8.22.2014

High Five for Friday

happy friday! it's expected to feel like 98ยบ in Chicago today, so i'm never leaving my apartment. seriously, i moved away from the south for a reason. 

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

1. Mike and i celebrated our '2 years since mike walked into my apartment in north carolina' anniversary (we sorta made it a thing, just roll with it). we enjoyed some delicious mexican food at Antique Taco and then binge-watched The Walking Dead. we're basically an old married couple, it's scary. 

2. packing progress has been made! our apartment is basically a war-zone right now, but it's cool. it's all for a good cause, right?

3. i went on a little shopping spree at Anthropologie. it was one of those things where i just 'popped in' the store to see if they had any good stuff on sale, and walked out with about 7 items. not all were for me, but like 6 of them were ;) i picked up these bath salts, this cool pencil holder, this soap rock, and a couple other little things that i couldn't resist. 

4. this has been one of those weeks where i've had to remind myself to go outside and get fresh air. i've had quite a bit of work to do, on top of packing and cleaning, so it's been interesting. while i feel sort of suffocated from being attached to my desk all week, i do feel like i got a lot accomplished and done, which is always a good feeling! 

5. IT'S FRIDAY! can i get an amen?! i'm just really happy the weekend is here. hope you enjoy yours! 

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8.20.2014

Army Green + Moving Boxes






it's official: i'm putting off packing as long as possible. i have the boxes, bubble wrap, and tape all waiting to be used and i would rather scratch my eyes out, i'm pretty sure. i'm an organized person, so you'd think that i would like going through everything that i have, deciding whether or not to keep it, and wrapping it neatly and packing it in a box, but no. no no no no no. packing is not my thing. it's at this time, just a little over a week to go, when i think, 'i totally understand why people pay other people to come pack up all of their belongings for them'. and i barely have anything in this apartment compared to my last one. (read: that's what happens when you share 750 square feet with another human being - you live 'light'.)

i'm dreading going through my closet the most. partially because i have so many piles of clothes that it's overwhelming, but also because it's full of all the junk that i couldn't cram under my bed. (read: i couldn't fit a dresser in this bedroom, so i got creative.) i have quite a bit to sort through and will hopefully be donating a nice pile of things that i don't need anymore, like old decor, bedding, etc. 

i feel like if i don't start now, i'll be overwhelmed and pulling my hair out next week. i'm at that point where it's too early to pack away everything, but too late to just sit around and hope that the packing fairies show up in the middle of the night to do all the work for me. you know, that sweet spot during the moving process. 

all that to say, i have no idea what the next week and a half or so is going to look like. i'll definitely still be posting, but i may be buried under boxes a couple days, unable to even gather myself enough to write something you may want to read, if i'm lucky.

p.s. i'm still looking to sell my couch. ya know, just in case you need one. 

dress | Old Navy
vest | Target
heels | Tesori via Nordstrom Rack
necklaces | Elisabeth Ashlie and J.Crew Factory (similar)
wallet | Kate Spade
belt | Target

8.19.2014

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. 

8.18.2014

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

8.15.2014

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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