Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

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I’m so excited to share my fall break trip to Boston, Massachusetts with you. For the last two years, my best friend, Holly and I have talked about me visiting her in Boston. Due to our differing schedules, it hadn’t worked yet. This being [potentially] my last year on the east coast, however, I decided to take the plunge and visit during fall break. We were very excited about my visit and Holly had a ton planned for us to do and see. Because I have so many photos, I wanted to break it down by days and explain each day.  Continue reading “Boston, Massachusetts”

Thanksgiving 2016

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I wanted to pop in today, and give a quick summary of my Thanksgiving! When I decided to move to Virginia, I don’t think I fully anticipated how much such a large change would impact me. If I’m honest, I think that I pushed off really thinking about a lot of the small things because I knew that going to school here was the best decision for me. Well, for the first time in 22 years, I wasn’t with my immediate family for the holiday. It. was. weird. Luckily, my aunt lives in North Carolina, so she invited me down to spend the night with her family. Thank goodness she did! Wednesday night, I was sitting in my kitchen, eating one of my Plated meals, and watching “Love the Coopers,” and crying. I was a bit of a mess, and yeah, it’s embarrassing. But I was sitting in my kitchen, in a truly empty house for the first time in four months, and homesickness washed over me like a tsunami. I was overwhelmed. Luckily, I was able to wake up on Thursday, and get in my car, and make the drive to North Carolina. Also luckily, my aunt and her family opened their home to me, and were so loving! So, if they’re reading this, thank you thank you thank you.

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The food was incredible. I love Thanksgiving, but I’m usually so full I can’t enjoy the food. However, this year, I was able to save room, and was actually hungry by dinner! Ugh, my aunt’s wife is the best cook. Seriously, so much good food. And the apple pie for dessert (not pictured because I ate it too quickly), was to die for! Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Anyway, I usually post about what I’m thankful for. Ironically, I was too caught up in my own stuff to actually think about what I was thankful for. Well, yesterday, I was walking across William and Mary’s campus at dusk, and the Christmas lights on DoG street were ahead, and the leaves were blowing around the Old Campus, and I suddenly thought, “holy sh*t.” For the first time in a while, I took a moment to realize I have an incredible opportunity in front of me. I’m experiencing a whole new part of the country, meeting totally different people, learning legal education in the very place it began, and I have a family who is so loving and encouraging! My aunt also went to law school, and her tidbits of advice that were sprinkled into our Thanksgiving were so needed and appreciated. My parents encourage me everyday, and when I’m too hard on myself, they’re the first to remind me that I’m doing just fine. I’m also thankful for an incredible sister, the best brother-in-law I could imagine, and a beautiful niece on the way!

So, today, take a moment to remember the things you’re thankful for, even though the one day dedicated to gratefulness is gone this year.

Truly,
Callie leigh

The Perfect Staycation with Crane and Canopy

Crane and Canopy Designer Bedding as seen on Instagram:

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Doesn’t the woman above look super comfy? During the summer, I think it’s easy to get overwhelmed with a normal “summer routine,” whatever that may be. Sometimes we’re constantly on the go, traveling all the time, never really having a minute to just stay home and enjoy being home. When the luxury bedding company Crane and Canopy asked me to put together a little stay-cation for myself, I at first thought, well I kind of just go back and forth between home and the cabin, this will be simple. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I stay home, but don’t really treat myself, which is what a stay-cation is about! Also, since I’m moving to Virginia in the near future, I wanted to think about what I will miss most about Chico, and what I would want to do if I dedicated a day or two to just enjoying where I’m from. So I thought hard about my perfect day at home, in my hometown of Chico, and there is what I came up with!

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Sleep In & Enjoy a Good Book in Bed

My ideal stay-cation would begin with sleeping in until 9 am or so, and then waking up, making myself an Americano, and getting back in bed to read a good book for an hour or so. Right now, I’m reading The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, so that book would be my top choice! When I’m home, I usually get caught up in my inbox or with family errands that I forget to just enjoy my morning and read my book! Dedicating a day to staying home and enjoying the morning would hold me more accountable to actually relaxing!

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Get a Little Local Color / History

When I was in elementary school, we took a field trip to the Bidwell Mansion, the home of the founders of Chico. When I went, I totally loved it and thought it was so cool. I haven’t been in years, though, and I think a perfect stay-cation in Chico would include a trip to the mansion, and a walk around Bidwell Park, the prettiest local park. I never do this enough, and I think it’d be perfect! The Mansion is also the perfect shade of pink, which I think is so charming!

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Revive with the Best Coffee

When I really want a good cup of coffee from a local place, I go downtown to Naked Lounge, which has Bowls of Soul (a delicious drink!). They also have amazingly good iced coffee and other drinks! If I were to indulge in all the Chico things I love, a stop at Naked Lounge would be a must.

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My next stop would undoubtedly be The Upper Crust Bakery, known simply as Upper Crust to Chico locals, which has the BEST gluten free coffee cake I’ve ever eaten. I don’t really make it to Upper Crust that much, but during my stay-cation, it’d be a definite destination. IMG_4088.JPG

Enjoy Time by the Pool

I don’t necessarily tan, but I do think a healthy dose of Vitamin D is an important component to a stay-cation, or any summer vacation for that matter. My parents house has a beautiful backyard, so I would revisit my book from the morning, and lounge in the sun for a bit.

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Order In from My Favorite Restaurant, T. Bar!

The place that I always insist on eating when we eat out is T. Bar. It’s a salad and wrap place that also has every kind of tea you could imagine. It’s basically the best food, and I would certainly include it in a stay-cation because I’d want to continue the treat yo self vibes!

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Take  a Bath & Do Some Self-Pampering

The best thing to do is take a bubble bath, with some candles and music, and then give yourself a facial! Staying on the treat yo self track, I would begin to unwind after my full day of appreciating all the cool things available in Chico with a bubble bath. I never used to take baths, I was always a shower girl, but lately I’ve rediscovered the relaxing nature of a good bubble bath. I also love giving myself a mini facial or doing things to pamper my skin!

Crane and Canopy Designer Bedding as seen in Hello Natural:

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Return to Bed Early and Read or Netflix

My perfect stay-cation would conclude back in bed! There’s nothing better than crawling into bed after a full day, and this would certainly be true if the bedding you’re crawling into is from Crane and Canopy! Crane and Canopy’s bedding is made with quality fabrics, and are so clean and fresh looking that it’s easy to feel like you’re constantly on vacation , sleeping in the luxurious bedding of high-end hotel. I am definitely considering this duvet cover for my first apartment!

The bedding above is so cute, and I think it’s important to create a bedroom that makes you feel like you’re exiting the mundane routine we often find ourselves in when we’re working or going to school at the end of each day. When we crawl into bed, it should feel like you’re turning all the chaos off, and you can just get the best night’s sleep! Crane and Canopy bedding offers deliciously soft and comfortable bedding, which comes in divine patterns or solids for a simplistic look. The key to feeling like you’re on vacation, even when you’re not, is having a bedroom space that is comfortable and calming, and the Crane and Canopy bedding definitely offers that feeling.

Be sure to visit Crane and Canopy’s website to learn more about their amazing bedding, and the mission of their company!

What’s your ideal staycation?

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Luggage Options: Travel Inspiration

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It seems that I’m going to be doing a fair bit of travel in coming years. Though I haven’t made any final choices about law school, some of the schools I’m really drawn to will involve a fair amount of travel to get to. So, in recent weeks, I’ve been excited to look at luggage. Even though I stayed fairly close to home, I have a duffle bag that I use to come home. Having a good weekender/carry on is a GREAT thing. It is also my belief that it is important to have good luggage. My family and I had this plastic luggage for years, and it was totally falling apart last year. My parents got new luggage, but I didn’t because I don’t travel enough. However, I really want to travel eventually, which means I also want to invest in good luggage. I’ve rounded up my top picks for weekender bags and rolling suitcases!Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 8.52.19 PM.png

Tuckernuck Monogrammed Weekender | Kate Spade Carry On
Sole Society Vegan Leather Carry On | Delsey Trolley
Mark and Graham Monogrammed Suitcase | Longchamp Roller
Kate Spade Travel Suitcase

Where’s your favorite place to get travel necessities?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Before I Kick the Bucket

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I’ve mentioned on here many times that I am a huge advocate of journaling, but what I haven’t mentioned is how much I love reading through my journals after they’ve been written. I love reading my thoughts about a given situation, person, event, etc., and seeing if my opinion or thoughts have changed. I also love reading through the development of friendships and relationships. The past year has been especially awesome because so many new people have entered my life, and I wrote about almost every single one—the day I met them, the moments we shared, the thoughts I had about whether or not we would be friends, what they meant to me when I wrote about them and what they mean to me now. It’s like watching your life on playback, reliving days you wish you could actually relive, and reading about moments when you were really hurt or upset. One thing I found while going through my journal was a list entitled, “My Bucket List.” I wrote it last summer before I left for school, probably while watching Vampire Diaries, thinking my life was utterly uneventful, and deciding I should do a series of exciting things before I “kick the bucket.” As I was reading through the list, I realized everything on it is a thing I’ve either accomplished within the last year, or still really want to do. But, of course, I have a few additions to the list that have been influenced by events or people from this year. So, here’s my Bucket List 2.0 (my original list with the new additions).

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My Bucket List (as of Summer 2012):

–Marry my best friend/soul mate after I graduate college

–Publish a novel before I’m 30

–Meet someone who inspires me (Sarah Dessen)

–Forgive those who have wronged me

–Love myself each and every day

–Do something crazy, and completely outside my comfort zone

–Overcome a fear

–Be more relaxed

–Befriend someone I do not like

Give someone a second chance

–Get more into music

–Learn to play an instrument (ideally: piano, realistically: guitar)

–Gradate Saint Mary’s with a high GPA

–Go to a top law school

–Help the world

–Be honest even when it’s hard

–Read as many books as possible

–Find love that makes me forget bad things happen, and that I can trust fully each and every day

Summer 2013 additions:

–Learn to surf

–Journal everyday so that I never forget all the little things

–Live on the East Coast for at least 2 years at some point in my life

–Fly First Class

–Go to Ireland, Italy, Greece, France, Bali, and basically every other place I can

–Own a coffee shop

–Win the Undo It Script Contest before I graduate

–Write something that means something to someone

–Become a great photographer

–Be more creative everyday

–Have a really fun, but serious career

–Go paddle boarding

–Learn the dance from Perks of Being a Wallflower with someone, and do it in the middle of a club

–Go to an Irish Pub

–Learn to accept that not everyone is going to like me

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If you could write down all the things you wanted to do before you die, what would be on your list? Are you close to accomplishing your biggest aspirations? If not, you should get up and just…do.

Truly,

Callie Leigh