Friday, September 30, 2011

When In A Time Of Need

Disclaimer: These are solely my opinions, I am not trying to force them on anyone else.

My parents belong to North Point Community Church.  They have been members there since I was a sophomore in high school.  At the time I was at the rebellion stage and had no interest in going to church with them.  I was raised Episcopalian and attended church every Sunday growing up.  Before I moved, I would attend church with my parents sporadically and think that it was awesome, but it was never anything I would attend on my own.  None of my friends in college/post-college were into that sort of "thing."

Lately I have been feeling a little empty inside.  At first I thought it was mainly because my girlfriends lives were changing without me.  To be honest this does have a little to do with it, but what I have realized over the past few months I have had no one to help guide me on my path besides myself and MG.

For awhile now I have been thinking about NPCC and their podcasts.  I have never made the time to listen to them until today {my car is in the shop}.  This is exactly what I have been missing in my life.

Andy Stanley is the pastor.  He is so charismatic, passionate and animated when he speaks you can't help but want to listen.  I started with the Road to Recovery series.  I have only listened to the first message, but it is exactly what I needed to hear.  I feel that MG and I are at a point in our life where we can make even better decision to benefit us down the road.  We just need to stay true to who we are and our values.  I think what I love the most about his message is how he incorporates real life issues with the words from the bible.  If you are ever feeling a little bit lost I would highly recommend checking out the podcasts.  For the rest of the day you can find me cleaning our apartment and crafting while listening to Andy Stanley:)

One more minor note: Go Gators!

Have a wonderful weekend:)
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

This year has FLOWN by a little too fast for my liking.  The other night MG and I were discussing vacation options for next year.  There are so many fun things we want to do and since we have been bitten by the travel bug.  We are eager to get something on the calendar soon.

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Our best friends from Atlanta want us to join them in Sonoma for the 34th annual Barrel Tasting.  This is where 100+ wineries offer futures on their bottles of wine and open up their new vintage {I think this is the right wording}.  Tickets are $30 for 3-days.  Honestly this sounds like heaven on earth to me.  For our honeymoon I wanted to go to Napa badly, but MG didn't.  I have been patiently waiting for 3 years now to experience wine country.  I cannot wait for this trip.

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One of the trips on my bucket list was to rent a beach house with MG's family and my family.  Well it looks like this is coming true!  Yesterday I started researching and found some really great options for next summer.  At first I was thinking Destin, but MG isn't a fan.  He thinks its over-rated.  Whatever.  He suggested Folly Beach in South Carolina.  We have vacationed there before and had a fabulous time.  Charleston is 20 minutes away and I am minorly obsessed with that city so of course I was down.  I have some downtime at work this week so I can't wait to start exploring to see what is available.  One more thing to cross off my bucket list:)

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Last but not least, my boss is getting married! Ahh so excited for him and his adorable fiance.  She is from Boston, so we will be making the trip sometime next fall to see them walk down the isle.  The last time we were in Boston was 12 years ago for MG's grandparents 50th wedding anniversary.  We stopped in BOS for a few days and then headed up to Vermont.  We have been dying to go back as adults.  I hear the fall in the NE is unreal.

CANNOT WAIT for all these exciting trips.  I hope they all work out. Fingers crossed:)
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What I'm Loving

It's Wednesday again y'all and I am happy.  Two more mornings to wake up and then it is the weekend.  It is the little things:)

I'm LOVING tomorrow is a Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah, for purely selfish reasons.  This means no traffic for the next two days.  I can sleep in an extra 10 minutes and still get to work on time.  

I'm LOVING MG and I had a successful anniversary dinner last night which included champagne, lobster tail, twice baked potatoes and key lime pie shots. Yummy!

I'm LOVING that this morning I booked our tickets to SF and we are flying Virgin! Everyone in my office always raves about them and MG took them to Europe years ago.  I am a Virgin virgin {pun intended} and I can't wait to see what all the hype is about.

I'm LOVING I don't have the urge to shop {except for a pair of boots I have been lusting over for a year now, I am finally ordering them this weekend}.  I guess something weird has come over me the past couple of weeks.  I would much rather spend my time with MG at home crafting or organizing our place.

I'm LOVING my SIL updates about her house.  She is always texting me her new goodies.  They move in a week before we come home for Christmas so I CANNOT wait to see the finished product.

I'm LOVING we booked our tickets home for Christmas in March.  I looked on Delta today and the prices have already doubled.  Go me:)
If I could only be this chic!

I'm LOVING The XX and Empire of the Sun. They have been rocking my world for about a year now and I am still obsessed.
We Are the People: Empire of the Sun

the xx

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What are you doing the rest of your life?

Three years ago today I married my best friend {and pretty much had the best wedding weekend ever-just a little bias}.  I know it sounds touche, but it is true.  I married my perfect match.  He knows how to annoy me to no end, but he loves me for me and accepts it {sharp tongue and all}.

Husband and Wife

When I walked down the isle three years ago I thought our life would be completely different.  I was pretty naive when we first got married.  I thought everything would be rainbows and butterflies.  Well folks, that is not always the case-sorry to burst your bubble.  Two days after we tied the knot we moved to LA with no jobs, a blow up mattress, 2 camping chairs and whatever else we could fit in my Accord coupe.  For us it was about following our dreams and seeing what else the world has to offer.  Our first year of marriage was un-glamorous to say the least, but we made the most of it with Friday night sushi night at Niko Niko in Burbank and dance parties in our empty apartment.  Looking back now we have come so far in just three short years.  It makes me completely optimistic for what the next three years might have in store for us.

My Sugarboo! 
Pretty much the motto for our marriage

MG there is no one else on earth I would rather be on this journey with.  Life may not always go as planned {which drives me crazy}, but as long as I have you by my side I know life will work out the way it should.  I love you!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Kendra Scott

I have been a lover of all Kendra Scott jewelry since I first spied these pretty little earrings in People Style Watch a year or two ago.  I fell in love.  This past year MG gave them to me as a birthday gift and they have become a staple in my wardrobe.

Two weeks ago Gilt City has a coupon for the new KS store in Beverly Hills. Of course I jumped at the chance to pick out a pretty gift for a friend and another pair of earrings for me.

When you walk into the store half of it is merchandise designed by KS and the other half is the Color Bar. What is the Color Bar?  It is where you can design your own jewelry!

Needless to say I had a BLAST picking out the stones and deciding which colors I liked best.  I think this is the perfect gift for any woman.  Who wouldn't love designing their own jewelry? Here are some pictures from my experience!

The touchscreen Color Bar in the Store! 

Picking out the stones

My finished earrings! 

{Please note these are my own personal opinions. I was not paid or compensated for this post.  I just believe in supporting things that I love:)}
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Getting My Craft On

A year ago I would tease my sister-in-law about how much she LOVED crafting. 
Well times have changed folks.  
I am now that girl. haha  
Pintrest has influenced me to become obsessed with crafting.  

This weekend I have one or two projects on my list.

Do you get your craft on?!
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Top 5

Have you seen the Friends episode about Ross' Top 5 List?

MG and I both have lists. Not laminated. 
Would we act on them, of course not.
Here is our celebrity eye candy....

His list includes the following:
Scarlet Johansson

Amber Heard

salma hayek #fashion #photography #inspiration #actress #style
Salma Hayek

Kate Winslet 

Olivia Wilde

My list includes:
Ryan Gosling

Mark Walhberg 

Ryan Reynolds

Nacho Figueras
Nacho Figueras

David Beckham
David Beckham 

Who is on your celebrity eye candy list?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What I am Loving

Happy Hump Day Ya'll!  
I hope you are making the most of your Wednesday.

Here is what I'm LOVING this week:)
I'm LOVING today is my baby sisters 22nd birthday!  It is also her BF's bday and on Monday he returned home from Afghanistan.  Best birthday present ever!
I'm LOVING the fact that MG and I are moving.  Not quite sure yet, but we are both in the mindset that we need to move.  Now we just need to find that perfect place.

I'm LOVING my Sit In Traffic playlist.  It is made up of the Garden State soundtrack {might be the best soundtrack ever}, a little Three6 Mafia {I gotta stay flffffllllllyyyyy}, Good Vibrations by MM & the Funky Bunch, Foster the People {my obsession.,of course}, a little Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z & Kanye {Oooo I love your so might be my favorite song right now}.  Totally random mix I know, but it works for me.
I'm LOVING Viz Art Ink.  MG and I saw his stuff at an art show in SD this summer and thought it was awesome.  When we move into our new place we want to get a piece of his work. 
I'm LOVING the Gators this season!  We are off to a 3-0 start so far.  October is going to be a very hard month for us,  I am hoping we end up 8-4 or 9-3 this season.  Only time will tell...
I'm HATING that I haven't worked out in a month, since our vacation.  This really bums me out, but I haven't done anything to change it.  Hopefully I will find my motivation soon!

Link up here:)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

San Francisco

In 2 months MG turns the big 30!  To celebrate we are heading up to San Francisco for a long weekend.  We are staying in Nob Hill as a gift from his parents.  MG has been here a few times, but this will be my first trip to SF.  I can't wait to explore this amazing city!  

Our To-Do List
-Go for a run across the Golden Gate Bridge
-Eat lots and lots of Clam Chowder
-Have breakfast at Mama's on Washington
-See the Painted Ladies {this is a must since I was OBSESSED with Full House growing up, haha}

What is on your must see list while you are visiting the city by the bay?

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekend Recap

Oh Monday I am so not your biggest fan!

Last night I barely slept so I am dragging today, but anyways on to something else besides me complaining.

Friday night MG and I had a little dinner and a movie date night.  It was awesome.  Just what we needed to start off the weekend.  We saw Drive and it was one of the best movies I have seen this year.  I actually loved it.  It is a simple story told exceptionally well, the cast did a superb job-very little dialog and the soundtrack=amazeballs! 
Not to toot my husband’s horn, but this is very similar to the feel that he wants to create with The Ocean Black.  

Saturday we went apartment hunting.  It was pretty much the worst thing in the world.  We didn’t find a place and very few people answered their phones.  Total bust! We are thinking about heading back out this weekend with a better plan.  We are keeping our fingers crossed.  Later that afternoon we watched the Florida game….GO GATORS! And then headed to The Standard Hotel Downtown for C & Eddie’s bday.  It was a blast, so much so I slept until noon the following day.  Awesome!  After a ginormous brunch at Norm’s, a 1950’s diner, we headed off to Silver Lake to look at one more place.  As cool and hipster as the area is I don’t want to live there.  It just isn’t my vibe.  After retuning home we watched Limitless {it was awful, skip it} and the Emmy's {they were okay} it was time to hit the sack.  

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Friday, September 16, 2011



I am over the moon happy we are just a few short hours {hopefully} away from the weekend.  
The past few days have been insane at work.
 I haven't been sleeping well. 
I am a little stressed about finding a place to live even though I shouldn't be.  
My sweet husband came home last night with a dozen pink roses and two bottles of wine.  
He knows me so well:)

This weekend we are venturing out to see what is available in Los Feliz or Sliver Lake.  Looking for apartments in LA is SO ANNOYING!  
Some come with parking some don't. 
Most places are super dated.  
One place I found online was great except for the mint green fully tiled bathroom.  Gross!  
I know we aren't going to get everything we want.  I keep telling myself it is one year of your life that you have to rough it so we can have everything we want in the future.  
Cross your fingers we find something perfect! 

Saturday night we are celebrating C's 30th birthday {and another friend bday} at the Standard Hotel Downtown at their roof top bar.  I can't wait for everyone to be together.  
I haven't seen C in weeks due to work and traveling:(  
I can't wait to see her baby bump.  
Girls Night Out at Sur 2 years ago!

The rest of our weekend will be consumed by football.  
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