Friday, November 14, 2014

Five on Friday + Confessions 11/14

Friday! You came! Miracles Happen. Linking up with some ladies to share a mix of confessions and randomness (thank you Leslie & Natasha for hosting!).

1. I confess that... I have been a bad blogger this week. No posts, just studying. I am only three weeks out from finals right now, which we all know is a hot mess. For those just stopping by, I am in my second year of law school. If you are familiar with law school, you know that you entire grade in each class depends on a blind-graded final exam. No participation points. No midterms. Just the final. Panic.

2. Last night I went to the most fabulous even at the Atlanta Wedding Loft. It was full of planners, chefs, cake decorators, and photographers - all in an intimate setting. My friend Luci and I had fun exploring the options and brainstorming. Which brings me to my next confession...

3. I confess that... a whopping nothing has been done for my wedding planning process. And I plan on doing zilch until after finals. If I miss out on a venue or dress because I started late, so be it. How long did y'all wait before planning anything?

4. AR and I are having our christmas card photos taken this weekend. And I have yet to pick out what I will wear! I am planning on making a quick shopping run today if I get some time. Any suggestions? We are taking them outside at a park with all of the pretty leaves. I am thinking AR will do navy and maybe I will do cream with a bright scarf?

5. I confess that... I bought these online this weekend. My days will be merry and bright with outfit, no doubt. The best part is the matching one for AR - hahaha

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 7, 2014

5 on Friday {Confessions} 11/7

Hello ladies and happy weekend!

1. I confess that I have a shopping list like one mile long of new fall "must haves"... yet I won't get time to go shopping until after finals. By then fall will be done and I'll be on to winter. Heart. Broken.
Here is what I am looking at:

Blanket Scarf. Has anyone actually purchased the one from Target? Is it really a blanket scarf?

Fur Vest. Loving this one from Banana Republic. And it is 30% off right now...

love this one. No idea where it is from. 

2. I confess that my sugar cleanse is over and I am baking these cookies tonight. Don't they look amazing? I'd love to tell you that post-cleanse, I don't want sugar. But the truth is, I missed chocolate. I am using unrefined coconut sugar in the recipe, so I will let you know how that goes.


I am also planning on dipping them in melted chocolate. Go big or go home. 

3. I confess that Facebook has ruined election night for me. I love elections. I've worked in politics, lived in D.C., the whole deal. But I am over people and their rude "my state doesn't know what is good for them" comments. I am sorry your candidate lost, really, I am. But that is no excuse to be rude. #soapbox

4. I confess that... AR being home during the week is the best feeling in the world. He started a new job this week, and for the first time in years, we will be in the same city during the week. I am excited to watch cook and eat dinner together during the week.

5. I confess that... I turned on my Pandora Christmas Station this week!!!! Ahhhh, I think the radio said 48 days until Christmas. So excited. I was sharing my holiday to-do list with AR this week. Here was our exchange:
Me: ...and then we should go ice skating at Piedmont Park!
AR: I am a southern boy. I don't ice skate.
Me: What if I got you a cow boy hat to wear while you skate?
AR: Sweetheart, that's a pipe dream.

Apparently ice skiing is not on our list ;)

6. (Because I can't count) I confess that I need to take photos for our holiday cards and need a good photographer. Atlanta ladies, help me! Do you know any good photographers? I just want a little mini session for our holiday cards. Full engagement photos will come in the spring :)

Linking up with Leslie and Natasha today. Thanks for hosting, ladies!!!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Five on Friday 10/31

Happy Halloween! 

Sharing some 5 of Friday in the form of Confessions. Join the party and comment below so I can read yours!

1. I confess that I had the best baked oatmeal of my life yesterday. And today (reheated). I used this recipe from skinny taste and did some subbing: maple syrup for the sugar, a flax egg for the real egg, and almond milk for the cow milk. So so good. Make this asap. 

2. I confess that I may have found my wedding venue. Eeeek! I am so excited. The only concern is that it is not all-inclusive, so I would need to rent linens and china, etc. This is very scary to me. Thoughts? Should I avoid this or is this not a big deal? 

3. I confess that I got home from girls night last nigh and couldn't fall asleep... so I walked Jaclyn Hill  make-up tutorials on you-tube. Anyone else watch her? I am heading to Ulta or Sephora today to buy some of her goodies. Now if only they sold her skills there as well. 

4. I confess that I am in LOVE with my new hair color. I posted some of my ideas last weekend (thanks for everyone's input) and am SO happy. I am pretty munch my natural dark blonde color, but with a stronger gold undertone to it. I feel I am one step closer to my hair nirvana: Olivia Palermo. 

5. Speaking of hair, I confess that I use drugstore shampoo and conditioner, but I am in the market for something better. Any thoughts on Pureology? I've heard good things. AR uses Bumble & Bumble, and I like some of their products. Hmmm. Here we go again with the trip to Ulta/Sephora. 

Are you dressing up this weekend? What is your costume?


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Running... whats next?

Good morning sunshine!

I am drinking coffee and eating baked pumpkin oatmeal right now as I sit at my desk. I feel so autumn-ish :)

Last night I went on my 4th run post-marathon.

Yep, the race was two and a half weeks ago, and here I am, averaging less than two runs a week. Woop-dee-doo. I've done some strength training, lots of long walks, and lots of sleeping late.

After running a marathon, my body is physically spent. Race day takes a lot out of me, but so does the training process. I averaged 40-50 miles every week from July-October. My body is tired.

Even more than the physical aspect, my mind was exhausted. Training, racing, recovering... it is a mental journey. I've spent the last few months pushing myself and I needed a break. Time to miss running. Time to run and stop when I am tired. Time to find other physical outlets.

When we train for big races, we need to allow ourselves time to recover - mentally and physically. If we don't give ourselves enough time in between, we start approaching burnout and injury.

So what I am doing for now? I am focusing on strength training and speed work. Lots of short runs (under 8 miles) and the occasional longer run. I am not following a plan, just running. I want to do a spring half marathon - have I mentioned that I've only ever done one half? I am also doing a 10k in March and hoping for a PR :)

Confession: I really want to do a spring full marathon, but I haven't convinced AR yet!

Until then, I'll be at the gym or running through my neighborhood. Probably without my Garmin.

Anyone else train for long races? How do you recover? How long before you go back at it? 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Confessions and Such 10/25

Hello lovelies!

It is Friday morning and it actually feels like fall in ATL today: the sun is out and the air is crisp and I have about 14 sweaters begging me to wear them ;)

Anyways, lets move on to a little confessional (Linking up with the lovely Leslie and the ladies of 5 on Friday!!).

1. I confess that I ate oatmeal for dinner last night. On my couch. While watching How to Get Away with Murder. I didn't get home until 9:30 and I was too exhausted to cook. I took a shower and whipped up some oatmeal with half of a can of pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice in it. I loved every bite.

2. I confess that I only went to the gym twice this week. Sometimes after a race, my workout mojo dies a little. And why push it? Sunday will mark two weeks since the marathon, and I plan to be more motivated then.

3. I confess that I have only baked one pumpkin treat this fall. With AR & I's cleanse-ish thing, sugar is out the window and my baking is taking a hit. But I found this recipe for pumpkin butter that I plan on exploring this weekend.

4. I confess that I have been engaged less than two weeks and already looked at one wedding venue. And I plan to see another today. Places fill fast, I need to be on it... right? Here are some wedding looks I am loving right now:
Love this as a save-the-date pose

These colors are so different and gorgeous for a fall wedding!

Someone help me find a venue where I can hand a parachute like this!

5. I confess that I am obsessing over the "bronde" hair trend. I am getting my hair done this morning and here are some of the looks I am loving:

Have an awesome weekend!