Tuesday, April 15

boyfriend, meet blog.

blog, meet boyfriend.

JEANS, that is. tricky, I know!
necklace: via Amazon, velvet shirt: via Leena, belt: Ann Taylor Loft, jeans: Gap, heels: Blush boutique

boyfriend jeans have become one of those clothing unicorns of the blogging world (let's see, along with the perfect leopard print scarf...well anything, really, blazers, statement necklaces, chambray) and it has been equally hard for me to find a pair that works for me. 

my legs are super short, and also, "strong" or whatever, so the jeans needed to be the appropriate length  and actually NOT tight around my thighs. nearly. impossibly. until, this fateful day!
when I went shopping in March I found these at the Gap factory store. 

oh- rabbit trail- here's my shopping update for the month: I spent it all on stuff for my room. I think I'm ok with that. also, I'm not in desperate need of any clothing or anything. I have a running list, as always, but I think I'm good for now. anyway,

Gap is one of those places I think I consistently shop forever. they make great quality jeans, also, you can often find them on a decent sale/clearance/at a factory store. I think I got these for like $30, and I would buy them again! 
so enough about my dreamy boyfriend [jeans] blah blah blah, I love them. I understand the hype. I have to wear them with heels/wedges to avoid looking frumpy, but they are SO dang comfortable. I love a good pair of skinny jeans, but they aren't necessarily comfy.
don't have much else to say about this outfit! it's pretty simple, really, but it's one of the outfits I initially put together to try on my new jeans. also, pro tip: it is really dang easy to find cheap statement necklaces from China online. I think I got this one when I was ordering protein powder for Hunter for Valentine's Day. this qualified my package for free shipping #duh. 
oh, I wore this to church a couple Sunday's ago, which is where Hunter took these pictures for me. the church we've been going to is in THE cutest older building. also, top five most awk places to take outfit pictures, like, right after the service let's out. I just want to scream "this is NOT the REASON I came here TODAY!" so there's that.

and here's my good news of the day: I won a giveaway! to ASOS thanks to Katherine at of corgis & cocktails. uh, YAY! commence panic mode where I'm like sssooo mannnyy pretty dresses.

that's all today. thanks for being my friend. 

Monday, April 14

weekend update: party animalz

hi! as weird as it sounds, I'm kinda relieved to be back in a normal Monday routine.

after the craziest week at work and a party-hardy start to the weekend, I spent Saturday & Sunday in the deepest chill possible. so, that was nice. I'm so type-A that by Sunday night I start to feel like I should be busy again, which actually makes for a nice ease back in to the week. and now it's back to work & life as normal!

so here's what I was up to last week (I realize Thursday is not technically the weekend but Friday seems like it didn't count as a real day --> I'm tacking it all on to the weekend.):IMG_4700
Thursday evening was our big party at work, we named it the New Folks Fiesta, because a party needs a theme and we wanted to have tacos. Turns out a fiesta themed party is very popular which made decor a breeze! Here's our board of (24!) new employees (in the last 6ish months.) You may spot a familiar face...
not gonna lie- party planning is a lot of work, but all really fun work. I mean, I got to pick out the pinatas (we had 3) and cactus centerpieces. also confetti is like my new best friend around here.
we advertised a "getting-to-know-you-game that doesn't suck" and it was super fun! basically we had did a "match the random fact to the person", nothing fancy, but man I work with some spunky folks!

who wants to know my fact? here it is: I had my first run-in with the po-po at the tender age of 3, when I threw a tantrum so spectacular that my concerned neighbors called the cops.

everyone guessed it super easily...not sure what that says about me now ;) I will maintain that I'M A THESPIAN!
yes we did have a margarita machine and yes it was awesome.
still learning with this lens, ok? here's proof that I was there wearing a mustache and proof that Kelley is the cutest.
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close-up of our cactus centerpieces & blanket tablecloths that I loved and made fantastic party favors!

and there's the party! I had a blast. love my worky friends.

Friday I was a zombie, then had to absolutely rally for the evening festivities. Andrea, Whitley, and I (plus our counterhearts) headed to a fancccyyyy garden party at Cheekwood called Highballs & Hydrangeas. my favorite part was the getting ready/pre-party at Whitley's house.
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there's not much sweeter than making new, close friends. I love these girls!
p.s. Whitley made us French 75s. I mean, fancymuch?!
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then we aimed for a self-timer group picture...
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I hoped to get some pictures at the actual event and did take my camera...but that didn't happen.
and there you have it, what I've been up to lately!

anyone still reading this post?
like I said, Saturday and Sunday were as chill as possible and so nice. 

Saturday I layed in bed as long as possible, Hunter & I went to an Indian buffet for lunch, and then he diligently accompanied me to Target and World Market for a grand total of about 4 hours. I'm indecisive! And I had to get new sheets and throw pillows and those decisions take forever and last foreverrrrr. I also got the velvet/nailheaded chair of my DREAMZ. can't wait to share.

Sunday we went to church, I went on a run that nearly killed me because it was pretty dang warm, and then Huntee got all theme party excited (and I cannot resist a good themed party) and had a little Masters viewing shindig. The boy just loves sports. We had Arnold Palmers & pimento cheese sandwiches.

ok, that's all for now. can't wait to catch up with you all! here's to a really great week. 

Tuesday, April 8

weekend update: birthday brunch & Weezer!

going into this past weekend, I kinda already knew Saturday would be one of my favorite days of life. as much as I enjoy a chill day where I can get stuff done (Sunday) I love a jam-packed day where one activity runs into another (Saturday.)
IMG_4614Saturday Christine hosted the most fabulous birthday brunch at her house (that I am pretty much obsessed with). her home is older and full of character, (the great room was once the general store for the neighborhood, and has the most wonderful high ceilings) but still has modern conveniences (Japanese toilets!)

yeah I know what you're thinking...I just texted her and said "oh shoot my blog post is turning into like House Hunters about your house!" anyway.

check out that classy spread! I was in heaven. (self-discovery of the weekend: I really super like fresh Mozzarella #ohyoufancyhuh.)
Mallory, me, Christine, & Emma

oh how I love my worky friends! I find myself stuck at their desks laughing or going on waaayy too often and I have to remind myself I'm at my job and I'm about to get fired.
House Hunters cont. Christine's (two-story and ample for company!) deck was the most lovely, sunny place to just hang all day. so we did. seriously it was so bright, you can hardly see my face! some fair-skinned friends were even getting red before Christine doled out the sunscreen because she is that awesome of a host. 
yes- back to the spread- Mallory made Monkey Bread that nearly killed me, those truffle-y looking things were filled with cake, breakfast casserole was involved, I brought grapes (?! yeah. right. why did I bring grapes?) everything was delicious and fashionably displayed.
Hunter does not need to be babysat at a party (which is a keeper quality, btw) but I always feel extra happy when he's out actually making friends and enjoying himself. so, if you ever invite us for a party, just make sure there's a sporty thing there and he'll feel right at home.

he partnered up with my adorable friend Kevin (the adorable one playing cornhole in a BUTTON-UP) and Kevin said he made a stellar partner. well-played, Huntee! 

so the plan was not necessarily to go pretty much straight to the concert...but brunch turned into "late afternoon continual snacking" and next thing you know, I ran home, put on some lipstick, and it was time. for. WEEZER! 
I rarely talk about music in these parts because I realized my own personal standard for music is "I love all the good stuff." also, like really I need more encouragement to sound ramble-y. But Weezer, there's a special place in my heart.

my brothers listened to them when I was just tiny (the Blue Album came out in 1994 which leaves me at the tender age of 3), Buddy Holly was my first music video, my friends & I were obsessed with them in middle school (this makes me feel so American- yay), I have the Blue Album in my car right now, etc. 

they were great! what a fun show, my first at the legendary Ryman (which I had toured, but never really experienced.) it was their Memories tour so we got a greatest hits set, slideshow/intermission, then the Blue Album in its' entirely. this is why I never talk about music. 

ok, best weekend, over & out! 

Sunday, April 6

snapshots of life, volume VI

been a while since I've done one of these! here's what else I've been up to lately:
- (left) if you look closely you can spot a little tiny me, I made it onto our company ad in the Nashville Scene! it's getting to the point where I can barely leave the house anymore. (thanks Megan!)

- (right) Christine, my "work mom" had a birthday this past week! how thankful I am to have her at my job everyday! Mallory, Christine, and I went to ice cream at Jeni's at lunch. little outings like this make a week a bit more special. I had Savannah Buttermint & Dark Chocolate for lunch that day.
- Saturday in Pensacola after a post-race lunch & nap, I took a walk around the neighborhood that pretty much brought me back to life. check out the cutest mailboxes, in the perfect afternoon sun. just a really nice moment.

- for my third lunch bunch I switched back to Indian food and with (theeee integral) help of my mom, fried my own papadum, made raita, and beef (and tofu) biriyani. topped if off with some Bollywood tunes and another "India" t-shirt. success!
- virgin hairs be gone! I got some "natural highlight-enhancing" highlights in my hair, thanks to the best hair (and otherwise) lady in the land, Olive. it's pretty subtle, but I'm enjoying it. 

- forever loving sending & receiving mail. these cards are for Tuppy post-show, my mom post-visit, and Steph for her birthday. I got some new supplies so I was excited to try them out: letter stamps, bakers string, and stickers. my cards are nothing special but I still love making them!
- my job is the best. we played another tech company in a ping-pong tournament. there I am, REPPIN' the LADIESSS as the only girl in the whole tournament (I was SO nervous!) we also got embroidered sweatbands. it was the best day.

- Hunter and I have implemented (though not necessarily followed) an "each in charge of two meals a week" policy. this was his one mega meal a few weeks ago. he grilled STEAK. oh you fancy huh.
- one last memory from CA, on Angel Island. we got up from our restful bench to find my mom standing exactly like this, no jokes. she had found a big impressive stick. that lady cracks me up. 

- roomie times are far & few between now that we are both working roomies! amanda & I met up to visit the new Jamba Juice in Nashville. fyi: they do accept orders from the "secret" menu. does that make me sound totally pretentious or just kinda? anyway love, love this girl.
- first off, please ignore the crazy eyes. this was a recent Saturday where I re-applied lipstick for outfit photos, went on a looong run (with but not with Huntee) and we both agreed we deserved Sonic. we got slushes AND corn dogs and it was perfectionnn.

- aww shoot you can't really read this in this small picture. it's on my monitor at work and says "you have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce." a good little reminder. also, a good little mistake whenever someone gives me a task with the label-maker.
all pics via my iPhone, sorry they are a bit blury!

- finally went to the Bluebird cafe to see Shel's mega-talented dad perform with some buddies! it was as magical as advertised. we are spoiled in Music City with amazing live music that's constant!

- (most) sibs & I started "#workpicwednesday" which is consistently one of my favorite parts of the week. just a tiny little check-in with some of my favorite people in the world. 

and there you have it friends! lovely little moments lately not to be forgotten. i'm off to a) listen to hip-hop with Shel at the kitchen table b) put away all my clean laundry from last weekend, c) start a new book, d) enjoy the tiny last bit of the weekend. laters! 

 more snapshots here 5 / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1

Thursday, April 3

spring stripes

so it’s been approx two weeks since I wore this outfit, and I’m still jazzed about it.
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earrings: Forever 21, lipstick: Maybelline ColorSensational in Fuchsia Fever, necklace: Nashville Flea, coat: H&M, dress: Madewell, heels: Urban Outfitters

meet some of my new favorite pieces. this dress was “gifted” to me by Carina, as a combo graduation/birthday present in the patronus of a Madewell giftcard. naturally (have you met me?) I agonized over this purchase for months, wondering what perfect item I could pick from probably the most perfect store. I ended up choosing this dress days after all dresses were on sale, which resulted in a second price-adjustment giftcard, which resulted in this top. win. win. win.
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is it so so horribly terrible for me to describe this dress as “being made SO well?” the fit, the style, the fabric is all just lovely. I don’t know when I’ll meet another Madewell dress that I get to take home, but it’s gonna happen.
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pink has made a comeback, again! it feels so quintessentially girly and I loooove it.

this coat another result of my recent H&M ravaging. I had reached the point in my shopping trip where everything seemed like a feasible option (also known as: pre-bankruptcy). I was en route to check out when this coat came out of no where. some coats sit in your closet quietly and comply with any outfit you dream up. this coat said, “I’m a dress coat! I’m a Spring coat!” everything else is blurry. It was in my car when I got home. no regrets!
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what else has been going on this week…

I spent Monday recovering from “sun poisoning” and helping Em with a film project, also had an impromptu lunch date with Kelley at King Solomon Gyros- we will be back.

Tuesday & Wednesday what I really wanted was to unpack, shower, and do laundry, but instead I picked up a little evening job doing registration for an adult sport’s league. it’s making me think I could pick up kickball, or soccer again (fun fact- I used to play.) 99% of the people I’ve interacted with have been as pleasant as Southern punch, the 1% resulted in a Bon Qui Qui “do NOT git loud wit me Sir” response that left me feeling like, “yeah, standing up for yourself is a good thing.”

mostly this job has allowed me to get reading again! I finished Beautiful Ruins last night and started Gone Girl immediately. who has a recommendation while I’m still on my kick?

tonight after the joys of work- no sarcasm- I’m hoping for a housie date with Shel, maybe some Pho? she’s working a couple jobs and in school and making plans for a Southern Living-worthy backyard and I swear I haven’t seen her in weeks!

I always like adding a little life update to outfit posts because otherwise I feel a little “all I do is wear clothes!” certainly I do wear clothes, everyday, but there are many other things that happen everyday or only on special days that I don’t want to forget!

one of my blogging resolutions was to write more, because I like it. there are more reasons, but I mean it not because people are necessarily visiting my blog to read my writing. still, I like to have that element in my blog. i’ve been thinking about that a lot.

hope you all are well. until next time!!

Monday, March 31

weekend update: Pensacola, or Spring Fake #2

back again! a little tired, a lot sun-burned, but oh-so thankful for the trip I was able to make this weekend. Sundar and I had the best time! He cooked for me all weekend, we ran our hearts out on Saturday morning, and I got to meet his friends & see his current world in Pensacola, FL. 
#flightsuitFriday with Sundar's roomates Kyle & Adam, and a slew of Marines, Navy, and Air Force 
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as for my first race in about two years, I was a bit nervous, but it was fun! Also special to run a race with my big brother. I won a commemorative pint glass- that's what I love, a gift I can use. 
our post-race festivities included quinoa salad, the most wonderful afternoon nap, and then a trip to McGuire's Irish pub, followed by a arcade-type bar. does everyone know that I love skee ball? 
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Sunday I made Sundar go to the beach with me, and it was a beautiful day! 
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a couple more prizes from the race

when we got back from the beach we had time for one more grill-out and some homemade salsa, before I hit the road back to Nashville. pretty much the perfect end to a weekend I throughly enjoyed.

man I love my brother. he had me laughing all weekend long! there's something that made me feel very content about a few days spent with good food and a great companion! very few things can beat time spent with my siblings, I think, and I'm already scheming about who I can see next!

also, I can't wait to go back to Pensacola Beach.

but for now, I can't wait to go home and take a nap.