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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    Rach DiMare

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


    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!!



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

    xx Rebecca


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


    Adaleta Avdić

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

    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    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!

    Gentry Adams

    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!

    Juliana Hidelfonso

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


      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!



    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


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


    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.

    Jamaria Johnson

    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