August was full of moments with friends and glimpses into autumn’s arrival. I had such a great time and I can’t wait for September because I know it will be even better – vacation, baby! I’ve noticed how life keeps getting better and better and how I am embracing the little things even more and taking such joy in the smaller moments. Being positive and making the most of everything can be a feat sometimes, however, it does make life happier and stress-free most of the time. I am trying to continually give my worries to God and to believe better things are always on the horizon. That is my daily self growth (and struggle sometimes haha). Here are some of my favorite moments from the past month:
This past week has been a blur. Busy would be an understatement. I’ve taken time to get out and try a few new places (which you’ll see here this week!), spend some time with friends, and even went on a little shopping trip for myself. I am really enjoying spring here in Richmond, VA. The weather has had it’s ups and downs, but most of the weekends recently have been gorgeous! I am trying to take full advantage!
Capital Coffee & Desserts is a great place to grab a coffee and a treat. This little delight is their chocolate, caramel tart. I’m telling you, it is worth every. single. calorie.
This week I tried Yoplait’s new smoothie mixes. I tried the chocolate strawberry and the chocolate banana. I have to say the banana was my favorite, but I believe that was because I made it creamier than the first try with the strawberry. All you have to do is pull the bag from the freezer, rip it open, pour in the contents, add some milk (I used 2% regular ol’ cow’s milk, however soy or almond would be great with it!), and blend! It was very easy. I would also venture to say that adding some alcohol would also be a plus if you want to use it for that reason. Verdict: I’ll definitely purchase again so that I can have a bag in my freezer for an occasional treat!
(Glass and paper straw from Target)
I ran to the local liquor store for shenanigans with a friend because I heard Van Gogh Espresso was on clearance. I got it for $10 off a bottle. That’s only $12.50 a bottle after sale!! For this brand and type of liquor that is a great deal so I grabbed the last 2 bottles they had. I originally tried this when my Uncle Chris brought some home with him so that we could try a dab in our coffee. He calls it adding some “love” to his cup of joe. So I fell in love with “love” and I have to tell you, it is even great over ice with a dash of cream liquor.
I went to Target after work one evening because a co-worker said, “Hey do you want to come to Target with me?” and that’s not even a question one would need to ask me. Thus, here are my grabs for the night. I got some nude sandals on clearance, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, It’s Complicated on DVD for $5, and they had a sale for BOGO 1/2 off jewelry, so I snagged a couple of chandelier earrings. I love wearing snazzy earrings with a simple skirt and basic tank or tee in the summer, especially when it is so hot I have to throw my hair up in a bun. It just makes it a touch dressier while still being comfy casual.
Here’s some of my outfits for the week:
Skirt: thrifted, Top: Ann Taylor LOFT, Necklace: Ebay find, Sandals: Target
White eyelet dress: Old Navy, Sandals: American Eagle; Red/Purple Maxi: Calvin Klein via Ross Dress For Less, Clutch: Coach
(Left) Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT, Top: Gap, Earrings & Sandals: Target, Bag: Steve Madden
(Right) Skirt: gifted, Top: Old Navy, Sandals: Target, Bag: Can you tell I love that Steve Madden bag??
A lot of my clothes are purchased on sale or clearance or even thrifted. Coupons, sales, and free shipping are my friends. I love finding great pieces for an even better price! A few of my favorite stores are consignment stores, thrift stores, or TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Ross. If I can find it for cheap, I love it even more!
I hope you’re having a great week and I appreciate you stopping by!
This past week has been a busy one. My mother is off gallivanting on vacation and I’m very envious of that. Even though I’m still in my everyday routine (and not on vacation – dernit), I’ve been trying to stay busy and enjoy the wonderful weather when we get it. Green tea & lime coolers, Starbucks Frappuccino happy hour, and workout sessions at the gym have been scattered through my week to keep me going.
Some of this week’s outfits:
dress Forever 21 / boots Etienne Agner
sweater Target / scarf gifted / denim Miss Me / flats Target / clutch Coach
(Left) cardigan J Crew / dress Old Navy / necklace Ebay purchase / sandals Target
(Right) shirt Ralph Lauren / shorts Old Navy / sandals Target
Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo! I celebrated by going out for Mexican food (my favorite) and margaritas with a few of the girls I work with. I now have a new place to venture to that serves fish tacos – you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find places that serve good fish tacos – and a commemorative mason jar to cherish! Thanks to Pepe’s in Richmond, Virginia! It was a blast!
Tonight I’m going to try out a neon pink polish on my nails while watching the season finale (sad face) of The Mindy Project! I love the show because she is a positive role model for girls and it doesn’t hurt that Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina) is a cutie pie and a half. Girls need a beautiful woman to see embracing self-confidence, humor, and loving herself no matter her looks, and Mindy Kaling has nailed that role. I will always be a fan of hers and support her show for that reason. Too often we have pencils for role models and it is getting tiresome. Here, here for the ladies that “fluctuate between chubby and curvy”. Like I always say, I have an hourglass figure, I’m just working on some overtime. I’m glad to see other women rocking their curves as well. Also, this Sunday is mother’s day (don’t forget!) and mine is M.I.A. and several states away so I will be enjoying a low key weekend. I’ll have to venture out to Mongrel (Richmond, VA) at some point to get a funny, heartwarming card for her – they have the best! Enjoy your week!
Hi! Here’s what has been going on with me:
This week has been a great one for changes outside. There are promises of summer sprouting all over the trees. Everything has become green within just a few days. The once blossoming trees with pretty little petals have now been taken over by tiny leaves. I got out a little and tried to enjoy the rapid transition. The city I live in just keeps getting more and more beautiful to me & I take each chance I can to snap pretty pictures.
I went with a friend to get a cupcake from Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe & to see the movie Heaven Is For Real (I took down a package of tissues like a baby champ). My friend stood strong and I left red faced and swollen eyed. It was really attractive, let me tell you. On a scale of One – to – Kim Kardashian, my cry face is reality TV gold. The day was a success though; my friend is now as addicted as I am to Pearl’s Cupcakes (seriously, hands down best cupcakes in Richmond, Virginia – I even got an extra one to take home for breakfast the following morning) and the movie was great! I’m guessing I have to read the book now, huh? I think I did that backwards.
(Cupcakes shown are: Red Velvet, Coconut Cream, and Black & White – my personal favorite)
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!
I’ve been LOVING spring so far (even the chilly parts). Richmond, Virginia is a gorgeous place, especially in the spring and fall. Taking in the beautiful scenes could be a fulltime job.
Finding words of encouragement and inspiration online. (Carrie Bradshaw and Charlotte York from Sex & The City have some wonderful lines!)
Enjoying new and old pieces together… because Kate Spade was right…
My weekend was dedicated to running errands and finishing season 3 of Game of Thrones (thank you HBO for generously putting up all 3 seasons at once so I could waste away in obsession in front of the television, I really appreciate it!). I did carve out a wee bit of time, however, to sit and enjoy an early Sunday morning of coffee and reading on the patio at a local Panera. I relish moments like that! I spent Monday evening with a friend perusing the mall until I couldn’t walk any longer without snoring. I’m an old lady at heart and an early bird by nature; I can’t stay up past my bedtime without serious turning into a pumpkin issues. Last night was spent doing my state taxes, because, you know, it was April 15th. This upcoming weekend is going to be wonderful and I can’t wait! I have plans to go see the new movie Heaven Is For Real with a friend and then I’ll be attending the annual Monument on Parade for Easter in Richmond. It’s an odd affair, not really a festival or a parade, but more of a mixture of the two on one of the loveliest streets. I’m crossing my fingers for good weather. (You hear that Mother Nature?! Good weather.)
I hope you’re having a wonderful week.