Another month, more obsessions, more quarantine and still social distancing over here. So my latest obsessions are exactly what summer’s are made of: Golf. Grilling. And Work Outs.
B and I have quickly turned golfing into a weekly routine. We’ve been going out early to get nine holes in before the work day. It’s also been necessary to go out early to beat the hot summer heat we’ve been blessed with. It’s become a fun hobby, that B is already so great at and loves that I’ve come to enjoy — I just haven’t always make it out in previous years! We’ve also made it another fun summer activity to do with my aunts, too! This has led me to wanting to upgrade my hand-me-down golf bag, however — golf bags aren’t cheap, especially the ones I want. *grins*
Grilling is our preferred dinner method of choice, especially in the summer! We’ve also been loving our MeatboxLocal ground beef delivery. We’ve been completely stocked for burgers all summer, and have also loved grilling up some bacon on the castiron skillet for bacon cheeseburgers — YUM! Grilling out over the summer, means spending more time and extending our nights into our outdoor living space on the patio. In addition to grilling a lot, we have also been trying to eat a lot better and low carb! B has been really good about it, so that has been keeping it in check — it’s definitely easier when you have a partner to keep you accountable.
The last latest obsession that has been also keeping us in check beyond eating better is getting up and working out! As I shared in my July Fitness Friday that we’ve had to pivot the workout routine because of the intense summer heat — although even the morning workouts with the humidity are still pretty sweaty which make the workouts feel a little more effective. I still want to get back into a bit of a running routine and take advantage of the cooler days so I can help accomplish my running goals for the year! It’s helped that B has been working out with me too, along with the aunts or getting a quick one in at our house.
Besides these latest summer obsessions — I’ve been trying to stay busy and distracted with some house projects, that I’ll be sharing soon, to avoid the reality that is still continuing of coronavirus. I thought maybe these summer months and nice weather would be a breeze to get through, but the mental health and anxiety has been a constant battle. I know I’m not the only one — but it’s important we continue to take care of ourselves and check in with each other, still. It’s easy to get wrapped up and just because things have continued to be the rollercoaster they have been since March doesn’t mean people are the same or it’s gotten easier.
Here’s to staying positive, healthy and happy!
One of my latest obsession has been Drive-Up pick-up at Target! I was always a fan of in store pick-up pre-coronavirus, but never felt worthy of Drive-Up. But that has definitely changed and I’m sure it will be a new favorite that stays once things go “back to normal.” I’ve been limiting my outings and in doing so, been doing a good job at not shopping for non-essential items, but there have been a few things I’ve recently splurged on from Target and a few other online gems, that I wanted to share!
Fruit Dinner Plate. The Opalhouse collection continues to release beauties at Target and has always been a favorite collection since they launched a few seasons ago. When I saw these bright and festive melamine dinner plates I had to have them – plus they gave me some subtle Cinco De Mayo vibes.
Embossed Floral Tumbler. With the weather warming up, outdoor dining is on my mind! Since I grabbed some new summer-inspired dinner plates from Opalhouse, I also decided to grab some cute, plastic and durable tumblers for entertaining outdoors – not to mention these are nice worry-free glasses to have around the house.
Shop My Recent Purchases: Fruit Dinner Plate | Embossed Floral Tumbler | Vintage Yahtzee | Gold Rim Champagne Flutes
Vintage Yahtzee. We’ve been dabbling in a bit more board games than normal, and one staple that we don’t own is Yahtzee! We always play it when we’re home visiting my parents, so I was shocked it took us 30 days into quarantine to figure out we needed to order it. Needless to say, it’s on the way and I love the vintage style of this version we bought.
Gold Rim Stemless Champagne Flutes. I’ve been in the market for some new champagne flutes, so I popped over to Pottery Barn to see what they had! I wanted something classic and usable, these gold rimmed stemless champagne flutes were the perfect addition, plus they are on sale!
The second best part of my Target Drive-Up orders, is I also treat myself to some Starbucks (and yes I’ve waited 30-minutes in the drive-thru for my Starbucks fix)! But my new routine is an early morning Target pick-up about every other week, that way the Starbucks waits aren’t too long and I’m back in time for my morning meetings! What have been your latest obsessions?
There’s no doubt that as the seasons change, we have to adapt a few of our essentials – from staying extra hydrated during the heat to doubling up on hand lotion as the days grow colder. We also switch up accessories, like our everyday handbag or stick with our classic pieces that work all year round. So here is a break down of a few of my latest daily fall essentials!
Can you say hello fashion backpacks? I recently transitioned my everyday handbag into a convenient, cute and styling backpack that is not only functional but easy to wear. I snagged mine at BJ’s Wholesale for $29.99 and it’s the perfect tan leather for fall, while also staying classic for other seasons. Here is a similar tan styled backpack from Target.
Glam Monogram & Mascara. These are two of my staples, no matter what the season. I love my oversized monogram letter ‘W’ (and sometimes I sport the ‘B’) for a classic statement piece while still being a bit understated. And once I have my mascara on, I’m ready to conquer the day! With these two finishing touches, I am ready for anything – even with the added stress.
Workout Gear & a Ball Cap. Since I’ve been back into my workout routine (slowly but surely!) I’ve come to get back into workout clothes as my essentials to help conquer my workouts. My go-to outfit is a strappy sports bra, flowy tank and capri workout tights. I’ve also been loving baseball caps, they’re perfect for after workout errands to cover up sweaty gross hair (or even after the spa!), keep the sun out on those afternoon or early morning runs and also are just super cute to dress down a casual look on the weekends.
Anti-Stress Fighters & Immune Health. I mentioned I’ve been a bit stressed out lately, which has caused a few unwanted breakouts – I’ve been using my cleanproof, deep-cleaning charcoal mask by Mary Kay for a little extra fight against those nasty pimples. Valerian Root is also my go-to at bedtime to help turnoff all those swirling thoughts that always seem to linger especially at night. And, I’ve shared my love for Echinacea before and I am definitely not a Doc, but I swear by it and take it daily.
So there you have it, these are my essentials as the transition from fall to summer starts, to keep that workout routine consistent, to help stay beautiful and feeling confident while also keeping up my immune and mental health! What are some of your essentials?
If you’re a frequent Bee reader – you might be noticing a pattern – the beginning of the year I start organizing and decluttering the house… and then I start scheming for upcoming house projects planning for when the weather finally breaks, and even a few while we’re stuck inside! So as I’ve been decluttering, I’ve started a list of projects that I’m looking forward to but also still looking for a bit more inspiration and direction!
Front Door Makeover. I shared my front door makeover wayyyy back on the blog and I love our blue front door, but a part of me wants to maybe explore another color? I’m just not sure since our tan house feels like it limits a few options – I was thinking maybe a deep pink? Or another shade of blue? Or a really stunning green? Or maybe back to it’s original wood? We shall see! But she is in need of a little love, or a fresh coat to say the least. More to come on this project!
Shear Statement Curtains. Yes, I’ve been on the hunt to replace curtains in our stairwell bay window. It’s great to have such big windows in an otherwise dark and narrow space, they’re the perfect spot for our plants – and I like keeping them fairly open without blinds, while still giving us a little privacy with the pattern on them. They’re a bit loved and just need a refresh – but I want to find a 2-pack and enough distraction for the shear. I love the idea of these Ruffle Diamond Curtain Set from Target – but keeping an eye out for a better sale since I’ll need 4-panels!
Front Coat Closet. After updating our kitchen pantry and then our upstairs hall closet (above) with a fresh coat of paint, fun contact paper and matching baskets for better organization – I start thinking about our throw-all front coat closet. Although it’s fairly functional, which I thought our kitchen pantry/hall closer both where, I think it could be improved more with better shelving and some purging! So I’m looking forward to giving the inside a fresh coat of paint, building some custom shelving and fully utilizing the space! We’ve been working through some other projects like our bathroom remodel, which was moving quickly but now we’re just waiting to gear back up on it for finishing touches – which I use very lightly! In between, I’ve been decluttering and better organizing these commonly used spaces around the house. Beyond planning for house projects, we’re starting to plan for trips this year – it’s always important for us to get away, recharge, explore new places and eat some good food!
What’re you plans for the year?
It’s December! I think I’m almost done decorating our house… just a few final finishing touches and we’re in full on Christmas. With the decorating nearly behind me there is all the other holiday fun to get ready for and obsess about! So here are my final latest obsessions for the 2018 year.
Adding a Little Sparkle. From sequin sleeves to glittery heels, I always love a little sparkle especially at this time of the year. I’ve had my eyes on these taupe block heels from Old Navy since I spotted them and love the subtle touch of the heel, which is perfect for a holiday party or four. I’ll have more holiday fashion inspiration up next week!
All the Greenery Wreaths. Yup! I’ve obsessing over just plain old, classic green wreaths – but the fun part comes with the styling and finding different ways to hang them a little less traditionally. Like hanging them in our dining room, as an accessory on the back side of the door facing into the living room – and even our main door having a large wreath hang a bit lower on the door than normal. Styling simple pieces, with fun pops of ribbon in different styles or places can had a designer touch.
Pottery Barn’s Plaid Alphabet Mug. I know it’s the season of buying for other people, but sometimes it’s hard not to shop for yourself! I absolutely love these plaid alphabet mugs from PB – they’re classic and festive. B and I first spotted them when we were window shopping in Palm Desert – and said we’d order them online!
Christmas Jammy’s. This year we’ll be having a quiet Christmas with my family, so I had a fun idea of couple-christmas themed pajamas, just to have a little fun! I found these super cute and funny Elf Sweatshirts on Amazon and was inspired – and the rest of the family was game too. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.
As I hinted – I’ve definitely been obsessing a bit over all the holiday fashion trends (like always!) so I’ll be sharing a few of my holiday fashion obsessions on the blog next week!
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Besides being obsessed with fall and the month of October – because let’s face it, it’s one of the best months for the welcoming cool sweatshirt weather, luscious orange and white pumpkins, warm coffee, big sweaters, blue jeans and booties!
Buffalo Plaid. I’d like to personally thank Marshall’s for this obsession, with some recent birthday present shopping – I’ve noticed that winter gear is in full force (and won’t last long.) So I’ve been stocking up on a few pieces as I stop in, although these have all happen to be buffalo plaid! Not only does it work for fall, but it’s the perfect transition into the holiday season.
Mustard Accents. This turned into a little obsession when I started planning and designing out the finishing touches for our Basement Makeover. It started with looking for the perfect accent mustard colored blanket, but is slowly turning into clothes and other statement pieces. There is something about it, that again feels like fall – but also from a decor perspective pulls in a modern vibe that I just love!
Layered Doormats. I love this look and am in search of a larger, colorful mat to layer under a few of our funner/useful mats. This look is great for adding in a seasonal flair, a pop of color or just a grand statement to welcome guests. This post from Chris loves Julia has a great key to help you decide how to layer your doormats by mixing in some patterns for a strong base.
Everything Fall. Did I already mention this? But seriously, after this past weekend that seemed like a fall dream, I have been primping the house and our front porch with mums, pumpkins and gourds. I love creating our own little fall paradise and making a statement for those who pass by and those who come up and visit! This year I purchased pink pumpkins – yup, I think it might be my new thing.
What have you been obsessing over lately? Leave a comment below, I want to know!
This past weekend started with a bang on Friday night at Cleveland Magazine’s annual Best of Cleveland Party! This year the event was hosted at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame which is a kickass venue for a party. The #BestofCLE features the hottest spots around the city, nominated by the people, live music, tasty treats, on top of being able to walk around and explore the Rock Hall exhibits.
I ate all the sweets I could at the event, including cookies from Little Shop of Cookies, doughnuts from The Vegan Doughnut Company (YUM!), Jack Frost Donuts and macarons and sugar cookies from Luna Bakery & Cafe! Everything was so delicious. Beyond all the sweets, they had an array of sushi, sliders, pizza and popcorn from all of Cleveland’s favorite spots. The night ended with DJ EV remixing a bunch of new and old songs getting everyone dancing, one big party.
We’ve been able to attend this party for the last seven years and it’s become a tradition with B and dear friends. This is where we’ve first met people who have turned into dear friends and nights we’ve fallen more and more in love with our city. If you’ve never been, its one of the best parties to attend in the city and you’ll get a taste of the entire city!
#ICYMI: Catch up on past #BestofCLE’s: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
It seems like every time I check the calendar it’s the last week of another month! Where did the month of September go!? I hope you enjoy this month’s latest obsession; spoiler they’re fall focused – because as much as I still love soaking up all this warm sun, I love all the fall feels.
Booties: I think booties are the perfect transitional shoe for cool summer nights into fall days. Not to mention booties are still the perfect accessory to cute dresses into the winter and spring seasons. I need all the booties!
Cozy Fall Mornings: There is nothing I love more than sitting and enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee, especially when it’s on the weekend and the sun is shining bright with a nice cool breeze. It’s the perfect way to start the weekend and get ready for the day!
Sweatshirt Dress: I had featured a dress in a recent blog post highlighting Cabi’s Fall/Winter collection and I’m still dreaming over the Flashdance Dress! I’ve been trying to find a similar one that is a little more affordable, but no luck yet. The shape of the Flashdance dress is so flattering and the fabric used for the Cabi dress is like wearing the softest blanket around your body!
Our Wedding! Okay, this one isn’t so fall related – but we’re less than 2-months from our wedding day. EEEK! Like everyone else who has ever gotten married, I am just ready for the actual day. It’ll be bitter sweet.
What are you favorite things about fall?
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This months latest obsessions are a bit all over the place, so bare with me!
Table Runners: OBSESSED. And the reason I love these so much is because they’re affordable ways to decorate and dress your dining room, or a hutch in the kitchen! Especially if you shop at a Home Good or Marshall’s they’re always switching these out seasonally, so your collection can keep growing. #guilty
Gaga: All over the place… I told you! After seeing Gaga in concert, I still can’t help but crank up her music, belt out some lyrics and bust a move. Her latest single, The Cure is also a latest obsession. Not to mention her upcoming documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two on Netflix looks intense!
House Projects: Since we’ve put a lot of things on hold since our big patio make-over earlier in the summer, and with another big event coming quickly *cough wedding cough* we’ve been behaving ourselves and holding off on a few things! But it’s just about that time when we’re just looking for something to work on. I’m itching for some landscaping, ready for that new kitchen, and maybe an office make-over?
Trips in 2018: Beyond seeing 2018 in writing (yikes!) – I’m super pumped for a number of vacations and trips that are being talked about/planned, it’s going to be another busy year of travel. ❤ I am jonesing to add more miles and a few new spots to my list of visited places!
What’ve you been obsessing over lately? Tweet me @mmariebee or leave a comment below!
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