If theres something I’m good at, I can find a good sale. I rarely pay full price for any of my clothing because retail stores often provide great deals (and its just watching for the good sales!) Well, thankfully you’ve stumbled across the blog and you’re in luck. There are some fabulous sales this weekend. Down below I’ve included some places to shop for this weekend and some of my favorites from those stores that have a great deal!
Photography by: Chrystl Roberge
Oh my goodness I’m back! Last week was just crazy and I’m so happy to be back for the wedding series! Last week my sweet husband and I celebrated six months of marriage. We went out for a nice dinner and just spent some time chatting about the last six crazy & love-filled months! When planning out my next wedding post, I thought it would be a great time to share our story with you.
How we met: I was 19 and Tony was 21. We went to the same college (go Augie) and finally met after a year and a half of me being there. On Friday night of Halloween weekend, my sorority had a costume date party and I had planned to go with a friend. At the last minute, he was unable to go and I was dateless to the sorority date party! I decided I still wanted to go and started getting ready anyways. With some liquid courage, good friends, and the promise of music and dancing, I was on the bus and on my way. When I walked into the event, I spotted a cute boy across the room in a jersey and decided I wanted him to be my dancing partner. After scoping out the situation, I had a friend chat with him and see if he wanted to dance. Mission accomplished! He said yes and we had a great time! Sadly, he had to continue to work and went back to helping the DJ who was party of his fraternity. After writing my number on a napkin, and asking to dance once again, we danced the night away and danced till the party ended. After the party, he asked to see me the day after and the rest is history.
How he proposed: As you already know, Tony & I started our love story in college at Augustana. This school means so much to us as we spent 3 years of our relationship there, met our best friends there, and really grew into the people we are today. As a music education major, I spent a lot of time in the performance hall for concerts and various other performances that I sang in and made many memories in! The year after I graduated I participated in the annual tradition of singing Handel’s Messiah at Christmas time for the 3rd year in a row (for me personally – Augie has been doing this for forever!) This year was special because I had graduated and it was the first magical Christmas time living with Tony post graduation! The night for the performance finally came and Tony had planned to have his beautiful niece (my now very close friend) come join him for the concert. Post concert, I met them near the stage and Tony asked to have a photo of the two of us on stage. I hesitated (not sure if we could go on stage) but Tony assured me that we could (which raised even more suspicions that something weird was going on) and there we stood side by side posing for the camera. About 20 seconds into the “photo” , Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up came on the speaker system. Tony immediately got a nervous look, turned towards me, held my hands, and told me the sweetest words I’ve ever heard. Before I knew it, he was on one knee & asking me to marry him! Of course I said yes and jumped into his arms. I was so happy we even forgot to put on the ring! After tears of joy, many hugs and kisses, Tony turned me towards the audience (which had people freaking out who had accidentally witnessed the proposal) to show me my parents and his walking towards us. I completely lost it and was overjoyed by the fact that he had our parents witness the entire event and had my family travel from Chicago to Iowa to be with us.
I am the luckiest girl for having the opportunity to grow with Tony over the last 5 and half years. These first six months of marriage have been so humbling and have strengthened our relationship. We’ve had some hard times where we’ve had to lean on each other and I’m glad to have him by my side for the good & bad times. I am amazed by his constant support and how he encourages me to follow my dreams, both in my career and my blog. Love you Ton!
I’d love to hear your love stories and how much they mean to you. Thank you for still reading and for peeking inside our story!
In the beginning of the New Year, Tony and I sat down and came up with plans to how we would specifically save money for some exciting goals we have in the future (you can read more about that here). With that, I have decided to cut down on how much money I spend on clothes waiting for ones I love and are a great deal! When I came across this sweater at Loft, I knew I couldn’t pass it up! On the major sale that it was, it was only $14 in stores!
For this look, I paired this sweater with my FAVORITE jeans (they are so flattering) and some basic nude heels. My heels are old from TJMaxx but I have linked similar ones here & here. To top it all off, I added this necklace which added just enough sparkle!
Right now I am struggling through the midwestern long winter slump and am trying to find fun ideas of things to do in the winter over here! I’m hoping to come up with a list of things to do in the next few weeks! If you have any ideas, feel free to shoot them my way! Till then, have a great week & you can shop my look down below!
Do you have a certain outfit you know you’re bound to get compliments on at least once? That is this dress! I was so excited to find this dress because it reminded me of another dress I was drooling over last month. This dress was far over my budget (over $150) but was so cute! When I found this dress from Forever21, I knew I had to have it. Can you believe it was under $25?! Mine is currently sold out online but I’ve found similar ones here, here, and here. When I wore this look to school last week, I got so many compliments by all my elementary aged friends and my co-workers. I just paired my tights and some black booties with this look.
This week is going to be a busy one. I have choir tonight (I have to drive 2 hours for a 2 hour rehearsal) and since I’m a music teacher, I also have a music program on Thursday for the first and second graders! It’ll be a super exciting but exhausting week. Tony and I watched the Netflix original series called ‘The OA’ and it was amazing. I posted on instagram about it and so many people responded that they had also seen it. How about you?!
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This post just makes me wiggle and scream inside! There is nothing more beautiful than a pink tulle skirt and I loving this one from target! Can you believe it is less than $20?! This may be my favorite blog post yet!
When I found this skirt, I knew I had to have it! Tony just laughed when I picked it up but I knew I would be able to style it in a way that would be cute for lunch with the girls or to work (I know my students would be all about this skirt – boys and girls! :)). I tried to make the rest of the outfit look as classic as possible to tone down the tulle skirt. I added my favorite striped tee which is old from J.Crew (I’ve linked similar ones below) and a grey blazer. When choosing between leopard and nude heels, I knew I had to go with the leopard ones (I’m kind of obsessed with patterns lately can you tell?!) Leopard and stripes are my favorite patterns to match & they seriously make any outfit look so chic.
To be honest, yesterday was a very stressful day at work amongst several other things. It was a day I needed to just reset, organize, focus, and re-evaluate my goals. When I took the time to write things out, take a breather, eat a healthy snack, and write in my planner, I felt so much better and am ready for the rest of the week. I know a good outfit sure can change my entire mood too. This tulle skirt would do just the trick! What ways do you refocus after a stressful day?
I wanted to say thank YOU so much for continuing to support my wedding series on the blog. It is being received well and I’m so thankful for conversations that are beginning to form as a result of it. Thanks so much and till next time! XO
PS I just created an official blog Pinterest and I’d love it if you followed along! You can find the link to the profile here.
Welcome back! I’m so glad you’re joining me for another post in the Wedding Wednesday series here on the blog. I know that after we did the beginning steps of wedding planning, one of the things Tony and I spoke the most about was bridesmaids and groomsmen! Your friends and family are so important and they truly do make the day run smoothly! When it comes to asking your girlfriends to stand by you for the big day, you want to let them know how much they mean to you and why you need them. Here is what I did to ask my lovely bridesmaids to stand by my side on the big day (keep in mind I wasn’t doing my blog at this time so please pardon the iphone pictures!)
The first step was creating these layered cards that would tell the girls all the general information about the wedding like the date, our colors, the venue, and estimated time. I saw this idea on pinterest somewhere back when but I can’t find it again.
After taking hours (yes I really do mean hours) to write the text and print them, I then sent them through my Silhouette machine which is amazing and cuts paper. I would not have hand cut all those scallops or I would have died. If you don’t have one of those fancy shmancy machines, I know Hobby Lobby and Michaels both have pre-cut cardstock you can buy in so many colors! I wanted to include information on each girl, when I met them, how I know them, and their cell phone numbers so we could all reach another (numbers have been blurred for privacy reasons).
After painting this wooden box from Michaels, I then glued colorful scrapbooking paper to the bottom and the added crinkle paper inside. I added the information cards and put 3-5 photos of me with that girl that were my favorites from throughout the years.
After adding the paper on the top lid, I added a personalized note on top of the photos. I wanted to write a letter to each girl telling them why they are so important to me and to make sure they knew how much I cared for them.Last but not least, I added the colorful (and scalloped!) card stock on top that asked the BIG question! Once I created all the boxes, I found a special time to meet with each bridesmaid individually since we all lived far apart and gave them their box. I’ll never forget each experience and how excited they were to be part of the wedding. Those ladies were so helpful and are a huge part of my life and my marriage now. More about them later 🙂
Thanks so much for reading this #weddingwednesday and I’ll see you next week!
Group photo by Chrystl Roberge Photography
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