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“X” Marks The Spot

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I don’t know about you but i cannot wait for some time in the sun. I have been all over the map trying to plan a trip in the upcoming months. I am in a serious need of some Vitamin D. Vitamin D is in relation to the sun in case anyone isn’t on their A-game this morning. I cannot wait to hit the beach with an ice cold beer in hand. Hopefully some of these plans will actually pan out and I’ll be headed for warmer weather in no time!! Not to mention, I think a vacation is necessary. With no time off since Christmas, it is well-deserved too. If you ask me, a vacation is the perfect thing to reward yourself with after working hard. Maybe ill need to buy a new suit too just in case? Yes, i think so!

Here’s to hoping!

xx, MEB


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TGFM- Thank God For Momma

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This weekend my momma is coming to town and I am so excited! It has been awhile since we have had a  “girls weekend” filled with good shopping, good food and great wine. Yesterday I said I was a daddy’s girl. Welp, today I am a momma’s girl. Some things never change? Regardless, my momma and I get along well and always have — aside from the b*tchy teen years. Sorry about that, mom. Happens to the best of us. Anyways, I cannot wait to spend the weekend with her. It’s great when she comes it town because it is an excuse to escape “my Dallas” and jump into different “getaway Dallas.” I don’t have the itch to go out to bars or see everyone. I can lay low and just be. I always need a weekend “away” everyone once in a while! A little R&R with my momma is exactly what I need!! Now another positive aspect of momma coming to town: we have very similar taste in clothes so it tends to work out well when we go shopping together. This weekend we might also make a quick stop by Dry Bar for a little refreshing hair-do. And it wouldn’t be fair to have great hair & keep it cooped up inside– so we made reservations at Hattie’s in the Bishop Arts District. I cannot wait to cross this restaurant off my Dallas foodie list!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

xx, MEB


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Oh, Saint Valentine

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For this particular post I was just looking up images of “love” on a tumblr that I enjoy incorporating into my blog. I searched pages and pages, and while i found wonderful and beautiful pictures of love, none seemed just right. After all, today is a day to celebrate the one most important thing we have in life: l.o.v.e. Real, honest-to-God, and true love. No wonder I couldn’t find it on a tumblr— I was looking in the wrong place! If i want “real love,” I need to find real people in real life situation. People I know, people.I.love. People that understand it won’t always be easy and that sometimes things get confusing. But people that also understand, it is all worth it.

Let’s take a moment and be honest if we’re already chatting about “true love.” Today , it doesn’t matter if you are in a relationship or not. Anyone and everyone can celebrate the oh-so-frequently-despised Valentine’s Day. We all have experienced some sort of love (I genuinely hope so). Everyone deserves to know what love is. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter if your love is a love for a friend or a love for a parent or love for anyone else… it’s all considered love. That is what I love about love! They’re are sooo many different kinds of love in the world. I think we can all agree that the most important love we should have is love for our self. I am not going to rant and rave about the things I love about myself because well, that’s slightly egotistical and who wants to read about that? I certainly don’t want to write about it. However, i do think it needs to be recognized. Without question, we are our biggest critics and I think it is a valuable quality to be able to step back from mirror, look at the big picture, and realize, “everything is okay and i am happy.” Haven’t you ever realized that when you feel good about yourself or you get a compliment from a stranger or you’re involved in some random act of kindness… you just feel happy!? It’s the universe’s way of patting you on the back to let you know,  you can do it.

My guy and I aren’t for celebrating big but an exchange of cards is a must. I may or may not have hinted at flowers to accompany the card so hopefully he got the hint. He hasn’t seemed to fail me yet. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing man in my life. However, if we are going on this whole “let’s be honest” rampage, I have to admit, my dad will always be my first and favorite valentine. Is that dumb? I am a twenty-something daddy’s girl. Nope, I don’t think so. My dad is my most favorite man in the world and will always be my first love, I suppose he deserves some credit. I love you, Dad. Happy Valentine’s Day!

May your day be filled with love, chocolate and wine. All things you can gift yourself… or others :)

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All my love,

MEB


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Currently Coveting: Red Hot Items

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| 1. Mara Hoffman bikini | 2. NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red | 3. JCrew Beaded Rose Necklace | 4. Kate Spade Terry Flat | 5. Joie Pinot Top | 6. Cosa Bella Never Say Never Sweetie Soft Bra | 7. Kate Spade Pop Art Scarf | 8. Cosa Bella Never Say Never Cutie Lowrider Thong |

Whether you’re buying for yourself or others this holiday, you can always find an excuse to go shopping. In my case, these are some “red hot” — err, or pink— items that I have been eying lately. Some are just practical for the holiday, cue the most comfortable bra and undies known to womankind (Cosa Bella), while others just happen to be red and pink so they fall into the “holiday” category. Without question I think my favorite item on this list is the Mara Hoffman bikini. I have been lusting after one of her suits for so long. Hence the reason I managed to pick out one of the suits that had pink in it. Sorry, I had to— her bathing suits are always so cute and chic. Who wouldn’t want to dive into a pool in one of these bad boys? I certainly do!! On another note, once hopping out of the pool and switching the gears into a cute sundress, a perfect lipstick to pair it with is necessary. PS. can you tell I am ready for warm/beach weather?! Anyways, I have about three NARS lipsticks so far and I am hooked. They’re so great and they have a bunch of different types (i.e. smooth, matte, semi-matte- you get the picture) and I love them all. I highly recommend everyone purchases at least one asap. Not to mention, they’re color selection is top notch. In fact, I think it might be time i add numero four to the bunch. We shall see!

PS. i suppose these couldn’t hurt to add to the wish list either!

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!

xx, MEB


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M is for Monday

 

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Hello lovahs. I.am.back!! I sincerely apologize for my “crappiness” lately. That whole balance of |work life|social life|love life| is a little unstable at the moment. Work seems to be taking over and that is just not okay. I have always had a strong work ethic — thank you, parents — but at one point or another I think we can all appreciate the voice in our head that says “just stop working. stop it all. right now.” I think after this week I will have hit that point. This will be coming at a wonderful time because not only is the equally loved and hated day of romance this week but momma is coming to town this weekend!! Lots to look forward to. ALSO, I have a few dinners this week (which we all know makes the week go by that much faster!)– one with the fabulous and my best bloggie friend Little Miss Wade!

 

Cheers to Monday and my (long-awaited, I’m sure) return!

xx, MEB


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Time To Dig A Little Deeper

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Alright, so I know I said I was going to take time off from my little blog but I have something on my mind that I thought I should share and hopefully gain some advice from you all. It’s a very simple yet oh so complicated topic. I.stress.easily. very easily. I don’t know why it happens this way but I have always been prone to stress. Even in high school— whether it was a fight with friends or a massive test, I would stress out. In college, it was the same thing. If I had more than two tests in a week, hello stress! For the most part, i would like to think I manage my stress pretty well. I make lists (thank you, mom) and organize things in order of priority. I make my life at least appear to be  simplistic and not-so-stressful. I don’t like to make other people around me feel stressed when I am freaking out internally because that is just not how I work. In my opinion, just because I am stressing out about something doesn’t necessarily mean that someone else is feeling the same way. Being stressed is never fun so bringing someone into that boat when it can be avoided, I say heck yes.

Lately, at work I have been gaining a lot of responsibility. Don’t get me wrong— this.is.fantastic. I have been wanting to take on more for awhile now and all i can think at this very moment is “be careful what you wish for” because it could not be more true. Without going into the entire situation for privacy and my own well-being, you just need to know that I am going to be swamped at work the next few weeks. Many people have asked if I am nervous. The honest answer, yes… how could I not be?! This is my first job in the “real world” and I am still learning (and will continue to for awhile) so yes, it is scary. However, I am so ready to take on the challenge. I feel prepared, to an extent, and I know I am capable. I am more worried about the unknown. You know what I am talking about right? I am organized so I have all my ducks in a row but what about the duck I don’t account for?! That duck scares the crap out me. Who knows when or where its coming from but have no fear, it will come. Something unexpected is expected. And THAT is what I need your help with. Does anyone have advice or some de-stressing routines or steps they like to take? I have the “drinking excessive amounts of wine” covered so that’s a non-issue. What else do you have?!

Here’s to another day! Have a good one!

xx, MEB


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Tuesday Recap & Links

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This.week.is.hectic. Four words that clearly don’t do enough justice. I may be in and out this week with blogging. My career is slowly taking over my life and will be for the next couple of weeks. My plan is to work on the blog in my down time and/or this weekend. I apologize for my slacking lately. I declare this week as time to enjoy a (read: BIG) glass of wine and some quiet time when possible. Err— if only it was possible. I will try my best, don’t you worry!

As for now, here are a few recipes I am dying to try. One that I may or may not (busted: I totally am) making tonight with the boyfriend. I will be sure to document the process! Bon Appetit!

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Until next time… have a wonderful day!!

xx, MEB


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TGIF: A Skip & A Jump to LMW

Hello readers!! Today is an exciting day for me. Drum roll please. I am being honored with my first guest post on a good friend of mine’s blog: Little Miss Wade!! When Morgan asked me to write a post for her blog, I was beyond flattered. I know this doesn’t seem like a big accomplishment but let me assure you, it is. Please do me a huge favor and head over to Little Miss Wade to check out my feature!! I’m sharing a few trends and styles I have been keeping my eye on lately!

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Have a fantastic weekend!!

xx, MEB


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Take Me With You

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After getting back from my NYC getaway I realized that I am in dire need of a travel bag. Not so much a weekend bag as it would be a “put-all-my-random-crap-in” bag. I have never been one of those girls that travel lightly — thank you, mom — and I need a bag that I can carry on the plane or fit easily in the car without a hassle. Now I know this would not be hard to find. However, I have one requirement for this bag. It must.be.organized. I cannot have any more bags that become bottomless pits. Yes, they are great but I already have one that I bring to work. When I travel I need to know where everything is at all times; phone, passport/boarding pass, iPad, magazine, snacks etc. Everything needs a home, if you ask me. Otherwise, it will get lost and go into the black abyss never to be seen again (until I empty my bag once i return home). Pointless, right? Therefore, I need a bag with pockets, zippers, you name it- i need it.

One of my dear friends was recently telling me about how she scored a LO & SONS bag for Christmas. I immediately started giving her the third degree about her bag. How many pockets? Can I fit blah, blah, and blah inside? Is it heavy? What colors does it come in? If i put blah in, can I still fit blah? Is it waterproof? You get the idea. I was extremely intrigued. She continued to rant and rave about how great her bag was and all of it’s amazing compartments. I think at one point she even said “this is the best bag ever created” which I thought was pretty solidifying. Not to mention, the bag looks amazing and oh so classy. They’re price tag is a little hefty ($295) but my LO & SONS gal swears by it and promises it’s worth the price. Does anyone else have one of these bags and can attest to my friend’s review? I would love love loveeee to hear more about the bag… or any other bags for that matter!!! I seriously need help picking one out… and soon! Never know when my next impromptu weekend trip might be!

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Have a wonderful, organized, and stress-free Wednesday!

xx, MEB


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Weekend Recap: NYC

This past weekend was beyond amazing. New York is such a great place to visit. Keyword: visit. Although it is wonderful, I don’t think I could ever live there. But that is just my personal opinion — clearly there are many people who would agree with me! The fashion was spectacular — hello, Madison Ave — and the food was even better. This was the boyfriend’s first trip to NYC and I think it safe to say he is a fan, as well. Below are a few (read: A TON) pictures to help review this weekend! We started off Saturday at Freedom Tower and some exploring in the city. Saturday night was a hit with seeing The Book of Mormon (hilarious!). Sunday we visited the MET and took a stroll through Central Park followed by a long walk through the city. Monday was short day in the city but we made a quick stop by The Empire State Building to get some beautiful views of the city. Perfect weekend trip if you ask me! I apologize, pictures uploaded in reverse order so just pretend it was on purpose…

 

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Taking a quick break in Central Park

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Outside the MET — fantastic museum

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Have a great four-day-week!!!

xx, MEB