Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Weekend Links / / Year Ten

© Kate De La Rosa One evening this week, Jordan and I were hopping into bed for the night when we realized that we had officially been a couple for a decade!

It was October 14, 2005. I remember so clearly selecting my outfit, as I was meeting Jordan's bandmates for the first time: a denim skirt over white leggings with a vintage Illini (University of Illinois) t-shirt. On our way to band practice, we stopped at Starbucks for coffee and hot chocolate -- there once was a time I didn't like coffee! While standing in line, we ran into an acquaintance of Jordan who asked if I was his girlfriend. We had been going on dates for about a month, but an official label hadn't been discussed.

Well, friends, Jordan answered by saying "Yeah, well, I think we are? Catherine, will you be my girlfriend?"

And that's how it happened. Haha.

Onto the links!

Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe | This is not the first capsule wardrobe post I've saved. Up until this point, I didn't feel confident committing to a major purge. Before living in Nashville through all four seasons I had questions such as: what would summer would be like compared to Chicago? How many sweaters will I need for a shorter winter? After living here for a full year, I am ready to tackle this project.

Classy Bunny + Video Tutorial | Amy has two costume tutorials on her blog with more to come! Costume ideas don't come to me naturally, so I love finding easily replicable tutorials. Are you attending any Halloween parties?

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina | I do not use the adjective "outdoorsy" to describe myself. As a child, I preferred playing inside with my doll house to digging in the dirt. The only time my family went camping, my brothers had terrible allergic reactions to the elements so we never went again! I attended summer camp, where I had the opportunity to hike, mountain climb, white water raft, camp under the stars and essentially any other outdoor activity you could imagine. I loved it at the time, but I just haven't sought it out as an adult. My friend Tiffany and her husband Whitman are constantly hiking and camping. Her photos are giving me reason enough to explore nature a little more!

10 Slow and Steady Strategies for Practical Decluttering | In theory, minimalism and organizing are meaningful and worthwhile pursuits. In practice, I find the process challenging for my sentimental heart. While reading through Courtney's process, I took pause at step three: play the memory game. For items which are particularly hard to part with Courtney suggests placing them in a box for 30 days. Once those 30 days are up if you haven't thought or discovered a need go ahead and donate!

Messy Hearts & Messy Homes | What does it look like to invest in community and invite people into your home when your life is messy and chaotic? Elizabeth shares a poignant and powerful lesson she's learned amidst undergoing a demo project in her home.

Happy Weekend, all!

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