If you're itching for a summer adventure, why not spend it relaxing in your own private cabana?!Read More
I am going to apologize in advance for the slightly lazy journalism that is going to follow but I have a million things to share and I am just SO EXCITED!!! Check out some of my current obsessions and become obsessed with them as well.Read More
Yesterday, I turned 30.
What once was a dreaded age is now celebrated. If I am completely honest, I have welcomed the change. I have this philosophy that I am sure other share which is that your 20's are filled with hardships that make you learn how to be an adult. In your 30's, you've already been through a ton of bullshit and are equipped to handle most of life's challenges.Read More
Check out all the yummy goodness I discovered in Hope Mills recently!Read More
Spoiler alert: it wasn't really that #turntRead More
Everyday, someone asks me how my move has been and everyday I say "Ommm..it's okay??". The follow up question is always "Do you miss LA?". I don't. But I do. I was in Los Angeles for 7 years and it's hard to let go of it as I feel like so much of my identity was shaped there. However, it's good to be home.
Since day 1 in NC, I have tried to figure out my new "go to" spots so I figured I would share some of my LA substitutions in Raleigh as well as my weird bootleg rating system.Read More
Preface: If you ask me where my favorite place in the world is, I will either tell you the Dean Dome at UNC or the Grand Canyon.
In an effort to get back in the practice of updating this little ol thing more often, I went through my drafts and realized I never blogged about mine and Shelby's epic Grand Canyon hike last 4th of July. While I have lots of #feels seeing all these awesome photos again, I am going to keep my commentary brief and let the pictures speak for themselves. Also see: lazy.Read More
It never fails. When the holiday season approaches, everyone is a massive ball of stress and anxiety. As someone who already struggles with anxiety and has since elementary school, this time of year can feel like a never ending nightmare.Read More
So you got a FitBit or some other variation of a fitness tracker for Christmas. You rock it proudly every day but it doesn't necessarily go with your more dressy outfits. Hell, it might not even go with any of your outfits. FitJewels is your solution! There are plenty of companies out there who offer accessories for your fitness tracker but in my opinion, FitJewels has the best selection. Check out of a few of my favorites below!Read More
With weather in the mid-60's here in NC, now is the perfect time to bundled up, put on those sneakers and get outdoors! Check out these awesome, family friendly, and mostly free, fitness events in Fayetteville, NC this January!Read More
Y'all. Does holiday eating absolutely terrify you like it does me? I feel like any time I am at a holiday party or family get together, I either drink way too much which results in eating a ton or just feel like I absolutely have to stuff my face with all the delicious food I see. Not the ideal situation for someone who tries hard to be on top of their health and fitness game! Lucky, Prath Burton, Senior Fitness Director at O2 Fitness Clubs sent over a few tips to keep us all happy and healthy this holiday season.Read More
When I woke up this morning... okay let's scratch that... I barely even slept. I tossed and turned all night. I obsessively checked my phone. I worried. I was terrified. I was embarrassed.
So when I actually got out of my bed, I decided not to let this decision get me down. I got up, got ready, grabbed two dozen donuts for my office, and headed into work early. The drive in was a gloomy one which totally fit my mood. It felt like UNC had just lost another NCAA basketball tournament game at the last second, like I had just been broken up with, and like my phone got ran over....at all the same time...times about a thousand. Numb is probably the best way to describe it.
My mind raced as I thought about how our political system is going to be turned completely on its head. I tried to imagine Trump (or "some rich asshole" as my Google Chrome plug-in corrects it to) addressing our nation in his first State of the Union address.... and I couldn't. I just couldn't. I still can't.
I have so many questions like how people can have so much hate in their hearts. How can 'christians' support someone who is so radical, so rash, so sexist, so racist? The God that I worship is inclusive. The God I worship spreads love. The God I worship wants me -- a 29 year old white, educated, independent woman to have the same rights that my male counterparts have. The God I worship does not care what color my skin is because he created ALL of us in his image.
At the same time, this is a decision that America made and we now have to live with it. But that doesn't mean that we have to sit back and be sad about it. This means that we have a chance to exercise our rights as Americans! We can let our voices be heard. We can get up and DO something. Volunteer. Get involved in our local governments. We can make ourselves familiar with our representatives and let them know what changes we think need to be made. WE CAN ACTUALLY RUN FOR OFFICE IF WE WANTED! We honestly have so many options. If anything, we can strive to be inclusive and actually love our neighbors who are different than we are. Kindness goes such a long way, regardless if you're donating money to charity, giving someone in need a ride, or just bringing in donuts to your office when you know everyone is going to be sad.
I am choosing to be inspired as opposed to defeated.
I'd like to thank all of my friends who gave up their jobs to work on Hillary's campaign. I envy your bravery and passion. I'd like to thank all of my friends who volunteered at phone banks, canvasing or just helping people register to vote. Your time and efforts did not go unnooticed.
I want my LGBTQ friends to know that I love them and support them. I want my refugee friends to know that I am so sorry that they are fearful and that I will do everything in my power to make them feel safe. I want my friends who have a different skin color than I do to know that they are beautiful. I want everyone to know that no matter who you are, who you love, where you came from that you should have the same rights I have and that I am going to try my damnedest to make sure that that happens.
I love you all. We will get through this. We just have to take action.
Seven-Time Michelin Star Recipient Leaves California Wine Country to Revamp the Property’s Culinary Program and Return to his Home StateRead More
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The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is getting into the Halloween spirit this season with two must-try cocktail recipes for only $12 each. The charming hotel’s signature restaurant, Crossroads Chapel Hill, which recently announced its new Executive Chef, Brandon Sharp, is offering a classic Pumpkin Martini with a twist, as well as a very literal and unique Dragon Eye Martini .Read More
Fayetteville, NC is famous for a few things -- its rich military history, J.Cole and me. I am technically not from there but it's the closest big city to my hometown, so I claim it, alright?!
Dubbed "America's Hometown", Fayetteville has a ton of activities happening this October. Aside from Nature Connects at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden and Fayetteville Comic Con, there is a whole slew of fun to be had!Read More
Check out with my girl crush Ginger Zee has to say about Run 10 Feed 10!Read More
During my brief funemployment stint, I discovered the glory that is Wahlburgers, a TV show that follows the Wahlberg family's restaurant adventures. I quickly became obsessed with Mark, Donnie and Paul, as well as the rest of the family. I obsessively tweeted gifs of Mark in his younger days. I obsessively posted Facebook status's saying I needed to attend a Wahlburgers.
You will understand my excitement when I got an email telling me that WAHLBURGERS IS COMING TO RALEIGH!!!!!Read More
Being funemployed for about 3 weeks now has been...interesting. At first, I kept myself so busy it was basically like I had a full time job anyway. Then once I finished running a million errands, I did some hiking but being alone was boring. I've been able to grab lunches with friends, get extra workouts in, and really just clean out my apartment. I've been getting weekly massages, chiropractor sessions, acupuncture and facials at Health Within Center (HIGHLY recommend them if you live in LA!). Overall, funemployment has been an exercise in futility for me. I want to be busy. I want to do things. I want to wrap up my live in Los Angeles... but I have no money to do all the things I want to do. I know this is the time that I need to sit still and be comfortable in the silence, but it's hard.
For the past 7 years, I have gone non-stopped. I haven't had downtime. I don't know how to just chill. I HAVE NO CHILL. The longer I sit, the more time I have to worry. Worry about a new job (I have a few great leads so far), worry about where I am going to live when I decide to leave my parents house, worry if I will make friends in Raleigh, just worry worry worry. I am being proactive and putting the work in so I know things will fall into place the way they need to. BUT. I. AM. IMPATIENT.
I now have less than two weeks left in this beautiful city. I want to do all the things but I have to realize if I don't, that's okay. I just have to take things a day at the time, make my to do lists and also find time to just enjoy the process. I am sure I will look back on all of this in a few months and laugh at how neurotic I am being.