Top is linked here, similar shorts here, sandals here, necklace here.

 

Hey guys! I wore this outfit last weekend after one of our pool days (you can see my tan/burn) haha! Tom LOVED this top, so it’s a win-win! The sleeves are so flattering and the twist detail in the front dresses it up from being just a plain looking tee. I paired it with these shorts from last summer because they are my all time favorite, but I have linked treasure and bonds new ones from this summer. Pair it with your favorite sandals and you’re good for a casual look! I know my scrunchy always ruins all of my pictures, but for some reason I can NEVER remember to take it off!

Well, it is officially summer break for me and most other teachers, which means my summer bucket list time is underway! I’ve compiled a list of things I want to accomplish this summer, and so should you! I use the app “Wunderlist” and it gives you such a sense of satisfaction every time you check something off of your list. So i’m going to share my top 10 bucket list items with you and some tips and tricks I keep in mind when making one.

1. ENJOY my wedding day (so many people have told me to take about 20 minutes to yourself to just soak it all in – because it’s over before you know it)

2. ENJOY my bachelorette party (there has been so so much planning going into it, and I always worry about whether or not people are having fun – but something i’ve learned is that you can’t make people have fun – they choose to; so if they want to have fun they will find a way to make it happen and so should I!:)

3. Celebrate one last anniversary with Tom before it changes forever (this one is easy because it is the 4th of July, so we always celebrate – but I want to have one last celebration before our new anniversary changes forever)

4. Take a ton of time to not be on my phone (especially in wedding moments like our honeymoon – it is so easy to get wrapped up into putting everything you do in Instastories, but at times it takes away from being in the moment, which is what I want to avoid during some of the more special summer plans)

5. Go to a cubs rooftop game (this I have done so many summers, but since I moved out of the city two years ago I haven’t done this – so I really want to again)

6. Read a book (I always always say i’m going to do this, and then I end up binge watching Netflix, or browsing social media, playing whatever game i’m into at that time on my phone – and I never take the time to read – so this summer i’m committing to reading at least one book cover to cover).

7. Spend as many days as I can by the pool (This one is easy because I want to get a nice tan going for my wedding AND i’m not teaching summer school this year so what else do I have to do?)

8. Start running again (This may be the hardest on my list to accomplish, but I really enjoy it – so I know I need to get back into it, and it will feel so good when I do).

9. Pick a diet and stick to it (Hellloooo wedding bod!)

10. Blog at least once a week (I used to blog twice a week, and then when coaching, teaching, and winter time kicked in – I barely had any pictures to do blog posts about. I am going to start doing blog posts more often, because it is such a good outlet to go to just to even jot down my thoughts.)

I’ve chosen these things because I know that they are all attainable. Some easier than others obviously, but I know I can accomplish all of them if I try. My goal is to get half of them done by 4th of July, because after that the summer always flies by and is basically over, as my mom always used to say – which is so true!

It’s sad to talk about summer being over when it just started, so make sure you all enjoy every little bit of it!! If you have any fun bucket list items, comment below – i’d love to hear them!

Top is here, similar jeans here, sandals here, necklace here, sunglasses here.

How cute is this top?!? I have been obsessed lately with cutesy tops you can pair with jeans and slip on sandals, since the weather here has been so unpredictable! One minute it’s sunny and 80, the next it’s rainy and 50. Pair any outfit with a cute denim jacket in case it’s chilly and you’re all set! I wore this cute top to my moms Mother’s Day dinner, which is also another one of my favorites! Asos has been killing it lately with their clothes – I have so many on my wish list that I want to get! They also make it so easy – I have been wanting to put forth zero effort as far as getting ready. I’m not sure if it’s this dreary spring, or end of the school year approaching – any other teachers get like that at the end of the school year?! Don’t get my wrong – I love my kids.

We have two weeks left until we get out – I can’t believe it flew by that fast, but I am SO excited for this summer. Soccer also ends Monday when we have our pizza party – no more 12 hour work days! I will finally have time to finish up wedding planning and actually cook a dinner.

I haven’t really had an update for you guys as far as wedding planning since I haven’t really done much. We mailed out our wedding invitations and none of them got sent to us (if you watched my stories you’ll know that the mail person told me since our return address was on the flap they may get sent to us), so fingers crossed it stays that way! We have gotten almost 20 rsvp’s which is awesome! I love when people are quick with their responses! Other than that and a few straggler invites we have to get out because Tom of course hadn’t put them on the spreadsheet, we are all set! Thankfully my parents ordered extra invites for us when they purchased them!

Once I get out for summer break, my mom and I are going to check out the venue now that it’s remodeled, setup for a wedding to see what it will look like, and what we want the layout of the room to be. Then we are going to finalize table runners, charger plates, etc. I will do a whole post for you guys on that when it comes! I know i’ve said this before, but planning a wedding really is a full time job! My mom used to be on my butt about getting things done, but I felt bad so I have taken the reigns on a lot – which makes me feel good and at the same time so broke! I am so lucky my parents are paying for most of our wedding – I don’t know how some people afford it! It’s even more than my student loans are!

Anywho, that is all I will leave you with today lol! I hope you guys have a great day! Thanks for reading 🙂

Top is here, bottoms here, shoes here, sunglasses here, necklace here.

 

Hey guys! How are you doing?!? This has been the craziest of weeks between wedding planning nightmare, school, and crazy sports schedule! This outfit was one that I wore this past weekend, and was able to wear the pants again to work on Monday (with a different top of course)! I love how versatile they can be. You can dress them up with heels, or down with sandals like I did. They have such a nice fit and I got sooo many compliments on them! I paired it with this top here, which I got at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but I linked a similar one that is just as cute! When wearing to school I paired it with this top. Definitely a staple in your closet!

I’m typing this as i’m staring out the window watching it rain and we have two soccer games today after school and then a girls night out! The day started off so good – I got the SWEETEST note from one of my students, and another student brought me her moms spicy salsa .. ummm YUM! So let’s hope this rain goes away! I am also cranky because we have been dealing with hotel nightmare situation for our wedding block – but I won’t get too much into details because i’m hoping they will end up accommodating us. Send some good thoughts my way!! 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Kimono here, tank here, shorts here, shoes here and here sunglasses here, necklace here.

Hey guys!!! I’ve totally been MIA lately, but the weather has been so cold it’s hard to go outside on the weekends and take pictures as well as blog post shoots. Tom is great, but he’s not THAT willing ;). Plus we have been super busy with a lot of wedding stuff, and just living our lives outside of work. I apologize in advance for how pale I am (AHHH), but I had to blog this outfit for you because I love it! I got my regular size in the shorts and kimono and love them. I had to size up in the tank because they were low in stock, but i’d almost rather have it larger so it fits looser. It is a v neck tank which is so flattering, and I paired it with my new Sam Edelmans that i’ve worn probably 4 times the past week. I love the platform detail on them that makes you just a little bit taller, and the cute bow detail! They are such a steal – I linked them from two different places above. Definitely one of my favorite shoe purchases!!

Express always has sales so I always wait until they have a sale to shop most products. I got these three items during their 40% off sale so all items were under $100 total! I know I rant and rave about express jeans all the time, but i’m starting to love their shorts too – they just fit so perfectly, and I like that the inseam is longer on them – not to mention they are high waisted. They have so many cute styles to browse i’m definitely adding some to my wish list. 🙂

Some of you have been asking for an update on wedding planning.. so here goes! Last time I was on here we had just gone to the vendor and picked out all of that stuff along with the florist, the tastings, and the cake. Since then we have gotten our invitations done – mailing out in the next two weeks (I LOOOVEEE THEM). We went through Kelly Reif, and despite sending them back for like 329184035 revisions, she was so patient with us. We are doing our placecards through her, so i’m excited to see how they will turn out. She is in the Naperville area, so I definitely recommend her if you need someone! I have put little snippets of our invitations on my Instastories – they look so good. I actually wanted to go cheap at first on invitations and go through Shutterfly or Minted, but my dad said “That is the first impression people get of your wedding, and it reflects on us”, which is so true! Thank you mom and dad!!!:) **Kisses**

We also spent a lot of time figuring out our transportation situation. I’m not going to get too much into details, but long story short – we have a lot of logistics and need a few one way trips – not a 5 hour block of busses. So we had to end up booking 3 different companies to accommodate us – happy thoughts that the day turns out alright! Lol! We also ordered our party favors and got those squared away. I’m so happy we are 3 months out because wedding planning is literally like a second job! You don’t even know how much there is to do or how much work goes into it until you go through it! Looking forward to saying “I do” , celebrating, and then being on that sandy beach in Turks & Caicos! 88 days 🙂

I hope you guys have a good rest of your week – and as always – thanks for reading!!:)

Hey guys!! So if you have been following along with my eyebrow journey on my Instagram, here is where they started to flake off (I got them microbladed) – if you want to know more about the process, check the highlights on my Instagram page where I answer some of the questions I was getting and more! Onto my hair review with Monat. That is the link to check out all of their products, and I have done a contact part at the bottom for Haley because she is so sweet!

I received all of this product from Haley and she was so nice to send all of this to me to try out and review since these are all non-toxic, natural products! The packaging was all dolled up – I loved it! I first started with the shampoo and conditioner, which smelled soooo good! Anyone else have shampoo that just smells so good you want to use it all without using the whole bottle?! LOL! So I used it for about a month until I was out. What I did notice is that the shampoo is less creamy (if that makes sense) than the liter bottles of shampoo I get from Ulta. This causes you to use more in order to cover your head if you have long hair or thick hair, because it doesn’t get very sudsy and spread easily. I normally use Redken tan bottle (for dry, brittle hair) or Redken blue bottle (High Rise Volume). Lately, I have been using the Redken High Rise Volume, which could have contributed to why I didn’t see a huge difference while using Monat volume. After two or three weeks of using Monat, I did notice that my hair seemed more course, which could mean it was appearing thicker. I have attached a closer up image of the shampoo and conditioner below.

One product that I really loved was the dry shampoo (picture below). When I sprayed it on, it didn’t spray starch white like most, and it absorbed into the hair REALLY well, without leaving residue. It also smells so good, just like the shampoo and conditioner products. I have very thin hair, and it gets greasy around my scalp easily, so dry shampoo is a savior!

Another product I received was split end mender, which is helpful for longer, thinner hair. I would apply this to my ends after I showered, and I personally think it definitely helped to moisten them! I have attached a picture below for reference. If you have brittle hair like me, this helps a ton!

Another product I received was their replenish masque. You put this in after you shampoo your hair and leave it in for 5-10 minutes before rinsing out in the shower. It helps give your hair a deep, deep nourish. It felt good to me personally to do this, but it is similar to deep conditioning products I have used before from Ulta.

Another product that I tried was their reshape root lifter. I only tried this twice, since when I sprayed it into my hair and rubbed it into my roots, it caused such bad dandruff after those two days of doing it. I was nervous to use it again!! I will try again in the next few weeks and let you guys know if I change my mind about it, but I didn’t see it lift my roots (could have been because it was only two uses).

Below is all of the products I received. I really enjoyed trying these products out, and the ones I would recommend were the split end mender, the dry shampoo (YESSSSS), and if you’d like to try a new shampoo and conditioner these are similar to the Redken! If you need a good deep cleansing masque, this is also a good go to! I loved that they were non-toxic, all natural products!

Thank you again to Haley for letting me try out these products! If you would like to follow her to get more information about the products she is such a great resource! They have more types of shampoo other than volume if you would like to check those out. Her IG handle is “hayhay721” or you can go here. Check it out && thanks for reading!!