One-Piece Wonders

June 1st! Can you believe it? Ready or not summer is here everyone. I am always ready for summer. My sad little belly with all it’s new marks is not, however. I actually don’t mind all the new marks and I’ve always said that scars tell a story. However, that being said, I know that if wounds are exposed to the sun during the healing process that can make scars much more apparent later on (I actually don’t KNOW that that is true, that may be another medical fact I made up but it sounds logical so let’s roll with it). Lucky for me, one-piece suits are in! I have a couple but am still on the lookout for a few more. Here is what I spied with my little eye…



And NOWWWWWWwwwwW….what I can afford…



Madewell May

It can be so hard to know how to dress these days when it is 80 and sunny on a Saturday and chilly and 50 on a Sunday. Even in one day, the weather/temp can feel drastically different just by clouds covering the sun or a gust of wind coming through. I imagine some days I look like a clown with all my mismatched clothing items. In the words of my mother when she saw me most recently “You’ve got a lot going on today!” haha 😉

Madewell seems to know exactly how to navigate these odd weathered days. I love Madewell most during the transitions from one season to the next and feel like there stuff works so well when it comes to layering or not looking odd during a day that can start out cold and end up really warm. Does that make sense? Here is what I am loving at the moment…  


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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Did anyone else read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a child? From the second Alexander wakes up his day is bummer after bummer. Today was like that (I wouldn’t call it terrible, horrible since no one got hurt but you get the gist). Sometimes when I have bad days, I think about that book. I even catch myself saying in my head “some days are like that, even in Australia”. If you have never read it, then you have no idea what I am talking about.

I don’t like to be a complainer but today STUNK. I knew it was going to stink when I was having my normal morning phone chat with my mom on the way to work and burst into tears (here’s hoping none of my co-workers witnessed this on their way in to work). I just could not get my head above water. Every time I walked into my office the voicemail light was blinking (that red light makes me so anxious), I messed up multiple VERY important tasks and I was late to just about every meeting after getting caught up in other meetings. Do you ever have those days where it seems like all you do is run around yelling “SORRY!”? There were a few points throughout the day where I thought “Should I hide under my desk until the day is over?”. I didn’t. But probably should have. Anyways, as much as I know how important it is to vent, I also know we all have stressful days and it is really unappealing to listen to someone complain when you are just trying to get through your own stuff (seems kind of backwards for a counselor to say, right?). Actually, the other morning I put on a random workout video on YouTube and was taken aback to hear the lady complaining THE ENTIRE TIME. I am no stranger to huffing and puffing through a workout however, I needed motivation from this youtuber and she was being a real drag. She spent the video saying how hard the workout was, talking about all her injuries and breathing heavily into the camera. Rather than feeling pumped and getting in a hardcore workout, I ended up staring blankly at the screen and feeling melancholy.

Anyways. That story kind of got off track but I just thought it was weird and I wanted to share it.

My point is. We all have our stuff and it is ok to take a minute to vent but then it is time to move right along. I actually wasn’t in a bad mood considering the stinky day (perhaps they call that defeat?). And once I left the building I was done with that portion of my day and I was determined to have a better finish to the day. And I did! Sometimes I feel like I can will myself to have a good day. Other days I get chased through the parking garage by a terrifying drug addict.

So like I said…things turned around! My favorite staff member was working at the front desk of our apartment. He told me that Mike and I made an impression on him because we are always so smiley (also probably from the time he caught Mike “borrowing” a stack of paper cups and Mike got scared and put both his hands up like he had just been caught by the police) so that was pleasant to hear. Then I went for a walk with my friend Bridget. We seem to be in really similar places in our lives right now with work and getting married and such so it is just easy to have endless conversations. And THEN I was surprised with Mike coming home early. He opened his birthday gift from his parents and it was the Ancestry DNA test for BOTH OF US! I literally was just saying to Bridget two hours ago, how badly I wanted this. Mike and I jumped for joy! I sure hope we don’t discover we are related. I will let you know in 6-8 weeks.

So here are some things, in my humble opinion, that can make a bad day better:



Does anyone else get so inspired just walking into an anthropologie store? I don’t often purchase a lot there (although I did just get this little diddy) because I am a broke joke but I just feel happy being in there. It smells so good, everything looks so cute and artsy, I feel like I am in a different country. Is that weird? It really feeds my gypsy/bohemian spirit in a way that most stores don’t. Well, anthro is one of the two places we are registered and as we were updating our registry, I got a little distracted and started seeing some inspiration for our Europe trip/ wedding activities. I am fairly confident that owning more of their clothing will make me a cooler human being.


Striped Sunday


Wednesday (Addams) Vibes

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Vince Camuto- Mix Media Collard Top



Happy hump day! Even though I am dressed like a downer, I have a lot to be happy about.

  1. Today is warm AND sunny!
  2. People seemed to be a lot kinder today than they were yesterday
  3. The Whole30 is almost done! Don’t get me wrong- I’ve enjoyed this process and want to continue with healthy eating…But boy it will make eating out a whole lot easier.
  4. It only took me two (versus the normal 8) tries to parallel park in front of my building today. Pretty sure I could hear the people inside cheering 😉
  5. I get to see one of my best pals who lives in ENGLAND now, this weekend 🙂




TGIF. What a week. 5 things that happened this week:

  1. I got my first essential oils kit!
  2. We started getting our RSVP’s back 🙂 Things are getting real! We are getting a lot of questions about plus one’s. Trimming the list was really hard and this part I feel bad about! I can be such a sucker about some stuff. I can’t even make eye contact with people at mall kiosks for fear of rejecting their sale and making them feel bad.
  3. My plans got cancelled tonight due to the flu (them, not me). As bummed as I am for them, I needed to just veg tonight. My brain is fried. M and I will go on a Whole Foods salad bar date…things are clearly very exciting while we are doing the Whole30.
  4. I got my first beach run in of the season…and finally threw out my marathon shoes. They literally were broken for about a week before I gave in. Probably explains the aches and pains.
  5. This didn’t happen this week but last week Naomi Olindo (from Southern Charm) gave me tips on how to do my own wedding makeup. She was so sweet and genuine and truly took the time to break it down for me. She is seriously the best. 




The First Day of Spring!

It’s the first day of SPRING! When I think of Spring I think of soft pinks, blushes, florals and all things feminine. I don’t typically think of myself as a very “girly” dresser but there is just something about Spring that brings out the little lady in me and these are a few of my favorite things…



Friday Favorites

HelloOOOOOoooo Friday.

Even though it’s snowing, we got a taste of warm weather and I am not turning back. I’ve been slowly packing away my winter clothing (creating a small pile on the floor) and dreaming about all the traveling I will be doing (and refusing to look at my bank statement) in the upcoming months to warm, beautiful places. I’m loving all things REVOLVE lately  and have recently purchased a few espadrilles from there that will be perfect for work but also pairing with various travel outfits, while not taking up too much room in my suitcase. Here’s what else I am loving…