Friday, March 14, 2014

rack it up

Wow, we are just halfway through March & it has already been an out of this world month. The first weekend in March I headed down the road to my home in Arkansas for my bridal shower. The women from my church (like my extended family of aunts and grandmothers) hosted, & my BFF/MOH drove all the way from Houston to surprise me (Who does that you crazy bestie!). It was a day overflowing with love… seriously, I wasn't sure my heart could handle it. I also go to celebrate my mom's birthday & squeeze my twin nieces A LOT… good for the soul! I in Arkansas for 3 days, then drove straight back to Nashville to pack my bags for an early flight the next morning to… SAN FRANCISCO. 

As you might have gleamed from my Instagram, I recently took a quick trip to San Francisco. Sorry I am just posting about it now, life has been a whirlwind (in a good way) & my processing time is slightly longer than usual. I flew to the left coast to meet with the Nordstrom Rack team. It still hasn't quite sunk in yet, but I am going to be an ambassador for Nordstrom Rack this year. They have lots of goodies planned include LOADS of store openings (Brentwood, TN in October!!) & I can't wait to spill all the details about everything soon. 

I also don't know if I told y'all that I have accepted a teaching position for next year! I will be teaching 7th grade science & am currently co-teaching at the same school. As I just started teaching at the beginning of February, I was so scared to ask for 3 days off for the San Francisco trip so soon into my position, but my fiancĂ© convinced me that it didn't hurt to ask (thanks honey bunches!). So I asked, my boss said yes, & then Nashville had an ice storm. So while the ice made it difficult for me to leave the state, it also caused the schools to be closed for 3 days… making my days off completely guilt free!! Isn't it funny how things work out.

Now I am back in Nashville & finally settled, unpacked, & back on my new teacher schedule (hello 5:30am alarm!). Tyler & I celebrate 1 year being engaged tomorrow, & then my bachelorette party is in 1 month… can. not. wait. 

But one step at a time. Let's start with a recap of the San Francisco trip, with pictures from a fun Nordstrom Rack photo shoot coming in the next few days!
Day 1
Top: packing! I rented this red lace Shoshanna dress + a graphic beauty from Tibi // Thanks to the ice in Nashville my early arrival in San Fran to explore some sights, turned into a long layover in the LA airport, but I tried to make the most of it // Flying up the Cali coast from LAX to SFO.
Bottom: arrived & checked into the Hotel Zetta, shoes off! // prepping for the welcome dinner // I don't think I packed enough shoes!

Day 2
Top: early morning call - a photo shoot with Nordstrom Rack // I've never been to a blogger conference before, so this was the most bloggers I've met in 1 place. Everyone was so sweet! Loved shooting with Taylor, Kat, Liz & Natalie. // A line of stylish bloggers lined up to NOM on some food truck tacos.
Bottom: Talking with Jessica of What I Wore in the gorgeous Hotel Zetta lobby // enjoying a local brew // the Nordstrom Rack "pop up dinning experience" was something else… personal chefs, a roof top bar & lots of good friends!
Day 3
Top: Getting ready to explore the Mission District; in red lace & leather  // A quick photoshoot with Le Tote // Loved meeting the Le Tote team & snooping around their stylish loft work space - tear sheets + new baubles!
Bottom:  Look 1 from the Le Tote photo shoot - how great are those stripes! // Look 2: the blue embossed skater skirt was perfection! // The souvenir I picked up (for 80%+ off!!!) from the Market Street Nordstrom Rack - we got to attend the private store opening shopping event & it was such a party! Makes me excited about the Nashville Rack opening in October!

Oh & speaking of Rent the Runway, I rented this dress for my bridal shower & it might be my favorite RTR dress yet!

So that's a little peek behind the curtain my world. What's up with you? It's Friday, let's chat!

26 comments:

  1. It's funny how life has a way of working itself out! I just ordered from RTR for the first time this week for Kansas City Fashion Week and I loved the process. The dress you picked out is gorgeous!

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  2. Looks like you had a fun time! That Anna Sui dress is gorgeous!

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  3. So many fun pictures & so many fabulous events! How exciting!!!

    Runway Chef

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  4. seems like so many things are going your way! congrats on everything lady!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

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  5. Looks like such an amazing time Jess! I'm so glad you are a part of this opportunity! Nordstrom Rack is one of my favorite places to shop... so I'm looking forward to more of your posts :)

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  6. Sounds like an amazing month so far! So happy for the good things that are happening to you!

    http://kacieskloset.blogspot.com/

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  7. Congrats on the Rack! Cathy said it was SO fun!


    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

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  8. I am kind of (ok very) jealous but also so excited for you! Sounds so fun and pretty sweet that school ended up being closed anyway! Can't wait to see all the photos!


    www.asequinloveaffair.com

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  9. Crazy jealous, but what an amazing opportunity for you!! Love Nordstrom Rack :-)

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  10. Your life is a dream!! You get the best of both worlds- working with kids (which I personally love) and then jet-setting for amazing companies! Cannot wait to see more of your Nordstrom Rack adventures.


    Kaitlin
    www.teaandsequins.com

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  11. What an awesome time for you!!! What an awesome experience to work with Nordstrom Rack!


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  12. I am so incredibly proud of you...a little jealous, but proud nonetheless! I mean, you & Nordstrom Rack? So meant to be!! This blog world is so crazy and my heart sings when I see my friends (from the beginning) succeed and get such fab opportunities like this!! BIG HUGS!!! Yahoo for all the upcoming wedding and new career paths...this is such an exciting chapter in your life!!

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  13. It is isn't it… constantly reminded that despite how hard I try to be, I am not in control & need to just go with the flow sometimes! Happy to hear that your RTR experience was positive… such a wonderful service!
    xx

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  14. Thank you dear! I am so overjoyed by the opportunities I have gotten and fabulous people I have met through blogging! I couldn't have done any of this without you! I seriously have the best readers.
    xx

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  15. Thank you for all your support Rachel! I was blown away by the Nordstrom Rack team, definitely a place I will be proud to shop at in the future!
    xx

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  16. Thank you! I am always excited about the new opportunities this little corner of the internet brings me!
    xx

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  17. Thanks lady! Oh so fun, it was nice having someone else I knew there. Makes me wish we had blogger camp to go to or something!
    xx

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  18. I hope to share every last detail with you ladies, so you won't feel like you missed out on anything!
    xx

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  19. Thank you for all your support AJ, I couldn't have done any of this without fabulous readers like yourself!
    xx

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  20. haha, thanks! I do like being able to pursue my day job and my side blog job, but I seriously couldn't do it without my kind readers like YOU!
    xx

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  21. Shanna, I cannot thank you enough for your constant support and encouragement, from the beginning of our blogging journeys 2+ years ago. I love being surrounded by passionate & wildly talented women, such as yourself, that help me be my best self.
    xx

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  22. Girl, you should have called me when your trapped in LAX. I would have been happy to come rescue you or keep you company!

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  23. Doh! Why didn't I think of that?? I still can't seem to remember that you are out living the dream in Cali! Miss you lady! xx

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