Rise and Shine, its Friday. I need this one more than usual- reason being? No explanation, but here I am. I have a pretty fun weekend planned around Columbus with one of my best friends coming to visit and bae still being in town. But before I get after it, enjoy some Friday goodness that has gotten me through the week, SPLASH:
Cold Brew Latte Pops
Wowza, these are amazing. Way better than carrying my cup of 100 degree coffee to my car, that when I arrive is then 120 dayum degrees. (I have a small commute to and from my car #citylivin). I get these tasty treats at Trader Joe’s whenever I am patient enough to make the commute. I LOVE YOU GUYS
How creative of me right….. I am obsessed. I wonder where I got the inspiration for these fellas, one may never know. Below are my strawberry Rose pops that I made for the Fourth of July in Utah! Boozy pop for the win-as expected! Where has this summer gone?
You probably see these all over the gym and maybe on my Insta Stories- Yes, they are worth the hype. I take them with me everywhere when I travel so there is never an excuse to not work out. The bag is super small and compact so I can keep them in a small or medium sized purse if I need to. My work out with them varies and I normally combine work outs off of Instagram Fit Chicks. My favorite account to use that posts band work outs is by far @alexia_clark . She uses them any and everywhere. Total bad ass. I like them most for butt and leg day, but she does use some of hers for full body as well.
Nothing says TREND ALERT quite like a picture back drop. They look intimidating by all the pinterest queens of America but I am here to tell you that you too can be a #bloggerbetch. Honest, if I can do it in ten minutes, you can..
No, I am not talking about the 90’s/millennial game we got to play on the computer for hours at school. Even though that game was the dopest of all time.
This city girl took a trip down the ACTUAL Oregon Trail… nature, my forte…. Or is sarcasm my forte..
Bae and I ventured out to Mount Hood, Oregon.
We rented the first actual cabin I have ever stayed in and it was adorable. The views weren’t shabby either.
It had all of the luxuries you’re looking for in a vacation- fire pit, hot tub, trees, and absolutely no cell service.
I made two new friends. Slugs. Yup. Climbing out of the tree stump (that looks like something that goes for $1,200 at pottery barn) onto my wine bottle. After the first few initial screams, they became my Kardashians. I watched them every night, and It could have been the wine, but they lived quite the life.
I had a break through this morning mid back/chest day at the gym. I needed some goals. Not January 1 goals. Not even a perfect June 1st half year set of goals. An August 1st “come to Jesus”. So now I will post the goals so that they are PUBLIC and ready to be held to.
1.Wake up earlier
Its insane how much happier and productive I feel. Usually, I’m a snooze till 7:35am to be into work at 8:00am type… AKA rush and spaz central. My plan is to get up earlier and actually ENJOY my morning- what a concept, self. This will mean a delightful cup of hot coffee and maybe even some Ezekiel Bread. Could get wild.
2. Work out in the morning
Besides being an easy transition for this post, it is now a MISSION to wake up and knock my work out, out. This is the hardest thing to wake up for and I normally only pull it off once a week but now, as the blogging world as my witness, I am committed. The endorphin high and speed racer mind after is well worth it. Plus, not having a workout hanging over my head all day is similar to the freeing feeling of the freaking first amendment. #alliteration
3. Take care of my skin
I have become obsessed with glowy beautiful skin. So now it’s time to treat mine with a little respect. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. The regimen I have ready to roll- Bone broth (recipe and how to COMING SOON, like next week), intense water consumption–aiming for 75oz a day (or 3 refills of my large S’well), and over the top insane moisturizing. Jennifer Aniston, you are the motivation yet again.
4. Create and promote more positive energy. THIS.IS. EVERYTHING. I am going to kiss Negative Nancy straight to her death bed.She gone. Bye. See ya. I have just finished a book called The Energy Bus and it has high key changed my perspective with really simple ideas. As it turns out, we truly are in control of how great or mediocre our own lives are. I will share my full book review but for now I’ll leave you with what the book calls The Ultimate Rule of Positive Energy to help you thrive through your day, “Your positive energy and vision must be greater than anyone’s and everyone’s negativity. Your certainty must be greater than everyone’s doubt.” -The Energy Bus
Now that I have New Year’s Resolutions I think that means I get to pop champagne….. Cheers!
You love Fridays, I love Fridays, everyone loves Fridays.
To throw a heap more onto Fridays, I present to you- The Friday Fix. Full of all of my favorite Friday things.
I make no promises to put up a Friday Fix every week because some week, I frankly hate everything…. TOTALLY kidding.
Everything on the Friday Fix is my very own opinion and is never anything sponsored/ paid for. I would love if you all linked up your own Friday goodness so we can all collectively spread some Friday cheer- loud for all to hear (if you don’t know the reference, I need you to skip ahead to December and watch Elf). Lets get rolling
My Wedding Day
Oh my goodness. Talk about a Friday tear jerker, but happy tears because those are the only kind we have on Fridays. If you don’t follow Sean of the South, I highly recommend it, he is an amazing short story writer that starts my morning with the correct mindset. Below is a link to one of his less recent pieces that is bound to start your Friday heart on fire. http://seandietrich.com/my-december-wedding/
I’m The One- DJ Khaled
Continuing on this weeks “love” theme… Justin Bieber. I am in love and get lots of shade for always being a Belieber- sue me mom. The video below is pure heart saturation and is just in case you have been living under a rock and aren’t one of the 185 million video views.
To all you beautifuls that have no idea what to get the special man in their life, I feel you. I swear that I have the hardest man to shop for- If he wants it, he already bought it. I have toiled with what to buy every single holiday and occasion and because I am a peach I am here to share with you some of the places I start at.
1. Make Something
-I have an overly competitive boyfriend who keeps score of EVERYTHING. There are post-it notes all over his house of scores from Cornhole from two years past, but Lord knows if you were to throw away the evidence of a victory it could no longer exist……. **dramatic eye roll** To combat my competitive hoarder- I crafted a score book out of a mini binder from Target with matching mini binder dividers and paper. Threw a few stickers on it for my clever title of the book “Play to Win” and his initials BAMMMM instant homemade gift and counter de-clutter-er (yes, a word) all in one.
-This one is my favorite. There are SO many cool things on Etsy and this is an excellent opportunity to play on your man’s/brothers/whatevers personality, and also on your own. It has the creativity of a homemade gift without all the work— in. Below is what I got bae for his bday.. he is never home to actually take care of a real plant (or a girlfriend-JK, swear) so these air plants in obnoxious gold dinosaurs were a no brainer. Did I later order some for myself? It’s Possible.
I have two make up staples that I don’t differentiate brands on and are always on automatic reorder when I am running low. These aren’t the only two things that I put on my face but they are the common denominator of what IS always on muuuh face.
Tarte BB Cream
The short version, just like any BB Cream, is that this magical tube does it all. The long version is that it is a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment, and sunscreen, BUT WAIT (there’s more) it is also tinted. Blah blah blah but why do I love it? Because its tinted and way lighter than a foundation and for any given casual day (every day) I rub it on my hands and throw it on my face and can walk out the door with a light but evened out look. Add a splash of foundation or blush if you nasty. I’ve tried others but none I love just as much, and I mean it, I love you BB Cream.
Last year I moved away from 1. my family, including my small precious baby sister 2. my best friends/college psycho path besties 3. the first real place i had ever called home.
I was so pumped to be a big kid and explore the new world all by myself….. Little did I know that it legit meant I would be by myself, like all the time, 25/8, me myself & I to a whole new level. It wasn’t missing the predicted suspects like our annual Catalina Wine Mixer or Drake concerts that crushed me, it was more the companion-less drives to Dairy Queen at 9pm and loops around the interstate listening to the newest hood rat album that would hopefully lead to giving us blonde heads some street cred. Everything was by.my.self. **insert clapping hand emoji**
So. to save your Partner in Crime, Best Friend Forever, Sister from another Mister, etc. from all that is lonely, I have compiled a list of all the things that meant the most to me when I moved here and talked me- NEWLY GROWN INDEPENDENT WOMAN- off the ledge of spending so much time by myself.
Facetime that chick
Skype, Snapchat video, Google Hangout- whatever- you get the point. Get your unpolished and probably swollen face on the phone so that you guys can hang out like you use to, only cyberly. This seems like commonsense, it is, but a Facetime while you are painting your chipped ratchet nails is light years more exciting and loving than a call.
Netflix & Chill
Yes, you read correctly. Forgetting to keep movie nights or “your shows” sacred is like not showering and forgetting the dry shampoo, don’t get caught slipping like that. You don’t need to stare at each other down on Facetime but, on a wild Friday night when you both lack a social life and are perhaps binging on wine (hypothetically speaking of course) pick out a movie to watch “together”. Start the movie at the same time and chit chat about the whole thing like you would annoyingly do if you were together, no one actually enjoys movies without personal commentary. You will feel like you guys are sharing time together even when you are far apart. It’s like book club, only everything different. #PreciousMoments
My name is Tori and I am so excited that you have some way or another found your way to my page- I think you will like it here, but I did write it so I may be a bit bias. I am a full-time College Football Fan and employee (how lucky am I?) and a part time everything else that I can get my hands on. I live in the city of dreams- aka Columbus, OH but I love a good trip to just about anywhere and lets be honest, I travel mostly for the food. That being said, Pursuing Posh exists as a creative outlet for my restless mind/soul and as a little entertainment for y’all. Keep in mind that we are on the pursuit together, meaning I am definitely not there yet—its a process here people. I am a Jack of many trades but not quite a master to any yet, so I am excited to learn more about….uh, mostly just “life”…. with you and force you to go on all of my adventures with me- “Adventures” ranging from a blow-out visit to an impromptu trip to Norway. Eeek
There is an unwritten (and now actually very written) warning for dry and somewhat crude humor around here, proceed with caution, it’s never too late to give me the stiff unfollow/casual block. Just kidding, its not that bad, my Grandma will be reading everything I’m sure and she is a STRICT critic, however: all of my content will be straight out of my own unfiltered mouth. Okay lets do this thing–Talk soon!