Today was an amazing day – I was able to catch up with two of my dearest friends! For lunch, I grabbed lunch with one of my mentors – who is one of the most confident, smart, and fun women I know! Usually when we meet up, we chat about our careers, issues we face moving up the corporate ladder, and our personal lives – today was no different! It’s so great to have a sounding board who’s not afraid to tell me when I’m being the difficult one in the situation. Plus she got married last year, so she has lots of great advice!
Then after work, one of my favorite friends from my old job in Jamaica was in town with his girlfriend fiance! After polishing off a bottle of red (just like old times) to celebrate their news, we headed out to dinner in Buckhead. After, we found our way to my favorite patio bar. Although, I’m a fan of most bars – indoor or outdoor.
I’ve mentioned it half a million times, but I am one of the world’s biggest fans of Casual Friday! Today I rocked one of my favorite shirts with a pair of boots that have quickly become a staple in my closet. I love when I can toss together two super simple pieces and still look put together.
Sound off: Where do you always bring out-of-town friends when they visit?
Shirt: LeTote (SUMMER & SAGE Lake Pullover) retails for $19 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased two years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Boots: Marshall’s purchased recently for $40 (similar, similar)
Keeping on trend with this feel of this weekend, I did pretty much nothing today aside from brave the Sunday Trader Joe’s crowd. I feel like such an old lady this weekend – it’s probably the most boring thing you all have ever read. So I’m going to switch gears and cave into my wanderlust mindset – here’s a list of my favorite places to visit:
- Salamanca, Spain is at the top of my list – it’s where I met L! The city itself is about two hours northwest of Madrid. Salamanca has some of the best universities in the country, so the entire atmosphere is very accepting and nurturing – especially when you’re trying to learn a new language. Plus since the city is on the smaller side, it’s safe for wander and easy to navigate. L and I can’t wait to get back there (we promised ourselves we’d go back within five years –tick tock!!).
- Azores, Portugal – as a graduation gift for my little sister, we brought her to the Azores, a cluster of small Portuguese islands in the middle of the Atlanta ocean. Unfortunately it was uncharacteristically cold for the region when we visited, but it didn’t diminish the gorgeous views. The little farm girl in me loved that there were more cows than people and that all of the seafood was so incredibly fresh. I often joke that if the USA goes downhill, this is where I’m fleeing.
- Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire will always hold a special part in my heart. When I was growing up, we spend every Fourth of July week at a little vacation villa with a group of other families we grew close to over the years. In addition to being the largest lake in New Hampshire, Winnipesaukee has endless water sports, tons of great restaurants, and so much gorgeous hikes and scenery, I don’t know why I ever left.
- Montego Bay, Jamaica is another special place for me – my last year of college and first year of post-graduation, I worked in MoBay at a resort managing all the non-golf aspects of a golf Pro-Am. The Jamaican people and culture are so unique and so much fun to work with – it was the norm to grab a Red Stripe to celebrate making it half-way through your work. As an added bonus, the beaches are flawless (not that I enjoyed them too much with my crazy hours). L and I are actually going to honeymoon at the same resort I used to work at!
- Porto, Portugal was absolutely magical. My vision may have been clouded by the many glasses of port wine that we had, but I absolutely LOVED Porto. The scenery is absolutely beautiful with a river pulsing through the entire city. I’d go back in a heartbeat.
Not going to lie, today I counted “putting on jeans” as a win. Everyone needs some of those days! I paired my comfy jeans that I’ve had forever with a t-shirt I got for free in college as a member of the track & field team (pentathlon and heptathlon, in case you were wondering), along with this sage anorak that pulled everything together.
Sound off: where’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Top: Received on the track team in college (similar, similar)
Jacket: Charlotte Ruse purchased one year ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Express purchased six years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased two years ago for $90 (similar, similar)