20 Random Facts About This Girl


There’s barely any time left in October, and I really wanted to participate in a Blogtober ’14 prompt at least once.  Today’s prompt is “Random Facts About Yourself,” so here it goes:

  1. Friday Night Lights will forever be my favorite TV show. I feel like all the characters are real people, and I could watch the series over and over again and not get tired of it.
  2. Because of this I have a weird desire to one day live in a middle-of-nowhere west Texas town (even though I know I’d hate it).
  3. Every single pair of jeans I own are skinny jeans.
  4. Similarly, most of my shoes are boots.
  5. And I almost never buy anything full priced. I’m a major sale stalker.
  6. I played on the varsity softball team all 4 years in high school, and I still regret not playing in college.
  7. My nail polish collection contains over 150 unique shades. I’ve tried to ban myself…
  8. Thor, Tim Riggins, and Joe Manganiello are my celebrity crushes.
  9. This:
  10. The first time I carried a purse was my senior year of high school. Before then I kept everything in my pockets.
  11. Crime-based TV shows intrigue me, but also make me super paranoid.
  12. Hilary Duff is my style icon. I would love to raid her closet.
  13. Banff, the Amalfi coast, Zurich, and Munich are among my must-visit places. I have serious wanderlust.
  14. When we buy a house and settle down, my first order of business will be adopting another Cavalier.
  15. My second order of business will be decorating. I love decorating and making a place feel like home despite our nomad-ness.
  16. Scandinavian home decor is my fave… and everything on this blog.
  17. This:
    circa 2004

    circa 2004

    Since these days my obsession with skull print and all things studded remains in tact.

  18. “All I See” was the name of the first website I ever built. I was in 8th grade and it was a Dream Street fan website. I taught myself HTML code, and the site actually won “Webpage of the Month” on the official Dream Street page.
  19. I was born with a cleft palate – as in, the soft palate of the roof my mouth was split. I’ve since had 2 corrective surgeries.
  20. There are about 50 nicknames I have for my husband. Some make sense and some make absolutely no sense. I would list them, but then he would be embarrassed, and you would all think I’m a big weirdo.

So there you have it, 20 things about me you may have not known, and may have not wanted to know. Can you relate to any of my quirky facts?

Helene in Between Blogtober

We Like to Move It Move It

At the end of August right around this time, Jeff began neglecting his razor and the pieces of hair rapidly growing out of his face. “Fine,” I said. “But you have to shave your beard off when you sign with a team.” And the deal was made. Well, this is my husband’s face now:


Still very handsome, but also very hairy. And so it’s the end of October, and we are still playing the game of limbo. In the interest of our lives, we’ve decided to make moves. Big moves. As in, we are moving. Jeff, Gia, and I are soon to be zip-a-dee-dooing across the country with our belongings in tow.

Let me further explain.

I always knew that moving to Jeff’s hometown in eastern Washington was a possibility.  The more I visited, the more I fell in love with the area. It’s just a totally different planet than New Jersey and New York. It’s more peaceful, a little slower, and you can’t even compare the scenery – not to mention 2 of my best friends live in Seattle. And so Jeff and I decided that we’d use our downtime wisely and plan to make the big move.


I will not lie – I am nervous. Nervous, excited, scared, and every other emotion you can imagine. But I’m also ready. What scares me most is the distance from my future home to my family on the East coast. I lived out West briefly when I moved to San Diego for 9 months after college. I always knew it was temporary, and it made the move much easier. The permanence both scares and excites me. Finally, an unchanging city to call home after all of our moving. For the past 8 years I’ve considered Rochester, New York my home. Before that, Newtown, Pennsylvania where I attended boarding school for 4 years. And my little hometown in New Jersey where I currently reside will always be home, too. Luckily they invented airplanes for a reason, and ultimately I know I will be fine.

And so, as we plan out the trip in mid-November, Jeff will still be on the hunt for a hockey-home for the season. After all, I’m not so sure I’m ready to have a husband with a Dumbledore beard.

Weekending with Statement Earrings

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Sweater: Gap (similar) | Tank: JCrew Factory | Jeans: Hudson (similar) | Shoes: Zara (similar)| Earrings: Elizabeth Cole | Necklace: similar

Nothing snazzes up a basic outfit like some fun accessories. A great pair of statement earrings and a pair of funky shoes add just the right amount of pizazz without over doing it. These Elizabeth Cole earrings remind me of little mohawks, and I actually almost wore them to my wedding before opting for the pears. Oh, and I’m trying to get the most wear out of my destroyed jeans before the weather gets cold and chills my poor little knees. Can you believe November is just a few days away?

Currently Coveting: October Faves


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The chilly weather and the 25% off everything J. Crew sale has me wanting everything cozy and cuddly. I find myself reaching for sweaters more than anything, and I can’t get over my desire for a new winter coat. I love this one from J. Crew – especially the furry hood! While I do enjoy versatile, neutral outerwear, I also enjoy a pop of color which is often needed among the dreary months.

Oh, and if you’re headed to a Halloween party soon and need a last minute idea, I suggest checking out my list from last year!

What are you currently coveting right now?

Local Travels: NYC to Philly




Beautiful view of Manhattan


This past week was busy traveling around and visiting friends. Jeff and I decided to last minute visit our friend Chelsea in NYC for a few days, and then head to Philadelphia to spend the evening with an out-of-town friend who was visiting for the night. While I live relatively close to both cities, it’s rare that I make my way out of the South Jersey bubble.

Even though New York is only about 2 hours from my house, I’ve only been there a small handful of times. I think I’ve actually spent more time in London. I visited Brooklyn for the first time ever, and our first night there we had dinner at a southern comfort style spot, Pies N’ Thighs, and enjoyed a few brews at a variety of different places.  The view of Manhattan from Brooklyn was gorgeous.

The following day I was craving a burger and bloody mary, so we headed to Soho only to find that we couldn’t get in the restaurant. Because they were shooting a movie inside. If that isn’t #NYCproblems, then I don’t know what is. We did a wee bit of shopping, had dinner in Manhattan, and called it a night. Oh, I’m basically a professional subway rider now.


On the train to Philly with Jeff and his insane beard

From New York we headed home for a few days, then made our way to Philadelphia. The hotel we booked was right in Rittenhouse Square which is close to everything. If you don’t have the Hotel Tonight app, I highly suggest downloading it. There are some great last minute hotel deals on there. We had a nice dinner and some great craft brews at Bru, a German-style pub, and hung out at an Irish karaokee bar afterwards. In case you are wondering, I did sing. It was Jeff’s birthday and so I decided to do an opera rendition of “Happy Birthday” which exactly 0 people besides my husband and myself thought was funny. I’m actually pretty sure I saw a few faces of concern. Whatever, I will probably never see any of them again.

We rounded up our trip to Philly with some shopping the next day and a delicious lunch. Out of all the cities I’ve ever been to, Philly has always felt the most like home. I grew up about 45 minutes away, so much of my high school years were spent exploring the streets and imagining I would live there one day. I can still confidently say I could definitely live in the city of brotherly love, but I don’t think I could make it in New York City.

Now we find ourselves back in Jersey, or “limbo” as I lovingly call it. We’re both battling colds. Tis the season of sniffles, sneezes, and sore throats after all, and I don’t think our public transportation journeys helped one bit.

Save Vs. Splurge Bootie-licious


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One of my favorite things about this time of year is the footwear. Specifically booties. I don’t discriminate – I love these things in all shapes, sizes, styles, and heel height. It’s actually a bit of a problem. This year I’m looking to add a few to my collection, and I’m loving the different styles shown above. Especially #4. If only I could have them all.

What shoe trend are you looking forward to this fall?

So This is 26


Today marks my Happy New Year. It’s my 26th birthday. I’m officially closer to 30 than 20, and I can no longer chisel off of my parents’ insurance. This year is sounding awful already. Just kidding. The past 365 days have been wild to say the least to say the least. I rang in my 25th year in Copenhagen, Denmark. A few months later I was engaged, started planning a wedding, I moved back to upstate New York, got married, moved to New Jersey, and said goodbye to my mom. I think I can safely say this year has certainly been the craziest of my life thus far.

I take comfort in the thought that my 26th year will be a little less intense. Hopefully this will result in the halted production of my recent gray hairs. Seriously, there has been like 10 of them and I am not okay with it.

Actually, I know this year will be wonderful because this is my first birthday I’ve spent with my family at home since my 13th birthday. Boarding school and college will do that to you.

Tonight I’ll be boarding a plane to London for the weekend. My first solo work trip as a 26 year old. I think I may even treat myself to a birthday cocktail on the flight.

I’m excited to see what the next 365 days will bring little old me. Bring it on, world.

Birthday Gifts for the Libra Gal

All the other Zodiac signs are cool and all, but Libras are the best of all time. Of. All. Time. If you’re lucky enough to know (or be) someone born between September 23 and October 23, then you know one if these fine people. Did I mention I’m a Libra? So is Jeff. I may be a bit biased after all.

Libras are characterized by their fairness, social life, love for beauty, romance, luxury, and occasional indecisiveness. I’m definitely guilty of all of the above, and I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not. Regardless, if you have a friend with a birthday approaching in the next few weeks, here are a few gifts that are likely to blow their socks off.



I know I would be happy to receive any of these especially considering my iPhone 4S is the absolute worst (hashtagfirstworldproblems). Happy birthday to all of you fellow Libras, I hope it’s a good one!

Dealing with Life & Loss


It’s hard to believe it has been 2 weeks since my mom departed this world, and I finally feel like I’m ready to return to blogging. The past 14 days have been somewhat of an emotional roller coaster, some days thinking I’m fine, and some not-so-fine. I feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to spend this time with my family in my childhood home.

The weather has significantly cooled down in southern New Jersey and the fireplace is now running. The smell of burning wood on a cold day reminds me so much of the holidays. Usually my mom could be found curled up on the couch with a book or with a quilt she was in the midst of quilting. I’m not sure when or if the empty feeling and longing for the return of my mom’s voice or beautiful face will subside, but I kind of wish it won’t.

Throughout my life I have always feared death, but now I find it comforting that my mom will be there. It makes life a little less scary.

Friday Faves because… September

I want to say thank you to everyone who has kept my family in their thoughts during this time. My mom was the #1 fan of Seeking Sunshine and the reason I started blogging. I like to think that somehow she’ll still be keeping up with me, commenting on my adventures and not-so-subtly telling me I shop too much.

This past month has been so crazy, and I can’t believe it’s almost over. The weather has been mostly wonderful, and it has been nice spending the month at home. I always think things happen for a reason, and I wouldn’t trade being with my family at this time for anything despite being a bit stressed about it in August. Below are a few of my favorite things about this month. I’ve been trying to concentrate on the beauty in this world and trying to get back to my regular self.

Tacos all day, everyday


Jeff and I discovered a little taco truck not too far from my parents’ house, and I am obsessed. I think we’ve been lunch eating there at least 2 times a week, and my tummy is happy.

Red, Pink, and Gray, oh my!

As you can tell from my new blog design and this outfit, I’m loving the blush/berry/gray color combo. I love that it’s fall-like, but not dreary.

Lusting and must-ing over



I’ve been eyeing black over-the-knee heeled boots for a while now, and this weather has them calling my name. I love the way they look with a big cozy sweater.

Still in love with

I purchased this little guy about 2-ish years ago after coveting it for forever. It was my first purse purchase has been one of my best. It can be dressed up, down, and it fits everything I need. When my sister graduated college this year I gifted her the color-blocked nude/white version of this bag and we’ve been twinning around town.

Jamming to…

Because what’s more positive than this song? After the craziness this month, it’s much needed.

Linking up with Meet at the Barre

What have been some of your favorite things this month? Share in the comments below!