Monday, September 19, 2016

Currently in Bellaland

You know how they say lifestyle bloggers need to blog about life, but if you're not out there living your life then your blog might suffer. I like to think that's precisely what I've been doing; living my life. So I will not apologize that I neglected this space because it needed to happen, sorry not sorry.

That being said, as of last weekend, my hermit days are over. I stumbled on this event that was taking place just the next day so I bought my ticket and made my way to the Pinners' Conference Expo. I met so many people and even got myself two planners: a Happy Planner and a Fitness planner. You can guess which one I haven't touched yet and you may be right.

I got the Botanical Garden theme for my Happy Planner. They gave us free stickers too and that was nice. There was a lady there who signed our names on the cover, so mine isn't pictured but it looks legit. I also got some delicious body and hand lotions that I had to have. The ion Repair bottle was a freebie I got at Sally Beauty supply, so I threw it in there. Of course some washi tape and this one was coffee themed.

My look for the night. I was recently told I look like Demi Lovato, I don't see it except maybe the eyes.

I also went out during the week starting with the Dallas Blogger Meetup! It took me awhile to get ready since I barely got home around 5 and so I made it there around 8ish. By that time a lot of bloggers had already left, which shocked me because the event started at 7, or did it? At least we still get a list of everyone who attended so I'll have new blogs to follow.

I almost dressed casual, but I felt it best to dress up and end up overdressed than dressed down. It was so good to see Helene again and Sarah as well. I can't believe she already moved with her two suitcases to Germany. I think Germany will have to be on my list of places I want to go to.

My nails as of late. As you can see, I'm ready for fall.

Been watching Fixer Upper on Netflix and I am obsessed. I love watching Chip and Joanna Gaines, they are such a cute couple. I also love watching the before and after of each home they fixer upper. I'm even thinking of driving to Waco to visit her Magnolia store.

With every new iPhone that comes out, I get to get my hands on it because of my iPhone forever plan. So I ordered my iPhone 7 and it should be here in a few days. I am super excited! Anyone get it yet? If so what are your thoughts?

I did upgrade to the new iOS and I like it a lot. Mainly the texting options seem like a long time coming like the GIFS, the like a text option and scribble capability.

That's pretty much what I've been up to and don't ask me why I was gone for a week because believe me, I tried to blog but no inspo would take over as I had hoped. Matter fact, this post almost didn't happen but I slapped myself and gave myself a push to finally update.

What have y'all been up to?

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September Shenanigans

Hey y'all! I guess the 3 day weekend put me into a blogging coma I couldn't get out of. I would try to write something the past 3 days, but my brain was blank. I hated shutting off my computer feeling like I didn't accomplish what I wanted to do, but then again I wouldn't want to just blog, you know, force it because you know what they say about that.

I guess Mercury in retrograde is striking pretty hard because it's said to interfere with communication, your thinking process where you can be forgetful and so, the struggle is very real.

So let me digest it one bite at a time as to what my September Shenanigans have been lately.

For one, I am officially done with watching Season 2 of Narcos. I had no idea it was releasing this Labor Day weekend, so what a treat that was. The way it ended, it led me to believe Season 3 is coming and that's exciting. Have any of you watched it and if so, what are your thoughts?

After having rainy, cloudy days most of August, I finally washed my car at my new favorite car wash. I know that's not earth shattering, but there's something about getting your car washed that makes you feel like you got a new car. Am I the only one? Okay then.

My dad rescued a cat, her name is Sweetie. We officially have 2 cats and 1 dog in the house. I just be sure to keep my door shut because I don't want any kitty shenanigans happening. So my mom, dad and sister each have their own pet and I have none. That's okay, I think in a year or so I'll be ready to be a pet mama again.

Dating is atrocious. I have completely given up and the more guys I meet, the more hopeless I feel. No one out there has any kind of chemistry remotely close to what I had with The Marine and it makes me feel anxious. It's a puzzle that I don't have all the pieces connected, they're pretty much scattered. So I just keep it pushin' because guys are like bus stops, one comes every 15 minutes. #truestory

Took advantage of the Beyonce Birthday filters over the weekend. This one was my absolute favorite because duh, I woke up like this... FLAWLESS.

Been on a Christina Aguilera kick. It all started when this guy at work told me to sing for him so that his brother who owns a studio could hear my singing range. I still haven't picked out which Christina song I will sing, but "Understand" is a close one.

My schedule this month at work is more lax since I go in at 8am until 4:30. I'm glad I made it through a month of making it to work at 7:30am, but 8am makes me not feel like a zombie. Next month, my official hours will be 10am to 6:30pm. As of now, I get home around 5ish, try to watch TV and I usually pass out for a nap around 7. Then I wake up around 9. #nightowlstruggles

Looking forward to the Dallas Blogger Meetup Helene and Sarah are hosting next Monday. Any fellow Dallasites going? I can't wait to see everyone again!

What are your September Shenanigans?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Cheers To The Freakin' Weekend

I'll drink to that, yeah yeah.

First off, Happy September! I am so excited I get a 3 day weekend to relax, re-energize and just have good ol' fun. Yesterday I graduated from my training class so I'm officially hired at my new job. We had a small ceremony and it felt good to have passed all my quizzes and feeling ready to master this role.

Since I'm pretty spent from the hectic week, I thought I'd share my horoscope from today:

"You do need to be optimistic to bring a risky venture to a successful outcome. However, Scorpio, you can't also put on your rose-colored glasses. There is a big difference between realistic optimism and blind fantasizing. You can make a big, wild dream come true, even if it doesn't seem conventional. But you will have to be logical and realistic in your pursuit. You can start by learning all you can about potential flaws and pitfalls, and by understanding all your options. Then success is up to you. Just be prepared."

Alrighty then, I sure will. I always look at life with the glass half full. What about you guys?

On a side note, I started watching Quantico and I am obsessed. I can't get enough of detective type shows and this one is right up my alley. It's on Netflix in case you want to check it out. That Indian girl is gorgeous! I love her character and the sassiness she brings to the show.

Not only am I looking forward to fall for the weather, the clothes, the PSL everything but also fall TV shows coming back. What do you look forward to this fall?

Have a safe Labor Day weekend loves! As my trainer at work would say; Have a goodnight, be safe and make good decisions.

Over and out.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Goodbye August, You Wore Me Out

Is it just me or did August seem like a super long month? I wasn't going to blog today, but I figured why wouldn't I since today it's my 16th post for the month. Honestly, this is the most posts I've done the entire year and it all took place in August. Go figure.

Thinking back on it though, a lot happened. I started my new job and just now finishing up training this week. I met great people I work with and have gotten to know them well. I was able to make an impossible trip down to Galveston for a wedding weekend. Joined the dating app where I virtually met The Marine, since we never had a chance to meet in person. {Today makes exactly 30 days since I met him.}

But mainly I learned a lot about myself and what I will do to make myself happy and keep it that way. One thing I won't do is settle with excuses as to why someone can't make the time or effort to meet me in person. That in and of itself is absolutely ridiculous. This weekend I had a chance to breathe again and then suddenly on Monday afternoon The Marine texts me he misses me.

That stupid text was all it took to set me back a hundred steps. I made progress by not thinking about him as much and once I got that text, I was back to thinking of him constantly. Then by him not saying anything else, I almost felt as if it was a checklist he had and then poof! only to disappear again. When he called me yesterday, nothing he said made me feel better about the situation. I just felt completely alone and there's no getting through to this person. Things are just not the same anymore and I can't trust anything he says. So I'm gonna close this chapter once and for all.

The one good thing I learned is that I can still find someone I can have a connection with and I didn't think that could happen again. It does make me sad that this person isn't the one I thought I could get to know better, but it takes two. One person can't be wanting to meet halfway while the other just stands there like a dummy.

Now that September is about to start I cannot wait for fall with the cooler weather, fall activities one can get into and of course my 34th birthday in October as well as my cousin's wedding.

Got my nails done when I got back from my trip. You know I was mad I didn't even get a chance to handle that, but whatever.

Mercury is now in retrograde as of yesterday all the way through 9/22. So that being said, check out this site that gives you a good breakdown of what to avoid these next 3 weeks. One of the things it said to stay away from is travel. So I think that's a sign for me not to go to San Antonio looking for a guy who's probably got a secret wife life.

For now I'm gonna keep enjoying my nights in during the week where I take small naps and devour some wings with chili queso. Winning!

Happy humpday y'all! Stay blessed ♥︎♥︎♥︎

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wedding Weekend in Galveston

I'm back you guys! This weekend was much needed to get my mind back on track and at the same time celebrate a big life event in my friend's life. At first things weren't coming together and I had a freakout moment where I didn't think it would be possible for me to make the trip. I even had to say a prayer because Lord knows I needed to be there. No ifs ands or buts!

Because things weren't coming together right away and also the fact that I procrastinated the night before, I didn't leave at the ideal time. Does anyone ever though when going on a road-trip? I like to think you always leave later than the set goal, but I digress.

I couldn't leave Dallas without first finding my dress. That was my number one priority and not even being able to get my nails done really bugged me, but the dress is what matters because hardly anyone will notice nails. So I went to Ross and I found the dress I was looking for except they didn't have it in my size. Typical situation as Ross is first come first serve. Then I came across this beautiful wrap quarter sleeve v-neck, knee high dress with tropical leaf print with the most vibrant color palette known to man so I knew that was it. Then to put the icing on the cake, it was only $16.99. Yes, please.

Once that was done, I finally left around 12:30pm. I was also trying to figure out how to pay for the hotel because they were charging me the morning of my check-in and I was thinking it wasn't going to charge until check out time. So anyway, everything fell into place and I was on my way to Galveston.

I got to Galveston around 5pm and the wedding started at 6:30pm. I still had to wash my hair and that's what I get for procrastinating. So I missed the wedding ceremony and that was not a good thing, but I kept thinking it was a miracle I was even able to make it out here. Either way I was thankful and I made it to the reception.

The first five minutes I was there I didn't see anyone I recognized. Then suddenly I started seeing her cousins, aunts and her dad, which I know all of them. It was nice running into them and seeing their kids all grown up, which made me feel old because last time I saw them they were months old and now they were preteens.

That was the centerpiece at my table, wow! I sat at this table with other people and of course I had an empty seat next to me, which you guys know who that was meant for.

Anyway, I drank enough wine to help me relax and the food was pretty delicious. The entree was grilled chicken with cheese on top, mashed potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, artichoke, and asparagus. Then came in the wedding cake and it was really good.

I finally got a picture {selfie} with the beautiful bride Melissa! I still can't believe she got married and I couldn't help but be emotional when I told her what I wanted to say if I had gotten up to propose a toast. Believe it or not, her and I share the same birthday and I think that was a God wink. Every year we get to say happy birthday to each other and it's so special.

Also, not only have I known her for 13 years, but I met her when I went to Houston to audition for American Idol. Even though I didn't make it, I think the point of that trip was to meet her. If I hadn't been brave enough to give it a shot with my singing, I would have never met her. No matter what, I know that she'll always be in my life and I'm so thankful for that.

I didn't catch the bouquet like I had hoped, but the girl who sat next to me ended up catching it.

We danced the night away and shut the hotel bar down until 2am. Then made a trip to iHop next door and it rained on us a little so my hair got wet (oh well). I don't even remember what I ate, but I think I had eggs with french toast.

A tropical bird named Phydelis, resident of the San Luis Resort. I thought he was fake until he said hi to me.
Then after that we all said our goodbyes around 4am and I drove to the beach since it was all in the same area. I got my feet wet in the water and the little waves came to say hey girl. Galveston definitely didn't disappoint. Even though it's not like a spectacular beach, I can still appreciate it. It reminded me of a lake more than anything.

I loved the small palm trees and this beautiful flower that reminds me of Puerto Rico. I'm surprised I didn't wake up with a crazy hangover and I was smart enough to bring ibuprofen.

So I headed back to Dallas around 12:30pm and my heart was full and overjoyed for having made this trip. Now I'm itching to go out of town this 3 day weekend, but I'm not sure yet.

How was your weekend loves?