Street Fair & POH Round II

I've got the second half of our weekend recap for you today -- I had so many pictures from the weekend, so our weekend overview is being split into two posts. You may read the post recapping the first half of our weekend here.

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On Saturday morning, I headed out for a walk before circling back at our house to meet my sister and her family to head out to a street fair / festival.

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Our first stop was a book sale -- Andrew (my brother-in-law), and I played with the girls in the kids' section while my sister picked up a handful of children's books to take home with them.

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After leaving the book sale, Andy met up with us and we browsed through all of the booths and checked out the food trucks! 

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I couldn't resist ordering one of these caramel apple sundaes! Caramel apples are easily one of my favorite treats! 

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My sister visited the cookie dough truck and got a cup of classic chocolate chip cookie dough!  

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There were also a bunch of old cars to check out! It was so funny to see how simple the dashboards were back then -- literally just a few buttons! 

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After the street fair, we headed home and I would up taking a two-hour nap, which felt amazing! We hung out at home the rest of the evening -- it was overcast / stormy for most of the day so an evening in felt like the perfect agenda.

One of Andy's coworkers (whom I met when we went to a Wild game with her and her husband last fall) knows that I'm obsessed with true crime books / podcasts, so she recommended The Confession Tapes. I watched a couple of episodes that evening and it really reminded me a lot of the CaseFile podcast, which I'm obsessed with! I'd recommend this show if this is an interest of yours! 

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On Sunday, I went for a long walk in the morning before heading back to the house to get ready for Parade of Homes round two! Click here for a recap of last weekend's POH.

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We headed to a few different cities in the area to check out the model homes!

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Each time we tour these homes, it has me itching to move! We both loved the black trimmed windows that so many of these homes had -- it looked so sharp! 

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I loved all of these cute black and white houses! This one featured a kitchen window that opened up into a serving area on the back deck -- it was so unique! 

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This house above featured lots of shiplapped walls -- which I like in general, but I don't know if I'd love them in my house or not.

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Here we are grabbing a quick selfie in one of the master bathrooms! I loved all of the white and bright bathrooms that we saw! 

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This house was definitely the fanciest one of the day -- that was a saltwater pool in the photo above! The basement was set up perfectly for entertaining with a full bar, indoor sport court, rock climbing wall, and a movie theatre.

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When I was little, my best friend Abby had a window seat in her bedroom and I was always so jealous! How fun would it be to sit and read in front of this pretty window?

What's your favorite treat to get at a street fair or festival?
What's one feature you wish you had in your home?

Real Life: Bad Days

I typically like to keep a happy and optimistic mindset, but it's normal (and okay!) to have a bad day every once in awhile. Yesterday, I woke up and started my day as usual but felt like everything kept going wrong -- you know, dumb little things like we were out of coffee, my hair wasn't working out, it was pouring rain, and I had a dental appointment on the calendar. I also realized halfway through my day that my leggings were on inside out, so there's that.

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Normally these things wouldn't be a huge deal, but for some reason I was just in a funk -- causing me to feel more frustrated with each little thing that went wrong. I could have easily called it a "bad day" and used that as an excuse to wallow in my misery, but instead I decided to turn it around. It was a glorious 56 degrees outside (aka my fall-aholic self was in heaven), so I dressed up in my favorite rain boots, showed up, and got on with my day.

I texted my sister to see if I could swing by for a quick brow reshaping session (my sister is the BEST with all things beauty), and after spending time with her and my nieces, I felt a million times better. Heck, I even arrived to my dental appointment with a smile on my face -- which was quite the turnaround from how I felt about going to the dentist earlier that day.

Here's what helps me turn a bad attitude or situation from turning into a bad day:

1. Remove Myself from the Situation
Even if it's just for 15 minutes, this helps me so much! Leaving for a "real" lunch break, taking a walk around the block, or running an errand helps me refocus my outlook for the day.

2. Make Plans
Sometimes alone time is great, but whenever I'm in a funk, spending too much time by myself results in overthinking things -- which makes me even more frustrated. An impromptu coffee date with a friend, scheduling a pedicure, or even just scheduling 30 minutes of your day for a workout helps so much!

3. Listen to Something
If I notice my thoughts going crazy, something that helps me is to either listen to my meditation app or to listen to music / a podcast to get my mind focused on something else.

4. Journal
There's just something about getting thoughts / feelings OUT of your head that helps so much! My mind feels clearer and it can often feel like a "fresh start." I don't typically carry my journal with me, so I like to utilize the "notes" app on my iPhone to jot down whatever is bothering me.

5. Dress Up
You guys know that I'm a huge advocate of dressing for success! Whenever I don't put effort into my appearance, I don't feel my best -- pair that with an already grumpy mindset and it's a recipe for disaster. Dressing in something where I feel confident and put together helps me to focus on being the best version of myself and immediately helps me to feel better!

P.S. I'm linking up for Tuesday Talk today! 

What's something that helps you turn your day around?
How do you handle bad days?

Date Night at The Galleria

On Friday evening, we headed out for our weekly date night! It was super humid out and by this point -- we're (okay, probably just me) so over the heat so we decided to head to the Galleria (a local upscale mall) for the evening. 

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We walked throughout the shopping center -- stopping by a few of our favorite stores to browse around. This Vineyard Vines shop opened last fall and it has easily become one of my favorite stores -- their preppy style is my favorite! 

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I snapped this pic to add to my wishlist -- doesn't this pullover look so cute and cozy for fall / winter? I've been using a wishlist on Pinterest for years and it has been so helpful! Andy always asks what I want for Christmas / birthday but I'd always draw a blank! Having a wishlist year-round makes it easy to add items (I add the links and sizes / colors to the pin as well).

I'm typing this blog post up on Sunday morning and after posting this photo, I headed over the the Vineyard Vines website to see what the rest of their recent collection looks like and came across the cutest items! Check out this adorable clutch, this cute off the shoulder dress, and this sleeveless top! 

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As designers, we both enjoy browsing through the Papyrus store! I was mesmerized by these little music boxes. They all were so intricate and played music as parts of them would move -- these would be such a fun gift for a new little baby.

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We also checked out all of the design within the store -- you know you're a creative when you snap pictures of lettering and wrapping paper patterns to use as inspiration for your work.

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After spending way too much time in Papyrus, we headed down the hallway to Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. I feel like so many people love PB, but I'm definitely more on team RH due to it's more contemporary / slightly modern (for lack of better words) feel.

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After RH, we headed over to Crate & Barrel, which is another favorite of ours. Browsing around at furniture / decor stores has me itching to move into our new house! Hopefully this spring! 

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We ended our evening at the newly-renovated Barnes & Noble!

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They recently reopened featuring a fresh and modern look, which makes it even more fun to browse around! They also removed the Starbucks and added a restaurant instead! 

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We both browsed around for awhile and then ended up in one of their reading areas to read for a bit. Andy flipped through a few design magazines while I dove headfirst into this book.

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On our way out, I came across this book of logic puzzles and it instantly brought a smile to my face. As a lover of logic / strategy, I used to be obsessed with these puzzles when I was younger! As I'm typing up this blog post, I'm kind of kicking myself for not purchasing that book! I'm thinking it would be perfect for tucking into my carry-on bag for our next vacation!

Also, I'm getting every last wear out of my favorite shorts before we transition into full-on cold weather gear over here! Shorts / Necklace / Cuff (similar)

I was originally planning to recap our time at the street fair on Saturday and our Sunday funday adventures, but this post is getting super long, so I'll split those into another post this week.

PS I'm linking up with Biana today! 

Do you prefer reading long or short blog posts?
How would you describe your decorating style?
I like contemporary, while Andy likes modern -- the interior of our new house will most likely combine the two! 

Friday Favorites #12

Cheers to the weekend! I'm heading out for a quick hair trim during lunch and then it's our weekly date night this evening! Our cool streak is over and we're expecting to hit almost 90* today so I'm thinking we'll probably stick to an indoor date night to beat the heat! As always, I'm linking up to share some favorites from the week! 

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I made this little handlettered card for my niece's first birthday and I love how it turned out! As a designer, I think it's so important to have creative hobbies outside of your job. Lettering is something that I've always enjoyed and it's so fun to be able to use this talent as gifts for others! 

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I picked up some of this yogurt recently and had a hankering for something sweet after lunch the other day so I topped it with some dark chocolate chunks. Oh my gosh, it was the best little post-lunch sweet treat! I'd highly recommend this combo! The yogurt has a hint of cream cheese flavor and there's a swirl of pumpkin throughout the yogurt cup.

We just received the study guide to our new book club book, so we are excited to start that this coming week! Andy and I do a "book club" every Monday night and I'm excited to reread this book with Andy (my small group went through this book series last spring).

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The other night, Andy was teaching his design class, so I enjoyed a cozy evening by myself. I lit my favorite fall candle, bounced You've Got Mail to our Apple TV, and made some homemade popcorn. Once in awhile, a solo evening like this is so refreshing! 

Speaking of movies, last fall, my friend Rox got me hooked on the JonBenet Ramsey documentary that revealed new information about the case. Sime I'm a huge fan of cold case / investigative documentaries, I was ALL over that. I came across a (newish) made for TV movie with updates on the case and watched that the other evening. I'd recommend it if you've been following the JonBenet Ramsey case after all of these years! 

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With our recent cold snap (we're back in the high 80s + humidity now), some of the leaves on the trees have started changing colors! Noticing these was definitely a favorite from my week! 

I'd really love to purchase a plaid shirt (or two) for this upcoming fall season -- I've always leaned more towards gingham than plaid, but lately I've seen so many cute ones! 

I picked these soups up on a whim last week, and while I'm not usually a fan of canned soups (hello, sodium and chemicals), these ones had clean ingredients and came in BPA-free cans. The tomato one was really good, and this butternut squash apple bisque one was amazing! I'd love to take a stab at creating my own version of it at home -- it's the perfect blend of fall flavors! 

What's the weather like where you live?
What's on your agenda this weekend?

Personality Types

When I was in my late teens, my aunt introduced me to Myers Briggs personality assessment, which indicates how you perceive the world and make decisions. I was so intrigued by this and immediately took the online assessment. 

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My result was INTJ, which I felt like fit me perfectly at that time! I remember reading the description and being amazed at how accurate the results were in comparison to how I viewed myself. 

I've always had a passion for psychology and enjoy reading up on it for fun. It is because of this that I take retake the Myers Briggs assessment every so often just to see how my percentages of each letter change. As we grow and experience different circumstances, it is normal for our letters to change slightly -- usually just the percentages adjust, but sometimes your whole "type" can change. Imagine my surprise when I took it fall of 2015 and saw ENTP instead of my usual INTJ! 

My drastic change can be chalked up to the fact that I had gone through a lot of life changes that past year, done a lot of personal development work, and felt a lot more confident / outgoing than I was before. 

In case you're not familiar with this personality assessment, here's a quick breakdown of it. The theory behind Myers Briggs is that there are 16 different personality types -- each consisting of 4 letter combinations. The different pairs of personality traits are:

Where your energy comes from: Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E) 
How you take in information: Intuition (N) or Sensing (S)
How you make decisions: Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
Your preferred way of living: Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)

So, for me -- my energy comes from being around people, I take in information via patterns and possibilities I make decisions based on logic, and I like to see possibilities unfold. Depending on where I'm at in life, my I/E (introvert / extrovert) and J/P (judger / perceiver) will oscillate, but I'm almost positive that I'll always be an "N" (intuition) and "T" (thinker) and I don't see those ever changing.

It should be noted that this is just a guideline and should be taken with a grain of salt. We all ebb and flow in our day to day lives and no one description can describe us perfectly.

Have you ever heard of the Myers Briggs assessment? 
What personality type are you? Take the free assessment here!