Current State of the Union 9.30.16

ICYMI: I have (& adore!) the Paper Source Foil Letterpress Desk Calendar <-- 2017

Currently / life:
+ Kinda just can't believe we're at the end of another month! September whizzed by, probably because I've spent most of the month looking forward to TODAY- after work, a European adventure awaits!
+ Things have been mostly chill, but not without some excitement: Carina took me to NYC for my birthday, and around here, I wrapped up the Head to Toe Remix Series with Elana, and started a new series that I've had a blast writing: Bridesmaid 101 (Now What? / The Bachelorette Party.) The very end of this month has marked the kick-off to Fall fashion, I just debuted what I think will be my shoe of the season! Up until now, it's been balmy, and I've shared a casual office outfit, my new Topshop shorts, and a Marimekko skirt I got via Poshmark swap!
+ Notably, in an attempt to eat healthier and generally be more disciplined, I did somewhat of a cleanse the first half of this month (half:30, if you will.) It didn't last long :) but there was a good couple weeks where I was really thinking about what (and how much) I was eating. It was great. A few examples of my healthy eating project, with help from a way better cook than me!
Currently / pop culture: 
+ I kicked off the month at Nashville's free concert series, Live on the Green, where I saw a couple long-time favorites: Band of Horses and Young the Giant (they've released a new album, Home of the Strange.) Also enjoyed BØRNS who is -surprise- not a dreamy British rockstar, he's from Michigan.
+ I've spent more of my time lately enjoying Spotify's custom playlists, favorites include: the weekly changing #ThrowbackThursday, Evening Chill for my blogging nights, and Indie Pop for every other time.
+ I've only been watching random TV like Vice-Principals (Danny McBride) and Spy (ft. girl crush Rose Byrne.) 

*psst- what do Celine Dion, The Beach Boys, and Ariana Grande have in common? They're all in my recently played artists on Spotify! Listen to what I'm listening to!*
Currently / shopping: armed with my Fall wishlist, I shopped (& swapped!) a lot this month. Here's a sampling.
+ Drawstring pants are the future, and I bought two (!) pairs this month! This black pair is from Old Navy, and I will be wearing them for the next week straight, also picked up a striped pair from H&M that I'm obsessed with.
+ This marled gray H&M sweater is simple, but I think it'll become a staple! It's in my packing capsule as well.
+ I've mentioned my Zara pointed loafers as MY shoe for the season, but the lace-up flat is definitely THE shoe of the season. I ordered this pair from Target, and they should arrive tomorrow!
+ I picked up these gorgeous brocade shorts at Topshop in NYC & am dreaming about wearing them again in Paris.
+ I had some fantastic luck swapping for items on Poshmark this month. Most notably, these J.Crew Factory Frankie pants to replace my ill-fitting olive pants that I wear frequently, anyway! These are SO comfy and fit me perfectly!

Currently / Nashville: as is tradition, I'm sharing one new-to-me spot and one classic
+ Lockeland Table has one of the best Happy Hours in town, and certainly in my neighborhood. Their HH deals include a full specialty cocktail menu (the house punch right now is a Fall delight) and a $6 pizza made in their very own brick oven. Such a great local spot!
+ It took me years before I made it to Hattie B's (I just assumed I wasn't into hot chicken!), so I won't hold it against you if you haven't been yet. This is a place I always recommend to visitors, hot chicken being the one dish that is distinctly "Nashville." And oh it does not disappoint. I stick to the "hot" and like to dip it in their ranch and pimento mac & cheese. Pro tip: call in advance to order, and skip the line!
Currently / beauty: I'll keep this short, since I just did a beauty post on my daily make-up routine.
+ My boss/work biffy Christine recently bequeathed to me the contents of a thorough cosmetics clean-up, so I got a nice batch of new lip products. My favorite so far is this lipstick by Wet n Wild in Purty Persimmon
+ I'm so alien to hair products that after using this serum & noticing a difference in my hair texture, I had to stop and think about what I'd done! I got this via ipsy, and ran a dollop through my hair right out of the shower. Easy!
+ Though I tried on and contemplated a very vampy dark (MAC Smoked Purple) while in NYC, I opted for an old favorite that I had lost instead: Venom by Urban Decay. Boy oh boy I love this lipstick and shade.

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Currently / on the nightstand: technically, East of Eden is still on my nightstand... 
+ I just finished One Day (given to me by Carina.) The concept is so neat- the story of two people told across twenty years, each chapter checking in with them on the same day of the year. It was recently made into a movie starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Recommend!
+ I'm excited to have some time to READ during my upcoming travels! I've checked out and downloaded several books onto my Kindle: The Namesake, The Secret History, China Dolls, Wild, Along the Infinite Sea, A Spool of Blue Thread, and The Swans of Fifth Avenue. Read any of those? Tell me which one to start first!
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Ok, I'm off! Hoping to have a couple posts go up next week (we'll see if those come together in time...) either way, in the meantime, keep up with my adventures on Instagram and Twitter (personal/blog.) See ya on the internet!

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