Weekend Update: Thirty, Flirty, & Thriving

Tuesday, August 14

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I had to share a few photos from my sister's 30 birthday this past weekend! We helped her throw a theme party on Saturday night, and you know there are few things in life I love than a theme party.

SO the theme was: 13 Going on 30! Isn't that genius? I can't take credit, it was her idea. This involved: dressing like we did when we were 13 (OR when Carina was 13, in 2002, jury is still out), instant messenger screen name nametags, Capri Sun cocktails, lots of vintage school photos, flip phones that my mom had in our garage (? that garage is a GOLDMINE of Livestrong bracelets and middle school yearbooks and loads of other treasues) chokers/butterfly clips, and my crowning glory: this playlist

My other contributions were: the "photobooth" [Target plastic tableclothes, pro tip!] and a paper banner of course that didn't make it into any of these photos. 

Let's unpack my outfit a little bit? I felt 100% authentically 13 year old Pri: half-bun (so I only had to straighten half my hair), Fall Out Boy t-shirt (actually mine from the early '00s, found this in the garage), a bracelet/necklace stack, a cut-off denim mini skirt, and green tennis shoes. OH and the only make-up I wore was: glitter lip gloss, lots of blush, silver/cream/light eyeshadow all over, a coat of mascara, and lots of eyeliner/smudged mascara under the eye. That's what physically pained me walking over to the party. 

The Polaroids are ripped straight from my Insta (that I'm posting on again, I guess? It's just so STRESSFUL idk how you guys do it) and includes my twin brothers that I am obsessed with who were there in full force. 

And I had to include one photo from the streets of SF because I LOVE SAN FRANCISCO so much ! What is better than meandering to and from the Caltrain station on a sunny day? Nothing! 

But seriously, the party/entire weekend was so fun, I am still recovering (I slept pretty much the entire way back, which is a big deal for me since I can NEVER sleep on planes. I'm not bragging, it sucks) & I have been super bummed since leaving all my sibs & the Golden State :( I just love the Bay Area & my family so much! And Art who was an MVP, even while I was in my "blackout party planning mode." HBD Little Peanut!!

Seen / Heard / Worn / Etc. #2

Wednesday, August 8

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SEEN //
+ The Staircase | So much good TV premiering this Summer! This docu-series is about one of the most notorious cases in modern American history (right?) and interestingly, was extended and re-released by Netflix. I would say the first half-ish lived up to expectations, but it dragged a bit at the end. If you watched it, sound off in the comments below (please! My bf & I have gotten in many fights about this!)

+ Sharp Objects | I was sooo excited about this HBO limited series adaptation from the book by Gillian Flynn. This series has somehow been darker than the book, if possible, but imo, SO well done. I'm not watching for the book vs. TV comparison, and really, it's been years since I've read the book so I can't remember everything anyway (and I prefer that, actually!)

+ 2 Dope Queens | Guys I have been SLEEPING on 2DQ. I may have listened to a random podcast episode here and there but have you watched the HBO special?! Jessica and Phoebe are truly magical and I loved every second of the 4 part special on HBO. [I have to mention that I love how closely linked they are to Broad City which I also L O V E.]

The O.C. | Surely I have mentioned somewhere that I am slowly watching through the entire series? This show is SO comforting and nostalgic to me, it's like a warm blanket. The nights where my only plans are to go home after work and watch The O.C. are some of my favorites right now! But for how huge of a fan I am, I have never finished the series (I almost have a complex about it) but I am finally gonna do it!

+ All the books I've read since last time | Ready Player One, The Help (re-listened), In a Dark, Dark Wood (listened), I'll Be Gone in the Dark and I'm in the final stretch of A God in Ruins. If I were to recommend one of these, it would probably In a Dark, Dark Wood (if you haven't already read The Help.) be My reading goal for 2018 is 18 books, and I'm currently at 12!

HEARD //
+ Still Run - Wet | I've been quoted as saying "Don't You [Wet's debut album] got me through 2016." I was soooo excited about this release, and though the second album hasn't hit me in quite the same way, it's definitely worth the listen. Listen to: Lately - this track could've been on Don't You, imo!

+ Clean - Soccer Mommy | She first grabbed my attention because of this delightful stage name, on a Spotify Indie mix playlist (I'll be honest - I do a lot less "discovery" of new music than I have in the past.) I gave this album a try, and it became my go-to work album for two weeks straight! Also cool that she is a Nashville native who gets to open for Kacey Musgraves on select shows of her tour next year! Listen to: Cool, maybe more upbeat than the majority of the album, but still so angsty.

+ Everything is Love - The Carters | This is just really good, you guys (I am so not a music reviewer of any kind BUT I know what I like!) I read the comment somewhere that it sounds like they just had fun making music together and didn't worry about it being on the charts or whatever, and it totally does feel that way! Listen to: 713, sample yourself, genius!

Electric Light - James Bay | I'll be honest, I just mentally threw James Bay in a category with like, Hozier and George Ezra and didn't give him a second thought. But I really like this album! It leans more towards B├śRNS and less towards Vance Joy, does that makes any sense at all? Does anyone understand me? Idk. Listen to: In My Head, which has ironically, been stuck in my head for weeks.

+ twerkout now | If you're wondering what keeps me motivated when I workout, this is it! I try to keep it trim and tidy (and perfect for 30 min Bikini Body Guide workouts!)

P.S. Let's connect on Spotify!

WORN // I'll keep this short since the majority of my shopping was detailed in a birthday round-up post!
+ Zara dress | I bought a few things at Zara around my birthday & the blush linen Reformation-y dress has been a favorite this Summer! I wore it to my actual birthday dinner & last week (outfit post to come!)

+ metallic loafers | I once had a pair of gold loafers that I literally had to throw away - these have replaced those and are such a fun, comfy, work shoe! *Outfit post here*

+ Project 615 t-shirt | This is a local t-shirt company that has many wonderful Nashville designs, but I've had my eye on the 90's Country one for a while and finally got it!

ETC. //
+ hot sauce iPhone case | I know I've mentioned it before, but I have to say again how much I love my iPhone case. It doesn't fit in any of my purses, but it makes me happy every time I see it & I always get compliments!

+ carrot chips | This is so random, but I am a chronic snacker and one of my favorite foods (not snack - overall food) is CHIPS. In an attempt to eat less junk, I've switched to eating hummus with literal carrots in chip form, and it has blown my mind so I wanted to share that with you.

+ Marimekko bedding | I love any and all things Marimekko, and this happy duvet cover has been on my list forever. Well, I've only had my current duvet for less than a year, but this was included in the Nordstrom sale! Isn't it the most fun? Excited to use the pillow covers if the duvet ever becomes too much (never!)


Please share your current favorites with me below! xo

Suburban Series 1

Friday, August 3

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Priya the Blog, Nashville fashion blogger, Nashville fashion blog, Nashville style blog, Nashville style blogger, white Birkenstock sandals, Zara crepe trousers, gray tank top, Scandinavian inspired Summer outfitPriya the Blog, Nashville fashion blogger, Nashville fashion blog, Nashville style blog, Nashville style blogger, white Birkenstock sandals, Zara crepe trousers, gray tank top, Scandinavian inspired Summer outfitPriya the Blog, Nashville fashion blogger, Nashville fashion blog, Nashville style blog, Nashville style blogger, white Birkenstock sandals, Zara crepe trousers, gray tank top, Scandinavian inspired Summer outfitPriya the Blog, Nashville fashion blogger, Nashville fashion blog, Nashville style blog, Nashville style blogger, white Birkenstock sandals, Zara crepe trousers, gray tank top, Scandinavian inspired Summer outfit
| tank: Old Navy | pants: Zara | sandals: Birkenstock | lip: ColourPop Ultra Satin in Frick & Frack 

Here you can very clearly see a) how blonde my hair is and b) how GOLDARN humid it is these days.

I mean - can you just feel the Southern Summer late afternoon humidity wafting through your computer screen? That's about right. Adriane & I shot these in her neighborhood in what was really a funny afternoon that concluded in us meeting a new neighbor in hopes of borrowing a metal detector...I kinda live for those afternoons, or evenings, or days; where you wake up and just don't know what the day will hold.

A year ago I never would have worn this voluminous/long of a pant with flat shoes because of all these rules I have for myself about proportions with my height, but: I am totally into this. I'm getting some Scandinavian vibes! These pants are from Zara over a year ago, but the style is not exclusive (several similar options in the widget above.) They're pretty much the coolest thing in my closet at this point, though not without seams !

And just because it's top of mind for me (and has been on my to-do list forever) guess what was set in motion this week? My 10 year high school reunion. Have I ever mentioned I was vice president of my Senior class? Or that that I peaked in high school? ;)

Hope you have a beautiful weekend, whatever you're getting in to! I was out of town back to back with house-sitting this past week, so I am ready to be HOME in my own space again. Thank you for your support of this little blog, whether by reading, commenting, taking photos for, or simply encouraging (this includes alllll the jokes, fam!) <3

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