How We Wore It: Sporty

Sporty. That is definitely not a word I'd use to describe myself! I enjoy fitness (and by that I mean working out in my living room wearing whatever combination of mis-matched comfy clothes I've randomly pulled out of my drawer) and I love being outdoors. Also, I have a toddler. With all that, you'd think I'd already have hurled myself on-board the whole sporty/athleisure trend. The fact that you can now actually wear yoga pants outside your house and not be judged as a lazy slob...I mean, it's kinda revolutionary. Life changing, even. Don't we all want to be comfortable?? So I can't quite figure out my reluctance to fully embrace the changing times, unless it's a result of far too many episodes of What Not To Wear during my formative years (I can seriously see Stacy London glowering and shaking her head in the corner of my brain.) But I'm working on it! I recently bought my first pair of patterned leggings and let Travis talk me into a pair of Lululemons awhile back, even though my inner cheapskate cringed at the price tag. And I now own multiple pairs of shoes whose sole purpose (haha) are functionality and comfort! 

For me, one of the best things about challenges like the ones hosted by Deidre Emme, is that they slowly but surely pull me out of my cozy little box and get me to take a second look at my wardrobe, and consider how and why I choose the clothes I do. As you might have guessed from the post title, this month's How We Wore It is all about sporty, casual looks. Here's the inspiration photo from Looks For Lovelies:

I think I'm adding these Nikes to my wish list!

It took some serious effort to put together a couple of casual sporty looks that I wouldn't be ashamed to be seen in in public! After a little struggle wading through my mostly gray and/or black options, here's what I came up with:

So my question for you is, do you athleisure?

To see more unique outfits based on this month's theme, check out the lovely ladies below! And make sure to sign up with Deidre Emme for a chance to participate next month. Cheers!  :-)

Deidre from Deidre Emme
Ruth from My Little Nest
Jenn from What You Make It
Kiana from Glitter & Donuts
Jessica from Mason Jars and Lemon Bars
Alyssa from Pinsent Life
Sierra from Sierra's View
Madeline from CaseyLand
Riley from Riley Jo Blog
Samantha from The Samantha Show
Jen from Jam tart boutique
Beverly from What a Day
Brooklyn from Brooklyn Jolley
Amber from Amber Nicole blogs
Erica from Good Job Momma
Shelbie from 365 With RyGuy and I
Kelsi from Lovestrong
Justine from Little Dove
Chelsea from Tessa Marie
Monica from It's All About

Smiling Happy People (this week on The Bachelorette)

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Man. I had so many notes typed up from last week's Bachelorette and I just never got around to organizing them into a post. With class finally being finished, I may have gotten a little overzealous scheduling swim lessons for Madi and beach trips and hikes and all the fun things I love to do in the summer.  I also got the news last week that I've been wait-listed for the nursing program this fall, so I'm scheduled to take the TEAS in a couple weeks to prove that I know roughly as much math/English/science as a 10th grader. Sounds like NBD, right? As it happens, I actually appear to have forgotten more science than I ever learned so I have a little brushing up to do (which I hope to do mostly from the zero-gravity lounger in the backyard.) 

Anyhoo, since I didn't get a chance to post last week I'm pretty stoked to have been thrown the bone of a 2-day Bachelorette extravaganza this week. And if you didn't watch last week I think I can safely sum up the episode with a few key points: 1. Chad thinks JoJo is kind of a nag. 2. Chad really likes meat. 3. "Talking intellectual things" is definitely not Chad's jam. 4. No one likes Chad. And there you have it. Let this week's shenanigans commence!

Monday's episode opens with the Bachelor mansion looking like the wrong side of a frat party complete with toilet paper in the trees (c'mon Chris Harrison we know you're not really doing the clean-up. You're not fooling anybody.) empty beer bottles galore and and guys passed out in random locations.

The guys stumble into the mansion to discover that this week's first one-on-one date goes to Chase (of bad mustache joke fame.) But you know what? It's okay because Olivia -oh, excuse me, Chad- already knows he's in a better place with JoJo than the other guys, so whatever.

Chase and JoJo arrive for their date... at a yoga studio, where right off the bat they are instructed in weird hip thrusts, grunting and anger-gasms. What in the actual eff is an anger-gasm?! Granted, the sum total of my yoga experience is limited to one old-school Brooklyn Decker workout yoga DVD, but seriously. Is this really a thing? Or are the producers just having a little laugh at our Bachelorette's expense? Either way, I can not think of anything more awkward. The session ends with JoJo and Chase doing some...yab yab? yum yum? Who the heck knows. It's apparently some sort of secret yogic phrase meaning "sit on each other's laps and make out after some really intense eye contact." The rest of the date is pretty tame in comparison: standard Bachelor dinner-and-a-private-concert fair.

Back at the mansion we have a serious Gold's Gym at Venice Beach vibe going on. Or maybe more accurately a little Hans and Franz from Saturday Night Live, vibe. Put down the dumbbells, Chad!

The group date is announced and Chad -always looking at the positive side- doesn't want to go because "it's too many guys." Newsflash Chad: this isn't Tinder. You actually signed up to go on dates with dudes. Lots of dudes. Chad's 'tude doesn't go over well with the other guys and suddenly shiz gets all junior high with insults and threats being hurled around willy nilly. Pressures are rising...aaaaand it's a theatre date. Aw, it's like the guys actually think they might get to watch some cool standup or a little sketch comedy. Newp! We know that this is Bachelor Nation where it's not fun unless everyone's being publicly humiliated.  So are any of us shocked when they announce that of course the guys will be required to spill their deepest darkest sex secrets to the girl they're trying to impress and oh yeah, a room full of strangers and a few million TV viewers? Doubt it. 

Overall I think the guys perform a little better than, say, the girls in the awkward talent show on Ben's season. Some are legitimately funny, even. Until Evan pops onto the stage to call Chad out for  using steroids (ballsy move, my friend.) Obviously Chad takes the ribbing in a stride and decides to prove Evan completely wrong by shoving him, tearing his shirt, punching a door, threatening to "murder someone" and other totally non-roid-ragey activities. Well played, Chad.

Meanwhile, Jordan confesses to JoJo that he let his job get in the way of his last serious relationship and he sounds so grown-up and mature and self-aware...except, didn't his ex just out him on Insta for being a cheater? Because that's just douchey. And speaking of good looking scandalous men, Stassi spilled on her Straight Up podcast the other day that firefighter Grant dumped his serious GF for a spot on the show. Like, from ring-shopping to the curb kind of dumped. WTH with these guys?

At the cocktail party after the group date Evan tosses down an ultimatum: "It's me or Chad." Oh, don't be that guy, Evan! Did you see it work out for Emily when she tattled to Ben last season? No? At the end of the day it never works out for the good-hearted yet sensitive contestant who just wants to out the bad guy/girl. JoJo decides that she can't send Chad home, but placates Evan with the rose causing Chad's mind to literally explode. "Is this real? Is this a real scenario right now??" 

JoJo's next one-on-one is with the sweet and sensitive James Taylor and involves getting all tarted up 40's style (is anyone else's OCD going nuts that James' suspenders are just flapping around? Gah!) for some dance lessons and a little swing party. Not that kind of swing party! Get your mind out of the gutter. This is family television! Anyhoo, JT spills his guts about being the victim of childhood bullying and even though I'm usually drawn to super confident types, I find him endearing. I even like that he whips out his guitar to play JoJo a little song since it's a real-deal song and not whatever weirdness the guys were singing in their little kum-ba-yah circle in last week's episode. 

Back at the house, Daniel -in what may be the first actual lucid moment we've seen- tries to explain to Chad that the other guys are scared of him and that Daniel is starting to look bad by association. "Let's just say you're Hitler. Or Donald Trump. Or Mussolini. Or Bush. Just take it down a notch alright?" Meanwhile Chad is aggressively slam-nomming a yam. Literally, a yam you guys, that he's holding like a banana and just...munching on. Because that's totally normal.

The episode ends with Chris Harrison showing up to announce a surprise pool party and Evan following him out to make sure that no one in the entire universe is left unaware of what a complete weirdo Chad is. Chris pulls Chad aside and tells him to go back in and "settle it." I'm sure that's going to go well! 

Stay tuned Bachelor Nation! Methinks there's serious rainbows and unicorns bloodshed on the horizon! 

Bring on the men!

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Well, this post is clearly a little late in the making, seeing as how The Bachelorette premiered 3 days ago! Fortunately, now that my math final (cumulative no less, for the love of God) is officially over and done I can finally get back to using my available neurons for things that really matter. Hint: my list of "things that really matter" does not include geometric sequencing or any phrase containing the word equation. It does, however, include the best trash TV of all time. You know I'm talkin 'bout the Bachelor franchise!

I just need to say, right off the bat, that I fell in love watching Monday night's episode. Not with JoJo (although she is one hot mama) and not with her harem (although I wouldn't kick most of them out of bed for eating crackers) but with JoJo's wardrobe. Seriously, within the first few minutes we got classic blogger chambray, an adorbs floral romper, trendy open-toed ankle boots and that nude sequined gown. I've been haunting Google trying to find a close-up of the rhinestone-encrusted sparkly sandals she wore with the gown because I fell head over heels in lust with one brief glimpse and I'm pretty sure they're everything. Alas, the search engine I rely on to get me through the day without undercooking my asparagus, burning the house down, or convincing myself I have an incurable illness failed me just when I needed it most. 

C'est la vie. As JoJo said, "bring on the men!" So, who are the men this season? Keep reading for a rundown of the 20 finalists, along with the grades I'm so generously doling out for the first night's performance...

And the first impression rose goes to....none other than Greenbay quarterback Aaron Rodger's little brother Jordan. The guy was smooth, well-dressed, not overtly douchey at any point in the evening and was the first to set the sparks flying with our Bachelorette. He's getting an *A+ from me, obvs.

1. Luke. The Army veteran/country singer rode in on a unicorn paying homage to JoJo's masked entrance on Ben's season. He oozed quiet confidence and he brought a gift (cowboy boots for the win). I put my money on Luke making top 3. *A+

2. Wells. The radio DJ brought along his pals All 4 One to serenade JoJo throughout the cocktail party. *Swoon* I'm not sure JoJo is old enough to truly appreciate the level of awesomeness that is their hit song "I Swear" but it took me right back to teenage crush days. Wells gets an *A.

3. James Taylor. Not the James Taylor of Rock and Roll legend, but nevertheless a cute, unassuming, guitar-playing contender. The first of the many, many James's this season to get a rose. *B for James T.

4. Grant. I kinda felt like I needed to root for Grant since he's a local boy (and if the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon is anything to go by, I undoubtedly know someone who knows someone who knows him haha) He's one of the better looking guys this season, IMO, but didn't do anything much to stand out the first night. So, *B+. 

5. Derek: banker, shy-guy, self-professed nerd who "used to look like Harry Potter." *A for Derek since I'm a sucker for cute nerds and Harry Potter.

6. Christian. This tech guy routinely sets his alarm for 3:30 am to hit up the gym. I admire that, but mostly from afar as that would drive me freaking bonkers in a relationship. He's an awesome father-figure for his little brothers though. *B+ for Christian. 

7. Chad the real estate agent is awkwardly intense and gave me immediate creeper vibes. When he informed the camera that "I'm confident: if I want her I can have her" I saw all the red flags flying and awarded my first *F of the evening.

8. Chase. He showed up with a fake mustache and cringe-worthy cheesy lines. *D for you, Chase.

9. Alex the Marine. I was all set to hand him an above-average grade until...he started showing off with pushups and earned himself a *C.

10. Robby. The former competitive swimmer arrived with a bottle of wine and shared a classy swig with the Bachelorette. I think I actually snorted when JoJo said "My mom will like him." If you want to see why, check out my recap of her hometown date with Ben. *C

11. Brandon. His job is listed as "hipster." So much no, that gets a failing grade all by itself. *F

12. James F, the second James of the evening to walk away with a rose. He's a boxing club owner with acting aspirations and not-great taste in suits but I think there may be a decent sense of humor there. *B-

13. Ali. I was intrigued by the Iranian piano-playing bartender, especially when he busted out with some Moonlight Sonata during the cocktail party. I don't know if I see him as a finalist, but I like him. *A-

14. Santa Claus. Seriously. The guy was introduced as "Saint Nick from the North Pole." He stayed in costume all evening passing out teddy bears to the other contestants while awkwardly chortling "jo jo jo jo." I'm not a fan of the gimmicks, and that was one of the worst. Easiest *F of the night.

15. Will.  I couldn't decide if his goofiness -with the cue cards and the cootie catcher- was endearing or annoying but the uncomfortable kiss sealed his fate. *D+

16. James S. My jury is still out on the last of the James's. His claim to Bachelor super-fandom is either a brilliantly funny joke or seriously weird and creepily obsessive. And yes, I realize I'm probably being a little sexist here. I own it. He gets a passing grade at least until the verdict rolls in. *C+

17 Vinny. He brought JoJo a toast. Like, an actual piece of bread he was carrying around in his suit pocket. Why?? Definitely NMS. *D

18. Evan the Erectile Dysfunction Specialist. He likes to "get guys excited." And tells the camera "It's a hard business." Yikes. Because he seems genuinely nice he's saved from a failing grade. But just barely. *D

19. Daniel was the evening's "THAT guy," quick to get "Canadian wasted" and strip down to his teeny tiny man bikini to flex for the camera and take a drunken dip in the pool. I'm not quite sure when/why he started poking the other men in the belly button but he did let us know "If I was gay I'd be in paradise." So maybe Daniel has a little secret to share with us later or maybe he's just a big old DBag. Either way, I'm totally not surprised because, producers shocked he got a rose. *F-

There you have it ladies: this season's Bachelorette lineup! Who were your favorites/least favorites Monday night? 

TTFN Bachelor Nation!

5 *more* things: the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Oh, you guys. This has been a week. Sometimes, that's just all you can say! 

1. The last few days have not been all sunshine and roses, so I'm going to get the bad and the ugly out of the way -and cheat a little by smashing it all together in one paragraph- so I can get to the good stuff.  First off, I have this weird eczema I developed postpartum that rears it's ugly head every so often. More annoying is where it shows up: on the backs of my thighs just under ma butt cheeks (sorry for the TMI) so I get to enjoy sitting on it all day. I'm hoping it takes a hike before Madi starts swim lessons because it adds nothing to a swimsuit aesthetic that is already struggling. Ha. And speaking of Madi, she somehow caught a mystery cold this week in spite of the fact that no one around us has been obviously sick. And that has served to make her possibly the grumpiest toddler on planet earth. Lastly, we got a little 5-page double-sided letter from the IRS yesterday thanking us for our yearly contributions asserting that we owe  $1200 from the 2014 tax year. And could we just go ahead and mail that in in the next two weeks? Please and thank you.  I'm not sure exactly how that's going to affect our summer plans, but I'm pretty sure it's not in a good way. Moving on....

2. We celebrated Mother's Day a day late this year and went out to a nice dinner with the in-laws. It's been a hot minute since we've attempted a family dinner out because Madi -being 2- oddly prefers running around, climbing on things and singing loudly to sitting quietly at a table enjoying a multi-course meal (and I'm fully aware that I am the only one in the universe who finds this cute rather than annoying.) So I was nervous about Monday and packed lots of snacks and books and markers and crossed all my fingers and toes. The dinner lasted close to two hours and Madi did awesome! A chance to sit and enjoy good food -and french pear martinis- with family was the best present I could have gotten.

3. I've been wanting to add more green to my wardrobe recently. Because, duh, green is awesome. Since it's one of my favorite colors I'm not actually sure why I rarely wear it, but this top I found at Aro & Co is a step in the right direction. The best part? It was on sale for five dollars. Five. Dollars. (I think the total with shipping was like, $5.70) What? How is that even a thing?? Whatever, I decided that when the universe throws you a bone (or a cute chiffon top for really, really cheap) it's best to just pop it right in your shopping cart and complete your checkout before the universe changes it's mind.

4. I'm falling in love with the R+Co dry shampoo paste my hair stylist recommended. At $28 it's a little (okay maybe a lot) pricier than what I would normally spend on a dry shampoo but it takes such a minuscule amount to freshen up my hair that it will probably last until I'm 80, thus making it a totally reasonable purchase. Right? It also works as a really outstanding texturizer and doesn't weigh down my fine hair. So there's that! And because walking all the way upstairs, taking a picture and uploading it to my laptop sounds like a whole lot of work I'll let Google do the talking. 


5. Last but not least, the husband and I are signed up to do a Paint Nite this weekend and I'm pretty excited about it. I was hesitant to suggest it to him because I thought he'd laugh and tell me "no thanks." So I was pleasantly surprised that he agreed right away to sign up. If you're not familiar, Paint Nite is an event held at a bar or restaurant where an artist comes in to teach you how to paint a particular picture all while you're downing delicious wine or cocktails (Wine and Canvas is another popular company doing similar events.) Tell me that doesn't sound like fun?!

Cheers and TGIF ladies! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?
Linking up with Momfessionals and Sincerely, Paula

Behind every mom is a basket of dirty laundry...

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Happy Mother's Day, mamas! I hope whatever you're doing today you're 
feeling loved and appreciated and like the total badass your kids know you are!

I get to spend the day with this awesome little one so whatever else happens I'm already 
feeling like the luckiest mom ever.

Of course, when she gets a little a lot older I'll still be showing her this meme. 
Just saying, it's not a total lie.

Cheers, ladies!! xoxo

5 Things

Well my brain is basically fried after 2 hours of doing terrible things to logarithms today (don't ask.) But, I've missed blogging regularly and even a frazzled brain can handle a simple list, right? Maybe? 

5 Things

1. I just (like 5 minutes ago) finished reading The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. Can I just tell you that book completely sucked me in, took up pretty much all my free moments and was definitely a contributing factor to my lack of blogging the last couple weeks!  If you hadn't guessed, it gets two thumbs up from me, you guys. If you enjoy a good mix of drama, scandal and mystery as much as I do then you should probably check it out. Like, immediately. Next on my reading list is Me Before You, a book I bought about a million years ago and then put off reading because *spoiler alert* it apparently has a sad ending. I freaking hate sad endings! But now it's been made into a movie and the movie looks kind of adorable, so clearly I'm going to have to get over it and get cracking.

2. Speaking of drama, have you been watching Southern Charm?? It's been nicely filling the void left in my heart (and my DVR) by the ending of The Bachelor and the wait for The Bachelorette season premier.  Honestly, the show would probably be kind of a snooze-fest of nice, relatively boring, upper-class southern people hosting oddly themed parties if it weren't for the resident ginger Kathryn -who is gorgeous and either smartly calculating or completely cray cray- but either way the source of most of the drama and scandal that are really the whole point of watching reality TV in the first place. So, thank you, Kathryn. Without you I'd be left to patch the holes in my heart with  reruns of Forensic Files and Snapped.

3. For some reason I never wear tennis shoes unless I'm working out or going for a hike. But I've been seeing a ton of cute outfits featuring tennis shoes on Pinterest lately, so I think maybe it's time to work them into my real-life wardrobe. I started by wearing my silver and white Nikes and a basic white tee (not exactly a huge fashion risk, but whatevs) to take Madi to Discovery Kingdom last Friday. I have to say, I'm kind of loving the fact that comfort is having a trendy moment.

4. I've been following Jen at for quite awhile because she is absolutely hilarious. This week I pretty much died at her post poking fun at Me-ternity leave. Preach it, sister!

5. I should be finding out sometime this month if my application was chosen in the nursing school lottery for the fall semester. I'm currently crossing all the fingers and all the toes while I play the waiting game, so wish me luck!

Linking up with Momfessionals and Sincerely, Paula. Happy Friday!!

(Oh, hey there!) How We Wore It: Summer Skirt

Oh em gee, you guys. Can I just tell you how many times I've sat down and started on a blog post the last couple weeks? Key word here clearly being started since I haven't finished a single one! Yikes. But since I signed up to participate in Deidre Emme's How We Wore It (a challenge to re-create a look using items you already own) today, blogging finally gets to beat out laundry, toilet scrubbing and a thousand and one other boring to-do's on my never ending list of death (Hooray!)

Do you know what I'm afraid of? Aside from the obvious spiders of course, and those stupid sneezes that kind of sneak up on you when you're not prepared (holy mom-bladder!) I'm afraid of...skirts. Yep, you read that right. Something about being 5 feet tall with a short torso and a little hippy (not the cute flower-power kind, sadly) means that I generally shy away from anything remotely skirt-like as they have an odd tendency to quickly migrate past my hips to settle just south of my bra. Which is super sexy, by the way. Waist? Who needs a waist? **By 'generally' I mean that my over-stuffed closet contains approximately 2 skirts: one teeny-tiny slightly hooker-ish black mini that I probably shouldn't be wearing anyway, and a floor-length super comfy knit number in a casual beigy-brown.** 

So, just how exactly is my skirt phobia  relevant to anything, you ask? Well, as it happens, this month's How We Wore It features a super cute, super summer-y lace and chambray look from Elevate Everyday, where the skirt is kind of front and center. Here, take a look:


Once I saw the inspiration photo I had a minor dilemma on my hands since obviously nothing in my vast selection of skirts (haha) was going to help me create a cute summer look. Thank goodness for dresses that can totally pretend to be skirts, that's all I can say. And of course, if you have a blog then odds are pretty high that you own at least one chambray button up so, check! Here's my take on this month's photo:

kind of obsessed with the lace-up shoe thing #noshame

I had hoped to take a few pictures outside but our lovely May day decided to make like January and turn windy, gray and cold. Whatever, May.

I know, I know. These pics scream "OMG SoFashun!" right? Ha.

What's your go-to look for summer? Are you a fan of skirts (or poser dresses)?

I had so much fun participating in How We Wore It for the first time ever! Check out the lovely ladies in the links below to see all the different ways this month's look was styled:

Deidre at Deidre Emme
Emily at Emmy Jake
Brooke at Silver Lining
Suerra at Sierra's View
Justine at Little Dove
Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Patricia at haifisch
Kelsi at Love strong
Emma at Ever Emma
Shelbie at R+S Brereton
Nellwyn at The Cardinal Press
Ruth at My Little Nest

Sign up on Deidre Emme's blog for the chance to try your hand at next month's How We Wore It and be one of the 15 randomly selected stylists!
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