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Seattle, WA

Farewell Seattle

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For me, I will always remember Seattle as the city of dreams. I came here for the first time as a 20 year old, interning with Nordstrom’s buying department and I’m leaving, days away from being a wife, living my dream that I created for myself full-time.

Zach and I came to this Seattle on June 1st, 2015 with $33 in our pockets and a whole lot of dreams. Now, 15 months later, I’m leaving with wealth. A wealth of happiness, love and a general feeling of content with our life thus far.

As I drove through these streets one last time as a “Seattleite,” I can’t help but see myself in every experience I’ve had along the way. It all whirls by me fast but plays out in slow motion, just like a movie. Meeting one of my best friends at the Sculpture park, standing on the corner of 6th and Pine, calling my mom, jumping up and down crying because Nordstrom had just offered me my “dream job,” the hours I’ve spent in a little coffee shop writing blog posts and the apartment unit that we have called home for this roller coaster ride of a year we’ve had.

I can’t help but be sentimental as I write this. I moved to Seattle truly believing I’d live here for at least the next three decades of my life On June 1st we had renewed our lease thinking we’d easily be in spend another year in the Emerald City (but as I’ve learned, no one calls it that). But in mid-June of this year, Zach and I came to a reality-shattering realization. I was sitting in an apartment in downtown all day, working hard to pay the extortionate rent so I would have a place to sit and work. It made zero sense.

Lately in Seattle, we’ve felt trapped. We’ve felt like we have learned all we can and tapped out the resources for what we do. I have the most flexibility of anyone I know because of this blog, yet I spend most of my days looking outside from in, on my laptop, in the same apartment. We were getting married in just a couple weeks and on a whim decided to sell nearly everything and we will be spending the first few years married traveling across the U.S. in an RV. If you want to shop a TON of items I’m getting rid of, shop (@shopchicstreetstyle). Ok, I know what you are thinking, an RV for a fashion blogger?! I thought the same thing. That is, until I saw things like this and this on Pinterest.

Zach and his dad have told me that we should be living this way for over a year. I didn’t take it seriously until very recently. We can live debt-free and own something, which for a recent college-grad is something special. We can work on designing it together, exactly how we want it (and by we, I mean me showing Zach things on Pinterest and him building them for me) and above all, we can be free.

We can follow our wanderlust where it takes us. We can spend our first few years married having experiences, rather than living in a gluttonous reality in the middle of a city. But before you all panic, this will change nothing about the way I dress. I will be able to get back to my blogging roots, which I believe is the reason I have so many amazing followers today – traveling using versatile basics, styled in an inspiring way. Because if you have been following for a while, you remember me living out of one suitcase for that summer I interned at Nordstrom headquarters or lived in Italy for four months in one suitcase, never repeating a single outfit.

I think it will be so exciting to constantly be traveling to new places, sharing travel guides with all of you. I’ll be able to share our RV renovation with you all along the way. P.S. I’m totally coining the term “Glam-V,” because the thought of living in a typical RV still freaks me out a bit.

For those of you wanting the “plan,” here it is. We are moving, driving our RV (that we bought this morning!) from Seattle to Iowa so it can be stored (and restored) at my in-laws barn. We are going up to Minneapolis to spend a week before the wedding and get married  – eek! Then, we are headed back down to Iowa to renovate the in process Glam-V. We will be living in Iowa for a few weeks with my in-laws as we do this. From there, I believe we are going to Moab, Utah to meet up with friends in September.

In closing, I came to Seattle to find a career, but between all the moments and living our life here, what I really found was myself.

I would love to hear what you guys want me to share on this new chapter, I’m all ears! Do you want posts about the renovation of the Glam-V? Small space hacks? Travel guides? I want to know!

As always, thank you for reading and supporting us.

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32 Responses

  1. I am so excited for your Journey!! Thank you for taking us al0ng. Remember to cherish each moment of your wedding. It goes by way too fast 💗

    • Brenna

      Thank you so much, Nicholle! P.S. the name of your blog is too cute.

      xo,
      Brenna

  2. Hannah

    Love!! Congrats. Hearing about the remodel, of course before and afters, how you’re deciding to redo it, and why you chose the rv you did would be awesome and inspiring to read. Congratulations again!

    • Brenna

      Absolutely doing all of that! Thank you so much for the support, Hannah!

      xo,
      Brenna

  3. Heather

    Eek! This is so exciting! I am so happy for you and whats to come in your amazing life – your plan sounds perfectly suited to your zest for life amd adventure. I would lOVe to see a blog post about the glam-v reno, and i think mini travel guides from your favourite stops would be perfect!

    • Brenna

      Aw, thank you so much! I am absolutely doing all of the above.

      xo,
      Brenna

  4. Amy Kennedy

    Wow! Congratulations and way to inspire all of us! Just thinking of how this “Change” Changes everything for you- its so liberating and free! A move from the known and predictable to a life of amazing adventure! Wishing you the very best of everything!

    • Brenna

      It is SO freeing! Saying goodbye to expensive rent and having the freedom (time, money-wise and now that we are able) to go anywhere, is the same feeling of right before you jump into a waterfall, it’s the only way I can describe it.

      Thanks so much,
      Brenna

  5. Kylan

    Wow, brenna. Congratulations. That sounds Like the perfect life to me. I envy you. I pray everything goes well, and that you zacH continue living the amazing lives you’ve created for yourselves.

    • Brenna

      Aw thank you, Kylan! You are seriously the sweetest follower.

      xo,
      Brenna

  6. Charlene

    Brenna, what Astonishing news! Congratulations to you and Zach on your new adventure. You are both very courageous to break away and try something so different. I have always found the Tiny house lifestyle fascinating, if I had two lifetimes I would be doing it for sure. You are smart to do this while you have the chance. Personally as far as your blog, I would love to see how you renovate your RV and learn about the adventures, ups, and downs of your new lifestyle. You are such a creative, thorough, Talented Blogger I really think you can do justice to this topic and open other peoples’ eyes to the possibilities as to how to create their own best lifestyle! WHoever would have thought of combining street style with RV living but you will make something incredible I am sure 🙂 Best of luck!!

    • Brenna

      Hi Charlene,

      Thank you so much! And yes, I did too! We all can get by with so little but “have to have” so much. Most of the world lives in their cultural equivalent of a “tiny house.” I will certainly share all of the above! And you are so sweet.

      xo,
      Brenna

  7. Kimberley Boyle

    So Excited for you. It will be an amzing expeRiencE and I’m glad to have had the chance to meet you bOth. I’ll Be watching your jouRney along the way. God bless you!

    • Brenna

      Aw thanks Kimberley, it was an honor meeting you and your beautiful daughter and getting to know you beauties. If I’m ever back in Seattle, you and Jess are the first on my “coffee date” list!

      xo,
      Brenna

  8. Wow, you’re about to begin such an exciting journey! I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life and things have definitely changed throughout the years! I wish you the best of luck and look forward to reading about your transition into your new journey and how it makes an impact on you personally as well as your career! 🙂

    • Brenna

      Aw thank you. Love the city but completely agree! And thanks so much.

      xo,
      Brenna

  9. Taryn

    I am all ears for small space hacks as I am confined in the middle of DC! Do you plan on having a sort of “capsule” closet? I would really like to downsize my closet because I simply have way too much I don’t wear or love, but know I have to have the basics/get over my fear of not fully stocking my closet 🙂

    • Brenna

      Well I can’t wait to share what Zach and I come up with! We have so many ideas. And yes! 100%! I think having a closet made of 90% versatile, yet stylish, basics with 10% pieces that make you swoon is the best formula! I will be sharing.

      xo,
      Brenna

  10. Magen

    I can’t wait to read about your glam-V and I’m personally very excited to hear about all three topics, from the renovation and small space hacks to the travel guides. SO happy for you and Zach and looking forward to the outfits you’ll be putting together during your travels!

    • Brenna

      Aw thanks, Magen! I will definitely include that!

      xo,
      Brenna