Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites

 
Some of my favorites on my wish list this Friday (above)
 
I just got a light wash distressed jean jacket from TJ Maxx for $16.00! I'm super pumped about it. Olive green clutch is from Target. Isn't this Madewell pink bomber beautiful? I really like this off the shoulder top from J.Crew. If you zoom in you can tell it's a thicker fabric and the neckline looks like you won't be trying to keep it down all day. It's only $24! Chic gold mules from H&M would look great this fall with jeans or black pants for work. My coworker came to work in these boyfriend jeans from Nordstrom and I fell in love with them. They are super cute in person! I just got these pink Adidas shoes and they are incredibly comfortable. They run really big and wide. I even have wide feet. I've been eyeing this tie back top from J.Crew but can't decide which color I like most. Also, admittedly I kind of want a fanny pack. I know, so cheesy. But I feel like it's borderline trendy and if I'm being honest it would be SO convenient for mom life. I like the Herschel Supply ones. This style comes in 9 colors. My dad would be so proud. He just recently retired his fanny pack. Last but not least, this ASOS suede back pack is on my fall new bag wishlist. I love the color and the shape!
 
Happy Weekend!
 
 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Weekend Getaway - Louisville

Two years ago Dan and I spent the weekend in Louisville for a quick getaway to celebrate our anniversary. At the time Roman was just a baby and we didn't want to be too far from him. This year, we decided to go back to Louisville for a weekend over our 6th anniversary. We really love the restaurants and neighborhoods of Louisville! This time we stayed in an Airbnb in the NULU area, which has grown tremendously in the last 2 years!

Our Airbnb was awesome! We were able to walk everywhere and the condo was beautiful, clean, and decorated in with a bourbon theme. We basically ate and drank our way through the weekend plus a long walk down to the Water Front park and over the bridge to Jeffersonville, IN. It was so nice to getaway and we really enjoyed all the new places we tried in Louisville.






Our first stop was Royals Hot Chicken and it was delicious! I got mild and there's no way I could have gone hotter.



Next up was the Garage Bar. We had been to this bar the last time we were in Louisville and really liked the atmosphere.

We hit the Louisville Beer Store next for a drink on their patio. Dan loves the selection of beer and last time we bought a cooler to take beer home.

For dinner we went to the Butchertown Grocery. We had an amazing meal there! I couldn't take picture because the restaurant was so dark. We were so full, but they sent us home with little packages of brownies.

I wore this J.Crew dress and this vintage purse especially fitting for Louisville. Side note- my mom collects vintage purses and this one was either my grandmother's or my great aunt's, most likely worn to the Derby.



The next morning we went to Hi-Five Doughnuts. We liked what we got, but didn't realize until later that you can create your own donuts!


We walked from the NULU area to the Waterfront park and over the bridge to Jeffersonville, IN.

For lunch we ate at Taco Luchador. We both agreed this was maybe the best meal of the weekend. Our favorite taco was the Carnitas taco.

 
After lunch we went to  Holy Grale and sat outside for beers.
 


After beers we got cookies at Please and Thank You. They also have a great Thai Iced Coffee.

We had BBQ for dinner at Feast BBQ. We both really liked our meals and the atmosphere.
 
 We hit a few other places as well. We didn't love the Akasha brewery and Against the Grain was just ok. See, I told you we basically just ate and drank all weekend.
 
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sweet Summer '17

It's been a whirlwind of fun the last few weeks for us. We have packed in the activities and non stop fun! We had a great 4th of July celebrating with friends, eating and drinking all the fresh summer foods, hit Holiday World/Splashin Safari, visited my parents in Jasper, and are generally having the best summer ever!


Strawberry Moscow Mule (Muddle strawberries and mint, add vodka, ginger beer and squeeze of lime)

Cheese and meats from Garfield Park farmers market

4th of July party with my high school friends


Roman loved riding the paddle boat with the boys






 Great (exhausting) trip to Holiday World and Splashin Safari. Roman loved the kid's slides and pool.


Brunch at Milktooth


Roman caught a fish at the lake with my parents

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Headed into a holiday weekend, and I can't wait! Here are my favorite finds of the week.

I love this pink plaid top and shorts from J.Crew factory. I would wear them separately or together. They have a cute blazer in the plaid as well. Queen Bee earrings from J.Crew factory as well. I've been eyeing this gold watch. It's on sale for under $60, which is a steal for a watch.

I love the ties on this peplum top from H&M. I was kind of over the peplum trend because I wore them to death a few years ago. But I might make an exception for this top.

Have you guys shopped at Mango? Such cute and trendy pieces at great price points. Both ruffled skirts, mules, jumpsuit, cut out top, and handbag are all from Mango. Check it out.

I keep seeing these espadrilles on the Nordstrom site. Several colors on sale for $31.46 (random price)

Monday, June 26, 2017

4th of July

I have declared the 4th of July to be my favorite holiday for many years. I don't know if that is still true because Christmas is awfully fun when you have kids, but I do still absolutely love the 4th!! I like any excuse to dress in theme or make themed out food. Here are my current favorites for the 4th.

I've been eyeing this dress from J.Crew for awhile. I've always loved this apron style dress and have long searched for a sewing pattern to make one. I have only found vintage patterns that no longer exist. The dress is on sale now, but has limited sizes. This red gingham romper is only $23 from ASOS. Red OTS and Navy polka dot are from H&M. Red one shoulder top is from Gap. Chambray and white jean shorts are from J.Crew. Striped suit is from Amazon. I have a different one, a knockoff and it fits perfect! I included this wrap skirt because my sister and I had matching skorts exactly like this when I was in 5th grade. I believe we even wore them in our Christmas picture. I need to ask my mom to find it. I love that it's back in style!

Bow flats from Target. My love for Sugar lips is still going strong! I have these puff ball earrings from J.Crew and love them. Chain link necklace is also J.Crew. Hat from Nordstrom. Sometimes I really want a fanny pack. I know, I know! But how cute is this Clare V. striped one? Striped shoes, chambray hat both from J.Crew. Striped sandals, and towel from Target. Bag of the summer is from Shop Suey Boutique for $68.



We have been invited to a few parties this weekend and I plan to bring some type of appetizer or dessert. I think both of these look really easy and festive!



Check out my recipes page for other great ideas to make or take to a party. The black bean and corn salsa is always a hit! Another great option are my wings or grilled bacon jalapeno chicken tenders.

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you have a great holiday.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gingham One Shoulder Top

 
I made this top a few weeks ago using the New Look pattern 6507. I got the fabric from JoAnn Fabrics.  I cut the size small pattern. It was easy to follow and I think it turned out well. I actually added an inch to the bottom of the shirt as I thought the pattern seemed too short. I wish I would have added more. It's borderline crop top length if sewn based on the pattern. I also hemmed up the ruffle by an inch. If I make this again I may cut a medium to fit the arm hole better.
 
 
 
 

I tried the top on with a skirt and shorts. You can see the length of the top untucked with the shorts. This was before I hemmed the ruffle.

Finished top.