Now that I have been 30 for several months I feel qualified to speak on all things “being a grown-up.” As we get older, we learn that things aren’t always what they seem, and this is especially true for becoming an adult. Whether you prefer the Carrie Bradshaw version of adulthood or the Peggy Bundy version- you’re bound to run into a few things you didn’t expect.
Hey, hey! It’s been a busy week around here! Just popping in quickly to share a few updates.
Confession: I’m getting sucked into wedding planning.
As we’ve discussed before, I’m not traditional when it comes to my wedding. I want to be so laid back and calm about everything- but let’s be real- it’s hard not to get sucked in! I hired a wedding planner a few weeks back (so I don’t have to become a crazy person) and we are looking at venues. Which is fun, kind of. But I’m feeling myself slowing going from “yeah, I don’t care whatever” to “I WANT FARM TABLES!” (I didn’t know what a farm table was 2 weeks ago). The only thing keeping me from feeling like full-on bridezilla- I have yet to pin one thing. I feel like as long as I can hold off from obsessing over Pinterest tablescapes, I will maintain my cool-girl wedding style. Edited to add: I pinned. Shit.
Confession: I’m not really into The Woman in Cabin 10
Dan and I spent more than 12 hours in the car this past weekend- so I suggested we buy an audio book. I picked The Woman in Cabin 10 because everyone is talking about it and Dan loved the movie Gone Girl, which I have heard it compared to. I have to be honest- I’m not really sure we understand all the hype. We’re probably about half way through, and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but all that has happened is what I knew from reading the iTunes description (which also could be the problem- I usually go in totally blind). Maybe we’re losing something by listening and not reading? Please tell me the end is worth it.
Confession: #BachelorNation: I get it now
Prior to Jojo’s season of The Bachelorette, the last season I watched was Trista and Ryan’s when I was in high school. Obviously the Bachelor franchise has changed a bit since then. But I could never figure out why anyone would watch this trash. Then we canceled cable and I began relying on Hulu, which started showing me Jojo’s beautiful face every time I logged in. I watched her whole season, and got totally sucked into the ridiculousness. THEN Bachelor in Paradise started- why didn’t anyone tell me what I was missing? Let me just clarify- I think these shows are totally over produced, very warped versions of reality. I do not this going on these shows is a good strategy for finding love. But- they are SO ENTERTAINING. Since season 3 of BIP ended last week- I went back and started watching season 2. (BTW- Does anyone know where I can get the past seasons of all the shows for free?)
So here are my favorites, and keep in mind, I only know a small percentage of these people: Ashley I (and her sister), for very obvious reason, she is TV gold. The Twins, because I want to hang out with them. Nick, although I heard he had a really good edit on this season of BIP and that has been my only exposure to him, curious to see how he does on The Bachelor. Carly and Carly with Evan, totally cringeworthy at first, but now I kind of like it, and Carly just seems like my kind of girl. And the things I totally hate: that Vinny left BIP and from what it looks like won’t give Izzy a second chance. Watching Nick break up with Jen, because that was actually sad. And Chad, I’m glad we’re done with that.
Now- I can’t justify publishing a post with just all that nonsense above, so to help myself feel less shallow, I’m going to share some inspiration from my Monday yoga class.
Life Lesson: Be Honest with Yourself
I haven’t been quite as regular with my yoga practice lately and when I walked in Monday, the instructor welcomed me back (for the record, it hadn’t been that long) and it really reminded me to to be present and give myself that time on my mat.
Throughout the class, the teacher would read us this quote- and then repeat it. She came back to it several times, and each time it felt like exactly what I needed to hear.
Being honest with ourselves is so important and can apply to so many different areas of our lives. Be honest with yourself about what you want, what you expect, what is working for you, and what you can let go of. Stop telling yourself stories that allow you to hide behind fear. Whatever that means for you, I encourage you to embrace it.
Wedding season is in full swing- and late summer/fall weddings are my favorite! This past weekend we attended the wedding of one of our best couple friends. And based on the amount of compliments I received, I totally nailed it on the outfit- so, I wanted to pass on the details for any of you that may be shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding this fall!
Before I tell you why I love this dress, let’s back up a little: I had a dress for this wedding, since like the beginning of summer (which never happens- I’m always a last minute shopper). I decided last week that I needed to hit the mall for something to dress it up a bit. Charming Charlie’s is one of my faves for inexpensive jewelry and I found a cute necklace that matched my dress.
Then, because it was pay day and I had a coupon, I decided to pop into Express and see what they had in for fall. And that’s when I found this beautiful berry colored lace sheath dress! I didn’t really need a new dress, but when you find one you love, why not? Especially when it’s the perfect color for this time of year! I have a such a hard time finding dresses I like that fit my long torso, so I didn’t even think twice.
Anyway, this dress was a huge win. It comes in 4 different colors- white, blush, wine (what I’m wearing) and black- they all have a nude built-in slip. It’s short but the overlay gives it the illusion of being longer- which means you can actually move around in it. It’s flattering without being skin tight. And it’s actually really comfortable.
I got a ton of compliments. I stayed reasonably cool during the 90-degree outdoor ceremony. I was able to actually eat dinner and didn’t have to suck in the whole time I was out on the dance floor. Win, win, win, win. Definitely a good purchase! Here are the deets:
Since we last talked, I freaked out some more about having none of my wedding planned, hired a wedding planner (phew, sweet relief), spent a week in the Outer Banks with my family (and Jax), came down with a brutal stomach bug (immediately upon returning from vacation), and still made it to work on Monday morning. Exhausting, to say the least.
Anyway, I just wanted to share the books I read on vacation because they were all awesome! I haven’t been doing as much reading as I normally do this summer (I’ve been on a major TV and podcast kick), so it felt really good to dive back in with some great books! I have just a little more to go in the last one, so please- bring on the recommendations. I want to keep this momentum up!
This is one of those times that I’m going to use my blog for selfish reasons. As you may already know, I got engaged a few months ago. Of course, everyone is asking me over and over again how planning is going. Ummm, about that.
Here’s the thing- I’m about as non-traditional as it gets when it comes to my wedding. At everyone else’s wedding, I love the traditional stuff. I will let you throw the bouquet at me, I’ll probably cry during your first dance, I want to watch you cut the cake, and please tell me all about your centerpieces. But none of that stuff is “me.”