Until We Meet Again

Writing this blog has been a fun, creative outlet for me for the past 2+ years.

499 posts later, I have covered numerous trends, favs, finds, shops, recipes, styles, looks, hits, misses, inspirations, drinks, laughs and more. It has been truly an enjoyable exploration and almost therapeutic for me.

Thank you for reading, commenting, sharing and posting. Seriously…thank you. The positive responses that I have received from sharing my likes and obsessions has been overwhelming and comforting. Thank you for reading.

This blog started as a way for me to write, to share, and to connect…but it ended up being so much more. However, life…as it often does…has gotten in the way a bit and I feel like it is time to retire the blog (at least for now). Like you, responsibilities are many (and multiplying) and I am not able to devote the attention I wish any longer. It wouldn’t feel right to commit “half-way” and therefore, I have made the choice to end with this, my 500 blog post. (High five!! Like 100 of them!)

So, as they say, “it’s not goodbye…it is simply until we meet again.”

Until then, continue to be awesome and look for all of the awesomeness in the world. It’s out there, I promise. We just need to open ourselves to embracing it a little more readily.

Love what / who you love. Try new things. Challenge yourself. Be authentic. Stay awesome.

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BUSY BUSY BUSY!
With my two busiest weeks of summer upon me,
I am taking a little blog break and will return to
dazzle you with reviews, fav products, trends, finds, and
all other things ‘awesome’ next week.

Until then…well, you know…
STAY AWESOME!

Free Hugs

Some food for thought on this beautiful Friday…

I saw this video swimming around social media and it really affected me. I mean REALLY affected me. I was very emotional watching it…tears swelling, holding my breath, smile beaming every time a genuine gesture was made.

And then the end…wow

Today I challenge you to open your hearts a little more to those around you. Heck, open your arms wider and embrace the world.

Food for Thought…

Instagram Must Follow

My friend Katie sent me THIS LINK and I immediately became infatuated with Boss, The French Bulldog.

According to the article –

The photogenic French bulldog is Europe’s most popular animal on Instagram, according to The Local. With nearly 185,000 followers, he certainly lives up to his name.

Boss is 3 years old and lives in Sweden with his human where he enjoys minor notoriety and playing dress up.

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I mean this dog is pretty fabulous.

His Instagram account, Bossthefrenchbulldog, is a MUST FOLLOW for your daily does of AWESOME.

Hydrate

I have never been good at drinking the proper amount of water throughout the day. In fact, I hardly drink much at all.

I have some lovely friends who are, well…let’s call them ‘wateraholics’. They are rarely seen without a trusty waterbottle and they are appalled by my lack of water intake. Yes, appalled.

Having stepped up my workout regimen lately, and with the interest of just being healthier at the forefront of my thoughts, I decided that my water consumption was something I needed to actually focus on.

The old adage of 8 glasses a day is no longer true. Instead, think about how much you weigh and divide that number in half. That’s how many ounces of water you should drink per day. For instance, a person who is 200 pounds, should drink 100 oz. of water per day to be adequately hydrated.

71FbuCPuJ5L._SY550_One of my friends was talking about this water bottle that contains an infusion chamber. You add your own fruit or whatever and it helps flavor your water over time. This intrigued me, so we each decided to buy one!
The one we purchased is 27 oz and we found it on Amazon.

I like to set mine up the night before so that all of my fruit goodness can work its way into the water for more intense flavor.

I am challenging myself to drink two bottles a day (which makes me feel like I want to float away on a raft, but hey…I am giving it an honest effort).

How much water do you drink each day? If you are like me and have to consciously think about your water consumption, a water bottle like this might be your answer.

I am hoping that it becomes habit and I eventually won’t have to think about it so much (because it is, indeed, a chore). My ‘wateraholic’ friends assure me that this transition will eventually happen…let’s hope it does before I float away…

Divergent

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DIVERGENT HITS THEATERS TODAY!
(I am slightly excited…can you tell?)

If you haven’t read Divergent, the first of three books from Veronica Roth’s series, you need to go out and grab a copy right now. Seriously. Go.
Promise me you will read it before you see the film.

This series is better than the Hunger Games (which I love).
YES – BETTER THAN THE HUNGER GAMES.

Without spoiling too much, here is the basic premise:
(recap from Amazon)

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

GAHHH what are you still doing reading this blog?!?!?
GO GET YOUR COPY OF DIVERGENT NOW!

Boston – my new love

I recently traveled to Boston for a work conference. It was my first trip to ‘Beantown’ and, honestly, I was blown away. In. LOVE.

I  have had a long-time crush on Chicago (now, before you think this is going to a Chicago / Boston battle…it’s not…I am just providing some context.) I was totally convinced that if I ever left Michigan for ‘big city life’ that I would undoubtedly hop over Lake Michigan and settle into the Second City. After my time in Boston…my certainty has been shaken and I find myself smitten with Boston.

So, what surprised me about Boston?

THE PEOPLE – So incredibly friendly and polite. It wasn’t that I went in thinking that the lovely people of Boston wouldn’t be friendly, but I wasn’t prepared for the noticeable friendliness. Being a Midwesterner, I believe in outward common courtesy and like to think that I practice good social manners and try to be patient and friendly with most people. I felt incredibly welcomed by the people of Boston. It was pretty clear that I was visiting Boston…looking at the map on my phone, asking for directions / recommendations, inquiring about public transit, and…of course…my Michigan accent may have given me away instantly. But truthfully, the people of Boston to real time to help me. Doors were held. Genuine recommendations were made. Friendly hello’s were exchanged without an eye roll or huff of breath. People cared about me and I felt safe while visiting.

THE FOOD – Gosh…I am a foodie wannabe and love to explore a variety of food when I visit a new place. I don’t want to venture out to the places “I have to go” in a new city…I want to eat where the locals eat. I want the mom & pop joints that are off the beaten path. I want the place that seats 20 and where the menu changes daily based on the catch of the day. I want the gem of a coffee-shop that is tucked away that serves a life-changing latte. I want the family restaurant that has been around for 75 years where the recipes have been passed from generation to generation. I want to be thinking about my culinary adventure LONG after I have settled back into my life in Michigan. Boston is literally BOOMING with these palate pleasers. I am 100% sure that if I lived here I would be morbidly obese and poor…but really really really happy.

THE HISTORY – One of the oldest cities in America, Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists from England. I would like to personally thank those Puritan colonists. (Thank you.)

THE ATMOSPHERE – For being a city that has been around for as long as it has, I assumed it would would FEEL old. Meaning…dirty, over lived in, haggard. That could not be further from the truth. It actually almost felt SO charming and clean that in most parts of the city, it kind of felt like a really authentic movie set. The brick-paved streets, the mixture of skyscrapers and smaller-quaint rows, the narrow streets that create a stronger sense of community (no congestion), the bay waterfront and the all of the allure that it creates on it’s own. The historic pop-up reminders that, while they should feel jarring and confusing amidst the evolution of the city, don’t.

THE BAY – How can you not love being surrounded by the gorgeous water? Even during this grey / nasty / forever dragging on winter, the Bay was magical. I can only imagine it’s beauty in the warmer months! I was lucky enough to snag a ride on a water taxi from my hotel near Logan Airport over to The North End one evening. I am pretty sure given the option, I would always travel via water taxi.

Here are some photos from my Boston adventures: