Friday, February 27, 2015

Dropping the Ball

Hey y'all,

I am so sorry for going radio silent since January. Work has been crazy and we have had three snow storms in the last two weeks alone. I mean, I live in North Carolina for a reason. I love the snow but being an adult requires driving in some bad conditions if your office doesn't close and driving in the snow is not fun.

Over the past few weeks I have contemplated giving up on blogging but I love the community that is here on the inter-webs. I thought about all the various things I foresee for this blog and I think I am going to do a couple tweaks. I mean, I will have graduated three years ago in May and I have learned a lot in the past few years. A few of my sorority sisters who are current seniors, KR and AJ, joked that they need lessons on adulting and that I should teach them all I know. I figured that I might start a small series on things I have learned over the last few years called Adulting 101. Things like, how to budget, meal planning for one, creating a work wardrobe, etc. So if you have any ideas for this series of what you want to see go ahead and place them in the comments below.

So now for a quick update of fun things that happened while I was away.
Gracie Gold warming up before the Free Skate
I spent four days in Greensboro, NC volunteering and attending the US Figure Skating National Championships. It was a lot of fun working backstage and seeing a lot of important figures in the figure skating world. One day when not volunteering I went up to watch the Senior Men's practice for the long program and attended the Senior Ladies' free skate. It was so cool to be in the arena and you can feel the energy supporting the beautiful athletes. I even was retweeted by Smuckers, one of the main sponsors of the event and my tweet was on the jumbotron.
I found the elusive Strawberry! 
I turned 25! I am officially a quarter of a century old! My birthday weekend actually had some kind of last minute change of plans since my baby sister, kDi, ended up moving to Ohio my birthday weekend so my parents visited me the following weekend. 
For my actual birthday, my roomie rHm got me some Dunkin Doughnuts munchkins and then we headed off to a cycle class. After getting our sweat on, I went to the Carolina Inn for afternoon tea with my roomie as well as part of my sorority family (one of my littles, mGk, and one of my grandlittles, kBm). It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend going to tea at the Inn if you have a chance. I had the Strawberry Delight tea and it was delicious along with all the treats that came with the tea including the best blueberry scones. After tea, I rounded out my birthday with a nice casual dinner at Bad Daddy's Burger Bar with a few friends. It was the perfect way to round out a fun and busy birthday!

The following Saturday, my parents had returned from Ohio and they took me to the local outlet mall for some shopping. It was a great day and we found a lot of deals. After shopping for a few hours, we drove back to the Triangle and headed to the Angus Barn with my roomie. If you have never gone and live in North Carolina, make a reservation and go. The Angus Barn had delicious food, great service, and an amazing atmosphere. Perfect for celebrations. 
Happy Birthday to me!
Between all the celebrations I have been busy babysitting, running (I'm training for the Tar Heel 10 Miler), and dealing with the busy start of the spring semester at work. 

However, last weekend, I took a mini break from all of my errands and typical weekend duties and I ran the Shamrock 'N Run 5K in Chapel Hill presented by Kappa Delta. It was a very cold morning (think 20 degrees before wind chill) but aJe was a wonderful running buddy and I was able to run a personal record. 

What have y'all been up to? What do you want to see for this blog?
Outfits of the Day? Adulting 101? Lifestyle? Workouts? Recipes?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Treat Yourself Tuesday

Hey y'all,

As most of y'all know, C.Wonder is going out of business. The newer line to prep obsessed closets will be closing soon and recently I checked on the website and everything has been marked to 75% off! Since it's my birthday month and my current Longchamp is looking a little worse for wear considering I purchased it at the start of my sophomore year of college and I graduated in May 2012 I thought it was time for something new. I thought I would showcase a few other things you can treat yourself to with very limited guilt.

I purchased the Nylon Easy Tote in black but I love the navy and khaki options as well.
Nylon Easy Tote Originally $88 now $22
Here are a few items that caught my eye while browsing the sale:
Stacked Jewels Drama Necklace originally $88 now $22
Decorative Jewelry Box (in multiple colors)
 Originally $78 now $19.50
Luxe Suede Crest Pouch originally $98 now $24.50

There are a lot more items still on the website so go and splurge a little!
Are you shopping this amazing sale?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Five on Friday

Hey y'all,

It has been a crazy busy week for me. As the first full week of work after the holidays and the first week of classes for students I feel like I'm ready for the weekend to start. As usual, I thought I would share five things on this Friday that have been on my radar.

one. TriFABB meet up tonight at Flywheel! Tonight, TriFABB is meeting for their monthly meetup. While this is only my second TriFABB event I am ready to meet everyone as well as enjoy another Flywheel ride. You can read all about my first experience at Flywheel here. Let me know if you are attending!

two. Downton's Back! This Sunday brought the return on Downton for it's fifth season. For those of you who love Downton Abbey, I thought this video of Lady Edith, Mrs. Patmore, and Mrs. Hughes playing Cards Against Humanity was too funny. Warning, this is not the most appropriate video!

three. Happy Birthday, Duchess Kate.It's our favorite Duchess' birthday and of course I had to give her a shout out. I mean, who else has flawless hair, became a princess, and makes the best facial expressions at Wimbledon? 

four. Book Club this weekend! This weekend I am hosting book club for my friend's group on Madame Tussaud and then on Monday is my work book club's meeting on What Alice Forgot. I guess I need to get reading!

five. Christmas in the Billionaire's Bed. Speaking of reading, while home over vacation I was able to do a lot of reading including this cute and sweet holiday Harlequin book.

Whatever possessed Emma Braithwaite to move to Silver Glen? She had no illusions that being in Aidan Kavanagh's hometown would reignite the love they'd shared in England years ago. But now that Aidan's returned for his brother's Christmas wedding, it's clear Emma's explosive attraction to the billionaire has lost none of its power.
She is the cool English beauty whose betrayal once shattered his heart. So Aidan's not looking for reconciliation -- all he wants is Emma in his bed! Needless to say, Emma has other ideas: she's not settling for anything less than commitment this time.

My opinion. 
This was a really cute heartfelt story about two people who have a past together and the various misconceptions they believe until discovering those feelings never really stopped. I liked it as a cute read around the holidays.

What are y'all reading? What are you up to this weekend?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wednesday Wishing {Lilly for Target}

Hey y'all,

I'm sure most of you are just recovering from the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale but there is some even more exciting news. Lilly Pulitzer is teaming up with everyone's favorite super store, Target, this spring to create fifteen exclusive prints by Lilly Pulitzer artists. The collection will be available in stores and online beginning April 19th. The 250 piece collection includes apparel, accessories and shoes for women and girls as well as home decor, outdoor entertainment accessories, travel essentials, and more. This seems like the best way to kick off spring and summer!
According to Refinery29's article on the collaboration, all of the items will be more Target price friendly as well! Items will range from $2-150. So for those of you like myself who are budget Lilly lovers get ready! Time to start saving for April!
You can follow along with more information at Target's blog or the Lilly for Target account instagram.

Happy Shopping!

*All images are from Target's blog post found here.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I'm Back: {Goals for 2015}

Hey y'all,

I am so sorry for the long delay in posting. I ended up getting sick right before Christmas and it was a busy time at the office. I was able to spend a week at my parent's house relaxing, baking, going to the movies (the Hobbit & Into the Woods), and celebrating the birth of Christ. The spring semester starts this week so hopefully I can get back in a nice routine.

Speaking of routine, my word of the year is consistency. I often get really excited and plan on working hard on one thing and then life gets in the way so being consistent is my major goal.

Here are my other goals for the year:

-read 105 books. I love to read and this goal just pushes me to remember to turn off the computer and get reading. Social media can be consuming and getting lost in a good book is a great alternative.

-run a 10 miler. I am signed up for the Tar Heel Ten Miler in April and my goal is to run the entire race! I'm starting my training plan TODAY so we have plenty of time to get in some runs before the big day.

-work on my flexibility with weekly yoga. I was a dancer for most of my childhood but have since let my flexibility go to the wayside. I'm thinking that Sunday yoga would be a great way to refocus before the start of the work week. I went to my first studio practice at my gym on New Year's Day and it was great to spend an hour focusing and stretching.

-maintain a budget. I am that person that writes out the budget and loosely sticks to it but my goal is to be diligent about purchasing especially with my main goal of paying off all my student loans and my car before I'm 28.

-keep up healthy lifestyle. Last April I began to workout more and change my eating habits and I want to keep up those changes and focus on them a bit more especially after a bit to much holiday party eating.

-blog 3x a week, minimum. I love the outlet of blogging and all of the different people I have met through my blog so my goal is to consistently blog 3 times a week. 

-Stop wasting food. I think this is hard for a lot of people and cooking for one can be hard but after reading this blog post I knew I had to add this to my goals list.

What are your big goals for the year?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hey y'all,

I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy the day with your family.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

tPr Get's Married!

Hey y'all,

Today I am off to celebrate tPr marry Mr. G! I am so excited for these two to join together in marriage and I'm so happy to be apart of the celebrations.
Valentine's Semi Formal 2009
I've known tPr since our first-year at Carolina. We both joined Phi Beta Chi our first semester at UNC and became fast friends.From countless dinners, going to see Twilight in theaters, bible studies, many sorority events, and English classes this girl has been a constant in my life the past six years and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
Hanging out on rooftops at Spring Retreat 2009.
I'm lucky to have such a wonderful friend to discuss Brit Lit with, to help me survive lots of late night paper writing sessions, to drop everything and go to the on campus movies, a friend who knows how to celebrate a birthday and gives you the nickname J-Dris.
 So here's to you tPr becoming tSr!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top 5 Tuesday {Youtube Videos}

Hey y'all,

I know it is exam week for many people and for the rest of us the holidays are always a crazy time. I know I am still getting all of my gifts together and I have four holiday parties between Friday and Tuesday and three of them have gift exchanges so it's a bit of a crazy time for me. Therefore, today I thought I would share five short youtube videos I have found recently that I would like to share.

1.Emily's Hair. You might need the tissues for this one.

2.For those of y'all stressed out: The Grinch Does Yoga

3. For the Taylor Swift fans and in honor of the VS Fashion Show on tonight. 

4. Since we all know that I love Frozen (really any Disney movie) and country music I had to share this rendition of Let it Go.

5. Finally for you musical fans, I'm so excited to check out this movie next year!

What have you been watching on the land of Youtube?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Sayings

Hey y'all,

We have all survived the first holiday of the season. I think during this season of Christmas and New Years we can often get sidetracked with "keeping up with the Jones'" syndrom. Here is a bit of a reminder for this week:
It sometimes can be tough to not compare yourself to others in this world of social media and constant exposure. However, we are all individuals and need to recognize our differences. Things like it is a-okay to think that spending over $200 on a pair of shoes is insane,we all are in different places budget wise, and what we value. In this time as we prepare for the holidays remember the things that make us all unique and special.

Remember, YOU ARE AMAZING! Just for being you. So remember your manners and everyone is struggling in life so put on your smile and go brighten someone's day.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Trouble in Tinseltown & The Viscount's Christmas Temptation {Book Club Friday}

Hey y'all,

Remember me. Sorry about the hiatus again. I spent Thanksgiving with my parents and sisters in my hometown so I was able to get away from last Wednesday through Monday and I am now just finally feeling caught up on everything work related (we will not talk about the amount of laundry I still need to fold and put away). While home I was able to get a lot of reading done between catching up on the Pioneer Woman (I miss Food Network since I don't have cable), going to the movies, and doing a bit of online Black Friday shopping when our internet was actually working (#firstworldproblems).

So to easy back into the blogging world I thought I would share another Book Club Friday post. Today I am talking about two books to make up for my long absence.Up first, Trouble in Tinseltown, the first part of the Summer Flings series by Aimee Duffy. 
Armed with a degree from Oxford that she doesn’t have a clue what to do with, Ciara Bree convinces her two best friends, Elle and Gem to spend their first summer of freedom backpacking across the globe. Now it’s time to shop, sunbathe, think about boys for a change, and party hard…
First stop: LA!
The girls hit Tinseltown for a few days of shopping, star spotting, and even a movie premiere!
But their plan to sneak into an exclusive celeb party in West Hollywood backfires. Elle’s gorgeous older cousin, Zack, is called to the rescue and despite knowing she should stay away, Ciara just can’t seem to resist him.
The ideal summer treat for those relaxing days soaking up the sun!

My opinion:
I really wish this book series was written as one whole book and not 7 small ebooks that are all about 40 pages long. I think one, 300page book, would be better but I know it is all a marketing strategy. I just hate that we are just getting to know the girls a bit and the story is over. It was a really short read and I want to know more but with other books out there I don't know how much I would reach for this fragmented story.

Then, I also received from Netgalley, The Viscount's Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley starts the Dukes of War series.
Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fĂȘte of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time—he needs her!
When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family's annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia's guerrilla tactics, he's up to his cravat with tinsel . . . and tumbling head over heels in love.
My Opinion:
I liked the start of the novella, however, I thought the courtship was really fast and after starting to arrange a ball, two people are now madly in love. I have the first novel of this series, The Earl's Defiant Wallflower, and I'm excited to continue the story but as usual with most short stories I don't feel very connected to the characters so I don't tend to love their stories.

What have you been reading lately?
Thank you to Netgalley for providing these books for review. As always, all opinions are my own.