What’s Up Wednesday

This has been a crazy few weeks. Between final exams, the short turn around from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and other life stuff, I felt like we needed to do a bit of a check in. So I’m linking up today with Mix and Match Mama and Sheaffer Told Me To to do a what’s up Wednesday.

1: WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

Corn chowder, potatoes au gratin, chicken and broccoli roll-ups, carnitas, and salmon with rice.

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

Planning for Disney trips! We aren’t doing that right now because of our house building and I miss it. Also, this awesome hot chocolate with a cookie I had last weekend:

3. WHAT I’M LOVING:

This sugar caramel lip balm. I put it on at night after I shower and then I follow it up with Kiehls lip balm before I go to bed.

4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Basketball! And school, work, last minute Christmas shopping, etc.

5. WHAT I’M DREADING:

I’ve got to take the boys to get their hair cut this week. The barber that cuts their hair does a great job, but it’s the process, time, and the fact that I can’t schedule an appointment (they only take walk-ins).

6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

I’m up for reappointment at my job in January which means I’ve been multitasking working on my dossier:

And wrapping presents:

7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

Christmas! And having two weeks of no school, so sleeping in and lazy mornings.

8: WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

I’m half-way through The Giver of Stars, but I’ve had The Conviction on hold at the library and it just became available, so I’m going to need to read that fast once I get it before it’s due back in two weeks.

I watched all of the new season of Fuller House and I’ve been finishing out The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt series while working on present wrapping. The boys and I are working our way through Holiday Baking Championship and, of course, The Mandalorian.

9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

Besides Christmas music on repeat, I finished another podcast episode of Forever Thirty-Five, and I’m currently listening to this episode of The Splendid Table. I also really like Conan O’ Brien Needs a Friend podcast.

10: WHAT I’M WEARING:

Layers on repeat because we’re having thirty degree weather swings this week.

11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

A whole lot of baking and B’s parents are coming to town for a couple of days. I made lemon chocolate chip cookies this past weekend for a work event for B and I need to make another batch for the boys.

12: WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

Honestly, getting my dossier done and turned in is high on that list. Also, a new Semester! I’m excited for the new class formats I’m teaching in and meeting all my new students.

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Sephora Fall Sale

Well, it’s officially Fall weather because everyone in our house is under the weather. Ugh! We are hoping for a quick turn around, and in the meantime we’ll be watching lots of movies, football, playing Fortnite, and picking up Mac and Cheese from Chik-Fil-A. I’ve been loading up my Sephora cart for the upcoming sale (already started for Rouge members, starts a Thursday for VIB and Beauty Insiders). Here’s a break down of some of my “Holy Grail” products:

All of these are ones I’m either out of completely, or there is less than half of the product left. These are also products I use almost every single day. So let’s get started!

1. I wouldn’t call this a moisturizer, it’s a lip treatment. I put it on immediately after I wash my face at night and then apply Kiehl’s lip balm right before bed. I’ve found this combination helps to prevent my lips being so intensely chapped all winter.

2. I didn’t think I’d ever find a moisturizer again after Sephora stopped carrying their original formula of my favorite. This one is going to seem really intense, but my skin is pretty dry, so it works. And no oiliness or breakouts, or fragrance.

3. B and I both use this styling creme, and our hair stylist said it’s getting discontinued….hence why I have five in my shopping cart right now.

4. This lip pencil is the perfect pink and it wears so well…I’m super conscious of my lip stick wearing off weirdly when I’m talking while teaching, and this one has never let me down.

5. Living Proof Full Volume Blast. If you don’t follow the directions on this, your hair will be sticky and unmanageable. However, if you follow the directions, your volume will last for days (if you use the Bobby pin bun technique I use to put my hair up at night….I feel like I need to do a tutorial because I keep telling people about it, ha!).

6. I’ve tried other hair sprays, I always go back to this one. Always.

7. Verb conditioner, still my favorite. I trade off using it and Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco conditioner.

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Neutral stripes

Similar styles:

Camisole

Pants

Cardigan

Boots

Nail polish

It’s full on Fall here! Rainy days and falling leaves, and I’m loving the weight of my striped cardigan. The stripes add interest, while still keeping with the neutral theme. I also love that the colors of the cardigan means you can pair it with a variety of other neutrals. The point of the boot toe dresses up the outfit, and the camisole under the cardigan is perfectly paired!

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Week of Outfits

It’s finally Fall! I wore out another pair of shoes this week, walking back and forth to teach is starting to wear down my shoe collection. Everything I’m wearing this week I’ve had for at least a year, so check the links for similar styles and/or colors.

Monday:  shirtskirt, loafers (so old…updated here).

Tuesday:  toppants, Nordstrom shoes.

Wednesday:  topskirtwedges.

Thursday:  topskirtwedges.

Friday: toppantsheels.

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Week of Outfits

This is my “it’s almost fall weather” wardrobe. Where the walk to class is hot, but the classroom is freezing. I’m running through shoes, I had to completely toss a pair that disintegrated while I was wearing them. I know it’s almost fall weather, when I give up my wedges for flats and then it’s finally boot season.Monday: Piperlime dress (similar), pink booties (similar), necklace (similar)

Tuesday: Top (similar), skirt (similar), shoes (similar), hoops

Wednesday: Anthropologie top (similar), Banana Republic linen pants (similar), Michael Kors wedges (similar)

Thursday: Banana Republic dress (similar), Missoni for Target cardigan, JCrew flats

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Recreating Victoria Beckham’s Look

Victoria Beckham can really do no wrong in my fashion opinion, but there are some looks that are my absolute favorite. Her outfit at her most recent fashion show is in my absolute favorite category. Simple, structured, and a pop of bright cranberry color. Combined with an effortless bun and make-up that includes a brown smoky eye, light plum lip color, and a bright blush, it’s perfection. Check out how I recreated it below!

Shirt, shoes, watch, pants, earrings, long bobby-pins

 

Eyeshadow, Blush, Lip Color

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Target anniversary collection

The Target Anniversary Collection dropped today! While a lot of it is selling out quickly there are still some items online and in store. I didn’t set an alarm for this collection, but I managed to pick up the few items that I had my eye on:

The Missoni sweater I picked up in store is amazing quality. I ordered the Missoni dress online, but saw it in store and it also is great quality. Definitely worth the purchase.

The Lilly Pulitzer clutch I found in store, and it would be great to carry on a date night, or to carry essentials in your purse.

The Altuzzara coat I ordered online, but also viewed in store. I like the weight and trench coat with a twist design. It was slightly wrinkled in store, so I’m hoping the one I ordered is less wrinkled, or easy to iron.

Finally, I grabbed this Philip Lim long sleeve shirt for B. A great basic and it comes in two colors. Perfect for fall!

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Week of Outfits

 

 

Tuesday: Anthropologie top (similar here), Anthropologie tank, JCrew skirt, DSW wedges (old similar here)

Wednesday: JCrew top, JCrew skirt, Sandals (old similar here)

Thursday: JCrew Factory cardigan, Target tank, Banana Republic pants, Nordstrom sandals

Friday: Anthropologie sweatshirt, Gap pants (current season style), Nordstrom wedges (similar here)

The best part of the week was my sister and I showing up to school pick-up in coordinating outfits, down to our shoes:

Must be our sister brain!

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Weekday Wardrobe

It’s still blazingly hot here, so I’m trying my best to have work wear that looks both professional and isn’t stifling. Oh and that I can walk a half mile to class in.

Tuesday: Banana Republic dress, Nordstrom blazer, Target shoes (similar here)

Wednesday: Banana Republic Top, Ann Taylor pants, Old sandals (similar here)

Thursday: Uniqlo Top (similar here), Anthropologie pants, Nordstrom shoes (similar here)

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