Monthly Musings: July

July took place across 4 states, 6 towns/cities, 1 mountain range, and 1 amusement park, not to mention countless cities passed through while traveling! I guess you could say it was a pretty busy month!

My parents came to visit me in Chicagoland the first weekend of July so we could go to the city for my mom’s birthday. We had beautiful weather all weekend long, and we went on a super interesting walking tour about gangsters and the Chicago mob. If you’re ever in Chicago, I recommend going on one of the free walking tours! They’re a great way to learn more about the city + see places you might not otherwise see. I did some in London too, and I strongly recommend those as well!

July 7th was my last day at my internship at Claire’s! I was an e-commerce intern and I loved every single day there. As crazy as it sounds, I actually miss the 9-5 corporate life!

Another highlight of this month was my family vacation down to North Carolina. My uncle has a house in Highlands, so we take any opportunity we can to visit! The only catch is that it’s a 15.5 hour drive from Iowa. Yikes. But it’s always worth it once we get there! I mean seriously, how freaking beautiful is this place?

Monthly Musings: July

For the last 5-ish years, I’ve been DYING to ride some rollercoasters. There’s not much I love more than the adrenaline rush from a good rollercoaster – seriously, the faster & crazier, the better! Since we were all due for a good dose of adrenaline, we stopped at Dollywood on the way home. It. Was. Awesome. If you’re going soon, you have to go on the Wild Eagle, Drop Line, and Mystery Mine rides!

The last few days of the month were just spent in my hometown. Nothing special, but hey, it was a busy month otherwise!

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The Cutaway by Christina Kovac: Finally finished this one! It definitely picked up near the end, and although I thought it was a bit predictable, it was still a good read!

I am now halfway through Second Life by SJ Watson. I picked it up because it was only $5.98 at Barnes & Noble, but it’s actually pretty good! It’s about a woman who is distraught about her sister’s sudden death, and in the process of trying to figure out what really happened, she is introduced to a whole different side of herself.


Lana Del Rey released her new album!! After nearly 2 years of waiting, we finally got Lust For Life! I love all the songs on the album, but my favorites are God Bless America – And All The Beautiful Women In It and Coachella – Woodstock In My MindIf you haven’t listened to the album, you need to now!

I’m still listening to the Rosecast Podcast which is a Bachelorette podcast by two hilarious guys. If you like the Bachelorette and witty banter, this is definitely something you need to listen to!


Y’all, if Peaky Blinders isn’t in your life, you need to get it there. It’s a British period drama set in 1920’s Birmingham, and it centers around a gangster-like family. Cellian Murphey stars in it so there’s a great dose of eye candy! You can find it on Netflix!

Of course, I’m still watching The Bachelorette. You can catch my recaps here, but I have a very bad feeling that Rachel’s going to pick the guy I least want to win (looking at you Bryan). Seriously, I would’ve even preferred Penguin Guy over Bryan! There’s only two more episodes left of the show, but one of them is just a “men tall all” type of thing. Ugh.

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38 Replies to “Monthly Musings: July”

  1. What a busy month for you! Seems like you had a lot of fun!

    1. I did have a lot of fun!

  2. Sounds like you had a great month!! July was a fun month, I am not sure how many goals I accomplished but still fun none-the-less. 🙂

    1. Well I’m glad you had fun!

  3. Wow girl! Sounds like you did some major travelling in July! Summer trips are the best!

  4. darlingdearestblog says: Reply

    It sounds like you had quite the busy and fun July! I’ve heard great things about Peaky Blinders, it’s high on my watch list!

    1. I hope you love it!

  5. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Peaky Blinders – I need to watch!

  6. Love to see you’ve been doing so much traveling! Also I totally agree that Peaky blinders is awesome!

    1. Omg Peaky Blinders is the BEST! Much love for the Shelby fam!

  7. Currently listening to the album from your recommendations! And I’m glad you had fun at dollywood <3

    1. I hope you love it!

  8. It sounds like you had a great month! I love that you got to do so much traveling!

    The Blush Blonde

    1. I love it too! Thanks for reading Kristin!

  9. I’m glad you had a great July – I still need to listen to Lana’s album. Thanks for reminding me!

    1. Hope you love it!

  10. I never got to visit Highlands when I lived in NC but I heard it was gorgeous! And so glad you loved your internship!!

    xoxo A

    1. It’s a super cute mountain town! Definitely a great place to escape to!

  11. Free walking tours sounds like such a good idea. I need to look for some in North Carolina.

    1. They’re a great way to learn more about your surroundings!

  12. Such a great post, I love the high lands in NYC!

  13. I need to get into Peaky Blinders because I love Cillian Murphy! He was in 28 Days Later which is a favorite movie of mine! NC is on my vacation list for next year – it is gorgeous there!


    1. Omg you NEED to! He is amazing as his character!

  14. Love the catch-up! You definitely seem to have your travel itinerary packed!

    1. I certainly did!

  15. I’m going to NYC highlands this weekend! Thanks for this post xx

  16. I’ve actually heard a lot about Peaky Blinders lately. I think that’s a show my boyfriend would love to watch!

    Kayla |

    1. My whole fam loves it – you should def watch it!

  17. I did a free walking tour while in London, and it was such a great part of my trip!

    Tori || Victori Media

    1. Same! My favorite are the Jack The Ripper themed tours!

  18. Sounds like you had such a fun July, Anna! And as per usual I have to give my Bachelorette intake, I really want Peter to win!!

    The Classic Brunette

    1. I do too but I have a feeling it’ll be Bryan!

  19. Sounds like July was good to you! Can’t believe it is already August!!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    1. I know right? Time goes by so fast!

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