Monday, October 21, 2019

Five Favorites .03

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Hey y'all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Today, I'm back at sharing Five Favorites and I hope y'all love these things just as much as I do. This post includes my favorite recent clothing purchase (super budget friendly), one of my favorite podcasts, a great styling tool, my favorite local restaurant, and my hack for keeping my purse organized!


I shared this dress in a couple of weeks ago in this Currently Loving roundup so I had to head to Target that weekend to try it on! Y'all, this is such a flattering sweater dress! I typically don't even like sweater dresses at all because they cling in all of the wrong places but this one is different. It's fitted where you want it to be but a relaxed enough fit that makes you feel comfortable and confident. I think it runs true to size but you could definitely size down if you want it to be fitted. A closet staple for me... and an affordable one!



When my kids went back to school this August, I found myself in the car. A lot! When I'm not working I take them to school and pick them up plus taxi them to their activities. So much car time! I love listening to music but I decided to give a few new podcasts a try to use the time for more than just songs. The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey was the first podcast that I really got into. She interviews a variety of encouraging people that range from authors, speakers, bloggers, television personalities, musicians, comedians, and so much more. This podcast is always super inspiring and just overall so much fun to listen to. Jamie makes you feel like your her friend, too!

I mentioned this hair dryer in my How I Go Four or More Days Without Washing My Hair post but I wanted to share it again because it's definitely one of my favorite things! I have been using it for about six weeks and it's a total game changer. I have thick, wavy hair and this thing works it's magic on my hair in about 10 minutes. I can go from damp hair to dried and smooth in 10 minutes. A huge time saver! I used to blow dry and straighten my hair in at least double that amount of time... sometimes more. I also use it to refresh my hair after a gym session. A momma must have!



Anytime I'm asked about a great restaurant to go to in the Greensboro, North Carolina area, my first response is always Cugino Forno! It's authentic, wood fired, Italian pizza plus delicious salads and desserts. You order at the counter when you come in and then they deliver the food to your table quickly. We've never waited more than 10 minutes for our food! The food is amazing, the atmosphere is friendly, and the customer service is unmatched. If you are local or ever find yourself in the Triad area, you must make a stop at Cugino Forno for lunch or dinner! They also recently opened their second location in Winston-Salem!



Do you have trouble keeping your purse organized? This used to be such a big problem for me because I am the queen of carrying literally everything but the kitchen sink in my bag. I have always got to be prepared, for anything! I bought this handy little clear pouch back in 2018 and it's been my purse's saving grace ever since. You can read more about how I use it to organize my purse in this post! I throw in all of my "loose" items and they are so much easier to see/find! This little pouch also makes switching purses so much faster. My mom saw mine and immediately had to get one!



Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Currently Loving .153

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! 

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! This week's picks all want to be added to my cart ASAP. My wish list for fall and winter is growing quickly!

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Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. S H I R T | I really love a chambray shirt, especially one was an oversized fit! This one would work look great paired with dark or black denim or leopard or anything else you come up with. It's such a great closet staple!



2. M U L E S | Hello, most perfect mules of all time! All of the heart eyes for these shoes. I have always wanted a pair of these style of mules and this leopard print is gorgeous. These shoes would instantly take a boring outfit to a whole new level!



3. S W E A T S H I R T | This sweatshirt looks very basic but you've got to feel this material. You won't want to take it off because it's so super soft! Size up one in this for the best fit. It also comes in several other great colors and it's under $20!



4. L E G G I N G S | I had seen a few bloggers share these leggings and raved about how awesome they were. Well, I had to try them out because I was in the market for some new workout leggings. Mine arrived this week and they are like nothing I have ever felt material wise. They go on easier and hold you in (without that suffocating kind of feeling). I went with the small short (I'm 5'5' but wanted some ankle breathing room for working out). These are fantastic leggings! Two thumbs up.



5. B O O T S | My current over the knee boots need to be retired so I have been on the hunt for a new pair. I love wearing them with skirts and dresses when it's cooler outside. The color of this pair is exactly what I was looking for because it's such a great neutral. I love really love the fitted style and the shape of the toe. These meet all of my requirements!



6. J A C K E T | How fun is this leopard puffer jacket?! I honestly do not like to wear jackets. I'll layer six cardigans before I put on a jacket. Just kidding... kind of. But, I really love the style of this jacket and the fun print makes me want to wear it!



7. H E A D B A N D | Do I need another headband to add to my collection? Probably not but I really love this one for this season. My oldest daughter has also started borrowing my headbands because she loves them so much now, too.



8. T O P | I'm in need of some long sleeve tops so I was on the hunt for some affordable pieces to add to my wardrobe. I was also looking for some color. My closet is mostly neutrals but I do love some pink so I am loving the pretty color of this top! It's also only $16! It would be so cute front tucked into jeans with a pair of leopard shoes.



Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Instagram Roundup .184

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a great week so far!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup, including all of my outfits from last week. These are mostly weekend outfits because now that I'm back at work, I wear jeans and a work t-shirt Monday through Thursday! No worries, I add in leopard print as often as possible (literally almost every single outfit in this roundup includes some form of leopard print, lol).

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I love how this leopard top can be dressed up or down. Perfect for dressing up if you need/want to for work but it's also great with denim for the weekend! I sized up one size for the best fit.



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Took the kids to the pumpkin patch... just kidding. We took pictures with seventy cent pumpkins outside of Trader Joe's! Haha!

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When in doubt, wear black! I love an all black outfit with a pop of leopard print.



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Fun fact: pink gerbera daisies were my wedding flowers. I had them in several shades of pink! I still love them so much.

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Hello, leopard print slip dress! This is such a great, versatile dress that can be styled for all four seasons. I'm excited to come up with so many more ways to wear it!

D R E S S | T O P similar | B O O T S


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Over the weekend, we tried out the new local popcorn place. They have so many delicious, unique flavors to try! We will definitely be back soon!



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This blazer totally took my basic weekend outfit up a few notches! I love how a blazer can instantly make an outfit feel so put together.



Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Currently Loving .152

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! I am oh so happy that it's Friday. Even happier than normal! My husband has been traveling for work since Sunday and I am so glad that he's back. After my first week back at work and parenting solo, I am so ready for some relaxation and fun this weekend! YAY for the weekend! 

Today, I'm sharing my weekly picks for what I'm Currently Loving. I am all about those neutrals and animal print, which is basically all I am wearing lately! So easy to mix and match.

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Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. S WE A T E R  D R E S S | I love a sweater dress but I often find them to be a little too fitted for my personal taste. This one is super flattering and forgiving where it needs to be! The fit is true to size and it's a great budget friendly find. A closet staple!


2. P E P L U M  T E E | I have owned this tee for almost two years and I still keep reaching for it! I keep it in my closet year round because it's great on it's own but it's also super cute layered with a moto jacket or cardigan when it's cooler outfit. The fit is generous but I like an oversized fit so I stuck with my regular size. Comes in other colors, too!


3. B RA C E L E T | Pretty much every single day, I have at least five bracelets on my left wrist. I am all about an arm party! I am loving this bracelet and it would be a great addition to my ever growing bracelet collection.


4. S H O E S | I am loving the unique style of these shoes! I actually tried them on in store and was really surprised at how comfortable they are. An affordable find that fits true to size.


5. L E O P A R D  P R I N T  D R E S S | How pretty is this dress?! Y'all know I love some leopard print! I love the colors and pattern on this one. Also, the style is so feminine plus it's budget friendly, which we all love.


6. J A C K E T | This jacket isn't budget friendly but it's definitely on my personal wish list! It looks so cozy and again, I love some leopard print!


7. J E A N S | In the past couple of years, I have changed up my mindset on jeans. I literally wear them almost every single day during the fall and winter. Investing in denim is one of the best investments you can make, especially if you are a jean queen like I am. Twenty dollar jeans do not last and the fit isn't always super flattering. This brand of jeans is the most affordable for this level of quality. Always remember cost per wear when making a denim purchase. I am loving this pair and high rise, straight leg jeans!


8. T E E | This is such a cute, affordable tee for layering. I love the polka dots and these luxe tees are my favorite tee from Old Navy!


Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Instagram Roundup .183

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Hey y'all! I hope you're having a great week so far! I thought I was busy before but now that I'm back at work, my days are packed. I haven't been able to keep my eyes open past 9:30! But, I am so super thankful to be back in my normal work routine and teaching. Forever grateful for an awesome place to work and the opportunity to serve my community through The Dream Center! In case you are new around here, I'm a STEM educator at a non-profit, faith based, afterschool program that serves students in grades K-5. My own kiddos get to come there, too!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup, including all of my outfits from last week. We are finally feeling some fall temperatures here in North Carolina and I'm so excited for cardigan weather!

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A t-shirt dress is a closet staple for me! I sized up one size in this one for a little extra room and length. It comes in other great colors, too!



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I bought this top in spring of 2018 and it's still one of my most worn items! The fit is flattering and it's just a really comfy top. It's great for layering! 



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I posted a poll on my Instagram stories last week to see how we were feeling about tiger print. The results were literally 50/50. Personally, I think it's super fun and a great alternative to the traditional leopard print (which you all know that I love)!



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A pink drink and a Target fun are a couple of my favorite things. I have been loving so many of the new fall arrivals at Target!



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Pretty flowers and great conversation at The Table last week. It's the perfect spot for food, friends, and of course, flowers!

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Neutrals, everyday! My closet is composed of mostly neutral colored pieces and it really makes getting dressed so much faster. Everything mixes and matches with each other.



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Hello, cardigan weather! I am loving the cooler temperatures, mostly because I can comfortably wear my new favorite cardigan without sweating to death, lol. This cardigan is under $25 and such great quality for the price! I sized up one size for a more relaxed fit but it does run true to size.



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