Sunday, January 26, 2020

30

I will be turning 30 tomorrow and today I'm reflecting back on the milestones of the last decade. My twenties were incredible. I learned so much, grew as a person, married the love of my life and brought my baby boy into the world.

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At 20 years old, I was a sophomore at Florida State, living in my first apartment. I met Greg two months before my 20th birthday, and we've been together for a third of my life! He's been there through a lot of my personal growth, from a sorority girl in college to a mom now. 



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Obviously the biggest event at 21, is turning 21! I was a junior at FSU, majoring in Retail Merchandising and Product Development, with a minor in Business. Thinking back I can't imagine a better degree for my current career. I also started my blog in 2011, and have written over 500 posts since. Greg and I went to the Keys together for the first time.




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This was a huge year for me - I interned in LA at BCBG for 8 weeks, and interviewed for a job before returning to FL. I came back to FSU and graduated cum laude. 5 days later, I landed my dream job as an Assistant Buyer at BCBG! I moved across the country immediately to embark on a new adventure after an extremely bittersweet goodbye with Greg. I did not know anyone in LA when I moved, which was incredibly scary but my dreams were much bigger than my fears. I lived alone for the first 6 months which helped me gain a much-needed independence.



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After an entire year of long-distance, Greg moved to California! Our first year living together was great and we adopted our shelter cat, Zoey. We quickly outgrew my tiny studio apartment in Silver Lake, and moved to a townhouse in Hermosa Beach. We went back to the Keys for lobster season.



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I was promoted to Associate Buyer at BCBG. We lived the California lifestyle to the fullest and loved spending quality time together as a couple. One of the best Keys trips happened this year!



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Traveled to Big Bear, San Francisco & Seattle, Palm Springs, and another Keys trip! After 3.5 years in LA, we decided to move back home to Florida to settle down, get married and start a family closer to our own families.



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I started working at Ron Jon Surf Shop as an Assistant Buyer, and was promoted to Associate Buyer after 6 months. Greg proposed at the top of Jay Peak while vacationing in Vermont. Still one of the best moments of my life!



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Celebrated my golden birthday, bachelorette party with my three best friends, and married my love in a very special place for us - Key West! We moved to a beachside bungalow shortly after our honeymoon.



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I was pregnant for the majority of 28 and gave birth to Jack on December 4th. I was promoted to Accessory Buyer.



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Mom life in full-swing! Greg and I bought our first home! And took on another challenge at work, taking over the Women's Apparel category, in addition to Accessories.



I am really proud of the place I'm in currently. My Type A and planner mentality kept me on course for where I wanted to be at this point in my life. Hard work, big risks and a little bit of luck. None of these amazing things would have been possible without the support and guidance of my parents and my husband. I am so excited about the next chapter, entering my 30's and becoming the woman, wife and mother I want to be.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Looking Back at 2019


2019 was the year of Jack. Life flipped upside down in the best way possible the moment we became a family of three. So much growth, change, milestones, sleepless nights, googling, giggles and joy. Motherhood is the hardest and most rewarding thing I've ever done, and the first year was nothing short of amazing.

Greg and I bought a house in October, and we've spent the last couple months settling in. Having a blank slate to decorate is my favorite thing. It feels so good to have a home for our family to create memories, host for holidays and parties, and be in a great neighborhood for Jack to grow up.

I had another career advancement within my company - taking over the women's apparel department, in addition to accessories. I've been loving the new challenge, and designing clothes has been such a fun & creative aspect of my job. 

Looking forward to 2020 - new experiences with our little guy, making our house a home, and turning 30. Cheers to the New Year! Wishing you a safe & happy holiday!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Wild One - Jack's First Birthday Party



This past weekend, family and friends joined us to celebrate Jack's First Birthday! We threw a "Wild One" themed party based on mine and Greg's favorite children's book, "Where The Wild Things Are," complete with banners, balloons and even Max's wolf suit for Jack to wear. He hated the crown but loved the fluffy tail!

The day was filled with so much fun and laughter, and lots of food. Jack's cake smash was the highlight - this boy could not get enough! His outfit is now green tie-dye, and the high chair (which was my grandmother's) had to be hosed down post-cake! Icing was everywhere! Big thank you to everyone that came and spoiled our little boy!





Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dear Jack


Jack Oliver, you are the light of my life. The past 365 days since you entered the world have brought me more joy than I ever imagined. Watching you grow and learn has been the greatest gift, and seeing your personality blossom is so fun.You are curious & goofy, so snuggling, persistent as hell and the perfect mix of me and Dada. 

I never want to forget the sound of your giggles and squeals, the pitter patter of your hands when you crawl on the wood floors, and the way you say "Mama." I never want to forget how small you were in my arms the first moment I held you, and the feeling of you sinking into me when you fall asleep on my chest. I never want to forget your slobbery open-mouth kisses and your cute wave goodbye. I never want to forget your blonde fluffy hair that sticks straight up, your chunky cheeks and thigh rolls. I never want to forget the way your face lights up when your eyes find mine across the room.

To think a entire year has gone by since meeting you for the first time evokes so many emotions. I'm  proud of your Dad and I for not only surviving the first year of parenting but for raising a sweet, strong and spirited little man. I'm sad that time is so fleeting. When we're playing and laughing so hard that you lose your balance and tip over, I try to soak in every second of it. And in the dark hours of the night when I'm rocking you back to sleep for the third time, I am reminded that this too shall pass. 

You are officially one year old and entering the toddler stage, but you will always be my baby. You are my whole world and I feel so lucky to be your Mommy.







 




Thursday, November 14, 2019

HOMEOWNERS


It's been a bit quiet around here - in between mom life, picking up a new department at work and traveling for two destination weddings, Greg and I bought a house!

We are so excited to raise our family in our dream home, in the town where we both grew up. We moved in last month and have slowly been getting settled, unpacking and decorating. Jack, and our cat Zoey, are loving the larger space to play and get into mischief. We plan to get Jack in swim lessons soon so we can utilize the pool next summer. Looking forward to making our house a home, and creating memories with our family and friends for years to come.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Currently Obsessed


In the hot summer months, I tend to scale down my daily makeup routine. One swap I always do when it becomes humid out, is switch my foundation to a tinted moisturizer. After some trial and error, I finally found the perfect product that checked all the boxes I was looking for: lightweight, strong SPF, and good coverage. I have acne scars from my teenage years, so I prefer full coverage. IT Cosmetics CC Cream with SPF 50+ is so amazing - I think it's going to permanently replace my foundation. It smells amazing, evens my skin tone, stays all day, and after a month of consistent use, I feel like it is actually clearing my complexion so I feel more confident even when I'm makeup-free.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

New Hair, New Me


I recently cut my hair into a blonde shoulder-grazing bob and feel like a new person. A few months after Jack was born, I chopped my long locks into a lob and went back for a few more inches last week. I love the simplicity of styling, whether adding a little wave or keeping it straight and slightly messy. The best part: I can go 3-4 days without shampooing vs. the every other day washing that was necessary when my hair was longer. The shorter style produces less oil, is easier to keep out of my way (and Jack's!) and totally transformed my overall look. Huge thanks to my bestie Emilee (Studio Platinum) for the fresh mommy-makeover!