Monday, July 9, 2018

birthday wish list

My birthday is only three weeks away! I really feel like it snuck up on me this year. Honestly where has the first part of 2018 gone, weren't we just posting holiday 2017 gift guides? I wasn't going to post a birthday wish list, but my boyfriend has requested it. It's funny because when I first started blogging I'd post these wish list gift guides but also refused to share this space with anyone I actually knew. Now that I've shared this space it feels kinda weird to post a birthday wish list, but here we are!

DAL Baseball Cap (but in gray)

I just got a new iPhone (thanks mom and dad!) so there really isn't a ton I want or need this year. The other thing I want is a Sephora gift card because I'm dying to try that new Perk Hydrating Facial, but I honestly have no idea what I'd buy with it to get that complimentary service. What would you spend $75 on at Sephora right now?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Netflix Watch List

With the temps heating up it's time to add more inside activities into our lives. When I lived in Colorado I spent the most time watching Netflix when it was cold and snowy outside, but now that the temperature is regularly getting up to triple digits I think this is the best weather to enjoy some Netflix watching. Here's what I've been watching lately.

1. Mad Money - I watched this on a whim one night when I couldn't sleep and it was such a great pick! Three woman working for the Federal Reserve decide to band together and steal the old money set to be destroyed so new fresh money can be introduced into society. Yes it was predictable, but still very enjoyable.

2. Scandal - I've been watching Scandal since the end of season one, but my boyfriend has never seen it before now. It's really fun to go back and watch the character development from the beginning. The entire series is now available on Netflix so this is a great binge watch show.

3. Star Trek Enterprise - Okay so I'm not normally a star trek girl, but this is so good! My boyfriend was watching this one one day and I got hooked. I thought Star Trek was super nerdy, but really it's just about people and different cultures.

4. Coco - You already know how much I love this movie! The fact that it's now on Netflix is actually the best thing to happen to me this year. If you still haven't seen this one do yourself a favor and go watch it now.

5. Kimmy Schmidt - Fair warning, this is only a half, mini season; I was not prepared for only 6 episodes. I thought Jacqueline really shined in this season, which I loved because she's my favorite. I thought there was a lot lacking from the other characters but I'm going to blame that on the fact that there wasn't a full season for them to shine.

Next month I'm excited for Get Smart and all the Jurassic Park movies to be added. And as a heads up, leaving Netflix next month are some gems, including the Bring It On movies.

What's currently on your Netflix watch list?

Friday, June 22, 2018

summer 2018 bucket list

Three cheers for the official start of summer earlier this week! Summer is without a doubt my favorite season. As a fire sign (Leo baby right here) I thrive in the heat, and it doesn't hurt that my birthday is smack in the middle of summer! One of my biggest complaints about living in the mountains was the lack of a hot summer; everyone thought I was crazy, but I honestly missed triple digits days. We're on track for one of the hottest summers in recent memory here in Texas and I can't wait. The heat makes most people sleepy, but it makes me feel alive. Today I thought it'd be fun to share my summer 2018 bucket list.

1. Make the perfect salad
2. Make the perfect fruit salad
3. Make homemade popsicles
4. Get a stamp in my passport
5. Visit a new town in Texas
6. Get a tan
7. Go to a Rangers game
8. Win a round of mini golf
9. Visit my parents
10. Work out three times a week for 3 weeks straight
11. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon
12. Try 3 new brunch restaurants
13. Finish furnishing my apartment
14. Take the pup to the dog park
15. Go see Mamma Mia 2
16. Start selling on Poshmark again
17. Be in bed by 9:30 every night for a week
18. Eat birthday cake

What's on your summer 2018 bucket list?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Life Lately

In general I try to stay away from these type posts because I feel like an over sharer in them. Like do you really care what's been going on in my life lately? Probably not. But I feel like I've been so MIA lately everywhere I could get away with this without feeling weird about it. So with no further ado, here is what's been happening in my life lately

I'm loving my job, but it's a little more stressful than I expected. I'm a meeting coordinator for an association so it's been really interesting to see events from a totally different side than my previous events job in Vail. But, my director put in his notice within my first 60 days which is challenging on its own. Combine that with the fact that we're about 4 weeks out from a major conference and its a huge stressful challenge. Luckily my manager is great so I know we'll get through this.

I'm also loving living in the same town as my boyfriend. Admittedly I was a tiny bit worried that being so close would be bad for our relationship. Prior to this we'd always been long distance and I am fiercely independent and love my "me time." But honestly this has been so so good! I love getting to see him and the pup every day. It's nice to just be able to sit on the couch after work and watch tv without someone having to drive 45 minutes each way or to spontaneously go to a Rangers game because its dollar dog night and tickets are cheap.

Part of what I love about living so close is that we're able to have routines. Every Sunday we go to church in the morning followed by lunch. We're having fun exploring all the delicious restaurants in Dallas. I love looking at the Dallas food instagram hashtags and discovering a new place to add to my list. Some of my favorite posts while I lived in Vail was sharing local spots and I'm hoping to start writing some posts sharing my new favorite Dallas spots.

While eating at all these exciting places has been fun it has certainly not been good for my health. Since moving to Dallas I've gained 8 pounds and that is not okay. While we eat out every Sunday lunch we're also trying to eat healthy during the week to make up for it. I've also realized eating at Sprinkles once a week is not the smartest idea. My brother is getting married next year and I'm using that as my inspiration to get healthy and fit.

And I think that just about does it. What's been going on in your life lately?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

First Thoughts on the Bachelorette Guys

To say I was excited for this season of the Bachelorette to begin is an understatement. I was originally on the Arie fan train, but after what he did last season I think he's the scum between Chris Harrison's toes. I can't even bring myself to talk about what he did and how gross it was. So long story short, I'm excited to see Becca find the love she deserves! I think Becca is going to keep it real and not let herself get walked over. She has that mid-western no nonsense personality.

I haven't looked at any spoilers for this season, so I'm excited to watch Becca's love story unfold. Today I thought it'd be fun to give you my first thoughts on the Bachelorette guys.

Intro Videos 

Clay - too good to be true

Garrett - cute, but please for the love of God do not do that impression all season

Jordan - do you really want to be engaged to a model?

Lincoln - unmemorable

Joe - he's going to go far, maybe the next bachelor

Jean Blanc - does he just want to add Becca to his collection?

Colton - Very Cute! Please keep him around for a while

Limo Introductions 

Colton - Still so cute!

Grant - electrician, a man with a real job

Clay - reminds me of a puppy

Jean Blanc - hard pass

Connor - his pants look a little short, did he hit a growth spurt in the car?

Joe - weak intro, but I still like him

John - sweet story to throw in the grandparents

Leo - he has better hair than Becca

Jordan - He looks like a Ken doll

Rickey - glad he wore gray

Alex - literally couldn't tell you one thing about him

Nick - points for the costume, funny without being over the top

Mike - Arie cutout fell a little short

Garrett - Is he driving a mini van? Oh wait, that's actually really cute!  

Blake - seems to have an obsession with riding things

Lincoln - the cake guy! Now I'll remember him

Chase - all about the "chase" lol

Darius - I've got nothing

Ryan - banjoist, terrible job and terrible jacket

Christian - usually not a fan of former jobs, but former harlem globe trotter is legit

Some guy I literally know so little about I don't even know his name

Jason - middle school handshake, cool

Kamil - short pants and bad shoes and bad intro. He's a no for me

Jake - from State Farm! probably would have been a better intro

Trent - "I literally died" I'm a fan

Christian - good brows

David - I guess you can dress like a chicken when you're a venue capitalist

Chris - watched last season, never a fan of guys who are franchise fans. The gospel choir was legit though

Are you watching the Bachelorette this season? Who are your favorites?

Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 Book Review

At the beginning of the year I set a goal to read a book a month as part of my larger goal to read 30 new books for my 101 in 1001 list, and I'm happy to report that I'm currently on track. A couple of weekends ago I went and got my Dallas Public Library card so now I feel like I'm really a Dallas girl. Now that I've gotten my card and I'm feeling more settled I'm hoping to maybe be able to read more than one book a month. I love reading about what others are reading so today I thought I'd share by 2018 book reviews with you.

January - You Can Even by Kate the Wasp - I've long been a fan of Kate Hendrick's Kate the Wasp character, so her 7 chapter Ebook was a no-brainer once I got an Amazon Fire last Christmas. This is the perfect fast read when you need something to help get you over the "not in the mood to read" slump that happens when you've been spending too much time working on your Netflix list.
"After a devastating break-up, Kate sets out on a partly triumphant but mostly hilarious path to rebuild her life."

February - Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger - I really, really wanted to like this one, but it just fell really flat. I think my biggest criticism was that I just didn't like the characters, it makes it really difficult to get through a book without someone to cheer for. This is the only book I would not recommend.
"A delicious novel about a trio of best friends in Manhattan who agree to change their lives in the most personal and dramatic way possible - and to do it within one calendar year."

March - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid - This was one of the most interestingly written books I've found in a long time, almost like one of those choose your own adventure books from elementary school. My one criticism was that because of the way that each chapter was a different story it made it really confusing to stop in the middle of a chapter. But I really liked how even though both ends were completely different they were both happy endings.
"A breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold - with stunningly different results."

April - The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - This is my favorite of what I've rad so far this year. It tells the fictionalized true story of female spies during WWI France. I love historical fiction so the fact that this one was based on real people made it even more fascinating. And you have to love a story with strong female leads!
"A female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite perching for her cousin in 1947 - are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption."

May - The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe  - I haven't technically finished this one yet, but it's so good I wanted to include it in my review for anyone looking for their next read. Again, this is based on a real story with a very strong female lead. You know this one is good because Reese Witherspoon has picked it up to turn into a movie!
"Historical novel based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black student to attend Vassar, who successfully passed as white - until she let herself grow too attached to the wrong person."

What have you read lately and loved? I'm looking for my next read.

Monday, May 7, 2018

7 Mother's Day Gifts for the Last Minute Shopper

Mother's Day is less than a week away! If you haven't shopped for the most important woman in your life now is the time to do so. Full disclosure I'm actually only buying my mom a card this year. I'm going to visit her at the end of the month and that seems like a better gift than anything I could pick up at Nordstrom. But I've rounded up a few gifts that are perfect for mom if you're planning on gifting something you can put a bow on this year.

What are you getting your mom this year? If you're looking for something a little more personal, or you're reading this on Saturday be sure to check out this post with a DIY last minute gift idea.