Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Year Ago vs. Right Now

I can't stop thinking about how different my life was a year ago, than it is right now.

A year ago: 

- I was working at a job that made me fairly unhappy on a daily basis.

- I was about to go on a date with a guy I would proceed to date for several months (even though I didn't like him), because I thought that's what I was supposed to be doing.

- I was living in the boring suburbs.

- I only knew a handful of people in Denver.

Right now:

- I'm three weeks into a new job that is busy, rewarding, and makes me feel appreciated on a daily basis.

- I'm in a relationship with a guy who is everything I never knew I wanted or was looking for.

- I'm living in Downtown Denver in a gorgeous apartment.

- I'm pretty darn happy with the amazing group of people I've chosen to surround myself with.

A year ago I felt happy and maybe I was, but I don't think I was satisfied. I knew there was more I needed in my life, but I didn't really know what to do about it. Life ended up pushing me to make those changes (and some of those changes sucked), but right here and right now I am so glad to have gone through it all. I look at my life and everything I'm blessed to have and I truly feel content.

The other day I was missing this blog, so I started browsing through it and decided to look for a specific post but, couldn't remember when I wrote it. So I used the search bar to type in "single". As I scanned through post after post, I sat (kind of in shock) at how many times I mentioned it. Every time I did it was to say "how fine I was with being single" and "how I just wasn't one of those girls who desperately wanted a boyfriend". I meant all of that when I said it, but with the amount I mentioned it you would think I was trying to convince myself. But I wasn't trying to convince myself, I was trying to convince everyone else. Because at 24 years old, it seemed weird to everyone else that I hadn't truly had an adult, mature relationship.

But then I met the person. The person that made the waiting worth it. Because from the day I met Brian, it was no longer an inconvenience to be in a relationship and it was no longer something I had to work into my life. Being with Brian was as simple as: I met this awesome person, I truly enjoy his company, and I want to spend my days with him. Good, bad, okay.. he's the person I want in my life for all of the above.

I had built up this idea of "a relationship" in my head and it seemed overwhelming, stressful, and something I did not need in my life. But then I met the right person, and six months later I'm in a relationship that is exactly the opposite of the idea I had in my head. I wouldn't have wanted it to happen any other way.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It's my favorite time of year.. the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! While I definitely pick up a few things throughout the year, July is when I scoop up some of my faves and some big ticket items that are marked down to great prices.

The sale started on July 10th for Nordstrom card holders, and my Mom and I shopped on Saturday July 12th and found some awesome deals that I had to share. Don't worry though, if you're not a card holder you can start shopping the sale Friday July 18th!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul

clockwise from top left- titles are clickable and will take you straight to the item!

halogen lip sweatshirt- I loved the pattern on this sweatshirt, and the added jewels give it an extra pop. This will be great for work and play!

two by vince camuto leather trim sweater- I thought this would be a great piece for Winter because I can throw it on with leggings and boots and be ready to go! Leather whether it be a lot or just an accent is going to continue to trend for a few more seasons.

kate spade gold watch- I love Kate Spade watches and this one is no different. It comes in two tone as well as rose gold and it's gorgeous!

natori underwire bra- One of the things I knew I was looking for this year was new bras. I will wear out my bras until they are embarrassing and I picked up some great new ones. These are lightweight and comfortable and were such a great deal.

rebecca minkhoff m.a.c. clutch- This was definitely my splurge item this year. I had a hard month and felt like spoiling myself with a bag I have been eyeing for months. The black leather with rose gold metal rarely goes on sale and at $100 off the regular price I couldn't say no. This is going to be a classic in my closet.

nike leopard free training shoe- I always pick up a pair of Nikes at the sale because they are a great price and they always have fun styles. I love that these are still a neutral but the leopard makes them so much fun!

barefoot dreams drape cardigan- I randomly stumbled on this gorgeous sweater in the lingerie department. It can be worn as a robe, as well as a sweater with leggings and jeans. I wish you could feel it because it is the softest thing EVER. I can't wait to live in this when it's cold.

caslon drape cardigan- I love the fun shape of this cardigan. It's a little bit thicker than a normal cardigan so it can double as a light jacket and it can be worn open or closed! Love this addition to my closet.

zella booty fit yoga pants- My favorite yoga pants ever, they are thick and good quality and I stock up every year at the sale because they don't typically go on sale any other time of the year.

halogen cashmere embellished sweater- Cashmere and jewels? Could you ask for anything else? NOPE.

kendra scott 'deanna' pendant- While I wish this was the 'rayna" pendant instead, I am excited to add to my small kendra scott collection. I love the royal blue color and I can't wait to wear it with everything!

kendra scott 'elle" earrings- I had to get the matching earrings for my necklace. The 'elle' is the smaller version of the 'danielle' because my ears can be sensitive to heavier earrings.

What did you snag at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale? I must know if I missed out on anything ;)

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BJ's Restaurant- Dine in Order Ahead and Mobile Pay

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and BJ’s Restaurants, but all my opinions are my own. #DineInOrderAhead #pmedia

Last night my Mom and I were heading to a Gavin DeGraw concert, natch. The problem with going to weekday concerts and also having to work is that we tend to feel rushed to grab dinner before the show. With BJ's Restaurant's new Dine in Order Ahead and Mobile Pay we had no issues at with time. We have always been big fans of BJ's restaurant and this just makes it even better!

To make these new options possible, BJ's Restaurant created a new BJ's Mobile App. It's available for both iPhone and Android. You download and sign up and not only do you have access to Dine in Order Ahead and Mobile Pay, but you can also earn rewards for eating at BJ's restaurant and get free food and drinks in return.

Once we signed in and picked the closest BJ's Restaurant, we browsed the menu from home and picked our food and drinks. Don't forget to order their signature Pizookie, it's always the highlight of my meal. Once you pick your food and drinks, you confirm the time you will be arriving and send it off. You head to the restaurant and let the hostess know when you check in that you used Dine in Order Ahead, the restaurant immediately starts preparing your food!

We arrived at BJ's Restaurant, were seated, and less than three minutes later my Watermelon and Feta salad was sitting in front of me ready to be devoured. It was so nice to enjoy time with my parents and not have to be staring at the menu or worrying about how long we had left to eat. I got to enjoy my time with them!

Once we we were done eating and ready to leave, you can pull up your order on your phone and pay right there using their Mobile Pay option! No waiting for the busy waitress to bring the check and run it. This is so convenient for anyone in a hurry or just wanting to have a super efficient meal.

Thanks to BJ's Restaurant's Dine in Order Ahead and Mobile Pay options, I was able to enjoy a great meal with my parents and Mom and I had plenty of time to spare for getting to the concert on time. Can't beat that!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I'm Not One of Those People

You know how you always hear about their being "relationship" people? Those people that jump from relationship to relationship and aren't necessarily comfortable being single? I Sami, am the opposite.

Relationships both scare and annoy the shit out of me and I was never sure why, until now. Yesterday, while driving down the street (Anyone else do their best thinking in either the car or the shower?) I had an epiphany.

I am a very independent person. Now don't get me wrong, I have plenty of friends and family who I love to be surrounded by.. but when it comes to day to day things I have always relied on myself and I'm pretty happy that way.

The thing about being single is that it's just you. You're responsible for your feelings and actions and you make the decisions. Most of what other people said and did didn't affect me. That has always suited me quite well. When someone or something is bothering me I can vent, I can ignore it, and ultimately I can make the decision on how I handle it and how it's going to affect me.

The thing about relationships is that it's not all about you anymore. There is a whole other person with thoughts and feelings and you have to take those into consideration. That other person affects you and you affect them.

I'm here to tell you that it's not an easy transition for me. It's stressful. At times, it pisses me off. For years, I have done things and said things the way that I want to do or say them. Now there's another person that does and says things completely differently and I have to figure out a way to work with that. Obviously it's something that is learned and comes with time and understanding, but if you know me than you know I'm the most impatient person ever.

Mostly I only know how to be by myself. (Is there a more depressing statement than that?) So now I am trying to be part of a team. (Have I mentioned how terrible I am a team sports and group projects?)

It's going to be an adjustment, but I think its about time I learn a new set of skills.

Shout out to my boo Juliette for telling me to blog about it when I shared this epiphany with her :)

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Spilling the Boyfriend Beans

If you've been reading this blog for any real period time, you would know that I have always been the single friend. I rarely let it bother me, but from time to time I would get frustrated and when that happened I usually came to this blog to vent about it. It was a way for me to get my feelings out and I was always met with so much support and sweet words from the blogging community.

Well today is different, because I get to explain how in the past month or so I went from being the single one to happily taken.

Back in the beginning of April my friend Christa asked me to join a kickball league with some people she worked with. I am not a huge fan of team sports, but there was going to be beer involved and I thought it would be a fun way to meet more people.

We were going out to the bar after the games and one week I ended up having a one on one conversation with Brian. He was cute and nice and easy to talk to. Being burned as I have in the past, I assumed nothing would come of it. But then something did.

Since our first interaction there has been dates, drinks, meeting friends, kickball games and more. On Saturday, about a month after we first started hanging out Brian asked me to be his girlfriend and I said yes, obviously. I figured after that that it was time to spill the beans here.

So now you know, the mystery man from my Instagram now has a name and a title. He's funny and smart and doesn't mind putting up with me. He's truly one of the best people I've ever met and I could not be happier.

Honestly who knew I could be this mushy?! Gross.

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