Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Sayings {Be Gentle}

Hey y'all,

I think sometime we get caught up in everything and we forget to just take a breathe and do the best we can. I have been so busy with work and some personal stuff that I have let this space go to the wayside. That is okay. Right now, blogging isn't in my top five priorities and that's fine. I would rather run to the gym and get a great workout in then write a few posts (if you know me in real life that might shock you) but I know that I will keep trying to do my best in sharing content here and I hope you give me some leeway. 

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What's on your plate this week?

Thanks y'all!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday {PBX Formal}

With KR
Hey y'all,

A few Saturdays ago I attended PBX's Spring Formal. It was a great night of dinner but being the faculty advisor, I didn't stay for the dancing after the various awards. I can't believe it was my very last formal but it was a wonderful event at the Hope Valley Country Club in Durham.

With MP (aka former Prez)
Dress: Express (old, I wore it back in 2013 here)
Shoes: Target (old, similar)
Bangles: Kate Spade-bridesmaid & this is the year(old)
Clutch (not pictured): Kate Spade

With the Current Fam! Me, Great-Grandlittle CF, GG-Grandlittle GB & the most recent addition EP my GGG-Grandlittle
Where do you find cocktail attire?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Four

Hey y'all,

Yet again, Mondays got to me. I had such a busy weekend helping out at church for Holy Week that I didn't get around to writing a post and yesterday was jam packed with catching up after a holiday weekend and a couple meetings. Anyway, I'm continuing the theme of getting to know me with a quick post revolving the number four. While four actually isn't my favorite number I saw this post on MCW's blog and I thought it was a great idea.

Four Nicknames
Jess
J.Dris
Messy Jessie
JD

Four Jobs I've Had
Babysitter
Crew Member at Wendy's
Sales Floor Team Member at Target
Office Assistant

Four Movies I've Watched More Than Once
Sweet Home Alabama
Pride and Prejudice
What a Girl Wants
Two Weeks Notice

Four Things in my Purse
Kate Spade Agenda
EOS Lip Balm in Vanilla Mint
Socks-I walk at lunch time and leave my sneakers at my desk
Claritin-I always forget to take it otherwise

Four Books I'd Recommend
Persuasion by Austen
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Four Cars I've Driven
Pontiac Grand Am-the car I learned to drive on
Toyota Corolla-My current car
BMW  5 series-My Mom's old car
Toyota 4Runner-My Dad's car

Four Places I've Visited
Paris, France
London, England
Barcelona, Spain
Venice, Italy
 
Four Places on my Bucketlist
Rome, Italy
Scotland
Greece
Portugal
 
Four of my Favorite Foods
Beef Stroganoff
Chocolate Froyo
Pineapple
Cheddar Cheese 

Four TV Shows I Watch
The Blacklist
Scandal
Reign
The Originals 

Four Things I'm Looking Forward to in 2015
Trip to Atlanta in July
Bridesmaid Fun for lSc's wedding in 2016
Fleet Feet 4 Miler in less than 2 weeks
Visiting my Parents in June

What are 4 things you are looking forward to this spring/summer?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Love List & Part-Time Princess {Thursday Night Writes}

Hey y'all,

It's Thursday, and my last day of work for the week, so before I go and spend the evening reading since I really don't have a bedtime I thought I would share some of my recent reads. I also went to the library yesterday so I'm fully stocked for the long weekend.
 
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Description:
Falling in love is just not on Nora King’s To Do List…
Neither is accidentally super-gluing her shoe to her hand right before the biggest presentation of her life!
With all the hard work she’d put into securing the family business after her father’s death, Nora has no choice but to accept help from a knight in shining armor.
Disaster relief worker Ethan Love is still haunted by his last deployment, and desperate for distraction. He’s in town to ask Nora for a major favor, and swooping in to save her presentation is a sure way to get her on side.
As Ethan sticks around and helps Nora through her grief, her barriers tumble down…but will she dare to swap her To Do lists for a How to Fall in Love list?

Opinion:
 A cute short read, this book was a bit predictable but essentially, Nora is attempting to salvage her family's company after the loss of her father but she is so stressed she accidentally super glues her shoe right before the big presentation. Well, in walks her ex-brother-in-law to save the day. It was a good fun read but not one of my favorites or something I would recall when recommending books to a friend.
 
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Description:
Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, American, former biker-bar cocktail waitress desperate to find a job. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to travel to Fredonia, the tiny jewel of a country in the Alps, for ten days ‘tops’ to impersonate her.
Say what? How the heck is that going to happen?
In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people teach Lucy how to dress, walk, talk, eat, be coiffed and even get naked like a European Lady.
The goal?
To keep Crown Prince Cristoph Timmel interested in Elizabeth until she finishes her unexpected, pressing personal business in the States.
But fate intervenes… Lucy meets and is wildly attracted to sexy, bad-boy Nick on the oh-so-long flights to Fredonia. Unfortunately for Lucy—Nick and Elizabeth have a hot sexual history, which Nick wants to immediately resume.
Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What's an imposter girl to do? Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess but continues to fall for the wrong Prince of Fredonia—Nick. When another tiny glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her.
The only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.
When the real Lady Elizabeth decides she’s not marrying Cristoph and never returning to Fredonia, Lucy’s faced with an uncomfortable decision—continue her deception, marry the prince she’s not in love with and live a dream life albeit without Nick, her dream guy? Or tell the truth and return to poverty and oblivion?

Opinion:
I thought this was such a quick read and since it is marked as the first in a series I am interested to know where the next book ventures. Essentially, Lucy due to circumstances loses her job and when looking through the paper finds a listing for a part-time assistant position. Well, it's not an assistant position as it is for Lucy to fill in for Lady Elizabeth Billingsley as she deals with family business. Lucy takes a crash course in how to be a lady and luckily has some pretty amazing ladies in waiting when she lands in the small country of Fredonia. This was a fun, quick read and I laughed on more than one occasion.

What are your currently reading?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday {Late March}

Hey y'all,

It's another Wednesday so I thought I would share some more outfits with a What I Wore Wednesday posts. Here are some random outfits and occassions that have come up over the last week or so.

Kinky Boots at DPAC
Dress: Banana Republic Outlet
Cardigan: Target
Scarf: Light Years
Shoes: Sam Edleman via Nordstrom Rack
Teaching Sunday School
T-Shirt: Church Issued
Jeans: Target
Flats: Target
Bag: Longchamp via Nordstrom
Work
Scarf: Gift
Tank: Old Navy
Cardigan: Target (old)
Skirt: LOFT Outlet (old)
Casual Friday
Tank: LOFT Outlet
Jeans: Old Navy
Cardigan: Target
Bag: C.Wonder
Church and Watching Basketball
Sweatshirt: Sorority Pullover
Jeans: Target
Scarf: Peach Roots
Sorority Easter Dinner
 Dress: J.Crew (old, ebay find)
Jean Jacket: Old Navy
Bubble Necklace: Carrie Grace
Shoes: Jack Rogers

What's your favorite thing in your closet for Spring?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Currently...

Hey y'all,

I love the get to know me Monday theme I have going so even though this is a day late since it is really late on Monday now, I thought I would share. Also, if you want to catch up on Get to Know Me Monday posts I answered questions in the One Lovely Blog post as well as the 100 random questions post part one and two.

Here are some current things:

Feeling: Blah. I just got my Easter basket in the mail and the Easter Bunny told me it was ok to open it early. I have indulged in a bit to much candy. Whoops!

Reading: Tempting Donovan Ford. I need to pick up Hyperion for my book club book and today the newest Chronicles of Nick, Instinct, comes out so I need to go to the store and grab it.


Listening to: the Kinky Boots Soundtrack constantly. Whether going for a run or doing the dishes, ever since I saw the show I have been listening to the music constantly.
 
Thankful for: my small group. Seriously, I have the best women in my small group/bible study and Monday nights refresh me for the whole week. Last night was a lot of life updating and discussion on embracing the Lord fully.
 
Thinking about:upcoming blog posts. If y'all have any requests or specific questions you want to know, like a Q&A let me know and I can make next's week post random questions.
  
Eating: Dinner was lemon garlic pork tenderloin with saffron rice and green beans followed by the aforementioned Easter candy.

Watching: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. My roommate and I started to binge watch this show on Sunday and we are already half way through. I am glad that Netflix has already decided to create a second season.
 
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Loving: The Best Yes by Lisa Terkeurst. It is such a great devotional book. I am just starting it but it really hits on the question of focus and understanding that yes and no are powerful words. This is one of my favorite quotes so far:
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Looking forward to: my trip to Atlanta in July! I just got my vacation approved but I'm excited to get away for a long weekend and see friends. If y'all have any recommendations/places to visit let me know!

What are you up to? 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five on Friday {March 27}

Hey y'all,

Since it is Friday, and unfortunately my Heels lost last night I thought I would share a quick 5 on Friday post with everyone. This is really random but I hope y'all enjoy and link-up with April, Darci, Christina, and Natasha.


one. Method All Purpose Cleaner. I picked up the Method All Purpose cleaner Sunday when I ran to Target and let me tell you this stuff is amazing! I cleaned my bathroom and kitchen that afternoon and it really does an amazing job cleaning and leaves a wonderful scent. If you have tried Method cleaners do you have a favorite scent?
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two.99 days until the 4th of July. YEP! Summer is only 86 days away so for those of you who are still feeling the after effects of all that yummy comfort food, I thought I would tell you about the Work It Out 100 Challenge. It is a challenge to workout everyday for 100 days. I made myself a chart and started on Monday so yay for day 5! The challenge is completely free and if you want updates I think I might post my workouts on my blog's Facebook page.
My chart on Wednesday.
three. Lilly for Target Look book! I am sure almost all of you have seen the release of Target's collection for Lilly and I am impressed. I love all the dresses and the price point of under $40 a piece! I also really love the home goods especially these mugs. I can't wait to see the collection in person on April 19th!
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four. Happy (belated) Founders Day! Yesterday marked the 37th birthday of PBX! I am so blessed by this organization and can't believe our Nationals is celebrating another year!


five. These four articles:
-Miz Booshay on the Pioneer Woman blog posted this list called "The I-Miss-Downton-Abbey Viewer's Guide" For those of you missing the period drama.
-15 signs you are a picky eater. <--these are all true.
-18 Things We Did on the Computer Kids Today Will Never Understand. They will never know Clippy.
-As a Tar Heel I can't ignore this wonderful action by the late Dean Smith. Dean Smith Remembers Plays In Will.


 Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to Catch a Prince {Thursday Night Writes}

Hey y'all,

I love to read and give reviews so I am hoping to get back to writing small reviews every Thursday or so. Now to play catch up with books I have read so far this year.

I recently finished up the newest book in the Royal Wedding series by Rachel Hauck. I discovered the author when I received Once Upon a Prince from Netgalley and I have been obsessed with her novels since. I have read a few from her series writing with country star Sarah Evans and her Beaufort series. Rachel Hauck writes beautiful Christian fiction love stories. The novels always evoke deep emotions for me but they also tie in troubles with reliance on the Lord. I have read the first two books, Once Upon a Prince, Princess Ever After, as well as the novella, A March Bride, so I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of the newest book thanks to Netgalley.

Description:
Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever.
Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could've been.
But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever.

My Opinion:
I love a good fairy tale story and it was great to hear more about Prince Stephen and his story as a rugby player and soldier. To me, this story was better than the second novel when we find the long lost heir to the throne of Hessenberg. It was so heartbreaking a lot of the time since he obviously loved Corina but was staying away to protect her feelings and her relationships with her family. Yet again, another great story from Rachel Hauck. 

*I did receive an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley to read for review but yet again, I always provide honest feedback and only feature things I believe in.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday {Early March}

Hey y'all,

I love looking at outfit posts for inspiration, but I thought I would start taking a few pics everyday to show you my different outfits and the occasions. I don't have a true full length mirror so for now you are getting headless shots. Sorry! I will try to link similar items if I can't find my exact item but not everything has an equivalent, so I'm sorry ahead of time.


 Bridesmaid Brunch
Dress: Cynthia Rowley (from T.J.Maxx)
Bag: C. Wonder
Coat: Calvin Klein from Macys
Work
Necklace: Carrie Grace
Watch: Anne Klein (old, similar/similar)
Scarf: A.C. Moore Pashmina
Top: Old Navy (old, similar)
Pants: LOFT Zoe Fit
Shoes: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren
Saturday Errands
Top: Phantom of the Opera tour
Jeans: Old Navy
Babysitting
Yoga Pants: Marika from Marshalls
Sneakers: Saucony(old, similar)

Work: Spring Break
Top: Target
Scarf: Gift
Jacket: J. Crew
Jeans: Target
Sandals: Nordstrom Rack (old, other colors)
Bag: C. Wonder
Young Professionals Meeting at Church
Top: LOFT Outlet (recent)
Cardigan: Target (old, similar)
Jeans: Target
Flip Flops: Rainbows
Casual Friday/ACC Tournament
Scarf: Peachroots
Jeans: Target

I hope this gives y'all a sense of my style and some inspiration.
What's your favorite item in your closet right now?

Monday, March 23, 2015

One Lovely Blog {Blog Award}

Hey y'all,

Sara from Sara Smiles, who I originally met via the internet way back when I was in college and had a Tumblr, was so sweet to nominate me for the One Lovely Blog Award. These posts are so fun to mix it up and you really get to know the person behind the blog.

How this whole thing works:  I answer the questions Sara left for me, then I nominate some of my favorite blogs. They then answer the questions I leave below!

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Europe. I loved living there and there are so many places I still want to explore like Denmark, Rome, Portugal, etc. I have never really been an island person even though I love the beach, it must be my pale, sunburn prone skin but I love the cultures and history of the various nations of Europe.
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2. What is your favorite season?
Spring! Next favorite would have to be fall but except for a lot of rain and my allergies I think Spring is perfect. You get to wear your sandals and sundresses without the 100 degree heat!

3. If you had to be stranded on a deserted island with one person who would you want that one person to be?
Hmm, this one is pretty tough. As far as having people to hang out with until we are rescued I would probably say either my bestie, aMl, my best guy friend TS, or my Mom. If we are talking about surviving on the island hands down my Dad. He would be able to hunt and fish for food, perform medical procedures if we get hurt, and I am sure he could have us out of there in no time.

4. Did you have a favorite toy as a child?
I had a doll called "Special Dolly" that I took every where as a child. She was essentially my security blanket. Apart from that I loved my American Girl Doll Molly.
Special Dolly was a Fisher Price Puffalump
5. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
Reading a book or cruising through my social media to check on everything.

6. What is your favorite book of all time?
It would probably be a tie between Mansfield Park and Ella Enchanted. I know they are so different but I read both of them almost every year and the stories never get old. I also love Acheron and Persuasion.

7.  If you could have any superpower what would you pick?
Not flying. I hate heights. I would probably want the invisibility cloak from Harry Potter. Sometimes you just want to disappear for a while.

8. What is one of your life goals?
To become a Mom.

9. What song would you sing at Karaoke night?
I love musicals so probably anything from the Wicked or Legally Blonde the Musical soundtracks. I also am currently loving the History of Wrong Guys from Kinky Boots. I also tend to belt out T.Swift, Spice Girls, and Disney music. I mean, we don't have to win Karaoke, right?

 10. Do you have any pet peeves?
I think some of my biggest pet peeves occur when I'm driving. I have a bit of road rage sometimes.

11. Why did you begin blogging?
I started blogging after creating a Tumblr. My first blog documented a lot of my senior year of college. I loved the creative outlet when I was writing so many papers and there is such a wonderful community you establish when you begin to blog.

I nominate:
A Little Seersucker Sass
Chelsea of Girl Growing Up
Ryann of Meet the McCalls
Lindsey of Prescription for Preppy
Allie of Alexandra Bee Blog
C of The Portuguese Prepster
Ashley of According to Ashley
Chesson of A Southern Twenty-Five
Emily of Emily's Bright Life

Here are my questions for you:

1. Who are your style inspirations?
2. Name 5 things in your bag apart from your keys, wallet and phone.
3. What is one book you recommend to friends?
4. If you could be an extra in a TV show or movie what show would you select?
5. Did you make a bracket this year for the NCAA tournament? If yes who are/were your Final Four?
6. What's your go to recipe when you have no idea what to make for dinner?
7. Favorite song of the moment?
8. Favorite item in your closet right now?
9. What are you looking forward to most this summer?
10. Favorite blog posts to write?