Aug 30, 2016

Life Lately

 

It's been a little quiet in Hey Whitney land lately. I'm giving myself some wiggle room after being gone for two weeks, but it's a new week and time to get back into the groove of things — even if the laundry piles are trying to kill me.

Unpacking (and repacking) my suitcase. I feel like I've been in constant travel mode lately, but that's okay. These last few weeks of summer are always a blur. I'm prepping for another trip back to Virginia this week to see the parents' new house and hopefully, squeeze in a weekend trip to the mountains.

Cooking at home mostly these days. We finished Whole30 earlier this month but have pretty much stuck with it since then with a few exceptions here and there. These meatballs were a big hit last week.

Drinking in the cooler weather. It's like fall is right around the corner. Although, the shorter hours of daylight are already making me a little sad.

Reading this book and this one also. I have so many books piled on my nightstand right now that I've resorted to reading two at a time. Not sure yet if it's actually a faster option or just slowing me down.

Wanting an army jacket. I saw them at Old Navy recently and Pinterest is not helping my obsession.

Watching Suits. I'm continuing the lawyer theme after finishing The Good Wife a few weeks ago. Which, by the way, had a really terrible ending.... Did anyone else think so?

Listening to this new song by Shovels & Rope.

Feeling so sore lately. I've been loving my workouts, but sitting at my desk for hours afterwards is the worse. My muscles get so tight and angry at me. Maybe it's time for a standing desk?

Trying to capture time. I had a moment recently when I had three things I needed to do, five things I wanted to do, and only time to do one of them. You know what the solution is in moments like that, don't you? Take a nap.  

Eating these sweet potato chips alllll the time. They are my guilty healthy snack and so good!

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Aug 29, 2016

Doorways of the Fan



If you've read my blog for some time, you've probably seen me mention the Fan district of Richmond before. It was named after the way the streets extend in the shape of a fan and is one of the oldest (and most beautiful) parts of the city. I moved to the Fan in 2011 to attend VCU and loved living on its quaint little streets, even if parallel parking is a beast. We moved out of the Fan in 2013 when Mark and I got married, but it's always fun to come back and visit. Now my sister lives there, so I can enjoy its beauty all over again every time I visit. I snapped a few pictures on my phone when I was there recently.


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Aug 18, 2016

This Week's Links 8.18.16

More walks, more podcasts, more sweat from this insane humidity. 

Here are a few fun links from the week...

to-do list tweak to try

Cheat meals without the cheating

An easy-to-assemble couch shipped to your door

I want to make all of these: refreshing summer sorbets

How to grow your own pineapple plant

Beautiful bolga baskets

Fixer Upper craziness

In case you missed it, here's what went on the blog this week:

3 Ways to Workout While Traveling

A travel essential

Have a great weekend!
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Aug 17, 2016

Richmond Walks

I've been loving my morning walks in Richmond this week. It's been nice keeping a regular routine, even while I'm traveling (I'm a weirdo, I know), plus getting outside first thing in the morning is such a peaceful way to wake up and face the day. I've always loved how walkable Richmond is. The scenery never disappoints and I appreciate it more and more every time I come back to visit. 

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These photos were all taken around the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts which I've blogged about before here and here. I've only actually been inside the museum once, but their grounds could almost be the main attraction.  It's its own little oasis within the city and definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!

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I did a quick search for a new podcast to listen to on my walks and came across Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell. I've only listened to two episodes (Blame Game and Saigon, 1965) but, so far, I really like it. Gladwell picks a different event, idea, or person out of history every week and looks at it in a new way, trying to find something that was overlooked or misunderstood. Their tagline is "Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance." Take a listen the next time you're looking for a new podcast. It's really good!

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Aug 16, 2016

A Travel Essential


We humans are too quick to judge. We hear of something new and we scoff in scorn over the ridiculousness of such a thing, not pausing to consider the actual genius of it. Such was the case when I first heard of facial spray aka a bottle of scented water...that you spray...in your face.

I can understand why it's hard to grasp such a concept, especially since everything in life teaches us to avoid things being sprayed in our face (mace, pepper spray, Lysol). But facial spray forces you to put your pre-conceived notions aside and enjoy the rebellious feeling of squirting something in the direction of your eyes.

I received a bottle of Mario Badescu facial spray for my birthday last winter, but it wasn't until I started traveling this summer that I truly understood its genius. It's made from a combination of aloe, herbs, and rosewater, and is so hydrating for your skin. I've completely replaced using lotion on my face with facial spray instead. During the summer, lotion is just too heavy for my skin and I start breaking out, but facial spray doesn't clog my pores and feels so good to apply! It's been a constant in my bag during every trip this summer.

Have you tried a facial spray? What's your favorite brand?

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