Monday, April 18, 2016

little ynna, long run

On Saturday I ran my first marathon! It was the Irving Marathon and it was super hard but Cheryl helped me through the last six miles when I thought I would have to crawl to the finish. 

I have always wanted to run a marathon and before training tried to run 5-6 times a week in the mornings for exercise. I toyed with the idea of doing a half marathon but somehow Cheryl (who has run many marathons and was basically my trainer via text message) convinced me to sign up for the full. So I started training in January and ran 20 miles and slow jogged/trotted/walked/whimpered 6.2.
I have always admired marathoners, but after experiencing one for myself, I have a newfound admiration for them. It's effing hard and my body has never felt like it had nothing left to give like it did the last six miles. But everything they say about how great you feel (mentally) at the end is true. I was so proud of myself! Even though my time wasn't great and even though I had to walk, I still did it and that was the only goal I had for myself. And now I'm honestly more motivated than ever to do another one just to try and improve from this one. Shoutout to Cheryl for helping me train and answering all my annoying questions and responding to every text after a long run. Shoutout to Preston for waking up early to drive us and sticking around to see us run and finish and for only getting a little annoyed with me on Saturdays for not wanting to do anything but eat and sleep after long runs. And shoutout to everyone who laughed at me when I told them I was doing a marathon and asked if I've ever done a half and I said no. Joke's on you hehe.

My slow poke stats^ But I did it!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

march madness

This post isn't about my bracket (which beat Preston's) but about the crazy month that was March. The first week was spent cruising around the Bahamas. We started our trip in Miami (pictured above) and stopped in Nassau, Coco Cay, Key West and ended up back in Miami.
We went with Grady, Molly, Chad and Michelle and had the best time lying in the sun and eating way too much. This is us in Coco Cay.
 Here's another one in Coco Cay. This was taken before or after we saw a shark!!
This was taken right before my favorite part of the trip which was swimming with a sea turtle!!! If you could hear me underwater it would just be me squealing. This was in Key West. 
I visited Ellie in my favorite part of Texas- Austin. We attended a jogger's brunch hosted by Outdoor Voices and met the CEO and now I'm in love with her and want to be her BFF. This is us being awkward.
Supposedly the best BBQ in the world and I've wanted to try it since we moved to Texas. No one (Preston) ever wants to wait five hours with me so I took advantage of my solo Austin trip to go. I got in line at 6:40 AM, was tenth in line and sat down to eat at 11:30. It was super delicious and the line didn't feel that long 'cause I got a lot of reading done and wasn't subjected to awful small talk.
Last weekend we went camping in the Grand Canyon with our friends Kev and Rachel Nemelka. It was awesome even though the last 3 miles of the Grand Canyon hike Preston asked me how I was doing and I glared at him and said, "THIS SUCKS." But really it was beautiful and I'm happy we did it.
The first night we camped in the Grand Canyon and the second night we camped in Sedona and hiked around there on Sunday. That was pretty beautiful as well and not as hard. We had the best time with Kev and Rachel.

Happy April everyone! I am spending this first weekend listening to the words of Latter-day prophets and other amazing men and women called of God via the 186th General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I invite you to join me. I promise you will leave feeling inspired, happier and wanting to be a better human being.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

nyfw fall/winter 2016 favorites

Sometimes I grapple between loving fashion, stalking the shows, caring about the industry and thinking it's silly, frivolous, a waste of time and only beneficial to a select few, to which I respond with the following quote from Sofia Coppola which I'm pretty sure at one point in time was on my Myspace page: "You're considered superficial and silly if you're interested in fashion, but I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity." So there you go. Yes, fashion is a frivolous endeavor on the whole, but it is something that truly brings me joy and interests me and with that, these were my favorites from this February's New York Fashion Week.
Rather than selecting 6 or 7 shows and picking my favorites, I picked my absolute loves from a handful of shows. I found that I didn't really fall in love with a complete collection (except probably Marc Jacobs), but rather was obsessed with certain pieces from certain shows. Left to right:

1) The Ralph Lauren finale. I have loved turtlenecks ever since I was little and my mom would wear them and told me they were cool. This look solidified my beliefs. Although it's hard for a turtleneck not to look awesome paired with such an insane skirt. 2) A.P.C. x Outdoor Voices?!? I lost my mind when I saw this because I have become so obsessed with Outdoor Voices ever since purchasing my first pair of leggings and top. I still consider myself a member of the cult of Lulu, but there is something so much more chic about OV's muted color palettes and simple silhouettes. The fabrics are lighter and more breathable, but still have the flattering and performance quality of a Lululemon pair of leggings/tank. I feel so confident in my OV outfit and want to wear it everywhere. This jumpsuit was my favorite of their collab collection. 3) Alexander Wang was naughty. The beanies kind of felt like Supreme knockoffs, but of course looked 10x cooler. This was my favorite look because of the fur collar and the cute baby pink of the beanie juxtaposed with the imposing 'tender' font.
4) This mint green skirt at Carolina Herrera looks like cotton candy and I want it in every shade but the mint is perfect on its own. 5) My absolute favorite piece from J.Crew. This jacket should be called "Ynna" because it's everything I love in a garment in one piece. 6) This pretty silvery Jenny Packham number. I would love to see one of my celeb crushes in this on some red carpet, although I do think it's a little casual for the Oscars.
7) Marc freaking Jacobs. What a show. The boots. The Gaga. The eyeliner. It was super goth and wacky and I loved every minute of it. If I could have one piece from NYFW, it would be this leather motorcycle fur feathered contraption. Ob-sessed. 8) This demented bridal look from Rodarte. 9) This to-die-for leather coat at The Row. My dream girls used the most luxurious fabrics in their collection this season and this was by far the most luxe.
10) Victoria Beckham's outfit after her own show. 11) Ribbed Proenza Schouler dress #1. 12) Ribbed Proenza Schouler dress #2. You should check out @tommyton's Instagram shots of this collection, they are absolutely gorgeous and make it look 1000x better than these pics.
13) Marchesa fairy tale magic. The entire show was real life princess attire and this red tulle masterpiece actually made me audibly gasp. 14) Every two or three months I see a dress that I want re-made in ivory as another wedding gown. This is this month's.

Hurray for beautiful clothes and the incredible talent of American designers!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

austin, tx --> san francisco, ca --> cambridge, ma

We've kicked off 2016 with a few baby trips to favorite/new/future cities. In January over Martin Luther King weekend we visited our friends Mike and Cheryl in what has become one of our favorite cities, Austin, TX. We spent the weekend running around Lady Bird Lake (just me and Cheryl), seeing the Longhorns play bball, trying a new brunch place and then went camping at Pedernales State Park from Sunday night to Monday morning. Camping was cold but fun and surprisingly pretty, for Texas ;)
On January 22 we flew to San Francisco because we found ridiculously cheap flights to Oakland. We stayed in an Airbnb in Haight-Ashbury and did as much exploring as we could in 48 hours. Highlights include Sutro Baths, Lands End, walking to and biking halfway across the Golden Gate Bridge, riding a cable car and seeing old friends. The parking situation still leaves me baffled and now I am sure I could never really live there, but I totally see why people pay the big bucks to call SF home. The city was beautiful and had endless things to do and food to eat.

Finally this past weekend we froze our little noses off in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Preston was accepted to MIT's MBA program so we are moving there this fall! This weekend was the first weekend for admitted students and their significant others so we spent Friday and Saturday learning about MIT, walking around the campus and meeting new friends. It really tested our quiet personalities because Friday and Saturday was nonstop small talk and then yelling at bars. (Why do people hang out at bars like I get it, drinking, but they are SO LOUD). I am so excited to move back east and even the frigid temperatures (at one point it was 0 degrees but felt like -22 with the wind chill) couldn't dampen my spirits and only made me more observant of what was the most chic AND warm-looking Boston outerwear. 
Valentine's Day was spent holed up in our downtown hotel room for as along as our reservation allowed and then we braved the cold for cannolis and the Boston Public Library. We made it home to tropical Dallas (64 when we landed) and now we're back and I'm contemplating selling everything we own to accommodate what felt like shoebox sized student housing.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

christmas break 2015

This year we went to Palm Springs with Preston's family for Christmas. We left on the 20th and stayed until the 30th. I've been to Palm Springs two other times and both times it was hot hot hot but this year was probably the coldest I've ever been. We spent our days working out, playing tennis, reading by the pool and enjoying the hikes that the area had to offer.

On the 20th we got into Ontario pretty early and drove to Idyllwild where we fell in love with the quaint ski town. We hiked Tahquitz Peak and marveled at the fact that it actually felt like winter in some parts of the United States. (70 degrees when we left Dallas bleh). I froze my little toes off and complained about it, but was happy to have experienced such a picturesque hike on our first day.

On Christmas Eve we did another wintery hike in the San Jacinto Wilderness with the rest of the family. This one had incredible views at the end and we braved the big rocks to experience the whole view. 
On Boxing Day we went to Joshua Tree National Park. I was most looking forward to this day because I had seen so many incredible pictures of Joshua Tree on Instagram and blogs. It was so windy and cold at Joshua Tree it hurt but we managed to keep warm by scampering up and down the rocks. 
Like I said, in between our nature hikes we lived the country club life so don't think that we were super tough explorers the whole time. Christmas Day we got to talk to Nic which was a highlight. That kid is a hoot and hasn't changed, but has also changed a lot if that makes sense. For example he still asked about Kendrick Lamar's newest album, but he has also grown so much in the gospel and shared a lot of cool stories about investigators and his area. 
We had a fun (not fun) adventure leaving Palm Springs. Our flight was delayed an hour and on the way to the airport we got a notification that it was no longer delayed. IS THAT ALLOWED? So we missed our flight to Dallas on the 29th, rebooked a flight from LAX the next morning and finally made it home the night of the 30th.

I spent New Year's Eve reading one of my new favorite books of all time (A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, separate review in the works!!) until 2 AM. New Year's came and went and now we're back to work. 2016 has some big changes in store and I can't wait for it! Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year's. Happy 2016!