September 2018 Monthly Recap

Another month has come & gone! Sharing my September recap today. You can see my monthly recaps here!

September was a quite the whirlwind month! I feel like I was constantly on-the-go and my to-do list was endless! To be honest, I spent a lot of the month feeling overwhelmed and uninspired – which can be stressful when your job is to create content (especially when it rains daily for most of the month!) All this to say, I think everyone has off days, weeks, or months and – while it may not always appear that way via my blog posts or instagram feed – I go through those phases too.

Anyways, September included a lot of football watching, drinks with friends, dinners with family, two funerals, and some unexpected travel! Our wedding-planner-turned-friend, Carly, planned a styled shoot & Nick and I got to be bride & groom again for the day! They went with a bright, boho theme & turned out beautifully. It was so different from our own wedding, but so gorgeous. I’ve gotta say, I didn’t hate being the bride again especially because this time it was sans the stress of planning haha!

wedding floral ideas
McAlister-Leftwich Greensboro
willowby by Watters thistle dress
willowby by Watters thistle dress
photos by Megan Travis Photography | Planning by Carly Marie Events | Venue at McAlister-Leftwich House | Dress is Willowby by Watters “Thistle”

Between Hurricane Florence hitting North Carolina to a friend passing away tragically, I’m happy to move on to a fresh, new month! Speaking of, I can’t believe it’s already October… our anniversary month! AH! Does anyone else think this year has totally flown by?

Our office is pretty much done… for now! We now have a desk, bookcase, and a console table in our home office! We still have a few items like a new desk chair, rug & some decor that we need for the space, but it’s functional and I’m SO happy about it! There’s nothing better than having a designated space to work (that’s not cluttered ha!)BOOKS I READ THIS MONTH
There were so many good reads this month! You can see them in my September Reading List. If you’re looking for a suspense thriller then check out The Other Woman. If you want a “feel good” romance check out Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. Both were great reads! I’m really looking forward to my October reads… a few of my favorite authors are releasing new books this month. WHAT I PURCHASED
The pre-fall sales 100% got me this month. Between Loft, Shopbop & Abercrombie I am now fully stocked for fall!
My favorite pair of denim
A chic vegan leather jacket
A new classic chambray top
My go-to flats for fall
A pair of cap-toe block heels
A new pair of my fav BF jeans

I mentioned last month that I stopped BBG. BBG seems to work differently depending on body type and I figured out it just wasn’t meant for mine ha! Even though I was getting stronger, I was gaining in areas I didn’t want (thighs and arms) and felt the program was “bulking” me up a bit. Since then I have been doing more exercises focusing on toning and adding in more cardio.

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  • BEAUTY: This Vitamin C serum and this Retinol serum. I just started using them about a week ago – but so far, so good!
  • CLOTHING: This soft tee & these jeans! Both have been my go-to items recently.
  • TV SHOWS: Fall TV is back and I’m so happy about it! This is Us is back (cue all the tears) and Below Deck came back this week!
  • PODCAST: I haven’t listened to Podcasts as often since I’ve been listening to my audiobooks, but I’m still listening to In the Dark on occasion & I want to start Dr. Death! Has anyone listened to that? It’s the newest podcast by the same producer of Dirty John.
  • AUDIOBOOK: Hidden Bodies – this is the second book in the You series (the new TV show!) and I’m really enjoying it on audiobook. The narrator is amazing & super creepy.
  • CURRENTLY READING: I just finished Cross Her Heart (from Book of the Month) and I *think* I may start The Tattooist of Auschwitz next but I’m not 100% sure! I’ve had it on my list since I first heard about it.

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  1. Rach DiMare wrote:

    How fun is that shoot with your husband! I had to stop BBG too because it was actually awful for my knees!

    Posted 10.3.18 Reply
  2. Cathy wrote:

    You found some fabulous fall items! I need to check out those sales. I also need to check out those books, it’s time for some new reading material!!


    Posted 10.3.18 Reply
  3. Rebecca wrote:

    Oh my gosh that wedding shoot!!! Gorgeous! Sounds like a great month <3

    xx Rebecca

    Posted 10.3.18 Reply
  4. Kim wrote:

    Your styled shoot pictures turned out stunning! So fun to be able to play bride and groom again around your year anniversary!


    Posted 10.3.18 Reply
  5. Adaleta Avdić wrote:

    This is such a great series! I will have to check out some of the books that you read.

    Posted 10.4.18 Reply
  6. The last 2 books sound great, I’ve had the The Tattooist of Auschwitz on my reading list as well! You got so many great pieces for fall, I love shopping sales!

    Posted 10.4.18 Reply
  7. You and Nick look so cute in that styled shoot! How fun to get “married” again! I always love your reading lists- I’ve loved every book you’ve reccomended! So sorry that September had such sadness for you- praying that October brings you a little more happy!

    Posted 10.4.18 Reply
  8. Juliana Hidelfonso wrote:

    Do you have a tour of the home office, this is a part of the house we are always looking for inspiration.

    Posted 10.4.18 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Hi Juliana,

      I don’t have a tour of the office quite yet! We just got the furniture two weeks and & there are still some items we need! Once everything is put together I’ll have one up!

      Thanks for commenting & have a great day!


      Posted 10.4.18 Reply
  9. Laura wrote:

    How fun that you got to play bride and groom again! I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I actually had to stop BBG a while ago but have picked dit back up again now that I’ve had wrist surgery and given myself the time I needed to heal.

    xo, Laura

    Posted 10.4.18 Reply
  10. Kelsey wrote:

    I’m watching You and definitely want to ready the book!! I didn’t know there was a second one too! Cant wait!

    Posted 10.4.18 Reply
  11. Court wrote:

    Girl, Dr. Death was so much better than Dirty John and I really liked DJ. I cannot wait for it to air! I am also really enjoying the new season of Below Deck.

    Posted 10.5.18 Reply
  12. Jamaria Johnson wrote:

    Love this monthly recap blog post idea! This photo shoot with your husband was absolutely beautiful. I’d love to do a wedding shoot with my hubby again. Omg I’m so excited This Is Us is back on tv too! Love fall shows! Xo

    Posted 10.8.18 Reply

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