Monday, December 31, 2012

Reflections and Resolutions

2012 has been quite a year. A year of tragedy. A year of change. A year of growth. And a year of happiness. I wouldn't classify this year as horrible by any means, but I'm happy to say goodbye to it and hello to a brand new year, a year full of possibilities.

I started 2012 off quietly. I can't even remember what I did for New Year's last year, which probably means nothing. I'm pretty sure the bottle of champagne wasn't opened. But life took a turn on March 4th with the loss of Rod. A day I will never forget; a day that in some ways will always haunt me. No one can understand what that is like unless it has happened to them. This is the event that defined 2012 for me.

I don't remember when I moved past the tragedy. I was really angry for quite a few days, then one day I remember just feeling content, and finally I felt happy. Of course I still had days I struggled, but most days, I was just happy. And 2012 became a year I grew up, I took responsibility for my own happiness and I changed. 

As I come to the end of 2012, I believe that I am a completely different person than I was at the end of 2011. I am happier. I am confident. I am healthy. I have amazing friends. And most importantly, I like myself again, which I haven't in quite a few years, sadly. So although 2012 started off tragic, it's ending bright and I'm ready to see what 2013 has in store for me.

Which brings me to a few resolutions. I haven't made New Year resolutions for awhile believing that most people who make resolutions forget about them by March. But I feel that this year I need to make them. So here are my resolutions for 2013 ...

Be in love. 
This isn't necessarily about finding someone to be in love with, although finding a partner and falling in love is something that I hope happens soon, but it's also about being in love with my life and my choices and loving myself for me. 

Take risks. 
I've lived an incredibly safe life. This year I want to take risks. Whether it's moving away to a new place, traveling or even small risks like taking cooking classes, I want to challenge myself. Move out of my rut and explore new possibilities. 

Continue being healthy.
In 2013, I want to continue eating healthy, working out and maintain this weight loss. I worked too hard to let myself go again!

Live a happy life.
Above all, I just want to continue to be happy. I am in charge of my own happiness and I will continue to work on it and find happiness in every day.

Enjoy the last day of 2012 and I will see you again in 2013!

Friday, December 28, 2012

High Five for Friday

Friday! This was such a short work week I have to keep reminding myself what day it is. Does anyone else have that problem? But, it is Friday and time for the last High Five for Friday post of the year! I love linking up with Lauren and many other great bloggers for this post so I hope everyone keeps doing it in 2013. 
Let's get to this week's highs ...



One:
Christmas with the family! I spent four days at my parents' house for Christmas and just enjoyed spending time with them, visiting relatives and relaxing. 

The puppies enjoyed Christmas as well!

Two:
A new winter jacket. Santa might not have brought me what I asked for this Christmas (boo!), but my parents bought me this beautiful winter jacket. My old winter jacket could be wrapped around me a couple times so it wasn't keeping my very warm. I love this new one. I just need to figure out how to keep it nice and white!

Jacket is from Victoria's Secret.

Three:
Spending time with Grandpa. My Grandpa hasn't been feeling well lately. He was diagnosed with cancer and they can't do much about it since at his age chemo is not an option. He had been doing pretty well, but has had some bad days like over Christmas. However, I made sure to spend as much time with him as possible and I'm sure I'll treasure this picture forever.


Four:
Making Reindeer Chow. I found my new favorite snack - Reindeer Chow. It's delicious. It's very addicting. It's sweet and salty and perfection. In one way I'm glad I don't have any left at my house, but in another I want to make more of it!


Five:
Finalizing New Year's Eve plans. My New Year's Eve plans are all set! I'll be having a few friends over here for the holiday. It will be the first party I've ever hosted since living here and I'm looking forward to it. I figure with booze, snacks and games it will be a blast! Now I just need to find someone to kiss at midnight ...



I hope you all had a wonderfully merry and bright Christmas! 
Until next time~

Friday, December 21, 2012

High Five for Friday

Happy Friday! This week has been busy doing last minute preparations for Christmas and running errands. All good things to help me break out of my "in a rut" feeling! And the best news ever came through this week .... I have a friend fighting a battle with cancer and she was able to come home from the hospital for Christmas! I'm so happy she's home; that news made my week!

Now, let's link up with Lauren and many other great bloggers for High Five for Friday ...


One:
I picked up this glittery, sparkly shirt from Old Navy while it was on sale. I love buying things that are very trendy at inexpensive prices so Old Navy was a good place to pick this up. It will be cute for the holidays and just add a touch of sparkle to my every day wardrobe!


Two:
Starbucks carries their Christmas Blend coffee in a k-cup! I was thrilled to see this in the store and I had a $1 off coupon for it! Now if only Caribou would follow suit and put their delicious Reindeer Blend in a k-cup!


Three:
Yesterday I went to the mall (bright and early before it got too busy!) to pick up a new sweater to wear for Christmas. My family doesn't get all dressed up so a sweater and jeans is perfect. You can't see it in this photo, but the cream color sweater has a little bit of gold metallic running through it so I thought it was a great choice for Christmas. And I liked it so much, and the 40% off sale at Express, that I picked the sweater up in blue, too!


Four:
Every time I see this pin I giggle. Mostly because it's so true in my case! (Sadly.)



Five:
On Sunday I took Mercedes to see Santa at Petsmart! She was terrified of Santa so I joined in on the picture as well, which I planned for due to past experiences of Mercedes with other people. She's very particular about who she lets hold her! This picture turned out so cute!


I hope you all had a wonderful week! Merry Christmas!!
Until next time~

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Year's Eve

My past New Year holidays have been a dud. I'm not going to get into it, but just know that I haven't had any fun on New Year's for quite a long time. This year I want to make it fun, spectacular and just make a plan so I don't end up sitting at home alone! New Year's by yourself does NOT sound like a good time!

My first thought was to go out to a bar. Which sounds fun in theory. But, you have to find someone who is willing to be a sober cab and you have to find an exciting, but not too crowded bar. I still am really interested in this idea, but I think the safer idea might to have a party at someone's house. And it seems that it might be my house. I'm kind of intrigued by the idea. However, I need to make sure it's not all just couples and me. That would not be a thrilling night! I have to decide soon if I want this to happen so I could invite people! But what if no one comes?? The things I worry about ....

However, I could wear a cute, sparkly, glittery skirt and not have to worry about getting cold!

Source: stylet.ag via Kristine on Pinterest


And I could drink my favorite drinks that won't cost me $12 and toast with yummy champagne at midnight. 



And maybe I'll be lucky enough to have this happen!


So, what do you do on New Year's Eve? Do you go out? Stay in with close friends and family? Whatever you do, I hope it's fun!

Friday, December 14, 2012

High Five for Friday

It's Friday! Which means it's time to link up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk blog for High Five for Friday ...


One:
Last Saturday my parents came to visit! They haven't been here in months, probably since early summer, so it was so nice to see them visit again. We went out to lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, did a little shopping (seriously, my dad spent three hours in Cabela's!) and went through some stuff in my garage that I need to sell. And luckily my dad offered to buy most of it!! Guys and tools!

Two:
On Sunday we got hit with a major snowstorm. We got around 14 inches where I live. That is quite a bit of snow in one day! I don't exactly like the snow, but it looked pretty and I got this cute picture of Mercedes climbing on top of a snow bank!


Three:
This blog article on Though Catalog is amazing ... "The One Who Wants To Be With You." I find it extremely sweet and the contrast between someone who loves you and someone who doesn't is perfect.
"You deserve to be loved by someone who knows how to love you, specifically, and only you. You deserve someone that won't let your dreams stay locked away. You deserve to live them."

Four:
This year for Christmas I basically only have to buy for one person - my nephew. I bought the majority of his presents this week except one thing. He's really into Monster Trucks and has over 100 of them, but there are a few he still doesn't have. This week I have been to three Target stores looking for the ones he doesn't have and I can't find them. Do they sell different ones in different states?

Five:
I gravitate toward sequin mini skirts everywhere I go; I really want one! I wish I had somewhere to wear one. My Pinterest style board is full of them. These are a few of my favorites ... Maybe I can make plans for New Year's Eve and get one!!







Until next time~

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Different Perspective

So often I refer to this past year as "difficult" or "rough", but when I really sit and think about it, this year has been pretty great. Yes, I took a hard hit in March and lost someone incredibly important to me, but that great loss turned me into someone amazing, someone I like and someone who is learning how to dream again. 

From this point forward, I don't want to focus on the negative of this year, but look at it through a different perspective. That rough patch has taught me so much. It taught me so much about who I am, what I want, who I want, and where I'm going in life. 

Life knocks you down, but focusing on the negative does nothing for you other than makes you unhappy. And who wants to live an unhappy life? Not me. Yes, this year was a rough, but it was also a learning experience. I have learned how to stand on my own two feet. How to be strong and confident. How to be me again and enjoy this life I am blessed with every day. And I'm looking forward to what life has in store next. 



Until next time~

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dear Santa ...

Dear Santa,
I've been an extremely good girl this year. I mean, let's be honest, I had opportunities to be naughty, but I always chose the nice girl route so I think that deserves some recognition. In case you need some ideas, here are the things that top my gift wish list this year ....

The iPhone 5
I need a new phone; my current one is slowly dying. As much as people try to convince me, I'm not sure I can switch to a Droid so an iPhone tops my list.


A Shopping Spree 
In case you didn't realize this, I recently lost almost 50 pounds and this girl needs new clothes! A few of my favorite stores include Victoria's Secret, The Buckle, The Loft, Forever 21 and even Target.

An Electric Blanket
I'm constantly cold this winter and an electric blanket would help me feel warm and cozy without having to turn my heat up. A side effect of losing the weight, maybe? I'm a little picky about colors; I would prefer cream, gray or brown please.

Love Script Ring
I bought one of these a few months ago and it's now too big for even my thumb. I like having the reminder to not give up on love. Size 6, please!

From Nordstrom

Ugg Boots
I know they're kind of ugly. But I live in Minnesota where there is over a foot of snow and freezing cold temps. These would keep my toes nice and toasty when running errands!

From Victoria's Secret

Nespresso Lattissma Plus Coffee Maker
I love coffee in the mornings and I'm getting bored with just plain coffee. I love my Keurig, but I like the option of making lattes!

From Nespresso-us.com

A Coach Purse
I am in love with this pink purse! 

A Happy Holiday with My Family and Loved Ones
Truthfully, although presents are great, I just want a happy holiday this year. It's been a rough year, but I hope we have all moved past that and can be together in happiness and have some fun this Christmas. I want my family and loved ones to know that I love them and above all, just want to spend time with them this year. 

Thank you, Santa. I'll leave some cake bites for you by the tree!

Friday, December 7, 2012

High Five for Friday

I'm back! I've missed the last two High Five for Friday posts due to Thanksgiving and my birthday, and it's nice to be back again! I haven't been very blog-inspired lately either so that means this blog has been completely silent. I need to find some inspiration soon and get back to writing! I miss it ....

But for today, let's get into my weekly link up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk Blog for High Five for Friday!


One:
Last Friday was my birthday!! I had an incredible birthday; I loved it this year. Although I didn't wake up to anyone making me these amazing looking birthday cake pancakes like I wished, I did get to spend the day exactly how I wanted. I slept in, did a little shopping and got all dressed up and had some fun in downtown Minneapolis. My dress from White House Black Market was perfect for the day and I felt so beautiful! Plus, I received so many text messages and Facebook posts that I felt so loved. Such a wonderful day!


Two:
I received a sweet surprise from one of my friends for my birthday ... a new Scentsy warmer! A couple of weeks ago I blogged that I wanted this and my dear friend in Seattle, Elisabeth, ordered it for me and had it delivered on my birthday with my two favorite scents. I love it and fits perfectly in my bedroom!


Three:
I found this awesome faux leather moto jacket at Forever 21 while I was out shopping on my birthday. I needed a jacket to go over my dress and I knew that I wanted a faux leather jacket with a rock-n-roll edge. I couldn't find the perfect one at the five stores I checked before, but when I saw this one, I knew it was the one. Plus, it looks great with jeans! I will get lots of wear out of this $35 purchase!


Four:
I'm trying to get into the holiday spirit. It's supposed to snow this weekend, and I'm sure that will help. But I did start putting up a few Christmas decorations last weekend. Not many, but a few to brighten up my house including my pretty white tree!


Five:
I've been trying to capture the perfect picture of Mercedes and me. Do you know how difficult it is to pose with your dog and get her to look at the camera and look cute yourself? Well, finally I captured one!


I hope everyone had a great week! Remember to be thankful for the little things in life, for those make great memories! 

Until next time~

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Musings

I missed High Five for Friday last week since I was at my parents' house so I thought I would do a Monday Musings post instead. Same concept!

1. This morning when I finally looked at the outside temperature, it said 8 degrees. 8. Brrrr. That doesn't include the windchill. I don't want to know what it was with that included! I hate winter. My Prince Charming better live somewhere warm!

2. If you're looking for a gift idea for me, I would really like a heated blanket. A nice big one, not just a little throw. Something Mercedes and I can curl up under and stay nice and toasty this winter. I was told Target had some on sale for Black Friday weekend, but they were all sold out by the time I made it there.

3. After Thanksgiving I left Lucky with my parents for awhile so it's just the girls at home these next couple of weeks. Mercedes is in heaven ... she loves being the only dog!


4. I ordered my own Christmas present from my parents this year and it can't come soon enough! They are kind enough to buy me a new winter jacket since my current one can be wrapped around me twice and isn't keeping me very warm. I decided to go with a winter white coat. I'm hoping I can keep it clean! I'm also hoping that it warms up a little bit for the next month since I can't unwrap my present until Christmas!


5. I made these brownies for Thanksgiving this year for those of us who do not like pumpkin pie. They are incredibly decadent, delicious and gooey!

6. I have a problem. I am completely addicted to Scentsy. My friend Amber started selling it and sent me an email with all the Black Friday deals. And I really want to order a new warmer. Even though I don't need another one!! But  I think these wrap warmers are so pretty! And so is this one!!

7. Last, but not least ... it's my birthday on Friday! And if anyone asks, I'm going to be 25! :D

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! 
Until next time~

Monday, November 19, 2012

Surviving the {Food} Holidays

At the gym, I tend to "borrow" magazines that people leave there after they're done reading them. I'm not one to read a magazine while on the elliptical (I get too distracted) so I take the magazine home and return it the next day. (Is this wrong??) 

In every December issues I've read of Cosmo, Glamour and InStyle, I've noticed "How to Survive the Holidays" guides. Some are funny (such as how to survive the holidays without a boyfriend; yes, seriously this is an article) and some are informative (like how to survive the holidays on a strict budget). In many of the guides, there are pointers on how to survive the issue of food during the holidays. Being that these are fashion magazines, they assume everyone watches their weight and freaks out about food during this time that we're surrounded by more food and goodies than normal. Yes, those articles are written for people like me!

I hadn't really started to freak about food and weight until my mom asked me to bake the desserts for Thanksgiving. I hadn't really thought about it before then. But being "forced" to look at high calorie, sugar filled dessert recipes made me think about how I'm going to survive these next couple of months without gaining weight. I figure I better have an action plan set in place before going to my parents' house ... a place where people don't eat just salads for lunch and where meat and potatoes are a necessity at dinnertime. I haven't experienced a weight gain since I started losing weight, and I don't want to start now that I've hit my goal weight!

Here is how I'm planning on surviving the holidays food-wise ...

{Food} Holidays Survival Tips
1. Portion Control. 
Try a little bit of everything without overindulging. 
2. Enjoy Dessert. 
Without overindulging during the meal, you can enjoy a small piece of pie or some ice cream without guilt. (I will never advocate skipping dessert. Don't deprive yourself or you'll be more likely to overeat later. Plus, dessert is good for you (in moderation)!)
3. Get Moving. 
After dinner, don't just sit on the couch in a turkey coma, get out for a walk, play the Wii ... do something to move.
4. Don't Drink Your Calories. 
Enjoy a glass of wine or beer if you wish, but skip the ice cream drinks or sugary punch.
5. Change the Focus. 
The holidays don't have to be centered around food and the kitchen. Plan some games or other activities to do as well as cooking and eating; things that will be a good distraction from wanting to constantly eat. 
6. Enjoy Time with Your Family or Friends. 
That's what the holidays are really about, not about how many cookies you can fit on your plate. 

When you eat healthy the majority of the time, you can afford a couple of days off and just enjoy food rather than worrying about the calorie count and possible weight gain. So, my biggest tip (and the one I have to repeat to myself!) is to relax, and not worry about it so much!

Until next time~

Friday, November 16, 2012

High Five for Friday

It's Friday, finally! All week long I look forward to these posts. I jot down the happy, little things that could make the blog so I don't forget them. So, let's get to my favorite things of this week and link up with Lauren for High Five for Friday ...



One:
I'm having a tough time getting into the holiday spirit this year including acceptance of the fact that it's Thanksgiving in less than a week. To help, I've been warming holiday Scentsy scents. I figured it would at least smell like the holidays in my house! My favorite that I've tried so far is Pumpkin Roll. Yum!! It makes me crave pumpkin bread and pumpkin spice lattes.



Two:
I bought my birthday dress! Thanks to the sweet gesture of my friend Sarah and a 25% off coupon, I could actually afford it with my tiny budget. I went to White House Black Market last weekend and snatched up the last one they had in my size. I'm so excited to wear it in two weeks!!

Three:
I'm obsessed with Taylor Swift. I don't know how it happened, but I cannot stop listening to her Red album. There are so many amazing songs on there including "Begin Again" and "State of Grace." Last Sunday, I saw she had a Storytellers episode on VH1 so I had to record it. I found another song that I somehow had never heard before that I loved called "Ours." How does she write so well?? Amazing.
Seems like there's always someone who disapproves
They'll judge it like they know about me and you
And the verdict comes from those with nothing else to do
The jury's out, but my choice is you

So don't you worry your pretty little mind
People throw rocks at things that shine
And life makes love look hard
The stakes are high, the waters rough
But this love is ours

Four:
With the weather turning cooler, I'm having to start picking up some warmer clothes when I can afford to and find something on sale or have a coupon. Last weekend I found this super cute sweatshirt from the Victoria's Secret Pink line. It's so soft and cozy!



Five:
The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows. It never fails to make me laugh! This video has been making its rounds on social media these last couple of days and I thought I would share it in case you missed it ... The Big Bang Theory Flash Mob. Hilarious!! 



I hope you all had a great week! Until next time~ 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Where Is My Christmas Spirit?

It's mid-November and I have yet to get in the Christmas spirit. It seems as if everyone I know or interact with on Facebook and Twitter, and even Pinterest is full of Christmas spirit already. All the stores are decorated and Christmas music is already playing... and I cringe. I think it's too early; that I'm just not ready for Christmas. I haven't felt the excitement yet this year. I haven't picked up a new Christmas stocking to replace the matching ones Rod and I have used the past few years. I haven't felt the need to make any fun Christmas crafts. I haven't looked up any new cookie recipes or even browsed a Target Christmas aisle. I usually love doing those things now to get ready for decorating!

Where is my Christmas spirit??

I'm hoping that it's just too early for my Christmas spirit to be in full force. Hopefully after Thanksgiving or my birthday I will find some Christmas cheer. I'll be ready to put up my tree and listen to some holiday music on Pandora.

However, I do know this Christmas will be drastically different. Maybe that's playing a part in my lack of cheer. This will be my first Christmas completely alone. No husband, no boyfriend, no partner to help me put up the tree, decorate the house, pick out Christmas gifts, watch Elf with ... it'll be just me and the puppies. I'm not afraid of being alone, but I am afraid of being lonely. 

I'm afraid of looking at the tree with barely any gifts under it, and nothing special from my loved one to me. Or to my loved one from me. I don't even know if I'll put Christmas stockings up this year because who would I fill them up for other than the puppies? 

I just don't know what to expect to feel this year for the holidays. I'm approaching them very cautiously. Hoping that I won't feel nearly as lonely as I expect. Hoping that one day I'll wake up and be ready to embrace the holiday cheer. I usually love Christmas so I hope the holiday spirit finds its way into my heart soon.

Until next time~

Friday, November 9, 2012

High Five for Friday

I haven't posted a new blog all week - boo on me. :-( I feel bad! But, it's Friday now and time to link up with Lauren and many other great bloggers for High Five for Friday. Let's see what the highlights of my week were ...


One:
A cute new sweater. I actually picked this sweater up about three weeks ago from the Gap, but after I got it home and tried wearing it, I realized that I needed a smaller size. This past weekend I made it back to the Gap finally and exchanged it for the correct size. All they had were extra smalls in stock so good thing that's what I needed!


Two:
New Scentsy scents. Yes, I'm addicted to buying Scentsy. I love it so much! I have three warmers going in my house (not all at the same time!) and I love trying out new scents. My neighbor Amber just started selling it ... I think that will just help feed my addiction!


Three:
The kindness of friends. A couple of weeks ago I posted a dress I wanted to get for my birthday from White House Black Market, but it was way out of my price range. It was a great dress and fit perfectly. When I got the mail on Saturday, I found a card and a sweet surprise from my friend Sarah who contributed to my dress fund. The sweetest thing ever!!

Four:
Voting. In case you missed it (you know, if you're living in a cave!), Tuesday was election day. I'm not going to get all political here, but I did vote. And the thing I cared most about - the marriage amendment - was defeated! Way to go Minnesota!!


Five: 
Fro-yo! Yesterday the temperature reached about 50 degrees and to celebrate I decided to treat myself to some fro-yo. This is only the second time I've had it and I really like it. Not sure it will ever take the place of my beloved Cold Stone, but at least it's better for me!


I hope you all had a good week! Until next time~

Friday, November 2, 2012

High Five for Friday

Happy Friday! This week has been rather uneventful so I'm thinking this week's High Five for Friday link up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk might be a bit of a struggle. I seriously can't think of anything super fun I did this week! I know good things happened though so let me dig deep to find them!


One:
I have officially reached my goal weight! I never thought I would see those numbers on my scale. Even when I started my weight loss journey, that number wasn't my original goal. However, as the weight started to come off, I thought I could do it ... I could get down to a number that I dreamed about and would make me proud. I'm so happy! 

Two:
How cute is this chevron mug I found? I went into Caribou yesterday to treat myself to a hot apple blast to warm up after taking the dogs on a walk and I spied this on the shelf. I had to have it!!



Three:
Speaking of cute things, here are some recent pictures of my puppies ....



Four:
Yesterday I actually baked again. Whoo-hoo! It's strange going from baking weekly to baking once every few months, but I thoroughly enjoy it when I can get in the kitchen. I have a good friend who is fighting cancer and I'm going to visit her today so I wanted to bake something special for her and her family. So I made pumpkin cupcake bites. 



Five:
This is my ultimate favorite quote. I wrote it down and put it up on my inspiration board as well. Good daily reminder!

                                                                            Source: google.com via Kristine on Pinterest


I hope you all had a good week and remember to be thankful for the good things in life ... even the smallest, most simple ones!

Until next time~

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On the Cusp

"You know what's scary? Making a big life change. Know what's even scarier? Regret."

Life changes are incredibly terrifying. Getting married, getting divorced, having a baby, moving across country or some tragic event that takes a loved one away from you. All of those are huge life changes that scare you and test you. However, if you don't take chances to change your life, you could always live with regret. Regret that can eat you alive and always make you wonder "what if?" 

My big life change this year was forced on me. I remember thinking back in February that I wanted my life to be different. I could picture my future in my mind and I knew that things would have to change to make that happen. And then, tragedy struck. I only had one logical choice - I picked myself up and moved on. I have zero regrets of the decisions I have made since March and am happy where my life has led me thus far.

However, I feel as if I'm on the cusp of another big life change. This time, I'm ready for it; ready for whatever life brings. I am strong enough to handle anything and am confident enough to face the world on my own. I am ready to make the change and not run away with fear. I no longer want to have regrets. This is my life and I'm living it for myself now. 
Bring it on life!!




Friday, October 26, 2012

High Five for Friday


This has been a strange week to say the least and thank goodness it's Friday! I love that Fridays mean linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday and being able to reflect on my week to find the good things, even just the simple good things. Let's get to it, shall we?


One:
The highlight of my week was picking up the new Taylor Swift Red album!! I was as giddy as a teenage girl buying that CD! I've listened to it quite a few times and am in awe of Taylor Swift's songwriting talent. My favorite song so far is "Begin Again." 
And you throw your head back laughing
Like a little kid
I think it's strange that you think I'm funny
Cause he never did
I've been spending the last 8 months
Thinking all love does
Is break and burn and end
But on a Wednesday in a cafe 
I watched it begin again

Two:
Last Sunday I needed to return a sweater I bought and ended up not liking so while out I decided to do a little window shopping. While at White House Black Market I saw this super cute dress I felt was calling my name. It's so beautiful! It would be a good option if I ever figure out what I'm doing to celebrate my birthday at the end of November.


Three:
Because sometimes a girl just needs pretty flowers to brighten up her house ....


Four:
I had a guest at my house on Tuesday and he had never watched one of my favorite movies, Crazy Stupid Love. Of course, I had to have him watch it. Mainly because I can stare at the super hot Ryan Gosling the whole time!!


Five:
This quote makes me want to go shopping for shoes ... because I'm ready for my life to change!


Until next time~