Friday Things

You know those weekends where you have just the right amount planned and know you’ll have time to a) relax b) cross things off the to-do list (a big trip to the hardware store, consigning some clothes, etc.) and c) still probably be able to do something impromptu if the mood strikes? That’s what the next two days look like for me, and I’m so excited! The only downside is that I’m adding GRE studying to the agenda for the next 1.5 months, but it’s nice being able to do that on my own schedule and from the comfort of the couch sometimes, ya know?

This week was a fun one…it got exceptionally hot really fast (ugh) but I made it to the gym twice, had dinner with some girlfriends on Tuesday, and stopped by Tuckernuck last night. Alex from Persifor (one of my all-time favorite brands…stay tuned for Monday’s post!) and Sydney (whose blog I’ve been following for awhile) were there, and Mary and I grabbed dinner on the Georgetown waterfront after!

Any fun plans to get in the summery mood this weekend? Can we talk about how NUTS it is that Memorial Day is less than 10 days away? Wooof.

SHOPPING:

I just placed a large Banana order (not planning on keeping everything, but ordered multiple sizes in things to get to $200 so I could get 40% off #noshame)–I’ll report back, but am particularly excited about this top (thanks to Meg posting it on Instastories this morning!) and this one in navy + white…I mean, swoon!

OF NOTE…

– I’m always down to try a new variation on pimento cheese, so this recipe naturally got pinned!

– Fellow bloggers, here are 10 things you can do (in 30 minutes or less!) to help your blog.

– I have this bad (immature?) habit of typically buying rose based on the label + branding, so need to refer to Jess’ guide of 10 varieties this summer.

– Peaches have always been one of my favorite fruits, and I’m itching to make this frozen peach cake some time this summer. It also just looks really beautiful, which doesn’t hurt!

– Bookmarking this list of the best library bars in the world.

– Breakfast breads/muffins are some of my favorite things to make (we just made zucchini bread this week!), so these blueberry coffee cake muffins seem like a no-brainer :)

Joanna Baker has the prettiest prints + paper goods, and she’s currently having a sale! I’m kind of obsessed with these spotted coasters

ON C&L:

– The giveaway is still on! You can win a set of three SCOUT Bags just in time for summer :)

Recapping the Create & Cultivate conference from two weekends ago… a great one for bloggers + creatives, and a fun peek behind the scenes if you’re generally interested in the industry!

– Sharing a few snippets from a rainy Friday in NYC (basically telling you about three great places to eat next time you’re in the city, including a new fav Tex-Mex establishment).

Photo via my iPhone

Friday Things

How it is the first Friday in May, I don’t know…it’s currently 53 degrees outside. Anyone else think the weather makes an already exhausting week just a little tougher? Not trying to be negative but after coming back from NYC on Sunday, all my focus turned to my exam on Wednesday night (handwriting one for two hours is no joke…how did we do this in high school and undergrad?!) and then it rained all day yesterday. I went to bed at 9:45 last night after getting dinner with Jackie and Ashlee, and doing so was just what the doctor ordered. I have a mile-long to-do list for the weekend, but a lot of it is creating content, which I feel like I haven’t really done much of with life getting in the way over the past couple of months. Now that the move is behind us (last donation pickup is today!), it’ll be nice to turn more of a focus to fun things like painting and looking for a few more pieces of furniture :)

Some links below…have a great weekend and as always, thank you for reading!

Friday Things

Happy Cinco de Mayo from NYC! As you’ve likely heard by now, Katie and I came up for tomorrow’s Create & Cultivate conference and are spending today poking around the city (and trying to stay dry). We’re grabbing Tex-Mex + margs for lunch, too, which is basically a necessity when you happen to be taking the day off on May 5! Be sure to follow along on Instagram (I’m super into Insta stories now, by the way) for real time updates :)

SHOPPING: This is a great low strappy sandal option if you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank! It’s currently under $55. // This may be the perfect 3/4 cotton t-shirt dress. // Also, more J.Crew new arrivals and these pink gingham PJs are so freaking cute!

OF NOTE…

– I’ve been getting a few questions regarding Mother’s Day gift ideas and while I’m not planning to do a dedicated post this year, would actually recommend everything in this post!

– A cute DIY if you’re hosting tonight, or just want to have a tutorial for taco drink stirrers in your back pocket to impress people at a later date (no shame in that!)

– Homemade key lime pie ice cream with graham crackers? Yes, please! On a similar note, this is another reminder that I need to ask Charlotte if she’ll be my personal chef.

– Diana shared her tips on what can help when you have a migraine. I’ve gotten what I think are migraines, or very close to them, and if you have them you know how unbearably miserable they are. Most of these would provide relief for kind of headache, so something to bookmark for when you’re in a pinch!

– I take a lot of pride in being a pretty organized person, but definitely need to up my game in the inbox department. Jess’ tips are great, whether you have one inbox or three (guilty).

– Cookie cake is one of my biggest weaknesses and this homemade version (complete with frosting) looks INCREDIBLE It’s easy to bookmark things and forget about them, but I know I’ll be coming back to this one very soon!

– The idea of making a custom Google map as a travel itinerary has always intrigued me but seemed incredibly daunting. Jackie breaks it down into 10 simple steps and I’ll 100% be doing this next time I explore a new city!

ON C&L:

– Are you as obsessed with Trader Joe’s as I am? What I’ve been loving lately, from snacking to dipping sauces to a frozen go-to light dinner option.

A bit about what’s been going on around here…one more week till things slow down a tad!

Photo from my NYC trip last Memorial Day…RIP Ralph’s :(