Month: December 2013

2013 Rewind

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Where did this year go?  I seriously still write 2012 sometimes — yes, I am archaic and still write out the date on occasion.  I know this blog is relatively new, but I still thought it would be fun to rewind this year month by month in Instagrams and photos.

January:

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Last year’s New Year’s resolution was to begin painting again.  This was my first painting of 2013.

February:

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Refining my greeting card making skills…rubber stamps are hard.

March:

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Went on an incredible trip to Thailand, the land of smiles.  We made some great memories that I will value for years to come.  I hope to go back to Southeast Asia again some day, preferably sooner rather than later!

April:

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The trip continued into Bali.  Beautiful design and natural landscapes were everywhere you looked (except the monkeys, they were creepy as shit).

May:

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Got to see this lovely lady get married.  It was a night to remember…I think.

June:

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A relatively tame month, but a coworker did bring me these beautiful wild flowers just because one day.  Those are always the best. 🙂

July:

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This blog was born!  Also, celebrated a birthday.

August:

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Visited Music City for the first time for a friend’s bachelorette weekend.  It is such a cool city, I’m kicking myself for not visiting sooner despite only being 3 hours away while in school.

September:

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Got to watch another friend and beautiful bride on her big day!

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Took a trip up to see my friend, Elizabeth, in Virginia and got to see my favorite band, The XX ,along the way.

October:

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Took advantage of my close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains by going apple picking (and getting apple cider donuts, duh) with these lovely ladies and by hiking near Caesar’s head.  Check out this vista:

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November:

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Visited Denver for the first time, but my wallet did not.  I left it at the gate before boarding and it did not make it to Denver before I left.  Despite having no money (thanks for spotting me, Laurel!), we still had a great time.

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Also, got to explore downtown Asheville for the first time.  If you’ve never been, do it now.

December:

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Taking a stroll through the park to clear my head during work.  Yes, this is just a few feet from my office, need to take advantage more.

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Perusing through one of my favorite gifts this year, The Wes Anderson Collection.  An awesome read, for those as obsessed with him as I am

When I put this year into perspective like this I realize what a truly awesome 12 months it has been.  Despite all of my complaining, I am very lucky to live in such a great place, to be surrounded by such great people, and to have had as many adventures and great memories as I have.  Thank you so much for reading this blog and for helping it grow.  I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store.

Happy New Year everyone!

x B

NYE Dresses

I hate New Year’s.  People fall into one of two categories on New Year’s (or single awareness day as I like to call it): Singles vs. Couples.  Guess which category I fall into?  But despite my hatred for this stressful and always overrated holiday, I always go to insane lengths to try to look good for the occasion in the off chance I may meet someone on this particular night.  So whether or not you are in my boat or even have the same feelings towards the holiday as I do, here are some NYE dresses that are sure to make you look good no matter what your night entails.

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1- If this dress magically made its way into my closet I would give it a happy home with the love and attention it deserves.

2- This simple and understated beauty could be worn year round for a multitude of occasions.

3- For the more sophisticated party goer, this simple dress makes a gorgeous statement.

4- Both pretty and practical, this dress comes with pockets for your phone, keys, lipstick, etc.  Convenience is a huge factor for me.

5-  Ugh, I die.  Why don’t I own things this pretty??

Here’s hoping you start 2014 off with a bang (and in these dresses, hopefully you will).

x B

NYE Dresses

I hate New Year’s.  People fall into one of two categories on New Year’s (or single awareness day as I like to call it): Singles vs. Couples.  Guess which category I fall into?  But despite my hatred for this stressful and always overrated holiday, I always go to insane lengths to try to look good for the occasion in the off chance I may meet someone on this particular night.  So whether or not you are in my boat or even have the same feelings towards the holiday as I do, here are some NYE dresses that are sure to make you look good no matter what your night entails.

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1- If this dress magically made its way into my closet I would give it a happy home with the love and attention it deserves.

2- This simple and understated beauty could be worn year round for a multitude of occasions.

3- For the more sophisticated party goer, this simple dress makes a gorgeous statement.

4- Both pretty and practical, this dress comes with pockets for your phone, keys, lipstick, etc.  Convenience is a huge factor for me.

5-  Ugh, I die.  Why don’t I own things this pretty??

Here’s hoping you start 2014 off with a bang (and in these dresses, hopefully you will).

x B

Finding Your Holiday (or other) Motivation

This time of year is always go, go, go.  I feel like every minute of my day is scheduled between work, shopping, get togethers with co-workers, reuniting with old friends (all from different friend groups no less, so there is no hope of conjoining these outings), workouts to fit into the dresses for all of these get-togethers, wrapping presents, making cards for friends and family (yes, I’m archaic), and somehow finding time to eat (let’s be honest, this tends to take precedent).  I’m exhausted after typing this and my holiday bustle hasn’t even fully begun yet.

I am always overly ambitious in everything I do, but even more so around the holidays.  I don’t just buy presents or cards, but insist on making them (or most of them anyway) every year despite never having time to do them and barely getting them out before the 25th — speaking of, I still have not started making a single card nor wrapped a single present.  I refuse to buy the first crap gift I see, but instead search for months in advance and draft the perfect gift list for everyone and am not satisfied until I find/make everything exactly to my liking.  Needless to say, I do it to myself, but every year it is hard to find the energy to get everything accomplished.  On top of all of this, this year I have decided to take on several other personal endeavors that require an insane amount of time and energy with what seems like minimal return.

So, how does one find the energy to do all of this before the 25th of December?  Repeat after me: “The harder you work, the luckier you get”.  I just heard this phrase recently and it resonated with me.  Yes, it sucks putting in all of this energy, but if you work hard for something, it makes it that much sweeter when you get it.  Just picture your mom’s face when you give her the perfect gift.  Or imagine how great it is to going to be reconnecting with friends rather than complaining about how much money you’re spending on dinner and drinks.  Shit, there are starving children in Africa, so stop complaining in general!  This is something I need to remind myself daily.  Just ask my friends, they complain about how much I complain…but hey, that’s the sign of a true friend, right?

I hope this little soapbox post helps you find the necessary motivation to get your holiday tasks done or motivation to accomplish other things in your life.  If nothing else, this will serve as a reminder to myself to work hard and it will pay off in the end.  And to not complain along the way.

x B

Finding Your Holiday (or other) Motivation

This time of year is always go, go, go.  I feel like every minute of my day is scheduled between work, shopping, get togethers with co-workers, reuniting with old friends (all from different friend groups no less, so there is no hope of conjoining these outings), workouts to fit into the dresses for all of these get-togethers, wrapping presents, making cards for friends and family (yes, I’m archaic), and somehow finding time to eat (let’s be honest, this tends to take precedent).  I’m exhausted after typing this and my holiday bustle hasn’t even fully begun yet.

I am always overly ambitious in everything I do, but even more so around the holidays.  I don’t just buy presents or cards, but insist on making them (or most of them anyway) every year despite never having time to do them and barely getting them out before the 25th — speaking of, I still have not started making a single card nor wrapped a single present.  I refuse to buy the first crap gift I see, but instead search for months in advance and draft the perfect gift list for everyone and am not satisfied until I find/make everything exactly to my liking.  Needless to say, I do it to myself, but every year it is hard to find the energy to get everything accomplished.  On top of all of this, this year I have decided to take on several other personal endeavors that require an insane amount of time and energy with what seems like minimal return.

So, how does one find the energy to do all of this before the 25th of December?  Repeat after me: “The harder you work, the luckier you get”.  I just heard this phrase recently and it resonated with me.  Yes, it sucks putting in all of this energy, but if you work hard for something, it makes it that much sweeter when you get it.  Just picture your mom’s face when you give her the perfect gift.  Or imagine how great it is to going to be reconnecting with friends rather than complaining about how much money you’re spending on dinner and drinks.  Shit, there are starving children in Africa, so stop complaining in general!  This is something I need to remind myself daily.  Just ask my friends, they complain about how much I complain…but hey, that’s the sign of a true friend, right?

I hope this little soapbox post helps you find the necessary motivation to get your holiday tasks done or motivation to accomplish other things in your life.  If nothing else, this will serve as a reminder to myself to work hard and it will pay off in the end.  And to not complain along the way.

x B