Life Lately

It’s been awhile since I caught up with everyone, hasn’t it? Last week I shared some of my favorite places to eat at while in Montreal and I shared all of my favorite makeup to travel with but since my Montreal trip, it’s been pretty quiet around blog land.

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries

When I arrived back home from Montreal everything got pretty busy and the blog suffered a bit. I know all my blogger friends know how hard it can be sometimes to keep up with posts when there is so much going on in non-blog/real life!

Anyway, so what have I been up to for the last couple of months? Well, I said goodbye to my twenties and hello to thirties. I guess I can no longer call myself a 20 something-year-old now can I? Age is just a number though, especially when sometimes I still think I’m 19 in my mind so turning 30 is all good.

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries

Top: Express | Jeans: Paige | Watch: Citizen

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries

My husband, parents, and cousins threw me an amazing thirtieth birthday party. The party itself wasn’t a surprise but all the decor was. I pretty much just picked a color theme – black and gold – and they went with it.

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries

Bag: Kate Spade

I traveled to Minneapolis for a work trip for a couple days in May. Truthfully, I didn’t really love it there. My hotel was in the middle of nowhere and there wasn’t much around. I visited the Mall of America with some fellow co-workers but it really is just a big mall. Once you’ve seen one mall, you’ve seen them all. I was looking forward to finding some local places to have dinner at but most places nearby were the same chains we have in New York. Maybe it’s just where I stayed though. I’m sure there are nicer places in the city and I just didn’t have time to explore more.

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries

Ottoman: Home Goods – similar here

I’m still trying to Marie Kondo my life and I spent a weekend cleaning out my closet. I donated most items to Big Brothers Big Sisters and some I’ve listed for sale on Poshmark. If the items don’t sell soon though, I’m probably just going to donate them. I want all the extra clutter out of my house asap!

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries

Every weekend it’s been graduation parties and birthday parties with family and I’m not complaining one bit! The hubby and I have had a college graduation party, a high school graduation party, my best friend’s thirtieth birthday party, a 1st birthday party, a sprinkle and we have parties almost every weekend through July!

Life Lately // The Krystal Diaries

Can you believe, every summer I never ever visit the beach regularly? Summers are so short in New York and I do spend lots of time outside enjoying the weather but I never actually go to the beach. So a couple weekends ago the hubby and I drove around looking at different beaches to find our “perfect” one and we may just have found it.

From now until Labor Day weekend, this is where I’ll be every weekend…hopefully.

So that’s been my last couple of months. It’s been filled with parties and spending time with family and friends and it’s been absolutely wonderful.

What’s been going on in your life lately?

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  • Reply Channing

    I can definitely understand life getting in the way of blogging! I was busy with school a lot last year so my blog suffered a little bit, but since I have the summer off, I’ve been able to devote more time to it and I love it! Glad to see your getting back into it too! 🙂

    June 12, 2017 at 10:39 AM
  • Reply Alexa Rosario

    There are literally a hundred things I love about this post… Love the wardrobe closet, love the desserts and everything else. Hope you enjoyed your trip!

    June 12, 2017 at 11:36 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Thank you so much!

      June 12, 2017 at 11:48 AM
  • Reply Autum Love

    Happy Birthday!! And I can totally relate about the blogger struggle. I am actually procrastinating a few important things at the moment.

    June 12, 2017 at 1:42 PM
  • Reply Davi @ Homegrown Simplicity

    So true about feeling 19 when you are turning 30! I’m 28 and I feel like I’m still a teenager sometimes. Happy birthday! Looks like you celebrated 30 the way it should be!

    June 12, 2017 at 4:47 PM
  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Life definitely gets in the way of blogging sometimes. For me, I am so busy with my kids end of the school year stuff and I can’t seem to find as much time to keep up as I would like.

    June 13, 2017 at 12:29 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      This is a busy time of year for so many people!

      June 14, 2017 at 9:42 AM
  • Reply Eric Gamble

    I need to get on your family’s party list cause the cupcakes and the chocolates are killing me!! First of all happy birthday. I loved turning 30.

    June 13, 2017 at 12:53 PM
  • Reply Nazrin

    You’re as old as your heart feels and if that’s telling you you’re 19 then you are 19! You look amazing &I a happy belated birthday to you ✨

    June 13, 2017 at 1:12 PM
  • Reply Angela

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! This was such a fun post to catch up with you and everything that’s been going on lately. Thanks for sharing!!

    June 13, 2017 at 5:53 PM
  • Reply Terri Steffes

    The color theme is gorgeous and I love the cake table. Those wine bottles are cute and can be used in other decor (maybe Christmas?)

    June 13, 2017 at 7:26 PM
  • Reply Laura

    Sounds like you’ve been busy! Those decorations are amazing!

    June 13, 2017 at 9:08 PM
  • Reply Carly Delski (@CarlyNed)

    Your closet looks so inviting! Love the birthday decor as well.

    June 13, 2017 at 10:56 PM
  • Reply The Culinary Jumble

    Love the beach more than anything and despite the sea being only five minutes away, we don’t spend as much time there as we should. Congrats on being 30 – still so young, wait until you hit 50 (like I did a few months back!). Love your party colour theme and all those gorgeous looking treats!

    June 14, 2017 at 4:50 AM
  • Reply theclutterboxblog

    Happy Belated Birthday!! I also hit 30 and still think I’m 21! I think as long as we are having fun and enjoying life age really doesn’t matter. I love love your birthday cake and the decor! Your family didn’t an amazing job!

    June 14, 2017 at 7:31 AM
  • Reply Jackie

    That does see, busy. Also happy belated birthday. I’m still in my twenties but feel like I’m aging so fast. I hope you enjoy you’re thirties. Also have fun at all your parties coming up!

    June 14, 2017 at 9:15 AM
  • Reply Amanda Love

    Life does get in the way of blogging! Lol. I think it’s awesome that you’ve been having the time of your life with family and friends! It’s always better to enjoy life and be in the moment instead of chasing after pictures and what not for blog posts.

    June 14, 2017 at 10:18 AM
  • Reply Pam

    Get to the beach, girl!! I grew up in Northern NJ (right outside of Manhattan) and made a point to go down the shore multiple times a year because it’s fun and it was SO close!! Now I live 3 hours away from the beach and miss the hour trips to the beach!!

    June 14, 2017 at 10:39 AM
  • Reply Belle

    This is such a refreshing post! Belated Happy Birthday! You’re right, age is just a number. I, too, have said goodbye to my 20s couple of years ago but I feel like a teenager. LOL!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    June 14, 2017 at 10:46 AM
  • Reply Claire (@clairebeary94)

    You definitely look super young, not 30! and still pretty 🙂 Happy belated birthday. I’m actually in my 20s but I feel like time goes by so fast!!!

    June 14, 2017 at 10:49 AM
  • Reply reesann723

    Happy Birthday!!! I am right there with you with life getting in the way of blogging and working. But, I always feel blessed that I have the kind of job where I am able to juggle with the 2!

    June 14, 2017 at 11:22 AM
  • Reply Jhilmil

    Welcome to the 30’s gang friend:). Great to know of amazing decorations by your loved ones, it was indeed too good!

    June 14, 2017 at 1:05 PM
  • Reply Lakisha

    Omg Happy Birthday! Wishing you many more to come. I love the theme of the party…those cupcakes look delicious!!

    June 14, 2017 at 1:41 PM
  • Reply Christine Cox

    Good for you for donating those unwanted items. I have been trying to organize my home more and have a pile of stuff for a yard sale and a pile for donation. What doesn’t sell at the yard sale will then be donated too.

    June 14, 2017 at 1:51 PM
  • Reply Blythe Alpern (@blythea)

    I lived in Minneapolis for six months back in grad school. There are some really great restaurants in the downtown area, but I didn’t love the city either. I never did get the hype with the mall. To me it was just a tourist attraction.

    June 14, 2017 at 3:42 PM
  • Reply Prime Beauty Blog (@PrimeBeauty50)

    I haven’t read the Magic of Tidying Up yet, but after watching a bunch of Youtube videos about it, I did a modified version on my clothes. I got rid of so much stuff and have been feeling the need to purge even more.

    June 14, 2017 at 3:43 PM
  • Reply Jeannette

    I completely understand how life can get in the way sometimes. It can get hard to keep up at times. I hope you had a great birthday!

    June 14, 2017 at 7:01 PM
  • Reply Heather

    Happy Birthday! The 30’s are a great decade of birthdays to have 🙂 I tried Marie Kondo…my kids do not want to do any magic tidying though 🙂

    June 14, 2017 at 7:34 PM
  • Reply Laura Parra

    Such a lovely blog post! I’m also near to my 30’s and I am super excited about it. You had so many Bday celebrations I guess you feel lucky and blessed to have so much love in your life. Another decade means a lot of changes and it should be celebrated BIG! 🙂 Loved your closet btw. Everything looks so organized and tidy. Lovely!

    June 14, 2017 at 8:05 PM
  • Reply patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Happy birthday! I still think I’m 19 in my head too – haha! Love the way you’ve organized your closet. I just bought some baskets for my purses. Hope they fit!

    June 14, 2017 at 11:30 PM
  • Reply Louise x (@withlovefromlou)

    Happy 30th birthday! I had to chuckle when I read your post as I most definitely still think I’m 19, and I’m 32 LOL. Oh well, they say you’re only as old as you feel 🙂

    Louise x

    June 15, 2017 at 6:55 AM
  • Reply deepagandhi

    Birthday wishes to you and your post reminded us of our time in US ..I have been to Mall of America long time back and agree its really huge. Looks like you are having lots of fun with so many parties and travel.

    June 15, 2017 at 9:01 AM
  • Reply SC

    Happy birthday!! I love your style and photos. I also can relate to the struggle of balancing regular life with blogger life. I’m currently planning a wedding, starting a new job and trying to keep up my blog.. sometimes we need (deserve) a break though, and that’s ok!
    Cheers, Sarah Camille //

    June 15, 2017 at 9:24 AM
  • Reply missy35000

    Wow, you look early twenties not thirty! And I LOVE your closet! It’s making me eye my nineteen year-old stepson’s bedroom for a future makeover:)

    June 15, 2017 at 11:19 AM
  • Reply Susan Croox

    Now that summer is here, we are loving finding new parks for the kids! Of course, that’s always an adventure since Jac is a runner!

    June 15, 2017 at 12:13 PM
  • Reply Amber Nelson

    It is so hard for me to be consistent with my blog posts, especially in the summer time! We are trying to be outdoors enjoying the sun!

    June 15, 2017 at 4:27 PM
  • Reply Cynthia Nicoletti

    You really have been busy. Party, cleaning out closet. I cut down on blogging for now, will resume back in the winter.

    June 15, 2017 at 10:02 PM
  • Reply chelseajacobs

    It sounds like you’ve had a wonderful (and busy!) few months!!

    June 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM
  • Reply Renée ♥

    Glad you had a good celebration to welcome your 30’s. (Mine are just a distant memory now, so enjoy what you have!) BTW, I had the exact same reaction when I visited the Mall of America – it’s a mall.

    June 16, 2017 at 10:25 AM
  • Reply Trisha R (@Rosewood_Grace)

    Happy belated birthday! I love the color scheme for your party! And as far as getting the clutter out of your life (and your closet!), I can totally relate! I did that a couple years ago and felt great! Since having my daughter though, clutter has crept back in, so it’s about time for me to do some decluttering too.

    June 16, 2017 at 2:10 PM
  • Reply Elizabeth O

    Happy 30th Birthday and wishing you many more. I love visiting Canada so it was nice to see your photos of Montreal while virtually enjoying a piece of your birthday cake. 🙂

    June 17, 2017 at 3:32 AM
  • Reply toughcookiemommy

    Thanks for the heads up on traveling to Minneapolis. I’ve never been there but I am glad that I learned in advance what it is like to visit there.

    June 18, 2017 at 6:21 PM
  • Reply Emma

    Belated Happy Birthday! You don’t look like anything but a twenty-something; so keep up whatever you’re doing!
    Enjoy all the family time; memories are pecious.

    June 18, 2017 at 7:59 PM
  • Reply Mommy Engineering

    wow what a fun celebration! I love the decorations! Happy Belated Birthday! Many more happy years!

    June 19, 2017 at 9:43 AM
  • Reply yasmina

    Happy belated and best travels in MN! I lovedddd going there especially for festivals!

    June 20, 2017 at 11:17 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Too bad I didn’t love it there. I was actually a little disappointed.

      June 20, 2017 at 11:41 AM

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