Monday, December 30, 2013

let's do this.


happy {almost} new year!

i don't know about you,
but i get excited every time january 1st rolls around.
it's a fresh start, a clean slate,
a time to reboot and take on the world!

2013 was amazing -
we did get married after all :)
but i can't help but look forward to 2014
and what the first year of marriage will bring.
we already have some exciting plans 
and some changes will be coming to pocket full of chuckles
that i'm really excited about!
i have a good feeling about this year.

thanks for reading this little space of mine -
i hope you all have a healthy and prosperous 2014!


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

weekend lens.

i love our neighborhood this time of year.

sometimes you just need some cheese.

cheers to our first married christmas!

this is me. running errands and not wearing makeup.
but this is what a typical saturday morning looks like around here.

decided to send out holiday cards last minute.
thank god for 1 hour photo stands and paper source for cute stamps.

tomorrow is my last day of work in 2013! 
i'll be celebrating by attending my husband's work holiday party 
(can't wait to wear this!)
and on saturday we're going down to richmond with friends!

i hope you have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

welcome to my closet.

i'm not one to venture out on black friday
but man, get me behind a computer on cyber monday
and there's no stopping me.

i've definitely done some damange to my wallet lately
but i spent the majority half of the year on such a strict budget
(that's what planning a wedding for 200 will do to ya)
and i felt like i deserved a few new things.
i recently added these things to my closet
and i just love each and every thing so much.
also, to celebrate my official name change
i went ahead and got myself a cute delicate necklace 
so i remember my new initial...
just in case i forget.

someone help me and my wallet.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

fun links.

well this just makes me want to do more with my life.

other fun links:

if you live in the dmv area, you will appreciate this a little bit more

why working from home is both awesome and horrible
story of my life.

happy monday!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

our unBELIZEable honeymoon - part 4.

we had spectacular weather in san pedro -
one day it rained but only for a few hours
and it never got below 80 degrees.
one morning we took a water taxi to caye caulker,
a small island only 5 miles long off the coast of belize
known for its laid-back/hippie lifestyle.
the rest of the trip was spent lounging at the pool,
exploring the town by foot and golf cart (!),
taking a sunset sail,
getting a couples massage,
(my husband is now hooked)
and eating/drinking until our belly's were full.

shirt {francesca's}
shorts {banana republic}
sandals {target}
purse {primark london}

lobster lettuce wraps / caught the famous chicken drop

fried plantains and pina colada's poolside.

traditional belize dishes for lunch /golf cart parking around town

tank top {urban outfitters}
shorts {banana republic}
hat {purchased in belize}

morning trip to caye caulker

no shoes, no problems.

beach cover-up {j.crew; similar}

more conch ceviche back on san pedro

sunset sail

necklace {the limited}
shirt {the gap}
maxi skirt {h&m}
sandals {target}
purse {primark london}

i'll post the rest of our time 
on san pedro in one last post -
stay tuned!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013



i love this time of year 
when everyone is gearing up for the holidays.
weekends are packed with holiday party after holiday party,
work slows down just a tad,
and christmas music plays all day long.

we had an ice storm come through over the weekend.
as i write this
the trees are still frosted with snow 
and icicles are dangling from branches.
i'm wearing my favorite pair of sweatpants
along with my favorite hoodie that my husband got 
when he lived in china.
i have a hot cup of english tea next to me
and love, actually is waiting to be watched for the 50th time.

december is kind of perfect.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

our unBELIZEable honeymoon - part 3.

from belize city we took a 14 passenger plane
to get to our next resort on the island of san pedro.
it was a quick 15 minute flight
but i was so happy when it was over!

it was a nice change 
to go from the rainforest 
to being surrounded by turquoise water.

belize is not necessarily known for its beaches.
yes, they are absolutely beautiful
but because the barrier reef is just a few hundred yards offshore
(the second largest in the world!)
there is a lot of sea grass
which makes it difficult to swim in.
we didn't mind because we had two beautiful pools at the resort
and if you know me, i'm not a fan of swimming in the ocean -
but we got to see the waves
 breaking over the reef 
and that's pretty awesome if you ask me!

our resort was right in the middle of town
but still remained very private.
we loved that we were secluded from the outside world
but could still venture outside and experience 
  island life with the locals.
(it's very safe there!)
the staff was incredible 
and provided us with exceptional service.
it definitely lived up to being the #1 resort in san pedro!

i mean, those views.

tiny airport :)

the view from our beautiful suite

our wedding hashtag was #hollettawedding
and my MIL made me this awesome shirt

sunrises are so much better in belize.

we walked to the local grocery store to get ingredients for breakfast- 
huevos rancheros + this view = perfection.

bow-back bathing suit cover-up {victoria's secret}

sunset from our patio

part 1 | part 2

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