A New Favorite City & a Giveaway

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Who knew there were so many cute cities just a short train ride away from NYC? If you haven’t visited Annapolis, Maryland yet, you MUST add it to your bucket list!  It was quickly added to my ‘top five favorite small cities in America’ list and I am already dreaming of our return.

Last weekend, Caleb and I tagged along my parents trip to Annapolis. We spent two gorgeous days there and it simply was not long enough! The first day was spent cruising around the Chesapeake Harbour on a gorgeous 82 ft yacht, soaking up the sun and eating more seafood then I could have imagined. You may have seen some of it on snapchat or instagram- it was seriously a feast and the food just kept coming! We even passed the home where they filmed Wedding Crashers on our cruise.

My two recommendations from our first day in Annapolis- first, get on a boat {sailboat, yacht, cruiser- your choice} and second, go straight to the Crab Claw Restaurant. And maybe a third tip- don’t wear white to the Crab Claw… learn from my mistake- the messier you get, the better ;) It’s supposed to be an adventure- right? More photos and a video of day 2 in my new favorite city coming soon! Stay posted!

See bottom of the post for giveaway details!

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Anyone notice the new watch I am wearing in every photo? I’m pretty sure I’ve worn this wood watch every day since I received it. It is literally made of real wood and is the lightest, most comfortable watch I’ve ever worn. I love the neutral wood color and the fact that it matches every occasion- boating to hiking and fast-paced city life to slower holiday mode. And today could be your lucky day! One lucky reader will receive a $75 e-voucher towards the JORD Wood Watch of your choice {men’s watches here and women’s watches here}! And as a bonus, everyone who enters (excluding the winner) will get a $20 e-gift card toward any JORD Wood Watch! In this case, everybody really does win something!

Entering the giveaway is easy! Simply click this link and enter your first name and email address! The winner be selected at random and will be contacted via email.* Feel free to share this link with friends & family- you never know who might be looking for a unique gift or new watch!

{dress :: watch c/o :: sunglasses}

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*This giveaway ends 8/14 and the voucher is good for one month.


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Who Am I

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Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself thinking the same question, time and time again. Who am I? I believe that in life, who we are continually changes. I am not the same girl I was five or ten years ago- I’m not even the same girl I was one year ago.  Events take place that shape and mold us.

As cheesy as it sounds, this website has been a part of my journey for quite some time now.  It was with me before I became a wife, before we moved to Thailand, before we moved to New York City. It has seen infinite joys and deep pain- some shared, some kept private.  And though I have changed throughout the years, the design and website style hasn’t changed too much. But I am beginning to think it is time for a change. So I sit here, thinking. Who am I? How can my new space reflect the new me?

Last week I attended a conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania at Hotel Hershey and the keynote speaker, David Friedman, spoke about the importance of a company’s culture. The more he spoke, the more I realized how applicable his message was to not only the office, but also to our lives as individuals- as sisters, friends, wives, mothers, etc. We create a culture in our home. Your home has a culture. There is an unspoken feeling a guest has when they enter your space, created by the culture you cultivate.  And the beauty of it is, we get to choose what that culture looks like.

If you’ve followed me for long, you know I love goals. I believe if you write something down, you are more inclined to take the necessary steps to achieve it. Well, most people don’t sit down and write a tangible list of the “culture goals” they hope to cultivate in their home.  But after this event, I certainly want to. I yearn for my home and my little corner of the internet to share an intentional culture- to share a piece of me. But that brings me back to my questions. Who am I? What do I want the “culture” of my space and my home to look like?

What “culture” do you hope to cultivate in your home or your space?
What are a few things that describe you?

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read more about ‘who am I’ here 

Photos taken in Railay, Thailand {post 1 & post 2}

 

Each Season has a Purpose

Anyone else ever struggle with being present? Caleb and I have a few trips planned and I am just itching for time to go by quickly so we can hop on the train or plane to get to each destination. Don’t get me wrong- I love the stage of life we are in right now, but I am feeling a bit restless. But in this restlessness, I am reminded that each season has a purpose.

Caleb and I were recently talking about our jobs in NYC and the impact we are making. In Thailand it was so easy to see the fruit of our work and I still keep in contact with my precious students. Being out of our comfort zones in Thailand made the Lord’s presence all the more obvious. We couldn’t help but rely on Him in every instance. But in New York, I can’t always see my purpose in my office- life seems ordinary. I find myself dreaming of different opportunities or various adventures that could take place in the future.

My sweet friend Katie recently shared a post that spoke directly to my heart- and I hope it speaks to yours too. {Seriously, go read it!} Sometimes, monotony has a purpose. This season of being still is our time to plant roots. As Katie says, it is our time to “go deeper” with those around us. The Lord is teaching us, molding us. God is just as active in the waiting as He is in the adventure- we just might need to be a little more intentional in our seeking.

Do you ever struggle with being present or waiting in the monotony?
What could the Lord be teaching you in this season?

Also, any suggestions for the following places? Any tips or recommendations would be hugely helpful!

  • Annapolis, MD (July)
  • Greenport- North Fork, NY (July)
  • NYC staycation (August)
  • Branson, MO (September)
  • NYC staycation (October)
  • Newport Beach, CA (November)
  • Dublin & Doolin, Ireland (November) cities still flexible
  • Paris, Colmar, Dijon, London, Geneva (December & January)

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Flowers & Diamonds

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Few things go together like flowers and diamonds- don’t you think? While I love simple, intimate gestures as much as the next girl- there is something about the sparkle of diamond that just makes me swoon.

Each night I can’t help but smile when I lay my CanadaMark diamond down on the mirror in my bedroom that holds my perfume and fresh blooms. There are few items I wear each day, but my necklace is one of them. Whether in a t-shirt and jeans, a sundress, or an evening gown- this necklace goes with literally everything. And to make it even better- all CanadaMark diamonds are ethically and responsibly sourced in Canada. They are everything you could ask for in a diamond and more. My diamond is set in a Serendipity Rosebud diamond pendant and the packaging it arrived in is completely dreamy! I seriously kept it because it was too pretty to throw away. If you are in the market for a diamond {birthday, anniversary, engagement, celebration, just because}… you MUST check out CanadaMark.

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necklace c/o CanadaMark diamonds :: style Rosebud Diamond Pendant by Serendipity Diamonds

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Take the First Step

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“Faith is taking the first step event when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King Jr

Happy Monday friends! Can you believe we are almost half way through July? Where has the summer gone?! Today I needed the reminder to take the first step. Let’s make the most of this summer- let’s start new today. Let’s be brave and take that first step- whether that means crossing something off your summer bucket list, calling that person you’ve been meaning to reach out to, taking the time to focus on you, or start working towards that goal! You don’t need to see the full staircase, just take that first step! Life can be a daring adventure, you just have to say yes and work hard!

Anyone with me?

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Also, I will be heading out to Hershey, Pennsylvania later this week!
{yes, the land of chocolate!}
be sure to follow on instagram and snapchat @ChloeBArnold!

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Be Still

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Have you ever had one of the moments where you catch a glimpse of a sunset and it just stops you in your tracks? Moments like those have been on repeat this past week for me- from swoon worthy sunsets and perfect blooms to random acts of kindness and smiles from a stranger on the street. It’s like the Lord has been whispering the softest, sweetest reminder. Be still.

In the midst of chaos, heart break, and trials or joy, celebration, and love. Be still. Be still and know.

 ”The Lord will fight for you, you only need to be still.”
Exodus 14:14

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…”
Psalm 37:7

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.”
Psalm 62:5

“Be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Philippians 4:6

 Sometimes, we must recognize that all we can do, all we need to do is be still. Meditate on Him, His presence, His plan. Be still.

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Credits:
photography :: B Schwartz Photography 

styling :: Tandem Events 
flowers :: La Fleur du Jour 
dress :: BHLDN 
Hair :: Pinned & Proper

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The Belmont Stakes

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So, these photos are a tad delayed, but hey- better later than never right? Going to the Kentucky Derby has been on my bucket list for years, so once we moved to NYC it was obvious that we also needed to add the Belmont Stakes to our list. My grandparents (who lived in NY until moving down to Florida) attended this event every year and I am excited to continue their legacy!

A group of our friends bought tickets and made a day of it! From the train ride to the event- it was a day for the books! If you are ever in NYC during the Belmont Stakes- I highly encourage you to buy the upper-level tickets. You will be quite glad you have a seat and proper covering from the sun, rain, or whatever the day may entail.

Check out the video at the bottom of the page!

and stayed tuned on snapchat & instagram-
we are headed to Hershey, Pennsylvania and Annapolis, Maryland later this month!

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{bought my hat the morning of and added a real peony to spice it up a bit}

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Southern Adventures

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Also, I am giving away a BOX of FLYJOY bars to TWO readers- and you get to choose the flavor! Follow the instructions below to enter:

1.) Share what flavor you would choose in the comments below
2.) Follow @ChloeBArnold & @FLYJOYbars on instagram
3.) Comment on my instagram giveaway picture

**If you don’t have instagram, simply comment below and let me know you don’t have instagram.

They are gluten free & vegan- so they work with almost any dietary needs! The winner will be randomly selected and contacted Friday. {my  favorites are the coconut and cashew cookie dough}

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AND they give back to charity- win win win!

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FLYJOY bars :: Kammok tote :: Kammok Roo hammock

This post is sponsored by FLYJOY but all opinions are my own.

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Why We Should Celebrate Beauty Everyday

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I truly believe we should celebrate beauty everyday. In my opinion, beauty breathes life. Something about lighting a new candle or placing a fresh bouquet of flowers in a vase literally brings a smile to my face.

As I was scrolling through my instagram feed recently, I came across a photo posted by Amanda Marshall and it felt like a breathe of fresh air. There was no witty caption or note inspiring us to do or be better- it was just a gorgeous photo sharing the beauty in every day life. With tragedies happening all around us, I believe it is important we take a moment to recognize beauty- regardless of how big or small it may be. So let’s all stop for a moment and celebrate the beauty in our lives- whether it be intentionally setting a pretty table, noticing a smiling stranger on the street, or watching a bee leisurely pollenate flowers.

I love going through Amanda’s blog “Marshalls Abroad” and noticing how intentional she is with her family. From the meals she makes {seriously, they are each a work of art} to her daily adventures and photographs- joy and love just exude from this girl. Take a moment and go check out how she shares and celebrates the beauty in life. The swoon worthy photos in this post are all hers- don’t they make you want to stop for a moment and praise the Lord for His gorgeous creations?

What beauty can you find in your day?

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Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

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If you live in New York or are ever in town during the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, this is an event you don’t want to miss. If you show up early, you will be amazed by some of the gorgeous attire worn by both men and women. Everything from seersucker suits, bright colors, all white and bowties on men to white sundresses and gorgeous avant garde dresses on women, everyone was dressed to the nines- especially in the Rosé Garden section (where we hope to be sitting next year!). I’m already dreaming of the dress and hat/flower crown I will wear next year! And next year I’ll be intentional about snapping some of the gorgeous outfits!

I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with champagne. Growing up, my father gave up alcohol completely. But when a doctor literally told him he needed to add some back into his diet to help alleviate stress, he decided to only drink champagne- hence, my love for champagne and anything bubbly! It is the one drink that was consistently in our house and enjoyed on holidays! I’ll never forget my first glass of champagne in Paris with my parents. So when I first came across the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in college, it was immediately added to my bucket list! And even after years of looking forward to the event, I was not let down. The views, the drinks, the food, the people, the game… does it get any better?

And for those who can’t make it to the event here in NY, you can always order a bottle of bubbly  to be delivered directly to your home through the Minibar Delivery app! And you can get $10 off by using the code ca098821! Cheers!

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Thank you Minibar Delivery!