Category Archives: Lifestyle

02.26.16Friday Finds

Happy Friday! I hope you have a fantastic end to the week and may 5:00 come quickly :). Here are some favorite links lately!

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Image from my Instagram. Townhouse where Breakfast at Tiffany’s was filmed.

For the wine and Girl Scout cookie lovers. (Thanks, Bailey!)

In honor of Oscars weekend.

I love this winter to spring transitional style.

I’ll be trying this banana bread recipe in the next week.

How to never regret a purchase.

My new favorite bacon-wrapped asparagus recipe (the sauce!).

A recent addition to our living room.

On my “to read” list.

02.24.16What’s Up-Wednesday

Hi friends! It’s been a little while, hasn’t it? Between work, school, and other life happenings, it’s been a crazy few months! I’m making a conscious effort to get back into my little corner of the world wide web more often – though I can’t yet predict how often. As a way to catch up a bit, I thought I’d link up with some other bloggers who answer some questions on the last Wednesday of each month. Here we go!

What we’re eating this week:
We aim to have home-cooked meals each weekday. Tonight we’re having lemon pistachio ravioli, but I’m really looking forward to my favorite winter meal on Friday: loaded potato soup. That recipe is the best I’ve ever had. I love making a big pot of soup and then being able to eat it across several meals. It’s far from healthy, but it is SO GOOD.

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What I’m reminiscing about:
On Sunday night, Rob and I went to the New York Carolina Club’s meet and greet event with several Tar Heel basketball players who now play for the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets. Being around over 100 UNC alum and getting Tyler Hansbrough to sign my jersey made me feel so nostalgic for my fun college experience – so many amazing memories with friends!

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What I’m loving:
The Anthropologie Capri candle I got for Christmas. It’s burning right next to me as I type!

What we’ve been up to:
Getting together with lots of friends – new and old, running as much as I can, and redeeming my Christmas gift from Rob: tickets to the NYC Ballet!

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What I’m dreading:
Currently nothing!

What I’m working on:
I’ve been working on an article write-up for my Marketing and Branding class today.

What I’m excited about:
My sister coming to visit this weekend!

What I’m watching/reading:
Recently finished reading The Husband’s Secret (SO good) and just started A Praying Life.

What I’m listening to:
I’ve been enjoying Spotify’s free 3-month trial of their premium service! You can follow my current favorites here.

What I’m wearing:
Black denim, black booties, black and white striped shirt, cream poncho.

What I’m doing this weekend:
It’s a busy weekend ahead! We are having a quiet night in on Friday with a Redbox and potato soup (and likely stove-popped popcorn). On Saturday we are going on a lunch double date with friends who also moved to NYC from Charlottesville. We are trying AG Kitchen on the Upper West Side. Then my sister arrives!! We have lots of fun in store, including some yummy meals and our friends’ Oscars viewing party.

What I’m looking forward to next month:
My half-marathon on March 20 and seeing my family at the end of the month!

What else is new:
We finally pulled the trigger on art for over our couch. We had been wanting this framed print since July, and now it completes our room! It brings back memories of the most beautiful animal we saw on our safari in South Africa last summer, and I love the simplicity of it.

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What’s up with you?!

11.17.15A Day in the Life – Work Day

As a follow-up to last week’s Day in the Life post on a school day, today I’m sharing a day in the life on a work day. I documented this last Wednesday, which was another rainy and dreary day. (Pardon the dark pictures.)

6:00 am – Rob gets up, showers, and gets dressed for the day, while I cook him breakfast and make his lunch. I make him a waffle with fruit, green tea, and watered-down V8 Fusion.

6:45 am – Rob is out the door and I am back in bed. I read/rest for a little while longer.

7:30 am – Time for me to get up and get ready. Shower, hair, make-up, dressed, bag packed, and out the door.

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8:30 am – Head to subway to commute to work (Gap’s headquarters in TriBeCa). I don’t love that it takes me so long to commute (an hour), but I’m so thankful that I work in a very relaxed and low-key environment. People trickle in from 9:30-11:00am, so there is never any pressure to be “on time.” I use the commute to read and/or pray.

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9:20 am – I get out of the subway at the Brooklyn Bridge stop and love the view as I come up the stairs. Then I spot tourists hand-feeding a squirrel and almost laugh out loud.

9:30 am – Arrive at work and settle in at my desk. Begin the day’s work! I create the content calendars for Gap and Gap Kids on social media – Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. I also manage Gap’s blog that features partners/influencers styling tips for Gap clothing. I also help set the artistic direction/brand voice for digital campaigns that our agency works with us on. For the content calendars, I am always working on the week ahead, so I try to hammer it out on Wednesdays in order to get final approval before Friday. I love being the voice of the Gap brand on social and curating our feeds to reflect a positive, optimistic, and elevated brand. I take pride in finding just the right images and writing the perfect copy to go with them. I get to be creative within a fairly structured environment, which is just what I like ;).

11:30 am – Status meeting with our agency who is in town from San Francisco for a couple of days. We review tasks and make some decisions for social and digital paid content for the next two quarters.

12:30 pm – After our meeting, the agency team takes our team of four out to lunch right around the corner at The Odeon. It was insanely delicious. I had an Arnold Palmer, the butternut squash soup special, and caesar salad. We all shared fries and macaroni and cheese. It was fun to get to know the people I’d been communicating with via email for the past several weeks!

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2:00 pm – Back at my desk and continuing work on social copy and reviewing posts (and their engagement)  that have gone live today.

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4:00 pm – Dial-in meeting with our agency (the other part of the team that didn’t come to NYC this week) to review digital creative for the rest of November and December. We approved various ad campaigns for Holiday ’15 that are in tandem with our blog/influencer partnerships featured on styld-by.com. Cindy Crawford is one of our influencers/talents this season!

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6:00 pm – I wrap up for the day and begin my trek home, walking by One World Trade on my way to the subway.

Bathroom selfie on my way out of work.

Bathroom selfie on my way out of work.

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7:00 pm – I get home and immediately start prepping a fast dinner of lamb meatballs, rice, and zucchini. I prepare the Trader Joe’s lamb kofta meatballs from the frozen section – they are so delicious and so easy on nights when I don’t have much time to cook! Rob eats while we chat and sip on champagne because he passed his Series 63 exam! We are especially excited because he’s finished all his training and licensing exams necessary for work – finally!

7:30 pm – Wednesday at 7:30 is our weekly “Community Group.” CG is a group of 12ish Upper East Siders who attend Apostles Church and gather each Wednesday night. Some nights it’s Bible Study, some nights it’s prayer, some nights it’s a social event. Tonight is more social and divided between girls and guys. The girls are meeting nearby for wine and crepes. I go and order a glass of red wine, and a strawberry nutella crepe. I love this group of friends and feel so thankful to have them in my life. Some I’ve known for years, and some I’ve just gotten to know in the past few months. New York is truly full of amazing people.

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9:45 pm – I get home from girls’ night and hang out with Rob for a few.

10:30 pm – Bed time! I read in bed until 11:30 or so. Tomorrow is a busy day with lots of appointments and friend time before class at night. 

Today’s stats:

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