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Friday Five: Inspiring, Interesting + Awesome Friends

Friday! Friday! Friday! I could almost jump for joy every single Friday. Almost. I haven’t shared a Friday Five blog post in way too long, and thought I’d take a fun, different angle for today’s post. I’ve been thinking about people I’ve known for awhile and people I’ve recently met and how each person contributes to my own life story. I’m so thankful for the insanely supportive and wonderful people I have in my life – both the ones I’ve known for years and the ones I met a year or even week ago. I want to highlight and tell you about five special friends who I think are interesting, inspiring and just plain awesome today. The opportunity to get to know of of these people and soak up the goodness and wonderfulness they bring to the world has been a very special privilege of mine. Each is very different and I’ve gotten to know each in very different ways for different reasons but I’m inspired by the paths they are taking individually in life – and thankful their path intertwines with mine even just a little bit!

Have a great weekend.

1. Michele Janezic 

I recently had the privilege of meeting Michele through a work partnership and after spending a day with her, immediately categorized her in the “my kind of people” group. I was inspired by our entire conversation – she truly radiates light, optimism and sense of wonder. In addition to her day job as a buyer at an adorable San Francisco boutique, she designs her own Janezic collection. Her clothing is a mix of boho and classic, vintage-inspired and simple. She also had me convinced that I need one of her a-mazing jumpsuits! She’s also a pretty popular Instagrammer — check out her beautiful photos and the beautiful quotes with each that she shares.

Michele Janezic

2. Marky Dally – Balloon Messenger

I’ve known Marky since I was in sixth grade and he reminds me that friendship knows no distance. Last time I was home, we were able to spend a lot of time together and I am so thankful for our insightful and inspiring conversations. He’s such an amazing person and so talented at writing, playing and performing music. Check out his music on Facebook or listen on Bandcamp – I think you’ll really enjoy! My favorites are Day Glo and Everybody Wants to Rule the World.

Photo via Suzy Dally Photography

Mark Dally

3. Amy Seiffert

I’ve known Amy and her family since I was going to high school from church and she’s always been someone I’ve looked up to. To be honest, I’m simply inspired by the way she lives her day-to-day life. She is full of joy and purpose in everything she does – from wearing one dress for six months for The Daughter Project to raising her children in the best way possible. I’m not the only one who thinks she is a gem — when I was home for the holidays, at least five people talked to me about how awesome Amy is. The goodness she sprinkles throughout her life and anyone’s that she mets is truly contagious – she is definitely someone I “want to be like when I grow up.” That’s still allowed, right?! Check out her blog here.

Amy Seiffert

4. Joey Mucha – Joey the Cat Skeeball Rentals

Joey is one of the most enthusiastic people that I know. I’m thankful that I not only met him at a ridiculous Beyonce scavenger hunt, but that I consider him one of my good friends now. In addition to his day job, he’s an entrepreneur and runs his own Skeeball business. It all started because he loved playing Skeeball competitively and knew he could only get better if he owned his own. After buying his first machine on eBay and putting it in his apartment, he began listing his “skeeball machine and couch” on Airbnb. The CEO of Airbnb loved the listing, stayed at Joey’s apartment and asked him to rent out a Skeeball machine for an Airbnb party. The rest is history really – Joey has ten Skeeball machines scattered at different venues throughout San Francisco. Quite the interesting and inspirational story, if you ask me!

Joey Mucha

5. Allie Trowbridge

I met Allie about a year and a half ago and think the absolute world of her. She is someone who truly radiates light to everyone she meets and one person who I am so very glad I met right when I moved here. She is the VP of Strategic Partnerships for Not for Sale and has been working with the organization since they started. What impresses me the most about Allie is that despite getting to meet some insanely cool people and working for an organization that is truly changing lives, she is one of the most humble people I’ve ever met. She also co-wrote a book this past summer titled Godspeed – it’s on my reading list! Allie Follow her on Twitter here.

Allie Trowbridge

Friday Five

Hi beautiful friends! Here’s five things on my mind this week that I wanted to share with you. How was your week?

Have a lovely last day of December! …..Insanely weird how fast November flew by. xx!

1. Reading List This Week.

Paris in Love by Eloisa James {author of Eat, Pray, Love} and a book jam-packed with healthy living goodness called Healthiest You Ever. I LOVE having a library card!

2. Inspiring Blog.

Hey Amber Rae is the Amber’s lovely piece of the Internet. I absolutely love her fresh, optimistic and empowering view on life and the way she encourages others through her blog. Read it! And follow her Instagram account {images below} for a daily dose of inspiration. Also I would highly recommend spending 12 minutes watching her TEDxCMU chat The Art of Being Unreasonable.

3. New Favorite Website.

The Striking Truths site. So thankful I signed up for their daily email too! Definitely check out their beautiful site for inspiration and a major crown polish.

4. Royal Dynamite Clothing.

I recently learned about Royal Dynamite Clothing, a socially responsible online community focused around a t-shirt lines. The best part – for every t-shirt you buy, Royal Dynamite donates an educational package {bags and school supplies} to a child in need. LOVE. The adorable Ali modeled the From Sierra Leone with Love V-Neck for Queens royal tee and the Tahiti Blue with Hot Pink Logo royal tee. These t-shirts could make perfect holiday gifts – you can find the brand on Facebook and Twitter as well.

5. My favorite advice.

Honestly. Enough. Said. I need to like get this tattooed on my body or something. Very wise words!

Friday Five

I haven’t posted a Friday Five post in forever and thought it was a good time to get back in the swing of things! Here’s five things that I’m enjoying and/or on my mind as the weekend approaches. Have a wonderful one! xx

1. Joyful Reminders

2. Jewelry. 

A few weeks ago, I was invited to visit Kendra’s jewelry studio in The Mission. It was such a fun afternoon spent learning about her metalsmith process and ogling over her beautiful work. My favorites were this simple faceted necklace, this safari bracelet and these tiny lotus earrings {shaped like little seashells – none are the exact same}. Her lovely work can be found on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

3. NYC Blogs to Stalk

I’ve had my East Coast friends on my mind this week, especially with the devastating Hurricane Sandy mess happening. I’m thankful that these four New York City friends are okay – and that I can catch up on their wonderful lives through their wonderful blogs!

4. Fabric/Pattern Mixing. 

I can’t stop mixing patterns and fabrics! My go-to is always stripes + something/anything…polka dots, florals, animal prints. I also like wearing big cozy sweaters with girly lace or silk skirts. Of course, J.Crew provides the ultimate mixing inspiration!

5. Inspirational Cards

I am absolutely in love with these inspirational cards available from HOLSTEE. They are designed by artist Yoko Sakao Ohama and printed on recycled paper. The cards are inspired by the HOLSTEE Manifesto encouraging people to do what they love, live their dreams and enjoy each and every moment of life. Totally a manifesto I can get behind – hoping to purchase these cards soon!

Friday Five

Hi hi – happy Friday! Hope you’re doing so well and excited for the weekend! I haven’t shared a Friday Five post in forever, and wanted to get back in the swing of things! Here’s five types of inspiration I’m soaking up lately.

I’d love to hear what’s inspiring you lately – send my way! xx

1. Food Inspiration: 

Grilled peach salad with mozzarella and arugula {via Farmhouse Table}, Ice Pops {via butterflyfood}, Grilled Asparagus and Feta {via Once Upon a Chef}, Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting {via The Novice Housewife}

2. Travel Inspiration:

Just a few places I wouldn’t mind visiting in the very near future….!

3. Music Inspiration

Been listening to a lot of fun new music lately but Of Monsters and Men has to be my favorite these days. “Little Talks” is just too good! What are you listening to lately?

4. Decorating Inspiration

Frames covering the walls, a cozy writing nook, peonies on the coffee table, hanging Mason jar lanterns, canopy beds….the perfect mix of messy and tidy, chic and eclectic. I love it all!

5. Outfit Inspiration

Can you tell I love dresses and skirts? I’m loving classic yet whimsical outfits lately, always paired with a bright lipstick!

Friday Five

TGIF! Below you’ll find five previous blog posts that talk all about positivity and happiness. Rereading them was definitely a much-needed refresher as I kick-off the weekend. Hope you enjoy as much as I do! xx

For more fun Friday Five posts, click here!

1. 11 Facts About Positivity

Positive people live longer, positive work environments outperform negative work environments, Positive people who regularly express positive emotions are more resilient when facing stress, challenges and adversity + read more here

Polish My Crown

2. Choose Happiness, Here, Now.

Self-acceptance starts with changing your definition of happiness. Happiness is a sense of peace and serenity that lives within you, despite what is going on outside of you.+ read more here

Polish My Crown

3. An Invincible Spring

What does this mean to me? It reminds me that I might feel like I’m in a terrible, long, cold, dark season of life (or just a given day) but it’s vital to find that “invincible spring” despite the situation. The absolute worst days make me appreciate the great ones.+ read more here

Polish My Crown

4. 21 Habits of Happy People

Appreciate life, choose friends wisely, do what they love, enjoy life, invest in relationships, love unconditionally, be proactive + read more here

Polish My Crown

5. 8 Tips for a Positive Mental Attitude

Appreciate life, choose friends wisely, do what they love, enjoy life, invest in relationships, love unconditionally, be proactive + read more here

Polish My Crown

Friday Five

Five things on my mind this Friday – enjoy your long weekend! xoxo

1. Decorating Inspiration I’ve been on a big decorating kick lately. While I haven’t been able to completely decorate my apartment, I have spent some time finding a good dose of inspiration via Pinterest. I’m ready to cover my walls with frames and also have a fantastic bookcase in the living room that is just screaming for attention.


“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”

“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou

“Be proud of your mistakes. Well, proud may not be exactly the right word, but respect them, treasure them, be kind to them, learn from them. And, more than that, and more important than that, make them. Make mistakes. Make great mistakes, make wonderful mistakes, make glorious mistakes. Better to make a hundred mistakes than to stare at a blank piece of paper too scared to do anything wrong.” –Neil Gaiman

3. Holocene – Bon Iver I’m sure you’ve heard the song by now – but I still can’t stop replaying this video. It’s absolutely breathtaking – the view, the sound, everything. Enjoy!


4. Not For Sale Campaign I’ve posted about human trafficking before and how my friend Amy wore one dress for six months to raise awareness for human trafficking and the Daughter Project. Since moving to San Francisco, I’ve been following the Not For Sale campaign, an organization striving to end human trafficking through mindful knowledge and awareness. Read their mission –  Our collective challenge is simple: Stand with those who are enslaved, work together to free them, and empower them in their freedom to break the cycle of vulnerability. In October, I’m going to their large event, the Global Forum on Human Trafficking. So excited to get involved even more! 

And if you know me, you know I love bracelets and bangles! Not For Sale has tons of jewelry for sale (along with other clothing and accessories). I’m in love with these liberty bracelets and necklaces – definitely need to purchase.

5. Awesome weekends An absolutely silly night out in San Francisco, an (early!) trip to Napa, a fun trip to Treasure Island Flea + awesome view of the city, FINALLY finding the Pittsburgh spot in SF. Don’t you love those people you spend time with and places you visit that make you feel at home? That’s what this past weekend felt like for me.

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Just a five lovely things on my mind this morning….! 

1. Inspirational books. Everything is Going to be Okay and Live Now: Artful Messages of Hope, Happiness and Healing. I ordered these a few weeks ago and JUST NOW finally getting around to enjoy them with a cup of tea in hand.

2. Sarah Swell Jewelry If you know me, you know I’m a jewelry and accessory girl. One designer I’ve recently discovered is Bay-area based Sarah Swell. I’m dying to get my hands (literally!) on some of her jewelry. Her work is inspired by the ocean and nature -how gorgeous are these metals and stones? Catch up with Sarah on her blog and Twitter – or start shopping here! Sarah, you are truly talented girlfriend.

3. Visitors! It was sad to see my sister Katie and her friend Holly leave, but I can’t stop thinking about the past week and just how much joy was brought to me. I had such a fantastic time with these girls – here’s a few snapshots of our week together.

4. New boots. I spied these beauties online at H&M and finally found in store.Very happy about my purchase decision already! Random question to my readers – where do you purchase shoes? Send suggestions my way! Thanks in advance.

5. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals –

seriously cannot stop blaring. Such a beautiful voice from a talented lady and band. Start listening!

Thanks for reading; enjoy your weekend lovely queenies! xoxo

Friday Five!

Friday, Friday, Friday!!! Needless to say, I’m excited for the weekend. While my last Friday Five post was all about San Francisco, this week’s post is all about my friends – and the feeling of friendship overall. Both near and far – isn’t it truly a blessing to have fantastic friends? I wanted to share with you a little more to inspire you this weekend. Enjoy and again, happy Friday!  xo

1. My friends who blog! I’m lucky enough to have some fantastic, talented and hilarious friends/coworkers who have great blogs! Check them out ASAP – and send any more of your favorite blogs my way!

2. Marky’s music – Balloon Messenger. Marky is one of the most talented people I know and has been friend of mine since junior high. Although we haven’t lived in the same city/state for many years, nothing has changed. He’s someone who I could go a few months without talking to, but the second we get together and sit down for coffee, we’re right back where we left off. Don’t you love that? Listen to his music on Soundcloud. I’ve been playing on repeat all week! Balloon Messenger also has a Facebook and Myspace pages.

3. SF visitors! Some of my absolute favorite people are visiting in the month of August – and a few are moving here! I could NOT be happier! In order of appearance (and visit/move-in date!): My sister Katie, Agnes, Jordan, Aimee, Courtney, Ali. Helllllo reunions, you are the best!


“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis

Friendship doubles your joy and divides your sorrow.

“That’s what friendship looks like to me. Friendship is acting out God’s love for people in tangible ways. We were made to represent the love of God in each other’s lives, so that each person we walk through life with has a more profound sense of God’s love for them. Friendship is an opportunity to act on God’s behalf in the lives of the other people we are close to, reminding each other who God is. When we do the hard, intimate word of friendship, we bring a little more of the divine into daily life. We get to remind one another about the bigger, more beautiful picture that we can’t always see from where we are.” – Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

5. An inspiring friend’s story. Please keep Jenna in your prayers as she is battling myelodysplastic syndrome. I met Jenna one year ago as she was coordinating my internship during the school year from DC. Despite the journey she has been on in the past year, she still maintains a sense of peace and joy – what a true inspiration. Stay up-to-date with her on her blog The Redhead Report and if you haven’t registered to be a bone marrow donor, please do so! Thank you for your prayers!