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Beach Art

It’s no secret I love the beach. The sand, the sun, the waves, it all brings me peace and relaxation. In an effort to bring some of that into my apartment, I’ve been considering buying some beach prints. I’m thinking of starting with one, and perhaps expanding the collection over time. Here are a few prints I’m considering…

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minted, $106 (with frame)

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minted, $106 (with frame)

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minted, $106 (with frame)

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minted, $106 (with frame)

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gray malin, $249

 

 

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3 Summer swim suits

At this point in February, I think everyone is over the cold and snow and ready for warmer weather. Of course, this past weekend’s f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g weather shows that winter isn’t over yet. As I sit here dreaming about a winter beach trip, or at least, days above freezing, here’s three bathing suits I have my eye on.

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southern proper, $79.50

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bonobos, $88

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chubbies, $59.50

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Does everyone dream of opening their own business?

I’ve been out of college for almost four years now, and a lot has changed. I moved back home, then to DC, where I have bounced around apartments (at least four). L and I went from living together in college to now living an hour away from each other and visiting on weekends. I initially struggled to find a job and now have been working at the same place for three years.

One constant has always been a small voice in my head (and heart) telling me I should open up my own small business. The idea for the business has changed over time, (clothing brand, small cafe to a furniture/home/gifts store) but the idea to take a risk and chase this dream has always been there.

Of course, quitting a safe and boring job for a risky and scary adventure is difficult to actually do. Pushing myself to do something which has a very real possibility of failure and judgement from others, is absolutely a reason I haven’t acted on this dream. At the same time, sometimes I wonder if in ten years, I regret not taking this leap…

Throughout the years, I’ve found myself reading about many young twenty-somethings who have followed their passion and started their own business. Some of my favorite stores, that serve as inspiration for my dream business, include:

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Duke & Winston – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The Grove Street Press – New Orleans, Louisiana.

How these cousins started here.

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The Fort Orange General Store – Albany New York.

How these friends started here.

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Wooden Slippers – Brooklyn, New York.

How he started here.

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Red Barn Mercantile – Alexandria, Virginia.

How she started here.

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5 Key Fob Options

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:

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Which one is your favorite?

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My First Half Marathon

Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon

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!

Training

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

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.

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Overall

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!

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my corner of the internet

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I figured it would be fun to create my own little corner of the internet in the form of this blog. A space to write and post about people, places and things I find interesting and want to remember. I’m not exactly sure what this will end up looking like, but here goes!

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