Currently: Catching Up

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pinterest's Christine Cassis is going to sip curbside cappuccinos in Paris this year.:

Hey Friends!  Can y'all believe it's already Wednesday?  I'm less than 15 days until the end of the school year, and I can't wait for summer break!  It's been almost a year (!!!!) since I did a coffee talk, so let's catch up!

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3
When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was doing or really where I wanted it to go.  I just knew that I needed some creative space.  Recently, it's transitioned to more fashion based posting, but that's sort of temporary.  I'll soon be revamping so you'll know what I'll be posting about more consistently. 

I have a major crush on Blake Shelton right now.  Remember when he had a mullet?

Blake Shelton Hasn't Celebrated His New Album Yet

Not gonna lie, this shirt cracks me up.  Maybe I need that in a coffee mug?

Me overreacting probably Tshirt  Fashion funny slogan womens girls sassy cute gift present

This time of year is always really busy with winding up the school year.  I've been staying up late and waking up early trying to take care of everything.  I am still struggling with time management, but I'm using my timer and making lists again and it's helped direct my attention again.

This quote speaks volumes.  My friendships in the past year have really strengthened now that I have started focusing on those who matter.  I've always heard quality was better than quantity, but the older I get, the more true and relevant that has become.

So true. I don't like women that talk sh*t behind my back but they don't even know me.:

I'm really wanting another pair of eye glasses.  I've had my eye on these since our trip to Tampa.  Warby Parker had a pop up shop in the Oxford Exchange and I fell in love with these.

I have often told people that I'm not a typical Southern lady.  I don't call people sweet names and I cuss like a sailor.  This little quote is so fun!

Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear.
Anyone else addicted to Southern Charm on Bravo?  I've never really been one for reality TV, but I can't stop watching.  I'm also a big fan of Chrisley Knows Best.

DG and I ate dinner last night before 9:30.  This is the first time in a few months that's happened.  I'm not going to lie, I was giddy excited.  We even went for a run together before, which was also something we haven't done in quite a while.  I love when things slow down for us so we can do simple things like this to spend time together.

On December 18, I gave up drinking soda cold turkey.  I'm down 8 pounds since then and I feel better than I've felt in a long time.  Finding time to work out and being conscious of what I'm putting in my body has really made a huge difference in my energy level and my mood.

One of the reasons I'm looking forward to summer is so I can start doing some little day trips to places I haven't been to in a while.  My dad will be attending some with me, and I'm really excited for that quality time.

I am resisting the urge to rip all our carpet out of the house and add all hard woods.  Our boys are good boys, but with all the rain we've had recently, they've tracked mud all over the carpet.  It drives me a little crazy.

Here's a quick glimpse into my brain recently.  This post is about as jumbled as my ideas are, which is why me making lists is so important!
Hope you're having a great week!  We're halfway there!

P.S. Stay tuned tomorrow for a post that I'm incredibly excited about sharing with you!

Linking up with Jenn & Jessi for their "What's Hap-Pinning"  link up!

Casual Saturday in Cameron Village

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hey, hey y'all!  It's been chilly and rainy here for the past week.  The temperatures are supposed to start warming up, but y'all, I don't like it.  It's May.  I should be working on my base tan by now.  Hence the sad look on my face (just kidding...).

This weekend look from Certain Things in Cameron Village is one of my all time favorites.  One their most popular items are these Beija-Flor jeans.  They're like jeans, but without the zipper.  And this Michael Stars shirt is so comfortable and versatile.  I wore it to lunch at Cantina 18 in Cameron Village with Angela.  I'd like one of each color in both the shirt and the pants.  Be sure to stop in Certain Things in Cameron Village for the variety of colors and styles they offer.

My necklace, earrings, and bracelets are from the gorgeous Moon & Lola shop in Cameron Village.  I can't wait to share more of the inside of the shop soon!  It's such a happy place!

Thanks to Cameron Village for sponsoring this post.

Weekending: Celebrating My Tribe

Monday, May 23, 2016

Poolside vibes. @thecoveteur:

Good morning!  I hope you had a great weekend!  This weekend was insanely busy and I ended up sleeping in on Sunday.  I rarely sleep in, so it was a nice change of pace after such a crazy weekend.

Friday, I headed to my hometown to see my friend.  I appreciate your kind words and shared that with him.  The celebration of his father's life was really touching and I was glad to be there to help remember him.  When I left, I stopped by to see my friend Lindsey and her son.  He is turning 1 Wednesday and I was so happy to celebrate his life.  It was a late night, I didn't get home until after midnight, but it was totally well worth it.  And DG helped around the house to make it a smooth transition when I got home.

Saturday, I was up and at 'em for a fun collaboration in June with some of my favorite shops in Cameron Village.  Some of my girlfrans and I bought tickets for the Nourish with Tribe Alive & The Flourish Market dinner, so Angela & I met up before to snap a quick picture in front of this mural in downtown Raleigh.

I love this reminder that #WeAreNotThis.  Leave it to Ashley Christensen and her awesomeness to commission an artist to paint this mural in downtown Raleigh.  All the heart eye emojis.

The Nourish dinner was a really moving event and I'm so glad I was able to go.  Several of my favorite fellow educators attended the event with me.

And Sunday, after two really late nights, DG and I headed over to my buddy KP's new digs for her housewarming party.  I love being able to catch up with my former co-workers.  

How was your weekend?  Link up and tell Biana and me all about it!

P.S. interested in my looks this weeknd?  Shop this widget here:

Friday Favorites: The Long Week Edition

Friday, May 20, 2016

I have a new obsession with wanting fresh flowers all over my house!:
Woo hoo, it's Friday, y'all!  It's been a really long week over here and I'm excited for the weekend.  Today is going to be a hard day.  One of my best friends from my hometown lost his father on Monday, so I'll be heading home to see him.  But, I'll also be celebrating life as my best friend's little boy turns one.  It's going to be a cram packed weekend of celebrating and I can't wait to share with you next week!

Let's jump into my Friday favorites!


I've been working out more consistently and last night, I headed to FlyBarre for a class.  That class still kicks me in the rear, but I love it!  The instructor went to East Carolina and is a teacher, so I specifically signed up for her class to show some Pirate love!


No Place Like Home | Rustic Home Decor | Wood Sign | Hand Painted | Shabby Chic | Mantel Decor

I have major mantle envy over this one.  Salvaged Chic Market over on Etsy is stinkin' adorable!


I've mentioned my aunt passed away from breast cancer when I was in high school.  Her favorite flowers were dahlias, so I plant them every year in honor of her.  The plants I potted this year are absolutely gorgeous!


I am incredibly passionate about politics and encouraging others to exercise their right to vote.  I'd say my interest started in high school with the help of my two U.S. History teachers.  I took an independent study class my senior year and my teacher took us to UVA to sit in a college class and to meet Larry Sabato.  We sat through one of his lectures, and it was absolutely incredible.  I always look forward to his Crystal Ball predictions during election season!


Last, but certainly not least, this has been a week of celebrating our sweet boys.  Monday marked Gizmo's 1st adoptiversary!

And today is our precious Winston's 5th birthday!

I think we're long overdue with a post about these two crazies, so stay tuned in the coming weeks for updates about these furballs.  We'll be continuing our celebration in to the weekend.  P.S. we celebrate both our boys' adoptiversaries and their birthdays because who doesn't love a party?  Gizmo isn't as in to the party hats as Winston is, but that's because Winston is a party animal.

I hope y'all have had a great week!  Please keep my friend's family in your thoughts and prayers.  I'll see you back here Monday for Weekending with Biana!


P.S. Did you catch this week's blog posts?  Here's a weekending recap, a fun tropical romper
a collaboration with Tobi, and a fun tank from Target.

Linking up with Amanda!
Meet At The Barre

Embellished Tank

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I picked up this tank from Target and I love the lightweight fabric and the embellishment.  I wear these shoes a lot at work.  They're comfortable and go with so much in my closet.  Both of these items will definitely be on repeat this spring and summer!

shirt // jeans // shoes // purse (similar) // earrings // bangles 1 2 3 4


Linking up with Joey and Kristin
Thoughts for Thursday
Linking up with Annie and Natalie