Spend a Day in the Windy City

IMG_3315.JPG I enjoy so much about Chicago, aka the Windy City. Chicago is my New York. Growing up, it was the closest city, my husband was born and raised in Chicago, and now one of my bestests lives in Chicago. I typically don’t make a trip home without spending some time in Chicago. A few weeks ago I got to surprise my friend for her 5-year anniversary and we had a blast. We did some things that I’ve done before and some new things. You really can’t run out of things to do. Continue reading

Pick 6: H&M Fall Fashion Essentials


A few days ago I decided to shop for some quality maternity clothes after realizing that most of my non-maternity clothes were just not working anymore. I went to H+M and, after sorting through some mismatched styles and sizes, found a pair of black cropped pants that have quickly become one of my favorite articles of clothing. I have found some awesome additions to my wardrobe courtesy of H+M but usually only go in if I have a lot of time to spend since I often have to do some searching. I decided to check out what they had online and came up with my six fall essentials from H+M.

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Have a pampered week.


Oh yes, Sunday night has arrived. Most of you are thinking, “Gah, Monday.” I, on the other hand, enjoy Sunday nights. It is my second favorite time of the week. I love Thursdays because the anticipation for Friday is so great, and Sundays are my nights to do my best to fully prepare for a new week.

I have a fairly strict routine on Sunday nights: take a hot steamy shower, exfoliate, deep condition my hair, lather on delicious body butter, manicure, pedicure, face mask, Long Island Medium, and a good book before resting up for hopefully another productive week. I don’t do these things out of vain, I do them because they make me feel good inside and best prepare me for an amazing night of sleep. Continue reading

30 Things I Hope to Learn in My 30s


Hey y’all! I hope you had a chance to read Tuesday’s post about the 30 things I learned before turning 30 because today’s post is all about what I hope to learn IN my 30s. I’ll be honest, I don’t feel older, but I do look at 30 like a clean slate, a brand new decade. I thought about starting a brand new habit on the day I turned 30 just so I could say, “I’ve been doing this since the day I turned 30.” Am I the only one that thinks such thoughts? I’m looking forward to all the brand new lessons, and I’m sure I will learn lots of things that I just did not anticipate. Here’s my list of lessons I’d love to learn. Continue reading

30 Things I Learned Before 30


As Annie mentioned in Sunday’s sweet post, I turned 30 this week. I took the whole week off from work to spend time on projects around the house, relax, and do a little bit of reflection. I feel like the only way I can acknowledge that I survived my 20′s is to reflect on all the life lessons I learned pre-30. Buckle in and get comfortable, there are some good ones here (and pay attention if you are currently pre-30).

  1. A risk is always worth taking. I’ve taken a few risks in the latter years of my 20s and when I look back I realize they all got me to where I am today: happy.
  2. You are your biggest bully. I didn’t realize until a year ago that I was the only one truly judging me. When I stopped judging myself so harshly I felt a lot less judged by others.
  3. You really can genuinely love yourself.
  4. It is a small world after all. We all truly have so much in common.
  5. Failure can be a gift if you can find the lesson to be learned. It really is all about perspective.
  6. Trust in your intuitions. They exist for a reason.
  7. Furniture is an investment. I wish I would have invested in nicer furniture earlier even if it meant I had to wait for certain things; quality > quantity.
  8. Money is for paying bills, not for buying happiness.
  9. Despite what you were taught growing up, you can actually influence change. If you speak from your heart people will stop to listen.
  10. Feeling sexy in your own skin is not a shameful thing.
  11. Fair has nothing to do with life. Pity is pointless.
  12. Everything happens for a reason. Cliche, but true.
  13. You really can love someone more and more every day.
  14. You shouldn’t put so much energy into worrying.
  15. Sleep is the most important. It takes years to recover from 4 years of bad sleep.
  16. You make your own family. And it is okay.
  17. Being really awkward is actually great. It makes you you-nique and more interesting to yourself, and others.
  18. Always choose laughter.
  19. After laughter always choose sunscreen. I, no joke, have a pattern of freckles on my back from when I was 10.
  20. Everyone has baggage. Thankfully you can choose to carry it around or leave it behind.
  21. Happiness is a choice.
  22. Put your damn phone down. Enjoy life before the inter webs.
  23. Keep chasing your passions. Do something every single day that takes you closer to your dream.
  24. Hearing is different from listening. Listen more than you talk.
  25. It is okay to be independent in a relationship. You don’t need to be attached at the hip to be in love.
  26. Comparison is a silent killer. And we all do it.
  27. Tip well. As long as it is well deserved.
  28. Never pass up an opportunity to dance it out.
  29. Be nice, be kind, do good. It matters.
  30. Pace yourself. I get that I could die tomorrow, but I’m honestly not going to spend time anticipating it and “if I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free,” or at least happy. :-) I’m only 30 for crying out loud.

What else would you add to your list? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal