Life Lately: 7/17/16

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Why is it that the second week of a new schedule is always so much harder than the first? The first week back and working at a new earlier time went really well, this week however was so painful, every single morning felt like pulling teeth to get out of bed and by Friday I was just yawning the whole day. Hoping the third week is where things start to even back out? Anyways, on to what I’ve been up to lately.

Wearing
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Reading
I finished listening to the audio version of The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty this week and I loved it. It was the perfect combination of being light and fun, with some more serious subjects and life lessons, plus a mystery that kept me guessing.

Using Up
I recently used up, and quickly repurchased, my favorite primer, the Maybelline Master Primer in Blur + Smooth. It’s light weight and leaves my skin feeling smooth and ready for makeup, which is exactly what I look for in a primer.

Loving
That a PCC opened up pretty close to my house. Between that and us finally cancelling Blue Apron, I’m really excited to see what comes out of our kitchen in the next few weeks. Something about finding and creating new recipes gets me really excited.

Working On
Still working on changing my name, and I imagine I will be for quite awhile. Even though I’ve gotten quite a bit of the big things done, this feels like one of those projects that is going to have quite a bit of a slow moving tail of little things to get done for awhile. I’m also working on getting used to writing and typing and saying my new name, I keep finding myself not thinking and writing my old last name, it’s kind of like how you write the the wrong date on things for the first few weeks/months of the year.

Doing
Getting used to life post honeymoon still, trying to sink into what it feels like to just be married and living our every day lives together. To be fair we did this before we were married because we’ve lived together for 4 years already, but the last couple of weeks before the wedding and then relaxing on the beaches of French Polynesia got me a little off kilter, so it’s fine to get back to normal life again.

Looking Forward To
The Olympics! I know they are still over two weeks away, but I can’t wait for them to get here. We’ve been watching the trials lately and it’s been getting me all sorts of excited for the actual games to get here. I get really into the Olympics every time they come around, there is just something about them that always gets me feeling all inspired.

Now I would love to hear, what have you been up to lately? Have you tried anything out you are dying to share?

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Stitch Fix Summer 2016

I got rid of all subscription boxes/services a few months ago because I felt like my life was slowly filling up with random stuff I had no use for. The idea of getting makeup samples every month was really intriguing and exciting at first, but when you have boxes full of sample size products you’ll never get through, especially with new ones coming in every month, it loses it’s appeal. I always liked the idea of the personal stylist services, and loved DailyLook Elite while I did it, but similarly I couldn’t justify getting new things every month. When I originally looked into stitch fix I was only going to do it once for the honeymoon, but when I saw that they had options to get fixes every month, every other month, quarterly, or just on demand I was hooked, finally a service I could sign up for and not feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff they sent me. I signed up for the quarterly service and just received my second box and wanted to share what I got. If you are interested in signing up for stitch fix you can use my referral link (or just go straight to the site if you’d prefer).
Stitch Fix Navy Top

Moni Studded Short Sleeve Blouse | $54.00 | Returned

I was uncertain about this shirt the second I opened the box, but on first glance through my fix I considered purchasing the full thing and I thought I could be happy with this if I paired it correctly. That was all before I tried it on, instantly I knew I would be returning it because the sleeves were too tight around my arms, they actually hurt and I only had the thing on for all of a minute for this picture. When I first came out in it Bryan just said “no”, so it was pretty unanimous that this was just not for me.
Stitch Fix Red and Navy Maxi Dress

Brian Knit Maxi Dress | $78.00 | Returned

This dress was super comfortable and I really wanted to like it, but the color is just not right for me, the bright cool tone red does nothing for me so if I had kept this it never would have gotten worn in my closet.
Stitch Fix Navy Sweater

Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt | $64.00 | Kept

The second I saw this I knew I would be keeping it assuming it fit well, the second I put it on I knew it would be my new favorite sweatshirt, and the second I walked out for Bryan to take my picture he said “that looks like you” and it was a done deal. I will be living in this sweatshirt now!
Stitch Fix Multicolored Top

Yorken Scoop Neck Top | $44.00 | Returned

I had a really hard time with this one, I went back and forth on whether or not I was going to keep it, actually looking at the picture now part of me wishes that I had, but I ultimately returned it because I was only keeping one other thing and while I like this top, it isn’t “me” in the same sense so many other things in my closet are and I feel like if I bought it I would skirt around it most days.
Stitch Fix Gold Leaf NecklaceHadid Layered Leaf Necklace | $28.00 | Returned

I went back and forth on this necklace. I really liked it and if I had kept more and made this into a bigger shopping event I would have kept it, but when I ended up keeping just the sweatshirt I couldn’t justify keeping the necklace. I’m not even sure if that makes any sense, but it does (mostly) in my head, so we’re just going with it.

That’s what I got this quarter from Stitch Fix, do you subscribe to a similar service, what did you get this month? 

Life Lately: 7/10/16

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The first week back after a long vacation is always difficult, but this one was extra exhausting since I started a new work schedule this week which has me waking up quite a bit earlier than I was before. It should open my schedule up to give me more time to do some things I’ve been wanting to do for awhile, so it will be well worth it, but this first week has been anything but a cake walk. A lot has happened since my last update so let’s get right to this, shall we?

Wearing
With my new schedule I’m leaving the house before Bryan most mornings which means I can’t exactly flood the room with light to get a good picture so we’re settling for bathroom selfies..

June 5th Outfit

Top: Chole K (similar) | Jeans: Express | Shoes: Chinese Laundry
June 7th Outfit

Top: Express (similar) | Leggings: VS | Shoes: Mia Amari
Reading
While I did not read as many books as I had picked out during our honeymoon (let’s be honest I never really thought I would read that much) I did get quite a bit of reading done in the past few weeks.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriary single-heartsingle-heartsingle-heartsingle-heartsingle-heart
Love and Lists by Tara Sivec single-heartsingle-heartsingle-heartsingle-heart
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves single-heartsingle-heartsingle-heartsingle-heart
A Beautiful Lie by T.E. Sivec single-heartsingle-heartsingle-heartsingle-heart
The Vacationers by Emma Straub single-heartsingle-heartsingle-heart

Listening To
Now that I am back from our honeymoon, it is officially time to start training for the pole competition I signed up for in November, which means I am starting to listen to my song quite a bit as I am beginning to figure out my character and choreography.

Loving
All of our wedding photos!!! My photographer was absolutely amazing, if you are in the Seattle area and need a photographer for engagement, wedding, boudoir, senior portraits, family, maternity, etc I can not recommend Jenny enough, she was per joy to have around during this whole process and she makes magic with her lens! Until I get a chance to go through everything and put together my own recap posts go check out her blog post about our wedding and be blown away by her mad skills.

Purchasing
Our new vacuum cleaner. Does that sound too domestic? Whoops, maybe getting married did change me after all. Seriously though, we went this weekend to finalize our registry, returning a couple of things and picking up a couple of things that are still on there, the main thing being our new vacuum cleaner which I have been eyeing and drooling over since Christmas when my brother-and-sister-in-law (aww that’s official now too!) got the same one.

Working On
Writing more, including blogging more. I have a ton of pictures from the honeymoon and wedding, and tons of other ideas buzzing through my head, plus my new schedule gives me an extra hour most days of the week which I have decided to dedicate to writing. So hopefully you will be seeing a lot more of me around these parts.

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Looking Forward To
Being Mrs. Holzer, like officially, legally, totally, completely, everywhere. I knew that changing my name would be a big task, but I wasn’t prepared for the feeling I would feel when people ask me what my name is or I have sign an email. I’m having a bit of an identity crisis being halfway in between names right now, none of my cards, ids, accounts match anymore and I’m not entirely sure what legally the correct answer to “what’s your name?” is, and that’s a really strange feeling.

Now I would love to hear, what have you been up to lately? Tried anything out you are dying to share?

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A Letter To Myself (and all the other brides out there)

Sometimes it easier to give advice to someone outside yourself, with that in mind I often try to think of myself as a separate person, someone I can give advice to without the internal conflict of my actual feelings at the moment. I’m getting married tomorrow, and it felt like a good time to write myself a little letter, a little reminder to enjoy the day.

Dear Bride,

It’s finally here, the big day, the one you have dreamed of in some small form since you were a little girl, the one that you have tirelessly planned and scrutinized over for the past 11 and half months, the one in which you become a Mrs. and officially become a wife to the man you have grown to love and cherish for the past 7 years. I know you thought this day was never going to get here, that the late nights stressing over all the little details felt like they were never going to end, but it’s here, you made it!

Now I need you to take a deep breath, no, no, deeper, breath in… out… there you go, keep doing that. All day whenever you feel those butterflies swirling around, your stomach flip, your brain grow fuzzy, the thoughts of trying to control the day start drifting into your brain, come back to this, breath in… out… in… out… take a second, look around you, squeeze Bryan’s hand tighter, lean in to your father, hug your maid of honor, let your mother kiss you on the cheek, smell the flowers in your bouquet, dance up on your bridesmaid, laugh with the groomsmen, take a sip of wine, joke around with your brother, give a goofy grin to your photographer, repeat those vows you picked to yourself, and just be present in the moment.

It will be so tempting to double (even triple, quadruple) check the schedule you spent hours perfecting to make sure everything is going as planned, I know, I know how your brain works, but don’t do it. You will want to make sure all the decorations are in order, all the escort cards lined up, all the guests enjoying themselves, but don’t worry yourself with any of these things. You have spent so many hours, so many days planning, nights stressing, all so that on this day you could relax and enjoy the day, so let yourself. When the anxiety hits, because we know it will, take a deep breath, count the reasons you love Bryan, and sink into the day. Let the makeup artist do her job and pamper you, let the day of coordinator do hers and run the show, let your bridesmaids do theirs and shield you from whatever is going on, let all of those vendors and plans you put so much effort into show you how amazing they all are.

And when something inevitably goes wrong, whether your dress rips, you trip down the aisle, the flowers never show up, it pours down rain, or the DJ plays the wrong song for your first dance, whatever it may be, laugh at it, remember that this is the story you will tell your children some day when they are stressing over their own wedding. Remember that this is the moment that you will cherish later and laugh at for years to come. Remember that this day is about love, not the details it has felt like it was about for the past year.

Most of all, enjoy yourself, let yourself be swept away by the love pouring out around you. Kiss Bryan longer, hug him harder, smile bigger, laugh louder, dance bolder, be freer than you have been ever before. This day is the first day of a new and exciting chapter in your life, kick it off with joy.

Congratulations Mrs. Holzer, you and Bryan deserve all the love on this day and all the days to come!

Honeymoon Reading List

We are days away from the wedding, which also means we are less than a week from Honeymoon time, and I could not be more excited for that! Between wedding plan and just normal life in general I am more than ready for a vacation and some solid time relaxing on the beach with my husband (ahh can’t believe that is going to be a real word in a few days!). I have been looking forward to laying around reading on my honeymoon for quite some time now so of course I have been saving up books for the occasion, and today I want to share the books I’m bringing with me.

I’m usually all about Gone Girl -esque books or non-fiction books where I can learn a little something about business, life, psychology, etc. but neither of those seemed the appropriate genre’s to bring on a honeymoon. So I rounded up some other books on my to read list that will hopefully be perfect for relaxing in the sun as a newlywed.

Audiobooks
Starting off with the audiobooks that I am bringing along. I don’t know how much of these I’ll get through, it really depends on the trip, but I like having some handy for things like being too tired on the plane to read, but not tired enough to actually fall asleep, or if I can’t sleep at night they are nice to listen to for a bit until I get sleepy.

  • The Vacationers by Emma Straub – I have this on hold through Overdrive from the library right now and am hoping I get it before we leave. It sounded like a fine read and the scenery and location of the novel make it honeymoon worthy to me.
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – Last I checked I could get this through Overdrive without a hold so I’m hoping that’s still the case when we are getting closer to leaving so I can grab it really quick. This is another one that just struck me as a good beach time summer read.
  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty – This one isn’t quite as honeymoon-y as the other books I have picked out, but I own it on audible right now and haven’t started it yet so it’s there mostly as a safety net if I run out of other options.

Hold in Your Hand Books
Yes, I realize that seems like a weird way to describe books, but the next section is Kindle books, so these are actual books that you hold in your hand, not digital. Can I just say how ridiculous it is that I even need a word for this, it used to just be books. Anyways these books are ones that I have at home and just wanted to get through and felt would fit the honeymoon vibes while not being too large that I didn’t want to pack them.

  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – This one I just recently started so I want to bring it to finish it before starting something else, that being said the premise behind the book while not a light, fun, beach read, seems somewhat applicable to a honeymoon. Alice is 29, happily married, with a baby on the way and then wakes up at 39 and everything is falling apart but she doesn’t remember the last 10 years, since I’m close to Alice at 29 (not quite, but close) and I too would be devastated if I woke up 10 years from now and realized my life was in shatters, I think the lessons in the book are perfect for a newlywed.
  • Adventures for Your Soul: 21 Ways to Transform Your Habits and Reach Your Full Potential by Shannon Kaiser – I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile. It’s all about reaching your potential and being happy and being your best version, and since getting married is one of those life events that can be taken as a new beginning it seems like a perfect time to finally read it.

Kindle
And finally, the meat of my honeymoon reading. I love my kindle, especially for occasions like this, it’s super easy to pack and you get so much content out of one little device, plus all the books are always much cheaper on kindle than when you buy the paperback version. Most of the books in this category are romance novels, because well, it’s my honeymoon, what better time to read some cheesy romance novels than laying on the beach next to your new husband?

  • Love and Lists (Chocoholics #1) by Tara Sivec – I read the Chocolate Lovers series a few years ago by Tara Sivec and absolutely loved them. They were funny and light and if I hadn’t of already finished the set, would have been perfect for the honeymoon. Instead I’m picking up the first in the Chocoholics series which features the kids of the characters from the Chocolate Lovers series.
  • A Beautiful Lie (Playing with Fire #1) by T.E. Sivec – I wanted to grab another book by Sivec, because of how much I loved the Chocolate Lovers series, so decided to give A Beautiful Lie a try (ha, that rhymed!)
  • Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover – These next two came as recommendations based on the first two and from friends I have that like romance novels. I don’t really know what to expect, but hoping for the best.
  • On the Island (On the Island #1) by Tracey Garvis-Graves – Same as above, came as a recommendation and hoping for the best.
  • Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski – It wouldn’t be my reading list if it didn’t have a little non-fiction mixed in, this one seemed like the perfect non-fiction read to grab for the honeymoon. I don’t have super high expectations for it, so we’ll see if I’m pleasantly surprised or not.
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – If the romance novels are getting to be too much Rainbow Rowell is someone I can always count on to provide a fun read. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and can’t wait to finally get into it.

What have you been reading lately? Any other suggestions for the honeymoon I should consider picking up? Or suggestions I can grab once we get back to get me through the rest of the summer?

Life Lately: 6/10/16

Hey! What’s up? It’s been awhile, and all the other obligatory things…

We are just one week (and 1 day) away from the wedding so I figured it was about time I checked in on this little forgotten space of the internet I sometimes call home.

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Wearing
All the white things. I know in the past I said white wasn’t my color, but the wedding is right around the corner and all the showers, parties, and random occasions have me donning all of the white clothes, and I think I found a new color to stick around in my collection!

Reading
My reading goal for 2016 is the same as it was in 2015, 50 books. However in 2015 I started the year off with a couple of trips that essentially ended up being nothing but laying around reading so by the time January ended I was already a few books ahead of schedule and just had to stay loosely on track to make it happen. I was worried that I’d get behind this year and then need to catch up during the honeymoon, instead with the honeymoon only a few weeks away I am still right on schedule! I’ve really loved the following books lately:

  • Pretties and Specials from Scott Westerfield’s Uglies Series
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  • Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  • The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways To Love Your Body by Kate Hudson

Listening To
Lots and lots of throwbacks. I made a playlist for my bachelorette party and another one for getting ready with my bridesmaids on the wedding day and both are full of throwback songs. I’m also working on a playlist for the honeymoon to listen to in the hotel room, full of songs we’ve listened to together over the past 7 years. Basically I’ve found myself saying “ah I totally forgot about that song” way more often than you would think right now.

Purchasing
My spending has been closed to all things outside of wedding and dance. As we are starting to pay the final invoices for all of our vendors it is hard to convince myself that anything is worth any money outside of that.

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Loving
Bryan, and all my bridesmaids, and friends, and family, basically everyone that is a part of this wedding at all. Everyone always says planning a wedding is so stressful and you end up fighting a lot. While there have been some moments, overall this wedding has taught me that Bryan and I are meant to be together, we work through things so well together, and the love of our family and friends has been so overwhelming, in the best possible way.

Working On
All things pole related, because I did something crazy and signed up for a pole competition in November. I am scared out of my mind because I am so far from ready to get up on stage and dance, but the fear is pushing me to work even harder and I’m really excited to see what comes out of it.

Looking Forward To
The wedding (and the honeymoon)! This feels like it has been a long time coming, Bryan and I have been dating for over 7 years, we’ve been engaged for almost a full year now, and I, being me, have had the wedding planned for months now. All the final small details are falling into place and I’m finding myself sitting here anxiously awaiting the big day and relaxing trip that follows.

Now I would love to hear, what have you been up to lately? Tried anything out you are dying to share?

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Weekly Inspiration #6

I recently went to a elevator pitch workshop where they talked about how to tell a story and the story spine, and how every story starts out with what is normal, things happen, and then at the end there is a new normal. Right now I feel like I am in that middle part. I had a routine and basic understanding of what my day to day, week to week, month to month, life looked like while I was working at my previous job. Now I am in an entirely new place, not only with work, but along with it my emotional state is in a much better place, and along with all of that comes so many changes.

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The past couple of weeks I have felt a bit like I am leaping from building to building, hoping that I don’t fall along the way and just keep my feet under me long enough to make it to the next place. I am working on figuring out what my new normal is going to be. When I came across this image it really spoke to me as I feel as if I’m sitting on the edge rather than back in the comfort of a well known routine.

I am working on finding my new normal right now, how about you? Have you made any big changes lately that have thrown you off balance, what are you doing to get back to your new normal?