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Jason and I went to our friend’s wedding a couple weeks ago and since it was only in Richmond, we drove down early and met up with his best friend and wife. They took us Stella’s – modern Greek restaurant with an amazing brunch. They had this frappe made with Greek coffee. Oh my goodness, it was SO good. And I loved that they served their drinks in mason jars! Their bloody mary’s were top-notch too. Loved their entire menu especially these loukoumades or “honey tokens.” Fried dough plus honey drizzles on top? Oh yes! Highly recommend this place if you’re ever in the Richmond, VA area!

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Devouring books over here. I kind of switched it up from last time and went towards the sappy romantic novels. I truly enjoyed all of them though and they were all kind of the same plot with the girl having a bad past, meeting a guy, lives took them away from each other and then events somehow brought them back together again. Although it’s the same plot, they’re all very different in stories and are unique in their own way.

The Final Piece (free with Kindle Unlimited) had me crying so hard. I was sitting on the couch with tears spewing out of my eyes, haha….it’s about a girl named Beth and she was robbed of innocence at a young age by a close family friend. There are some parts that are REALLY graphic cause they were flashbacks and it makes you squirm but it’s quick and not touched upon again. Beth tries to deal with her past by confiding to close extended family. She meets Ryan and Ryan shows her what it’s like to be free and to live her life. As soon as life seems great, her and Ryan are torn away from each other and Beth is left to pick up the pieces again. A family tragedy brings the two back together after many years apart but they’ve never forgotten each other. You’ll have to see if he’s the “final piece” to her puzzle or not and how they deal with the tragedy together.

In This Moment ($0.99 right now!) is about a girl named Aimee who wants to try so hard to bury her past and the tragedy that shattered her world. She’s ‘living’ but barely. Then she runs into Cole and her world is changed forever. Cole is an outgoing athlete. The typical cute college frat boy who has girls fawning all over him. Aimee is the last girl that he thought he’d be attracted to but something about her makes Cole want to dig deeper and get to know Aimee more. Aimee is obviously closed off and could care less about being interested in Cole. They both share the struggle of coming to terms of loss and love so they basically end up navigating it together.

Back to You ($2.99 Kindle) is kind of cheesy but still good if you’re looking for an easy-going, romantic book. Lauren and Michael have a past but Michael ripped Lauren’s heart out. 8 years later, their paths cross again and Lauren is stuck wondering if she should risk it all again and get hurt or risk it all and end up with the man she’s never forgotten and has kept her from having any other relationship of her own. It’s a quick read and there were some typical/expected moments in there but it was definitely a sweet story if you’re looking for that.

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Forever a nerd, I woke up at 2:45am last Friday to pre-order my iPhone 6. The whole process was a huge CF – which was surprising ’cause the iPhone 5 pre-orders were easy-peasy. Anyway, I ended up staying up for 2 hours and unsuccessfully placing an order. Woke up at 630am and was able to easily place an order from the Apple Store app and it was still good to go for delivery on launch day (today!). I drove by my local AT&T store last night after grocery shopping and I saw a guy camped out with a lawn chair at the entrance! People are serious! I’d rather just wait at home…which is what I’m doing right now haha I’m sitting at home like a dog and every car/truck that goes by, I look out the window. I hope it comes soon because doing this all day is not good for my nerves ;)

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We’re headed to London next month!!!! We’re going to celebrate Jason’s big 3-0 :) We’re SO excited! It’ll be our first time across the pond! Any must see’s and eats?? I’ve got some reservations already and we’re doing afternoon tea but I would love some more recommendations!

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Posted on September 19, 2014

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  1. 09/19/2014 at 8:16 am

    Have soooo much fun in London! Can’t wait to follow along :)

  2. lisa
    09/19/2014 at 8:39 am

    Cant wait to read some more of your book recomendations!! And I cant wait to follow along with your london trip. Its my number one place to go :)

  3. 09/19/2014 at 9:29 am

    Have fun on your travels! I can’t wait to see the resulting photos!

  4. 09/19/2014 at 9:40 am

    I can’t wait for you guys to get here!! We will gladly tag along as you stuff your faces at Borough Market… and you are more than welcome to come by our flat for drinks (or tea) or just to say hi if you have the time!! You are going to have such a great time here. :)

  5. 09/19/2014 at 11:13 am

    Obsessed with Frappe. best ever. hmmmm, in London you have to go to Hakasan also Ottolenghi, and then I will send you some more :)

  6. 09/19/2014 at 11:42 am

    You will have the best time in London! Can’t wait to see all the photos ~ Happy Travels!

  7. 09/19/2014 at 11:48 am

    Girl you have been having such a great time….love it!

  8. 09/19/2014 at 1:07 pm

    Always loving your book recommendations! Scope out some fun stuff in London… for the future of course ;)

  9. 09/19/2014 at 1:39 pm

    london for 3-0 sounds amazing!

  10. 09/19/2014 at 6:28 pm

    I got my new iPhone today! Yahoo! Love London!

  11. 09/21/2014 at 2:33 am

    I’m so jealous of your London trip! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  12. 09/21/2014 at 10:23 am

    London is my fave! The Borough Market is fun and a must see if you are there on the weekend, but go early-ish to avoid crowds. If you want to go on themed tours of London, check out the list of London Walks (www.walks.com). I love the Hummingbird Bakery on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. I also recommend going to Trafalger Square early in the morning, like, 7:30, and you’ll have it all to yourself. Sunrise/sunset on Westminster Bridge overlooking the Thames. ACK! SO JEALOUS! Have fun!

    • Julie
      09/21/2014 at 2:26 pm

      We have Borough Market on our list for Sunday! Thank you for letting me know about that bakery in Notting Hill as we’ll be up that way too. :) thanks for all the great ideas! I definitely want to do the Westminster Bridge thing too!

  13. 09/21/2014 at 3:47 pm

    For your London hop: All the curry! Fish and chips and BBBEEEERRRRR!

  14. Katie Poling
    09/30/2014 at 3:17 pm

    I live in Richmond and just went to Stella’s for the first time about a month ago. I shared several appetizers with some friends and everything was amazing!! I need to get back soon for a full dinner. The cocktail menu was also very good! Sounds like brunch is a must too :)

    • Julie
      10/01/2014 at 12:29 pm

      Yes, their brunch is a must!!

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