Friday, January 22, 2021

Valentine's Day Gifts For Girls

 Did you catch yesterday’s post with Valentine’s Day gift ideas for guys? If not, it’s worth a read! In the same vein today, I am sharing the same type of post but this time geared towards ladies. I know plenty of guys are probably struggling with what to give for Valentine’s Day, so maybe this will prove to be helpful (and I won’t judge you in the slightest if you send a link to this post directly to your guy to give them a few ideas). In the grand scheme of things, Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about showing someone you love them, which doesn’t necessarily mean a gift is necessary, but I have no doubt it would be appreciated. Since girls tend to also enjoy showing their friends how much they love them, I’ve included some lower ticket items in this post in case you’re planning to celebrate Galantines too! I have included links to the items featured directly beneath this image.

heart robe // monogram phone case // family crest ring // heart mask // clear floral pouch // blush joggers // pink stemless wine glass // cz earrings // bright pink knotted headband // heart keychain // face roller // birdies // tula eye cream // puzzle // lake pajamas // tan crossbody purse // teleties // bone toiletry case set // heart earrings // bluelight glasses // otherland candle // dyson hairdryer // pink coat // chinese checkers // heart cocktail napkins // pink pom pom hat // flowerbomb perfume // lafco candle // apl sneakers // heart pajama set // revlon hairdryer // heart stressball // flower coffee table book // white scarf // pink slippers // heart shaped jewelry case // porter ceramic to-go mug // pink notebook // chanel lipgloss // michele watch // x slippers // blush oven mitts // long sleeved pajama set // bubble bath // white and pink headband // barefoot dreams blanket // gourmet salad coffee table book // charging pad // corkcicle

And for even easier shopping, you can click on the items directly in the image below to be taken to where they can be purchased. Happy Friday! 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Valentine's Gift Idea For Guys

 Now that we are officially in the second half of January, I figured it was about time to share an updated gift guide with you. After sharing so many different guides over the holiday season, I did my best to develop creative new gifting ideas to couple alongside popular favorites for those of you questioning what to get a guy for Valentine’s Day. 

I have included a variety of price points that hopefully you’ll be able to find something worth gifting no matter if you’re shopping for a boyfriend, fiancé, or husband. I know guys may not tend to embrace this holiday quite as fully as pink and red loving girls do, but many of these ideas are equal parts practical while still being fun. I have included links to the items featured directly beneath this image.

yeti cooler bag // Keurig coffee maker // Lululemon abc pants // red clay hot honey // royal highnies boxer set // grilling spices // lab tie // loafers // rivals for Catan 2 player game // breakfast sandwich maker // college town wall art // flannel shirt // shaving kit // collar stays // beer case // pistachio tray // mlb tumbler // extended length phone charger // blue pullover // bounce ball game // Lululemon shorts // desk golf // whiskey glasses // drone // leather catch all // slippers // olive backpack // hat // mini theragun // cooking multi-tool // snoop Dogg's cookbook // microwave noodle cooker // AirPods // mizzen main pullover // leather charger // neck massager // tile // portable speaker // cotton joggers // sunglasses // our place always pan // all birds // hyperchiller // phone magnet // dude diet dinner time // collapsible cutting board // le labo fragrance discovery scent set // custom dog socks // waxed duffle bag // boy smells candle // mesh grilling bags // device charger // indoor flame // bean boots 

And for even easier shopping, you can click on the items directly in the image below to be taken to where they can be purchased. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

January Moodboard

 I’d consider myself relatively easily inspired. I often get questions about how I continuously come up with ideas of what type of blog posts to write or what I choose to share, and most of the time, I keep a running list and haven’t found myself uninspired. As someone who is very visual, scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram has definitely helped me over the years to come up with different ideas. I love saving images on Instagram each month to reference and garner inspiration, and I thought it could be fun to share some of what I’ve rounded up this past month with y’all here. Whether you find new people to follow on Instagram or save it as your computer background (that’s what I’m using it for), I think this could be a fun series to start each month.

This past month you’ll see lots of pretty interiors and designs, most leaning toward a blue and green color palette (not surprising if you saw this post). Organization seems to be another trend when looking back through all these saves! I’ve included links to the Instagram posts that each of these images came from beneath the image (top row, from left to right) if you’re looking for a new follow!

I’d love to hear what you think of this type of post. I had so much fun pulling all of the images that have been inspiring me into a single post to share with you! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Step Into My Week 1.19

 It's feeling obvious that today is the first day back to work after a long weekend, and the delay in getting this post live just about confirms that. Even still, I hope you enjoy reading about what I've been up to over the past week. 

It didn’t feel too overwhelming to be the start of a new week on Monday since I had already done most of my meetings for the week the previous Friday, so I didn’t feel like I would be stuck on video meetings all morning and could instead get some of my other to-dos crossed off. I went to the office that morning and arrived there around 8:30, which gave me some time at my desk before pulling surfaces and props for a shoot scheduled for Wednesday. I was able to make some returns and send out a couple of emails between doing that and the meeting I had at 11:00 with our team of stylists. That meeting only lasted about 30 minutes, and once it wrapped, I headed home to work from there the rest of the day. I made a quick stop at Trader Joe’s on the way there to get a couple of ingredients for a dip I was making that evening. Once I was home, I spent my lunch break making a chicken and sausage gumbo recipe from The Defined Dish cookbook while listening to a podcast episode. My afternoon was spent sending out emails and responding to ones that came in with a 30-minute virtual tasting happening mid-way through the afternoon too. Once the workday was over, I rinsed off, made the swiss and bacon dip I had gotten ingredients for earlier, and did some blog work before a friend came over so that we could eat dinner before watching the National Championship game at another friend’s house that evening. Fortunately, the game didn’t turn out to be much of a nail bitter, so we were able to enjoy watching it and hanging out. It ended close to 11:00, which is late for me on a work night, so I read a little before eventually going to bed. 

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Tuesday morning, I was tired but had a long list of work tasks I wanted to get done on my one full work-from-home day of the week. It felt like I was doing bits and pieces of everything without fully crossing anything off, which kind of frustrated me, but instead of letting that mess with my productivity, I decided to use my lunch break to go on a walk with Nell to break up the day. I was also convinced most of the day that it should have been much later in the week than it was, which threw me off. My afternoon was more productive as I was able to confirm a lot of things for upcoming shoots and try to get ahead. Since I was at home for the day, I also decided to do laundry and continued with my previous week’s organizing efforts, and organized the chest of drawers in my room once my workday was over. I did a Peloton arm and ab workout before showering, eating dinner, and heading over to Nell’s apartment to watch the previous night’s episode of The Bachelor. 

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I had a shoot on Wednesday for a spring meal for one of our food titles. I had already pulled all of my props, so I was able to get to the office around 8:00 to get going on it. We finished up a little after lunch, and I put away my props from the day and went ahead and pulled props for the next day while I was there. I spent my afternoon getting some work done from home before deciding to go on a run. I hadn’t run since hurting my ankle back in October and was interested to see how it would go. I think the cold weather helped since I was able to run a 5k comfortably. I did a true40 glute workout when I got back and then showered, got a bit more work done, and ate dinner. I thought we were going to have bible study virtually that night, but that didn’t end up happening, so I could get in bed early and read before going to sleep. 

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I woke up early on Thursday to get some blog computer work done before going to the office for my shoot. We were shooting summer desserts this day and flew through them, finishing before lunch. I stayed at the office to eat my packed lunch so that I could put my props away and get a few other things done while I was there. Once I got home, I decided to start some laundry and wash my sheets to pack for my weekend trip, and come home to a cleanroom. I was able to cross most everything else off of my to-do list that afternoon and successfully packed before heading out to dinner with Hunter. We went to The Filling Station in Crestwood before heading to his house to watch a show until I left to go to sleep.

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Friday morning, I finished up packing and had a couple of meetings before being picked up by Nell and our friend Mary to head to North Carolina for the weekend. One of our friends here has a mountain house in Brevard, so we were on our way for a laid-back girl’s weekend there. We stopped at The Varsity for a late lunch and made it to the cabin a little before 6:00. That night we had pasta and homemade bed and sat up talking over hot chocolate before going to bed.

Our plans for the weekend weren’t too structured, which meant waking up a little before 9:00 and making breakfast before heading to explore downtown, Brevard. We had lunch at a soda shop called Rocky’s, and it was snowing as we popped in and out of some shops. In the afternoon, we curled up in the living room with books and read and hung out for a while before making dinner. We built a fire that night and ate s’mores with our hot chocolate while just hanging out. 

Since we all had Monday off, we were able to enjoy a full-day on Sunday as well. We had a big breakfast of waffles, bacon, and eggs before venturing on a hike to a waterfall. It was chilly, but it felt so nice to be outside and stretch our legs. We had lunch out in the downtown area again and went to a pottery shop and the store before retreating home. I got started on dinner when we got back, and we all continued to hang out and do our own things in the afternoon. That night we decided to watch the new Little Women movie and ate dinner on TV trays downstairs as it started. I eventually snuck back upstairs for a s’more, and after the movie ended, we all decided to call it a night. 

On Monday, we packed up in the morning before eating breakfast and heading to walk around the camp Nell attended growing up. Everything was dusted in snow, which made it that much prettier. We then got in the car to head to Tandem (in Traveler’s Rest, SC) for lunch with my friend Sophia on our way back to Birmingham. It was so fun getting to catch up with her at an old favorite restaurant, even though it was brief. We made it back to Birmingham around 5:00, and I unpacked, talked on the phone with my parents, and showered in preparation for the week ahead. Hunter had made lasagna for dinner, so I went over to his house to eat that. We watched a couple of Planet Earth episodes before I fell asleep on the couch and left to go to bed. 

I hope that many of you were able to enjoy a long and restful weekend. It’s so nice that this week is a short one! 

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