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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