Sunday, July 27, 2014

ONE WEEEEEEEK

You guyysss!!!
In one week I will be on my way to the 
airport to pick up Tom!!!

I am SO excited!!
I can't even express how happy I am.
I just am absolutely positively ecstatic!!!!

The next 6 weeks are going to be amazing.
First of all we just have so much catching up to do.
I've missed him like crazy!!

Then we've got tons of plans.
Things to do, places to go, people to seeee...
I mean so much to do in so little time.

THEN we have 2 whole weeks in the Caribbean!!
I mean I'm freaking out just thinking about it.

So many exciting things are happening!!

This picture of Tom displays how exciting all of this is...


so exciting!
I'm freaking out!

I can't wait for him to be here!!!

You remember a year or so ago
when I was freaking out for other reasons.

Freaking out that i'd pee my pants out of
pure terror at meeting this guy for the first time.

Almost fainting in the baggage area
waiting for him to come through the doors...
ohhhhh yea, good times for sure ;)

I wrote a blog the week following up to 
meeting Tom for the first time.

i described my emotions like this...

I'm feeling...

EXCITED

LUCKY

BOUNCY

SILLY

AMAZED

CHIPPER

CHIRPY

SPARKLY

SUNNY

HAPPY

GLEEFUL

MERRY

ELATED

ECSTATIC

DELIGHTED

And well i still feel the exact same way one year later!!
Chirpy is my favorite one ;)

Hope you're all having a great day!! :)

-Emily-

Friday, July 25, 2014

CLOSET SALE IS A GO!!!


Reminder that i'm selling about 30 items
from my closet on instagram today through Sunday night.

All Items are in perfect condition, worn once or twice
or a few times but that are still looking great.

This is a bidding sale
so all you have to do is bid
higher than the highest bid by .50 cents or more.
It's eaaassssyyyy!!

So head over to instagram and
search for my closet sale at
@emsclosetsale

You'll find everything you need to know
in the information image found at the bottom of the feed!!

I hope you'll check it out because
some of these items are a steal!!

Here's a few items that you
will find over at the sale!!



Happy shopping :)

Emily

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Closet Sale

I've seen lots of people use instagram as
a garage sale of sorts to sell their clothing that
they don't wear anymore.

I mean GENIUS!!
It's genius for two reasons.
Reason 1 - You get to declutterfy!!
Reason 2 - You make back some money you spent.
And that's kind of what's so great about it.

I like to sell and donate.
I donate clothing quite often,
in fact when I left England I basically donated
all of my clothes before I left to make room for 
all of the other fun stuff i was bringing home with me.

So while i'm selling some clothes, i've got another bag full
that's headed to donation station tomorrow! :)

A lot of the items i'm selling in my instagram closet sale
are either name brand, H&M, JCrew, Gap, Target....is target name brand??
If not it probably should be, i loovvee target!!
The other stuff i'm selling is stuff i've picked up overseas.
I've got lots of scarves from England and one OXFORD sweatshirt
that is from OXFORD, UK...OXFORD deserves to be in all CAPS.

I know i'm crazy, selling an OXFORD sweatshirt, how dare I...
But listen, the ladies don't really have room in that sweatshirt soooo...
It's got to go ;)

I've got skirts, T's, scarves galore and some other stuff.
It's not like hundreds of things, I think I'll have like 30 items at the most.

The coooool part of this little sale is it's a bidding sale.

So you know that OXFORD sweatshirt?
Bidding starts at $5. FIVE BUCKS!!
So if you're the only one that bids on that
you've got yoself an OXFORD sweatshirt basically for free ;)

It's pretty awesome.

All of my scarves start at $1.
So you might snatch yourself up some
scarves and not even spend that much on them.

To be honest most items in the sale start at $1.
So it would be great to have more than one person bid on everything...
If only one person bids then that person is getting lots of stuff for pennies..pennies I say!!

It's really cool..really really cool!!

The bidding will begin on July 25th at 7:00am.
That's this FRIDAY!!

The bidding will conclude on July 31st
at 11:59PM that's the following Thursday.

So bidding will be up for a couple of days.
It's kind of like a massive eBay sale.

All you have to do to bid on an item is
comment on the item and put a price higher than
the highest price.

To be specific, put a price that is .50 cents or more over the last highest price.

If you win the item then
I'll contact you via instagram and
ask for an email that I can send an invoice to.

If the sale falls through then the
next highest bidder will win the item.

It's so simple :)

My Instagram name is @emsclosetsale
ALSO Follow me so you'll get an update when the sale begins.

There are clearer images and item info on instagram.


Please don't bid on anything until Friday at 7:00am.

I'll delete any bidding that starts before then. :)

There's also an information photo in the feed
where you can read some more about the sale :)

Have a great day you guys!!
Emily

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Restoring Old Bikes

The first time Tom and I rode bikes together
was in San Francisco last summer.

We rented bikes are peddled our
way over to the Golden Gate Bridge.
It is one of my absolute favorite memories.

My personal bike is an old, 
dusty bike from the early 2000's that's been
sitting in our barn for the past 12 or so years.

It's not a bad looking bike but it's definitely not
what I'd want to ride around on these days.

Well the other day I was thinking that it
would be fun to get some of our old bikes
out and see if we can spruce them up a bit.

I really wanted some bikes for when Tom is in town.

So I went out and investigated our bike sitch.
We have 5 working bikes, but they all looked terrible.

That's due to the fact that they haven't been touched in a decade.

Spider webs, dirt, dirt and more dirt was all I was seeing.
So I found mine, and I found a bigger bike that we
got from a friend a while back and I took them
over to the water hose and gave them a well deserved bath.

Mine is on the left, Toms in on the right

After getting the two bikes clean I went to walmart and bought
glossy spray paint in white and black.

I bought white and black but you can buy any color,
I would just get glossy so the bike is shiny.

Once I got home I got to work.

Work = Covering the areas of the bike that
you don't want to get paint on with tape and grocery bags...

I also put a paint tarp up on the wall and underneath the bikes
so that I kept the paint contained.


This is the bike I painted for Tom.
I asked Tom what he wanted his bike to look like
and he said black with two white stripes on the lower bar.
So I painted the whole thing black and then let it dry.
I then went back and painted two white stripes on the bike.

It really turned out SO good!!
Simple but cool!

And it just totally transformed the bike!!


Now onto my bike.
I wanted my bike to be white with black spots.
Kind of like a Dalmatian.

I just had this vision in my head and I knew it would look cool.

So I too my bike and spray painted it white.
Then I took some black paint that I already had
and took a fine tipped paint brush and started putting
spots all over the bike.


That part was so fun.
I wasn't making them all look the same, 
I thought they looked better some being big and some small.

I finished the spots and well, I was already in love.
But I didn't stop there.

I have always wanted a cute wicker basket on my bike.
So me and my mom went to our goodwill in town and found
a perfect little wicker basket that was only $3.00.
We didn't want the basket to have handles so
we cut the handles off and were left with the perfect little bike basket!!

We attached the basket with zip ties and then covered them with ribbon.

Once the basket was on it just really completed the whole look!!


I am in love with both of these bikes!!

They were so easy to spruce up.
I did get really sweaty and gross and covered in paint
but it was so worth it.

Why buy a new bike when you have perfectly good ones already.
All they need is a coat of paint and a little creativity and Voila, new bikes!!

It was only $3.99 to fix up Toms bike.
(All we bought was spray paint)

It was $7.00 to fix up my bike.
(Spray paint - $3.99, Basket - $3.00)

So In all I spent $11.00 restoring two bikes.
Had I gone out and bought them I would have spent a fortune.

So I hope this project motivates you to go get that old bike
that's been sitting in the garage for yeeaarrss and spruce it up a bit.

It's easy and affordable, the best combo ;)

Hope you guys enjoyed this project post!!
Have a good day everyone!!

Emily

Monday, July 21, 2014

Brickyard Buffalo

Hello everyone!!
I just wanted to share some exciting news!

My prints are now live on Brickyard Buffalo!!
Yippee!!!

Go check them out, they are only .75cents each!!
It's a steal, I'm basically giving them away ;)


:)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Perks of traveling while single or as a couple!!

I got my first passport ever in October of 2011
right before I left for my study abroad program in Paris.

Before that I never needed a passport because
my family liked to travel in the USofA.

Well that passport has taken me to some really
amazing places over the past 2 years
and i just don't know what i'd do without it.


I even try bringing it with me when I'm just
traveling in America, i feel like i need it and
i'll get in trouble if i'm caught without it.

In fact I probably have my passport on me more
than my drivers license...I need to work on that ;)

Anywaysss I wanted to do a post on traveling as a single person
and then contrast it with traveling as a couple.

This isn't one of those "why you should be single in your 20's posts"
or "why you should get a boyfriend/get married so you can travel with a partner post."

This is simply my personal experiences :)
I don't have beef with either side :)


The BIGGEST perk of traveling when you're single
is that YOU and only you get to decide on the trip.
You don't have to talk to your significant other and see
if the trip works for them, you can just go, and you get
to pick the destination without any one else's approval.

Now i guess that's really only true if you're one of those
brave people to travel by yourself.

Traveling by yourself, while i've never done it,
I imagine to be an eye opening experience.

Here's one perk of traveling when you're single.
Let's just say you're in England and a cute brit catches your eye..
heyy, go and inquire and have fun getting to know him/her.

Use your common sense though, don't get into
a creeper situation because creepers are out there
and they will creep the crap outta you!!

I can say from personal experience that keeping a journal
or writing blog posts is something you should really try to do.

And try to make it really personal, talk about your feelings towards experiences.
The things that really really got your attention are going to be the things
you'll want to read about and remember in the days to come.

Now obviously you don't have to be single to do any of this
but if you are take it as a chance to really get to know yourself.

Just have fun though, use it as a "this is for me"
experience and try to learn about yourself while you're abroad.
You really learn so much about yourself while you're traveling
and sometimes it's great to travel while you're single the first time or
two so that you know how you are likely to act when traveling with
your future significant other ;)

Do you get hangry when you don't get an afternoon snack??
I do, i'm glad i found that out before traveling with Tom ;)


Tom actually did a solo trip around Europe after he graduated.
Which was great because he was able to help us plan our trips
better because of some of the things he learned when he traveled as a solo traveler.

So Tom took his solo knowledge and applied it to our couple travels
especially when we traveled in Italy this past May.

It's really fun to travel as a couple.
It's fun to travel as a single as well
but traveling as a couple is a bit different.

You do have to compromise with someone else about
where you would like to go on a trip.

I know when Tom and I were trying to figure out
where we wanted to go on a trip we spent days and even weeks
just researching places and then talking about the pros and the cons
of each place we found that we liked.

The great thing about research is that you don't have to go
on that trip right now but you'll have some info on it
for trips down the road that you want to take.

Compromise might be hard if you and your Significant other
don't have the same taste.

Tom and I don't really have that problem since
we're both just really laid back with just about everything.

So once you get the destination pegged everything after that is pretty easy.

It's fun traveling as a couple because for one you know
you're always going to have someone with you.

And i hope that your someone is as fun as my someone.
Tom and I have had a blast every time we've traveled together
and I can't really imagine going anywhere without him.

When you travel as a couple you have to take the other person into consideration.
This is actually a perk in my opinion because I love making sure Tom
is good and that we both have everything we need.

Another perk is having someone else there in case
something bad happens and you need backup.

When Tom and I were in Cali my Debit Card was compromised
and if I Had been by myself I would have been in a lot of trouble
but since Tom was with me he just sugar daddied me the rest of the time.
He's a catch y'all, for real!!

There are obviously hundreds of perks
for each situation whether single or dating
but now that i've got Tom i'm obviously biased
towards traveling with him.

But I really truly believe that traveling while you're single
is an incredible opportunity to really learn about yourself. 

So whether your a solo traveler or you travel as a couple
I think both sides are doing it right because you've decided
to make adventure a part of your life.

This world is so grand and so beautiful that
it would be a shame to miss out on it!!

So travel, single or as a couple, just travel!!

:)

Hope you're all having a great weekend!!

Emily


Thursday, July 17, 2014

USA | ENGLAND | AUS | NZ

Ahh the fuuttuuurreee....
That's going to be the topic of today's post.
Not futuristic things like flying cars and hover boards
but futuristic things like where will Tomily be next year.

So, where will we be next year??
eehhhhhh.....uhhhhhhh....hmmmmmmmm...

We have four options.
Options are good!
Options are solid!

Options make me feel less crazy
because i'd rather have them than not have them.

Option 1 - Tom applies for internship in America.


 Option 2 - Emily Applies for internship in England.


Option 3 - Tom and Emily apply for working holiday visa in Australia.


Option 4 - Tom and Emily apply for working holiday visa in New Zealand.


Tom could intern in America for up to one year on that visa.
I could intern in England for up to 6 months.
We can both work and live in AUS or NZ for up to one year.

Option 1&2 are great because we'd be close to family
and we'd have room and board and hot meals and family fun.

But options 3&4 are so so exciting and we love adventure
and this is the perfect time to go do something while neither of us
are sucked into those wonderful career jobs...

We both looked into working in Australia and I found numerous
Au Pair jobs that would be perfect for me and Tom saw a few jobs
that he really liked the look of as well.

When we searched for internships that Tom could have in America
the list was tiny and not really inspiring.

So Australia, once again, looks really attractive.
Except for the fact that it's like a million miles away.

There's also New Zealand.
The top perk of NZ is that the visa application is F.R.E.E!!!!
You just have to apply then take it with you on your travels.
We don't know as much about NZ as we do Australia...
So that one is less likely to happen.

I don't know, what do you guys think??
Would you ever move to Australia or NZ?

Let me know because we need some inspiration!!

America and England are GREAT but if we get
an opportunity to go explore the world and be together
and work and earn some money shouldn't we seriously
consider that option??? I think so!!

Let me know your thoughts :)

Emily