Sunday, July 23, 2017

Greece

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece
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Athens in Film.
Taken by me, see more on my Flickr.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Go to a coffee shop & sit by the window."

I found this post while I was scrolling through Tumblr, and Annika linked it to her Instagram. I thought I'd just post a screenshot of it because I thought it was so awesome. I'm not really sure what the whole "list of 5" thing is, but I'm all about it.

While I was reading this list I just felt something positive and free. You know? I challenge you all to do the things on this list.


Check out Annika's Tumblr and Instagram for more cool stuff.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tweets

So I've been feeling a lot of things lately. I'm annoyed at myself because I hate when these thoughts take over so much of me. I know that sometimes I even miss out on things because I want time to myself to think things through a bit. For example, I used to watch shows with my dad at night and now I just work and then come home and want to watch my own shows and have time to myself. Anyway... I've found some tweets that sum up my thoughts at the moment. You'll se a pattern. I'm not trying to be obnoxious or anything, but I hope you also enjoy these!






Monday, July 17, 2017

Tips for weight loss?

This is so random, but it's been something on my mind lately! I kind of talked about it in a previous post, but I want to get more specific this time.

NOW, I'm all about that healthy life. Everyone's beautiful, strong not skinny, yadda yadda. I recently went to the doctor and she weighed me and I was just shocked at how much I've gained over just the past few years. This past semester I was surprised I didn't gain a lot, but I think it's because it was a good balance of a lot of gelato and a lot of walking. I try things all the time to be more healthy, but I never commit, or I commit for a short time and then go back to my regular habits. Which honestly isn't that bad. I just want something to get back to my idea of a healthy weight and feel better about myself.

I don't want anyone to be worried or anything, I promise I'm fine! I just want to feel better about myself when I look at myself in the mirror and see myself in photos. It's visibly obvious that I've gained weight since I started college and I don't like it.

Here's what I'm going to start this week:
Membership at Planet Fitness
Last Winter I did C25K (again) and I actually made it to week 5 day 2, which is actually running for 8 minutes, walking for 5 minutes, and running for another 8. Now, I know that doesn't sound so hard, but I really didn't think I could do it and I did! I want to get back on the treadmill and do it again. I love leaving and having sweat dripping off of me. I also just like the atmosphere in Planet Fitness.

From here.

MateFit Tea
So, I did this back during my freshman year of college and it was nice! I did notice I was less hungry throughout the day. I honestly can't say how well it actually worked, but I'm hoping to really commit to it this time and I have a good feeling about it. I do remember that the detox tea tasted SO bad, but I'm going to try to push through, haha!

(I was looking for a picture to use and found this one, so naturally I had to use it. Sue me. But in the meantime, go stalk more of his pictures... you'll thank me later.)

Lots of fruits and veggies
I really really want to stop eating 3 corndogs for dinner or having multiple desserts throughout the day. You know? I want to really watch what I eat and not cheat. I want to try this for at least a week and see how it goes. That's not so bad, right? I can do that... right?

From here.

Some things I should stop doing are going out on the weekends and drinking a lot, snacking late, and eating out with friends. These are things I won't stop, though. They're fun and I'm young, so I don't want to live the life of a 40 yr old mom, ya feel? I'll just watch it more and order healthier foods when I'm with friends or snack on blueberries instead of chips. I can do this! I'll report back and let you know how it's going in about a week. I'm working a lot this week, so I'm not sure how often I'll get to the gym.

Let's go, ladies! We got this!!
Any more suggestions are welcome!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Venezia


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Photos by me, taken with a disposable camera back in February. I love film so much...

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Thoughts lately...

Here are some thoughts that have been swirling around in my head lately, as told by various talented photographers.

We shouldn't spend all our time cooped up inside. While I love cozy nights in (as you know, too), this year I realized how much time I was spending in bed at 9 pm with hot tea, Gilmore Girls, and a face mask. Don't get me wrong, that's GREAT. It's just not what we should be doing every night. "Nobody looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep." Go out and have those crazy nights that you're not proud of, because when you have kids and a full time job, those are going to be the nights you remember and tell stories about.
Photo: Sam Brockway
modern hair art

Adventure is out there. This past semester, obviously, I learned that there's so much out there to see. I don't want to be trapped in PA forever. Forget forever - I don't want to be trapped here for more than a few months. I like change and adventure. And I don't want to be one of those people that says they want adventure, and then never goes after it. I want to move around, see the world, and not worry about how much it costs. I want to spend money on experiences rather than things and I'm willing to do it however I can.
Photo: Sebastien A.
On our way to the North (Iceland)

Loneliness is a bitch. This is probably the number one thought on my mind lately. I won't bore you, but I've just not had good luck lately with anyone and all my friends are in relationships. To put it short, I feel like I'm everyone's number 2 person, like their backup person. It sucks and I'm not sure how to shake it some days. I just want to be someone's number one because I get tired of putting all the work into these friendships and relationships.
On top of the world

I need to take better care of my body. I know I said going out is fun and all, but every Saturday I've gone out to clubs and bars with friends and it's awesome, but I'm not taking care of myself at all. I at least need a healthy balance. Go to the gym everyday, party on Saturdays. You know? I currently am not eating healthy, don't go to a gym, and my routine isn't really existent. I do have me-nights with baths and face masks, but I need something that I can do daily that's good for me. I'm going to start soon, I just wish I started sooner.
Photo: Erica Yeater
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What actually makes me happy? Why do I not feel complete happiness most days? Why am I not making the necessary changes to reach that happiness? What can I do?
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You?

Friday, July 07, 2017

Storms

A bit of weather on the escarpment
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There are few things better than storm clouds rolling in, in my opinion.

I love this photo by Randy Droniuk!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Fall

I couldn't resist the scarf

A U T U M N

Some things are impossible to resist
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I've been resisting my urge to talk about my excitement for Fall... but here it is! I'M SO EXCITED. I love Fall so much. I recently started re-watching Gilmore Girls (for the 100th time) and that show just gives me the ultimate sense of coziness. I always love how they do the town up for Autumn and it just made me even more excited. I feel like I'm most myself in Fall. The warm blankets, apple cider, neutral colors, dying leaves, plaid scarves...

I really love these photos by Ines Perkovic. I found her because she's taken some amazing photos of Rome, but I think I'll wait to share them to give you all a little break ;) Also, she uses a Nikon D800 which is now my dream camera. It's about $2,100 but I'm going to own it one day!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Rome

rome2008napoli

rome at night

view from a hotel

bar della pace caffè della pace rome at night

those streets that carried me to you

i love rome in the spring when it sparkles
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These pictures mean SO much more to me now. I've been scrolling through Rebecca's Flickr for a little while and it's making miss this beautiful city so, so much. She does such a phenomenal job of capturing all that is Rome!

Check out her Flickr and her website - she's so talented!
If you need me, I'll be looking at her pictures for the rest of the day. Oh, Italy.

Ps Happy July!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ashley Graham

I saw this video when scrolling through my Facebook the other day and had to share it with you! It's inspiring women to "disrobe" their insecurities and love their bodies more. It's cool to watch!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Off-the-shoulder trend

I've really been loving off-the-shoulder pieces lately. I've been noticing them in all the clothing stores I go into and it makes me so happy! It's normally not a style I'd be into because I worry about pulling it off, but while I was in Rome I bought a chambray off-the-shoulder dress and ever since then I've been obsessed! I bought a few more rompers and dresses and I'm excited to sport them all. Here are some others I've seen and loved:






1, 2, 3, 4

From Forever 21:





1, 2, 3, 4

From Old Navy:



1, 2

Cute, right?! Which ones are your favorite?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Currently



Loving: Having my own space back. Don't get me wrong... I miss Rome a TON, but it's always nice to come back to a familiar space and not be around people all the time. That could just be me trying to talk myself into not being in Italy anymore though...

Watching: I've been trying to catch up on all the shows I wanted to watch this year since I didn't want to watch Netflix in Italy. So far I've watched The People vs OJ, a buttload of stand up comedy specials, a couple seasons of Inside Amy Schumer, I just finished 13 Reasons Why (heartbreak!), and I'm starting OITNB but I can't really get into this season quite yet, which is weird.

Reading: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.  It's so good - it's so funny but I also relate to it so much. I got it at BAM for $8 and I'll probably finish it tonight! Next I'm going to read After You by Jojo Moyes and then Room by Emma Donoghue.

Listening: Yikes... I'm listening to a lot lately. Now that I'm driving again, I plug in that Spotify premium and jam the whole time. Lately I've been really loving Redbone by Childish Gambino, All We Got by Chance the Rapper, Sweet Creature by Harry Styles, and honestly a ton more. I'll have to make a post about music!

Anticipating: Going back to school, I guess. That's tough, because I really don't have anything SUPER exciting going on until next year. For now, I'm just excited for my friends to come back from their Summer trips and to go back to Boston since I haven't seen that beautiful city in about 9 months.

Wearing: I put this one on here for fun - lately I've been loving tees with words. I'm currently wearing one that has a pocket and says "holy guacamole" with a picture of an avocado. Cute, right? I also love t-shirt dresses. It's so fun to dress them up or down. It's like wearing a t-shirt without pants!

This post was inspired by Danielle over at Sometimes Sweet and the picture is from my Tumblr!
Sorry I haven't been posting too much - I should, but I honestly haven't really had any desire to do anything productive. And it's annoying, because part of me wants to paint and read and stuff, but my body just doesn't feel like it! Isn't that weird?

What have you been up to recently?

Sunday, June 04, 2017

One Love Manchester

Did anyone else watch Ariana Grande's livestream that she put together for Manchester? It was so incredible. There was such hope and love throughout the whole thing and she did such a wonderful job showing the thought and care she put into it. A lot of the performances were super touching (i.e. One Last Time... tears) but the one that really stood out to me was when Coldplay performed Fix you. Agh! That song has been so close to me for so many years and hearing them perform that with such a big meaning behind it was incredible. Check it out:


And you can watch the whole livestream here - it's about 3.5 hours, but it's so touching.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jen Gotch photography


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Aren't these so cool? Check out more of Jen's work on her website!

Monday, May 29, 2017

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Blue is the Warmest Color, 2013

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Europe pt. 5: Pisa, Italy

Next up is Pisa, which really isn't anything except for the Leaning Tower! It's kind of weird, because we drove about 1 hour to get there from Florence and it's basically a trip just for a picture and then you leave. The town isn't really anything special, so I don't think I'll ever go back! It's strange to think that... but here are some photos of the famous building! It's worth seeing and getting the famous picture of you holding it up. We also saw the chandelier that Galileo discovered the pendulum with inside the church!











This was our first nice day in a long time, so we were all excited to see the sun. It was pretty cool getting to see the Leaning Tower with the beautiful sky in the background!
So, yeah. If you think Pisa is a big, exciting city, you're very wrong! You should check it out, though.

You can find my past study abroad posts: here.