Friday, August 31, 2018

Desk Supplies

Now that I'm a working girl...not actually prepared to say that...I thought I would share some of my favorite things I've seen around the Internet for your desk (or for school)! Below are some adorable little accessories, some practical some not, for your cubicle or office. What do you think? And what is your must have office accessory? Asking because this is a new experience for me! - xoxo darling, Hayden

Because I am a traditionalist when it comes to planning things I always have a paper planner. This floral planner seems like it would be the perfect way to start your new year as an organized human. Put it in the Lilly Folio for even more stylish organization. I love the concept because it keeps your planner (with all of that important info) a little safer (from water or whatever) and I like the gold leaf design. For your office itself I like the idea of having a calendar hung on a wall so you can see your dates while on phone calls or while using your computer so you don't have to keep pulling up Google Calendar for easy dates. This 2019 calendar is so cute! Now for your notes, here are a bunch of note books. The first is a notebook set of three for all different kinds of things. They are super light so I like the idea of carrying all three in your tote and having three different concepts in each. For example, one could be your ideas, one could be work and one could be your personal to-dos. The people covered notebook is a really cute way to get your notes written down at work. And the navy notebook is awesome for your future plans (be that blog posts, ideas or starting a new business). I've never used a to-do notebook but I like the idea of it. It would really outline your day and I think that could be nice. The note pad set is perfect for those on the go, leaving notes for co-workers or even roommates. For your computer accessories, how cute is this mousepad? I love the millennial pink + gold combo. And I've been a lover of Packed Party for years; this keyboard cover will inspire you to sit down and write (be that emails or your next novel). Everyone needs a tape dispenser and stapler so why not make them aesthetically pleasing? The stapler is from Packed Party and will be like a party on your desk while the tape dispenser screams an LA type of vibe. I love these pencils and pens & want to put them in this pencil holder. Also, this Kate Spade kit would be so great to have in your work tote bag or in a desk drawer. This leather paper holder would be a great outgoing box for things in meetings or as storage. Need to have a stack of papers on your desk? Put them under this paperweight or stick them in these beautiful folders. Lastly, are you reading a book for work or maybe you've got a book you read during your lunch hour? Mark your spot with this bookmark
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Exciting Announcement!

After months and months I would like to announce...I'm moving to Denver! 
Yes, you read that right, I'm moving to Colorado. And I could not be happier or more excited. Back in April I interviewed for a travel writing/content creation job at the place where I interned last summer and a few months went by but they offered me in early August. Since then it has been a massive rush to find an apartment, car, get car insurance/a title/emissions inspections and move me into said apartment. We're still working on pulling it all together, but on September 10th I will be in Denver for good. I hope you will follow along on this journey, I plan to create content on how I got a job out of college, what the experience of moving across country was like, how I found a roommate/apartment, how I bought a car, etc. And we are going to get MOUNTAIN photos y'all...on the regular. I'm hyped. 
Thank you all for your continued support and get ready for a big girl job having Hayden - xoxo darling. 
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sick Day

Hey y'all. So instead of posting a week re-cap today I'm just letting you know I am sick so I didn't get around to it. The exciting announcement is still going up tomorrow but I just didn't feel well enough today to write a post for you.
I think I've discovered that being really stressed gets me sick. I never made the connection but I used to always get sick before finals, the FCAT and now this - moving my life. So, I apologize for not having a real post for y'all but know that I wanted nose/neck/head/throat just won't let me. 
Love you - xoxo darling, Hayden.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pink Stripe Goodwood

 My mom came across this top in Draper James (did I mention the top is on sale?! ) while we were in Nashville and was instantly attracted to it. I should mention now, it comes in a light blue and a navy stripe but we thought the pink looked best (and got me out of my comfort zone). Be forewarned, the material is way thicker than it not something for the sub-tropics of Florida but a great piece to transition from late summer to early fall. It will keep you warm while providing you with adorableness. I paired with the same Levi jeans I wear in ever blog shoot...some Pierre Dumas shoes and a bandana from the Columbia outlet. You can find either the exact copies or similar things linked below the post. The shoot was done at the Goodwood Museum in Tallahassee, Florida. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and I would suggest a tour of the house for some interesting Florida history.
What do y'all think? - xoxo darling, Hayden
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Quotes of the Week

Happy Monday I am "out of office" for the blog this week...lots of exciting things in another state, follow my Instagram for snapshots. But I will have a super happy announcement on Thursday right here at 7am EST...hopefully. We shall see. But I have some fun scheduled posts this week. There is an adorable outfit with a currently on sale top posting tomorrow (it's from Reese Witherspoon)! My normal week re-cap is posting Wednesday and a desk supplies post, aka what cute accessories you need for your desk asap is posting Friday. I hope your week is off to a good start! - xoxo darling, Hayden
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Articles I'm Reading

  1. Love this guide // How to Spend 72 Hours in Portland, Oregon // Cupcakes & Cashmere
  2. These photos are beautiful // Wedding Weekend at Villa Feltrinelli in Lake Garda, Italy // Gal Meets Glam
  3. This shirt looks cute & comfy and it's less than $40 // Crew Neck Breton // Boden
  4. I kind of love this idea for the end of the summer? // The Only Summer Shorts I Want to Wear Are Men's Swim Trunks // Man Repeller
  5. Some of these are my favorite DCOM movies that no one has ever head of...but the one they are missing is Tower of Terror, a true classic // 17 of the Most Underrated Disney Channel Original Movies That You Should Watch // BuzzFeed 
  6. I want to ride in one of these asap // Amtrak revives famous viewing carriages - just in time for the New England autumn // Telegraph
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Friday, August 24, 2018

My Recent Favorites

SToK Cold Brew - Over the summer I really wanted to find an iced coffee I could buy in the grocery store to make into iced coffees/lattes. When I was in my apartment in Austin I would just brew it in my coffee maker and then pour it over ice. But in Fort Myers, we don't have a coffee maker. SHOCKER. So it was necessary for life. I ended up on Stok because it is so good. I buy the unsweetened (green label), make put about 1/2 a cup of ice, 2/3 a cup of coffee, 1/3 fat free organic milk and a splash of heavy cream. Mix it all together and you have a wonderful latte. I love it and have been drinking it all summer. 
More Zoella - Okay, me living under the rock that I live under, was introduced to Zoella only a few months ago. But I wasn't a huge fan of her main channel (I'm not into beauty as y'all already know), however, her vlog channel IS AMAZING. First of all, she lives in one of the most beautifully decorated homes I have ever laid eyes on. Second, she combines multiple days into a vlog so they end up being about 30-50 minutes long and I like that. I can put it on in the background and just go forth. Also, she is one of the most positive people I have seen on the Internet and is just an overall inspiration. She does Vlogmas and if you have ever wanted to see someone obsessed with Christmas, go for it. She has inspired me to film a vlogmas on here, so get ready for that. I can't explain my love for the vlogs very well but I do know I get excited when she posts a new one. Also, her friendship with Mark Ferris is #goals. And they've both made me want to watch Love Island...which I just started.
Talbots - So I haven't purchased anything from the new Talbots collection but I just received the catalogue (they took photos in London and it seems to be a theme in the clothes as well) and I'm in love. They have so many good pieces! This trench coat would be a great addition to your fall/winter. I think I need to pull the trigger on this quilted jacket because I think it would be perfect for winters. Does this dress look like a flight attendant uniform? Maybe? But I like it. I think this jacket would be great for your meetings/just if you work in a more business-y office. My mom and I both like this jean jacket because of the cute detailing. I've never really owned kitten heels but these are too cute to pass up! Great for fall parties. A very cute top with great sleeve detailing. Obsessed with these low heels
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

What I'm Reading

Over the course of the summer I've had the opportunity to read a ton of books! And that makes me so happy - because I love to read. And I'm happy that I will have more of a chance to read for fun now that I'm no longer in college. Below are the books I've read and what I've thought about them. Let me know if you've read them or if you have any recommendations as I'm currently looking for as many new books as possible - xoxo darling, Hayden.
House of Silk - As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan and a big Anthony Horowitz reader I knew I wanted to read this book. It will keep you interested the whole time - and it is very Sherlock. Lots of descriptions, lots of activity and it does have a disturbing element to the end so be forewarned. But I had no idea what was going on in the mystery for the longest time (which is rare for me). 
The Yard - Set just after the Jack the Ripper murders in London, this book has so many twists and turns. It tells you who the killer is fairly early on but it is chock full of dramatic irony and plot devices. My dad and I both loved it and would highly recommend. We're going to read more in the series because seriously, there are tons of characters & each of them is interesting. I really liked the complexity of the main character and his relationship with his wife.  
The Gray Ghost - We are avid Clive Cussler fans, especially Isaac Bell & the Fargos, & this book combines both. The book is about a 1906 Rolls Royce that is stolen (and the parts to fix another one as well) so it flashes between the early 1900s and present day. The Fargos are tasked with helping the family who worked on the Rolls find it again. There are train robbers, fires and more. It was a great read and I would highly recommend if you need to take your mind off of something. Or if you are going on a plane ride - it's just an easy read. 
Pulse - Reading this was a little bit of a struggle. The main character is struggling with her mental health and it is tough to witness. But she follows her brain/heart and really goes after solving a murder of someone she doesn't even know. But there's a lot to slug through so if you're looking for something fast this might not be your cup of tea. However, if you are a former (or current) horse girl, this is the book for you! 
Sins of the Father - My dad and I read the first Countess of Prague a while back and were so excited when the second book came out. Sins of the Father centers around a, kind of, poor countess, the Royal Highness of Austria, Mayerling and more. The Countess travels all around - Paris, Vienna and the countryside. Her staff follows her around and her husband just is as out of it as ever. If you are here for early 1900s Prague & Vienna this one is for you! 
All My Enemies - I found this book for less than $4 in Gene's Books and decided to buy it because the author had one a few awards on it. My dad wasn't so sure (and to be honest I wasn't either) but we started reading it and couldn't stop. There are so many turns in the plot! It opens with a young girl being brutally murdered in her own home and ends with a theater troupe being heavily involved. The main character, Kathy Kolla, is great and provides a little bit of personal life with a great mix of her work. 
The Nightingale Before Christmas - I've been reading this series for years and love each book. They are easy reads (great for planes, trains and automobiles) but they have humor and mystery. I love the main character, she gets pulled into family drama but has great wit. This one is set during Christmas time and I read it about the time of Christmas in July, which was nice. It centers around a interior design house that the main character's mother roped her into but a designer turns up dead in the house! Who could've done it? 
The Improbability of Love - This is the book I'm currently reading and to be honest it has had the slowest start for me. I'm still working my way through it but I put it down and then don't put it back down. Let me know if you've read it and I should continue because I am s t r u g g l i n g. 
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Week Re-Cap

Maple Street Biscuit Company

Welcome back to Week Re-Cap! I realize it's been about two weeks and I apologize for going on a little break last week. I was on a family vacation and then I had a stomach bug & I just wasn't feeling blogging. But I'm back. Below are a bunch of photos from various things we did in Tallahassee, St. Pete and Fort Myers.
In other news, I leave Florida tomorrow'll find out do job training, find an apartment & a car. So wish me luck! - xoxo darling, Hayden
Goodwood Plantation
Proof Brewing
Florida Capitol

Merv's Meltshop
Midtown Reader
Lucy & Leo's Cupcakery
Tally had Topo!
Lunch at The Columbia
Green Bench
Dunedin Brewery
Grindhaus Brew Lab
Coppertail Brewing
A fun game of Cards Against Humanity. 
Lunch at one of my favorite Fort Myers restaurants. 
Drinks with one of my best childhood friends at The 86 Room.
A Pimm's Cup
Gelato at Norman Love
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