30 June 2014

Adios, Apartment!

Quick timeline for you...

May 3, 2010 - received & accepted job offer
May 7, 2010 - graduated from Clemson
May 9, 2010 to May 14, 2010 - quick graduation trip down to Florida
May 17, 2010 - started my first job

... and I didn't exactly leave myself any time to find an apartment to live in once I moved to Charlotte. I moved in with some family friends for a few weeks until I finally settled on which apartment to rent. Moved in on a Saturday, packed my bags back up, and hit the skies to Europe for two weeks. It's safe to say that I lived out of boxes/bags for about 6 weeks that year.

Back to the apartment though.

I looked at what felt like 100 apartments before settling on this one. It was close to work, had a spacious one bedroom layout, and was the perfect price. I moved into this apartment in June 2010 and four years later I've had it with this place and I'm {finally} moving out! But not far. Just a mile or so down the road to a new complex.

I wanted to document my sweet little apartment though before I started packing it up for the move, so here it is: my first post-college home.

{Dining Room}

 The set of three pictures in the back are pictures that I took while we were in Italy four years ago. That was the first "project" for this apartment... picking out three pictures that I liked & finding frames. They're probably getting updated but I haven't decided to what yet.

New apartment won't have carpet in the dining room. Hallelujah.


 Framed poster from Charleston? Adios.

 Things all over my fridge? Adios.
Ok, let me clarify. I'm keeping them but they're not going to be displayed on the fridge anymore.

Disclaimer: the "stick it in" magnet is from Virginia Tech. I got it when I went up there for a friend's 21st birthday & apparently it's one of their football cheers?

{Living Room}

 Shelves are gone & the pillows will be too once I find a new rug/new pillows that coordinate. I was on a mission to replace these pillows for the last two years and eventually gave up when I found a new apartment to move into.

Typical view. If I'm in my apartment & not sleeping, I'm usually settled in on my couch watching TV & doing something on my laptop.


 My new apartment will have a linen closet which means I will finally have somewhere to put towels & extra sheets & all that fun stuff. I cannot wait to get rid of those little crates that I've had since sophomore year of college.


I have no idea where this nightstand originated but my earliest memory of it was it was in my bathroom when I was like seven. Then I used it as a nightstand in high school {painted white with colorful knobs} and decided it would look even better painted a dark brown/black color. My dad painted it, I bought some knobs from Anthropolgie, and it was ready to go.

Taking these pictures and subsequently looking through all of them makes me really, really ready to move. I can't wait to get into my new apartment and make it my own... with out the college leftovers that hung around in this apartment for so long.

Two weeks to go :)

26 June 2014

Leave me alone, I'm reading!

Confession: when I start reading a new book, I don't put the book down until it's done. It's even worse when it's a series because I'll try to read the entire series before getting back to the real world. That doesn't work so well when you've got a job to get to five days a week that you can't just blow off because you're in the middle of a great book.

By the time vacation time comes around, I have a list of books that I've been meaning to read but have been putting off until I have enough uninterrupted time to do it. Vacation time starts in approximately 7 days so I'm working on the list of books I need to check out from the library/download on my Kindle to read.

Here's what's on my list this summer:

Oops. Might have started reading this on the beach on Sunday... then read it in the car... then read it during the USA/Portugal World Cup game... so go ahead and cross this one off the list!

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
{& depending on how good this one is, potentially The Summer Wind}

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle
The name of this one caught my attention, but seems interesting enough to actually read.

Do y'all have any suggestions for what I should pick up before heading down to the beach next week?

24 June 2014

Life is Good at the Beach

Y'all know by now how much I love going down to Kiawah and spending time on the beach. Don't get me wrong, the beach is great & all, but it's even better with awesome friends. And... they all put up with me wanting to take pictures down on our boardwalk before going to dinner. I knew I liked these people ;)

... can we go back now?

20 June 2014

A Southern Twenty-Five on Friday!

Hello, Friday! I'll forgive you for not getting here quickly enough this week.

As always, hanging out with April, Darci, Natasha, and Christina.

Beach. Biking. Birthday {not mine!}. Brews.
Perfect weekend line up if you ask me!


I wish that the US was more into soccer all the time rather than just one month every four years. Watching the USA/Ghana game on Monday night at the bar was so much fun and I can't wait to watch the game against Portugal Sunday night.

It makes me kind of want to live in a city that has a professional soccer team... the last time we visited Seattle, not only did we go to a Sounders game, but we watched one in a bar one afternoon too. I wouldn't say the whole city cares about the games but they certainly care a lot more about soccer than the city of Charlotte does.

94 degrees & humid?

Perfect weather for riding a bike, right?

Visited Total Wine last weekend on my way out of Columbia and went exploring for a new wine. Came away with this bottle:

Probably only because it's called Oops. Or the fact that it says "cheeky little white" on it.

I have to wear a uniform now at work. I got away with not wearing one for a lot longer than I probably should have & they cracked down on me. So now I have this little short sleeve black v-neck shirt to wear every single day with my company's logo screen printed on it. Well, that or a black, red, or white polo but you get the point, the options are limited and repetitive. Let's just say that I was less than thrilled with the switch when it happened.

Um, do you know how easy it is to get ready in the mornings now? Do you know how great it is that every single article of clothing I buy now is for me and not for work? I guess I've been converted. This uniform thing isn't so bad after all {but don't tell anyone I said that! ;)}


P.S. - 71 days until the Tigers take on the Dawgs down in Athens!

19 June 2014

The Running Break + Running Playlist

Ten 5Ks and one 10K within 11 months for someone who does not like running is an awful lot. A whole lot. I didn't realize how much it really was until after I finished my last race.

I decided that I needed a little bit of a break after jumping headfirst into the running world and not looking back. I'm not going to lie. The past two months of not running have been amaaaaazing and much needed. I think I ran a total of 10 miles, maybe, over the last two months. Who am I kidding? It's probably more like 5 miles.

I'm ready to get back into it though.

My next race should be a run on the 4th of July but I'm not entirely sure what city I'll be in that day yet so I have no idea what race I'll be running but I have a few picked out. It'll either be a 4 mile race or a trail run. I did the trail run last year and it was miserable thanks to the muddy trail & hot/humid weather. I got 3rd place in my age group though so... I kind of want to run that one again to compare my results to last year! Plus it comes with the added benefit of recuperating on the beach for the remainder of the day.

{last year's 4th of July cross country trail run}

Then I guess it'll be time to start seriously looking at the races I have lined up in the winter. Back-to-back half marathons. One is in December, one is two months later in February. They're spaced out just enough where I can take like two weeks off from running for Christmas/New Year before I have to get back to it. I'll let y'all know more about the February one once I sign up for it next month... but let's just say that a costume might be involved as well as a little mini vacation with my best friend.

In the meantime... here's the playlist that I'm hoping will keep me entertained when I hit the beach Saturday morning for a run.

16 June 2014

Weekending: Bruno + Lake

5 days until I head down to Kiawah with some awesome people for a weekend full of biking, beach time, birthdays, and brews.

17 days until I hit the road for an 11 day vacation.

27 days until my birthday :)

28 days until I can move into my new gorgeous apartment.

Annnnnnd 32 days until Queen's Feast!

Not that I'm counting down or anything but there's a lot of things that I'm looking forward to {like Clemson football in 75 days}

But let's back up to this past weekend first.

Friday night started with a bottle of wine at Mellow Mushroom & then the Bruno Mars concert.

In case you were wondering... Bruno & Aloe Blacc know how to put on a show! They were so good.

Saturday was another gorgeous day out on Lake Murray.

& I failed at taking any pictures on Father's Day other than a quick snapshot of what my kitchen will look like in my new apartment:

Cannot wait to move in!


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