Thursday, May 5, 2016

Coffee Date: Volume 3 + Shopbop Sale

Volume 3 of Coffee Date is a conglomeration of things - answered questions, May goals and the surprise Shopbop sale that ends today! I love sharing these kinds of posts - so any questions, interests, etc., let me know!

1. What kind of camera do you use?
I use a Nikon D3200, though I would love to trade up camera bodies soon. I just purchased the 50mm f/1.4 lens and I absolutely love it. 

2. How did you start blogging?
It was very random - I had been reading a few blogs off and on, so one morning during Christmas break, I went to the Blogger website, quickly picked a name, and did a post - and then went to lunch about 30 minutes after the start of that little project with my family. I didn't have a real purpose and I didn't heavily pursue it until about a year and a half into it, and now here we are.

3. Is blogging your full-time job?
Haha no - though wouldn't that be fun? Blogging is definitely still a hobby for me, and I work full-time for a residential and golf country club as a manager and real estate broker. 

4. What is your favorite restaurant in Wilmington?
I have so many restaurants I love to go to - but for someone from out of town, I would almost always recommend Bluewater. The food is good but the ambiance is great - located right on the Intracoastal, it's a perfect setting at Wrightsville Beach. And on Sundays during the summer, they have live music too.

I've also had some questions about a few of my favorite pieces for spring:

These shoes are so comfortable and such a steal (under $30).
This swimsuit top in stripes has been my go-to so far. I want it in every color.
Just purchased these earrings - yes please!

A few of my favorite links from the week:
This one with my mama - Happy Mother's Day!
This pretty office update.
It's birthday month, so I'm loving this flamingo-inspired party - even if it is meant for a little girl.
It's also been awhile since I shared some of my goals, so I'm actually getting them typed out for the month of May. May is a busy month - my birthday month! - so I'm definitely going to need to stay on track to get everything done.

Photography | I have always loved taking photos, so I've recently started pursue it a little bit more. I took engagement photos for some friends as well as senior photos for a Meredith College graduate, and I have a few more things in the works for the summer. I want to continue to grow that - and you can follow along on Insta here and like the Zia Photography Facebook page here

Working Out | How is that bikini season is here? It feels like just yesterday that I was doing PB and envisioning a rock hard bod by summer. That hasn't quite happened, so I'm aiming to continue my goal of 4+ barre classes a week. I also just purchased this bike, so I'm looking forward to summer bike rides.

Office | I have a room in my house that was supposed to be a home office of sorts as I originally thought I was going to work from home before I changed jobs. It has my desk, all of my wrapping paper (I have an obsession), paperwork and personal info, etc., but it also has boxes of things I need to get rid of, things I need to go through, and this bookshelf that I have yet to put together. That is definitely on my list of things to do.

Front Yard | After apartment living for so many years, I actually have a yard to take care of now. My mom bought some plants for the front yard this week, so I need to spend time planning, planting, and taking care of them. I have major pinterest goals that probably won't happen anytime soon (and it takes time for the plants to grow up to full stature), but I'm excited to give the front of the house an update either way. 
A pop-up surprise Shopbop sale? Yes, please. Shopbop is giving 40% off select pieces with no code necessary and there are so many great items on sale - this dress is one of them. It's the perfect time to stock up on summer pieces. And my favorite Miller sandals are on sale in the cork version - trying to resist getting these too!


Shoes + Accessories:


All the Things:



  1. thanks for sharing these moment of your blogger life

  2. YAY for a new camera lens! I love my 50 mm lens! I just got that camera for work and it's fun to play with. And yes to working out more. I REALLY need to do this! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. I'm so excited for your new side job of photography - your photos are great and you have a beautiful eye for it!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  4. It's good to know that I am not the only one with a wrapping paper obsession! I love all the pretty papers!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  5. I've liked seeing all of your new photography skills lately - hope you continue to grow them over the summer! You know, when you're not cruising around town on that super cool new bike of yours :)

  6. Always love these posts from you - isn't the 50mm lens the best? Glad that you're enjoying it! You have great goals for this month, too. I hope that you'll share your home office as it comes together.

  7. That's the camera I have!! Totally already asked for a new lens for my bday. :)

  8. Love your coffee date series! I have the same camera too!


  9. Such a nice lens you got! I've been in serious need of a camera upgrade. Love this post!!

    xo, Shelby

  10. I love reading this personally post! Thank you for sharing!
    Have an amazing weekend!
    Much love, Pisa

  11. I love reading this personally post! Thank you for sharing!
    Have an amazing weekend!
    Much love, Pisa

  12. Love this post! So great to learn a little more about you! Wishing you a great weekend girl!

  13. That coffee mug is the cutest! Loved reading your goals--I have been trying to learn more about photography too because I just love it!

  14. Such a cute coffee mug! I really need to go through my home office too, things are just stacking up and I need to get rid of things! Have a great weekend!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  15. 4 classes a week?! I'm impressed. I use a similar camera (D3100). It's great, but I agree a trade up would be nice.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  16. I didn't realize you were a real estate broker! I am a Realtor, by day. :) I think we both happened upon blogging in similar ways - and I didn't really take it seriously until about a year and half in, either. #twinsies

    xx Leah /

  17. Yay for birthday month! Our home office is a hot mess, too - they always seem to become the 'throw everything in there and don't think about it right now' rooms!


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