Wednesday, February 29, 2012

what i wore.

linking up with the pleated poppy today! head on over and check out what all the other fabulous ladies are wearing.

tank top {express}
cardigan {express}
belt {thrifted}
skinny jeans {old navy}
ankle boots {a shop in harrogate, england}

do you ever feel nakey when wearing just leggings on the bottom? like you should probably put a dress or a skirt on top? when going to the dc improv a few weeks ago with friends i had originally paired this outfit with black leggings, but after traversing the apartment i felt a bit, well, nakey. the cardigan falls right below the bum so there is full coverage, but i just don't think i am one to pull off that particular look. is it still even a look? i don't even know.

so off came the leggings and on came the black skinnies. i wore my favorite cardigan out that night. it's so, so soft, and comfortable and perfect for a low-key night out. i paired my new favorite ankle boots, which i found for $20 in england. $20!! they are so comfortable and i can pair them with pretty much anything. what a steal.

you wanna know what isn't a steal? paying over $150 for the same looking pair. 

these boots are from hudson:

and these boots are mine. 

twenty dollars, baby. twenty dollars.


thank you for the sweet comments yesterday. you all brightened my day!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

one year ago.

 one year ago today i was getting neck surgery. 

i can't believe it's been one year. 
if you remember, i had a mini blog breakdown a few months ago.

it's been one rough year. one where i didn't know how my body was going to heal...IF it was going to heal at all. there was even talk about having to get the surgery done again! i've had my ups and downs - mostly downs, but i think i've come a long way. not only has my body made strong improvements since that mini breakdown, but but i've learned so much about my body - how to listen to it, how to take care of it and how to be patient with it.


i still have a long way to go. the pain is still there and i will probably get more tests done in the near future, but i am not letting this take over my life. i still have many unanswered questions that haunt me at night but i'm confident that i will find them, even if it takes another year.


in the mean time i am trying to treat my body with respect and care. i've found a love in practicing yoga which i've noticed has relieved a lot of the pain i once had. there are many poses that i'm unable to do because of the surgery, but that doesn't matter to me. what matters is how my body feels during and after. and i must say, it feels awfully good. 





have you faced any obstacles  - health or non health related - that were hard to overcome? 

Monday, February 27, 2012

my instagram weekend {25}.

another weekend in the books. this weekend was nothing to rave about, but it did hold some of my most favorite things to do:

sipping wine and eating appetizers on our balcony. it was 70 degrees here on friday!

morning music from my man.

took a morning walk to starbucks before eating a healthy breakfast of hard boiled eggs and an orange.

prepping for my three day juice cleanse. which i started today. but i'm writing this on sunday night so really i haven't started it yet. this will be my first time trying a detox program and i'm really nervous about it. i've heard good things about the kaeng raeng program, though. i'll have the juice 3 times a day and i can add raw veggies and fruit throughout the day. i'll let you know how it goes after wednesday! have you ever tried a cleanse?

and something that made me extra happy this weekend? adding more fresh flowers to the apartment. 

those daisies? they're still going strong from valentine's day!

how did you spend your weekend?


i just want to give a quick 'hello' to some of my newest followers. hello! i've noticed quite a few new faces around these parts as of late and i just wanted to give you all a shout out! thanks for stopping by :)

and to those that have been here awhile, thanks for all your kind words and support over the last year and a half. i never thought blogging would turn into a huge passion of mine, but it has. i've met so many great people - bloggers that have turned into real-life friends (!) - and i hope it continues :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

9 flights; 9 trains; 6 buses. part 5.

our flight leaving krakow was delayed two hours which pretty much sucked. we ended up getting in around 7 p.m., caught a bus to our hotel, changed into different clothes, and headed out for the night. 

we spent the night at the crown bar, a pretty famous pub in northern ireland. the exterior and interior of the building is covered in mosaic tiles and is lit by gas lamps. the coolest part of the pub? its booths. technically called snugs, these cozy and carved out booths are for customers who wish to be a bit more secluded from the rest of the bar. they include an antique bell inside as a way to alert waiters for your food/drink needs. 

we ate delicious pub food - i had my first ever beef and guinness pie, YUM! - and drank with the locals. we couldn't get enough of those irish accents. swoon.

the snugs!
beef and guinness pie - mmmmm.

since we had less than 24 hours to spend in the city we decided to do a hop-on hop-off bus tour the next day. i'm usually not one for this type of sightseeing but we thought it would be the most convenient for us. and it was! our tour guide was awesome. he was very knowledgeable and informative, especially involving the past and current political and religious conflicts, also known as 'the troubles' (sporadic violence has been ongoing since the agreement). the tour took us all over the city and we got to see a lot of the murals (there are around 2,000 all over the city), which depict the region's past and present political and religious divisions. the murals tend to represent one side's political point of view, or to commemorate an event or person(s) involved during the 'troubles'. we also saw the peace walls that were built to divide the protestants from the catholics. looking back, this trip was an incredible learning experience. 

as soon as we got on the bus, it started to rain. we couldn't have been happier with our bus tour decision. the rain only lasted about an hour, so we were able to enjoy the outdoors for the rest of the day. oh boy, and once that weather cleared, we got to see the most AMAZING landscapes!

one of the peace walls

on the bus!

sun starting to come out - look at that backdrop!

where the titanic was built!
stormont castle

from belfast we flew back to harrogate , where we spent our last two days in europe. i was thinking about doing one more post about our last few days in harrogate but remembered that i already posted a video about our friday night there, soooo i will leave you with that. 

it was fun.

if you missed the other parts of the trip, you can go here:
{part 2: seville, spain}
{part 4: krakow, poland}


i hope you all enjoyed my trip recap. i had so much fun looking back through my pictures! if you are planning a trip to any of these cities, feel free to email me at i'm happy to give you more information on restaurants we ate at, hotels we stayed at, and landmarks we visited. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

what i wore.

taking a short break from my european vacation to link up today with lindsey at the pleated poppydon't fret. just be sure to come back tomorrow and read the last leg of my trip to belfast, northern ireland!

cardigan {express}
tank top {target}
skirt {j-crew}
tights {express}
boots {nine west}
watch {michael kors}

i wore this outfit to dinner on valentine's day. actually, i pretty much wore this outfit to work. i bolted home to switch shirts because i thought i should add a little bit more red. you can never have too much red on valentine's day. i found this tank, threw it on, let down my hair that was still wet from my morning shower (classy), and met boyfriend for a delicious sushi dinner.

walking to dinner

nom nom nom - how cute are those hearts!?

and then we came home where boyfriend surprised me with flowers and prosecco, and i surprised him with funfetti cake, with a sweet little message on it...

i know my calculus.
remember that band 2Ge+her? of course you do.

speaking of valentine's day. have you guys checked out jenni's giveaway yet? if not then be sure to enter it here! now! go do it! you can win up to 8 different gifts, one even from me! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

9 flights; 9 trains; 6 buses. part 4.

the next leg on our trip was krakow, poland. the three of us were really nervous about this stop because we didn't know much about the city or the people. we were just going to wing it. and wing it, we did! krakow was my favorite stop on the trip. the people were amazingly kind (they all spoke english, too!). the food was ungodly good. the city was breathtaking. and everything was dirt cheap! 

christmas decorations still lingered in the windows, on the trees, and on the buildings. apparently the city keeps them up for 70 days. even though it was a bit strange to see christmas trees and garland everywhere, it gave the city such a beautiful glow at night.  

snow flurries on our way to the hotel

basilica of the virgin mary's

krakow's main market square was lovely. it is the largest medieval town square in europe. it is filled with restaurants, churches, townhouses and shops. while strolling the square you'll find that every hour a golden trumpet shows above the square in the tower of the basilica of the virgin mary's. i wish i had it on video because it was a really great sight to watch as everyone stopped what they were doing to gather around the church to watch the trumpeter.

we took a quick trip to the wieliczka salt mine. built in the 13th century, it is one of the world's oldest salt mines still in operation. the mine's attractions include dozens of statues and an entire chapel that has been carved out of the rock salt by the miners. probably the coolest thing i've seen in a long time.

walls of salt

chandelier made of salt

one of the many chapels.

the rest of our time was spent walking around aimlessly (in the snow!), drinking delicious beer and indulging in some yummy polish food!


our hotel room was not made for tall people

beautiful snowfall on our last day


our time in krakow was fantastic. we had two days in this lovely city but could have easily stayed longer. if i ever have the lucky chance to make a trip back, i would take it in a heartbeat. even with the snow again.

next stop: belfast, northern ireland!

{part 1: harrogate, england}
{part 2: seville, spain}
{part 3: cambridge, england}


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