Wednesday, December 12, 2012

these are a few of my favorite things (from the week).

beanies + sneaker wedges.

 sweater, beanie: forever 21 / boyfriend jeans: GAP / sneaker wedge: c/o Blowfish Shoes / lipstick: NARS, heatwave

this photo scavenger hunt picture of someone pretending to be a reindeer.

taken last week during the youth group's Christmas party. yes, my sister is the reindeer, and our friend, arianna is the antlers. that face kills me.

surprise visits from Ryan.

totally threw me off guard! stayed for two whole days with me and my family. loved every second of it! even if it was short, it was very sweet! i've missed this guy so much.

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i also read this quote earlier this week from the book Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist (i've mentioned this book on the blog before) that has really resonated with me in the midst of the holiday craziness:

it's rebellious to choose joy, to choose to dance, to choose to love your life. it's much easier and much more common to be miserable...when i live purposefully and well, when i dance instead of sitting it out, when i let myself laugh hard, when i wear my favorite shoes on a regular Tuesday, that regular Tuesday is better.

something to think about, you know? 
here is to one regular but better Thursday, folks!

much love.
{happy thursday, friend.}

23 comments:

  1. I love EVERYTHING about this post but most especially your Ryan visit and the Shauna quote. <3 Love ya, friend.

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  2. LOVE this post. you are beautiful. SO glad you got to see Ryan!!!! <3

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  3. illy you are adorable. just saying. you look so happy and cute all of the time! <3 and you + ryan are the sweetest thangs ever. if you are ever out in oregon puh-lease give me a note so I can shoot you guys (in a pleasant photo-sort-of-way, that is). ;)

    xo,
    lucia @ lucia, etc.

    www.one-beloved.blogspot.com

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  4. He surprised you?!!! WHAT?!!!!

    PS... you are adorable in a Beanie!

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  5. That quote is amazing!!Am totally stealing it and printing it out as an everyday reminder!

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  6. Aww, what a sweet guy! And that quote. Man, so true! ;)

    xo,
    ~bree

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  7. I love that quote at the end of your post. Just love it.

    www.domesticatedworkingwoman.blogspot.com

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  8. That quote is prawesome. I have been that common miserable feeling, but now I want to try to be happy, especialy since so many people are happy with holiday spirit.That reindeer picture=amazing. I love it.:D

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  9. I love that quote and Ryan is such a sweetie to surprise you like that!! :)

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  10. Great quote! Great reindeer face :)

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  11. I need to please know where that black and white striped shirt is from. I need need need it. Also, LOVE that quote. xoxo

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  12. love this! an adorable little sneak peek into your week! apparently it's so cute, it's caused me to rhyme.. ha! i just posted a highlight of my week, filming a commercial for mtv! and the super high crazy painful shoes that went with it.. :) hope you're enjoying your holiday season! thanks for sharing! http://kerrying-on.blogspot.com/

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  13. I am so glad Ryan surprised you, that is so sweet!

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  14. What a funny picture!You are so beautiful.Love your style.

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  15. What a great quote. That picture is crackin' me up..so funny!

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  16. GIRL! that outfit is me to a T! I swear, I looked like that the entire week of finals :P
    That pic of your sister ROFL!!!

    Aww suprise visits are the best! I don't get to many of those cause he's near but he does suprise me with coffee and chick fil a and other joyess yummies

    Love that qoute. I might just have to FB it and tag you :)

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  17. You are so cute! I adore that purple sweater. You & Ryan = A-dorable!

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  18. You can rock beanies! I don't look good in beanies :(

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  19. LOVE that picture of you and ryan! you look so happy :) so i just heard about whitney newby's blog via victoria and i of course read the love story part first and was like "look she knows ilene!" haha so cool.

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  20. That reindeer picture is HYSTERICAL. Love your life. :)

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  21. Awww you two are adorable!! I am your newest follower :D

    http://mylifebeingrenewed.blogspot.com/

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  22. I'm in love with your shoes :O

    ~ Jamie-Leigh
    jjswayoflife.blogspot.co.uk

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