today’s look..here’s to new adventures!

hello lovebugs all the way from sunny LA!
i have officially started my internship with the wonderful kait from Madly Mignon this week, and even though we are only two days in i can tell you it is going to be one heck of an amazing summer. sidenote, if you haven’t ever read kait’s blog you NEED to. this woman is unbelieveable! aside from being a fierce, #girlboss role model, she is also one of the brightest shining lights for the lord i’ve ever met. i cannot wait to spend this summer (and hopefully many years to come) in her mentorship.
now, you’re probably thinking, “wow, em! sounds like you are off to a great start!”
and yes as of monday i am, but let me tell you this was the hardest thing i’ve ever had to do. ever since i accepted this internship i’ve been nothing but excited. it wasn’t until the semester came to an end that leaving became all too real. yes i’ve been other places far from home on my “own” (new york, europe, spring break trips, etc.), but nothing like this. as i said goodbye to the people i love the most one by one, wanting to stay out here got harder and harder. i suck at goodbyes, even if it’s only for a few months. i don’t think i’ve ever cried so much in one week. lol
but then somehow after my first day going insanely well (despite my nerves), i was filled with overwhelming peace. like god was just saying “my daughter, i’ve got you. just lean on me. i’ll see you through.”
how is god working in your life this week?
i am so excited to continue this new journey, and so thankful kait has taken me under her wing! be prepared for updates as the summer continues!
PS: for someone who doesn’t wear yellow, i’ve been wearing this new madewell top quite a bit recently. maybe it’s an outward expression of the los angeles sunshine? haha
/ top: madewell / shorts: vintage / sandals: target / sunnies: c/o madewell /

frills + thrills.

back in the day (and by that i guess i mean last year) i used to do a post every once in awhile called “five things” showcasing five-ish things that i had bought, found, stumbled up, or read that i deemed worthy to share with y’all. sound familiar? i got the idea from emily schuman’s “five things” posts and katey mcfarlan’s “friday frills” posts; of course giving credit where credit is due.
i don’t want to try to make these a weekly thing, but i would definitely like to do them more often! and to make these even better i would love for you lovebugs to share any of your good finds with me! like a link swap, so it’s a win win. 🙂
sound good?
so here’s my list of little frills and thrills that are worth checking out. 😉
i picked up this highlight powder from ulta the other day on a whim when i was getting another eyebrow pencil (nyx is bogo 50% off right now!). it swatched so beautifully i couldn’t help it, okay?! y’all know i’m obsessed with this liquid highlighter, so i’m hoping that this will be the perfect powder product to go on top. this new nyx one is a little bit more affordable, so i’ll let you know what i think about it soon!
i LOVE finding sites like this because it can be such a hard decision to figure out where to eat in the city. mostly because there are just so many places to choose from! i’ve been constantly updating a list in my phone called “nyc bites & sites” every time i hear of a new yummy place to try (i’ll be going again in october!) and now i have TEN more!
one more that’s not on the list that is a MUST: black tap. look them up on ig and drool away. you’re welcome.
3. circuit training
my coach (update on training, prep, coaching coming at you soon!) has me doing HIIT circuit cardio four days a week, and i’m loving it!! usually i do things like spin, sled pushes or battle rope slams in intervals, but these circuits are a big change up for me. i’m doing things like kettlebell swings, burpees (eww), box jumps and renegade rows. my circuits are different every day which keeps things new and interesting.
i’ll definitely be doing a flex friday on it asap!! HIIT is so much better than steady state…in more ways than one!
y’all seriously need to check out kayti. her work is so chic and beautiful! from canvas to palette wood, she does it all and it’s totally customizable.
i have the perfect spot for one of her pieces in my room, but i just have to decide which one i want…because i want all of them. ugh.
be sure to like made with love on facebook and follow her on insta!
5. back to school
in case any of you are in need of some back to school advice, i’ve linked a lot of my previous posts on a variety of BTS topics below!
speaking of back to school, nike is having a huge sale on their sale and lucky for you i have a coupon code!! use BTS20 for 20% off already discounted items. we’re about to be lookin’ gooooooood for flex friday. 😉
love y’all bunches my little lovebugs!! have a fantastic weekend!

move in day + my new house!

move in day finally came!
i felt like august was never going to get here, but summer surprisingly flew by! time flies when you’re having fun, right?
i was planning on vlogging way more on actually moving in and decorating and all that fun stuff, but let’s get real, moving is STRESSFUL.
not only stressful, but tiring and frustrating all at the same time. nevertheless, after a day and half i got everything situated and put in place and my room turned out PERFECT. like seriously so perfect…you’ll see my excitement in the vlog.
i feel like joanna gaines would be so proud. #FixerUpperStillwaterEdition
feel free to watch the vlog below or keep on scrolling to see pics from my finished room!

/ desk lamp: target (available in stores) / white bedding: target / dresser: ikea / 
/ lamp shade: ikea / file cabinet: ikea /

spring break photo diary: caribbean cruise.

honey, i’m hooommmmeeee!
just kidding there was no one waiting on me back home in stilly, but that’s why i have you guys right? 😉

i don’t know how i’m going to contain myself as i write this post, because this past week was so full of fun!! i guess i’ll just give you a quick, day-by-day run down of the week.

oh! and don’t miss out on the little spring break trailer i guess you could call it down below. 
because sometimes pictures just aren’t enough. 🙂


monday:

– two of my girlfriends and i flew out to miami to meet up with our roadtripping friends at the port

tuesday:

– got off the boat super early in nassau!
– explored downtown nassau, the straw market, and junkanoo beach
( if you’re going to nassau, you should skip junkanoo and pay the $4 taxi/ferry ride over to paradise island.)
– road over to paradise island (home of the atlantis resort!) and beach bummed on cabbage beach.
– after dinner that night, we headed back to senor frogs to dance our little booties off! SO FUN.

wednesday:

– tendered off coco cay; aka royal caribbean’s PRIVATE island in the bahamas! what, what?!
– beached alllllllllll day

thursday:

– key west, florida!
this is such a quaint little town, and i love it! make sure you grab a slice of key lime pie while you’re there and head on down the the most southern point of the continental u.s! so cool!
( don’t like key lime pie? stop by GLAZED. this gourmet donut & coffee shop has THE BEST key lime pie dessert in the country! )

friday:

– said goodbye to our home for the week 🙁
– spent a little bit of time at hollywood beach in ft. lauderdale before catching our flight.

i’m dying to know what y’all did for spring break!
let me know in the comments!
xoxo, emily