goodbye


As they say, “all good things must come to an end”.
This will be my last post for livelybone, and a heartfelt goodbye. This blog has been my digital baby, my online diary, my deepest thoughts, and gatekeeper of my most treasured memories. I started this blog nearly 7 years ago and it has been an adventure. In this, I was able to meet myself again and was able to document the moments that were most important to me. I fine-tuned my writing, fell in love with photography, and made sure to keep my life filled with passion, adventure, good clothes, and travel in order to create content. It’s harder than it sounds!

I want to thank everyone who followed me along the way and supported my journey. It has been a pleasure sharing livelybone with all of you. This isn’t the end though – just the end of this chapter. I am sure one day I will create another blog. My creative side is restless and my soul is an adventurer. I hate goodbyes, I always have. So we’ll keep this short & sweet.

Until next time, until the next blog.

xx

wilderness


Just your typical Sunday, and another special collaboration with miss Tara.
This time we drove west and spent the day at my favorite lake – Lake Dillon. We packed our longboards, brought some snacks, threw the most random collection of clothes into a backpack, and spent the afternoon in the wilderness. [I often referred to this day as ‘getting dressed in the dark and wandering into the woods’. I mean, who dresses like this in the middle of the woods?? Oh – we do.]
This particular collaboration was bitter-sweet for me. Sweet because Tara is my adventure soul sistah who will say yes to anything as long as there is a camera, cool clothes, and a destination involved. But bitter because these photos were taken shortly before she moved away to Maui and I knew this photoshoot would be the last one for a while. [cue pity party]
We didn’t waste a second though. We laughed, we talked stories, we traded the most ridiculous outfits, we long-boarded side by side, and we channeled each other’s creativity. That pretty much sums up our friendship. Yup, it’s a special one.
Until next time, miss Tara. And next time I’ll meet you in Maui.

xx

HELLO RAE MARIE

I have some exciting news. I have been building my own online boutique for the past several months, and here it is. Say hello to Rae Marie Boutique!
Rae Marie Boutique is the every day women’s go-to, inspired by independent women and adventurers alike who love to explore the world in style. I invite you all to shop my colorful collection of clothing, accessories, and home goods, all specially curated from some of the most inspirational and trend-setting brands around the world! [these products shown are just an ‘appetizer’, and some of my personal favorites for summer!]

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HEADED WEST

I have a feeling this summer is going to be the summer of road trips. I just returned from two back-to-back weekend road trips, and it’s surprising how inexpensive and accessible these kinds of trips can be. The first weekend was spent driving west with my sister from Colorado to California, and the second was heading south with a couple of girlfriends from Colorado to New Mexico. As long as you have good company, a full tank of gas, a backseat filled with snacks, a trendy/affordable Airbnb, and a wish list of places to see, it’ll be a successful roadie adventure. Here are my go-to recommendations if you happen to road trip this summer!

NEVADA
In N’ Out Burger
Old-fashioned burgers, french fries, and milkshakes. You can think of it as “fast food”, but the quality is everything the opposite of typical fast-food. A must if you need a bite on the road, or if you’ve simply never had In N’ Out before! You’ll thank me.
Seven Magic Mountains
Just imagine Candy Land in the middle of the desert. Just off of Highway 15, south of Las Vegas is Ugo Rondinone’s art installation of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders each scaling over 30 feet high. A beautiful burst of color after spending hours in the car. It’ll be worth the pullover.

CALIFORNIA
Balboa Island, Newport, CA
Tucked in the harbor of Newport Beach is the tiny community called Balboa Island. We spent the morning walking around the farmer’s market, exploring the quaint shops and restaurants, and watching the surfers from the pier. There is also a boardwalk and a ferry on the island which is more of a peninsula. It was a nice hidden gem away from the hustle & bustle of California weekenders.
Tabu Shabu, Costa Mesa, CA
O-M-G. Forget sushi and ramen and sashimi. Tabu Shabu is the new way to explore traditional Japanese cuisine. This style of fondue or “hot pot” allows you to cook thinly sliced meat and vegetables in your own pot of boiling broth (usually tonkatsu or miso), dipping into homemade ponzu and goma sauces, and accompanied by rice, ramen, or udon noodles. I have always loved Japanese cuisine, but I became quickly obsessed with shabu shabu! So much so, that I begged my sister and brother-in-law to go twice in the same weekend that I visited them. 2 times in 3 days. And I savored every frickin’ bite!
The Crack Shack, Costa Mesa, CA
If you like Chick Fil A, (or chicken sandwich in general), you’ll go nuts over The Crack Shack! Simply one of the tastiest chicken sandwiches and french fries I’ve had in years. I recommend The Firebird and Schmaltz fries. Great weekend treat for a casual lunch or dinner.
Fashion Island, Newport, CA
Explore Orange County’s premier shopping center at Fashion Island. My sister lives down the street from it and it was an endless promenade of shops and restaurants. Not to mention the largest Anthropologie I’ve ever been in! (I actually managed to get lost inside) It’s a great way to spend the afternoon if you need some retail therapy or quick eats.

NEW MEXICO
The Plaza, Santa Fe, NM
The Plaza is the heart of Santa Fe with its rich history, beautiful churches, authentic restaurants, and endless art galleries/jewelers. The soul of New Mexico is portrayed everywhere with beautiful turquoise jewelry, vibrant art, rich food, stucco/adobe inspired buildings, and cultured people. I couldn’t get enough of the squash-blossom necklaces, long horn skull heads, chili-infused cuisine, and colorful pottery.
Kakawa Chocolate House, Santa Fe, NM
Sadly I didn’t have the chance to visit Kakawa Chocolate House, but I can’t tell you how many blogs/websites mentioned this place when I was researching places to visit in Santa Fe. So it must be good. From what I gather, Kakawa specializes in handmade chocolates, chile chocolates, chocolate drinks, and chocolate elixirs. I heard it’s the perfect afternoon treat. And a sweet reason for me to go back to Santa Fe one day.
Paloma, Santa Fe, NM
Hands down, Paloma was the best dining experience we had during our weekend in New Mexico. This stunning kitchen & bar is intimate, vibrant, and offers an incredible menu. Mexican-inspired with an exotic twist. The staff is extremely welcoming and friendly, the service was flawless, and the food was simply outstanding. A beautiful representation of Santa Fe cuisine with a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend for a great meal!
Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM
I don’t even know how to begin to describe Meow Wolf. In short, Santa Fe is not really known for it’s night-life, so the young and eager go to Meow Wolf for entertainment. A venue filled with unique and mind-blowing art installations that will push your mind beyond reality. Someone best described it as “part haunted house, part fun house, part acid trip”. I felt like I was in a 2-hour episode of Stranger Things. If you are ever in Santa Fe, you MUST go. It’s a beautifully overwhelming and fascinating experience.

Have fun road-tripping this summer! xx

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the paint mines

 

Just your typical Saturday in December, plus 60 degrees. Unusually warm weather in Colorado naturally means grabbing your best friend, driving down south, and pretending like it’s summer while you frolic in the Paint Mines. I’ll use any reason to collaborate with the lovely @taranasoruxwrx.

The Paint Mines is an enchanting, unassuming place with its own magic. A place I’ve been meaning to check out for a while after hearing its reputation of 9,000 year old rock formations and colorful clay used by the Native Americans. Our intention was to take photos with the vibrant pink, yellow, and orange rocks until we discovered a valley with pure white rocks. And this became our prime spot for the day.

Will definitely need to return to this special place for sunset, when the colors really show their potential!

xx

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