Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween, darlings!

Holly Golightly - Halloween 2013
Happy Halloween, y'all! Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, I always think of today as dress up day. My sister and I used to own a big trunk full of thrifted pieces and mom's hand-me-downs. We would put together the craziest outfits, add our handmade jewelry, and walk around in our plastic heels pretending we were models or someone famous. Even though we don't have the trunk full of clothes anymore, I still love playing dress up on the weekend.

Halloween gives us the chance to play dress up once a year and be whatever you like. Whether you're a zombie, princess, taco, or your favorite cartoon, the best part is getting into character and going all out with it. My favorite costume of all time has been "Holly Golightly" from Breakfast at Tiffany's. I'm sure I've mentioned that Audrey my style icon and this movie is definitely in my top 5 favorites. To be honest, I've dressed up as Holly 3 or 4 times in previous years, but since I've kept all the accessories, it's perfect for a last minute costume.

What are your plans for Halloween this year? Are you costume ready? If you'r still looking, make sure to check out my costume ideas for Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby, Katniss from The Hunger Games, Minnie Mouse, and Katy Perry from Roar! This year I've got two costumes, Holly at work and Katy at night! Last night I finished my flower crown and a flower belt for my grass skirt, so tonight's costume is finally complete! Have a fun and safe Halloween night everyone!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Feeling 22 and 1/2

Outake from Polka Dot Jeans
It's my half birthday! I know it's not my actual birthday, but I'll take an extra day to celebrate being 22 anytime. Another excuse to wear red lipstick and my heart shaped sunnies, yes please! It's been a fabulous year so far and I'm grateful for the many blessings. Taylor Swift may have hyped it up to be a fun and glamorous age, but really, it's what you make of it. Sure it's confusing sometimes, but choosing to see the good makes it all worth while. Whether you're 19 or 27, the song applies to all of us. Trust me, I'll be singing TSwift's single for years to come!

Do you celebrate your half birthday? How many times have you heard TSwift's 22 this week? Don't lie.
Happy Wednesday, darlings!

*Be sure to look out for the return of Words of Wisdom Wednesday next week!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Story of my first 5K

Written shortly after 5K:

I don't know where to start. Although I'm sitting calmly with a cup of tea and some granola, I'm still on a major running high. I can't believe it's over or that I did it, and that it was only 2 hours ago. But because I'm on this amazing running high, I think it's probably best to tell my story now.

It all started this summer. I returned home from college and wanted to get in shape. I ran with friends during school, but it was cold and I wasn't always consistent. After a couple weeks of running in the summer weather, I started to feel invincible. I mean, if I could run in 100 degrees or more, I could run anywhere, right? The sun was exhausting, but I was determined to pick up the speed and start setting goals. Little by little I was beating records and running faster. Towards the end of August, I felt ambitious and tried to finish 100 miles in 2 months. It wasn't easy jogging in extra miles everyday, but I 
definitely learned to run a bit longer. Eventually this all lead to my first 5K/color run last month. It was a blast, but I had more fun getting covered in color, that I didn't care about the whole running part.

A couple weeks ago, I signed up for a more "serious" 5K. I set a new goal to beat my previous 5K record of 29:17 and actually run the entire time. The race was Run for the Water and started by Gilbert Tuhabonye in 2008. For each person who runs, someone in Burundi receives clean water for life. It's more of a competitive race and all for a good cause, so it fit perfectly. To prepare, I started jogging 4-5 times a week and tracking an average of 2-4 miles each run. Instead of running the first mile and taking a break(like I used to), I started running longer and took shorter breaks. My stamina was improving and my speed was steady.

Mentally, I was completely ready; but then something came up Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Before I knew it, it had been 4 days without a single run or walk. The day I picked up my running packet, I started to get anxious and nervous. Here were all these extremely fit people who looked like they'd been running for years. I tried to stop comparing myself, but all I could think was "what did I sign myself up for?"
A 5K is 3.1 miles, so when you think about it, it might not sound like a whole lot, but for some it could mean forever. If you jog about 10 min per mile on average, that's just above 30 min. If you walk it, you'll probably make it in 45 min or so. Walk or run, you're bound to finish in less than an hour. After miles of practice, I believed I could run the entire time, but I didn't want to go for it until the actual race day. It may sound silly, but here's my logic: If I could run the entire time, I was bound to beat my record. Simple enough, right?

So it was Saturday night and I was prepping for the big day. I pinned my number on to my shirt, picked out some shorts, got my headband ready, and then I found a blue looking wristband. I had no idea what this blue thing was, and so like all smart people, I googled it. For those who don't know, it's a time tracker for runners! How cool is that? From the moment you pass the start and finish line, the tracker is marking your time. You put the band through your shoelaces and you're good to go. I'm a nerd when it comes to tech stuff, so this sort of blew my mind. You don't have to wear a watch, carry your phone, or wear some armband; it's just a small piece of plastic and you forget it's even there! But alas, I put the band on my shoelace and finally went to sleep!

Sunday morning rolled around and boom, I woke up at 4:38am thanks to the loud thunder and pouring rain. Eventually I fell back asleep, but then I had a dream. Because of the rain, the run was postponed an hour and dreaming Melissa decided to go shopping on SoCo. I was talking with friends and then got a call I missed the run! and then my alarm went off. Thank goodness it was just a dream! I turned off the alarm and ouch, my stomach was cramping. Oh joy. I got up, ate some cheerios, popped some ibuprofen, and tried to find a suitable jacket for the rain. You see, they gave us these pretty white shirts by Mizuno and all, but no one realized it was going to POUR. With no luck of finding a jacket, I ran out to the car under my purse and headed to the race with my mom. It was still dark at 6:30am, but thankfully the rain had subsided. 

We managed to find a parking spot and were getting out of the car when I realized I forgot my earphones. Thanks to the hormones and anxiety, I had a mental breakdown. I had always ran with my earphones. What was I going to do without my TSwift Pandora station, how was I supposed to check my time for each mile, and how were my hands going to feel without my phone in hand? This was my big day and I wasn't 100% prepared. After talking to my mom, I calmed down, wiped my tears, and decided to look at it differently. One, I'd have one less distraction. Two, no worrying about my ear buds falling out. And three, no carrying any extra weight. While I couldn't rely on my Nike Running app, I was completely grateful for my blue tracker band.

Because of the rain, the race got pushed back 15 min. I stretched a bit and hung out with my mom before heading the start line. While waiting, we also got to hear a word from Gilbert Tuhabonye himself, which was pretty inspiring. Soon enough, a minute was left and the countdown began. It was pretty crowded, so I waited to pass the start line until I had more room to run. The moment I passed the line, I went for it. I ran past a couple people to find a less crowded place and start running at a more comfortable pace. Eventually I hit the 1 mile, 2 mile and 3 mile point. I don't remember what I was thinking, besides watching out for big puddles. but that's the best part of it all. I find that my mind is most clear when running. No worries and no stress. It's just me and my shoes. After passing the 3 mile mark, I tried to sprint the last .10. I saw the clock and ran even faster, it was 26:04! I couldn't believe it. I had officially beat my record! Everyone was cheering us on and performers were playing Burundian music, it was a special moment I'll never forget.

As we headed on out, I picked up some free snacks and sports drinks. Saving the best for last, I stood in line to check my time:
As you could imagine, I was ecstatic. Not only did I run the entire time and beat my record, I placed 5th in my age division! It was a proud moment, y'all and I couldn't be happier. I'm not sure when I'll do my next 5K, but what I do know is, I've got some major training to do if I plan on beating my new record.

If you've made it this far, you're a trooper. This is probably the longest post I've written, but it's a special story I wanted to share. I had my ups and downs, but I finally made it. I would've never pictured myself completing a race of any kind, but this is something I love and hope to continue. I may have only started out on short runs in college, but I want to dedicate this post to Carolyn, Keith and Elizabeth. I never would have woken up early or gone out in 30 degree weather if it wasn't for those folks. So thanks for reading and have a fabulous Tuesday!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Roar: Katy Perry Costume

Halloween is finally here! The weekend was full of Halloween carnivals, costume parties, and haunted houses. I'm no fan of haunted houses/hayrides/etc. but I love to dress up and I'm always down for candy corn. As you may have noticed in recent weeks, I prefer sticking with my favorite characters or the fun and glamorous costumes!

This Halloween, I have more than one costume, but I wanted to share this costume first! I've been a fan of Katy Perry's music for a while now, but so far, Prism has got to be my favorite album yet. "Roar" is my current favorite, plus it's just a fun and empowering song to jam to. After seeing the video, I thought her costume was perfect for Halloween. It might not be completely recognizable, but I love the idea, and I could always pass for a jungle woman, right? But can you believe my sweet madre found my costume pieces all at one thrift store? Tiger top, check; grass skirt, check; belt, check. The only piece left is the tropical flower crown. Luckily, I know how to make my own flower crown. Once I find some tropical flowers, my costume will be complete!

If you're still hurrying to find a costume, I'd highly recommend this one. The grass skirt and brown belt can be found anywhere. With animal prints trending, you're bound to find a tank or crop top with tiger/leopard print. If you don't have time to make a flower crown, check the local thrift stores or drop by the mall. It's easy enough and doesn't require a lot of extra accessories. Hope this costume idea brings you some inspiration, or helps you come up with another idea! Are you dressing up this Halloween? Got any last minute Halloween ideas? Here's to a week full of scares and treats!

Friday, October 25, 2013

From A Heart Overflowing

While my list of daily reads continues to grow, I've started to realize the majority of my favorite blogs tend to be local or from the South. They might not have thousands of followers or wear sponsored clothing, but they're wonderful writers, have a unique personal style, and best of all, easy to relate to! While I enjoy the big name blogs like Gal Meets Glam or Kendi Everyday, there's something more genuine about the smaller blogs. They have an honest voice and write for themselves, not for others. These blogs are my favorites, which brings me to the Favorite Blogger of the Month, featuring Amanda from a From a Heart Overflowing!

From a Heart Overflowing

She's a southern gal with style and lots of inspiration. Whether you're looking for a good quote, outfit ideas, or moving in somewhere new, Amanda's got something for each of you. Each post is always honest and relatable, especially as a young 20 something myself. Hope you enjoy Amanda's interview! Make to visit From a Heart Overflowing or find her cute button in my sidebar; and while you're at it, check out a couple of my favorite posts here and here!

When and why did you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging in January of 2012. I had thought about starting a more official blog to share my personal style after blogging more casually on Tumblr for 3 years and as a New Year goal, I decided to take the leap.

Describe your personal style.

I would say my personal style varies a lot daily. I mostly just wear things that I like. I don’t like to restrict myself to a certain style because you never know what new things there are out there that could look amazing on you. But if I had to choose a few words to describe it, I would say: classic, cozy, put together.

Where do you find inspiration for new blog posts?

Definitely from other bloggers. I’ll see a blog post from one of my favorite bloggers (like Melissa) and suddenly a variation of that post comes to mind for me to try out. I also find inspiration for posts in my every day life. Most of my content is usually just simply talking about things going on in my own life or funny, awkward things that happen to me on the daily.

How would you describe your blog in 5 words?

Personal, awkward, joyful, inspiration-filled, happy.

What’s your favorite part about blogging?

The people for sure. I have met more people that I can relate to over blogging than I have in my entire life in person.

What’s your least favorite part about blogging?

This is a tough one but I would say the comparisons. It’s sometimes very difficult to not get down on yourself when reading about other’s adventures or new clothes and not compare it to your situation.

What are some of your favorite traditions in the fall season?

Well, living in Arizona, fall is sort of non-existent in some ways but in the last couple of years, my mister and I have started having a pumpkin carving night just the two of us and I absolutely love it. Growing up in Puerto Rico, we never did that sort of stuff so I didn’t carve a pumpkin until I was in my senior year of high school. So it’s definitely a fun, new tradition for us.

What’s one piece of advice for new and aspiring bloggers?

Just do you. It can be hard to stay focused on why you started a blog when you get focused on trying to get followers but if you just focus on expressing yourself, you will be a lot happier with your little space on the internet and readers will be far more attracted to a genuine person than someone who is just blogging to get followers.

Have a splendid weekend, darlings(just finished watching Breakfast at Tiffany's). I've got a busy weekend ahead...including my first serious timed 5K, so wish me luck!!! I'll be sure to share some pics from the race on my Instagram, along with a big bowl of ice cream. Totally treating myself after the race, it's just necessary.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Words of Wisdom Wednesday #9
After baking the pumpkin banana bread, I felt inspired to bake some more. Now I'm not much of a baker or cook, but when I find an easy recipe consisting of my favorite ingredients, it's worth a try. And I'm no expert, but the worst that can happen is you burn the edges, right? Unless you're entering a baking contest or something, then you might have a problem...but I digress.

In the past, I baked cakes or cookies for special occasions, but I never tried other recipes. Like I've mentioned before, I'm a picky eater and so this plays a major part in my confession: I'm not quite a dessert person. There, I said it! Because I like my meals simple and sauces/toppings/condiments free, it sort of limits my dessert choices. What do I like? Here it goes: Sugar cookies, yes; chocolate, no; brownies, yes(well, sometimes); cheesecake, no; pumpkin pie, yes(!!); apple pie, no; etc. So I like some desserts, but only at their simplest. Even if I only prefer a few sweets, I sure enjoy the baking fun. Mostly licking the bowl at the end, but I'm sure you agree.

If you're looking for a new hobby or therapy besides shopping, why not bake a cake? There's a couple of perks involved when you think about it. First, your home will smell amazing. Second, you're in control of the ingredients you want in your dessert. And lastly, you get to enjoy the yummy goodness afterwards! Sounds amazing, right? So here's to the bakers, beginners or experts, get out that apron and whip up something delicious! Happy Wednesday and hope you found some inspiration!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pumpkin Banana Bread

In last week's High Five for Friday, I shared a sneak peak of today's recipe. If you recall, the first item on my fall bucket list included baking pumpkin bread! After trying the Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread a couple weeks ago, I wasn't completely satisfied. Don't get me wrong, Trader Joe's is wonderful, but I'm picky and the bread needed something more. To spice it up, I added some bananas. I'm a firm believer that bananas add the perfect touch of sweetness to any recipe. If you don't believe me, go ahead and try it!
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread Mix
1 Cup of Water
1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs
2 Ripe Bananas
Cooking/Baking Spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Grease the bread dish with baking spray
2. Mix the water, oil, eggs and pumpkin bread mix together.
3. Stir the ingredients for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
4. Mash 2 bananas in separate bowl and then mix in other ingredients.
5. Pour mixed ingredients into the bread dish.
6. Bake bread for 50 minutes and then let sit for 5 minutes.
Insert toothpick and check if it's clean before pulling out of the oven.

If you're even the slightest fan of banana bread, try this recipe! The banana helps take away the strong pumpkin spice and gives a sweeter taste. The Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread mix is easy to use and only requires a couple ingredients. Whether you're a beginner or expert in baking, this recipe is hard to mess up. Just make sure to let the bread cool off for a few hours before slicing into, the bread will stick together once cooled. No one wants a crumbly slice of bread, trust me, I learned the first time.

Are you a fan of pumpkin bread or muffins? Would you add any other ingredients? Let me know if you decide to try it out, I'd love to see your pictures. Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Minnie Mouse Costume

Halloween Costume: Minnie Mouse
Dress || Shirt || Shoes || Gloves(anywhere) || Tights || Headband
Can you believe it's already the 21st? October is flying by, y'all. You've got less than two weeks to find a costume. I've had so much fun coming up with a costume for both Daisy and Katniss, but this week I'm going classic with Minnie Mouse! I grew up surrounded by Disney, and Minnie was always my favorite, next to Mickey of course. I know I definitely dressed up as Minnie once or twice. So here's to the Minnie Mouse fans, enjoy!

Since Minnie is known for the red polka dot dress, I chose a simple lookalike dress. It might not have sleeves, but that's what the black shirt is for! If you're going out on Halloween night, chances are it'll be chilly. The white hand gloves won't only keep you warm, they'll look just like Minnie's white hand. For the shoes, I chose some fun yellow heels that can be worn time after time. Since they have a peep toe, I chose the footless tights. The most important accessory is the headband. Sure, Minnie has a bow between her ears, but you can switch it up with this fun hair piece. Now tease your hair and add two buns for a finished look! Just make sure the buns are on top and not the sides, this isn't Princess Leia.

I love how easily these accessories can be worn again, especially this season. With the weather cooling down, these gloves and tights are essential. Are you finding any costume accessories that can be worn more than once? How're your halloween costumes coming along? Happy Monday lovelies!

Friday, October 18, 2013

High Five For Friday #1

This week has been crazy busy. Work was a bit busier, I started running farther, and my to-do list was scary to look at. Instead of stressing over the little things, I spent Wednesday night doing absolutely nothing. I went for a run, showered, ate dinner, and then plopped in bed for some Netflix until I fell asleep. It was wonderful and exactly what I needed, a relaxing break for hump day I'd say. Even though my schedule felt overwhelming, I chose to reflect on the good moments by participating in High Five for Friday with Lauren Elizabeth! It's a fun post to look back at your favorite moments of the week, enjoy!

1. New bed: My room is technically the guest room for when family visit and such, but a full size bed isn't always guest friendly. The parents decided it was time to upgrade to a queen size, especially with the Holidays coming up. All these decisions lead to a new bed for me! It's extremely comfy, but as I mentioned here, I still don't have bed sheets. Hoping this gets squared away over the weekend (hint, hint if you're reading this mom!). 

2. Simba: I took this little fella for a jog this week and he was such a trooper. I hardly take him out with me, mostly because he gets too excited and I can't keep control. This week was the first time he stayed by my side and kept his cool, especially around the other canines. From the picture you can probably see how tired he was, hence the whole tongue sticking out, but boy he did well for 2 miles! It was certainly a proud moment of the week.

3. Baking: I can check off another item on my bucket list! I finally baked some Trader Joe's Pumpkin bread and added some bananas for a twist. Two of my favorite flavors in one, yes please. Look out for the recipe post next week!

4. Profugo Wallet: As some of you may remember, I interned with Profugo last year and am a big supporter of the non-profit. After donating to the Tailoring Workshop project, I received this padded wallet. Not only is the pattern authentic and stylish, the colors are perfect for fall!

5. New Goal: This week's Words of Wisdom Wednesday was focused on setting goals. I finally decided to run a real 5K! In preparation, I stepped up my running routine this week. For my post, I added my favorite quote to a recent picture of my running attire, pink shirt on purple shorts with my not-so-colorful, but supportive shoes. Another motivation tip for fitness - buy fun and bright workout clothes!

Did you have a fun week? Share any proud or special moments?
Happy Friday lovelies and have a fabulous weekend!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Words of Wisdom Wednesday #8

Last week's Words of Wisdom Wednesday post really shed some light on switching up my running routine. I hadn't stopped running, but I was tired of taking the same routes. Last night I took Simba out for a jog and am happy to say he did a fantastic job(he's not well trained in the people department). In previous attempts, I was either dragged along or holding him back from other dogs. Needless to say, I'm excited for next time!

While I figure out new ways to switch up my runs, I've set a new goal. Last month I participated in a 5K color run. While the run itself was a blast, I still wanted to challenge myself and run a regular 5K without the hoopla. I recently came upon a run for a good cause here in Austin, and it's budget friendly!  To reach my goal, I made a quick plan below:

GOAL: Jog a full 5K or finish the run in less than 30 minutes.
PLAN: Build up my stamina through a series of interval training.
DREAM: Run for the Water 5K

Following the advice of today's quotes is important when setting goals, big or small. It can be tricky staying on track, but it's words like these that help me push through. Have you set any short or long term goals recently? How do you plan for reaching goals? Happy Wednesday dreamers!

*Images without credit are my own.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October Wishlist

After creating this month's wishlist, I realized these items have little to do with fall, Halloween, or October - minus the leather jacket and maybe the colors. It's sort of all over the place and includes a bit more than usual, but it'd be nice if I could just have them all. In the last few weeks, I found some basics for the cool season ahead, but it's time to add some style with accessories and more!

Bedding: This purple comforter set is so lovely and would go perfectly on my new bed. You heard right, I now have a queen size bed! The only thing is that I don't have the right sheets or a comforter yet. For now, I'll continue fawning over bedding sets online, but this floral print is my favorite so far.

Flats: A pair of black flats are usually the first thing on my fall staples list, but it's October and I still don't have a pair. In summer, I'm all about the flat sandals. In winter, I'm all about flats...and boots too, when the weather is cold enough. These faux suede shoes could go with a skirt, dress, or pants. I love me a good pair of classic looking flats and these fit the budget nicely!

Jacket: I have yet to own a leather jacket in my lifetime. It's something I'd like to invest in, but there are too many cute ones to choose from. I've had my eye on the quilted look for a while now and this jacket is gorgeous. With this jacket, I can still get an edgy look minus the spikes and studs.

Purse: Before I made this list, I thought I wanted a black purse. I love my black tote, but sometimes it feels too professional for an everyday look. Plus, it's big and allows me to fill it with bricks and other things - no fun. This burgundy color still goes with my darker pieces and is much friendlier in size. It'll carry the essentials and look stylish from day to night!

Nail Polish: Went a little crazy this weekend and bought a couple new colors. But now it's Tuesday and I can't stop thinking about the nude/grey color. I don't recall the name, but it was perfect and so is this color. This season's calling for nude polish colors in my book!

Blown Away CD: Who doesn't love Carrie Underwood? I mean TSwift is amazing, but so is Carrie, and this album is full of great songs. I know it came out a year ago, but I was jamming to Red a year ago. Lovely Pandora just introduced us over the summer and now I'm hooked. If only I hear this last year, I might have made it to her concert from the Blown Away tour.

Watch: Now I've got a small confession, unless you follow me on instagram, you already know. I finally bought my first grown up watch earlier this month! I've never worn watches, mostly because I forget to put them on and partially because the ticking noise bothers me in quiet places - it's weird I know. I ordered it from Lulu's and couldn't be happier with my purchase. This watch is similar to the one I purchased, they both share a nude color scheme. This classy accessory will go with everything!

What are your favorite accessories for fall? Found a favorite nail polish lately? 
What's on your wishlist this month?

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Hunger Games - Katniss Everdeen

The Hunger Games - Katniss Everdeen Costume
Jacket || Tee || Pants || Boots || Backpack || Pin || Necklace
Hope everyone enjoyed a fun and relaxing weekend! I did almost nothing but finish season one of New Girl. Since Austin finally got some rain, Sunday was the perfect day to stay in bed, read a book, and be lazy. With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire coming to theaters next month, I thought it'd be fun to re-read the book. Plus, Katniss' character is pretty inspiring if you ask me. She's strong, smart and stands up for what she believes in. A fictional character, but a role model nonetheless. So here's some costume inspiration for the girl on fire!

Staying in line with the idea of reusing these pieces, I chose some everyday staples for her outfit. Since the army trend is still holding strong, these green pants and combat boots are an easy find. If you still haven't found a leather jacket, you can always visit a thrift store or pick up an inexpensive faux leather jacket. To top it off, put your hair in a braid and then throw on a basic tee and an old backpack for a completed look. But don't forget the mocking jay pin, it's the most important accessory!

This costume's a bit more casual, but adding those little accessories will make a difference. You're bound to get a couple compliments from Hunger Games fans young and old. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can always wear the outfit to the movie premiere next month! Any Hunger Games fans out there? Have you bought your ticket for the premiere yet? I should probably get on that sometime soon...Happy Monday!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Thrifted Story

Flats: Thrifted (Similar)
While cleaning out my closet last weekend, I started reminiscing on the stories behind some of my favorite pieces and came up with a new post/series idea. Why not share the story behind this or that? You know, the days when you least it expect it, and then walk out with an almost new pair of boots or the perfect LBD. Some of these stories are too good not to share with the world. Plus, you just can't help but brag when you spent a fraction of the original price...or is it just me?

My first thrift find story features those lovely flats. If you saw last week's outfit post, you might notice my love for leopard print is growing, but I digress. While thrifting at a local thrift shop last week, I skimmed through the shoe racks looking for some flats. After passing through the neutrals, I came upon some printed shoes. Low and behold, I found some brand new leopard print shoes. Now in case you forgot, my August Wishlist contained a similar pair of flats, however, they sold out quickly. I found a pair from Target, but never got around to actually purchasing them. Turns out these shoes were the EXACT same pair I had my eyes on, can you say fate? Still had the original tags/stickers, but half the price! It's not everyday you find an item from your wish list at a thrift store, so you can imagine my excitement.

These flats are my current favorites. Did I mention they go with everything? Don't mind me while I wear them everyday this week, but boy are they comfy. Happy Friday!

P.S. Checked off a fall bucket list item and ordered my first pumpkin spice latte! Sadly, I was let down. Smelled amazing, but it felt like I was drinking pumpkin flavored coffee. For now,  I'll stick with my favorite, a chai tea latte! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Farewell Cory Monteith
Music has been part of my life since day one. I'm sure growing up in the Music Capital of the World has something to do with it. Although I can't sing a single note, I'm always inspired by talented singers and musicians. I remember hearing about Glee on a TV commercial and its comparison to High School Musical, only rated PG-13. The cast was small and full of new faces, but the musical aspect drew me in.

I'll admit the story line was a bit corny, but when the characters broke out into song, I was in awe. First, these kids were triple threats. Second, Rachel Berry's voice. Lastly, I was a jealous my life didn't involve breaking into song a couple times a day. After watching a couple episodes, the characters grew on me, especially Finn Hudson. He may have just been the handsome star football player with an incredible voice, but Cory Monteith took his character to the next level. Over the years, I watched Cory's character evolve as an inspiration to kids and teenagers standing against the status quo. He was passionate about acting and it shows in every episode.

Tonight, Glee is airing a tribute episode in honor of Cory and I think we all know it will be a tear jerker. With most of my favorite TV shows, I get overly attached to characters. I was pushing for Finn and Rachael to make it, so this evening will be difficult to watch. In memory of Cory, I decided to share my top 5 favorite songs and moments from Glee. Even if you've never watched an episode, I'm sure you'll enjoy a couple of these videos.

5. Best Performance

4. Best (almost a) Monologue

3. Favorite Finn Song

2. Favorite Finchel Moment

1. Favorite Glee Song

Thanks for reading and watching. For all the Gleeks, don't forget to tune in for tonight's tribute episode!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Words of Wisdom Wednesday #7
After graduating college, I decided it was time to get back in shape. I'd been through too many fitness regimes, and slowly gave up on each one. Since I was still on the job hunt, I had few commitments and plenty of time for running and exercise videos. I started out walking and jogging and more walking a couple times a week and slowly built up my stamina from there. Using Nike + Running to track my runs was a big help, especially jogging around random trails. Not to mention, you get a notification every time you set a new record for yourself! If that doesn't sound like motivation, I don't know what else does.

It's been a couple months now and I'm happy to say running has officially become a new hobby. This lifestyle definitely took some getting used to, but I now feel stronger, both mentally and physically. I've also learned to make tiny sacrifices, whether I wake up earlier or save my TV shows for another day. It's not always easy, but with everything, you have your good and bad days. Sometimes I just need a good pre-workout snack, a new playlist, or some bright workout clothes to get me pumped. And once I'm finished, I'm always happy - so I'm just assuming it's a runner's high!

If you're thinking about getting into shape or a runner going through a rut, I hope you can find some inspiration in this week's Words of Wisdom. No matter your level, there's never a better time to get active. If you're in a rut, switch it up and explore somewhere new. It's the perfect time of year to play outside, so go for a hike with friends or toss around a football. Think about it, hanging out with friends and exercising at the same time? Count me in, it's a win-win situation. Hope you're all having a wonderful week, happy Wednesday lovelies!