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April 24, 2015

Whatchu Know About Me?

Last year {oops} my bloggy friend Setarra tagged me for The Lovely Blog Award. It’s been a while since I’ve received one of these but nevertheless I’m going to say thanks and play along.

We’re supposed to list 7 things about ourselves that may or may not be known and then tag 7 more people. I’m going to skip the tagging part since most people never do it anyway.

1) I had my first haircut when I was 12. My second one came twelve years later.

2) When I was a kid I always wanted braces. I have no idea why, I just wanted them. Unfortunately there's something about adult braces that isn't at all appealing.

3) All of my cereal has to be mixed with milk before I'll start eating it. I don't know why, I've just noticed it's something I always do.

my mouth will eat you now

4) If I'm cleaning the house 80s, 90s "hair metal" or pop music is on. Call it my get 'er done soundtrack, it's just what I listen to.

5) I have no allergies. None. Not to dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, peanuts... nothing. And then one day in 2013 I ate a pomegranate. And then 2 days later I broke out in hives. At 28, I found my first allergy. 

devil fruit

6) I can't stand baseball. I don't follow it and I find it incredibly boring but if you ask who my team is the answer will always be the Red Sox.

7) Gone With the Wind is my all-time, favorite movie. I've seen it a dozen times, once in theaters, I own the movie, I own signs and posters, and I even went to the museum in Marietta, GA.

Those are a few fun facts about me, now tell me something about you!

April 22, 2015

Pretty Scents

At the end of March I was in my friend's wedding. It was such an honor to be in the wedding and it was soo much fun. It's only official because I made it so. :)

As is customary she gave us a gift. A candle from JewelScent.

I thought this was adorable. a) I've wanted to buy/try one of these for a long time; b) it goes with their Paris engagement theme; and c) it smells fabulous!

I lit it the very next day, and every day, until I could start to see the pouch. 

When you're incredibly impatient, like someone I know, this is the worst part. 

Eventually the wax melts enough that you can pull out the pouch with a pair of tweezers. Just make sure you don't drop the wick in the wax when pulling it out. I didn't... but just FYI.

After you unwrap your rings they should all have a tag with numbers attached. Don't pull them off just yet! You'll use those numbers to get the appraisal to see how much your rings are worth. 

I was a little over-zealous and ripped the tags off as soon as I unwrapped them so I have no idea which ring is worth what. Mine were worth $31, $10, and $10. 

The one that looks "engagementy" {far right} is my favorite. Mainly because it's simple and has a classic look to it.

The green one is perfect to make a statement. I haven't worn it yet but I know I will. It's a great color and size.

I like the 3rd one, but I'm on the fence about it at the same time. It's simple and pretty... but perhaps too simple?

If you're lucky enough to get a candle with a gold token it means that your rind is valued at over $100. Obviously I didn't get one of those.

I had a great first experience with JewelScent and know that I'll buy from their site for gifts and personal reasons. They also sell hand soaps, aroma beads, body scrubs and other smell-good products.

Have you ever bought or received one of these candles? How did it work out for you?

*I received no compensation for this post and am only sharing my experience with JewelScent. All opinions are my own.*

April 20, 2015

What I'm Packing

Vacation day is finally here! I leave tomorrow. We're at less than 24 hours!!  I seriously can't contain myself. Today is going to be the longest day ever.

Last month I shared my vacation wishlist and then after a comment I received I thought I would share my packing list. Thanks Alyssa! Since I'm leaving tomorrow, here's a at what I'll be living in for the week.

There's actually a pair missing. 

When I posted my wishlist I mentioned that I was newly obsessed with retro bathing suits and that I had ordered one. It's the cutest thing ever and I can not wait to wear it!

I live in the water on vacation so I knew I'd need more than one so I bought this top {left} to go with the bottoms to the suit I currently own {middle}, and also plan on taking. Obviously I'll also be packing the essentials! I'll be reusing my tried and true beach bag because it holds absolutely everything and it's yellow. And yellow makes me happy.

I picked up several pairs of shorts because if it's not a bathing suit, that's what you'll find me in. I'm so in love with this striped pair I found because they're high-waisted and make my butt look awesome. #snaps

I found this great cover up at TJ Maxx and can't wait to wear it. It's exactly what I was looking for. Something to cover up but still be open and airy.

And since it's not a beach vacation without a few maxis I'll be bringing 3. The white one is actually from Jamaica. My mom brought it back for me when they went a few years ago. The striped one I live in during the summer. 

The gray and white stripe is an old dress which will double as a cover up because it's quick and easy. The pink one I picked up last summer. Trust me when I say it looks better on than on the hanger. 

Am I forgetting anything?

April 14, 2015

A Letter to Little Miss

Little Miss-

It really is amazing how the days, and ultimately the years, go by. It's incredible to be able to look back at those years and see the way your perspective has changed. Never would I have ever thought that 3 years ago I would become an Aunt. And now, I can't imagine life any other way. 

I've watched you grow from a little ball of chub into a lean and tall little personality, just like your mom. You're different, but you're the same in many ways. You have her eyes, and her baby fine hair. And even when you're being a brat, you're still my most favorite person. 

In the past 3 years you've puked down my arm and peed in my lap, you've thrown my phone to the ground and spit juice on my iPad {you did get scolded for that one though} and yet I just go right along with it. Anyone who knows me well can tell you that kids are not my favorite people, at all. But you've shown me patience I never knew I had. It's probably just because it's you, but still, it's a big step for me.

As long as you always know that I will always be there for you. To help you, guide you, and lie for you {within reason} then I have done my job well, because I love you more than I have ever loved me. 

Happy Birthday BFF!

April 10, 2015

Keep Yourself Open

When I left off I was waiting to hear back following the second interview. I didn’t have to wait long.

I wasn’t even home yet when the HR recruiter called to ask me how I think I did... and to give me the good news that I was being offered the position. Even typing that sentence makes me happy. She also informed me that she was able to get them to increase the base salary and we met in the middle of their “max” and my minimum. I accepted on the spot.

I was super excited and proud of myself. I almost passed up this opportunity. I almost didn’t go. As excited as I was the feelings of guilt were still coursing through my brain. How was I going to hand in my 2 week notice? What was I going to say?

Rationally, I know that I am replaceable. I know that they will find and hire someone else. I know that there won’t be any hard feelings. The fact that I’ve struggled with these feelings from the get-go isn’t a sign that this is a wrong move. Rather, I see it as a sign that I truly care about my job, my peers, and my reputation.

I wanted to give as much notice as possible but figured I should wait until Friday since “studies show” that’s when people are in a better mood. I probably should have just ripped the band-aid off and given my notice  Wednesday because waiting the next 4 days was torture. 

When it finally came time for me to hand in my resignation, I tried to be an adult. Instead I did everything I could not to burst into tears. I wish someone could be in my brain to truly know how hard of a decision this was; how much guilt I was feeling. I've never felt this way before. I've never left a job I didn't hate. There's nothing I hate about my job. So why leave then?

I chose to leave because I knew that I was going to start feeling stagnant. When you work in a small firm there really isn't any upward mobility. In fact, there's none. The clients change, but the job doesn't. Unfortunately {fortunately?} I am someone who doesn't do well with being stagnant. So in the long run, I did myself a favor. Instead of staying in my "relationship", knowing the routine like rote, I've broken up with my job, as comfortable as it was, and am trying something new. 

If I'm being honest, it's scary... and oh so exciting.

April 8, 2015

What I Know

It's funny... the journey of getting to know yourself. I'm me, of course I know myself... but it's not always that easy. People, places, experiences, they all change us. After 10 years as an "adult" according to society there are a few things I'm absolutely certain of....

I know that... if I don’t go to the gym before work I won’t go at all. I hate doing anything after work.

I know that...  I get distracted very easily but my best “working” hours are early in the morning.

I know that... as much as I want to eat clean and green more, I have the hardest time saying no to French fries, Mexican or pizza.

I know that... if I have a lot of free time it just makes me procrastinate more. I need to have a few balls in the air to function. {I actually just read that there's a scientific reason for this. It's called Parkinson's Law.}

I know that... as much as I try to ignore my birthday I really want someone to make a big deal out of it, just once.

I know that... as much as I love shoes, they’re not my weakness. Handbags are.

I know that... I get bored easily.

I know that... I prefer spending time alone rather than being a social butterfly. Solitude is highly underrated.

I know that... if I could spend all my free time doing yoga, kayaking, camping, hiking, and swimming in the ocean I would be the happiest clam in the sea.

And if nothing else, I know that

What do you know about yourself?

April 6, 2015

Life After 30

Now that I’m 30 I can definitely see where some of my priorities have shifted. I now care more about taking care of myself and building as many savings accounts as I can instead of what my weekend plans are. In fact, if my weekend plans consist of ‘do nothing’, I consider that a successful weekend. Being 30 has made me realize some other things as well...

I’m such a homebody.
Somewhere I knew this was always a big thing with me. I greatly enjoy time alone and if I can go an entire weekend obligation free, I’m happy. It’s not to say I don’t want to hang out with friends or go do something, it’s just that I really value my time at home.

Fat isn’t friendly.
This is kind of a given but I swear I notice it a lot more now. When you’re in your 20s and want to drop weight, you skip a few meals, ramp up your cardio or just stop drinking soda. Now, you gotta send in the entire army. Cut down on bread, exercise more, eat more greens, read nutrition labels.... it’s serious work to lose even 10 pounds.

Kitty’s claws are out
Everyone and everything annoys me. From the people on the bus to other drivers, my Facebook feed to {sometimes} my coworkers.... My list of pet peeves is growing by the month.

10 pm is bedtime
I don't know when it happened or how it happened but 10 pm is the magic hour for me. And that magic involves hitting the pillow. What's even better is if I'm in bed by 9:30 and asleep by 10, Seriously. This is a joy. 

This needs to be my middle name. It's just my all encompassing feeling about just about everything. That's not to say that I don't care, it's just that I'm really like, whatever man. I don't put in more effort than needed. I have no reason, or desire, to impress people. I don't care about what's trending or the "in" thing. It's just not me.

So, for the record....

April 3, 2015

It's My Life

You know what's a good Friday? Having the day off! Holla!

And because I'm still snuggled up in my blanket fort while you're reading this I'm going to keep it short and simple and opt to let pictures do the talking. Here's what I've been up to lately. 

I'd be lying if I said there hasn't been a lot of this going on. Loving every minute of it. #notsorry

K's sister gave me this journal as a graduation present. I've been saving it but finally decided to put it to good use. Say hello to my gratitude journal. 

Friday after work I decided to have a little treat yo' self session and went for a mani/pedi. It's been embarrassingly overdue. I wish they'd get cozy with the cuticle though.

As a side note how "adult" is this - I prefer gel manicures but because of the UV light I worry about how my hands will look in 10 years. Crazy or not I'm going to start bringing sunblock. 

The excitement over this dinner/movie date was almost unparalleled. Me time is the best time. 

Palm Sunday was spent celebrating love, tearing up the dance floor, and getting debutante drunk. They opted for pictures before the ceremony because cocktail hour, this was one of my favorites. 

Remember how The Breakfast Club is one of my 80s favorites? It turns 30 this year so naturally I went to go see it. 

And that's been my life lately. Lazy 3 day weekend, I am yours.