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5.29.2015

MEMORIAL DAYS


"You'll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living, breathing screaming invitation to believe better things."

Memorial day was spent with Colorado friends this year, and that time was so good for my heart. We spent a day just being together, soaking up all of the sunshine we could get our hands on, hiking our little hearts out, attempting (on my part) to slack line at the park, and getting in a few good belly laughs.

This move has only increased my understanding of the need for community. It has been so important for me to be around people, and these three, among others, have continued to be there for me. This week I was so grateful for their thoughtfulness, understanding, and love. They help to make this place home.













Have you ever slack lined? If so, are you any good at it? I am not, but I want to learn! :) What do you and your friends/family do on weekends like Memorial Day? Do you stay home and play games or get outside for an adventure? What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?

5.27.2015

MUSIC & LYRICS | GEORGE EZRA

A friend recently introduced me to George Ezra and I haven't been able to stop listening. I had heard some of his music on the radio and had assumed that voice came from an older, seasoned musician. When I saw him on James Corden's show a few weeks ago, my jaw hit the floor to hear such a mature voice coming from this young British kid. So not only is he incredibly talented, he's also British, and we all know how much I love all things British. ;)



WHAT'S ON YOUR PLAYLIST THESE DAYS?

5.26.2015

TECH GEAR | KANCHA


Last summer it became time to say goodbye to my first Macbook. I'd had it since my sophomore year of college, and over time it had become like a little grandpa running in slow motion. For instance, it was taking over thirty minutes just to pull up my email. Ain't nobody got time for that. So I bit the bullet and replaced it with a shiny and slightly smaller Macbook (#appleloverforlife), which I lovingly named Flynn (AKA Flynn Rider. Duh.) With a new computer comes the need for new tech gear, so I was on the hunt for the perfect laptop sleeve. I wanted something that wasn't too bulky and would be easy to use while traveling or hopping to and from coffee shops and friends' houses.

When I found KANCHA, I knew my search for the perfect laptop sleeve was complete. I was in love with the colorful hand stitched designs and the fact that it was made of all natural materials: felt and leather. Not only does KANCHA create wonderful handmade products, but they are also committed to creating products that are ethically made.

ABOUT KANCHA:
"We make lifestyle accessories for urban nomads. Since we founded our company in 2013 in Berlin, we have been making design products from natural and locally sourced materials in Kyrgyzstan. And we ensure decent working conditions for our craftspeople as well as premium quality and design for our clients. Every product comes with a handmade label personally signed by one of the craftspeople in Kyrgyzstan to allow the client to learn more about the person and the story on our website."










I am all about supporting companies like this. Ones that not only value the quality of their product but also value the people who work for them. I've been using my KANCHA sleeve for a couple of months now and can honestly say it is incredibly well made and the natural materials have molded perfectly around my laptop. If you're looking for some new tech gear, I suggest starting (and ending) your search with the folks and products at KANCHA.

What do you look for when shopping tech gear? Had you ever heard of KANCHA? Visit their site and tell me which products are your favorite! 

5.25.2015

WEEKEND UPDATE



RECAPS
1 | I was up at Eagle Lake on Friday and Saturday where I spent past summers. It was snowy when we arrived, but everything had melted by lunchtime. Colorado is cray. It was so refreshing to be up on the mountain, to be around old friends and new friends, and to meet and serve the new summer staff!

2 | So I hung out with this guy at camp. He's kind of the coolest, so try not to be too jealous. We sat around talking about days gone by and all of his work with the Avengers. ;)

3 | With all of the rain and flooding we've been having, it's been hard to get outside, go hiking, or get any kind of Vitamin D. Yesterday we took advantage of the nicer weather to take a short hike and sit in the sunshine.

4 | A friend and I were heading home from dinner and decided to swing by the overlook to take in this view of Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. We couldn't pass it up because the sun was finally shining and everything was covered in a magical light. I stood there staring at how beautiful it was and reminded myself never to get used to this. I never want to be at the point where I no longer feel awe and wonder at this sight.

FAVORITE FINDS
-- Twenty-five west coast road trips.
-- Homemade raspberry and vanilla ice cream.
-- New York in the spring.
-- This back yard.

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HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

5.20.2015

ROCKEFELLER CENTER | NYC


A couple of months ago, I went to New York to spend a weekend with my dear friends, the Kakacs. If you don't already know, Sam and I met via the blog world, became close friends, but didn't meet in real life for over a year. Our first time meeting was in the La Guardia airport when I flew in to visit Sam and her hubs. Ha! Call me crazy. We had the best time together, and if you have the chance to know the Kakacs, I highly suggest you don't pass on the opportunity. Sam and Tyler are some of the most thoughtful people I have ever known, loving Jesus and people so very well.

While I was visiting, they surprised me with a fun day of adventure in New York City, and we walked until our little legs could walk no more. On our list of sights to see was Rockefeller Center. We were secretly hoping to run into our BFF Jimmy (AKA Jimmy Fallon to those of you who don't know him. Wink.) Unfortunately he didn't have time to meet up with us, so we walked the city streets on our own. We enjoyed our time exploring, taking photos, shooing birds, watching ice skaters, and soaking up every moment.

















SEE OTHER NEW YORK ADVENTURES HERE
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT NYC?

5.19.2015

FIVE THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME | VOL. 7


Do you ever read blogs and wish you knew fun facts about those bloggers like you would a best friend? I know I do. I started my "Five Things" series so you could get to know the random tidbits about my life! Here are five new things for you: Colorado Edition.

1 |  I just moved to Colorado.
Okay, so some of you might know this already, but I just moved from Tennessee to Colorado two weeks ago. I now live in Colorado Springs and work on the beautiful grounds of Glen Eyrie. In case you didn't know, Glen Eyrie is a castle. Since taking this job, I have been told my life is like a Disney movie.

2 | I learned about Glen Eyrie and Eagle Lake Camps on a family vacation.
You have probably heard me talk about my years spent at Eagle Lake Camp in Colorado. Well, my parents learned of said camp during a family vacation in Colorado in 2004. We came to tour Glen Eyrie and found a brochure about camp. My parents let me go to Eagle Lake for the next two summers, I worked on staff in 2011, and the rest is history.

3 | I am currently living with another family and taking on the big sister role.
Right now I am living with my best friend's family, which includes her younger brother and sister. I haven't had a sibling in a house with me for years, so it has been fun getting to take on the sister role again. We play games, watch movies, make jokes, and carpool together.

4 | I wish this weren't the rainiest May Colorado has ever seen.
I have spent some time in Colorado, and never has it ever rained this much. During my first week here after my move, it rained, flooded, hailed, and snowed. What? I know. It's crazy. It has since rained almost every day over the past two weeks. They don't tend to get this much rain here, and the native Coloradans are freaking out. ;) They wonder where there blue skies and golden sun have gone! Me too, Coloradans. Me too.

5 | I have never hiked a 14er.
Colorado is full of 14ers and it is on my bucket list to hike one. Once I get acclimated to the crazy thin air up here and the snow melts on the mountains, I'd like to give it a shot. Come with me?

WHAT IS ONE THING I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
SEE OTHER "FIVE THINGS" HERE.

5.18.2015

WEEKEND UPDATE



RECAPS
1 | Perks of living in the same city as your best friend: getting to taste test all of her homemade ice cream attempts. Yum town.

2 | There's an overlook just up the hill from work and it makes for a pretty breathtaking lunch spot. :)

3 | I am finally getting caught up in blog land and posted the TriStyle & Co. challenge for May. Check out POPBASIC's Paloma Leather Clutch and get $15 off by clicking here!

4 | I had the most delicious peanut butter cupcake this week courtesy of the incredible pastry chef at work.

FAVORITE FINDS
-- Creating props for blog photos.
-- Southern weekends.
-- These words to remember.
-- I'd like for this shirt to magically appear in my closet.

YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
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WHAT WAS THE BEST PART YOUR WEEKEND?

5.15.2015

MAY GOALS


Hello, friends! Life has been a bit crazy since moving to Colorado and I will tell you all about it sometime soon, but I didn't want to miss out on sharing my monthly goals. :) They are small goals, but I've realized in moving across the country that you have to take things one step at a time when settling into a new city. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Let's take a quick look at last month's goals!


APRIL REVIEW

1 | Purge/clean out the closet - Well, I had put this on my list for April because I thought I might be moving and wanted to get a head start on the purging game. It felt good to get rid of so many things (how I still have so much, I don't know) but it was a weight lifted to toss a lot of my belongings.

2 | Complete four more chapters in Blog Life - Nope! Not even close. Too much packing and saying goodbye to friends.

3 | Participate in each challenge of The Lens Revolution - Again, too much packing... Elah Tree's new photography series is AMAZING and you should participate. I told her one of these days I will catch up and practice the things she has been teaching. 

MAY GOALS

1 | Start visiting churches - One of the things that was on the top of my list in moving to Colorado was finding a new church once I got here. Of course, I know that doesn't mean finding one right away, but I want to be proactive about visiting, meeting people, and deciding where I feel the Lord wants me to be involved. 

2 | Meet people - Community is so important, and even though I do have many friends here, I still need to branch out and meet other people that could be a part of my community in Colorado. Sometimes I simply want to go home and go to bed after work because this move has wiped me out emotionally and physically, but I know that I need to spend time intentionally getting to know new friends!

That's it for this month. Just two goals, but both time intensive, and goals that require my full attention. Little by little I'll settle in and a routine will be created, but I have to remind myself not to rush that. I'm trying to slowly figure out life here without becoming completely overwhelmed. Anyone out there know what I'm saying? :)


WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS THIS MONTH?

HAVE YOU EVER MADE A BIG MOVE? HOW DID YOU HANDLE IT?

5.13.2015

PALOMA LEATHER CLUTCH



LOCATION: Renaissance Park, Chattanooga, TN
DETAILS: Paloma Leather Clutch | Shirt Dress(Similar) | Esma Braided Sandals

Welcome to May, friends! I know, I know. I'm a little late to the party seeing as we are halfway through the month already. I've been a bit preoccupied with moving across the country and starting a brand new job. This week I am trying to get caught up a little on blog life because I miss you all so much!

Each month Samantha of Elah Tree, Beth of Oak + Oats, and myself (Meg of Rivers and Roads) join together to share three ways to style the same clothing item, and you're invited to be a part of it! Our goal is to encourage, awaken, and celebrate the inherent beauty in each one of us as we live in community. Join the TriStyle & CO. community here!

For the month of May, we are having fun carrying our new Paloma leather clutches from POPBASIC!! I am all about the small wristlet these days and don't carry a big purse very often, but I'm also not always able to fit everything I want. This clutch is the perfect medium for me. It holds everything I want to carry without being too bulky or too heavy. Win win!

YOUR MISSION: It's your turn! You've seen how we style the Paloma leather clutch, so now you can give it a go. Get $15 off by clicking here to purchase! Show us how you style it via your blog, Instagram, or Twitter! Make sure to use the hashtag #TriStyleCo so that we can see your style creations.
















NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! Don't forget to #TriStyleCo and show us how you style your Popbasic clutch! Have an idea for what item we should style next month? Tweet at us using the hashtag #TriStyleCo and follow us on twitter too:@oakandoats @megmcilvaine @elahtree