Moving is Ruff

Nothing is more stressful than moving. Except for when you move and your dog hates your new space. Smaller apartment + loud street noises + 0 roommates = a recipe for disaster. I did not know how awful dog separation anxiety could be until I experienced it first hand.

Two days in a row my new neighbor (who apparently has nothing better to do during the day) complained of loud banging from Tilly while I was away at work. Blissfully unaware of how a 12 pound animal could cause such distress, I set up a nanny cam app on my laptop to see what happens when I leave. To my horror, the puppy-cam captured images straight out of The Exorcist. In over 40 photos, Tilly is mid-air, body slamming the front door.

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It’s a love/hate relationship with the new apartment though. While snapping a few sneak peek shots of the studio decor progress, Tilly made sure she was front and center. Is dog photobombing trendy yet?

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Ten bucks says #TillyBombing is about to go viral. I call it.

What do you think of the apartment so far?

Moving on Up… and Down

 

Drumroll please… as of April 1st, I, Morgan Reid, will have my very own “big girl” apartment!

Peace out Glover Park, hello Cathedral Heights. Like most city dwelling young professionals will tell you, the older you get, the more you start to crave a space to call your own.

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However, in a city like Washington, D.C., moving into your own space also often means downgrading in size. My current apartment is a decently-sized 2 bedroom apartment among the trees. My new space is a brand new 570 square feet studio in the city. Downsizing to a studio apartment (yes, the kind where one room houses everything,) requires some careful planning.

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Thank goodness my mother, an experienced Interior Designer, offered to help with the studio layout. With 570 square feet to work with, arranging furniture feels much like a game of tetris. You’re living in a life size jig saw puzzle. How do people move into such small spaces these days without a Mom like mine? #lifesaver

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A lesson quickly learned in studio life: everything must have multiple purposes, such as my new antique trunk (via Craigslist) that will double as a coffee table and storage for blankets, board games, and more. And in an effort to build privacy and multiple spaces in the large main room, I purchased an Ikea Expedit room divider, which also works as a book shelf while still letting light shine through.

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It will be difficult to part ways with some of my furniture and junk. Who knew being a minimalist takes such work. For more storage and space saving tips, check out my full Studio Life board on Pinterest.

Now who’s up for a housewarming party on the roof deck?

 

Snippets of Valentine’s Day

Gone are the days of candy hearts and swapping cards in class. As a “grownup”, Valentine’s Day is what you make it. So when House of Cards announces their season 2 premier on 2/14, you plan accordingly. Instead of fighting the crowds and dressing up, Sam and I went out for a quick dinner and were home early enough to catch the first (shocking) episode.

Call me old fashioned, but it makes me sad that 90% of my photos never make it off my phone or computer. I cannot even recall when I last time had photos printed. So as a small Valentine’s Day gift I gave Sam the second-annual year in review book for 2013, printed from Shutterfly. It’s the best way to archive the best of 2013, from our multiple beach trips, visits to see family, concerts, favorite food, date nights, and more.  50 years into the future I can see my grandkids pulling our huge collection of annual books of the shelf and realizing their Grandma used to be pretty cool.

Here are a few of the top moments that made it into the book:

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Sisters on Skis = Scary

Following my family’s Christmas beach trip in the Outer Banks, my sister returned to DC with me to visit for a week. Since Devan has already seen the typical DC tourist attractions, we decided to skip the National Mall and hit the ski slopes instead.

Now, you may assume 2 sisters who went to high school in Wisconsin would be skiing pros, but that couldn’t  be further from the truth. Total snow sport amateurs. Skiing is something we never learned as kids, so we were too excited to try it out. Bundled up with 3 layers of pants and 4 tops, we looked like the Michelin Man as we head out for Whitetail Resort.

Following three hours of “pizza your skis to slow down” and “french fry to go faster” ski lessons, we were finally go down the bunny slope on our own…

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We successfully get ourselves and skis onto the ski lift, ride up the hill, and proceed to immediately crash and burn upon disembarkment…

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After brushing off our bruised egos, we posed for a few glamour shots for Instagram at the top of the hill….sister skiing tripbunny slope lessons white tail

And made our way down the mountain! We didn’t run into a tree or hit a kid or anything!sisters on ski, white tail

Where it went wrong is after a a dozen trips down the bunny slope. We got cocky. We thought we could handle a tougher hill and headed for the Sidewinder course. Judging by the 5 year olds whizzing past us on skis, it was not the toughest course ever, but it sure did beat us down.

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Devan and I experienced so many wipeouts that we were eventually skiing down the hill, at about 1 MPH shouting “SLOW DOWN! PIZZA! PIZZA YOUR SKIS!” to each other. We were literally crawling. Afraid Devan would chicken out and walk down the slope, I promised her: “if you can make it down alive on your skis, I will buy you the largest chocolate frosty money can buy.” Chocolate bribes always work for Devan. And 2 hours and a few stumbles later, we arrived safely at the lodge, kissing the solid ground beneath our feet.

So beware snow bunnies! Devan and Morgan are now skiers on the lose and will be complete maniacs on a slope near you soon.

2013 Reflections & 2014 Resolutions

 

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s important for me to reflect on the past 365 days and set goals for 2014.

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2013 was a great year for the blog. Reidmore posts were full of beach trips to Charleston and North Carolina, DIY paint and decor projects, downloading free fonts, party hosting and online shopping.

In my life off the web, I accomplished many of my travel goals, continued growing my design and photography education, found a job that I love, ran a 5k and worked on fitness, and became an expert on DC restaurants. I’m ending the year in a great place in my social, career, and family life.

2014 goals and resolutions

Looking into the future, 2014 holds so much potential. I foresee as much travel as possible, from Charleston, Nashville, New York City, and even back to Texas to see my sister graduate from college. With a new career in the travel industry, it’s my goal for 2014 to ramp up my frequent flier miles and hit the road. In addition to travel, I have financial goals to save more money and spend wisely – using technology to save smarter and get peace of mind.

Other goals for 2014 include improving myself, such as working out regularly each week, learning something new (sushi, skiing, or photography, perhaps?), and complete my D.C. Bucket List (National Building Museum, National Cathedral, Theodore Roosevelt Island, and Spy Museum, etc.) and more.

 

2014 is going to be a big year. Happy New Year & Cheers!

Merry #OBXMAS

Merry Christmas from the Outer Banks!

This year the family is skipping a snowy Wisconsin Christmas and headed south instead. 70 degree weather and walks on the beach beat shoveling the driveway any day, so it’s been a very merry #obxmas for sure.

On the way from Milwaukee to the beach my family made a pit stop in DC. It was perfect timing for seeing DC all lit up for Christmas and I was thrilled to be playing tour guide.

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Now that we’re in Corolla, it’s mostly been windy beach walks, playing with the pups, and messy cookie decorating.

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Merry Christmas! Looking forward to 2014.

Ultimate Christmas Wish List

Two weeks until Christmas and suddenly my Twitter feed is as full of bloggers’ gift guide posts as Santa’s sleigh is with gifts. These posts are a helpful way to gather ideas and I’ve found many of my favorite gifts for family and friends this way. However, I’m a firm believer of Christmas shopping online and early in the season, so just now sharing gift guides seems a little last minute – not my style.

With the family headed down to the Outer Banks to spend Christmas at a beach house rental, gifts are being kept to a minimum this year – but a girl can still dream! So instead of a gift guide, I thought I’d get a little selfish and share my most coveted items, directly via my gigantic Amazon Wish List. Each item is strategically placed on a matrix-style chart representing my various personality traits, hobbies, and interests.

And if you’re a last minute shopper searching for the perfect gift  for your overly organized, design conscious, dog loving, tech savvy blogger friend (I know I can’t be the only one out there!) – then follow along for plenty of ideas at any price point.

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Spotify Year Subscription / Frends Headphones / Jambox Speaker

Driftwood iPhone Charging Dock / Magnetic Phone Mount / Apple TV

Pantone Postcards / Clarisonic Mia / Collar Cam / UP24 by Jawbone

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Turquoise Crystal Earrings / Tassel Necklace / Leopard Pumps 

Suede Booties / Swedish Fish ToteLeopard Shoulder Bag

Calf Hair Keychain / Puppy Uppers Treat Jar / Inside of a Dog Book / Monogrammed Pet Tote

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Corkcicle / Tortoise Low Ball Glasses / Luck Notecards

Horseshoe Wine Stopper / Custom Stationery / Electric Tea Kettle

Rewined Riesling Candle / Craft-a-Doodle Book / Downton Abbey Print

Journeys of a Lifetime Book / Inc. Magazine Subscription / Portable Humidifier

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Iron Table / Brass Pineapple / Monogram Ring / Wall Stud

Piggy Bank / Agate Box / Knotted Cuff

Cities Calendar / Alhambra Blanket / Crayon Vases / Kilim Rug / State Print

For a full year I’ve slowly accumulated this list of my favorite items that I’d love to call my own. But I’m sharing the love! From the Rewined Candle (handmade in Charleston), to Spotify, and even the Corkcicle wine chiller (great hostess gifts), I’ve shared many of these products too.

Happy holiday shopping!