Month: April 2014

On My Radar

1.  Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant

I saw this on Facebook the other day and didn’t really think much of it and scrolled by it without watching.  Then, I was watching Good Morning America the other day and they showed it and I was absolutely rolling!  I almost spilled my coffee I was laughing so hard!

2.  Jean Jackets

On a whim, I bought a jean jacket.  One of my best friends wears hers religiously, but I’ve never really been one to wear jean jackets.  I saw one that I really liked so I decided to just buy it and see what happened.  I’ve got to say, I’m pleasantly surprised.  It is so versatile and I feel like it is such a staple that I can’t believe I didn’t have one before.  If you don’t have one, go get one.  Seriously.

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3.  Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas

I’ve loved Ginnifer Goodwin since I first saw her in He’s Just Not That Into You, then when she starred in Something Borrowed as Rachel I knew she was quickly rising to the top of my list of favorite actresses.  When I discovered she played Snow White in Once Upon A Time that was the final thing that made her my favorite actress.  She is so sweet and genuine, and literally everything you read about her is nice.  She and Josh Dallas (who plays Prince Charming on Once Upon a Time) are having a baby and just got married!! I mean, how cute are they?

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4.  Dancing With The Stars Disney Night

As if I didn’t love this song enough already, Dancing with the Stars featured it during their Disney night.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve already watched it.  It is amazing.  I’m not kidding.

5.  Pharrell Crying Over ‘Happy’

I liked the song the first couple of times it played but now I’m a little bit tired of it.  However, that doesn’t stop me from appreciating how humble Pharrell is.  There aren’t many artists who cry over their songs, but he did and I will forever be impressed by him.

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6.  Frat Boys Dance The Evolution Of Justin Timberlake

All I have to say about this is that you should watch it.   It speaks for itself.

Lily and Laura

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It took me a while to hop on the Lily and Laura train, but this weekend I decided to just be impulsive and buy one to see how I liked it.  I’ve got to say, I’m pleasantly surprised.  The bracelet is the perfect addition to my stack and I am actually really glad I bought it.  Last weekend I saw that both of my best friends had their own Lily and Laura bracelets, so I’ve had them on my mind for about week. I thought the price was a bit high for what it is, really $12 for a beaded bracelet?  But, I guess you pay for trends, right?

After I bought it, I decided to do a little research to see what made them so special.  And I am thrilled to say that one of their main selling points is that their business focus is to pay more than fair trade wages to their artisan workers in Nepal.  I have a real appreciation for people who take care of the people who work for them.

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Do you have a Lily and Laura bracelet?  I’d love to see how you wear yours!

My Weekend

What I weekend I just had!  It was filled with adventures that are stepping stones towards meeting a lot of my goals.  I love to write, and about a year ago I started writing a book.  Recently I’ve been feeling a complete mental block and haven’t made much progress, but after the conference I went to on Saturday, I feel completely refreshed and ready to write again.

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I woke up at 5:00 on a Saturday morning so that I could be in Greensboro at 8:00 for a writing conference I’ve been looking forward to for months.  I was completely impressed by the caliber of people I met.  I anticipated meeting a few people who were serious about writing, but I was really surprised to meet so many people who shared my passions.  I get made fun of A LOT for speaking like I write, so I really work hard to sound normal.  When I blog, I write like I’ve learned to speak, which is very conversational.  But when I write in my book I try to make sentences sound as pretty as possible.  I am infatuated with language and love forming sentences that allow me to fall back in love with stringing words together to form meaning.

The morning began with me sitting in my first session and the professor saying something along the lines of “the terrifying tyranny of a blinking cursor on a blank page,” and it hit me spot on.  I find blank pages to be daunting, so I will often sit in front of my computer screen for several minutes before I gather enough courage to put my fingers on the keys.  This was exactly what I needed to hear to get in the right mindset to soak everything in.

If you’re a writer, of any type, I really recommend trying to attend one of these conferences.  It is so helpful to get input from other writers, as well as professors and publishers or editors.  There is so much to learn and one of these may be exactly what you need to give your writing fresh life that it was lacking before.

On my way home I decided to make a pit stop in Mebane at the Tanger Outlets and I am so glad I did!  I originally went to check out the new Vineyard Vines store, but was sorely disappointed so I made my way over to J.Crew, which is always sure to cheer me up nad cheer me up it did!  They were having an additional 60% off clearance sale.  Those are my favorite, but I somehow managed to control myself and only buy a couple of things.  And by a couple, I mean two.  Literally.

I got this super cute, really versatile blouse, which I am actually wearing to work today!

Factory tipped draped tank

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And these sunny shorts.  They are the 5″ chinos and are perfect.  I think they might even look cute with the top I just bought 🙂  I’m excited to get creative with them.

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Sunday Morning I woke up to find that virtually everywhere in Raleigh was blocked off due to the MARATHON that was taking place.  I’m a runner, so I respect the fact that they are running, but it’s the people who plan the race that I’m confused about.  Who would put a race in the middle of the city?  Maybe it’s my mountain roots coming out, but it seems like at least some of it could have been on a less busy road or even a trail!  Raleigh has an awesome greenway system, use those!  Anyway, so I finally made it to Cameron Village, this adorable shopping area near N.C. State, to find that nothing opened until 1:00.  This gave me the opportunity/forced me to go to Starbucks and write.  I had been itching to get to my book since the conference the day before, but timing hadn’t worked out since I was so tired by the time I got home I basically just crashed.  I really got a lot done in three hours.  I probably would have kept working if some man hadn’t kept trying to talk to me about balloons.  I don’t do well with distractions.  I made my way over to the library to pick up the latest edition of Wake Living and saw that my most recent article was published!  I still find it so strange to see my name in print.

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How was your weekend?  Did you do anything exciting?

5 Useful DIY Projects

1.  Coffee Body Scrub

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With winter on it’s way out and spring beginning to bloom, that means swimsuit season is just around the corner.  My skin is definitely in need of some love.  This long winter definitely left my skin more dry than usual.  I’ve always loved sugar scrub, but lately I’ve been hearing about coffee body scrubs.  They are supposed to smooth your skin and also help with cellulite. I figure it’s worth a try! This is my favorite recipe that I’ve found! (my only alteration is that I would just use plain white sugar – it’s cheaper!)

2.  EOS Storage

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Pinterest.com

This is seriously so cool to me.  I’m always worried about losing earrings when I travel, so this is the perfect solution.  I found the picture on Pinterest, and there weren’t any instructions so I came up with my own 🙂

–  Once the chapstick is too low to use, get a small spoon and scrape out the remaining chapstick.

–  There will still be some residue left, use dish soap and a textured sponge to scrub the rest out.

– Dry and voila!  Perfect Storage.

3.  Tin Can Silverware Holder

Living in an apartment has it’s pros and cons, but one of the cons is that there never seems to be enough drawer space. This is a really neat way to store silverware in a decorative way that doesn’t look too cluttered!

4.  Reinvented Pickle Jars

I love all the pictures I find on Pinterest of little jars sitting on the bathroom counter, but when I go to the store I am always stunned by the sticker price.  I love this idea for a frugal way to have the same look.  Plus, you can customize it to suit the theme of your home!

5. Jug turned Basket

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I would obviously use different fabric, but overall I really like the concept.  I love baskets and I’m all about being green and “upcycling.”  Definitely worth giving a try!

 

Active Style

I love being outside, but I tend to get frustrated when I’m trying to decide what to wear.  I know that I will, inevitably, end up taking pictures and I don’t want to look like a hot mess in my old t-shirt and running shorts.  I’m envious of all the Pinterest pictures of women dressed in their afternoon best to go for a hike.  I’m sorry, but that just isn’t real life for me…I don’t really want to ruin my favorite blouse, so what is the happy medium?  I have a few ideas for how ways to look great while being active, without sacrificing your favorite clothes!

1.  Scarves

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As we all know, a scarf can dress up any outfit.  Luckily, you can find a lot of scarves for next to nothing and they are the perfect way to jazz up your outdoor gear.  If it’s raining, then it is a perfect accessory to that raincoat!

2.  PFG

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This one is kind of a “duh!” PFG is made to be worn outdoors, and sorority women have been making it their own by monogramming it.  I am obsessed with mine.  It’s perfect as a bathing suit coverup but is also a great top for when I’m wanting to do basically anything outside, especially when it involved water!

3.  Designated “Outdoor Wear”

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I have a few pieces of clothing I have designated as my “outside clothes”.  Most of them were found at goodwill or are things I’ve had for a while, so I don’t mind messing them up, but they are still cute.  I have fleece pullovers, tights, vests, flannels and jeans!  Basically  anything I think would be fun and look cute in pictures.

4.  Bean Boots

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Most girls wear Bean boots for fashionable purposes, but they are really multi-functional.  You can get them completely muddy and they wash right off and look perfect again.  Why not wear them hiking one day and then around town the next?  That’s the whole point of L.L. Bean, right?

5.  Five Fingers

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These are the weirdest, most wonderful shoes ever.  They feel super weird at first but as your feet get used to them they are perfect and they add a super fun little touch to any outdoor getup!

On My Radar

1.  Social Monograms

Half Off Custom Monogrammed Clutch Purse

These monogrammed clutches!! Need I say more?

 

2.  The One and Only

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Emily Giffin has got to be one of my favorite authors and her new book is just about to come out and I am itching to read it!  I have all of her books in my “library” and I can’t wait to add this one!

3.  Personalized Stamps

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This is brilliant.  Forget return addresses, or labels.  All you have to do is stamp it.  When you run out of ink you replace it.  Such a no brainer and definitely on my list of things to purchase in the very near future!

4.  Love Letter to NYC

I’ve always wanted to live in New York for at least a year, and this letter is exactly what I needed to read right now.  It hits on all the positive and negative things about the city and gives me a better idea of what I might be getting myself into when I finally decide to move there!

http://coralsandcognacs.com/2014/03/love-letter-new-york-city.html

5.  Naturally Coloring Easter Eggs

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Village Green Network just came out with some really neat ways to naturally dye your Easter eggs!  It’s environmentally friendly and probably uses items you already have in your house!