I wanted to share my first class at Republic of Yoga in Cary, NC with all of my readers. It is in the quaint neighborhood of Stone Creek Village. My first impression when I walked through the door was how sweet their owner Nicole was and how welcoming she made every single attendee. Yoga can be extremely intimidating. Especially for someone like me that can barely touch my toes! (darn hamstrings…) But this environment was anything but. It appeared to me all attendees were from different levels and backgrounds of Yoga, so my inexperience did not matter nor stick out.




I attended a Sunday morning Gentle class. It was the perfect start to the day. It was everything the class description lead me to believe. Calm and soothing. The studio was clean and pretty in a very simple and modern way. I wanted to hang out there all afternoon! One class that caught my eye on the schedule was the restorative class on Tuesday nights. I train in various ways. Running, weight lifting, barre classes and occasional yoga and/or pilates classes, so the thought of one night a week having some time to stretch and help my body recover from the week sounds wonderful. I look forward to checking it out.









*This post is sponsored; however, all thoughts, opinions and calories burned were my own. 





Blouse: LOFT // Skirt: The Limited // Shoes: Betsy Johnson // Bracelet: jcrew // Earrings: Nordstrom // Glasses: Prada

I’m a big fan of promoting GREAT things going on in my area. At the top of that is promoting great charities. Not only are events FUN, they always help someone deserving. It’s the best way to spend a weekend if you ask me….


So when the folks at “Not So Normal 5K” reached out asking me to post their event, I couldn’t wait. And I also look forward to attending!


The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend, presented by Mom in Chapel Hill, is a three-day celebration of community and philanthropy – with a little music and exercise thrown in! Headlined by the nearly 5K race/walk Sunday morning and the Frankie Ballard Live Concert Presented by 94.7 QDR and The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend Sunday night, guests can expect the unexpected. Concepted and brought to life by founder and fellow blogger Jay Radford, the inaugural events will take place Sept. 12-14, 2014 in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with funds benefiting local nonprofits. It’s anything but average! A full weekend of fundraising for local nonprofits, enjoying time in your community and a great 5k.


Not so normal



I will be attending the concert with a few friends of mine and for a very reasonable price, you can join! I can’t wait to see Frankie Ballard! If you are interested in participating in the 5K – Use coupon code BLOGGER14 for $5 off your registration fee! Code expires August 15th – so make sure to sign up quick! If you are local – I hope to see you there!



Mia Maree Sweet Summer



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Mia Maree Sweet Summer 4



Mia Maree Sweet Summer 3

Jumpsuit: TJ Maxx {another summer favorite} // Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger // Necklace: Baublebar // Glasses: Prada


For me – this summer is all about relaxation. I still don’t have the summer “off” by any means – but I am determined when I have the opportunity to relax I am going to take it! This mentality will be seen in my choice of clothing as well. I want pieces that offer comfort and ease. Yet – a bold print or bright color always puts me in the best of moods. My husband and I are about to log quite a few miles visiting family and enjoying vacation – so I need something I can pack and get around in easily.



Mia Maree Tropical Floral


Mia Maree Tropical Floral 2


Mia Maree Tropical Floral 3


Mia Maree Tropical Floral 4 Dress: c/o eshakti // Wedges: Guess {similar} // Hat: Target // Sunnies: Cole Haan


The Summer heat has arrived in NC. As I walked out my door this morning I was hit with thick humid air. As much as I love warmer weather, this sticky heat makes me long for the cooler fall days. But the weather does give me an excuse to live in light, breezy sundresses every day. This dress from eshakti is very light, classic cut and made in fun floral print!


Another summer life-saver? Sea Salt Spray. My hair runs a bit wild this time of year, but I have found this sea-salt spray not only smells delicious, but gives me a great excuse to leave my hair down and wind-blown.




*I was gift this dress from eshakti.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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