Life is a Journey

Currently: August

August 1, 2016

It’s officially my favorite month of the year! Mostly because it’s my birthday month (because, yes, I like to celebrate for the entire month haha), but also because it’s the last full month of summer. Which sounds weird, but I almost feel like I appreciate the warmth and sunshine more in August because I know that fall is just around the corner.

What do you guys have planned for August??

Attempting // to work out more. I’ve been walking a lot lately thanks to my fear of being shamed by my Fitbit, but otherwise I’ve been a bit lazy when it comes to working out. I’ve come up with a workout schedule for the next few weeks, which involves going to classes at my gym at least 4-5 times a week and I’m weirdly psyched to be sweating it out after work. Do y’all ever look forward to going to the gym? I’m not in anyway super in shape but going to the gym always makes me feel like a goddess of fitness!

Loving // the August edition of Condé Nast Traveler, which features the gorgeous photography of Tommy Clarke and his favorite seascapes. I don’t have any big trips planned for the upcoming months (except for a potential weekend down in Atlanta), so flipping through CN Traveler is giving me major wanderlust!

Binge watching // the Netflix original Marcella. Y’all this show is AMAZING and everyone needs to watch it asap. I’d had it on my queue for a while now but just got around to finally watching it this past week, and I seriously can’t stop. It’s a crime show that takes place in London, and it’s had me on the edge of my seat by the end of every episode. Definitely scary but I also enjoy the added intrigue of the characters’ personal lives interwoven throughout the story.

Buying // way too many shoes for work at DSW. Now that I’ve been at my job for a year now, I figured that it’s time to update my wardrobe and treat myself to a new pair of heels… Which turned out to be four new pairs of heels and a new pair of flats. But it’s okay because I bought all of that for only less than $200!

Drinking // my new favorite white wine, Conundrum, which is a blend of white grapes. I tend to stick with red wine, but I really love how light and fruity this wine is.

Studying // for my final certification exam for my training program. Hooray for almost being done with these horrid tests!! I spent most of this past weekend holed up in my apartment or Starbucks studying, which was a bit depressing but it rained most of Saturday and Sunday so I didn’t miss out on much sunbathing.

Reading // Julia Child’s memoir, My Life in France. To be completely honest, I’ve been working on this book for over a month now, not because I don’t like it but because I’ve been so busy with work and studying for my test for the training program I’m in. Just another reason I can’t wait to be done with this test!

I also have some exciting news! I’ll be working with CaseApp over the next few months as a brand ambassador to share with y’all my designs and creations (which include the phone case above). So excited!! Be sure to use my code ‘COURTNEYDIARIES20’ for a 20% off discount when you check out!

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  • I love that it´s your last month of Summer and our last month of Winter, I can´t wait for Spring! Good luck with your last exam xx

  • RedTagChicLA

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  • reneejessome

    Marcella sounds so good! I need to check it out. A DSW just opened up around here a couple of months ago and its A-Mazing! No wonder you bought 5 pairs of shoes haha

    Renee | Life After Lux

  • Sounds like a great month ahead. Happy Early Birthday Beautiful.

  • Maybe I need a fitbit to help motivate me! And a new favorite wine? Jealous!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Thanks for sharing your month! Happy early birthday and thanks for sharing that wine. I think I need to try. Good luck on the rest of your tests!

  • Your phone case is just so chic! At that Condé Nast Traveler looks so lovely, they’re always so well done! Xx

  • I also love August as it’s usually a more mellow month for me and it leads into my favorite season, Fall! Working out more is definitely on my list as well and I’m trying not to use the excuse that I’m too tired at the end of the day, especially since we have a treadmill in our house – no excuse!

    Allison / Joy and Ivy

  • Shauna C

    Happy early birthday! I love this month too, only because it puts us that much closer to fall 🙂 Have a great week!


  • I’m searching for new pair of shoes for fall too 🙂 hehe great post

  • There’s so many birthdays this month! I’m next month and at the very end, I might as well have been born in October. Wow, girlie, you scored big on all those shoes, not bad 4 under $200! I wish you the best of luck on your exam, I’m sure you’ll ace it! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great start to your b-day month and week ahead!



  • I really love this series! My also afraid of my fitbit too hahaha! Enjoy the last month of summer and happy birth month!


    Tamara –

  • Mary

    I just finished watching Marcella and I’m completely obsessed too! It is so good and I really hope there is a second season.

    Like you, I go into full end of summer appreciation mode in August… farmer’s markets, weekend camping trips, cook outs, etc while we still can!

    Love, Mary

  • Mary Latuch

    Im excited for August! As I am giving birth the end of the month. I can’t wait to work out and maybe a little celebration after baby and try the wine you mentioned! Love it..

    xo, Mary

  • Molly Hogan

    Happy birthday month, gorgeous!



  • Violette

    August sounds like a month full activities, and your birthday!! Wish you a fun month!

  • Tessy Onyia

    Happy new month dear. Lovely post.

  • I used to LOVE going to the gym but now I find it harder with my days being longer but I agree, I still feel awesome when I do go! And Conundrum is one of my favorite wines! SO good! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  • I’ve been attempting to work out more – I’m just too lazy lol! X

    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

  • Dominique

    Happy Birthday month! Can’t believe it’s August already! Great post lovely xx

  • I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by! cute post!

  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    Marcella sounds interesting! Maybe i’ll check it out.
    Also, Can’t wait to see your designs and creations! 😉

  • Charlotte Luisa

    Hahah I do the same when it comes to walking 😀 I have the NIKE fuel band and I want to walk at least 10,000 steps every day.. The bracelet really pushes me and I hate it when at the end of the day it laughs at me and says I’ve only walked 5000 steps haha
    Love from Boston,
    Charlotte Luisa |

  • I love August too as it’s my twins birthday so we usually have a load of fun! If you are born in August that would make you a Virgo star sign right? I also need to work out more and stop buying shoes! haha. Have a great day! Gemma x

  • Marilyn Nassar

    Lovely post! Good luck with your exam 🙂
    Marilyn xx

  • Biana Perez

    Thank you for sharing that show on netflix – I always want to find something good to binge on! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Happy birthday month! That wine sounds delicious, perfect way to celebrate!


  • Wow I think I need to watch Marcella, Courtney! You totally sold me! Excited that you’re almost done with studying!! Great post, girl!

    Xox Dana Ivy //

  • Ahhhh! What a great post, i really love it! 🙂

    April of:
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  • The more I read your posts, the more I realize how similar we are Courtney! Btw I am still obsessed with your phone case!

    Daisi Ari ||

  • Yiotou_La

    I love August but at the same time I kind of hate this month cause it brings the end of summer haha! Cannot wait to take some time off and relax! 🙂


  • WhatWouldVWear

    August is my bday month as well! And I hear you: I try to enjoy it as much as possible as well! Can’t believe fall is around the corner!!!

    I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Love your phone case, very apt! I’ve got a few UK trips planned and catching up with lots of friends too

  • Oh no, I prefer July to August because August makes me remember that summer is almost over and winter is coming. Anyway, I’ve been living in Argentina for the past 7 years, so imagine that August for me means crap weather – rain and low temperatures!!! I think I won’t get used to it ever…

  • High five for August babies!! I agree that August is a pretty great month – is it sad I’ve already started quietly muttering Christmas songs under my breath?! Congrats on the recent shoe haul by the way, there’s no better kind of shopping trip 😉

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Carina Vardie

    August is awesome, but a bit too hot at the moment. ahhaha. Good luck with your studying! I also plan on binge watching Netflix.


  • Oooooh, fully going to check out Conundrum Courtney! I might also have to pick up My Life in France for my trip to Paris. Perfect plane reading material! Good luck on your test! I’ll virtually cheers you with a glass of Conundrum when you get through it!

  • Happy Birthday Month! I agree that you should celebrate all month!
    Good luck with the rest of your tests and enjoy that wine!
    Julia x

  • happy birthday month! and i feel like i’ve come from the future because i saw your instagram and congrats on passing the certification test! (unless i’m getting two things mixed up in which case i apologize beforehand).. marcella sounds interesting, i’m currently rewatching house haha.. i have so many shoes and i still keep buying more 😐

    Aditi |

  • Hun Tature

    Great shots! Wish you a great month ahead beautiful! 🙂

  • Andreea Birsan

    Good luck with the certification, babe! x

    Happy Sunday,

  • My mom watched that show and she loved it too! I think my goals this month is to work out more and eat healthier. Loving your goals Courtney!

    My Vogue Style |

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