In The Sunday Edit, we talk about two things: 1) Struggles – real moments that happened from my week that were not so great and 2) Shines – awesome things that happened along with what products have been making my life easier, what new Gem finds I’ve come across, and the best sales going on right now!
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New Posts on The Gem:
- Exploring Richmond, Virginia
- Linen Clothes for Cool Summer Outfits
- The Sunday Edit – Volume 29
- Pick Your Own Tulips at Burnside Farms in Nokesville, Virginia
Life Update & Thoughts:
I cannot believe my big 10-day road trip is already over and that it’s the last day of June. It’s hard to believe that last Sunday I was soaking in every detail I could of Charleston, South Carolina. I think the excitement of the trip has finally caught up to me because I have no energy at the moment. It took me nearly 3 hours to convince myself to get out my computer to type this up. But, I want to document as much of this past week and a half as possible while it’s still fresh in my head.
The first few days of the trip were almost too good to be true. Aside from the baby having an explosive poop right as we rolled out to the first hotel (you can see a few photos of the historic spot here), the trip was off to a really smooth and relaxing start. Richmond Virginia was the first stop, Charleston was the second, followed by Savannah, then we stopped in the middle of nowhere in North Carolina just for a place to sleeve for one night before finishing off the voyage in Virginia Beach.
I was high on life after we left Charleston on Monday because of how happy the city made me feel (the people are truly wonderful). After that, things started to get a little rocky. The days weren’t bad by any means. We still had plenty of laughs and good times! But, they seemed to be a bit more stressful and less graceful than the first half. Little hiccups in the road kept happening that threw us off track – like needing to make a run for diapers, me misplacing a product I needed to photograph all while trying not to sweat on a 97 degree day (so I could look half put together for the product photo) as I searched every corner of the car to find it, trying to plan around the Savannah heat when my sister doesn’t do mornings, and we constantly were a hot mess bringing in our like 8 bags of luggage into each hotel. Here’s a nice “Instagram vs Real Life” photo as a visual. I guess you have to bring a lot of stuff when you travel with a blogger and a baby. Plus, I had a few campaign images I needed to shoot that kept getting pushed back (due to weather or our energy levels) which left us with a lot of work to do the last two days.
Our drive home was not the best way to cap off the trip either. We left later than I wanted to because I had something I needed to photograph and the shots I needed just weren’t working. Once we finally got out of the door, we hit traffic multiple times – once for an accident where we went no more than 8 miles an hour on a road where the speed limit is 70 for over an hour, I took the EZpass express lanes near DC which seemed like a great idea until I had to pee and there were no exits to get off at for miles, and it started downpouring shortly after we got into PA (which I’m taking a clear sign that this is not a state I am supposed to be in).
In a pit of frustration and on the edge of tears, I had to remind myself over and over again that I would not let this drive home ruin what was overall a lovely trip. That’s a feeling I’ve felt quite a bit lately – every time there’s something happening that’s making me happy, some big stress comes along trying to take that joy away. I like to visualize volume dials in these moments. It’s up to us to turn the volume up really high on those joy-filled moments so that they are louder than the stressful ones! They are always going to exist together – the good and the bad – but we have to let the good be loud enough that the bad doesn’t overpower it. To me, turning up that volume looks like this: reminding myself over and over again of the good moment(s) I just had, capturing photos of it (when possible) to have evidence to look back on, and also noticing how I physically felt during those good moments (relaxed shoulders, a settled stomach, and a soft smile on my face) while trying to return my body back to that state.
I hope you work on that this week, Gems – letting the joy be louder. Turn that volume way up!
- I’m feeling very confident in the city I want to call home next. I’ll reveal it soon, promise (although I don’t think it will be hard to tell once I start getting my blog posts from the trip up)!
- I have so much content lined up from the trip. From outfit posts and funny stories to the most incredible boutique hotels and travel itineraries, I just cannot wait to put it all together and share it on here!
- I’ve been hoping, praying, and asking for my landlord would paint my deck. Well, as I was bringing in my luggage after getting home late last night. I realized my deck is now a very awful shade of gray but the railings were repainted white still. I was under the impression everything would be light gray and it’s just really not easy on the eyes. Ughhh. It’s things like this that make me really want to buy a house but I am just not ready for that level of commitment.
- Additionally, I also came home to broken air conditioning and a 91-degree house. I am not ready to get back to dealing with real life.
- Missing my little niece so so so much this morning. I loved waking up to her morning smiles on the trip. She’s just the cutest thing – and she’s growing so fast! She gets the biggest smile on her face when I say, “wanna do piggies?!” and then follow it with “this little piggy….” on her toes.
- My sister for putting up with all of my photography requests on the trip, for kindly taking my photography feedback/suggestions, and for doing her best to keep up with my energy levels despite having a baby not even 3 months ago (which is obviously exhausting). And my mom for meeting me half way between my house and hers last night so that I could get home sooner after our long, long, long car ride back to Pittsburgh.
- Target didn’t have the dry shampoo I typically buy when I was stocking up for the trip, so I ended up purchasing the Between Washes Smooth & Clean Dry Shampoo Foam from Nexxus. Let me tell you, everything must happen for a reason because I am so impressed by how well it refreshed my hair and I have been using it every single day because I love the volume and liveliness it gives!
- I bought a travel steamer right before my trip and I have an unreasonable love for using it. There’s something oddly calming about getting the wrinkles out of my clothes, hahaha. As much as I love it, apparently science isn’t up for the task of a cordless steamer yet and I really need us to get there (I spent hours looking for one on Amazon and beyond).
- Even though I’ll take any excuse to whip out the steamer, sometimes there just isn’t time! I made sure to pack a few outfits in my suitcase that I knew wouldn’t wrinkle, too. The true MVP was my Gal Meets Glam Aurora dress (it’s the blue maxi dress featured above) – also available in petite, and in pink!). Not only was it bunched up in my suitcase, but I wore it on our second day of exploring Richmond and kept it on in the car for the four and a half hour drive to Charleston. I arrived without one wrinkle – never steaming it once! Not to mention it really is so comfortable and I always get so many compliments on it when I wear it.
- I had never used Pixi’s pHenomenal Gel [c/o] before this trip and I am so glad I brought it with me. It really helped tamed the oily nature of my skin in the Southern heat and I didn’t come home with as many breakouts as I was expecting since my skin always freaks out when I travel. I’m excited to start integrating this Gem into my everyday routine.
- This striped tiered sundress could not be more perfect for Summer!
- I bought a woven sun hat at a local market last week and I really think I need to add more of them to my life like this one!
- I was reminded how much I love this sunscreen when I wore it every day last week on the trip. It especially came in handy for the days we spent in the sun on Virginia Beach. It barely smells like sunscreen (and the light scent disappears after application – you will not smell it all day like with other products) and it feels like a lightweight moisturizer instead of being thick and goopy.
- I need to give another shout out to these shoes because they are my favorite Summer heels to wear right now. I have two pairs that I brought with me on the road trip and I never regretted wearing them!
- Dunkin Donuts has new Hershey flavored coffee and I am ALL ABOUT the options. I tried a Health Bar iced coffee to perk me up on the drive home last night and it was delicious.
- ASOS: Save up to $100 when you spend $200+ until 7/2. Loving this $35 floral romper!
- Check out what Gal Meets Glam Collection dresses are currently on sale here.
- Patagonia’s coveted Organic Cotton Quilt Snap-T Pullover Sweatshirt is under $100 here!
- Loving jumpsuits right now like me? This one is effortlessly easy to wear and under $70.
- LOFT: Save 40% on almost everything with code VACAY – ends 7/1. I’m very into this boyfriend cuffed jean, these wide-leg pants (they come in 5 colors!), and this subtly striped flutter sleeve shirt.
- All sale items at BaubleBar are currently under $20!
Asking for help on:
- I would really like to start expanding my blog in the travel space more! Pinning any of the images from my travel related posts would be so wonderful of you. Thanks in advance!