lifestyle, Personal, relationships, Travel, United States

artifacts.

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The sky is a sorbet of bright white clouds and silky grey with strips of unripened blueberry through the tall, secret-telling windows of our new apartment. I hear only the whirr of the washer and dryer, every so often interrupted by the shriek of a seagull. I’ve spent the past few hours sorting through the boxes stacked high against the cool concrete walls. Piling up dust blanketed books and milk glass to haul to Goodwill, sifting through ancient Sharpie covered CDs scattered among ink filled day planners, and tossing stack upon stack of irrelevant business cards. While I’ve moved seventeen times in the past ten years, I somehow manage to hold on to some impressive memorabilia.

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Family, Fashion, lifestyle, Personal

The bells.

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This weekend was special for a few reasons: the biggest, having the honor of being with my amazing family-to-be.  Spending time with Robin and her lovely sister and mom (who I have a feeling are going to become very special people in my life!) as she found the most perfect vintage wedding dress from UrbanXChange was a highlight that delights and warms me each time I think of her floating in a haze of laced white.

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Cambodia, Expat, lifestyle, Personal, Phnom Penh, Travel, United States

Greener.

Let go

Today is what I call a Washington day: overcast, slate grey, hints of fog drifting over the sound, and a slight bite in the air. I’m wearing plush furry slippers, a sinfully cozy sweatshirt, and joggers- curled up under a marshmallowy throw. Some people hate this blanket of a gunmetal hue over the city and I am surprised at how quickly I have reacclimatized to the weather here. Complaints of “sweating like an asshole” and “I’m literally melting” have been sent to me from friends in Cambodia and I sure don’t miss that. It’s strange not rolling over onto one of many air conditioner remotes in the middle of the night and being able to wear a velvet robe at any time of the day.

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Twinge.

As Mad Men comes to it’s final season, I’ve been brushing up on past episodes, remembering the times I laughed, cried, and wrung my hands at the characters who so deftly mirror us in so many ways. Pride, lust, anger, fear, love (?), self loathing, understanding- it’s all there. Just as it is in life past the television screen.

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Expat, Personal, Travel

Calm waters.

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“We thought we had found the loves of our lives, but we hadn’t.

We were still young; barely out of the sweaty grasp of puberty.

Still surprised when we bled,

At the shadows on our faces when the clock struck five.

 

Our scabbed knees gave way to leather pumps,

Dandelion stained Levis to chiffon dresses,

White Hanes to laced slips of fabric.

 

Our hearts ached for everything and everyone,

Each dog getting struck by a car reason to kill ourselves,

A kiss worth jumping off a bridge.”

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July 4th.

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The last Independence Day I really celebrated was in 2012 in Tacoma, Washington. I spent it with my then boyfriend and the Miller family at Nicolette’s beautiful waterfront house and climbed up onto the roof to drink Fat Tire Beer, eat hot dogs, nosh cheeseburgers, and crunch Doritos to watch the air show with the jets dipping and diving in a choreographed dance in the clear blue sky.

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Pros & Cons.

Me, Sheila, Rachel, & Wendy @ DOORS

Me, Sheila, Rachel, & Wendy @ DOORS

Recently, several people have asked some questions that have been difficult to answer, if answerable at all.

Why did you move to Cambodia?

Do you think I could live in Cambodia?

How long do you think you’ll stay there?

When are you coming home?

Do you like it?

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Missing Mills.

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Fashion, Music, Personal, United States

It’s been now a year since I started shooting the lifestyle videos with Jesse Morrow for Live to Love Apparel.

I’ll always feel my heart swell when I watch these.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/32794530″>Live to Love – Winter Line Promo</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/jessemorrow”>Jesse Morrow</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/37828237″>Live To Love – Spring</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/jessemorrow”>Jesse Morrow</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/43629791″>Live to Love Apparel Summer Lifestyle Video</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/jessemorrow”>Jesse Morrow</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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