Thursday, May 31

Target: Swim Suit Edition

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I have to be honest. I love Target. It's a huge enemy of my wallet.
I'm sure some of you are the same.
And if you're like me you walk in for one thing and end up walking out asking yourself why you have you one two full bags.
And in those bags? Things you want but definitely do not need!
One area I seem to find myself in lately is their swim suit section.
I'm pretty basic when it comes to a swim suit.
Usually a solid colored bottom and a bandeau style top - sometimes color, sometimes a pattern.
Definitely a mix and match girl.
But this season I'm super impressed with all the patterned suits I've been eyeing.
You could still use the pieces separately but how cute are the matching sets above?
You can find the suits I chose + tons more here.
Now if I only had a beach in my backyard ...

Wednesday, May 30

Color Me Happy




Just a few colorful images that are currently making me happy.
Anything particular making you happy at the moment?

Tuesday, May 29


Happy Tuesday!
How was your long weekend?
Mine was super relaxing + filled with friends and family.
Friday was spent by the pool with all my best friends from childhood.
Saturday it was off to Columbus to celebrate my grandma's 90th birthday.
Sunday and Monday were pool days.
Overall a great {much needed} weekend.

All images via Instagram
Find me @amanda_pattison

Friday, May 25

Festive Colors

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

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Thursday, May 24

Healthy Memorial Day Options

Holidays always seem to require eating + a few liquid calories and the long Memorial Day weekend will be no different.
So I've been on the hunt all week to find healthy snacks to share with my friends.
With the help of my friend Sara [thank you!] I have quite a few options: all from Hungry Girl.
The creator, Lisa Lillien, brings you all your favorites but with lower calories.
A win-win if you ask me.

What about you, do you have any favorite healthy/low cal snacks?
I'd love to hear!

Wednesday, May 23

Wish List Wednesday

Colorful Contrast Dress // Striped Floppy Hat // Colour Burst Tunic // Tillary Purse // Stacie Gladiator Sandal // Gold Links Bracelet // Gumdrop Studs

Just a few items I'd love to make mine and would be absolutely perfect for the upcoming holiday weekend!
Speaking of, half way there!
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, May 21

Productive Sunday

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Yesterday my two roommates and I tackled something that has been on our list since we all moved in:
organizing the kitchen
With three people, let's just say there was a lot of stuff and it was kind of all over the place.
We first had to take stock of what we had which meant opening all the cabinets + pulling things out.
Then we decided where things should be placed and adjusted the shelves.
[the cabinets are super tall and super deep]
After deciding what stays and what's not needed :: a lot of duplicates :: we loaded everything back in.
And I'm 100% happy with the end result.
We now have a well organized, perfectly functioning kitchen.
With an added bonus of actually knowing where everything is!

Not necessarily a fun project but one I'm glad to have completed.
How was your weekend?
Anything fun?
I'd love to hear!

Thursday, May 17

Food Network: Healthy Favorites

 Sweet and Sour Chicken // Walnut Pepper Relish Salmon // Grilled Steak with Tapenade // Orange Chicken Fingers // Grilled Chicken Tostadas // Crab and Avocado Salad

One thing I love to do is browse Food Network.
So I was presently surprised to find their latest feature: Healthy Weeknight Dinners.
73 recipes total.
Yes, you read that correctly, SEVENTY-THREE!
And let me tell you, having looked at every recipe you couldn't go wrong with any of them.
Above are just a few of the recipes I will be trying.
To find these recipes and the other 67 hop on over to Food Network.
I promise you'll like what you find.

Tuesday, May 15

Today I Want To ...

Pack all of the necessities + hop in the car and end up in a gorgeous little cottage.

(via 1, 2)

So what would you do?
If you had the day off to do whatever you wanted?
I'd love to hear!

Monday, May 14

Side Tables with Spunk

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Since moving into the new place I've been working on getting my room put together.
While not a lot has happened in the past week [bed is made, dresser is in place] I've been on the hunt for some fun bedside tables. 
I currently have one of these but am trying to decide if I want another to have a matching set.
Or do I go with something a little unusual, maybe unexpected?
I love the looks above and have channeled these as inspiration while at antique malls. 
Another place I know that always has fun conversation pieces is Urban Outfitters.
While most of the apartment items are only found online, there are still quite a few to choose from:

So what do you think?
I should be able to find something fun!

Sunday, May 13

Sunday Song

{Lady Antebellum: Wanted You More}

Wednesday, May 9


I first want to say thank you all for being so patient with me while I've been away from ES.
{a little longer than expected}
I can tell you the break was very productive and I am officially in the new house.
I can't begin to explain how excited I am to now have roommates.
Especially when they are two of my best girl friends.
I have to admit: I haven't unpacked a thing!
Can you guess what I'll be doing for the next couple of days?
But since I've been away for so long I thought I'd share a few snippets of my life as of lately.
And I promise to post pictures once the room is complete!

Wednesday, May 2

Moving Break


Hi friends!
 I mentioned here and here that I would soon be moving and the time is here!
This weekend I'll be moving into a house with two of my best friends ...
[a welcomed change after living alone]
So I will be taking a little break from posting this week to do a few projects and of course pack.
You will still be able to find me on Instagram @amanda_pattison.
So stop by if you like because I'll be sure to be documenting!

Wish me luck + I'll see you all on Monday!