Friday, January 2, 2015

Music, Books, Miles and Looks of December

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope 2015 is off to a great start for everyone!



Lost in My Mind by The Head and the Heart - Alli introduced me to this bad and I am loving their first album.  I'd love to see them live someday.


December was a big reading month for me as I was on vacation and then had quite a bit of downtime at the lake.  I read 7 books, bringing my total for the year to 68!

Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear - 3 stars
That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay - 3 stars
Neverhome by Laird Hunt - 2 stars (least favorite book of the month by far)
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell - 4 stars
Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer by Vicki Lesage - 4 stars
The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh - 3 stars
The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price - 3 stars


I attempted to do a mile-a-day challenge in December but I didn't achieve this goal as I missed 2 days when I was in Jamaica and 3 days when I got the flu over Christmas.  But I ran 70 miles which is far more miles that I have ever ran in the month of December so I am happy about that.  My total mileage for 2014 was 787 which I am very happy about, especially considering that I ran very few miles in 2013 since I was unable to run April-December of that year.


My first favorite look is a dress that I wore in Jamaica.  I bought this dress this summer at Banana when I had a 50% off coupon and then never got around to wearing it!  It's definitely something I'll wear often next summer.

We look so tired in this photo as we had been awake since 3 am

My second favorite look is a very basic black dress, but the reason I like this outfit is because I am actually wearing jewelry, which so rarely happens!  I got a lot of compliments on the necklace.  The positive feedback should encourage me to accessorize more but I know myself well enough to know I'm never going to be the girl who accessorizes most of her outfits...  jewelry is just not my thing!  But it is fun to wear once in awhile.


Jeanie said...

I always like your wrap-up posts! And that Jamaica dress is so cute. Oh, ye who can wear horizontal stripes and still look so gracefully slender! And, I might add, how in the world did you find time to read that many books in the busiest month of the year?!

Megan W said...

I'm not a natural jewelry wearer either (besides earrings). I think statement necklaces look great on others, but I can't seem to pull the trigger wearing one myself. Yours looks beautiful on you!

Charis Faith said...

Congrats on the miles!!! That is so awesome!!! I've read more this year than I have in a long time! I love your looks! I have so much jewelry that I can't not wear it! My jewelry pieces from the past several years are so special so I wear more jewelry than I used to :) happy 2015!!!

Emilie said...

I got to see The Head and the Heart open for Dave Matthews two years ago. I really like their music and would definitely see them again! I do not like wearing jewelry either, except for rings. I own very few pieces and it's just not something I like to spend money on!

Leigh said...

Love that last picture of you and Phil! I also loved the dress you wore to the wedding in Jamaica. It looked great on you!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I really like these posts :-)

That black dress is really pretty!

Lisa-Marie said...

Happy New Year lovely! I love both of your dresses!

Have you read 'The Paris Architect'? It's set during the war and is difficult in parts but is really good

Gracie said...

We need to trade. I need to lay off all the jewelry!

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I love your holiday outfit; you look so chic. I very rarely wear necklaces either (or jewelry in general). I tend to spend my money on other things, I guess. However, I really think that accessories look so good on people, but I just never got in the habit, I guess.

Abby said...

I love both dresses you sported in December! Way to get all those miles in despite your travel schedule and winter weather!!

Shoshanah said...

I'm like you and pretty much never wear jewelry or accessories either. Of course I never actually buy any because I don't wear it, but then when I want to wear something I never have any to wear. Although part of it is when I'm shopping I never see something where I'm able to visualize how I'd actually wear it. But I'd love to be able to make it happen, I guess I just need to be a little more intentional about it.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Yay for being able to run again!

San said...

I am so impressed with your reading and running... I could definitely improve in both these departments!
I love both the dresses on you.... the striped one is casual, but fun because of the color and the black one really looks great with the jewelry!!

Amber said...

I have a big bauble necklace similar to the one you're wearing and love wearing it with a simple black dress. Such a classy look!

I LOVE Head & the Heart. Eric and I listen to them all the time.

Stephany said...

I do not like wearing jewelry, either! In fact, the only piece of jewelry I own is a statement necklace and I oh-so-rarely wear it. I think I've maybe worn it 2 or 3 times since I bought it in the summer.

Marlys said...

I really like that striped dress you are wearing! I admire people who can wear horizontal stripes!