- Short, profound poems on Instagram.
- 4 ways to break your digital addiction.
- 16 things you need to know about getting a puppy. Hmm….
- Easy chicken tortilla soup for the colder weather.
- What’s up with these new chip credit cards? Here’s an overview.
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I loved this book. The characters and story sucked me in right from the beginning. It was funny, honest and raw.
Kate, a thirty-something screenwriter facing marriage and debt problems, returns home to Atlanta after her estranged father commits suicide. She’s joined by her two siblings, who struggle with their own issues, and eventually, their multiple step-moms and half-siblings.
Experiencing this difficult life moment together triggers Kate and her two siblings to confront their situations and get their lives back in order. Set over a four-day weekend, comical, painful moments ensue.
Sound familiar? This dysfunctional family reunion reminded me (in a good way!) of This is Where I Leave You. Both are two of my favorite books.
There’s a lot to like in J. Crew’s holiday catalog this year: comfy staples, cozy classics and a dash of bold party wear. Here are my favorites:
garment-dyed t-shirt (made in the USA!) // $45
slim quilted sweatpant // $98
fair isle mountain socks (made in the USA!) // $16.50
fair isle sweater // $98
midweight, plaid flannel shirt // $79.50
plaid dress pants // $88
navy velvet blazer // $328
Get 25% off your purchase with promo code SHOPTOIT.
P.S. I’m putting together full holiday gift guides for everyone on your list, so stay tuned…
- Pictures of The Polo Bar, Ralph Lauren’s restaurant in NYC. Late to the party, but vaguely reminds me of Clyde’s in DC.
- I’ve started a list of my favorite books.
- This Nashville actress chopped off all her hair for this inspiring reason.
- How to pack a suit in 6 seconds.
- A spotlight on made in the USA menswear brands.
Like most people, I carry my keys (+ my phone and wallet) pretty much every where I go. Which means, it’s a good idea to invest in a nice key fob. Here are my favorites, including some made in the USA options:
Which one is your favorite?
- Buffalo cauliflower soup recipe I want to try soon.
- Cheeky vintage Range Rover ads.
- A simple way to memorize phone numbers that actually works. I finally memorized L’s number 😳
- Easy ways to add a little character to a blah apartment.
- 4 co-workers tried to become best friends in one week and here’s what happened.
I love everything about being at the beach. Spending the days (which quickly blend together) laying on the beach, swimming in the ocean and sitting on the porch. Lots of bonding time with family – cooking dinner together, catching up on family news (i.e. gossip), and playing games at night. In my mind, the best beach houses exude these feelings and are bright, fun, and relaxed.
I thought it might be fun from time to time to feature beach houses I’d love to live in here on the blog, as well as maybe get some inspiration for my parent’s Sunset Beach, North Carolina home.
Design: Cortney Bishop
Location: Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina
- An update on the Instagram famous chateau an Australian family is attempting to restore.
- How Charleston native Darius Rucker spends a day in his city.
- What the Albany riverfront looked like in 1911. Hint: no highways.
- Here’s what it’s actually like to model Halloween costumes.
- Last minute DIY Halloween costumes for your dog.
Two weeks ago, I ran my first half marathon: the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon. It was tough, but a lot of fun!
I finished in 2:01:58, running at a 9:19 min/mile pace. I had a goal to finish it in 2 hours, but just missed it after having to stop a couple times to stretch because of a bad leg cramp. I’ll reach it next time!
I trained using Hal Higdon’s 12 week Novice 2 Half Marathon Training Program. I would definitely recommend it.
At the beginning of the program, I printed a calendar template and filled it out according to the program. I marked down how much I was supposed to run each day, and which days I was supposed to rest or cross train. I followed the plan pretty consistently, except for the last two weeks when I skipped some due to achilles pain. Despite that, I felt prepared for race day, although a bit nervous.
The race began with a wave start at the Inner Harbor and looped around the city (including my favorite, a run around Lake Montebello), and ended with a downhill run through Camden Yards with a finish line in front of M&T Stadium.
There were a lot of hills throughout, something I was not fully prepared for. I knew it was hilly, but wasn’t expecting so many. Most were gradual and slow, while some were steep and quick. Luckily, the last two miles or so were mostly down hill, which made for an enjoyable finish.
The crowd was great. The half marathon joins the marathon at around the 3 mile mark, so there were lots of people watching and cheering throughout the race. The crowd waved funny signs (“If Donald Trump can run, so can you”), played loud music (including two guys dressed up as tigers dancing to “Eye of the Tiger”) and handed out lots of drinks and food (shots of Natty Boh, swedish fish, water etc.). It made the whole course enjoyable.
Despite my leg cramping at the 10 mile mark, I really enjoyed my first half marathon. I definitely recommend Hal’s training program and the BRF race. I felt prepared for race day and especially because I was nervous, appreciated the fun atmosphere and how well organized everything was. However, make sure you train for the hills!
- I want to buy a [made in the USA] pennant from these guys some day.
- How to be more interesting.
- An actually useful guide to Richmond, VA. Remember for possible weekend trip.
- Wow pictures of a 210 year old octagonal house. Love the first two.
- Sad to read [way too late] that [made in the USA] Social Primer has shut down.