3.29.2015

Week{end} Recap

This weekend was honestly one for the books. It was such a fun packed weekend filled with laugher, friends, memories and ice cream (who doesn't love ice cream?). I'll be posting a longer post later this week with all the gorgeous pictures I captured from my impromptu day-cation to Boca Grande, FL.

This weekend was a weekend filled with heart-to-hearts with some of my best friends and it made me fall in love with Florida again. It was perfect weather and I spent as much time outside as possible. I know my time is short here in Fort Myers and I'll have to move on eventually (perhaps once I have my Master's) but for now, I've decided I'm going to embrace and enjoy Florida for as long as I have left. 

On Saturday I had lunch with one of my dearest friends, Jasmine, and we caught up over mimosas and sangria! We then proceeded on an adventure to the bookstore where we bought some books off my reading list.










Lincoln enjoying his bone purchased at the Farmers' Market :) 
Now on to my weekly recap:

3.22.2015

Week{end} Recap

This week was filled with friends, laughter and good times.

#TBT Key West, FL // I am planning my good friend's bachlorette party and we're going to...the Keys! The Keys are one of my most favorite vacation destinations. It is laid-back, fun, easy-going and most importantly, relaxing! More details to come later!

Happy Anniversary // My parents would have celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this past Monday (March 16th).
"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart and I'll stay there forever. "   Winnie the Pooh 

Grad School, I see you! // Grad school starts in two weeks! Eeeek! I can't believe how quick the time is flying by! This weekend (in between errands) was spent organizing my life and planning my life away. 
Have a good week, lovelies!
Stephanie

3.20.2015

Reading List


I'm a self-proclaimed "book-worm".  I’ve compiled a list of 40 books I want to read. This list is fluid and will probably change. I’ll add more, take some off or never get to read some of them. As I read them I will post a review of the book and let you know my thoughts!


  1. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  2. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  3. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  4. Paper Towns – John Green
  5. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  6. Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
  7. The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
  8. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  9. Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple
  10. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  11. The Opposite of Loneliness – Marina Keegan
  12. Girls in White Dresses – Jennifer Close
  13. The Marriage Plot  -- Jeffrey Eugenides
  14. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  15. The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Adulting – Kelly Williams Brown
  17. The Vacationers – Emma Straub
  18. The Time Traveler’s Wife -- Audrey Niffenegger
  19. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin
  20. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  21. The Scarlett Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  22. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  23. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
  24. Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl – Susan McCorkindale
  25. The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
  26. Outlander – Diana Galbadon
  27. Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight
  28. Firefly Lane – Kristin Hannah
  29. The Cove – Ron Rash
  30. Horns – Joe Hill
  31. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  32. If I Stay – Gayle Forman
  33. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
  34. The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
  35. The Maze Runner – James Dashner
  36. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
  37. Defending Jacob – William Landay
  38. Columbine – Dave Cullen
  39. Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
  40. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Any books you’re itching to read or think I’m missing? Let me know in the comments! 

3.15.2015

Week{end} Recap

This weekend was a quiet one. As I'm gearing up to go back to school, I can't help but think how much busier I will become over the next few months. I welcome the change with open arms but I know I will miss reading books for fun. I was able to go to the Farmers' Market on Saturday (my favorite thing to do on Saturday's) and let me tell you, Florida has skipped spring and headed straight for Summer. Here are two of my favorite pictures I captured (and #nofilter too!)

Gorgeous Sunflowers and only $1 a stem! 

THE most delicious watermelon...ever!
Now on to my Weekend {recap}:


3.11.2015

Warby Parker; at home try-on program

Growing up I had to get glasses when I was in 9th grade. When you're a freshman in high school, that's the last thing you want, to be "different". My dad wouldn't let me get contacts, so I was stuck with these hideous glasses (think old lady, purple, rimless glasses).

A year later we got a puppy named Hank (boy, was he trouble) and in the middle of the night he snuck in my room and decided my glasses would make a good chew toy (told you he was trouble). I was able to get a new pair of glasses that lasted me 4 years-- until I was a freshman in college, when I decided it was finally time to get contacts.

You might be wondering why I'm rambling, I have a point, I promise! Two years ago I decided it's time to upgrade my frames and got these cute, hipster frames, loved them! I don't know why I waited so long. My first "real" job out of college was working in marketing at a eye doctor's office and I fell in love with new glasses every day. However, one brand kept sticking out in my mind and it was Warby Parker.

*photo via Warby Parker
I love, love, love, Warby Parker. I love their colors, styles, and the prices. But I really love that you can order their at Home Try-On Program. I mean, I just don't have time to drive the three hours to the closest brick and mortar. However, I do have time to browse online and do some online shopping.

It's absolutely FREE to order your Try-On Program. (They charge one dollar to make sure your card is valid, in case, well you don't send them back. But rest assured, the charge disappears once your credit card has been verified.)

You're able to select 5 different frames (and sunnies), in all different colors/shades, and add to your online cart. Bingo, we're in business. Even better? For every pair of glasses, they donate a pair.  Find out more here.

Your Try-On Program arrives a few days later in your mail box. They literally ship you their glasses to try on. It was the best package I've gotten all year and also a great way for everyone to try on their glasses if they don't have a brick and mortar shop close enough (and a good marketing strategy!)

Which ones did I order for my Try-On Program? Well, I'll be happy to show you!

3.08.2015

Week{end} Recap

I can't believe how quick this week flew by! I feel like I just posted my week{end} recap yesterday! This weekend was spent catching up on household chores, Maid of Honor wedding prep, Farmer's Market Saturdaze and of course enjoying many cups of coffee!

Now onto some things that made this week memorable:

International Women's Day // As a Kappa Delta, International Women's Day is near and dear to my heart.  So glad to see the rest of the world is celebrating with us. Go Confidently.
"When you invest in women and girls, you invest in everyone." - Melinda Gates
*Photo credit
Salvation Army and #thedress // The salvation army came out with a brilliant advertising campaign playing off the #thedress debacle. "Why is it so hard to see black and blue?" Genius...pure marketing genius.
*photo credit
50 Shades of Grey // This weekend I was finally able to get some of my girlfriends together and go see 50 Shades. I read the books and let me tell you, the movie was awkward. In fairness, I think a lot of things are awkward though. I thought it was good, not great but not terrible...so, so. Have you seen it yet? P.S. I thought Christian Grey was so cute. Did you know Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) is Irish and has the accent to boot? Swoon.
*photo credit

Hope you had a great weekend! 

With love,
Stephanie

3.02.2015

My week in pictures

Instagram is one of my favorite social media sites and I've been loving my Instagram feed lately. Here are some of the latest peeks into my life, also feel free to follow me while you're at it! Some photos haven't made it to Insta' but I wanted to share with you!

Here are some of my favorite moments from the past couple weeks:

3.01.2015

Week{end} Recap

My very favorite part of living in Southwest Florida (besides the weather, hello high 80's) is the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables, year round. Although a lot of farmer's markets take place during the week when I'm working, there's one in Cape Coral on Saturday mornings, you can't miss.

Tip // Make sure to get there early before all the best produce has been snatched up!

Although I'm some-what of a morning person, I would rather sleep in on Saturday than be at the farmer's market but it's so worth it. Grab a cup of coffee from the Bagel Factory's tent (great coffee and bagels) and get to shopping! Bring a friend, your furry family member or go solo, it's a great time (and a great bargain).

Onto the Week{end} recap:

Here are some things that made me laugh, cry and have all sorts of feels this past week. Make sure to take a minute and watch them and let me know what I might have missed.

Golden loves Guitar // I don't know where I've been living (maybe under a rock) but this is one of the CUTEST videos I've seen in a long time. I love goldens, guitars and the happy feeling this video gives me.



Christina Aguilera impersonates B.Spears // Disclaimer: I love Jimmy Fallon. This video is on. point. Christina sounds exactly like Britney Spears.



19 Bars in America You Should Drink at Before You Die // While this might sound pretty gruesome...it's really flippin' awesome! I've bookmarked all of these and put them on my wanderlust list. I wish I knew about some of these bars before I went on some of my vacations, like the speak easy in NYC? Let me start looking up plane tickets, right now.



















Hope you all have a wonderful week, lovelies!