Friday, August 21, 2015

Five on Friday {August 21, 2015}

Image via Chorus Photography

TGIF! This is a particularly exciting Friday for me, as my long-awaited Punta Cana vacation is finally here! I'm super excited for my week in the sun, and can't wait to spend lots of relaxing time on the beach with T (and to consume everything that our all-inclusive resort has to offer). I'm more than ready to fully jump into vacay-mode but before I fly away, here's 5 things I'm loving this week!

 
InStyle blogger event


Earlier this week, I added the Summer Social hosted by InStyle magazine, where I got to mix and mingle with some representatives from incredible brands! It was a lovely night of sipping, sampling, and learning about some hot new products. As a bonus, I got to catch up with some fabulous ladies...

Megan, me, and Pam
In addition to discovering some new companies and products, we also got to revisit some old favorites such as Gardein (which Pam blogged about after we added the InStyle holiday event). Naturally, there was no way I was passing up posing with an oversized bag of chicken:


I'm still digging through my swag bag but when I'm back in town, I'll be sure to fill you in on some of my favorite discoveries from this event!


Meal planner notebook


Call me old fashioned but when it comes to list-making and planning, there's nothing better than actually putting pen to paper. A friend recently showed me her May Designs customized meal planner notebook, and I simply HAD to have one of my own. While all of the pattern options for the cover are simply adorable, I immediately knew that I would be selecting the sweet little golden pineapples since our kitchen is pineapple-themed. It's only been in my possession for a week but it's already been incredibly helpful with grocery shopping and shaping our weekly menu! In addition to buying the prettiest paper planner you can find, what are your best tips for meal planning?


Light painting photography 

Image via Chorus Photography

Have you seen these gorgeous photos created by moving lights that spell out words and make shapes? I am obsessed with all of them (and definitely want to try out some of my own with sparklers). My very favorites are by my friend Brian of Chorus Photography - these images are simply stunning, and I love the tranquil background that really allows the words to pop. So pretty! They're definitely inspiring me to figure out a way to incorporate them into our apartment decor.


A is revealed!


Technically this happened last week, but I'm still not over the shocking reveal made in the Pretty Little Liars finale (and PLEASE tell me I'm not the only 30something who is obsessed with this teen soap opera!). After years of being strung along by red herrings, the show FINALLY gave us some answers! For any other fans out there - what did you think of the big reveal? All I know is, it's going to be incredibly difficult to wait until 2016 for new episodes (and don't even get me started on that time jump!).

VACATION


Ok ok ok, I know I'm going on and on about Punta Cana, but I've been looking forward to this trip for sooooo long and I'm just giddy that it's finally time to start this journey! I'm off to do some last-minute packing (oops)...have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to sharing some vacation stories and snaps when I'm back in town!


Cheers to April, AmandaJennieKarliClare, Rebecca, Katie, Heather, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!

32 comments :

  1. So jealous of your vacation! I would love to be on vacay right now. I am totally a pen and paper girl too...Sometimes I even write blog posts in my notebook too, then type. I work better that way :) Have a fun weekend! Happy Friday!

    Alexis @ www.chemistrycachet.com

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  2. YAY for punta cana! I went for my 30th bday and it was amazing. You will have so much fun!
    And that event looked fabulous!

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  3. I hope you have a super fun vacation! I've always wanted to go there so I can't wait to see all your pictures and thoughts!
    I love writing my grocery lists down on paper too. I feel like I can be a lot more organized that way!

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  4. ah vacation trumps all things in this post - although you have a great list! have fun in punta cana! brb while i'm off to daydream about a dream vacation over here :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  5. The giant bag of chicken!!! LOL. That event looks like it was so much fun, and love your new notebook/planner too. Have a fabulous time on your vacation, and yes soak up everything that your resort has to offer!! :-)

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  6. Ahhh have an amazing time on vacation girl! So jealous! And OMG I cannot believe CeCe is not only A but also Charles! Whaaatttt? Total craziness!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  7. Have a wonderful vacation Lady!! The In-style event looked like it was super fun.

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  8. That photo is gorgeous!! Your friend is definitely a super talented photographer!! LOVE your new meal planner! I could handle list making and pineapple prints all day long! :) I, too, am obsessed with PLL, so no worries you aren't the only 30something on the edge of her seat for next season! lol. I have to say though, I was totally disappointed in the A reveal! It left too many plot holes in my mind from things that happened in earlier seasons. Looking forward to next season though (after the time jump!!) and hoping it's good and suspenseful! Speaking of suspense...in the age of binge watching, it'll seem like FOREVER until a new episode airs! lol! The InStyle event looked like so much fun!! The snap of you and the oversized bag of chicken is too cute! :) So excited for you that it's vacation time!!!! ENJOY every lit'l bit of it, sweet friend!! Xx - Brenda // Chatting Over Chocolate

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  9. I too love putting pen to paper for all my lists....also love a paper calendar and planner!! Those photos are gorgeous! I would love to give it a try if I had a clue how! Please post if you have any success! Have the best vacay ever!! :)

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  10. Enjoy your vacation - it's going to be amazing! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  11. That Instyle blogger event sounds FABULOUS! would love to attend something like that one day!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  12. I am still SHOCKED by A, too. It all makes sense! I had NO idea how they were going to pull it together. We have a meal planning binder, but your idea is waaaayyy cuter :)

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  13. So much fun at the InStyle event! I love hanging with you and cant wait to see you again! Have so so much fun in Punta Cana! Drink many rum drinks and enjoy the beach!

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  14. oh my gosh, so jealous about your vacay have the best time!
    it's been a long long time since I watched PLL and I don't think I will ever catch up lol so feel free to spoil and tell me what happened!!

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  15. What a fun vacation! We've talked about going to Punta Cana for the last couple of years, so I'm anxious to see what you think. Have the best time!

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  16. You're not old fashioned at all - I feel the same way and give me all the pineapples! That event looked like so much fun, and yay for hanging out with Pamela! Have an amazing trip to Punta Cana LOVE it there <3

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  17. Hope you have an amazing trip to Punta Cana! :)

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  18. I am giddy for YOU! Sounds like it will be an amazing trip!! From one pen and paper girl to another; HAVE FUN and MAKE MEMORIES!!! ;-)

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  19. Y'all have the BEST blogger events ever. The swag bag is just an added bonus and I can't wait to see what is included. Have a fabulous vacation; I'm one jealous girl right now ;)

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  20. Hooray for vacation! I'm so jealous. :) I hope you have an amazing time! Looks like that InStyle event was pretty fabulous, and I'm totally checking out that meal planner notebook!

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  21. That blogger even looks absolutely amazing!!! And omg PLL!!! Chris and I totally watch it and I am glad to finally have some answers!!! I hope that you have a fabulous time on your vacation!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. SO jealous of your trip! I can't wait to see pictures!! Love that May Designs book, the pineapples are just adorable!

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  23. The pineapple notebook is so pretty!

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  24. Hope you have an amazing in Punta Cana. The blogging event looks so fun!

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  25. great post!

    http://www.itsmetijana.blogspot.com/

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  26. I hope you have the best time on vacation!! The summer social looks like the best night out. I love the idea of a meal planner notebook – so smart. I had to watch the PLL finale the second we got home from the airport last week – so so good!

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  27. OMG, I am so jealous of your upcoming vacay!! Have the best time

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  28. take me with you! and what is your snap? I'm elleses!

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  29. Hope you are having a blast on vacay!! I couldn't believe PLL!! My jaw literally dropped. I knew that girl was trouble!

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