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Currently: August

August 9, 2017

I think that every single person I’ve talked to in the past week has been just as blown away by the fact that it’s already August as I am… But seriously, how are we already eight months into 2017??!

I was in Atlanta last week on a business trip and then spent the weekend in New York City with my boyfriend and his family, so I’ve spent the past few days doing very little other than relaxing with wine in hand and a face mask on. I am looking forward to this weekend though because my birthday is on Saturday!

Reading // Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, which I actually just picked up last night and I’m already a few chapters in. I’ve heard rave reviews about the novel and recently found it at a book sale for just $1, so I took the plunge and snagged it for myself. I’ll have to let y’all know my thoughts once I finish but so far the story seems very promising! If anyone is looking for a cute/quick read, I finished Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Vérant earlier this week and it was such a sweet story about how Samantha fell in love with her (now) husband after reconnecting when she found the seven love letters he had written her twenty years before. I think that I smiled harder with eery page I turned!

Snuggling // with Archer, who I adopted a month ago! He’s 5.5 years old, is very fluffy, and enjoys belly rubs almost as much as he loves eating. He’s currently taking up half of the bed even though he only weighs 11 pounds. Too cute!

Listening // obsessively to Wine & Crime, which is my latest podcast find. It’s hosted by three BFFs who love true crime and drinking wine – which, coincidentally, are also two of my favorite activities as well. Each episode has a different theme, whether that be trust fund murders or killer kids, and is paired with a wine that best suits the crime. These ladies are truly hilarious and I find myself having to stifle my laughter whenever I listen to a new episode at work. If you’re a fan of true crime, I’d 100% recommend downloading Wine & Crime asap!

Tracking // my water intake with the app, Plant Nanny. I upped my water intake a few weeks ago after a particularly bad breakout (ugh, hormones), and I love how watching my plants grow as I drink everyday! I don’t have much of a green thumb in real life so I’m glad that I can live vicariously through this app.

Cooking // recipes inspired by the Whole 30 movement. I’m still eating wheat and cheese which is technically cheating, but I’ve found a few delicious AND healthy recipes that I’ve been whipping up for work lunches. There’s really nothing more satisfying than finding a salad that actually keeps you full throughout the afternoon!

Loving // my new Baublebar necklace that I bought during the Nordstrom sale in Rose Gold. A recent goal of mine has been to get more creative with my jewelry and accessory choices – I tend to stick with studs and simple gold necklaces – and I was actually a little surprised by how much I loved this necklace from day one! I’ve gotten so many compliments on it so far and I’ve actually found myself planning outfits around it.

How has your August been? I just booked my flights back to my alma mater for Homecoming in September, so that’s also something I’m really, really looking forward towards!

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  • Thanks for sharing what’s been going on with you lately! Love that necklace you got. I am intrigued by the Whole 30 movement and I need to share that podcast with a couple of friends of mine. They would love it!

  • Sounds like you had a lovely weekend!! And so much fun with your cat, welcome to the cat lady club 😉 He looks adorable! Xx

  • I can’t believe it’s already August either, this year needs to slooooow down! Happy almost birthday, we’re a few days shy of being birthday twins <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Mary

    Fun update about your life, Courtney! Hope you have a great birthday! I’m going to check out those books you mention…



  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Happy early birthday beautiful girl! Way to amp up your water intake, drinking a lot of water always makes me feel better! Glad you’ve been doing fun things this summer and yes, incredibly hard to believe that our summer is almost over!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Beautiful photos, Courtney! It’s been a long time. Glad to see you again babe.

    Have a happiest birthday.
    Much love, Len


  • Blaire Bingham

    What a sweet kitty! These pictures are great! You will have to share the delicious salad that you found.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Violette

    I hope you are having a great month and cute photos! I can’t believe it’s already 8 month since the beginning of 2017!

  • I’ve been wanting to try Whole30 for a while. But I find it hard with my travels!


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  • Lauren Scorzafava

    Glad you’re having a great August so far as well!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  • I can’t quite believe we are in August either, slightly crazy isn’t it? I’m glad you’re having a great month so far however 🙂

    It’s great that you’re trying new healthy foods, so am I and experimenting with healthy treats, tonight I had a combination of spinach, chicken, salmon, dates, low fat cheese spread melted along with spinach and carrots. Rather tasty!

    Hope you have a great rest of the month, and what a beautiful sunset shot, I’m a fan of those and they’re all over my iG 🙂

    Laura xo

  • I love all of your sunset and landscape photos! Sounds like a great August so far!


  • I also cannot believe it’s already August! I was just in China for 5 weeks and I come home with almost no time left for summer! Craziness. That podcast sounds hilarious, I’ll have to check it out! Haha and omg how cute is your kitty??

  • Olga Federico

    Such a lovely sunset!Great post:-)

  • Girl, I feel the same way, I cannot believe it’s already August and the 10th at that! I have no idea where the time has gone, it’s literally flying by. I feel even more so now that I have a baby, the days go by faster! Anyway, how exciting that your birthday is coming up?! I know you must have some fun plans lined up! Your kitty is too cute, so typical to take up half of the bed, my cat does the same, haha. Thanks for sharing, girl, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



  • merel

    Time flies! August already?!! I love your photo’s!

    X Merel

  • merel

    Looks like such a fun weekend! Loved reading your blogpost!

    X Merel

  • I know right! it is August already!

  • Laura

    I did go to wedding in the beginning of August, which was fun and yesterday did bit of wine shopping and tasting in Germany x

    Pink Frenzy

  • I hope you had a very happy birthday! Archer is so cute too, how nice you could adopt him.

    Hope your September is off to an awesome start too – the year really is flying by!

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Kate

    That sunset is gorgeous!

  • But now I’m thinking, where did August go?? Ahhh! Loved this update.
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  • What a lovely post and time is certainly flying by that’s for sure. It’s important to embrace each day and every moment which clearly you are doing!

    How cute is Archer, he secretly loves your selfies really 😉

    Beautiful sunset photograph by the way at the start of this post, just stunning!

    Laura xo

  • Mia Hurst
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