to the west coast we go!

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It’s time! We’re off! Up, up, and away!

At this moment we are heading to the airport, bags all packed and ready to go. I can’t believe this day is actually here. All my nights pouring over photos on the internet and soon! so soon I will see it all with my own two eyes.

I can hardly believe I got my act together to show you what I packed in my suitcase, but I did! And this alone is something to celebrate. I decided a few weeks ago to be bold and go for the carry-on approach, but had a little bit of a hard time these last few days narrowing down what I wanted to bring. I’m a tricky sort, because I’m one of those people who can pack for a weekend in NYC with just a small shoulder bag, but I’m also the girl who stuffs her car to the brim when driving home for the week. It’s like I know how to pack light, but don’t always follow the rules myself. For this trip, I wanted to pack light, but I also wanted to bring a lot of outfits. First of all, I love clothes, and second I feel like I need to be prepared for all kinds of weather. Will it be sunny or foggy? Warm or cool? So I packed a little bit of everything, rolled it up reeeeeal real tight and… I can’t quite believe it, BUT IT FITS {pretty much perfectly}. A springtime miracle if there ever was one.

Here’s what’s coming out west with me:

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In my Everlane bag:

1 pair of jeans
7 tops
4 t-shirts
2 pairs of shorts
3 dresses
1 romper
1 skirt
jewelry / belt
underwear, socks, etc
bathing suit/cover up
make-up

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In my Madewell bag:

wallet
iphone
sunglasses
camera gear

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 In my canvas tote:

ipad, kindle
hat
shoes // TOMS + saltwater sandals

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Things I had to put in Zan’s carry-on because mine wouldn’t zip:

whoops!

2 cardigans
skinny corduroys
extra shirt for sleeping

{I tried to avoid this, but it couldn’t be helped!}

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And of course, I’m layering up on my travel outfit to bring a few extra essentials:

leggings
striped tee
walking sneakers
sweatshirt
patagonia fleece
vest
rain jacket

{if you’re looking for me at the airport, I’ll be the girl sweating and loving it.}

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So now I’m wondering, do you think I did an okay packing job?

A little excessive, but we are going for 9 days and at least I’ll be prepared!

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Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back with photos upon my return!

You can also follow along on the adventure daily:
@nannerburns on instagram.

XO!

hi and hello.

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It’s been so long since I’ve said hello.

So, hello!

Spring is really here it seems and with that I’ve been finding myself driving to work in the sunshine, blasting my country music as loud as it will go. Spring has a way of bringing pure joy with it, doesn’t it? Take today, for example. I was running later than usual to work, and there were no eggs left in the fridge, but bygonnit! It was sunny out! And about to be over 50 degrees! And so smiling was what I had to give and I gave it all I’ve got. I just love that.

We are ONE WEEK away from our west coast trip and I don’t think I could be more excited about it if I tried. Can you believe it’s here already? I can hardly. Give it to me, California. GIVE IT ALL TO ME. My list of things to do is longer than a ball of twine, and each day I add more and more. Whatever we do, whatever we see, I know I’ll just be thankful to be there experiencing it. I’ve been dreaming of this for SO SO long. When Zan and I were talking about it the other day, which we do most everyday, we realized that this is the first trip we’ve taken together in a long time. We went out to San Diego forever ago, and since then, only road trips here and there or family vacations. So, we’re excited about that! Traveling together is fun and I can’t wait to see the other side of the country with that guy by my side. He did warn me once not to take TOO MANY photos, but I told him I can’t promise anything like that. HELLO. :)

In other everyday news, tonight I’m eating tacos and adding clothes to my “vacation pile”, which also seems to be getting bigger by the minute. I’m planning to travel with just a carry-on, so I guess I have some work to do in that department. I ordered the weekender from Everlane, and hooray! I think it will be perfect. Also, the Sandlot’s on currently, so you can’t really beat that. ABC Family! It never lets me down.

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some favorite instas from the past few months.
We’re visiting my Gram again this weekend
{she’s back at home!} and I’m so looking
forward to giving her a hug. ♥

ribbon, Studio Carta
necklace + bracelet, The Jones Market
hand lettered print, Brim Papery

neptune oyster

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On the night of his 30th birthday {back in December}, I took Zan out to Neptune Oyster in the North End. I’d walked by it many times, the bold lettering and rows and bunches of the yellowest lemons always standing out to me. This night we took our first steps inside, into the coziest little Oyster Bar this city ever did see. We loved that night in the North End. We put our names in {the wait is never not a long one} headed down the street for some pre-dinner drinks and hurried back when they called us just under an hour later. We sat at the bar and had a feast for a king— oysters, and johnny cakes, and hot lobster rolls for the win. We left so full and so satisfied. The flavors were rich, and decadent, and delicious.

4 months later and I’m still thinking about the magic.

Neptune Oyster
63 Salem Street
North End, Boston

{I’ve also put it back on my “To Do in Boston” list, simply so I can visit again!}

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 “Top Knot 12″
gifted to me, by my dear friend Bailey ♥

by Elizabeth Mayville
on Etsy

I’ve been thinking about spring lately, in the simplest most nostalgic of ways. I’ve been thinking about flowers and summer fruit, and the way the sun feels on your skin when the wind is gentle and calm. I want to throw the windows wide and hear the birds singing, wear skirts and thin sweaters, no socks with my shoes. I’ve been thinking about the picnic table and walks in the city, while the sun shines strong, pink skies, pretty hues. I want to take a nap with my book in the hammock, feet strung over the edge and the night far away.

I want spring so badly,

To enjoy it and smile,

Hands in my pocket,

All the way to sweet June.

Strawberries, short sleeves, top knots, and beach days.

Oh, take me on a bike ride to June.