June 26, 2014

brooke's wedding.





okay, cue immaculate june sunshine + the happiest couple alive. it was a great day to be a bridesmaid! the temple sealing was perfect, and, per usual, i shed a few tears. i am just incredibly elated when i see people in love, people ready to start their lives together, the dawning of a brand new family. being around that kind of love is moving. it's motivating. brooke and scott are just enchanted with each other--& the whole experience sends a new wave of gratitude for my wedding day and for the guy that god sent to take care of me.

it's great to get a reminder of the promises that jordan and i made to each other a few years ago. the thought of being together forever is a tough one to digest, but it is truly tremendous. how lucky are we.

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ps--i over heard that there were 100 couples married that day. one hundred! can you imagine sharing your special day with 200 other people in the same location? ha!


June 24, 2014

my guilty pleasures.



in a production meeting at ksl, we were discussing doing a segment about our guilty pleasures on the show. that kind of exposes something a little personal and gets down to the nitty-gritty, right? what are the things you do when you’re alone? what do you eat that you would be embarrassed to admit? it got me thinking of those things i like to do behind closed doors. honestly, there are many bad habits i have, and plenty of activities i engage it that deserve just a hint of embarrassment. i wanted to capture a couple, so i can come back and laugh at myself someday.

trashy tv—this mostly pertains to 3 specific shows: sex and the city, gossip girl, and the hills. i have seen all episodes of these 3 shows, some even multiple times. when i turn on one of these shows and snuggle up on my couch, i’m just like, “ahhhh. yes.” and it’s perfection.

oh man, sex and the city is pretty trashy and i deserve judgment for watching this. but the witty dialogue and the new york glamour are just too tempting for me to refuse! carrie bradshaw, the writer, living in her adorable UES apartment attending parties and getting books published? that was me in another life. (minus the sex) i also really love that 4 women who are so fundamentally different can be so close to one another. i really like and connect with that idea.

lauren conrad is my celebrity idol, now and forever. she is seriously perfect—well spoken, invested in her career, fashionable but always classy. this girl crush is serious. i know that the hills is scripted, i know it has no plot, and i know the characters are basically overpaid drama queens. but seriously, i could marathon all 6 seasons in one day. it’s just so juicy!

gossip girl—i really have no explanation for this one. my husband loves it, so i feel justified in getting caught up in the dramatic story lines. but seriously, how can you not love chuck and blair?

donuts are one of my go-to friends when i need something sweet. (which is a regular occurrence.) the part that makes this a little humiliating is that i can eat like half a dozen, by myself, and not get that sick. when we were in the orlando airport, i ate two krispy kremes and felt like i had hardly taken the edge off of my sugar craving! isn’t that awful?

anyway, provo city bakery and beyond glazed are my favorites beyond those good old krispy kremes. beyond glazed makes a donut with cookies and cream cheese frosting that seriously knocks my socks off. it is good enough that i’d consider framing a picture of it in my house. seriously though. i can hear my arteries clogging with each bite, but it’s worth it-- every once in a while. i can’t get enough of that sugary, over the top sweetness that makes you hyper for a few hours. 

i thought maybe frosting deserved its own guilty pleasure category, but since it’s more of a topping, here is the honorable mention. i could eat that stuff out of the can. i mean, i have, but i try not to. i call it the ‘frosting factor’, and the quality of it can make or break a number of desserts. you can turn around a mediocre cookie with some thick, rich frosting. vice versa. you can ruin a donut, a pan of brownies, and cake with poorly made frosting. (none of this whipped cream crap. i need substance!) that was a really round a bout way of saying, swig sugar cookies are another guilty pleasure. i wish they had like, 9% more frosting—but they are pretty close to perfection.

in n out—the meat is fresh, the spread is tangy, and i have perfected my order so that i get just enough to fill me up, but not make me sick. it is paradise in my mouth, and we are in that drive thru line waaay more often than normal, healthy people should be.

the kennedy’s—i read ‘killing kennedy’ last year and it sparked a mini-obsessed with him and jackie, which lasted through 4 or 5 more books and a couple of documentaries. there is something so captivatingly mysterious about them. so cool and collected on the outside, but full of tumultuous times on the inside. they are mystery wrapped up in sophistication, and i can list off an embarrassingly long list of facts i know about them.

british romantic novels—this is so random. but those little phrases, idioms, and replacement words they use in the uk are so cute! the stories are total fluff with almost no substance, but somehow reading it in a british accent makes it all funnier in my head. kathleen tessaro and sophie kinsella are my 2 favorite authors of this genre.

i snapchat like it is my job. it's the only way i can feel justified taking selfies, and so i abuse and overuse it on the daily. (in my defense, it is one of the main forms of communication i have with my friends.)

other things came to mind like jane austen novels, random documentaries, spending time alone…but the thing is, i don’t feel guilty for those things! i feel guilty for my obese attitude towards donuts and my insatiable appetite for re-watching sex and the city, but alone time? i don’t ever question asking for that.

i realized in thinking about all of these things that should make me feel “guilty”, that i kind of cherish them. even though i should always be striving for improvement, i like these little quirks about myself. i like them in other people, too. they make us human.

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June 19, 2014

food in provo.

provo cuisine has really been nailin' it lately. snow cones the size of my head, fresh cilantro lime dressing at cubby's, the food truck round up, and of course, provo city bakery donuts. it may not have a lot to offer in the way of culture or diversity--but this little town steps up to the plate with unique, authentic, delicious food. there are always new restaurants to try, and tons of classic places we like frequenting. (ahem, in n out. i love you forever.) and even though there are things i dislike about being here, the food really does makes up for a lot of it. :)





June 17, 2014

the caribbean.







you guys, this vacation. it was unreal. it is that one vacation that we will keep talking about in 20 years because it was so full of perfectly hilarious and adventurous memories. a few reasons this time was particularly memorable to me:

1.       i’m not usually a “cruise” type of vacationer (i like to do what i want, when i want. you know?) but disney spares NO expense. after pirate night, there was a fireworks show off the ship that was timed to the music from pirates of the carribean. i could have cried, it was so wonderful. broadway style disney shows, jazz music in the lobby, the NBA finals shown on a giant screen above the pool, a movie theatre, (maleficient and million dollar arm are both worth a full price ticket, easy) and every disney movie ever made on demand in our state room, not to mention the food. (there were krispy kremes on board. krispy kremes!!!!) disney knows how to shell out a good, if not opulent, time.

2.        all of our excursions were insanely fun & very authentic. like, riding in a rickety bus through the jungles of jamaica on a two lane road the size of a one lane road, bona fide stuff. i love going off the tourist-beaten path and having unique experiences. chartering a private sailboat through the cayman islands had to be my favorite, though. that turquoise water! it’ll get to ya.

3.        no cell phones. as a cereal picture taker, i ended the trip with hardly any. i didn’t whip out my nice camera once—and although im beating myself up a tiny bit, having no cell service (and not worrying about capturing the picture-perfect moments that happened every 2 seconds) did my soul good. i just soaked up each experience and relished having distraction-free attention from family. for the first time, i’m content with a lot of memories being only etched in my mind, not in my phone.

4.       this vacation was the first time we all really let loose in front of each other. jordan’s sister ciara and i have always had a good relationship, but it was during this week that i thought, you are my sister now. we reached maximum comfort, and it was a big deal to me. jordan’s dad is literally the most serious person i have ever met—he does not speak unless absolutely necessary and is as professional as they come. (unrelated, but he’s also the most talented and athletic man alive. the dude is good at everything he does.) anyway, he was goofy in front of me. he has a goofy side! accents and dancing and fake tantrums? where did this guy come from? that was the glue that sealed this extra close-ness together. i feel like a stastny.


5.       i rediscovered my appreciation for mother earth. #gettinhoaxy --but really, i feel as though my personal magnetic field was rel-aligned with earth’s simply through enjoying her, through being present. there was a connection—me, god and the ocean. me, god, and the beach. me, god, and the jungle. me, god and that endless sky. there is a re-set that goes off in me whenever i take a lot of quality time to soak in this beautiful earth. bountiful is the only word i can think of. this re-set is refreshing, and it’s been the perfect springboard back into real, busy, hectic, stressed out, life. which really, isn’t so bad.

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June 5, 2014

cannon beach.






+ the beach was foggy, romantic perfection that day. jordan flipped his beach bike within 5 minutes of getting it. he got it all on video, & i laughed so hard i snorted. my mom and i danced along the coast, and we ended the day with a burger tavern & back seat cuddles. cannon beach, you are 100% dreamy and i'll be back for you. 

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June 3, 2014

june 3.





1-7: my girls were in town this last week! i only had 3 nights between weekend trips to squeeze in as much partying as possible, and it was worth the lost sleep, 100 times over. they are perfection, is what these girls are. chicken soup for the soul. they act as my own personal motivators. like a fitness trainer, but for life. i come away from them feeling great about myself--but equally energized to be better. you know, to see the good in people and flourish where i'm planted, blah blah. anyway, they are magical humans.

8 & 9: we celebrated a faux birthday for my sister ashlyn, so we could send her the pictures of us having a great time with out her. happy 20th, sister clark! (no, but i actually thought this was such a cute idea. also that chin-strap on the birthday hat was cutting off the circulation to my dad's neck and i couldn't stop laughing about it. my family is hilarious i think.)

10: our first summer picnic happened! we fed the ducks after we ate, and we left realizing that we had skipped over the baby ducklings. jordan was so upset about this & i could have just melted in a puddle of cuteness on the sidewalk right there.

11: the summer issue of be wise is available! this is the first issue that i have contributed to, & honestly i love the way it all turned out. you can check it out here.

12: our boise weekend was ideal, to say the least. it was exhausting, but that's because we were having too much fun to sleep very much. (speaking of exhausting..because of the back to back trips + work + internships + friends in town, i haven't had a good night's sleep in like, 2 weeks. and it looks like a bomb has gone off in front of my closet. when was the last time my apartment got vacuumed? i had to go and buy new underwear because i haven't had a second for laundry. this is the ugly side of summer fun.) we hiked table rock and hit up the boise market (one of my pockets) on saturday with a few friends--good conversation, a perfect 78 degrees, and the city of trees. splendid! this day was splendid.

13: my sweet sister-in-law ciara went through the lds temple on friday night. being in the temple with people you love is my little slice of heaven, and i feel that i am floating above all the worry and murkiness that usually envelops my life, even if it's just for a few hours. i love this girl way, way too much. i can't wait for her to find her place and her joy in tahiti.

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