I don't know if I'll ever start a new month without staring slack-jawed at my calendar and thinking, “Wow, last month really flew by!” Such is life. August was quite full of activity and I'm excited to share a little bit about what I was up to. Also, I haven't forgotten that I still need to share the big news I mentioned last month… that post is a work in progress. It's just taken me a bit longer than anticipated to put everything into words and I want to do it justice. Anywho, on to August's recap:
Filmed a Facebook Live with Little Things
Since moving to New York, I've pretty much decided to do more things that scare me. So when producers at Little Things asked me to do a live DIY tutorial as The Budget Savvy Bride on Facebook, I took a deep breath and said “yes!” It was fun to do demo this simple project that I'd created for Oriental Trading and get some exposure to their 10 MILLION Facebook followers… no pressure or anything! At least my face didn't have to be on camera 😂 In the end, I was glad that I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and got some practice riffing and filling airtime on camera. I hope to get more opportunities like this in the future!
Played tourist in NYC
Eric's sister + fam came to visit us in NYC early in the month, and we enjoyed sharing our city with them. Though I had to stay in and work during the week, I had the opportunity to join them for a few fun things like a Circle Line boat tour around Manhattan and a visit to Top of the Rock. These two activities will give you some of the most incredible views there are of NYC… seeing the city from these vantage points reminds me how lucky I am to live here. If you're planning to visit NYC and have never done these things, definitely add them to your list. Eventually, I'll be updating my NYC City Guide with some of my favorite spots, activities, restaurants, and so much more.
Took a Girl's Trip to Charleston
I flew down to Charleston for a lovely long weekend with two of my Aisle Society gals, Anna and Gillian. It was Gillian's 30th birthday weekend so we celebrated by eating our way through Charleston and seeing all the cuteness the area has to offer. I have to admit, I'd been to Charleston twice before and didn't think it was all that exciting, but exploring with a local definitely made a difference. It's got so much Southern Charm, a delicious food scene, and some great shopping, too. We had a really nice weekend and even got to enjoy some time at the beach, which I'm always a fan of. I'm so thankful that Aisle Society has brought me the opportunity to develop deeper friendships with both of these gals. 💕 Will be adding some info about the places I visited and loved to the Charleston City Guide soon!
Watched the Eclipse
I joined the rest of the US in taking time out of my day on August 21st to go view the Solar Eclipse. Though we weren't in the path of totality, it was still pretty cool to see the crescent sun in the middle of the day. It was cloudy in NYC that day, which I thought would be a problem, but instead it allowed us to look up and see the crescent shape through the clouds, offering us some added eye protection. 😎 Definitely a little jealous of my Nashville family and friends who got to experience the full effect!
Watched a Movie in Central Park
This is something that had been on my NYC bucket list for quite a while, so I was excited to cross it off. We picked the perfect night to attend the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, where we watched The Great Gatsby. We grabbed our cute Target picnic blanket, headed over to Lenwich to grab some grub, and then snagged our spot on the lawn. The weather was perfect, Leo was swoon-worthy, and it was an all-around perfect New York Night. ✨ #happythankyoumoreplease
Took Aerial Yoga
I've been back on the ClassPass circuit for a bit and I'm still enjoying trying out different classes and types of fitness. I recently took an Aerial Yoga class that I really loved and am hoping to take again. There's something kind of magical and relaxing about hanging upside down and releasing all the tension in my neck and back. It's definitely a unique way to get the blood flowing through your body, and it's actually pretty fun, too!
Foodie Highlight: Morgenstern's Ice Cream
Late in August after a full day of walking around NYC, we decided to find some ice cream. We ended up at Morgenstern's Finest, which had been on my Foursquare To-do List for a while. (PS — if you're into Foursquare, give me a follow there so we can connect! I love sharing the places I've been and getting recommendations from others.) We waited in line for nearly an hour but I'm happy to say it was worth it. I got the Burnt Honey Vanilla and the Green Tea Pistachio flavors and both were out of this world. Highly recommend!
Look What You Made Me Do
If you know me at all, you know I'm a hardcore Swiftie. So of course, August was truly momentous because Tay-Tay blessed us with a single from her upcoming album, Reputation. I love how she's reinventing herself and taking back control of the media's portrayal of her. No one can drag Taylor Swift like she can drag herself. The video is cinematic and genius and the song is a bonafide earworm. New Taylor is savage and I'm living for it.
I'm writing a book!
This is big news, but not the really big news I've been hinting at. 😂 One of my biggest goals has always been to write a book, and I'm so happy to share that I'm one step closer to that goal. In August, I signed a contract with a publisher to write my first book, which will be a wedding planner for couples with limited budgets. The writing timeline is aggressive, and my full manuscript is due in early October, so if I go MIA for a bit… you know why. I turned in my first chapter samples to my editor today so fingers crossed I'm heading in the right direction. The book is slated to come in March 2018, which is just so exciting. I will obviously share more as I get additional details, but for now, I'm in *major* writing mode!
Well, that pretty much covers the month of August. I promise to be back SOON with my even bigger news. Til then, be well!