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Friday, December 02, 2016

I'm not sure what we'll need in the new apartment so buying really anything before actually moving would be silly but that doesn't stop me from drooling over rugs. I'm loving this one!
Always a sucker for sweaters with elbow pads!
LOVE this phone case.
(via: Paper Source)
When we were in Savannah Jeff wanted to stop in the lululemon store. I don't know anything about work out clothes but I do know a good backpack when I see one. I spotted this baby from across the store and dashed over. It's just a plain black bag but it's so beautiful in person.
(via: lululemon)
 I was working on addressing my holiday cards earlier this week and was kind of embarrassed at how sloppy I write without lines to guide me. This addressing guide is basically the best idea ever.
(via: Paper Source
Totally wouldn't be able to wear these until next year in Ohio because it's so cold and icky outside now but I adore these shoes! Strappy black flats go with everything. 
 (via: Amazon)
This has to be some of the prettiest soap ever.
(via: Bloomingdale's)
I definitely picture a wall lamp like this next to the bed in my new apartment.
(via: Urban Outfitters)
As if I didn't love this opossum pin enough, the person who made it titled it "trash baby". SO stinken cute. I know it's not the popular opinion but I think opossums are adorable. At the apartment we looked at before finding out about the one the guy who owned it was all "I gotta warn you we have a bit of an opossum problem in the backyard." and in my head I was like "PERFECT!"
(via: Tenacious Bee
I don't think I'll stop obsessing over gold glasses until I have a pair of my own. I'm loving this pair from Coastal.
(via: Coastal)
Crushing on this desk BIG TIME.
(via: Jeremiah Collection)
Pizza, peach, mushrooms! Cute socks that are 3 pairs for $20!
(via: Urban Outfitters
It's time to officially start thinking about 2017 calendars! I'm loving this one

Link love...
The ultimate gift for the cat lady in your life - a custom pet portrait knit sweater.
Aaaadorable striped pajamas. Surprisingly not black and white, as you'd expect from me.
Do you text your mother with those fingers?
Love this strappy bralette!
▴ Obsessed with this coat. It looks like it'd be warm and still manage to look cute with a dress. 
▴ I'm about due for new keyboard decals. Love these ones!

Happy Friday!!

Ps. For more fun finds check out my Everyday Favorites!  


life lately : apartment update

Thursday, December 01, 2016

This last month the only thing I've been able to think about is moving. It's basically all I talk about, and it's definitely all I dream about. I've had multiple nightmares where we move in and the claw foot tub is missing. Hah! I'm currently in the beginning process of packing. My last move I packed everything in one day. This time I figured since it's an option, I might as well get a head start. I've been boxing all the non-essentials like knick-knacks, books, and movies. I'm not crazy about living alongside random boxes but slowly packing has given me the opportunity to really evaluate what I need keep and what I don't. I LOVE getting rid of things. It feels awesome.

Sooo, the new apartment! Let me tell you all about it and why we aren't already living there! My landlords, a sweet husband and wife team, bought a house that needed completely gutted. Both units were available when she first told us about the house but we were particularly interested in the upstairs. Living in the city I feel much more secure on the second story. The downstairs unit was completely finished but the upstairs is still in the works. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. My current apartment is nice but there are lots of little things I definitely wouldn't choose for myself. The carpet is weird, and the paint colors are... interesting. These clearly aren't things that would stop me from renting though, especially in the perfect location.

The plan was she'd show us the downstairs unit to give us an idea of what to expect and then we'd go check out the layout of the upstairs unit to see if we'd like it. The second we walked in I was just kind of in shock. Jeff was immediately exclaiming how much he loved the kitchen backsplash and I wasn't even sure what to comment on first! My mind was basically already made up within minutes that I wanted to live there. We toured the downstairs unit with mouths agape. It was GORGEOUS. They did an amazing job!

My landlord seemed kind of reluctant to show us the upstairs. I think she was afraid of scaring us off. Basically at the time of us viewing it it was no different than any abandoned house I'd ever been in. If she only knew we hang out in places like that for fun. Heh! They showed us around and told us about all the things they were working on up there. Like I mentioned in the post when I announced this move, I was so excited it's all a blur. I can recall the general layout but the details aren't there which considering the state it was in is probably for the best. Before the tour was even over I announced "We're movin' in!"

Sooo, yeah, Jeff and I are getting completely re-done apartment exactly where we want to live within the city. It's still so hard to believe. I feel like at any second something could go wrong or that I completely overlooked some huge deal breaker just because it's so perfect. When we went to see the place they estimated it would 4-6 weeks until it was finished, which puts our moving date anywhere from here to December 12th. To further corroborate this date, when my apartment that I'm living in now was listed on craigslist it said "available December 15th".

It's basically taking every single ounce of self control for me to not constantly text my landlord for updates. It was finally too much for me to handle and I reached out to see how it was going on Sunday. She said they had made lots of progress and that it was really starting to look like a home. It sounds like all the really hard work - drywall, electrical, etc - is done and now it's time to paint and get the appliances in there.

I wish I had photos to share in this post of the new place but obviously, I really have no idea what it's looking like right now either. You can count on seeing photos as soon as we the keys, which hopefully shouldn't be too far off.

In other moving related news, I sold my lockers a couple weekends ago. When I bought them I knew they'd never move with me. They were incredibly difficult to get up my stairs, and as awesome as they were I hated that they were so heavy. I'm huge on rearranging furniture and it just wasn't possible to move them around. Getting rid of them made this move feel even more real especially since I was kind of worried they'd sit on craigslist for a while. I was sad to see them go but happy to have sold them for the same price I bought them for. They were perfect for this apartment. Maybe there will be space in the new apartment for a much smaller set of lockers. They're sooo nice for storage. 

So yeah, that's where I'm at right now. I kind of feel like I'm in a weird limbo state. I'm very, very excited to move but also obviously, quite nervous. I can't wait to finally put a date on this whole ordeal and start the process for real.


Colonial Park Cemetery

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Savannah, Georgia,

At the beginning of this year Jeff got a new full time job which is obviously really good news but we kind of thought it meant we wouldn't be able to travel as much as we wanted. Since the very beginning of our relationship traveling has been something that we've enjoyed together tremendously. I mean, duh, who doesn't like traveling with their significant other? We took our first big trip together only a few months after meeting, and that was the start of something magical. I live for our vacations. They're easily some of the best times I've ever had so the idea we wouldn't be able to take our annual trip out west or go anywhere else was a huge bummer. With some careful planning, determination, and a few all night drives, 2016 turned into the year of road trips for us. I've played in the ocean, explored new cities, poked around a creepy old cave, and even managed to cross off one of my bucket list destinations - Roswell!

Over the holiday weekend Jeff and I went down to Georgia looking for a soul to steal and spent a few days hanging out in Savannah. I think this trip kind of started off as a joke, or at least it kind of felt like it. "We should go on Thanksgiving, that way we don't have to decide whose house to go to for dinner!" Then, kind of randomly one day, Jeff sent me a screenshot that he had booked our hotel. We left the Wednesday before Thanksgiving around 8pm and took turns driving through the night. It's a loooong twelve hour drive but you do what you gotta do!

I had hoped to blog about it how I blog about all the other trips I take, which is in order so it's kind of like a diary or something for me to look back on but to be honest, the majority of the photos I took were in cemeteries. I had been to Savannah once before a few years ago. It was actually my first big trip with a friend and I had the time of my life. I almost feel like it was an important turning point for me. Anyway, I didn't take many photos while I was there that time and I've been dying to get back to shoot these cemeteries that I have to believe are some of the most beautiful in the United States. So we ate the best chocolate ever*, played some pirate themed mini-golf, ate a pirate themed restaurant, did a whole lot of walking, and of course, spent a ton of time wandering cemeteries. I have so many photos to still work my way through but I'm going to start with my favorites first.

Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery is beautiful old cemetery located right in the middle of the city. It was established in 1750, and obviously holds tons of history. 700 victims of the 1820 Yellow Fever epidemic are buried here, along with many victims of Savannah's dueling era. During the Civil War many of the graves were looted. Rumor has it that Union soldiers even changed the dates on some headstones. Why they'd do that is beyond me, but still, very interesting!

I had actually visited this particular cemetery a few years ago but absolutely, one hundred percent, do not remember it being this beautiful. Jeff and I arrived shortly after sunrise, while the sun was still in a perfect spot in the sky. The lighting was incredible and there morning fog seemed to just be burning off. It was SO beautiful. Lets not forget the Spanish moss. Oh my gosh, is there anything prettier than trees draped in Spanish moss in a cemetery? No, there isn't! I don't even know how many times I exclaimed how much I loved it. (Sorry for being annoying, Jeff!) I just can't get enough!

All the cute shops, beautiful historic buildings, and good eats aside, Savannah is worth visiting just for it's cemeteries... ya know, if you're into that kind of thing.

*So, I was just going to link to the chocolate place's website until I realized they also had an etsy shop. You guys HAVE TO try this chocolate. Their Mexican Mayan Truffle is literally the best piece of chocolate I have ever eaten in my life. Also, their retail location is the adorable if you're in the area!

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