The busy girl’s guide to the manicured life

If I had to chose one accessory that makes me feel fab, it’s a fresh manicure.  There’s just something about a new color on my hands that puts a fresh spin on things.  It’s my guilty pleasure and I love trying new trends.  But, who has time to update their nails every 5 seconds? I can get a full week out of one manicure with this top coat.  If you’re a nail girl, go buy this!  If you’re not… you could use it on your toes and it would make that last foreverrrrr.  Here’s the link if you want to buy… Read More

Two ways to wear a denim top

After looking for a denim top for a few months, I finally found one at Francesca’s Boutique and have been wearing it ever since.  I fell in love with this one because it’s so soft.  Seriously, words and pictures don’t do in justice.  You’ll have to go feel it for yourself. It’s perfect with shorts and strappy wedges for date night.  But when school starts back, I always start brainstorming some ways I can wear my “normal” clothes to work.  So I’m all about some straight-leg black pants and flats paired with my denim top from the summer. Click here to… Read More

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Trendwatch: the cross-body bag

Hope you’re all enjoying your Labor Day!  An extra day off just makes so much difference, right?  I actually had this post planned for last week… but with school starting + getting sick + technical difficulties… well, it just wasn’t in the cards.   Good news!!  The NEW email button works.  I still haven’t figured out why the other one didn’t but I got this new one to work.  {You’ll have to re-enter your email address.}  Sorry for the inconvenience but thank you to everyone who kept me updated and was patient with me! Ok… on to today’s topic… I… Read More

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High five for Friday!

Ahhh, Friday.  So good to see you. This has been the first week of school for students {second week for teachers} so it’s been busy.  I came down with a terrible, miserable, knock-you-on-your butt kind of cold on Monday night.  Except I didn’t even know I was getting sick.  I just thought my throat was scratchy since I had talked all day.  But no… it turned into sore throat, stuffy nose, no voice, fever, the whole nine yards.  I kept praying for it to go away as quickly as it came on and I truly believe God took it away.… Read More

The best drink around

This is my go-to.  The lake?  I’m probably bringing it.  The beach?  Most likely packed in the cooler.  A cookout with friends?  Mm-hmm.  Enjoying an evening at home?  Possibly. My friend Sarah always makes delicious food and drinks.  Years ago, I emailed her to find out her sangria recommendations.  She sent a few and I immediately latched on to a peach sangria recipe.  Since then, I’ve kind of customized this one so it’s easy to make and includes the things I usually have on hand. Mix all ingredients, starting with the fruit.  Make this at least 8 hours before you… Read More

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Magic in a bottle

I used to be a shower everyday kinda girl.  And I mean every single day.  Like even if I was putting on shorts and a tshirt on a Saturday morning to go to the grocery store.  No shower was no option.  My hair is oily so it always looks gross without a shower. And then I discovered the magic of dry shampoo. It changed my life… or at least the way I get ready in the mornings.  Now, I frequently do the no-shower thing.  {Or I’ll shower without washing my hair.}  It allows me to have more time in the mornings… Read More

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What’s your here?

I wasn’t planning to post anything today. {Thought I’d give you a break.} But then I came across this and felt compelled to share. In her book, Annie F. Downs writes: The world needs to see your courage in action. But you live in your town for a reason. What is it? Why are you there? Why is here your spot on the map? Why have you chosen that town, of all the towns in the world, to be your home? Maybe you didn’t pick it. Maybe it picked you. But you are there. When we think about the puzzle… Read More

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Fashion + feathers

Wait… what? When I read blogs, I always wonder where they came up with the name. Monday, I mentioned Annie F. Down’s book Let’s All Be Brave kind of pushing me to start a blog.  And it did. But truthfully, this blog started months ago… except it was only in my head. Erin, a fellow English teacher {you know that one friend at work who keeps you sane?} introduced me to a fashion blog and I started binge reading. Not only did I begin reading Lauren Elizabeth’s daily posts, but I would sit down on my couch in the evenings, iPad in… Read More

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Two ways to wear a graphic tee

For me, versatility is key. I hate buying something that will only pair with one thing. {Or even worse, something that I can only wear once.} A graphic tee can be paired with so many different things and worn for a variety of different occasions. When I found this one, it was a little bit more than I would typically pay for a tshirt but I wear it nonstop so I think the splurge was worth it! I love to pair it with shorts and tennis shoes for a casual day of running errands or hanging with friends in the… Read More