Friday Favorites: Recent Purchases I Love

Rothys Loafers: I’ve been looking for a comfortable pair of loafers but I hate buying shoes online without trying them on first. I finally took a chance when a coworker sent me a referral that gave me $20 off (I’m happy to send you one if you want to give these a try). These shoes are so comfortable that I’ve worn them every day since they arrived in the mail earlier this week. I have no doubt these will be my go-to shoes on out upcoming trip to the UK & Ireland. Other awesome perks of these shoes: they are machine washable and made out of recycled water bottles.

 

 

Born Derby Shoes: Speaking of our upcoming trip, I wanted a nicer shoe I could wear to dress up an casual outfit but that would also be comfortable enough to walk around and sightsee in. A lot of travel blogs I read recommended oxfords so I went on a hunt for a comfortable pair. These shoes have a really padded sole that will make being on my feet all day much easier and they look great with rolled up jeans, ankle pants, and even some dresses.

 

 

Trench Rain Coat: I’ve wanted a nice trench coat for a while, but since I can’t rationalize buying a Burberry trench, I went on the hunt and found this more affordable option. It has a great fit and has done a great job of keeping me dry so far.

 

 

Honorable mention is this trench that is a little shorter and that I found at Nordstrom Rack. It’s also less expensive.

 

 

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Naturally Chic: I’m always on the hunt for the perfect pink lipstick and this shade is a winner. It’s fun and flirty but still neutral enough for everyday wear.

 

 

Colour Pop Mar Palette: I’ve wanted to get braver with my eyeshadow for a long time. I usually stick to basic neutral shades but when I saw this palette I fell in love. I ordered it in the hopes that it could push me outside my comfort zone. Unfortunately, I honestly haven’t tried out the bolder colors yet, but I’m loving the neutrals while I work up the courage.

 

Beauty, Style

Life Lately

Since I took a year and a half off from blogging, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about what’s been going on lately.

 

The biggest news is that David and I got married on June 9, 2018. The wedding was amazing and everything we hoped it would be (more to come on that later). I’m so happy and lucky to have David as my husband and the last 9 months have been wonderful. I’m also really glad the wedding is behind us because planning it took about 5 years off my life.

 

Life Lately

 

In December we went to Mexico for our honeymoon and had a wonderful time (more to come on this also). We also have a trip to the UK and Ireland coming up that I’m VERY excited about.

 

Life Lately

Besides getting married, there have been some other changes for me lately. In the past two months I started getting more serious about my health. It was long overdue. I’ve started intermittent fasting, counting calories, and eating much healthier food. I know it mostly sounds like common sense, but I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with food. Taking these steps and ACTUALLY STICKING TO THEM is a big deal for me. I’m also going to yoga 4 times a week and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my anxiety and my body. Now I just need to work in some cardio to keep my heart healthy and work on burning calories.

 

The past year and a half has been absolutely amazing. That’s not to say that there haven’t been hard times, but despite any hardships that I have faced, this has without a doubt, been the best year of my life.

Anxiety, Health, Love, Travel, Wedding

Back to Blogging

It’s been a long time since I’ve come to this space to share my life. I’ve missed it. I spent some time last fall going through old posts with the intention of archiving them and deleting the blog entirely. But going through those old posts reminded me of stories and details I’d long forgotten. I’m so glad to have those posts as little keepers of wonderful memories.

 

Since going through those old posts months ago, I’ve grappled with coming back to blogging. I’ve really grown to appreciate my privacy in the time since I stopped posting about my life on the internet. The only social media platform I use these days is Instagram and my account is set to private with less than 250 followers. Do I really want to open my life up to the wide public now? The prospect still makes me uncomfortable, but I’ve decided to give it a try because writing feeds my soul (even if it’s just a light and airy blog post), and the community I found blogging is one of the most supportive and loving groups of people I’ve ever known.

 

There’s a lot thats happened in the last year and a half and so many exciting things coming that I’d love to share. I hope you’ll join me on this journey and be patient with me while I find my footing and figure everything out all over again.

Blogging

Goat Yoga

This weekend I tried something new – goat yoga. It was fantastic.

 

The class was put on by Megan at Red Wagon Goats. Her and her partner own a goat landscaping company and Megan is also a yoga instructor. I love goats and I really enjoy yoga, so I jumped at the chance to take the class.

 

As I’d expected, the class was a mix of chaos and humor. If you love snuggling baby goats with some yoga on the side, this class is for you. Anyone seeking a serious yoga class would probably be annoyed.

 

During the class, one of the babies came up and started chewing on my hair. Then he nuzzled me, looked into my eyes, and bit my nose. He was so little that it didn’t hurt, and he was so cute and cuddly, I wouldn’t have cared if it did.

 

Goat Yoga

 

I don’t know the last time I laughed so hard. Trying to do serious yoga poses while a herd of goats roams around the mats requires a level of concentration I don’t have. They tried to eat everything, chased each other around, one kept sneezing, and a few laid down on the mats. The babies tried to snuggle with everyone. Miraculously, some yoga was actually accomplished.

 

Goat yoga surpassed all my expectations. Yes, it was chaotic. Yes, laying down in corpse pose while goats run by might have been a bit nerve-wracking, but I left the class with a huge smile on my face and a feeling of pure happiness. I wish I’d also left with one of the baby goats tucked under my arm.

 

Goat Yoga

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Book Review: The Kind Worth Killing

Book Review: The Kind Worth Killing

 

I found The Kind Worth Killing through Goodreads while on the eternal search for the next great book to read. I love a good thriller and this book did not disappoint.

 

The Kind Worth Killing opens with two strangers, Ted and Lily, talking at an airport bar while waiting for their flight. The conversation continues on the flight and Ted shares that he is convinced that his wife, Miranda, is having and affair. He jokes that he would like to kill her and Lily tells him he should.

 
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Books

My First Time Scuba Diving

 

The sudden warm weather has me wishing I was sitting on a beach. I’d love to take a trip down to Florida this summer so that I can get my scuba diving certification. I went for the first time 5 years ago in Cozumel, Mexico and I absolutely fell in love with the sport.

 

I was on the cruise with friends and I was the only one from our group that wasn’t a certified diver. They were all going to spend the day on a dive so I decided to sign up for the beginner discovery dive that the cruise offered. I’d never really considered going scuba diving before, but since Cozumel has some of the clearest and most desirable waters for diving, I thought it’d be a shame to miss out on the opportunity. Being able to experience the ocean from below the surface, rather than above it, was enticing.

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Travel

Our Wedding Venue Dilemma

 

David and I have been engaged for a month and half and still have no idea what we are doing for our wedding. I know we have time to figure it out, but since we are both in our 30’s and want kids someday, I feel pressure to get things moving and at least figure out a  venue and a date.

 

Neither David or I have any close ties to our state of Georgia. I grew up in California and he grew up in the Northeast. We just moved here for  work and we don’t really want to get married here. Additionally, the majority of our wedding guests are from out of town and would have to travel regardless of where we chose to have a wedding, so we figured why not have it somewhere else? The one thing we both agree on is that we want a destination wedding in the mountains.

 
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Wedding

Our Proposal Story

I am so happy to share that David and I got engaged this past weekend during a magical trip to Burlington, Vermont.

 

Going into the trip I suspected that he might be planning to propose. He’d taken me to look at rings in December to get an idea of what I wanted, so I knew a proposal was on the horizon. However, going into the trip I didn’t want to let myself believe that it would happen. I didn’t want to spend the entire trip anticipating it rather than enjoying the moment.

 

Friday had been my day to plan and I chose snowboarding. David got to plan Saturday and he told me we were going to some local breweries. So on Saturday, we headed out of Burlington towards the mountains. He told me he wanted to go to Stowe Mountain Resort before the first brewery and take a gondola to the top. He said he’d heard the view was beautiful. That was when I started to get suspicious, but I went with it.

 
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Wedding

Burlington, Here We Come

 

Today David and I are heading up to Burlington, Vermont for our first trip of the year. We’ve been to Burlington before, but the small little town has a special place in both our hearts so we enjoy going back, especially in winter. It’s a beautiful winter wonderland.

 

I’m really excited for this trip because we are going snowboarding on one of the days we will be up there. In high school I lived close to a mountain and went snowboarding regularly during the winter. I was so excited to break out my board from when I was a teenager and that I’ll get to ride it tomorrow. I haven’t gone snowboarding in about 15 years, so hopefully I don’t wind up in a cast.

 

The rest of the trip isn’t fully planned, but we will visit some nearby breweries and make an obligatory stop at Ben & Jerry’s. I can’t wait to just walk down Church street and enjoy the local atmosphere.

 

I’ll be posting a lot of the trip on Sanpchat if you want to follow along here

Travel

Living Life

I love the promise that comes with a fresh start at the beginning of a new year. I’m not someone that typically makes resolutions, but this year I’m making one to live life more fully.

 

My work week is spent waking up, going to work, going home, going to bed, repeat. My weekends are spent maybe going out to do something fun on Saturday, then Sunday is spent cleaning and getting ready for the next work week. I’m sick of living like a hamster on a wheel. I don’t want to wake up at 70, look back, and see all the missed opportunities I didn’t take because I was worried about taking time off work.

 
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