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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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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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Beautiful city — how great is this picture. I love all the brownstones in NYC!

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Taking a quick break in Central Park

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Outside the MET — fantastic museum

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Frattiest kid that ever lived. I want him to be mine (one day)!

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Scored this coat at a sale in SoHo (C.Wonder — available in stores only)

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Have a great four-day-week!!!

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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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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Time Off… Don’t Mind If I Do!

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I decided that the rest of this week is deemed as time off. I haven’t had this long of a break since college and I want to fully enjoy it. Have no fear, I will be doing some work on the blog and will be back on Monday! If you’re on vacation like me, enjoy it! I sincerely hope that everyone has the happiest of holidays!

xx, MEB


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Home for The Holidays!

Tomorrow morning I am waking up bright and early to head home for the holidays! I could not be more excited! I haven’t been home since October and for this home-body, that is a long time. I know what you’re thinking “home-body that moved thousands of miles away? hardly.” But I have to admit, I am very much a home-body. I love my home and my family. Home has always been the equivalent of a happy place for me. Whenever my parents even slightly mention moving out of our house I immediately throw a fit and start laying down any argument possible. I can’t help it — I was born and raised in the same house. There is no other house I want to come home to. No other house would ever be “home” to me. This holiday season after all that has been going on in the world it really makes me appreciate my family that much more. Sure there is guaranteed bickering and chaos with my brothers but that is inevitable. I go home expecting this. But this year, I cannot wait for it all. I love my family so much and I am so blessed to have them. Take me home :)

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Now if only I could get a little bit of this for Christmas! Here’s to wishing and hoping!

Safe travels to all and may you have a very happy holiday!

xx, MEB


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A Gal with a Gift

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If I’ve ever known a gal with a gift, it is a particular sorority sister of mine. May I introduce to you, Miss Darcie Nicholson. Darcie is a student at Texas Christian University (go frogs!) and is one of those people you know will make an impact on the world. We all have those people in our lives. You know who I am talking about. They’re the ones that step outside the boundaries, define who they are by the person they are and not the people around them, they are the leaders —not the followers. People want to be them. It’s a serious skill and Darcie continues to share this skill by shedding light on issues happening all around the world with her humble missions. Right now she is on a mission to make a difference and serve in various countries over the course of 11 months.

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Darcie just recently started a project called Go Rings. These rings are awesome, but really… and I am not just saying this. They are beautiful and they help support a wonderful cause! See I  told you… she’s skilled. On Darcie’s Etsy site (where you can buy the rings for $15!! Yep, you read that correctly.. only $15!!) she explains her story in detail. The rings have 11 loops representing the 11 countries that will be reached. Each ring is bound 7 times, representing the 7 team members Darcie will be serving and traveling with.

When talking with Darcie about her mission I had one question for her: Why do you want to do this? What’s the point?
Her  reply: “Ok so — when I got around to thinking about what I’d like to do after college, I knew that I didn’t want to go into the workforce right away… I’ve got the rest of my life to do that. I wanted to continue learning, but not in a classroom.

I studied abroad last semester in Seville, Spain and definitely caught a case of wanderlust. I saw so many different cultures and ways of life, and realized there are parts of the world that I would just probably never see. I developed a passion for culture and knew I had to pursue it somehow.

I have a passion for ministry, too. Whether it’s been through Young Life, working at camp or serving through my church – my faith is an unshakable part of my daily life.

When I stumbled across the World Race’s website last year, I thought it sounded incredible. It combines my passion for culture and for ministry into a journey that benefits others as well as myself. How perfect! I applied on a whim about two months ago, and am excited to embark on this adventure.

When it comes down to it, the point is Jesus. That’s the whole point of the trip. Spreading the Gospel to places that may have never heard it. I intend to share the love of Christ for the rest of my life, but this concentrated period of 11 months is a short time that I can focus on that mission without distraction and “the American dream” getting in the way.”

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A blurb from Darcie’s website about her work with the Christian Mission,  The World Race:

“The World Race is an 11-month journey to 11 countries. Racers go with a mission-minded spirit to serve “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40). I leave in July to work and serve in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, The Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

The inspiration for Go Rings is Matthew 28:19 which says: “…therefore GO and make disciples of all nations.” So that’s what I intend to do!

To go on this journey, I have to raise $15,500. That’s 1,000 rings! I’m asking your help to send me out. My prayer is that you can share my mission with others through this ring. Help spread the word so that I can help spread The Word!”

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With this opportunity Darcie truly has the ability to make a difference in the world, one that we all know she was intended for. Please help her reach her goal of 1,000 rings by purchasing one here. If you don’t need/want a ring but want to feel the love then you can always donate! Feel free to visit Darcie’s blog and follow her as she embarks on this journey. The World Race is a wonderful mission and Darcie deserves the chance to share her kindness and contagious smile with the world. I’m serious when I say that she is one of the people you’ll hear about one day. She will be the one who makes a difference. Good luck Darcie!! I wish you nothing but the best on your future endeavors!

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Have a great Thursday! Go buy a ring (FYI great stocking stuffer!!!!)

xx, MEB


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Welcome to Atlanta!


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I am off to Atlanta today for a business trip. After the holiday break we just had I was ready to jump at any opportunity to get out of the office! The first week back is always the hardest if you ask me. Not to mention, I love traveling to new places! I suppose Atlanta is exactly new. I went when I was younger to visit a family friend— that was a long time ago and I hardly remember it. So I vote Atlanta as a new stop in my books! I LOVE to travel. The actual act of landing and take off, not so much a fan but I’m told it’s necessary. When I’m flying I feel like I have an abundance of time to just sit and think. I can think about whatever I want; how the man sitting next to me is stealing my armrest, how incredibly blessed i am, do an overview of how things are going in my life, think about what is next to come in the future, or how cold my feet always get on planes— the options are endless! I can simply put in my headphones and zone out for a matter of hours. I’m looking forward to some “me” time to just sit and think. Isn’t crazy that I am able to have “me” time with a hundred strangers around me? A little odd I suppose. Either way, I am packed and ready to go! If you have any recommendations of restaurants or anything else I should do while I am there please let me know! I am only in Atlanta until Friday but that’s plenty of time to do a little exploring, right?!

Have a fantastic Wednesday! Try to fit in some “me” time today– wherever you may be!!

xx, MEB