Floral in Soho

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Asos midi dress, summer outfit, twos company hat, pons sandals, mini Mab rebecca minkoff, soho streets

Asos midi dress, summer outfit, twos company hat, pons sandals, mini Mab rebecca minkoff, soho streets

Asos midi dress, summer outfit, twos company hat, pons sandals, mini Mab rebecca minkoff, soho streets

Asos midi dress, summer outfit, twos company hat, pons sandals, mini Mab rebecca minkoff, soho streets

Asos midi dress, summer outfit, twos company hat, pons sandals, mini Mab rebecca minkoff, soho streets
Dress: ASOS (sold out in less than a week!) // Sandals: Pons // Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB // Belt: Loft (similar here) // Hat: Two's Company (exact hat here) via local boutique The Children's Hour in Salt Lake // Watch: Armitron

There's just something about the cobblestone streets of Soho get me every time I visit New York. Naturally it's the perfect spot to have a little photoshoot. I wasn't the only one either, there were probably 3 other girls taking photos within a half a block of us too. 

If you are wondering how I got here from Salt Lake, let me backtrack. I left with a few of my girlfriends for my annual yoga trip for the summer solstice event in Times Square. Naturally I tack on a few days extra to the trip to do some shopping, exploring and also plenty of eating. We sure did cram a bunch into the few days we were there. 

Since we had 3 girls staying in one hotel room we could spring for something a little fancier and if you didn't see our room with its own outdoor hot tub terrace with a killer view check it out here

I'll be sharing a few more outfits from the trip soon but now that I'm back to reality, my blogging is at the mercy of a napping baby and that little chick has decided she only needs one nap a day lately and then she's ready to party all day long after that. Luckily she still sleeps 12 hours at night! Thank goodness for that!

Ps. If you like this watch, stay tuned! I'll be doing an Instagram giveaway for this or any watch of your choice coming soon! I love that this one looks so much like this Shinola watch I totally can't afford. It's also a mens watch! I've always been drawn to men's watches because of their big faces and chunky construction, not to mention how they contrast feminine looks so well like this off the shoulder dress I'm wearing. I was so bummed that this dress sold out in DAYS before I could even let you guys know about it. 
Pictures by my talented friend and travel buddy Ashley of SedBona.com 


Life Update

Friday, June 16, 2017

olive green linen overalls, mom style, baby romper, summer outfit

olive green linen overalls, mom style, baby romper, summer outfit

olive green linen overalls, mom style, baby romper, summer outfit


olive green linen overalls, mom style, baby romper, summer outfit

baby romper affordable

otter box phone case, defender
Overalls // Top (old but similar here and here) // Hat (similar here) // Phone case // Sandals (old but rose gold options here and here) // Athena's Romper // Athena's white eyelet shoes

1. As you can see by that last picture I've come to terms with my mom status and caved and bought an Otter Box case for my new iPhone 7plus. That thing is big and expensive so I'm not going to let my cute little monkey destroy it without a fight! Gone are the days of my pretty Kate Spade cases. Maybe they will do a collab one day? 

2. I'm off to New York on Monday for my annual Yoga trip! This will mark the 6th year I've attended the Times Square Mind Over Madness event and just like every year prior, I take someone new with me to experience it. This time I'm taking 3 new people with me!! One from out here in Salt Lake and 2 of my good friends from Chicago will be meeting us out there. I'm pretty excited because I somehow managed to get a great deal on a hotel with a private terrace, secure us some fun fashion/beauty meetings and we have epic photo plans! But I only have essentially 2 days there so there is a LOT to pack in. Keep up with all the fun on my instastories!

3. I'm obsessed with making soup and it's freaking June! I'm not sure if it's just because its easy to make a huge crockpot full and have quick meals on hand all week, or that I make them super healthy (gotta find the only chicken broth with no sugar!) and pack a ton of veggies and protein into my day. Maybe it's a little bit of both.

4. We took Athena to visit her new daycare and meet her new teachers and i'm feeling alot less stressed about the whole thing. She was pretty much jumping out of Andrew's arms to get in there and play with the other babies and explore the room. Also, you may have seen on my instastory last week that I enrolled her in Little Gym classes to help with the transition. 

5. I'm seriously considering cutting my hair this Saturday. I'm always wishing for long hair but when it gets there it's nothing special. its just kind of limp and boring. I was looking at pictures from when my hair was shoulder length and I was kind of missing it. So I guess we will see how brave I'm feeling at my appointment at Lunatic Fringe this weekend.

6. I'm equal parts excited and nervous for school to start. I've been out of the teaching world for almost two whole school years and I'm wondering if I remember how to teach. I'm sure it will come back to me like it always does after summer break. I've even found myself dressing more like my former teacher self...and I'm not mad about it. I'm also trying to really enjoy my last little chunk of time home with Athena. I've been so lucky to get to take this break to spend so much time with her in these early months. I will treasure this time we've shared forever!

7. I'm really excited for Father's Day! Andrew doesn't know it yet, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve for his first Father's Day!

8. Guys! It's finally happening. I'm shedding some of this baby weight. I knew what it would take with this crazy body of mine and what it takes is very consistent workouts (like 4-5 a week) and really really clean eating. I'm feeling much better and in control and am finding time to enjoy hot yoga, spinning, and barre classes as well as at home workouts. It's not easy but I know how it improves my state of mind so I keep pushing myself. Still not weighing myself but things from my summer boxes that didn't fit when I opened them a few weeks ago are buttoning!  


Top 3 Reasons I Love Our New Hood

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


jumpsuit, mom style, anthropologie, tulie bakery, red hair 

jumpsuit, mom style, anthropologie, tulie bakery, red hair

jumpsuit, mom style, anthropologie, tulie bakery, red hair

jumpsuit, mom style, anthropologie, tulie bakery, red hair

jumpsuit, mom style, anthropologie, tulie bakery, red hair

On Athena: Bonnet: Brair Handmade // Sweater: Joe Fresh // Sweat pants: H&M // Silver shoes: Amazon

Wow! I swear, every time I post pictures of Athena she looks so little! Even if they aren't from long ago. She needs to slow down with this growing up thing. I'm so not ready.

Ok. So here we are in a super cute little spot in our new hood. People always ask me what it was like moving away from big city life in Chicago to Salt Lake. Technically I didn't really leave city life all together. In fact, ask most people who live in Utah, they would consider where I live to be the bustling city. Obviously to me it's way different because Its not the same as living a few blocks from the Sears (yes, I will always call it that) Tower anymore and not much can compare to that. But to me this new city life is pretty sweet!

So I'm going to share with you my top 3 reasons why I love my new city life.

1. A back yard. Guys! I would never have thought this girl who lived in a concrete jungle for 15 years, who couldn't even identify a square of grass within blocks back near my old apartment, would love a backyard so much. I love having a place to sit outside and hang out with Athena. She loves being outside and I love getting some sun on our lounge chairs. Andrew loves to grill out too and we no longer have to drive to the lakefront, pay to park, walk a few blocks with all our stuff just to grill a meal. It was such a task. Oh, and did I mention we have a pool in our yard? I don't mean to brag, but it's about a foot deep and made of pink plastic...it's Athena's baby pool. But you better believe I get in with her! Also I have a garden. I haven't grown anything successfully yet but I sure am going to keep on trying!

2. A driveway. Sure, our driveway is on an insane incline since we essentially live on the foothill of a mountain but holy cow, is it nice to drive up to our door and not have to pay to park. People here think I'm crazy when I tell them we used to have to pay $250 a month to park half a block and across the street from our apartment and that was actually a great deal for that neighborhood. Grocery shopping is so much easier too when I don't have debate what I can buy because I have to carry it home. I just buy what we need and don't think twice. What a concept!

3. It's safe. Any place has the potential to be unsafe but for the most part Salt Lake feels pretty crime free. I'm not constantly worried about someone breaking into my car... and sleeping in it overnight (yes, that happened in Chicago) or holing onto my purse with a death grip when I walk on the streets. I don't even worry about turning my wedding rings around in public places. Knock on wood, none of this will ever be a problem here, but those were legitimate daily fears I had in Chicago and I'm slowly loosening my grip on my old reality and settling into this new one. 

With that it also makes living here an excellent place to have children and raise a family. There hasn't been a single place I can think of I was afraid to take Athena or part of town I worried about driving her through. That peace of mind is really priceless.

There is a ton more I love about our new life out West, but these have proved to be the most stark contrasts thus far. Maybe I sound like a Chicago hater now but what i really think it is is that I'm a proponent for change. Especially ones you didn't know you needed till you do them.

So what about you? Did you leave city life? Are you considering it? What is your motivation or feelings about it. If you did leave, what is favorite part since you moved?


My Shopping Secrets for Getting the Best Prices at Anthro and ASOS

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

One thing I have a lot of experience with as a personal shopper is online shopping! Many of my clients are long distance so sending them shopping lists for online purchases is very helpful. with all that experience I've learned a few tricks along the way! Today I'm going to share those shopping tips with you for a few of my favorite stores.

Two of my favorite sites to Shop are Anthropologie and ASOS. I'll be showing you what's in my cart for examples and my attack plan for getting the best prices!

1 Anthropologie: I don't like to pay full price here. As much as I would like a $230 dress right now, I know it will go on sale very soon. So where to begin? This one is great because you can actually go in store and examine all the goods! Feel the fabrics, Try things on, get a sense of the hemlines and shapes and silhouettes. I like to add anything to my cart that I have my eye on. How do you do this easily without searching the whole website and trying to remember what you liked in store? Simple! They have a scan tool on their app! If you see something you like in store just scan it and add it to your virtual cart right there in the store on the app just like if you were registering for a wedding! At this point I'm usually still not making any purchases.

Now is the hard part, the waiting game. Every now and then if it's something you can't live without, or is needed for a special occasion, I say bite the bullet and pay full price, but if you have time and like a little excitement in your shopping experience, you can wait out the next sale.  My very best shopping tip for Anthropologie is that the "fresh cuts" section which is what they call their newly reduced items added to the sale section happen the first Tuesday of every month. TODAY! This is your best shot of getting a piece when it's still pretty well stocked in most sizes. This is when I usually buy! If you really like to gamble, You can wait till there is a sale for a percentage off sale. They often do a weekend with an additional 40% or 25% off sale items later in the month. Sign up to be an Anthro perk member and you will get info emailed to you when there is a sale and now free shipping on orders over $150. Don't want to spend $150? Here's what I do, Spend the $150 on something else. maybe you have your eye on a dress and cant' get into the store to try it on. Maybe you have an impatient baby like me who hates dressing rooms. Ship it with your order to get a shot at a try on and then return it and do the whole sale wait-out process all over again if you like it. Or order the item in multiple sizes so you can see which you like the best. That's always a good way to get your total up to free shipping.

*Side note- I also use this app scan trick at Zara too with their app on my phone. And since they have free shipping I would just ship what I want to my house so I don't have to carry a bag or pack it in luggage  (Since I don't have a Zara anymore out here in Utah. Sadness.)

2. ASOS: There is always a sale. But things sell out fast so you have to decide if you want to chance the waiting game. Here is what I do. If I love it, I buy it. If I like it, I buy it. If I wonder if I would like it, I buy it! They have free shipping and free returns so if it goes on sale before I wear it, I just rebuy it and send back the other. Things sell out so fast on ASOS that I like knowing exactly what size I'm going to need so I'm ready. They do not offer exchanges or price adjustments so re-buying is the only way around getting the better price when there is a percentage off or an item goes on sale.

Now, as for finding the things you actually want, that's another story. ASOS is a black hole time suck if you aren't careful. I know I like dresses so I always start there and sort by newest. If I have something in particular in mind like a floral maxi, their search engine is actually very good at giving you what you want. Unlike Target. Man, I HATE their search engine, but that's another story. ASOS also has a Tall section which I love, but if you are more vertically challenged than I, they also have regular and petites too! Makes searching so easy!

Their free returns have to be the easiest in the biz too! The order comes in an easy to return resealable bag, a return sticker with your name and info already printed on it, and a stress free return form. I love that they send an email showing the package has been received by the post office and then and itemized return showing how much you are getting back! No constant checking of your account to see if your refund has finally gone through.

Ok, now that you know my secrets. get to shopping. And just in case you forgot that Anthro tip already, today is the first Tuesday of the month! Start shopping fresh cuts now!

And in case you were curious, here is what I have my eye on from both shops!


Our First Mother's Day

Monday, June 5, 2017

avarca pons, international peace garden, baby gap eyelet dress. off the shoulder dress, mothers day

avarca pons, international peace garden, baby gap eyelet dress. off the shoulder dress, mothers day

avarca pons, international peace garden, baby gap eyelet dress. off the shoulder dress, mothers day

avarca pons, international peace garden, baby gap eyelet dress. off the shoulder dress, mothers day

avarca pons, international peace garden, baby gap eyelet dress. off the shoulder dress, mothers day

avarca pons, international peace garden, baby gap eyelet dress. off the shoulder dress, mothers day

avarca pons, international peace garden, baby gap eyelet dress. off the shoulder dress, mothers day

avarca pons, international peace garden, baby gap eyelet dress. off the shoulder dress, mothers day

avarca pons, international peace garden, baby gap eyelet dress. off the shoulder dress, mothers day

avarca pons, international peace garden, baby gap eyelet dress. off the shoulder dress, mothers day
On me: Off the shoulder maxi dress (only $60!)  // Sandals // Hat
On Athena: Dress // Glitter jellies 

You are going to go ahead and forgive me for the excessive pictures in this post, but I'm obsessed. I love having such a special day captured in such a beautiful place with the sweet girl who made me a mom.

On our first Mother's Day Andrew took us on a picnic to the International Peace Garden here in Salt Lake City. He had stumbled across it on a bike ride and noticed that the Japanese garden looked like a mini version of where we got married in Chicago. He thought it would be the perfect place to take me for our anniversary but got impatient and took me for Mother's Day instead. No complaints here if we go back in October!

We stopped at Whole Foods prior to the picnic to get some food and Athena was the star of the store in her frilly dress and bow. I must admit, I'm super jealous of her gold jelly shoes, I wish they came in my size. They are also just 8 bucks

My off the shoulder maxi was the prefect choice for sitting in the grass with Athena. Maxi dresses are just so easy with a baby because you don't have to worry about anything being too short and accidentally riding up. This one is so light weight and has such bold pretty colors, I got compliments just walking to the car!

Maybe I...and Utah are late to the party, but these Avarca Pons sandals are all the buzz around here. I first heard about them on several stylish Utah ladies IG stories for their easy and insane comfort and boy where they right! I like that they hide my chipping pedi but are still feel like sandals! Seriously so comfy and come in so many colors you will have a hard time choosing.

Hope all you mamas and mama lovers had a great Mother's Day. Now on to prepping for Father's Day! Eek! Email/DM me your good ideas so Andrew doesn't see them ;)









Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks

Thursday, May 25, 2017

If you like comfy, easy clothes as much as I do, you're going to appreciate my picks from the Nordstrom Sale! I'm all about a flat shoe, a knee length hem line and cute jeans. A fun novelty top isn't going to hurt either. You know I also included some lounge wear because what can I say, I like to lounge as I'm sure you do.

I'm obsessed with the clear Kate Spade Umbrella with the eyes on it! I used to have a phone case just like it and it was a huge hit with my students so I'm sure they will appreciate the umbrella! I'm definitely getting those kelly green Zella leggings. That price and color is too good to pass up. I so wish I didn't already have two pairs of Hunter boots because that pink pair is calling my name.

Happy shopping. All you have to do is click the image to shop it!

Top 5 Tips For Getting Out With A New Baby

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

publik kitchen, salt lake, 9th and 9th, sugarhouse, casual outfit, mom style, boho


publik kitchen, salt lake, 9th and 9th, sugarhouse, casual outfit, mom style, boho

publik kitchen, salt lake, 9th and 9th, sugarhouse, casual outfit, mom style, boho

publik kitchen, salt lake, 9th and 9th, sugarhouse, casual outfit, mom style, boho

publik kitchen, salt lake, 9th and 9th, sugarhouse, casual outfit, mom style, boho
Top: Old Navy (lots of cute options linked at the bottom of this post) // Jeans // Boots: Zara (sold out) 

I often think about how my experience of being a mom would be different if I were still living downtown Chicago. 

Would Athena know how awesome nature is? Would I take her out and about as much as I do now, considering driving and parking in Chicago is an event itself? How the heck would I get myself, bags and a tiny human up and down the stairs every time we needed anything while parking blocks away from my apartment?

Luckily, life here in Utah is a bit easier. We have a driveway, guys! It's the first time in 15 years I could drive up to my house and leave my car somewhere... for FREE! 

I made it a point that after Athena was born, we got out of the house. Daily if possible. She had her first Target trip at four days old, her first hotel stay at five days old, and first hike at six days old. Keep in mind I had her in the thick of winter too. So if you're a new mom feeling like getting out is too hard, here are my tips! Keep in mind I'm no expert but I AM an organization freak.

1. Get out of your own head. Most moms I've talked to say they are afraid to go out because they are nervous that the baby will cry and then they will be THAT mom with the crying baby. Well guess what? Babies cry. It happens. It will happen. But guess what? You still need groceries and a Target run, so do it! You will all live to tell the tale.

2. Be prepared but not weighed down. Andrew and I keep a grab-and-go gallon ziplock bag with a diaper, small pack of wipes and a pacifier ready to go for quick trips. We keep it in the fully-stocked diaper bag so we know where it is if we want to take the little pack and leave the full bag. You don't always want to carry around the whole giant diaper bag so feel free to leave it in the car and if a disaster erupts it's nearby. And if you do need to carry the whole diaper bag, might I recommend a backpack-style diaper bag. Hands free FTW! I've had my eye on this dusty pink one and we have this one and love it!

3. Know your timing. This is so hard when they are between the newborn, nap-anywhere phase and the two-nap-nap-a-day-with-nice-spaces-in-between phase. You can start to feel like a prisoner when you can only get out for an hour between naps, but do it! But get that list ready, no browsing. Get your business done and get out. You will be surprised how accomplished you will feel picking up toilet paper as your big event for the day! And if you know your babe will sleep like an angel in the car, plan it so that's where their nap is as you sit in traffic.

4. Pack the car when the baby is sleeping. Most of my errands involve returning something or bringing things to the post office. Probably because I order everything online! If I can ship it to my house, I do. It's super hard to carry the baby, the diaper bag and the stuff I need for my errands. So as soon as that kid is napping, pack the car with whatever it is you or the baby is going to need that you know you won't have the hands to carry when you are trying to get out the door. And leave anything you will need to take on the way out the door RIGHT BY THE DOOR so you wont forget on the way out.

5. Keep water in the car. If you need to make formula on the fly or you are just mega thirsty because the baby is peacefully sleeping in the carseat and it's the first time you've had enough time to think about your own needs and you realize you haven't had a drink of water all day long! While we're at it, toss an energy bar in the glove box too. You probably need to eat something too!

Photos by my brunch date Sandy at Publik Kitchen. And can we all appreciate how full and awesome my hair was before Athena (pictured at about 3 months) figured out how to rip it out of my head by the handfuls. Now I just have tiny weird regrowth bangs. 


Strange Tales of Motherhood

Friday, May 12, 2017

This coming Sunday marks my very first Mother's Day as a real mom! In years past, my school babes used to bring me Mother's day gifts because I was, as they would say, their school mom. Gosh, I miss those pumpkins.

But now, I'm a mom to my own sweet girl. But because I'm not the mushy type and because I know you love it and will commiserate with me, I'm sharing some of my most ridiculous and not so glamorous mom moments from the last 6 months. Most come from the brain-scrambling weeks post-baby when my hormones were straight up CRAZY!

1. Crying in the shower. I like to listen to pandora on my phone when taking a shower. In the first few weeks after having Athena I heard "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys in the shower and sobbed for a solid 15 minutes. People who know me know I'm not a cryer so this was WEIRD! Later that week we started listening to a lot of the Disney station on Pandora with Athena and anything from Dumbo or Cinderella made me cry too. A. MESS.

2. Iguana Legs. While we are on the topic of my sobbing fits, let's talk about my favorite one. Two days after we came home from the hospital, Andrew wanted to show me this cool viral video from Planet Earth of an Iguana being chased by snakes (Watch if you dare! Super high anxiety!). Neither of us thinking this would be anything but interesting or entertaining, we watched the clip. After getting to the one minute mark, my eyes filled up with tears and I looked at Andrew and said "I don't want my baby to die" then continued to cry. Apparently the tiny scurrying Iguana legs reminded me of Athena's tiny baby legs and made my brain react in this insane emotional way. Andrew was so very confused at my reaction, he just went and got the baby and handed her to me to show me that she was ok! I held her and cried for about 5 more minutes. Totally normal, right?

3. Really dumb questions. So I only know this story because Andrew told me I did it. Late in the middle of the night, I popped up from a deep sleep and very seriously asked Andrew "Where's the baby's leg?" Andrew told me she was sleeping in her crib. Very unsatisfied with this answer, I asked him again, "No, where is her LEG?" A very confused Andrew then decided it was best to just SHOW me the video monitor, so he held it up to my face, I looked, nodded in approval, and feel right back asleep.

 4. I was peed on. I'm not talking the cute little while-I-was-changing-her-diaper-she-peed-on-me kind of thing. This was after maybe her second bath ever and I was fond of wearing just my enormous pink fleece robe around the house. She got out of the bath and was so cold I tucked her into my robe onto my chest for some skin to skin to warm her up. Well it must have been very soothing for her because she peed all the way down inside the robe.  Thank goodness we don't have carpet where this happened!

5. Night sweats. Right after I had Athena, I thought this was going to be my life forever. I'd be so happy I finally got a chance to take a shower and then I'd wake up with half a head of sweaty curly hair and the other still nicely blown out.  So happy that went away after a few weeks but man, were those blowouts a waste of time!

Ok, now I know I'm not alone! Share with me one of your embarrassing crazy or strange mama moments. Don't leave me being the only one who sounds like a crazy woman!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas and soon-to-be mamas out there!


And just for added cuteness, here are some sweet pictures my friend Sandy took of Athena and I from when she was only about 2 1/2 months old. I remember being so proud that we made it out of the house and both still looked cute and were not covered in spit up.

vive Juciery, salt lake city, jujube legacy, asos striped dress, mom style

vive Juciery, salt lake city, jujube legacy, asos striped dress, mom style

vive Juciery, salt lake city, jujube legacy, asos striped dress, mom style

baby girl outfit

vive Juciery, salt lake city, jujube legacy, asos striped dress, mom style
My dress // My Jacket: Sold out Zara (options here) // Sneakers // Diaper bag: Jujubee Legacy BFF Backpack

 Athena's outfit here

Hot New Releases From ASOS

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

I don't know about you but every time I go onto the ASOS website I hit the new releases first. Even if I looked the day before, I swear, there are a million new items added each day. Lucky for you, I sorted through them and found 12 hot items that may just be sold out in the blink of an eye...cause thats how it goes usually with these affordable finds. Everything below is $79 bucks or under! Just hover over the item to see the price and click to shop!. Get to shopping, and FAST!


Rainbow House

Monday, May 8, 2017


victoria beckham for target, peplum, gingham, superga, babyjogger, jujube legacy


victoria beckham for target, peplum, gingham, superga, babyjogger, jujube legacy

victoria beckham for target, peplum, gingham, superga, babyjogger, jujube legacy

victoria beckham for target, peplum, gingham, superga, babyjogger, jujube legacy

victoria beckham for target, peplum, gingham, superga, babyjogger, jujube legacy
Top: Victoria Beckham for Target // Leggings: Victoria's Secret // Scarf (vintage) // Sneakers: Superga classic in Navy // Diaper bag: Jujube Legacy Backpack // Stroller: Baby Jogger City Mini GT // Sunglasses: Sold out but these look-alikes from BP are only $12

Good morning and Happy Monday! Today I've got a fun day of waiting on plumbers and distracting a teething crawling baby! How about you? 

Man, this crawling thing is no joke. It's like Athena went from a sweet little curious baby to a mobile moving machine overnight. She has been scooting for weeks now (first backwards) but to our surprise Saturday morning she full on CRAWLED at high speed with the motivation of my lime La Croix. She loves all of our beverages, especially trying to get her hands on (*mouth on) our coffee or cans. Aslo as of this weekend she outgrew ALL of her shoes. She changes so quickly every day, I can barley keep up.

So a little backstory on this house in these pictures. I was on my way home from a fabulous facial with my friend Jade (go see her!!) over at the beautiful new Basalt Spa, and I drive past this house. I was so in shock I had to turn around and make sure I wasn't imagining it. It's so strange because all the houses in our area have a lot of old charm and character so this stuck out like a bright rainbow sore thumb! I wanted to know so much more! No one was home when we went by, but who are you people? Why did you do this? How did you do this? It looks expensive. Haha! Can't be good for resale value!

I went home and told Andrew I saw the craziest house but I didn't tell him what it looked like, just that I'd take him and he had to see it for himself. We went for a family walk one day to see it and naturally, with my love for pretty walls, we had to take some pictures here. It's pretty cool, huh? Like cool to see, but I certainly wont be doing this to my house anytime soon kind of cool. Glad it's someone else's house!  

This top is also from the Victoria Beckham line at Target that people were going bonkers over. Honestly, I totally forgot about it but I was at Target buying diapers on release day and I saw an abnormal amount of women gathered around in the clothing section and got in on the first day dibs on lots of the stuff. Sizing ran kind of weird but I bought this top because I though it would be a great teacher shirt for the upcoming school year. Btw, it's so exciting to think about teacher clothes again! I'm looking forward to dressing like a professional person again. Pjs are great, but don't really make you feel stylish or pretty. So anyway, I got this peplum top and this orange romper. Athena got this cute scalloped stripe set and this light weight outfit as well. Everything is already on clearance so if you missed it, check it out now at great prices!


Exciting News

Thursday, April 20, 2017

teacher outfit, mom style, casual dress, old navy swing dress, Rebecca minkoff MAB tote

teacher outfit, mom style, casual dress, old navy swing dress, Rebecca minkoff MAB tote

teacher outfit, mom style, casual dress, old navy swing dress, Rebecca minkoff MAB tote

teacher outfit, mom style, casual dress, old navy swing dress, Rebecca minkoff MAB tote

teacher outfit, mom style, casual dress, old navy swing dress, Rebecca minkoff MAB tote

teacher outfit, mom style, casual dress, old navy swing dress, Rebecca minkoff MAB tote

teacher outfit, mom style, casual dress, old navy swing dress, Rebecca minkoff MAB tote

teacher outfit, mom style, casual dress, old navy swing dress, Rebecca minkoff MAB tote

Dress: Old Navy // Loafers: Coach (similar) // Hat: Forever 21 (similar) // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote

This outfit is symbolic of a time in my life that is circling back. This is the epitome of what I'd call a "teacher outfit" consisting of a conservative dress, comfy shoes and a huge durable bag for all the strange things that end up there after a day of teaching! This really has been my uniform for so many years and is what makes up the majority of my closet. We can't forget the pencil skirts either. I'm working hard to fit back into those!

For the last five months I've been enjoying the heck out of Athena, motherhood and this new life of ours in the mountains.

But, somewhere in the back of my mind I knew it had a bit of an expiration date. You see, teaching is in my blood and it has been stirring in my mind for a long time. I'm passionate about teaching and have loved every year, good and bad, of my 11 years of experience and am forever thankful for all that it has taught me. 

Last Spring, I was subbing but was also pregnant and very sick, so it was short-lived. However I loved the school I was subbing at. Very unlike my inner-city public school teaching on the south side of Chicago, I was substitute teaching at a small private school here in downtown Salt Lake that was introduced to us by a coworker at my husband's job. I instantly loved the intimate vibe and the culture of the school. 

Flash forward to Athena's baptism when she was three months old. We were at our church, and to our surprise, guess which choir we noticed making a special guest appearance at the mass, but that very same school! I hadn't seen the kids in almost a year but it was so special having some of my old students singing at her baptism. It was so sweet to be able to go over and say hi and introduce them to Athena.

This prompted me to get in contact with the principal and let her know how special the coincidence was. When I did, I was informed there were some job openings that sounded perfect for me! I wasn't expecting a teaching opportunity to appear so quickly after Athena's birth but it just felt right. Isn't is funny how things just fall into place sometimes?

So as of last Wednesday,  I officially signed a contract to go back to teaching next year!! I will be teaching 4th grade!  Really, nothing has ever fulfilled me professionally like teaching. I'm so happy that Athena will get to grow up seeing me do something that I love and helping families. It's really the way I've always imagined my children seeing me and the example I'd like to set. 

Why not stay home with Athena? As a teacher, I have always seen the importance of the socialization aspect of being around other kids. She will be going to daycare until she is old enough to come to school with me. Sure it will be hard for me to leave her but I know it's what is best for our family in the long run. 

So when do I start? August, which gives me about four more months with my girl. I'm really savoring each day as much as I can because I know, much like summer break, the days seems to fly by when there is a start date looming ahead of you.

I'm really excited to start planning lessons and set up a classroom again. I think both Andrew and I are happy to get 11 years worth of teaching boxes out of our storage room too. I'm happy all my books and resources will get to be used and enjoyed by kids again. It made me sad that they have just sat in a closet for over a year.

So now for the hard part, mamas, how did you cope with going back to work with a little one? Tell me your secrets that will make this transition easier on not just me, but Athena too.