FriYAY feels!

FRIYAY!

Yesterday was our last school day of the week and I accidentally wore my Friyay shirt because I was that excited for the weekend. I didn’t even realize it until someone told me at school.

Is anyone else completely obsessed with the new Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection? Target picked it up this week and I am   l  o  v  i  n  g   it. I’m dreaming of plaid placemats, chargers with ceramic plates, and allllll the holiday gift wrapping. So far I have exercised a smidgen of self control and have only bought a holiday scented candle. Here’s hoping!

On Tuesday, Andrew and I went on a hot date to celebrate our 2 year anniversary of meeting each other! My best friend Lindsay lives in Nashville and is kind of the epitome of cool. She works in the music industry and manages bands, so she put us on the list to see The War and Treaty and it was the most fun we have had in so long. Their show was EPIC and their talent and energy is amazing.

Last weekend, I got some serious half off deals from Old Navy and ordered a few things the rest of my new clothes until 2018. (I don’t know if you know this about me, but Old Navy texts me when they have deals because I am very important to them…) I also needed a new pair of jeans and have had the Madewell Roadtripper jeans on my list for months and months now. I finally pulled the trigger and I’ll keep it simple:  They. Are. Everything.

Ev. Ry.  Thing. Just read the reviews and when you’re ready to splurge, thank yourself in advance and click “Place Order.”

I’m working on a holiday gift guide to post next week (don’t quote me on that if it doesn’t happen). I’ve mentioned before that I love giving gifts, and Christmas has always just been such an exciting time for me. I try not to take it for granted or let it pass me by as I get older.

The last two days were super chilly and gray/drizzly in the Raleigh area, and last night I made my first chili of the season. I really loosely followed this recipe. So good! It was the perfect “Friday” fall night. Andrew and I stayed in, invited another teacher friend over for dinner, ate chili, watched a movie, and hung out with the dogs.

Last, but not least, Happy Veteran’s Day! We have today off from school, and while it’s always so nice to have a day off, it definitely does not go without notice. I’d think today was important anyway because we should always honor those who fight to protect our country, but my granddaddy fought in WWII and I miss him every single day. He was a true human treasure; he was the wisest man I’ve ever met and someone who was the backbone of my family. He never talked much about the war, understandably, but I know that anyone who serves our country in that way deserves huge respect and recognition.

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

Back to life, back to reality

horseshoe bend, arizona 

I am back from Arizona! The trip was absolutely amazing, and I’ll write up a post about it soon – I have to sort through my hundreds (and hundreds) of pictures first! I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation. We landed late Sunday night, and I had to wake up at 5am to teach! So I’ve also had to do laundry, unpack, get back in the swing of things with school, and try to catch up from the three hour time difference!

I have a super busy week ahead of me, like always! There is a lot of stuff going on at school this week, meetings after school, work on Wednesday at the pub, and I’m trying to get back on track with cooking meals and packing lunches since I was mostly gone last week and eating only salads indulging with my mom!

Fall is (pretty much, almost, basically) here! I am in the mood for a nice deep berry color like this for my next manicure, or if I’m feeling froggy, a nice dark blue (colors are “raisin’ the bar” and “less is norse – dark ice blue.” Is anyone else obsessed with color names like me? Someone has that job!) I love this lip paint in “Fomo” or “Manbun” for fall, and I can’t wait to start shopping for some tall boots to wear with leggings and cozy sweaters! Call me basic if you will, but it’s time for those cozy fall favorites. Some year-round favorites I’m hoping to re-stock soon include my Philosophy Amazing Grace lotion, my Benefit Hoola Bronzer, and my splurge mascara (I missed it when it was on sale for $10 and I am kicking myself!). I also do not need another bag – I repeat – I do not need another bag – but if I did, I’d get this one in gray! I mean, it’s not even really a bag, right? It’s a clutch…totally different?!

I hope everyone has a great week & makes it through to Friday the 13th without any spooky and strange happenings! 😉 Before you know it, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. It always feels like it comes faster each year!

The coziest Fall sweater

sweater, similar boots

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, because this sweater speaks for itself. I mentioned Tobi in my date night post from last week, and this is another gem I scooped up from them! It’s called the “cozy up lace up sweater” and my sister is already threatening promising to steal it all fall and winter long. (Luckily for me, she’s lost some weight during her fitness competition season so I don’t think it will fit her!)

bag from target, no surprise. similar 

The boots are my sister’s from Steve Madden. (I told you she’s a fashionista!) I definitely would wear a camisole under this sweater if I wanted to wear it to school, for OBVIOUS reasons. But otherwise, I’m loving the open back and the fact that the strap across the top keeps this bad boy from falling off! It’s so comfortable and hangs just right – and the color and material are nice, too!

These earrings are so pretty! I hardly ever wear big earrings – I’m a stud lover at heart (earrings, not men…I’ve already got one of those!). But dainty is my thing, and these earrings are just that! I love the jewel hanging from them and with hair down, they peek through juuust enough to pack a (delicate) punch.

I’m also dying to try this look in the fall and winter with some distressed jeans and tan booties. I’m all about the booties these days – a couple of years ago, I hated them and couldn’t even picture myself in them! Look at me now, all grown up. Get this perfect fall sweater in your closet ASAP! (Or as Michael Scott from The Office would say, as ASAP as possible).

Happy fall, y’all!

photos by  j parker photography

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!