Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women

Happy Monday y’all! I have some exciting news to share…

 I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be running in the upcoming Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women (#THP10K) on Monday, October 9th! (Columbus Day).  It’s a day of encouragement and empowerment! While I’ve never run this race before, I’ve heard a TON of positive things about it. Tufts really has turned this day into a full celebration of health & fitness, and it’s very family friendly. There’s a 1K walk for kids, pre-race aerobic, post-race stretch and more! Last year they had over 7,000 runners, so our goal is to spread the word and have even more this year!

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Fun Fact: There are at least 18 women who have run the race every year since its inception in 1977.

For more details you can view the course HERE, event details HERE & general info HERE. Below is the 2017 course we’ll be running. I hear that once you turn onto the Mass Ave bridge heading toward Cambridge, the view is just beautiful!

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As the daughter of a runner (I’m talking 15+ marathons & Boston three times, under 3:30:00 people!), the wife of a personal trainer/fitness guru and a life-long sports athlete myself, this was a natural fit. Add in the fact that it’s a women’s race in a city I’ve grown to love (and never run a road race in), I am honored & excited to be a part of it.

Given that I do crossfit 4-5 times/week and I typically run a couple of miles here & there, I’d say I’m in pretty good shape; however, “running shape” is a different ballgame. This race is a 10K which means 6.2 miles. Needless to say, it’s something I’m going to have to train for. You can find my training plan here. My goal is to run the race in under 50 minutes. I realize that may be an easy task for many of you, but it’s going to be a challenge for me. It will be 6 consecutive miles at an 8:00 mile. (I foolishly thought I could do sub 45 but that’s just too fast for me!)

Training started last week…

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So…why am I telling y’all all this? Well, I would absolutely LOVE to share this opportunity with you! You can sign up HERE and receive an extra 10% off (my code will be calculated at checkout). Whether you’re a casual worker-outer, a D1 athlete or just a woman who wants to run for other women, I hope you’ll consider joining me. All are welcome!

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Who’s with me?!

Thank you to the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women for sponsoring this post.

Life Lately, Vol. 12

Happy Friday y’all! My weekend was supposed to consist of packing & prepping for a 3-day work trip next week but since it unexpectedly got cancelled, I have a wide open weekend (yay!). I’ll be finishing those wedding thank you notes, blogging a LOT (y’all I have so much going on – I cannot wait to share) and hopefully hitting the pool or beach if that pesky rain holds off.

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a calm Friday morning view

Cooking: Ok so I am not a huge fan of salmon; however, I know it’s really good for us…blah blah blah. SO, I am trying my best to find non-fishy tasting recipes that we can enjoy for dinner. So far I’ve pinned these salmon cakes, this bourbon + brown sugar recipe & this ginger-honey glazed salmon.

Swooning: Over this Virginia farmhouse tour! This home is set on a gorgeous, private property in Fishing Bay, VA. It’s got a laid back feel, but decorated perfectly. Those views don’t hurt either! See a picture below.

Shopping: In major need of some key Africa items – specifically khaki/green pants with pockets (for the safaris), some hiking shoes (we’re hiking twice), a modest, sporty bathing suit (for shark diving!) and a couple of maxi dresses (for cute dinners out). Does anyone have any “must pack” safari items?

Saving: Speaking of shopping, I’m a firm believer that in order to go shopping, I’ve got to make room in my current closet. I spent a couple of hours going through my closet this week and I’ve got two big bags of items that I haven’t worn in months or items that don’t fit anymore (why does everything shrink in length?!) While I’ll be taking a big chunk to Buffalo Exchange or Goodwill, I’ve got some higher end items that I’d like to make some money on. You can shop my Poshmark closet HERE (adding more this weekend!)

ICYMI:

Life Lately, Vol. 11

An Adult Living Space under $4K

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The beautiful sunroom – imagine having coffee every morning here!

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

Life Lately, Vol. 11

Happy Friday Y’all!

I’m actually heading out of town for the weekend due to a lot fun events, including a dear friend’s baby shower, a site visit for a new renovation starting in September (!!!) and some house hunting of my own. This is a big, big weekend y’all! Wish me luck on all fronts xo.

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Loving: Our new living room setup! After 3 years I finally convinced my now husband (then boyfriend) to toss that hideous old, green frat house looking sofa. We got two new chairs and a new area rug and it feels like a Whole. New. Room. I mean, it looks like we painted, refinished the floors & replaced everything. We LOVE it!!! (see some of my sample e-designs here)

Updating: My new design portfolio tab is up and running! Since most of my work has been via e-design with results undocumented (sorry but I just can’t bring myself to post the pictures unless they’re professionally taken!). Nonetheless, I’ve put a lot of work into this and it’s the fastest growing area of my blog, so I’m excited to share it. You can check it out HERE. 

Researching: South Africa wine country! We’re less than a month out and we have our wine country hotels finalized, along with a couple of dinner options. What we’re looking into now is which wineries to go to. Anyone have recommendations? We’ll be taking the Wine Tram in Franschhoek and the VineHopper in Stellenbosch so we get to pick which routes to go. Any and all tips, suggestions, recommendations are welcome!

ICYMI:

Travel Guide: Reykjavik

Blue Dining Room

Wedding Planning Highs & Lows

The Power of Built-Ins

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wedding Planning: Highs & Lows

Well, we did it! This past weekend we got married!! Best day of our lives, hands down. I’m still combing through photos (and anxiously awaiting the professional ones, which I know will take some time) so I’m going to hold off on recapping the actual wedding until those come in. So I thought I’d share some wedding planning highs & lows that I experienced over the past 8 months…

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Before I got engaged, I always heard that wedding planning was one of the most stressful times of your life. I feel very fortunate that I did not have this experience. Now, let me be clear – there were a handful of times that I thought I may lose it. However, the vast majority of the time (like 90%), it was fun and creative and exciting!

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This comes as no surprise but we just loved all of the parties – our engagement party, our wedding showers and our bachelor/ette parties. Because we live out of state, it was such a fun excuse to get all of our families & friends together to celebrate us. We were incredibly spoiled by everyone around us and we just appreciate them so much.

Receiving the wedding RSVPs may have been my favorite part. While we had a general idea of who was/wasn’t coming, it was SO fun opening our mailbox & seeing everyone’s cute notes and event selections. It became a nightly ritual for us to open these together and I’ll definitely miss this.

One of the most fun parts of being engaged was definitely registering! We lucked out that Crate & Barrel had a “engaged only” event where they shut down the store, served coffee & breakfast and let us roam around for 2 hours. We got to make mock place settings, try out different appliances, and touch/feel everything. This was SO much fun! Williams-Sonoma has this too (our timing didn’t work) and I can’t recommend this enough. It’s such an easy, fun way to get your fiancee involved in the planning process.

LOWS

One of the hardest parts of planning was for sure the guest list. On one hand, we wanted to invite everyone that we’re friends with; however, we didn’t want a large wedding, nor did we have the budget for it. I can’t stress enough how much it dictates everything – the size of your wedding party, the amount you spend, the vibe of the wedding, the venue you choose…everything is effected by the guest list. Our goal number was 115 and we ended up at 113…right on target!

Let’s be honest…without a doubt, one of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding is discussing budget. Regardless of how much money you have/are gifted, you have to be realistic about what you’re comfortable spending. For us, it was important to be objective with our money and try to get the best bang for our buck with every purchase. I wish we had set a budget prior to looking at venues; however, we lucked out that our #1 venue fell within budget. Given that I am a huge saver, not spender….it was really tough for me to spend this money. I can’t tell you how many times we had the conversation of “should we have eloped and saved all this money?” but in the end, it was worth every penny.

Now that we’re finished with the wedding planning & the big day is over (still so hard to believe), I can honestly say that I am really enjoyed being engaged and for us, 8 months was the perfect amount of time. What a fabulous 8 months it was!

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wedding dress shopping

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Engagement photos

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save the dates

What were your highs & lows of wedding planning?!

 

Life Lately, Vol. 10

One week today we will be in Saratoga at the race track with all of our family & friends. It’s crazy to think how quickly our 8 month engagement has flown by. Needless to say, the past week has been a total blur – between working in the field (aka outside sales/my day job), crossfit daily, my dress fitting, cooking every night, finalizing numbers with vendors & dealing with last minute details, I can’t believe it’s over. I really need this weekend to slow down because I’ve got a lot to do…

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Reading: I’ve got a LOT of flying coming up in August/September (currently 10 flights, more to come) so snagging up a few good books is a must. I came across this list on Goop, which is pretty good. On my list: Rich & Pretty and Under the Harrow.

Cooking: Super light & veggie heavy! I made this zoodle recipe (sans cheese) for dinner this week & it was delicious. We also made this salmon recipe & I was going to make this arugula recipe but I found a LIVE bug in my Trade Joe’s organic arugula bag & now I’m scared of arugula. It was really gross, y’all. How is a bug still alive & flying around inside a produce bag? Someone help me here…

Shopping: I’m sure you’ve seen every.single.fashion.blogger and their #nsale list….yes, it’s super cliche and while I’m no fashion blogger, this sale is undoubtedly the best of the year. It’s a great time to stock up on some key investment pieces for fall/winter months. In my shopping cart is this pair of workout capris, these leather leggings, this killer black jumpsuit, these perfect fall booties and this jacket (technically not part of the sale but I’ve been eyeing it for years and it’s so necessary in New England!). What’s on your #nsale list?

Coveting: All of the home accessories from McGee & Co! Ugh, I cannot wait to buy a house & decorate the sh*t out of it! Haha, seriously. I’ve been put on a home decor spending freeze for over 6 months now and I’m trying real hard to not purchase anything until we have a more permanent home. We’ve been looking to move for months now so once we finally decide when & where, I’ll be back to shopping. But for now I’m window shopping: this driftwood & these sea glass beads would look perfect on a coffee table, pretty much every single pillow is stunning, would snag this door mat and this rug for my home office.

Obsessing: Over this ADORABLE baby frenchie that my friends at the gym just got! Have you ever seen a cuter puppy? His name is Bron and I am in love. He’s basically Mela in puppy formation. I mean, look at these sweet eyes. Talk about having puppy fever now…

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ICYMI – This Week on SouthEndStyle:

Our Love Story + Wedding Bands

Iceland Part 3: The Blue Lagoon

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

6 ways I’m keeping calm with our wedding 30 days away

Ahhhh…less than 1 month from today I will be walking down the aisle! That’s both scary and exciting. Also a little bittersweet because we’ve both loved the planning process so much that we don’t want it to be over. I’m reminded on a daily basis how lucky I am to have a fiancee who not only wants to be involved, but genuinely enjoys planning together. It’s been a really fun bonding experience for us.

That being said, there have been time of high stress and it’s a scary feeling to think that all of these months & months of hard work will come to fruition in a mere 30 days. We’ve got this vision in our heads so we’re praying it turns out even better than we imagine!

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Here are 6 things I’m doing to keep calm during this potentially stressful time:

Working Out: This is KEY! I’m telling you – nothing eases stress like a killer workout. Lucky for me, my crossfit coach totally gets it and my gal pal Amy is the best workout partner so he regularly gives us a “wedding workout” to do (holy arms). We’ve been pushing ourselves 5-6 times per week at our local crossfit box and it’s totally paying off. Did I mention how much I love working out?!

Delegating Details: As a type A control freak, this has not been easy. However, it is beyond necessary. There is a reason I hired these vendors (and are paying them a fortune!) so I’ve learned to trust in them and let them take the reigns. Also, I’m pretty lucky that both my mom and fiancee’s mom are involved & helpful. I’ve been able to count on them to gather information, pictures, etc. and other key tasks that I can’t do from afar.

Keeping our Normal Schedule: Right after we got engaged, I was reading something about how it’s important to not let the wedding take over your everyday life – that means not every dinner conversation needs to revolve around the big day. So while we discuss things often, I try to make a big effort to keep our everyday routines normal. We still go to work at our normal times, take our puppy for walks & watch our girl Dorinda every Wednesday night.

Minimizing Travel: Anyone who knows me knows that this has been the biggest challenge of all! Yes, we went to Iceland. Which was incredible. However, other than that we are laying low and staying local, in an effort to save money & eliminate any added stress to our lives. Plus, we’ve got a pretty incredible honeymoon on the horizon, so we’re saving all of our excitement for that!

Focus on Health: I mentioned working out above, but there’s so much more to “health” than exercise. For me, staying healthy also includes eating healthy, increasing my water intake, sleeping enough, and staying mentally sane. I’ve been focusing a lot on eating whole foods & eliminating as much processed food as possible. This means shopping mainly in the meat, seafood & produce aisles and trying to eat as veggie heavy as possible. Additionally, I’ve been very cognizant of drinking my body weight in water (ounces) and sleeping at least 7 hours per night. I’d love to say I’m getting 8-9, but that’s hard to come by during the week.

Remember the Point: This is by far the most important thing that all brides & grooms must do! Sure, we’re planning a big wedding weekend full of food, drink, activities, music, dancing, etc. And sure, we want to make sure that our family & friends have the best weekend of their lives….but…let’s not forget the reason we’re all coming together. For us, it’s important to stay grounded and remember that we’re hosting this weekend because Terry & I met, fell in love, and are vowing to spend the rest of our lives together. This big day signifies a new chapter in our lives – one of lifelong commitment, starting “our” life together, and beginning our journey as a family. We both take marriage very seriously and so we often remind ourselves how this is oh so much more than a “party”. This is the beginning of the rest of our lives.

What do/did you do to stay calm before your wedding?

Life Lately, Vol. 7

FRI-YAY!

After being not only delayed twice, but cancelled, and then re-delayed on my way back from FLL (you can read about my trip here), I finally arrived home 48 hours later. While I certainly don’t enjoy dealing with airline delays (Spirit customer service, you can expect to hear from me later today!), I was able to spend a quick 36 hours in Atlanta seeing my family which was a wonderful surprise! I must admit, I was feeling a little homesick and needed that visit.

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3rd visitor in 2 weeks arrives on Sunday so keeping this guest room clean is key…

Travel: Speaking of, there has a been a lot of travel new lately, including a new 72-hour SPG cancellation policy update (I’m a loyal member with status so this makes me cringe) and some possible restrictions when visiting Cuba, a country I’m hoping to make it to soon. Looks like I better plan this trip for sooner rather than later.

Honeymoon: In other travel news, we are booking away! I mentioned before that we booked our safari via Sabi Sands and now we’ve booked our hotels in both Johannesburg & Cape Town. Next up: inter-Africa flights (to/from the safari lodge and from JNB-CPT), our hotel in wine country and…wait for it…shark diving!! AHHH this is really happening.

Shopping: I’m on a major spending freeze (weddings & honeymoons are no joke y’all…$$$); however, I am in search of a couple cute one-piece bathing suits. We all know they’re making a huge comeback. Gone are the days of old, frumpy one pieces. The ones these days are stylish, sexy & so cute! I’ve got my eye on this black one & this off the shoulder. How cute for bike riding around a beach town? Throw on some jean shorts & you’re ready! Perhaps I’ll get both…

Reading: Not like I have any time for reading right now; however, laying on the beach with a good paperback (and a glass of rose) may or may not be my Sunday activity of choice. I’ve currently got The Royal We and Forks, Knives and Spoons in my cart. Both came highly recommended as fun & easy summer reads. Anyone read them?

Interiors: Crushing hard on this Studio McGee Park City renovation. Whoever owns this home is one lucky duck! This rustic meets mountain dream home is To. Die. For. Let’s be honest, anything Syd & Shea touch turns to gold. Check it out!

Wedding: The 6-week countdown begins. My fiancee & I are getting SUPER excited to host all of our loved ones for the weekend. Given that my to do list is a mile long (about 6 printed pages to be exact), I am spending every waking second this weekend getting stuff done. I need a whole new word for “overwhelmed”. Who wants to help me? Any takers?

On that note, I’m off to Michaels, The Dollar Store, Anthropologie, Staples & Target to knock stuff of this list. Wish me luck!

What’s on your weekend agenda?!