parker and otis

Monday, August 18, 2014

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one of my favorite things about living in durham is the variety of unique shops and restaurants we have. there are so many great local boutiques and coffee shops and eateries within a 10-15 minute drive of my apartment. parker and otis is a gem of a place in downtown durham that combines the best of the shopping and eating worlds. if you asked me to recommend a great breakfast/lunch place in durham, this place would definitely be on my list. their food is super fresh, super local, super delicious. they have a huge variety of chocolates and candies, a great coffee bar serving up local roast coffee, and the best assortment of gifts and cards. i went this past saturday morning for breakfast and ordered one of their huge and fluffy cheddar cheese biscuits along with their breakfast BLT on sourdough. so delicious. if you are ever in the dirty d (as we so fondly call this awesome city), do yourself a favor and stop by parker and otis!

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no plans, no problem

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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starting last night and all throughout the day today i've been feeling on the verge of getting sick. nothing major but my throat is sore and scratchy, i've been sneezing off and on, and my head feels heavy. i have no plans tonight but to read and catch up on a few things that i can do from the comfort of my bed. in my pajamas. with wet hair. 

it's nights like these, the slow and easy nights, that i cherish. since coming home from vacation and working a lot this week, i feel like this chill night is just what i need. in fact, i feel exhausted when i go a week without a night or two of peace and quiet. it recharges me. anyone else like that? 

one thing i plan on doing while browsing pinterest (because that is DEFINITELY something i can do in my pajamas with wet hair) is listen to this rad girl's august playlist. you should too. 

happy thursday, y'all! it's almost the weekend. 

weekend in wisconsin

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

hello! i've been MIA since the beginning of this month, and i only have a good excuse for about four of those days. that leaves eight days unaccounted for. how about i make it up to you with pictures? lots of pictures?

i just got back from a long weekend in wisconsin with the boyfriend. he was born and raised outside of milwaukee and moved to raleigh around the same time i did about 4 1/2 years ago. one of his good friends from back home asked him to be the best man in his wedding so i went along as his date and had a chance to meet his family. what an awesome trip! his family was really great and welcomed us into town with a cookout complete with delicious brats straight off the grill. wisconsin knows how to do it up right.

i didn't take as many pictures as i hoped to. we were so busy with activities and hanging out with his friends and family that i forgot to take more pictures. i guess that's a good thing though, right? having such a good time that you lose track of where your iphone is? i'm going with it.

it was really sweet to see dan interacting with his family and good friends. they love him so much, and he was super happy to spend time with them. i just love to see him smile. it makes his blue eyes even bluer if that's even possible.

thanks for a great trip, wisconsin! i'll be back. you have the most delicious creamy custard, and don't even get me started on your cheese curds.

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august mix

Friday, August 1, 2014

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a new month already?! time, you're killing me. my roommate and i are heading down to southern pines to start our fun girls weekend. so looking forward to some quality time with my best ladies. hope you guys have a wonderful weekend doing whatever it is that's on your agenda!

august mix

plage : crystal fighters

cayucos : cayucas

all of the stars : ed sheeran

gratisfaction : the strokes

colours : grouplove

seaside : wake owl

in my arms : jon foreman

mercy : mr. little jeans

little bit : perrin lamb

geronimo : sheppard

love never felt so good : michael jackson and justin timberlake

happy birthday dear chelsea

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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today is my friend chelsea's 29th birthday. she and i met in college and even though she's a better dresser than i am (and a better baker, hostess, business woman, and hair model), she likes me and has remained a wonderful friend throughout the years. this weekend, we are having a MASSIVE girl party in my hometown with her and her mom, my friend sarah and her mom (and two kids), and me and my mom. girl powerrrrrr. i am woman, hear me roar.

chelsea has stuck with me through all kinds of ups and downs in my life. she has been a strong support system and sounding board when i needed her help, and she has also been a good enough friend to tell me when i'm about to do something stupid. "don't stick your finger in that outlet. you'll get hurt." that kind of thing. i owe her big time for putting up with my shenanigans. (that's why she's getting four presents this year instead of one...)

happy birthday, chelsea dear! year twenty nine has good things in store for you. now let's party!

new business cards

Monday, July 28, 2014

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i'm so excited to share my new business cards with you guys! it's been a long time since i've had updated business cards. the last ones i ordered were pretty cool and didn't cost me that much to order, but they were still missing that special something. i have been thinking about what i wanted my new cards to look like and considered making them myself, but i didn't want them to turn out looking like a bad art project. after some research on pinterest and etsy, i decided to go the route of rubber stamp business card. so very happy with how it turned out!

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i found sam on etsy, and she was the sweetest and coolest girl to work with. her shop is yournewfriendsam, and she is so talented. she does lots of custom design work, hand lettering, rubber stamps, and photography. i highly recommend her for any custom design work! she was always very quick to respond to my questions and emails, and once i decided on what i wanted my stamp to say, the turnaround time was super quick. my stamp was in my greedy hands in probably about a week!

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the thing i like so much about using a stamp as my business card is that i can never run out of cards. when my stock is running low, i don't have to re-order online and wait two weeks for them to arrive. i can simply stamp up a bunch of fresh cards! and by using different colored inks and papers, i can customize how each set turns out.

thank you sam for designing such a beautiful stamp! it's like i'm a real artist now.

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internet gems. part seven.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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animals interrupting yoga.

i ordered a business card stamp from this awesome etsy shop. i can't wait for it to arrive so i can start stamping things!

super stoked to go see DMB tonight! it's supposed to thunderstorm, but the show goes on rain or shine. i'm choosing a gym clothes and rain coat outfit for the show. and no mascara.

these sweet family photos from urban nester.

just found out that an event involving local artisans and local beer existed. you better believe i'm looking into this.

goat cheese pasta brought to you by the lovely laura.

happy link looking!

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