Five Days in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

In early March, I went on one of my favorite vacations to date — to ‘the last of the Old West,’ Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My friend Emma is a big skier and was heading to Jackson Hole for a girls’ ski trip and graciously invited me along. I’ve been skiing once, in Park City, Utah six winters ago, and it was not for me, so I decided to sit skiing out this time and just enjoy all the town had to offer. (I later learned that Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, one of the two mountains in town where you can ski and where Emma had a lift ticket, is not a great place for beginners — so while I am sure I could have conquered ski school, I felt very validated in my decision to stick to a lower elevation!)  There is so much to do in Jackson Hole that even if you don’t ski — or head there in the summer months — I still think you’ll have an amazing time; I know I did!

Wyoming was state number 40 for me (!) and I really enjoyed exploring a place that was so different in geography from what I am used to in my daily life — the snowcapped mountains were stunning and we saw so much wildlife, even staying right in town. I flew into Jackson Hole on a Thursday and came back on a Monday, and it felt like just the right amount of time to do everything I wanted to do — plus leave some room to enjoy recommendations from Uber drivers and bartenders. Getting to Jackson Hole from the East Coast takes some time, so I am glad I took the time off to truly enjoy it.
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Life Lately

Hi! It’s been a while since I have done a life lately post — almost three months! — so I wanted to check in and talk about what’s been going on in my life. Earlier this month, I was in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on a girls’ ski trip. It was such a cute, historic town, and really captured the spirit of the Old West. (I am working on a complete recap of our trip that should be up in the next couple of weeks!) When I returned from visiting my 40th state, the weather here in DC was incredible — it was warm enough to walk after work without a huge jacket, and because of “spring forward,” it stayed light enough to make this possible. While the temperatures have since dipped back down, this brief respite from the 30s and 40s gave me a new lease on life, and I am ready for consistently warm weather.

After two back-to-back trips — Cancun and Jackson Hole — and a last minute work trip to Denver in January (my first time — but I spent my time visiting urgent care and in my hotel room feeling awful; turns out, I had the flu), I am really excited to be home for nearly two months straight. We are heading to Rosemary Beach in 30A over Cinco de Mayo weekend for my friend Julie’s bachelorette party, but between then and now, I am really enjoying my life here in Arlington and being in my routine. I consistently go to the office on Tuesdays + Wednesdays, and while I definitely like working from home, it is fun to see my coworkers in person, gossip about the latest pop culture news, and have a reason to shop for workwear again. (These pants from Express have been a go-to this winter, as have these from Old Navy — both are structured + professional, but comfortable enough to wear all day.) On Mondays after work, I go to Soul Cycle and on Thursdays, I take a weight lifting class with Jennifer. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, since I am going into the office, I give myself more flexibility with my schedule, either going to happy hour with friends or getting in another workout. Weekends, as always, are filled with a mix of trying new restaurants around DC, running errands, chores around the apartment, and relaxing ahead of the work week ahead. I used to live my life on the go, but now I really value being home and delighting in my daily life.
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A Moment for the Laura Ashley Toaster

Recently, I was scrolling TikTok before bed, as one does, and a toaster — yes, a toaster — stopped me in my tracks. It was a super cute blue + white floral patterned toaster that I would come to learn is by beloved 80s + 90s brand, Laura Ashley. Talk about a renaissance!

I am not speaking in hyperbole here — I don’t think I’ve ever added something to my cart so quickly. Did I need a new toaster? Not in the slightest. Do I have regrets? Absolutely not.

What I loved about this toaster the most is that it is cute enough to keep on a kitchen counter — form and function, you know? My old toaster was a stainless steel number from big box brand Hamilton Beach, and while it did the job, I kept in the cabinet with most of my other appliances, pulling it out only when I had the need to toast something. (At this stage of my life, I have the privilege of having a kitchen that looks like no one lives there.) But no more — I now have a toaster out on my counter 24/7. And, I am pleased to report, it works as well as it looks.
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