It’s been one year since we decided to move away from fun Seattle and back to our little hometown of Abilene, Texas to live closer to my family. (You can read more about that here.)
I wondered if the shine would wear off after a year. I wondered how I’d feel once we’d been here a while.
This past weekend, while we were celebrating the Fourth of July with my family, doing things like cooking out, shooting fireworks, and playing yard games, I felt so much confidence in our decision to move back.
Even a year later. Even through the hard stuff.
I know we made the right decision.
We’ve grown closer than ever to our family — and that’s what matters.
So now this weekend, I’m excited to get some bonding time with the ladies on Aaron’s side of the family. We’re heading off on a girl’s trip to Napa. I’m so excited — it’s my first time!
We’ve never been on a trip together, just us girls, but we’re hoping to make it into an annual thing. A special tradition we can share.
We’ve got hiking and yoga on the agenda, along with wine tasting and a special dinner out. So I’m packing a mix of functional workout gear and versatile clothes that can go dressy or casual — like today’s outfit above.
Here are a few more things I’m packing:
• A couple of black dresses including this one from Everlane (the black color is out of stock, but it’s still available in navy).
When I need versatility, and I don’t want to feel too underdressed or too overdressed, I do black dresses. Classy but not fussy — they never fail.
I think they’ll be perfect for wine tasting because they won’t show any spills — which is good because I tend to spill wine, especially when it’s red.
• Three pairs of shoes: Athletic shoes for hiking, cute clogs for nights out, and comfortable flat sandals like these for wineries and walking around town.
I discovered Vitamin A this year and decided to invest in one of their swimsuits after reading about their commitment to making eco-friendly swimsuits — that also happen to be made in the USA. It’s pricey, but I love it and the quality is unreal. I know it’s going to last a long, long time.
• A little iPhone tripod so we can take plenty of group pictures. I’ve had mine for years and it really saves the day when it comes to group photos. I love that it’s small enough to fit in my purse — I usually have it with me everywhere.
What about you? Do you have any habits, activities, or traditions that keep you connected with your sisters (or sisters-in-law or lady friends)? I’d love to hear about them.
And if you have any recommendations of places to eat / things to do in Napa, I’m all ears.
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02 /Jeans by Seven (made in USA) | Fit note: I’m 5’5″ and I got the regular inseam length. I thought I might need the shorter inseam, but the regular inseam ended up being the perfect length to pair with 2 or 3 inch heels — no tailoring needed | same jeans in lighter wash (made in USA) | similar in a dark wash for under $90
06 / Necklace by Madewell