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kinston, nc: a little peek at this little town.

soon, i will be sharing an in-depth town profile, as well as some restaurant reviews... so be on the lookout for those!

photos: all around kinston \ iphone

remembering: a simple day, summer 2010.

here's to manicures, cupcakes, & mother-daughter excursions.

photos: summer 2010 in shreveport \ hipstamatic

friday's fancies #31 + friday's letters.

friday's fancies #31: memorial day on the beach. by siddathornton featuring essie nail polish

oh, to be on the beach at a bbq. cold drink in my hand.  music pouring from the speakers. this love dress. this jemima hat. these dries van noten sunglasses. this essie hue on my toes. this playful blue nile necklace.

dear motivation to eat well, please come back. dear laura, thank you so much for taking charge & getting my bachelorette party planned. and thank you for my upcoming shower! dear 2505, thank you for the endless entertainment in the form of work emails. and text convos. and real convos. and skype convos. dear mom, thank you for letting me contact you every time i encounter a social media overshare. i'm grateful that someone else understands that these kind of updates are unacceptable & something to be frowned upon. dear justin, thank you so much for my nook! i am in love with it, as well as the two books i'm currently reading on it: dracula & fifty shades f…

weekend finds.

mondays tend to be a little bit difficult.  saying goodbye to the weekend, trekking back to work,  & a whole new slew of responsibilities & plans.  but maybe just a little bit of inspiration  will help you out of the back-to-the-grind funk...


- youtube beauty guru [emilynoel83] is one of the most informative makeup & beauty enthusiasts i've ever come across. she is informative, entertaining, and extremely knowledgable. 


- i am in love with the bridesmaids' necklaces from [this wedding]. perhaps providing inspiration for my girls on the big day? the hunt now begins...
- i came across a quote i really enjoyed while reading the [may real simple] the other day: 
"other people have windows overlooking a cityscape, the mountains, or the water, but the crab-apple tree is the 'view' we see from our bedroom window, the ever changing vista that my husband and i watch as we drink coffee in bed on the mornings when we have a little extra time." - francine prose


- jus…

the ugly truth about my career, part two.

to read the first installment of this series, click here.
after the whirlwind that was my emotionally & academically draining [but FUN]  freshman year of college, i came back to louisiana tech [after a very near switch to lsu]  ready for an academically straightforward year.
and that's exactly how it started.
i'm just going to take general requirements for the first quarter, i told myself.
and after a quick convo with my advisor, i had acquired the 'general studies'  major declaration, a perfect match for my decisiveness (or lack thereof).
and as the year took off, i sat leisurely back in my sophomore seat, ready to coast. i took some more of those lovely required courses - making As in some, Cs in others. and you know, at first, i wasn't really all that worried about what letters showed up on my 'report card.'
this little bit of careless apathy is absolutely something i regret.  and the sad thing is, it began as just a little blip on the radar in high sch…

may photo challenge, day eighteen: something i made.

photo: fifty shades darker, by e.l. james \ instagram
link up: fat mum slim's photo challenge
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friday's fancies #30 + friday's letters.

friday's fancies #30: lazy little weekend. by siddathornton featuring stella mccartney sunglasses

earlier this week, justin looked over at me & asked a simple question:
can we have a lazy weekend?
as a person who values 'down time' more than almost anything, i was happy to oblige his request. and if money was no object, i think that this chambray top from j.crew would perfectly fit the bill for a relaxing day. honestly, i contemplated pairing it with some white cropped pants, or even some bottoms of the pajama variety, but once i laid eyes on these lipsy floral scalloped shorts, i couldn't say no. i kept it simple with these mint sandals from asos & these cream stella mccartney shades. now all i have to do is kick back & wait for our low-key weekend to begin. i honestly cannot wait. 


happy friday! here's to a relaxing weekend.

link ups:  friday's fancies on {long distance loving} friday's letters on adventures of newlyweds

simple pleasures: a combo + a natural phenomenon.

when i first heard about this link up over on classic & glam,
i knew i was going to love it. i love taking time
out of the hustle & bustle of the every day,
to focus on the simple things that make life a little bit sweeter. 
today, there are a couple of things on my mind,
making my day better, however incrementally.
so i figured i'd do what i do best & list them out. 
1. a combination. 
what two things combined today to make me ultra happy? well, none other than sugar free red bull & peanut m&ms. and this isn't the first time this duo put a smile on my face - in fact, back in shreveport, it happened often. you see, i have this habit... right after a hard workout, i will often pop into a store like wal mart or target, to peruse their makeup section, perhaps... or to scope out the dvd section. and well, today was no different. i ambled into the kinston walmart, ready to take a gander at the goods in the makeup section, pick up a coffee mug, & scoop up a b…

may photo challenge, day seventeen: snack.

may photo challenge, day sixteen: what i'm reading.

fifty shades: first impressions.

the other day, i told my friend laura that i was considering picking up the first book in the fifty shades trilogy - fifty shades of grey. as both of us love reading, we often suggest books to each other, as well as discuss reads currently on our radars.
oooh, i'm reading it now, she said.
it's scandalous.
i tucked her impression into the back of my mind, wondering just how scandalous it could be. i knew of its growing popularity: a few weeks ago, i saw that its display in books-a-million had been completely torn apart, leaving no copies of the first book & a tiny smattering of the second & third. 
i caught snippets of reviews on twitter, which likened the series to the twilight saga, all the while driving home the point of its illicit crudeness, of its no-holds-barred approach to the main characters' relationship.
and, finally, due to a combination of all of the above,  i finally swooped into barnes & noble & took captive  my very own copy of the novel in q…

may photo challenge, day fifteen: love.

may photo challenge, day fourteen: grass.

may photo challenge, day thirteen: mom.

photo: my instagram
link up: fat mum slim's photo challenge
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