Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Book Review: The Lies That Bind

I am a HUGE Emily Giffin fan and I have read most of her books. I was looking on Amazon and there are still a few older ones that I need to read. I love the plot of each of her books while they are definitely a more girly beach read each one always has a unique plot you never can quite guess. Her books always make me want to keep reading from the very beginning! Which is what I need otherwise I lose interest pretty quickly. 


Overview: This is the newest book from Emily Giffin and it is about a women who moves to New York City to pursue a career in Journalism. After a tough break up she meets a guy and they immediately have a connection. Then 9/11 happens and her whole world changes. Her life she lived, the job she had, the guy she started to fall for and her family are all put into perspective. Everything starts changing as more secrets about the guy she thought she was falling for are revealed. I don't want to give too many spoilers away but man are there a lot :) 

Review: This might be one of my all time favorite books of hers up there with All We Ever Wanted. While I would consider this book a romance novel I really enjoyed it because the story is not your traditional storyline. Just the 9/11 plot alone made this book quite unique but there are so many other parts of that story that you never see coming. She really develops each character and from the very beginning I was hooked. The ending was also really well done. It wrapped up the story but it was not some completely unrealistic ending. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 ⭐

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Picks

I normally don't shop the Nordstrom sale for a few reasons. Mainly because it is normally right around my birthday and I also like to save up my spending money for the big Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale that is normally at the end of August. I also feel like a lot of the clothing items are not really worth the price. Yes they are a deal but a lot of the items you could find at Target, Old Navy or J Crew. Everyone has their own preferences on what they want to spend their own money on. I guess for me a lot of the Nordstrom items are not worth it. This year I did decide to go through the site and see what they had. Mainly because you can preview the items this year before shopping. I can't shop until August 13th with my Nordstrom card and it opens to everyone else on August 19th so a few items I found I included here are already sold out! 

Items I Own That Are Worth The Deal: 

1. Patagonia Los Gatos Vest 
2. Patagonia Better Sweater 
3. Bombas Socks (Currently Sold Out Online) 
4. Adidas UltraBoost Sneakers 
5. Natoria Bra 
6. Natoria Underwear 
7. Kate Spade Initial Necklace 

I am not sure if items will be restocked at all but here is all the info for the sale

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

July Favorites

I don't have too many exciting things to share from July it's mainly food but thought I would still share the items! 
Peacock TV // This is a free streaming service that launched in July through NBC. If you are like me I don't pay for cable so this streaming service is a game changer. They have an app on the Apple TV which is how I have been watching. I have been on a major trashy reality tv trend and have been watching lots of Real Housewives. Right now I am watching Dallas. They also have the newest season of Suits! 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Week In Hilton Head Island & Thoughts On Traveling

Last week I took my first full week of PTO since I started my new job last summer. I went to Hilton Head with my mom and sister for the week. We rented an Airbnb and had the best time spending the week at the beach. Seriously one of the most relaxing trips I have had in a long time. Obviously, this tip looked much different than other years past when we have gone to HHI. I wanted to share my experience and thoughts around traveling right now during the pandemic to maybe help others who are torn with what to do. I also wanted to share a mini travel log of what we did during the week because HHI has a special place in my heart. I worked on the island one summer during college and I have never found a beach I love more! 


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Life Lately


Hi y'all I feel like it has been forever since I have just sat down and updated you on what I have been up to. I thought today I would share some recent random photos some of which I have already posted on my Instagram. 

My sister flew in at the end of June and her plans changed about three or four different times. Her original trip was going to be a short weekend trip. Then she extended it to the 4th of July. Then when NY came out with additional travel restrictions she decided to stay for the month and fly back after our beach vacation next week. It has been so nice having company after doing nothing for two months. We aren't doing much but eating lots and spending time outside but it has been so nice. It is just so weird not to be able to plan any trips or outings. I had so many fun things planned for the year so it sucks that now I pretty much have nothing going on. The hardest part for me is that I am still relatively new to Dallas and have so much I wanted to explore in Texas and new people to meet! We were planning on going on a weekend road trip for the 4th of July but ended up canceling due to some things that came up. Next week we are taking a trip to the beach which will be my first time away from my apartment since March. I am so ready to get out of town for the week but am obviously a bit nervous. We have no plans other than just sitting at the beach which sounds amazing! 

I am still working from home but I have to say I kind of miss the office and having a routine during the week. I especially miss workout classes and just my daily work schedule. I did try out the gym for one day but decided to continue to put my membership on freeze as TX is not doing great with cases. August is going to be another pretty uneventful month but I am hoping to maybe do a day trip or two with one of my close friends. 

I hope y'all are hanging in there through all of this. It is such a weird year of events I don't know what to even think about everything. 

Target Dress 
A few weeks ago we tried a new restaurant for dinner Bellagreen. The salad I got was so good! It felt great to be able to get dressed up and sit outside. I am loving this dress I picked up at Target. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Weekly Wellness: What Supplements I Take Daily

Finally getting this posted after working on this for way too long. The Real Housewives of Orange Country got in the way of my productivity. I started binging the last few seasons with my sister!

I have not done a wellness-related post in what feels like forever so today I thought I would share the supplements I take on a daily basis. I started taking these supplements about three years ago when I went to see a nutritionist at the height of my health problems. I did a blog post a while ago talking all about my thoughts about my Nutritionist experience. While I am still not sure to what extent they are worth the money she did provide me with some great supplement suggestions that I think made a big difference. These supplements are quite pricy so I am going to narrow down the list to also share which I think provides the most benefit. 

Before we dive into the post I want to make it clear I am in no way a doctor. I just wanted to share what supplements I take and has been recommended to me. Definitely talk to your doctor if you have questions! 


Morning: 

1. Magnesium // This I actually started taking after a recommendation from my neurologist. It is supposed to help with migraine headaches. This supplement is pretty inexpensive and I think it does help with headaches but only to a certain extent. It is not going to completely get rid of migraines but I think it does make a difference. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

June Favorites

 Happy July! Today I am sharing with you all my favorites from the past month. It is a random mix of things but I think they are all pretty useful. 

Healthmate Forever TENS Unit // My doctor recommended this to me to help with my shoulder and neck pain I often have. I have used a similar system to this at the PT and Chiropractor but those are more high tech. I was not expecting this to be so powerful but it works so good for the price. I have used it on my shoulders a few times and it has really helped. If have any pain or muscle soreness I highly recommend this. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lilly Pulitzer & Dallas Arboretum

My sister came to visit me last week which is why I have not posted as much recently. She is actually going to stay now for about a month as Covid travel rules keep changing for NY and she is off of school. So I get to have some company for a while which is nice! Last week we went to the Dallas Arboretum in the evening and walked around. It was the perfect night and I was able to get some awesome pictures. Right now they are letting people bring in food to have a picnic in the park. So many people were doing this. We definitely want to go back at some point and bring pizza! If you live in the Dallas area and are looking for something to do right now that is Covid friendly I highly recommended going to the arboretum. The flowers are so pretty!

I have not posted a "formal" outfit post in so long! This dress is one I got at the end of the summer on sale and I love the style of it. Lilly is having a summer sale right now that ends tonight. While I was excited for this sale in the middle of the summer I was not very impressed. They didn't have much in stock in a small so I didn't pick anything up. Hopefully the annual after party sale will be more successful. 

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer // Sandals: Jack Rogers / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Friday, June 26, 2020

4th Of July Inspiration

4th of July is right around the corner and there is nothing I love more than a red, white & blue combo! The 4th is one of my favorite holidays and while it is going to look much different this year I am still excited to put some cute outfits on and celebrate. I love all the things on this list and had lots of fun putting it together. I am going to wear this USA tank I ordered! 

I would love to know how everyone is celebrating this year social distance style! I am headed to a cabin with my sister for a few nights. 

Sail To Sable Tunic // Vineyard Vines Scalloped Bikini Top & Bottoms // Vineyard Vines Striped Pullover  // Target Tie-Dye Dress // Vineyard Vines Sun Hat // Target USA Tank Top // Old Navy Striped Swing Dress // Old Navy Tie-Dye Sweatshirt // Target Red Dress // Mi Golondrina Embroidered Dress // Vineyard Vines Tassel Earrings // Target Tie-Dye T-Shirt // Old Navy Striped Blouse // Mi Golondrina Hair Tie // Havaiana Flip Flops // Mi Golondrina Embroidered Blouse 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

My Experience Moving Across Country

It is coming up on one year since I packed up and moved from Buffalo, NY to Dallas, TX. It was a whirlwind of a few weeks when I moved. I was excited about the move but also VERY nervous about it. I felt like I could have used some tips and advice on where to even start. So I wanted to share everything I did when moving. Things that worked well and things that I would have changed! Once I accepted my job I had to hit the ground running to find an apartment and move within a month to start my new job. 


How Did I Find Apartments To Tour? 
Since I didn't know the city well at all I used an apartment locator to help curate a list of possible places for me. I had never heard of this service before but most bigger cities have apartment locators. They work with you to come up with a list of available apartments. The one I worked with did not charge a fee but instead, when you sign with an apartment you listed the locator company. They then received a small commission from the lease I signed. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Father's Day Gift Guide

If you can believe it Father's Day is next Sunday June 21st! Don't worry I have not gotten anything either but we still have time. I wanted to share some gift ideas that I think would make great gifts at all different prices. I wanted to include items that most guys need/use in a more "luxury" version that they may not ever buy for themselves. Like this really soft workout shirt or this carry-on duffle.


Friday, June 5, 2020

May Favorites

Happy Friday! I don't even know where to start as so much has happened in the past week. A week ago today several small businesses got luted in downtown Dallas which lead to a curfew being put in place. Then you have the much needed black lives matter movement that is hopefully that start of bigger changes. On top of that Cooper, my corgi has been kind of sick all week. So ya it has been a draining week. I have been sharing resources I find helpful over on my Instagram related to racism. I may eventually compile a blog post with links I find helpful and my thoughts surrounding the issues of racial injustice but for now, I am still process and researching.

It is hard to believe yet another month has passed. It is so weird to think how many months have already gone by in this year but not too much has happened in my day to day life. I wanted to share some of my favorites from the past month and things I have been enjoying. It is funny that pretty much everything is either food or fitness related as that pretty much sums up what I have been up to these days.

1. Starbucks Violet Drink // If you love Starbucks refresher drinks and have not tried this one I highly recommend it. I had never even heard of it until my mom told me about it. It is SO good! It reminds me of a mix between the pink drink and dragon drink but not as sweet.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How I Curl My Hair Using A Straightener

A few weeks ago I shared my hair care routine and I have been meaning to share how I curl my hair using a straightener. So I finally got around to filming the video this past weekend. I have used everything from a traditional curling iron to a curling wand. I find this way of using my straightener is super quick and easy. I don't have to worry about getting a crease from the clamp or burning my hand with a wand. This BaByliss Pro straightener heats on the outside which makes it perfect for curling. I have had this straighter for years and I swear by it. It's seriously THE BEST! I hope I did a good job explaining how I curl it. Once you try it a few times I find it easy to get the hang of.