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What’s On My Nightstand, Vol. 19

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine got off to a rough start—the exhaustion from New York City caught up with me and I ended up at an urgent care getting tested for strep. The results came back negative, but I was still under the weather, so I called it an early night around 7pm. (A real rager!) Around 11pm, I woke up to a few text messages and checked the score of the UVA game—only to find us down 15 in the second half to UMBC. After that, I certainly wasn’t going back to sleep, so I stayed up to watch our historic loss, which was pure torture. I still love the Hoos, but y’all, this loss is going to hurt for a long time—maybe even a lifetime.

On a brighter note, I’ve read a lot of good books so far in 2018, and I am excited to share some great stories with you today. You can see all my on my nightstand posts here, and you can keep up with what I’m reading in real time over on Goodreads. If you’ve read anything lately you think I might like, please drop me a note in the comments below!

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My Favorite Podcasts

Happy Friday! I thought I’d mix things up a bit this week and share a few of my favorite podcasts.

Listening to podcasts religiously is something I really only started doing within the last year. Of course, I hopped on the Serial bandwagon back in the day, but never really stuck around the Podcast App to find anything else to listen to. Sometime in 2017, I was having a slow day at work and found myself on Lo Bosworth’s YouTube channel randomly. In whatever video I was watching, she mentioned her podcast, and since Laguna Beach was one of my guilty pleasures back in the day, I decided to check it out—and have been hooked on podcasts ever since.

As such, I wanted to give you the run down of what I love to listen to today. I’m always on the hunt for new Podcasts, so if you have any favorites, please let me know! Have a great weekend. x Read more “My Favorite Podcasts”

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Life Lately

TGIT, am I right? This week has been a whirlwind—truthfully, I don’t think that I ever really recovered from my trip to New York or losing an hour of sleep this weekend, so I’ve been feeling a little under the weather and decided to give myself a pass on getting blog posts up on time. I’m in town this weekend though, so it should be business as usual around here next week.

It’s been about a month and a half since we last checked in on life lately, so I thought this would be a fun post to end the week with. Maybe it’s just me, but it felt like January was the slowest month ever, and ever since February 1, time seems to be flying. But let me just say, I really hope spring weather finds us again soon because I am really tired of all my winter clothes and having to get bundled up to go everywhere. I’m ready for cute sandals and spring clothes!


Travel is one of my biggest passions in life, and always has been—so thank you for letting me share my journeys here with you! When I was a teenager, I used to cut out pictures from travel magazines and pin the places I wanted to go on the bulletin board over my head. I’m so grateful that ten years later, I have the time and money to travel often and love making it a priority in my life.

I’ve recently recapped my trips to Wisp Ski Resort, The Greenbrier, and New York City. I don’t usually travel this often this early in the year, but it’s been fun to have some wintertime escapes on the calendar. And since my social life at home isn’t as busy during hibernation season, I don’t have as much FOMO as I do when I head out of town in the summer.

Saturday after next, I’m heading to New Orleans, Louisiana for the second time. I’m going with my best friend from middle school, her sister, and my sister, Jennifer. We’ve snagged reservations at Commander’s Palace, but other than that, haven’t added too much to our itinerary, which I am actually thrilled about. We’re there for five days, so there’s more than enough time to explore leisurely, enjoy some jazz music with a to-go cup, take a historical tour, and eat a lot of amazing cajun food. My trip there in August 2016 stands out in my mind as one of the best trips I’ve ever taken, so I’m excited to get back—in slightly cooler temperatures!

Later this spring, I’m heading to Clemson to visit my sister, Lindsey, and Charlottesville, to visit my friend Molly for a great weekend of Virginia wine tasting. I also am so excited for the trip I’m taking to Key West over Memorial Day Weekend! I’ve never been to the Keys, but based on everything I’ve heard, I feel like I will be right at home on island time. I really enjoy maximizing corporate holidays at work, and after a stellar trip to Miami last Memorial Day Weekend, I knew I wanted to take advantage of the Monday off work. If you have any favorite places to eat or drink, must-see sunset spots, or recommended excursions, please let me know! Read more “Life Lately”