Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sunday Styling vol. 5

With all the new arrivals I shared in yesterday's post, I was inspired to put together a new Sunday Styling post. Although there aren't quite as many outfit options this week, putting these together has me excited to eventually get all dressed up to go places again soon! 

Outfit 1:

Outfit 2:

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday Shopping vol. 50

Happy Saturday! I'm down at the beach this weekend, but didn't want to miss the opportunity to share some cute new arrivals with y'all. As always, you can click directly on the item you're interested in to be taken to where it can be shopped! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

June 2020 Favorites

We are halfway through the year. How unbelievable does that seem? It’s felt so long (going to thank quarantine for a lot of that) and has been short in some ways too since so many events that highlight different seasons and months have been overlooked. I realized that I never shared my May favorites, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to share what I loved in June before too much of July passed by. Honestly, it was kind of challenging to come up with what to include in this list, but I think it sums up the items I’ve been using and loving the most this past month.

Ever since switching to a reusable K-Cup awhile back, I feel like I’ve become more of a coffee snob. I have no reason to be one since I truly don’t know that much about coffee, but buying a bag of coffee usually lasts me nearly a month so I don’t mind spending a little bit more on a bag of ground coffee since it’s a lot cheaper than the price of the number of k cups I would use. Well, my most recent coffee find is not only delicious but also really affordable. I tried this coffee after making it on set for a shoot one day and just opened my second container. For lack of better knowledge of how to describe coffee, it’s smooth and delicious. 

I realize that it may have come across as irresponsible that I was attending workout classes again without sharing some of the ways the studio I go to has been ensuring the health and safety of those of us in class. While I know it can’t guarantee that the virus won’t be a factor there, they have gone to incredible lengths to clean the studio, eliminate contact, cut the class size by half, and keep us moving during the heat of the summer. I have been much better about being in my routine now that I have been able to go back to true40. They still have free online workouts on their website if you want to give those classes a try but don’t live near a studio. I will say that I’m definitely feeling sorer after each class now that I am back in person since I found myself not working quite as hard independently at home. 

I am borderline addicted to this game. It has been the best $10 I’ve spent in a long time. It’s a nice mix of skill and luck and allows you to play a “game” of Monopoly in the span of 15 minutes. It’s also nice because you can play it with as few as two people. I have probably played over 50 rounds of the game since getting it last month and know that that number will continue to increase as I introduce it to more friends. 

While it’s still a little early in the summer to make this call, I think my one shoulder bathing suit from J.Crew will be my bathing suit of the summer. Each year I feel like there is one that I reach for more than others, and so far, this has been that one. I love that it ties both on the shoulder and in the back, making it adjustable and secure. For being a fun cut, it’s still full coverage and really comfortable. It comes in a variety of colors, and J.Crew has a bunch of different style bottoms that you can pair with it to complete your suit. 

I had never heard of this show when it came out, but it has been my most consistently watched show this past month. It involves space, survival, and a lot of action, which is an unexpected combination that I’ve really enjoyed. I’m now in season 2 and find myself wanting to watch another episode just to know what will happen. If you’ve found yourself wanting a new show to watch, this one has multiple seasons and is bound to be liked by girls and guys alike. 

Y’all know I LOVE pajamas, so including these was a no brainer. PJ Harlow was kind enough to send me a few pieces this past month, and I probably wore these pants for well over half of the nights this past month. They are a silky soft material that is cooling and feels really luxurious. I’m tempted to get a pair of their shorts, but honestly think I would still reach for the pants since I love the way they feel and want as much of the fabric on my skin as possible. 

I’m not sure if I’ve ever included alcohol in a favorites post, but Blue Moon’s Light Sky beer is changing that. I like the taste of beer and know I can count on Blue Moon to the point that a lot of time at breweries, I’ll ask the bartender which of their beers is most like a Blue Moon (which they probably hate). This is a lighter version made with tangerines that’s refreshing and delicious. IF you’re not usually a beer person (and you’re of age), maybe give this a try to see if you like it. 

I think that sums up what I’ve loved this past month, but I am already working on my July list since there are a few products that are already making the cut. I’d love to know what products top your list for the past month! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Step Into My Week 7.7

After a long weekend, I am back. I typically don’t post blog posts on days when I take a vacation from work, so since I was supposed to be off yesterday, I decided to push this post to today. I did end up working and am glad I did since I was incredibly productive and am feeling a little less stressed about the week to come. 

When gathering photos to share this week, I realized what a lousy job I did of capturing my week, but regardless hopefully, y’all still enjoy reading about it even if it’s not documented well by photos. 

I've been living in these pjs on work from home days!

I started my Monday morning with a workout class at True40 to get my day going. I worked from home most of this week since I wasn’t scheduled for any shoots. This gave me a lot of time to try to get ahead on some of the shoots I have this month since it is shaping up to be a busy one. Nell came over later in the afternoon to help me with a few blog-related things, and then we had a plan to get carryout sushi from Abhi in Mountain Brook Village. The plan was to eat it on a soccer field nearby, but it started to rain right as we sat down. We took it back to my house instead and caught one another up on our weekends. A friend had brought us her family’s Wii console and games since my roommate and I had talked about how much fun it would’ve been to have that during quarantine, so Nell and I were going to play that but sadly didn’t have the right batteries to do so. Instead, we ended up playing catch phase for a little while before she left to go home, and I got ready for bed.

On Tuesday, I spent most of the day working from home but went to the office for a bit to return some packages and clean up my desk. After shoots, my desk usually looks like a mess, so it was nice to get it back to normal. I sent some emails, spent a lot of time sourcing products, and crossed a few other tasks off of my to-do list. After the workday was done, I went for a walk and showered before going over to a friend’s house to watch a show before coming home and going to bed.

Wednesday, I also worked from home most of the day and was able to finalize some products for a big shoot I have this week. Getting all of that figured out tends to take a lot longer than one would normally think, so it felt good to have everything squared away. I went to a workout class in the afternoon and then had bible study that night. 

I went to True40 in the morning on Thursday and worked until I was off the clock for the long holiday weekend at noon. I had some returns to do for work that I got done before that and ran by the office as well, so it was a productive workday even with it being shortened. In the afternoon, I hung out on my couch working on some blog posts and watching the Bold Type before going to a friend’s house to watch a soccer game and eventually go to Home Depot. We also made it to the grocery store to get supplies for the weekend before coming back and figuring out what we wanted to do for dinner. We went to Martin’s Barbecue in Cahaba Heights, which I had never been to. It was good, and I liked that there was plenty of outdoor seating. After that, we went back to my house and played the Wii for about 3 hours. Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort were our go-to games, but I’m excited to try some of the other ones my friend left in the box. 

I didn’t have to work on Friday, so I went with my friend and his roommate to Lake Martin for the day. It is only about an hour and a half drive from Birmingham, which made it pretty doable for a day trip. We grabbed breakfast/lunch when we got there around 10:00 and then took the jet skis out to explore the lake before going to get the boat from the marina. The rest of the day was spent boating around and swimming and dodging a storm for about an hour. After everything was cleaned up and back where it needed to go, we got in the car and headed back to Birmingham around 8:00. I was so excited to shower once we finally made it back and fell asleep very quickly after getting clean.


Saturday morning, I spent some time organizing and cleaning my room, putting away laundry, and tidying up our living spaces. Most people seemed to be out of town for the fourth, so it was a very laid back day. I hung out with my friend who was in town, and we watched a lot of soccer and the tv show The 100 while grilling out. Later that night, we got ice cream at Jeni’s and watched the firework show taking place at the Vulcan from the Pepper Place parking lot. We grabbed a beer at Avondale before calling it a day. 

Sunday was pretty similar to Saturday in that it was very low key. I went and got Crestline Bagel in the morning and only saw three cars out and about. I went to my friend’s house later that day, and we played Scrabble and SpotIt before eventually deciding to play some tennis. That may not have been my best idea considering it was 95 degrees, and kicking the soccer ball around afterward only made me sweat even more. After that, it started to rain, so I called my parents and caught up with them before going to get pizza for dinner that evening and getting ready for the week ahead.

I hope that y’all had a lovely holiday weekend even if it looked a little different than year’s past. I know mine did, but I’m excited that I will be getting to have my more traditional Fourth of July weekend this coming weekend with a trip to the beach with my family. There’s a lot for me to get done before that, so in the meantime, I’ll be grinding away at my to-do list and hoping for more days as productive as yesterday! 

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