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i arrived on train and walked about a mile down the most narrow, most gorgeous side streets (if you can even call them streets) to my airbnb. i have never seen streets that tiny-- they were essentially sidewalk-width, and surrounded by very tall, very colorful flats & shops on either side. it didn't feel crowded as one might think. it felt natural.
I've worked up a bit of a routine with starting work again. I have the mornings free and then work from early afternoon until 9 pm. This has worked out nicely for me- I was worried that I'd be getting tired around 7 or 8 after long mornings of sightseeing, exploring, etc., but it's actually been pretty perfect.
oh wow, where to begin! this is my third official day in spain, but if i didn't have a calendar to tell me that, i'd have a hard time telling you how long i've been here. it's been a bit of a culture shock & a mix of emotions since landing in madrid, but i'm just now beginning to feel settled.
my brother & i recently went on a little photo adventure on the blue ridge parkway. it was *freezing* but such a fun experience. his nature photography is absolutely stunning, but it was fun to see what he could create with portraits, too. here are a few of my favorites from our afternoon together- check them out & let me know what you think!
I flew super early the morning I arrived, so I knew that I would want to wear the socially-acceptable equivalent of pajamas. I recently discovered the Ansley Cargo Pant from North Face not too long ago, and now they're my go-to for any 'secretly slummin' it' outfit. Paired with a cropped hoodie & some nikes, I felt fully armored to pass out on the plane in style.
every now and then i like to feature a brand or business on my site that just really sits well with my soul. i've been following james michelle on instagram for a while now, and i've really become attached to her brand & way of life.
Scenes of my insanely gorgeous hotel stay at the 21c Museum Hotel. (And a museum, indeed!) Click read more for proof.
I suppose it's time I told the internet world of my upcoming plans for 2017. After a year and a half of living in my hometown after graduation, I'll be living in Spain for the next couple of months and then move back to Fredericksburg in May. (Reclaim Hosting is currently renovating a new office, so that will become home base.)
this past week i went to portland for a work conference. since i work from home most days, i have to admit that it was wonderfully refreshing to get out of town for a bit.
i'm not sure if i'm late to the game or what, but i just recently started adding peanut butter to my oatmeal. huge game changer. i've always been a fan of oatmeal, and it was a staple when i was in college, but it definitely can get old after a while. switching up the toppings is the easiest & quickest way to add a little pizazz & keep things fresh.
there's a place on afton mountain called king's gourmet popcorn. it's become a bit of a novelty locals, and they make it known why. their kettle corn is so. good. puhleasee go get some if you get the chance. (psst.. you can mix flavors!)
I went back to Fredericksburg the other day for a lunch meeting and had to make a pit stop at the new Sugar Shack in town. All I have to say: thank goodness this place wasn't around when I was in school-- I would have had zero self control.
i've been eyeing a couple things as of late... click 'read more' to check out my february wishlist.
The colder weather + holiday travel combination always make me keenly aware of how I'm taking care of my body. I do my best to avoid the germs, dry skin & chapped lips by taking these 6 products with me everywhere I go.
My job is entirely online. The office where I work is the one that I've created for myself. My attire generally consists of pajamas, work out clothes, or whatever else looks 100% #cozy&comfortable in the moment. There are obvious benefits to a work-from-home job, but it can also be a slippery slope. If you're not aware of your lifestyle choices and day-to-day routine, you can very easily find yourself in an unhealthy rut.