Monthly Archives: July 2014

Beer for Beginners

July 30, 2014

Let’s be honest: beer has typically been marketed and designated as a dude’s drink. But with the dawn of the craft beer movement, there is a beer for every palette. My Dad is notorious for trying new beer and has even dabbled in home-brewing, so I’ve picked up a few tips here and there over the years. Here’s what I recommend when venturing into the world of craft beer.

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The Itch to Knit

July 28, 2014

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The other day, out of nowhere, I had the itch to knit. I learned years ago, but never made anything worthwhile, but now, I’m dying to re-learn how to knit. I would love to gift the items I knit or crochet, and I could see myself knitting while watching my favorite TV shows. (I think it’s the multi-tasker in me.) Do you knit or crochet? Have you ever gifted something you’ve made?

Hooray for the Weekend!

July 25, 2014

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Helllllooooo, weekend! I don’t know about you, but the last week or so has been cray. I’m excited to share some up-and-coming developments with you, but for now, I’m looking forward to recharging my creative batteries. What are you up to this weekend? I hope you’re able to jump for joy wherever you are spending the next few days. Here are few links I loved this week…

It’s National Ice Cream MONTH! Celebrate by making coffee ice cream pops with bacon sprinkles 

How to get that no make-up make-up look

GAP is having a huge sale right now (I just got 7 tees and a leather pouch for $50! #steal)

Sorry I’m late, but… 

After reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, I was worried the movie would be cheesy (hello, Twilight), but the release of the trailer this week has put my mind at ease. Is it Valentine’s Day yet?

The cutest tasseled shower curtain

Digging dark toe polish and earthy sandals lately

Do you wear a robe? I’m usually a towel wrap kinda gal, but lately I’ve been wanting a robe for getting ready in the morn. I like this one, this one, and this one.

College classes on how to fall in love…?

I have been searching and waiting and looking and wishing for a reasonably priced gold bracelet, which I finally found here.

LIVE IT UP!

July 15, 2014

one: upside by alexandra narazi for minted | two: shoppe by amber interiors pillows | three: crosley record player | four: wind & willow home candle cups | five: karlstad sofa at ikea | six: west elm saddle bar stools | seven: cb2 adam coffee table | eight: west elm souk wool rug | nine: etsy pouf ten: coffee table books (from left to right) allegra hicks, i love your style, domino | eleven: bright ikat by agnes pierscieniak for minted | twelve: wilford side table from one kings lane | thirteen: tall house plant | fourteen: crate and barrel clapboard media counsel | fifteen: lisbon beach umbrellas by gray malin (on sale) | sixteen: close by quibe for society6 | paint: benjamin moore abalone

Do You Journal?

July 14, 2014

Do you journal? I used to write in a journal all the time growing up. I would write the usual stuff that dominated my life in my late teens/early twenties: my hopes for the future, my biggest rants, who I was crushing on at the moment (OH.EM.GEE.).  It was definitely a catharsis. I could pour everything onto the pages and walk away feeling lighter and less burdened.

Not too long ago, I bought a pretty, new journal to try to get back in to writing, but it remains in my drawer, completely blank. The material is definitely there, but I can’t find the motivation to actually pick up the pen. I think the thought of confronting some things in my life right now honestly scares me.

I’ve kept all of my old journals (even the one with the bright stickers that reads, “DIARY” on the cover, lol)  and I have a habit of reading old entries before writing a new one. While most of the time, my former self’s entries only elicit cringing eye rolls, sometimes seeing how unafraid and hopeful I was gets to me.  It’s funny how when I was younger, I would dream without any restrictions at all. The world was full of possibility and I feared nothing. After my first semester of college, I made a list of every country I wanted to visit and every work of art I wanted to see in my journal. A cultural bucket list of sorts. But the older I get, the faster time passes, and I wonder if I’m really going to check all of those things off of my list.

I’m curious if this is just me, or do you find writing a good way to sort things out? If so, how often do you write? And do you ever go back and read old entries?

P.S. – Pretty journals here, here, and here. My journal here.

My Lady Heroes (and their stories)

July 7, 2014

Remember when you were on summer break and had a reading list to get through for the upcoming school year? Total bummer, right? This is not that. Some of these books I’ve already read; others are on my waiting list. Not to get too cheesy here, but they all have an underlying theme: girl power. All of these books are written by women that have achieved great success in various industries. From a powerhouse screenwriter/comedienne/producer, to a PR mogul, to being witty enough on Twitter to land a book deal, these women have it all, including some wisdom to share.

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Happy Fourth of July Weekend

July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July weekend, all! I hope you’re celebrating somewhere sunny with a lot of red, white, and blue nearby! I’m planning a weekend of burgers on the grill, sparklers in hand, and sunning by the pool. I’m especially excited to celebrate Independence Day with a long weekend and my mom in town! I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday! Here are a few links that caught my eye this week…

One of my favorite brands is having a 4th of July sale! This is my favorite scent.

The cutest little nautical flag badges

You know it’s not summer until you take a road trip, right?

Remember these American beauties?

Steve Martin’s bread hands made me smile

13 Stars Who Became American Citizens

Make your own watercolor flag straws for those fun cocktails this weekend.

You can make your ice cream patriotic! Just add a little color.

For your 4th of July wardrobe

 

DIY candles

July 3, 2014

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Homemade candles are a great DIY because you can customize them to your liking and give them as gifts for several occasions. I recently came across these dishes, and wanted to put them to good use, so I decided to try my hand at making my own candles.

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SALE: Anthropologie

July 2, 2014

 

Summer is my favorite season for so many reasons. One of them being SALES. Summer sales are everywhere, and living in Florida, I can stock up on warm weather clothes and goods, and use them almost year-round. One of my favorite stores, Anthrolopologie, is having a huge sale right now and above are a few items that really spoke to me. (Why can’t my birthday be in the summer?!) Hop on over to Anthropologie for the goods, or you can check out more of my favorites here.

Happy Shopping!