Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Apartment Inspiration

When we moved to Connecticut, I really wanted to have our apartment in complete order within three weeks. This turned out to be impossible, especially since our trip to Bonaire was in that self-ordered timeline. All the furniture I had in NYC was from Ikea, a gracious college graduation gift. (Except for the pink couch which I bought impulsively online and the West Elm desk which was the only desk I could find to fit in that tiny nook.) I really did love what I had and it worked perfectly for the space. However, things started to fall apart this summer, especially the $24 coffee table

The only piece of furniture that I brought from New York is this bookshelf. Other than that, we had a complete fresh start. It was really important to me that we decorate the apartment in a gender neutral, cohesive way. Aka... No. More. Pink. 

I will definitely be doing a full tour with pictures soon, but we're still working on finalizing everything. As I mentioned earlier, that three week timeline was completely ridiculous thinking on my end. Between furniture deliveries and delays (so many delays...) and figuring out how the space would really work for us, I needed more time to get everything together. Plus, I feel like it's those little details at the end that really bring everything together and I'm absolutely still working on those.

After scouring Pinterest for inspiration (duh), I really wanted to go for a coastal/Americana look without dipping into the cheesy/beachy look. I worked with Havenly again to help decorate our living room and we've been piecing together the bedroom on our own. Here's a sneak peek with what to expect:

We have one bedside table and another supposedly on its way along with a dresser, finally! We're getting there, we're getting there. The office still needs a little (er, a lot of) work, but here's the inspiration for that space.

I just have to keep reminding myself that these things take time and it's okay if it's not 100% done all at once. 
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew My Freshman Year with Skype

It's been quite a few years since my freshman year. Actually, this was right around the exact time of the semester when I realized I was way in over my head. I knew I was in trouble. My grades were slipping, I was super homesick still, and I just kind of felt lost. Things eventually turned around, with the support of professors and counselors at the school. 

I often think, “man, if only I knew then what I know now.” I think I would have had a much different freshman experience if I could go back and time and give myself a few pointers! I teamed up with Skype to come up with a list of the ten things I wish I had known my freshman year. First, I teamed up with Skype for a group video call with Katherine and Dani to bounce around ideas with each other. I think we all agreed there was so much we wish we had known or done differently for a more successful year!

Is there anything you'd add to my list or something I forgot? Don't forget that you can talk with the other Skype RAs and me here: http://bit.ly/1imXKAa

Thank you Skype for sponsoring this post!
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How to Follow Your Heart

Does anyone else look for signs? I'm kind of superstitious and will find myself saying, "Oh, this has to be a sign..." A string of red lights when I'm running late? A sign that my next meeting won't go well. Finding twenty dollars in a pair of jeans I haven't worn since last year? Definitely a sign that today will be a good day. If you're looking for your own sign right now... this may just be it. Maxie is here today sharing her tips for how to follow your heart:

How to Follow Your Heart
Guest Post by Maxie McCoy

Your heart, while full of love and kindness, isn’t always the most logical thing. There will be so many times that you feel the pull of you heart only to ignore it. To tell it it’s crazy. To push the whispers from your soul back down so you can keep chugging along. 

You’re not alone in doing this. We all have silent pulls of the heart that we softly ignore. We feel the tug and act like we didn’t. We talk over the whispers and pretend like it’s not what we want.

And better yet, we out rationalize our heart and our feelings. We say it’s crazy. It’s risky. It’s not what anyone else is doing. We say it would never work out. And we put up BIG WARNING SIGNS about the hurt and devastation that could be ahead. 

Don’t let the crazy head rationalizing keep you from following you heart. Look, following it might not always be logical, but as I learned it doesn’t really need to be. It’s what is bubbling up from your soul. It’s what you feel totally called to go after. And you’ve got to no matter how scary or uncertain it might be.

So whether this means your heart is screaming to change majors or change schools…. or to break up with the partner you’ve secretly fallen out of love with for months… or to close the book on the side hustle you wanted to give a try…to move to a new city where you barely know anyone...or to spend your summer traveling out of a backpack instead of hanging sand side with your besties… here’s a few keys to following that call of the heart: 

Don’t wait
When your heart speaks and gives you a clear directive, it doesn’t last forever. It will slowly dissipate into white noise of the background. Which is why you can’t wait. If you have something that gave you butterflies in your stomach, do one thing - no matter how small - to make it somewhat real. This can be as simple as a 4-hour long google search or texting your sister with OMG I think I’m going to… It’ll put the tug of your heart wheels into motion.

Know that fear WILL try to talk you out of it
Once you’re following your heart, wherever it called you to, there’s going to be this loud dude with a megaphone and a whistle on sidelines waving, screaming, and trying to get you to stop. His name is fear. And whatever you do, you have to tune him out. Keep sprinting by him. Keep focusing on your heart. Ninety-nine percent of what he has to say is total BS. The other 1% is just trying to keep you physically safe (aka the good fear). 

Line up your support circle
Nobody has ever followed their heart alone. We all need our biggest fans to think that we can. Check this though: not everyone is going to approve of your heart-following ways. Nor do you need them to. So pick out your closest pack of unconditional lovers and keep them close for when you get freaked out or you start second guessing. It’ll be the support circle that magnifies the message of the heart. 

Remind yourself you can
Once upon a time following my heart was so scary, uncertain, and nauseating that I literally wrote post it notes with pep talks to myself that said things like “Big dreams require even bigger discomfort” and “Magic happens outside of your comfort zone.” It was little reminders that I could do this, that I must not turn around. Whatever your ways, find opportunities along the way to remind yourself you can– whether it’s pep talks in the mirror, daily alerts in your calendar, or rereading your favorite inspiring quotes. You’ll need the self love. 

Following your heart is never a bad idea. It may not always turn out exactly how you planned, but the biggest regrets we have in life come from not going after what we desired deep down. So follow, follow, follow your heart

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Barbour Weather

Last Wednesday, Garrett and I along with a few other bloggers and writers road tripped out to Millbrook, NY to visit Orvis Sandanona with the Barbour team. It was such a fun day. We met up with everyone in the city and it was surprisingly warm and humid. I thought it was the worst day to wear layers, but by the time we got out to Millbrook, it had cooled off significantly (insert praising hands emoji) and even started to drizzle. Pretty much the perfect weather to sport a Barbour.

After a quick lunch, we got a quick lesson in fly fishing. It's a lot harder than it looks... I couldn't get the "hook" even with three different instructors helping. I will definitely need more practice before I'll be able to catch any fish. Even though it was raining and felt super chilly, it totally made me in the mood to go camping. Have I ever been camping before? No.... but still. It had me craving campfires, s'mores, fishing, canoeing.... 

My yellow rain jacket is a Barbour but unfortunately sold out... this is a similar option if you're looking for a yellow jacket! The team gave us a little gift bag before we hit the road; these wax cotton hats were included, which was a really good thing for my hair that day!

After fly fishing, we got a little lesson in skeet shooting lessons. I opted out of that and just watched from a distance. The rain did clear up though so I switched into the new Barbour coat (20% off right now!) the team gifted us. I have the navy (25% off!) and olive version as well, but I have had my eye on the sage for some time.

After the skeet shooting lesson, we all took turns going off roading with Land Rover on Orvis' course. Oh my god. Honestly, it started off so boring. I thought it was going to be fast, but we were told to go super slow. And then we started going through these huge holes and steep hills where the car is switched into sport's mode and the car essentially drives itself over the holes and brakes itself down the hill. It was terrifying and awesome all at the same time. I was in the backseat and felt like I was in the middle of a Jurassic Park scene set in 3015. #dreamcar

I really want to take a road trip back out to Orvis to spend more time out there. It's insanely beautiful and there are so many fun activities. If you're up for an adventure, I highly recommend it!

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Duffield Lane Giveaway

Duffield Lane is a collection of super cute and fun pieces. This new-to-me brand has everything a girl could want for an updated classic wardrobe: sweaters, flirty dresses, and comfortable pullovers.

Today Duffield Lane is giving away the Fall Polly... a tartan embellished popover. I love how you can layer it with your favorite button up or throw it on over a little dress or wear with running shorts + tee or jeans and boots. It's versatile, but it's that tartan touch that I really love!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

On My Radar

So..... Garrett and I were supposed be to going to Bermuda tomorrow for a weekend trip with my best friend and her boyfriend. We knew it was a risk booking a trip during Hurricane season, but went for it anyway. Womp, womp. There's a hurricane! If it doesn't hit Bermuda, it's going to go up the east coast of the United States, basically right around the time we'd be flying back home. We decided to postpone.

This is actually a lesson about being careful of what I wish for. October, a month ago, was jam-packed with travel. So much so that I felt totally overwhelmed and way crazy nervous about how in the world I was supposed to get work done. Then life started happening and a lot (all? how is that even possible?) probably aren't happening. I'd be lying if I wasn't a tiny bit relieved, but I'm also super disappointed! Sheesh!

I'm going to look on the bright side here. Garrett and I are going to treat the weekend like a little staycation while also getting some things done around the apartment. I really want to go see The Intern, has anyone seen it yet?!

This week was pretty exciting... I met Cindy Crawford and went on a little day trip with Barbour.

Welcomed October by breaking out my Bean Boots and new plaid shirt. Here's what has been on my radar this week...

ONE // Tory Burch Sale

Yesterday I shared a few announcements about sales and such, but I forgot to include the Tory Burch sale going on right now. Get 20% off when you spend $300, 25% off when you spend $500, and 30% off when you spend $750. I'd be all over the riding boots for fall!

TWO // Puppy Selfies

I cracked up when I saw this. Pretty hilarious and brilliant! I kind of sort of definitely want to back the Kickstarter so I can get one for Teddy. We may have to rig the device to have a frisbee instead of a tennis ball though. 

I'm so glad there's no record of me talking about what dating is like in 7th grade. I did think this video was sweet. I remember thinking relationships in middle school were the biggest of deals. Especially the ones that lasted longer than a week ;)

My hair has been causing me problems lately. It's been fairly humid and when there's even a drop of moisture in the air, I lose all control over my hair. I think I'm just generally uninspired. I saw this on Pinterest and I want to give a few of the options a try!

I love ending these posts with an uplifting video... This video had me in tears! This man's reaction to his wife's pregnancy is too, too good and sweet!

What has been on your radar this week?
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