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savannah snapshot: flags + flowers.

Happy Monday, folks! I hope you got more sleep than I did. Justin & I thought it would be an excellent idea to stay up until past three o'clock in the morning, watching Something Borrowed & The Hunger Games. You know, we just weren't ready to let go of the weekend just yet, so we pretended it was still going on. ... And this morning, I'm paying for it a bit. Oh well, I'm about to sip some green tea, sit through my two classes, have a bit of a workout, then a LARGE NAP. After all, the summer semester is coming to a close in two days.
This morning I am sharing some more photos from our 4th of July trip to Savannah, these being of the flag-and-flower variety. I hope you'll enjoy the vivid blooms & patriotic pizazz just as much as we did. 
See? Savannah is packed with color, & a cozy kind of patriotism that makes you crave apple pie. [No? Is that just me?] Either way, it's safe to say that America's Birthday was the best time of year to trek sout…

the sunday currently, volume 45.

sweaty & closed-eyed - we look pretty awesome
I was in the mood for a little bit of a change for this week's TSC post, so I decided to do an old-blog-style post, like I did back at the beginning of June. As always, feel free to link up any post in which you discuss what you've currently been up to. Want more info about The Sunday Currently? It's all here.
currently dreaming about:
the future
currently wishing for:
more ice cream, please
currently loving to wear:
my neon green + white striped gap infinity scarf my grandfather's watch
currently listening to:
cruel, by st. vincent, on repeat
currently watching:
the office, again from the beginning the inbetweeners tons of netflix movies
currently reading:
rise and shine, by anna quindlen my ever-growing get-to-know blogs list
currently spotted:
talking on the phone or reading while working out, instead of listening to music
sweating like crazy & guzzling a 32-ounce sprite on our mini golf date yesterda…

i've decided...

+ rich, dark hair colors make people look younger.

+ it's okay to have ice cream & coffee for breakfast, on the weekends.

+ you can never have enough blogs to read, & Lord knows there's enough of them out there. every time i start to think i've discovered all there is to discover in the blogging community, i'm slapped across the face [in a good way] by someone's daily reads list.

+ that there are no rules in blogging. and you won't convince me otherwise. however: i will still read your blogging rules posts, because some strange part of me still enjoys them.

+ pinning leads to inspiration leads to joy. repeat.

+ the best plan with friends is to JUST CALL. you'd be surprised how much joy one little phone call can provide. i'm looking at you, mrs. t.

+ i can be whoever i want to be. 

+ learning keeps you young.

What have you decided?

photo: just hiking up those stairs in savannah \ nikon

weekender + a song, a book, a quote, a look.

wanting to be back here today. can you really blame me?
Well, folks, it's really been one of those weeks. Truth be told, it's been more than one of those weeks, & I'm just ready for the upswing. For a while, I was really enjoying my psychology classes, but lately they've just been depressing. Sometimes, Psychology likes to try to take life, put it in a neat little box, & explain it. It tries to divide life up into neat little categories & explain to you exactly when, where, & how the things in your life will happen. I don't like to think like that. I've written previously about how thoughts of the passage of time sometimes makes me an anxious nutcase. In order to cope with these feelings of time-is-fleeting anxiety, I choose to view life as one big, solid block of time. Not separated by years or months or milestones... just one big chunk of time & space in which to collect memories & moments & love. And I don't like it when a boo…

savannah snapshot: signs around town.

When Justin & I visited Savannah for the 4th of July holiday, it gave us the opportunity to put our DSLR to good use. As we walked - or should I say, hiked - through the lush greenery of the downtown area, I found many signs worth snapping. Here are a few of my favorites...  
Oh, how we loved Savannah!
photos | the signs of downtown savannah | nikon

the sunday currently, volume 44.

It's this kind of morning at the C residence: I'm drinking entirely too much extremely strong coffee & burning Christmas candles in an attempt to pretend that it is at LEAST Fall.
C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .
R E A D I N GRise and Shine, by Anna Quindlen. That means two things: 1. I FINALLY finished Bridget Jones's Diary [about five minutes before I started writing this post, in fact.], and 2. I went into the library on Friday, judged some books by their covers, & walked out with a book I'd never heard of before, that isn't on my Summer Reading List. I've found that sometimes, those wind up being the best reads. W R I T I N G... ... ... ... ... It seems I'm either good at reading or writing at any given time, never both.  L I S T E N I N G to The Open Championship on TV. Justin actually woke up before me this morning, so that he could come out into the living room & start watching it. T H I N K I N G that two tests this week is a welcome chang…


remembering savannah today as i put together a few snapshot series posts
Well folks, I'm coming to you from the other side of one test & two presentations this week - & a week of barely sleeping (unless you count the two naps I took from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on consecutive days). When you've been removed from school for a while, I think you forget how much time & effort goes into things. I'm definitely being reminded in this summer mini session. 
In the time outside of school that I haven't been sleeping, I've been watching both The Office & New Girl. I love both of them. We are almost done with all eight of the seasons of The Office, & I have a strong feeling that when we do finish them, I'll start them right back over from the beginning. And Zooey Deschanel is my fashion icon. I just love her. [And this New Girl scene had me laughing out loud.]
beach reading: - I loved reading Tiana's blogging perspective in this post. '...I never w…

product round-up \ summer 2013.

Today I am going to share with you my used-daily products for each of the major makeup & beauty categories. I am a creature of habit, & once I find a combination of products that I like, I stick with it for a while, even in the midst of trying new things here & there. The goal with these posts is to give you insight into how I achieve my daily look in any given season. So without further ado, let's get on with the first in this series...

Skincare \
moisturizer: St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer sunscreen: Jergens Natural Glow Facial Moisturizer face wash: Neutogena Oil-Free Acne Wash face exfoliator: Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub eye cream: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream primer: Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Pro Primer
lip balm: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Base Makeup \
foundation: Cover Girl Clean Oil Control Foundation under eye concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser face concealer: Wet N Wil…

the sunday currently, volume 43.

This morning I am popping in for a quick edition of The Sunday Currently. We are going to run out to breakfast as soon as I finish tapping this out. Then, we'll be returning home to clean the house (and I will be studying for a test that's happening tomorrow - this mini session is turning out to be extremely fast-paced). I'm hoping that by the end of today, we will both be feeling accomplished & rested.
C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .
R E A D I N G... ugh. Let's not go there. I haven't read at all this week. I guess the inspiration to read can leave as quickly as it arrives.  W R I T I N G in my ink & paper journal a lot lately. It is amazingly cathartic & therapeutic. Time & time again, it amazes me how little I allow myself to really feel until I've written it down. L I S T E N I N G to Alabama Shakes. So, so summer. In addition to the playlist I posted a while back, I have a huge list on Spotify of music that just feels like summer to me. Ju…


It's late Friday morning, I'm getting ready to put together my to-do list for the day, & the rain is steady falling right outside our living room window. The warm yellowish glow of the lone lamp exudes light from my desk. And I can't tell you what a welcome respite today is, after walking around miserable - for no reason - this week.
Today's outfit board falls in tandem with this week's Friday's Fancies theme - tanked - even though the weather outside suggests fleece-lined hoodies & yoga pants as proper attire.
tank | shorts | cardigan | loafers | pearls | satchel | watch
read about this saying's origin here
Though I haven't really been myself this week, I've still managed to collect some inspiration from around the internet to share in this space today. Blogging really opens up a little door in life - one filled with flowers & golden sunlight & warm cozy reading nooks - that can be accessed any time, any day, anywhere. And I can'…

things i like.

I have no idea how it is Thursday already, but somehow, it is. And I have a test in one of my classes today. The coffee is on to brew, my alarm went off at precisely 6:15, & I couldn't be more thankful that today is my Friday. Call it the post-holiday-weekend blues. Call it exhaustion. It doesn't really matter what you call it... All I know is, I've been walking around like a zombie this week. And I don't like it.
Here is a list of things I do like:
HOT CHOCOLATE There is a little coffee shop across the street from school, & their hot chocolate is ooey gooey & probably one million calories & absolutely delicious. FOUNDATION BRUSHES Sometimes I put my foundation on with my fingers, & sometimes I apply it with a flat-top powder brush from ELF. Lately, I've been reaching for the brush - & it is working really well with my foundations of choice [Namely: CoverGirl Clean & Rimmel London Clean Finish - reviews coming soon!]. DARK HAIR I have plans f…

the sunday currently, volume 42.

Well folks, we arrived home from our Savannah trip yesterday evening. We had a LOVELY time, filled with shopping in downtown, visiting the Gryphon Tea Room, scarfing down beignets, & watching fireworks over the Savannah River. 
With this trip also came the purchase of Justin's Anniversary gift... a very special watch. We are employing the Modern Anniversary Gifts Guide, & we have interpreted clocks to translate loosely to watches. With this purchase, we found it entirely too difficult to wait until October, so we are now both wearing our watches [& absolutely loving them]. I'll have to write more about them later, because they are both unique & meaningful to us. Because of our impatience with these gifts, we have decided we will buy a clock while on our anniversary trip to Charleston in October.
C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .
R E A D I N GBriget Jones's Diary at an alarmingly slow pace. Planning to break out ye olde reading schedule & plan out a dat…

happy birthday, mom!

I'm happy to say that my mom is enjoying a relaxing day off work to celebrate her birthday. Next week, I'll be sharing a little craft project DIY that she put together for Nurses' Week. Have a great day, Mom!
photo: the girls on my wedding day |mrs. t

the fourth.

Justin & I are celebrating America from Savannah, Georgia this year. We are soaking up the beauty & history of downtown today, as well as looking forward to a fireworks show over the river tonight. Photos to come in the weeks following our return. God bless the United States!

photo: downtown wilmington | nikon

lately: stress & savannah.

With the beginning of this new month - as well as the beginning of two more mini-session classes - has come a bit of a spike in my stress levels as of late. Don't get me wrong - I am thrilled to be back in school, &, nerd that I am, I am thoroughly enjoying learning again. But as the calendar progresses & the clock ticks by, I find myself overwhelmed at certain times of the day. And as weird as it sounds, I've been able to find momentary solace in coffee, of all things. Usually caffeine exacerbates stress (in my experience at least), so I find it strange that it has had a calming effect on me lately. I'll take it, though. Anything to feel a little bit more like a human being. What do you do to calm yourself when you're stressed? I'm going to do a little research on that very topic & share my findings & helpful articles soon (Hello, psych classes!).

In the meantime, though, The Office is providing a pretty satisfactory response.
Justin & I are g…