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May 2, 2017

Home Decor Wishlist

 

This summer, Joe and I are moving into our very first place together and departing from college life (we actually think we officially found the place yesterday!). We don’t have much in the way of attractive furnishings, and we probably won’t for a while since we’re pretty broke at the moment. For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed about how I would decorate my future home as an adult, and I can’t believe that that’s a reality that’s right around the corner.

I’ve always loved homewares and pretty dishes and teacups, but I’ve never had the budget or the opportunity to really go all out with decorating from scratch. I love basic, essential items that look anything but basic – a well-placed fun detail or different pattern is what my style is all about. I love a classic decor look, but with a mix of eclectic charm that you’d probably find in an 85-year-old British woman’s home – after all, that’s who I think I really am on the inside. Think florals, vintage china dishes, tufted furniture, and lots of classic navy and white. (Please pray that Joe will accept this slightly feminine look without complaints.) Let’s try not to dwell on the fact that we will soon inherit a truly hideous yellow and blue striped couch, along with a whole lot of other strange, mismatched items…

If I had the budget, here’s what I would buy right away for our new little home.

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April 7, 2017

What I Eat in a Day

A look at the healthy meals I eat each day

Today’s post is the first update on my new health and fitness routine. I’m working on eating more plant-based meals, less refined sugar and white carbs, and finding a more healthy balance. For the past few months, I’ve been indulging in absolutely everything all the time. I wasn’t at home in my normal routine for two weeks of April, which made it even more difficult to stay on track. I can’t even tell you how many deep fried things I’ve eaten or how much beer I’ve consumed.

I reached a point where I looked in the mirror and could not believe how terrible I looked. I used to be stick thin without trying, but it seems that my unhealthy habits have finally caught up with me over the past two years. I’ve tried to make healthy changes in the past, but I always try to ease myself into it so that I don’t get burnt out on the idea, and I just end up forgetting about it. This time I’m jumping in with both feet; no easing my way slowly into working out and eating better.

As of right now, I’m just trying as many different healthy options as I can to keep things interesting and figure out what I like. I didn’t know that I like black beans, red cabbage, summer squash…I could go on. There are so many more enjoyable, healthy foods out there than I ever thought there were! This is a look at just one day, but I’m trying to switch things up all the time, so I hope to do more posts like this soon if you enjoy this one.

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March 22, 2017

Life Lately

Nude sandals

Hello! Boy, do we have a lot of catching up to do. I’ve been a very, very bad blogger and I took a two-week hiatus.

I spent my very last spring break of undergrad with my best friends at a beach house in Delaware. It was chilly, but it was so. much. fun. It was so nice to take a step back from school and just relax and spend time with the people who will soon disperse across the country. We don’t know when we will all be together again after graduation!

Once I returned home to Philly I quickly repacked for a flight to Cincinnati the very next day. I drove up with my boyfriend and spent a weekend with my family in Indianapolis, which was so lovely. We spent the rest of the week at his parents’ house in Cincinnati preparing for his brother’s wedding on St. Patrick’s Day. There’s nothing better than a wedding, and this one was so special because Joe was the best man. We had so, so much fun, and it was so sad to make the long drive back to Philly to go back to class. (We skipped a whole week for the wedding!)

So here I am, back to the grind and back to the blog. I’ve really, really missed it! I can’t wait until this weekend when we’ll have a chance to shoot some outfits so that I can get some real content up for the first time in a while! Here’s a recap on what I’ve been loving for the past couple weeks.  Read more

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February 24, 2017

The Cutest Pajamas

Pink floral pajamas

Today I’m just sharing a quick roundup of some of the cutest pajamas I’ve seen around the web.

I’ve always loved pretty pajamas. When I was two, my Nana got me a long white Cinderella nightgown. I loved that nightgown; I felt so girly when I wore it, and I didn’t stop wearing it until I was about six and the arms got way too tight and it turned into a long shirt instead of a dress.

My love of pretty pajamas hasn’t changed since then, and in fact, the pajamas I’m wearing here were also given to me by my Nana. I guess the love of pretty nightwear is hereditary.  Read more

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February 14, 2017

Be Mine

Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine’s Day has always been a BIG deal in my life since it’s also my birthday. I don’t know why I’m such a birthday obsessed person; I guess it probably comes from enjoying a day being all about me, especially when it’s combined with a holiday that I personally think is one of the most lovely, happy ones.

I hate when people call Valentine’s Day “Singles Awareness Day,” because I think that it’s more about all different kinds of love. If your mom is the person you love most, then you should be celebrating your love for her on Valentine’s Day! Or your best friends, your coworkers, your neighbor who always shovels the snow off of your driveway for you – to me, it’s all about showing your love and appreciation for every single person in your life. If you have a significant other, of course it’s awesome to celebrate your love, but I just don’t understand why so many people think that that celebration is somehow to the detriment of people who are single!

So prepare for a sappy post, because I’m diving into why I love the holiday so much and why I’m so lucky to have a Valentine this year.  Read more