Did Y’all Know About Talbots?!!?

Seriously!! Why?!?!? I’ve literally never shopped at Talbots in my life (I always thought it was kind of an “old lady” brand for some reason…) but I stumbled across a few items I loved online the other day and THEY WERE FROM TALBOTS! What?!?!? Then later I checked on a few Like to Know It links in my inbox from Instagram posts I’d liked and a few of those items were also from TALBOTS!

So I quickly opened up a new tab in my browser and searched for the Talbots website. I was browsing through all the clothes and you guys…. they have CUTE stuff! Some of it is a bit… mature… but I’d say that I would honestly wear at least 75% of this stuff. The clothes have a classic look, they’re not too trendy, and they seem like they would last from season to season (aka not cheap Forever21 clothes that wear out after 1 season of wear.)

The only downside is the price. I’m still kind of cheap, and so these prices seemed a little bit on the expensive side to me. I think I need to start shifting my mindset and recognize that it’s ok to spend a little bit more on a quality item that will last a LONG time – maybe I can start doing that with something from Talbots!

There were a TON of items that I absolutely loved (again, I would totally wear the majority of the clothes on the website) but here were a few of my favorites.

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State Fair of Texas – Year 3!

This is my third October living in Dallas, which means that this is the third year I’ve gone to the State Fair of Texas and it still has yet to disappoint!!! Some people don’t think it’s that special or that great… and I think that THOSE people aren’t special or great… Ok, obviously I’m kidding, but I just don’t understand how people aren’t fascinated and wowed by the fair! A coworker went the other day to check it out for the first time, and he was not impressed. At all. “Ummm it was fine, but Big Tex was a lot smaller than I expected.” So sad for him. Big Tex is amazing.

I’ve been to the fair TWICE this week! I took Monday off work and took my parents and I think they loved it!! It was SO HOT (96 degrees…) but there was a great breeze. We rode the Texas Star Ferris wheel, I got my FAVORITE frozen sweet tea, we walked all over, saw a lot of the shopping pavilions (they were fascinated by all of the mattress for sale EVERYWHERE), and we tried some delicious food. The big winner and dish to try this year is a bacon queso burger with funnel cakes for the buns. We split it between the 3 of us and it was actually kind of good! The flavors melded together really well and it was totally worth trying! We also split dessert, and we tried the fried Texas sheet cake, and whoa that was REALLY good. Highly recommend.

The most recent trip to the fair was Friday after work. I went with friends from work and it is so convenient that we could just leave the office and take the train to the fair. It’s so much different going at night! Everything is lit up so bright and the mood definitely changes. This time around I had a Fletcher’s corny dog, I tried a little bit of fried chicken noodle on a stick, and split another fried Texas sheet cake with a few friends! We just walked around together, ate food, saw Big Tex, and looked at all the cars in the air-conditioned auto show rooms. 

I plan on going back a few more times this season (joys of getting the season pass) and I already can’t wait to go back! A few friends and I will go for lunch next week and I’m already planning out what food I want to try… I’m hoping to find the fried bacon wrapped mozzarella because that sounds like exactly the sort of thing you should have for lunch on a Thursday…. haha.

My Favorite Christian Podcasts

I have been just CRAZY about podcasts lately! It’s no secret. I’ve done a few posts about some of my favorite ones in the past (here and here) but I’m always shuffling through what podcasts I have in my list, whether I’m just getting tired of one or trying out a new one. I listen to a pretty wide variety of podcasts about a lot of topics, but there is one particular genre that I’m always on the lookout for – a good Christian podcast.

For those of you that don’t really know what a Christian podcast looks and sounds like, they come in all different shapes and sizes and formats! Some are short and more inspirational, some give biblical advice to readers that have written in, some are actually sermons that have been given by a particular church, some are more generic “talk show” formats, some are geared toward certain groups like moms/parenting – there are so many options!

I’ve sorted through a bunch of them and removed a few that I wasn’t wild about, and there are a few that I keep listening to consistently.

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey || I’ve mentioned this one before, but I just love it so much! Jamie Ivey is just the sweetest thing and she talks to girlfriends on her podcast about life (the good and the bad), TV shows, books they are reading, and literally everything! A lot of these women have inspirational stories and it really feels like you’re just sitting at happy hour, gabbing with friends.

Relevant Podcast || This name might sound familiar if you know the Relevant magazine – it’s made by the same people. This one is relatively long (like an hour and a half to two hours) and has the format of a morning radio show. There are multiple hosts, and they talk about events, pop culture, and they have great guests. Some of the recent interviews I’ve loved were Tony Hale, Terry Crews, OK Go, Lecrae, and Jen Hatmaker!

The Village Church Sermons || This one, as you could guess, is a “podcast” of sermons from The Village Church here in Dallas. I’ve gone to one of The Village locations a few times and really liked the teaching a lot! I’ve found another church home that I like a lot, but I still like to listen to these sermons during the week.

Ask Pastor John || This podcast is pretty short (10-15 minutes per episode) and they have SO MANY in the backlog that I still want to go through (topics that I feel apply to me and ones I’m just curious about, too). This is through Desiring God, and people can write in with their questions for John Piper. He gives biblical advice to his best ability, and it’s a good listen.

Good Christian Fun || Ok so this one isn’t really a “Christian” podcast, per se, but I thought I’d include it anyway. It’s hosted by two people that grew up going to church, and they go through Christian pop culture from when they were kids and more recently, too (there’s only been like 6 episodes so far…). They’ve talked about things like Veggietales, Katy Hudson (Katy Perry’s first career as a Christian singer), DC Talk, and the movie Fireproof – so it’s been kind of fun to listen and feel a little bit of nostalgia.

A Day in the Life of Kelly

One of my favorite blog posts to read from other people is when they share what a typical day is like for them. It might be because I’m literally the nosy-ist person ever, but I just love getting a little insight in to how other people spend their time, how they live their lives, and if they eat dinner on the couch just like me, haha. I thought it was about time that I did one of these posts, too, so here is what a typical day in my life looks like!

6:00 – Wake up! I’m terrible about staying in bed and accidentally falling back asleep, so I’ve been trying to force myself to physically get up and out of bed right away. I go downstairs, sit on the couch (which is still honestly someplace I have accidentally fallen back asleep), and try to get my quiet time in. Right now I’m going through the Jesus Always devotion (a gift from a sweet friend).

6:30 – It’s time to start getting ready for work! I put on a playlist to help me get energized for the day and keep me be-bopping around my apartment! I showered last night, which keeps my morning easy – I just run over my hair with my flat iron, wash my face, put on makeup, and go!

7:25 – Now that I’m ready for the day, I head out to the bus transit center about a mile and a half from my apartment. My company pays for a yearly transit pass, so I take the bus to and from work every day. It’s an express bus (thankfully!!!) so the seats are comfy and there are no stops between Addison and downtown Dallas. I love that I’m not the one driving, and I get so much reading done on the bus. I started a new book this morning!

8:00 – I walk into the office, turn on my laptop, and head immediately for the Keurig on my floor. I don’t feel like I need the caffeine (and sometimes I don’t get any coffee or tea), but I kind of like the ritual of it. We just got pumpkin spice creamer, so that’s what I’m going with today. I sip my coffee and read TheSkimm for the morning before getting started with my work for the day.

10:30 – The hour-long meeting I usually have was cancelled (not mad about it) so I decide to take a little walk around the block instead. I haven’t taken a break yet this morning (oops) so it’s probably good to get up and stretch my legs a little. I pass by 2 construction sites, 2 churches, and a whole lot of smokers huddled in the one shady corner of the building.

11:30 – It’s lunch time!!! Aaaaaaaaaand ugh…. I just realized that I forgot to bring my lunch today!!! Thankfully it’s still in the fridge at home, so I’ll have it for dinner later. But for now, I go down to the salad place in my building and pay way too much for a salad. If you don’t get any meat, it’s cheaper, so that’s the route I’m going to take today.

1:30 – FIRE DRILL! That’s always fun and exciting, right? I’m on the “safety team” at work (I was somehow volunteered for it and I don’t remember how, but I get free CPR and AED certification so I’m ok with it), so once the strobes start flashing I put on my neon safety vest and walk the floor to make sure everyone evacuates 3 floors down as they should. It’s tricky as a grown-up because half of the company is on some conference call or meeting, so a lot of people didn’t want to leave.

3:00 – Time for my afternoon break! I try to take a little walk every day at 3, just to make sure that I actually get up from my desk between lunch and going home. My building is connected to a few others via sky walks, so I can escape the heat and walk a mile without actually going outside at all.

4:30 – Yay I’m done with work for the day!!! Basically everyone that sits around me has gone home for the day, so the office is nice and empty and super quiet. I usually try to stay for a half hour or so to work on the blog, my parent’s website, or anything personal I need to get done. It’s just so much easier to work on two HUGE monitors, so I don’t mind staying at the office a little bit later than I could.

5:00 – Now that I’m *officially* done for the day, it’s time to head down and wait for the bus to go home. Sometimes it pulls up right as I’m turning the corner. Sometimes I wait 50 minutes for a bus to show up. Thankfully today I only had to wait about 10 minutes! I’m kind of tired right now, so instead of reading I decide to listen to a podcast. I have a lot of episodes downloaded to my phone so I can listen without streaming and using data, and I start listening to an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class (one of my faves!)

5:45 – I have an errand to run before going home, so I get in my car and head to the library. I need to drop off a book that I finished yesterday and I also pick up a new book, an audiobook to listen to in the car, and season 7 of The Good Wife on DVD.

6:30 – I’m finally back home and it’s time to eat dinner! Since I forgot my lunch at home this morning, I decide to have that as my dinner so I don’t have to cook anything – I’m feeling lazy. I got a meal from Snap Kitchen (again with the feeling lazy) so I heat that up and eat at my table, which is kind of rare! I’m eating at the table so I can watch my latest Lynda.com course and follow along on my laptop. I’m trying to beef up my resume, so right now I’m watching a course about the newest updates to Adobe Illustrator.

7:30 – Now that my food has had a little time to settle, it’s time to workout. I have a bunch of PopSugar Fitness workouts saved to the “watch later” section of YouTube, so I will pick one of those and get a little workout in. After the workout is done, I’ll cool down and do a serious stretch session.

8:30 – Now that I’m nice and sweaty from my workout, it’s time to shower! Once I get out, I put on one of my favorite charcoal face masks and let that do it’s job while I put some dry shampoo in my hair (I find that using it the night before really helps my hair look less disgusting the next day), brush my teeth, and set out my clothes for tomorrow.

9:00 – I’m still not done with the baby blanket for my niece (I’m so behind, I know!!!!), so I need to sit down and work on it for a little bit. Since I picked up the last season of The Good Wife at the library earlier, I put on an episode to serve as good background noise while I focus on the yarn. I’ve seen the show once before, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out if I’m not actually watching the TV the entire time.

10:00 – It’s felt like a long day, and I am ready for bed! I stayed up WAY too late last night talking to a friend on the phone (it was a great convo, but I usually don’t stay up that late so now I’m feeling tired!) so I’m sure I’ll fall asleep pretty fast tonight. I try to read another chapter of a book before turning off the light and going to sleep. Goodnight!

There it is – a day in the life of Kelly! I didn’t really capture everything I was doing yesterday, but that’s probably ok because I realized halfway through that I chose a pretty mundane day to keep track of! But that’s kind of ok, right? Because not every day can be super packed full of fun and excitement and events and birthday dinners – some days are just “normal” and that’s totally ok. I hope you had fun following along with me!

Recent Reads

After being out of the habit for the summer, I finally feel like I’m back in the groove when it comes to reading. For a while I just, well, I didn’t really feel like it, so I let myself take a little break. I still listened to a few audiobooks, but it was kind of nice to just give my eyes a little rest. But now I’m back on it and I’ve read a few interesting books that I wanted to share!

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

This book honestly seemed kind of boring for a while, but by the time I got the end all I could say was “UMMMM WHAT?!?!?!!?” It’s worth it just to get to the end, where all the pieces fall into place and everything finally makes sense. The story follows Mia, a young girl in Chicago who was kidnapped, but you don’t know why. There are multiple narrators and if you like suspenseful books, you’ll love this one!

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

This story was actually not my favorite, but I didn’t hate it… it was just… a lot. Usually I LOVE when there are multiple plot lines that all come together in a great way, but this one just seemed like there was almost too much going on. It takes place over multiple decades, in multiple countries, with multiple “main” characters. Imagine if Love Actually (which has a ton of great plot lines that all come together in a great way) was written in book form. There would be SO much going on and it would be kind of frustrating to not get much detail about each person, you just have to settle with surface level stuff.

Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet

Oh man. This book. I did not really like this book. I did not like the main character. I did not like the plot lines that happened. I did not like the ending. I just….no. I think that I expected a book about magical whimsical mermaids where they were magical and whimsical and had fun adventures, and instead I got a snarky protagonist who got kidnapped after seeing some mermaids and then tried to convince the world to let them be. There were no singing seagulls anywhere to be found.

Have you read any good books lately? Now that I’m back in the swing of things, I’m dying to get some good books under my belt!!