Favorite Things | August

1 | terrarium, westelm.com for DIY
2 | pave spliced posts, anthropologie
3 | colorblock leather pouch, j.crew factory
4 | metal ampersand, hobby lobby
5 | knots necklace, madewell
6 | dots mousepad, anthropologie
7 | capri blue candle, anthropologie
8 | bow keychain, kate spade 
9 | quilted slip-ons, target
10 | ceramic jar, h&m

after enough perusing on pinterest, i've officially become enamored with terrariums. i don't know what it is about them, maybe just how darn cute the little succulents are or how cool their holders are, but i'm into them. big time. i picked one up at an outdoor/plant store last week and it's proudly sitting on my desk. what's also nice is that it only needs to be watered a little every couple weeks, which is especially important for my anything-but-green thumb.

i found that large galvanized metal ampersand last week and knew i had to buy it. with the extra 50% off, it was only $15 - i'd consider that a pretty good deal. i'm not quite sure how i'm going to use it in my new place, but it will make a cool statement wherever it is. i've also ordered quite a bit of those ceramic jars, which will be great for storing things and staying pretty. 

also, that candle? it is the best smelling thing since fresh cinnamon rolls. 


Black + Mint

i like to call this past weekend, 'epic fail weekend'. nothing quite worked out as planned. mike and i planned to go watch the Air & Water Show on sunday, which ended up being canceled due to low-hanging clouds. we went out to eat for our anniversary and i ordered something that was not at all what i thought it would be, so we picked up Trader Joe's sushi on the walk home so that i could satisfy my hunger. we went to dinner on sunday with some friends to a place that is highly recommended. while it was delicious, we had to wait a minimum of an hour and a half for the food. it ended up being worth the wait but, man, we were hangry by the time it arrived and totally gorged. 

so, again, while nothing really bad happened (at all), it was just one of those weekends where i shouldn't have set any expectations for anything, ya know? do you ever have one of those times? however, i did set my expectations high for getting lots of rest and binge watching The Walking Dead with mike...but those expectations were exceeded. (for you Walking Dead watchers, we're about halfway through season 2 - we're a little bored with it, but have heard that the later seasons make it worth pushing through the second. does that sound about right?)

in totally separate news, i like this outfit because i like matching girly, like a pencil skirt, with tough, like chunky black heels and a leather top. 

top | Evereve 
skirt | J.Crew Factory (similar)
heels | Nickels via TJ Maxx
bag | Fossil (other site)
necklace | Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack
watch | Kate Spade


High Five for Friday

it's hard for me to believe that it's already friday again! i'm heading back home from a wonderful week at the lake today. i've also concluded that friday is the best day to come home from vacation because you go right into a weekend, which allows plenty of time for unpacking, settling back in, and catching up on rest (if need be!). i'm looking forward to one last normal weekend this weekend, followed by two weeks of chaos while i'm gearing up to move at the end of the month.

here's a look back at some of my favorite moments from this past week:

1. my mom and i hit the outlet mall one day and i found some great things for fall at J.Crew Factory. i'm in full fall-shopping mode right now, so i was pleased to see that they had rolled out much of their cool-weather items before we got to the store. i picked up this vest, which i'm particularly excited to wear:

2. i'm finally finished buying for my apartment. the amount of space that i'm going to be living in will be significantly larger, which meant that i had to buy some bedroom furniture and lots more decorative things than i currently have in my teeny bedroom. while it's been very fun to pick things out and select what i want in my room, my wallet is particularly happy that the majority (if not all) of the shopping is done!

3. i started reading #GIRLBOSS this week. after knowing a bit about Sophia's company and seeing her book pop up in my instagram feed for weeks on end, i decided it was time. i'm about 80 pages in and, so far, it doesn't disappoint. she offers good insight into going after what you're passionate about, while also being realistic. if you're at all interested in reading it, i say go for it! it's a very easy read, too! 
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4. i mentioned this in yesterday's post, but it's been so wonderful to have some time away from 'regular life' and just take a break. i'm fortunate that i'm able to do that and that i can bring my work with me wherever i go. i think i've realized, this week, just how grateful i am for this chapter that i'm in with my life. i feel refreshed and ready to get back to a regular working schedule, though!

5. (start cat lady-ness)
the cats did very well at the lake! i was a bit apprehensive about bringing them up here since they don't travel to other places much and tend to be a bit shy. it took a few days of warming up to my parent's cats, but by the end of the week, it was as if they'd lived here their whole lives. they've really enjoyed watching the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and other creatures outside the windows, so i'm excited that they'll have much better views in the new apartment. 
(end cat lady-ness)

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Taking A Minute

...or several days. 

mike and i hit the road last friday night and arrived at my family's lakehouse late. we enjoyed a weekend relaxing with family, playing some golf, and exploring Lake Geneva on monday. he headed home Monday evening, leaving just me and my mom at the lake for the past few days. although i've been working a bit, i've only been doing the bare minimum to meet my requirements, otherwise relaxing and taking a breather. 

i can't believe that summer is almost over and fall is around the corner. i had big plans for this summer, and it somehow seems like it's come and gone like that. work, responsibilities, and obligations took over and i'm left sitting here at the middle of august wondering how on earth we're almost onto the next season. certainly, i've done plenty of enjoyable things this summer and have nothing to complain about. it just seems like life truly is going by faster with each year. 

these past few days have been more essential than i realized. taking a few days off from my regular schedule and obligations to just be is like magic. i feel rested, restored, and ready to dive in head first to the next season. i'm working on some exciting things, both personally and professionally, that i'm hoping will come to life in the fall. 

i'm heading back to the city on friday and will, no doubt, throw myself into purging, cleaning and packing. we're just about 2 weeks away from moving day...and there's quite a bit left for me to do! i'm incredibly anxious to get into the new place and get settled. i'm looking forward to having the space to really make it a home and to living with two of my closest friends. 

while i still have some time to relax on the cozy porch, full of fresh air and sunlight, i'm going to. i know that there's a whirlwind of things that is about to take flight back home, so i'm soaking in all the bird chirps, wave crashes, and red wine that i can at the lake :)


One-Piece Wonder

i feel like rompers are like one-piece bathing suits - they can be done really well or really wrong. i wore a one-piece swimsuit for many years, probably until high school. i remember how much i would dread having to use the restroom or how absolutely impossible it was to put on a wet one-piece. ya know the scene in FRIENDS where Ross is wearing the leather pants and goes to the bathroom and cannot, for the life of him, get them back on. lotion, baby powder, pure brute strength. nothing worked. that's the memory of one-piece bathing suits i have. 

anyway, all of that actually doesn't have anything to do with rompers beside the part that their both one-piece items. the simpler, the better. i love that i can slip this one on, throw on a pendant necklace and a pair of heels and walk out the door. i can't say how much i'll like it when 'nature calls', but it sure works well for every other thing. 

romper | Drew via TJ Maxx
denim jacket | J.Crew Factory
heels | Tesori via Nordstrom Rack
necklace | c/o Vestique