Currently: June

It’s that time of the month again!  Let’s catch up on what’s going on “Currently”…

Current Book:

I completely devoured this book last month from Emily Giffin.  And, it even showed up in my PopSugar Must Have box this month!  If you haven’t read it, now’s the time!  Perfect for the beach!

PopSugar Must Have Box | No Thanks to Cake
Current Music:

Prepping for the Lionel Ritchie concert (O-M-G… Amazing show!), I bought Lionel’s Tuskegee album, which is a compilation of duets with major country music stars.  Think Endless Love with Shania and Stuck on You with Darius Rucker…  So good!

Current Guilty Pleasure:

Planning for my trip to Fitbloggin, I did a little too much shopping.  And, I stumbled into Charming Charlie’s.  Seriously, don’t ever go just at that moment when it starts to rain…  you’ll buy way too much.  You’ll have way too much time to look at all their treasures.  You’ll even insist on walking out wearing one of the necklaces you like the most.

Charming Charlies | No Thanks to Cake

Current Nail Color:

This week, I switched my polish.   I’m rocking the Lapis of Luxury… a pretty, pretty periwinkle by Essie.  And, I kinda love it…

Essie Lapis of Luxury | No Thanks to Cake

Current Drink: 

Savignon Blanc… Still obsessed and it goes down like water for some unfortunate reason.  I drank a few glasses at the cute little Truffle Table this week with the ladies.  Loved it.

Sauvignon Blanc | No Thanks to Cake

Current Food:

This chicken.  I could eat it every day for some time and not get sick of it.  And, it’s so pretty plated up.  My next dinner party… yes, this is what we are eating!

Grilled Lime Chicken with Avocado-Corn Salsa | No Thanks to Cake

Also…  Pssssst!  I’m a finalist in the Fitbloggin California Avocado Cutting Edge Culinary recipe contest and will find out later today what I win! Will keep you posted…

Current Favorite Show:

True story:  I don’t really like TV.  I think there are so many other things to do rather than watch it… I don’t watch any of the hip shows.  I just watch my old standbys and if I miss them, I really don’t worry too much.

But… there’s talk that me and a few of my gal-pals are going to go see Sound of Music at the Ellie Caulkins Theater in Denver, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!!!  Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, after all…

Sound of Music Favorite Things | No Thanks to Cake

Current Outfit:

Oh, if I look back at this month and the recent Fitbloggin shopping… there’s a lot of fun dresses that came out of recent trips.  After all, my favorite conference of the year has me traveling to the sweaty surface of the sun… so a girl’s gotta be breezy in some dresses.

Nordstrom Rack | No Thanks to Cake

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Nordstrom Rack:  I didn’t realize you were so dangerous.  Well played.

Bizarre Happening:

I told you earlier that I don’t watch TV… and now, well… I’m confessing that I am SO not a pet person.  But I met this dog, and it’s weird.  I just like her.

French Bulldog | No Thanks to Cake

Her name is Lucy and I spotted her at the Hanuman Festival last weekend… and since then I’ve been running into little French bulldogs everywhere.  Is this a sign??

Current Online Find:

These aren’t new finds for me, but I thought I’d share two of my Fitbloggin faves with you that you need to start reading NOW!  This is just a sneak peek of what’s to come next week when I leave Fitbloggin and begin gushing over the fab people I’ve met.  In the meantime, meet Alyssa and Ashley!

Have you met Alyssa from Double Chin Diary? yet?  Well… she’s agreed to room with me at Fitbloggin this year, and didn’t really expect me to bring the luggage that I did, surely.  Her story (along with her sister April’s) is awesome, inspiring and always teaches me something new, while at the same time making me realize I really should live near the coast.

Double Chin Diaries Alyssa | No Thanks to Cake

Another MUST-READ is Fierce Forward.  If you haven’t met the lovely Ashley yet… watch out, because she is incredibly fierce and fiercely authentic.  Her warm and bright spirit makes her a pleasure to be with… and I love her rocker style.  So hippie chic, and I’m so glad to call her a friend.  I got to see her and new friend Meagan at the Hanuman Festival last weekend, and so excited to be spending time with her again in Savannah!

Fierce Forward | No Thanks to Cake

These are just two of many men and women I’ll be visiting with at Fitbloggin… I’ll share more in my recap!

Current Words of Inspiration:

This simple phrase is one I utter daily.  When I wake up in the morning, I verbalize that I am grateful for things that are yet to happen.  ”I’m grateful that I had a great day.”  ”I’m grateful that my presentation went well…” etc.

Grateful | No Thanks to Cake

And every day, at the end of the day, I get to smile and appreciate again in reflection how great the day was.  Try it… it works.

Current Mood:

In the words of the man, the artist, the legend, I’m…Easy Like Sunday Morning | No Thanks to Cake


View my previous “Currently” posts here:

Currently: May

Currently:  April

Currently: March 

Currently: February

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I’m Attending Fitbloggin 2014

It’s a weird year that I don’t have a bunch of trips peppered on my calendar by this time.  I even had a co-worker stop by and tell me that they are “disappointed by” my calendar… it’s that empty!

Right now, there’s only one trip that’s really set in stone, and it’s that one trip that I take every year that I can’t possibly miss out on…

Fitbloggin 14 | No Thanks to Cake

This year, I wanted to make sure that I talked about the event early enough that you guys could consider attending.  It’s that good.

So, what is Fitbloggin?

The Fitbloggin conference is hosted by the amazing Roni Noone and is held annual to celebrate men and women committed to fitness, healthy living, and blogging. Roni is a phenomenal woman, who has not only lost weight and changed her life, but she runs an incredible brand and multiple websites including Roni’s Weigh and Green Lite Bites.  Roni and her mighty support team host this year annually and has created this open community of such incredible men and women.

Official Conference Photo (Source)

Official Conference Photo (Source)

I heard about Fitbloggin for the first time while reading Kenlie‘s blog.  Her comments really painted a picture of a family of people with common interests, a learning session, and a wonderfully life-changing experience.

With Kenlie’s recommendation and nudges from my dear blogger friend Hilary, I made plans to attend!  I also had the chance to meet the lovely Ashley, Dawn, and Lauren in person for the first time, marking the beginning of such wonderful friendships.  Having just lost the bulk of my weight, I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it was to be around like-minded people, folks that blogged their journeys just like me, and people that were succeeding and (at times) struggling, just like me.

Fitbloggin ladies | No Thanks to Cake
I’ve written many recaps of my experiences at Fitbloggin over the years.  You can read all about them below.

McCormick I Heart You  (2012)

WOW: Fitbloggin Workouts (2012)

What I Really Brought Home from Fitbloggin (2012)

Five Days of Fitbloggin Posts (2012)

Fitbloggin Secret Santa Reunion (2012)

Fitbloggin 2013:  Expectations, Travel and the Doughnuts (2013)

WOW: Fitbloggin Fitspiration (2013)

Fitbloggin: The Newness of It All (2013)

Fitbloggin: The Blogs and the People You Should Meet (2013)

Fitbloggin Holiday Brunch (2013)

So… why am I talking about Fitbloggin again?  Well, if you are a blogger, and have means to attend… I really think you should join us in Savannah on June 26-29.  Attending Fitbloggin has really helped me take my blogging to the next level and has helped me to navigate through the crazy process of losing weight.  I come home every year with a renewed focus, introduction to new brands I love, and with fresh bonds with the most amazing people.

Let’s Talk for a Second about These People… Here’s a small glimpse at some of the wonderful bloggers I met in 2013..

Fitbloggin: The People | No Thanks to Cake
And, there are so many more not pictured above… To me, there is nothing more wonderful than being able to send a quick email to my girl Monica to discuss our passion and what we’re doing to get there, to be able to count on the lovely Emily for fashion advice when I need it, to be able to applaud and support (another) Emily for her blogger bravery as she posts her vlogs about overeaters anonymous, and to cheer on Alan‘s amazing feats as he completes his first triathalon.  Let’s not forget being able to meet Hilary and Dawn’s beautiful baby girls last winter…

Fitbloggin Peonies | No Thanks to Cake
While I may have interacted with these amazing bloggers even if I hadn’t met them, the fact that I met them at one of the most impactful events I attend yearly makes the moments that much more spectacular.  These are my people, and I’m so excited to see them this summer in Savannah.

If you are looking to grow your healthy living blog… Consider attending Fitbloggin.

If you are looking to learn more about the business of blogging… Register for Fitbloggin.

If you are ready to meet the most fantastic people who have overcome the very same challenges you are working toward… For pete’s sake, come to Fitbloggin!

To register for the event, click here… and tell Roni that No Thanks to Cake sent ya!

Are YOU coming to Fitbloggin this year??

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A Night on the Red Carpet

When Sunday rolled around, it was Oscar day!!!  I was able to secure us a hotel close to the Belcourt Theatre where we got dressed together before the event.  With an early morning flight, staying downtown was beyond a good idea…

How cool was this view from the hotel?  I’m not at all a sports fan… but I can appreciate a beautiful stadium.

Vanderbilt Stadium | No Thanks to Cake

Something you can note by the picture.  It wasn’t the most beautiful day in Nashville.  A wintry ice storm was brewing, but we didn’t let that stop us!

Which dress did I choose to wear?

When I was deciding which dress to wear, I went with the dress that was most comfortable.  The one that I didn’t feel like I’d have to wear spanx, and the one that was just so incredibly beautiful.

Who was I wearing, you ask?  Badgley Mischka 

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

Yes, for the first time since I took dance classes back in grade school, I wore sequins!  And… I even used fake lashes for the first time.  I’ll definitely be using these again!  So fun!  To prep for the night because I knew I would be showing some skin, I also got a spray tan.  Safe sun FTW!

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

With the cold and rain outside, you’ll see my hair deteriorate as the evening goes on, but there were some curls in the hair when we left the hotel.  

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

We were dressed in a flash and met in the lobby for some cocktails before we headed over to the Belcourt.  We had our own special car service of sorts… Donna’s 17 year old son Zach made sure we arrived at the event safely!

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

It was raining HARD when we arrived, and the Belcourt had made sure that they had men with golf umbrellas to escort us in.  And, as soon as we popped into the tent, the step and repeat was ready for us!

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

We had our picture taken and then worked our way into the event.  Because Donna is on the board for the event, we ended up with fabulous VIP tickets, including lovely prime seating, access to a VIP lounge, and amazing goody bags.

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

A Red Carpet Evening Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

We popped into the VIP lounge to grab a few cocktails and some hors d’ouevres.  It was here we also ran into two of my favorite guys, Doug and Ron.

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

As we were checking out the venue, we had a chance to scope out the entire theater.  Behind the screens is where the VIP lounge was located, and each of the theaters had been transformed into an elegant Oscar viewing party.

A Red Carpet Evening Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

We made our way to our seats as Ellen took the stage, and noted the lovely roses that had been set out for the guests.

A Red Carpet Evening Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

The Oscars were fantastic, and getting to see my friend shine at her favorite event of the year was PRICELESS.

A Red Carpet Evening Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

This was the best night I’ve had in a long time.  It is so fun to dress up and look gorgeous.

A Night on the Red Carpet - Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

I feel like most days, I get caught in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life… it’s fun to take a moment to just be fabulous.  It was the perfect getaway, with the perfect dress, and two of my dearest friends.  Thanks, Donna and Jaede, for sharing this special night with me.  xoxo

A Red Carpet Evening Belcourt Theater Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

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A Fast Weekend in Nashville

It is incredibly hard to believe that I haven’t been home to Nashville in more than a year in a half.  Technology makes it so easy to stay in touch.  I get to text and talk to all my favorite people, all the time…. but to see them was just AWESOME.

There was a flight sale that popped up from Frontier Airlines, add in a special event hosted by my friend Donna… and the weekend was booked!

Side Note: The hard thing about going home is that it is impossible to see everyone. I have so many college friends, work friends, people I’ve met over time that I would have loved to have seen… but there just is never enough time. Next time, I definitely need more days… (and yes, I know I’ve said this before)

I flew out on Friday night after work, arriving incredibly late but getting able to pop in and visit with my friend Angela and her husband.  I spent the night with these awesome (still) newlyweds, and then Ang and I planned for lunch the next day at one of our favorite places.

Rocking Chairs Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

Did you know you can hang out in rocking chairs at Nashville International Airport while waiting for your luggage? Love it…

Last time I was in Nashville, my very favorite restaurant Rumba was in the process of closing forever, but in doing so they transitioned some of their favorite menu items to their sister restaurant.

Jacksons | No Thanks to Cake

I was thrilled to see that Jackson’s is now carrying both the Rumba mojitos as well as the Barros Luco.  Angela and I had to get there and to have our favorite Rumba dishes… just as delish as I remembered them to be!  Nashville peeps – - If you haven’t tried these, go to Jackson’s now!

Jackson's Nashville | No Thanks to Cake

After lunch, I headed across town to catch up with Jaede and Jen.  Both are mothers to adorable little ladies, so while we visited their 2 and 5 year olds busily played together.  So cute!

Jen and Jaede | No Thanks to Cake

As the night went on, Elizabeth and I quickly began to bond over fashion.  She is a five year old that spends most days (regardless of season) in cute dresses, skirts, and TIGHTS!  She’s quite fancy, in the most adorable way.

Accessories | No Thanks to Cake

Throughout the evening, Elizabeth began to decorate us up and make us beautiful.  While I kept asking if her recommendation of another neon hair extension or a new necklace was too much, she insisted it wasn’t… that it was “perfect.”  Oh, to be five and fancy again… 

I really had such a good time this weekend, and I definitely need to make sure I get “home” more often.  Love these ladies and cant wait to visit again!

Ice Storm | No Thanks to Cake

You’ve heard about Friday and Saturday… but Sunday was the fanciest night this girl has had in a long time.  Can’t wait to tell you more about it, and the ice storm that tried to get in the way…  Stay tuned!

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