Thursday, May 28, 2020

All the Books I've Read this Year



At the start of the year, I set a goal to read at least twelve books over the course of twenty-twenty. With eight books already under my belt, I think it's safe to say I am on track to not only accomplishing that goal, but also surpassing it!

Reading is always such a beautiful escape, but in the last few months it has served not only as that but so much more - a source of joy, hope, and much needed distraction. Books & stories are such a gift in so many ways, and having so much time to read during this crazy time in our lives is something I am so grateful for.

Friday, May 22, 2020

May Wishlist



We are quickly approaching summer weather, which means time to prep our wardrobes with all the breezy dresses, cheeky swim, and fun summer accessories. This is truly my favorite season to shop & dress for so I am thrilled. At this point, it is no surprise that this summer is likely going to look quite different than past summers, so I think our approach to shopping should be different too.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

A List of my Favorite Candles for Spring


I love burning candles all year long - for both the lovely scents & the ambience they provide - but something about springtime candles gets me extra excited! If you asked me what my favorite candles scents are, many of them would be on this list. With all the at home time we've had lately I've been enjoying my candles even more than usual, and have found joy in purchasing some of my favorites to help support some of  the small businesses I love

Thursday, April 30, 2020

My Favorite Small Businesses



If there ever were a time to be supporting small businesses, it is now. Over that past couple months, I have been trying to be mindful about who and what I am supporting, and where I am spending my money. Of course at a time like right now it would be easy to purchase things from our big go-to retailers, and although those companies still deserve support at this time, it doesn't feel right to me to only be supporting them. There are so many amazing small businesses who deserve our love & support much more right now, so I am making it my quarantine mission to shop small as often as I can.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Things that Spark Joy: Week No. 1

Although I always find this important, I am realizing more now than every how crucial it is for us to take note of all the things - both big and small - that are bringing us joy.  Appreciating these little sparks of joy in my daily routine has filled me with hope, happiness, and has served as a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there are glimmers of light.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Must Do's in Lisbon, Portugal





It's been almost two years since my trip to Lisbon, so it's about time I got around to sharing some tidbits from my trip! I'm embarrassed it has taken me so long, but today's post was born in the spirit of staying on track with my goals and feeling inspired to revisit past travels. Lisbon was a marvelous city to explore, and I couldn't think of a better place to kick off the first of many travel posts to come. I hope you are just as excited as I am - stay tuned!

Friday, April 10, 2020

On my Eye for April

Truth be told, I have felt torn over the last month about what is appropriate to post here on Faith & Fancy in the current wake of this crisis. So much of what I share on here is lighthearted, fun, and hopefully inspirational, but also so much of what I share is so frivolous. Lighthearted, fun, and inspirational are things I think we all need right now, but I have struggled when it has come down to sharing things that just seem so unimportant.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

101 in 1001 Round II.

Here we go! 101 in 1001 round two! I've been working on crafting my second list for quite some time now, but honestly couldn't think of a better time to finish it or share it than now. There is nothing quite like not being able to do much of anything, that makes you want to do everything.

Time is a weird thing right now, but it gives me immense hope that in 1001 days many of these items will be crossed off and our lives right now, although never to be forgotten, will be some sort of distant memory. I look forward to that day, as I'm sure you do to. 

Working on this list and reading through it now gives me hope and I'm sure your own list will do the same for you. If nothing else, creating your own 101 in 1001 list will act as a much needed distraction in this time of uncertainty. I hope you are all safe, well, and finding joy in the little things.

All my love, G

Personal

Run a marathon
Unplug for 24 hours
Run three half marathons
Invest in a classic handbag
Set up a Roth IRA
Give back to a cause Im passionate about
Reconnect with gymnastics coach
Go makeup free for a week 
Do 10 pull-ups
Solo trip
Send snail mail
Attend Church on a regular basis

0/12

 

Professional

Create a NYC Guide
Professionally redesign blog
 Buy a nice camera
Get to know/meet other bloggers
Attend a conference of any kind
Do a collaboration blog post 
Take a photography class 
Get my IBCLC certification 
Attend New York Fashion Week
Uprgrade computer 
Share apartment on Faith & Fancy

0/11

 

Friends & Family

Go to Ireland with mom, dad, & sister
 Vacation with family friends
Paris with my mom & sister
Visit family friends in La Jolla
Go out on the golf course with Dad
Have mom teach me how to cook three of her best recipes
Buy my parents an apple computer
Rent a house for with friends 

Visit my uncle and cousins in Australia
Take Dad to Charleston 
Family trip to Disney 

0/11

 

Travel

Travel to three new states 
Travel to two new countries
Travel to a new continent
Visit Charleston in the fall 

Go to Europe at Christmas time
Visit Nantucket
Get back to Chicago
Stay at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI

Travel to New Zealand & Australia
Get back to the Caribbean
Visit the Lone Star state 

Hawaii 
Trip to Paris in the fall 
Do the Nantucket Christmas Stroll 
Get back to wine country
Island hop in Greece 
See the pink sands of Bermuda 
Take a croissant making class in Paris
Book a flight using airline miles 
Get Global Entry

0/20

 

Just for Fun 

Learn to ski
Take French lessons
See three new Broadway musicals
Watch a meteor shower
Visit three new museums 

Get a facial
Play a round of golf
Hot yoga class
First ‘splurge’ purchase
Try a Barre class
Go on a road trip
Host my first dinner party
Go skydiving
See Taylor Swift in concert
Surprise someone
Go to three new breweries 

New Year's Eve in another country
See Kygo perform live 
Fly first class
Seawheeze Half Marathon
 Master an at home marg 
Visit the Tuckernuck store
Rewatch Sex & the City from the beginning  
Take a cooking class 

0/24

New York 

See Wicked on Broadway
Go to Woeffler Estate Winery 
Rent a boat at the Loeb Boathouse
Go to the top of the Freedom Tower 
Visit the New York Botanical Garden
Get drinks at Bemelmans Bar 
Watch the Fourth of July fireworks 
Enjoy tea at the Plaza
Find the best view of the Manhattan skyline
 Picnic in Central Park
Eat at the Restoration Hardware restaurant
Have a 'Red Snapper' at the St. Regis - the original bloody mary
Take a trip to the Hamptons 
Find the best pizza in the City 
Run the NYC Half Marathon
Watch the Today Show out on the plaza 
Ice Skating in Rockefeller Plaza 
See Hamilton
Staycation in Brooklyn
See Billy Joel at the Garden
Find the best espresso martini in the City
See Monet's Water Lilies at the MoMA
Try ten new-to-me restaurants

0/23

Start Date: April 1, 2020
End Date: December 28, 2022

xo. G

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

My Favorite Reads & Those on My List!


Reading has always served me as an escape, a stress reliever, and most importantly a source of joy. I think it goes without saying, but with the current craziness surrounding this pandemic, I think we need all of the above - more now than ever. 

As horrible as this entire situation is, a beautiful thing is that it has everyone slowing down, leaving more time to enjoy the things we love. That means more slow mornings and easy evenings with a book in tow. In these hard, hard days that is a silver lining. 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

12 Items I'm Loving from the Shopbop Sale

The Shopbop sales are truly some of the best on the web. In my opinion, they are the perfect opportunity to stock up on staples, purchase something that's been catching your eye, or treat yourself to that splurge worthy item.

Shopbop is a huge online retailer, and of course it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to purchase from the sale - there are just so many amazing pieces! Of course there are many ways to attack the sale, but I think it's best to purchase items that will help build your wardrobe - ie. great denim, classic basics, a pair of shoes you'll have for years to come.

Again, trying to sift through the thousands of items can be daunting, so I decided to round up some of my favorite pieces from the sale. The sale ends tomorrow, so get shopping! Enjoy!


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15% off orders $200+
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25% off orders $800+



xo.G

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

What I Wore in the Bahamas



I've said it before and I'll say it again - packing posts & posts sharing what I wore on trips are some of my favorites to create. I hope you like them too, because I'll keep them coming! I think it stems from my love for building a wardrobe for a getaway, whether that be a quick jaunt to Miami or a long getaway to Europe. I have so much fun creating location specific looks & in return it brings me so much joy sharing them with you all! I hope they serve as inspiration for any and all of your future trips, or that it inspires you to book one!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Resort 2020

One of my favorite posts to shop for & create this time of year is my resort wear guide! It is such a fun one to curate pieces for as I'm always itching for (and scheming) a warm weather getaway come February. Resort wear is one of my favorite collections of clothing - the colors, the patterns, the breeziness of it all always has me swooning. I think the memories that these styles evoke - warm weather, cocktails in hand, laid back moments - might be part of the love affair. Ahh it gets me excited just thinking about it.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Twenty Twenty To-Do List

At the start of the new year, I love to make a to-do list for the days and months that lie ahead. It's my version of new year's resolutions, since I long ago decided they weren't really my thing. To-do lists, however, are, and a few years ago I thought why not make one with the things I want to do, try, or accomplish in a brand new year! I started this in 2018, and here we are two years & three lists later, so obviously the idea stuck. It is really an easy & fun practice to help you start the year on a motivated note!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

2020 Travel Wishlist


This has quickly become one of my favorite blog posts of the year & one that I so look forward to crafting! I can't believe that this is already the third year I am writing this - you can see last year's post here & 2018's here! Not only is it fun to daydream about where my travels will take me each year, but it's also great to look back at the end of each year and see where I was lucky enough to go. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

What I Learned in 2019


At the end of every year I find it so important to look back & reflect on what this year has given us, how we have grown on a personal level, and what we have learned in the past 365 days. The lessons might be small or they might be mighty & life changing, but regardless of their magnitude, anything learned is helping to shape us into the best and truest version of ourselves.

This year was a good year. One of the best to be honest. But with that being said, it was still full of little lessons (little, albeit important). If I looked around there were many things to be learned this year, and as always for that I am thankful.

Without further ado, here is what 2019 taught me. I hope it inspires you to reflect on your past year & discover how you've grown in the past three hundred & sixty five days.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Favorites Things of Twenty Nineteen

If you've been following the blog since the beginning, then it comes as no surprise to you that I love New Years. There's something so bittersweet & beautiful about saying goodbye to the past 365 lived days, while simultaneously welcoming the promise of 365 fresh new days. I love to look back, reminisce, and reflect (which I have & will share - stay tuned!), but this post is a little lighter and a little more fun!

I thought, why not look back on the year & play favorites a little bit! The idea started simply by me noticing things that have truly been my go-to's throughout the course of the year, and then it sparked this idea of thinking about all the things that brought me joy this year. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite things - both tangible & intangible - from twenty nineteen!