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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I Moved!

Hey guys!  I decided to make the shift over to Wordpress so now you find me over here. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Currently

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The Currently link up with Anne and Jenna has most definitely turned into one of my favorite posts to do. Even when life gets really busy and blogging gets harder to do, it's good for the soul I think to reflect back on life lately! So here we are again, this month talking about what I'm toasting, going, smelling, wearing, and wishlisting.

Toasting...
The Cavs! My husband has been a fan of all Cleveland sports his entire life and when we first started dating we spent a lot of time going to Cavs play off games (before Lebron broke the hearts of Ohians everywhere and left for Miami). It's been a fun thing to follow along with and my husbands' superstitious ways have definitely rubbed off on me. I didn't even watch Game 7, just stayed upstairs and stalked the score on my phone then ran downstairs to celebrate with him. So much fun and so happy for the city of Cleveland to have that to celebrate!

Going...
To Costco! We had a Costco open up right by us a couple of years ago but we had never gone because we had always been gifted a Sam’s Club membership. That membership lapsed and we decided to give Costco a try and I’m almost ashamed to admit how excited I was about it. So far I'm liking the options far more than the ones we had at Sam's Club, but I'm not quite at fan girl status yet.

Smelling...
Fresh peaches! My dad bought a bunches of peaches from The Peach Truck, which is a company who drives around to different locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania and I guess you literally buy the peaches right off the truck. He shared a bagful of them with me and they've sitting in a bowl on our kitchen counter and I love catching the smell of them! Jacob and I ate several of them on their own, but I made this mango and peach salsa recipe and it was insanely good. Minimal ingredients and easy to throw together made it just my speed.

Wearing...
The university I work for announced last month that they were implementing a summer dress code that allows us to wear jeans every day through September 2nd. I think I’d get way too bored if I wore jeans every single day, but I’ve definitely taken advantage of the change in policy and worn them more often. It’s been nice to have the pair of flares I purchased a few months ago as an alternative option to the skinny leg jeans I’ve relied on for so many years.

Wishlisting...
More stuff from The Jones Market. :) I just recently ordered this necklace for myself and then this necklace for my sister-in-law's birthday later this summer, and I just keep eyeing the line of t-shirts she launched. I know I don't need it, but I really think I want this one

Monday, July 4, 2016

All American

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striped tee, jeans, & necklace: Discount Fashion Warehouse / shoes: Target

When I think of the 4th of July, I tend to shy away from going full on patriotic with a red, white, and blue look (maybe that's just because I realized I don't own much red!) and am a lot more likely to turn to a look that has that all American / girl next door type of feel to it. A navy and white striped tee, flares, and some comfy open toe booties felt like they fit the bill. If we're talking practicality though, maybe a 3/4 sleeve shirt and long pants wouldn't be the best for enjoying a holiday in the heat of July but it'd be perfect for the next day if you have to spend it being back to work in an overly air conditioned building. ;) 

I hope you all are having a great 4th of July holiday!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

My New Favorite Must Have

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shirt: Target / cardigan: Old Navy / pants: Discount Fashion Warehouse / shoes: Payless

It’s official, I now consider olive skinnies to be as important to own as black skinnies – they’ve hit my list of closet must haves! I’m not really sure what else lives on that list (maybe I should think about that more!) but I can tell you that I went through a transition time where my previous favorite pair of olive skinnies no longer fit and I had yet to find a replacement pair. I felt a little lost during that time! I work in an environment that has the flexibility to be pretty relaxed when it comes to dress code, so olive skinnies can be work appropriate for me but still have that casual feel that lets me wear them on the weekend if I want without feeling too overdressed. Some of you might raise an eyebrow at that, but let me tell you – our weekends are usually pretty quiet and casual, spent trying to wear out a one year old so the bar is set pretty low! ;)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

10 Photos

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I got the idea to post the 10 last photos on my phone from Anne, who got the idea when she saw Kait do it. I loved it so much because it’s just a fun little thing to do to give some random insight into my day to day life outside of the outfits I sometimes decide to put on before I head out the door for the day. I hope you have as much fun reading as I had putting it together! 

Disclaimer: I drafted the post on Friday afternoon but because I'm me and the weekend/beginning of the week was really busy, I'm just getting around to posting it. I'm a pretty frequent picture taker so there's more recent pictures on my phone now, but we're still going with the pre-Friday round up. :)

So here we go, left to right by row!

1. Trying an eyebrow powder and snapping a picture of the instructions since I didn’t find them on the container – haha! I don’t wear much make up and I’ve always thought that if I only have time for one type of make up to apply then mascara will make the biggest difference, but I think I’m close to saying giving your eyebrows a boost is right up there too.

2. Relaxing on my parents’ front porch, one of my favorite places to be. I wish it didn’t take a two hour drive to get to this change in scenery and company!

3. Jacob at my parents’ house, trying to figure out what it’s like to be able to have space to roam around in.

4. Playing in the fountains at the outdoor mall near our house, sticking close to momma at first.

5. Finally getting braver!

6. With his new favorite stuffed animal, the big tiger he keeps calling “kitty kitty”.

7. A picture of a picture – this is my favorite picture of my dad. Candid shots are my favorite!

8. Hanging with my favorite guy at our favorite bar, grabbing a drink to celebrate Father’s Day.

9. In REI, where his favorite thing is all the bikes! They’re even hanging from the ceiling, which is what he’s pointing out to my husband.

10. I like to organize and get really sentimental in times of stress – the most recent byproduct of that being a re-arranged office, complete with a coloring/play area for Jacob and framing the map that used to live in my car as a teenager with the route to my aunt’s house highlighted for me by my dad. A nice little reminder of what life used to be like before smart phones could always give you directions!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Do You Think Anyone Will Notice?

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tee & sweater: Target / pants & shoes: Discount Fashion Warehouse (Express brand) / belt: H&M

Although warmer weather has had me gravitating toward some lighter and brighter options, a black t-shirt and black jeggings will probably forever more be my go to uniform. Thank goodness for layers in the form of cardigans, blazers, and denim jackets and of course some good accessories, but my current favorite way to switch the black on black pairing up is with shoes! Flats are what I wear the majority of the time, so although I felt a little bad about adding 3 pairs to my closet last month I knew that they were fun enough to feel like I’m adding a little personality to a look that really could get boring if I’m not careful. Maybe it'll prevent my co-workers from realizing I wear the same thing over and over again? One can hope! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Looking for Balance

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shirt: thrifted / blazer & shoes: Target / shoes: Discount Fashion Warehouse (Express brand)

Let me tell you, there’s nothing that stops the standing in front of my closet wondering what in the heck to wear faster than a toddler standing at my feet demanding to be picked up and held. On this particular day I was feeling like my options were limited, but that’s probably because I’m behind on laundry and half my closet may be either in the dirty laundry hamper or clean and piled up beside the drying rack. ;) I had bought this blouse back when I knew I was pregnant but was in that stage where you want everything to be a little forgiving because you haven’t told your co-workers you’re pregnant yet and didn’t want a growing belly to be obvious. It has the perfect amount of swing to it and the style feels pretty light and flowy, especially with the almost embroidered detail. Looking for a little balance, I went for more structure with a striped blazer. The ponte blazer style from Target has been my favorite – you get the structure of a blazer but so comfortable that I’ve never felt constricted the way a blazer can sometimes make you feel!