greenery

I spent last weekend back home in New York for the first time in a month. Although it was a pretty short trip, I got to see multiple groups of people I love in multiple different places, so it feels like it was quite a full weekend. Now that I’m thinking about it, I actually got to spend a lot of time outside, too, which is awesome because lately I’ve been wondering where the summer’s going…

I even got to swim in a pool. UNDERWATER. I even did a couple DIVES. T’was a pretty good weekend, indeed.

up above

SkySky

Sky

The sky inspires me every single day. No joke. Every day it is stunningly beautiful and every day — even every minute — it looks totally different from the last. The clouds, the sun, the moon, the stars, the perfect mix of colors that evolve throughout the day.. beauty like this just can not be duplicated by humans. The photos above were taken yesterday afternoon. The sky wasn’t abnormally gorgeous, but that’s precisely why I took them. I wanted to look at the sky and truly adore the masterpiece above me on a day where it just looked “normal”. Because, seriously guys. There’s nothing normal about this level of beauty.

empty beach

It is SO beautiful out today. I started off my morning with a nice run outside and then did some free weights on the beach — like, I took my shoes off, hopped up onto a rock, and stared out into the ocean as I worked out my arms. It was so awesome.

The beach looked so beautiful that I had to come back with my camera. On my walk there, I found a little turtle who was trying to cross the road upside down! I picked him up and helped him on his way (photo here).

Later on I’m going to ride bikes around the park with my boy Jon-Pierre. Today is great. I can’t wait for RIGHT NOW.

hello yellow

The lovely big forsythia tree in my yard has been calling my name for weeks! Today I finally decided to cut some and bring it into the house. Y’all know how much I love bringing the outdoors in.

Forsythia is awesome because all it takes is one little branch in a vase to make a statement — a nice little pop of color. You could also do a whole bunch in a bigger vase for a more romantic look.

HA! As I’m typing this, my sister says to me, “This room looks so much better with these daisies or whatever.”

I’m glad she noticed!

(Floral dress & belt: thrifted)

dried beauty


I think that one of the best ways to add life and charm into a room is by bringing the outdoors in. Dried plants and flowers are a lovely way to do this because they look beautiful and they don’t have to be looked after! I’ve had these for over six months and they still look exactly the same. Plus, if you already have gardens, they won’t cost you a thing. (Psst: I got the two taller vases at a dollar store!)

I especially love having dried flowers around in the winter because, while I may not spend too much of my time outside, I’m reminded of nature’s beauty at all times.

The plant on the left is baby’s breath and the one on the right is a hydrangea. The one in the middle I’m not too sure about. If you know what it is, feel free to enlighten me!

I’m telling you, scatter some vases of dried flowers around any room and it will instantly feel cozier. Just like magic.