July 25, 2017

Summer in the City

High-waisted green shorts for summer

Similar shirt here and here // Shorts in white and seersucker // Similar sandals // Similar bag here and here

Can you tell that the past few months of life hit me like a ton of bricks? I think we have some catching up to do!

We took these photos a couple weeks ago now, but I’ve been hesitating to post them because in my mind that means that I’m “blogging” again, and having to stay on top of everything that goes with that. I’ve missed it so much, but at the same time, things like keeping up with Instagram are really stressful for me, because I always feel like I’m not doing enough. And to top it all off, I started my first full-time big girl job. More on that in a sec.

I think the best way to fill you in on the past few months is to share a list of five things that have happened during my blogging hiatus.

High-waisted green shorts for summer

ONE // The Graduation

On May 20th, I officially graduated from Villanova, a bittersweet life moment made even more so by the fact that I still hadn’t secured a job at the time, and was kind of freaking out/feeling really inadequate. How have I not learned by now that things almost always work out the way they’re supposed to in the end?

Graduation events occurred over the course of two days, the first of which was spent on a turf football field boiling in 100-degree heat, and the second of which was so cold that Joe and I and both of our families left early.

Joe and I both graduated from the Villanova School of Business, although he’d accepted a job offer for post-grad in at least January, and also only received two B’s in his entire college career, both of which were Freshman year. The boy’s a genius; sometimes I can’t decide if I’m more proud or more jealous of him.

TWO // The Big Move

Joe and I moved in together! We packed up our stuff and headed to downtown Philly to fill our tiny box of an apartment with a ridiculous amount of stuff. (When did I accumulate so many pairs of shoes?) Thankfully, Joe’s dad flew out to help us move everything in, or we wouldn’t have survived. I literally almost fainted carrying all of our crap up to the third floor of our un-air conditioned building.

I love living in an area where we can walk almost anywhere; we’ve been making our way through all of the dive bars near us in an attempt to find one that’s good enough to be our go-to. We’re on a nice residential street of beautiful Philly brownstones, with lots of trees. (We live in what is without a doubt the ugliest building on the street, but we’re happy.)

Our only real complaint about our apartment? It’s not dog-friendly. Needless to say, we’ll be moving somewhere that allows dogs as soon as our lease is up. In the meantime, we love walking to a nearby dog park to watch the pups. I do a lot of squealing and pointing, which Joe pretends not to be embarrassed by.


High-waisted green shorts for summer

High-waisted green shorts for summer

THREE // The Job

After graduation, Joe and I headed back to the midwest for a few weeks to see our families. Joe wasn’t scheduled to start his new job until July, and since I had no job prospects at the time, we considered it a month-long vacation, and treated it as such. A lot of fried food and beer was consumed, and it was glorious.

While we were there, I finally got an email back about a job that I really wanted, and had given up as a lost cause when three weeks passed after my second-round interview. But they offered me the job! And with great serendipity, they wanted me to start on the Monday after I was already scheduled to fly back to Philly. Life’s weird, huh?

I’m now a copywriter at an ad agency. Every time I say that I think it sounds like I made it up to make myself sound cool. I spend my days commuting an hour and a half to the suburbs (so unfortunate) and writing blog posts for clients.

Essentially, it’s exactly what I love to do, aside from the fact that the majority of our clients are car dealerships. It’s not my ideal end-all, be-all job, but that’s how first jobs right out of college are, right? It’s a perfect first step for my career, and I am so, so thankful that I got so lucky.


High-waisted green shorts for summer

High-waisted green shorts for summer

FOUR // The Gym

Despite my prior claims to being allergic to exercise, I decided that the un-fit and un-toned shape of my body was no longer going to cut it in my sparkly new city life. (When I say sparkly, I mean centipedes run out of random corners of our apartment no less than twice a week, causing me to scream as if I’m about to be brutally murdered. The neighbors haven’t mentioned anything; I suppose they don’t want to meddle in our affairs. But yeah, it’s “sparkly!”)

Remember all that fried food and beer I inhaled on my month-long vacation? Funnily enough, it didn’t really help with the general state of my health.

I found a gym a couple blocks away that I can actually afford (Woohoo, I have a job!) and that includes classes with regular membership. (Who the hell actually has money for a single $30 yoga class multiple times a week? I don’t understand.) Apparently going to a workout class is the motivation I’ve always needed, and I just didn’t know it. I thought I was going to drop dead about ten minutes into my first barre class, but I made it through the entire hour-long class – I didn’t think that was even possible for me.

I’ve been throwing myself into it for the past couple weeks, and honestly really enjoying working out. I don’t even know who I am anymore! My goal is to take at least three classes a week, and so far I’ve been doing about four a week! I’m honestly really proud of myself. So far, I’ve tried barre, spinning, and yoga because I’m too intimidated to try anything more out there, but soon I’ll attempt a Zumba or mixed martial arts class.


High-waisted green shorts for summer

High-waisted green shorts for summer

FIVE // What’s Next

I’ve been in my new work routine for about five weeks, adding my gym visits about two weeks in, and spending all of my free time wondering how the heck I don’t have any free time. Unfortunately, my commute sucks up about three hours of my day, which is a big part of the problem.

Once I get used to everything, I think it’ll be better, and I’m definitely getting somewhere. (I mean, I finally wrote this post, so that’s progress.) Plus, my company has another small office that’s only about twenty minutes from me, and I’m going to start working there twice a week, which will free up six (!!!!) hours of free time – all of which I’d like to dedicate to the blog if I can. Basically, I’m doing my best, but it’s taking a lot longer than I expected for me to get used to the real world.

I hope ya like the post; this is a super simple summer outfit that I’ve been wearing for all of my trips to dive bars and walks to the dog park. I’m so happy to be back on the blog!

High-waisted green shorts for summer

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