Friday, August 29, 2014

DIY - Window Pane Chalkboard

My mother gave me this window pane a while back. Not sure if she got it at a flea market or what, but I remember thinking that I really like the mint colored, distressed frame, but wasn't crazy about the flower decorations in the glass. But I took it, figuring I could come up with something! 

I channeled my inner Pinterest and came up with the idea to paint the glass panels with black chalkboard paint. That way it would look more updated, I could keep the mint frame part I liked, and we could update it as much as we wanted with chalk!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Selfishness and Sacrifice: Finding Balance

It amazes me some of the things I have discovered about being in a relationship in just the past year. Tim and I have been dating for about 2.5 years and I am constantly learning new things. About him. About me. About us together. And about dating in general.

The reason I am so surprised by this is because I've been in serious relationships before. At least two others were very serious, committed, long term deals - that could have potentially ended in "forever".

So I wonder, why is it that in THIS relationship I'm faced with so many lessons and realizations? Maybe it's because this is the first time I've lived with a boyfriend. Which I believe makes you so much closer that perhaps it sheds light on new things. Or maybe it's because I'm 26, he's 27, we both have careers, and are happy. And that's when all the real shit hits you. Because you've accomplished a lot of what you wanted to accomplish. Which means now you have to move on to other, grander things.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Most Traumatic Experience of My Life

So I told you how I had my event in Boston last week. It was so well and we were all on a success-high Friday. Most of our staff took off for home Friday afternoon. But it just so happened that my mom's side of the family was having a reunion in up-state New York the next day. So I had planned in advance to take a short/cheap flight from Boston to Albany, spend the weekend there, and then fly back to Lexington on Sunday.

I had a ticket for some airline called "Cape Air". I had no idea what it was, but had booked it via Kayak or Expedia and it was the cheapest and direct, so I went with it. 

We were all joking that it would be a small plane since it was a strange airline, but Lexington is a smaller airport so I had been on small jets before. Yes, they are a little tight, but not too bad.

Well.... let's just say I had NO IDEA what I was in for. 

When I checked in at the Cape Air counter, they weighed my suitcase ("Big Brown" as we call her...she's a beast). Normal procedure. Then they proceeded to weigh my carry-on roller bag, and my purse. Strange. Then they asked me, in front of all the passengers within ear shot, how much I weighed. I gave them a bewildered look and said, "me??". The agent nodded like it was the most normal question in the world, so I told him how much I weigh minus 5 pounds.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Why I'm KIND OF OK With Summer Ending

It's funny the revelations you have as you get older. Like when you finally start realizing who your true friends are and that the others aren't worth your time. Or when you discover that strawberries are delicious. Or when you go from an indifferent stance on something, to a fiery passion.

Well the revelation I've had in the past couple years is that I despise summer apparel. Just straight up hate it. Short shorts that force you to keep up with leg shaving on a daily basis, light tank tops, open sandals, girly dresses, colorful patterns, minimal layering. It all just doesn't do it for me. I find it so hard to dress appropriately in the summer. I always feel like a tween on my way to a One Direction concert no matter what I wear.

And considering my taste is for dark, saturated colors and more sophisticated fabrics, summer just isn't a wardrobe-friendly season for me. I feel out of my element every single hot, humid day that I'm forced to bear more skin than I care to.

And because of this reason, I'm KIND OF OK with summer ending. Kind of. I'm not going to lie, I do love summer. For non-clothing reasons. Cold beverages on a patio with friends, running outside, vacations, festivals, weddings, etc. Those all make summer great.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 Summer Meeting ~ Boston

I have officially been through a complete year cycle of meetings with my new company! It's hard to believe. It feel like just yesterday I was brand new and dipping my toes in the water!

My third event was last week, held in Boston at the lovely Fairmont Copley Plaza...

The hotel is OLD, and you can tell. It's been beautifully restored, but it's decor is over the top and at times, overwhelming. The space isn't entirely condusive to a 21st century business meeting (more like a 1920s grand ball), but we made it work!

One of my favorite things about the hotel is that they have two dogs who hang out in the lobby. They are there to greet the guests and available for anyone to take on walks! We may or may not have fed one of them, and it may or may have posted up behind our registration desk all week because of it! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ensemblr App - $150/£100 Giveaway!

Did Online Shopping put an end to your girly shopping trips?  Do you miss asking your BFF’s opinion on an outfit? Well, the Ensemblr app is hoping to bring those days back!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Confessional Friday

I confess that since I'm in Boston running my Meeting, I didn't plan anything to post in advance. Bad blogger, bad.

Friday, August 8, 2014

10 Necessities for the Frequent Flyer

I've been traveling a lot lately, so what I pack has been on my mind. I tried to put together a list of items that I've found really handy, but may not be the most obvious for more novice flyers.

1. Water
I always make sure to buy a bottle of water after I go through security. (So it doesn't get taken.) Even though you typically always get drink service on a plane, there's been plenty of times when either they cancel service due to short flight, turbulence, or at another point in the flight I suddenly have a coughing fit, or I wake up from a nap and my throat is super dry. It's just a good thing to always have with you.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

JT in KC

As I mentioned last week, I went to Kansas City to do a site visit for work. The Convention and Visitors Association of KC invited us to a concert and some other fun events during our stay. 

My bestie Mary flew in from Chicago to join me! I love when I can mix a business trip with some fun!

 We started the night at an urban winery where they had Jack Stack catered. Before we ate, the head chef did a demonstration of how they cook and cut their meat! Was so sad to see all that goodness go to waste! But it was delicious!

Then we headed over to the Sprint Center for the concert. We hung out in the VIP lounge/bar before we went to our seats!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

That New Car Face

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Cars are often an overlooked part of our everyday lives. We use them several times a day, but unless we are on the hunt for a new one, or our current one is crapping itself, we usually don't give them much thought.

But, if you think about it, our cars are a big part of our history. Think of a favorite memory, and I bet you can remember what car you had at that time.

We make tons of memories with our vehicles.

Like, the car you grew up riding in. The car that took you 12 hours to New York every year to visit your family. The car your Dad refused to get rid of until it was over 300,000 miles. The car you nicknamed "The Hulk".

Monday, August 4, 2014

Style Gather Giveaway {$50 Paypal Cash & $50 Gift Card!}

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