{Date Ideas} Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park

posted on: Monday, October 20, 2014

We decided to spend our Sunday Funday with a fun outdoorsy couple. They took us to the spot where they celebrated their 20+ year anniversary. The afternoon was spent driving along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit during the fall to see all the foliage.

It was also one of my mom's favorite places to go in autumn. She used to go cruising with her boyfriend and they would stop at various points to take pictures. S and I didn't get out of the car as often as we would have liked due to my intolerance of the cold. We were also both wearing long sleeve shirts and puffy vests. It was not enough. I even saw folks walking around in winter coats. It was that cold.

We didn't expect it to be so cold but you also have to take into account that you're going to a higher elevation where it gets much much colder. When we finally descended, the temperature easily rose up about 20 degrees. Crazy, right? It it were a tad bit warmer and wasn't windy, I would have loved to have a picnic. I really wanted Tyler to come along but before we set out we met the couple for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Their little store is cute and really nice to peruse as you're waiting for your table. S isn't a big fan of CB but at least it filled us up and provided some warmth. Besides, I had been craving pancakes for a while so it was really nice to finally get some with warm maple syrup.

I am, however, so very glad I decided to bring my trusty little vintage Pendleton throw along for the ride. It's such a versatile item and perfect for fall to have for when it gets cold at games or any outdoor events and even picnics. I think they're a must have if you live in a colder region. You can find newer ones on their site or Macy's that go for about $100 and they even come with cute little leather carriers. If you're looking for a "sale" price though I'd stick with Macy's and wait for one of their nice sales to come along.

Overall our Sunday was relaxing even though S did all the driving. At least I let him nap when we got home while I was doing my nails and catching up on my TV shows. :)

I haven't used a proper camera in a really long time so I've been taking most of my photos with my trusty little iPhone 5. Yes, it's been a while since I've updated. I've been walking around with that and a Samsung S4. It's gotten to be a bit much. I think I'm finally ready to let go of a platform and stick to one phone and upgrade soon. What wireless carrier are you with and what phone are you using?

{Style Files} Wide Calf Boots for Fall

posted on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

fall boots - wide calf

I love boots, they're comfortable and stylish. They can really complete an outfit. My issue with boots though is that I have wide calves. Really wide. I'm short and somewhat athletic so it's muscle that I just can't seem to shave away. I was discouraged from boots because the ones intended for wide calves looked really, well, unattractive. I've recently found some that actually are rather cute. I cringe at spending over $200 for boots but I do also look at it as an investment. So, if you're like me, there's still hope. Here are some that range from $125-$388.

{Friday Favorites}

posted on: Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy rainy Friday! I don't always like rain but today, it's actually not getting on my nerves despite all the errands I have to run after work. Stay dry and enjoy your three day weekend you federal government workers, you! :)

Favorite Blog: Classy Girls Wear Pearls - Sarah Vicker's blog. I like her style because it looks so comfortable yet still put together.

Favorite Pinterest: Some cute costume makeup ideas for Halloween. It is October after all.

Favorite Smile: This was recently shared on social media and I just found it so amusing. I love how chill the guy is during the situation. I mean, he definitely got heated..but he was reasonable.

Favorite Space: I love how open and airy this dining room is. I also love all the textures.

[source: rumineely]

Favorite Find: Raw emerald ring - Green is one of my favorite colors so I've been keeping my eye out for a nice green ring.

[source: byangeline]

{Motivational Monday}

posted on: Monday, October 6, 2014

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All those ups and downs that you go through, it's called life. The difference is just how you look at it. No one is perfect so you'll never really have those perfect moments. Everything is an experience, a lesson..so learn from it and move on. Also, just try smiling. Smiling makes me happy.

{Friday Favorite}

posted on: Friday, October 3, 2014

Hello, and Happy Friday! While some of you are working, I am off today, woohoo! I took off to get ready for a trip to Connecticut where one of my closest friends is getting married. I'm so happy for them and their little Laotian babies they'll make someday. It's going to be a long drive but S has been gracious enough to let me sleep most of the way. Unfortunately, he can't take off of work so we can't leave until late in the evening. The good part is that he's working from home while Tyler and I are cuddling and watching Sword Art Online. Anyway, I hope everyone has a great weekend! I've got to plan for my first event ever..Sunday Scene Social! It's going to be a small gathering but I'll let you know how it goes! :)

Favorite Blog: Love Taza (Rockstar Diaries) - Her photographs and family will make you fall in love with this blog.

Favorite Pinterest: Clay Leaf Bowls - Fall decoration with a purpose

[source: urban comfort]

Favorite Smile: Weird Things Couples Do On Movie Night, because S & I are so guilty of this.

Favorite Space: Office space with white Parsons Desk, when we upgrade to a bigger apartment, we'll both have our own work spaces. For now, it's just me, on my Macbook on the couch while S plays Destiny or watches TV.

[source: tumblr-verse]

Favorite Find: Coffee/Tea Mugs - They look great for fall.

[source: barceramics]

{Motivational Monday}

posted on: Monday, September 29, 2014

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Sometimes you'll find yourself in a place you don't want to be or with company you don't want to keep. I believe that everything happens for a reason and that you can always find a positive in something. There's always going to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Some people weren't meant to stay in your life. That's okay. Don't always look for something better out there. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. Look for wonder right in front of you. You can create the wonders in your life.

{Friday Favorites}

posted on: Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Friday! I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I am the weekend is here. This week has been a very stressful one. I'm just so glad that it is over and that I get to relax now. So here's a round up of this week's Friday Favorites, enjoy!

Favorite Blog: The Daybook Blog - I have been following this fashionista for a long time and now she lives in my neck of the woods. How exciting! I love that she sports reasonably priced threads and how relatable she is. Her photographs are also amazing. Go check out her blog for yourself.

Favorite Pinterest: Caramel Apple Sangria - I've been looking for something easy and delicious to make for fall gatherings. I've had caramel apples on my fall to do list..this counts, right?

[source: foodfamilyfinds]

Favorite Smile: Alaskan Klee Kai - This will be our future dog, maybe. S is really keen on getting a female dog. I'm not sure if Tyler would approve.

[source: indulgy]

Favorite Space: Small Cozy Balcony - How cute and cozy is this space? I could totally imagine working on my blog from this little nook as Tyler sits there and begs for a bite of my cookie and S is rolling his eyes.

[source: tinyassapartment]

Favorite Find: Cake/Pie Server - When I made the Chocolate Tortilla Silk Pie,  I realized I don't have a pie server. When I saw this at Anthropologie, I just thought it looked so cute with a classic vintage feel to it. Maybe I am a hoarder. Oops.

[source: anthropologie]

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