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Hey everyone! I wanted to share a more personal post with all of you about my job, health, and just a general life update. Normally, I like to talk about happy things like I did in my previous post, but sometimes life is more serious than that. It’s a little weird being so vulnerable on the Internet with people who I don’t really know that well so stick with me here!
When you begin to feel exhausted, you feel your body and your mind kind of shut down. Your body has no energy, all you want to do is sleep. Your mind has no creative thoughts either. It sucks the life out of you. Long work weeks kill your brain power and make you more susceptible to sickness. I’ve had such a difficult time writing this blog lately because all of my brain power is used up during my work day leaving nothing for when I want to blog at night.
I’m genetically prone to being depressed and I’m certainly not alone in that. Unfortunately, it’s been proven that people who work excessively are also prone to depression, so between my work load and genetics, depression is definitely real for me. Of course, there are various depths of depression. The depression I experience from time to time is closely tied to my lack of energy and sleep.
Oh my goodness. I stress eat like crazy! Any chip or slice of cheese in sight is mine and there’s nothing anyone can do to keep it away from me. Food comforts me and gives me a diversion from my problems. I’ve gained quite a few pounds since starting my new job. Of course, I’m grateful for any opportunity to gain experience in my career, but at a certain point (aka when I start gaining weight) it has to stop. I’m no longer gaining anything but weight.
Certain sudden sounds, people’s voices, traffic, a sock on the floor, anything can just set me off! David’s thudding around annoys me more than it normally does and dishes in the sink drive me crazy. When you work 60 hours a week, everything starts to upset you. I’d love to be the relaxed person I was before, but until I learn to manage my work and my life, relaxation is off the table.
Please share your experiences with me. Have you ever been exhausted from working so much?
Happy *late* International Coffee Day! I completely missed it on Friday and was kicking myself all day for not writing this before now. My job has me working 60 hours a week at times so keeping up with my blog and all of you guys kinda takes a back burner when I’m in desperate need of sleep. My bad guys! Anyway, coffee has a special place in my heart because it keeps me going even when I want to crash! But it’s hard to find yummy coffee that I know for fact is sourced ethically. Let me introduce you to the West Rock Coffee Company!
Coffee with a Purpose
West Rock Coffee Company sources their coffee beans from farmers all over the world, however it started in Rwanda. In 2009, the company revitalized an old coffee mill in Rwanda. Since then, they began sourcing their beans from farmers all over Africa and South America. To further assist the farmers producing coffee beans, West Rock Coffee Company teaches financial literacy and better agricultural practices to farmers enrolled in their Agribusiness Training Program.
I sometimes wonder when I drink certain coffees whether or not there was slave or child labor involved with the production of it. With West Rock Coffee I don’t have think about that because I know where my coffee is coming from and who produced it.
Ok so the coffee they sent me is divine! The Rich & Robust flavor is my favorite! It’s really smooth and tastes way better than my usual go-to Folgers coffee. The K-Cups were also a really neat surprise because I love my Keurig coffee too! I’m dying to try the French press they sent me but I need to watch a YouTube video on using it before I put those precious beans in there.
One of my favorite things they sent in my package was that gorgeous orange and pink hand-woven bowl. It was made by one of the farmer’s wives in Rwanda and it is truly stunning! It will definitely be my table centerpiece for years to come!
Give West Rock Coffee Company a try! Their products are sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Kroger!
*Products were gifted. All opinions are my own.
Happy Labor Day weekend! I’m wearing white jeans and my classic J. Crew lobster sweater to celebrate! I can’t believe the summer has come to a close (unofficially). It went by faster than I could have dreamed and I’m disappointed my pineapple pool floatie didn’t get used more! Life just got the better of me this season and I’m absolutely exhausted from starting a new job in late June, freelancing, and trying to blog full time. It really wears you down, you know?
Anyway, on to the good stuff! So many stores are having great sales this weekend and I’m sharing a few of my favorites!
Best Labor Day Sales!
50% off everything at J. Crew Factory
40% off sale items at Anthropologie
30% off select items at Top Shop
30% off sale style at Kate Spade
50% off tees, jeans, and dresses at Old Navy
30% off sale styles at Draper James
$12.50 fall candles plus 25% off entire purchase at Bath and Body Works
Up to 40% off summer items at Nordstrom
25% off sitewide at Mud Pie Market
Extra 30% off sale styles at Sperry
25% off when you spend $50 at L.L. Bean
There were so many other great sales going on when I was looking around for sales to share with you guys! These were just the sales that were my favorite! I live by the motto that “full-price” is the “F-Word” and it has served me well! It’s going to be crazy at the malls and such so good luck braving the chaos!
*links provided above are affiliate (it helps keep Witty n Pretty running!)
Hey everyone! Happy hump day! I wanted to share with you guys a few fun photos from a pool party I went to last weekend! I think summers should be about making memories, getting some sun, and splashing around on a pool floatie. Luckily, that’s what this event was all about!
Dallasites 101 hosted a summer pool party at Le Meridien in Uptown, Dallas and it was a blast! A great pool party has awesome music, pool floaties, and frozen rosé- all of which were in attendance last weekend! The DJ was playing a bit of reggae and some summer hits while everyone climbed onto the giant pool floaties and sipped margaritas and frosé! I wish every day could be like that.
Since David was still in Las Vegas, I went to the pool party alone but I still had a great time. They had complimentary manicures from a local nail salon, flower crown station, complimentary hair braiding, and mini Blush-Ups from Blushington! I pampered myself a little and got my nails done then went for a Blush-Up before getting my hair braided. Is there anything better than feeling like a celebrity even though you’re totally not one?!
They also had some fun vendors there like Bai (they were giving away free drinks!) and McCauley + Luck, which by the way have the cutest earrings ever! I bought a pair and can’t wait to style them in an upcoming photo shoot!
Now that I’ve gone to a fun Dallas pool party this summer, I feel like I can say good bye to summer and hello to fall! I’m already making lists of fall style must-haves to share with you all. You’re going to love it! Have a lovely week!
Hey guys! Happy Monday! I feel like the summer just flew by and I barely had a chance to use my pineapple pool float. Or go to overpriced brunches every Sunday. First world problems, right? Summers in Texas are so different from summer back in Maryland. The heat here just blows me away! I’ve lived in Dallas for just over a year now and I wanted to share a bit about my time here and the struggle to make friends in a new city!
Loneliness of Not Knowing Anyone
I moved with my boyfriend to Dallas in search of better paying jobs and cheaper cost of living. Also, David’s from Texas so that kinda drew us here anyway. My first 6 months here were nothing short of lonely. Sure, I had David but that’s pretty much it. I didn’t know a soul here and it sucked. I’ve spent my entire life on the East Coast and all of my friends are there. It was a big deal to pack up my stuff and leave all that I ever knew. Plus, it’s hard to make friends as an adult. It just is.
Difficulty in Finding Friends
My first job here in Dallas gave me the security of having great coworkers who became friends. They were really open and invited me into their work group. That part made my days easier, but finding friends outside of work proved a bit more challenging. I thought blogging would open up opportunities to get to know other Dallas bloggers and it did to a degree. However, I noticed pretty quickly that these girls already had their groups of friends and weren’t particularly open to outsiders.
Don’t get me wrong, bloggers I met up with at events or knew through Instagram were kind and polite, but that’s different from being friendly and inviting. I was reminded by another blogger that finding friendships within the blogging community is difficult because it’s constant competition between bloggers. And I can definitely see that.
Learning to Find Friends
Eventually, I found a few blogger gal pals that I could get coffee with and bounce ideas off of. A lot of them I found through Style Collective! One of the smartest things I ever did was try out an app called Shapr. Shapr is an app that connects you to other professionals in your city looking for similar opportunities. In my profile, I said I was looking for freelance work and new friends in town. That’s how I met Laila, my fabulous fashion PR friend who puts up with my tiring shopping trips!
I also found that getting out and doing things within the community opens up a whole world of opportunity. The difficult part is just getting out of the house to go do something. Dallas is a fairly transient place and there’s a lot of new people here. The challenge is finding them and getting outside of your comfort zone. Nothing is ever easy though, right?
Hey guys! I was pretty absent from my blog and social media last week but there’s a good reason for it! I was in Denver with David for a little getaway and I’m sharing a few vacation photos with you! I’ve seriously never been so tired from a trip but it was so worth it!
Hiking in Colorado
Saturday and Sunday we spent hiking. A lot. My legs still hurt! We drove out to Red Rocks Parks to hike the trails and burn off our biscuits and gravy breakfast from earlier in the morning. Fun fact: Red Rocks is in the town of Morrison, my last name! This place was absolutely stunning and the hike, while it almost killed me (I needed my inhaler), was so worth it! David pulled a sort-of-almost-funny joke on me. He was going down a set of stairs in front of me and then turned around real fast and started to get down on one knee… and then he laughs and goes “just kidding!” NOT a smart idea while on top of a mountain!
Sunday we spent in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Oh my goodness you guys, I could move there in a heart beat! The mountains were gorgeous and the water sports looked even better! But the best part were the chipmunks, they were everywhere! I had one crawl into my hand looking for a tasty morsel and then another crawled onto David’s shoe!
Where to Stay and Play in Denver
David and I wanted to stay in the city because we like being close to all the fun stuff! Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Denver offered me a great rate at their beautiful hotel. On my first night there, they sent up a complimentary cheese plate, Cadbury bars, and my favorite vanilla latte! How nice is that? Every morning they had a nice little coffee bar in the lobby that turned into an evening wine bar for guests. Fun little perks like that made our stay even better!
Thursday night David and I went to a Rockies game to enjoy some downtime together. Whenever I visit a new ballpark, I have to try out the food. I grabbed a hot dog and almost got some nachos too, but luckily David stopped me from that big mistake. Although Coors Field has some great food, nothing beats a crab cake in Oriole Park!
Saturday night David took me on a date night to a local Italian restaurant where we indulged our carb-loving selves. Can I just eat pizza and pasta for the rest of my life? Everything was so tasty! I gotta say, Denver restaurants have some great food! We browsed the 16th Street Mall for tasty little cafes and found quite a few places that will be on my list to visit again! One of the best places we found was a sports bar called Back East. I’ve never had a chicken sandwich on a pretzel bun before but wow!
Anyway guys, Denver was fantastic and it was hard to come home! Comment with your favorite vacation spot so I can get some ideas for my next trip!