Sundance was one of the first places John and I discovered upon our move to Utah in 2010 and it completely bowled us over. In fact, it STILL bowls me over every time I visit. I spent this past weekend in Utah and on Sunday, my good friend Sarah + her husband Mike took me up to Sundance for an amazing brunch at The Foudry Grill.
After breakfast, we spent a little time shopping (I’ll take one of everything, please!) and wandering around the resort. Just being amidst the trees + the mountains felt so refreshing. One of these days, I want to rent out one of the cabins (or yurts!) and wake up and breathe in that crisp alpine air with a hot cup of coffee in hand. Heaven.
From there, we jumped back in the car and went for a scenic drive through the Alpine Loop, stopping along the way for photos. This time of year is an absolute dream in Utah. The temperature is no longer too cold and not yet too hot and it feels amazing. I’m so glad my trip happened to coincide with the perfect weather!
If ever you get the opportunity to visit Utah, I highly recommend stopping by Sundance. Not only does the resort have so much to offer (including Full Moon lift rides!), but the idyllic drive through Provo Canyon to get there is worth the trip all on it’s own!
This year, I’m making a concerted effort to spend more time in my dining room. Not only does it get the best lighting in the whole apartment, but it’s in close proximity to the coffee maker. And that’s important.
I love sitting here with my laptop on Saturday mornings after I get back from the gym and I have nothing but free time lined up for the rest of the day. The colors in the thrifted tablecloth and the cluster of bowls make me so happy.
I really really love this apartment. It will be a sad day when I leave, but then again, there’s always the fun of starting fresh in a brand new space. Sometimes I find myself mentally redecorating my old San Diego apartment, so maybe you never really leave your former residences behind? Either way, I love it here.
Now if only I could uproot it and place it in front of the ocean…
I just wanted to pop in and remind all the Utahns out there that Bijou Market starts today at 10 am in Provo! I just finished setting up my booth and I’m so excited to go back and do a little shopping after work tonight (:
Have a great day!
The past two weeks have been jam-packed with fun. Here’s the abridged version:
Saw the amazingly talented Jessica Hische at the local college with my co-workers.
Flew home to help Amy with an amazing event in LA. WOW is all I can say about it. Just wow. You can get the full scoop here, thanks to Paige.
John’s family came to visit this past weekend and we did just about everything you can do in Utah. It was such a blast and I really miss living closer to them.
On Friday, we visited Provo Canyon, Sundance, and Park City…whew! My favorite part of the day was having dinner and drinks at Blue Iguana. Good food, good company, good day.
On Saturday, we visited Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake, followed by a trip to Salt Lake and a quick stop at the Sweet Tooth Fairy (obviously).
On Sunday, we hiked up to the Timpanogos Caves. Holy moly, was that a hike! Great workout and gorgeous scenery.
And now I’ve got lots of material to include in my Autumn Eleven book! Photos to come…
Salt Lake City | September 2011
I could write a book on all the reasons I love Fall. Yes, I realize summer hasn’t exactly left the building just yet, but we have been enjoying cooler temps, shorter days, and changing leaves here in Utah…oh happy day! Today I picked up a Pumpkin Spice Latte on my lunch break and it has been inspiring me to list all the things I love about this season:
- I’ve said it a million times before and I will say it again: boots, scarves, and sweaters! This is, after all, why I moved to Utah, right? (okay, that’s a lie). It’s the benefit to living in a landlocked state…you can actually wear all of your cute Fall attire during Fall without sweating profusely, like you do in California. (I still love you, CA). (Also, this has been one heck of a bullet point).
- Fall foliage! Color color and more color! If you want to see proof, check this out.
- As I already mentioned, pumpkin spice lattes! And I mean, full-fat, full-sugar, fully loaded PSL’s. This is the one place where you should absolutely, positively not attempt to cut calories.
- Being able to leave the windows open and the A/C off all day long. I love how chilly it makes our apartment each morning and night.
- Drinking tea after dinner, while snuggled up on the couch with John, while watching a little TV. Which reminds me…
- The return of good TV! Parks + Rec, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Office, 30 Rock, Modern Family…the list goes on.
- Looking forward to seeing Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge this coming November in SLC!
- Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the decorating, shopping, and eating that goes with it.
P.S. you can see more of my autumn inspiration on my pinboard here!
So the thing about Utah is, nobody drinks coffee. Okay, maybe a few people in Salt Lake imbibe from time to time, but as a blanket statement, this state does not care for my beverage of choice.* As a result, this can throw off my caffeinated needs. Here are a few examples of my coffee-finding adventures:
- Krispy Kreme. One day, as I was heading back to work from my lunch break, I decided to swing by Krispy Kreme (under the assumption that a donut chain just might sell coffee) to pick up a drink. I placed my order at the drive-thru, waited patiently in line, got up to the window to pay only to be told “Oh sorry, we ran out of water.” Ummm…what? What national food chain runs out of water??? Result: no coffee for me.
- In’N’Out. When I realized In’N’Out sold coffee I knew I HAD to get one! So I placed my order and they told me they needed to make the coffee first. I’m pretty sure I was the first one to break in their coffeemaker. Result: After they brewed a pot for me, a nice young worker brought it to our table and apologized about the wait. Kudos, In’N’Out. You are representing my home state well.
- Subway. During our lunch break, I asked for a 12 oz coffee to take back to work with me. The cashier said “Coffee?” and blankly stared at her co-worker, who then informed me that they “didn’t have any coffee.” Too bad I could see the coffee pot AND the coffee cups in plain view. Result: no coffee for me.
- 9th South Delicatessen. Today in Salt Lake when I ordered a drip coffee, the guy had to check to see if anyone had made any coffee for the day (mind you, it was 4pm). He then told me “we don’t get a lot of coffee orders around here.” Tell me about it. Result: he nicely made sure that the coffee was fresh and I was a happy customer. Good job, SLC.
* There actually is a Starbucks here in Orem, but the problem is, it’s on the opposite side of town from where I work. If I’m in dire need, I will spend my whole lunch break driving from one side of town to the other. All in the name of those heavenly coffee beans…
Yesterday while I was out running errands, I decided to make a quick detour to Provo. And of course, being that it was Sunday, the place was a ghost town. I felt like I had the whole city to myself to snap photos (including Polaroids with expired film – not bad, eh?) and take in as much inspiration as possible. I really do love that place. In fact, it fulfilled me so much that I went home and took a nice long nap.
Ahhh, Sundays in Utah.
Saturdays are my favorite day of the week (obvious statement?) and yesterday was one of the best.
Highlights included: cranking out four layouts in the morning. quick trip to sunflower to pick up potted plants (which are from oxnard, funnily enough). great workout at the gym. craft lake city! picking up three prints + a knitted hat. walking around downtown and taking tons of photos. thinking about going on a trip this coming november for our anniversary/my birthday. dinner at chipotle and a latte from b+n in sugarhouse. home to watch secrets from a stylist. perfect day.