2016-2017: Everything’s Coming Up Emily

Man…have I neglected this blog way more than I expected, and I apologize. Although I’m pretty certain only a few people ever read this, it did give me satisfaction.

So now, I have decided to pick up the blog again as something to preoccupy my time. The biggest thing that has happened to me since the beginning of 2016 was that I am now engaged to be married! I uprooted my life in New York and moved down to Virginia to be with my fiancé, and now we are living together #adulting hard.

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So it is now 361 days until we will become Mr. & Mrs., and I plan to use this blog as a planning tool, offering advice and anecdotes. I also plan to use this to use the blog as a tool to explore the new town I’m in.

 

That’s all for now. Shine on.

Merry Monday…

Merry Monday

I decided that Monday’s are the worse. Really the hardest days of the week, Monday’s even trump the Friday’s when I’m excited to leave work to visit my boyfriend and the time ticks away slowly. Monday’s are the days when I’m dragging myself out of bed, even though I went to bed around the same time the day before, and I can’t seem to get enough coffee in my system to function properly before 10am.  Because of all this, I decided I’m going to dedicate a post on Monday’s to share something happy or good in the world to make these days a little more bearable.

 

Today I want to touch upon love and friendship. My Facebook news feed has blown up on the past few weeks of people getting in relationships or getting engaged. I also was able to attend the wedding of a friend two weekends ago. As of right now, I can say love is in the air. In a world where people are worried about divorce or breaking up of a relationship, it’s nice to see that love, new love and mature love, is strong.

 

However, I want to say that love with your significant other is not the only type of love out there. Yes, I am lucky to be in love, but I receive love from more than just my boyfriend, I receive it from my family and friends. I recently had someone comment on how lucky my high school friends and I are that we’ve remained close since graduation and college. I truly agree. Everyone comes into your life for a reason, and some people stay longer than others. It’s a bond or friendship and love that hold us together.

 

Love with friends is not better or stronger than love with a significant other, just as love with is significant other is not better or stronger than love with friends, they are just different. One doesn’t equal more self-worth than the other, and that’s something I’ve been able to come to terms with over the years. Love is love. I wouldn’t trade my friends from high school, my friends from college, my boyfriend or my family for anything else in the world.

 

I’m going to end on a cheesy note, I do believe in soul mates. I, however, don’t believe in just one. I think there are people who come into our lives to mean something, it could be 1 or 15, but they have a purpose. It could be someone who will love you no matter what and have children with you, or maybe a group of friends who love Harry Potter, sushi and froyo just as much as you do, or even a group of friends who share your values, morals and secrets with. Those who leave a mark on us and stand the tests of time are our soul mates.

 

And that’s my spiel about love and friendship. I hope your Monday was smooth sailing.

 

xo

 

Whole30 Day 2

I have lasted two days! Woohoo! To be honest it hasn’t been that bad. I have eggs and veggies or fruits in the morning, chicken and veggies for lunch and then some form of protein and veggies for dinner. I have some nuts for a snack if I get hungry and then fruit for dessert! I’m not hungry as long as I keep making sure I have enough protein, and the only ‘bad foods’ I want is chocolate. My mom thinks that craving will subside…but I don’t think so.

I made some roasted almonds with rosemary, they turned out alright but I’ll have to work on them before I share the recipe.

 

 

Hopefully I can figure out some recipes this weekend!

 

 

 

xo

Emily Does Whole30!

 

 

For those of you who haven’t heard about it, though it would be hard not to, one of the newest diets to try is Paleo. Paleo, sometimes referred to as the ‘caveman diet’, is a diet the involves cutting out all grains, legumes, processed foods and sugars, dairy, and anything that is basically bad for you. The whole idea of the diet is to eat foods that are ‘whole foods’ that are good for you and basically were not available during the Paleolithic age.

Now, I have a hard time using the word ‘diet’ with this…well diet. I believe if done right this could turn into a lifestyle change with some adjustment for special treats…all in moderation, ya’ feel me?

But anyways, the big news is that I am going to be starting the Whole30 Program beginning tomorrow!

 

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The Whole30 is a stricter version of paleo that challenges you to stick to a strict diet for 30 days. During the program you are not allowed to have any dairy, sugar (except fruits), legumes, grains, white potatoes or alcohol. Nothing. No cheat days. No “weekends don’t count”. Nothing.

I’m looking at this as a body reset. I’m hoping to g back to better eating habits than what I picked up in college. I won’t say weight loss isn’t an added bonus, but getting healthy and making my body stronger and healthier is a big reason.

I’m lucky that my mother will be doing this with me, so there will be a support group. So far I’ve read “It Starts With Food” by Melissa and Dalla Hartwig, and they offer a lot of good feedback and support. I know I’ll need that as a crutch for some of this experience. However, think of me blogging about it as a first hand experience for you all out there!

 

My program will begin June 3rd, 2014 and end July 2nd, 2014.

Get ready for pictures of meals and laments about how much I miss chocolate.

 

xo.

 

23 by 23

A friend of mine, Erin of Sugar Snap Pearls, did a list of 22 things she wanted to accomplish before she herself turned 22. As I have recently turned 22, she has inspired me to compile a list of things I want to accomplish over the next year. Some might seem silly, but that’s the point of the list. These are things I want to accomplish!

1. Run a 5k.

2. Read about 15 books from my Goodreads list.

3. Visit my Best Friend AT LEAST 5x.

4. Go to a Winery.

5. Get a big girl job.

6. Find the perfect leather jacket.

7. Pay for a vacation with my money.

8. Go to 5 Concerts.

9. Visit a Distillery.

10. Visit a State I’ve never been to.

11. Take a cooking class.

12. Volunteer more, and regularly.

13. Take up Tennis lessons again.

14. Write a short story.

15. Get a Tattoo.

16. Lose about 10-15lbs.

17. Develop a signature dish.

18. Visit 10 museums and monuments in the USA.

19. Blog more, 4x a week.

20. Try 10 new food items.

21. Do 30 acts of kindness.

22. Make 10 Pinterest recipes.

23. Save $10 for every item I cross off of my list and buy something for my Birthday!

My end date will be May 14, 2015. This isn’t a full year, but some of these I’ve put a little dent in! I’ll be blogging about my time checking things off the list, so get excited about what I accomplish.

That Time I Went to Charleston Fashion Week

Last week I was lucky enough to go to Charleston Fashion Week for my internship. It was pretty rad. I’ve never been to Charleston and I haven’t been to a real fashion show, besides the ones held at school, until now. The whole experience was different, I was surrounded by so many people who looked amazing, and most of them knew they looked amazing. The fashion shows were amazing too. There were a few well-known designers and then a lot of emerging designers. It was really exciting to see the emerging designers, I just kept imagining how in a few years these people could be pretty mainstream!  Any who, here are a few photos from the week. photo2

I know, I can be a goober sometimes.
I know, I can be a goober sometimes.

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xo

 

 

Let’s Ban Bossy

I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve been called bossy, stubborn, intimidating, and other words of the like. Fortunately, I didn’t let those words stop me from becoming clearheaded and independent. I have my mother to thank for that, she always lead me to believe that  I could be who I wanted and that no one  could make me feel inferior except myself. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have someone like Diane.

That is why I am all for Lean In’s and the Girl Scouts campaign to Ban Bossy. For those of you who don’t know what Lean In is, it is a non-profit organization that’s goal is to empower young women and help them reach their dreams and ambitions. Little girls and young women are told they are bossy at a young age and then become less interested in leadership roles. This campaign is trying to help girls and young women to learn to lead and become strong ambitious adults.

Here’s an article from the Wall Street Journal about the movement and the women behind Lean In and Ban Bossy. There’s also a page dedicated to movies and books that have strong female characters, go ahead and check that out.

Of course Beyonce is behind this campaign, and here’s a #banbossy graphic from her and another from Condoleeza Rice. Other people involved are Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmie Johnson, Arne Duncan, Anna Maria Chavez, and Sherly Sandberg.

Image From BanBossy.com
Image From BanBossy.com
Image from BanBossy.com
Image from BanBossy.com

 

Also, remember that it’s not about banning a real word, it’s about empowering young women to believe in themselves beyond what people label them. It’s about letting girls know that just because someone calls you a name and makes you feel bad about having an opinion or knowing information, you shouldn’t stop being who you are or wanting to be a leader and have a thirst for knowledge. It’s a great campaign aimed at teaching young girls to be themselves.

 

xo