Hello September! Hello to crisper mornings and longer evenings, hello to celebrating my bestie’s birthday and the start of pumpkin scented everything. Hello to the new school year, to brand new notebooks symbolic of brand new beginnings, to packs of highlighters and to fall fashion. September is a perfect blend of summer and fall with lots of sunny days and time for swimming and hiking and frolicking through fields of flowers but with the gentle yet consistent reminder that fall is just around the corner with its sweaters, turtlenecks and riding boots.
Alas, I am getting ahead of myself. Though it is the first day of a glorious new month (can you tell I’ve had a lot of coffee today) I can’t properly welcome September until I’ve given August the goodbye it deserves. With that, I want to share all of the my favorites from August 2017.
Munich & St.Moritz
I kicked off the month with a 10 day trip to Germany and Switzerland. My Aunt and I spent a few days in Munich initially. We watched locals surf on the river (so cool!), visited a palace and made the most of our hotel’s spa before heading to Switzerland. I adored St.Moritz! Switzerland was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. The town was extraordinarily clean, the mountain was filled with flowers, cows and butterflies and the lake was naturally a brilliant shade of turquoise. We flew out of the Munich airport so the night before we headed home we stayed at an indoor waterpark near the Munich airport. The grounds were impressive! There were pool bars, a dozen (or so) waterslides, lazy rivers, saunas, etc. We could have spent an entire day at the hotel’s waterpark (there was even a DJ) so I was happy we got to experience the destination before my long flight back to Seattle.
Lake Chelan with Friends
Since I was a teenager I have spent a weekend in Lake Chelan with my best friend, Nicole. This year Jordan was able to join for the weekend as well, making three days on the lake feel extra special. We went wine tasting, inner tubing, stumbled into a casino just after midnight, enjoyed soaking up the sun on a boat and laughed a whole lot with friends. Chelan has become a summer tradition, I am so grateful for the fun in the sun this month.
I accidentally booked dinner for Jordan, his mom and I for a 5 course dinner at a local vegan restaurant. I wanted to try a neighborhood vegan restaurant for awhile and booked a reservation for the three of us on OpenTable without understanding we were signing up for a 5 course dinner. Luckily, the food and experience was amazing! Harvest Beat works with local farmers and foragers to create a unique, seasonally inspired vegan menu every three weeks. Though I am a vegetarian I often shun vegan food because…hello! cheese! However, I was pleasantly surprised by every course at Harvest Beat. Jordan and I vow to go back a couple times a year to experience the micro seasons of fresh produce.
Bachelor in Paradise
Over the years I have become more entwined with the Bachelor/Bachelorette drama. This year I was less curious to see how Bachelor in Paradise would address the “scandal” and more interested to see how many of my favorites from the Bachelor/Bachelorette seasons would interact together. Unfortunately, I found that more screen time some of the men and women had, the more I disliked them (Dean I’m looking at you). On one hand I think it’s really interesting that the Bachelor franchise has become such a D-list celebrity mini culture that all of the contestants hangout and travel the U.S. together prior to ever going on Bachelor in Paradise, on the other hand I can’t help but feel it defeats the purpose of the show. So many of the men and women have already talked/flirted/spent time together before they arrive in “Paradise” making the show more about watching the drama of a sexual friend group than watching individuals meet/fall in love/date. I’m not sure that latter makes the show less entertaining but the past friendships/relationships change the dynamic of the show.
More importantly, the only cute couple on this whole season is Taylor & Derek. As much as I like Kristina (and initially liked Dean) I thought the whole “we’ve both had difficult family situations” seemed like a producer fed story to get the two together. While Kristina seems like a lovely, intelligent and truly fascinating person I cannot for the life of me understand why she has given Dean so many chances. I gave Dean’s immaturity a pass on Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette, but more screen time has simply translated into more opportunities for him to prove he is even less mature and less ready for marriage than he appeared on The Bachelorette. Kristina and Danielle should both turn and run as fast as they can! Also am I the only one who found Alexis annoying and not absolutely hysterical bff material? Guys I like Lena Dunham & Taylor Swift & Gwyneth Paltrow three of the most divisive women in Hollywood so I may be way off here.
Ha! I spent substantially more space ranting about Bachelor in Paradise than I feel comfortable with but I am eager to hear your thoughts on the season. Who are you loving and which couples drive you crazy?
I moved into a new apartment in April (still working on that apartment tour guys…) and in the moving process broke our bed. I loved our four post bed frame with a canopy and fairy lights hanging all around but it was a sign. What sort of sign you ask? A sign for me to grow up a little, toss the mosquito net four poster canopy and splurge on a new bed from Pottery Barn. We desperately needed the under bed storage and this classic option fit the bill. I don’t feel quite as much like a princess when I crawl into bed but our room is cleaner and subsequently cleanliness does make a home feel more like a castle!
Look What You Made Me Do
When my cousin texted me to tell me Taylor Swift deleted her social media histories I lost it. I immediately began googling explanations, hoping and praying Taylor’s 6th album was upon us. When Look What you Made Me Do dropped I was out to dinner for a friend’s birthday, I quickly paid my portion of the bill and ushered everyone outside to listen immediately. We did not wait to get to the car. We listened right there in the middle of Ballard as pedestrians walked by with Taylor blaring from my phone. It’s dance-y, it’s sassy, and it has every fiber of my being excited for Reputation’s release on November 10th! And then there was the music video release…aaah! I have watched it ten times and I love Taylor Swift more EVERY.SINGLE.VIEW. I never claimed I was logical, from day one I’ve admitted I’m cray cray for Tay Tay so there you have it. (P.S. everyone an actual search term that led to my blog: “Girls who are a little too obsessed with Taylor Swift”, Google analytics never lie).
Get out there and enjoy the first day of the new month (it’s Friday so there’s no excuse not to get down and party, which for means having my fam over for dinner and crawling into my bed by ten so you know, you do you). I have some really fun blog ideas for the next month that I really hope you guys will enjoy. Can’t wait to see how this whole blogging and law school balance works out…ha! Have a wonderful weekend and pretty please tell me your favorite parts of August (especially if you love snarking on Bachelor in Paradise too), I’ll be waiting to hear<3
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