Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April Weekends

Sundays are usually the only day out of the week John & I get to spend together. Unfortunately, John has to dedicate a few hours each Sunday to test prep so I usually nap! This weekend I started working on taking photos of our “first home” together, lol. We move back to Arkansas in 6 weeks so I want to take it all in! We’ve loved living downtown and more importantly, in this loft – it’s been such a great experience. When we started looking for a place to live last spring, I remember people telling us how cool it is to live in a loft! At the time, I said there was no way I’d live in a downtown setting and definitely wouldn’t waste money on a loft! John found the listing for our loft on Craigslist (yes, true story!)and we decided we’d just go look, ya know, to see what all the talk was about… The minute I walked in I was sold, I loved the brick, the bathrooms, the kitchen, etc. When we got back to Blacksburg and sat down to discuss all of our options, I was surprised to see that the loft wasn’t out of our budget, considering we wouldn’t have to purchase a washing machine/dryer/etc. Not only that, but the location was central making it easy for us to get to our jobs. More than anything, we decided that since it was our first year of marriage, we had no children, no real obligations, and that this would be the only time of our lives that we could live in a downtown setting and enjoy all of the perks. Nonetheless, we’ve not regretted it at all – we love our neighbors, we love walking down to restaurants for dinner/breakfast/brunch, the concerts/festivals, parks, etc. I actually found a job simply because of our neighbors being so well networked. Plus, we knew that during John’s fourth year of medical school, we were going to be separated and living in less than ideal situations.

Anyway, that being said, I was snapping photosaround the loft this weekend, I will share a few of them with you. I am hopingto make a little video at some point. Here a few photos from this weekends shenanigans:

Of course I had to sport my new My Happy Placejewels while we were out exploring! Here's a better photo...

Yes, I probably should’ve cleaned before taking these… oops! 

Until then, John and I feel accomplished thatthe following happened (insert fruits & spinach!)… Neither of us likefruits or veggies thus watching our my weight is not easy! For the pastyear, my sister and her husband have been into making green smoothies. This wasof no interest to me until just recently. I feel like John and I are alwaysgoing 90 to nothing! I am just so exhausted when I get home! I have foundmyself requiring 10 hours of sleep per night!! Anyway, we bought a single serveblender and started practicing green smoothies, in an effort to staysemi-healthy. I am proud to announce that we both found green smoothie recipesthat we love! (Mine may or may not have had a couple of pack of Truvia… oops!)

I don’t spend much effort caring for my hair butI’ve recently grown fond of the L’Oreal EverPure Shampoo/Conditioner. I don’texactly need it, but I love it, the smell, the way it makes my hair feel, etc.I don’t cut my hair often enough and I am trying to grow it out so I felt likea deep conditioning treatment would be good. I ended up purchasing the L’OrealEver Pure Moisture Restorative Masque. I cannot give you enough reasons why youshould go out and buy it RIGHT NOW! No kidding. You know how your hair feels just after you’ve just had it trimmed? That’s what my hair feels like today! Plus,it has a mint scent and it is so nice to use in the shower!
I realize you can’t see the ends of my too hair well, but you can see how well it curled and is holding volume.  
On another note, who is wearing purple today? I've got my purple accessories on. My heart broke the minute I found out about the explosion in Boston. One of my friends from high school, Jessica, recently moved there to be with her boyfriend (he's also from Arkansas!). I saw tweets saying "pray for Boston" and thought of Jessica - I checked Facebook quickly and saw that she had just left the marathon 15 minutes before the bombs went off. I thank God she is safe but I am still praying for all of those affected by the tragedy and this country.

Happy Tuesday, everyone. 


  1. I love your place!! Those brick walls are soooo amazing. Love the armparty and that chambray dress.




  2. You decorated the loft so cute! Someday you will miss the close quarters and first year of marriage, I have so much nostalgia about our first apartment as husband and wife.

  3. Your loft looks amazing! Such a beautiful place to live. Also, I'm a big fan of smoothies.

    <3 Alyssa

  4. Your loft is seriously AMAZING. And girl, that L’OrealEver masque is one of my hair secrets. I LOVE it.

  5. Your loft is adorable. I love exposed brick!
    Also I'm a huge fan of green smoothies. So great for the summer.
    Also also where are you from in Arkansas?
    I'm from Springfield, MO so maybe we're near each other!!

  6. Gorgeous! I also live in a loft downtown! But in Toronto :) Definitely love the city living and two floors in a building! Your loft looks beautiful! Love the brick wall!


    1. Shout out to downtown Toronto!! :)

  7. I loved your look ... as always ... the bracelets are beautiful~!

    The loft is very beautiful and it has lots of space ... the prayer place thet you have is lovely ... I do love your devotion to Jesus ... and I identify a lot with that n you...


  8. The loft is awesome! Whey not experience that kind of lifestyle right now while you can. We have gotten into juicing since we got the juicer. It is a good way to get your veggies and fruit in. I'm like you though. I don't really want to be bothered making them after a long day of work.

  9. Your loft is seriously amazing...I can only hope that once I move out of my apartment and am not living with roommates, that I can have even half of the style your place has! Plus, your gorgeous. Lurvvve your hair girl!

    XO, Kelsey

  10. The that loft! Adorable :) I bet you're so so excited about the move back home!

  11. Your loft is fabulous! I can't wait to see more! :)

  12. I love your jewels and the photos of your great loft space! We also live in a more industrial loft style home and though I do agree that it would be great if we didn't have kids, I'm aching for an actual house with carpet.

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  13. I love love love your loft! Especially the brick. My husband is prepping for med school and I love reading your posts and what you have to say about hubs being a med student ha :)



  14. The exposed brick in your home is stunning! That's always been one of my dream elements in a home. How cool that you and your husband we're able to take advantage of this point in your live and live in a loft. I can only imagine how fun its been! And, I'll definitely be trying out the Loreal Masque. Thank you for sharing it all with us!

    xo Kylie

  15. Your loft looks adorable! I totally love it! Brick is one of my favorites.
    I am trying to grow my hair out do you have any advice?


  16. Love all of this, Emily! You have such an adorable style!

  17. Is it weird that I'm always noticing your loft in other pictures of yours as well? Haha

  18. Love your loft! I'm going to be getting my own place soon, I want to find something similar!! Also, I JUST discovered the L'Oreal Rosemary/Mint conditioner... LOVE IT! It's like the Aveda line but MUCH more economical! I also just tried a sample of a Mint hair mask from Lush which was amazing, but again, a bit pricey...I'm so excited to try to find this L'Oreal one!!

    Love your blog!


  19. You look stunning as always! PS the whole L'oreal sulfate free line is amazing. I've used a majority of it and it makes your hair feel like butter. Good choice :)


  20. girl ok try this recipe its amazing for smoothies! and u don't have to add sugar!

    1)take several bananas so u don't have to do this each time..peel them place them in a freeze lock bag and freeze them. Take 1 frozen banana and put in the blender
    2) we use the same fozen mixed bag of fruit from walmart add in some of those mixed berries
    3) add in 3 slices of apple
    4) add in a cup of cottage cheese
    5) pour in about 3/4 cup of orange juice
    6) throw in some honey
    7) blend and enjoy!
    8) u can always add the spinach if u want it green lol :)

    Super easy and very good and healthy for u!

    XO Meghan

  21. You look so cute in all of these pictures! love your touches of purple. I wanted to wear purple, but the only thing purple I own was in the wash :( It was such a sad day, so glad your friend is safe :)

  22. Have you tried the coconut flavored almond breeze almond milk...It is super yummy. I love it.

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  23. I am seriously in love with your loft... I wish I could find something like that here in Utah. I love the brick wall and just the feel it gives off. So adorable! I am seriously going to go by the shampoo/conditioner. I have the hardest time finding product that works well on my hair- excited to give it a try. Great post!


    Glitz & Gold

  24. I love your purple and yellow combo! Just found your blog and I love your style. Can't wait to read more!

  25. how freaking fabulous are you?! I love that chambray + fedora hat together. And the purple + yellow combo. Just found your blog!
    Nikki at www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

  26. I love seeing the peek inside tour loft! I am apartment hunting at the moment and have many of the same thoughts-- I'm young and this is the time to live closer to a downtown setting and enjoy all that it city living has to offer!

  27. wow you place looks quite extravagant with the luxe brick walls. love your shots and you looked nice!
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