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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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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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(yes, I am still drinking wine…)

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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Empire State of Mind

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This weekend I am off to the Big Apple!!! Cue “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z. Every time I am in NYC I have this utter sense of Carrie Bradshaw being injected into me as soon as the plane touches down. New York City is one of those places you can travel to for years and still never see everything. It is a little magical if you ask me. As far as fashion is concerned, anything is possible and everything is acceptable. I haven’t been to the city in a few years so I am super excited to get back. The boyfriend is accompanying me and I could not be more excited (he’s never been!!) to share this experience with him!! I’ll be sure to capture tons of pictures and share them with you when I return! Until next time…

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!! Happy Friday!

xx, MEB


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New Year, New Rule.

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If you ask me New Years resolutions are designed for you to fail. I mean realistically, how many of you have actually kept a resolution going for longer than 3 months? Not me — that is for sure. I am just not one of those people that can stay committed to something for that long. I am a phase kind of gal. I go through phases like you wouldn’t believe. My mother can attest to this. Therefore, this year after twenty-two something years of making “resolutions” I have decided that a change (read: rule) is necessary. [Rule #1: This year I will make goals rather than resolutions.] Goals seem much more attainable. After all, I want something that can be accomplished and I will be proud to cross off my list come 2014.

I know I am little behind on posting my “resolutions” but whatever, sue me. Here are a few that I’ve been working on and wanted to share with you:

– find a hobby — I don’t know why this is so hard but it’s been on my mind for awhile. I want to find something I can become passionate about. I am currently borrowing my father’s DSLR camera to see if I want to dive back into photography.
– eat organic — whether I like to admit it or not, I am a health freak. Not so much that my life is consumed by it but being healthy and living well has always sparked an interest. I know eating organic is much better for my body so I figure, why not?
– buy classics, don’t just settle for spontaneous sale items — this is a no-brainer. Saving money and being practical about purchases could never hurt.
– teach the dog a new trick — he is turning 3 in April and I think it’s time he learn something new.
– make an educated decision about the blog— i can officially check off my first goal!! With yesterday marking the day I made a decision to get back into blogging.
– make 5 new friends — i know this may sound odd but I am finally getting settled and Dallas is starting to finally feel like home. However, I love meeting new people and think that it would be great to gain some new friends in Dallas. I’m looking forward to seeing this goal develop!
– volunteer — give back!
– cook a meal at least once a week— so far, so good. On Sunday the boyfriend and I made chili and tonight’s menu includes stuffed bell peppers!
– witness something truly amazing— i am hoping this happens before Summer 2013 but if it doesn’t, I know that come July (my big brother is getting married!) I will have witnessed something wonderful.

These are just a few of the goals I have been working on so far. I have a full page in the back of my new calendar dedicated to these bad boys and I cannot wait to start checking them off! Wish me luck! Does anyone have similar goals? Or different ones that they want to share?!

Have a wonderful day!!

xx, MEB


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The Beginning…Again

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I’ve been “ignoring” my blog— it’s not really ignoring when I think about it daily— for about 1.5-2 weeks now. I wish i could say I had an excuse (does getting the flu count?) but regardless, I’ve been denying my blog the attention it deserves. Lately, I just haven’t been motivated to write but with 2013 now in full effect, I realized that it is time I make an educated decision about Tasteful {ness}. I am going to try and make a commitment of blogging 3-4 times a week. I want to be able to post every day but I just don’t think I have the time or the material right now. So here is to a brand new start in 2013. Full of good food, lots of fun, and a bunch of tasteful things in the future!! Thanks for sticking around :)

 

xx, MEB


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Cue, 2013.

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2012. When I look back on the past year it amazes me how much has happened. I graduated from college, I started my first job in the workforce, I took on financial responsibility that I never really thought was possible, I’ve been asked by my wonderful and amazing soon-to-be sister-in-law to be her Maid of Honor, I marked year numero tres in a wonderful relationship with a man I love, and I’ve grown more as an individual than ever before.

This past year has been one for the books without question. Its been full of so many emotions and blessings, not to say there hasn’t been bumps in the road along the way. I don’t think it would have been a memorable year without everything that has occurred. It’s all about what you learn these experiences though, right? Some things I learned over the past year:

+ pay the bill as soon as you get it, don’t delay the inevitable
+ don’t be fooled— dogs are great, vet bills are not
+ family is most important— more of a reassurance seeing as I already knew this
+ best friends are rare, but keep them close when you find them
+ also, no matter the distance between best friends, the good ones will always be there
+ champagne gives the worst hangovers
+ don’t be afraid to over-indulge
+ pay day is always the best day
+ it’s not always about want, instead, focus on need
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work hard & play hard — balance is key
+ the right song can fix any problem, for a few minutes anyways
+ it’s okay to simply trust your instincts
+ wearing heels from 8am-6pm will never end well
+ anything is possible

Yes, I know — that is just scratching the surface but there was a lot to be learned this year! From graduating to starting a new life in a new city there are many things that I have picked up along the way. 2012 was good to me, to my family, and to my friends. I am blessed to have such amazing people in my life and I am looking forward to everything that 2013 has in store for me. I hope everyone had a wonderful night celebrating the countdown to a new year!

Have an amazing day and cheers to 2013!!

xx, MEB