Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Favorites!



Hallelujah! It's my favorite day of the week! The weekend has not yet begun, so we have the entire thing to look forward to.

This will be me as I'm walking running out of work today.


Today I'm linking up with my favorite bloggers Shay, Erika, Andrea, and Narci to share some of my favorites from the week.

ONE



This week I blogged about one of my favorite new recipes. For a while now, I've seen people making food and using cauliflower as a substitute for starchy foods. I was apprehensive at first, thinking that it's healthy so it must taste terrible/boring. I followed this recipe pretty much exactly (I used a head of cauli and shredded it in a food chopper) minus the onion. I'm not a huge onion fan. I have been making it for my lunch almost every day. It takes only a few minutes to cook and it so easy to take to work. It's a HUGE favorite in my house this week. Find the recipe here.

TWO


In the spirit of the best day of the week, I bought this shirt recently! It hasn't come yet, but when it does, I'll make sure to report the quality and comfort of it. Thug Life Shirts have such a variety of shirts-basically any occasion or feeling that you could imagine. I think they're all so cute, that I will definitely buy more if it fits like I hope! 

THREE 


I posted this picture on Wednesday and I'm so excited to share this adorable kimono! It has been perfect for the weather that we've been having over the past couple weeks. It's chilly in the morning and in the 80's by the early afternoon. I never felt hot while wearing it and it's just so dang comfortable. Here is a picture of the back.


You should buy it ASAP because it's only $13! Find it here.

FOUR


See those TOMS in the last picture? These shoes are my jam. I've been wearing them so frequently because they go with everything and are so comfortable to wear all day long. I would know. I chase around first graders all day. They need to be on you "must buy" list for fall and winter.

FIVE 



Speaking of TOMS, I got this tote in my Stitch Fix box for the month of October. I love, love, love it! If you missed my Stitch Fix review, you can find it here. If you want to sign up for Stitch Fix to get your first box, sign up here! It's so worth it.

Those are my favorites from the week!

I LOVE reading everyone's link ups, so make sure you share yours! I hope everyone has the BEST weekend!

XO,
Leslie













Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday


Happy Hump Day! We're halfway done with the week, so I'm calling that a win.

Today I'm linking up with some of my favorite bloggers Shay, Sheaffer and Mel to share what has been going on with life! 

Today we'll be answering these questions!


What we're eating this week

I didn't get a picture of it, but tonight was Taco Tuesday in our house. We stick to this theme every Tuesday. We're obsessed with Mexican food over here.

One of my FAVORITES recently has been this recipe for Cauliflower fried rice. I'm obsessed with it and could literally eat it every day if that was considered normal.


Another night we'll be having my famous burgers on the grill. It's a pretty normal week on the food front in our house this week.

What I'm reminicing About 


The struggle in real, you guys! I'm dying to go back to Europe. You can read all about part one of our vacation here, and the second part here.

What I'm Loving


This week we raked up all of the leaves in the front yard, and let our Boy Boy have a ball. If you've never let your dog play in a pile of leaves, you're seriously missing out! 

What We've Been Up To

We've been attending all kinds of Fall festivals lately! We've gone to the North Georgia State Fair, Hot Air Balloon Festival, and Chalktoberfest! We're loving getting out in the fresh air an enjoying the season.




What I'm Dreading

We've started to toss around the idea of moving into a new house. The whole idea of it makes me sick. I love our house and how it's finally "us." I plan on taking it day-by-day and letting itself work out. What's meant to be, will be...right? Tell me I'm right.

What I'm Working On

Grad school work, grad school work, and more grad school work. I'm currently pursing my Master's Degree in Education with a major in Reading Instruction. It's intense and takes up majority of my time.

What I'm Excited About


So this is happening this weekend! I'm OBSESSED with The Walking Dead and can't wait to experience all that Walker Stalker Con has to offer! I'm a dork, I know. :)

What I'm Watching/ Reading

I finished Stranger Things a few weeks ago. I held off on watching it for a long time because I typically don't like things that are sci-fi. Once I started though, I couldn't stop! It was so good and so addicting! I finished it in only a few days. I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read any books in about a month. Textbooks, yes. That doesn't count though. ;)


What I'm Listening To

That's a tough one! I basically listen to the radio in the car all the time.

What I'm Wearing

Here's a sneak peek into a new top that I'm excited to share on Friday!


Other than that, it's a whole lot of dresses that can allow for comfort in very unpredictable weather conditions.



What I'm Doing This Weekend

Basically just Walker Stalker Con and getting some school work done. It's a pretty relaxed weekend.

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month:

Other than having an entire week off for Thanksgiving Break? Stuffing my face with all things delicious. I love this cooler weather, and I'm just enjoying being in the moment. This season is 100% the best.

What Else Is New

Really, this entire blog is new! I'm trying to get used to journaling about my life and hopefully others can relate! I'm loving it so far! I am learning quickly that the blog world is very welcoming and supportive. You all are amazing for swinging by to check out my blog.

I can't wait to read everyone else's happenings! Comment below so that I can check out your blog!

XO,
Leslie











Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Stitch Fix Review #1

Happy Tuesday!

Today I'm sharing my Stitch Fix box from October.

If you haven't heard of Stitch Fix, it's a subscription box that comes each month with five clothing items. Sometimes you'll receive shoes, and occasionally they'll throw in a handbag.

When first signing up, you fill out a style profile. This gives your stylist an idea of what you like and what you don't. You specify colors that you look good in, and the price that you're willing to pay on various articles of clothing. From there, they send you items that match that profile.

You get your fix, try on your items, keep what you want and send back the rest. They make it so easy for you.

The subscription box costs $20 a month. If you choose to keep an item, you get that $20 discounted from the item. Also, if you love all the items in the box, you get a 25% discount on the entire thing PLUS the $20 off!

This is actually my 7th box, just my first one that I'm blogging about.

Here's a look into my 7th Fix!






Item #1
Pistola Brianne Distressed Skinny Jeans
Fit: Great fit, but a tad too short for my liking.
Price:  $88
Verdict: Returned
Why: I would have liked the jeans to be a bit longer in length

Item #2
Pixels Grammer Drawstring Top
Fit: I wasn't fond of this style at all-too see through and loose
Price: $58
Verdict: Returned 
Why: This top just didn't match my style at all


Item #3
41Hawthorn Holli Duster Cardigan
Fit: Flattering fit- love the length
Price: $78
Verdict: Returned
Why: The pattern seemed like something my grandma would wear


Item #4
Skies are Blue Wesli Mixed Material top
Fit: Nice fit
Price: $58
Verdict: Returned
Why: I hate this pattern so much. Gross.


Item #5
Toms Voyager Leather Tote
Fit: Loved the style of this bag
Price: $158
Verdict: Keep
Why: This bag is perfect-need I say more?

Normally there's more that I keep in the Fix, but this month wasn't super impressive. I was super happy with the tote though!

In all seriousness, seeing this package on my doorstep is probably one of the most exciting days of the month.

If anyone is interested in giving it a try, click here to sign up for your first Fix! You'll love it!

Thanks for joining me today! See you all tomorrow! 

XO,
Leslie






Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekend Recap

It's Monday again folks, and were all thinking the same thing. Where did the weekend go? This is me this morning.


I don't know about you all, but this drastic transition into fall kind of has me motivated! It's super nice to know that I'm not going to step outside and immediately start to sweat. It won't last long in Georgia though. We have approximately 7 months in the heat from hell, and about 4 months of bitter cold. That leaves only about 3-4 weeks of beautiful Fall weather. Going to enjoy it while it's here!

I was super excited about our plans for this weekend!

On Friday we met up with an old work friend of Ryan's. It was nice and I got to enjoy some great Mexican food, but also drown my sorrows from the week in a rather large margarita. Conference week can be tough, y'all.

Saturday we had plans to go to our town's Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival! I had never been before, but I had high hopes that it would be our best festival yet. Oh boy did it deliver!


This festival was so big and well put together that it never felt super overcrowded, even though there were thousands of people there. It was spread out between three college sports fields and had so many things to see and do. Here is a picture from the top of the stadium. So many cool vendors!


Here's a view from on the field. There were probably 20 or so hot air balloons throughout the entire festival. I never realized how big those things actually are.


So cool!



Sweet friends enjoying the fall weather and the amazing shows!




They had bands playing throughout the night, and eventually ended with a costume runway show. It was AMAZING. The emcee really hilarious and made it so much fun to watch.


Stage and tethered hot air balloon rides.


Fire spinners and floating violinists. What more could you ask for?

If you live in the Atlanta area, you MUST put the Owl-O-Ween Festival on your calendar for next year. I know that I'll be coming back!

That was our weekend! Sunday was spent relaxing and getting things done around the house. 


See you all tomorrow to give you my StitchFix review for this month.

XO,
Leslie




Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites


I don't know that there is anyone more excited for Friday than me.

It has been a hectic week and I'm looking forward to relaxing this weekend!

Let's take a look at some of my favorites from this week.

ONE



I relived our amazing European vacation this week. If you missed the post, you can find part one here and part two here. Vacations are the best, and I'm looking forward to planning our Italian vacay soon.

TWO

Have you shifted into your nail color to fall yet? I've already transitioned with several colors, but my favorite Essie color that goes with EVERYTHING Fall is Chinchilly. It's one of my favorites.



THREE

A wonderful friend recently bought me this Swell bottle as a gift. Have you ever tried them? Holy guacamole it keeps your water cold for SO LONG. I've had ice that stayed solid for over 24 hours...during the SUMMER. I just  love this pattern and it's handprinted uniqueness. If you're more fond of plain colors, there are so many other options available. Seriously, wherever I go, so does this bottle.



FOUR

I'm a sucker for anything Fall related. I'm also one of those people who falls for marketing ploys like no other. If you slap a product with a pumpkin or add Fall to the name, I've already added it to my cart. While grocery shopping the other day, I came across the brand of k cups that I typically buy, but a Autumn Harvest Blend! I'm by no means a coffee connoisseur and will drink any coffee that's put in front of me, but I thought this blend was delish! I might have to stock up before the season ends.


Those are my favorites from this week! 

I have some great things coming in the mail this weekend, that I'm excited to share next week! 

I hope you all have a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend! See you all on Monday for the weekend recap! :)

XO,
Leslie




Thursday, October 20, 2016

Perfect Paris

Happy Thursday, everyone! 

It you're like me, this is how your feel at this point of the week.


Don't worry though, Friday is right around the corner.

Thanks for joining me again for the second half of our amazing European vacation! As Ryan and I hopped back on the Eurostar to Paris, we talked about the best parts about trip thus far. We also thought that there was no way that we would like Paris as much as London. 

Oh how I was so wrong.

Our first stop was to drop off our luggage at our apartment so that we could walk around the city and explore.

It was in a great location and had a park next door where you could see the Eiffel Tower! The city is sectioned into arrondissements, and we stayed in the nineteenth.  We were very pleased. We had a couple attractions planned for our first day, but ended up setting those aside to see the beautiful Eiffel Tower. Who doesn't want to see that first?!

This was our very first view of the tower. I was BESIDE MYSELF!


Paris is so much more spread out than London, so we relied heavily on the Metro while there. This is the subway system in their city. It is very affordable compared to the expensive Underground in London. Even using the Metro, we averaged around 30,000 steps per day. Talk about a ton of walking.

From the Eiffel Tower, we headed to the Champs-Élysées. This is an amazing road in Paris that's known for it's shopping and it leading you right to the Arc du Triomphe. Here we shopped around a little bit, and made a visit to the iconic Laduree!


Holy macaroons! One of every flavor please!


Once you get to the end of the Champs-Élysées, you see this magnificent structure. Please don't try to cross the road to get there. It's extremely dangerous and a very busy roundabout. There is an underground tunnel to take you to the Arc du Triomphe. 
  

At this point of the day, it was getting late, so we wanted to grab some dinner. If you want to spend an arm and a leg to eat on the  Champs-Élysées, you have MANY options to do so. If you are more like me and want to find something that won't break the bank, just walk down one of the smaller roads and there are a ton of options as well. We ended up at a really cool Italian pasta/pizza restaurant called Vapiano. I cannot give enough praise to the pasta made at this restaurant. I found myself craving it the rest of the trip.

There's a very well known bridge in Paris called the Pont Alexandre III. I wanted to see it lit up at night, so we walked off our pasta dinner and made our way there. At no point in time did we feel unsafe walking around the city at night. As long as you stick to the touristy areas, you should be fine. 


This bridge is amazing during the day too, but seeing the lights at night was too cool. It sits right on top of the Seine River and you can even see the Eiffel Tower from it. We sat here for a while and just took in the cool Paris air, and watched boats pass under the bridge. Such a romantic moment.

We called it a night and headed back to the apartment. We had an early day the next day, and wanted to beat the lines for walking up the Eiffel Tower.



Day two started off at the Eiffel Tower and deciding how to get to the top. There are two options: The first is that you can take the stairs, which of course has no wait! The other option is to take an elevator and wait in a very long line to do so. We were IDIOTS and decided to take the stairs. Do not attempt to do this if you have children, or aren't a marathon runner. We were dying just to get to the first level! The view from the top is unbelievable though.


This is the view from the first level out of the three. Can you believe how high this is? By the time we got to the top, it began to rain pretty heavily and we needed to head back down, but trust me. Amazing view!

The weather is so unpredictable in both Paris and London. It can rain one second and then be sunny the next. Just make sure to bring an umbrella everywhere with you.

This day, I planned a secret picnic for Ryan and I! You make a reservation with a company called  Picnic Paris and they deliver the picnic to you, in one of three locations. I chose Luxembourg Gardens for our picnic and I'm super happy with that choice. 

Our view of the Gardens


Drinking wine in public is allowed in Paris, which is a HUGE plus in my book. Paris Picnic includes a wine of your choice, several meats, cheeses, cookies, chips, fruit salad, a baguette, water AND a blanket that you get to keep. So much food and such a good deal. Definitely check that out if you're headed to Paris! Great company!


Ryan loved the surprise and the food was SO GOOD! 

After our picnic, we walked around the gardens again and then headed to Notre Dame!

Some other pictures of the Gardens



I love this man.

The wait to get into Notre Dame wasn't bad at all. The line moves pretty quickly. It was 100% worth visiting.






Gargoyles are so cool and the views are amazing. Paris has so many attractions with great views. It's hard to pick the best ones.

Day three started off with our trip to the Sacre Coeur, which is very much an active Roman Catholic Church in the city. They allow you to walk around as long as you aren't interfering with the services and respect the worshipers there. No photography is allowed inside. This was definitely one of my favorites in Paris. I just couldn't stop looking at this church. 







Put the Sacre Coeur one your to-do list. It's a must visit.

After leaving, we made a spontaneous decision to go to the Catacombs of Paris. The wait for this was VERY long but this was one of Ryan's favorites. The catacombs house the remains of over six million people in a series of underground tunnels.This is probably not for everyone, and definitely not for young children.

Day four was a day spent in Versailles! This was #1 on my list of Paris favorites. You can take the Metro to Versailles for a MUCH cheaper price than the tours that many companies offer. We chose not to go on a group tour of Versailles, because we wanted to save some money and also explore on our own. I highly recommend doing it on your own, as you aren't limited on time and can explore gardens without a ton of other people around.  






Incredible history and a beautiful place to visit. We spent HOURS here. There's just so much to see. They have musical shows that go along with the fountains and it's worth the extra cost to see those. They turn them off pretty early in the evening, so make sure to go early.

We ate at a little cafe right outside of Versailles, and stuffed our faces with pasta once again.

Day five was our last day in Paris before our long trip back home. We woke up early and went to the Louvre. A few things: you can't get through the entire thing in one day, you'll definitely get lost inside, so many and different pieces of art to see, and you can find there rest of spectators looking at the Mona Lisa. The rest of the museum is fairly empty, and very peaceful to walk around and take your time.


Everyone says that the Mona Lisa is much smaller than you expect, and I thought the opposite! I guess you hear so often how small it is, that you go in thinking that it's tiny. It was actually significantly bigger than I imagined it to be.

We spent the rest of the day leisurely walking around and taking in our last moments in Paris.

Some must see attractions if you're headed to Paris:

Versailles
Eiffel Tower, of course
Arc du Triomphe
Pont Alexandre III
Louvre
Sacre Coeur
Notre Dame
Luxembourg Gardens
Catacombs of Paris

Our ten days in Europe were amazing in every way. It was a perfect amount of time as well. We had plenty of time to see everything on our list, and even time left over in each city. By the time the Paris portion was over, we were ready to head home to our normal routines.

If you have any questions about anything Paris or London, don't hesitate to ask. 

Thank you all for visiting! :)

XO,
Leslie