Monday, February 8, 2016

Links… Lately XII

** It's all about the bubbly!

** This explanation of why my generation is obsessed with the 90's actually makes a lot of sense. 

** This made me think of Courtney…

** While I have no intentions of having a true home office (maybe ever), I still swoon over spaces like this.

** Fitbit rumors... which one did I buy...?

**Absolutely obsessed with this house!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Drinking My Greens

Per my New Year’s resolutions, I’ve been drinking smoothies nearly every day for over a month and the results are amazing. I feel more energized, the drink fills me up every morning and I feel great that I’m kick starting my day with over 2 servings of leafy greens and multiple servings of fruits.

The combination possibilities are endless! I now see everything as a potential addition to my morning smoothie and I can’t stop pinning recipes to try! The one ingredient I never skimp on in a full frozen banana. I learned the hard way that if it’s not frozen, the smoothie is watery, and even if I only use half a frozen banana (what many recipes call for) it’s still not the consistency that I’ve grown accustomed too. I always have two servings of spinach and a full banana and so far my favorite additions are apples and pears. We just happened to have them laying around the house and now I can’t imagine my fridge without them! I also love adding pineapple! I usually just fill the cup with water but love to add almond milk once in a while for an extra creamy morning treat!

I know I know, none of this is new news to anyone, but to me it’s a life change for the better. And I love it!

Future recipes I can’t wait to try include Chocolate Pear, Matcha (the new super food!), and Mocha J

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Five!

{it’s the little things…}

The past two weeks have been… well… weird. They were fast and slow, great but also defeating, exhausting yet energizing. It’s been a liberating couple of weeks I guess… in a way. Again… weird… but life throws curveballs and you have to come out a better person because of it. Things aren’t always sunshine and lollipops, as much as we try to portray they are. But I am not the type of person to be sad and negative and down for a long period of time. I’m just not. I can’t. It’s not in my makeup. I’m optimistic. I see the good in people. I forgive and I try to move forward. So cheers to that. Here’s to being confident, forgiving and happy. Let’s do this life!

Friday Forte: 

{seeing 20/20 in all aspects of life... specs here}

{recent edition to my Alex and Ani collection… and a pretty positive one at that}

{S’well… because it’s more fun to drink beverages out of something pretty amiright?}

{C and C swag from the latest concert… all proceeds from the merchandise at Michigan concerts go towards the Flint water relief}

Sunday, January 31, 2016

City & Colour @ The Intersection

This was my third time seeing Dallas Green. It was his last night of the If I Go Before You tour. And it was in my home town. This night was WAS EVERYTHING! I know this has been something I’ve now posted on three times, so I’m sure the pictures are getting old (not to mention they are grainy), but to me, seeing my favorite band perform live, will never get old. I can’t get enough of the music, the atmosphere... and the pictures!

One of my girlfriends came up from Kazoo and we made an evening of it. We had dinner at Stella’s, pre drinks at Tin Can and an after party at a dive bar seeing a friends cover band to cap off the night. It was a great day and one that was greatly needed. I love weekends like this and hope they are not few and far between J

Instagram Life – January 2016

{follow along @__stitesme__)

January was not what I expected… but there were still some shining moments…

** #Friday’s
** Date night at The Twisted Rooster
** Paid a visit to our favorite beer supplier
** Chopped off the hairs
** Date night at the Old Goat
** Bowling with Mom & Dad Saturday
** Date night at Jose Babushka’s
** #joy
** City and Colour in Grand Rapids

Let's do this February!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Five!

{shopping new specs… which will I choose??}

The frigid temps this week put a negative taste in my mouth… many people’s I feel. The winter blues have set it hard and I could not be more ready for a weekend spent cozy and inside with very few plans to speak of. 

Friday Forte: 

{copper mug display to brighten up a dull counter-top (without the clutter!)}

{bowling date with the rents (my arm is sore too, Dad!)}

{v-day vibes in the offices courtesy of our Intern (playing around with the new A Beautiful Mess app, A Color Story.... my favorite photo editing app to date!}

{evenings watching True Blood, under the heated blanket}

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What’s In My Bag - 2016 Edition

Since I haven’t done one of these for 3 years (almost exactly!), I thought it was about time I posted another installment of “What’s In My Bag?” I’m older now. A little more grown up. More mature perhaps? And definitely lead a more minimalistic life when it comes to my bag(s). I got sick of so much “stuff”. Not to mention my purse choices are shifting to smaller sizes, meaning I really need to be picky on the things I consider essentials and “have “to be with me at all times. Many of the things you see have been featured at one point or another in my Friday Five series, I guess that’s why they are in my purse on the reg… cause these few items are my favorite, most needed things to have with me wherever I go.

I no longer carry a planner! I KNOW crazy since I was planner OBSESSED for years and spent a good amount of money on one for 2016… but alas, the purse I bought in Paris didn’t leave much room after that planner was inside (I now use a planner from as a to-do list guide that I keep in my laptop bag for work). So for my personal to-do lists, I use a combination of Seize the Day and Wunderlist apps on my iPhone. They have been working wonders on getting stuff done (especially since that stupid red bubble stays there until everything on your list is done).

I also don’t currently waste any space with sunglasses, cause let’s be honest... it’s Winter in Michigan… but that space is now used for gloves! Gloves that were given to me by one of my most favorite retirees at work. They hold a special place in my heart...

What else is in my bag?!?!?
  •  Favorite FAVORITE portable charger. This thing charges long and fast. The best. Plus for under $10 I can have new covers created and sent to me in case I get bored of my black and white Europe photo’s (PSHHH like that’ll ever happen
  • Lucas Pawpaw Ointment. A friend brought this back from Australia a couple of years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since! I mostly use it on my lips, but you can use it on elbows, hands, etc. It’s a winter time god send!
  • Happy Pill bottle. This is an old bottle (that I’ve covered with stickers to make more appealing), but basically it’s my one-stop-shop drug store. I have everything I could ever need on the go in this little guy… extra strength Tylenol, ibuprofen, Midol, allergy meds, advil cold and sinus. All of it.
  • Granny’s gold change purse. I’ve been using this as my wallet 9 months or so and can’t seem to stop. Not only does it have sentimental value, but it’s so fun to the touch. It’s soft in a weird way and perfectly fits all I would need in my wallet. Even though it can get a little annoying trying to find my insurance card or something else that’s buried, I can’t bring myself to swap it out. 
  • Key chains of Europe. I’m not normally a keychain person, but I decided to buy a fun keychain from each place visited in Europe (and also on my New York trip this past Fall) and it’s just a fun reminder of many many great memories
  • Grapefruit Oil. A while back I read that grapefruit essential oil can be used as massage oil when you have joint or muscle pains and can also relieve menstrual cramp pains and headaches. I was having a particularly rough day and decided I would give it a try. I’m not sure if it actually works or if I just wanted it to work so bad that I believed it did, but for reason whenever I have a headache now I simply rub this oil on my temples and it makes me feel better… plus it’s super refreshing to smell
  • Misc things – purple pen, spare keys, headphones and Burt’s Bee’s Soothing chapstick.