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What's In My Carry On?

Hey y’all,

I don’t know about you but I love watching “What’s In My Bag” videos on Youtube and thought that I would share what I brought in my carry-on personal item for this ten day trip.
I ended up using the Miller tote from Sole Society. I have it in the cream color and ended up ordering through Nordstrom. I am also loving the new camel color. I love that it is comprised of three sections including one zippered section perfect for the items you don’t want to lose.



In the first section I kept a small pillow, an empty bottle that I had the sweet baristas at Starbucks fill, and a car pack of Trident gum.
In the main compartment, I kept my wallet, a Vera Bradley Large Zip Cosmetics Bag filled with my jewelry, a striped pouch filled with my electronics (headphones, nook charger, computer charger, iphone charger, etc), chapstick, my keys, snacks, medication, my sunglasses, and some tissues.

In the final compartment, I have my nook, a book, mymoleskine journal which keeps my to-do lists and blog calendar, a may designsnotebook where I write down my devotional thoughts, a few pens, and I did have two copies of Real Simple magazine in here as well.

What is your carry-on must have?

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Saturday Story Time {Vol. 4}

Hey y'all,

A few weeks ago I started a new series call Saturday Story Time. Essentially, each Saturday I am going to pose a question and I would love for it to be interactive and have you answer the same question in the comments. I have loved getting to know my readers through these posts and you can catch up with the previous questions here.

Let's get to today's question:

  What movie can you watch over and over again without ever getting tired of?

Okay, so I am a bit of a movie buff thanks to my family and there is a whole list of movies I can watch every single day and never get tired. My movie picks are Pride and Prejudice (I mean the cinematography is just gorgeous and I love the soundtrack) and Beauty and the Beast, Sweet Home Alabama, What a Girl Wants and Two Weeks Notice.

What movie can you watch on repeat?

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Five on Friday {May 26}

Hey y’all,

It’s Friday! That means I am linking up with some sweet bloggers to share five things I am currently loving this week.

One. 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premiered on Netflix last week and I saved watching the show until this week so I could binge watch it on vacation. Yes, I am already done with the whole season. I love this show and Kimmy's adorable cat pjs. Seriously, I feel like as a cat mama, I need them as well.
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Two. 

Table Topics. I recently picked up Table Topics from Amazon. If you are not aware, this includes a set of 135 cards with all sorts of questions that would start a conversation. My guy friend and I, started playing 20 questions back in college when we would drive to get milkshakes from Cook Out so this card game is fun for us since after eight years it can be hard to come up with new questions. It includes questions like “What do you love about your hometown?” and “What completely impractical car would you buy if money was no object?”
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Three. 

Chicago. I don't know about you but I am a typical subburb person. I grew up in subburbs and still feel more comfortable in that kind of environment but I love visiting major cities. It's fun to live the city life for a few days and Chicago has so much to offer. I know the Lincoln Park zoo is on the list of places to visit in the next few days but I would love your suggestions as well!
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Four. 

Hamilton. Y’all I am still on cloud nine from watching Hamilton last night.I will try and update y'all when I have fully processed it.

Five. 

Ariana’s Wedding. Tomorrow my best friend gets married! I have known Air since we were in 10th grade and little did we know that summer that we would become best friends even through high school, colleges in different states, and living thousands of miles apart. I can’t wait to help make the wedding of her dreams and cry my eyes out when she walks down the aisle.

Link up with April, Christina, and Natasha
Also linking up with Tif and Katie.
And Erika

What are your plans for the weekend?
Favorite city to visit for vacation?


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Currently {May 25}

Hey y'all,

I hope y'all have been having a fantastic week and we are almost to the weekend! I am checking in this Thursday with a post of some things I have currently been loving, wanting, and anticipating.
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Listening. 

I have been on a 90s country music kick when I have not been listening to audio books. Some of my favorites are Brooks and Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Shania Twain, George Strait, etc.

Eating. 

Chicago style pizza will be happening post wedding this weekend! This week though it has been pretty simple meals like smoothies for lunch, sweet potato and chicken for dinner with veggies.

Wearing. 

Since I am vacation it has been a lot of Fabletics leggings and workout tanks from Target’s C9 line like this one.

Drinking. 

This weekend I had the best grapefruit margarita. I think I need to recreate it when I get back to NC with this recipe.

Anticipating. 

I am off to see Hamilton: An American Musical tonight and then tomorrow begins the wedding festivities for my best friend!

Wanting. 


Watching. 

I have recently started watching the White Queen on Amazon Prime (originally on Starz). The premise of the show comes from Phillipa Gregory’s Lady of Rivers series and follows the war of the roses between the York and Lancaster families for the throne of England. I am only two episodes in and there has already been so much drama and intrique! If you liked the Tudors, I think you would love this show.

Exercising.

I have been really focusing on getting in a walk every morning here in the city. It can be tough to get a workout in while you are traveling so I have been focusing on making sure I move at least an hour each day. I have been loving my Leslie Sansone Walk at Home DVDs with the Miracle Band to add in resistence training. I have also tried to get in a barre3 online video each day this week since they are so great as low-intensity cardio and strength but you will feel the burn and often don't need any equipment.

What are you wanting currently?

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Spring Dresses Under $50

Hey y'all,

Now that it is late May, I don't know about you but it means that it is time to start looking for fun dresses. I love dresses for summer whether it's for work or events. I have been searching for some new dresses to add to my closet and had to share these recent finds all under $50!

Spring Dresses under $50


one. I love this cami dress from Lush. I think it would be perfect with a jean jacket and wedges for a date night this summer. Plus, the Carolina Blue color is perfect for early game days in the Fall.

two.This rose and scalloped dress from Banana Repulic Factory might need to make it to my shopping cart. I mean, gorgeous roses and scallops. This would be perfect for a bridal shower or even just for the office.

three. I am obsessed with swing dresses recently. They are perfect for work with a fun necklace and for feeling dressed up on the weekends running errands. This gorgeous green color would also be perfect in the Fall with some riding boots and a blanket scarf.

four. Summer outdoor weddings can be tricky to dress for since you want to be dressed appropriately but do not want to melt in the heat. I love going for one shoulder options like this dress from Nordstrom. This would also be adorable for exploring on a trip over the summer or a fun outdoor date.

five. I think every woman needs a wrap dress in her closet. They are perfect for work and are so flattering. I love the floral print on this dress since we all know that if it's an LBD or navy dress I feel like I need it in my closet.

six. Okay, everyone needs this dress in their closet. The neutral stripes with the fit and flare shape is so versatile and flattering. Perfect for work with a fun cardigan and flats to a colorful scarf and wedges for the weekend. This dress is even on sale for under $40!

Do you love dresses?
Where do you typically shop for your dresses?

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Weekending {May 22}

Hey y'all,

I am sorry for the delat in this post but my internet has been wonky in my friend's apartment so Starbucks for the win! I am officially on vacation for the next week and I am so excited to share some of my travels with y'all including what I packed in my carry-on but for now I will just catch you up on one of the busiest weekends. Beware of photo overload.

Friday

Friday was hectic as I tried to finish up projects, keep my co-worker up to date on items that might occur this week. I felt like I was always on the move and it showed considering I hit 10,000 steps before 6pm and I did not even get in a workout that morning to account for the movement. 

After work, I hit up Ulta to grab the It Cosmetics CC cream in a travel size to try out since I am almost completely out of my BB cream. I ran a few more errands and then got home in time tojust relax and complete some last minute packing while watching the Great British Baking Show: Masterclass. If you love this original, this show is just Mary and Paul baking amazing creations. You can find it on Netflix. 

Saturday


Saturday began with some cat cuddles since my little guy knew that I was going to be gone. I also got ready for my friend from my old bible study’s wedding that morning.
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Randi was married in a beautiful little church in downtown Raleigh. It was a very heartfelt ceremony and most of us were in tears after the vows. After the ceremony we were off to Neuse River Brewery for a fun brunch reception including Rise biscuits, cotton candy, mac and cheese, and lots of fun sandwiches.
Bible Study Ladies with the Bride

After the reception, I headed home to get ready and head to the airport. I did stop in to my apartment office to get my new simplified planner! Seriously, I am in love and kind of hate that I had to leave it at home since I did not intend to use it this week while on vacation. 



The next thing I new I had checked in my bag, went through security, and was awaiting my flight. The flight actually was a pretty nice flight and I was in Chicago before I knew it. I met up with my friend, Tyrone, and we headed to his place where I promptly changed and got ready for my best friend, Ariana's bachelorette party.
Off to dinner!
By 7pm I was on my way to meet up with everyone. We had a wonderful dinner of tacos, fajitas, and margaritas at Uncle Julios, then went downtown to go bowling at 10pin.  
With the bride at the bowling alley. I have known Air for 12 years! 
Who knew bowling would be so popular but it was fun hanging out with everyone and even though there were lots of gutter balls I did make a strike one frame! 
The rest of the night was spent out on the town dancing and having fun followed by crashing at Allison's beautiful home.

Sunday

Sunday started early with all of us up before 9am(yep five hours of sleep is not pretty) and hanging out on Allison’s gorgeous patio. We sat around drinking mimosas and eating Joe Joe’s before deciding to finally get up for the day. We all got ready and headed over to the Bongo Room for brunch. It was the perfect stop for brunch after our big night. I had a delicious strawberry mango tea with a breakfast of eggs, bacon, sourdough toast, and the best house potatoes.

The rest of the afternoon the bride, MOH and I did some shopping around town before we all departed to get some naps in.
After a wonderful (and neccessary) two hour nap, Tyrone and I got together for Chipotle, basketball, and Forensic Files. 

How was your weekend?
Favorite brunch food?

Linking up with Biana from B. Loved Boston


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Sunday Sayings {May 21}

Hey y'all,

I hope that you are having a restful weekend. The year the Lord has really been teaching me to rest in Him and to remember that I do not need to be anxious but rather release control and follow Him.  Recently I have become obsessed with the song Thy Will by Hillary Scott since it is a great reminder that we are not promised a life without pain or suffering but rather sometime our blessings come through those painful periods and we should pray to have His will be done on Earth. 

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