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Thoughts from My Pink Oxford

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Today, I woke up and realized I didn’t turn on the dishwasher. I was starving, but hate washing my mini blender. So, I turned on the dishwasher and awaited the arrival of my clean protein shake maker. I cleaned up a few things and sat down at my desk. I began to ponder a few things and a conversation or two I had this weekend. I grabbed a piece of paper and began writing. I rarely have time to physically write anything more than a list of my “To Dos”, but I wrote and I filled up a page. Today, I’d thought I’d share straight from my heart (not my pink oxford – it does have a nice ring to it, though). It may not make sense because it’s a little specific and general at the same time, but it speaks to my heart this morning and I hope it does to yours.

Accepting myself, who I am. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Love your body – take care of it, but treat it every now and then. Eat ginger snaps, splurge on a facial. I am who I am and I accept myself, my body, my ideas and me.

Make goals – work out 3+ times a week. Too tired? – you won’t be after or maybe that’s your queue to rest up. Work towards your long term goals – be a dedicated, a hard-working student. Show your professors you care. Be the best you can be. Make your dreams come true.

Don’t be afraid to admit your challenges or that you have questions. In my “old age”, I’m learning it’s okay to have questions, to find answers. Maybe I don’t find an answer. That could be an answer too.

When you’re little, everything grown ups say is fact. Now it’s my time to question why I have always done things a certain way. Am I trying to please others or are these my decisions and why?

When I was little I laid in bed at night and dreamed of the adult woman I would be. Am I her? A better version? Am I making my 10 year old self proud?

One thing I know for sure is that since a little girl, I’ve always had a few, basic goals of the person I wanted to be, what I wanted to be known for. I may not be that person yet, but I’ve been striving my whole life. I want to smile at strangers, be known for being positive, happy. It came pretty easy as a little girl and I keep it in my heart as an adult to continue it. I want to be a good example, a real, genuine Christian. I want to be authentic, trustworthy and a good friend, no a true and incredible friend. I want to go above and beyond to let those around me know how much they mean to me.

Friends, I have the best. Some new, some old. I get calls from all of them on my birthday. That makes me feel special. I can talk with them, really talk. They ask me questions, I give them real answers. I share, they listen. They support me, love me, encourage me – just the way I am. Nothing can replace that. I hope to be as good of a friend as they are to me.

These are my thoughts this morning. Thoughts from my heart (and my pink oxford, well kinda).

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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A Blues Party!

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This past weekend, we celebrated my birthday and Matt’s birthday. Mine was on the 14th and Matt’s was the same day as the party, the 16th! We settled on blue as the theme and ran with it! I have to say, it was a fabulous! From the clothes we wore, to the drinks, to the rock candy – all shades of blue. We decided to have it at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. We had our party there last year and it was such a hit, we decided to go for it again. The museum has an incredible rooftop café and that’s where the party took place. The food was incredible and the cake was sweet! We ate our rock candy, had good conversation, posed with our photo props and made the best of memories! My amazingly talented friend, Lauren from Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up was so wonderful and captured so many special moments. She even did a mini photo session after the party for our Christmas cards and did a little feature on her blog today! So, without further adieu, enjoy our Blues Party!

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Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Blues Party | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

And that friends was our Blues Party. Our annual parties mean the world to me – to be able to bring together all of our closest friends from different areas of our lives, treat them to a party that gives them an experience and opportunity to explore something they might not otherwise, like the MCA. On our birthdays, we like to love on our friends, spoil them a bit and let them know how thankful we are to have them in our lives. Good friends are hard to come by and best friends, even harder, but I tell ya – we were surrounded by some of the best Saturday afternoon. I hope they had as good of a time as we did. We made memories that will last and genuinely had the best of times. So thank you friends for taking time out of your day to celebrate with us and for letting us treat you to a little bit of blues and fun!

Happy Monday, Friends!

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Twenty Three, Ya’ll!

 

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(Wow was my birthday day a whirlwind. As I was about to post for today, I realized this little post was stuck in the drafts and had never been published. So, I thought I’d share it anyway.)

I am 23. Twenty-Three! Wow, it’s kind of hard to believe. The past year has flown by and here is a list of the highlights and lowlights.

– I’ve met some pretty incredible people that will be lifelong friends.

– My sweet Pop passed away, but I was able to spend an amazing week with him I’ll never forget.

– We moved to a beautiful little loft in downtown Denver. It’s always been a dream of mine to live downtown in a bigger city. We’re city dwellers now!

– I saw Wicked on Broadway with my amazing Aunt. It was by far my favorite Broadway show.

– I officially started planning and saving for a design study abroad program to Denmark and Sweden. Through the process of saving, I’ve truly learned that Less is More.

– The husband and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary.

– I was honored to be apart of my lovely friend, Kylie’s wedding and help plan her bridal shower!

– We gained a Nephew Pup, Rookie.

– Matt started at a new firm that comes with its challenges, but we’re ready for them!

– We took an incredible road trip up the East Coast.

– We took a weekend trip with Matt’s parents to Seattle.

– I was asked to be my fabulous friend, Nikki’s bridesmaid for her wedding in August.

– I attended a local blogging party – Eat, Drink, Create as well as Anne’s Blogging 101 class.

– I fell in love with Darling Magazine and it has inspired so many things in my life.

– The Love Yourself Link Up was an amazing link up to be apart of. It gave me the opportunity to open up to my readers and face my daily challenges.

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For an even more detailed review of the year through pictures, check out my Instagram @aubreyrachael. These are just a few of the memories that come to mind for the past year. It was an incredible year and I am so thankful I was able to fill it with so many special moments. I am beyond blessed and thank God everyday for each minute I am allowed to celebrate this thing called life.

Happy Thursday, Friends (now Monday)!

 

 

 

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Birthdays and Challenges

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If you know me, you know I love, love birthdays! I love the celebration, the memories and getting dressed up of course. Well, tomorrow is my big day and I can’t wait to get the party started. Saturday is the Mr.’s and that’s the day of our Blues Party! I could just die of excitement! Amazon has been delivering little goodies daily for the party and I couldn’t be happier! The next few days will be a whirlwind of paper straws, Washi tape and hair style pins on Pinterest! I can’t wait to share the photos of our birthday celebration!

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Birthdays and Challenges | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

On challenges, the last few days were filled with time spent together, the husband and I. I’m so proud of my guy. He is starting with a new company today. It’s going to be a challenge for the both of us with lots of traveling at first. But truly, I’m excited for this new opportunity and adventure that’s starting. He is going to do an amazing job and I couldn’t be more proud of my love. He started yesterday with an early birthday present, a gorgeous little puppy letter holder from Anthropologie. It will hold a letter for every day he is traveling. So every morning I get to open a little love note. How special is that? I tell ya, he’s one sweet romantic. Man, I love that guy.

So on birthdays and challenges – all for the better and lots of reasons to celebrate!

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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Framed Movie Stars

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This weekend came with a flood of memories. Last week, a package arrived from my Aunt with a precious gift I had requested, my grandfather, Pop’s movie star photographs. When I was a little girl, I have many memories of going into my Pop’s basement watching old musicals he recorded, drinking malt shakes and him telling me who the beautiful men and women hanging on his walls were. They were movie stars. When my Pop was a young adult, he escorted movie stars to the theatre in the late 1930s. In that time he was able to collect photographs of those movie stars and even get several of them autographed. My Aunt sent me five of the incredible photographs.

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Pop's Movie Stars | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

This weekend Matt and I purchased gold frames and put the photographs in them. Since moving to our loft in August, I’ve wanted to hang my Pop’s photos in our hallway. And finally, this weekend we were able to. So many emotions flooded my mind as I read my Pop’s notes on the back of each photo and remembered him and our memories as we hung each one on the wall. Having these photographs hang in the hallway, keep my memories of my grandfather alive. Every time I see the pretty movie stars, I think of Pop. Memories are such a precious thing.

Happy Monday, Friends!

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A little bit of it all.

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These days have been filled with numerous things. Four deadlines for projects and an exam all in a matter of three days. It all may have been pulled off, we’ll see when the grades come back. Then came a recovery day that was filled with Netflix and lots and lots of brainstorming, rearranging and planning. I brainstormed for my final projects, all of which excite me to no end. I’ll be sure and share once they’re finished in a month. Then rearranging happened. I planned on just moving the couch back after needing to set up a makeshift tripod close to the window for a time lapse video project (Check it out HERE – but no judging, this was the first time I’ve ever done one), but as I was putting the living room back together, I got the urge to rearrange. Then after a lot of moving around, I didn’t like the new set up. Well, I liked half of it. So that led me to Pinterest searching for living room arrangements in various forms. Finally the hubby and I ended with a jam sesh of planning for our Blues [birthday] Party. Thank God, for Amazon Prime – they helped us out a lot last night with the little details – can’t wait to show ya’ll the final product!! And that was just a bit of the last four days, crazy right?! But now, I’m back and I’m excited for all the planning that’s going into our party next weekend and in 6 days I’ll be turning 23… forget that, Matt will be turning 29. Wow, that’s just weird. He’s almost 30. I’m scared of 30, but he’s taking being 29 like a champ – especially with all of my teasing. I can’t resist. It’s just the craziest thing to know that I’ve known him since I was 4 and he was 10 – now we’re adults and MARRIED. It’s just crazy. Well, anyway I hope you enjoy the little time lapse from earlier this week and while you’re over there, check out my experimental project with match moving. Both were first times using the new tools – so bare with me and try to enjoy and have an incredible weekend!

Happy Friday, Friends!

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