7.21.2017

The Weekender, Vol. 8



Well would you look at this...

a second (and new) post in one week! Who am I?!

This has been a rather slow week for me outside of the office, so time was available to get in a brand new The Weekender post. For those of you new here, or probably because it has been awhile, The Weekender is exactly how it sounds. A way to recap the week + share a few links/things I'm loving.

Monday I kicked off the week with a long overdue girls night with Jenn. We hit up the free Beyonce dance class down in Yards Park. Let's just say I don't have a future in dance, but Jenn might. The Yards Park offers many free workout, dance, zumba, yoga, etc. classes almost every night in the summer. You can find a full line-up of classes + outdoor activities, here. After learning the moves to the song Flawless, Jenn and I took our appetite over to Osteria Morini for dinner. We shared some rose, a charcutterie board, and each got a pasta entree. By far some of the best Italian food I've had in DC. If you're in the Yards Park area, I also highly recommend checking out the rose garden at Whaley's, snagging some delicious steak tacos at Agua 301 and then finishing your evening with a scoop or two of ice cream from Ice Cream Jubilee.

Tuesday night I met Corey for some wine and appetizers at Joe's Seafood, which is conveniently halfway between both of our offices. As a side note, they have one of the best happy hours (2:30pm-6:30pm). Half priced drinks and oysters + a ton of yummy snack options for less than $6! We then headed to dinner at a brand new sushi restaurant near McPherson Square, Sushi Gakyu. Y'all, this place may be new, but the sushi is some of the best I've ever had. It's a small place right off New York Avenue. The sushi is amazing and very affordable. The perfect quick lunch or after work dinner spot.

Wednesday and Thursday turned out to be a lot calmer of evenings. Mostly running errands, getting laundry done, and catching up on the DVR. #adulting

Tonight I'm meeting Corey for a quick bite to eat and then we're heading to the Air & Space Museum to see Dunkirk in iMax. I am obsessed with wartime movies, and Corey is a huge history buff. So this movie has been at the top of our list. Many have deemed this to be the best movie of the year!

This weekend we're keeping it chill with some pool time + grilling out tomorrow. And then Church on Sunday, followed by celebrating my dear friend Ashton's birthday with a yummy Mexican dinner.

Hope y'all have had a great week and have equally as exciting plans for the weekend. Before you go, here are some links I'm loving this week:

  • A Southerner's Guide to Biscuits. Maybe this guide will motivate me to finally learn how to bake them.
  • I just snagged these loafer slides for fall on major sale!! They also come in black and pale pink
  • One of my favorite bloggers and brand recently opened her flagship store in Atlanta. The pictures are so dreamy. Will for sure be a must stop next time I'm down South.
  • I've been dying to get these statement earrings in coral. Anyone own them? Are they super heavy?
  • Y'all know I love Chick-fil-A. I'd eat it for every meal if I could. Now the beloved brand is taking on KFC and trying to win our family meal hearts over. TBD if the mac-and-cheese is any good.
  • My loafer slide loving heart has been eyeing this floral number for a week. Yet they have never had my size. At least that I've seen. Come on Loft, help a sister out!
  • The one pool accessory that has been getting a ton of use this summer.
  • Since it's summer, what's better than a tomato slice and some fresh pimento cheese?! Checkout the Southerner's Guide to Pimento Cheese.
  • Your feel good story for the day. 

And don't forget the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to everyone now! Public Access starts today, and here's what I've got my eye on:





7.18.2017

Mid-Year Summer Update



Man y'all, what a whirlwind the past six months have been! It's so hard to believe that this year is half way over. Don't even get me started on those "time to prepare your holiday content" emails, ha. 

2017 has been a stark contrast to last year, as evident with the amount of blogging I've been doing this year. Last year I felt like I finally fell into a good rhythm, was motivated to push out new content, was starting to take on bigger campaigns, and growing as a blogger. Then, errrrkkkk... pump the brakes.

Life became a whirlwind in January. Blogging was constantly put on the back burner, mostly due to work. There was this thing that happened last November called an election. I work in politics. You see where I'm going with this, right?! ha There was zero free time for blogging.

Fast forward a few months and I started the job search. I finally felt it was time to move on from my (at the time) current role. I started doing informational interviews, meeting with a recruiter (more on that below), and exploring my options off the Hill (more on this below). Aside from work and the job search, I started dating someone the beginning of May. All this combined, life just became one massive balancing act.

To fully catch y'all up, I thought it would be good to give y'all a little (okay, huge) life update on work, dating, summer travels + more. Scroll on for more of what I've been up to:

New(ish) Apartment

I know, I know. I've been promising an apartment tour of my new place for a LONG time. My apologies. I'd love to share one with y'all very soon. I've been putting some finishing touches on it and am pretty excited with how it turned out. Really the only thing I am waiting on is a new (and fake) fig leaf tree. Next paycheck. I tried the live plant thing for awhile, but between forgetting to water it and not realizing I needed to re-pot it before bringing into my home, the poor thing died after a month. Oops. 



Summer Travel

One thing I'm really excited about for this summer is all the traveling. Aside from Key West, last summer was unusually quiet, travel wise. 

To kickoff this season, Corey (my boyfriend) and I headed down to Charlottesville for a quick getaway. We both needed a break from DC and used the excuse of my new job to do so. We visited Pippin Hill Farm (which has been on my bucket list for years) and it was everything I had dreamed of and more. We also enjoyed a nice dinner downtown at The Whiskey Jar and did a beer tasting at Three Notch'd Brewing Company. Sunday we ate at the highly recommended Bodo's Bagels. I can attest that both bagels I had lived up to the hype, ha. We then toured around the University of Virginia's campus, and headed to Monticello to tour the home of President Thomas Jefferson. The views from his "home on the hill" were well worth the visit alone.






For the 4th of July I headed to the Jersey Shore with Corey and his friends. There were 3 couples who went and we had an absolute blast hanging by the pool, visiting Seaside Heights, cooking out and eating more food in four days than I care to admit, ha. 




As for the rest of the summer, I've got some really exciting trips in the works. Next month I'm heading to Seaside, Florida for my family vacation, as well as visiting Dana and Allie in the Hamptons with Jenn. For September I'm possibly taking a trip down to Wilmington, NC for Labor Day Weekend. We shall see. And then October will bring me down South to East Tennessee, twice hopefully. One for a Mountain Weekend with friends and then for the South Carolina vs. Tennessee game. And finally, a late September girls getaway is in the works for Laura, Jenn and I, down to Richmond

So.much.travel (and fun) ahead!!

Work

I sort of gave you a brief rundown in this post's intro, as well as shared the news on Instagram a few weeks ago. 


For a little over 5 years I worked for one of my Tennessee Senators on Capitol Hill. I absolutely loved working for my home state and was so honored (still am) to be apart of an amazing group of staffers, supporting one of the country's brightest minds. 

After lots of reflection (probably a years worth), prayer and discussion with my family and friends, I decided it was time to move on and grow professionally. I did a few informational interviews to see what my options were, and ultimately met with a recruiter. I cannot recommend doing this enough. My recruiter was incredible and helped me every step of the way. I'd love to do a separate post about my experience if y'all are interested? I really think it's a beneficial resource that many people don't realize is available to them, and most of the time is at no cost to you! 

I'm excited and happy to say that I joined the Political Affairs team at the US Chamber of Commerce! Politics and supporting businesses have long been passions of mine. Both working in politics during the day, and supporting businesses through blogging by night. It is truly a dream come true to combine these two passions. I've been settling in well, and really enjoying this new chapter of my career (and life).




Relationship

Let's be honest, you probably skipped everything aforementioned and scrolled straight down to this update. Don't lie, ha. 

I finally gave into the process of God's timing and deleted all dating apps, as well as halted constant attempts to speed up His timing, ha. I instead focused on the job search, work, and other activities. 

Then toward the end of April, out of the blue a mutual friend texted me saying she had someone she wanted me to meet. I replied that I'm always down to meet new people (lol), anddddddd here we are! Things are obviously still new, but I'm happy to say that well, I'm happy. Very happy. He makes me smile, laugh constantly, reminds me of Chip Gaines, goes to Church with me and treats me far better than I deserve. I'm excited to see where God grows this relationship.

Blogging & Social Media

You're also probably wondering what the future holds for me blogging and social media wise. Right now it's hard to predict. The motivation + content is definitely there. But I'm really enjoying just being present in life right now. It's something I didn't do the best job of last year, so it was one of my goals for this year. Less time online and more time being in the present.

I do want to start introducing some new content here and there, especially with all the fun travels I have coming up. I'm also sure that content will pick back up as summer winds down. Fall through the holidays always offers up the best post ideas. 



Balancing Act

Basically reiterating everything I've mentioned, my biggest struggle this year has been balancing it all. For the first time I've missed things. Forgot birthdays. Arrived late to an event because I had the time wrong. Taken several days to text people back. Went two weeks straight without posting on Instagram. It happens. At first I felt guilty, but now I have learned to change my mindset. IT HAPPENS, that's okay. I've never had to juggle so many different things at once. It really has been a learning curve, as weird as that is to say at my age. This happens for most people far before they're 26. I'm just a little delayed, so hopefully everyone will cut me some slack and understand :) 

Hopefully things will be back on track soon.

Summer Purchases

Now to leave y'all with something fun. Scroll through to shop some of my summer faves + items I've purchased recently. 



And don't forget the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that's going on this week and next! Shop some of my must have pieces below: