Jul 29, 2014

Where was your first date?

This Wednesday, Mark and I will have been together for 5 years. Also known as half a decade. Also known a really freaking long time.

We had our first date together on the beach at Tybee Island. We didn't think of it as a "date" at the time, but after a year of dating I made Mark nail down when exactly it was that we started dating. Whenever people asked we would both shrug, because we really didn't know. Eventually, we proclaimed July 30, 2009, the date of our first date. And, just like that, 5 years have flown by since that day. We're not doing anything special this week. Mark thinks it's ridiculous to celebrate a first date anniversary, but I still like to remind him. I'm always trying to get him to celebrate our engagement anniversary too, so you can kinda see why he gets exasperated about it all. :)

So, spill the beans, where did you and your significant other go on your first date? Do you celebrate its anniversary or have you totally forgotten it by now?

Jul 28, 2014

Warby Parker Home Try-On Program

If you're anything like me, you live in a pair of sunglasses during the summer. I usually always have this weird tan line across the bridge of my nose from wearing glasses so much in the summer. Ah, well. There are worse problems to have. My style of sunglasses hasn't changed very much through the years. Well, except for that one time when I was 10 and wore a pair of sunglasses with red-tinted lenses everywhere. I lost them in Union Station one day, thank the good Lord! Other than that unfortunate style choice, I tend to stick to an aviator or ray ban style. They're both easy classic styles to pull off and look so summery. 

After our beach trip a few weeks ago, my sunglasses were struggling. They had seen the bottom of a beach bag one too many times and kept falling off my face whenever I would slightly move my head. I had heard bits and pieces about Warby Parker and their Home Try-On program before, but now that my sunglasses had bit the dust it seemed like a good time to try it out.

Here's how it works:

You pick out the glasses you like. Warby Parker ships them straight to your door for free. You try them on, take photos, and play around with the PartyParty app (oh, just me?) until you've found the pair you like the best. Then you pack them up in their pretty little box and send them back to Warby Parker with the order slip of which ones you want.  For people like me, who are skeptical of buying products online without seeing them first, this is huge! Another thing worth noting is that for every pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker will give a pair to someone in need. Pretty cool, huh? 

I tried the Halford in jet silver, Madison in whisky tortoise, Thatcher in revolver black, Paley in whisky tortoise, and Neville in revolver black matte. And the winner was......Halford, although Thatcher was running a close second. I just couldn't give up my aviator look.

Jul 25, 2014

Weekend links 7.25.14

I picked this beauty up at Home Depot last weekend. Isn't she pretty? She's hanging in our bedroom so I get to see her every morning. I named her Lucille. Mostly, so I could sing "You Picked A Fine Time To Leave Me, Lucille" when she dies, but let's hope it doesn't come to that.

This weekend I'm looking forward to stepping away from computer screens and air conditioned rooms and enjoying this hot summer weather while it lasts. I don't know about you, but I need a few more freckles on my shoulders and sun streaks in my hair before it's all over with. With that in mind, you can find me at the river all weekend. Have a good one (and enjoy some links!)

Ever wonder why sleeping in makes you more tired?
The grammar nerd in me is loving this blog series.
The #1 item you need for house guests. Um, yes.
A creative wedding guestbook idea.
I love Anthropologie as much as the next person, but this is just funny.
Bottle caps that transform Coca-Cola bottles into useful things.

Jul 24, 2014

Read: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

It's been awhile since I've done a book review here, which is kind of funny since I've been reading books left and right lately. I've finally gotten to the point where I'm reading on my lunch breaks, after work, and before going to bed. I was afraid that reading and I had broken up for awhile there, but as it turns out I just needed a few good books to get me back in the groove. The last few books I've read have been really good! So much so that I've exceeded my goal to read one book a month and have started reading two each month. Of course, a few beach trips thrown in there certainly help.

A few weeks ago, I finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Even though I had heard many rave reviews about the book, I was a little skeptical going in. To oversimplify, it's a story about a woman hiking a really long trail. I had my doubts about how interesting the story would actually be. It got to the point, though, where I was reading this book all the time. I even got up early before work one day to read a few chapters. (That is huge, people!) It's one of those books that pulls you in and makes you read it. And, although, it is a story about a woman hiking a really long trail, there's more to it than that. I finished the book with the utmost respect for Cheryl Strayed for accomplishing something like that. I keep wondering now if I have it in me to do something like that -- leave civilization behind, pack a "monster" backpack, and hike off into the mountains. That has to take a lot of guts! Whether you're into hiking or not, give this book a shot. It's definitely worth the read.

If you've already read it, I'd love to hear what you thought!

Jul 23, 2014

Hometown Hidden Gems: A Game at The Diamond

I was contacted a few weeks ago by RelayRides, a peer-to-peer rental car service, to write a post about some hidden gems in Richmond. Immediately, my mind started swirling with all the little hole-in-the-wall restaurants, secluded parks, favorite streets, historical sites -- Richmond has it all! There was so much that I wanted to share, but before I could get any of those posts written, I came across a truly hidden gem (to me, at least!). 

A Squirrel's game at The Diamond.

I've lived in Richmond for three years and only an hour away for the twenty years before that but I had never been to a game at The Diamond until this past week. After a long, tiring day at work, I was seriously considering bowing out and spending the evening lazing on my porch but since we had already made plans to go and I really had nothing better planned, I put on my big girl panties and went anyway. 

I'm not super into sports, but come to find out it's actually kind of fun to sit in the bleachers with a crowd of excited people and cheer for some guys as they hit balls around a field. 

Plus, there's chili cheese fries involved and a free fireworks show at the end! Who knew such a fun time was under my nose all these years and I never even knew it. We're planning to attend another game before summer is over.

RelayRides is a peer-to-peer sharing car rental service that connects people who need a car with vehicle owners whose cars would otherwise be sitting idle. This post is a part of their Hometown Hidden Gems series. No compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.