Tuesday, July 15, 2014

thank goodness, i'm not a celebrity.

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top: c/o taylor and stylist / shorts: aeropostle / necklace: c/o eve's addiction / trainers: c/o jd trainers

where to even begin? this has been one caaaaa-razy summer. i feel like i have overused the word whirlwind to describe my summer...but that does not make it nonetheless true.

soooo whirlwind, it is.

from the madness of a fast-paced job to preparing for an awesome ministry opportunity this upcoming fall to visiting my parents and sister in South Carolina over 4th of July weekend to (last but not least!) moving to a new apartment over this past weekend. (raise your hands to the roof!)

whew. i feel like i need to catch a breath even after typing all of that.

which made me randomly thing: can you imagine a life of a celebrity? whether an actress? to the president of the US? to anybody who's schedule is jammed packed by their agent or publicist - or really someone other than yourself? you want to go take a nap and somebody is like um, no. you have to go hang out with barbara walters for that interview. or you want to just go get a quick work out in but then someone else is like no, you have to go hang out with taylor swift even though you don't want to but it'll get your instagram likes up and you can use the extra exposure! 

and you just want to say, i'll hang out with taylor swift when i want to! i just want to take a freakin' nap!

but because i'm not a celebrity and though my life is crazy busy, i can still go take a nap and go work out or read a book of snuggle with my husband because i freakin' can.

thank goodness, i'm not a celebrity.

p.s. and though i'm not a celebrity, who can give away millions of dollars, i am your friend and a blogger who can let you know of super sweet coupon codes like the one that my friends over at Eve's Addiction is offering exclusively to Much Love, illy readers! check out my swaaaaag monogramed necklaed from them that i am absolutely obsessed with it. i wear it like every day. so if you want your own sweet swag necklace, you can use coupon code MUCHLOVE20 for 20% off of ANY order through July 31. happy shopping! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

currently.

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striped tee: forever 21 / maxi skirt: h&m / heels: c/o Blowfish Shoes 

loving: this black maxi skirt. it's become my goal every week to come up with a new outfit centered around this skirt. it is also my goal not to wear it every day of the week. 

reading: just finished The One, the third book in The Selection series by Kierra Cass. it's a super, light fluffy fun read but worth it for the story and for team Maxon. and last night, i picked up my copy of The Glass Castle that has been sitting on my nightstand, collecting dust for years until a friend recently recommended it so i decided what the heck! let's get the dustbunnies to find another place to land. and even though i'm only a few chapters in, the writing is fantastic and the story intriguing so will def follow-up with a review either here or on instagram once i finish. 

eating: cherries, blueberries and despicable me fruit snacks. no joke, the despicable me fruit snacks are the best fruit snacks ever (thank you, tanya and robertson boys.) and this is not necessarily in the eating category, but i have been drinking a lot of cucumber water. i'm obsessed. it's a great for detox but i just love the taste of it. so much better than plain, boring water!  

watching: not the World Cup. sorry. watching paint dry might be more exciting. (sorry to offend 75% of you all.) as i type, i'm currently re-watching When Harry Met Sally. old school Meg Ryan and Nora Ephron writing. sigh. i never get tired of it. and oh! got super giddy about season 4 of Pretty Little Liars on netflix. finally. 

listening: The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack on repeat. can't stop listening to Boom Clap and Let Me In. and oh, when is the DVD coming out again 'cause that needs to be on repeat in my DVD player, too.

looking forward to: so so so much! there are some exciting changes and opportunities on the horizon *giddy clap* that Ryan and i are anticipating this summer. (nope, not pregnant. just gonna throw that out there 'cause i know what some of you are already thinking. ha! and we are moving along.) can't wait to share more as these adventures unfold!

what are you currently up to? do share! and as always inspired by the lovely Danielle of Sometimes Sweet

much love.
{happy friday, friend.}

Monday, June 23, 2014

when i'm obsessed, i'm REALLY obsessed.

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world's most amazing maxi skirt with pockets: H&M / top: forever 21 / rings: pandora, forever 21, and the most incredible husband eva / watch: c/o feral watches / tablet: c/o Intel Tablet 

So as you all know when I'm obsessed with something, I am beyond OBSESSED! So of course after watching The Fault In Our Stars, I def had to re-read the heart-wrenching, painfully beautiful love story between Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. Son when then lovely people from Intel set me this super awesome Dell Venue 8 tablet, the first app I downloaded was the kindle app.

And yes I already own a kindle and absolutely love it. Its one of my prized possessions. All of those books and all of that immediate access to any book at the touch of a finger. Magic, I tell you. However I let my mother in law borrow my kindle because she wanted to get her hands on TFIOS (since every library had their copies checked out with a waiting list three miles long. not surprised)...so what better time to test this tablet out!

And for reeeeaaaals, it is one of my favorite features...especially since the one downside to my kindle is that I can't read in the dark. With this tablet and the kindle app, even if Ryan is already asleep, I can swipe from page to page in the dark - with the covers over my head. Duh.

The 8 inch screen is especially fabulous and as much as I am a blogger, I don't completely understand all things techy but whatever processor is in this little magic tablet, makes the swiping and the switching from apps to windows is lightning fast. Quickness for me is always a major thumbs up.

My friends at the Intel Tablet Crew sent me this amazing tablet, and so I'll be checking into this blog again super soon to let you know my continued experience in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for letting me share!


much love.
{happy monday, friend.}

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

summertime loving.


bag: madwell / sandals: steve madden / hat: lulu*s / tank: urban outfitters / sunglasses: michael kors / skirt: one stop plus

during my lunch breaks, i try to make my way outdoors to get a breath of fresh air but lately, the Georgia temperatures have definitely been rising...to the point that i'm literally melting. apparently, spring made a pit spot and headed straight out the door as summer seems to already be barging its way in.

anyone else know what i'm screaming? word.

and recently, i've been finding myself drawn to looser pieces of clothing. not necessarily less but def looser; however IMHO the less clothing sticking to you, the better. i've been on the look out for some new maxi skirts to stock up in my closet similar to the navy blue striped by one stop plus in the above collage. maxi skirts are one of fashion's greatest inventions, don't you think? comfy. flattering. and the point of all of this: airy and loose and cool.

i also love a white tank especially with sassy, fun print - and who can say no to summer accessories like a colorful sandal, floppy hat, aviators and the coveted madewell leather bag?! if summer is going to make an early appearance, i'm going to be fashionably prepared. 

stay cool, my friends. peace. xoxo.

what are your favorite spring to summer transition pieces?

much love.
{happy friday, friend.}


Thursday, June 5, 2014

soak it up.

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dress: HM / sandals: c/o Blowfish (last season) / necklace: c/o prettiesbymeg / watch: c/o feral watches 

so i got to admit something.

all of those years that i was ready to be done with school - including high school and college - and i just couldn't wait to be on my own with a job and my own place and taking care of myself...i am kicking myself now for not savoring those days. you know why?

because i had what kids today (and what i did then) take for granted: SUMMER VACAAAAATION.

sure, when you are an adult, you can take vacation when you want. in the middle of february or early september. if you want to. but then you got to work to take those vacations. but when you are a kid in school, all you had to worry about was school.

funny how things that we worried about years before or yesterday is not a big deal. and things today that stress and worry me, may seem petty thirty years from now. i'll be a little, hunch-back 80 year old lady, shaking my head and laughing at younger version of me. while right now i want to tell my 16 year old self, soak up those summer days, baby! while my older self will probably see my current self the way i see my younger self.

back to the future moment. whoa.

and i hear you have to have babies and then they grow up and go to school and when they get summer vacation, you get summer vacation (if you're not working full-time). might have to consider that plan.

eventually.

anyways i'm preaching to the choir, yo. so here's to soaking up the summer days of a 29 year old because later on, i'll probably covet them as much as i covet the summer days of sweet 16.

speaking of soaking up the summer days, i'm off to see Fault in Our Stars. kleenex box in hand. peace out!

much love.
{happy thursday, friend.}