Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Currently // September Edition

Cue the typical "I can't believe it is September already!" statement, because really, I can't believe it is September already. This year, and most certainly this summer, has flown by. Between the uncertainty that was April and May, deciding if Nick and I were returning to Europe, to moving to Des Moines in June and then a jam-packed summer with weddings, family festivities, trips to Napa Valley, and everyday life, summer absolutely flew by. September is sure to be another busy month around here. Besides working full-time, this month I'll also be finishing up my seventh (7th!!) MBA class, starting my 8th, and packing in a quick trip to Minneapolis to visit family and a trip to Milwaukee to celebrate a friend's wedding and explore the town. With all of that, let's catch up on life lately with another currently post!

Versona West Des Moines
Date night with Nicky! Tried out a new outfit from Versona- loved it!
Wearing: all sorts of super cute clothes from Versona! A few weeks ago, I found out that Versona would be opening a new store in West Des Moines. Versona is a boutique women's clothing store with locations in 18 different states. After chatting with the staff members here in West Des Moines, I found out that they bring in new styles every Monday. Essentially, they are always stocking new items and having great new fashions to try out. While perusing the store, Nick spotted my above outfit on a mannequin, convinced me to try it on, and I fell in love. It was perfect for date night the other night, and I can't wait to keep trying new items out! Versona had so many great items, and the store was laid out to make shopping quite easy. Sections of the store are broken down into style- business, casual, date night, etc. If you are looking for something quick, that is easy, otherwise I spent a couple of hours browsing the entire store! In any case, I'm glad to have found a new favorite store...

Watching: Twilight, and the series ending of Suits. I was at a bit of a loss a few weeks ago for movies for Nick and I to watch, so with 5 movies in the series we decided it was time to watch these movies (for my first time!). I also just watched the series finale (or mid-season finale) of Suits, and am devastated that I'll have to wait another 4 months for new episodes! If anyone has any great show recommendations, I'd love to hear them!

Planning: my upcoming trips to Minneapolis and Milwaukee! Visiting Minneapolis will be all about catching up with family and friends, while Milwaukee will be about exploring the city more and celebrating a friend's wedding. I've only been to Milwaukee once before, so I'm excited to have some time to explore the city and check out another great Midwest city!

Dreaming: of new destinations for vacations. I'm always antsy for new places and destinations, and with no flights currently booked, I'm researching destinations like crazy! This is one of the times when I definitely wish the U.S. was more like Europe, and had tons of great budget airlines like Ryanair or Easyjet. One can dream!

Our first look!
Celebrating: two years of being married on September 14! While at times it feels like I've been married forever, there are also times where it feels like I've been married for all of two minutes. At the end of each and every day, I love being married to my husband and I can't wait to see where the future takes us!

Appreciating: these last few weeks of summer. We had a cold couple of days a few weeks ago- enough to make me grab some of my winter sweaters and clothes the last time I was in Minneapolis- and luckily, it was a false alarm. I'm determined to make the most of the rest of this summer!

Brushing: my LilyMonster. With fall just around the corner, she is shedding like crazy- I spent a good 35 minutes earlier today combing hair off her, and I know this will be a daily routine until she is all prepped for winter! On a separate note, how adorable is the picture of her trying to steal a lick of my champagne?!

Drinking: delicious wine now that Nick and I have joined a wine club! One of the local wine shops in town has a wine club program that allows you to choose your level of membership. The best part of the wine club is weekly tastings, and not paying a corkage fee when you visit the wine store and enjoy some of the wine there. It is such a great way to get out of the house and not spend a ton of money!

Working: on taking better care of myself. I've been pretty good about running and working out all summer, but I'm also trying to do a lot of the little things- such as really washing my face every night before bed. I've gotten in some bad habits over the years, and I am trying to change them!

Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Does it get any more beautiful than this?!
Catching: up time with friends and family! Not only have I been busy this summer, but so many of my friends and family have too. My older brother just returned from a stunning trip to Banff- while I had known that Banff was beautiful, it wasn't until his trip that I really understood. Let me tell you, it has shot to the top of my travel list- I'm hoping like crazy to make a trip there this next summer! Beyond that, one of my best friends just returned from a trip to Alaska- while I haven't gotten to hear all about it, the few pictures I've seen have been stunning. As much as I love to travel, I also absolutely love to hear about adventures that people close to me are having. It only inspires me more, and makes the list of destinations I'd like to visit grow larger!

Planning: a bunch of great blog posts! I have so many post ideas swirling around in my head, it is hard to get each and every post completed before starting the next one! Stay tuned though, over the next few weeks I have more great posts planned- about blogging, traveling in the Midwest, hiking, Napa Valley, and of course, my recent favorite topic- Oktoberfest!

Wondering: what each of you have been up to lately! I feel like I just gave a pretty good run-down on my month of August and a bit of a preview for September. What are you looking forward to over the coming weeks?


  1. How adorable are you in that first photo!!! I can't wait to hear all about Minneapolis! I really want to visit that city :)

    1. Thanks Jordan! I just recently went shopping at a new store in town here- hubby actually picked the outfit out! And I'll definitely have some Minneapolis posts coming around here- slowly learning more and more how to be a tourist in my own town! It's hard though when I'm only in Minneapolis for a weekend every month or two, but I'm working on it!

  2. I just love that outfit- you are too cute!

  3. I should add you to this travel group I'm in on FB...they share great airline deals (including in the states!) all the time...today there was like LA to Dallas for $70 roundtrip!

    1. Julie- I would love that! Anything travel sounds great to me :)


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