Behind the Blogger

Hello halfway point through June. Time needs to slooooooooow down, my favorite season is going to fly by at the speed of light and I want to savor it. Today, I'm taking a page out of Shauna's book or shall I say blog post. It's been a while since I've shared more about who I am other than outfits, Amazon finds, and weekend or travel recaps. So, let's have some fun!

Dress {only $19} | Sandals | Bag | Watch | Knot Cuff | Bridge RingSunnies | Lipstick in Creme Cup

♥ I've been blogging for almost 10 years - WOW. Things have changed A LOT, and I do yearn for the good ol' days of blogging when it was more of a community and not overly staged and money 

♥ My favorite season is summer hands down. Even though I have lived in Florida for almost 10 years, I still have PTSD from the long, frigid, and gloomy winters growing up in Connecticut. Summer was the BEST - longer days, pool and beach time, evenings by the fire, catching fireflies, grilling our meals, outdoor concerts, and the fun clothes. To me fall means winter is coming, and I actually don't go crazy for fall fashion as to me it's just jeans, sweaters, and boots - wash, rinse, repeat. I love how many options we have in the summer - skirts, dresses, shorts, bathing suits, sandals, wedges... oh I just love it all! 

I actually met my husband in a bar - so cliche I know. But it does happen! He went to high school with my best friend from college, and we all were out one night and she introduced us. The rest is history. 

We are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this month. 

We have a daughter who is the sweetest, sassiest, and most adventurous little girl. My heart. 

♥ I do enjoy sharing her and my husband here and there, but for the most part try to uphold their privacy online. They didn't ask to be a blogger or have an Instagram account with followers they've never met, so that is why you don't hear about them all the time. Just know they are my whole world. 

 I majored in Political Science, and even interned for a State Representative at the Connecticut General Assembly. However, I've been working in sales and marketing since graduating and fully enjoy the creative direction my career has taken me. 

♥ Traveling is hands down my favorite pastime and I would much rather spend money on seeing the world than on "stuff". You can find recaps of a lot of my fun travels in my Travel Tab - places range from U.S. cities to the Caribbean, Fiji, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Marseille, Milan, and Bermuda. 

♥ I'm a total dunce at doing my own hair - hence why you only ever see it blow dried straight and down or in a basic ponytail or bun. When I pay for a blow out, the waves or curls fall in less than an hour. So there's that... 

♥ I actually enjoy working out. I sometimes have to force myself to, but I try to make sure I'm active every day especially since being at home so much. I mix things up between at home barre workouts, yoga, Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD, and HIIT workouts that'll break a sweat with zero equipment right in your living room. Lil' Miss and I have also been going for daily walks every morning after breakfast to start our day on the right foot in the fresh air. 

♥ Even though I'm a life and style blogger, it usually takes me a while to jump on board with new trends. I have more of a classic approach to fashion, and am not always a fan of super trendy pieces. I couldn't and still can't bring back overalls or tie dye. Sorry not sorry. But do you see that pearl barrette in my hair? It took me forever to fall in love with statement hair pieces and I may just be eyeing a suede and pearl embellished headband that you may or may not be seeing soon. Sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn't. That's why I consider myself more of a style blogger than a fashion blogger. I don't jump on all the new fashion trends, but I try to share my own personal style. 

♥ I'm a germ-a-phob. I believe in actual hand washing for 20+ seconds over portable hand sanitizer, as most hand sanitizers won't kill germs from my worst enemy which is the stomach virus. I live in fear of that awful sickness each and every day. I wish I was kidding...

♥ I have to have coffee every day or I get that dreaded caffeine headache. Iced or hot - I love both. #ButFirstCoffee is my motto.

♥ My other favorite beverage is a glass of bubbles - pop the champagne or the prosecco please and thank you. You can often find me out with my girlfriends at a bottomless brunch. Oh and I also fancy a good margarita - no salt. 

♥ I was a dancer growing up for 13 years, and even a gymnast for a while. I took tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, and tumbling which led to gymnastics. My mom saved all my costumes and trophies which are now in a bin in an upstairs closet. Thank you mom! 

 I have very eclectic music taste, which you can tell by my favorite recent concerts - Phil Collins, Zedd, Metallica, Michael Buble, Luke Bryan, and 311. My spotify is filled with classic music, 80's, 90's pop including alllll the boy bands, 90's and early 00's hip hop, and alternative. 

I pride myself in being green. Although, I still enjoy fast fashion pieces I never only wear things once and get plenty of uses out of all my pieces and often shop my closet. Once I know I'll no longer wear pieces they either go to my Poshmark account for sale or I donate them to Goodwill. You can find me on Poshmark here or search for @greenfashion8

Said "green-ness" leads to me recycling everything. If I treat myself to Starbucks before work, I actually keep the cup at my desk all day and bring it home and toss it in the recycling bin. I can't ever bring myself to throw plastic, glass, aluminum, paper or cardboard in the trash. 

I practice safe sun now especially living in Florida and enjoying tropical vacations. Growing up, I wasn't always so smart sadly. Again, I blame it on growing up in Connecticut. We were so excited to finally have a chance to lay out or jump in the water, we wanted to get tan as fast as possible. Not good... now I won't go outside without slathering myself in SPF and if I'm on a boat or at the beach, I'm also wearing a hat or relaxing in the shade. 

♥ I've actually been enjoying quarantine/self isolating at home. It's been SO nice not rushing out the door each morning, wearing only athleisure, PJ's, and bathing suits, and having more time with my little family. We are both extremely blessed that neither of us were furloughed or laid off, and are both still working from home. Beyond thankful ♥ 

♥ My daughter's middle name is my late cousin's name. If you've been following along since 2013 and before, you'll remember the unspeakable pain I went through losing my cousin who was more like my sister. Miss her 

♥ Even though I've been to some incredible places around the world, my favorite spot ever is the camp I grew up going to every summer on a lake in New Hampshire. My best childhood memories can be found there in that crystal clear lake in the mountains. 

♥ We have an amazing group of friends, and I'm incredibly grateful that we fell into such a great group as adults after relocating away from everyone we ever knew and loved. We've experienced so many fun parties, housewarmings, weddings, concerts, galas, annual passes to the theme parks, sporting events, holidays, welcoming babies, and even cruises to the Bahamas, beach houses rentals, and a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic. Rock solid and priceless memories. 

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  1. You’re so precious! This was such a great post....10 years blogging...that’s amazing. I’m with you on keeping the fam somewhat private. Our youngest doesn’t want to be on SM at all right now and I respect that. So happy you’ve been blessed down in Florida and Happy Anni month! xo

  2. I didn't know you've been blogging for 10 years! So fun learning more about you! I love a glass of bubbles and enjoy working out too!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  3. I absolutely loved this post and loved learning even more about you! That's so awesome that you danced for so long, I actually did ballet, tap and jazz for 10 years! Hope you have a great Monday friend!!

    Rosy Outlook 

  4. I am so happy to have known you for pretty much as long as I've been blogging which will be 7 years in November - so crazy!! I feel ya on the stomach bug - it's my fear as well LOL!! Love you friend!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  5. This is a lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Happy anniversary month! I am with you, and have been enjoying quarantine and morning walks with Zoe. Your music description fits me perfectly. Love these type of posts :)

  7. So nice reading more about you! I love your sense of fashion and agree we don't need to follow every trend to still be fashionable. The green dress look amazing on you!
    My daughter has been taking dance since she was 4, she's almost 14 now and still doing ballet, jazz/lyrical and pointe and we too have kept and are still keeping all of the costumes :-) It's always so nice to look through them once in a while.
    Congrats on 10 years of blogging and happy anniversary!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  8. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging and your 10 year anniversary. Thats monumental.
    Blogging has really changed. I would follow blog back in the day, but with the rise of instagram, everything change. Everyone went to that platform. Some things are the same. Some things are better.
    I love a glass of prosecco, okay maybe more than a glass, hahaha.
    Wishing you all the best. Happy for all your achievement and milestones!

  9. I love this! So glad you're my blogging babe friend <3

  10. I thought this title looked familiar! lol, kidding!! :) Love that you met your hubbie at a bar and now it will 10 years! So special! Just goes to show that it doesn't matter where you meet - there can be good guys anywhere :) Congrats!! xo


  11. I love this! I learned a few things about you I didn't know too. I love that you stay active and make such a green effort in fashion and otherwise! You and your family are so sweet.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  12. Nice post, congrats on 10 yrs. blogging, there certainly have been a lot of changes. Haha, I'm with you on bringing back overalls and tie dye!

  13. 10 years of blogging? Wow, kudos to you, lady. I felt it when you said, "you miss the days when blogging wasn't all about money and numbers." So true!! My favourite season is summer too. Nice to virtually meet you and know a bit about you. :-)

  14. This was such a great post- I even learned a few things about you I didn't know! And girl, you are a green goddess after my own heart- we are avid recyclers in this house, too! It's so important to do our part!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  15. I had no idea that your daughter's middle name is your late cousins name. I am sorry you lost her 7 years ago. I am more classic in my fashion too and it takes me awhile to come around to new trends. Traveling is my most favorite thing too!!

  16. Nice refresher! I'm 10 years married this September and 9 years blogging this year! Close timeline for us!

  17. Love the casual chic look. Perfect for summer <3

  18. It is always so interesting to read more about the person behind the blog!

  19. I absolutely loved this post and learning more about you. I never realized just how much we have in common until I read this. I suck at doing my own hair, too, and have literally worn it the same way since I was 21 years old. I LOVE fashion but I'm usually late to the game jumping on trends, too, because it takes me a while to warm up to them... and yes, overalls and tie-dye are still a HUGE no-no for me, too. I have been cringing at all of the tie-dye being worn lately and I have a feeling those girls who are wearing it will eventually look back and cringe, too. Haha. I'm also a major germaphob and I pride myself on being green, too. B and I recycle everything we can get our hands on and we recycle so much that our recycling bin has way more in it than our garbage can each week. Not a bad way to be! :o)

  20. I had so much fun reading this and learning more about you!

  21. Loved this post and getting to know you better!! You are one sweet Lady! I’m so glad our paths have crossed in this little blogosphere. 😊

  22. Cute dress on you and congrats on 10 years of blogging! :) It was nice to read more about you :)

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!

    Hope that you had a great weekend :)

    Away From Blue