golden years

Sunday, November 23, 2014

the sage fox // a giveaway

i'm so excited to be hosting a giveaway for the coolest christmas ornament shop around: the sage fox. the crafty lady behind the magic, emily, handmade or painted all of these cute, cute ornaments herself! and the winner of this giveaway will receive the assorted package pictured in the last photo of this post.

so here's how it enter you just have to follow the sage fox on instagram. and to earn BONUS names in the hat, you can:

+ favorite the sage fox on etsy
+ follow this blog via blogger or bloglovin
+ follow my instagram @shaylalilian
+ tag 2 friends on my instagram giveaway post

comment on this post and let me know which of these you did! a winner will be randomly selected and announced next week on sunday, november 30th. may the odds be ever in your favor...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

california weekend

ready to be confused? nicolaus and i had chose to go california last weekend to save some money getting his surfboards to australia. 

but it makes more sense than you think...we are going to australia this christmas and us flying the boards down there would have cost $200 each way (!!!) and my sister taking them on her flight is going to be free because her airline isn't a fun hater. and since her family is flying out of california, we swung a little weekend road trip down there to store the boards at her in-laws for them to take when they meet us in australia.

and i'm happy it all worked out in that weird, confusing way because we got a really fun trip out of it! we drove down to ventura thursday night with our friends bryan and kevin, slept at their house for a few hours, then went straight to the beach. where the boys surfed and i slept/lay out in a happy beach coma for a solid five hours. then we got some mexican food and hung out for a little longer before nicolaus and i headed down to encinitas. we hit some traffic driving through venice, so when i spotted general store (who i have cyber-stalked for awhile now), we made a pit stop and i drooled over every single item in the shop (it is like pinterest/instagram heaven in there). i turned 100% superfan and luckily the girl working was so sweet and instead of making fun of me/thinking i was a big weirdo/just fanned out right alongside me. haha nicolaus also entertained my craziness and helped pick out the most beautiful wall hanging!

we made one more pit stop along the way at huntington beach and met up with a few friends to have a bonfire and roast some hot dogs and marshmallows. it was so fun to see jake and ashley and their babes and meet a few of their friends! and eventually we made it down to encinitas where we stayed up for a bit chatting before crashing for the night.

the next morning, nicolaus woke up early to go surfing with our friend clayton, and i woke up early to go yard sale-ing with my sister's mother-in-law, laurie. we both had excellent times and i have quite a few treasures to prove it! ranging from a possum skull to ceramic dishes to harry potter books. laurie is a master yard-saler and i always love going with her when we're down there.

that afternoon, nicolaus and i headed down to the beach and soaked in some more sun and i even tried surfing! i've tried maybe twice before and never had much success, but this time i was able to stand up a few times and even ride out an entire wave!! it was SO much fun and i felt so accomplished. even though most times i popped up from the water only to hear nick's hyena laugh over how silly i looked flailing about when i fell off the board. haha and i don't blame him even a little bit..

aaanyways this post is turning into way more of a novel than i had planned, but the rest of the time was filled with chocolatey drinks from chuao, browsing through an incredible home store filled with the most beautiful scandanavian designs, dinner with friends, fresh donuts, late night chats, outlet shopping and lots and lots of driving to good music and good conversation. have i mentioned that i love road trips? they are mine and nick's happy place. 

p.s. while i was at a yard sale, i met the sweetest lady who was raising money for a service dog for her son with autism. and this is link to her campaign if you would like to check it out!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

indian summer

we've enjoyed a bit of a prolonged summer this year. last saturday morning we hung out at south jordan skate park with some friends and soaked in what may have been the last of the summer rays (it's been snowing and negative a million degrees since then). also, for some reason i've been in a bit of a writing funk lately, so i'll just leave it at that and let the photos do the rest.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

pinspiration + lately

you may have already noticed, but my blog has had a little makeover in the last few weeks. i've changed the name from 'shayla lilian' to 'golden years' as an ode to this song. and i've added and been working on a few new pages. i've finished the about and shop pages if you'd like to check them out!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

a book a month // da vinci code

the latest book i finished reading listening to was da vinci code by dan brown. i read angels & demons a few months ago and couldn't put it down and raved about it to anyone who would listen. and while da vinci code also left me on the edge of my seat, i can't say i loved it quite as much. i think it's because there were a lot of parallels between the two books, so this one didn't seem as fresh of an idea or characters.

but with all that said, i still thought it was a great, fun read and would recommend it to anyone. and i'm also probably going to buy the movie, because i've never seen it. also, i think i may be a good ten years behind the dan brown craze. haha oh well..and just like the rest of the world, i think his books are exciting and interesting and are slowly but surely turning me into a conspiracy theorist.

and, as always, i would like to share a few favorite quotes from the book:

"men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire."

"history is always written by the winners. when two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. as napoleon once said, 'what is history, but a fable agreed upon?'"

"faith-acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove."

"when a question has no correct answer, there is only one honest response. the gray area between yes and no. silence."

"authors, he thought. even the sane ones are nuts."

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

family photos part two

fun fact: the other day, a girl asked me if i had just gotten engaged. and she was pretty confused when i said that i had been married for three years...but i guess she saw some of these photos on tracy hill's facebook photography page and thought they were engagements. haha which i guess that basically are! aaanyways, here is the second part to our family photos, which i am also in love with :) because, again, tracy hill is the best photo taker and kaitlin farmer is the best floral crown maker!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

family photos part one

a tradition that i really wanted to keep after we got married was take family photos every year. a tradition that i didn't get around to doing until our third anniversary was take family photos. ha, buuut i finally got around to it and will hopefully stick to it! i even like having family photos without kids, cause i think it's still fun to see how you grow and change over the years. 
and i am soo happy with how these turned out!! they were taken by the incredible tracy hill, who also took our wedding photos. and the mastermind behind that pretty flower crown was her friend kaitlin