Thursday, October 8

Thankful Thursday, #8

Nashville skyline *edited with VSCOcam*

43. This new spot ^ that I can walk to from my office. Complete with porch swings!
44. My favorite sweaterIt's baaaaack.
45. Mad MenI started watching it last week and already LOVE it. The characters, the fashion, the 60's, swoon!
46. Donuts. This hasn't made it on a ThTh yet!? Worked an event for Donut Den last night, eating leftovers this morning.
47. Work friends. I have some great ones that make the office fun! We're having a ping-pong tournament today!

I'm up to nearly 50 things to be thankful for since I started this gratitude project. Reading back over my list makes it worth it, alone! Check out the whole series here!

What are you feeling thankful for today?

Monday, October 5

Weekend Update: confidence & brunch.

Untitled*edited with VSCOCam*

This morning I thought to myself, I have plenty of pictures for a weekend update post! Well, I actually don't. I guess I just didn't take many, though I think the weekend was pretty picturesque. I spent most of it with different groups of friends, largely around the table, which is probably the best way, don't you think? Though Friday and Saturday were rainy, cold, and cozy; Sunday cleared up into a gorgeous Fall day. Pound it, October!

I think this is a good time to share my one word motto for the month: confidence

A note on what confidence means to me: I would consider myself to be a pretty happy and content person, but this month, my goal is to love every minute of being me. By being confident, I can embrace every part of my life right now, love others in the process, and generally be a lovelier person to be around. 

I generally don't believe it when people are arrogant, because I know that everybody has their own insecurities. Usually it's the people that act the most egotistical that have the biggest insecurities. So, I try to be as over-confident as I can (in my head anyway, not out loud) because I know my self-esteem issues will balance out whatever I come up with. Does that make sense?

Another part of it is, it seems like every day I am hit with things that might make me feel like I don't have enough or I'm not good enough. Which is a pretty normal thing. And I know this is such a cliche, but comparison is truly the thief of joy. 

I read a quote recently (and I'm sorry I can't remember where! Probs Pinterest) that I loved so much, I wrote it in the inside cover of my journal, where I can always see it,

"True confidence has no room for jealousy or envy. When you know you're great, you have no room to hate." I love that. 

Part of this motto is also the bravery that comes along with confidence. I don't think I've ever shared that I am an extremely skittish person that freaks myself out a lot. And I have GOT to stop doing that!

This weekend I also finished reading Mindy Kaling's latest, Why Not Me? The last essay was actually about confidence! It couldn't have come at a better time. Here's a part I loved from that essay:

"Confidence is just entitlement. Entitlement has gotten a bad rap because it's used almost exclusively for the useless children of the rich, reality TV stars, and Conrad Hilton Jr., who gets kicked off an airplane for smoking pot in the lavatory and calling people peasants or whatever. But entitlement in and of itself isn't so bad. Entitlement is simply the belief that you deserve something. Which is great. The hard part is, you'd better make sure you deserve it. So, how did I make sure that I deserved it?" [She goes on to say "I work really hard!"] 

I agree with her, confidence and entitlement get a really bad rap, but that's completely not what I'm going for this month. Also- I am obsessed with Mindy and have been since I first saw her as Kelly Kapoor in The Office, so definitely read the book!

Anyway. I hope you had a lovely weekend! Here's to being confident this month. 

Friday, October 2

Bright Pants, Can't Lose

| top: F21 via Carina | pants: Old Navy | booties: Target | Polar Loop: gift from Sundar | 

Real talk, guys: this week was rough. One really terrible thing branched off into a bunch of bad things, (isn't that how it always happens?) leaving me feeling pretty down in the dumps. But you know, we made it through. There's always the promise the weekend, and a Friday to kick it off. Red pants also help.

Other notes on this outfit: been wearing my new booties pretty much every day. I've been happily by my sister Carina's side as she's slowly weeded out the Forever 21 from her closet.  Love it or hate it, I've gotten a few blouses I love, that I don't necessarily think "look" Forever 21.

Thanks to my work friend Hillary, for taking these pics!

I think that's all I've got. Have a fabulous weekend, friends, I am looking forward to sleeping, eating, and seeing some friends. Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, September 30

Monthly Goals, September

Rock Island State Park over Labor Day weekend *edited with VSCOcam*

The end of Summer and start of Fall have really slowed things down around here, and I am not complaining. Summer was a blast (check out how I did on my Summer Bucket List!) but Autumn is such sweet relief in terms of...well everything really! September was a good month, in which:

I traveled home for Jacqui + Matt's gorgeous wedding;
I spent a weekend enjoying live music outside at Nashville's Live on the Green;
I saw every member of my family except Sundar; Coren, Carina, Amir, & Tarif all visited me in Nashville;
I made a mindful attempt at simplicity, by: putting my phone down, closing my eyes & enjoying where I was, & going outside;
I made dinner for Hunter and his roommates at their new place last night;
I actually read a book- The Choice, by Nicholas Sparks;
I wrote at least two cards to friends, and I have two more in my planner to mail today!

See the full list/explanation of my monthly goals, here.

Wow, this might be the best month of my goals yet! Apart from reading which I've barely done, the one word motto has proved to be the hardest to keep. I can definitely say I made a consistent, mindful effort to be simple this month. I actually liked this motto so much I would totally do it again! I'm gonna give myself an A+, which I haven't all year (see the rest of my goal re-caps right here.)

How was your month? If you're keeping resolutions or making goals, I would love to hear your personal progress report.

I think October is my favorite month. I honestly seem to enjoy it the most every year. It has this whimsical quality about it; and maybe I'm romanticizing it too much, but the coffee tastes better, the music sounds better, the sweaters feel better, and the weather is the best. The changing of seasons (ESP in Nashville!) is truly magnificent. Onward!

Monday, September 28

Sweater Best

| vest: Local Honey Nashville | dress: gift from Katie (ASOS) | booties: Target | purse: vintage (giveaway win) |

My wonderful friend Katie gifted me this dress when I was home in June for Jenae's wedding. I wore it non-stop for about a week (how I wore it on the 4th of July- here!); and while it was cool for the Summer, (to borrow words from our friend Demi Lovato) I've been itching to style it for Fall. Though there's a guideline of not wearing white after Labor Day, I follow a different rule- in 2015, there's no such thing as color rules! The simple fabric and style of this dress asks, nay, BEGS to be layered with a sweater, tights, scarves, all the Fall goodies. You know what I mean. 

Last week I was hit with a realization: booties are absolutely the shoe of the moment, AND I have but two pairs to my name (black and brown suede.) Both a brown leather and taupe suede pair seem like essentials. Though all I've ever really wanted were the cognac Madewell booties, I've settled for this nice, sensible pair from Target. Way to shop within your current means, Priya. Especially since I'm not "supposed to be" shopping at all! Btw- Target has oodles of booties right now. If Madewell is not really in your budget either, check them out! 

Uh that's about it! How was your weekend? I just want you to know that I packed up Hunter's kitchen in about 30 minutes yesterday. Not to detract from my moving prowess, but he only owns like four plates and about 25 pint glasses. Boy kitchens, amiright? He was so pleased, I thought he might get down on a knee and ask me to marry him SPOILER ALERT: he didn't. Otherwise, not a terrible Monday. 

Friday, September 25

Garden Pleats

*photos edited with VSCOCam*
| sunnies: H&M | tank: Urban Outfitters via Carina (old) | cardi: Banana Republic (old) | skirt: Old Navy | clogs: ON | purse: vintage | bracelets: gifts (Huntee, Marjo, Rachel) | watch: c/o JORD |

At this point, my family and friends know that anytime and anyplace is GREAT for taking outfit photos! #Bloggerprobz, amiright? These were taken as we waited to get into Monell's for brunch last weekend. They have the most beautiful garden courtyard, complete with porch swing; we waited for maybe 45 minutes but didn't mind it a bit! We then proceeded to eat a meal with four kinds of meat. Other things too, but the protein had to be noted.

When Tuppy touched down in Nashville and I asked him what he wanted to do, he said "I don't really know. But I definitely want some country food." Ha! I sure have more fun with those twins than probably anyone else in the world.

This outfit is the direct brainchild of wanting to wear this tank before the Summer was over (per my updated style strategy.) It's super old, and used to be one of my favorites; but I just don't find occasions for casual racer-back tanks anymore.

I bought this skirt from Old Navy online this Summer, it was a bit of a splurge (I mean, for Old Navy, where I never pay full price for anything), but it looked like it would be perfect. And it really, really is. I've been wearing it non-stop, and even took it home last weekend. The brilliant thing about it is, I think it'll wear just as well (better?) in the Fall and colder weather with tights + boots. The holy grail.

I have it under good authority (because...I just bought it in red :|) that you can still get it at Old Navy, and now for a cool $10. I have nothing but good things to say about it- cool prints, breezy fabric, great legnth and fit. You can find it right here!

Happy weekend, one and all! I'm going to stay as chill as possible- I haven't made any plans, but they usually find me :) Hunter is officially moving on Monday, and right now my car is loaded with empty boxes from the office for him. So I imagine I'll be helping out because I'm the best girlfriend ;)

Have a great one, and thanks for reading! 

Wednesday, September 23

Summer Bucket List '15 | Report Card

top down: Pensacola Beach FL, Pismo Beach CA, Andrea's bridal shower, Bowie Nature Park, Captain Huntee on Centerhill Lake, The Parthenon, Folly Beach SC, Rock Island

Officially, as of today: Summer is totally over, y'all. I know better than to get too excited about the glorious weather we've been having in Nashville, because we will no doubt relapse into Summer heat; but the season, and therefore the window for my Summer Bucket List '15 is OV-AH. 

I made this list at the start of the Summer mostly to take advantage of the season, and actually DO some of those things I always find myself saying I want to do but never actually doing. You can read that original post right here.

It was a grand, busy, humid, fantastic Summer over here. 

Let's take a look at my report card for that bucket list:
*I like to think of Memorial Day & Labor Day as the beginning and end of Summer, but I did give myself a little extra time on these because, you know, idowhatiwant. Also today is the first day of Autumn so, seems legit!

  • go camping | Nope. Unfortunately this just didn't happen this Summer. But the weather is just now getting nice, so maybe we can still do this before it gets too cold. 
  • go to a fair | DONE! I visited the Tennessee State Fair a few weekends ago when the twins came to town. It had all the livestock, deep-fried oreos and skee ball of my dreams!
  • berry-picking | Nope. I think by the time I realized I needed to do this, the season was over? This is something you really need to plan ahead for. Next year.
  • beach trip with Huntee | Not yet. BUT I can almost give myself a check because we have a trip to the 30A area of Florida planned for the second weekend of October and I just can't wait!
  • ombre my hair! | DONE! I did this on my 24th birthday, back in June, and have been loving it all Summer long. My hairdresser (Olive at Trim, Nashvillians!) told me it would lighten up, and it has! I've gotten so many compliments on it and really enjoyed it (outfit photos where you can see it.)
  • go to the farmer's market, make a meal with fresh ingredients | Nope. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while and I honestly didn't visit a farmer's market all Summer. Boo.
  • canoeing/ca-brewing | DONE! Hunter and I took Dave's kayaks out for a spin in June, then we went again for Andrea's birthday in July. This honestly might be the best Summer activity. 
  • spend an entire day outside | Nope. I almost want to give myself a pass on this, because I know I came close; but I never intentionally did it. Plus half the goal in this is to lose track of time. Nope.
  • put on temporary tattooes | DONE! This silly thing is one of my favorites. I put one on that I'd had sitting around forever, from Katie, one day just because. We also wore them for Jacqui's bachelorette.
  • plan an awesome patriotic ensemble for the 4th | DONE! The weather on the 4th really put a damper on the activities, but I still salvaged an outfit I was pretty pleased with.
  • go to a Sounds game | DONE! Through some partner at my office we managed to get several sets of free tickets (and one for Hunter's company outing.) The new stadium is a blast, and I look forward to doing this next Summer! 
  • visit at least five TN State Parks | DONE! Ok, so one of them was just a park. Counting it! This Summer I visited: Cummins Falls, Bowie Nature Park, Bells Bend, Fall Creek Falls, and Rock Island. The perfect activity for an adventure Saturday. TN does have so much natural beauty to offer! 
  • go to an outdoor concert | DONE! We spent every evening of the weekend when the twins were in town at Nashville's own Live on the Green, enjoying Rodrigo y Gabriella, Passion Pit, & Ben Folds.
  • road-trip! | DONE! Though I didn't road-trip just for the sake of road-tripping; at the start of the Summer Carina & I went down to FL, returning through New Orleans, I went down to Florida for Sundar's graduation again in July, and then to Charleston in August for #AndreasFinalFiesta.
  • spend a day on a lake | DONE! We did this in June with a bunch of friends, then again in August when Coren, Marisol, and Carina came to town. Two more of the BEST Summer days.
  • make a Summer cocktail | DONE! Two weeks ago on the opening day of college football, I made a drink called "The Rocky Top" (orange-y with a sugar rim) for our little get together to watch Tennessee play. It was a real hit! This was modeled after the drink that Jacqui's fab Aunt Peggy made at her bridal shower. If anyone is interested in this (simple, made-up, and crowd-pleasing) recipe, just let me know! 
  • sit outside and read | DONE! Now that I really think about it, I know I did this more than once. But two weeks ago, when my bucket list was in crunch time, I headed into the courtyard of my complex to start The Choice by Nicholas Sparks (Amanda gave it to me and told me I had to read it.)
  • actually DO a trivia night | DONE! We had turned this into somewhat of a routine at the start of the Summer, trying several different restaurants with Hunter and a few of his friends. I even got them to call our team "Beyoncé & Friends" one time :) trivia is totally fun. 
  • complete the Bikini Body Guide | DONE! I did my last workout this past week after 16 weeks of this plan! I can't say I noticed any huge changes (didn't lose any weight), but I do feel stronger and more toned. More than anything, I'm proud of myself for sticking with it and finishing the whole thing! It definitely taught me what kind of strength exercise I enjoy. If anyone wants to know more about this, let me know in the comments! 
  • try a pretty (new!) up-do | DONE! I've been feeling a little meh about the current mid-length of my hair, and like most everyone, it's either up in a pony or down. I finally tried somewhat of an up-do for Live on the Green last week! I could really stand to be more creative in this department. 
  • visit an amusement park | Nope. This would have called for a bigger road-trip (the closest one to me is Dollywood?) and amidst all the travel this Summer, it didn't happen. Darn! 

Did you make a Summer Bucket List? How'd it turn out? I would love to hear what your best adventure of the Summer was! 

Now with Summer 2015 respectfully laid to rest, it's time for the resounding heart eyes of the best part of the entire year.

You know what I'm talking about.