January 25, 2013

First Fashion Friday!

Happy Friday, readers! Are you as happy as I am that the weekend is here?

In response to this great article on Gala Darling, I've decided to make a "regular feature" day--Fridays posts are now devoted to fashion. Exciting stuff, eh? :) So I'll start with myself. Top left, that's me today--since it's raining/snowing/sleeting, I layered up! Top right, that's also me (hehe) a few days ago in my new Asos faux leather skirt (get it here) first drooled over via Wendy's Lookbook. I'll try to remember to snap pics of my fave outfits during the week/every other week/month/some other noncommittal timeframe and keep up the "regularity" of Fashion Fridays.

Since I'm not very good at that, I'll also include Pinterest inspiration.

 I heart hair jewelry, and am especially loving the deep side part and ear cuff.
1 // 2
 Big scarves and furry vests and wedged kicks, oh my.
3 // 4
 Emerald evening skirt. *sigh* // Fur scarf and perfect top bun glam
5 // 6
a dash of urban tomboy style
7 // 8
military touches with pops of red
9 // 10

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! We are snuggling in for a wintry night at home in front of the fire with a DVD and Hanafuda. Don't know what the latter is? Google Bing it. It's rad.

Last food for thought...

January 19, 2013

Weekend Catch-Up

Hey readers! It seems like the only time I have to write a post these days in on the weekends, when I finally get a chance to catch my breath. It gets harder to balance school, sleep, social and domestic life these days! One (or more) is always getting a tad neglected. 

The photo above is a reminder to myself to "Be Present." I'm often so busy multitasking, making and checking off lists, and planning the next thing that I forget to live in the moment and treasure every single day. I guess that's why Huz and I enjoy living in suburbia so much lately--life is a little slower and a little sweeter.

We made dinner plans tonight with some friends from school, but other than that, no obligations this weekend! There is nothing better than to have absolutely nothing planned sometimes, don't you think? In other words:

We are undoubtedly in the routine-loving part of the cycle at the moment. This weekend is solely devoted to enjoying the weather, cleaning up around the house, sturking (study/work), catching up on couch time, magazine- and book-reading, and other delicious domestic tidbits. 

I love a relaxing weekend with no exams the following week!

Here are some recent-ish Instagram pics.

 1. Baked gingerbread cupcakes for the Shoes' Christmas get-togethers
2. All the gorgeousness at the parentals-in-law's
3. Santa and his elf on Christmas morning
4. Brett checked my Pinterest for this Christmas gift! Akamai, that dude.

 1. A run before New Year's Eve gluttony
2. NYE celebrations with Laura (in my new dress from Husband!)
3. My foxy outfit from the PIL's (all from Dorothy Perkins)
4. A beautiful day out riding my bike for 70 minutes while Hubs ran (10 miles). 
The lower half of my body hated me the next day

 1. Almost done planning our Europe trip for May! The Shoes like their research :)
2. From our photo shoot 
3. A walk at Umstead State Park last Sunday (it was 73 degrees!)
4. LOVING our new pillowcases from our sweet friends, Robert and Teri

I hope you're also enjoying your weekend--whether it be full of activities and parties, or like ours--boring old people stuff! Thanks for reading and have a lovely week!

January 12, 2013

Family Portraits ♥

Happy Saturday, y'all!

While Brett and I were in Hawaii, we asked the amazing John Hook to take some family photos and it turned into a really fun afternoon! Though it was drizzling throughout the sesh, the soft light and rainbows  only made the pics better. I love having these; looking at them simultaneously eases my homesickness and reminds me how blessed I am.

 My nieces and nephew--aren't they beautiful? 

 Gorgeous Momma and Stepdad :)

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Brett is finally home after a week in Seattle for work, so we are so stoked to get outside and enjoy the freakishly warm (75 degrees!) weekend together!

January 6, 2013

2013, I Like You Already!

Hey guys! Felt like writing a quick catch-up post, so here's the pics from New Year's Eve and this past weekend's Apothecary Ball...

 Our little family celebrating 2013


 The ladies ♥

 This dude, my forever-midnight-kiss

 "Hello? Yeah. Who's this?"

 At the Apothecary Ball

 So stoked to win this. Thanks P2's! :)

I've briefly mentioned in the last post about my Happiness Project for 2013. My life is pretty amazing, and I have absolutely nothing to complain about (home/husband, family, family-in-law, friends, school, finances, creative pursuits, travel goals, down-time, yoga/run-time, me-time = all sublimely satisfying; my cup runneth over). It's not like I'm unhappy. But this year, I want to take the time to slow down and appreciate all that I have, try to make an impact in the world, and find more peace. 

So, I've read this book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and I've made goals for every month this year, starting with January: energize. I've followed Rubin's outline, more or less, since it's pretty similar to my own goals, with minor tweaks here and there to personalize the details more to my life. 

This month I've vowed to organize, organize, organize: my closet, school work, our dreaded junk drawer, exercise routine, and sleep schedule. Baby steps. Simple to-do lists. For example, Rubin created the One Minute Rule: if it takes less than a minute to complete, do it. Pay the bill that came in the mail, put the umbrella away, file paperwork, hang up your coat. Another good one is the 15 Minute Tidy-Up: taking 15 minutes before bed to pick up the house a bit and prepare for the next day. I like to lay out my next day's outfit so I don't have to think in the morning, standing in our unbearably cold walk-in closet half-awake.

All year long, I'm also trying to be more positive, which means no less gossiping (baby steps!), complaining, nagging, and moping. If you start acting the way you want to feel, you trick your brain into thinking you really do feel that way! In other words, if you're annoyed by overly optimistic Pollyanna-types, I advise you to stop reading this blog. If not, I encourage you to make your own Happiness Project for 2013. 

I hope that you have a wonderful week and thank you, as always, for reading!

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