A Day in My Life

Bean Boot KeyChain

I found the most exciting thing today…a Bean Boot Key Chain! ¬†Can we talk about how incredibly cute it is??

Baby bean boots!! TOO CUTE

via bellesbourbonsandbowties, because I like her picture better than mine ūüôā

Yesterday I stopped in a thrift store and saw it sitting on a table and instantly freaked out. ¬†It has little tiny laces and it even has the same logos written in the same places on the boot. ¬†I probably won’t use it as an actual key chain because I think it is way too cute for that. ¬†I will more than likely use it as a decoration on my desk at home or put it somewhere in my apartment. ¬†Any suggestions for what I should do with it??




NYC Packing List

In just more than a week¬†I will be heading to NYC with my best friend and favorite travel partner. ¬†We are so similar in our travel styles that it always works out perfectly for us to travel together. ¬†We like to plan ahead, create an itinerary and coordinate outfits with the events we will be doing each day. ¬†I’ve been doing a lot of research for what I need to be packing and how I need to prepare for a winter in NYC, and I’ve gotta tell you, I’m not sure how I am going to fit it all in my suitcase!

Top 10 Things to Do in NYC on a budget. This is an amazing collection of ideas and insider knowledge!

via whatsfab.ca

It is going to be really cold, and possibly snowing, and when it is not snowing, it is probably going to be slushy from the melting/salted snow from before.  Either way, a lot of our time will be spent outside, so we need to make sure we dress appropriately.  These are some of my favorite things I will be bringing!

1.  Fleece Lined Tights

Genius.  Really.  Pure genius.  I could not have asked for a better invention for this trip.  I love dresses and skirts, they are so feminine and really make an outfit look that much more well thought out.  I think this will really help with some of the wind and also will enable me to wear some of my most fabulous outfits!

2.  Riding Boots

I bought some riding boots last year at Marshall’s, so they weren’t terribly expensive. ¬†I am definitely planning to wear these, they are comfortable and warm, but I also won’t destroy any of my favorite, expensive shoes.

3.  Booties

Booties are all the rage right now, so they are going to be paired with jeans and possibly with the outfit I’m going to wear to the Broadway show!

4.  Sequins

Somehow, I am going to include sequins in my wardrobe for the weekend.  I have an obsession with sequins and I really think they add something to your outfit.  They can easily go from day to night, which is great for light packing!

5.  Sweaters

I plan to wear my sweaters more than once so I can optimize the space in my suitcase.  I figure the things that are going to be seen the most are my coats and scarves, so it is more worth it to keep space for those.  (this was pointed out to me by my best friend.)

6.  Dresses

I have a couple of dresses I’m going back and forth on to bring. ¬†I want to pack something that can go from day to night with ease so that I can save some space in my suitcase. ¬†I will definitely wear a dress to the Broadway show and when we go out for drinks!

7.  Nail Polish

I absolutely need to bring nail polish to freshen up my polish if it chips or anything.  Enough said.

8.  Outerwear/Accessories

Coats, tights, gloves, scarves, hats, ear warmers, oh my! ¬†I’ll be bringing multiple of each so I can make sure to look fresh each day and have a dry set to wear if I happen to get snowed or rained on the day before!

9.  Dressy Outfit

We’re going to brunch at the Plaza, so I’m going to need something that is ‘business casual,’ which we all know means “Something fabulous” in Tiffany terms.

10.  My Pinterest Board

I made this board to offer some inspiration for what I’m going to be packing. ¬†I’m pretty much aware of the fact that it’s probably going to be a game-time decision, but this board is definitely somewhere for me to start!

Finding Joy

Yukon river

Yukon river, Canada by Keith Williams via Flickr

One of my biggest resolutions for the new year is to find joy. ¬†Pure, undeniable joy. ¬†I struggle with getting caught up in the ins and outs of day-to-day life and tend to forget about the big picture. ¬†I let myself get bogged down and upset by things that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. ¬†I truly believe joy is something that you feel deep in your soul. ¬†Something that is unshaken by anything. ¬†Sure, you feel sad about things that are sad, but if you really are experiencing true joy then you won’t let it ruin your entire day, week, month, etc. ¬†A lot of this resolution is a product of reading ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ ¬†When I finished it, I became¬†completely determined to find the inner peace that Elizabeth Gilbert found after her year of adventures around the world. ¬†But, I want to find that peace right here at home.

Every day, I take a few minutes to focus on the things that make me happy and I try to hold on to those things throughout the day.  When works gets bad, I press through.  When 5:00 p.m. hits, I leave all the baggage at work, knowing I have plenty of things to look forward to when I get home, i.e. going to the gym, eating dinner (possibly dessert!), talking with friends, spending time with my boyfriend, etc.

Another good point that was made to me by a dear friend is that it takes more energy to be miserable than it does to be happy.  I completely agree.

Do you have a total sense of joy? ¬†How did you get to that point? ¬†Or are you like me, and you’re on your way?!



10 Things Under $10

1.  Anthropologie Mini Candle

I love candles so much and this one is so tiny and the perfect size to tuck away somewhere for when you need a little freshness to add to your home.

2.  Urban Outfitters Reactive Glaze Mug

I really like the texture of this mug. ¬†It is the perfect size, in that you can get all your coffee¬†and creamer in there without feeling like it’s either going to overflow or like you have to fill it up every five minutes.

3.  Pier1 Morning Joe Coffee Scoop

morning joe

I drink a lot of coffee, so this would be really helpful in my kitchen, not to mention how cute it is.  It would look great hanging on the wall behind my coffee pot.

4.  Forever 21 Ruffle Umbrella


It has been raining in Raleigh a lot lately. ¬†I have three umbrellas and I feel like they have all gotten their fair share of use. ¬†All that to say, I wouldn’t mind adding this frilly, black umbrella to my collection to spice things up. ¬†Plus, it reminds me a little bit of Mary Poppins’ umbrella.

5.  Papyrus Yellow and Pink Bling Pen


Pretty pens are the perfect way to dress up any meeting or occasion. ¬†By having one in your purse, you are always prepared in style. ¬†Think about it, are you more impressed by someone who pulls out a pen from their doctor’s office, or someone who has a pen that is a little bit more fancy and fits their personality? ¬†For me, the answer is clear as day.

6.  Old Navy Faux-Leather Gloves


These gloves are faux-leather, but they look really nice.  The bright red will really brighten an outfit, especially during some of the more dreary winter days.

7.  Gap Mix-Dot Socks


When it’s cold outside, socks get¬†a lot more use. ¬†I feel like I keep seeing the same ones over and over again. ¬†Socks never go out of style and, in my mind, you can never have too many. ¬†They are so fun [and warm] and you can wear them as your fun little secret.

8. ¬†Charming Charlie’s Double Dose Sunglasses

Double Dose Sunglasses

I like the tortoise shell outside with the blue inside. ¬†The pairing is classy, with a hint of edge. ¬†The shape is great, too, as they aren’t too big or too small, so they appeal to a wider range of people.

9.  H&M Bow Key Ring


This little key ring is less than four dollars.  I love bows and the pink color is perfect.  It would make the perfect decoration to brighten up your ordinary key ring, without breaking the bank.

10.  Target 2015 Desktop Calendar


Every time I go to Target I see this calendar and I think about getting it. ¬†Then,¬†I saw it at one of my best friend’s houses and loved it even more outside of the store. ¬†It is pink with gold dots. ¬†To me, it seems very Kate Spade-esque, while still being less than ten dollars. ¬†I may not be able to resist much longer ūüôā

I love buying small things that are ten dollars or less and tucking them away for if I ever have a party to go to or need something to give someone who needs a pick-me-up. ¬†I always find such fun things when I am out an about. ¬†I’ve got to say, T.J. Maxx also has some really great finds in their home goods section. ¬†I’m talking jewelry dishes for five dollars and coffee mugs for six. ¬†The options are seemingly endless.

Do you have any favorite items that are less than ten dollars?  Please share!



5 New Fitness Classes to Try

As part of the Tone it Up Love Your Body Challenge, I make weekly goals for myself.  One of my goals for this week is to try a new exercise class.  I try not to get stuck in a rut of going to the same classes over and over, but I have certain classes that I definitely favor.  I remember last summer when I decided to go to my first Body Pump class.  I was completely terrified and so nervous.  I had no idea what to expect, and I was worried people were going to judge me for not knowing what I was doing, because, trust me, I had no idea what I was doing.  But, it ended up going ok and I really enjoyed it.  Now, I try to go to class whenever I can fit it into my schedule.

week 3 goals

Now, I still have a list of classes I have never been to that I would love to try. ¬†I’m a member of Fitness Connection, so they have all kinds of classes included in my monthly membership, so all I have to do is show up. ¬†It’s really humbling because the only thing that is holding me back is myself. ¬†Thus, the goal of trying a new class.

1.  Sculpt

Sculpt is listed as a class that involved interval training with a mix of strength and cardio.  I think it could be a nice compliment to all of the running I am doing as I am training for this marathon in April.  They say that your strength training is just as important as the miles you put in.

2.  Body Flow

This class is described as a “pre-choreographed combination of yoga, tai chi and Pilates builds flexibility and strength while leaving you centered and calm. Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves, and poses makes this class worth the time.” ¬†This sounds perfect. ¬†I do love yoga and Pilates, but I’ve never been to a tai chi class before so this combo might be the perfect first step. ¬†Plus, it’s a great way to strengthen different muscle groups while stretching and finding balance at the same time.

3.  Zumba

A lot of my friends go to zumba classes and are obsessed. ¬†I’ve never really been one to dance, ahem, at all, but I think it could be fun. ¬†And who knows, maybe I’ll end up not being terrible. ¬†Maybe.

4.  Kickboxing

Kickboxing is martial arts flavor exercises in a cardio format. ¬†One of my friends has gone before and said that if you can get past the fact that you are essentially punching and kicking at the air then it is really fun. ¬†I’ve seen it on the¬†schedule a few times at the gym and have never taken the initiative to just go. ¬†Maybe this week will be a good time to try.

5.  Body Combat

I get the idea that this is similar to Kickboxing, in that it has certain martial arts elements incorporated.  I have looked to see if there are any videos or more detailed descriptions so that I know what I am getting myself into.  Any light that can be shed would be super helpful!
Do you have any classes that are your favorites or that make you feel like you’ve worked super hard? ¬†I’d love any suggestions!



On My Radar

This has been a really big work week and fitness week! ¬†I have been following Tone It Up’s weekly schedule to a T and I’ve been running at a more competitive pace. ¬†I am trying really hard to make some of my fitness and productivity resolutions more of a lifestyle change rather than a change for the new year. ¬†So, happy first full week of 2015!

1. ¬†Shia LaBeouf in Sia’s New Video

Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler are so perfect in this video. ¬†It’s a little different, but actually really really good. ¬†I really like Shia and this seems to be a completely new role for him and I’ve got to say, he nailed it.

2.  Lilly and Target

lilly pulitzer for target

Words can not begin to describe how excited I am about the Lilly Pulitzer and Target collaboration. ¬†It’s going to make this spring that much more colorful, especially since things like pillows, beach towels, hammocks and many other home goods are going to be coming out!

3. Nicole Kidman and Jimmy Fallon

I mean, really.  Could this video be any funnier?  I was dying the whole time.  They are so funny and the conversation is incredibly comical.

4.  C. Wonder

New Site Logo

I was so sad to see the news that C.Wonder is no longer going to be a thing.  I really liked a lot of their products, but I guess they just decided to move on to other things.  So long driving mocs.  I really did like you.

5.  Baby Panda Seeing Snow for the First Time

Oh. My. Word. ¬†DYING from cuteness. ¬†I feel like this is the way I feel when we get the first snow of the season. ¬†Every year. ¬†It’s like this panda put all of my excitement toward the first snow into action.

6. ¬†“Slap Her” Video

This is such an inspiring video.  I really love the way each little boy responds to the guy who tells them to slap the little girl.



What’s In My Bag

Remember that amazing C. Wonder bag I bought a few weeks ago? ¬†Well, I haven’t stopped carrying it since I bought it and I’m in love. ¬†I definitely recommend it. ¬†The little pockets on the inside are perfect for holding my phone and lipgloss, or whatever else I need. ¬†These are some things that I currently have in my bag.

what's in my BAG

1.  Sharpie Pen

These things are seriously amazing. ¬†I’m super particular about what I use to write in my calendar and other personal notebooks, and the Sharpie pen is definitely a go to.

2.  Chapstick/Clinique Chubby Lipstick

My sweet sister gave me the perfect shade of this lovely Clinique Chubby Lipstick and I’m obsessed. ¬†I also carry chapstick in case the wind is super cold that day and my lips end up hurting.

3.  iPhone

I feel like I don’t even need to mention this, but I always have my phone with me. ¬†Always.

4.  Minimergency Kit

This thing is seriously amazing. ¬†I swear it has everything in it. ¬†I’ve had this particular one since high school and I (luckily) haven’t had to use it yet, but you never know when it might come in handy.

5.  Altoids

Or really any type of mint.  I refuse to carry around my toothbrush, so mints are the next best thing for after coffee or lunch, or to calm my nerves before an important meeting.

6.  Wallet

I have a really cute black wallet that my grandmother gave me a few years back.  I love it.  I have no idea where she got it, but it is the perfect size and is super chic.

7.  Hand Lotion

I am a compulsive hand washer. ¬†I wash my hands all.the.time. ¬†I really don’t like getting sick and I interact with so many people on a daily basis that I end up washing my hands a lot. ¬†During the winter, especially, they get super dry so I always try to keep a bottle of lotion handy.

8.  Nail Polish

I always carry nail polish with me for when I have an unfortunate chip. ¬†When my polish chips I can’t focus on anything but that chip until I’ve either picked off all the polish or touched it up. ¬†For me, touching up seems to be the better option.

9.  Hand Sanitizer

Again with the washing of the hands. ¬†I don’t always have access to a sink, so hand sanitizer it is.

10. Coffee Mug

I love drinking coffee on my commute to work. ¬†I have a 30 minute drive, so I turn on NPR or my favorite talk show (Bobby Bones) and sip on the coffee. ¬†It is handy to keep the mug in my bag throughout the day for if I want to fill it up with water or save $.10 when I’m buying a fresh brew.

11. Deodorant

I swear my office is the hottest place in the building.  I never ever want to worry about how I smell, so I say it is better safe than sorry.  I would rather keep some deodorant with me and not need it than need it and not have it.

12. Flash Drive

I love writing and never know when I’m going to have some down time to jot down a few words, so I constantly keep my flash drive with me.

13. Kate Spade Agenda

I’m very traditional when it comes to my calendar. ¬†I can’t get into keeping everything on my phone. ¬†Plus, I love the act of writing it down. ¬†I keep my agenda with me everywhere I go because I never know when I might need to check it or schedule something.

14. Something Borrowed

This is my all-time favorite book and I am reading it for the millionth time. ¬†It’s fine. ¬†And it’s worth it. ¬†I really enjoy Emily Giffin’s writing style and this book is definitely worth the read if you haven’t read it already.

15. Gym Lock

I never know when I’m going to be hitting the gym after work, so it is easier to keep my lock with me so I can keep all of my stuff secure while I’m working out. ¬†There’s nothing worse than a missing lock being the reason you decided not to go to the gym. ¬†It’s 2015. ¬†No excuses for me.

16. Hair Accessories

Now that my hair is getting longer, there are times when I just need to get it out of my face or off my neck.  I try to always keep at least two bobby pins and a hair tie in my purse at all times.

17. Starbucks Card

I love a good cup of coffee, and sometimes I really need that afternoon pick-me-up, so having a Starbucks card handy is super helpful (thanks Dad!).