Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Finds

Hands up if you're definitely ready for the weekend! This has been a weird week for me, I've had multiple nights with very little sleep, I've been confused every day about what day of the week it was, and I've eaten pizza for way too many meals so I'm feeling pretty blah. To balance out the pizza I also have been doing lots of barre (partially because of the pizza, partially because the class pack I purchased is about to expire and I can't let anything go to waste!) so I've also been sore every day. Bring it on, weekend. Bring. It. On. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

More Ruffles, More Polka Dots

Top - J. Crew / Shorts - J. Crew Factory / Bag - Target / Shoes (now available in a bunch of new colors!!) - BP / Earrings - BaubleBar

Let me tell you, when I bought this top, I really seriously considered sending it back. Not because it wasn't cute, but because I probably didn't need another off the shoulder top I couldn't wear a regular bra with! I mean, like I said on Tuesday, this one really is the best, but a girl can't go strapless every day! It's really a miracle that I'm wearing strapless bras at all these days, considering that after wearing one with my wedding dress for twelve hours straight it somehow managed to fuse to my body and I had big 3D welts for a week from peeling it off. TMI? Welp. 

Anyway, I eventually realized that, obviously, this particular top has straps, so more obviously, I could wear a regular bra. Huzzah. I don't know why that took me so long to figure out. The straps do tend to slide around a little, so I usually put some fashion tape on them and run out the door. 

What's this matter to you? Well I discovered this top is still available in a lot of sizes, and is currently on sale for less than $35 with code SHOPSALE. Yaaaasssss. And, even better, since it's in navy, it'll work into the fall too. Which is a sad thing to be thinking about at the moment, but I'm over shopping for bright colors right now and am only looking for pieces that I'll be able to wear for the next couple of months. I mean, we're in the second half of August now, so I guess I have to accept the fact that fall is coming. At least the cold weather will kill the bees that are currently hanging out on our balcony.

The one benefit of fall closing in though, is that Labor Day weekend is coming up! We took last year off because of a friend's wedding, but this year a bunch of us decided to rent a lake house for the weekend again! I'm super excited for boats and beers and burgers and bonfires and probably other things that start with a "b" but aren't "bees." Stupid bees. 

Top - J. Crew / Shorts - J. Crew Factory / Bag - Target / Shoes (now available in a bunch of new colors!!) - BP / Earrings - BaubleBar

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stripes & Ruffles

Dress and Jacket (similar) - J. Crew Factory / Bag - Target / Earrings (similar, I also love this pair!) - J. Crew / Bracelet (similar) - Michael Kors

As much as I'm excited for my new fall arrivals (this jacket though!), we've now hit that point in the summer where I realize it's going to be gone soon and I need to get as much wear out of my favorite summer dresses as possible before it's time for sweaters! So when I had a date with the Backstreet Boys this weekend, I had to pull out this ruffled, striped number. I mean, this is everything summer is supposed to be, right? Besides the fact that I have to wear a strapless bra with it (this one is my favorite - almost makes strapless bras bearable ;) it's basically the easiest thing you can wear when the weather is hot. It barely touches my body, it's really breathable, and, you know, it's cute. Toss on some statement earrings and you're good to go until at least September 22nd (the first day of fall)! 

Speaking of fall, how flipping cute is this bag?! I bought it a couple of weeks ago and then teased you repeatedly on Instagram because I couldn't find a link for it. Well, no more teasing because here it is! I was so excited to find this bag because it'll be fun to carry for the rest of summer, but also will work for fall. Plus I usually can't decide whether I'm a pink girl or a red girl (I've had barbie pink nails for the last month but keep trying to wear my red statement earrings anyway - yikes!) and the flowers on this bag are both pink and red - perfect! 

Dress and Jacket (similar) - J. Crew Factory / Bag - Target / Earrings (similar, I also love this pair!) - J. Crew / Bracelet (similar) - Michael Kors

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Monday, August 14, 2017

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...had a little date night with Jeff at Duck Duck Goat. It's been on my wishlist for a while so I was psyched to snag a res, and it didn't disappoint - we really loved the scallion pancakes and the chongquing chicken - so spicy and good! Oh, and Jeff made me eat duck hearts!! So freaky but they were actually really good.
...went to Pure Empower, the new Pure Barre class, and then I basically died. It was hard but in a really good way, and then I had to drink about 43 gallons of water to stop my impending dehydration headache. And then I put my name on the waitlist for next Saturday's class - bring on the pain!
...omg omg omg went to see Backstreet Boys!!! And Nelly! Oh, and okay, Florida Georgia Line played too. It was like all of my childhood dreams coming true, and I didn't even like Backstreet Boys back in the day! Embarrassingly enough, my boy band of choice was 98 Degrees, because those guys were the hottest ;) But really though, BSB played all of their hits, did full choreography for a few of them, and threw in a couple of chair dances too. It was so amazingly nostalgic. I'm in talks with a couple of friends to do a Vegas trip this fall, and I'm definitely going to propose adding their Vegas show to our itinerary!
...ended up ordering these jeans after seeing how cute they looked on someone else, and am now kicking myself for not ordering them during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I still have a feeling they'll be too short on me, but might as well give them a try - the distressing is so cute!
...dragged Jeff out to a super late lunch (or perhaps a very early dinner) at Summer House, and man does that place never disappoint!! My new fav is the shaved vegetable salad, which I accidentally ordered with what turned out to be a boatload of fries. At least I got those veggies in ;)

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! We don't have a ton going on this weekend, but tomorrow we have tickets for the most random concert ever at Wrigley Field. Backstreet Boys, Nelly, and Florida Georgia Line. I know they're paired together because they've done collaborations, but still, this should be interesting. We're going with my sister and her husband. My sister is excited for BSB, I want to see BSB and Nelly, and Jeff loves Florida Georgia Line (and honestly, probably BSB too), so at least we're all in on something. Except, of course, for my poor brother-in-law, who I'm pretty sure is just being dragged along ;)

On to my finds for the week. We're in that weird place where I know it's going to be hot for another month or two so I'm still looking for summer clothes, but fall clothes are so cute so I'm trying to scoop them up too. Also, I have some huge presentations coming up for work, so I still have work pants on the brain. Do you have any favorites? Let me know!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

What Helps You Concentrate?

Top (on sale for less than $8!) - Loft / Shorts - Gap / Sandals - Target / Bag - Sole Society / Earrings - BaubleBar

I've been working basically non-stop lately, so I've been thinking a lot about what helps me concentrate and get more work done, faster. And I feel like it's probably different from what you need to concentrate. 

I hear a lot of people say that they have to have it silent when they work, or they need music without words to really get stuff done. While that helps if I'm really concentrating hard on writing (and I mean, like, writing a white paper, not writing a blog post or an email), I actually usually need noise. I actually love to have the tv on while I work - probably because my easily-distracted mind needs lots of stimulus! The funny thing is, if I'm working I won't watch it at all. I'll often turn on a show, and then not notice that four hours have passed and I'm now watching something terrible like My 600 Pound Life. Jeff comes home to me watching the most random things, and I literally won't have noticed. 

The weirdest thing is, I can't actually listen to podcasts. I've tried it several times, and it's too distracting to me. Something about a person talking directly into my ear really catches my attention, which is funny because Jeff basically only listens to podcasts at work, and he can't handle talking to me and looking at his phone at the same time.

Watching my favorite old shows and movies over and over is usually my go-to - I could watch Parks and Rec or 10 Things I Hate About You or Cool Runnings (and lately the first season of Bug Juice on YouTube - did you hear they're making a new season?!) over and over and over while I work, and it's okay because I only look up now and then to catch a funny line and then go back to work and forget that it's on until the credits start rolling. 

Weirdly, this is also the trick I use to fall asleep - I swear I've been watching Gilmore Girls on repeat at bedtime for 10 years now - something my college roommate can definitely attest to! I'd like to take this time to publicly apologize to you for all the times you had to wake up to the DVD menu on repeat ;)

So tell me - what do you need to help you concentrate? 

Top (on sale for less than $8!) - Loft / Shorts - Gap / Sandals - Target / Bag - Sole Society / Earrings - BaubleBar

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What It's Really Like to Attend a Blogger Conference

As you might have seen on Instagram (ahem, sorry for the photo/video/boomerang overload), I went to The Blog Societies annual conference last week! I've been to lots of blog events, but this was my first full-blown conference and I wasn't really sure what to expect. The itinerary told me there would be a cocktail party, a couple of sponsored meals, some workshops, networking, and keynote sessions. But what does that really mean? Would it be worth my time? (Hint: it's a yes ;) Here's the scoop on what it's really like to go to a conference for bloggers:

You get crazy inspired
Between speakers who were incredibly successful bloggers, to the attendees who ranged from smaller hobby bloggers like myself to full-time bloggers, I left the weekend feeling so inspired to go out there and shower girl power all over the place. And, you know, treat my blog like the business it really is and work hard to produce great content. It was a little intimidating meeting some of the really successful bloggers as well as some women I've followed for years (had to hold myself back from sharing all of the intimate knowledge I know about their lives #creepster #fangirl) but really so cool!!

Everyone shares everything
I mean, I know I share a good deal of my life on the internet, but it was so funny seeing people pull out their phones and cameras to capture every single thing. We walked into lunch and everyone started taking photo after photo before they ever sat down, and moving around centerpieces and menus and drinks to make sure they got the perfect shot. I was so amused, you may have seen I kept sharing videos of everyone else taking photos haha ;) Of course, now I look back at the pictures I did take and wish I had gotten a few more! 

Dupe Tee / Jeans / Mules / Earrings / Similar Bag

There are photo ops everywhere
And a bunch of girls who are happy to take your photo in front of one! Above was actually something the hotel had set up for Lollapalooza, but really, photos galore. And then, once you take a photo for someone else, you have to politely ask if they'd like a boomerang too. Hint: they would. 

On a sidebar, while some girls were dressed to the nines, a lot of people went a little more casual like me, and some were beauty or travel bloggers who dressed like, you know, normal people. So don't get freaked out if you go to a conference about what you're going to wear! This casual outfit above is actually what got me the most compliments - everyone wanted my mules

The swag is unreal
I had heard whisperings that the "networking" involved a lot of sponsor gifts, but I had no idea. I mean, I heard several people call the networking room, "the gifting suite." The stuff we got was well worth the price of admission - a lot of makeup and beauty products, clothes and accessories (including the cutest scarf and slides they had a calligrapher monogram for us), a couple of planners that are so cute I maybe want to start using a paper planner, and this giant duffel that I assume a lot of people used as an extra bag to bring everything home in - mine was full to the brim and took a trip home on the train with me! 

You get to meet with a lot of brands
Really, the point of the networking/swag is to meet with brands, and now I have a bunch of business cards and got a chance to talk with a bunch of new brands about partnerships! Plus, thanks to the swag, I'll know ahead of time for some of the new-to-me brands whether I love them or not before sharing the products with you, like Lauren James, who had the cutest southern girly dresses and this amazing donut wall. 

You get to see what's coming next
Thanks to fall previews for a couple of brands (like the shoes from Marc Fisher above - how cute are those mules?!), I got to see what's coming down the line. And let me tell you, we are going to be looking good this fall ;) 

You're going to do a lot of champagne toasts
I mean, I'm definitely not complaining. If I had to sing about my favorite things a la Julie Andrews, champagne would definitely be one of them. We had passed champagne, we had a champagne/mimosa bar, and we did a champagne toast one morning. And then the girl next to me didn't want her glass so I maybe had hers too ;) 

You walk away with a giant to-do list
I now have a huge list of things to get my blog up to speed as far as taxes and SEO go, as well as a giant list of ideas for how I can improve - stay tuned!! 

Oh, and you have an amazing time!!
Anything else you want to know? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. This post isn't sponsored, but all of the brands mentioned did gift us some pretty sweet swag!

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