1. Arizona sunsets. So beautiful. Like, every single night.
2. I’m loving this nail combo of a light pink color and a rose gold accent.
3. Went for lunch and had this. BLTs with egg are definitely a new favorite.
4. Finally finished breaking bad this week. I know, way late to the party. Season 5 was probably my favorite. Have you watched it?
5. And last but not least, This week,a few of us ladies teamed up for a summer beauty haul giveaway, worth $50. If beauty-related things aren’t your cup of tea, feel free to disregard this completely (and I promise to post some more Europe pictures next week!), but if you like free beauty items, read on!
The giveaway will be live through Monday, July 28 at 11:59pm EST, so if you’re interested, be sure to enter in the next few days (International readers outside of the USA are welcome to enter, but will have to pay for shipping if chosen as a winner).
Here’s what’s included: Hard Candy Nail Color – in Bachelor Party, Sally Hansen I ♥ Nail Art Tool Kit, Remington Head Band, Long Chain Necklace with Stone Casted Owl Pendant, Hard Candy That’s How Eye Roll – in Drama, NYC Sun ‘n’ Bronze – in Hamptons Radiance, NYC Great Last Lip Color – in Traffic Jam, NYC Liquid Lipshine – in Nude York City, NYC Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer, Kiss Nail Dress set – neon Aztec pattern in both Full and French
Enter here: Summer Beauty Haul and good luck!
If eating strawberries and watching House Hunters at 12:45 after a demanding morning of blog reading is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
And that’s about all I have for you today. I do suggest this playlist and taking a break today for some summertime fun, though. Halfway through the week – hump day, enjoy it!
*photo edited using the Waterlogue app
With any new apartment comes new rooms that need pretty decorative touches. Since I am moving into a new apartment this week, of course I have decorating on the mind. I spent the past three years in a humble college apartment so while I’ve collected a fair amount of kitchen items and little knick knacks, I’m looking for a few new things to make a house feel like a home.
Of course I need practical items. However, in my opinion, the not-so-practical pieces are so much more fun to look for, so I’ve done a little round up of some of the things I’m liking.
I have always had a very colorful eclectic style when it comes to homegoods, but I find myself drawn to a lot of black and white and neutrals right now.
1 // I’m so excited to have plants around. Hopefully I can at least keep a few succulents alive! These vessels are delicate and perfect for planting.
2 // Gotta have somewhere to store your wine, right? Love the wood and simplicity of this.
3 // Candles 100% complete a space. I have a ton of Bath & Body Works candles, which are great, but Diptyque candles have such a classic look and have been on my wishlist for a while.
4 // A big-girl apartment means so more taping up old posters to the wall. I’m looking forward to printing some photos and hanging them in frames.
5 // Storage baskets are great for storing quilts and blankets in the corner of the living room.
What do you think? Any homeware pieces you’re loving right now?
Happy Friday! And better yet, Happy Independence Day to those in the U.S.A.! I hope your weekend is fun and relaxing! My whole family will be under one roof, which I am so looking forward too. I’ll be getting ready for the move this week (in 6 days! Whaaat?!), but will be sure to squeeze in some pool/ bbq/ firework time too. What are you up to?
Here are some of my highlights from the week. Have a great weekend and be safe!
1. My baby (read: one week away from 18 years old) sister swam in her last home swim meet at our summer pool this week. This makes me feel so old and brings back so many memories in that pool.
2. That new car smell. Ahh. Car shopping somehow makes me feel more like an adult than I ever have before, while also making me feel more like a child than I ever have before. Go figure.
3. I had a farmer’s market/ dinner date with my mom last night. Wild ladies, right? We went to Black Sheep Burrito & Brews. Actually, I was there twice this week (the other time on Michael’s birthday), so I guess you could say it is pretty good.
4. I’ve been working on refinishing this desk. It is a super tedious process and doesn’t look like much now, but hoping it turns out well in the end.
5. And for July fourth, I found these too funny:
This week, I have a boyfriend’s birthday to celebrate, posts planned every day, a mile-long to do list ready to be tackled, and Fourth of July to look forward to, so it is looking like a good one, but first, I want to share a little bit of this weekend (gosh, whatta run-on sentence).
My town has an annual week-long series of events call Festivall. There is SO MUCH packed into ten days – theater productions, concerts, art walk, foodie events, riverboat rides, galas, a chili cook-off, wine/beer/music festivals, and other events of all kinds. I had been feeling a little bit under the weather but was so glad to be up to going out Saturday afternoon for the Capitol Street Art Fair and “Go to Hale” events. Here’s a little bit of what I saw.
There is the Festivall catfish display (say what?) and the painted Rain Barrel Tour. Both are decorated by local artisans and groups, which is pretty cool.
There were so many great vendors this year, including one who would make custom beads on the spot! I am always impressed at art fairs, but this one really was quality. Love those cards made with vintage napkins.
I had been looking forward to shopping at Kinship Goods since the store moved into the area, and this weekend pop-up shop was the perfect chance! I snatched up this t-shirt and card, but loved everything!
After the fair, we headed over to the farmers market and a local bakery. (I can’t wait to share a recipe using the bread and tomatoes on Wednesday!)
So, that’s all – a simple Saturday. I was glad to spend an afternoon with the fam walking the streets of my hometown before the big move to Phoenix (coming up in under two weeks!). Did you do anything fun this weekend?
What does it sound like when you play tree rings on a record player? Bartholomäus Traubeck knows. He built a record player that is able to “play” cross-sectional slices of tree trunks by using a computer to turn data collected from the rings into music.
I saw this article and just had to share. So cool, right? Listen to an excerpt of Traubeck’s record of the recordings, “Years,” below.
I was given three extraordinary pieces of advice for life during one of my graduation ceremonies a couple weeks ago. I am documenting them here for both my own sake, and to share them with you. Here are the tips, a little bit about each of them, and how I’m translating them to my life.
1. Get uncomfortable.
Learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Comfort may be easy, but taking risks and living adventurously makes life worth living. The fear that comes with being uncomfortable is a good thing. Getting uncomfortable gifts new insights, experiences, humility, and respect. You never know what you can accomplish until you reach for new goals. One of my favorite Nelson Mandela quotes is “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” You can do so much more than you can even imagine, but just have to keep making yourself uncomfortable to make it happen.
This might be the first time I have announced this on That Charming Life, but I will be moving to Arizona in July with the boyfriend. That’s 2,000 miles out of my comfort zone, away from friends, family, and the state I have lived in for 22 years. I am definitely a little uncomfortable with it, but right now is the perfect time. I’m learning that change can be exciting and doesn’t have to be so scary.
2. Be outraged.
What moves you? What are you passionate about? Don’t disregard your passion, but rather use your outrage for good. Care about “the issues” and do something meaningful. The world is a messy place. There are things to change (hello poverty, public health, water, energy, the list goes on) and we need to be the ones to do it (because we have the tools to do it!). I think something important here is that not everyone will like you and all the things you have to say, but that is okay.
This one I am still working on. There are certainly things I care for and feel outraged about (besides make-up, crafts, and fashion, believe it or not) and I want to make sure to be a bystander, but a positive presence.
3. Go on an adventure.
There is a whole world out there to explore and now is as good as time as any to do it! If fact, it may very well be now or never. Adventure can be found in many ways, but we have to take the time to experience it. Often, though not always, adventure is travel. There are excuses that absolutely prevent people from traveling. I quote the ceremony speaker, Emily Calandrelli in saying:
“There will be so many excuses not to [travel while you’re young]. You’ll say it’s too expensive, that you’re just a poor graduate student, or that you can’t afford to leave research, or work, or school, or your girlfriend, or your boyfriend right now, but these excuses, they’re dangerous because you’ll continue to make them and the most dangerous risk of all is spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later. But later comes with more responsibilities, more obligations, less flexibility.”
So, I’m making time now. Adventure is prioritized in how I approach life and that is not something I will compromise. I do hope to find adventure in day to day life. Today, however, I am traveling. I leave on an trip to Europe – visiting Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria later today. Like, I am all packed up and ready to go to the airport. It’s a bit of a graduation present (to myself) and an experience I have been waiting anxiously for.
Tell me, do you have any life advice to share? What is an adventure you have taken recently?
(P.S. I have posts lined up for next week, but will be back in a couple weeks.)