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Day 336: Crazy Katie

My younger sister is better known by her affectionate moniker Crazy Katie. She earns her nickname constantly by heading to Costa Rica randomly for a long weekend or jumping in the ocean in the middle of the winter. Today on our way back to the airport, she lived up to her name once again when she convinced me to stop at a random carnival in the parking lot of a movie theater. If that sounds sketchy while you’re reading it – it was. We weren’t expecting too much when we found out admission was $1 and the attendant didn’t even blink when we paid in change. The rides were certainly not up to code and the clientele was the most interested combination of people I’ve ever seen congregated around the “World’s Smallest Woman.” Still, we rode a few rides, laughing the whole time. It was the perfect last release before I headed back to my reality – cleaning up the house we left in a hurry and finally answering the hundreds of emails that had piled up in my absence.

You’ve probably noticed a trend – most of the clothes I’ve worn the past few days are from my mini shopping spree a few days ago. They’re all officially in desperate need of a wash – so here’s to my last outfit before I’m back to my regular outfit programming.

Outfit Details
Top: Borrowed from my mom (similar, similar)
Skirt: Old Navy purchased for $9.99 today (similar, similar)
Shoes: Adidas purchased two months ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 334: College Roomie’s Birthday

It’s crazy how emotional and mental anguish can be more exhaustive than running a marathon. I didn’t realize how badly I needed sleep until I woke up this morning at 11am – which is incredibly late for me! As much as my body needed the sleep, my mind was still reeling. There was no better distraction than to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays! My former roommate (the one who I went to Ithaca to see graduate) currently lives in Boston. I headed into the city to a rooftop bar, which was cold by Atlanta standards, but practically summer weather according to New England. We had lots of beer, some sushi, and lots of laughs. It was the perfect release and I’m so incredibly grateful for her friendship.

This was the only long sleeve shirt I packed – and I didn’t even realize it was in the bottom of my backpack! While I didn’t get any pictures of my bottom half, I’m still rocking the leggings I bought earlier this week because they’re the most comfortable with my knee scab. I know, I live a glamorous life.

Outfit Details
Top: LeTote (SUMMER & SAGE Lake Pullover) retails for $19 (similar, similar)
Leggings: Old Navy purchased yesterday for $4.98 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Adidas purchased two months ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 259: #Disowned

So I’m pretty sure that I almost got disowned by my family today. So as pretty much all of you know I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. So my family’s team is the New England Patriots. I grew up a Red Sox fan, pretty agnostic to football, but my stepdad is die-hard. So when I told him this morning that it would be really cool if the Falcons won, he was pissed (or as we say in Boston, ripshit). In all seriousness, I’m here in Atlanta and they’ve never won and it would be so much fun.

Also, I’m pretty sure after typing this, I’m uninvited from Christmas. Anyone have space at their house?

Today I rocked the green outfit. This skirt is so much fun because it’s a long pencil skirt, which I don’t wear a lot. This shirt is actually so old too – it was my big purchased back when I was in high school.

Sound off: what sport do you watch?

Outfit Details
Top: Language purchased twelve years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Skirt: The Limited purchased second-hand four years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased ten months ago for $30 (similar, similar)

Day 229-232: Home for the Holidays

And we made it to Boston! There’s something about being in your hometown and having it be less than 60 degrees to get you ready for the holidays. It doesn’t hurt when your stepbrother brings your ADORABLE nephew for you to play with. As a disclaimer, I tend to not be a kid-person. I don’t know, I like kids that can wipe their own nose and listen to directions, but something about this four-month old kid just got to me.

Anyways, after five hours of traveling, we’re in Massachusetts and I’m so excited to see my huge family, drink too many rum runners, and drop my r’s. In all seriousness, we used to spend Christmas eve at my grandmother’s house, but this year my mom is hosting. I’m not complaining because she’s still serving lobster newberg, which is my favorite! For us, another huge tradition is opening stockings on Christmas eve. I’m not sure if this started because of the impatience in our family, but I still love it!

On Christmas day, the whole family came over! We spent the morning eating breakfast/brunch and then got to open presents later in the day! My family brought L a bunch a great clothes, which I love. Plus they bought me some great outfits too – which helps with this challenge!

The day after Christmas I went to my neighborhood yoga studio – The Yoga Tree in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It’s funny – Atlanta has so many new buildings. I really missed my hometown studio, which is in a reclaimed building wth a ton of wood. It sounds corny, but I really think I get my energy from wood instead of plaster and shiny new buildings… but as per usual I digress. Tonight we spent with some of my cousins drinking wine and playing with ponies. We had a blast, but since I was involved, the party stopped around 9PM. 

Tuesday was our last day in town – the few days in the northeast went way too fast! We spent the morning stopping by a TJ Maxx (L has one pair of jeans) and catching up on This is Us. I’ve heard so many good things from coworkers, but I can personally attest that this show is SO GOOD. To top off the night, my family went to watch Manchester By the Sea at the movies. Fun fact: I was born at the hospital they show in the movie (Beverly Hospital)! Aside from my personal note, the movie was super depressing. However, it was really good. Just make sure you have a box of Kleenex and maybe a bottle of red wine!

Outfit #1 Details
Top: Autumn Olive purchased one and a half years ago for $40 (similarsimilar)
Bottoms: Old Navy purchased six years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Sneakers: Nike Frees purchased five years ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Outfit #2 Details
Top: LOFT gifted for Christmas (exact, similar)
Jeans: LOFT purchased one year ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Outfit #3 Details
Flannel: J. Crew purchased three years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Sweater: Old Navy purchased three years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Jeans: J. Crew purchased six years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Outfit #4 Details
Top: LeTote (SUMMER & SAGE Off Shoulder Knit Top) retails for $27 (similar, similar)
Jeans: J. Crew purchased six years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 164-165: Boston for a funeral

I’m fortunate to grow up with an incredible and huge family. My dad was an ‘uh-oh’ baby – his older sister already had kids before he was even born. Because of our shifted family, I grew up with a gaggle of cousins. This past month has been really tough for our family – last month my cousin’s mom unexpectedly died. Right now I’m back up in Boston to celebrate the life of my uncle who died of early onset Alzheimer’s.

So this morning my flight was at 7am, so I had a bright and early Uber right to the airport. It took until after the plane had taken off for me to realize that I put my dress on backwards. I wish I was kidding – I had to get up mid-flight to go to the bathroom and spin it around. Now the elbow patches make so much more sense…

We keep saying that we need to start getting everyone together when we’re not at a funeral. Everyone always says you always see everyone at weddings and funerals. Most of all, I’m really sick of seeing good people die. My uncle was one of those rare good guys – everyone at the funeral said they had never heard him say a bad word about anyone.

This dress was new and although I was hoping for a better first wear, there’s no one else’s life I would rather celebrate.

RIP JJ

Outfit #1
Dress: Gifted by L’s mother for my birthday (similar, similar)
Shoes: Marshal’s purchased recently for $40 (similar, similar)

Outfit #2
Dress: Loft gifted by my mother for my birthday (exact, similar)
Heels: Ralph Lauren purchased two years ago for $90 (similar, similar)

Day 20: MA Brunch, ATL dinner

This entire trip has been a whirlwind, so it was great to grab brunch with my family this morning. For breakfast we went to this little place that’s been around since the 1800’s – it’s one of our town’s landmarks. Anyone else from a small town can appreciate this. Since I’m in the northeast, I had to take advantage of the seafood and had the lobster benedict. I’m really going to miss this seafood!

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