Thursday, April 24

weekend update: #eastersleepoverweekend

whew. it's taken me til THURSDAY to post my weekend update. it's been a busy week at work, and tonight my sister Galina flies into town. I've tried to keep it real chill this week gearing up for another full weekend! really happy to have some family coming to town.

ok- last weekend, of course, was Easter. Hunter was out of town (not that I would have spent Easter with him anyway) but in passing I mentioned I didn't really have Easter plans, and that's when Andrea took me in.

Saturday she had planned a surprise birthday party for her mom that I was invited to anyway; add in the family fish fry on Friday, and I had to stay the weekend. I didn't have a choice!

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Friday: Andrea & her family made a big deal out of this traditional Nicaraguan meal, and I couldn't figure out why. until I got my fish. she said, "they're no Parish fish-sticks." uh, agreed! also- how great is Mr. Mario in his fish fry outfit? the food was spectacular. 

 photo IMG_4859_zps4826632b.jpgSaturday: we headed to Arrington Vineyards for Andrea's mom, Tania, 's carefully orchestrated surprise birthday party. I had never been before, but I absolutely loved it! like, so much that I want to take Galina back this weekend.

it was THE most beautiful day, and we got to spend it all outside. here's what our view looked like!
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Andrea did an amazing job hauling everything (secretly!) to the vineyard. 
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how cute is she and her mom & dad? Tania promised us she really was surprised. 
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and I got to hang with the most adorable Latino babies so I was really happy. check out that bracelet one of them made for me!

the little one in the pink [Kiara] came up to me speaking Spanish, and I had to be suuuuper white and say "uhhh, sorry. what?"

the little one that I'm holding [Mia] who we hung out with all weekend told everyone, "Priya speaks really good Spanish." so I'm thinking, take that! then Tania asked, "oh yeah, what does she say in good Spanish?" Mia says, "Mia! it's a Spanish word." thanks, gurl.

Sunday: Easter! started off with Easter Mass, a totally new experience for me.
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Katya, Andrea's super awesome Russian friend from work, brought these eggs with decals on them. btw- Russia like, invented Easter eggs. anyway, I made her cut the egg out of mine so I could keep the decal, because they were so pretty! as was the table set-up for lunch.
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my girl & I in our Easter's best! happy to have a new-ish, great friend like her!
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this was my contribution to Easter lunch. guys, they make WHITE chocolate Reese's eggs. mind. blown.

the Robleto's are the best. what fun, vibrant company. I can't say how thankful I am to have family-like friends away from my family. thank you Robletos for letting me stay the weekend!!

oh- did I mention they are hilarious? since I laughed pretty dang hard a few times this weekend, I jotted down a few quotes to enjoy later, as I do sometimes. enjoy with me:

[discussing ways to leave the house for the surprise party]
Mario: "you can go do some Pi Delta stuff...or whatever it is you girls do."

[concerning a friend who had to leave "early" on Friday night]
Ethan: "why did they have to leave?"
Andrea: "Because Carlos is going to Japan in the morning."

[a conversation with Tania about all the cell phones she's had]
Tania: "ooooh, that phone was my favorite!"
Me: "You just said the 'Chocolate' was your favorite."
Tania: "no."

[Luis greeting us on Sunday]
Luis: "everyone is looking nice! Ethan, you are looking very fresh."
Ethan: "Iiiiii wore this yesterday."
Luis: "no, you are looking fresh!"

[Mario's thoughts post-Mass]
"Father Mark is the bomb."

three cheers for friendship! on that note, Galina touches down in a few hours. I'll be back with more tales from the weekend soon. have a great one, friends! 

Tuesday, April 22

remix: sweatskirt!

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earrings: Wish Memphis, necklace: H&M, top: giveaway win via The Great Society, skirt: Ann Taylor Loft, shoes: super old thrifted Steve Madden 

hi all! I am showcasing a remix of my beloved sweatskirt over on Flock Together today! other than that, I don't have a whole lot to say here...I'm still recovering from my #eastersleepoverweekend (stay tuned for pictures from that), gearing up for my sister Galina to arrive in Nashville in three-ish days, and it's started off as a very busy week at work!
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head on over there for full details about how I styled my sweatskirt for every season.
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aaaand I'm linking this up with Danielle & Nicole for many days, many ways!

Friday, April 18

on enjoying today

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this post has been on my mind and in my drafts folder since…before I started working full-time. that was this past October! it’s funny because when I was writing this post the first time, I said,

“somedays, like when I can ride my bike for hours and the weather is just so perfect, I'm really digging the 'young person's journey of life' phase.

other days, when I don't want to take another [restaurant] order and I'm like oh shoot after I pay our water bill I will be broke, a more adult corporate lifestyle sounds like perfection.”

the whole time I was in the limbo of working part-time post-college, I felt antsy, but I also felt like “I need to enjoy this. I’ll be working soon enough and fondly remember when I could sleep in ‘til 11 EVERYDAY.” here’s another segment from the first draft of this post:

“this is one of those ‘even though my blog is called 'perfectly Priya' I'm actually not perfect’ posts.

I wish I could say I'm enjoying every moment of this time continuum that is between graduating college and working full-time. you know that super cliché quote ‘life is about the journey, not the destination’ (a paraphrased cliché)? as terrible as it sounds, it's been on my mind lately. this time that I'm living in: working part-time, just paying my rent/car payments and nothing else, eating Kroger bologna (btw- I really like bologna) IS my life right now! this is a time period I want to LIVE, it may never be this way again. I'm sure I will be working 9-5 at some point, wishing for days when I sat on my porch and wrote stand-up comedy for fun. my destination may be the 'American dream' or whatever, but my journey is this little continuum of life. this isn't part of my life I should be wishing away, or wishing would hurry up.”

it seems like just when I was starting to embrace these facts of life, I woke up and it was like BAM-welcome to being an adult! and isn’t that just the way it goes?

I guess my point in all this is to give MY two cents on the “living in the moment” sentiment that seems to be echoing everywhere these days. I think it’s great, I really do. but what does that really mean? when I read on someone’s blog “I find happiness in little everyday things” I’m like, that’s great, but how?

but lately, I have been finding happiness in tiny little things. I feel like an adult because I'm realizing that really is what makes life awesome. I think I finally get it. here’s how: when something small, but lovely happens, like my favorite song coming on the radio on a sunny ride home, or that first cup of coffee in the morning, or a group text from my siblings, I have to stop. and recognize it. and in that moment, (even if it sounds silly) I take a second to be truly happy, truly enjoy what I’m doing, and think, “life is really great.”

that might be gag-worthy, but I just wanted to share how I’m actually take that sentiment to heart.

oh yeah, that quote. man I love that. it’s actually a fragment of a larger RWE quote that’s one of my all-time favorites, that I have framed in my room. and I didn’t realize this until I actually looked it up! anyway.

I realized several years ago (like, middle school?) that I live in a constant state of “waiting” or “getting excited for ______”. I still do it. I can’t help it. am I the only one that does this? it’s absolutely fine and normal to be looking forward to things. but at the same time: why not make TODAY the best day? this quote straight up challenges you to do this, and I love it. imagine, if everyday were the best day of your life, how happy you would be!

one more quote to think about: “I wish there was a way to know that you're in ‘The Good Old days’ before you've actually left them…” (this might be from The Office? don’t quote me on that. ha.) those middle school days and high school days were the good old days. my “unemployed” phase were the good old days. today, is gonna be a good old day one day. I’m trying to keep that in mind.

on that note: I'm just about to begin #eastersleepoverweekend with my girl Andrea. wishing you the best Easter weekend, no matter what you're celebrating, and I'll check back in with you Monday! 

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. 
[update: linking this up with Alissa & Tiffany for Beautiful You Wednesday!)

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