Jenna: What a weekend.

Sometimes you just have to….

Challenge the Phanatic to a dance off.

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Take a train to see your cousin, drink wine, and play games all night. And get back in time to go to a whiskey tasting.

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Decide it’s too nice out to waste time inside, so you grab a cab to your favorite beer garden.

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But that wasn’t quite enough, so an evening bike ride to the river was also a must.

 

 

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I literally fell asleep while at my computer. But I was smiling REALLY big. I had that same feeling I did as a kid after playing outside all day. Complete exhaustion from the best thing ever: happiness.

Jenna: Moving

As much as I dislike the physical act, moving is something I am really familiar with. As a child, I never lived in the same place for more than 3.5 years. My dad’s job took us all around the country, and for this reason I often get antsy once I’ve been somewhere for too long.

However, I think three apartments in 2 years in the same building is a bit much…but the opportunity has always seemed to present its self and to make things a bit more manageable financially.

It’s so exhausting! My new apartment has a better layout, and I love it. What I did NOT love, was having to build this:

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Damn you Ikea furniture! I always forget that you come in 10000 pieces and take three hours to put together. That was eventually a kitchen island.

My new room wasn’t quite big enough for my old dresser, so I bought (and built) this one:

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It’s a super space saver now that it doubles as a TV stand. (p.s. see that pink/purple container in the background? That’s my workout clothes. My incentive for working out is that I don’t have to fold those…I just throw them in that container).

All in all, I really like the new place!

When was the last time you moved?

Rose: Fashion Friday

This week’s installment of Fashion Friday includes some old favorites–and a few new ones, too.

First up: the new. I scored yet another deal from Shop it To Me and snagged this beautiful lacy top from Ann Taylor Loft. I love it! I’m not sure why I haven’t discovered this fabric or pattern earlier. It really adds some punch to an ordinary work outfit. The sleeves are strange, but I can easily cover those with a sweater.

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Next up: the old. This white and black skirt. I’ve had this skirt forever. Probably since my first job in D.C. I always forget that I have it. I keep skirts on the other side of the closet and always forget that they’re there. Plus, I have only two colors of skirts: black and gray. So, it’s easy to forget about them. I paired the skirt with a new black sweater I adore from Ann Taylor Loft and a necklace I bought during the Christmas season via Etsy.

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I’ve clearly saved the best for last. Not only was this my best outfit of the week (whoa, color), but look who I’m standing next to–yes, that’s Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, who both came to Princeton for a lecture about Mark’s new show, “Alpha House.” It was crazy how quickly I transformed from a person who cares little about TV to a total fan-girl in their presence. Celebs do that to a person, I guess.

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What did you wear this week?

Jenna: Long (painful) Run

Hello friends! As I wrote about before, I am still training for the Broad Street Run! However, things have been a little nutty lately. I was in Florida for vacation, home for a few days (that turned out to be really busy but fun!) and then was off to Florida again for work. Once I returned, I moved the next day into a new apartment.

Phew.

I was feeling really exhausted from the move Friday, but wanted to be sure I got a long run in. Keep in mind, I hadn’t hit the pavement since I was on vacation. Regardless, I knew I needed this run to feel confident about the race. So I ran. For 9 miles.

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The problem was, something on the outside of my knee started REALLY giving me trouble around mile 6. I stopped to walk for a few seconds, and it would feel ok.  So I (admittedly dumb) just kept going. I really needed to see that number 9 to feel better about the days I had taken off and feel prepared for this race.

Well, I paid for it the last few days. According to Dr. Google I think it’s my IT band.

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Hot, right?

It appears to be a pretty common running injury that heals quick on its own if you rest it. I’ve been reading a lot about different stretches, and prevention.  I headed out for a SLOW 4 miles tonight, and it seemed ok.

This did really get me thinking though. Without your health, you have nothing. It hurt to go up stairs, move, stretch and basically move all  of Saturday and Sunday. Oh, and there is the fact that I don’t have a car and walk EVERYWHERE. My injury was thankfully not serious, but it did remind me of how important it is to take care of myself. I don’t want to fall off the wagon and end up sick and tired again. Without feeling good, I can’t do the things that bring me joy.

Have you had any injuries you’ve had to recover from? Any IT band advice for a newbie?

Rose: A New Duvet

I’m in the process of re-doing my room. I really didn’t like the color scheme before, and I want the look to be more cohesive. After much planning (and consultations with friends–thank you all!), I’ve decided to use a gray-yellow-purple color scheme. Gray and yellow will be the biggest colors with purple accents around. Slowly but surely, I’m building my room in the way that I want. Step one: buy a new duvet cover.

I was going to go through West Elm, but the duvet I wanted was on major backorder. So, I scouted other duvets and stumbled upon Crane & Company. I’m so glad I found this company. Not only are their linens beautiful, but their package came with a personal touch:

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Handwritten notes go a long way with me. Kudos, C&C. Not only that, but the duvet is absolutely beautiful. It provides this fluffy and luxurious look. It makes going to bed feel like a dream. Now to get the rest of my room in order. Stay tuned for more “remodeling” images!

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