for food, souvenirs, or like I said, more food. Seattle has a really different vibe than LA, and I’d love to visit again. Perhaps expanding our areas of exploring.

The gum wall // Pike Place

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Grove of the Patriarchs // Mount Rainer

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Of course, I also stood in line for a coffee at the original Starbucks location!

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We only had one night in Seaside, OR, but it was so beautiful. It’s true that there is not much to do there, it is a very small, tourist beach town. I could have used another day or so though! I love the old school feeling of the little town! We walked down main street, rented a surrey to bike around the town, and the best root beer floats! We also visited The Astoria Column. I was only able to be outside for a minute because I’m terrified of heights!

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 We ended our trip with a few days in Portland, Or. I think this was my favorite part of the trip. My mom’s family is from Portland, so we got to spend some time with my Aunt and Uncle. I had not been there since I was 13 and I had never experience Portland during our family trips, so it was really cool to be able to explore the downtown areas and eat at all the really great restaurants. We were super tourists the whole trip, but especially in Portland. We found a scavenger hunt that took us all afternoon and into the evening since we found so many other places along the way to go back to and visit.

I was super excited about visiting this sign. I was even more excited what was across the street from this sign: VooDoo Doughnuts! I think we went there no less than three times in the four days we were there.

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Pine State Biscuits. The best biscuits and gravy!

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We’re classy. Champaign in the hotel room!

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Cheers!

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While we were in Portland during our honeymoon, we went to see three houses: Where I was born, where my mom grew up, and Pittock Mansion. Pittock Manson was the home of Henry Pittock and his family, the man who practically built Portland. It is just up the road from my mom’s childhood home and built on 46 acres. It’s currently a museum, that was unfortunately closed when we visited, and my mom, her sisters, and brother used to go up the hill to play there growing up. It was really nice to be able to see the area my mom grew up in, and be able to send her some photos of what everything looks like now.

I am so glad that I got the chance to see these places that are so special for our family; my mom says they all still look the same! If it wasn’t such a creepy thing to do, I would have knocked on the doors to see if I could go in. Since that would make me a crazy person, and since I have no memory of either place anyway, I decide it would be just fine to take pictures from the street.

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// Dress + Boots: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Flower Crown: Urban Outfitters //

Ok, maybe a bit closer than the street. To be fair, this house looked like it was vacant. I was only hoping the neighbors weren’t peaking through their windows.

I was born upstairs in this house! My mom was able to get down to the car, and apparently I wasn’t having any of that and they had to go back inside so I could have my way; showing my stubborness from the very first day!

We went to my mom’s childhood home next! Oddly enough, I wanted to be able to see the inside of this house more than I did the one the was born and lived in. Unfortunately, this one was definitely occupied and I could have sworn I saw someone watching us from the kitchen window, so I tried to be as discrete as possible.

Or super obvious.

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Just up the street from where my mom grew up is Pittock Mansion. This place was gorgeous! I actually had no idea the home was preserved as a museum, with all the original early 20th century furniture and decor, until we got there. The top of the hill has the most beautiful view of the city!

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Super creep.

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I can see why so many people still visit Pittock Mansion. There are picnic tables set up for people to sit and look at the view. I am hoping our next visit is not as far off as my last one (I had not been to Portland since I was 13) and I am already making a mental note to go back to the mansion.

 

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Out of everywhere we went, Portland felt the most rushed. Most likely because it was the last city we were visiting and as a trip is begining to end, time always seems to rush by much too quickly for me. I start getting sad about the end of the trip before it’s even over!

I totally consider myself a California girl, afterall we moved when I was three months old, but I have such a special bond with Portland! I still have family there, who we were lucky enough to see while we were there, and my mom’s love of the city has really rubbed off on me. It must be why I prefer rain to sunshine!

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Is it just me or have I lost my blog flow? I haven’t been consistant with everything going on lately. I feel like I don’t even know how to write anymore! If you call a little ‘ol style blog “writing”. What else would you call it? Blurbing seems appropriate. I feel like I don’t know how to blurb anymore.

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We are back from our honeymoon! It is actually bittersweet; we were exhausted from traveling the past 10 days so we were happy to be home, and at the same time it was such a great vacation and we have not had many vacations that are just the two of us before. I am planning on sharing photos from each city we went to, but until I have the time to get all those together, I wanted to throw up a quick outfit post!

 The last day of our trip, we were in Portland and we found a really fun scavenger hunt of the city on Urban Adventure Quest. It was a really fun way to see the city. It took us about five and a half hours, including coffee and lunch breaks. We walked the whole time except for one bus ride, and with all the food we had been eating the entire week, literally ALL. THE. FOOD., it felt nice to be so active for an entire day. To get to each different city landmark in downtown Portland, we had to solve puzzels and clues and then complete challenges based on each location. We must be super nerdy because it was definitely a highlight of of the trip and we not only got to see the tourist spots, we found other places along the way to spend some time at!

The Pacific Northwest was still pretty warm while we were there, we only had a day or so of clouds and very light rain in both Seattle and Portland. The day of our scavenger hunt started very chilly, so I layered up. With all the walking, I ended up stripping down and layering back up during our breaks.

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 // Tee: Nordstrom Rack // Plaid Shirt: Forever 21 // Jeans + Jacket: Urban Outfitters // Hat: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Boots: Thrifted via Thrift Town //

Urban Adventure Quest has scavenger hunts for a ton of major cities, and again, being the nerd I am, I am looking forward to participating in one for Los Angeles as well as my hometown of Sacramento! You can purchase it anytime and play whenever you want, with any amount of people!

My mom was born and raised in Portland, and I was actually born there. We used to visit each summer when I was younger, but I had not been since I was 13, so it was really nice to be able to go and see the city as an adult. I love how unique each neighborhood is, even just a few blocks away the look and feel can change completely. We got to go see my mom’s childhood home and the house that I was born in (I was so excited to enter the world that I wouldn’t let my mom make it to the hospital!). Portland was a really special spot for me on this trip!

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I was made in Oregon!

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I don’t know how he puts up with me!

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Mr. and Mrs. Bender are taking off for their honeymoon tomorrow! Who are Mr. and Mrs. Bender, you ask? It is me and my new husband! It is very strange to say husband out loud still; I feel like a child playing house, like people won’t believe me. I feel really dumb admitting this, but whenever I say husband, I try to make sure the person sees my ring, even if I just fix my hair or adjust a piece of clothing. It is so silly! It took me a long time to get used to saying boyfriend, and then fiancé, and I think it may take a bit longer to get used to saying husband! Many people have asked me if it feels any different, and I actually feel a bit bad saying that it doesn’t. It does not feel different, yet. I think once we get back from the honeymoon and we get settled back into new husband-wife routine (however that may be different from a fiancé-fiancé routine, I have no idea!), it will start to feel different. We were together 8 years before we got married and lived together already, so perhaps that is why it may take a bit longer to feel “married” instead of just together.

I do like seeing that ring on his finger, though! It suits him well!

Yesterday I was with a friend of mine, who has also kind of let her blog slide a bit and we were talking about what we could do to pick it up and new things we could try and we got inspired and took outfit photos right then on her iPhone! We have decided to help each other out to keep us both accountable. Of course we make this faux pact two days before I leave for a week and a half and most likely will not be posting! Once I get back, I will hopefully have wedding photos (eek!) and honeymoon photos to share!

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// Sunglasses + Flower Crown: Urban Outfitters // Top: HauteLook (Whitney Eve) // Lana Lace Kimono: c/o Cali Free // Shorts: Melrose Trading Post // Shoes + Purse: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co //

I’ve worn this exact outfit more than I care to admit in just the past two weeks. Hey, if there are no pictures to document it, you can wear the same thing everyday! Actually, I still do that even if there are pictures. When you’re in love, you’re in love! I received this beautiful Lana Lace Kimono from Cali Free a while ago, had could not find the right outfit to pair it with. Once I matched all these pieces together, I loved it so much, it’s all I’ve wanted to wear! I’m on a mission to be able to style it a few more times because I love it so much!

I got this flower crown from Urban Outfitters for my rehearsal dinner, and just want to wear it everyday. It makes getting dressed so fun!

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Also fun? Shooting outfit photos with a friend who actually gets it! It can be super awkward shooting with someone who doesn’t quite understand what a style or outfit blog is all about or why you would need so many pictures of yourself.

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Photos by the lovely Michele!

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Hi friends! I know it has been a while since I have posted and I was originally blaming it on my upcoming wedding. Now that the wedding has come and gone, I won’t have much an excuse for the quiet. I will be starting up posting again very soon!

My wedding was amazing, exactly as we had planned. It was a day, a long weekend really, full of love, laughter and joy and I wish I could relive it over and over – in slow motion! It was so special that I was able to have all my friends and family from all over come together in one place; something I wish could happen much more often!

I cannot wait to share photos; waiting to get them from the photographers is driving me insane!

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen that I shared this video already, but I cannot let this gem be unseen. David surprised me on our wedding day with a Backstreet Boys mash up dance performance! If this is not the first time you have read this blog, you’ll know that I am a HUGE Backstreet Boys fan. I have been a fan for more than half of my life and seen them more times than I can count! David, on the other hand, could care less about them, but since he cares about me so much, he planned this performance and practiced with his wedding party for months, all while being able to keep it a secret from me! I usually do not like surprises, but this was the most amazing surprise and I still have not been able to stop watching it!

My reaction was priceless!

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A new standard has been set! Not only do I need to brag about my husband (HUSBAND!!), but I need to brag that the Backstreet Boys tweeted and posted this video to their Facebook. I’m dead.

I just wanted to share this video because it really is the most special gift I’ve ever received and the fact that so many people helped David put this together makes me continue to tear up!

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