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Day 321: Engagement Anniversary

I still can’t believe that one year ago today I was in Savannah, Georgia with L down on one knee! To celebrate, the Tar heels made it to the Final Four and then L and I headed off to a dinner date. We went to this cute, casual restaurant in Buckhead called The Big Ketch. We went here for my birthday this past year and I was excited to get back!

When I was choosing my outfit for our night out, I came across this shirt that I actually wore while I when I met L studying abroad in Spain! Since I was only in Salamanca for a month-long study program, I brought limited clothing options. This top got a lot of wear while I was there, but I swear I’ve barely worn it since! That’s what this whole challenge is for though. I paired with a pair of denim shorts – I’m so excited that it’s shorts weather again. 

Outfit Details
Top: Marshall’s purchased seven years ago for $15 (similar, similar)
Shorts (unshown – take my word for it!): J. Crew purchased two years ago for $40 (similar, similar)

Day 265: Wanderlust

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:

  1. 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!!).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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?

Outfit Details
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)

Day 92: Salamanca Spain Study Abroad

As most of you know, I met L in Salamanca, Spain when we were both studying abroad for the month. Neither of us went abroad to meet anyone romantically – I just wanted to dust off my high school Spanish skills, while L was actually decent at speaking.

Our study abroad group was only eight people, so we got really close to everyone. The very first person I met was K. It’s actually a really funny story. We had a Facebook group before we all went abroad. I was on my flight to Spain when I recognized K from our group as he headed to the bathroom. Keep in mind that it’s around 3am in USA time. So I did what everyone does when they’re trying to make friends and followed K back to his seat to introduce myself. Regardless, we became fast friends.

So when K texted me a week ago to let me know he was in Atlanta and wanted to grab drinks, I jumped at the opportunity! It’s been three years since we’ve last seen K – but the only thing that’s changed is his hairstyle.

Day 92

We had an amazing night reminiscing. There’s not a day that I’m not so incredibly grateful for my time in Spain. Not only did I meant the  love of my life, but I loved experiencing a completely different culture and making lifelong friends.

Today I wanted to wear a fun dress, but since our office is always way too cold, I had to pair it with a cardigan. Plus I actually bought these shoes in Spain, so I thought it was fitting to wear them today!

Outfit Details
Dress: LeTote purchased over four months ago for $64 (similar, similar)
Carigan: J. Crew Factory purchased six years ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Shoes: H&M purchased three years ago (in Spain!) for $22 (similar, similar)