Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Hi Y'all!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I spent this morning flying to Texas - after a nervous few days worried that my flight would get canceled I am on my way!! I also am so happy to be spending some time with my family (even though it is for such a short time and I am missing my older sister's family).  However, it is going to be warm and fantastic! I can't wait.



These are ten things I am thankful for:

(1) My family - though individually we are crazy and together we are just nuts, I love them so much and recognize how blessed I am to have them in my life, for everything my parents have been able to provide for me and I know if I need their help or support they are there!

(2) My friends - I am not someone who has a ton of friends, but rather I have a select few people, whom I have chosen to make time for on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis and I work very hard at those relationships and love these special few people with all my heart! 

(3) My faith.  I try to not be preachy but I just feel so lucky to be a child of God and have a community in a city that is so busy and big like NYC that I can always turn to for support as well as good friends.  

(4) My job and the life it provides me

(5) For all my travels that I have and will do in this year and next.

(6) My dog, Zeus, who I can't wait to see in a few hours!! 

(7) My ability to read and learn - now that I am out of school I have rediscovered reading for pleasure and I actually am interested in taking a new class again! 

(8) Long weekends and blanket scarves and ugg moccasins (and hot chocolate)!

(9) My health (and the health of my loved ones).

(10) Lastly, I am proud and thankful to be an American citizen. While I am still trying to work out a way to serve my country, I recognize how lucky I am to live in this blessed country and have the rights that I do.  

Thanks for reading!

With joy,

A


outfit for thanksgiving

Hi Y'all!

One more day! We are almost there...and most likely means today is a half day (or shorter) and then I can go home and meet up with friends to see the balloons blown up for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

I just wanted to come up with my essential Thanksgiving Day outfit.  It is going to be warmer in Texas, so I am not including scarves or jackets but I mean just look to J. Crew and Zara totally have you covered. Otherwise, I am basically planning on wearing a variation of this look, especially because this is going to be super comfortable for flying as well!

Hope you like it :)


Thanksgiving Outfit

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tasty Tuesday

Hi Y'all!

So who else is going to get snow and possible not be able to make their Thanksgiving destination? Looks like Manhattan is going to get hit and I might have to change plans.  I am supposed to fly out super early Thursday morning but now I am hearing about how there is this snow storm and it might just throw everything off :(.

However, I will strive to remain optimistic and wanted to share some recipes I hope to try to make with my mom (and sister) this long holiday weekend.

We always make beignets (french donuts - famous in New Orleans) for the holidays as breakfast - so good.  And my mom has said that if she can get enough blackberries, she will make me my favorite pie - blackberry pie in honor of my birthday earlier this month.

I want to try to make these recipes though because they are a little different but look so mouthwatering delicious!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday Churchday

Hi Y'all!

Happy Monday! I wouldn't (maybe) normally say that except for it's Thanksgiving week! Oh I am so happy and thankful because I will get to see my family for the holiday (and be in Texas) and I had such a great weekend - reminding me how thankful I am to have such a great community of friends.

Today, I thought I would share an outfit that I wore yesterday to church and provide some other options, since it was originally a very simple outfit!


Church Sunday



J Crew coat / Mossimo vest / Tory Burch wedge booties / Yosi Samra black shoes, $53 / Zara Checked Scarf

Now to just get caught up on all the blogs and emails and work ahead on posts for later this week :)

Thanks for reading!

With joy,

A

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites

Hi Y'all!

I am tired but made it to Friday!!  Did I work out this week? The answer would be....no but my free week is over and I start tonight (or tomorrow...hopefully).  Tonight might be a night, that I go to bed early! Hopefully I do! Also why is it so cold??? It is completely unforgiveable!! GRR, at least its supposed to sort of warm up this weekend a little bit... I had so much trouble waking up this morning! I have big plans for this weekend, as in, getting a ton done off my to do list - cross fingers! We shall see how that goes!

Here are my FRIDAY FAVORITES:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Travel Thursday: Atlanta

Hi Y'all!

Even though I really want to share my photos from my trip to Las Vegas this weekend, I need to share first my photos from Atlanta (at least a few) since that was for my sister's Senior Weekend and I ate some really delicious food while I was there.

I am really enjoying blogging these days (though sometimes it feels like work, but its probably because its on my to do list every evening, and normally I just want to be lazy).  I also can't believe, I am 23 (I didn't mention it earlier, but it was my birthday last week) and I just have to say that I am so blessed to have the friends and family that I do, and have my health - able to run a half marathon, though I am giving myself a fat couple of lazy days to relax before I hit the grind again - getting back into yoga and ballet I think - I want to work out a workout schedule for myself, and I might share it because, why not? I really want to learn about how to design a better blog, so I am tempted to either enroll in some class or buy a book - does anyone know of a good self teach book (though I have such a long list of books, it is going to kill me).  You know what, I think I am going to make a goal list today and see what comes of it (can you tell, I love lists).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Winter is here

Hi Y'all!

I am sorry for missing yesterday's post, but to be honest it caught me by surprise how much I had to do both at the office and at home.  I am almost caught up, that is actually a lie - I still have so much to do but at least I am making progress (even though I am very tired and just want to sleep).  Who else is freezing? This weather is gross.  I picked running a half marathon in Las Vegas because I thought it would be warmer for this time of year and instead I end up running in 30+ degree weather only to return to that brutal cold here in NYC as well.  This morning's commute and well just waking up early really sucked.  So I thought I would share some of my favorite Winter weather items for this Winter.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fit Outfit Inspiraiton

Hi Y'all!

So I am realizing that east coast is 3 hours ahead which means I am posting this super late! So sorry about that! I finished my run yesterday - 13.1 miles in Las Vegas.  It was one of the coldest runs ever here, so that was great but I did it in 2 hours and 1 minute.  My goal was to finish and to get it in under 2 hours and 10 minutes.  So I am super happy. I am also so blessed to have my family and friends who were kind enough to think of me and reach out to me during my training and also this weekend.  I also celebrated my 23rd birthday while I was here in Vegas and it was fun.  I gambled and won 23 cents after losing 10 dollars... but hey I got the experience.  I also went out to one of the clubs and had a really fun time with S.  I am so happy that she took time off as well to come with me explore Vegas and support me during my run.  I hope she had as good of a time as I did... it meant the world to me.  Now I have to think of something totally awesome for her rapidly approaching birthday.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Outfit Inspiration for Half Marathon this weekend.

Hi Y'all!

HAPPY FRIDAY! I am heading to Vegas today - no joke! It is so weird.  I started planning this trip back in June. It is really weird for it to be here already! So since I am so excited, I don't think I could focus on anything but my trip and run - oh my goodness I am both so excited and tired and nervous just thinking about it.  I did my last big run last night (8 miles) so I hope my body is ready for the 13 miles that is coming Sunday.

I thought that today, I would share a running outfit that I really like... I originally planned to run in the Lululemon running skort but then it is only going to be in the 60s there this weekend so I decided against spending money and just wear something I already have:

Half Marathon Outfit Inspiration

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Monthly Birchbox

Hi Y'all!

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday and the non "Travel Thursday" post today.  I could do a post on Atlanta, or finish up showing pictures from the Middle East, but I just don't have too much time on my hands this morning :(.  I have my last big run tonight before I go to Vegas tomorrow morning and then I have at least 1-2 small runs to do and then its time for my half marathon.   Of course it is actually really cold now here and I just want to stay cuddled in bed but nope, up before the sun.

I thought I would share some pictures of my November Birchbox.  I can't remember if I did it for October but I am such a huge fan of it.  It is seriously a little gift to myself each month and usually comes on the perfect day.  Here is what I got this month - and I am obsessed with the Amika dry shampoo and now I have it in travel size.


As I mentioned, they come in the perfect travel size propotions and I am really excited to try at the Dr. Jarts pore minimizer and the candle is perfect for Christmas/holiday time!

Thanks for reading!

With joy,

A

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tasty Tuesday (with a hint of fashion)

Hi Y'all!

I am tired! Who else is with me!  But, it is only Tuesday! So good morning!!! I have a gala tonight and so excited - hopefully I will get some good pics.  I will be wearing a dress I got a couple of weeks ago and the event is all for a good cause.  I just don't want to be out too late because I still have more things to do (and to catch up on).

Instead of a recipe post, I thought I would share some of my recent finds at Anthropologie.  Aren't they all just adorable! I love going in there - though i can't always justify spending the money - that' why you wait for their major sales! 



Stylish Kitchen Chores

Monday, November 10, 2014

Perfect Fall Outfit

Hi Y'all!

SO when I was in Utah - I can't believe that was a month ago - JD took me to Sundance Monday morning and she wore just the cutest fall outfit!  I had to share it and then show how I would replicate it!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Favorites

Hi Y'all!

HAPPY FRIDAY! At least for me, it felt like Friday should have been on Wednesday, yet the week still moved by quite fast and here we are! How exciting! I had a long week - hence basically being non-existent on social media (i.e. promoting my blog on instagram/twitter....) I will have to figure out a better work-blogger-life balance. I am really loving it so far...and really exciting because people have started following me via bloglovin and as soon as I catch up this weekend I will follow them right back - I swear, total code of conduct!!

I was so happy to see that people liked my photos...I have a beautiful dslr but I am embarassed to say I never take it off the main picture one.  I really need to take a class or something especially if I want to get any better at blogging...but I am right now re-discovering reading and not just fantasty/fiction but non-fiction (gasp) as well...so lets not get too far ahead. But I am certainly one of those people who loves learning ... I am like a sponge...not singing Sponge-bob-square pants song now.  But I am also happy because I am going to find the energy after a very early morning to run and then go out with two of my favorite people (2 of my other favorites are in DC) and we are going to paint the town red...or well hopefully stay up past 12 because lets be honest, I am a weeny and a grandma and its been an intense week to say the least!

Onto my "Friday Favorites":

Firstly, Target is yet again rocking the fall-winter accessories and clothes two of my favorite pieces are:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Travel Thursday: Utah (last day)

Hi Y'all!

I thought I would finally share some of those photos from the last day! Sorry that it has taken so long! I also am so sorry for not fashion post yesterday but if you follow me on twitter/instagram, you will know that Tuesday night I was at the live Colbert Report with T.  SO it has just left me feeling like I have to catch up.

As you might already know, I completely loved my time in Utah and I am so happy that I got to go! It made me feel so much better about all the stress I was going through - while I was there it completely erased it!  I already shared photos from Saturday and Sunday.  But on Monday, I went to Sundance and then did some more sightseeing in Provo before returning to SLC for the airport.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tasty Tuesday:

Hi Y'all!

It's Tuesday... Monday did fly by but it still only Tuesday.  I feel like I am still catching up but I finally have some recipes to share!  I thought for today, I would share a new recipe that I tweaked a great fall classic to meet the needs of J and me that night!  

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • 1 can of Libby's condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tspn ground ginger
  • 1/2 tspn ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tspn ground cloves
  • 1/2 tspn salt

Monday, November 3, 2014

First Day Work Day

Hi Y'all!

Happy Monday! This past weekend I was in Atlanta for my sissy's (she is going to hate me for that) senior weekend! It was so fun!! Though it was definitely weird to be the grownup at the college apartment with all her roommates, I lived! Though I did go to bed before everyone else.  Also HAPPY DAYLIGHT SAVINGS!! I loved that extra hour of sleep but I am not looking forward to it being dark at like 4 pm, especially with still training for my half marathon (two weeks away).

I thought I would share an outfit inspiration for work -- a little different but works!


First Day Good Impressions Outfit


Thanks for reading!

With joy,

A