Weekending Link-Up!!

August 31, 2014

Happy Monday and Labor Day for all of you!! I'm continuing my three-day weekend and will be back tomorrow with a re-cap!! Feel free to link-up today or tomorrow!! Have a great Monday!

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Weekly Round-Up!!

August 29, 2014
It's here again, the weekend that is and not just any weekend but it's a three day weekend!! It's been a really fun week with two blogger events and I'm hoping to carry that momentum into the weekend!! You can also find me on Shelby's blog today! Linking up with Amanda to share my favorites from the week! 

Favorite Song
Black Widow by Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora is literally on repeat! I've had this song on a loop for the majority of the week and am not sick of it yet!! 

Favorite New Workout
I signed up for Bar Method this week for an unlimited 6 week trial. I can't even begin to tell you how sore I am today and that makes me so happy!! It's very similar to Pure Barre, but the biggest difference I've found is the class schedule! They offer a class every half hour, which really works for my schedule, instead of trying to make it to the one class every hour. 

Favorite Snack 
This one is a little strange - I'll admit it! We bought these Wasabi Peas on a whim on Sunday and the bag didn't even last until Tuesday!! It's spicy, but in the clear your sinuses kind of way!! They are in the same aisle as Soy Sauce. We didn't get the large can because we thought we'd never eat that many - note to self - get the large can!! 

Favorite Looks of the week
Sarah Hyland was on fire with all her looks this week!! She sort of came into the fashion game out of nowhere! Side note - I'm obsessed with all her make-up looks. 
Super cute LBD
Ladylike in white
My absolute favorite look in this Alice + Olivia Romper
This wasn't my favorite look of the night - but the high top knot made this look for me! 

Favorite Giveaway
Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway with Marissa's Go Chic Yourself Etsy Shop!The winner is Alyssa from Alyssa Goes Bang - I'll be in touch shortly to get you on your way to a custom or existing print from her store!  

Favorite Links
+ Lauren Conrad introduced her Papercrown line of bridesmaid dresses
+A great guide on how to wear ankle boots 
+Marie Claire shares some insightful Kim Kardashian quotes - hate her or love her - girls got a point on some of these! 
+ A guide on how to take the perfect Instagram photo 

As for weekending...
The link will be live for you to join on Monday if you're around - if not it will also be around on Tuesday!! Hope you all enjoy your weekends!! 

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Fall Line-Up | TV Edition

August 28, 2014
It's no secret around these parts that I love to watch TV. It's my way to zone out and relax! Summer is a little slow in terms of good quality shows and now that Fall is just around the corner, there are some favorites back, some new ones I'm excited to watch and a few that I've got my eye on to see how they turn out to be!! Let's get right to the fall line-up! 
Tried & True Favorites
The Mindy Project
9/16 FOX 9:30 PM
This is probably one of the best comedies out there! Mindy Kaling's self deprecating  humor on the show makes her that much more lovable!! Also, this is one of the few shows that Gary will watch with me! 
The Good Wife
9/21 on CBS 9:30 PM
If you have any doubts about this show - last season started with one of the main characters being killed off and Julianna Margulies just won the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama! Enough said! 
The Voice
9/22 on NBC 8:00 PM
I'm a fan of the original judges, but I think it will be interesting to see the dynamic between these 4 - but let's be honest, Blake & Adam steal the show every season!! This is pretty much the only singing competition I watch. 

9/25 on ABC 9:00 PM
Olivia Pope - enough said right!? At least this season we wont have to worry about obscure placement of plants and purses to hide her growing baby bump!! Shonda Rhimes is a writing genius, so I can't wait to see what curve balls she throws at us this season! 

10/5 on Showtime 9:00 PM
While I realize not everyone has Showtime, this is a must watch for us. Gary and I binge watched all three seasons in the Spring and have been patiently waiting for the 4th season to start!! I think I'll just go back and re-watch the last few episodes of season 3 as a refresher/I'm slightly obsessed! 
New to the line-up, but a must see! 
Madam Secretary
9/21 on CBS 9:30 PM & again at 10:30 PM
Clearly I have a thing for a strong female lead in shows - this one is going to be no different. Watch the extended preview here and let me know your thoughts!! 
9/23 on ABC 10:00 PM
This show is about a medical examiner that solves criminal cases to find the reason behind his immortality! While I don't typically go for "fantasy" shows - I like to stick to things that can happen in real life, this show sounds intriguing. 

How to Get Away With Murder
9/25 on ABC 10:00 PM
This is probably the show I'm most excited to premier. Another brain child on Shonda Rhimes so we know it's going to be amazing!! 
Marry Me
10/14 on NBC 9:00 PM
The title alone has me excited to watch this show, but it also has Casey Wilson (Penny from Happy Endings) as the lead and she is absolutely hilarious!!! Also it's from the creators of Happy Endings, which I'm still a little bitter that they cancelled! You can watch some of the previews here
Worth A Watch 
These are the shows that I'll at least watch one episode before writing them off! 
A to Z on NBC 10/2 at 9:30 PM
Manhattan Love Story on ABC 9/30 at 8:30 PM
Selfie on ABC 9/30 at 8:00 PM
Don't worry, I still have a social life in the Fall, I mean that's why they invented DVR right!? Did I miss any shows that you guys are excited to have back on see this Fall?
Linking up with Annie & Natalie!
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Brunching + Cruising

August 27, 2014
From the title of this post, can there possibly be a better combination of things?! I mentioned on Monday, I was lucky enough to be part of Blog & Tweet Boston's group of bloggers to cruise with Odyssey Cruises this past Sunday for their Brunch Cruise. They were introducing their new "Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar" and Gary and I took full advantage of testing them out!! 
The boat boards conveniently at Rowes Wharf in the Financial District and you are greeted by friendly staff all the way through! Even though the cruise doesn't depart until 1:00 PM, as soon as your board at 12:00 PM you are welcome to get started enjoying the food, drinks & music. 
Each setting has a champagne flute filled and ready to be consumed! 
There were three food stations for our deck, notice the made to order waffle bar!! 
Lucky for us we brought our appetites as their brunch stations were amazing! I may or may not have eaten two these...
The Bloody Mary Bar Cart was one of the highlights of the cruise - do you notice the oysters and shrimp on the side to help adorn your drink?! 
After we stuffed ourselves, we went to take in the views! 
It could not have been a more perfect day for a cruise!! 
+A few fellow bloggers: El from The Beauty Isle & Tanya from Leopard Lace & Cheesecake 
+ Clearly my orange obsession is in full force as is my arm pop pose....I might have a problem! 
They've recently renovated their top deck - very swanky!  
The dessert bar was the best way to cap off a pretty fantastic afternoon! I mean chocolate covered strawberries and rice crispy's drizzled with melted chocolate - heavenly! 
I honestly can't rave enough about this cruise!! It's such a great treat while your visiting or if you live in the city and are looking for something a little different to do for a date night! I'm looking forward to a special occasion (hint hint to Gary) when we can partake in the dinner cruise because the views will be just as stellar! Also if you plan on visiting, Chicago, Boston or Washington D.C. - check out their cruises as well! 
Have you ever taking a dinner or brunch cruise? Do you think you're a boat person?
P.S. Have you entered the Go Chic Yourself Giveaway?!
Disclosure: Gary and I received a free brunch cruise with Odyssey, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid since the service was outstanding. I was not compensated for my review and all opinions are 100% my own!
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B~Inspired | Ashley from Turquoise & Teale

August 26, 2014
Hello lovelies!! This B~Inspired Series has been one of my favorites and I'm so happy with the positive response that it's garnered! I'm incredibly excited to have Ashley from Turquoise & Teale as the feature for this month! When she's not busy travelling or planning her upcoming Charleston wedding, Ashley is writing about finding the newest style inspirations, sharing amazing recipes and giving us the latest in beauty products!  I'm tweaking the series a little with each person featured and hope you all enjoy reading more about Ashley!!
Name/Blog: Ashley, writer & editor at Turquoise & Teale
Location: Atlanta, GA / St. Louis, MO / Charleston, SC
Current Title/ Company: Self-Employed, Sales Rep
Educational Background: Graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Public Relations
B: So I know you are constantly on the go for work, but what exactly do you do & what's a typical day like for you?
A: I'm a manufacture's sales rep and work in the hospitality/contract industry. Essentially I work with interior designers to help them furnish whatever contract project that they're working on (mostly hotels and restaurants). My typical work day is checking pricing/stock on fabrics, requesting samples for clients and helping them pull options. I often have appointments daily, so I cart around chairs, fabric books and finish samples for presentations. Mostly I'm juggling everything in my hands and praying I don't drop it all!
B: How did you decide on what you wanted your career to be - did you just sort of fall into it - or did you have a clear path?
 A: Being a sales rep is something I never thought I'd be doing. I spent two summers interning in New York working in PR and events and thought that was my dream job. Instead, I joined the family business when I realized it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. It's been such a great experience working in the same industry that my grandfather started in, my parents have been in my entire life and now training my younger brother who just started with us in July. We have so much fun together and it's the best support system. 

 B: What has been your greatest career achievement thus far? 
A: Working for myself is something that I feel so thankful to do every day. It's a lot of work and if I don't personally do it, it won't get done, but the rewards are so motivating. The first year was hard and was spent building the relationships with my clients. Three years later It's only getting better and I'm so excited for the future possibilities. 

 B: What/who encouraged you to start blogging and has it impacted your career in anyway? 
A: Moving to a new city is what initially made me start Turquoise & Teale. I read a handful of blogs at the time and loved the community it seemed to bring with it. I've made some of the nicest friends from blogging and there are so many girls I would love to get to meet, but live across the country. It feels like I have friends wherever I go! :) I keep the blog separate from my actual career, although there are a few clients that know about my blog. Working with interior designers is nice since they understand and appreciate a creative outlet.

B: What are three things you never leave the house without? 
A: My iphone, a snack (kind bar!), Listerine strips for fresh breath

B: If you could go anywhere in the world - where would it be?
A: Greece is next on my list!

B: Who would play you in a movie?
 A: Blake Lively (can I have her hair please?)

B: If you could have dinner with one woman, who would it be and why?
Jackie Kennedy. I read Mrs. Kennedy & Me and was fascinated by her role as first lady and how she handled the pressures that came with it. Plus she's a total style icon and rocked Jack Rogers like no other.

 B: Do you have a quote or motto that you like to live your life by?
A: "I have found if you love life, life will love you back" - Arthur Rubinstein

 B: What is your go-to scent?
A: Jo Malone's Nectarine Blossom and Honey. I always get stopped and asked what I'm wearing when this is on!

B: Do you have a major wish list item at the moment? 
A: The Prada Saffiano Lux Tote. A classic bag that will never go out of style.

B: What advice would you give your 21 year old self? 
A: Smile and laugh every day. You'll be thankful for unanswered prayers and where life takes you. It won't be what you expect, but it will make you happier than you could have ever imagined.

And finally...
B: What has been your most inspired moment? 
My most inspired moment for the blog was after the Southern Blog Society conference. Surrounding yourself with inspiring and crazy talented people is the best motivation. Of course anytime I'm back in Charleston I can't help but be inspired when I'm around that much beauty.
Huge thank you to Ashley for being part of this little series!! If you're interested in following along with her happenings, please visit her blog or follow on Instagram

If you want to check out the previous installments you can click here and here!

Thank you so much for reading!! 
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Weekend Musings + A Giveaway

August 25, 2014

My weekend started out with a little shopping thanks to a fellow blogger (sorry the blog is escaping me) mentioning the amazing Graphic T-Shirts on sale at Old Navy!! If you remember from this post, I have been wanting a graphic shirt for quite some time and with prices as low as $10, I just couldn't pass it up!
I ended up getting this J'Adore one, but this one and this one might also need to be purchased!! 
Gary dragged me to Engadet Live in Boston on Friday night and while "techy" things are not really my thing, I was able to test out Google Glass and sort of geeked out!! If you're curious what a tech conference is like - imagine hundreds of people like the cast of The Big Bang Theory all in one room!
We had a late lunch at the Yard House near Fenway - I had no idea how many locations they have across the US.  The rest of Saturday was pretty productive making space and putting together the bar cart mentioned on Friday - we're still waiting on final parts, but it's coming together!
Netflix may not have the best selection of movies, but this one was entertaining! From the name of the movie you wouldn't guess what it's about - but lets just say it's very graphic! 
The rosé we had was out of this world and sadly can only be purchased from the Boston Winery locally! It's a "mom & pop" operation, but this bottle did not last us long! 
Sunday I was invited to participate in a Blog & Tweet event aboard the Odyssey Cruise Line and while the full review is coming later this week - we had a gorgeous day and I had to share a few pictures!
Full on Belgian Waffle Bar
Pretty great view! 

I'm so excited to start this Monday off with a giveaway for you all!! My good friend Marissa from Go Chic Yourself has offered to giveaway one of her already pre-made prints or a custom print for one of my readers. You can see some of her great prints via her etsy shop and the pop fizz clink already has a spot above my new bar cart!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you all have a wonderful Monday!!
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