Cortney's Birthday Shenanigans!

Hey, y'all! Cort here!

 

So, it's been about 2 months since I've turned 24, and besides the fact that I'm viewing the upcoming 25 as "omg, only five more years until I'm 30", 24's been treating me pretty sweet. Last year on my birthday, we had just moved to L.A. Literally, we arrived the day before, so we spent most of my birthday at Target and IKEA (which, if you know me, is a pretty good celebration), but regardless, it kind of just blurred by in a meltdown of drunken tears which were the result of one too many margaritas and new things all around me. I didn't really know anyone last year, but y'all. THIS YEAR. I've made some beautifully wonderful friends and they went all out for me. So, I'm here to tell ya about it (and also to give some recommendations!). 

Once more, if you know me, you know I have a deep love for donuts. Like, I have a donut backpack, a donut dress, two donut tote bags, donut flair pins, the list goes on. SO, Jenna and my husband planned to surprise me with one of my favorites, California Donuts, when I woke up. How cute are they?!

Aaaaand bless her heart, Jenna likes to go all out. See all those candles she put into that one, tiny donut? ;) Long story short, I woke up to my smoke alarm going off, my dog going crazy, and a huge mondo flame coming out of a donut (there's a video that we may someday post). But I can say I'll literally never forget this. And the fact that they tried so hard made it all the more special. :) And those donuts were DEEEELISH! 

The day progressed with various surprises by my husband, including some of the aforementioned donut items, a new tattoo, and sushi at my favorite place for dinner! The next day, Ty told me I had to be ready to go out with everyone by 7, and I really don't do well with surprises, y'all. I like to plan ahead. So, as I'm questioning him about how fancy I need to dress, should I shower, are we eating there or do I need to eat before, how drunk will I get, etc., Jenna (again and always) knocks on my door, comes in, and tells me to pack a bag. I'm uber confused, and then she reveals that my husband has arranged for me and three of my best gal pals to go to Palm Springs for the weekend! *jumping up and down immediately ensues* 

And all you blogger babes have heard of the Saguaro in Palm Springs, but y'all. If you haven't been, GO. LIKE NOW. It. is. magical. We had the best time eating, drinking, and lounging by the pool. Which is really all you can do, cause Palm Springs is pretty damn hot! 

Anyway, some recommendations:

1. Have breakfast by the pool. It's luxurious and makes you feel entirely too fabulous. 

2. Order the breakfast burrito and sweet potato fries and iced coffee. To. die. for. 

3. Then, when you're ready to get a little pool schwasty, order the white sangria, cause I mean, dayyyyyummm. 

4. They have a Mexican restaurant/tequila bar right there in the hotel! We had dinner there and it was pretty good too! 

5. TAKE TONS OF PICTURES CAUSE THIS PLACE IS INSTAGRAM HEAVEN. See our snaps from one of the best weekends of my life below. 

p.s. these really bad ass dinosaurs are off some random exit on the way back to L.A. from Palm Springs and you basically have to stop at them and take pictures on their feet. Duh. 

Thanks a million to my girls, my hubs, and all you sweet thangs out there supporting this blog dream of mine (and Jen's)! You've made this past year arguably the best yet. :)

XOXO,

Cort 

10 Things You Need from Target (like right now)

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The place you go in to buy paper towels, and you come out with potato chips, a sports bra, a new Kitchen Aid mixer, 7 new coffee mugs....and no paper towels. You can see that red circle from a mile away, and it sucks you in....every. single. time. While we're sure you have a constantly on-going list of all the things you need from this place that is the closest thing to heaven on earth, we're here to give you 10 more things to add to that list! Because, really, there is always a reason to go to Target (also pronounced Tar-jay if you're feeling fancy or French). ;)

1. Graphic Tees

Target has a never ending collection of these super witty graphic t-shirts & tanks, and Jenna & I can seriously spend hours (sadly, I'm not exaggerating) giggling to ourselves as we pick through the racks. 

2. Fake Plants

All my other ladies who can't keep a plant alive longer than a week say heyyyyyyy! ;) But really, why weren't fake succulents a thing a looooong time ago?! And if people want to assume they're real, well that's a-okay with me. 

3. Throw Pillows

I could seriously spend my entire paycheck on throw pillows. The more pillows on the bed/couch, the cozier it is, am I right? I usually have a minimum of three pillows surrounding me at all times. And I stress "minimum." Current status: leaning back on three throw pillows with one under my laptop, and one under my feet as I type this post. Casual. 

4. DesignLoveFest's "Cheeky Love Fest" Collection

One of our favorite lines Target has released, like ever! Along with Oh Joy! for Target. But, as y'all can probably tell, we both enjoy playing hostess, and the Cheeky Love Fest collection has some of the cutest party products. And they're also super affordable! Our favorite napkins & cups are pictured here! All the good vibes! 

5. Swimsuits

One of the holy grails of Target---the swimsuit section. Mixing & matching til your heart can't take it no more! (Grammatical errors purposely done, promise). ;) We actually used some of our fave Target swimsuits for our collaboration shoot with Pepsi and Walgreens! 

6. Bright Colored Accent Pieces

Bright accent furniture pieces are some of my favorite things to add to our home! Hence my addiction to all the bright throw pillows pictured above. Our yellow ottoman is still one of my favorite pieces cause it adds so much happy color to our living room! BONUS: we store all of our movies inside of it! 

7. Shoes, shoes, shoes! 

Constantly falling in love with Target's bold sneaker and sandal collections! You guys know we're both suckers for a good pattern. 

P.S. I also got my off-brand Birkenstocks from Target and they look remarkably like the real ones. ;) #lifehacks 

8. Shelves!

I'm literally not exaggerating when I say our apartment is like an advertisement for Target. Pretty much everything we own came from Target, except for our couch, which is from IKEA. But I'm in love with our geometric wall shelves (which I put my fake plants on, duh), and our little bookshelf! Again, super affordable and not impossible to put together! Score! 

9. Active-wear

Going along with the graphic tees, Target's active-wear is just on point this year! Yoga leggings, tanks, sports bras. I'm in love with it all! Once more, all about the patterns! One of my favorite workout outfits is pictured below! 

10. And last but not least....DRESSES! 

Jenna is much more of a dress wearer than I am, but neither of us can resist all the cute sun dresses Target has to offer! We each chose a favorite to show off here! 

And now you have 10 more reasons to go spend your entire day at Target. You're welcome. ;)

Love & Retail Therapy,

Cort 

DIY Flower Planters

So, along with the rest of the female population, we too, are obsessed with plants and flowers. Like, I've never seen hashtags I resonate with more than #abmplantlady and #crazyplantlady. They just make your space happier! And I'm getting better at keeping them alive. ;) 

We spend a bit of time shopping for pretty plants and blooms, but once you bring your cute little green babes home, they absolutely have to go into a pot that matches their cuteness, or else this whole thing is just thrown off balance, right?! We love the cute design-y planters at West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Anthropologie, but let's be real. I don't have $20 to drop on a flower pot every time I want one, especially when the plants are just like, $5. Ya feel me? So, we decided to make our own! It maybe cost us $10 altogether. And they turned out super cute, and totally match our personalities! And we can't just keep this fab, money-saving technique to ourselves! So, here ya go. 

DIY Flower Planters

Supplies: 

  • Ceramic Flower Pots (we got ours at Michael's for like $2)
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic Paint (as many colors as you want!)
  • Paint Brushes

And then you just let creativity take over! As simple or as crazy as you want it! Depending on the design you choose, you might want to place tape over part of your pot, so as not to get any paint on that specific part. I decided I wanted the rim of my pot to be blue, so I placed tape under the rim to make sure no blue got on the bottom part of the pot! 

I chose to do a simple polka dot design with a teal rim, and Jenna chose to do a more Aztec kind of design--black and white with flecks of gold! It maybe took us 20 minutes and again, so affordable! After you're finished painting your design, let the paint dry (about 5-10 minutes) and then coat the entire pot with mod podge to give it a sealed finish! 

And boom! Your plant babies have really cute, happy new homes! Proud to say that her cute little succulent and my aloe plant are both still alive after a couple of weeks! ;) 

So, since we found an affordable easy way to house all of our plants, we can buy even more, right? I think it totally evens out! 

p.s. I found a place for my polka dotted plant on my polka dotted bar cart that Jenna made me for Christmas! :)

If you wanna know how to make your own adorable little vintage bar cart, and what to fill it with, check out her post on it! I seriously love mine so much! 

----> Bar Cart Starter

And tag us if you decide to do this project! We'd love to see what design you choose! We'll definitely be doing this one again, so it can't hurt to have a stack of ideas! :) 

Peace & (Flower) Pots, 

Cort 

 

Malibu Hikin'!

We rarely get the chance to venture outside of LA. But when we (Cort, Ty, and I) all have a collective day off...off we go! *Side-note...I'm a professional third wheel by this point. And not mad about it! ;)* Not long ago, we went to Solstice Canyon in Malibu for an ocean-side hike. It. Was. Beautiful! We had heard about this hike and were super interested in the ruins along the trail! We reached the top of the hike, and just took a seat to gaze at the beauty before us. Looking out to the ocean...and not being able to tell where the water stops and the sky begins...there's nothing like it.

The ruins were caused by a fire not long ago. The home still has some of it's 50s era leftovers like tile and kitchen appliances. There's a waterfall and small pond (that was basically non-existent cause #droughtprobs) behind the house that the residents would swim in.

*presh* ^^^

It was a pretty long hike, and it was toasty. But if we're hiking, we wanna get our sweat on! Also, I barely edited the sky in these snaps. ISN'T IT INSANE?! I always think I'm in The Truman Show when the sky gets all perfect and blue like that.

We highly suggest this hike...gorgeous and worth the trek out to Malibu!

Love & Adventures

Jen