Sunday, June 16, 2024

Sunday Night Thought


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Father's Day Gift Guide

 I feel like it is fair to say that men in general are some of the hardest people to shop for… Plus, shopping for women is just more fun; I feel like there are so many more options to choose from…. Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, and men can be a challenge to shop for, I have put together a Father’s Day Gift Guide!

One// Peter Millar White Gorham Crown Lite Cotton-Stretch Sport Shirt

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Links I'm Loving

 I had the hardest time letting go of spring this year… I love when everything comes into bloom, the weather is still slightly cold, and it is like everything is waking up again. I always dread the summers now because it gets so hot where I live, but now that it’s here, I am so enjoying the warmth of the sun, the longer days, and the calm that a summer storm can bring about. 

One// Hello Beautiful

I started listening to this book on Audible a few days ago, and I am only about 25% through the book, but it has been a really great read so far and the development of the character is really fantastic! If you are looking for a good read, I highly recommend this one

Two// The Acolyte

I love how Disney keeps rolling out Star Wars shows! I just had a chance to watch the first Acolyte episode tonight and I am so excited to see where this series goes!

Three// Wanderlust Oxford

Absolutely love the rich navy color of these shoes and the fact that it is a sophisticated sneaker! Comfort every time! Plus, how great would this shoe be for Travel!? Use code: SARAHFLINT_CCLAURENAID for 15% off!

Four// 50 Best Beach Reads of 2024

It goes without saying that summer and beach reads were made to go together. If you are looking for a little summer reading inspiration, then this is a great starting point!

Five// Maddy DeVita

I am currently obsessed with watching private chef Instagram accounts and Maddy DeVita of Hand me the Fork is one of my most favorite personal chef accounts. I have a thing about kitchens and think it would be so fun to go into other people’s kitchen and see what kind of cookware and appliances they have

Friday, June 7, 2024

Searching For...

Recently I have seen all over Instagram, TikTok, and the internet in general that if you are searching for the right person or even just someone to date, that if write down exactly what you are searching for, you and the person you are looking for will somehow find your way to each other in the next few days, weeks, or months. I honestly think there is something to karma and the universe working in your favor if you consciously send certain thoughts out into the void. Maybe this is a trend and an algorithm is picking it up or maybe it’s a sign…the hopeless romantic in me is going to choose to believe it’s a sign. 

I’m trying to make an effort to share more personal things like this on the blog, because honestly, I feel really alone and slightly behind sometimes, and if I can make someone else feel slightly less alone in their journey or slightly less behind then being a little more personal is worth it. 

In full transparency, the past few years have been really hard… going through a broken engagement and suffering a couple loses in my family… I feel like my heart has been through a lot in a short amount of time. As a side note, if you’re on the flip side, remember that it is always easy to say what you would have done when you’re not the one in the position and when you have all the facts.  

It’s a weird experience going through a broken engagement and other negative life events… People love to tell you what they would do, or that they would have seen through something, or how they would feel…  One thing I’m convinced of is that no one has life 100% figured out, and sometimes the best thing to do is listening, be supportive, and leave room for grace. 

Maybe it’s simply because I live in the South, but for a while, a few seemed to lay the blame at my feet for the engagement ending, I the one who broke it off, but some even expressed that I had made a mistake… and when the news came out that he had a child that was obviously conceived while I was with him, I had a few people tell me that basically I didn’t keep him on a tight enough leash… After the breakup I found out he had cheated on two other women in his past relationships, so I definitely don’t think it was my fault. And for anyone who needs to hear it that’s in a similar situation, you know the whole story, and it really is not your fault. Maybe I’m being na├»ve, but I wouldn’t/don't want to be with someone I have to put on a “leash” or worry about their whereabouts; I want someone who is so completely in love and crazy about me that they would never dream about doing such a thing. 

I saw a quote the other day, “To be lost is a state of mind; to be found is a journey of the heart”. I think there is some truth in that. I’ve met one person since my ex that made me feel found and appreciated, and I really wanted things to work out and really thought they would… But I am so ready to find the person who is going to end my search and who makes me feel found.

This is going to sound simplistic, but the main things I am looking for in someone, is kindness, understanding, willing to compromise when appropriate, even tempered, great communicator, honest, someone who I have a natural connection with, family oriented, and has a family who acts nice. 

I’d also really like to end up with someone who enjoys going to museums, galleries, shows, plays, etc. Almost everyone I have dated has taken me to a museum very early on in the relationship, once, and then never again… I understand that it’s not some people’s cup of tea… I have a sister who is allergic to type of thing, which is fine, but even when I go on family vacations we bypass those activities because not everyone enjoys them… so I would really like to end up with someone who at least likes to do those type of things…

I have always been attracted to people who are intelligent, easy to be around, and have an ongoing curiosity about different things. I love Nashville, but I would also love to live somewhere else eventually, more specifically, somewhere in the northeast… I’m just ready for a lot of change and a new adventure, all the way around, but honestly, not a deal breaker. 

This probably sounds like a given, but I’d like to be with someone who is supportive, forgiving, makes me/the relationship a priority, values me, thinks about my needs… I want a great love story with someone who is completely crazy about me (in a healthy way), really loves me, and vice versa. I want someone who likes to hold hands, express affection, doesn’t shy away when tears are involved or emotions are running high, someone I can laugh with, someone who can be a best friend, someone to pull me close when I’m upset, someone who is going to step up to the plate. Someone I can be myself with. 

I want someone who feels like home. 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Links I'm Loving

 The older I get, the more I think to myself what a weird thing time can be… Each day is made up of a series of seconds, minutes, and hours… When things are going well I’m always so excited for the next thing and to get to this really great part of life. Then when things aren’t on the path I want them, my only wish is for time to slow down so I have a chance to make things happen. I feel like I want all of the things out of life and haven’t quite figured some of them out, and honestly wish time would slow down at the moment. In the meantime, here are a few links that I am currently loving...

One// The Best Ice Cream In NYC

I always love travel videos of the best of whatever, and honestly, who doesn’t love ice cream?! If you are planning a trip to NYC, live in NYC, or simply love ice cream,  this is a must watch

Two// Red, White, and Blue Trifle

I love anything sweets related that involves angle food cake… This is such a great recipe idea if you are hosting or need to bring a Memorial Day dish to a party!

Three// Cabana Life

Cabana Life sent me some of their things a few weeks ago and I am completely in love with this brand and their mission. One of the founds actually had skin cancer and now make UPF clothing and raises awareness about sun cancer. P.S. Cabana Life clothing is a complete dream and I cannot recommend their things enough, especially their dresses! You can use code: LAUREN15 for 15% off you Cabana Life purchase!

Four// Mastermind

I just love this song right, and Taylor Swift is such a Mastermind in the best possible way

Five// Brinker + Eliza 

I know I am behind the curve on this one, but I have fallen hard for huggie earrings and dainty earrings and Brinker + Eliza has such a wonderful selection!