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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Behind the Scenes: Life Update

I've had a lot going on this summer, so I figure I'll start taking Saturday's to share with you all what I've been up to!  I'm hoping to make this a regular series, but I need to get better with saving photos that I Snapchat or InstaStory.  I'm so awful at actually taking pictures that won't disappear within 24 hours on social media.

I'll break up these Behind the Scenes posts into different categories, as you'll see below!  Feel free to Tweet or Snap me your thoughts...@elizabethmayce for both!

I seriously can't believe it's about to be the second week of July...where has all the time gone?!  This is the first summer as a teacher where I'm not working some additional job.  I get paid through the summer so it doesn't really matter, but it's always nice to have a little extra moolah for brunch...or, as the adult me should say, credit card bills.  Le sigh.

What I'm Doing...

This first picture is a throwback from the last day of school last month where we left as quickly as possible to go to a bar.  Any teachers reading this totally understand where I'm coming from, and if you know me, and the year I had, you're probably surprised I even made it to this day...& so am I.  We ended up having a great staff party, organized by yours truly, and brought in the summer exactly how it should be brought in...lots of drinks and great food.




I've also been up in Jersey quite a bit, I think more than I have been since in a summer graduating college, which I've been loving.  I spent some time at my Aunt's beach house in Bradley Beach, she recently redid her patio and I'm obsessed.  It's the perfect little outdoor oasis where you can enjoy your morning coffee in peace and quite, or grill and have happy hour!


Of course I have to share Leo pictures, he's my pride and joy and has recently been living the life of a human.  In addition to visiting Bradley Beach this summer, Leo also took a spur of the moment trip to Atlantic City over July 4th weekend!  Since we booked so last minute, his day care couldn't take him, so Rob & I looked up pet friendly hotels in A.C.  Showboat, which closed in 2014, reopened last year as a non-gaming hotel, pet-friendly, so we stayed there.  I loved Showboat when it was a casino, I actually had my 21st birthday party there, and we stayed in the House of Blues suite...all 20 something of us.  Showboat has so many memories, and memories I wish I could remember, so seeing so much of it blocked off and unused made me sad.  The entire gaming floor is empty and is covered by a huge curtain basically, it was kinda creepy, but all of the rooms are the same and are really nice.  I hope A.C. can be reborn again soon!!

 

PS: I have a huge trip to Europe coming up July 23, I'm looking forward to sharing tons of travel tips and pictures with all of you!

Where I'm Eating...

On the beach...of course.  Bradley Beach held it's annual Lobsterfest so my family and I went.  So. Much. Food.  It was heaven.  There are tons of vendors, great options to shop, and eat local, which is important for our Jersey beach towns!  PS: That's a lobster grilled cheese, and yes, it was to die for.


While walking along the A.C. boardwalk Rob & I decided to treat ourselves to a nice Italian dinner.  We chose Capriccio, in the Resorts hotel, and it was incredible.  This award winning restaurant did not disappoint, we laughed because we literally felt like back in the day this was probably the ultimate mobster restaurant for fancy dinners...maybe it still is?  I ordered the shrimp and crab salad, with a side of broccoli rabe, and it was so good.  Rob ordered chicken parm, and since there was nothing left on the plate at the end, I'm assuming it was pretty yummy.  We shared blackberry cobbler for dessert, it was delish.  If you're in Atlantic City looking to treat yourself to a great restaurant, I highly, highly, recommend Capriccio.


 This week I had a lovely girls dinner at Rose's Luxury, in D.C.  If you know about the D.C. restaurant scene, you know Rose's doesn't take reservations, so you need to get there early and wait in line...which we did.  This was my second time visiting Rose's Luxury, but since the menu is constantly changing, it felt like a completely new experience.  The attention to detail in the service, and the menu, is why this is has been a top rated restaurant in D.C. since it opened.  My suggestion: arrive around 4:30pm to make sure you're seated as soon as it opens at 5.


What I'm Loving... 

Every month I change my desktop calendar, and I've been using Designer Blogs calendar template to do so.  It's free, and Designer Blogs emails you the new template each month, so it's super easy to download and change.  They also have the themed template for your tablet and phone, so if you love consistency, here ya have it.  & for other bloggers out there, Designer Blogs has quite a few freebies, such as tips and tutorials, and great blog templates if you're looking for something new!  Maybe I'm biased because it's my birthday month, but so far the July template has been my favorite this year!

Okay, so I always see celebrities hawking Fashion Nova on Instagram and I questioned so many things about this brand...are they legit...if I buy something will it be five sizes too small....is the material cheap?? So. Many. Wonderings.  Well, I bit the bullet after a few glasses of wine and a coupon code last week, and I'm so pleasantly surprised with what I ordered!!  

I only purchased two things, since I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the brand, but I can't wait to buy more.  & Fashion Nova is always sending coupon codes, 20% off, free shipping, etc...and since the prices are already so reasonable and inexpensive, I think this is my new go to shopping site...and I'm so shocked I'm even saying that because I really thought the clothing was going to be low quality and awful...oops.

The maxi dress I ordered is the Ensenada Tie Dye Dress, which is perfect for a pool or beach day.  I love the kimono style of this dress, and it fits perfectly. & I ordered a pair of leggings, because I figured you can't go wrong with leggings, and I love the mesh pattern on these...it's different from what I own, and will work perfectly for a going out night.

 

Where I'm Shopping...

Fashion Nova: 20% off with coupon code HAPPY20

The Body Shop: 40% off almost all items, so stock up on some of their body butters!

Macy's: Their having another One Day Sale, which I feel like they have every day...but whatever the prices are incredible.  You can save 50% off a large selection of kitchen items, with code FIFTY, and there are tons of clothing items on sale for 20% off or more...bathing suits are 40% off!

LOFT: 50% off sale styles, and an automatic 40% off certain full price items...not bad at all.

Gap: 40% off with code DEAL, I love Gap for summer dresses & jeans!

Bath & Body Works: Aka, the only place I buy candles from.  $1 shipping with orders over $30, code SUNTAN.  However, I always prefer to shop in store, today candles are $10 off!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  & I promise to start taking way more, and way better, pictures for this series, but hey, I gotta start somewhere!! 

XO.
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