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Summer Favorites

Starting this blog the way all of my blogs and social media posts seem to start…by saying I had such good intentions to write/post more. Yet here we are again, months later. So let’s wrap up the Summer, shall we?

Business

I took a huge leap of faith and made a big monetary investment in my business and MYSELF and signed up for Shanna Skidmore’s Blueprint Model. I’m 1/3 of the way done with the 12-week course and it’s so eye-opening and I really love it. I just know this is gonna do such big things for my business!

Vacation

My love and I traveled to Santa Fe for a dear friend’s birthday and it was quite the trip! Traveling is really tough for me. I’m not only a control freak, but I have terrible anxiety so I obsessively plan, make lists, etc. but it’s still so hard for me to be away from home, out of my comfort zone, out of my routine, etc. I am so proud of myself for going though and I feel that I managed pretty well and there were even several parts of the trip that I REALLY enjoyed!

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Highlights included: Seeing and getting to sing with a sweet friend from college who now performs all over the world in operas but calls Santa Fe home. Visiting Ten Thousand Waves Spa. The treatments there (I had Nose to Toes and the Shiatsu) along with the incredible onsite restaurant made for the most amazing and relaxing day. Spending time and laughing with sweet friends. The glorious weather.

Also, for the Bravo fans out there I had to share what I gifted Anto for her 30th. I love gifts that are personal but practical. Something that is meaningful but will be useful. I made these Taglines and Mugshots coasters on Shutterfly.

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Favorite Books

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

“The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.
 
When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?”

I’d read another Abbi Waxman book that I quit halfway through before, but I loved the premise of this one, so I gave it a shot and I really liked it! All of the characters were really colorful and as an avid trivia player, I loved that aspect.

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

“When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.

Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation.

Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.”

This book was one of those “keep refilling the bath with hot water to stay in and finish reading” it books. I had a few different theories and one of them half-panned out, but my jaw definitely dropped at one point in the book. I was so captivated by this book throughout and I highly recommend it.

Between books and audiobooks, I totaled 18 others, but the two above are the ones I recommend. Between either a weird payoff (looking at you The Other Woman, Let Me Lie, and Trophy Life) or me being so mad at the decisions of the lead character(s)/predictability of the novel (oh hey there One Day in DecemberRead Bottom UpThe UnhoneymoonersMy Oxford Year, and Waiting for Tom Hanks) it wasn’t an amazing Summer for books. Was it better for you? Send me your recommendations!

Movies/TV

My boyfriend is a huge movie buff and now that we live together I’ve gone from seeing about 2 movies a year to seeing 38 this season alone. Granted, a few were repeats I’d seen before at home like all 3 Toy Story movies before seeing the 4th in theatres but most were new and most I really enjoyed. Below are my new faves though.

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Coco

In Disney•Pixar’s extraordinary adventure, a boy who dreams of becoming a great musician embarks on a journey to uncover the mysteries behind his ancestor’s stories and traditions.

To say I loved this movie would be an understatement. I had a HUGE smile on my face from the first moment. I love the explanations of the traditions, the music, the storytelling, every detail. And I sobbed (for like seven minutes) at the end.

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American Animals

The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.

I’d never heard of the real situation or the movie, but I was captivated by this. I almost hate to spoil the surprise, but it happens pretty quickly, they intersperse the movie with a documentary of the real-life guys and it’s SO INTERESTING. 

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The Farewell

In this funny, heartfelt story, Billi’s (Awkwafina) family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch—the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.

I never watch movies with subtitles, but I loved this one. I would say about 60% was subtitled. It was so fun to watch Awkwafina in a totally different role. I also heard that she doesn’t speak Mandarin so besides her lines she truly didn’t know what the other people were saying and the director told her to lean into that discomfort. It really plays well on the screen and I thought the family chemistry and dynamics were really beautiful.

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Veronica Mars

In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, the rich and powerful make the rules. Unfortunately for them, there’s Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town’s toughest mysteries.

In prep for the reboot season on Hulu, they put all the seasons on Hulu and I had never watched the show before. I dove in and was immediately hooked. An overarching mystery mixed in with small episodic mysteries plus teenage drama and Kristen Bell being hilarious and precious? Yes, please.

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Jane the Virgin

A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.

The series finale just aired and I had been told by a few people that I would love this show. It is so campy (it’s a telenovela after all!) in the same vein of Ugly Betty and there are so many cliffhangers so I was really glad I was watching on Netflix and not week to week. I loved the romance and the serious heart behind it no matter how silly it got.

Phew! How was your Summer? Heading into Fall and that busy September/October wedding season? Let’s chat!

April Favorites

April favorites are here! From Jax and Brittany’s engagement party to books I loved to a great new way to outsource to Creative at Heart’s YouTube channel…

Holy Moly we’re through the first quarter of 2019! Which means that I have officially been in business for 3.25 years. Where does the time go? I suppose it’s about time I treat my blog as a part of my business and actually utilize it, huh? Alright, I promise to try. For now I’m committing to 2 blogs per month. Keep me accountable, won’t you?

Now onto my favorite things from April…

READING

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I Let You Go // Clare Mackintosh

On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street…

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. 
 
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.

I LOVE a good thriller, but I often see the twist(s) coming – this one I did not. Well, not the major first one anyway :)

playing with matches book coverPlaying With Matches // Hannah Orenstein

Sasha Goldberg has a lot going for her: a recent journalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend Caroline, and a relationship that would be amazing if her finance-bro boyfriend Jonathan would ever look up from his BlackBerry. But when her dream career falls through, she uses her family’s darkest secret to land a job as a matchmaker for New York City’s elite at the dating service Bliss.

Despite her inexperience, Sasha throws herself into her new career, trolling for catches on Tinder, coaching her clients through rejection, and dishing out dating advice to people twice her age. She sets up a TV exec who wanted kids five years ago, a forty-year-old baseball-loving virgin, and a consultant with a rigorous five-page checklist for her ideal match…

This was a really cute and easy read, perfect as we head into Summer and vacation season!

BUYING

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Elephant Art Print // Cami Monet

I met the incredibly sweet and beyond talented Cami at Creative at Heart when I attended in 2017. I have an affinity for elephants and purchased this sweet watercolor art print from her for my office. I love getting to support fellow creatives and shop small in the process.

LOVING

Speaking of Creative at Heart, did you know that they launched a YouTube channel?! Oh, you didn’t? Well, get on it! Kat is killing it with her adorable and helpful weekly videos aimed at creative entrepreneurs.

Also aimed at creative entrepreneurs, in mid-February Kat’s go-to gal, Emily Yost, started Outsourcing With Love. It pairs you with a vetted and verified assistant! I’m one of the founding members on the site, but I certainly am not an expert in all fields and there are PLENTY of areas I don’t even work in – like social media, graphic design, and bookkeeping. Looking to outsource? Head over here!

LISTENING

​Taylor Swift Releases New Single "ME!"

Taylor Swift put out a new song…it’s obviously on repeat. And from a boss babe standpoint, she launches better than ANYONE. Take notes, her strategies are on point.

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In April I FINALLY got to see Hamilton (the tour) when it came through Dallas. I have been in love with it for years and it was worth the wait. Every minute was pure perfection. And my mom loved it, too!

WATCHING

I’m aware it’s on its 10th season, but I live with my boyfriend now and it’s his favorite show…did you guys know that Shark Tank is AMAZING?!? Literally hooked and so happy that past seasons are on Hulu!

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Of COURSE, I’m still watching the pure trash that is Vanderpump Rules. Even though this season has been a bit of a yawn (reunion looks epic though!) it was so amazing seeing one of my clients on the show! I’m the VA for Holly (the AMAZING coordinator) at Inn of the Seventh Ray. Jax and Brittany had their engagement party there on the finale episode and it was so cool to watch (and see Holly on tv!!)