Sep 28, 2016

Four Cool Things


If you're looking for new dresses or booties for fall, this should be your go-to site. I stumbled down a Pinterest rabbit hole to find their website and literally want one of everything on it. Apparently, I'm not the only one because a lot of their items for fall are already sold out, but you can bet I'll be on top of it when they restock. This bib dress and swing dress are at the top of my list.

Pack Up + Go is a company that plans 3-day weekend vacations for you. The catch is that the destination is always a surprise. They take into account your travel preferences and budget, but the rest is a complete surprise!  A few days before your trip, they'll send an email giving you a weather report so you have a better idea of what to pack, but you don't find out your destination until the day of. Sounds crazy, right? But kinda fun! They showcase some previous vacations they've planned on their website that are fun to look through.

Book Marks
With the amount of book titles I have jotted down in my phone, I'm the last person who needs more book recommendations but I just can't help myself. Plus, this site is just so easy to use. They scour all the latest book reviews and assign each a letter grade. I've already found so many good-sounding books to add to my ever-growing list.

Modcloth
I always forget about this website for some reason, but once or twice a year I'll run across it again and fall in love with their stuff all over again. I love looking over their items for gift ideas, but they also have a  great home decor and clothing section too!

Sep 27, 2016

September Book Report

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Modern Lovers
This book sucked me right into the scenery and lives of the characters. I love it when you can so perfectly imagine the scenes of a story in your mind. It was the kind of book that I thought about even when I wasn't reading it. The story follows three former college bandmates who all live within walking distance of each other in Brooklyn, New York and are all struggling to come to grips with the startling realization of middle-age. I liked the way the author wrapped everything up in a tidy bow at the ending. I know some people prefer endings to be left to the imagination, but I personally liked the way she rounded out the story. Her book The Vacationers is next on my list.

The Girls
I was excited to read this book after hearing so much hype about it this year. It's set in Northern California near the end of the 1960s and is about a young girl who gets caught up with a Manson-like cult, although she doesn't know it at the time. The storyline was good, but the flashbacks between the main characters' teenage self and her much older self seemed a little pointless at times. Other than that, I enjoyed it!

Truly, Madly, Guilty
I love Liane Moriarty's books and this one didn't disappoint! It's about a group of friends and neighbors and a barbecue that left all of them reeling and learning new things about theirselves and their lives. You don't find out what the incident was until later in the story, so Moriarty keeps you guessing and coming back for more throughout the whole story.

If you're looking for more book recommendations, check out these posts:

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Sep 26, 2016

Favorite Fall Home Accessories


It's the same scenario every year. All the stores set out their fall scented candles right as hunting season starts and Mark freaks out if I even hint about bringing a candle into the house. Something about the deer smelling it on his clothes while he's hunting. I guess deer don't appreciate pumpkin-spice scents like we humans do. So, I'm trying to be a thoughtful wife and have been avoiding the candle aisles this year, but I'm still itching to switch things up around the house and bring in some more fall vibes.

Here are a few favorites I've got my eye on: 
art print / star figurine / plaid throw pillow / chunky wool throw / metal planter / black candle holder / scented candle / wooden tray / basket

Side-note: I was happily surprised by the great art selection at Urban Outfitters. How cute is that gruff-looking guy above? If you're looking to refresh your walls this fall, they are really killing it with the wall hangings and art prints. 

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Sep 23, 2016

This Week's Links + A Playlist 9.23.16

Happy Friday! If you're in the mood for some banjos and strumming guitars, I've made a playlist just for you. This is the kind of music I love listening to in general, but something about it goes especially well with long drives in the mountains and falling leaves. Keep scrolling to listen to it. I hope you enjoy!

Here are some fun links from the week...

Drooling over Almost Makes Perfect's style.

This is the cutest thing I've seen all week.

The most unique town names in all 50 states. Some of these are hilarious!

A sweet spin on the cheeseball - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Cheeseball

These sneakers are on my wishlist for fall.

This is how long you need to exercise to make up for sitting all day.

Target is killing it with their fall style collection. I've been in Target more in the last week than I have all summer!

"Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them."

In case you missed them, here are some posts from the blog this week:

3 summer-to-fall outfits

A life update

My wishlist for a dream Vegas vacation

Fall Playlist:

Sep 21, 2016

Staying Fit On a Vegas Vacation

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When I think of Las Vegas, I envision neon lights, casinos, and Elvis impersonators, so when I heard the folks at Vegas were sharing tips for staying fit while visiting, I was a little skeptical. Sitting at a slot machine all day doesn't exactly scream fitness.

After doing a little digging, though, I was surprised to discover out how many things there are to do in and around Las Vegas that don't involve shimmering lights and partying. Mark and I have been tossing around the idea of a trip out west for some time now, and after seeing how many fitness-centric things there are do in Nevada, it has quickly shot to the top of my list.

Without further ado, here are my top picks for a trip to Las Vegas:

Hiking Red Rock Canyon
Hiking has become one of my favorite forms of exercise lately. Mostly because it's a fun way to exercise without really feeling like you're exercising — especially when you're exploring new places. The towering red cliffs of Red Rock Canyon sit just 15 miles from the famous Las Vegas strip and rumor has it that you can even spot wild burros and bighorn sheep along the hike!

Helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon
This isn't exactly a form of exercise, but I'm sure the helicopter ride alone could get my heart rate up in fat burn zone pretty quickly! Wouldn't this be cool, though?! The Grand Canyon is about a five hour drive from Las Vegas, but only an hour away by helicopter -- leaving plenty of time to get back to the city in time for dinner and a show.

Kayaking on Lake Mead
Who knew there was so much water in the middle of the desert? Lake Mead is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, formed by the famous Hoover Dam, and just 30 minutes away from Las Vegas. You can rent kayaks to explore the enormous lake. Time to work those arm muscles!

Exploring Mount Charleston
This is another example of how diverse Las Vegas is -- mountain breezes and wildflowers are just a short trek away. The 52 miles of hiking trails around Mount Charleston reach an elevation of 12,000 feet and can range from 20-40 cooler than the city.

I love the idea of using Las Vegas as a central point for so many fun day trips. Unlike other adventures that would require staying in the middle of nowhere, Las Vegas truly offers the best of both worlds -- nature by day, luxury by night. If you're like me and are ready to pack your bags for Vegas trip, be sure to check out Vegas.com for some of the best deals on things do in and around Sin City!


 
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