Daydreaming in Portland, OR

Crater Lake National Park

I can officially say I’ve swam in Crater Lake—in freezing water.

The Top of Wizard Island in the middle of Crater Lake

Between the hummingbirds and chipmunks, I was making quite a few animal friends. Just call me Dr. Doolittle.

I was lucky enough to spend 2 entire weeks with my Pops in Oregon at the beginning of July and it was just what the Doctor ordered :) waking up with coffee and chess everyday, seeing Book of Mormon, running to the fresh farms market on the weekend, hitting up Voo Doo Donuts, hiking by the coast and spending a weekend at Crater Lake. By far, my favorite moments were just sitting on my Dad’s porch looking at Mt Hood and talking about everything under the sun and watching hummingbirds flying to the bird feeder filled with my dad’s homemade blueberry nectar. As always, it seemed like I had just gotten there when it was time for me to board my plane home. I’m already counting down until I get to see my old man again and dreaming about the days when I will be living in the mountains myself. Signing off—XO, Maria.


Daydreaming in Frankfort, MI

For the past decade I’ve been fortunate enough to travel up to Crystal Lake & Lake Michigan each summer to enjoy a relaxing week on the water filled with great food, great drinks, great scenery and great company. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Lake Michigan, it is incredibly gorgeous and vastly underrated by those who are not familiar with it’s beauty. I truly believe that Northern Michigan is one of the best kept secrets by those who live in the Midwest, and not well understood by those who have never been. Looking out on to Lake Michigan feels like looking out onto the ocean–calm, peaceful, and never-ending. I had a great evening having cocktail hour here with my family relaxing and staring out onto the water.

I featured a picture with this quilt because it was made by the 2013 Art Prize winner Ann Loveless. If you aren’t familiar with Art Prize, you should be! It’s an enormous art festival and competition annually located in Grand Rapids, MI featuring giant (no seriously… some are bigger than my apartment) works from artists all over the world. I was fortunate enough to see Ann Loveless’ $200,000-winning quilt of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore–one of my favorite places to visit. This is a smaller piece by her, similarly styled and equally as beautiful.

I also loved this photo shoot because I got to by photographed by my little sister Kara, somebody who has been my fashion inspiration for years and always looks ten times cuter than I do! Before big family events I tend to bust down her bedroom door and ask for tips on my outfits… or possibly to borrow hers. She has a natural eye for styling outfits and I’m still working on being as skilled as she is! Love ya sis!


Sweater-Loft; Dress-H&M; Necklace-Kohl’s; Watch-Urban Outfitters

Photo credit: Kara Motschall