Wednesday, December 7, 2016

travel | coffee shops + friends

I love friendships.
I know that sounds so cliche - but it's the truth.
These ladies = golden in my life! i still can't believe it's been like 3 months since i flew to Colorado to spend a glorious getaway with meg, beth & sam. One of my favorite things that we did = the constant chatter about life, blogging/photography, big dreams, and small dreams. There is just something lovely about getting a group of creative woman who have similar dreams and seeing what all can unfold.

We stopped by loyal coffee one afternoon to grab some drinks (i got their Kombucha and it was AMAZING), snap some photos, and laugh at how not-so-awkward we felt taking the photos with a group.
To put this into context, i'm a fairly outgoing person - i LOVE talking to people and hearing their stories and am not afraid to be a little weird. I will also admit that sometimes i feel a little self conscious snapping photos on photos in public places (like a coffeeshop) when i am not "in professional photographer mode". Like if i'm just snapping to document my day or my travel or my moment - it feels...i don't know, like people are watching me so closely lol.
When we were ALL together snapping away, pulling each other into well lit corners and just doing our thing - it felt...normal. Like, this is what it's about and this is what i do and what i love and i shouldn't feel self conscious that people may be watching. I learned a lesson in bravery, on one random afternoon with girlfriends while traveling to Colorado. It wasn't this monumental moment that was scripted out of a movie; it was just me sinking a little more comfortably into my own skin.

So 3 cheers for taking steps out of your comfort zone and making life happen!
What areas of life do you get a little "nervous" in? Or are you just fearless and shut down any self doubt and do you?! I would love to hear how you embrace courage with or without friends around!

location | colorado springs
coffee shop | loyal coffee

psst...i received the shirt and jewelry from these amazing companies to feature for free. all opinions and images are my own, and i love them! <3 

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Monday, December 5, 2016

journey | quick cauliflower pizza

I've been talking about wedding prep recently - and I thought I would share a little more about my diet.
One of the things I've learned with my schedule filling up is I don't have much time for cooking.
My cooking lately consists of chopping veggies and roasting them and cooking eggs - nothing too fancy.
Enter outer aisle gourmet - a HEALTHY option for my much-missed pizza craving, each pizza crust is only 100 calories and is packed with 9 grams of protein, gluten free, and only 5 net carbs.

The longest part of this meal was waiting for the oven to heat up.
While that was going on i chopped up the veggies and prepared the pizza.
I only had to wait 10 minutes before i was able to get my lips on this delicious pizza.
I may or may not have eaten both pizza crusts - because I was starving.
And truth be told I didn't feel guilty about it at all! <3

+ Preheat oven to 425
+ Prepare your cauliflower crust
   // I slathered on some roasted red pepper hummus, thinly sliced a zucchini, and sprinkled on some favorite spices
+ cook on a pizza stone or wire rack in order to get that crispy fully-cooked taste and feel for about 10 minutes

p.s. outer aisle gourmet sent me the product fo'free - all pictures and opinions are my own.
i think this is a GREAT product if you're in a rush and don't have time to make your own cauliflower pizza crust.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

friday | links

how thankful i am that you're here.
even though i had a short work week it's been packed full with some wedding planning, events, house stuff, and feeling a smidge sickly. this weekend is also packed full of photo shoots, catering tasting, a wedding, and hopefully some relaxing in there? I may or may not keep binge watching The Originals (I just finished all the vampire diaries on netflix) because i can't get enough of the overlap of the series. anyone else loving it too?!
and can i let you in on a little secret?
it's only 57 days until Eddie & I get hitched; and i'm crazy excited.
i'm also so incredibly pumped to be visiting Maine this month - i hope it snows, i want to frolic around in it holding Eddie's hand and geeking out at the beautiful flurries falling from the sky!


+ this outfit for all my days.

+ this gift guide - yes ma'am!

+ did someone say peppermint oreo truffles? yes please.

+ these maternity photos are beyond beautiful.

+ ummm how tasty, chicken broccoli alfredo, i would like this some night soon. <3

+ this beautiful space - i would curl up here for a few hours with a book in hand.

+ such a simple but super cute wall decor idea.


have a lovely weekend! 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

november | popsugar must have

Even with Christmas right around the corner - i still love getting a little "for-me" box in the mail.
The Pop Sugar Must-Have Box has been one of the things i look forward to in the mail - some months the items are better than others, but this past November's box was one of my favorites!

The popcorn was delicious, the table runner gorgeous, and i'm LOVING the eye shadow pallet!
I've already put both the table runner and fruit basket in my to-go pile for when we take another load of my things up to Maine in December. Pssst....i'm going to let you in on a little secret - i don't use EVERY item i get in these boxes. The items that are still awesome but aren't my style/i know i won't ever use go in a basket to be sorted into Christmas presents for the end of the year! They are all quality items that i know certain friends/family would enjoy having! <3 Waste not want not right?

p.s. i'm not partnered with pop sugar - but if you do click on my link i will get referral points! 
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Monday, November 28, 2016

wedding | harry potter bridal shower

Harry Potter holds a special place in Eddie & my relationship.
We were watching one of the movies when he first kissed me, we watched them for date nights, cooking nights, lounge nights. It is just one of our go-to things that we really love and it is a common thread we both share.
My close friends threw me a bridal shower and made it all harry potter themed; didn't Lauren do an amazing job?! I loved walking through her home and seeing all of the sweet details that were put into place. The HP book pages table runners, the floating candles, the chocolate frogs and polyjuice potion! Oh and those herbology bites = AMAZING, like i ate so many.

It was truly a fantastic brunch spent with some super sweet and lovely friends.
I am so thankful to have friends stand beside me to help celebrate this season of engagement.

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