Fall feels

Today is the first day of fall! The autumnal equinox. I always love the changing of seasons and I know I’m not alone in my belief that it’s a perfect chance to start new again.

I’m finally, finally beginning to feel the slightest baby breezes of fall. Temperatures are not 90 degrees and climbing, sweat doesn’t pour down my temples as soon as I step outside, and wearing jeans doesn’t sound like a cruel joke.

This is my favorite time of year, due to a lot of factors. My birthday is in September, along with a lot of people I love. School starts back, lovely fall colors start to appear in the leaves and in the clothing stores, fall food and drinks start creeping onto menus, and the color potential for lipsticks and nail polishes opens up to a whole new world. Finally, with fall comes the promise that holidays are near and time off is hopefully around the corner.

There’s just something about the crispness in the air of fall that makes it feel like things are possible, or that good things are coming. Last fall I had just begun my yoga teacher training, where I made so many dear friends and learned a lot about who I am and what I needed to leave behind. I started back teaching at the high school, started this blog, and met my main squeeze, Andrew. This fall, the eBook I co-wrote is launching, I started a yoga club at school for the kids, and I’ll be going on a week-long yoga and meditation retreat with my sister in Maya Tulum, Mexico. Not to mention, Andrew is moving to Raleigh so we’ll be in the same area!!! It’s feeling like a wonderful season.

So with all of this goodness, I needed a little celebration. And what better way to celebrate the coming of fall than to treat yoself? I got this perfect bag from Target not too long ago, and I am loving it so much. It has all the pockets and is big enough to hold all of my totally practical crazy ‘you may need this someday’ items.

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Color is cherry peony.

It holds my planner, yoga notebook for teaching, lotion, lint roller (corgis, remember?), several lipsticks at a time, and anything else I need it to. Going somewhere overnight? No problem – it’ll fit in the bag. Need to keep it light? No problem – the shape of the bag holds even if it’s not full. Perfect for be-bopping around town or taking on a flight. And the color!

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Best jeans ever, here (currently buy one pair, get one for $30). Shoes were on sale at Aldo in Aruba.

Whether fall is your favorite season or not, I hope that good things are coming for you. For my nerdy astrology buddies, the autumn equinox is when the sun enters Libra (my astrological sign). The equinox is supposed to bring equal night and day; however, this year, equal day and night won’t happen until September 25 with sunrise as 6:47 a.m. EDT and sunset at 6:47 p.m. My birthday! For someone who loves balance as much as me, this is a real treat this year.

We face a lot of seasons in our lives, but it’s always cleansing and important to leave some behind. With each new season, each new current moment in our lives, we have the choice to make the most of our lives, be better, try new things, and start fresh.

Happy fall!

What’s in My Bag

Hello!  Sorry for the lack of posting lately.  I am currently trying so hard to make it to summer break and juggle side jobs and projects at the same time, in addition to moving!  Hopefully some pictures of the new place will be available as soon as I can wrangle my best friend Whitney into a photo shoot 🙂

Anyway, if you don’t know already, I am always ballin’ on a budget.  

No doubt you’ve heard that they don’t pay teachers billions to educate the youth of America.  So, I have to be crafty with my spending and really pick my splurges.  I have tons of Target bargain buys for makeup, clothes, shoes, hair products, and more, but I also like to spend here and there on my non-negotiables.  I usually carry the same purse around for a while, so generally it gets weighed down with a bunch of useless and heavy junk (I am guilty of the mom purse problem and I’m not even a mom yet!). However, if I emptied my bag on any given occasion, you’d be likely to find certain items time and time again.

Here’s what is currently in my bag!  (I know it’s a little busted up – it’s an old Target bag from years ago and I just love bringing it out in the spring…I can’t be bothered to worry about fraying and fading.)

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  1. Bright colored lipstick (generally several at a time; you never know) – I like to keep at least two bright colors at all times, in addition to at least one moisturizing chapstick or tinted lip balm, and one neutral color (either a nude or a neutral pretty pink…or both!).
  2. Notepad and many, many writing utensils – in a meeting, I’m always the person who has several pens to pass around, and I’m also the person who will remember to collect them all back!  I love school supplies and always have.  I like to have a notepad with me in case I get inspired to write, or need to take notes somewhere, or for reminders and to-do lists.  I’m old school.
  3. Travel sized Roller Perfume (Kate Spade, Walk on Air scent) – pretty self-explanatory…I like smellin’ fresh.
  4. Lorac POREfection Baked Pressed Powder – for touch-ups throughout the day or for when you have something in your eye/teeth/nose or your hair is ridiculous and no one told you about it and you realize you can only count on yourself in this world.
  5. Wallet – I wish I knew who made this wallet so I could link it out.  I have two wallets from this person, a local shop in Raleigh that I do not know the name of.  I got it at a boutique trunk show through a Yelp event I went to with a friend.  There’s no stitching or tags or initials inside the wallet anywhere and I have been asked several times where it (or the other one I have) is from.  I would love to promote this local shop!  If anyone has an idea, let me know and I’ll link it.  I love this little guy – perfect to use as a wallet or even a clutch!  Holds all my cards, cash, change, and checkbook and usually also my keys and a lipstick.
  6. Gum – I feel like there are two types of people in this world:  gum people and mint people.  I have never been a mint person.  You can usually find me chewing on peppermint or spearmint gum.
  7. Headphones – for those occasions that pop up and you’re like, “Dang, I wish I had some headphones right now.”  Perfect for Netflix-watching, discreet Snapchat and Instagram checking, and music listening.
  8. Hair tie and a few bobby pins – so you’re always ready for an updo or a messy bun when you need it.

I also mentioned some of my favorite lipsticks, the Lorac Porefection Pressed Powder and the Kate Spade Walk on Air perfume in my favorite products post here.  I tend to be a creature of extreme habit, especially when it comes to products that make me feel confident and put together!

I’m sure soon this bag will get full of extras and things that I end up throwing away or recycling to other parts of my home (most likely lipsticks and gum wrappers), but for now, these are the things I carry.

Bags I’m currently crushin’ on:

Structured Crossbody bag from Target, Double Zip Crossbody bag and Faux-Leather Foldover Crossbody bag from Old Navy, Street Level Leather Crossbody bag and OMG Tassel Crossbody bag ($14!!!!!) from Nordstrom

Everyone enjoy the (hopefully long) Memorial Day Weekend!