Friday, July 29, 2016

15 Things I've Learned During My First Week In Savannah!

I'm half-asleep in bed right now, but I realized that it has officially been one week since I've moved to Savannah -- woohoo!!!! *happydances all around* :D !!!!! I absolutely LOVE it here, and tomorrow I'll be sure to post a more in-depth overview of my experiences thus far. For now, though, here are 15 things I've learned during my first week in Savannah that I've typed up from my journal into this blog post:

1. There is a grand total one Dunkin' Donuts in the entire city of Savannah. Yes, you read that correctly. One. #ConnecticutGurlProbz

2. Everybody is INCREDIBLY and (more importantly) GENUINELY kind! <3

3. ...except for that one exception who works at Victoria's Secret that your Snapchat fam knows all about, hahahaha.... *casually growls like an angry skunk*

4. Whoever said dry, desert-like heat is better than moist, cozy-blanket heat was vv mistaken!!!! Ironically, the humidity + moisture in the air is exactly what makes the hot temperature down here bearable.

5. Your fear of spiders is no longer. Because you found a whole new animal to terrorize your life. That's right, friends...COCKROACHES CAN FLY. *soul withers away + dies~~*

6. They aren't kidding around when they named it SWEET tea...! Note to self: avoid this, b/c you don't enjoy making visits to the dentist.

7. The three stray kitties that hang out around the back entrance of your apartment building are adorable, even if you can't touch them in case they have fleas and/or rabies. [Also, if you're like me, you're allergic to cats + they make your throat close up... *dramatically clutches a box of antihistamine tablets to bosom*]

8. ...but you can still name the kitties!! They are now officially called Cleo (the sassy ginger who likes to claw at the others' faces #charming), Theo (the gray one who literally looks into your soul via a stare-down), and Leo (the raven black with some brownish tint when sun shines on it one who enjoys trying to run into the building when you are entering it, yourself) <333

9. Whole Foods is the most amazing supermarket in the entire world, and there should ideally be one on every street in case hunger strikes, jussayin'.

10. Even if you feel really guilty about it now, eventually you'll come to terms with the fact that it's okay to prefer the more "suburban"-feeling outskirts of the city over the touristy downtown area. [I'm all for believing it's important to venture out of your comfort zone, but as I've just mentioned, the main downtown can feel rather touristy (read: overwhelmingly loud AF + swelteringly hot AF!!) at times, and I want to meet locals who actually say "y'all(z)" on a daily basis! Also, keeping it real here, parking is not exactly easy to come by downtown unless you park in some dark garage where you have to pay for your spot, and while I could just walk downtown, walking in 102 degrees isn't exactly my first choice, ya feel me?~]

11. Getting a Barnes + Noble membership is probably the best decision you will ever make in your life, to this day.

12. Many people down here are named Mike. So far, you've met a neighbor, an AC repairman, a furniture salesman, a few other citizens of Savannah, and some lawyer guy on a billboard all named Mike! Many, many Mikes, people.

13. Just because your condo apartment is small AF doesn't mean that it can't still wind up being absolutely palatial! Now by that, I don't mean fancy expensive furniture -- no, no! It's all about having things in your home that make you happy, the things that you genuinely like. I have only coral, white, yellow, aqua, gray and black in my entire condo. While The Pink Lyme's colors, as y'allz know, are hot pink and lime green, the coral and aqua accents in my apartment are a nod to these hues, just... ermmm, slightly less neon! :p

14. It's okay to admit that being vegan is difficult, particularly when in a new place where you want to try every pizza place restaurant you possibly can. It's okay to switch back to being vegetarian instead of vegan on some days. Heck, it's also okay to switch back to vegetarian every day. But... it's also okay when you have certain days when keeping vegan for just that particular day seems doable, or even for a few days. Any step you take against animal products, whether a humongous step (vegan) or a large step (vegetarian), you are still taking a stand, regardless of the size of the step that you've taken. Any effort should be applauded, and no need to feel like you've failed at life just because you're craving some of that ~~~AMAZEBALLS~~~ Chocolate Raspberry Truffle ice cream at Bruester's... *le sigh*!

15. You will find yourself getting teary-eyed while walking around Forsyth Park or driving to Target, just because of how much you absolutely love this place.

Have you ever been to Savannah? What was your experience here like?
xoxo, Brooke

Friday, July 15, 2016

Currently Trending

Okay okay okay so I know I just posted saying stay tuned in the future for posts but SURPRISEEEEEEE!!!! You guysssss, it's been far too long since I've shared with you what I've been watching, reading, eating, wearing, listening to + inspired by! Here's the low-down on culture in my life lately!

Watching: Pretty Little Liars
It's baaaaaaack! And you guys, HOW FRICKIN' GOOD IS THIS SEASON!?!?!? After last season, I won't lie, I thought that it was going to head downhill. But, in reality, it did quite the contrary. THIS. SEASON. IS. AMAZEBALLS. It's arguably very dark, though, but to be honest, I think it's extremely fitting. The Liars have grown up and matured, so I think that it is only natural that the subject matter follows suite. BUT ARCHER DUNHILL, WHYYYY!?! *shakes angry fists up at the heavens* ahahah!!

Reading: "Save The Date" by Mary Kay Andrews
Now, I'm not usually one for "chick lit" type, "beach read" books, but since this one is set in Savannah (WHERE I'M MOVING TO NEXT WEEK, AHHHH!!! :D :D YAYAYAY!), I just had to read it. I'm a little over halfway through, and while I absolutely loved the beginning learning about the main character's life as a florist, once the romance started my initial opinion of the book began to change. The main character is described as "pathetic" for wondering if her romantic interest would ever talk to her again after they have sex. Since when is wanting somebody to treat you as an equal and to show you some respect pathetic!?! On this note, the love interest said he was annoyed that his girlfriend wanted to be a priority in his life -- if you don't want to make your girlfriend a priority, then what the hell are you doing having a girlfriend!?!?! They aren't just there for your entertainment!! They are real human beings with passions of their own, and if you don't want to make a girlfriend a priority then it's best you don't have a relationship because it clearly shows you are not ready/do not want to put in effort needed to maintain a blossoming, growing, HEALTHY relationship. Nobody deserves to feel like they are taking your precious time away from things you care about more than them. Also, the book slams girls with very thin frames, as well as girls who genuinely enjoy working out. It says only women with big curves have the body of a "real woman." Now, I personally think, just like my own body, most people's body shapes are somewhere in between this range, and I think it's really ugly to shame people's bodies so callously! And I also think, that working out is great to do for your health, because screw just working out for vanity. Show your heart and your muscles that you love them. I treat the gym like a playground for the body + soul; it's a great way to burn off some steam, have a lot of fun and be in your "happy place" in your mind! :p Also, there are some jokes made about drinking and alcoholism that some people could definitely find either offensive or unfortunately encouraging to drink whenever a personal problem arises. Again, I really loved the book when it discussed different flowers and weddings and the accurate + detailed descriptions of the city of Savannah, but once romance got into the picture, the whole book kinda took a weird, offensive turn! I'm having a lot of difficulty getting through + finishing this book. Honestly, I might not even finish it. There are so many other good books out there that are deserving of my time!! :p

Eating: Califia Farms Coconut-Almond Milk
YOU. GUYS. I drink this every stinkin' day and I LOVE IT. It's so delicious as a cow-milk substitute (it tastes 100% better than cow's milk) and the flavor goes great with anything you add it to: smoothies, oatmeal, HOT CHOCOLATE... you name it! :p Just try it. You'll see what I mean.

Wearing: Hippie-style clothing from my favorite retailer in Maine -- Mexicali Blues (I shop at the stores in Freeport + Portland!) 
Quite honestly, although I do love me some tight crop-tops on days when I'm not in labor w/ a food baby~, there's nothing more awesome than wearing really loose stuff. Like, I have some loose printed almost-bermuda-lengthed shorts with a draw string, a breezy sundress, shorts with little hot pink pom-poms on the bottom + an elastic waistband, and more and I have to say, I'm glad that this "70's" look is in style again because I'd be wearing this stuff even if it weren't. There's too much pressure to always look "sexy" or "hot" or "attractive." But newsflash, maybe we don't always want to look this way. Maybe we want to slap on some green lipstick onto our pouts + put up our hair into a messy bun and call it art. Maybe we want to look "edgy" or "artsy" or "cute" or "adorable" or "trendy" or "mysterious" or "sleek" or "sharp"...maybe sexy + hot + attractive is not the look we need to always be trying to achieve. Just because you aren't aiming for sexy or hot or attractive doesn't mean that you don't look good for whatever look you're trying to achieve. Case in point: I wore some long-ass hippie dress (that I may or may not have worn to my college graduation, hmmmm...) to Dunkin' Donuts the other day. Didn't shave my legs in about a week. Cut my hair myself to above-my-shoulders-length and threw half of it up into a messy topknot, letting the rest of the pieces fall where they may land on my neck. Wore just some mascara and some lip balm that smells like coconuts. And yet, I got hit on by two gentlemen, merely as I was trying to just get me summa dat Almond Joy swirl in my iced decaf w/ almond milk. Not that I'm interested in having a romantic relationship right now, because I'm not lolz, I actually want "me-time" for a [HEALTHY] change!!!!, but what I'm getting at is this: you don't have to go for "sexy" to be admired. You really, really don't. Even if you wear jet-black lipstick and overalls-shorts, you're still gonna be admired if that's actually being true to what you're going for. Trust me on that, friends. Authenticity is what will attract others to you, more than trying to look "hot" ever will. Don't really know who you are just yet? That's 100% okay!! I don't either, and that's fine. Just wear whatever the heck you feel like. Because there's not much more authentic you can get than going by your emotion + intuition! Some days I want to be a preppy pretty princess, other days I wanna be grunge-ish hipster-y AF, and then most days I want to be a lil' hippie fairy lmao!! It's all fine. Never let yourself get boxed into just one specific style, if you don't want to.

Listening To: "All In My Head (Flex)" by Fifth Harmony, Fetty Wap
Fifth Harmony, G.R.L. and Little Mix are definitely my favorite girl music groups by far. I'm a total sucker for anything poppy, danceable and overtly feminine. Honestly, these groups make the absolute best music for listening to in the mornings while doing your makeup and hair and brows, for real. And anyone who provides tune-age for this princess primping time is a true favorite of mine!

Inspired By: (surprisingly here!) MYSELF!
I've accomplished so many huge things in the past four years of college and then also the four years of high school prior to college. I've grown so much and I'm a very different person than I used to be. Incredibly different. I'm really proud at the progress I've made in personal development thus far, and I feel like I can rest assured that I'm only going to keep on growing and changing into a person who I can honestly say is exactly the kind of person whom I'd like to be. While I'm heading in a great direction, I certainly have a LOT more growing to do first -- and by growing, I mean exploring, learning, experiencing, trying, etc etc etc! Fun times await, and I'm excited to get out there and have a great time.

What's been currently trending in your life lately!?
xoxo, Brooke


YOU GUYS!!! THIS WEEK IS THE WEEK! I've been busy trying to figure out travel arrangements and logistics of delivery people for new furniture, WiFi connection set-up people, etc. so I haven't posted on The Pink Lyme lately, sorry about this...

I was originally going to be leaving tomorrow, but I really kinda can't get out of work Sunday or Monday, so I'll be leaving Tuesday, driving down south! My mom is thankfully going to be doing some of the driving, which will help with my bad back at least a little. I'm not supposed to sit in one position too long, or I get really bad back stiffness problems sooo we'll have to make frequent stops so I can stretch it out. Anyway! New posts to come in the future, so stay tuned! I'm excited to see what Savannah brings!

Just wanted to give you guys a super quick update + to let you know where I've been!
xoxo, Brooke

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Why The "Day Designer" Is The Best Planner Out There

If you're like me, then you are the kind of person who loves having some sort of a schedule. Although I don't like to schedule things too exactly, I do like blocking out chunks of time in my day for different activities/events to ensure that I get stuff done!

Personally, because of this, my favorite type of planner offers a DAILY (hour-by-hour) look at your schedule, as well as a monthly overview with space to both write in your goals in for that particular month and put in holidays/important major events. Quite honestly, although I've tried ~*many a planner*~ in my day, the Day Designer planner by Whitney English is my absolute favorite. You can get it from the website here (and be sure to use that particular link, actually, because I'm affiliated with the company!! <333 Only the best for my reader-baes!!! :p :D LOL!!)

They have so many amazing color choices and prints. I usually stick to stripes, but this year I got an animal print -- super cute! Here are some of the other options offered, although some of these are currently sold out (clearly I'm not the only one who loves these planners!!!) lol! :




While some people are pretty devoted to one type of popular planner like the Lilly Pulitzer or the Kate Spade, I do definitely still recommend the Day Designer because it is SOOOOO incredible for actually visualizing your day, as I mentioned earlier, hour by hour so that you can actually see where your time is going to be spent. Other "weekly" style planners just do not have much structure at all; even if it's great to see all the things you've got to get done that week, without having the actual hours in there for planning purposes the way the Day Designer does, it could be pretty difficult for you to actually make stuff happen + get shizz done! Hands down, that's why the Day Designer is #bae -- it gives you the structure you need so you can actually make your goals + dreams a reality <33.

Have you used the Day Designer planner before? Are you as passionate about it as I am!?
xoxo, Brooke

Saturday, July 2, 2016

On My Music Playlist!


My dearest apologies for the time that's passed since I last posted!! *averts eyes down to the floor to avoid guilty eye contact with you* ahahah! :p I've been so wrapped up in life and reflecting on where I've been and who I am and who/what I'd like to become...and I'd be lying if I didn't admit how many emotions, both amazingly positive and liberating as well as not-so-positive feelings, have been flowing through me as of late, lol. AND I AM MOVING DOWN TO GEORGIA SO SOON, AHHH! It's been around 100 degrees there... I'm used to only around 86, tops, being here in Old Lyme!! #ThatNewEnglandLyfe

With all of the thinking (and daydreaming and reflecting and planning and wondering... :p!) I've been doing lately, naturally, a music lover such as myself would like to accompany those thoughts with some ~*background tunes*~ !

These songs are listed below!! There's a little something for everybody on it, whether you like to listen to music while you dance, while you cry, while you werkk it out at the get the picture! P.S. - ~~peep the graphic; feast your eyes upon the font with HEARTS IN IT!!!!!!!!! *squeals with the utmost delight* lmao!!! :D ~~

What songs have been on your music playlist lately!? Tweet at me @ThePinkLyme or just comment below if that's easier!! I'd love to hear any recommendations you may have!! <3
xoxo, Brooke

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Guess What I've Been Working On!

YOU GUYS!!! I'M WRITING A NOVEL!! WOOHOO! A real, long novel. To be over 200 pages, in fact! *wiggles eyebrows with excitment* ahaha! :p I'm mainly used to writing short stories so this is an exciting change of pace, I'd say! I really don't want to give away too much of the plot just yet, because things could change, depending on how the story unfolds (I've found that much of the plot in the things that I write kind of writes itself and I'm not entirely sure how it's going to end until, well, it actually does, lol!) Buuuut what I will tell you is that there's a large element of fantasy involved (not in a corny way, don't worry, but in like more of a "Pan's Labyrinth" or "Snow White" kind of way, as it takes a look at the human response to the consequences of living in perpetual fear, and how one girl runs away inside of her mind with the help of nature to cope.) Or is she a girl? Perhaps she is already a woman. There's darkness and depth and beauty and hope and pain and unconditional love and illness and truths exposed. It's haunting in a chilling way, but at the same time many elements of it are comforting and reassuring in a nurturing way that feeds into our primal need as human beings to be loved. It also toys with the question of what it truly means to be "sane." It will be uncomfortable at times, because it pokes holes into the deepest, darkest corners of the human mind -- the places where id reigns supreme over superego. But it will be liberating because of the beauty that can come from escaping self-imprisonment. I've started a few novels in the past, but never continued on with them for one reason or another... but this one, I'm having a good feeling about. ~* #g00dvibes *~ haha!!

Also, I really hope you guys aren't feelin' grumpy at me for not including a picture in this post =0 <3!!!!... I was debating whether or not to include some stock photo image, and I decided against it. Often times, there's a blog post I really wanna write, and then I do in fact write it, but it never gets published because I don't have a picture for it. Stock photos are cute and all, but there's just something about including your very own photo in a post. If it's not my own photo, I'd rather publish a post that is photo-less! Ya know what I mean?? But sometimes I'll still use stock photos. I just feel a little "crummy" doing so hahaha.

You should write a novel, too! :D Let's encourage each other! Now go on and start typing yours out on Microsoft Word -- it doesn't have to be flawless or amazing or poignant or even anywhere somewhat decent at first... just write the story that you need to tell. You know which one I'm talking about. (The theme you immediately thought of writing about from reading this, and it made your stomach burn a little with excitement at the thought.) Yeah...that one!
xoxo, Brooke

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Life Updates A'Plenty! (New posts to come, my trip to Portland, and GOING VEGAN!?!)

Ayyyyyyy! :p ahahaha, I'm really sorry it's been several days since I've posted last!!! EEEK! But I was traveling up in Maine with my mom! Maine is so beautiful. I've been reluctant to let it into my heart (lmaoooo!) because of my loyalty to Connecticut, and Old Lyme in particular, but Maine has definitely beguiled me and won me over. We're remodeling our other, non-Old Lyme house that's in Freeport, Maine so most of the trip was spent hanging out in the nearby city of Portland which is without a doubt one of my absolute favorite cities (along with Savannah <333 and Boston!) There were so many cool boutiques; I'll have to do a post to show you some of the goodies I got while there!! I also visited a farm in Freeport, though, with such amazingly sweet animals. There were mama chickens and big cows and baby ducks and lots of tiny sheep and sassy AF goats!! Which brings me to my next point...

(Btw, new posts are deffz heading your way this upcoming week, just realized I forgot to mention this, but I'll make sure to keep my editorial calendar booked for y'allz! ;) ahaha! Definitely have some cool stuff in the works, and actually one or two sponsored posts but as you guys know I only write sponsored posts for stuff I actually really love!! :D <33) BUT BUT BUT for right now, I have an exciting new announcement..... I'M VEGAN NOW!!! I finally took the plunge after been pescatarian/vegetarian for a long time! I know that I am supposed to be sticking to the Candida diet for health reasons, but it is very very restrictive and incredibly tricky to do so (I kept getting Dairy Queen <333333 even though I can't have dairy nor refined sugar...) Vegan diets can actually cause Candida if you eat nutritional yeast too much (!!!), + if you continuously eat too many carbs or sugars (read: fruits + pastas). I ~clearly~ cannot eat nutritional yeast because of the whole Candida thing, even though the yeast tends to be a part of many vegan diets, but that's okay because you don't need nutritional yeast as a vegan! *happydances all around* Once I get used to a vegan diet, ultimately taking it a step further + adhering to some of the stricter rules of the Candida diet (no gluten, no alcohol, no refined sugar to name a few!!) will be easier because I'll be used to primarily eating veggies and beans, anyway. :p

Here's actually my Facebook status from my personal Facebook account that if you know me personally (and therefore we are Facebook friends on my personal page, rather than on The Pink Lyme's FB Fan Page!) you have most likely already seen:

This has been long overdue, but I am excited to announce that after being a vegetarian/pescatarian since 2010, I am officially going vegan!!!😍💚this change is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time, but never thought I could do. But it seems every gloomy cloud does have its silver lining: due to health issues I'm not supposed to have gluten or dairy, as it is, + I'm also supposed to stick to a "low glycemic" diet (read: no refined sugars, alcohol, yeast, super carby things), so this seems like a natural next step to take. Although I have definitely slipped up ~*many a time*~ with my fave gurl Dairy Queen🍦👑 recently , ((my bad my bad~))...but this is going to end today. A plant-based diet just makes sense for me. Also, I eventually plan to switch over to all cruelty free makeup, & donate + no longer use leather goods (like designer purses, etc.) but I will be making this change gradually so I won't feel some big loss all at once! No, I do not hate you if you choose to eat animals, or anything like that, but for me, this is my own personal decision that I have made!!!! I am so excited to give back to the world + sweet innocent animal friends🐷🐮🐔🐠 in this way, and additionally make some lifestyle changes: more walking (even if I am a bookworm!!) + more dancing around my room (because Meghan Trainor's new album is just too good, okay!!!)...literally just anything to be more active, using less harsh chemicals in household products + makeup/etc., and getting more in touch with my spiritual side by doing more journal-writing + yoga-doing, things like that. For me, I personally believe a healthier life = a happier life!! Again, maybe this isn't the right choice for every single person and I don't judge. BUT! For Anyone else who wants to make a change for the better in your lifestyle, I highly recommend you go for it☺️because you CAN do it!! Just take baby steps, at first! (Don't worry, you don't have to eat tofu, I promise😂👌🏻!!)

I think it would be super cool if I do a little video about what I eat in a week as a vegan, to show you how easy it is to still eat yummy foods yet help save the animals! Whaddya think!?

Write more soon! <3
xoxo, Brooke