Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Goals

From January's Goals post: "With the onset of 2014, one resolution that I really want to stick with is setting goals for each month and seeing just how well I progress throughout the year. I want to share with you all my goals each month to hold myself accountable and to create a little bit more transparency. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to reach all of my goals, though I'll have to do assessments along the way."

1. Stay tidy. I feel like with the stress of summer classes and the impending busy season of work I let my apartment get a little messy. I need to keep it clean this month and see if that sticks. I also know that I'm going to be a lot busier this fall so I need to stay on top of that.

2. Be frugal. I totally dropped the ball this month on keeping track of my finances. While I was more conscious of my spending, I really want to make a document and record my purchases, as difficult as it may be.

3. Volunteer my time. Hopefully with my thesis winding down/picking up I'll be able to make time on the weekends to volunteer. I've already set up days with organizations to help out so hopefully I commit and don't break those plans. I'm also the Treasurer for my local SAI chapter so I'm going to be more involved there at least.

4. Start a new crafting project. I finished up my second friendship bracelet headphones (which I'll share later this week) so I need a new project to keep me busy while I relax. I'm one of those people who has trouble settling down and being relaxed, so I try to keep my hands busy while I'm laying on the couch. Unfortunately this often means I play games/check social media on my phone, but I want to do something more productive.

5. Her mouth speaks from that which fills her heart. Basically I want to speak from the heart and be honest with myself. The year is more than half over and I want to figure some things out. I'm so close to finishing grad school and I want to figure out what I'm going to do after, mainly with my nights/weekends since I know I can't realistically visit Boyfriend every weekend, though that would be amazing.

That's all for now,


Monday, September 1, 2014

Guest Post - Kasey from preppylove

Hi Everyone! Today Kasey from preppylove and I are swapping places! Her darling blog is such a great source of inspiration for fashion and home décor and I find myself wanting everything she posts. I hope you're having a great LDW, enjoy!

Hi there!

I'm Kasey and I run the blog preppylove. Sarah and I are doing a bit of a blog swap today, so I'm posting on her blog and she is posting on mine. 

I cannot emphasize how much I love Tory Burch flats. Okay I admit, they can be a tad uncomfortable (though I'm starting to think that I have a weird foot shape that makes these hurt me more than others!). But come on... didn't your mama ever teach you that pain is beauty?!

To me, these flats embody sophistication. The gold hardware makes every outfit look more elegant. They are perfect for traveling. I can wear a simple black jeans and a black top, but if a throw on a pair of Tory flats I instantly look more dressed up. I guess what I'm saying is, thank you Tory for making me look put together even at the grocery!

And thank you Sarah for having me today!

PS. My favorite ones, the quilted white Quinn flats in the bottom left, are on sale!

Shop the post:

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Animal Instinct - Flatware

I'm not really one to lust over flatware, I keep things pretty simple in my apartment, knowing full well that one day I'll invest in really great and unique flatware that I've fallen in love with, but recently, while perusing Anthropologie downtown, I came across the spread of animal flatware, cups, bowls, and other knickknacks for the table. When I saw the Natural World line of plates, teacups, and serving trays I was in love and they've instantly gone to the top of my want list. While the whole set is out of my budget, there's a little wiggle room for a few plates or cups, right?

I love how whimsical the line is and how it seems so unique. They instantly made me want to host a dinner party since they'd be sure to be a conversation piece.

That's all for now,


Friday, August 29, 2014

Eleanor and Park

I'm linking up with Heather from Blonde...Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday! You can follow my reading progress and the books that I'm currently reading on my Goodreads.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

One of the best books I've read this summer has to be Eleanor & Park. This novel, set in America's heartland tells the timeless story of young love and about loss and finding oneself. The language in the novel is so personal and private that it kind of reminded me of that little voice inside your head. The story was relatable since I'm sure nearly everyone has had a young love experience like this at some point.

I fell in love the Park and his character development was amazing to watch from beginning to end. While I liked Eleanor, I definitely identified more closely with Park. In general this book had so many great quote and takeaways that I wanted to save. I'm sure I'll read this book again at some point. I'd recommend this to anyone who liked The Time Traveller's Wife or Where'd You Go, Bernadette?.

That's all for now,