Friday, May 1, 2015

5 on Friday {5/1}

1. date night
Last night AR and I enjoyed a date night in the park. We went to our favorite place, Alon's Bakery, and grabbed some dinner treats, then ran home for a blanket and wine glasses. We walked to the park and had the best time chatting and watching the sunset. On the menu? sandwiches made with roasted vegetables, pesto, and fresh mozzarella; olive tapenade and crackers; homemade chocolate chip cookies; and white wine. 
(also, we instituted a new date night rule: no cell phones allowed. We left both of ours at home and it was such a good choice!)

2. shopping finds
I went shopping for a few hours yesterday and scored the cutest Lilly dress and and a new top for work this summer. My project today is to clean out my closet and unpack all my summer clothing. A friend is having a clothing swap on Sunday evening, so I want to pull as many pieces as possible. 

this is similar to the dress I found!
Speaking of clothing swaps... I recently read several articles about the capsule wardrobe. Any thoughts on this? I am super inspired by these women with only a few amazing pieces, but I just don't invasion myself ever cutting my closet to 25 items. I just don't think I could do it...

3. engagement photos
I need some clothing inspiration for AR and I's engagement photos. We are having them taken in Savannah in 3 weeks and I have no idea what to wear. I wanted to do maybe a white dress for one? and then a maxi for another? I don't know.

4. new workout gear
With all the new workout classes I have been trying, I have had to up my workout wear game. KushyFoot kindly sent me some goodies this week and I love them! I was especially thrilled to receive a pair of sticky socks to wear to barre and yoga. I tried them out at yoga this week and loved them. Next week I am trying them at barre class :) 

5. friday night plans
I'm staying in tonight with new wedding magazines, nail polish, a bubble bath, and wedding invitation samples. And I can't wait :)

Happy Friday!

Thanks for hosting, ladies!

Thursday, April 30, 2015


I am back! I turned in my last final yesterday at 1:20pm (Only 5 hours after I entered the room... ugh) and am on break for a few weeks. After months of studying non-stop, it feels so amazing. Year 2 of law school is in the books and I am 1 year away from graduation.


I joined Class Pass! After debating in for a while, I decided to try it when Class Pass released a great special (buy three months, get $100 back). I am loving it! Here is what I have tried so far:

Tuesday: Forme Barre Fusion at Forme Studios. This class was basically a barre class without the barre! My abs are so sore from all the core focus, and I found the class really challenging. I never realized how dependent I am on the barre for stability. The instructor was excellent, so I plan to go back next week and bring a friend.

Wednesday: Yoga at Wide Angle Yoga. I took this class yesterday afternoon so decompress from finals. I hadn't taken a yoga class in about a year (I know. Don't judge), so I was really nervous about my flexibility. The instructor was really hands on and helped me get into each pose and stretch was further than I thought possible.
I really loved that this class was so small - a lot of yoga classes are huge and I don't feel like I get proper assistance. It makes me worried that I will injure myself! So this was perfect for me.

Thursday: Today I am trying Extreme Core Fusion at Exhale Spa and Fitness. No idea what to expect on that one, so I will keep you posted.

The end of finals. AR brought home prosecco and tulips for me last night to celebrate the end of finals. He is the sweetest :)

Last night I make these chocolate chunk cookies from Smitten Kitchen for AR to take to his office today. Obviously, AR and I had to sample them and they are excellent. I used two large chocolate bars and I left them in huge pieces. I love the big pools of chocolate as compared to the usual chocolate chips. It absolutely upgraded my cookies. I did omit the flaked salt because I didn't have any. Oops.

Tonight, AR and I are going on a picnic! He finishes a huge project at work this morning and I finished my second year, so we wanted to celebrate. After talking about a few restaurants, we decided to embrace the gorgeous weather and head to the park. I'm heading to Alon's this afternoon to pick up some goodies. (check my instagram if you want to see what I find! username: hrw1126).

How is your week ending up? Any fun weekend plans?


Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekending {4/27} & a recipe!

Happy Monday ladies!

I am joining the party late today because I had a final exam this morning (only one more left). I am  sitting on my couch now, eating a large slice of homemade cinnamon bread and trying to gear up for some more studying.

Obviously, this weekend was filled with lots of study time, but a few bright spots!

Saturday was a special day. April 25th, anyone?

On Sunday, AR and I went shopping for mother's day gifts and cards at our my favorite place: Paper Source. We picked up some adorable gifts that I will share later, but also snagged this doormat.
On the fourth of july last year, my doormat went missing and I was distraught. It was seriously a $12 mat from Target, but I was so upset that someone might have taken it!

Luckily, AR found this adorable one for me, and I am thrilled.
Pineapple Doormat from the Paper Source

On Sunday night, I made a batch of roasted chickpeas for us to munch on while AR cooked dinner. These have become my favorite snacks and i love that they are full of protein and flavor. 

I just rinsed and drained two cans of chick peas and dried them with paper towels. I placed them on a large baking sheet, topped them with 1 tablespoon of oil and a generous sprinkle of cajun seasoning, and roasted them at 400* for 35 minutes. So so good! 

For my next batch, I want to try topping them with cinnamon and sugar :)

How was your weekend?


Thanks for hosting, BLovedBoston and Champagne & Suburbs!

Friday, April 24, 2015

5 on Friday {4/24}

It is the weekend, y'all and I am THIS close to being done with finals. One more Monday and Wednesday, and I am done with the second year of law school. Hallelujah!

1. This cinnamon bread will change your life. 
Tuesday was the day before my first exam and it was a complete disaster. I woke up to the smell of burning electrical. When I turned on water, it came out boiling. Clearly, my water heater was done. Luckily, my building was happy to replace it for me. Unluckily, it would take them until 2 o'clock. So there were several hours with lots of maintenance workers in my home. Joy.

Anyways, back to the bread. I made the Pioneer Women's Cinnamon Bread while waiting for my water heater and it is so fantastic. The BEST toast... I swear.

2. Speaking of sweets
After said exam, AR took me out for frozen yogurt after before dinner (appetizer, anyone?). And then my building did a froyo social yesterday evening, which I obviously couldn't miss. So I've had froyo for the last two nights and I am wondering if I can convince AR to make tonight the third :)

3. Class Pass
Class Pass recently came to Atlanta and I am thinking about trying it. They have a deal right now that gives a $100 Visa gift card if you sign up for three months. Any thoughts on the program?
For those who haven't heard of class pass, it is $79 a month and allows you to take classes and gyms and studios across the city. Atlanta's include Flywheel, Pure Barre, Blast, and numerous yoga and Pilates studios. You can only do 3 classes a month at each location, which is a slight drawback.

4. New Purse
Ann Taylor had their flash sale over the weekend and a friend and I took a study break to browse online. I ended up snagging this black bag for $45 (originally $98) and free shipping. The best part? it already came in the mail and I LOVE it. This is my second bag from Ann Taylor and I love the quality and price point.

I also snagged this white dress for 50% off, but it doesn't come until tomorrow :)

5. Have a great weekend!
4's all I've got!


Thanks for hosting the Friday party, Natasha and friends!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekending {4/20}

Hello Monday! 

I've been a bad blogger lately... with all this finals prep, there just hasn't been much to share. I have a hundred and ten recipes to blog about and lots of fun wedding prep to update, but it will have to wait. I finish finals on April 29th, so let the countdown begin!

On to the weekend...

Which started with a super late Thursday (or very early Friday?) study session at the library. Complete with cake pops and Zoe's hummus because thats how we roll. 

On Friday, I studied late and AR worked late. We had plans to finish our wedding registry, but it just didn't happen. If you are coming to the wedding, please just bring cake pops :)

Friday dinner was a night at Flip Burger. I had a turkey burger. For dessert, I ordered a nutella milkshake topped with TOASTED MARSHMALLOWS. Oh my gosh, it was so so good. I had plans to share with AR, but I would say he got 3 good sips. Maybe. Of course, I carried it home with me to drink while I watched this week's Nashville episode. 

Saturday morning was perfect... even if it was the weekend before finals. We woke up early and headed to the farmers market for fresh veggies, coffee, and these adorable biscuit sandwiches. Mine was filled with an egg and spinach omelet and a slice of sharp cheese. 

AR's had pimento cheese and thick-cut bacon. I ate about half of mine before I was stuffed, but it was amazing. Check out Boom Biscuits if you are in Atlanta!

Of course, we grabbed TONS of fresh veggies: turnips, sweet potatoes, rainbow chard, and baby kale.

Hope you had an awesome weekend! Thanks for hosting BLovedBoston & Champagne&Suburbs!

Best milkshake flavor?