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. 




Kiss Me Kate Dress from BURU

Thursday, September 21, 2017



dagne dover charlie, buru, teacher style, work outfit

dagne dover charlie, buru, teacher style, work outfit

dagne dover charlie, buru, teacher style, work outfit

dagne dover charlie, buru, teacher style, work outfit

Back into the swing of things and twirling through the school day in this super cute dress I treated myself to with my first paycheck. Good thing I held out for so long because BURU was offering 60% off on this Kiss me Kate dress when I bought it.

I wasn't the only one who loved it. My students were highly interested in the pattern when they realized it was a very abstract lip print covering this dress. It was so comfy and the fabric was dreamy, getting me through those first few super hot days of the school year. Temps in the 90's and being on your feet all day with students isn't easy. 

As for my teacher wardrobe, I love to add a bit of whimsey into my outfit, even if it's only accessories, and these heart sunnies did just the trick. Footwear however HAS to be comfortable and nothing is more comfy than my Coach loafers, especially since many of my flats are  a little too small now after having Athena. 

Thanks to my buddy V for snapping these pictures across the street from the courthouse after I officially got my name changed ... after almost 6 years of marriage!

Back-To-School Life Update

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Topshop dress, midi dress, wedding guest, wedding style

Topshop dress, midi dress, wedding guest, wedding style

Topshop dress, midi dress, wedding guest, wedding style

Topshop dress, midi dress, wedding guest, wedding style

Topshop dress, midi dress, wedding guest, wedding style

Topshop dress, midi dress, wedding guest, wedding style
Dress:Topshop (on sale for 50% off making it $44) // Bag: c/o Vera Bradley // Shoes: Nine west (literally had them since I was 19 years old!)


Everyone keeps asking me how it's going being back to work so here it is, a little life update on how we are doing and how we are making it work.

Short answer, It's great. I love being back in a routine. I don't know how it's possible but getting up at 5 before the baby and working out before school is actually easier than waking up with her at like 7:30 like I used to. How is that even possible?? I think some people just do better with a routine and I am definitely one of them.

Speaking of working out, guys, you know I love taking classes, but I'm full-on obsessed with my new Pilates studio, Core Body Pilates. I seriously have gone every day except 3 since I started going there over a month ago. I'm hooked. I love reformer pilates classes because no two classes are ever the same. Honestly, it feels like no two moves even are ever the same either! There are literally hundreds of exercises you can do on a reformer and I am loving all the variety. The instructors are fun and motivating and the location, for me, can't be beat. It's just down the street and there is a Starbucks right next door! It's like the perfect combination to start my morning. I've been mixing my protein shake in my iced black grande (in a venti cup) and it's the perfect solution to getting both in! I'm also sticking with the 6AM classes because I just don't think I'd have the time or energy to do them after Athena goes to sleep and it's nice knowing my workout is done before my day even really begins. It's like I'm sneaking in a little me time before the day starts.

As for teaching, everything is pretty great. No complaints here. I've only had students for 7 days but so far, so good. Classroom is all set up and I'm still trying to remember where I put everything. Soon enough it will be organized perfection, just the way I like it!

The hardest part so far has been not seeing Athena as much. Some mornings she sleeps past when I leave for work and I don't get to see her at all in the morning. Although it's good for her dad because he can sleep in a little, I still wish I could see her. Andrew is training for a race so he runs her in the jogging stroller to school and I pick her up and the stroller as soon as I'm done with work. I was so used to waking up with her every day and getting her ready. Athena is such a good sleeper at night (usually between 12-13 hours) that she is still sleeping after I get home from my workout and STILL after I shower and get ready! I hate not getting to see her before I leave, but I'd rather her be rested for her day because when she is at daycare she is little Miss social and only sleeps for 30-45 mins tops, so she needs her night sleep to prep! When I go pick her up she is a happy little zombie and falls asleep in the car before I can get 3 blocks away! She likes to party all day and sleep all night.

It is pretty darn nice to have a paycheck again too. I have been more careful with how I was spending the last year and a half without a consistent steady income but now that I saw cash in my account, I finally treated myself to a few little things I've wanted for awhile. Some for me and some for Athena, of course.

I picked up this top I have in blue, but wanted in white as well, this super soft thermal, this cleansing oil from Primally Pure because my friend Blair has been using it and her skin is looking gorgeous. Maybe it's just her pregnancy glow but if it's sold in a bottle, I'm down to try! Especially when it's a super natural product. I had my eye on this BURU dress for months and it went on sale for 60% off so I finally scooped it up. I ordered Athena some super cute winter stuff from Zara and 2 pairs of Freshly Picked shoes (on sale all this week!) since she's WALKING now!! Also, I have been in love with my friend Ashley's Victoria Beckham  highlighter in Modern Mercury for months now and it finally got rereleased last week so I jumped on that as soon as she told me it was out! I also picked up two cute teacher dresses from one of my favorite online boutiques, Something Sunny. That sounds like alot when I put it all down but man, I deserved it!

I'm back, everyone! I feel pumped and ready to meal prep, pack lunches, consistently work out and go to bed EARLY! I'm so happy I'm done with school at 3:30 and I can still have a few hours with Athena. Now all I need is for it to not be in the 90's so I can show you the outfits I'm wearing to work without being a sweaty mess after school. Hopefully the Fall temps will kick in soon here in SLC.

Ski Jumps

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

madewell shorts, park city, ski jumps, olympic training, red hair

madewell shorts, park city, ski jumps, olympic training, red hair

madewell shorts, park city, ski jumps, olympic training, red hair

madewell shorts, park city, ski jumps, olympic training, red hair

madewell shorts, park city, ski jumps, olympic training, red hair
Top: Nordstrom (on major sale!)  // Shorts: Madewell // Shoes Topshop (old) // Watch: c/o Armitron

Weekends are now a little different with me back to work and athena in daycare. We like to spend them together as much as we can so last weekend we went on a little adventure to Park City to see the ski jump Show at the Olympic training park.

We accidentally happened to stumble upon the after-show practice last summer and wanted to come back for the real thing this year. It's pretty cool to watch the younger jumpers (who were 12 and up) but terrified my mama heart! Their moms must be very chill or very stressed!

Athena loved all the action too. Any time there are tons of people around and an activity outside, she's into it. Bonus points if she can move around.

Coming soon, I'll have an update on life back to work and back to school and how the transition is going.

I hope all of you enjoyed your long weekend!

Blue Floral Maxi for Back to Work

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

floral maxi dress, forever 21, teacher style, work outfit, dagne dover charlie

floral maxi dress, forever 21, teacher style, work outfit, dagne dover charlie

floral maxi dress, forever 21, teacher style, work outfit, dagne dover charlie

floral maxi dress, forever 21, teacher style, work outfit, dagne dover charlie

floral maxi dress, forever 21, teacher style, work outfit, dagne dover charlie

Today is the first day back to work so I thought I'd get a little head start on blogging the back-to-work looks. I know if you have been a long time follower, my style has changed a bit for the last year, but I'M BACK! 

I'm a little bit worried that my work style will be a little weird at my new job. My style can be a little quirky at times and SLC is way more athleisure than my capes and bright colors. We shall see, maybe my style will evolve a little more now. After all, I'm still a mom and will have to go get Athena after work. Lets just hope I get really good at bending over in pencil skirts asap! Wish me luck at my first day back into the real world!




The Biggest Comeback of my Life

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pink adidas, rebecca minkoff mini mab, vintage scarf, dreamdry new york, red hair

Pink adidas, rebecca minkoff mini mab, vintage scarf, dreamdry new york, red hair

Pink adidas, rebecca minkoff mini mab, vintage scarf, dreamdry new york, red hair

Pink adidas, rebecca minkoff mini mab, vintage scarf, dreamdry new york, red hair

Pink adidas, rebecca minkoff mini mab, vintage scarf, dreamdry new york, red hair

Photos by my amazing friend Ashley

Summer is coming to an end. A big end. Every summer as a teacher is so bittersweet but this time around it's way different. 

So as most of you know, I was teaching in Chicago in 2015 but had to leave 3 months into the school year to move here to SLC. NOTHING I've experienced in teaching is heartbreaking then leaving a group of kids you absolutely adore. I seriously cried the entire last day as current students and former students came to visit, drop off cards and come wish me well. It was all so bitter sweet and certainly a different dynamic than leaving the last day of school in the summer. Then, the kids are just as ready to go as you are, but mid November is a different story.

So you've heard about the end, but what about the beginning?  It's such an exciting time for both the teachers and students. I know so many teachers who have trouble sleeping the night before a new school year begins, and even more who have dreams about school as the summer comes to a close.

Now here I am, two school years later, going back after the biggest career break of my life! I'll be at a brand new school, well kind of. I was subbing there before I was pregnant and at the beginning of my pregnancy until I was too sick to continue. I'll be going back to a classroom that I had subbed in many times and loved, so the comfort level is already pretty great.  I seriously can't wait to get back to it. To have a routine, and structure to my day is something I thrive on so I'm looking forward to having that back in my life. I love packing lunches and meal planning for the week. It's even more fun now that I get to pack Athena's tiny breakfasts and lunches too!

So while all of you are sending your kids back to school thinking how nervous you are for them, just know on the other side there is a teacher who is just as anxious to meet them, teach them and start their little happy classroom community! I'm ready to fall hard for my new 4th graders!