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Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Sundance was one of the first places John and I discovered upon our move to Utah in 2010 and it completely bowled us over. In fact, it STILL bowls me over every time I visit. I spent this past weekend in Utah and on Sunday, my good friend Sarah + her husband Mike took me up to Sundance for an amazing brunch at The Foudry Grill.

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris
Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

After breakfast, we spent a little time shopping (I’ll take one of everything, please!) and wandering around the resort. Just being amidst the trees + the mountains felt so refreshing. One of these days, I want to rent out one of the cabins (or yurts!) and wake up and breathe in that crisp alpine air with a hot cup of coffee in hand. Heaven.

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris


Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

From there, we jumped back in the car and went for a scenic drive through the Alpine Loop, stopping along the way for photos. This time of year is an absolute dream in Utah. The temperature is no longer too cold and not yet too hot and it feels amazing. I’m so glad my trip happened to coincide with the perfect weather!

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

If ever you get the opportunity to visit Utah, I highly recommend stopping by Sundance. Not only does the resort have so much to offer (including Full Moon lift rides!), but the idyllic drive through Provo Canyon to get there is worth the trip all on it’s own!


The past two weeks have been jam-packed with fun. Here’s the abridged version:

Saw the amazingly talented Jessica Hische at the local college with my co-workers.

Flew home to help Amy with an amazing event in LA. WOW is all I can say about it. Just wow. You can get the full scoop here, thanks to Paige.

John’s family came to visit this past weekend and we did just about everything you can do in Utah. It was such a blast and I really miss living closer to them.

On Friday, we visited Provo Canyon, Sundance, and Park City…whew! My favorite part of the day was having dinner and drinks at Blue Iguana. Good food, good company, good day.

On Saturday, we visited Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake, followed by a trip to Salt Lake and a quick stop at the Sweet Tooth Fairy (obviously).

On Sunday, we hiked up to the Timpanogos Caves. Holy moly, was that a hike! Great workout and gorgeous scenery.

And now I’ve got lots of material to include in my Autumn Eleven book! Photos to come…


Salt Lake City | September 2011

I could write a book on all the reasons I love Fall. Yes, I realize summer hasn’t exactly left the building just yet, but we have been enjoying cooler temps, shorter days, and changing leaves here in Utah…oh happy day! Today I picked up a Pumpkin Spice Latte on my lunch break and it has been inspiring me to list all the things I love about this season:

  • I’ve said it a million times before and I will say it again: boots, scarves, and sweaters! This is, after all, why I moved to Utah, right? (okay, that’s a lie). It’s the benefit to living in a landlocked state…you can actually wear all of your cute Fall attire during Fall without sweating profusely, like you do in California. (I still love you, CA). (Also, this has been one heck of a bullet point).
  • Fall foliage! Color color and more color! If you want to see proof, check this out.
  • As I already mentioned, pumpkin spice lattes! And I mean, full-fat, full-sugar, fully loaded PSL’s. This is the one place where you should absolutely, positively not attempt to cut calories.
  • Being able to leave the windows open and the A/C off all day long. I love how chilly it makes our apartment each morning and night.
  • Drinking tea after dinner, while snuggled up on the couch with John, while watching a little TV. Which reminds me…
  • The return of good TV! Parks + Rec, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Office, 30 Rock, Modern Family…the list goes on.
  • Looking forward to seeing Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge this coming November in SLC!
  • Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the decorating, shopping, and eating that goes with it.
  • Everything!
P.S. you can see more of my autumn inspiration on my pinboard here!

So the thing about Utah is, nobody drinks coffee. Okay, maybe a few people in Salt Lake imbibe from time to time, but as a blanket statement, this state does not care for my beverage of choice.* As a result, this can throw off my caffeinated needs. Here are a few examples of my coffee-finding adventures:

  • Krispy Kreme. One day, as I was heading back to work from my lunch break, I decided to swing by Krispy Kreme (under the assumption that a donut chain just might sell coffee) to pick up a drink. I placed my order at the drive-thru, waited patiently in line, got up to the window to pay only to be told “Oh sorry, we ran out of water.” Ummm…what? What national food chain runs out of water??? Result: no coffee for me.
  • In’N’Out. When I realized In’N’Out sold coffee I knew I HAD to get one! So I placed my order and they told me they needed to make the coffee first. I’m pretty sure I was the first one to break in their coffeemaker. Result: After they brewed a pot for me, a nice young worker brought it to our table and apologized about the wait. Kudos, In’N’Out. You are representing my home state well.
  • Subway. During our lunch break, I asked for a 12 oz coffee to take back to work with me. The cashier said “Coffee?” and blankly stared at her co-worker, who then informed me that they “didn’t have any coffee.” Too bad I could see the coffee pot AND the coffee cups in plain view. Result: no coffee for me.
  • 9th South Delicatessen. Today in Salt Lake when I ordered a drip coffee, the guy had to check to see if anyone had made any coffee for the day (mind you, it was 4pm). He then told me “we don’t get a lot of coffee orders around here.” Tell me about it. Result: he nicely made sure that the coffee was fresh and I was a happy customer. Good job, SLC.
* There actually is a Starbucks here in Orem, but the problem is, it’s on the opposite side of town from where I work. If I’m in dire need, I will spend my whole lunch break driving from one side of town to the other. All in the name of those heavenly coffee beans…

Although I’m not much for summer and am more than happy to see it winding down, I’ve been trying to make the most of this sweaty time of year (while keeping the AC cranking nonstop, of course).

Last weekend, John and I did a little thrifting/exploring up in the Salt Lake area. One of my favorite things to do is get out and walk around the neighborhoods, while trying to imagine what it would be like to live there. And trust me, I could easily see myself living in one of those cute little Craftsman-style homes on a tree-lined street, with a blooming garden and a porch swing. (Not that I’ve given it much thought or anything.)

I finally got to see the 9th and 9th neighborhood! Even though most of the stores were closed, I instantly fell in love with the place. Definitely need to go again soon.

The DI never fails to amaze me with their wide selection of… fashion-forward pieces. How about this sexy number? Who doesn’t love a good vest dress?

I’ve been taking as many Zumba classes as I possibly can! You guys, Zumba here is awesome! Definitely more hip hop than Latin, and that is a-okay with me. I took it a few times back home and wasn’t nearly as impressed with it as I am here. Utah knows how to get down!

And of course, after any good workout you need to refuel. Luckily, I live with the enchilada master, who is not afraid to rock pink oven mitts. What would I do without my built-in chef?

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Yesterday while I was out running errands, I decided to make a quick detour to Provo. And of course, being that it was Sunday, the place was a ghost town. I felt like I had the whole city to myself to snap photos (including Polaroids with expired film – not bad, eh?) and take in as much inspiration as possible. I really do love that place. In fact, it fulfilled me so much that I went home and took a nice long nap.

Ahhh, Sundays in Utah.

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Saturdays are my favorite day of the week (obvious statement?) and yesterday was one of the best.

Highlights included: cranking out four layouts in the morning. quick trip to sunflower to pick up potted plants (which are from oxnard, funnily enough). great workout at the gym. craft lake city! picking up three prints + a knitted hat. walking around downtown and taking tons of photos. thinking about going on a trip this coming november for our anniversary/my birthday. dinner at chipotle and a latte from b+n in sugarhouse. home to watch secrets from a stylist. perfect day.

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This past weekend, my mom flew out to see me and it was so nice to have her around. Despite the fact that I’m nearly a quarter century old, I’ve never outgrown the “separation anxiety” phase of life. I still miss my family + friends terribly, but luckily we’re just a short flight apart. So needless to say, having her here made things a million times better!

Chair lift + walking around Sundance.

Cupcakes at The Sweet Tooth Fairy.

Alpine Slide, Alpine Coaster + Zip Line in Park City.

Exploring Main Street in Park City by bus and foot.

Sunday shopping trip at The Gateway in SLC.

Each day was jam-packed with fun activities and let me tell you…I am beat! I think one of the best things about being the tour guide is that it feels like I’m on a vacation, even though I live here. I remember it used to be the same way when we lived in San Diego. I love having out-of-towners come visit!

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