Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hello 30

Well here it is, the last day in my twenties. There’s no turning back now.  It’s crazy how when you’re little you imagine your life turning out a certain way and following a certain plan.  I can say my life is absolutely nothing like what I imagined and I’m very thankful for that.

 

The past ten years have taught me how to love and how to be loved in return, how to believe in myself and how to put more trust in God.  I’ve been challenged in ways I could have never imagined. But the wrong turns and obstacles brought lessons learned specifically designed for me. 

 

During my twenties I graduated from college, moved to Raleigh, lived on my own, finished graduate school,  became a redhead,  moved more times than I can count, met my husband (my favorite part), planned a wedding, gained 2 sisters and a whole bunch of beautiful nieces and a nephew, found the most wonderful dog, started 3 new jobs, met some friends who became family, worked to stay close with friends who were already like family, attended beautiful weddings, saw my best friends become mothers and fell in love with their babies, traveled to Ireland twice, saw Hall & Oats in concert, went back to being blonde, moved to New York City (my second favorite part), cried tears of joy, tears of fear, and tears of happiness, I’ve loved a lot, smiled a lot,  but most importantly I have grown more  into the person God designed me to be.

Up until now thinking about turning thirty seemed so far away and a little scary. But now looking back all the events of the last decade makes me excited to begin this new chapter.  I’m excited to read on and see what happens next.  As always my hope is that I will continue to grow as a woman, a wife, a daughter, and a friend all while learning to put more faith in God.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

What's Trending Thursday

Earlier this week I was browsing gap.com when I came up with an idea for a weekly blog post.  I have been trying to come up with a weekly blog segment and this one  just fits. When I say "trending" I don't mean this is exclusive to twitter.  Really anything can be trending: fashion, music, books, you get the point.  

Every thursday I will post 3 to 5 trends. No category just things I think people need to know a little more about.  It would be cool if this became a linky thing and other bloggers could participate but we'll cross that bridge when the time comes.  For now let's just chat about what's trending today.

#1. Chambray



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You might say chambray is nothing new to the fashion scene and I would say you are correct.  In fact I have already worn out a chambray shirt, I purchased a few years ago, simply because I loved it to death.  I literally wore it until there were holes forming in the elbows.   
Chambray is clearly here to stay.  This fashion forward denim is so versatile,  I have even seen headbands and wedges made out of it!  
In the spring/summer pair a chambray popover  with bright colored shorts or a skirt. In the fall/winter a chambray dress with black leggings, brown boots and a comfy scarf is simply perfection.  You can't go wrong with chambray in any season.  


#2. Long Bobs - aka The Lob

love her hair. . .always

Love this cut & length!

Long bob

Seriously, when I first read that the long bob hairstyle had been nicknamed "the lob" I couldn't stop laughing. I don't think such a ridiculous nickname does this beautiful style justice.  I really appreciate the lob.  As someone who has had extremely short hair to very long I think I speak for most girls when I say this is the perfect medium.  It is still long enough to put up and curl which is important because who doesn't love options?  I think the lob is a hairstyle that women of all ages can pull off because it is so polished and classic. 
If you're like me and feel like your hair is getting a bit too long, the lob might be the perfect haircut for you! In fact I just might be getting my long hair trimmed into the lob this weekend.


#3.  Birchbox

Hands down Birchbox is the best $10 I spend every month.  It's such a treat to get samples of all my favorite things in the mail.  Over the past few years I can honestly say that Birchbox has changed several of my daily routines for the better.  I have found the worlds best CC Cream, non-creasing ponytail holders, my orange scented perfume, and my favorite luna bar from them. 
In a future post I will talk more about my specific Birchbox experiences but for now just saying sign up! When that fancy pink box arrives in the mail you will be so glad you did.


Happiness, 
Sarah D.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Day We Became a Family of 3

You might think that Sean and I became a family the day we got married but you would be wrong.  We both agree that our family began eight months before our wedding day.


It was a warm Saturday afternoon in November 2012 when Sean and I were wandering around Raleigh and  somehow ended up at the Wake County Animal Shelter.  For months we had thrown around the idea of adopting a pup but the timing just never seemed right.  We knew we needed a smaller- hypoallergenic dog.  On top of that we knew we didn't want a puppy or a dog that wasn't house trained.  To add even more pickiness to the situation we wanted a dog that loved to cuddle and who was socialized enough that we could take him out in public for walks and dinners outside. 

This particular trip to the shelter was different.  Instead of leaving the disappointed we left with a 12 pound bundle of fur and kisses that we lovingly call Barkley.  


 Just the day before Sean listed about ten reasons why it wasn't a good time for us to adopt a furry friend.  That all changed as soon Barkley's big brown eyes met ours.  It's hard to believe it's already been 10 months since we brought him home.  I don't think either of us actually remember a time before he was ours.  

We enjoyed our first Christmas and New Years as a family of three





We have had lots of adventures at the local dog park 



Which led to lots of fun during bath time



Luckily Barkley has never held bath time against us because right after we're back to cuddles




We love you Barkster!  
Thank you for loving us unconditionally, never meeting a stranger who didn't instantly become your best friend, and for completing our little family.  

Happiness, 
Sarah D.



Monday, September 2, 2013

The Colored Skinny

When I was in the sixth grade I was head over heals in love with these emerald green jeans my mom bought me from JCPenney.  While we were there I got a flannel shirt to match. I remember how devastated  I  was when I realized my colored jeans were no longer cool.  It's  nice to see styles come back around in a reinvented sort of way.   


*imagine these in emerald green*


You can imagine my excitement a few years ago when colored jeans started to make a comeback.  At first I was hesitant to embrace the now cool again brightly colored denim that I once loved.  But I did and I haven't looked back.  Here are a few of my favorites I have found:





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If you consider black to be a color then black denim has to be my absolute favorite.  Black  jeans are in my opinion perfection.  



Here's to a few more years of colored skinny jeans before my little heart is broken again. 


Happiness,
Sarah D

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

High 5 Friday

Today I'm linking up with Lauren for high 5 Friday! Here's a little recap of the past few days.


1. "the sting"- my favorite drink from a local Raleigh bar. Think mojoto with jalapeños and cilantro rather than mint!

2. My new favorite picture I snapped of me and my fiancé. Thank you Insatgram for helping me fake photog abilities.

3. My first attempt at the sock bun. I've wanted to try this for ages and finally got around to it. I think it's easier on the head than a regular bun because it didn't feel nearly as heavy and weighted down as my hair usually does.

4. Smoothie!!! I got a blender last week so I've been making these up a storm. So far chocolate peanut butter banana is my favorite!!

5. Quality time with the coolest girl around. I am superbly blessed with good girlfriends.

A long time coming...

This is a post I've been thinking about writing for a while now but haven't. When I began this blog I wanted it to be a diary and a place where I could share my life with people I know and more people that I don't. I think I've been pretty open and honest about myself and my life and I really like that, even though I took quite the hiatus from blogging. 

Last year when I was heavily blogging I chose to not write anything personal about relationships for good reason. When I started this blog I was a little over 2 months out of a relationship and in the midst of figuring out where to go with my life. At the time I thought that breakup was one of the hardest things I had ever been through because it  made me question everything about myself! My faith, my future, my personality..everything.

I spent some time post breakup getting to know myself again. I worked on figuring out what I wanted from my life and evaluated what was important to me. I rekindled friendships that I had lost and that has meant so much to me. At the time I needed a creative outlet and even when I take breaks from it I'm very thankful its still here.

In my life reevaluation I met someone who started out as a  friend like none other I have ever had. A friend that literally stopped at nothing to make me smile, to comfort me, and to make sure I was happy.  I'm pretty sure no one, besides my family, has ever made me feel so safe, loved, and special.  I honestly feel that with his support I can do anything.  Feelings like this are most certainly once in a lifetime because I know I'm not always the easiest person to put up with!

I'm beyond words excited to say that this friendship turned into a relationship which has turned into an engagement and in just a year will become a marriage.  I am without a doubt the luckiest girl in the world!  I cannot wait to share more about my wonderful fiance and our plans for the future!









Shopping Local- Farm Fresh Produce

Growing up in a small town I did not realize much difference between shopping local and buying from major stores.  I think this mostly because we did not have any major stores.  The only chain restaurant we had was Hardees for goodness sake.  So, a few years back when a craze for shopping local began I jumped on board, especially when it comes to food!   People who live in Raleigh have no idea how fortunate they are to have so many easy ways to buy local produce.  For one we have a massive farmers market that is open year round and offers a ton of in-season produce as well as baked goods, seafood, and plants!  As much as I love weekend trips to the farmers market I sometimes find myself  unsure of what to buy and how much before it would spoil.  So I started doing some research in local CSA's and produce delivery services.  Turns out we have a plethora of them and in spring 2011 I found this gem ...

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Lee's Produce is a farm located on the Johnston/Sampson county line that harvests fresh fruits and vegetables then offers a home delivery service to those in the triangle.  If that doesn't sound cool enough their prices are incredible affordable, between $18-$25!  I really cannot say enough about how much I  love cooking my favorite vegetables as well as trying new ones without a lengthy expensive trip to the grocery store.  


Here is an example of what I received a few weeks ago...
bib lettuce
basil & cilantro plants
spinach
kale
sweet potatoes
strawberries
asparagus
cherry tomatoes

If you live in the Triangle area check out Lee's Produce and get your veggies this week!