Summer Date Series - Evening At The Beach + What I've Learned From Being In A Committed Relationship

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I have had a great week so far. I've worked on some really great content for the blog, and I'm flying to North Carolina on Friday for my aunt's wedding. Not only will I get to see my aunt and soon to be uncle, but I'll also get to see my mom, my cousin that I haven't seen in years and my aunt and uncle from Germany. I don't get to see them that often so I am super excited about the week ahead and I can't wait to introduce them to you on the blog!

So, with summer "officially" coming to a close, even though it's still extremely hot here in Florida and well, everywhere haha, I wanted to end the summer date series with one of my favorite things to do: spending an evening at the beach.

P.S. I will be continuing my date series into the fall, starting with a fun activity that is really a year round thing to do. Stay tuned!

I love going to the beach in the evenings because it's not as crowded, allowing for more intimate time. The weather is also nice and cool for a long walk on the beach.

One of my favorite things to do is to sit up in a lifeguard chair because you have the best view of the beach. This is actually really fun to do at night when the stars are out because you can sit and find the constellations together. Or, if you're like me, you can get an app to help you do it! haha!

In this blog post I also wanted to talk about what I've learned from being in a committed relationship. Up until I met Chandler, I had never been in a long relationship. My longest was less than a year and I was younger which really makes a difference. I'm definitely more mature now and being in a relationship also helps mature you I think.

I recently sat down with one of my coworkers who has been married for over ten years to get some advice. I asked her, how did you feel when you hit the two year mark? I asked because I didn't know how I was supposed to feel. Obviously I'm not working hard to impress Chandler anymore, and I'm not afraid to burp or even fart in front of him. Yes, I said it. It's reality!

She said that she felt the same way that I felt which is that nice, comfortable feeling. She asked me, is he your person and I said yes. She said then that's all that matters! You two love each other and are just getting settled with your life. Which is so true. Chandler and I were only together six months before the navy took him to California for over a year. Then we moved in together and then we got a dog. That's a lot in two years!

The next thing I asked was is her husband messy? She said yes faster than Diesel eating a cookie out of my hand! I immediately felt better. She told me about how her husband leaves stuff out all the time. I felt better because I was like thank goodness it's not just my boyfriend haha! Not saying Chandler is super messy, because I don't want you all to think he's some kind of slob or something but every guy leaves some stuff out. :P

One ironic statement that she shared with me was that he isn't going to change. It's ironic because I remember my eighth grade teacher telling all the girls the same thing. I've never tried to change Chandler because I fell in love with the person that he is. But going back to the sometimes messy part or stuff like that, I just have to learn to accept it, find better ways to keep things organized and just work together as a team to do so.

The last, and most important thing she shared with me is that communication is key. This may sound obvious, and at first when she said it I was like well yeah. But then she went a little deeper with it. We talked about times where our significant others did things we didn't like and how we approached the situation verbally. She explained how he had done something once and instead of reacting right away, she actually waited until the end of the day so that she was completely cooled off and was able to handle it maturely and calmly. 

This is something I know I have to work on. I have a really sweet side to me, but I also have a temper (thanks dad :P). Hearing this from her really helped because you see couples that have been together for 10 years, 20 years, even 50 years and one of the things they tell you is that you HAVE to communicate. You're going to get into arguments and there's going to be plenty of them, but, it's how you handle them that determines what happens next. 

Being with Chandler has been the best two and a half years of my life and I wouldn't change a thing. We are always learning something new about each other and we are always there for each other. I know that he's my support system just as much as I am his. Never settle for average. Find someone who makes you their world, because I promise, you'll be happy you did. :)

I hope you all have loved the summer date series. Like I said above, the date series is going to continue into fall and I have some really cute ideas coming soon!

Please let me know what you thought about this post in the comments below, and if you also have any relationship tips that you have learned from being in a long relationship, I would love to hear about them and I'm sure everyone else would too!

Thanks for reading. :) 

Photography by the beautiful Chantell Cruz 

Sorority Chapter Outfit Ideas

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Monday!

A fact that I don't think I've shared yet about myself is that I am a sister of Alpha Chi Omega. Sorority life is filled with so many different types of events such as fraternity socials, formals, and a weekly chapter meeting.

Chapter is a meeting where all members get together and discuss important topics and upcoming events. Every sorority has different rules, but for the most part, chapter attire has a pretty universal standard. The best way I would describe it is fashionable business attire.

For instance, I would usually wear heels, wedges or flats with a dress that had straps that fit at least two fingers or if it didn't I would put a cardigan or blazer over it. Other girls would also wear nice pants and a cute top with any of those shoe options as well.

Since there are so many outfits you can wear to chapter, I wanted to share a few outfit ideas for everyone who just rushed! All of these styles are from The Copper Closet. I recently discovered this boutique and I have to say, it is definitely one to watch!

Outfit 1:

Outfit 2:

Copper Closet fun fact: All of their shoes have a heel that is 2 inches or less! Every single pair of shoes I used in these photos were extremely comfortable, and they still added that little something extra that I was looking for. In other words, when recruitment comes around, you need their shoes because your feet won't hurt as long after standing for hours in them!

Outfit 3:

Outfit 4:

Outfit 5:

I hope you all loved these outfit ideas from The Copper Closet! You can find more looks on their website and all looks featured in any of their store locations.

To learn more about this brand, check out their recent article from their NEW BLOG! It talks about the owners and how they started up not just one but two stores in two years! P.S. a third location is on the way!

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Photography by the beautiful Amber Nicole Portrait (check her out she's great!)

Weekly Round Up

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Happy Saturday everyone!

I know, I know. I usually post my weekly round up on Fridays. This week was all sorts of weird for me. First we had the hurricane which led to a short week at work, then I had a work event on Friday which really led to an even shorter week at work. I feel like this hurricane got me all messed up!

So, even though it's Saturday, I still want to share my weekly round up with you all!

This week, The Chalkboard blog featured nutritionist Jennie Miremadi. She shared some nutrition tips for college students. This advice isn't just for college students though! These tips can definitely be applied to anyone of any age!

Read it here:

Who's ready for a HUGE announcement?! Joanna Gaines and Target just announced that they are going to be collaborating and introducing their very own collection. This collection will be available in November and everyone is excited! I mean, I already have enough trouble walking into Target to get just one thing as it is, and now they're adding this? Goodbye bank account!

Read it here: 

If I had the opportunity to be in New York, wearing my dream outfit...this would be it!!! I have always loved feather fashion designs. They're so fun and they add a little flirtation to any look. Make sure to check out Jessica's article today!

Read it here: 

Last but not least I found this great article from Carrie Bradshaw Lied.  I love getting to learn more about the bloggers that inspire me. Especially when it is on a deeper level. Kathleen  shared a very personal article about self esteem on her blog this week that put some things into perspective. As a new blogger who works full time, it can be really hard sometimes to continue because I constantly compare myself to others who have been blogging for years and/or it is their full time job. This article reminded me that I can't do that. Instead, I have to keep working hard and know that I started this because I love it.

Read it here:

I hope you all had a wonderful week and if you saw any amazing articles, please share them in the comments below. I would love to read them!!! :)

Weekly Round Up

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Friday!

This week has been a little hard because as most of you know, hurricane Irma is approaching Florida. The frustrating part is this storm keeps changing it's path almost every two hours, making it super hard to track. As of right now, the storm is supposed to begin hitting Florida this weekend and Jacksonville will be hit on Monday. Please keep my family and all of Florida in your prayers as we take on Irma. This will be Diesel's first hurricane so I'm hoping he stays calm like he has in other storms. 

On that note, I want everyone to know that I will be behind in my posting due to the storm. The combination of weather, evacuations and other factors leading up to the storm have really put a damper on my photoshoots and blogging. I will return after the storm has passed and I'm looking forward to doing so. is this week's weekly round up post!

Annebelle from Viva Luxury posted this absolutely stunning blog post from her last day in Napa and it instantly gave me the travel bug. I've seen beautiful pictures of Napa Valley in the past, but these definitely top them! If you're looking to cure your wanderlust, you have to check out this post! 

For all of my bachelor nation followers, I'm sure you all saw the big announcement regarding who the next bachelor is. I know I speak for many when I say I was disappointed. :( I was really hoping for Peter or even Luke from Jojo's season. I mean come on, what's better than a country boy with a good heart? Buzzfeed put together a hilarious article filled with tweets from people who had the same reaction as myself. 

One of my favorite bloggers, Jennifer Lake from Style Charade shared such a pretty blue dress this week! Not only does Jennifer have great style, but her Instagram photos and captions on her photos are 😂👌. They are so clever, funny, and instantly put a smile on my face every time I see one. You know a Jennifer Lake photo the second you see it when you're scrolling through your feed and that is definitely something for her to be proud of!

Right now, so many of my favorite fellow bloggers are in NYC for fashion week and I have been loving the outfit inspo. Seriously! Below are some of my favorite outfits that I've seen so far:

I hope you loved this week's weekly round up post! Again, thank you in advance for understanding my situation for the next week or so. I can't wait to share some great content that I have coming soon!

Summer Date Series - Day at the Zoo

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Good morning!

How was everyone's Labor Day weekend? Chandler and I spent the weekend unpacking (still haha) and we took Diesel to Dogwood Park where he had an absolute blast as always! For all of my Jacksonville natives, if you haven't been to this dog park yet, you have to go!

This week's summer date idea is one that can be done any time of the year and it's fun for the whole family. I hope you're excited because today, we're headed to the zoo! I love the zoo because every state has one (and they're not just in large cities), it's a fun way to see all of your favorite animals, and it usually isn't that expensive to go to.

Every Zoo has different attractions. The Jacksonville Zoo offers giraffe feeding, a fun train, 4D theater, a cute carousel and more! When we went to feed the giraffes, this older giraffe kept hogging the whole feeding area. Fun fact: if one giraffe is being fed, the others will not approach it because the giraffe will shove them away. The older giraffe was twenty years old which is actually really old for a giraffe!

Since he was also full, we ended up coming back to try to feed them later in the day and were able to feed this adorable baby. It's crazy how this giant animal is still super young. I look at Diesel and I think he's huge for his age and then I see this giraffe and I'm like.....yeah....haha :)

Of course I had to hop on the carousel. I have loved carousels since I was little and so as soon as I saw this one I got super excited!

Now, I have to share with you all a photo of me with my favorite animal in the world: the otter. I have always loved otters. So much, that my background on my computer at work is of an otter in the snow. It's SO CUTE! Otters are such cool animals and they're absolutely adorable. These guys knew I was their biggest fan too because they kept twirling all in the water being total show off's. I loved it. :)

Chandler always makes fun of me and says I like such a mean animal. But they can't all be mean....right? :)

If you're looking to bring a little fashion to the zoo, I like to add an animal themed accessory, like this flamingo bag from Charming Charlie! It's such a stand out piece and it's small enough to only carry the essentials!

Below are a few more photos from our trip:

Beautiful entrance into the Asia part of the park.

Pretty fountain near the riverside entrance

This photo was taken right as these lions started to play! I've never seen anything like it.

Now this has to be the cutest jaguar I have ever seen!

I hope you all loved this post, and of course if you see any cool date ideas that I haven't heard of, please share them in the comments below!

Dress: Altar'd State (on sale for $19.88!)

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