Thursday, May 7, 2020

Month in Photos - April

April was a strange month. Chicago has been in a "shelter in place" order since the middle of March, so staying home has been the top priority. Thankfully, my parents only live an hour from me, so I've been able to split my time between my apartment and their house. Living alone during this has been somewhat lonely, so I've loved spending the off-weeks with my parents and pups. Over the course of the month, I've been spending time with friends (virtually), coloring my Johanna Basford's books, and trying to enjoy this season of stillness. Take a peak into my month-from-home below.

Catching up on Lavender Elizabeth's April

My Month in Photos

APRIL 1: A VERY FOGGY SUNSET

APRIL 2: POST-WORK VIEWING OF THE GOOD WIFE

APRIL 3: BREAKFAST FOR DINNER

APRIL 4: COLLEGE BEST FRIENDS DO ZOOM

APRIL 5: CHURCH FROM HOME

APRIL 5: CHILDHOOD BEST FRIENDS DO ZOOM

APRIL 6: CHICAGO GIRLS DO ZOOM

APRIL 7: BIBLE STUDY FROM MY BALCONY

APRIL 8: MY FAMILY DOES ZOOM

APRIL 9: YOGURT + BLUEBERRIES + GRANOLA = MY NEW FAVORITE BREAKFAST

APRIL 11: FRASIER & COLORING

APRIL 12: VIRTUAL EASTER SERVICE AT MY PARENTS' HOUSE

APRIL 13: A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET OVER THE GOLF COURSE

APRIL 14: WHY YES, THAT IS SNOW FALLING

APRIL 15: A MORNING DUSTING OF SNOW

APRIL 16: KINCHIE IS THE BEST MEETING BUDDY

APRIL 16: WHINNIE'S NOT SO BAD EITHER

APRIL 17: THREE INCHES OF SNOW IN THE MIDDLE OF APRIL

APRIL 18: FIRST TIME PUTTING ON JEANS IN WEEKS

APRIL 19: TEA CAN GET ME THROUGH ANYTHING

APRIL 20: WENT ON A HUNT FOR AN OPEN STARBUCKS AND ENDED UP WATCHING THE SUNSET IN INDIANA

APRIL 22: HOME SWEET HOME VIEW

APRIL 23: STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUGS TO DATE (#AGGIEFORLIFE)

APRIL 24: COMPLIANCE TRAINING-FROM-HOME

APRIL 25: GAME NIGHT WITH THE FRAM

APRIL 26: A DRIVE AROUND IN THE PORSCHE WITH MY DAD

APRIL 26: LUNCH ON THE DECK WITH THE PUPS AND PARENTS

APRIL 27: MY FIRST TIME HAVING CULVER'S

APRIL 28: KINCHIE THE CO-WORKER, PART 2

APRIL 29: NEVER HAS A PUP BEEN MORE COMFORTABLE

APRIL 30: ANOTHER QUICK DRIVE FOR STARBUCKS

Here's to another month of staying at home and keeping safe.

Monday, April 27, 2020

My Stay Home Essentials

We are in a very strange time in the world right now. Illinois has officially extended the "Shelter-in-Place" order until the end of May. It's hard to believe that we've already been home for six weeks and have a minimum of five to go. Over the past month, I've been working to keep myself busy, as well as take care of my mind and body. To help you over the next few weeks, I thought I'd share the items that have been key to my well-being through all of this. From my favorite sweats to the best tea, all my essentials are below.

*Not listed below, my INCREDIBLE couch that I've never been quite so thankful for.

My Stay Home Essentials

LOU & GREY SWEATS
I have basically been living in my Lou & Grey Signature Softblend Sweatpants. They are seriously the softest pants I have ever worn. Bonus - they're currently on sale for 50% off! I may or may not have bought two more pairs...

HULU + NETFLIX
I've recently been watching more Hulu than Netflix. My Netflix staples are New Girl and Criminal Minds, but I wanted something new. Enter The Good Wife. I absolutely love it! I'm so sad that I only have two seasons left. Other Hulu favorites include Blue Bloods and Frasier.

BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES
Possibly the most useful thing I'm wearing are my blue light blocking glasses. The amount of time I've been spending staring at a screen, whether my laptop, phone, or tv, I needed something to help my eyes. Mine came from Amazon and some of my friends love their Zenni Blokz.

MOISTURIZER
Being cooped up at home is so drying for my skin! Every night, I'm applying Lubriderm Lotion on my body and Simple Moisturizer on my face. Game changers!

DEVOTIONAL
I'm trying to use this time to grow in my relationship with God. Between online church services and a weekly virtual bible study, my faith has definitely been encouraged. Next on my list is starting the Wholeheartedly Devoted devotional, which was recommended to me by a fellow bible study buddy.

ARTS & CRAFTS
I have been coloring like a fiend. I'm almost finished with the Coffee Animals coloring book, then will continue with my Johanna Basford books. The other artsy outlet I'm doing is calligraphy. A couple Christmases ago, I received the Hand Lettering 101 & 201 to practice, which I've been working my way through daily. I've also been completing a Loveleigh Loops course my sister gifted me, which has been so fun.

YETI WATER BOTTLE
A wonderful gift! I only enjoy drinking water when it's ice cold. Thank goodness the Yeti Rambler keeps it cold for hours - I'm actually drinking water!

KETTLE
When I'm not drinking water, I'm most likely drinking tea. I grew up having tea before bed and have continued that into my adulthood. The kind my entire family drinks is Tetley English Breakfast. Personally, I have mine with milk and sugar.

BEAUTY PICK-ME-UPS
Typically, I get my nails done every two weeks. It's my one beauty vice and I've been missing it so much these past few weeks. To help return my nails to a healthier state, I've been using Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails as a base coat, which is helping them get stronger. The other self-care activity I've been enjoying are face masks. Target has Que Bella ones for $2, so I've been stocking up. So far, I've used "Pore Minimizing," "Revitalizing," and "Cooling."

CANDLES
This has been the perfect time to develop my love for candles. I'll light one for about an hour, which is all I need to have my apartment smelling wonderful. Current faves are Vanilla Bean and 'Tis the Season (despite not being seasonally appropriate). 

MAINSTAYS SHEETS
These sheets are the best. They're super inexpensive and so soft! Each member of my family has slowly started buying them and all rave. They've made getting a good night sleep that much easier.

WINE
With all the Zoom happy hours going on with my friends, wine is a must. I'm a wimp when it comes to wine, so despite being 28, I still drink moscato. My favorite brand is Seven Daughters.

WORK OUTS
For the first month of the stay home order, I didn't work out at all. Finally, I decided I had to get active. The last couple weeks I've been alternating between the Sweat app and Blogilates. I thoroughly enjoy both, it just depends if I'm in more of a HIIT or pilates mood.

SPORTS BRAS
What's sweat pant heaven without ditching the bra and going straight for comfort? I have an immense collection of sports bras, but my favorite is definitely the Power Printed Open Back by CALIA (Carrie Underwood's line). It's not only comfortable, but super cute.

Shop my Essentials Below!

Tell me: What are your essentials?

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Month in Photos - March

Last month started and ended very differently. Up until March 20, life was going on as normal - I went out with friends and worked in the office. Then the governor announced a "stay at home" ordinance and all of that stopped. For me, I had started that regimen March 12, as I ended up coming down with strep throat, a sinus affection, and a low-grade flu, all in one week. When I recovered, I didn't think I'd be finishing out the month cooped up in my apartment. Take a look below to see how I slowly adapted to sheltering in place.

Catching up on Lavender Elizabeth's March

My Month in Photos

MARCH 1: COFFEE DATE WITH THE GIRLS AT LA COLOMBE

MARCH 2: WORKING LATE WITH HELP FROM SMOOTHIE KING

MARCH 3: LATE NIGHT VIEWS FROM THE OFFICE

MARCH 4: WAITING FOR THE SUBWAY

MARCH 5: A BEAUTIFUL EVENING FROM MY BALCONY

MARCH 6: CELEBRATING MY MOM'S BIRTHDAY WITH NOTHING BUNDT CAKE

MARCH 7: A NIGHT OUT WITH THE GIRLS

 MARCH 9: A LITTLE HOT CHOCOLATE + THE RESIDENT

MARCH 10: A BEAUTIFUL VIEW FROM MY APARTMENT

MARCH 11: STILL IN LOVE WITH MY RUG FROM WAYFAIR

MARCH 12: BACK TO THE DOCTOR I GO

MARCH 13: STREP THROAT CALLS FOR POPSICLE LUNCHES

MARCH 14: THE CUTEST SICK BUDDY

MARCH 15: CATCHING UP ON AMERICAN IDOL WITH MY MOM (& PREPPING THIS BLOG POST)

MARCH 16: KINCHIE ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE

MARCH 17: "SICK TEA" FROM STARBUCKS

MARCH 18: RE-WATCHING HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

MARCH 19: A VERY FOGGY MORNING

MARCH 20: ILLINOIS OFFICIALLY ISSUED TO "STAY AT HOME"

MARCH 21: DAY ONE OF QUARANTINE = A PUZZLE

MARCH 22: VIRTUAL CHURCH SERVICE

MARCH 22: SNOWING IN MARCH

 MARCH 23: WORK-FROM-HOME VIEWS

MARCH 24: ENDING THE DAY WITH HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

MARCH 25: VIRTUAL YOGA CLASS WITH WORK

MARCH 26: MATCHING MUG + MASK

MARCH 28: VISITING MY MOM AND PUPS

MARCH 29: CITY VIEWS ON THE WAY HOME

MARCH 30: HAPPY HOUR WITH THE FRAM

April's "Month in Photos" is going to look a little different, but that's okay. Staying home is the safest option right now, so I'm trying to embrace the solitude.

Stay safe all!