Life Update + A Couple Current Mantras

Monday, June 24

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purple trees in LA, just for me!

Tomorrow morning: I am flying to Paris to meet my sister and a friend for a 2.5 week chunk of Carina's two month sabbatical from work.

If you're thinking that my lifestyle lately is not conducive to working full-time...you are absolutely right! Time for a *life update*: back in April, I put my notice in at the company I'd been at for almost six years (since I graduated college) and finished up at the very end of May. Since then I've been oscillating between feeling gooood and feeling panicky! I've only had a few days here and there in Nashville and "real life" so I guess it doesn't quite feel real yet, and I almost feel like I'll be going back into the office any day now.

So what's next? The plan for now IS to take some time off, meet a lot of new babies, join my sister on her sabbatical and pretend I'm studying abroad like I never got to do, spend some time at home leading up to my high school reunion...and maybe by the end of this Summer, start thinking seriously about what's next.

I will definitely be taking TIME to think carefully about that, and won't be rushing into anything. This decision was considered very carefully for over a year, and like I've told many people, I never got to a place where I hated going into work and HAD to quit. Every job has its' challenges, but overall, I was very happy, had a team I adored (and will still be hanging with...forever) but it was TIME for me. Does that make sense?

I worked my ass off to put myself in a good position for this time off, and you know me, I'll still be entertaining my various side hustles as always. Still, the anxious feelings of not actively working/making a consistent living and even more so, the FUTURE, are totally there. But I keep telling myself this period won't even be worth it if I'm totally stressed out.

Anyway in the spirit of a new phase of life, I wanted to share two ~mantras~ that have been on my mind a lot lately (don't worry Mom these are totally agnostic mantras! Call them mottoes!)

1. Easy is boring. 
2. Sometimes change is progress.

I'll leave it at that for now because I didn't want to make this a whole thing, but I did feel like a life update was needed. I just can't lie to you guys!! Maybe these words will inspire you at wherever you are in life.

A couple more details about this next adventure - for the next couple weeks we'll be in the south of France, Spain, and Portugal! All new places for me and I am sooo excited. If you have any recommendations or things I can't miss in those places, please share with me in the comments! We should have plenty of time to explore :)

I won't be blogging while I'm gone, but if you'd like to follow along, catch me on Instagram and likely a lot more often on Twitter.

Thank you for reading and supporting me, all the way until now and in this new chapter for me! I'll for sure keep you posted on my long term plans as soon as I figure them out myself ;) 

On Point

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| sunnies: gift from Art | button-up: borrowed from Art! | pants: J.Crew (gift from Art) | trainers: Superga | | lip: ColourPop Luxe Lipstick in LA Lady | purse: Pop & Suki (gift from Carina) |


I know you're not here for pictures of babies! You're here for fashion! So back to our regularly scheduled programming.

I was laughing as I was writing out these outfit details because nearly every piece is either a gift or borrowed from my boyfriend Art! "Borrowed" being a very loose term, I have definitely stolen this shirt from him for the Summer. It's very reminiscent of my other favorite striped button-up, but I dunno, maybe more serious? I'm 28 now!

Like a total dream boyfriend, Art picked out a bunch of new stuff for me for my birthday (ok ok, in a tone of desperation, I think I gave the hint at one point that all I wanted for my birthday was NEWCLOTHES, this dang no buy!) And guess what? He reads this blog, and picked these J.Crew Point Sur Crops straight off of my Spring Wishlist (basically.) These are absolutely my new favorite pants and are going everywhere I go this Summer. Also they are surprisingly flattering on my very short legs! Would recommend them completely and even buy them in another color if, you know, I was doing that sort of thing.

This outfit felt real nice for a Friday bopping around LA (I wrote a lot more about this trip here.) Before meeting my friend Jacqui + fam for lunch, we skipped over to Atwater Village for coffee and to find a birthday gift for Milo. I had never heard of Atwater Village before but absolutely loved it! These were taken in a neighborhood right off of the "village" main shopping strip (I'm assuming) and omg those succulent gardens. They just don't grow like that in Nashville.

Thank you Art for sponsoring this lewk/my life as a whole and I love you very much. Literally as I'm typing this he's cutting up vegetables from our CSA to put in a bag with hummus he MADE for me to take on the plane tomorrow! What a guy! #blest

Summer '19 So Far

Friday, June 21

Hi! Summer is off to a great start. Though, I suppose today is technically the first day of Summer?
Either way!

On my birthday (when I last posted) Art & I flew to Los Angeles for celebrations! Both for me and my nephew Milo (same birthday, celebrated on different days.)
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my birthday portrait for 28

We had a lovely few days staying in Silverlake, hiking the reservoir and Griffith Park, venturing to Venice Beach for most of a day, drinking lots of good coffee, sitting in a lot of traffic ;) AND in an act of providence, stumbling upon a Mara Hoffman (my favorite!) sample sale. Yes the no buy is still in effect, yes I took this chance to snag this dress that I've had my eye on forever + this purple swimsuit, both purchases covered by the souvenir and birthday present for myself clause? Idk. I'm not perfect but I've done a pretty dang good job at my no-buy so far.

On Friday we headed to Long Beach to kick off Milo's birthday festivities! My brother and sister-in-law pulled out all the stops for his party on Saturday - bounce house, all girl mariachi band, their taco guy* (*yes they have a preferred taco guy they use for all their events) a tented backyard, several costume changes for Milo, etc. It was a beautiful day and just so special to be celebrating him with my whole family in Coren's backyard. Which worked so well for a big party, I told him I wanted to have my wedding reception there. We'll see. I'm not planning a reception anyway! Not yet.
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Eisley, left, Addison, right. Didn't even get a pic with Jacqui but ILYSM! 

I've been spending a lot of time with babies! I keep saying I'm going on a "newborn tour" and I'm not even joking. On Sunday I headed to THE OC to spend a really lovely few days with my girl Jacqui and her gaggle of babies. Jacqui recently moved to Orange County so getting to be part of her worlddd for a bit and squeeze and chase after kids was very fun. Not to mention spending time with a best girl friend! It still kinda blows my mind that I'm hanging out with a high school girlfriend while her kids run around in the background, but, here we are! Life comes at you fast.
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immediately after taking this pic, Scout threw up on me. Keeping it 100

After a very quick turnaround in Nashville, I headed to Florida to meet another baby, Jenae's Scout, who is already a very tall champion baby and amazing sleeper. Haha. I really do feel like "how do I have so many baby friends all of a sudden?" It was really awesome to get to hang with Jenae and Daniel for the first time since they moved to Florida last Summer.

Now I'm back in Nashville for another minute before my next adventure. If none of this sounds conducive to working full-time...I think I have an entire separate blog post I'll write about that.

I hope Summer is off to an amazing start for you too! xo