My Style: Summer Professional

DSC_1843 DSC_1842 DSC_1844 DSC_1860 DSC_1851 DSC_1861 DSC_1858 DSC_1846 Hi there, my friends! I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful summer week. I want to extend a very big thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the birthday wishes I received, whether via comments on the blog, messages on Facebook, Twitter shout-outs, Instagram notes and even emails. Sometimes I’m just completely awestruck at how truly amazing, tight-knit and caring this blogging community is, and this was one of those times. So you guys rock!

My birthday was wonderful, and I’ll write up a post soon. For today, I’m leaving you with my very first outfit post! Phew! I’m a bit nervous with this one, I’ll admit. While I feel very at home behind the camera, stepping out in front of it for the sole purpose of modeling is a very different story. I’m great at candid shots of myself or photos with another person, but when I’m smiling or walking or posing just to get a good shot of myself, I find I’m definitely outside of my comfort zone. But where can you go in life if you stay inside the box all the time? Stepping beyond the boundaries is good for the soul, and because I have gotten inquiries from readers about my outfits, I thought a My Style series may be a good place to start.

I wore this outfit last week to a big meeting Hobson and I had to attend. While I can’t divulge any other details now (annoying and vague, I know!), I will say this meeting was an exciting step for us. On this particular day, it was typical New England summer weather, hot and humid. So white pants paired with this flowy, lightweight and sleeveless blouse was the perfect option to stay cool while looking somewhat professional.

In the spirit of full disclosure, in no way do I consider myself a style or fashion expert (or beauty expert, for that matter… I mean, look at that seriously frizzy hair!). This series will merely be what I love to wear, why I wear it and options for you all to purchase if you see something you like.

Happy Thursday! I hope you step outside of your comfort zone today.

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Twenty-Four

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Today, I turn twenty-four. While I know I’m still a youngin’ to many, this year more any before has been a wake-up call. This year, I actually feel older, physically, mentally, emotionally. I cannot put my finger on one reason in particular, for there are probably many. Maybe it’s because my mom got married at twenty-four, or maybe because next year is the big two five, also known as a quarter century. Hellllo what? Although a year away, I can already feel that number being hard to swallow.

This stage of life is exciting and riveting and unique. While I’m very much over the shock of the real world, I’m not old enough to be sick of it yet either. Though there are certainly moments where I wish I could curl up in a ball and go back to being ten with not a care in the world, I’m truly in love with the way life has unfolded for me. I actually think I would be content with being twenty-four forever. While I look forward to the months and years ahead and changes that come with them, I’m soaking in this moment, this transition from twenty-three to twenty-four.

As the years pass, I discover more and more things to be grateful for. I’ve learned to appreciate the simple things in ways that I never thought I could. I’m grateful for those moments, the simple, quiet ones. I’m grateful for the family I was born into and the family I have made, the friends who have become family, the opportunities I’ve been given and this beautiful world I’ve been fortunate to see so much of. Instead of craving more out of life, today and tomorrow and the rest of this year, I’m going to savor it.

Twenty-three was a good year with so many beautiful moments that this blog will remind me of years down the road. But twenty-four will be good. Now, more than ever, I realize just how much the power is in my hands to make this year one to remember.

Some favorite memories from this past year! Our Days In Raleigh | Father’s Day Weekend on Block Island | A Spring Day Walk | Meet Zooey | A Note To Our Little Home | The Next Step & A Few Thank Yous | Men Cook Too Now In Stores | What Is Love? | A Short Film, Vermont Style

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Discovering Delaware

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When my parents first told us of their plans to move to Delaware in a couple of years, I think my sister and I were definitely a bit puzzled. I think the words why Delaware? quickly flashed through our minds. So at the beginning of July, my parents rented a beach house for a week for the six of us, in hopes of winning our hearts over … and it just might have worked. Our eyes were opened to the magic behind this pretty little state and all of our questions were answered. Oh man, Delaware. She’s a hidden gem. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Collage01 Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

Our mornings were spent riding our bikes to the quaint downtown, grabbing breakfast and world-class coffee. The brick streets, the old houses, the local shops; I could have spent hours wandering. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Collage02

Come mid-morning, we’d usually head down to the beach in the Delaware Bay and play bocci on the wet sand at low tide. One day, we spent paddleboarding; another we drove to the ocean side, swam with skates and had a blast in the waves. It was one of those days when the current was extra strong and after five minutes of being in the water, you’d look up only to find yourself hundreds of feet down the beach from your blankets and chairs. It’s definitely a situation in which you must be aware, but I also love those wild days, when the ocean seems to have a mind of its own and each wave is bigger than the last. Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Our house was right next door to Fort Miles, a fortification built in 1941 and which is now a beautiful state park, with bike trails along the beach, observation towers and stunning overlooks. This above view was taken on a foggy morning looking out to the ocean.

I found myself awestruck by the history of Delaware. Sure, I’ve seen older buildings and deeper roots in Europe and Asia, but as the First State, Delaware is pretty special in the United States history department. If I thought New England had some unique history, boy, did Delaware beat it. Though I hate saying that, because I truly believe each place is special in its own right and New England’s history is pretty darn rich, too.

A little side story: A few weeks back when my cousin and her fiance came out to Connecticut for a visit, they were in awe of the 1700s homes that dot the state. California just doesn’t have that. It wasn’t until then that I realized, even though each coast is still a part of the same nation and still flies the same great flag, each place is so different and unique. This little trip to Delaware emphasized that for me.

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Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset The week was also filled with antique shopping, a day at the Dogfish Head Brewery, a birthday celebration for my wonderful dad, a little real estate shopping, many nights of cards, walks on the beach, sparklers, corn hole, grilling, dips in the pool, good food, laughs and love. A quintessential East coast summer getaway. Thanks, Mom and Dad! We had a blast!

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