LS Lately : No. 1

 a monthly series sharing everything from life, love, style, travel, sale alerts and all the moments in between...  

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Hey there, loves! Welcome to LS Lately! 🤗 A new, little-bit-of-everything series that I am SO excited to start & share here on LS.com. I have been wanting to start this series for quite some time and I'm happy to finally get it going! I just love the notion of fresh starts, don't you!? With that being said, as summer comes to a close + my favorite season, autumn, is upon us + a new year for moi, {October 3 Birthday} I feel there's no better time to kick off this new series on The Blog!

  With each LS Lately 'journal entry', I hope to inspire you, introduce you to some new things I'm loving - whether it be clothes, music, TV/movies, products, restaurants, travel, whatever it may be - and most of all I wish to connect with you, my readers, as I share more personal details of my life.
So, let's jump into it... 

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First off, Happy September! How was your summer!? Any amazing trips or exciting news to share!? Where did the last few months go, you guys? I say this every year, but this summer seriously flew by. When I turned 21, someone told me, just wait, every year from here on out will go by faster and faster -- those words absolutely ring true. I feel like I blinked and now, its nearly Fall. Oh, and how am I about to turn 34!!? 

This summer was pretty low-key. No big trips or anything crazy, however, this particular Summer was a super special one to me. This was the first summer since Adam and I started dating 3 years ago, that he was home in Charlotte with me. My love has been gone filming every summer since we've been together and this year, it just so happened to work out that he didn't take/have any jobs. He did, however, leave two weeks ago to film a TV Show in New Orleans and other than a quick, 2 week stint home for Christmas, he will be gone until Feb-March next year. Crazy right!? Do any of you have to go thru the pains of a traveling boyfriend/spouse/significant other?? If so, I'd love to hear how you deal with the distance. This will be the longest time A has been gone for work, so I'm curious as to how I'm gong to hold up. The last couple weeks have been quite the adjustment, not having my other half home. Walking back into an empty house after dropping him off at the airport was just...sad. I love to be independent and enjoy my "me time" (a lot, actually) but its just such a different feeling when you know the person you love to share your life with will be gone for so long. 

With all that sad stuff being said and as tough as it is to be apart...I'm strong, surrounded by my friends & family, have a lot to keep me busy and I fly to see my boo every 2-3 weeks. Its so important to always focus on the positive in any situation. Nothing good ever comes from dwelling on something that isn't necessarily the best situation. Adam being gone for 6 months SUCKS! but feeling sad every day definitely is NOT the highest & best use of my time. I definitely have my days where I catch myself feeling sad or lonely, and that's ok, but those are also the times when I need to remind myself to put my big girl pants on and focus on everything I have going on so I continue to learn & grow as an individual. 

Speaking of growing...this summer was filled with a lot of WORK, learning & so much growth. If you've been reading for a while, you know I got my real estate license last year - Feb. 2016 to be exact. I didn't really jump into exploring this new career path right away, mainly out of fear, I suppose. However, at the start of 2017 I decided it was time to actually put my license to use! I've been actively practicing real estate all year and loving it - even when the deal isn't going so smoothly. I have closed several deals, representing buyers & sellers, have had to deal with and go thru the (e)motions of 2 deals falling thru due to circumstances out of my control & have seriously learned SO much about the business & about myself. My mom has been in real estate for over 20 years and she still says there isn't a deal where she doesn't learn something new.

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I just returned from NYC last night, where I attended my very first NYFW! I had such an amazing time running around my favorite city attending shows & events! I had the chance to spend time with a handful of my Charlotte Blogger Babes, getting to know them better, cultivating closer friendships + I had the opportunity to connect with new girls/bloggers from all over the country!

I can't help but mention that today is 9.11. I'm actually sitting with the news on as I write this post with tears in my eyes. New York City is truly one of my favorite places - ever. I have spent so much time in NYC and its just one of those places that give me that happy, inspired feeling inside. I know anyone who adores New York can relate to this special feeling I'm speaking of. 
I took a bunch of pics & quite a bit of video to share the whole experience with you guys! I'll be working on editing all the vlog footage over the next week or so, so wish me luck! {haha} If you have any video editing tips or programs that you love, please share in the comments below!! 

I recently starting using this shea butter shampoo & hydrating conditioner from Maui Moisture. I like to switch between higher end hair care products & great drugstore finds such as this one! I absolutely LOVE the scent, the shampoo is sulfate-free (if that's of importance to you) and it I love how soft & smooth my hair feels when I use it. 

I just popped into Lucky Brand for the first time since Idk...high school!? You guys, I fell in love with the entire store! My go-to Lucky Brand Jean in high school was the 'lil Maggie. Omg, I LOVED those jeans! {LOL} I got the Sasha Super Skinny Jean and I am obsessed! They fit SO good you guys and I love the distressed detail. I've already worn these with my Vince Camuto OTK Boots & Ankle Booties

So, my straightener has been broken for like a year and the funny thing is I've still been using it here & there. I've started to enjoy straightening my hair again instead of always going with the loose waves look. As the humidity flees and fall approaches, I can actually straighten my hair without out it wanting to frizz out since my hair is natural curly! I just bought this Hot Tools Flat Iron and I absolutely LOVE it! It heats up super fast and I really like to size of it. Its only 60 bucks which I think is a steal compared to others! 

While I was in NYC for Fashion Week, I hadn't washed my hair since I had arrived Thursday morning. Come Sunday, the 'do was looking a little dubious. I had a few hours in between my morning and afternoon shows so I decided to pop into drybar to get my hair washed and blown out. I'm a pretty no fuss girl and don't spend much money on services such as this, but I gotta say....I could get use to having my hair blown out! It was such a treat! 💁🏻Who has jumped on the blow bar bandwagon?! We have a couple 'Blo Bars' here in Charlotte but have yet to check them out -- I might need to pamper myself with a blowout here & there. 

I recently upgraded my iPhone to the 7 plus - obsessed, you guys! To go with my swanky new iPhone, I got an upgraded plan to go with! I've been with AT&T like, since I got my first phone in High School and have been grandfathered into their unlimited plan ever since. AT&T is currently running a new & improved upgraded plan which gave me 10g of mobile hot spot per month + free roaming in Canada & Mexico in addition to my already unlimited call, text & data plan. Another perk of the plan!? DIRECTV NOW (Hello!) Adam and I have never had cable and everything we watch is streamed per episode via Apple TV + a couple apps that we get limited crap TV with. With my upgraded cell phone plan, I qualified for a DIRECTV NOW plan for only $10 a month that usually costs $35 a month on its own. I chose to go with the "Live a Little" Package that gives me 60 channels, which is more than plenty for me, but there are other, larger packages to choose from. Definitely work checking into ;) 

Speaking of TV....over the last couple months, I have become absolutely crazy for Million Dollar Listing New York. I know this show is old news, but as I mentioned above, we have been pretty out of the loop when it comes to TV Shows/ Series. We started watching Season 6, buying episode per episode on iTunes. A few episodes in and we were hooked. We've actually been watching the whole series backwards {haha} 6, 5, 4, and I'm almost done with Season 3. I just love those guys and totally miss Luis on the show! {LOL} Aside from all the laughs I get outta the show, as a real estate agent, the show is pretty damn inspiring. Definitely makes me want to work harder and excel in my real estate career. Not to mention, New York real estate is just UNREAL! Major house goals, right!? 🙌🏼

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I have gotten away from sharing my Workouts this Week posts, but for good reason. I definitely go thru phases with my workouts and for the last few months - basically the entire summer - I have been hooked on HSM Core - a 40 minute kick-your-ass pilates class on the MegaFormer. I have been taking 2-3 classes a week since June and its definitely my favorite workout at the moment - I just LOVE the results I'm seeing from this full-body burner! Other than a few boxing classes here & there, I haven't lifted any weights, hence the reason for not sharing any type of workout routines/circuits here on The Blog. In addition to my HSM Classes, I get in 3-4 days a week of cardio for 30-45 minutes. I love to mix it up, I do anything from stair master, to sprints, Precore AMT or a long run/walk outside + I make sure I get in at least 1 yoga practice a week to keep everything loosey goosey. 
When's the last time your switched up your workout routine? I love to keep my workouts fresh to prevent that dreaded workout rut and/or plateau. 

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...sweet sale finds to make your wardrobe & your wallet happy!

Anthropologie
Take an Extra 25% Off Sale Items
one of my favorite places to shop = Anthro Sale Room. Even better when their Sale is On Sale 😉

Urban Outfitters
20% Off All Bags
UO has some of the cutest, everyday carry-alls from totes, backpacks & clutches, and more...

Neiman Marcus Last Call 
Take an Extra 40% Off Entire Site
one of my go-to's to snag great deals on designer goods
 

Thank you so much for reading! Sorry for the long winded post! {lol} I had a lot to catch up guys up on! If there's anything special you'd like for me to share on LS Lately, please let me know in the comments below! xx

Much Love, 

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