Target is Killin' It

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Target seems to have everything thing I want and then some right now with pieces I'm coveting more than some of my favorite more pricey brands. Who doesn't want to save money this time of year with the holidays rapidly approaching? I've rounded up my favorites, packed with cozy jammies and slippers, super cute shoes that are dead ringers for designer pairs at department stores now, and cute home decor rivaling some serious name brands we all know and love? And how stinking cute are those advent blocks with the numbers on them shaped like tiny houses? They are going to make the perfect gift and will also be making the cutest tiny town on my mantle. Let the Target madness begin!



October Recap

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

October was a crazy month in our family. We happen to have lots of our big dates fall in October like our Anniversary, my birthday, Halloween and some other big stuff. Athena's birthday is pretty close too since it falls on November 4th but that's worth a post of its own.

One of the biggest things that happened was that we bought our first brand new family car! We went with a 2018 Subaru Outback and I must say, as a girl who could care less about cars I'm loving it...or maybe I just love the seat warmers. 

Anyway, here's a wrap-up of the busy month that feels like it just passed before another one gets away from me.  It was filled with all the fun fall activities we could possibly jam in as well as several colds for all in the family.

baby unicorn costume
In efforts to get the most bang for our Halloween costume buck, we took Athena to the aviary's costume day were she got to test out her unicorn costume the weekend before the big day.

pumpkin patch
We are just a few days away from Halloween and we realized we never took Athena to a pumpkin patch. Mostly because she had a cold pretty much every weekend prior (thanks daycare) so we had to pass until last minute but I'm glad we squeezed it in. Here she is sampling her tiny pumpkin she picked out. 

Pretty spectacular view from the pumpkin patch.

I started" jumpsuit Wednesday" as my school attire because it's the only day I have a bunch of prep periods which means enough time get myself out of them to use the restroom. Seriously, It requires being strategic and you need some time.

Mark Miller subaru
Athena chilling in the Subaru showroom.

carters-ballerina-pajamas
Little nugget got a double ear infection and actually snuggled with me for a whole day and it was delightful for me, not so great for her.

jeni b market
Athena has been sampling leaves at all the various parks in our neighborhood. 

washington-schoolhouse
While staying at the Washington Schoolhouse Hotel for my birthday, we discovered Athena really likes tiny hotel toiletry bottles. She had to have one in each hand and one in her mouth at all times. She also threw all the slippers in the bathtub.

washington-schoolhouse
This is the rooftop lounge area at the Washington Schoolhouse Hotel. The whole place is really stunning and worth a visit.


washington-schoolhouse
This is the lobby lounge where breakfast is made to order every morning. It was such a great place to relax since Andrew took the baby so I could eat brunch in peace!

loft boucle poncho
We drove up Guardsman's Pass and took a few pictures with the beautiful mountains in the background.

velvet pleated skirt
I found the perfect pink velvet skirt for only $23 at Target when I was rushing to find something to wear to the Ballet with my class for a field trip the next day of school. The length makes it perfect for the colder months too. 

unicorn costume baby
Athena Trick-or-Treated for the first time and even shared candy with this other cutie we passed on the candy trail.

Zara sweater
We attempted to take Athena to a petting zoo but it was closed so we just hung out outside and took pictures with their well-placed pumpkin to make a very literal "Athena-Boo."

evereve dress, dagne dover petite tote
We decided to test out the new car and drove to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Every time we have gone it's been so magical. Athena clomped around on the salt and we didn't have to worry about her running away from us or falling. She just roamed free and was loving life.

Buffalo Check to Work

Monday, November 13, 2017

target black gucci look alike mules, buffalo plaid, zara faux suede dress, dagne dover Charlie tote

target black gucci look alike mules, buffalo plaid, zara faux suede dress, dagne dover Charlie tote

target black gucci look alike mules, buffalo plaid, zara faux suede dress, dagne dover Charlie tote

target black gucci look alike mules, buffalo plaid, zara faux suede dress, dagne dover Charlie tote
Bag: Dagne Dover "Charlie" Tote // Mules (only $23) // Buffalo Check button down // Dress: Zara ( a sale find from last winter) // Watch

I'm hoping this proves I still dress like a professional from time to time, at least mostly at work and when I have the chance to get someone to take photos. The only reason these pictures exist is because my friend Sandy and I met up to plan some of the details of the double baby shower we threw at my house this weekend.

Flannel can be a tricky one to wear in a professional setting. It's got a collar so it makes you feel like it's ok, but the warm cozy softness makes it feel like it shouldn't be worn to work. I made this buffalo check flannel more professional by layering it under this faux-suede dress I scored for $20 last winter knowing it would be a great layering piece. I also intend to wear this shirt with a black pencil skirt and my brown moto jacket over it.

If you haven't jumped on the Mule trend yet, I suggest you buy these as your starter pair. The $23 price tag is too good to beat and they are pretty great dupes for the Gucci mules that cost $680. Click and compare if you don't believe me.


If I'm going to work, you won't find me without my Charlie tote! It goes with me every day and can hold everything I need for the day including a bit of stuff for Athena so it doubles as a diaper bag. This bag would be the ultimate gift for a lady who totes around as much stuff as I do.

One last full week of school till Thanksgiving Break!!! I know I'll be counting down the days.

This is 36

Monday, October 23, 2017

Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket

Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket

Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket

Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket

Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket

Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket

Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket

Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket

baby zara h&m kids

Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket

Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket


Dagne Dover petite tote, Cyra hush puppies, Evereve maxi dress, Zara baby jacket

zara baby, H&m kids denim

My first birthday as a mother was yesterday. And while I didn't feel much different about it being my birthday, I felt different about me. So maybe it's being 36, maybe it's being a mom, or maybe it's just a new me but a lot has changed.

1. I don't really care what people think anymore. Really I feel like I have always prided myself on this characteristic of my personality but as of lately, I find myself doing things with only two motivations: Do I personally find value in it; and does it help me spend time with my family. Those are really the only two things that matter to me. This pretty much leaves me time to teach, clean my house like the neat freak I am, shop because I still love cute clothes, and spend time with my family.

2. I have lost my mind. I have noticed this since being pregnant that my memory has gotten worse but oh boy, after being a mother and going back to teaching and trying to remember things like changing class schedules or times for random school events, I'm wrecked. I feel like the minutia of the day's schedule at school is last on my list of actually committing to memory. Let's all just thank our lucky stars that I have a big whiteboard right in front of me with times for class periods all day. Also, sorry students, sometimes I just straight up blank on your names. They are in my brain somewhere. 

3. I'm not eating "perfectly." I used to be pretty hard core on the no sugar, no junk food, home-cooked lifestyle, and it was totally doable back when I had just myself to cook for (Andrew never cared much for my Whole 30 cooking) so it was pretty easy. Now I feel like I have cut myself some slack because I now realize that if I prep meals for breakfast and lunch all week that's pretty great, but dinner may end up being a Lara Bar, or a handful of chips, nothing at all, or literally whatever I can find in the house because I'm too busy taking care of Athena. I know I could try harder with that last "meal" in the day but honestly, it's just not as much of a priority anymore. I like getting my workout in at 6am, having a healthy breakfast and lunch, and letting life happen after that. I feel like that's the best kind of balance I can make happen as a working mom with a very active toddler.

4. I'm more forgiving of what I look like. I think part of the Whole 30 eating and tons of working out I used to be very strict about really did work for me. I liked it even. But now, I can't make it to hot yoga 3 times a week with Bar Method every day because I simply don't have time to recover from hot yoga, which means showering and blowing my hair back out. I like taking my Pilates class for the same reason I've always loved Barre classes. They are a great workout but you don't get  super sweaty and look destroyed afterwards. So maybe my hair is dirty and in a ponytail but I choose that over having to start this whole body from scratch daily.

5. I choose fashion based strictly on function and comfort. When I look back on some of the things I've willingly worn that were scratchy, tight, or just plain hard to move in, I cant believe I actually spent money on those things! There is simply no way I'd be wearing those things anymore. My rule of thumb now is if I can sit on the floor at school in it or play with Athena wearing it and it won't drive me crazy, it's worth my money. It's kind of a fun challenge to find functional, comfortable and stylish clothes that can be worn in a professional setting now too.

This jacket fits the bill for #5. It looks like suede but is the softest stretchy knit moto jacket. No tight arms and inability to bend your arms here! This Evereve dress allows me to look professional too but keeps me covered at school. It even has long sleeves too. And to top it all off, my new super-functional bag in my Dagne Dover collection, the Petite Tote in Warm Dust. They really killed it this season with their fall/winter colors and as per usual, the interior pockets are smart and easy to organize all your items. 






Where I've Been

Monday, October 16, 2017


Cole Haan shoes, Pencil skirt, Adidas Tank, red hair, ruffle denim jacket

Cole Haan shoes, Pencil skirt, Adidas Tank, red hair, ruffle denim jacket

Cole Haan shoes, Pencil skirt, Adidas Tank, red hair, ruffle denim jacket

Cole Haan shoes, Pencil skirt, Adidas Tank, red hair, ruffle denim jacket


Cole Haan shoes, Pencil skirt, Adidas Tank, red hair, ruffle denim jacket
Skirt // Hat (old Forever 21 but similar here) // Tank // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff clutch // Shoes: Cole Haan // Jean Jacket: Target (similar here)

I'm shocked and a little confused as to how a whole month has passed since I posted last. I swear I've been wearing outfits, cute ones even to work. Sadly life has gotten in the way. So much life.

Going back to work has actually been great, it's just when that gets amplified, that the stress levels go through the roof. In this last month Andrew fractured his foot so it's meant a lot more of jobs that he used to be able to do are now on me. Athena pretty much has been a different kind of sick (thanks daycare) every weekend for a month. And I've had a monster load of parent teacher conferences both before and after school every day for two weeks straight. I scheduled all these before Andrew broke his foot so the mornings have been chaotic and then staying after has been hard. I hate leaving Athena at daycare too long, even though she loves it. I miss her and miss getting in our time together. 

As you know I love squeezing in my 6am workout at Core Body Pilates on weekdays before work but some of those I had to cancel last minute due to an early rising Athena or just sheer exhaustion on my part, or the general need to take a shower and wash/dry my hair before going to work. It's funny how getting up at 5 can be the busiest time of my day. I love that time before work when I can do some things just for myself, but every now and then a girl has to sleep and recover from all the craziness.

Another recent development was that we bought our very first new car. We have been surviving on one car since we moved to Salt Lake but now with me back at work and Andrew having a broken foot, he is no longer able to bike to work or take Athena to school in the jogging stroller. We needed a solution, and quick. We planned on waiting till the snow came and forced him off his bike but this injury expedited the process. Andrew put in tons of research to find the best Mountain car for us and we finally landed on the Subaru Outback. Now that we have it, It feels so weird to drive a new car. I feel like I'm driving a rental car. I've never had my own car, let alone a new car, nor have I ever cared what car I had or what it looked like. Chicago traffic consequences have a way of training you to not want a nice car in the city and I was totally ok with that. We kept our banged-up city Prius and now that is our backup car. We went from a zero-car family to a two-car family in just a few years. 

Hopefully with parent-teacher conferences over and the new car here, life will slow down a little bit so thanks for being patient with me while we made it through this rough patch.