Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekend Recap

Early Friday morning I headed to the airport to catch a flight to DC. After almost two years away, it was time to make a much needed visit to the city. Corby picked me up from the airport and after settling in at her house, we walked to my old office to have lunch with Margaret and Chloe. The accountant was also in that day so he made sure to welcome me back with another eviction notice. Don't worry, I didn't fall for it this time. 
We walked to Founding Farmers for lunch and had the best time catching up. It certainly did not feel like it had been two years since we all shared a meal together. After lunch, Corby and I contemplated what our next move was. Instead of doing the touristy thing since I've seen all the sights, we decided to catch an afternoon showing of The Longest Ride. I read this book months ago and was anxiously awaiting the release of the movie. It lived up to my expectations. Now I am just waiting for my real life Luke Collins/Scott Eastwood to appear. 
After the movie, we headed back to Georgetown to freshen up for dinner. We had a reservation at Coppi's per my request. This was one of my favorite spots but it was under construction when I left so I was excited to go back. We split a pizza and pasta dish along with a bottle of wine. My kind of meal! After dinner, we headed to Ri Ra's for a drink before calling it a night.
Saturday morning, we eased into the day with breakfast at the house and another Nicholas Sparks movie. We then headed to U Street for a Master's Party. It was the perfect day to be outside. 
After eating some pimento cheese and egg salad sandwiches, we walked over to Masa 14 to catch up with some other friends. They have a great rooftop and we took full advantage of it - having drinks and then a bite to eat before our next stop. We then walked over to the U Street Music Hall to listen to Neulore and the Last Bison. I'd never heard of either of the bands but they were great. I'm looking into bringing the Last Bison to campus next fall. I think they would be a hit.
On our way home, we swung by Vinoteca for a drink. I had their Bonal Sparkling Cocktail - Bonal Gentiane Quina, St. Germain, Aperol, Grapefruit Juice, and Prosecco. I hope to recreate it at home. Thanks to the guy next to us at the bar, we also learned that they have a bocce court out back in case you are ever looking for a day drinking activity.

Sunday morning, we packed up before heading to brunch. Before the trip, Corby asked where I wanted to go to brunch and I said it didn't matter. Well she picked Medium Rare which happens to be one of my favorite spots. You can't beat steak, frites, and bottomless Bloody Marys.
After brunch, we headed to the airport but not before driving past the cherry blossoms. It was the season's peak and you would not believe the number of people out and about. Between the Cherry Blossom 10 miler and the festival, there were people everywhere.
Overall, it was an awesome weekend spent with great friends. I'd be lying if I didn't say that adjusting to being back in Spartanburg this week has been tough. I love being close to family and I have a great group of friends but I really miss living in a big city and all that goes along with it.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

What I Baked on Sunday

Easter Edition
These Coconut Macaroon Nests are the perfect addition to your Easter spread. Press the mixture into mini muffin tins to create bite-size baskets for your favorite Easter candies. For a chocolate version, fill each basket two-thirds full with melted chocolate before adding candies. 


Coconut-Macaroon Nests
Recipe from Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients 
Cooking Spray
4 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 package (14 ounces) sweetened flaked coconut
1 package mini Cadbury eggs or your favorite Easter candy

Directions 

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Coat mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, stir together egg whites and salt with a fork; mix in coconut. Drop 2 tablespoons of mixture into prepared tins.
  • Lightly press mixture into bottom and up sides of each cup. Bake until light golden on top, about 28-30 minutes. 
  • Let cool in tins on wire rack for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the sides to loosen. Lift out of cups; let cool completely. 
  • To serve, fill nests with 2-3 mini Cadbury eggs. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Weekend Recap

Friday night, mom and dad swung into town for a quick visit. We hung out at my apartment for a few minutes before walking down to Lime Leaf for dinner. Fun fact, every time my mom comes into town we eat there. You can't beat their veggie spring rolls and shrimp pad thai. 

Saturday morning, the Junior League of Spartanburg hosted their first annual Storybook Breakfast at the Piedmont Club. It was a magical morning filled with lots of fun for kids of all ages. All of the tables were decorated like various storybooks, we had characters on hand to interact with the children, and a local author came to read her book. I served as vice-chair of this event and after almost a year of planning it was so neat to see everything come together!
I'm already looking forward to next year!

Saturday afternoon, I jumped in the car to head to my cousin's wedding. The reception was at the bride's house in Anderson. How cute are they walking into the reception after having dinner on the veranda? 
 Her dress was absolutely stunning! 
The food was delicious, the band was great, and the flowers were beautiful! It was so fun to spend the evening surrounded by so many family and friends. 

Sunday, I took mom and dad to church with me which was a treat. After stopping by a brunch, they headed back to the low country while I headed back to Spartanburg to get ready for the week ahead and bake some delicious things in the kitchen (recipe to come). It was a jammed packed weekend but so much fun! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fun Facts Friday

1. I finally finished reading The Girl on a Train. It was good but it did not suck me in like Gone Girl did. However, I am interested in working my way through this list of 12 Books to Read if You Loved "Girl on a Train."

2. In anticipation of spring weather, I pulled out my OPI Cajun Shrimp nail polish. Too bad it's back to 40 degree weather this weekend.

3. Last weekend, mom and I competed in the Beaufort Twilight Run. I am waiting on the pictures to be posted before I blog about it.

4. While I was home, mom brought out both dark chocolate and milk chocolate Mini Cadbury Eggs. Naturally, we had to have a taste off. We both agreed that while we generally prefer dark chocolate, the milk chocolate wins.

5. The pollen is out in full force in the upstate and my asthma is going crazy. I am so thankful to work on a college campus where I have access to the wellness center. On Wednesday morning, I woke up feeling like I was about to have an asthma attack. I called the nurse at 8:30 and by 9:30 she had seen me and called in a prescription.
6. Publix had a sale on Lecroix this week so I picked up a few cases including the new to me flavor Peach Pear. It is my new favorite. It tastes like summer in a can. So refreshing and light!

7. On Monday night, I hosted small group and served a ham and onion quiche for dinner. I've enjoyed having the leftovers for breakfast this week with some fruit. So fancy for the workday!

8. I'm pretty excited about these J. Crew shorts that I scored from a Facebook consignment group for $25.
9. I've got a big weekend ahead of me. Mom and dad are coming into town tonight for dinner. Tomorrow is a big Junior League event that I'm the co-chair of followed by my cousin's wedding. Sunday, we are going to church and brunch before I come back to set up for my Big Business Launch with Rodan and Fields on Tuesday!

10. Happy Friday!

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Friday Five

1. Watching:
I started watching State of Affairs on the NBC app this week. It's Scandal-esque in nature and I was hooked after the first episode. 

2. Eating:
These things are delicious and addicting. One of my roommates in DC used to eat them all the time. I bought my first box last weekend and will definitely be getting more.

3. Listening to:
Jason Derulo "Want to Want Me"
Catchy song, weird video.
I apologize in advance for getting this song stuck in your head.

4. Recipe I'm pinning:
I'm sure you could lighten this recipe up (or not depending on your mood).

5. Things I'm loving:
The sunrises this week:
His mercies are new every morning. - Lamentations 3:23
This quote:
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Exciting News!

I am excited to announce that I have signed on with Rodan + Fields as an Independent Consultant!
I've been thinking about it for a while and after much thought and discussion I decided to go for it. 
So what is Rodan + Fields? It is a skincare company created by the same doctors as Proactiv. They've created four regimens to treat a variety of skin conditions:
  • REVERSE for the appearance of brown spots, dullness and discoloration
  • REDEFINE for the appearance of lines, pores and loss of firmness
  • UNBLEMISH for acne and post-acne marks
  • SOOTHE for sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness

If you are unsure which regimen is right for you, you can use their solution tool to receive your own personalized recommendation. They also offer ESSENTIALS (like daily body moisturizers and sunless tanners) as well as ENHANCEMENTS (like the micro-dermabrasion paste). I am currently using and loving the Essentials Daily MoisturizerRedefine Regime, and Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream.

Not only are the regimens great on their own but you can also mix and match the products to combat a variety of skin problems. For example, you can use the micro-dermabraion paste with step two of Soothe to treat Keratosis pilaris (the rough, red bumps on the back of your arms). 

So what does it mean for me to be a consultant? I am now selling the products but unlike other companies, I don't stock inventory. All sales can be completed online through my website. You can order the products at retail or you can sign up to be a preferred customer. Preferred customers pay a one-time fee of $19.95 and receive a 10% discount on all orders as well as free shipping. Preferred customers are automatically enrolled in autoship but that is something I keep track of and we can easily delay the orders as needed.
I promise not to bombard you with social media posts and I have no intention of posting about this regularly on my blog. I just wanted to let you know about this new endeavor. I did add a clickable icon underneath my about me section on the right hand side if you ever want to easily access my website. I am happy to answer any questions about being a consultant or send you a product sample if you want to know what all the fuss is about. Just let me know!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Weekend Recap

On Friday night, I headed to Columbia for a St. Patty's Day get together at my cousins' house. I am so thankful that I am back in SC and can easily make it to things like this. My aunt went all out with the decorations and even served shepherd's pie for dinner. We had the best time just being together and we stayed up way to late just talking and laughing. Unfortunately, we didn't take any photos.

Saturday morning, we had a big breakfast before heading out for the day. We stopped by my grandparents' house before grabbing lunch and doing some shopping. I had not been to Columbia since the Anthropologie and J. Crew opened so we made sure to swing by. I wasn't planning on getting anything but these two sweaters caught my eye along with my favorite jeans which happened to be on sale. I hate jean shopping so to find a pair that fits on the first try and is on sale is a cause for celebration.
Portico Pullover
Slouchy Merino Sweater
This was on final sale! 
By mid afternoon it was time for me to head back to the upstate so I could make it back in time to babysit. I needed a little pick-me-up so I swung by Dunkin' Donuts. Shout out to Courtney for posting that their Cookie Dough Iced Coffee is back! It's a good thing that the Dunkin' Donuts is not convenient in Spartanburg or these treats would become a habit. 
Sunday, I headed to Greenville for church and ended up hanging around for a while after the service mingling with people. After my weekly trip to Trader Joe's I was starving, so I swung by Zoe's for lunch. I've been loving their Tossed Greek Salad. It comes with all my favorites - grilled chicken, greens, pasta salad, caramelized onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, feta, olives, Zoe's dressing, and pita bread. 
I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather that afternoon and go for a run outside. This was my longest run outside to date and it was a struggle mentally. I knew I was in trouble when I checked my mileage within the first half mile. Here's to hoping the endorphins/adrenaline kick in during the race on Saturday. 
I capped off the weekend by watching the Terriers get selected to play Arkansas on Thursday in Jacksonville. I may be biased but I thought we had the most school spirit of any of the teams they showed. I won't be making the trip but I will definitely be cheering them on from here. Go Terriers! Conquer and Prevail!