A Little Refresh

new bedroom decor

If you’ve visited the site over the past week, you’ve probably noticed that things look a little different around here. It’d been quite a while since my last blog refresh and after writing this post last week, I started to feel inspired again. These are the results after a few late nights of coding. I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out and it is rather satisfying to know that I made the theme modifications on my own.

I don’t think it’s a drastic change, but I think looks a little cleaner and a little more sophisticated. It feels like a good time for a refresh too since my five year blogaversary is quickly approaching. Pop on over, take a look, and let me know what you think of the new design!

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Hello There

waves peace

Remember me? I promise this is not a ‘sorry for not blogging‘ post; it’s more of an ‘I’m alive, in case you were wondering‘ post. To be honest, lately I haven’t had the energy to blog. For the past couple months, I’ve been working longer hours than before and by the time I get home, I’m mentally spent. Rather than put up something in a rush or try to force myself to be inspired, I’ve been taking a little rest.

Every time I go through one of these phases, I ask myself if I want to continue blogging. The answer for now is still yes- I miss blogging and just typing out this little update post feels so right. I’ve been thinking about the direction I’d like to move in, and I’ve also been thinking about giving this space a little makeover. I haven’t figured it all out yet, but for now I’ll keep blogging sporadically as the mood strikes me.

Thank you for still coming around to check this space. While I’m thinking about how to refresh my blog, I’d love to hear any post requests or general suggestions you might have for me. Thank you all and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Life Around Here 03.

maldives, beach, sunset, pretty sunset, sunset on the beach, the maldives, maldives sunset

FEELING: Like I’d really like to get to a beach soon. Last summer I didn’t make it to the beach once, and that made me really sad. I’m not sure about my plans for early summer yet, since I’ll probably be moving sometime in July. That still leaves August and September to see if I can manage a beach trip.

THINKING ABOUT: What my future apartment will look like. As much as it sucks to move, the fun part is dressing up your new place. Although I have no idea where I’ll be living, it’s nice to daydream about changing up my bedroom and maybe having space for a large bookshelf (if only!).

LISTENING TO: Tove Lo. I typically discover new music in one of two ways: either through the New Music Tuesday playlist on Spotify or through recommendations from my roommate. I think I first heard Tove Lo’s music through a combination of both. I’d heard and enjoyed some of her singles before, but I didn’t sit down and listen to her full album, Queen of the Clouds, until recently. I liked it a lot- there are cheeky, upbeat songs that I could picture blasting in my car, as well as some slower songs that are fun to dramatically sing along to. I’ve been listening to the album on repeat and I bet my roomie is sorry that he told me check it out.

WATCHING: It’s season finale time in the TV world, and in some cases, it’s series final time. I just caught up on the last episode ever of Mad Men and it felt really weird. You spend so much time with these characters and in this world, and then one day it’s gone. At least we have summer shows to look forward to, like Orange is the New Black.

EATING: My sweet tooth has been acting up and the cravings have been stronger than usual lately. I keep buying Junior Mints (sorry dentist!) and last weekend I made a lemon drizzle cake. Also, my iced coffee budget has shot way up in the past few weeks. Is it really a spring weekend if it doesn’t involve iced coffee?

READING: After A Little Life, I was in the mood for light, fun, and easy reads. Right now I’m reading Murder on the Orient Express and I’m about halfway through. I couldn’t remember if I’ve read this before or not, but good old Agatha always delivers a solid story.

THANKFUL FOR: Being able to live in New York City (most of the time). I still have those moments when I look around and think, “New York, you’re so beautiful right now.”

LOVING: This lightweight denim tee at Gap, this star-print shirt, and this pretty pink sweater.

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Life & Links | 04.24.15

lounging around, wish wish wish, reading in bed

// Victoria from Oh So Pretty recently got married and her photos are simply gorgeous. Congratulations to the happy couple!

// I’m one of those people who checks the weather every morning so I can try to dress appropriately and be prepared for precipitation. Well, I don’t know what happened when I was looking up the weather on Tuesday because I did not realize it was supposed to rain. I’m running a little late for work and 30 seconds after I leave my apartment, it starts to drizzle. I figure it’s too late to turn back and a little drizzle never killed anyone, so I press on. Now it’s been about three minutes since I left my apartment and it is pouring. I’m already soaked and if I turn around, I will most certainly be late. So instead, I arrive at work looking like a drowned rat (so much for spending 15 minutes curling my hair!) and make a beeline for the bathroom. After I’ve wrung out my hair and toweled off as much as I could, I head to my desk. Five minutes later, I pass a window and the sun is absolutely shining. What in the what?! Talk about flash storms (I’m still a little bitter, if you can’t tell ;).

// This month, The B Bar is talking about work/life balance and I thought it was really interesting to read about how Victoria manages her time.

// Have you seen the Milly x Kohls collection yet? How fun is this lemons dress?

// Shannon wrote about 10 great quotes from 10 great books and I love the quotes she picked.

// Soooo, Corina posted the most adorable cat wallpaper yesterday [insert heart eyes emoji here].

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