Coffee with Karly | Countdown to Vacation, Books & Blog Advice

Hey, hey! Happy Friday. Since I sometimes like to share roundup posts on Friday’s around here, I thought I might as well give ’em a series name! So, welcome to Coffee with Karly. Has a nice ring, don’t you think? Get ready for all the randomness – thoughts, favorite links from the week and so on.

Coffee with Karly
We’re in full countdown-to-vacation mode around here. One week to go! You may recall that we’re headed down to Fort Myers Beach, Florida. There was a hot minute there where we started to plan Trip B due to Hurricane Irma, but luckily the area incurred minimal damage. I really just can’t wait to plop my bum on a beach chair and soak up some rays.

Thanks to Jess, I picked up the most adorable $20 Amazon purse to carry around at the beach. The quality is like really good. I can’t get over it’s cuteness.

I officially completed my 2017 reading challenge! 50 books in the bag. That doesn’t mean that I’m done reading for the year, but I’m pretty stoked that I hit my goal already. There will be the usual book review post in a couple weeks, but I ended the challenge with The Royal Treatment and The Royal Wedding by Melanie Summers. So, so cute. Think Bridget Jones meets The Prince and Me (you know, that awful Julia Stiles movie that you have to watch anytime it’s on T.V.).

There’s like a million and one shows premiering today on Netflix. I’m pretty stoked for the Lady Gaga documentary and of course, new episodes of Fuller House.

I saw this article from The Every Girl floating around a while back, but I don’t think I ever shared it. It’s a great reminder that life happens while you’re busy making plans. I’m trying to be better about this.

Advice is greatly needed from all you wonderful blogging ladies/social media connoisseurs. When do you know that it’s time to break up with your brand? I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming and soul-searching lately, leading me to contemplate a MAJOR change around here. However, change is scary and I’m worried about the potential negative outcomes. The pros at this point still outweigh the cons, but still. I would love any expertise in this department or just someone to talk it through with. At the very least, I’m moving to a new host and getting a new theme since certain areas of mine have either stopped working or caused compatibility issues with other things. The WordPress headache, albeit worth it, is never-ending.

And of course, a post like this wouldn’t be complete without a little shameless promotion right? Earlier in the week, I shared a comfortable t-shirt bra option for those of us on a budget and some neutral farmhouse-style fall decor for less.

That’s it for coffee with Karly … ‘er, me today. 😉

Have a great weekend!

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  1. 10.2.17

    um, i love that awful julia stiles movie 😉 i am pretty sure it’s inspired by princess mary, or at least that’s what us aussies try and tell ourselves lol. that book is on my kindle though so i’m glad you liked it! i have no advice or experience with the blog and brand as i am not that kind of blogger i don’t think, but you’ve gotta do what’s right for you and what will make you happy 🙂 i am lucky that i gave myself such an odd name that my life could change drastically and the name would never make any sense anyway haha. it doesn’t scream any kind of niche so i just write whatever, which is all i ever wanted to do.

    • 10.2.17

      Haha oh trust me, I love that movie, too. I literally have to watch it anytime it’s on tv. I LOVED that book and the second one, so I hope that you do, too. And girl, I’m obviously no cool blogger either, lol. I don’t know why I’m psyching myself out about changing my name/“brand.” You’re so right that I need to just do what I want to do because that’s all I want anyway. Just write and maybe people will read it.

  2. 9.27.17

    Congrats on finishing your reading challenge! I still have a while to go, but hopefully I’ll be able to do it by the end of the year. And I hope that you decide what’s right for you with the blog and brand! I feel like over time we all change, so it makes sense that the blog that you started originally might not be where you are after a few years.

    • 10.2.17

      Yes! That exactly sums it up. I’m not even really looking to change the content too much, just the name/branding. I’d love to just be able to write more and be more personal without this constant feeling of competition, you know? I want to go back to the good ol’ blogging days!

  3. 9.24.17

    I love posts like this! Congrats on finishing your reading challenge, that’s awesome! And I wish I had advice for you, but I’d definitely say follow your gut. I’m excited to see what you do with it and what it becomes! And I hope you enjoy your vacation this week!

    • 10.2.17

      Thanks, girl! You’re right, I should just trust my gut. It has yet to lead me astray in 28 years of life! And thank you, we are enjoying the beach so far!

  4. 9.24.17

    Congrats on finishing your reading challenge. Have the best time on your trip!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. 9.22.17

    Okay I LOVE that purse and the price point. Send me an email girl I want to hear all about this rebranding!

  6. 9.22.17
    Biana Perez said:

    I can’t believe it’s already time for Fuller House to come back with a new season – but I know I’ll watch it all lol! Super cute new beach purse and love the new series!

    • 9.24.17

      Oh I know! It killed me not to binge it this weekend, but I’m trying to save it for the plane to/from Florida next week!

  7. 9.22.17
    The Adored Life said:

    Awww, I LOVE this so much girl!

  8. 9.22.17

    I love coffee talk! What a cute little beach purse! Now I’m going to be hooked on all the new netflix series! I needed something new after recently finishing House of Cards. Can’t wait to see your new blog design/brand! I have always wondered about the switch to WordPress, but never got up the courage and I’m pretty familiar with blogger so I was afraid of the change lol!

    • 9.24.17

      I really do love WordPress, but it has its moments lol. Sometimes I wish I would’ve just stayed on blogger, but it’s too late for that now! Yay for all the new Netflix shows!

  9. 9.22.17
    Christina Sotherden said:

    I can’t wait to follow along with your trip! We always used to go there to see my Grandma when she lived there and it’s such a special place – glad the hurricane didn’t stop your plans!

    • 9.24.17

      We are so excited to go since we’ve never visited that part of Florida before. We got lucky that the hurricane didn’t derail our plans!

  10. 9.22.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I’m in full countdown to seeing all of you and having my Finny for a week! Very cute little purse you picked out for your trip, who would have thought to look on Amazon for something like that?! Interesting and all so true article by the The Every Girl. Good for you on 50 books – you know I have a lot of catching up to do!