End of Summer Vibes

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Hey loves! I’m sorry for disappearing from my blog this summer, but I’ve been incredibly busy and creative. I wanted to take some time to share my summer adventures and experiences with everyone before posting my other entries. I hope all of my amazing readers and followers have been staying sane, safe, and healthy this summer despite the new normal we’ve found ourselves living. For anyone whose heading back to school in the fall, I wish you the absolute best as we navigate a different kind of environment. Remember, taking care of your mind and body and staying healthy is more important than anything else. It’s been a weird, uncomfortable year, but I actually had a beautiful, inspiring summer. I am the happiest I’ve been all year and I’m so excited for fall. I’ve been soaking in every second of the season and making the most out of our changed world.

I started ballroom dancing again and I’m currently choreographing three dances for an upcoming showcase in September, with my dance partner/instructor. It feels so good to be back on the dance floor. I’ve always said that true dancers don’t dance because they want to, they dance because they need to. It’s a feeling like no other, creating gorgeous movement to your favorite music and sparkling in pretty dance shoes. I’ve been ballroom dancing since 2017 and although I danced since I was a little girl (Ballet, Hip Hop, & Jazz), I’ve learned so much more about myself from diving into ballroom. It takes a lot of patience, hard work, and passion to grow on the dance floor and I’m proud of myself for following my heart. I’ve been at the studio at least two days a week, putting together my showcase look, and memorizing steps and timing. I took a break from writing as I immersed myself in the dance world once again. Sometimes, it’s important to quiet other creative projects to focus your energy on one artistic venture.

I just back from an oceanfront vacation in my favorite place, Long Beach Island. I grew up around the corner from LBI, spent weekends sitting in the sand as a baby and a toddler, and when I first got my license, I drove to LBI every week to escape from reality. I married my best friend last year, surrounded by the ocean and salty air, in Surf City and I still drive to LBI any day I need a little extra peace and quiet. It’s truly my home away from home. I’ll be posting a special blog post dedicated to LBI, which will allow my readers to explore my favorite shopping and dining destinations in the beautiful New Jersey beach town. I went on a shopping spree during my vacation and I bought really beautiful, beachy pieces that will transition into the fall months. It felt so good to shop at my favorite boutiques and stores the way I did prior to the pandemic. It’s also nice to shop in an inspirational environment, such as the beach. There’s nothing better than retail therapy! I love carrying bags of clothes out of a store and knowing I bought pieces that I love.

I went back for a day trip to LBI the other day with one of my best friends to do a little shopping, get coffee at my favorite coffee house, and walk on the beach. It was raining when we walked down to the bay, but absolutely beautiful. By the time we walked back towards the beach a rainbow shone brightly over the water. It was one of those perfect, peaceful days. I am constantly spending days in LBI because I only live about forty minutes away, which is really nice. It’s always good for the soul to take day trips and adventures…breathing elsewhere for a little while can clear your head. My favorite time of the year to walk on the beach is actually in the winter…it’s a different type of beautiful. I’ve spent a lot of time with my two best friends, Gabby and Danny this summer, as much as we could and that definitely made up for the lack of socialization during the quarantine.

I spent the quarantine with my husband and son, staying as safe and healthy as possible and being super creative. I distracted myself with home projects, writing, and other hobbies. We really have come so far since then, regardless of how some may feel. Simply being able to see your best friends, whether you’re enjoying outdoor dining, or you’re spending time in the comfort of your own home, is everything. We need moments with close friends and family to stay sane and happy. It’s the way we are wired as humans. I feel proud to surround myself with such beautiful people and to know that they’re always there for me, even during the darkest times means so much.

Besides dancing, shopping, and pretty trips I’m loving my busy days as a mama to a lively, sweet, smart almost two year old. Greyson turns two in December and we’re already planning an intimate birthday for him. With the Coronavirus controlling a lot of events and planning still, we’ve decided on an intimate second birthday for our boy. He’s literally my entire heart and soul and every day spent with him is magical. I love watching him grow, learn, and laugh. His smile lights up my days and his cuddles remind me of what is truly important. I love you so much Greyson, Xo.

I’m also fully ready for the fall season from decor to fashion. I start decorating for fall Labor Day weekend and it’s so much fun. This mama doesn’t waste any time transitioning into fall days. I take decorating very seriously and it’s one of my favorite things to do. I light some fall scented candles, listen to a good playlist, and I unpack all of the decor. I can’t wait for cozy sweaters, hot chai tea lattes, and football. It’s been a really inspirational summer for me despite the chaos around me, but I’m completely ready for a new season and new moments. I hope everyone is finding beauty in each day and that with the summer coming to a close, new chapters are on the way.

Stay tuned for my upcoming posts such as Coming Home & The Greyson Diaries

The Author

Hi loves, I'm a New Jersey writer and blogger with an immense passion for love, lifestyle, and adventure. I'm the luckiest mama in the world to Greyson Bryce and Waverly Belle. My heart belongs to my children and my husband, Andrew. The Greyson Diaries, an ongoing blog series is based on my daily experiences as a young mom and my love for my babies. I worked in the fashion and marketing industry from age sixteen until becoming a stay-at-home mama at age twenty-four, which drives my passion for fashion, design, and creativity. I don't blog to impress, I blog to inspire. If you’re ever interested in my creative work, please feel free to reach out to me… Email: lizziemognoni@gmail.com

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