Monday, December 27, 2010

a new me!

I'm Back.... sitting here in the loft of my mothers well decorated beachy chic condo in Ohio and suddenly feel inspired by a blog during my daily read. Im so sorry I fell of the face of the earth, Justin and I went through a lot in the last couple of months, but now we are better than ever, and just in (no pun intended) time for the holidays and his birthday of course. I just had an amazing holiday with my family up north and my grandparents. The holiday continues tomorrow with my dad and Thursday when I go back to North Carolina.

With all the changes that have gone on in my life, I am starting this new year off with a bang. I am finally happy again, motivated and again... and inspired which is all I can ask for. Thanks to Apartment #34 heres the photo that inspired me!
How amazing is this? I love the pink, and what girl doesn't love large pink presents? although we all know the little blue box trumps them all.. wink wink guys. I also found something awesome on Design*Sponge that I had to share and have to have when I get that iPad I secretly want
It's a manilla folder, leather iPad case, how cool is that?
Well I'm off to get sushi and zen cha with Molly in the short north!! very excited, maybe even a little shopping, although I don't have the money, the girl needs to shop :)

I'll be back tomorrow... and I won't promise because I haven't been good about that lately!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

found it!

this is what a perfect wedding looks like to me, it's so gorgeous and I want mine to look exactly like it! Thank you Design To Print for the gorgeous photos and ideas!


Thursday, September 30, 2010

simple ingredients

who knew ingredients could be so graphic and beautiful?


already gone

Hello, I know it has been forever and because it is the last day in September I figured I would make some time to tell y'all what I have been up to...

First of all I am back in school and loving it! Taking all art related classes is what I have been waiting for for four years and now I know why! my favorite class is the one I am not getting
credit for (because I have already completed the course, now I am just gaining portfolio pieces), advanced graphic design. We just completed a poster about a social issue, here is mine about Verbal Abuse. (which I am obsessed with by the way)
Secondly, Justin and I moved in together with my best friend Ashleigh. I am loving every minute of it. We basically lived together this summer but actually having him there everyday is so much fun. We got to decorate and paint the apartment and it looks so adorable! (i did the decorating and Justin did the painting)
We also just passed our 6th month anniversary which is a mile stone for us. Mom and Jeff were in town the weekend of our anniversary so we went to eat at 1924 Prime steak house on campus and Print Works Bistro to have cocktails and appetizers with the Davis family. It was so much fun to celebrate with everyone, and Justin surprised me with a beautiful promise ring. (it is a ring with diamonds, not a diamond ring to be clear!)
Him and I have been through a lot lately but it is making us stronger and stronger every day.
I also started Boot Camp again 2 weeks ago! Now getting up at 530 to meet Blaze at 6am is rough but worth it. I love it so much, somewhere to be and something I have to do, all benefitting my self! I already feel great and I am only half way done.

I am so happy to be back at school because all my girls are here! It is so nice to have them around and and have someone to turn to close to me!
So far, September has gone well and I cant wait for October and the holidays, planning a trip to Ohio soon to visit my family and the places I love, and make sure Justin loves them too!

I'll try harder to keep up, I promise.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

last first day of school

Well Hello, yes I know I fell off the face of the Earth but I'm back and I'm ready to catch up!
I started my senior year of college today. Oh my. I can't hardly believe it and my family is in denial I have actually grown up. of course I have an easy schedule including graphic design, art history, painting, and three dimensional design. Finally all in my major and everything I love.

I moved from Greensboro to High Point into a 2 bedroom apartment off campus for the year! I am so excited! I am living with one of my best friends, Ashleigh and Justin!! So a lot of big things are happening right now. The apartment is absolutely adorable! We got the opportunity to paint so it's colorful and cute! After a lot of heavy lifting (thank you Justin, Jerry and Sam) and pretty details it finally feels like home. I am so happy to have come this far. I have taken on a lot of adult responsibilities and it feels great that I have something to work for and even better when I accomplish it.

Every thing is going amazing so far! I miss my family a lot but like they keep telling me, this is my final year to have as much fun as I want and be young!

**first day of school photos from many years ago :)


Friday, July 23, 2010


Taking a 7 day Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean with my family and Molly! Be back on Saturday!

Miss my baby J :(


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bethenny Getting Married?

Please tell me you have been watching Bethenny Getting Married? on Bravo, thursday nights? It is to DIE for. I am addicted, literally have seen every episode at least three times and still watch them over and over again. Even Justin loves it, I know he does.

Bethenny is one of the Real Housewives of NYC, she is 39, pregnant and planning a wedding with her amazing fiance Jason. She is so incredibly witty and her hormones are outrageous. She speaks every ounce of what's on her mind and she is HILARIOUS. I die laughing every single episode.

I don't know why but I find my self relating to her in some sense. And when I don't relate to her, I want to be just like her. I guess I figure if I watch the show enough, I'll pick up on some of the witty banter. The season is coming to an end, and I am so sad, but I am borderline about to buy her books and drink her Skinny Girl cocktails!


the perfect dress

Found these amazing wedding dresses on Greedy Girl! They are so different yet beautiful and classic, I'm in love! The top one is my favorite the back is so gorgeous, I just think they would all be perfect for a beach wedding!


Sunday, June 20, 2010


Good Lord I forgot what it was like to work. They made me a cocktail waitress as well as being a hostess, so as of now I basically live at Print Works. Making money, which is good, but the hours are killing me. It will take me some time to get used to it!

Happy Fathers Day today! I have so many great fathers figures in my life. My dad of course, my step dad, and my grandfathers! I am so lucky to have them all! Love you all!!

Too tired to write anything more...


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

caught my eye

I have also been a little behind checking my blogs like I usually do religiously. But there are a few things that have caught my eye and I want to share with you.

Loved this birthday calender! What's more important than your friends and families birthdays all month? What a great way to stay organized with important celebrations!

Found this great poster of "grumpy love". Reminds me of many relationships I have in my life, especially Justin and I. No matter how mad, grumpy or stubborn him and I can be the love is still there.
Also found this gorgeous ampersand! I'm obsessed with typography and this is such a beautiful example, I want it blown up and hanging on my wall.



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

the best part

So I know I am going to be asked this question a million times so I am going to write down my answer.

Between Rome and Florence, I definitely prefer Florence. There weren't as many sites to see, it was the way real Italians live. I loved the shopping and the relaxed environment, Florence was at a slower pace than Rome and it was just what I needed. Rome was awesome for the art I wanted to see but Florence trumped it. Plus the hotel Globus spoiled me!! I loved it so much more that the one in Rome.

My top three favorite pieces of art I saw were, the sistine Chapel, David, and The Birth of Venus! Those were three things I smiled right away when I saw them. Those pieces are one of a life time sights and I am so fortunate to have experienced all them. (still wish mom was there for them though).

Favorite food, goodness this one is hard! Ill give you the top four, I ate a lot for goodness sake. The cheese ravioli with walnut cream sauce from Za-Za's in Florence, the chocolate soufle from Pepo in Florence, the salami and cheese sandwich from the market in Florence, and the white pizza with tomatoes, black olives and basil from Rome. Damn, I ate well (diet time starts tomorrow).

My favorite nights were both in Rome. Drinking at the local bar and having MAJOR girl time was so much fun with Kara and Katie! But the Pub Crawl through Rome was the BEST! We had the perfect group of girls out and we all so much fun! I also loved the group dinners and am thrilled about all the new friends I made! I know I sound so corny but I don't know how I will go every day without Meg to make me laugh, Kara to talk to, Katie to poke fun with, and Skyler to take care of me. We will have to have many reunions when we are back in High Point!

The best thing I bought, that I am so excited about is a present for Justin, which I can't really tell you about considering its a surprise! I also love the earrings and purse I got for my self. But I am SOOO excited to give everyone their presents! (I am out of money so I shopped well).

That pretty much covers all the AMAZING memorable times I had for my trip through Italy. I learned so much about art history, and a lot of Italian which was so much fun!

The worst part was being away from J, I didn't think it was going to be this hard. It made me really homesick which I never get. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, and that quote was proved to me these past ten days.

This experience was unforgettable. I am so blessed to have gotten this experience. Thank you so much mom, this never would have happened without you, you are the greatest and I love you so much.

Traveling all day tomorrow!


i want gelatooooo

We started early this morning. Went to a tiny town that was quaint and beautiful. From there we went to Sienna, a small town in Tuscany. It was so nice!! We sat outside for lunch, I had bruchetta and gnocchi again! great as usual. From there we went on a bus ride from HELL. Literally off roading through vinyards. We finally made it to the winery. We were 30 min late so we missed the tour, but of course got there just in time for the tasting.

We learned exactly how to smell, see and taste the wine. We tried 4 different wines including a dessert wine with bread, olive oil and biscotti! The wine was a little difficult going down so I poured most of it out. We arrived back to the hotel, grabbed dinner and are packing up to head back to the states.

Waking up at 4am, yet again, to hopefully smooth travels. I have never been more excited for the moment I arrive in Greensboro and see Justin!! I won't be able to sleep on the plane, THE MOST EXCITED.

pray for the volcano to keep quiet!

ciao one last time :( xox0

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

under the tuscan sun

Started at SACI, the Art school in Italy, where I would study abroad if I were to come to Italy for a semester. It was pretty empty because they are in between semesters, but it was pretty cool. Could never go to school there, High Point spoils me WAY too much.

Then we took a train ride to Lucca a small town in Tuscany. On the way there I had the most amazing sandwich from the Italian market. It was salami and cheese on bread infused with olive oil. It was so moist and so delicious, I can't even describe. I could eat it every day for a year, and still would ejony it on day 365.
The hilltops and villas were gorgeous. We had an Italian- American tour guide, Paulo (or Paul). He was great, very witty and I love that, kept us entertained. He told us that we had to be super quiet walking through the streets because the people will dump buckets of water out their windows on you, telling you to shut up. The beauty of that was the streets were peaceful. We caught the train back and are getting ready to go out for Jenna and JoJo's birthday!! Last night out with the girls in Italy! I am so excited. But I am ready to see my boy.

Went out to the Dublin Pub and Fish Pub to celebrate Jenna and Jojo's birthday! It was so much fun to have one last night out with all the girls! But the best part of my night was talking to Justin! He told me those three words every girl wants to hear and it made my day, if not week!! Love you baby can't wait to come home to you!

ciao xoxo

Monday, May 17, 2010

market to market

Slept in a little this morning, thank goodness. We saw the Duomo this morning. We went inside the church but skipped out on the long trip up the dome. I stopped for some peach, pineapple, and melon gelato. So refreshing and good!! Kara and I shopped a little bit more, of course. Then as a group we went to the market. Kind of like a huge fresh market from the states. Meats, sweets, and cheese EVERYWHERE. It was so amazing and everything looked delicious. We did a balsamic and olive oil tasting and the cheese of course, so yummy!

Kara and I grabbed lunch and are relaxing in the room. The rest of the day is free and we are running out of money so italian TV and my bed are calling my name. The shutters are open so the Florence street noise flows into our room giving me all the culture I need for the afternoon.

more day to come...

ciao for now

Had Za-Za's again for dinner, came home, showered and relaxed for the rest of the night. Also got 9 whole hours of much needed sleep!!