Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Talk about a dream dress! I have been obsessed with poppies ever since I convinced myself that I was indeed Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz & love the amazing print on this super comfortable, breezy dress that also has pockets! But that's not it... wait for it... it's only $39!

dress: c/o August Mae

earrings: c/o Kendra Scott (I love that they look like Amber!)

shoes: suuuuper old, but I was inspired to pull them out again after seeing lots of similar styles currently in stores. I've had these since the early days of my blog - including this post from 2011 - so it is cool to see the trend come back around.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Work Dress? Check!

I picked up this gingham shirtdress thinking it would be a great work dress & while I was certainly not wrong, I also love it as an after work look too! My favorite trick of adding a belt to change the look of a dress strikes again + my Summer-to-Fall transition accessories make this a perfect end-of-Summer look. 

As far as being a work dress, I'm pretty sure that 3 other teachers at my school saw me in this dress & have already purchased it. Our historic school building is gorgeous, but not air conditioned, so we are all looking for pieces to wear in the crazy heat now, and well into Fall. The shape of this J.Crew Factory shirtdress is the right mix of being loose, but not baggy. I think it is so flattering & I can't wait to pick up some of their other shirtdress options.

clutch: Loving using pops of "Autumn" colors to help move my looks from Summer to end of Summer and even into Fall. Below are my favorite Fall clutches (the 2nd option is more affordable than it looks!):

shoes: open toe booties from years ago. They first made their blog appearance in this outfit photo (circa 2014), & year after year I am so super impressed with how well they transition from Summer to Fall. Shop my favorite current similar styles below: 

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Back to ME time with JaM Cellars

Thank you JaM Cellars for sponsoring this post. Looking for Butter Chardonnay or JaM Cabernet near you? Check out our Store Locator! Just pop in your zip code.

Today marks the start of week 4 as a 6th grade Engineering teacher. After being in a 7th grade Science classroom for the last 3 years, I am LOVING my new position so much! I always say that it is harder than it sounds to switch back from Summer mode to teacher mode, but I have some tricks that make the transition smoother. I like to think of it as Back-To-School time, but also Back-to-Wine Time!

When I come home from school, I have 2 hours before my husband also arrives, & this is my ME time! My me time is fueled by JaM Cellars Cabernet & Butter Chardonnay, & during my ME time I refuse to do anything but relax. After pouring myself a healthy glass of wine, I like to find a sunny spot with the pugs + my favorite book. I just started reading the Harry Potter books (I know I'm literally 20 years behind...) & they are so good for afterwook unwinding... I am totally transported to a new world with magic + wizards! Summer break might be over, but we still have 3 weeks left before it is technically Fall & I plan to squeeze out every last drop!

Never heard of JaM Cellars wines? JaM Cellars makes three easy-to-love, everyday California wines: Butter Chardonnay, JaM Cabernet & Toast Sparkling. Second-generation Napa Valley vintners John and Michele are the “J” + “M” in JaM Cellars. They made these wines in a style they love to enjoy anytime—whether that’s a special occasion, everyday celebration, or just a day of the week with a “y” in it (such a great reason to celebrate if you ask me)! My initials are JM too - so I tell myself that this wine was made for ME! And the best news? Under $20 and in a store right near you.

I like to always have a white & a red wine on hand - you never know when you need to feel a little fancy at dinner or just cheers to rocking a Tuesday! The Butter Chardonnay is rich, bold & luscious. Made in the tradition of quality Californian winemaking, the grapes JaM Cellars selects are juicy, ripe & bursting with flavor. JaM Cellars cold ferments this easy-to-love Chardonnay to a lush creaminess and ages it in their unique blend of oak. Butter brims with stone fruit and baked-lemon notes and has a lovely, long, vanilla finish. Simply put, it melts in your mouth! While the JaM Cabernet is berry-licious & luscious! My favorite way to unwind after work, this Cab is my JaM! Pop over to the JaM Cellars Store Locator to buy Butter Chardonnay & JaM Cab near you. 

Rock your Back-to-wine…err…school time by checking out 4 more tips for making the most of this new season - full post here! JaM Cellars Cabernet & Butter Chardonnay is the perfect pairing for your late summer and early fall activities!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017


shirt: J.Crew Factory off-the-shoulder top (under $30, also available in a gingham print + lots of other solid colors - love this red one!)

shorts: J.Crew Factory scalloped shorts (available in polka dots in addition to the great solid colors, on sale too!)

sandals: Jack Rogers flip flops (the Platinum color is the most perfect!)

scarf: J.Crew Factory (it has drawings on it of Hawaii & I love the it reminds me of our vacation there. Scarf souvinirs are my favorite, this one from Venice started this habit for me & has been featured in 6 outfits the blog - see more here!) The Hawaii one is currently sold out, but they have this super cute Paris themed one!

sunglasses: Ray Ban aviators (the green + gold color combo is my jam!)

All Photos | Noah Berg Photography

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The following is a love story between a girl & her new razor. While this post is in no way sponsored by Harry's Razors... Harry if you are listening, holler at your girl!

The other day I ran out of razors & didn't 1.) want to drive to the store to get more or 2.) pay $10+ for a single freaking shave... so I did what every woman who shares a bathroom with a man would do... I stole a razor from my husband. AND OH MY GOODNESS HOW HAVE THEY BEEN HIDING THIS FROM US!?!?!

I have always shelled out for the expensive "Goddess inspired" razors because hey, I'm a GODDESS & I deserve goddess inspired razors gosh darn it! I honestly never even thought about it - that's what the going price is for a shave, who am I to rock the boat of goddesses?!

And of course, I didn't admit to my husband that I had used one of his Harry's razors, & just went on my merry, hair-free way. But then I got caught.

We were riding in the car, & from the driver's seat, Tyler reaches over to put his hand on my knee. But this time my knee was different - instead of being a confusing combo of covered in scratches + covered in stubble, he remarked that my knee was as smooth as a cue ball!  A FREAKING CUE BALL - that is seriously goals, right!? All of my other razors had been telling me that I was a GODDESS, but leaving my skin with less than goddess results. Sure, I like to hurry with my shave job & this usually results in missed spots + several bleeding wounds, but Harry's gets me & the super sharp razors GET. THE. JOB. DONE.

I was so caught up in my husband's compliment that I came clean about my razor double cross. Turns out Tyler has been getting Harry's razors every month for CHEAP + had an extra handle, so now I'm set up with my own rig + monthly subscription of blades... again for super CHEAP!

After using the same razors for years, it did take a couple of shaves to get used to the feel + shape of the Harry's Razors, so here are two things to be aware of if you are switching from overpriced "women's" razors, to these unisex models. 1. They don't have much of a moisturizing strip, so using some sort of shaving cream is needed (I never used any with my GODDESS razors). 2. The blade is a little wider than I was used to + the blades are super sharp, so be careful in any sensitive areas!

P.S. Just looked into it more & you don't even have to have a subscription to order! This 3 blade set is only $15 (love the orange handle!) + upgrade to the metal handle set for only $25.