Sunday, September 28, 2014

fall to-do list

It's no secret that fall is my favorite season. There's no need to make excuses for baking every weekend {pumpkin everything is acceptable}, cozy nights by a fire, & knowing the holidays are lingering weeks away. Since we're finally in the beginning of the season, it's only apt to make a list of things I plan on doing . . .
+ apple picking followed by baking an apple pie
+ rent a cabin with friends
+ master new soup & stew recipes
+ wine tasting with the girls
+ sign up & start training for a half marathon
+ purge my closet of items I didn't wear last season
+ pumpkin carving {probably my #1 thing to do every year}
+ host a bon fire complete with chili, cocktails, caramel apples, & s'more fixings
+ call the family & friends more often
+ be more thankful
+ go to a football game {seriously having withdrawals over here}
+ go on a hike

Friday, September 26, 2014

when life gives you lemons, grab tequila & salt

This week I was given a whole lotta lemons. Good thing it's Friday and I have the next couple of days to recuperate. Have any fun plans for the weekend? Tonight is wine & movies with the girls, picnic & concert Saturday, & a day of rest on Sunday for the upcoming week. Sounds like a winning weekend to me!
Before we get to the fun weekend links, let's catch up. September is almost over {WHAT?!?} and a lot has been going on in between Jordan's visit until now.
+ Beach trip to Ocean City, New Jersey. Y'all I went to the Jersey Shore . . . well kind of. I didn't see Snooki, but it was a nice getaway from Manhattan.
+ Spending Saturday afternoons at The Ainsworth . . . where the fans say Roll Tide & sing Sweet Home Alabama.
+ FaceTime dates with the family in Alabama & my brother across the ocean in Italy {seriously, the kid is living the life!}
+ Working out the final details of moving apartments coming this fall!
+ Re-watching Scandal because it's that good & because I secretly wish I were Olivia Pope haha
+ A visit from my cousin Whitney.
Have a good one and enjoy these fun links from around the web . . .
A song for your weekend {excited to see these guys Saturday night!}
My favorite fall fragrance
The only season I burn candles
What your first crush says about you {mine: Devon Sawa. I can't tell you how many times I watched Now & Then with my sister & cousins growing up.}
Baked pumpkin cream cheese French toast - say that three times fast!
J. Crew is killing me with their new collection! This, this, & this {in heather grass} belong in my closet pronto!

Lena Dunham gives great advice
Loving Kate's collection 'Wit & Delight' for Target!
A fun & creative party, wedding, dinner idea

Monday, September 8, 2014

jo comes to town

This past weekend was a real good one. My best friend & college roommate Jordan came into town! We packed a whole lotta things in our short weekend together . . .
+ Ferry ride over to Staten Island for tapas & sangria
+ Bagels & cream cheese at Brooklyn Bagels
{untoasted toasted coconut bagel with plain cream cheese. ever. single. time.)
+ Cheered on the Tide at The Ainsworth
+ Rooftops & girl talk
+ Brunch & Madison Avenue
+ Walking 6 miles, blisters, & Battery City Park
+ Italian pasta & nutella pizza
Come back Jo, NYC misses you!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

taking stock 02

photo credit
Making: a fall bucket list . . . coming your way soon
Cooking: a summer vegetable quesadilla {complete with red onion, summer squash, tomato, & cheese}
Drinking: not nearly the amount of water as I should be
Reading: If I Stay {I just saw it in theaters & man oh man does it make you think about life}
Wanting: a puppy.
Looking: forward to tomorrow!
Wasting: time reading through Vogue's September issue {aka the years fashion bible}
Wishing: for summer Friday's & a day on a sailboat
Enjoying: late night chats
Waiting: for the timer to go off
Liking: that it's almost sweater weather
Wondering: what the next year will be like
Loving: my new friends & a fresh tube of chapstick
Listening: to the fan blowing & keyboard clicks
Needing: new walking flats
Smelling: salt water & sand in my near future . . . the last beach trip for the year
Wearing: dress, glasses, & bare feet
Following: all the fashion blogs because it's NYFW, eeekkk!
Noticing: the change of weather, especially the cooler morning walks to work
Knowing: it's okay to say no
Thinking: about my last year in NYC & holy cow has it been fun!
Feeling: smitten
Bookmarking: soup & stew recipes
Opening: snail mail. Having a pen pal is wonderful!
Giggling: every time I chat with my grandmother. She's got a heart of gold.

Monday, September 1, 2014

moments from august

Adventures in Smorgasburg means lots of good food, fresh coconuts, & a whole lotta hipsters. See ya next summer Brooklyn!

In bed, lights off at 11 o'clock, then getting a phone call from a girlfriend to go have a drink. Yep that happened & it turned out to be a fun night!
One of my favorite reasons of working at Macy's is having the opportunity to get involved in the community. Being on the United Way committee this year not only has led to making new friends at work, but I also got to help out at a benefit concert with proceeds going to United Way of NYC.

Brunch at The Penrose where the food & drinks are just as delicious as they are pretty.
See what I mean? Shrimp & grits with a cool twist.
SEC Alumni happy hour at American Whiskey. There was even a controversy over someone taking the Alabama name tags. Gotta love those SEC rivalries!
First game of the season at The Ainsworth - Roll Tide!

Ending the summer has never been more picturesque.
Sorry for the silence - again! This summer has been filled with fun travels to the beach & exploring new places. Our last summer Friday has come & gone, which is slightly heartbreaking. Who doesn't love to squeeze in a little extra weekend time? The beginnings of fall are slowly creeping into the city. I'm not complaining at all since that means apple picking, pumpkin spice lattes, & cozy sweaters are coming my way.