Friday, September 19, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday! Instagram Favorites

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week!! Today I'm joining Amy over at The Farmer's Wife for the Oh Hey, Friday link up. This week I wanted to share my 5 favorite celebrity Instagram accounts! One of the things I love about Instagram is following some of my favorite celebrities and getting a peek into their everyday lives, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites with you. 

#1 - Reese Witherspoon

#2 - Hugh Jackman

#3 - Mindy Kaling

#4 - Aaron Paul

#5 - Julia Louis-Dreyfus

I would love to know what celebrities you love following on Instagram!

Have a great weekend!!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Getting To Know Me...

Lately I've seen some of my favorite bloggers putting up posts where they share some facts about themselves that a lot of people don't know about them. I personally love reading these kinds of posts, so I thought for my post today it would be fun to reveal some facts and maybe secrets about me that some of my readers may not know. I'm sure that some of these topics I've talked about in other posts and some I have not shared on my blog before. There's a nice mix of some fun facts and maybe some more serious topics. I'm a little nervous about sharing a few things in particular, so please be nice! :) Here goes...

#1 - I NEED to travel
My husband and I have decided that traveling is important to us and it's going to be a priority in our lives, so planning trips is our favorite thing to do!! If we go a few months without going somewhere, even just for a weekend getaway, we are itching to get out of the house and get on the road! 

#2 - I have a serious sweet tooth
You know you have a bad sweet tooth when you wold rather eat candy all day than real food. And yes, I have had to pay immensely at the dentist for this... :)

#3 - I don't drink...much
Let me straighten this out... yes, I do drink, but not very much. I overdid the drinking in college a bit too much and now after one drink of anything... I instantly feel sick. So I usually just have a drink or two... and thats the max. I wish I could drink more, but being sick isn't worth it to me, so I make the most of a couple drinks :)

#4 - Working from home has taken a toll on my social life
When I had a traditional 9-5 job where I went into a office and wore business clothing everyday, I wanted nothing more than to work from home. Little did I know that getting out and going to an office everyday was more conducive to my personality. Now that I work from home I do notice how it's changed me. I believe that you have to be very careful when working from home - it's caused me to retreat a little bit socially. You get very used to getting up and wearing sweatpants and having your routine... at home. Sometimes I find that having to get dressed with hair and makeup is a lot to ask, especially just to go to the grocery store. When I worked outside of the house, I would stop at the mall, go get dinner or lunch with friends and none of it was a big deal. Now that I sit at home working all day, getting ready and going out can be overwhelming. This is a big part of why I blog and connect with other bloggers, it keeps me social and talking with new people everyday! I know working at home sounds amazing to a lot of people, but everything does have a down side. 

#5 - I have a purse addiction
I know a lot of girls out there have a shoe addiction - I have the same addiction, but with purses! I have to have a different purse for each season. Everywhere I go, I purse shop! I'm sure some of you can relate! :)

#6 - I am always dieting
I can gain weight in the blink of an eye - indulge in one or two donuts and I have gained 2 pounds! So most days of the week, except maybe Saturday, I eat with the structure of Weight Watchers. I always look forward to the weekend for my cheat day!! And unfortunately, my husband eats like this too :(

#7 - We aren't planning on having kids
I think I have talked about this topic before on my blog, but my husband and I aren't planning on having kids. We both separately made this decision long before we met each other and were fortunate enough to find a partner that agrees on this topic. As far back as I can remember, I've never had the desire to be a mom. There are also a lot of personal reasons my husband and I are choosing not to have children that might not be appropriate for my blog. I sometimes envy my friends who have kids because I often wonder if there is something "missing" for me as a woman. Even during those times when I wonder "what's wrong with me" I'm also very thankful that I know myself enough to know that motherhood isn't for me. Plus, I have my fur-baby and that's all I need... :)

#8 - No coffee for me 
I know most people in the world love coffee and need it everyday - I also need an energy boost everyday, but it's not coffee. For some reason, I can't stand the taste of coffee, and believe me I have tried many flavors and different combinations out of desperation to like it. Instead, every morning I sip on a Red-Bull. When people ask me why I'm drinking an energy drink in the morning, I always say - it's my coffee :)

I hope you enjoyed this post and getting to know me better! Please remember that I share these things about me in hopes not to be judged but to hopefully find common ground with all the amazing bloggers out there! I would love to hear what you think and what things I may not know about you
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Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 Fall Accessories

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week and have great weekend plans ahead!! Today is the first day in Nashville that the weather is getting a little cooler, so naturally I started thinking about all my fall fashion and accessories for this season. I can't wait to wear a big cardigan sweater and riding boots with a pumpkin spice latte in hand. 

Today I wanted to share some of my must-have fall accessories for 2014... I would also love to know what your fall accessory list looks like this season!

#1 - A cozy and bold patterned scarf

#2 - A cute puffy vest 

#3 - An adorable hat paired with a casual look

#4 - Fringe anything!

#5 - A large watch with layered bangles 

#6 - A cargo vest or jacket 

I can't wait to hear what accessories you love this season!!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Best Summer Reads

If you're anything like me - reading is really hard for me to get into. I have to love a book to keep up with it, so this summer I challenged myself to read one book a month, May-August. I'm proud to say I successfully completed my goal and I wanted to share the books I read this summer in case you're looking for something easy and fun to read! All four of these books are very easy to get into and were fast reads, which is important to me. I definitely didn't want to get into anything too deep while trying to get a tan!

#1 - The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen
The main character in the book, Lindsey lives in the shadow of her beautiful twin sister, Alex. Lindsey does everything right... went to college, has a great job, and is responsible. After a series of events, Lindsey has to move home where she helps plan her sister's lavish wedding to her amazing fiancĂ©. Things quickly turn complicated as a family secret might change everything. 

#2 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox is a wife, mother, and revolutionary architect. Everything seems to go wrong in Bernadette's live right before her daughter is due to go away to school. They decide to plan a family trip to Antarctica, but before they can leave for the trip, Bernadette goes missing. It's then up to her daughter to compile everything from her mothers past leading up to the day she goes missing to find her. 

#3 - Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
The latest book by Chelsea Handler follows her through all her worldly travels and tells the hilarious stories her and her friends, and traveling companions, get into while they are navigating through airport security, and African safari, the slopes of Telluride, and the beaches of the Caribbean. The book is also complete with fun travel tips and travel etiquette. 

#4 - Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham
This story follows the lives of two families who desperately need a vacation. The one thing these two families have in common, as far as they know, is that they both have the same friend who owns a luxury villa in Spain. Both families arrive at the villa and realize they are going to have to share this amazing house their entire vacation because it was double-booked. What the two families don't realize until they get to the house is that 2 of the guests have a long and messy history. Maybe it wasn't an accident bringing these two families together after all.

I hope that some of these books sound good to you, if you have any questions regarding them, please let me know! I would love your recommendations regarding what books you read this summer! I'm currently looking for my next book!
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday! Vegas Vacation

Happy Friday!! For my Oh Hey, Friday this week with The Farmer's Wife I wanted to write all about our recent Vegas vacation! My husband and I went to Vegas (for the 1st time) over Labor Day weekend and we had a blast! I can't wait to go back! Here are 5 of my favorite things from our trip and things you should definitely check out if you are planning a trip to Vegas soon!!

#1 - The Hoover Dam
We spent one afternoon driving out to the Hoover Dam and walking around taking picrites and it was a lot of fun with lots of good photo opportunities! Here are a couple I took while there...

#2 - The High Roller Observation Wheel
This was such a fun experience to see the city from 550 feet! There were tons of amazing photo opportunities and it was a nice relaxing 30 minute ride!

*If you look close in this picture you can see the Bellagio fountains going off!*

#3 - The Amazing Food
The hubs and I consider ourselves foodies and love eating at new and fun restaurants, which Vegas has a ton!! Here are some of the restaurants we went to and I would definitely recommend any of them! Public House in The Palazzo, Tao Asian Bistro in The Venetian, Canonita in The Palazzo, and Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace. My pictures below are from Bacchanal... it's an amazing buffet with over 500 items from master chefs!

#4 - The Bellagio Fountains
You can famously see these fountains in the Oceans 11 movies and they are just as amazing in person! Every 30 minutes they have a new "show" complete with synchronized music! 

#5 - The best part of going on vacation is coming home to this face...

I would love to hear what you love doing in Vegas! I plan on going back soon and would love some more ideas!! 

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Emmy Fashion

Last night was one of my favorite nights - the Emmy Awards! I was so excited to see all my favorite stars dressed up and seeing which of my favorite shows won what award! I thought that today I would share some of my favorite and not so favorite dresses from last night. 

Here are some of my favorite looks from the night...

Heidi Klum

Hayden Panettiere

Julia Roberts

Kristen Wiig

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Here are my worst-dressed, which some are pretty bad!

Lena Dunham

Laura Prepon

Betsey Brandt

Sarah Paulson

I can't wait to see who's look you loved and who's look you hated last night!!

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