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Happy Friday, brave hearts! Today I get to introduce you to my best friend, Nat. We've been friends since college, but not since the very beginning. Nat always likes to tell the story of how we first met. We were both in design school, she asked me to come visit the campus ministry where she was a student intern, and I was totally snobby and said no because I was attending a different one! Can you believe that?? I ended up attending that campus ministry the next semester and through the rest of my college years. It's funny how life works.

Nat and I became closer over the next couple of years as we had all of our classes together. We can both look back on those years and pinpoint the weekend where we started to become best friends. The design department went on a school trip to Chicago during the autumn of our junior year, and when you travel on a bus for hours together, explore a new city together, create hilarious inside jokes together, and laugh until you can't breathe together, you are meant to be friends. That's just how it works! :) We explored downtown Chicago, visited Frank Lloyd Wright's house, took a million pictures in the bean at Millennium Park, ate by the navy pier, walked through the art museum, were overwhelmed by the Merchandise Mart, and made tons of memories.

We are the friends who sing Christmas songs and quote Elf while running up and down the aisles of Target. We are the friends who dance in the car and listen to "Baby" far too many times past normal. We are the friends who go to see UP together every Wednesday one summer at the cheap theater several weeks in a row. We are the friends who cry together, call just to say hi, can sit in silence together, have an incredible portfolio full of inside jokes, and laugh an obnoxious amount.

We have been through a lot of seasons together over the past seven years. Surviving internships, graduating from college, big moves, relationships, living in separate cities, learning a lot about friendship, and growing in our relationships with Jesus. She is a friend who encourages me, accepts me for who I am, and appreciates my total weirdness. I am so grateful to have been given a friend like this one.




I love glitter, and snow, and Christmas, and dancing, and trench coats, and plaid scarves, and Romeo Beckham (I mean, seriously. How are people allowed to have kids as pretty as him?), and brown paper packages tied up with string, and all things British. These are a few of my favorite things! This video almost (almost) makes me want to go and drop hundreds of dollars on Burberry. ;)




Hi lovelies! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I've picked up a couple of things over the past few months but still have the majority of my shopping to do. Below are some gift ideas to help get you (and me) started. They are all things I either already own or would love to. Happy shopping!

Cozy Plaid Scarf | $35
Oh my, I personally own this scarf and wear it multiple times a week. It is warm and soft and so cozy around my neck. Perfect for layering during the cold winter months. It does come in several other colors so be sure to check those out!

Happy Handmade Home | $14
This is on my Christmas wishlist! Emma and Elsie are amazing, and this book has a little bit of something for everyone. If you don't believe me, take a quick look at this adorable video review of the book!

Minnetonka Kilty Moccasin | $43
You can't go wrong with a pair of moccasins, especially if they come from Minnentonka! I have two pair of Kilty moccs and would recommend them to anyone!

Chrismoose Cards | $4.50
Cute stationary makes for a great gift, and I just love the pretty cards from Everyday Love Art. Get your stationary loving friend some goodies from this shop! They will love it!

Fotostrap | $85
This is the perfect gift for all of your photography friends. I was gifted a Fotostrap this year and absolutely love it! Great colors and fantastic quality. The shoulder pad feels like a light, fluffy cloud on my shoulder. I also recommend adding a pretty monogram to make the Fotostrap an even more personal gift.

Geometric Zipper Bag | $14
One thing a girl can never have too many of are zipper bags. They are so great for storing makeup, organizing your purse, holding pens, etc. Get on it.

Narnia Forest Soy Candle | $10
If someone gave me this candle, I'd love them forever. This shop is full of candles inspired by books. That just makes my book loving heart skip a beat.

TOMS Grey Chambray Classics | $54
These shoes are some of my favorites. They are cute and comfortable, perfect to pair with your favorite skinnies for a day out on the town. I suggest going a half size down when ordering because the shoes do stretch out quite a bit.