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Overnight Flight Survivial


Today I am boarding my first overnight flight! In preparation, I ordered my husband and myself some items to help make our trip a little more comfortable. I just love having excuses to buy fun stuff from Amazon! 🙂

Carry On Bags
The one downside of getting a simple set of luggage is that there are not two of any size piece of luggage. I don’t know why, but it drives me nuts that although my suitcase and my husbands’ match, one is bigger than the other. I have plans to buy a second matching set so that we each have the perfect size suitcase (and when we have kids, they’ll match mommy and daddy, too!), but for now buying two matching carry ons will have to tide me over. Here are the bags I purchased.

Entertainment
My husband has ADHD. Diagnosed, unmedicated ADHD. He stopped taking his medication because as it wore off, it had extremely negative side effects and in the long run just wasn’t worth it. As he has gotten older, he manages it much better, but there are still times I want to kill him. When he drives, he bounces his leg because he’s bored; if he’s a passenger he is constantly complaining that he’s bored and how much longer. It’s a vicious cycle. Luckily, we have all the equipment we need to keep ourselves entertained while we’re awake; we each bring a laptop, mp3 player, phone and a book. I purchased these headphones specifically for our flight.

Sleeping
My husband likes to say that I can sleep anywhere, anytime. Although that statement is 100% true, if my head is not supported, I CAN NOT SLEEP. So I took this opportunity to buy two much needed travel pillows so I’m not a total witch when we land. 🙂 Additionally, I like to bring layers in my carry on because I freeze pretty much everywhere we go. This flights’ layers include: tank top, pullover sweater and a poncho (ponchos or shawls are good substitutes for blankets!).

Skin Care
Because our flight is leaving late (8:35pm) and we’ll be in the car pretty much all day getting to the airport, I am wearing absolutely no makeup. I know after all that time, I will not be in the mood to go through my entire routine, so for you couple strangers who actually care, Spongebob said it best: I’m ugly and I’m proud!

Clothes
Overnight flights are not the flights you want to be wearing jeans and heels on. I don’t care how cute you look, it’s ridiculous. I picked up a pair of joggers, this super cute sweatshirt and a pair of compression socks to be as comfortable as possible while I’m trying to get some shut eye.

Snacks
Most of my family has some sort of anxiety/paranoia issue and I will be the first to admit I am one of them. It’s nothing to be ashamed of – my belief is that 100% of the population has an anxiety disorder on some scale about something. One of my things airport security. I fully understand that I’m not doing anything anyone should be worried about and that these ladies and gentlemen are doing their job to keep everyone safe, but they scare the crap out of me! I don’t particularly like to bring snacks for this reason and we usually grab something in the after security shopping areas to bring on board. Call me a scaredy cat or whatever, it’s just one of those things. 🙂

The Morning After
You’re in another country (or back in your own)! What’s the first thing you want to do? EAT SOMETHING! For me, travel is a huge energy drain. As I like to tell my husband, “I don’t travel well”. Which sort of makes me sound like a sandwich, but hey. I will be the first to admit, I have issues when it comes to getting where I want to be, but there are steps I take to make it as pleasant for myself and everyone else as possible. When you step off the plane, find a bathroom and follow your typical morning routine: use the restroom, wash your face, brush your teeth and hair and get changed into street clothes. (Since we’re getting in a rental and driving for two hours, I’ll be doing my makeup in the car.) Secondly, finally and probably the most important tip: sit down and eat breakfast. I don’t care if it’s Burger King in the airport or you want to drive fifteen minutes down the road to a cafe, but order something, sit down and just unwind. This is the perfect time to really “start” your vacation.

Did I miss something? What are your tips?

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Fashion & Beauty

Cowl Neck Sweater + Tote

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Cowl Neck Sweater similar here and here / Levi’s Super Skinny 710 Jeans in Head West / Pointed Toe Heels similar here / Colorblock Tote similar here

It’s beginning to feel like fall! After two weeks spent in the 80s, it has finally started to cool down around here. Sweater time!

The only downside is that the weather has changed so drastically in such a short time that I’ve been feeling pretty under the weather lately. It’s also been a super busy week getting ready for Ireland, prepping for Halloween and not to mention my weekend was super packed with my siblings spending the whole weekend with us, two birthday dinners and a third non-birthday dinner as well. Whew!

The sweater is a Loft Goodwill find (under $4!) and I have been dying to use this tote since I bought it a few months ago – I just knew it was perfect for fall! And how gorgeous are those leaves?!

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Fashion & Beauty

Long Cardigan + Heels

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Black Cami / Levi’s 710 Super Skinny Jeans in Head West / Long Cardigan similar here and here / Leopard Tote similar here and here / Pointed Toe Heels similar hereLooking Sharp by Premier Jewelry

I have been such a horrible blogger lately – not checking my site, not keeping up with my posts. Life has just gotten SO incredibly hectic this past week or so. We’ve had a lot of family events, I’ve been trying hard to get the house decorated for Halloween (and cleaning in the process before heading off to Ireland), last minute details for our trip and to top it off, I’m not feeling much like myself.

Moving on. This outfit is perfect for those hectic weeks. It’s simple, comfy but still classy and sophisticated. Bonus: it makes me feel a lot better when I’m having a not-so-up-to-it day.

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Fashion & Beauty

Pumpkin Picking

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Bell Sleeve Top similar here (available in 13 colors!)/ Levis Super Skinny 710 in Head West / Wedge Booties in Whiskey / Beaded Earrings similar here

This past weekend we went to the pumpkin patch. It’s the same pumpkin patch I went to with my mom and dad when I was itty bitty and the same guy still drives the tractor that takes you into the field. It’s very nostalgic for me. We go every year, ride up to the field, take pictures, pick some pumpkins and buy some candy at the country store on the farm. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the fall.

I have been dying to wear this top since I got it a couple months ago, knowing full well I wouldn’t until fall arrived and this was the perfect occasion! Yes, I wore my boots into the pumpkin field and you know what? I did not wobble or trip or feel stupid once – they are really that comfortable. I’m just as shocked as you are. 🙂 And aren’t these earrings super cute for fall?! My dad bought them for me on a trip a couple years ago and I have never worn them! They remind me of indian corn, so fall was the perfect time to give them a go.

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Misc

1 Year Anniversary!

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I try not to think about our wedding day. Don’t get me wrong, it was the best day of my life, but think about all the details and the stress I was under gives me a mini panic attack. However, today is our anniversary and I will remember. As much as I give myself hives thinking about the hurricane and the little things that I had no control over, it all goes away when I think about the underlying meaning of our wedding day.

We’re married. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters. We have experienced so much together and there is not a single person I’d rather be jumping in feet first with. My husband is the most amazing man I have ever met. I am so blessed to have someone who truly completes me and has helped me create a life I never thought I’d have. He allows me to be a stay at home wife (and one day a stay at home mommy), focus on what’s important to the two of us and to go on trips I’d never be brave enough to take myself.

My husband is a million things to me, none of which I could ever put in words accurately enough to even begin to cover it. He is my logic and my comedy, my strength and my weakness, my greatest support and my most honest critic, my protector and my encourager. Without him, I wouldn’t know what to do.

Our first year of marriage has been full of adventures. We spent our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, we bought our first house and in two weeks we will be heading to Ireland for nine days. This year has just flown by and I am truly looking forward my second year as a “Mrs”!

Almost all of our wedding was DIY. From the flowers, to the cakes and pies, to the signs and placecard holders, we did it all! If you all are interested in a more detailed DIY wedding write up, I’d be happy to do it! Just let me know.

*All photography was done by Glimpse Photography. They have since retired.

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Fashion & Beauty

Thrift Scarf + Whiskey Booties

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Levi’s Super Skinny 710 in Head West / Tan Sweater similar here and here / Anorak Coat Wedge Booties in Whiskey / Green Scarf similar here and here

Although this past week has been spent hiding from the upper 80s, things are finally starting to cool down around here. No better outfit for breakfast out with my family than a sweater and scarf – even cold enough for a coat!

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll recognize the sweater I’m wearing from a recent thrift haul (see the post here). The scarf I picked up years ago at a thrift shop and it continues to be one of my favorite fall scarves ever. The coat is my FAVORITE; it is so comfy and versatile and I always get so many compliments on it. For reference, I’m wearing a size XS coat and still have plenty of room.

Thinking ahead, this outfit would be perfect for a casual Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂

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Solemnly Swear Tee + Green Cardigan

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Solemnly Swear Tee / Green Cardigan / Leopard Flats / English Ivy by Premier Designs /
Levis 535 Jeans in Mid Roast

Last weekend was the Potter Party. It’s an annual event held in Staunton, Virginia that honors all things Harry Potter. A lot of the downtown shops and restaurants participate by decorating, hosting activities and serving Harry Potter inspired food and drink. It’s a fantastic event to take your kids to, grab some butterbeer or just sit back and people watch.

Being in the Harry Potter generation, you know we went! My husband has never read the books, but really loves the movies (and we’ve seen them many times over!). I, on the other hand, am a die hard Harry Potter fan. I read all the books when they came out, went to see all the movies in theaters and the series remains one of my absolute favorite of all time. Always. 🙂

We also took my youngest little sister and her friend and they had a blast getting sorted into their houses, collecting the cards and eating some fantastic food. We all then met up for dinner at the Depot Grille, which is actually part of the old train station, and it was amazing! It’s currently the number five restaurant in Staunton and a definite recommendation from me.

Staunton is absolutely gorgeous! There is a church on almost every corner downtown and the sidewalks are all brick and tree lined. It really is one of the most beautiful cities we live around and I could definitely see myself living there. I mean, just look at the church we shot at. Incredibly beautiful.

As for my outfit, I really love the combination of the green cardigan and leopard flats. Granted, it was way too hot to wear my cardigan on Sunday but it was welcome when we went to dinner – I always get so cold inside! The t shirt is actually a juniors shirt (wearing a S), but is super comfy. The earrings are one of the freebies I got from hosting a Premier Jewelry party and I just love them! They remind me of an old gate. Oh, and there are those glasses again!

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