Throwback Thursday: Chico, CA.

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Being a Chico State alum, the small farm town always has place in my heart for all the memories that were made while in college.  Rob and I went for a visit this past weekend for his brother’s birthday weekend in Chico since his brother went to Chico State, too.  I hadn’t been back in over 5 years and honestly hadn’t had any desire to go back just because there were so many other places on my list.  Driving back into town though on River Rd for the first time in years was like putting on your favorite pair of jeans, it just felt right and it felt good.

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I took Rob on a campus tour and felt very nostalgic remembering my different walking patterns I acquired throughout the years.

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Chico was always covered in beautiful brick, I’m glad that hasn’t changed.

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My old dorm to the left (Lassen Hall) and brand new dorms that weren’t there when I was in school.  Glad they kept Lassen around 🙂

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Campus is full of gorgeous blooms.

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The creek that flows through campus is eerily low but we did spot an incredible red hawk perched on a branch near one of the bridges.

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Spotting vultures on the back roads home.

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When driving to Chico, it’s hard to imagine that there’s such a big college town beyond the fields and crops but nestled in the middle of northern California is a place that created many of my cherished memories and friendships.  I look forward to going back again and hopefully not waiting so long for the next time.

Britt’s Pick: Latest Book.

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OK, this book was published in June of 2013 so I know I’m late to the game.  However, after my mom passed this book along to me before heading to Central America, I became hooked and understood why this book is now a best seller.  It can be hard to get into a new book so whenever I read one that gets me hooked, I love passing it along for someone else to enjoy.  This was a classic story of hardships and overcoming them.  I found the book incredibly inspiring and heart filled describing the 1930’s during the Great Depression, the Nazi reign, the Olympics, and what it was like to grow up during those times.

The book is written from the standpoint of Joe Rantz, the main character if you will.  Joe had a rough upbringing filled with loss and independence.  Once he begins rowing, he has to learn to trust the other boys in the boat which is one of his biggest life lessons.  The boys in the boat go on to row in the Olympics before Hitler with all odds against them.  This book is brilliantly written and I can only hope a movie comes of it 🙂

Striped Summer Casual.

IMG_4749I finally got a pair of Converse sneakers that are pretty much the ultimate city walking shoe. The best part is that I can wear them with jeans or casual dresses, like this tee-dress.

IMG_4757(Hat & Dress- Forever 21)

IMG_4759(Super cute jean bag- Forever 21)

IMG_4756I have been trying really hard to fill my closet with really basic pieces. I’ve been getting inspired by all of these minimalist closets that people have been showcasing. It’s not easy to part with flashy things that you hardly ever wear but these few basic pieces can be swapped out in so many different ways to create entirely new looks. Happy Summer everyone!

Simple Summer.

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I picked up these Tom’s wedges at a recent sale at Nordstrom’s and they’ve been the best picks for this summer.  They jazz up a simple outfit and are the most comfortable heels I’ve ever owned.  I can wear them all day and walk good distances in them.

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I like the detailing on this simple duster.

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What’s your go to simple summer outfit?  Share the link in your comment and we will check it out 🙂