Monday, June 23, 2014

first anniversary

On Saturday Preston and I celebrated our first year of marriage! We got married on the first day of summer and Preston said I picked that day so I could have the longest wedding of the year and longest anniversaries for the rest of my life. Maybe, maybe not. All I know is June 21, 2013 was my favorite day of my life. The past year since that day has been filled with joy, treats, tears, giggles and fights, but we've managed to stay best buds, which I think is the key. Preston is my best friend and there is no one in the world I'd rather spend the rest of my life with.
We had a fun day biking to the lake and having a picnic in the morning and later in the evening we tried a new restaurant called Hg Sply Co. which I thought was a clothing store when I first saw it on the street. It was pretty hip and happening and we ate on the roof which was a perfect start to the summer.

Here's to 1 year with my sweetheart and a zillion more.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

warby parker comes to dallas

Yesterday I had the chance to tour the newest Warby Parker showroom in Dallas. It's located on 2008 Henderson Avenue. If you've been reading my blog, you probably know that a few weeks ago I posted about the Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker collection. I was asked by a member of WP's marketing team to do the post. After I posted, I learned about the new showroom opening up and asked if WP would be interested in me posting about the new showroom. They said yes so I made arrangements to tour the showroom yesterday afternoon before the launch at 6 pm.
My favorite part about the new space is the Warby Parker school bus located in the front of the store. This bus has actually traveled to 16 cities across the United States and has made a permanent home in Dallas. The inside is an actual showroom and above are some of the cool decor found in the school bus. I thought it was a great concept that went right along with WP's school theme and it's a perfect landmark if you've never been to the store.
I'm modeling the Clara sunglasses which are part of the Karlie Kloss collaboration collection :) They're even cuter in person.
From 6-9 PM there was a launch party. Despite the wind, it was a great turn out with lots of activities (corn hole and flick football competitions), good food and music.
The little chalkboard illustrations were actually drawn by a member of the Warby Parker team and brought to decorate the showroom. They were my second favorite decoration, if you count the bus as one. I also snagged some chic school supplies.
The coolest part of the night was when I was introduced to Warby Parker CEO Neil Blumenthal. He graduated from The Wharton School so we bonded over Pennsylvania and the east coast in general. I really wish Preston could have come with me because he definitely would have had more to talk about, but it was a great experience nonetheless. I had a great time seeing the new showroom and celebrating Warby Parker's arrival to Dallas. If you're in the area, it's worth checking out!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ynna's summer 2014 essentials

This Saturday is the official start of summer 2014, although it's felt like summer for a while now here in Dallas. I've never lived anywhere hotter than Dallas and sometimes I genuinely want to shed tears because it's so SO hot all day, every day. Here are some essentials I've gathered to prepare myself for another scorching summer. Click the numbered links at the bottom to view and buy :)

1. Dresses. Gone are the days when I could wear Daisy Dukes and a tshirt and call it a day. My goal when buying summer clothes is as little clothing as possible while still remaining modest and mostly cute. Dresses achieve this goal perfectly because you look put together but they're easy to throw on and the best part is one layer of clothing. My blue one is Madewell and my favorite dress I own.
2. Tshirts. Preston is the king of tshirts and is always telling me all you need is a good tshirt and good jeans. This PLAY by Commes des Garcon tee is simple with a touch of fun.
3. More dresses. I've been diagnosed with buy-any-dress-with-sleeves syndrome. It's so hard to find summer dresses that have sleeves so when I do it's mine within a week.
4. Lightweight drawstring pants. These are a wonderful discovery because they feel like pajamas but are cool and chic. Cool in the temperature and fashion sense. I'm obsessed with my J.Crew geo print ones and wear them constantly. They also make fabulous airport pants.
5. Leather tote. Favorite bag I've ever owned. I love it more than my Marc Jacobs and that's a big statement. This is the J.Crew Downing tote in English Saddle. It holds everything and I take it everywhere.
6. Leather sandals. I used to buy $10 sandals from H&M at the beginning of the summer and wear them to shreds and toss them by September. This summer I decided to spend a little a more and get a sturdy pair of leather sandals that go with everything.
7. Cute swimsuit. Because the only outdoor activity I'll be doing come July is laying by the pool.

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**this dress isn't up on the website yet but it's available in J.Crew stores in navy/white and black :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

mr. & mrs. baker

On June 6 we had the privilege of attending the wedding of sweet Grady Baker and Molly Overmyer. They were sealed in the Nashville Tennessee Temple and had the most beautiful reception at Mint Springs Farm. It was fun to travel to Molly's hometown of Nashville and take in all its southern charm.
Grady and Molly started dating shortly after we got engaged. We were actually present on their first date, and I liked Molly instantly. I've known Grady since 2011, when we competed on BYU's Model UN team together. Since then we remained friends and eventually I started dating his roommate Preston. Grady was a groomsman in our wedding and last weekend Preston got to return the favor as a groomsman for his special day. The only sad part about Molly and Grady getting together was the timing. They really started officially dating in the middle of winter semester, so we only had a few months to be couple friends. It was sad leaving them in Provo and we wish we could have taken them to Dallas with us. We were thrilled when they got engaged during Thanksgiving and were anxiously counting down the days til their nuptials and our reunion.
Weddings are way more fun once you move out of Provo because not only do you get to celebrate the wedding of your friends, but you get to see all of your friends and party together under the happiest circumstances. Above is the gorgeous wedding party in front of the Nashville Temple. We got to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones. It was also a treat to see the entire Baker family. A few Thanksgivings ago, they adopted Preston and me for the holiday and we had a very Baker Thanksgiving. Since then we've seen the Bakers many times during their visits to Utah and have always been invited to their family gatherings. They're the sweetest family and Molly is a lucky girl to marry into a such a welcoming and fun family.
Molly had a beautiful ring ceremony at the reception venue and here's a picture of the little chapel it was held in after all the guests had cleared out. It was a lovely ceremony and I'm still not over chandeliers in barns.
Me and my forever wedding date at Mint Springs Farm. I loved seeing Molly's southern belle-isms through the decorations and reception venue.
First dance inside the pretty venue. It was a Tumblr dream in there folks.

We are so happy for Grady and Molly. Not only are they visually the most perfect American couple in the land, but they truly complete each other and make each other so happy. I love seeing them together and especially when Molly makes fun of Grady hehe. We can't wait to go on couple vacations with these pretty blondes and wish them all the happiness in the world. Congrats Grady and Molly, we love you!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

karlie kloss x warby parker

Today Warby Parker launches their sunglass collaboration with the impossibly cool Karlie Kloss. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the brand, Warby Parker is a collection of eyeglasses and sunglasses starting at $95. You have the option to test the glasses before you purchase them and after you get a pair, another pair is donated to someone in need. The Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker collection has a similar philanthropic purpose, but instead of glasses for glasses, a portion of all Karlie collection sales goes to Edible Schoolyard NYC. Edible Schoolyard provides low-income public schools with gardens and kitchens and through a curriculum teaches students how to develop lifelong healthy habits. I had never heard of Edible Schoolyard until I learned about this collection, but love the idea of educating kids about healthy eating. I think one of the biggest injustices in our world is the fact that eating healthy is more expensive than eating unhealthily and it affects the entire population, especially children. The Karlie Kloss sunglass collection lets you look super chic while helping a good cause. 

From left to right we have the Julia, Clara and Marple. All three frames are constructed with lightweight titanium in either silver or gold metal. They come in 6 different lens colors- Violet Clover, Sepia Wash, Faded Slate, Copper Fade and Indigo Wash.
I'm very classic when it comes to choosing sunglasses, so I was naturally drawn to the aviator style Julia. I love the simple silhouette, but love the modern lens colors and metal choices. I think of all 3, these are the most versatile and would look great on any face shape. I'm hoping to get a pair with wiring and Sepia Wash lenses.
The Clara reminds me of what old Hollywood starlets would wear with a headscarf in the passenger seat of a 1950s Porsche. The Clara have a vintage-y retro feel that works on anyone, but especially round or heart-shaped faces. Gold wiring with Violet Clover lenses scream Megan Draper on vacation.

Finally, the cat-eye Marple are the funkiest of the 3 and the style Karlie is sporting in the first picture. I think these are effortlessly cool and the most unique of the collection. Once again, I think all 3 frames would look great on anyone, but I think the Marple would look especially cute on oval faced ladies. These have the same retro feel as the Clara but I get more of a Bond girl than Mad Men vibe with these.

I hope you enjoyed my take on the Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker collection. I'm super excited for this collaboration and always looking forward to new Warby Parker styles. Preston and I are big Warby fans and looking forward to a showroom opening here in Dallas this month. Be sure to get a pair of your own Karlie sunnies on Warby Parker's sunglass page.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

monthly playlist: june

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