What I'm Loving this Month // July

by Lavender Elizabeth, July 30, 2018
July has been so hot! The humidity in Illinois decided to show itself this month, making it both hot and muggy. It's definitely not something I'm loving this month.

I am, however, loving some other things this July.

My most favorite thing. I love July because there's always a chance I'll get to see fireworks. This year, I was able to see the Arthur Fireworks and let me tell you, they were incredible!

My Job
I am loving my job right now. I've officially closed six roles and am slowly taking on more responsibility. I'm really finding my groove at work and loving it.

My Parents & Pups
I'm really trying to savor this last month of living at home. I've been spending more time with my parents and snuggling my pups a little extra.

Soft Workout Tanks
I have some extremely comfy tanks from Target that I've been living in. I workout in them, but also love relaxing in the softness.

This month, I remembered just how much I love this game. It's relaxing and requires just as much strategy as it does luck.

Tell me: what are you loving this month?

Moving Series // Why I Chose Chicago

in , by Lavender Elizabeth, July 26, 2018

In three weeks, I'm making the move from the suburbs to the city! When I accepted my job offer back in March, I also made the decision to move. I knew that as soon as I had a full time offer, I would move back out of my parents' house, I just wasn't sure where. After much consideration, I decided on Chicago.

Recipe // Raspberry Lemonade Margarita

in , by Lavender Elizabeth, July 24, 2018
Happy National Tequila Day! In honor of the day, I decided to create the most traditional tequila drink - the margarita. I wanted to put a sweet twist on it, so included two of my favorite things: raspberries and lemonade.

Get to Know the Blogger

in , by Lavender Elizabeth, July 20, 2018
Happy Introduction Friday! There have been a lot of new readers these past couple months, so I thought it'd be fun to re-introduce myself. I've always loved the Cosmo quizzes that the magazine does for its cover stars, so that's exactly what I'm doing today!

Weekend Recap // Kristina's Bachelorette Party

in , by Lavender Elizabeth, July 16, 2018
Last weekend, I traveled to Portland to celebrate one of my best friend's bachelorette parties. I met Kristina in our global studies class our freshmen year of high school. I remember my birthday sophomore year - Kristina wrote me a card and called me her best friend. I was so relieved she said it first. ;) Since high school, we continued to stay close and build our friendship. She went to university in Oregon, where she met her now fiancé. I remember her telling me about him over Christmas break and the incredible date they had. Right then, I knew he was a keeper.

Currently // June to July

by Lavender Elizabeth, July 15, 2018

I think I was busy every weekend throughout the month of June. I started out the month in Cancun with childhood friends and ended it with a three-day country festival in Chicago. In between there I went to the lake, celebrated my one-year work anniversary, and spent time with my dad for Father's Day. It was hectic, but oh so wonderful!

  1. What I Loved Last Month // May A review of everything I loved in May
  2. Currently // May to June A recap of last month and a look at the one to come
  3. Weekend Recap // Memorial Day A rundown of our eight year tradition
  4. Trip Recap // Cancun Palm trees, sunshine, and a killer sunburn
  5. Fun Activities to do with Dad this Father's Day Activities to do with dad
  6. Our Weekend at the Lake All the fun we had at our weekend away on the lake
  7. Weekend Recap // Country LakeShake Three days of country concert fun
  8. What I'm Loving this Month // June A review of everything I loved in June

June 30-July 1: move out of my Urbana apartment
July 4: celebrate the Fourth with friends
July 5-9: celebrate Kristina's Bachelorette Party in Portland
July 9-11: head to headquarters for Diageo's Induction
July 14: go to Chicago to tour my new home
July 21: move a friend into his new apartment
July 28: celebrate a friend's birthday in the city

Along with the above, I have a couple of items on my to-do list:
  1. Get back in the routine of reading a devotional before going to sleep.
  2. Start packing up my things to move to Chicago.
Have a wonderful July!

Summer Fashion // Bathing Suit Favorites

in , by Lavender Elizabeth, July 05, 2018
Bathing suits have stepped their game up this season! Different necklines have emerged, like the off-the-shoulder look - a personal favorite. It gives a little more coverage, while still having that bikini-vibe. The other style that's rocking my world is the one-piece comeback. There's something sexy and underrated about a one-piece. In honor of National Bikini Day, I'm sharing all of my favorite necklines and patterns this season. 

Recipe // Red, White, and Berry Sangria

in , , by Lavender Elizabeth, July 03, 2018
Last year for the Fourth of July, I made berry sangria popsicles. Let me tell you - they were delicious! This year, I'm making the real deal - a very tasty red, white, and berry sangria. Some friends are coming over for a BBQ and I can't wait to serve this for a refreshing pre-fireworks drink.