70's Spring

Thursday, June 22

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| earrings: vintage via Nashville flea market {similar} | lipstick: Wet n Wild in Purty Persimmon | blouse: vintage {similar} | skirt: Gap {similar} | sandals: Target {similar} | mani: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark |

this is officially my last Spring outfit, promise! view outfits by season: Spring / Summer / Fall / Winter

If this top has never made it on my blog before...I'll eat my hat! It's one of the best vintage finds ever, that I can't take credit for because I literally picked it out of an etsy shop when I won a giveaway. I can't find anything like it on the internet, of course (I mean it exists I just don't know how to find it) but the style really reminds me of the fabled Madewell Courier shirt (it comes in white / chambray / stripey / the cutest print.) 

This entire outfit felt like a vintage dream! I was serving some 70's realness, what with these "clogs" (they are not actually wooden and more like sandals), full midi skirt, and my button-up. 

Oh, and my flea market earrings that you can't see because of all this hair! A very sweet reader recently asked me the secret to the volume in my hair, which is...genes? That's literally all I see when I look at these photos. SO MUCH volume! I literally wash my hair, air dry it, style it with my pillow and cross my fingers. That's it.  

All I've blogged about this month is style and travel, which is...cool, but I always start to feel a little antsy when that happens! Just because, although that has been the majority of what I've been up to, there's also a lot of real life happening. I don't know that I've ever had a month where I've made as many trips as I have lately, but there's still the normal day-to-day: working hard at my main hustle, various side-hustles (you know how I do), trying to figure out being 26, not fun stuff that everyone has to do, lots of hanging, and #26DaysofPriya (can you hardly wait for me to tell you about that??) 

Anyway, how's Summer treating you so far? I'd love to hear from you if you're reading!! 

I am headed back to California tomorrow (the last trip of the month. Seriously.) for Anjali's wedding! Catch you on the flipside and in the meantime, stay in touch via Twitter & Insta!


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A Mid-Week in Charleston

Monday, June 19

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Last week I did an experiment called "can I go on vacation from Tuesday to Thursday and then work on Friday?" The results: NOPE. Friday was so brutal. Not complaining at all, but I think I was a bit too optimistic.

Jacqui flew into Nashville on Monday evening, and on Tuesday morning, we hit the road for Charleston just as early as we could muster (after, you know, minimal sleep the night before.) Having one of my best girlfriends to myself for a few days was nothing short of an absolute TREAT. I can't remember the last chance we had to spend that much time together.

And Charleston is just such a dream, and the perfect destination for a girl's trip (we are already plotting our next one, btw. I'd love to go back to Miami or check out Sedona, AZ!) I hadn't been to Charleston since Andrea's bachelorette party a couple years ago, and we did not run out of things to do! We packed our 2.5ish days pretty full, but things were also somewhat low-key (I'm talking I was in bed snoozing by 10:30pm both nights!)

We snuck in some beach time (on Sullivan's Island), pool time (at the wonderful Mills House Hotel that was so perfect for us!), oysters, the "Dark Side of Charleston" tour (lol! But I would totally recommend it) and of course about a million selfies on Rainbow Row.

Love you, Jacqui! Thanks for being a dream of an adventure companion.

Oh P.S. We basically referenced the Gal Meets Glam Charleston Guide the whole time, and it was great! We had dinner at The Ordinary and Le Farfalle, (both incredible), dessert at The Darling (my key lime pie was a highlight of the entire trip), coffee at Black Tap, and breakfast on our way out at The Daily (so great!) Would absolutely recommend the guide if you are headed to Charleston!

Varsity Girlfriend

Thursday, June 15

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| sunnies: stall in London {similar} | earrings: Madewell- sold out! {similar} | tee: Old Navy {basically exact!} | jeans: Urban Outfitters- still available and seriously the best | heels: Report via Nordstrom Rack | lip: Wet n Wild LiquidCatsuit in Rebel Rose |

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Nutella and peanut butter. Simon and Garfunkel. These jeans and these heels. Just another example of a timeless combination that never ever lets me down. (And I can't stop wearing!!!)

A sister I will not name (whose name rhymes with Catinka) borrowed these heels while we were in Chicago. It's always fun to lend and borrow stuff when you're with your sisters, but after Galina stomped around in these for an entire night, I was a little :O. But that's when I realized, these are the kind of heels I will buy again right away after they fall apart, because they are that great: super comfy AND they go with everything! I think if you can fill your closet with pieces like that, that you would immediately replace if you had to, then you are doing it right.

If I could do one nice thing for everyone in the world, I would buy them all a pair of these jeans. I just think it would alleviate a lot of conflict and unhappiness and anxiety over what to wear. Once again, you don't have use my **affiliate link** but you do have to buy this jeans. And you're welcome.

And while you're reading this, I'm making my way back from a mid-week vacation in Charleston with Jacqui! Just in time to finish up a Friday for the weekend in Nashville #summerhours. All examples of me living my best life. I hope it's been a best life week for you, too, and thanks for reading!

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Behind Every Great Blogger...

Monday, June 12

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| lipstick: Urban Decay Vice in Tampered | hoops: Target {similar} | purse: Kate Spade {similar} | sunnies: Primark {similar} | dress: boutique {similar} | clogs: Swedish Hasbeens {exact, with low heel} |

Hi! My little brother Amir is the most pure human. When he arrived at our Airbnb in Chicago (it was a super cool photographer’s studio/loft), he commented "Well this space is great! And I love the yard! It'd be great for some blog photos!" I mean, does the guy know me? Behind every great blogger...

Other recent instances of being #obsessedwithAmir (yes, I do use this hashtag) include his description of a craft fair he went to in San Francisco with Carina as "walking through Pinterest but in real life" and the dismayed playlist (and subsequent dissertation via text) I came across on Spotify called "The Taylor that I used to know". I saw it at work and laughed for a good five minutes. Never change, Amir! 

To be honest, when I was younger, having a lot of siblings kinda blew; but now that I'm a mature adult (lol) I realize it is TRULY my best resource! And I'm not just talking about the blog photos! My siblings, all six of them (plus a new sis) are the best reason I will ever have for someone to date me. I'm going off the rails and could write an entire blog post about this. But I just really love them.

So anyway, one last little memory from my Pri-birthday trip to Chicago! I wore this for the conclusion of Priya-Saturday, that we spent brunchin', museumin' (this is not working), strollin', having dinner at Girl and the Goat, and then playing ping-pong at Parson's and eating cookies at Scofflaw! I wore these clogs all weekend long, and it's like I was telling my sister Galina (formerly, not a clog lover) you WILL love clogs after you wear them walking around (and playing ping-pong!) for hours and still feel ok. They really are the comfiest heels to wear. I am a clog evangelist. 

I found this dress at a local boutique (love language alert!), and though initially on the rack, it looked a little too bohemian for my taste, I tried it on and loved it! That open tie back tho! It's is currently on loan to Carina, which further affirms the purchase. She asked if she could take it home for a while, and I knew I had made the right decision because she has super picky, spot-on style. 

So this week is a little wacky for me because Jacqui is flying into Nashville tonight, and we are taking off to Charleston for a few days! Isn't it funny when vacations come at the perfect time? I'll be back to real life on Friday, just in time for the weekend :) I'm not complaining. But I do have a lot to do. TTYL

thanks Amir for scouting out this backdrop (because he's the cutest) and taking these pictures!

Weekend Update: Assorted Pappus in the Windy City

Thursday, June 8

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Highlights of my "Pri-birthday" weekend in Chicago:

+ HAMILTON | Have I mentioned recently that I am a musical theater aficionado? And that this was, actually what spurred this whole trip, not being able to get tickets for Hamilton in SF? The show was actually incredible; I laughed, I cried, and if you have a chance to see it, you absolutely must. Even if you're not a musical theater or American history enthusiast, and if you're both, just forget it!

+ Deep dish + Rosé + leisurely getting ready + mirror selfies | We spent an entire Friday afternoon doing this, before:

+ Architecture boat tour | I love history and Chicago is FULL of it. And, boasts the "birth of the skyscraper" fun fact! This was just so cool, and I would completely recommend it, especially if you can hit the twilight tour on a beautiful early Summer's eve.

+ A bloody mary with a grilled cheese sandwich in it | As evidenced by the photo of me stalking my prey, above. Saturday morning brunch was at Rhyme or Reason which is a 70's inspired "retro eatery" and my dream come true. 

+ Ping-pong with the best doubles partner | We spent Saturday evening (after dinner at Girl and the Goat) at Parson's, home of the frozen negroni, and a pretty amazing patio complete with ping-pong table, which naturally Amir & I made a beeline for! We played a few games of singles and then proceeded to clean house in doubles. When we had nothing else left to do ;) we went to Scofflaw for cookies at midnight, because I had some unfinished redemptive business to take care of. P.S. Parson's is coming to Nashville this Fall and I'll be there when it opens! 

+ Sunday with my sweetest cousin, Sabina! | Who catered to my every whim and stopped our Uber to take my picture in front of a mural, took me to a hipster coffee shop, and to Zara. What a special day!

So I really love Chicago, and now that I have a better lay of the land (since my trip last year) I love it even more. I just really like having somewhat of an idea where I am, which usually takes about two trips to a city. I especially love Wicker Park and Logan Square. But omg there is so much to do and see! We also went to the Chicago History Museum for a few hours on "Priya Saturday" and I loved that so much. 

Thanks again to my homies Galina, Carina, and Amir, for doing so much to make the weekend special for me, and flying all the way out to Chicago to hang wit me! (The Nashville --> Chicago flight is just about an hour and a total dream. Too easy!) 

And yeah, it's been a "Weekend Update on a Thursday" type of week! Hope you're having a great one!

26!

Tuesday, June 6

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| earrings: Kate Spade | lipstick: Wet 'n Wild in Smokin' Hot Pink | dress: Zara {similar} {similar} {similar} | clogs: Swedish Hasbeens {same style} {similar colors} |

Do I look different? Do I seem more distinguished and mature and experienced? I turned 26 yesterday! For some reason 26 seems like a real, adult age to me. I definitely don't feel old, but something about officially being in the latter half of my 20's feels different. Or feels like it should feel different :) 

I kept saying and thinking to myself yesterday how truly special and loved I felt. It felt like so many people did a zillion little things and big things that made me feel celebrated for DAYS. Because, yes, I was in Chicago all weekend claiming my birthday, then came back to Nashville for the actual day, which I've now decided is totally the move. I was perfectly content with a relatively chill, normal day (with a bunch of little surprises) after running myself ragged in Chicago (photos and tales to come, stay tuned!) and it was just a good day. And certainly felt a lot better than last year.

So THANK YOU to everyone who showered me with birthday wishes, thoughts, donuts, Insta shout-outs, texts, tweets, and gifts! And thanks to my assorted siblings for a pretty epic birthday weekend celebration. 

Oh- I had some time to kill after everyone left Chicago early on Sunday, and I was hanging with my sweet cousin Sabina who was prepared to cater to my every whim, so naturally we went to Zara (which I ordinarily don't have access to.) I realized I should pick out a birthday dress, and was conflicted because this looks like something a toddler would wear? But here I am turning 26? Whatever I really liked it and it was perfect for eating donuts all day long AND reminder that you don't need anyone's permission to wear what you want to wear. 

I gave myself a few presents besides a birthday dress: pink clogs (!) which I've decided are entirely practical, wearing my hair in this ponytail, eating tons of pasta and cheese for dinner, and this whole thing called #26DaysofPriya that I will tell you about later!

I don't have any birthday resolutions or profound thoughts on turning 26, but I'm feeling really grateful, and lucky to have the people in my life that I do! Here's to a great year! 
a HUGE thanks to Adriane Smith Creative for being the very best and taking these photos (and many more!)

#60YearsofArja

Wednesday, May 31

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some sweet ladies that are very dear to our family (and were a big part of my childhood!)
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My dad's toast (encouraging my brothers to find a woman like my mom) which concluded in a HANDSHAKE
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Tuppy's toast included the phrase "And I'm still here!!"
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Tuppy and Coren played and sang In The Blood
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Me getting choked up during my toast, nothing to see here! 
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Mom FaceTiming Sundar in Japan for a minute!
IMG_1427 I couldn't help but share some of the photos from my mom's 60th birthday party the other weekend! Stephanie came to hang and take photos and captured it all SO well. My mom loves photos and always has (sorting through 60 years for that slideshow was a real project!) and I knew having great photos from the celebration would be another gift to her altogether.

And the party went really well and was kinda perfect for my sweet Mom; multi-colored tulips, her closest friends (dating back to when they moved to California in the 80's), tiny Finnish flags in the dessert, and of course her seven favorite kids :) with my family, it's always a family affair!

Oh, I wrote more about the party/weekend here and shared what I wore here.


Ok, now I'm really signing off to head to Chicago for the weekend. Follow along in the meantime on Instagram or Twitter, if you like!