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Summer In New England

I’m thinking of starting a new segment on BOW (Blonde Out Of Water) called #LifeLately – so let me know what you all think!

As Summer, as I hate to admit, is over – I’ve been clinging onto every last seconds I can get, but with as cold as it is in New England..FOR SO LONG, can you really blame me that I want to relive all of these moments?

Let’s start this off by saying 1) I can’t believe it’s Fall and 2) Where did summer really go?!

My Summer in New England Recap

A lot happened this summer probably the biggest being we hit our one year in Boston mark. Which is actually crazy, crazy to think I’ve lived in New England for a year & survived living with Danny for a year! Tehehe! Last year we spent almost every weekend up at the lake in New Hampshire doing #lakelife and no, we can’t complain but this year, we did a lot more in the city! Yet still enjoyed #lakelife. I got a new job – I got out of the never ending sales cycle (YAY!) and I am now doing marketing for small businesses. It’s such a relief to be out of a job you aren’t particularly fond of and to be immersed in things you love.

We also moved into a bigger apartment (yes, big for Boston) a whopping four blocks away from our old one, but we love it, it’s a much better layout than our older apartment, so more room for Gatsby. I did lose my picturesque bathroom and tub (AKA why you’re not seeing it on Instagram) but all in all, we’re happy with our move.

Of course by moving to a new city we had a lot of visitors, which I couldn’t be more happy about. My parents came and visited. We also had a few of my friends (sorry Danny, maybe your friends can not be lame and join in as well!)

And yes, we have friends! So we got to hangout a lot with them + had a lot of people visit. Here’s a few ideas of things you must do while you’re in New England in the summer! And no, it doesn’t get any better than New England in the summer! This is what we did a lot of, and splurged on to really enjoy summer.

Go to a local brewery 

We went to Harpoon Brewery, but there are a lot of beers that are brewed in Boston or right outside the city!

couple with dog at brewery

Eat lots of Lobster Rolls

Want to see more of my lobster rolls? I have a whole post on them!

lobster roll

Go to Nashoba winery

I went here when my cousin visited, it’s about an hour from Boston & fairly reasonably priced, plus it’s dog friendly!

dog and girl drinking wine

Catch a Red Sox game

& skip the Fenway Frank — Go for the loaded nachos instead.

Go to the beach in the North Shore, MA

It’s sand that isn’t rocky and grainy!

dog at beach

Celebrate everything

We celebrated Gatsby’s 5th birthday (don’t mind me, just crying at how fast they grow up.) with a dog cake from Dog Eat Cake

Dog celebrating his birthday

Do a weekend getaway

We spent ours in Kennebunkport, ME. There’s so many great drivable distances from Boston not to go on a weekend to see a new city!

couple kissing

Eat oysters on a patio

Add a glass of rose and it’s a perfect afternoon!

oysters

Watch a sunset from a rooftop barsunset on the rooftop

 

Workout ….outside!

working out outside

Go on a harbor cruise

Spend a weekend on a lake

It’s so nice to get out of the city, breathe fresh air, and just do nothing.

Lake views

Go to a country concert

We went and saw Luke Bryan at Fenway & the convert venue is amazing, but there’s nothing like seeing a country concert in the Summer. We also didn’t get any pictures because Danny’s phone died that night. Soooo..here’s a picture of Luke!

luke bryan

Perfect your margarita recipe

I’ve been hooked on this! And I think I found a mix that isn’t full of sugar – see below!margarita mixers

 

Honestly spend every waking moment outside because summer here is very short lived and it will be over before you know it. *disclaimer* from being a summer, So Cal girl, I am not being dramatic.

~ XOXO, the summer lovin’, Amanda

hands on front door
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What To Expect When You Move In With Your Boyfriend

As I’m sure you can imagine, since I moved to Boston with Danny, we do live together. It’s both of our first time to live with a significant other and it’s safe to say – neither of us knew what to expect. Granted, when we lived in San Diego, we spent a lottttt of time together and staying with each other but living together was definitely a big life change. And yes, you’re constantly surrounded by images you see below.

boy eating pizza

Moving in with your boyfriend for the first time

First off, it sounds romantic and wonderful but the bottom line is you can’t be cute every second of every day. So yes, they will have to see you when your hair is a greasy mess and you’re doing hair masks, face masks, nails, and the whole nine yards. First piece of advice: make sure you’re comfortable enough with each other for this. Yes, Danny still looks at me like I’m an alien when I walk out in a face mask. Do I care? Absolutely not. 

…Boys are gross. I grew up with a brother so I kind of knew what to expect, and I’ll save the embarrassment and just leave it at that.

It’s hard. When imaging living together, I thought about good things, like always getting to cuddle and have movie nights, cook dinner together. Not the parts where you’re in each other’s faces all the time, personal space? Forget it! You learn each other’s quirks and what sets them off real fast…because you have to.

You can spend more on rent since you will be splitting it. We live in South Boston where since we are sharing rent, we are able to have a spare bedroom for visitors and have a larger place. If it was just me, I’d probably be living in a shoe box or sharing a room with someone else!

When it comes down to it, it’s all about compromise. When I moved in with Danny I realized I have minor OCD (Yes laughing at myself over this) but I need the pots and pans a certain way, pillows a certain way, just to name a few. And I find it very annoying when little things like that aren’t put back “correctly” but what I also learned is, that’s not the big stuff. I compromise on putting pillows the way I want – for him actually putting pillow cases on! Little things like that you have to be willing to compromise on otherwise no one will win.

Going off that, you will learn so much about them. I thought I knew Danny before we lived together, and now I realize I knew next to nothing. Because I learned his routines, his weird habits, how he can’t read something in his head. It’s almost funny because you start to put two and two together so you can anticipate what they’ll do next or why they do certain things. Although boys are just a whole different breed.

…and yourself. If you’re anything like me, you over think and over analyze everything. So I think, why do I do this, or why do I get upset over this. It’s weird to say, but I feel like I’ve grown and understood myself better as well.

You’ll find out quickly if it works or not. You hear it all the time, we moved in together and shit hit the fan. And I believe it, you go from having your space, your things, your time. To everything being shared. Of course, you still have your friends and alone time, but it’s not how it used to be. So it either works – or it doesn’t.

Overall, it’s something that has definitely taken our relationship to the next level, and in my opinion it’s not something I feel like we could have skipped over. But if you’re thinking about doing this: you’re never going to be fully ready and you can’t prepare yourself to the extent you think you can.

Need more questions answered? Just ask, as always!

~ Amanda 

 

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50 Reasons To Be Happy Right Now

I think sometimes we need a little reminder to live the little things, because life can get  hard and it’s so easy to get wrapped up and get lost in your thoughts.

I wrote this for me last week, because I needed it to think and live this. And I thought that maybe you all could use a little reminder too.

 

  1. Complete and total relaxation, see picture above!
  2. The sun is FINALLY warming us up in Boston!!
  3. A fully embracing hug from someone you love
  4. How excited your fur baby gets when you come home, or get out of the shower. LOL!
  5. Having wine and cheese for dinner.
  6. Getting kicked in the face by puppy paws in the middle of the night.
  7. Eating dessert first.
  8. The smell of the hot concrete after it rains.
  9. The feeling when you get your eyebrows waxed (after it’s been very overdue).
  10. Treating yourself to a little retail therapy.
  11. The first sip of hot coffee in the morning.
  12. A compliment on something you were feeling insecure about.
  13. Waking up next to the one you love.
  14. Walking down the stairs to the subway right as a train pulls up.
  15. Opening a perfectly ripe avocado.
  16. Taking the perfect picture.
  17. Watching the sunset.
  18. A freshly set of painted nails.
  19. Fitting into your “skinny jeans”
  20. The satisfying feeling of finishing a book.
  21. The smell of the concrete after a hot afternoon rain.
  22. Crossing everything off of your to-do-list.
  23. Getting flowers from your trip to Trader Joe’s that light up the whole room.
  24. When your work week goes by fast, and suddenly it’s Friday.
  25. Realizing your black shirt was covered in dog hair all day…and it’s 8pm.
  26. Not setting an alarm.
  27. Trying a new recipe and it instantly becomes a favorite.
  28. When you throw your hair into a messy bun, and it’s actually cute.
  29. Going through old pictures, and getting instantly taken back to that moment.
  30. Kitchen dance parties while cooking, when your favorite song comes on.
  31. Getting your thoughts out into words that describe your feelings.
  32. When you remember to wish on 11:11
  33. Doing a polar bear plunge, half way freezing to death, but 100% fully alive.
  34. Finding cookbooks for every occasion on fun websites like this one
  35. The sound of rain hitting your window as you fall asleep
  36. Taking off your bra and getting in comfy clothes at the end of a long day
  37. Looking around at your life and feeling content and at ease.
  38. When it’s finally warm enough after a long winter to drive with your windows down
  39. Wrapping yourself in a blanket that just came out of the dryer.
  40. The perfect amount of whipped cream on a hot chocolate.
  41. Finding an extra dollar in your pocket.
  42. Hearing your parents say “I love you” and know they really mean it
  43. That high you get after an intense workout
  44. The feeling of sand in between your toes.
  45. Facetiming your long distance besties
  46. Waking up an extra 5 minutes earlier to get an extra 5 minutes of cuddling
  47. Seeing your fluffy puppy running towards you with his ears flopping
  48. Putting an outfit on, and falling in love with it
  49. Day dreaming about dreamy vacation spots
  50. Remembering to fully embrace each moment

Hopefully some of these you realize you need to do more, feel more, and just remember that it really is the little things that make up the big things in life.

 

~ Amanda

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6 Simple Ways To Appreciate Your Relationship

Dating in your 20s is hard. There’s always this cliche (way too perfect) vision we have in our minds- from the Disney princess movies we grew up watching, to the never ending rom-coms where it always works out in the end.

When it comes down to it, if we’re being honest, we’re all chasing our happily ever after, we’re ingrained from day 1 that there’s prince charming out there, and it will all be perfect and easy. But when it comes down to it, it’s never easy, and there’s not a rulebook how to have a perfect relationship. So here’s how I think you can make yours (more) perfect, how you can make it into your daily routine, and my two cents on why I’m continually choosing my relationship (Sorry to put you on blast, Danny!)

The little things matter. Like them pouring you a cup of coffee when they pour theirs. Small acts of kindness, like this show more. I think people can feel unappreciated or unattended to, and take advantage of each other’s presence- especially after the “honeymoon stage” is over. This proves to them that you are thinking about them while you are thinking about yourself, which sets the tone for being selfless and keeping each other’s best interest at heart.

Use manners. I know sometimes (hi, me!!) are guilty of not doing this, but you should never be too comfortable to say please and thank you. Your tone and wording depicts how your messages are received. Say out loud, “get me a glass of water,” did that sound good? Now try saying, “Can you please get me a glass of water?” Sounds so different, and will make them more willing to want to do things for you, if they’re feeling appreciated and respected.

Take XOXO literally. It sounds weird, but makes total sense. I know after a long day if I get a kiss, it’s great. But if I get a hug, a real all encompassing, hug that it makes me feel better, with a kiss on top. A simple arm around each other while watching TV, a hand hold in the car, even a butt squeeze while walking by. It all plays such a major part in feeling wanted and like your partner is attracted to you.

Send love notes. Whether this be as simple as a random “I love you” text, a post it note in their lunch saying “have a good day!” When relationships fall into a routine, I feel that’s where everything negative starts. Doing this- out of the blue- creates a distraction from the day, letting your mind go to them in a positive manner instead of your typical daily work environment.

Don’t sit on your phone. This doesn’t mean don’t go on IG, text, or seclude yourself from society. But we all have seen those couples who go to dinner, or meet for happy hour, and one is on their phone majority of the time. Does the other look happy? No. They look miserable, probably thinking “why am I even here?” It lets you connect in the moment. Fully embrace and take in each other.

Find things you both enjoy. I know we both love eating (LOLing at my total fatty self). So when things get tough, when they get hard, I know I can send a recipe to try and make, or bring up a new place to eat to try, and that we have built that common ground on. It’s an easy subject to talk about, “did you see that new place that popped up around the corner? Let’s go try it!” Or shoot him a delicious looking recipe with “Dinner plans?” It’s fun and flirty, and if it gets really hard, it’s easy to take a breath and eat your food, and not to mention, have that common ground.

Don’t let things build up. I know this is something that has to be constantly fought over inside my head. Not to be nagging, or like you critique everything they do. But it’s so much better to open the door to, “I really don’t like when you do….because….” instead of them continually doing it, building up frustration, and then eventually you explode (after all you’re only human) and then it turns into a way bigger deal than it needed to be.

If you have anything you do that you know helps our relationship! I’d love to hear, let me know! Or maybe if you try doing one of these things, and it totally works! I’d love to hear that as well.

~ XOXO, Amanda

 

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Cheers to 2018!

First of all, I’d like to say au revoir 2017, and welcome 2018! I know I’m about two weeks too late with this post, but better late than never I always say! I’ll start with a little review of 2017 although my biggest past 6 months you can find here: but we all like a little background right?

At the end of 2016 (WOW time flies!) my boyfriend Danny, and I, decided to move to Boston. He’s from just North of Boston, had been itching to get back, and I was up for an adventure so he “dragged” this beach bum and her sandy pup cross country in June all the way to the land of lobsters. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

December 2016, everyone thought I was crazy, like I wasn’t really going to move. After all, if you know me at all…I’ve had salt water running through my veins for as long as I could walk. And yes, Boston has beaches, but it’s a city that revolves around the city, and San Diego is a city that revolves around the beach.

My first part of 2017 revolved around my move. Doing “last things” in San Diego, my bucket list, which I love. It was spent eating everything I knew I couldn’t get (lots of burritos), spent with friends doing things we loved to do..hike, sail, beach days, surf, you name it. But then there were bigger things, like a weekend at Disneyland, or a weekend in a small quaint surf town, Santa Barbara, where I used to spend weeks at a time over my summers as a kid, and have some of the fondest memories.

Looking back now, I wish I soaked up more of each moment, really taking it in. Don’t we always look back and want that? So this will be a good lead in to my 2018 vision board, verbally, as if that’s a thing?

New year, new adventures, new travels, new eats, new friends, new goals. I could go on and on. But, same me (Hiiii!!) If you are a compulsive list maker like me, that’s where it all starts. I have these ideas on things I want to do, accomplish and write them down. This year, is very different than last because I didn’t know what to expect for the latter part of 2017. But this year, I’m making expectations, and goals I want to achieve.

Outlining my goals, making them seem realistic, but also gives them purpose on why, why I want these. So I started off with my themes, and knowing this: Write it down, and make it happen.

  1. Health: I want to focus on eating healthy (with cheat meals included, cause I live in Boston!) But not only that, I want to put emphasis on exercising. I’ve made excuses this whole past year, I walk Gatsby, it’s a start, and after that I don’t have time. OKAY AMANDA, your biggest life motto is that you make time for things that are important, nice try on that one. 
  2. Living with intention and practicing gratitude: I get wrapped up in the big picture, in how I thought everything was going to play out, like a perfect little picture in my head. Instead of that, I want to create my moments and really live in them. I want to feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for each moment, for every person in my life. And know that I’m exactly where I am supposed to be, and to stop questioning it.
  3. Career: I needed a job when I moved here, ASAP. But what I’m currently doing, is it long term for me? Is it what I’m passionate about? <- answering those questions
  4. The Blog: This is hopefully going to be my biggest year yet. I want to exponentially grow with you all. To let you all into my life, to work with brands I love and keep my overall theme going. This right here, is one of my top priorities.

I’ll end off by saying, thank you 2017! For making me grow, dig deep within myself. For showing me a new city, and making my relationship stronger. For teaching me this “adulting” thing realllllly isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And most importantly, for giving me new memories, new friends, new growth, and a new home.

I’m excited for this year, I’m ready for whatever it throws at me: the ups, the downs, the laughter, the tears, the change, the travels, the love, and the struggles. All of it, 2018, I’m ready and up for the challenge!

~ XOXO, Amanda

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Life Update: 6 Months In Boston

If you read my last post, can you believe it?! I’ve been an East Coaster for 6 months. It’s flew by, here’s a little snippet of everything we’ve done, what’s new, and the scoop!

It’s been a roller coaster to say the least. I’ve had days where I’ve never looked back and loved every minute of the journey, couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. And on the other hand, I’ve had days where I’ve been sad, been regretful, the whole nine yards. If you can listen to my rambling for this whole post, then thank you in advance.

Lately, I’ve been trying (doing it) to stay positive, to look at the good, not get dragged down by the small stuff. Sometimes it’s harder than others, but it’s always worth it. I’ve had the time of my life exploring a new city, decorating my (tiny) apartment, eating lobster everything, and taking weekend getaways. The one thing I’ve never felt before is the feeling of being alone. What was really weird was, I’d have a puppy at my feet, and a guy who I love, and who loves me right next to me. But I felt alone. In a new city, no family, no friends. And that was hard for me, and hard to get out of my head! But I digress..

To start from the beginning, we live in an apartment complex in what they call “Southie” where we thought we’d meet a lot of friends. And while we’ve met other fellow dog parents, and see our neighbors, say hi, we haven’t made friends in the building like we thought, whoops!

We had a nightmare experience where long story short our “movers” held our stuff hostage and it took us forever, lots of fighting, but nonetheless we got our stuff end of August, after moving into our apt in June. You can hear the full story on our moving nightmare Here

I work for a company selling Saas (software as a service) for a healthcare database. Is it my dream goal? No. Does it pay the bills? Sure does. Danny’s still over at enterprise, will that be forever? Stay tuned.

As many of you know, I broke my ankle last September! (BARF, don’t want to even think back on that) but Danny thought it was his turn in November, and broke his ankle playing “flag football.” So we’ve had him on crutches, being disabled, but we’re almost back to being a fully function aka walking couple.

We went from living separate in a city where we (especially me) were comfortable in, moving cross country, and living together. So as you can imagine, that’s tested us, pushed us, and like you would imagine… made us closer. Living with a boy (GROSS!) is definitely different, especially when our apartment is as small as it is (a little less than 650sq ft), and don’t forget that fat furball Gatsby who takes us a lot of space!  And that alone was a big change for us, then throw in me looking for a job, trying to make friends, learn a city (and snow), but overall, I think we’ve learned that we have to communicate. There’s really no way around it, it’s forced us to have not fun conversations, and to be there for each other in moments of need.

We’ve been able to travel as weekend getaways- we did Chicago, Maine, Washington D.C., many weekends in New Hampshire. And I’m sure as you know this travel junkie always wants to do more.

Boston is known as title town. And I’ve grown to love Boston sports! (Don’t worry Chargers, I still love you too!) But it’s so different (in the best way possible) for a whole city to be into one team- San Diego is such a transplant city that everyone has their own teams. My favorites are Red Sox and Patriots, just because I like those sports the most.

We went to a few Red Sox games, and fenway park is a really cool stadium, historically. as I love football so watching their games is not a chore for me. My only complaint is that games are so late here, they’ll start sometimes at 8:30pm and you think this grandma can stay up til midnight?! I’m not the biggest fan of hockey, but I have been to two Bruins games and those are really fun! It’s a fast paced sport so easy to follow. But I’d never really sit down and watch them. Celtics? I leave them to Danny all together.

It’s started to snow, and I wish they had a “How to handle snow: for dummies” so I think I am going to make one myself. Stay tuned. Who knew there was such a thing as your car’s windshield wipers freezing to the windshield? Or what is really the best gear? How do you layer without looking like a total fatass? (Plot twist, you don’t). Today, we have a cyclone bomb, which is crazy snow and wind. I got my first snow day, and tried my best to work from home. Watched a lot of movies, played in the snow with Gatsby. It’s safe to say, I am such a fan of snow days. Just maybe not them until Spring.

Looking back on the past 6 months, it’s flown by. I’ve gone through a roller coaster of emotions. I moved away from everyone I knew (except Danny and Gatsby) with no thoughts on going back. I think that’s why it’s been hard for me. I moved in college, where everyone wanted to meet people, explore, and become instant besties. Here? Not so much.

Overall: no regrets, just lessons learned. And lots of eating!

~XOXO, the new Bostonian Amanda 

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Reporting Live: Your #fabfitfunpartner

Hey guys! So I am trying to turn my passion into a paycheck. Want to help me? Read below! If you are crazy about social media (like me), or follow any of the bachelor crew (like me), then you have probably heard of Fab Fit Fun. I got started last season (it’s about to officially be winter, ah!) with their Fall box and now starting for the winter box I am a partner. If you know about all this, just want to support me, and get a winter box scroll all the way to the bottom, follow the link, and type in my code.

What does that mean? If you use my link/code, you get $10 off, they track my sales, and I get a commission. Hence, turning my passion (this blog, fun seasonal boxes, and social media) into a paycheck!

Some background on the box, it’s mixed with beauty, fashion, fitness, & wellness, of over $200+++ worth of stuff! You fill out a questionnaire on things you are into, what you like, and one time per season (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall) you get a box!

Here’s a look into the fall box: My favorites..that matte lip gloss, cozy scarf, & the mud mask! YES PLEASE!

Now do you want one for yourself? A gift for someone? Or you can even add parts of the box onto gifts for many friends! CLICK HERE and enter code SANTABABY

~XOXO, Amanda your new *#FabFitFunPartner

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Dealing With Hopelessness

Do you ever hear about something and it just affects you? In ways you didn’t think it would, or ways you never would have expected? Maybe you witness something, see something on TV, that really resonates with you. This happened with me recently. And I will apologize for the rant, and the jumbled thoughts. But I couldn’t find a way to really share in any other way. So bare with me..

One of my Mom’s friend’s daughter- who I’d met a time or two, not anytime recently, nor someone who I was specifically close to was diagnosed with Dysautonomia which is a disorder of autonomic nervous system. (More details here) With her, it started with GI issues for years, which she controlled with her diet. And then she was in a car accident which sent her nervous system into overdrive. At this point, everything started to change for her, and her then GI issues got worse and worse. And looking at her, she looks “normal” but there was a lot more going on than anyone could see.

From GI issues, to then her heart, fainting, dizzyness, vertigo, and being rushed to the ER, told she was fine and sent home. It took the doctors 4 months to diagnose her. With no answers, and being thrown around from doctor to doctor.

As a college freshman, I wasn’t worried about eating well or being sick with no answers. I was worried about how I was going to fit my social life into my school schedule. I can’t tell you why my Mom telling me Sydney’s story, or then her starting a blog, and learning about it myself, but it hit home with me.

I felt helpless for her, I felt helpless for her family, for myself being in her shoes. I wanted to do something, knowing that nothing I could do would change her outcome. I decided to reach out, what could it hurt?

Talking with Sydney, she reminded me of myself. Always trying to look for the positivity in any situation, not to sit too long and wonder “why” but to be empowered with her own life. Which took insane amount of courage, which I envied, because if she wanted to throw herself a pity party, the world would have one with her. But she was..she is better than that.

To this day, I want to help, do whatever I can. Knowing that it so easily could be me next. Being that this disease is rare, not much is known about it. No research being done, dollars thrown into it. If me, writing this blog post (which I’m sure only my Mom will read) gives this any more attention/awareness, that would be help maybe a little. Being as this so easily could have been me, some disease hiding in my body then one day, a seemingly innocent occurrence changes everything.

 

Sydney has started a GoFundMe page, to help others with Dysautonomia, feel comfort with something as simple as a stuffed “Ganto.” I know all of us 20somethings are broke,  but if we all gave what we could, imagine the impact. EVERYONE could have a sense of comfort. Here is the link, to donate $5, or whatever you can. Because as me feeling helpless, I want to do whatever I can. Support her in whatever way she needs.

If you want to learn more about Sydney, her journey, and her new way of life here is the link to her blog: Sydney’s Blog

I believe in the power of helping others, that we are stronger together, and that you are never alone. Which is why I wouldn’t want anyone to ever feel this way, and why I felt compelled to do whatever I could, and can.

Again, I feel like this whole post is jumbled thoughts, me talking in circles, looking for answers, but I felt the need to share. And like I’ve always thought, life has a funny way of bringing people together.

~ XOXO, the fingers tied, Amanda

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Fall Is Anything But Basic

With #PSL, pictures of leaves, and literally pumpkin everything, who can not love fall? Sure, growing up in San Diego, I don’t think I’ve ever fully experienced a real “fall” which is why I cannot wait for it to come.

When you hear PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) I guarantee half of the world’s population think basic. But why? And why is that so bad?

If you Google basic this comes up: “Airhead”, also known as “Trixie” (in Chicago), “basic bitch”, or simply “basic“, is a slang term in American popular culture used to pejoratively describe middle class white women who are perceived to predominantly like mainstream products, trends, or music.

I think doing “basic” things like brunch, taking cute pictures with your friends, is anything but boring or dumb. First of all, if doing “fall-esc” things then so be it. I’ll be basic.

FALL IS ANYTHING BUT BASIC

And here is my bucket list of what I will be doing to embrace fall & everything about it.

  1. Get a pumpkin spice latte..OBVIOUSLY! But wait, have you tried it before you hated? It’s delicious, tastes like pumpkin pie mixed with coffee. But wait again…I tried something today (If you follow me on Instagram you know) but it’s my “fall in a cup” which is an iced chai latte with pumpkin spice. BOOM! Life changed, and you are welcome.
  2. Rock a plaid scarf…. or just a scarf in general. In San Diego, you can’t dream of wearing a scarf in October, maybe in November. So yes, as soon as it’s 60 degrees outside, catch me rockin’ my plaid scarf.
  3. Take pictures in the leaves, which I will admit, I have done. When I went and visited one of my best friends in Iowa, and I was obsessed. And I can’t wait to do it again.  
  4. Go to a pumpkin patch, last year, I went in crutches, and wore jeans and a vest just to feel like it was fall. But I sweated throughout the whole time. It wasn’t as fall-ish as you would imagine. So this year, I’ll wear a scarf, boots, a sweater, and be cozy with my apple cider donut and be 100% happy.
  5. Rock a flannel shirt. This alone screams fall to me, a red-ish one, with boots. Perfect, outfit done.
  6. Visit a haunted house. In San Diego, they did ones where people dressed up to scare you. Yes, you knew they were fake. Yes, you knew you weren’t in any real danger. But it was as if you couldn’t help but take your mind to the “what if” and get a little spooky.
  7. Make a halloween costume. Last year, Danny and I were buzz and woody from toy story, I thought it turned out very well…Woody’s shirt could have used a little something? The year before that I was a taco bell hot sauce packet with some girlfriends, and I still have the costume because I can’t seem to part with it. But overall, I love to dress up and being festive for any holiday.
  8. Get cozy in leggings, fuzzy socks, and a big sweater. I love everything about the thought of this. Curled up in under a blanket, watching a movie, and feeling the brisk air. We definitely couldn’t do this in San Diego.
  9. Show off your fall baking skills. I love pumpkin (if you couldn’t tell by #1) everything. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cinnamon rolls…and I’m sure my office will love it all too.
  10. Go to a fair. Fried food and all too maybe you’ll fall off roller coasters are a must. In San Diego, we had this in June, so we had to wear summer clothes where when we ate our bellies would bulge out and we’d run home and be embarrassed. Now I get to wear a giant sweater for my belly to swim in.

So if I do all of these things, I’m basic. Cool, that’s fine with me. At least I’ll be basic with warm feet, a full belly, and lots of cute pictures.

~ XOXO, the basic b*tch Amanda

LIFE, ETC.

Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s time, you guys. Time to tackle holiday shopping, Christmas is less than a month away. Luckily for you, the avid list make I am, has a few ideas for everyone on your list! And if you’re like me, and loooove the feeling of getting everyone the “perfect” present, I think we’ll be off to a good start.

For the cheesy Dad (cough, mine):

  • Your last name as a university shirt/sweatshirt, all Dad’s including mine rock the alma mater logo on (everything?) they wear. And family pride? Winner!
  • Dad Joke Book because Dad’s love their “DAD JOKES” and we all can’t help but chuckle at them…and roll our eyes.
  • Ultimate Remote one remote for everything, so they can control everything. A good trick to fool Dad into thinking he does control it all, when we all know who really does 😉
  • Christmas Story lamp done. 100%.

For Mom:

  • Kate Spade Tea Kettle because what Mom doesn’t like tea?
  • CUSTOMIZABLE Yankee candle — let’s face it, she’s already tearing up at the picture of your siblings and you as kids.
  • SPA BASKET! Cause all the Mamas out there need some relaxing…fuzzy robe and throw in some slippers and can’t forget eyemask (I really like this one) and of course we can’t forget LUSH bath bombs and VIOLA you have a perfect spa day.

For the dog lover (cough, me):

  • I just want to hangout with my dog shirt, because yes, that is all I want to do.
  • Wine glasses that say “it’s not really drinking alone if.. the dog is home” because he makes me need to drink. Not that I need the excuse.
  • Best Dog EVER picture frame…yes, every dog is the best. I may or may not have this on my desk at work.
  • Alex & Ani Dog Paw so you have your fur baby with you wherever you go, am I being cheesy yet?! LOVE IT!

For the crazy cat ladies:

  • Cat PJ’s they look cozy….and that’s all I can say about that.
  • Kitty ear ring exactly what it sounds like, my crazy cat lady friends I can see wearing this. After all, they are crazy cat ladies…
  • DJ cat scratching this I think myself is quite hilarious, but instead of a scratching post, cats scratch so they’re a dj.

For the vine-o:

  • A one wine glass that fits all needs, including a whole bottle of wine. An added touch…they have wine glasses that say “sassy, classy, and a bit smart assy” another favorite.
  • Cheese Board let’s be real, can you have wine without cheese?
  • Shhhhh there’s wine in here mug. LOVE THIS! Cause you never really know.

For the guys:

For the beach bums:

  • Sand Cloud Beach Towels they have super cute beach towels, donate 10% to marine animals, and with the code amandaso25 to get 25% off. What more can you ask for?!
  • Typical  tank for beach wear…and everywhere since it describes you.
  • Mermaid Tail blanket yes. yes. yes. so you’re at the beach even when you’re not.

For the basic bitches (cough, also me):

  • Zoodle Maker (zucchini-maker) and at Bed, Bath, & beyond with the coupons, YES! Because we all know how when you’re basic you are “always healthy” and don’t forget “up with all the trends.” I did buy this, and have to say it works very well! 😉
  • But first brunch shirt…because the first basic rule is you must love brunch. It’s an unspoken rule, but very important. I’m already thinking about all the eggs bene…
  • Lululemon anything….did we just go to yoga, brunch, or drinking on the patio, we love to keep you guessing
  • Life Planner  Erin Condren’s planners FTW. You know how busy being basic is…lots of instagram pictures to take and brunch plans to make. And we all need to know when the first day we can get PSL with red cups and that day should be marked.
  • PSL kit. This. Is. Not. Real. Life.

For the traveler:

  • Passport holder that says “i’m outta here” for the avid traveler? PERFECT, I know. period.
  • Scratch Off Map so you can scratch off where you’ve been, and have a constant reminder of all the places you still need to go.
  • Noise Canceling Headphones for those long flights with crying babies, and annoying neighbors. PROTIP: get last year’s model for a cheaper alternative.

For the stocking/a little extra:

  • Bluetooth Shower Speakers so you can really sing in the shower.
  • Shot Glasses because we will all be spending the day with our family…who love them to death but makes us a little crazy. A little pregame never hurt!
  • CamelBak perfect to clip to a backpack for a hike, or I personally bring mine anywhere and everywhere. Also big right now are Hydroflask and they’re cool because they keep ice in the bottle, and who doesn’t like ice water.
  • Zippo hand warmer because no one likes cold hands in the winter!
  • Table topics because family dinners sometimes need a little help when great aunt gretchen twice removed comes.

MERRY EVERYTHING from your favorite Elf in training ~

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