Tuesday, August 30, 2016

LATELY - AUGUST


Hi, friends. How've you been? I'm glad you're here!
You might remember that I recently moved from Washington, D.C. to Wisconsin. 
The last few weeks have been a little crazy (to say the least!)
But I'm glad to be getting back into some sort of routine. 

And don't hate me for mentioning it, but it's the elephant in this virtual room.

September

It's like, just a few days away. How? 
As much as I love summer, I'm actually really excited for autumn. 
(Don't hate me!)

On that note, let's get right into it. Here's what I've been up to lately!

ON TRANSITIONS


The last couple of months (and this past month, in particular) has been one big curveball. 
I made the difficult decision to leave my first real job — a position I fought to secure for months after my college graduation. And with that, decided to move back to my home state of Wisconsin after finally coming to terms with the fact that D.C. just wasn't the perfect fit for me, despite desperate efforts to convince myself otherwise. (Don't worry, D.C. Mad love for you, always. You just aren't my forever home.) I moved across the country and settled into my new apartment without a "real" plan of what to do next or how to move forward. 

People are reaching out in (seemingly) troves to ask about my new job, why I moved back and what my plan is for the future. And honestly? I don't have a good answer. For any of those questions. At times, the anxiety that comes along with the ambiguity of life is crippling. But right now, I'm just doing what I can — taking life day-by-day, trying to figure it out. I'm so glad you're here & sticking with me through this transitional period. I can't wait to share what the future has in store with y'all. 

And on that note...

ON LIFE






The "upside" of ambiguity is time. It's been nice having a little bit of downtime. I've been able to travel and reconnect with a handful of old friends. Last weekend I popped up to Minneapolis to celebrate a friends' birthday. Can we talk about how cool this marble decorative tray is? A friend crafted it as a birthday gift. She's seriously the queen of repurposing & upcycling, and always seems to be working on some flawless crafty creation. (Can somebody get HGTV over here? Because I swear this girl is the next Joanna Gaines.)

God bless people like her who have much more patience than I. 
I'm in the middle of DYI-ing a pair of sofa end tables and think I might lose it if I have to touch another can of gold spray paint. (The struggle.) But I hope they turn out well, because I'd love to share the final product with y'all!

Over this upcoming Labor Day Weekend, I'll be heading up north to spend the weekend aboard a family yacht. I love heading up to the boat because there's just something so incredibly relaxing about being on the water. The construct of time seems to hold no importance, and alternatively, our days are dictated by the rising and setting of the sun. Stay tuned for more details in a post next week!

ON BEAUTY & WELLNESS


top: ring || bag
bottom: display rings

If you've been around for a while, you'll know that I've got a soft spot for a well-shaped gel manicure. I always get my nails done twice a month because is there anything worse than naked nails? No. The answer is no. (Actually, yes. Chipped nails.) Because sometimes, you've just got to treat yourself! Whether it be a massage, manicure or microdermabrasion, I'm always sure to pop by the Health, Beauty and Wellness Groupons before I make an appointment. I've been using Groupon to save on beauty services for years — many merchants offer discounts of well over 50% off! 

While I do have salon & stylist preferences for certain services, I always welcome the opportunity to try out new-to-me establishments, especially when I can score a killer deal. Pro tip: Groupon deals are great for gifting & girl's day! (My best friend & I have scheduled side-by-side services from Groupon deals we've found in the past — spa day on a budget!)

Every once in a while I'll pop on over to the Groupon app I have installed on my iPhone and check out what deals and promotions they have. Because, hey. The more you know... the more you will (hopefully) save!

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Thank you to Lawrence Cheng Photography for contributing to this post.