Currently...

I love this link-up that Anne does monthly and am going to try to play along more often. Here's what I've got this time:

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CURRENTLY...

Sending all of our stuff to storage to get the house ready for the renovation

Eating fresh produce from the farmers market

Dreaming of Costa Rica as I spend all of my work trips flying into snowy weather

Smelling candles every evening, as winter makes me crave that flickering scented flame

Loving my husband of ONE YEAR

 

*linking up here*

Posted on February 4, 2016 and filed under Personal.

Recent Selfies

I've had a constant stream of things keeping me from daylight photo opportunities, so these mirror selfies are the best I've been able to do. And since I actually like some of these outfits a lot (a skirt! I wore a skirt!) I didn't want to not post them. To start, here's what I wore for our all-company sales meeting last week. It was three days of company updates, customer presentations (5 of our awesome customers came and told us why they bought our stuff, which makes it so much easier for me to tell new prospects interesting stories and use cases), and teamwork to build and practice new messaging. Or really, three days of not seeing daylight. 

Sweater: similar  |  Skirt: similar  |  Tights: HUE  |  Booties: BP

Pants: LOFT (similar)  |  Shirt: Nordstrom  |  Cardigan: J. Crew Factory
Bag: Madewell c/o Shopbop (ON SALE NOW!)  |  Booties: BP  |  Coat: H&M (similar)

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Jeans: Paige Denim c/o Shopbop  |  Sweater: LOFT (similar) |  Scarf: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
 Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)

I'm up in Alaska this week, where I'm running around in 19-degree weather attending meetings. But for the record, I'm totally okay with 19 degrees when the skies are blue, the mountains are white, and my meetings are all going well. Plus - this will just make Costa Rica seem that much warmer when we get down there in 10 days! 

February's Five Goals

February is here and it is time to set my five small goals for the month. But before we dive into that, let's recap January's goals real quick:

  • Start sewing e-class and complete one project. COMPLETE! I finished last night, so it went right down to the wire!
  • Secure financing for remodel. ALMOST DONE. We got approved pending appraisal. Appraisal is scheduled so we should have results within a couple of weeks. But we did all of the heavy lifting in January, so I'm going to call this a success.
  • Spend $0 on clothing. FAIL. I didn't buy anything other than some workout clothes at the Lululemon Warehouse Sale, so I'm still really proud of myself, since I don't count gym clothes towards my clothing budget, I'm still at $0 for the year there!
  • Eat/make more soup. COMPLETE! Trav's even gotten into it and made his first batch of soup last week. We're hooked, I tell ya!
  • Read two books. COMPLETE! Super proud of myself here, since January was busier than I had thought it would be. I finished "A Spool of Blue Thread" and "We Were Liars" and am already halfway through "At The Water's Edge."
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Now, on to February. This month is filled with five work trips, a vacation to Costa Rica, and a visit from my cousin, so we're going to be a little short on time around here. Because of that, I've focused on goals that don't require too much time, but are more constant in-the-background things. 

1. Read 3 books. I'm pretty sure I'll have a reading goal each month, since I did set a yearly goal. For book club this month, we're reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" and then I hope to read at least two other books - maybe a fun beach read in Costa Rica! 

2. Make it to the gym 12 times. Because of my crazy work schedule and my 6-day vacation, I'm a bit worried about this number, even. Usually I go at least 4 times a week, but hitting 12 will be lucky this month. 

3. Maintain painted nails. This is a bit of a silly one, but I've been seriously slacking on taking care of my hands lately. I think painted nails look more professional, so I'm going to have a goal of maintaining that look this month - without going to the salon for it. 

4. Tailor ill-fitting pants. I have a few pairs of pants that are baggy and ugly on me now that I've lost a bit of weight. Instead of having them take up space in a closet but never get worn, I'm going to either tailor or donate/sell them all this month. If I can't tailor them to work, it's time to replace them.

5. Save dessert for weekends. I have a terrible ice cream habit. I don't overdo it per serving, but I get on these kicks where I want it every night after dinner. I'm going to save dessert for the weekends this month, which is a habit I've had before and enjoyed maintaining. 

So that's it! Shouldn't be too hard, but also I feel like goals like this end up being harder than things I can check off a to-do list. As with last month, I'm linking up with Nicole

Posted on February 1, 2016 and filed under Personal.

One Year

I can't believe we're already to this point, but this Sunday marks one year of me being married to the best guy I know. I figured I'd stick with the same style recap as I did at the 6 month mark and take a look back at the last half-year of marriage. 

Month Seven included my first Mariner's Game in the Diamond Club. It was the best way to watch a baseball game, and it made it even more fun to be surprised with the whole thing! 

Travis turned 30 in Month Eight, and we celebrated with a full weekend in Lake Chelan with some of our best friends. We think this might have been year one of our "Annual Labor Day Men's Golf Tournament" and probably the worst weather weekend we could have had given where we were. But we had an amazing time and drank lots of great wine. 

The return of football season marked Month Nine and we were excited to return to the #samepiceverygame tradition we've had in past years. Sadly this year it didn't bring us to the Super Bowl, but I still love the tradition we have! 

In Month Ten we returned to Hawaii for the first time since we got engaged - but this time to Kona. We played golf, snorkeled, and spent lots of quality time with my parents and my sis & her bf. 

We were super excited to return home for Month Eleven, which was full of holiday festivities. We continued our tree-cutting-down tradition, but this time took Niko in a totally adorable/embarrassing sweater. 

And this final month, Month Twelve of our first year of marriage, started off with a weekend at the ocean with my family and is ending with lots of trips to our storage unit to get the house ready for the big remodel. 

This year has been an incredible one - one that has not been as challenging as everyone said it might be, and one that has been filled with way more joy than I ever anticipated. It has been marked with dozens of great bottles of wine, thousands of kisses hello, goodbye, good morning, and goodnight, and millions of moments where I pause to reflect on just how lucky I am. 

Happy One Year, husband. I promise you I will never leave again, because you are the only one. 

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Posted on January 28, 2016 and filed under Personal.

The Professor

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This blazer is one of my favorites in real life, but whenever I look at photos, I think I look like a professor. ESPECIALLY when layered with a button-down, a sweater, and patterned slacks. Which, speaking of these slacks, it's officially time to alter them. They are just way too huge on me now, and the bunchy legs in these photos are killing me. I don't have an alteration person I'm comfortable with right now, but I'm just going to try our dry cleaner and see how she does. She's amazing with everything else, so...fingers crossed!

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Blazer: Banana Republic  |  Shirt: J. Crew Factory |  Sweater: J. Crew Factory 
Pants: LOFT (similar)  |  Shoes: BP  |  Necklace: Le Tote

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As I mentioned yesterday, I probably won't be stopping in much this week. Today/tonight I'm in Portland,  tomorrow I fly home, and then Wednesday - Friday are my sales kickoff meetings. In the meantime, I highly recommend you check out this creative post from Anne and get inspired for her Pin to Present link-up,  learn about staples from Fran, get some major vacation swimwear inspiration from Krista in her Jamaica swimwear recap, and fall in love with the scenery (and the parka! seriously, give me that coat now!) in this post from Nicole. 

Posted on January 25, 2016 and filed under Work Clothes.

Trav and Bri, Recently - vol.39

Recently at home
One of our chickens was killed by a rodent a few months ago, and after the death, the rest of the girls stopped laying. Which took them out of "productive farm animals" and into "annoying, stinky, loud, expensive birds." Luckily last week they started laying again, so we've been once again enjoying fresh eggs in as many meals as possible! 

Recently purchased
I ordered the Sidewinder Sweater with some Shopbop credits, as I've been on the hunt for a good turtleneck sweater. Let's hope this is the one. Oh! And also I ordered some sandals for my tropical trips this winter/spring, but they haven't arrived yet. If you remember, they were the one thing I said I could buy in my January goals post

Recently styled
Basically every favorite outfit lately has been a combination of: Paige Denim (either black or distressed blue), BP Trolley Booties (either gray or cognac leather) and a top. And that top has typically been in sweater form, the looser the better. Winter uniform, anyone? 

Recently consumed
I finished A Spool of Blue Thread this week and have moved on to book #3 of January, so I'm happy to say my goal of 2 books is complete! I liked the book, but had a hard time getting into it - and then every time I'd pick it back up, I had a hard time remembering what had just happened. Maybe just distracted from work, but maybe just because it wasn't as engaging as I'd usually like a book to be. 

Recently in love
I've amazed myself with the ability to take a photo every single day, and Trav has been a great reminder on the days that I forget. Check them all out using the hashtag #brianas366

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I've also started using an app called 1 Second Everyday, which allows you to save one second of video each day. I'm loving the result so far and can't wait to have a year's worth. For those of you who are pregnant or have little ones, I think it would be a great app to watch that belly, or that baby, grow through one second of video each day! 

If all goes well, I'll have a photo a day from this year and a second of video per day from this year - what a fun thing to look back on. :) 

Coming up next 
We have our annual sales conference this week, so posting around here will be lighter than normal. Expect a work outfit or two and that's all! And don't forget, you can still link up for this month's Third Thursday Threads!

Posted on January 24, 2016 and filed under Trav & Bri Recently.

Third Thursday Threads: Most Cherished Item

Welcome to the third Thursday of the month! I'm excited to see some of your favorite pieces and hopefully hear some of the stories of why they are your most cherished items. 

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I have a bunch of things I truly cherish in my wardrobe - compared to only a few a year or two ago. I've been making more of an effort to love everything in my closet and be sure that I'm investing in pieces that make me feel good and that I love to wear/carry/have around. Mid-last year, I invested in a coat that I've lusted after forever, and while it hasn't been the season to wear it lately, I feel happy every time I see it in my closet. 

We had a gloomy day last week that was a bit warmer than it had been so I took the opportunity to layer it up and wear it, and all day long I felt so confident in it. You guys, this is one of those things that even though I know every other blogger had it, and raved about it, I just wasn't sure I'd love it. But it was on sale, so I tried it, and I wish I could go back in time and not spend the $60 I spent on the two fake versions of it, because this time, the real version was absolutely the right one. 

Jeans: Paige Denim c/o Shopbop  |  Sweater: J. Crew Mens  |  Booties: BP  |  Scarf: BP
Most Cherished Jacket: J. Crew

Also, for the record - this sweater is Travis's. It's a bit oversized on me, which is the very best, but I can still get away with wearing it to work, especially when under a jacket or over a button-down. Sneaky-sneaky, right? :) 

So now, time for the link-up! Please make sure you link directly to the post and not to your blog homepage, and stay on-theme, please! 

Posted on January 21, 2016 and filed under Third Thursday Threads.

10 Things About Me

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Welp, look who went and cut bangs again! I'm so excited to have them back.

I always love reading these posts on other blogs, but haven't ever put one together myself. So here we go!

1. My birthstone is aquamarine. And it is my favorite stone - I love it way more than a diamond. When Travis proposed with a giant aquamarine, I knew we'd be just fine doing this life thing together. Since getting my ring, I notice I wear far less other jewelry, and I love the simplicity that's brought to my getting-ready routine. 

2. I've had LASIK - - twice. I got it once when I was barely 21 and my eyes were still changing, so I got it again when I was 27. It is by far the best thing I've ever done for myself, and now that I travel as much as I do I'm even more grateful that I don't have to deal with dry-contact-eyes on airplanes or carrying around glasses & contact supplies on every trip. And I've technically had it 3 times in my left eye, because it wasn't healing quite right the second time, so they went in and fixed it. If you guys are debating it, DO IT NOW. It will change your life in ways you can't even anticipate, I swear. 

3. Our 5 year plan includes Travis opening a winery. I'm 100% supportive of it and can't wait to have a wine cellar filled with his labors of love. If we're successful, promise you'll come visit us?? 

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4. I sell technology. I work for a company that sells performance monitoring software for large - and small - enterprises. Basically, we have a device that is installed by IT teams to get an understanding of how their applications and networks are performing. It's pretty cool stuff, and it is why I am on the road so often visiting prospects, partners, and customers across the NW.

5. I'm a born-and-raised Seattleite. But I did leave for college - I went to Santa Clara University in Northern California. I think at that age I figured I'd live all over the world, but what it really showed me is how much I wanted Seattle to be home. So back I came, and here I stay!

6. I'd own a million oversized sweaters if I could. I feel like I can never have enough, and I wear them year round, thick or thin. They are my favorite thing to wear to lounge at home (I don't understand people who live in hoodies), and I find ways to wear them outside of the home as often as possible. And half the time - I'm wearing one of Travis's sweaters!

7. I don't like re-watching movies. Or re-reading books. Or eating at the same place over and over again. In my mind, there are too many movies I haven't seen, books I haven't read, and meals I haven't tried to waste time re-doing the things I've done. Same applies to travel destinations, nail polish colors, and wine selections. 

8. I married my 8th grade boyfriend. If you've been around here for a while, you might already know this. But Travis and I have known each other for a LONG time and even "dated" for a few months in middle school. We didn't date all through high school and college but kept in touch, and then I became the luckiest when we both realized it had always been us, so it should always be us. 

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9. Travel is my passion. And in a way, I've found a way to do that through work, even though I'm not exploring new places on most of my trips. I've been to 5/7 continents and can't wait to cross Australia off the list (2017, maybe)? I'm so glad that Travis loves to travel just as much as I do - and that we both love the "off the beaten path" travel more than the super touristy spots. Check out a map of where I've been, here

10. I love dogs. I even made Travis promise that we could have a dog for the rest of our lives once we got married. I wasn't willing to have that be negotiated, at all! It took us a while to find the right one after we got married, and having Niko in our lives has reminded me just how amazing dogs are. I'm rarely happier than I am when I'm hanging with a pup. 

Posted on January 19, 2016 and filed under Personal.