Life Happens.

37e865be5b7c6eb24bd713c688d71ef6With new and exciting changes come…new and exciting changes. When I moved to Atlanta, I found myself reinvigorated. Was it the city? Was it the friends? The family? The traffic long thought-provoking drives? Who knows, maybe all of those things. But with all of that came an invigorating feeling to be doing things. And perhaps that also meant more living in that moment and less “documenting that moment” for this here blog. So, yep, you’ve probably seen my absence. I’ve been doing and seeing, and not documenting. I’ve hosted get-togethers, begun training for a half marathon, started a new job (!!), helped my little sister and parents in renovations and redecorations, said goodbye to loved ones, planted things, snuggled Colonel Mustard, cooked, hugged friends, missed other friends, and just continued to live my life. And for the most part, it hasn’t been online. So while I don’t plan to pull the plug here, I do plan to scale back and write when it feels important or feels like I need an outlet. Post’s like this perhaps, until I get inspired. The truth of the matter is, with all of those things listed above, I just let the blog take a backseat. I have been back “home” and there are lots of things happening here. Good things. Busy things. So yeah, I’ll be around, but it won’t be regular right now. Not while I’m learning a new job, and then doing that job, all while training for a half marathon, cooking dinners, walking the dog, and spending time with loved ones…Capiche? Capiche.

And for what it’s worth, I still excessively pin things on Pinterest (and yes, still color coordinate my boards) and occasionally tweet fun things, so keep following me in those places. :)

All About: Final Cut

Chances are, you also love Anthropologie. If you’re reading this blog and if you’re a girl,  you’d love to outfit yourself, your home, and your whole life in everything Anthropologie, #amiright? And occasionally for weddings, parties, or celebratory nights out, you pop into the store and get a couple new things. Or you see kitchen accessories that are too great to pass up. But the prices are high (at least for myself), and the stuff is so great, you usually leave wanting more.

final cutEnter FINAL CUT. omg. My friend Chris emailed a couple months ago about Final Cut and how we must make a lady-trip down there to shop, and it was fabulous. And crazy. And I bought tons of things. We all did.

So what is it? It’s a retailer that offers majorly discounted items from a wide array of retailers, but what we’re all looking for…is the Anthro stuff. And boy do they have it. I will say that like the J.Crew/Madewell Warehouse sale in Arden, NC (I wrote about here), you have to be prepared to sift through a lot of bad with the good. The mgr told us that they get merch. from target, urban outfitters, LOFT, etc., so just be ready to keep your eyes peeled for the good stuff. (Not that target isn’t good, I love Target, but I don’t generally drive 2 hours for target gear).

Here are some pics from their fb page, showing the types of things they have in addition to racks and racks of clothes. I didn’t get furniture because we have enough for the rental house we’re in, but they had tons of really good looking stuff. They had an amazing leather sofa that retails for around $5,000 for $1,800. Two of my girlfriends got furniture, a MCM coffee table for $45, and a MCM night table for $25. And it’s all great stuff.3 1 2Oh, the rugs. I def want to go back with David (I’m sure he’ll be thrilled) to check out rugs and furniture. They do have guy stuff also btw, mostly Urban Outfitters (same company as Anthro), and stuff like that.

So how were the clothing prices?

When we went, ALL tee’s and tanks were $5. So that was great.

Dresses/skirts/mostly everything else, were between $10-$25.

Shoes, around $10-$30.

Accessories, around $5-$10.

Housewares, $5-$25ish.

Books $5-$15.

It was amazing. They even had a ton of bedding, like good Mara Hoffman stuff. I lugged around this comforter for 2 hours before I realized it was $90 and I didn’t need a new comforter yet…but it was a total steal. (for the record, I liked the navy side the best).

So there ya have it. Load up all of your lady friends like we did, and go buy things on sale. I got a skirt, 2 dresses, 2 tops, and a jumper for around $90. Considering I got this dress and it is on SALE right now at anthro right now for $79.95, I’d say I did pretty well, since I got that, and 5 more things. So yeah, follow them on FB to check the hours and address info, and then hit the road and go there. Or maybe don’t…because I want all of the things. (#allofthethings quickly became the weekend slogan with the ladies…thanks Anna!)

 

 

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I do 3 things for breakfast typically. Greek yogurt with fruit and granola. Green protein smoothie. Dinner leftovers with an egg on it. And with the end of the summer vegetable bounty rolling in, I figured it was time to try something a little different, while using the last of what we’ve got. Enter zucchini. So good! On pizza, on the grill, on a skewer, in a casserole, covered with cheese, oh and…for breakfast…in a bread…with chocolate!chocolate chip zucchini bread

And along came Martha Stewart (always so helpful) to help me out with her healthier options for baked goods. I love baking, and haven’t done any in our new place yet. Until yesterday.I baked up a storm. Item one on the list, this breakfast bread I found in Martha Stewart Living, Zucchini Applesauce Chocolate Chip Loaf, or as I’ll call, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread, little sis and I agreed that Martha’s title was too long. Moving on, I love breakfasts that I can grab on the go, and this one is perfect for that. The recipe is here, and she made mini loaves which I may do next time. Great for gifts.IMG_1481

So, how good does this look? I’ll go ahead and spill the beans, it’s really tasty! Who doesn’t love chocolate in the am? #iDo (If chocolate was proposing to me…I’d totally say ‘I do’ btw, David wouldn’t mind). Things just got weird. End the post, Beano…end. the. post.

Bye. Oh, and make this bread. You won’t regret it!

(Like this? Check out other vegetarian baked goods over in the Recipes section!)