Ten Things You May Not Know About Me

I know people typically take an opportunity such as a birthday or a blogiversary to share interesting facts about themselves, but I realized I’ve recently gained some new readers, and figured it might be time for them to get to know me.  And even if you’ve been reading for a while, you may not know these facts quite yet, so read on to find out more about me!

My favorite color is purple – and it has been since I was a little girl.  This past weekend, I actually painted over my purple bedroom that I’d had since I was about 14!  I hardly ever wear it though, so when I saw this top on the Dynamite website, I knew it had to be mine!

I’m terrified of palmetto bugs and cockroaches – my first apartment was in Georgia and it was on the ground floor.  Muggy weather and being close to the grass attract bugs.  Then they find their way into your house, have babies, and crawl over your face while you sleep.  Needless to say, I scream bloody murder whenever I see one now!

My natural hair color actually is red – just not the shade of red I have now!  I’m naturally a light auburn with blonde-ish highlights.  I went red in senior year of high school, and aside from one summer where my crazy self decided to try bleach blonde, I never looked back!  Red is just me.

I can’t work without music – and my mom thinks I’m totally crazy for it.  In high school, I’d have my music blasting while I worked on math homework, and my mom would come in and say “how can you possibly work like this?” And to this day, I still can’t focus without it.  There’s music playing right next to me as I write currently!

My right leg has a birthmark that looks like I spilt wine on myself – it’s actually called a “port wine stain” birthmark, and it spreads from my knee to my upper thigh.  It used to embarrass me, but now I realize it’s just part of who I am.  You can especially see it if I get really hot or cold (you can even see it in the pictures from this shoot)!

I collect smushed pennies – I have them from nearly every place I’ve traveled or landmark I’ve seen.  From Disney World to the Museum of Natural History.  They’re so special to me because they remind me of all the happy times in my life!

I’m allergic to just about everything – you might think I’m kidding, but my allergy list is a mile long, and includes so many basic foods like turkey, potatoes, onions, apples, soy, oats, avocados, and way more.  It’s a pain in the butt to try and find places that serve food that won’t make me sick!

I’ve seen almost all my favorite singers in concert – and even met a few of them!  Right after high school, my friends and I met MAX at a local amusement park before his performance.  I’ve never been so nervous in my life.  He kept just hugging me and saying “it’s okay, baby” which made it even worse!

I auditioned for American Idol – not only did I try out at Disney World when I was 16 (the American Idol Experience was amazing, and I may not have “won,” but it was on Christmas Eve and couldn’t have been more magical), but I also tried out when the bus tour came to RVA when I was 20.  It completely poured while we waited in the rain, and they ended up cutting auditions short, right after allowing me inside.  I didn’t make it, but it’s such a fun memory!

My sister and I are 12 1/2 years apart – but totally the best of friends!  Yep, same parents and no other siblings, so it’s just us.  It was a little strange when she was graduating high school and I was starting kindergarten, but now that we’re both adults, I spend so much time over at her house, playing with my nephews and catching up with her over coffee.  She’s like a best friend, mom, and sister all wrapped into one!  I wouldn’t know how to do life without her!

So that’s me in a nutshell.  These are some random facts about me, but I hope you enjoyed reading them.  If you’re curious about anything else, feel free to leave me questions in the comments.  I wanna get to know all of you better too!

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After dating for a year and a half, Brandon and I still haven’t run out of fun date night ideas, but believe me, it’s a lot of work!  I’m constantly browsing Pinterest for creative plans, and sometimes I even think up some good ones on my own!  This particular Friday night, we decided to spice things up – quite literally – with a cooking challenge!  The concept: each of us needed to purchase four ingredients, separate from each other, and once we reconnected after leaving the grocery store, we had to put together a full meal using the total of eight ingredients that we bought.  Watch the video above to see how it turned out!

On the topic of fun date nights, I wanted to put together a little list for those of you who are dating, engaged, or married and looking for a way to break from the routine of “dinner and a movie.”

  1. Go to an arcade together and challenge each other to a rousing game of skeeball
  2. Find somewhere to play mini golf
  3. Find the nearest photobooth, and take cheesy photo-strip photos together
  4. Visit all the rooftop bars in your city and find your new favorite drink
  5. Pack a sandwich lunch and some fruit and head to a local park for a picnic
  6. Build a blanket fort inside on a rainy day and pull out your childhood favorite animated movies
  7. Play a new board game together (my favorite are Cranium games)
  8. See who can make the better grilled cheese sandwich (get creative with this one)!
  9. Grab a cheesy fighting video game and see who’s the stronger fighter
  10. Take a workout class together
  11. Head to a park and hunt for the jungle gym.  See who can go highest on the swings
  12. Make a playlist together of all the songs that remind you of each other
  13. Listen to your newly created playlist on a drive with no destination – windows must be down
  14. Go buy a bunch of super sour candies and find out which is the most sour
  15. Go to the mall and pick out an outfit for each other
  16. Put together your dream vacation – down to the smallest details (hotel, restaurants, activities)
  17. Volunteer at a local animal shelter together for a day (don’t be surprised if you wind up with a new pet)
  18. Find the best place in the city to watch the sunset – and bring champagne
  19. Go dog watching and pretend you’re judges at a dog show.  Spot the fluffiest, smallest, ugliest, etc.
  20. Try my four ingredient cooking challenge!

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It’s here!  The first snow of the winter for RVA, and it waited until the beginning of 2017 to make an appearance.  On Friday night, Brandon and I walked out of the movie theatre to the most beautiful flurries cascading around us.  B has lived in Florida his whole life, and while he may have seen snow once while visiting New Jersey, he’s never truly experienced winter and the snowglobe effect it can have on our city.  I persuaded him to pack a few things and get snowed in with me, so at four in the morning on Saturday, we both woke with a start to see that the world outside was covered in white!  I think it took everything in both of us to get back to sleep again!  By the time we truly got moving, we could barely see our cars in the driveway, and we laughed as squirrels dove into the fluffy snow below our window.  I decided that a day like this would be the perfect opportunity for my first vlog on my YouTube channel.  We had the most magical afternoon, so I hope you enjoy the snow day vicariously through my video!

When I was younger, we had plenty of wintery traditions, and the first snow day of each year held some special memories for me.  After playing rigorously outside with one or both of my parents – and sometimes dragging my older sister out there too – I would come inside with my nose red and running, my cheeks flushed from the cold, and my fingers frozen numb from snowball fights and creating a snowman.  My mom would sit me down in front of the fireplace with a warm mug of her famous spiced mocha (recipe here), and we would pop in the recorded VHS tape of the movie “Snowden on Ice” which none of my friends ever even knew about, but I loved dearly (also, I just got way too excited when I found out that they have the entire movie on YouTube and I’m watching it as I type)!  I have so many fond memories of my childhood snow days.

One of my struggles now is that it can be a challenge to maintain any sort of fashion sense whatsoever when the snow starts falling.  I’ve always tended to throw style aside for the sake of warmth and comfort, which is a rarity, but recently I’ve discovered that many brands are bringing modern twists to their winter-wear, allowing us fashionistas to feel cute and put together in the snow, rather than like giant marshmallows. I’ve rounded up some of my very favorite, stylish snowday pieces, from the beginning layers of bodysuits and leggings, to the coziest sweatshirts (without hoods) and fluffiest coats, to the finishing touches of scarves, hats, and gloves!  All of these products are under $200, and some of them are even as inexpensive as $8!  You can thank me later 😉  What are some of your favorite snow day traditions?

Coats

Bodysuits

Boots

Sweatshirts

Leggings

Pants (size up to layer over leggings)

Scarves, Hats, & Gloves

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Sweat With Me: Working Out With A Chronic Illness // She Saw Style

The first day of 2017 is just a few days away.  Are you ready?  During this last week of December, people begin to formulate their resolutions and plan how to better themselves in the upcoming year.  Did you know that the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight?  The gyms will be absolutely packed on January 1st (I feel bad for my boyfriend who works at one), and within four months, most of those people will have either stopped going entirely, or they’re working out much less frequently.  I, for one, truly enjoy working out and try to visit the gym as often as possible, so the New Year won’t change that too much.  However, as someone with a chronic illness, working out can be quite the challenge, and I wanted to target my audience who experience minor to severe health issues, or those who just have a lot of trouble getting up and going to the gym.

Sweat With Me: Working Out With A Chronic Illness // She Saw Style

Growing up, I was an active child, yet in an unusual way.  Unlike most kids, I didn’t play sports.  I was constantly outside running around and moving my body, but once I reached high school, athleticism didn’t interest me.  I found my joy in ballroom dancing for recreation and yoga while I was at home.  After I graduated high school, I continued with yoga … infrequently.  When I was diagnosed with gastroparesis (you can read more about that here), I lost all interest in working out.  My body became a shell and any strength I had formed over the past several years depleted significantly.  It took me a long time to regain interest in fitness, but over time I found what worked for my body.

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Tip #1 talk with your doctor before creating any sort of fitness routine for yourself.  It’s important to acknowledge what your body can handle.

Tip #2 only work out on days you feel your best.  Sometimes pain is your body’s cry for a break.  Listen to it and relax.  You can reach your goals at a steady pace rather than rushing and hurting yourself.

Tip #3 take it easy.  Only push yourself within the limits of what your body can accept.  My first experience working with a personal trainer, I had to tell him to either slow down, wait, or stop numerous times because I knew my stomach wouldn’t be able to keep up if I kept going.

Tip #4 surround yourself with motivation.  I work out with my boyfriend because I know he will encourage me to reach my fitness goals while also accepting that I may sometimes need to take a break.  He also knows me well enough to tell me when to stop if I don’t remember what my body might need.

Tip #5 find a workout that brings you joy.  Whether it’s kickboxing, dancing, or tai chi, if you leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated rather than exhausted or angry at your body, you know you’re doing it right.

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The Bible tells us that our body is a temple.  We’ve been given an amazing masterpiece and we absolutely must take care of it to the best of our abilities.  I know that I can feel entirely unmotivated or in too much pain to function sometimes.  Those days I need to give myself grace, and know that I can pick it back up again at a later time.  One of the ways I give myself motivation is by buying cute work-out gear.  Nothing makes this fashionista feel better at the gym than knowing she’s looking cute while getting fit.  My current favorite pieces are from Adore Me, and they offer a huge selection of fabulous leggings, sports bras, and the like for all sizes (including plus size)!

Sweat With Me: Working Out With A Chronic Illness // She Saw Style

With all this in mind, I’m looking forward to a fresh start in 2017, and while I might not be adding “losing weight” to the top of my resolutions list, I’ll certainly be hoping to work out in a healthy way that suits my body and my needs.  Whether you have a chronic illness or not, I’d love to hear how you motivate yourself and what you’re hoping to accomplish in the upcoming year!

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The Mug Life Chose Me: A Gift Guide for the Mug Connoisseur // She Saw Style

Looking for a last minute gift for the coffee or tea-obsessed person in your life?  Maybe you’re heading to a White Elephant party and need something simple and silly to stick under the tree.  I’ve done my research and found some of the cutest mugs around, and get this: they’re all promised to arrive before Christmas day!*  I took all the guesswork out of shopping, and organized each mug by category.  Whether you’re gifting the girly-girl, a total nerd, or your smart@$$ best friend, I’ve got you covered!  Without further ado, here’s my great mug gift guide of 2016!

*disclaimer: when shopping the Amazon items, Amazon Prime is required to receive items before 12/25.

Girly-Girl

Total Nerd

Smart@$$

Happy shopping!

**I regret to inform you that neither of the mugs photographed are available in time for Christmas (in fact, the “blogging day” mug is now sold out).  However, if you would like to shop my Gilmore Girls mug, you can right here!

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