White ruffle sleeve sweater: Work The Metal // Black Girl Gang Sweater: Work The Metal // White Rain Cloud Sweater: Work The Metal // Jeans: Express // Shoes: Sam Edleman //
One of the few things I love about winter are the fun sweaters you can wear! Now that is is no longer socially acceptable to wear my Christmas sweaters, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite sweaters. The white ruffle sleeve I actually wore for Thanksgiving. I have restyled it a few times since and worn it with black leather pants, a woven skirt and boots, and black jeans and my pink Gucci flats.
I am currently wearing the black girl gang sweater- in fact, it has become apart of my weekend uniform I have been wearing it so much! My friends who are big T-Swift fans loved it. I honestly didn’t think about Taylor and her “girl gang” when I bought it, I am not a huge fan. I just bought it because I liked it and found it funny! But clearly, if you are a T-Swift fan, you need it.
I am not sure who loves the raincloud sweater more… Me or my students! HA! It is SO soft and fuzzy! Whenever I have worn it they come up and rub their hands up and down my arm to pet the sweater (this used to freak me out, but it no longer phases me lol). I’ve also only worn it when its been raining, which makes it extra fun! I love a good themed outfit. It is hard to see in the photo, but the rainclouds have little sequin raindrops falling from them. Seriously, it is adorable!
Just a quick little life update- I had shared before that I was having sleep issues and going to have a sleep study done. In December, I got the results back and have been working with my sleep specialist to figure out the best treatment plan and I am feeling SO much better! I am hoping once I am consistently doing better I will be able to give more energy back to the blog and post 2-3x a week like I was this summer. Thank you to everyone who has continued to read or stop by! I have really had a lot of fun just making this a hobby and can not wait to see where it goes in the future! Thanks for hanging in there with me!
Jacket/Earrings/Necklace: Work The Metal Black Jeans: Express Bag: Kate Spade Shirt: Target ($6!) Booties: Neiman Marcus
One of my favorite things about the transition into the new year is that college football takes a backseat and college basketball becomes the center of attention. If you are a Kentucky, basketball is your blood. Wither you like it or not, you can not escape it so if you can beat it… join it! I happen to love basketball… Kentucky Wildcats in particular. Thankfully I have a few close friends who will watch games with me and scream at the TV too (as if that actually helps). Usually for home games at Rupp Arena I try to wear hints of Kentucky blue, rather than UK apparel. I bought this necklace a few months ago for football season but my coats always covered it up! The best part about basketball is that it is indoors (woot, woot!!) so once you are inside no coat is needed! I picked up the leopard jacket with the intention of pairing it with the necklace to make it stand out! The Kentucky earrings are a subtle touch to make it clear who I am cheering for!
I am hoping for AT LEAST a final four this year! GO BIG BLUE!
In Partnership with Work The Metal
1201 Story Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
Every year it NEVER fails that I totally forget about stocking stuffers. Today I ran around like a little elf and knocked everything out. Thankfully Butchertown market always has my back. I have never met a single person that doesn’t LOVE Cellar Door Chocolates. Sea Salt Caramels are my FAV (my momma used to surprise me and ship them to me when I was in college). Bourbon Barrel Foods has mini packages of their rubs and salts that are great for my brothers, dad, and grandfathers stockings. You also cannot go wrong with a Woodford Reserve product for any of the men in your life! My family loves to use ridiculously hilarious socks in stockings as a clever way to hide a gift card for an added element of surprise! For my true Kentucky ladies, local t-shirts with some feminine flair rolled up add a unique touch! Lastly, picked up a few cute earrings and had them gift wrapped to top it all of! With a cute Work The Metal box and bow, no one will ever know how last-minute it was!
*** Also may have gotten myself a few gifts too! Whoops!
Dress: Work The Metal // Earrings: Work The Metal
It’s finally December which means it’s the start of holiday parties! I have a few this weekend and next weekend, and as always I plan on being the star of the show. The question is– what exactly should do wear that stands out and is glamorous? I think a sequin dress is perfect for this time of year- the best part about a sequin statement dress and you can restyle the look for a New Years Eve party. I added red earrings to accent this dress for a Holiday look (totally should have added red lipstick but the day I shot this look I left my red Chanel double stick at home!), but you could easily mix it up and add silver jewelry and a faux fur jack and black heels for a NYE celebration. Two celebrations, one dress!. The dress runs true to size — I’m wearing an S for reference and I am 5 foot 5 inches.
I also love the jumpsuit trend going on right now! I grabbed this one to show you guys! How cute would this be with stacked red bracelets?!
For the next holiday party you are attending or hosting hopefully, you got some inspiration and outfit ideas.
In Partnership with Work The Metal
1201 Story Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
Sweater: Work The Metal
The best thing about Thanksgiving Break is that it causes me to stop, rest and actually reflect on what I am thankful for and how lucky I am. Today was my first day of break (teacher perks!) so I spent the morning at Work The Metal, working on the blog and catching up with a few friends and I am cozied up in the Barbie Dream House, on my pink couch! I found the coziest winter sweater at Work The Metal this morning, I choose a size medium to make it off the shoulder.
I thought I would openly share my reflections for this year!
I am thankful for…
- Change – I do not always do well with change and I have had a lot of it this year! Change can be challenging but it can also reveal how tough you are.
- My Job – Lord Jesus, some days teaching is the hardest thing I have EVER done, but it has pushed me to be person, friend, co-worker and follower of Christ. (It has also pushed me into my bed every day to 4:30pm because I am so exhausted!)
- My Students – The drive me nuts, I mean seriously INSANE, but I love them unconditionally. They work hard, but they also disobey. They can be rude as HECK but can be sweet as sugar… Seriously it’s a constant cycle! BUT they do keep my room insanely clean and have a weird thing for sweeping? They somehow love me unconditionally back, no matter how frustrated I get with them, when they hug me goodbye and tell me they love me at the end of the day it makes me want to cry.
- My independence – I am really grateful that I am able to live on my own. I am able to teach, go to Barre class (much love to The Barre Code), I am able to travel. I know this is a luxury that a lot of people with my disease do not have. The physical therapy and rest can be a pain in the butt, however, I am constantly reminded of how important taking care of myself is and it is worth all the effort.
- My friends – As much as I miss my Nashville friends and seeing them every day, they are still really great friends of mine who check in and love on me from hours away. I also really enjoy getting to visit them or having them stay with me. I am also incredibly blessed with some great friends that live in Louisville (or at least visit a lot!)
- My family – It has been really nice being 10-15 mins from my family. Especially my parents who invite me to (AKA ALLOW ME TO CRASH) dinner rather often. They also took care of me when I was sick last week and my mom even went to the grocery to get me jello and pudding cups!
- My security – Physically/financially, I am thankful for a job the provides and allows me to live in an apartment where I feel incredibly safe. My neighbors are kind and always checking in on me. My apartment complex is fast about answering any concerns I have. I was actually at work and saw I had a missed phone call from them and quickly called them! I thought they were going to tell me I had left a straightener on and burned down my building or something horrible But they actually were just calling to check on me and make sure I was doing okay after going through a difficult situation. (I am also conveniently only 4 minutes from Work the Metal, Chipotle, and McDonalds)
- My Co-Workers – Last but NOT least! I could NOT have made it this far along in teaching without the amazing teachers that I am surrounded by every. single. day. It is the best support system I could ever ask for. And I have three fellow first-year teachers who are going through and experiencing some of the same things I am, they make this journey a lot less lonely!
I hope you have as many things and more to be thankful for this year!
P.S. This song always makes me stop and reflect. It reminds me how much I have to be thankful for, so I wanted to share it with you. (I am not even a Carrie Underwood fan, but she does have a beautiful voice-ha!)
In Partnership With Work the Metal
1201 Story Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
A couple Saturdays ago, if you saw my Instagram story you got to witness me be a WEIRDO and talk to myself in the camera in the middle of Target. (It’s the 21st century and I have decided that if people stop and stare, get over it!! I am obviously on Snapchat or Instagram just walk away and leave me be!) That morning I had done my typical Saturday swing by to Work The Metal and picked up a gorgeous necklace for the holidays and it was $19. I then did my typical Teacher chore of going to Target to get things I needed for my classroom/students over the next few weeks and decided to take a look down their jewelry aisle to see if they had anything similar to the necklace I had gotten that morning and their jewelry price range. A similar necklace was on display however, it was dull with very little sparkle and $35.
I love having unique pieces and a variety of them, which is why I choose to shop local with Work The Metal. A typical necklace there cost $19 and earrings are usually $9. Typically they only get one of each piece, so you do not have to worry about the someone else wearing the same accessory as you at upcoming Holiday events.
Glitz and Glam: I currently have my eye out for anything shiny as can be! I love some statement bling for events, make a sweater stand out or to dress up a t-shirt.
Fringe: Seriously- Fringe, tassels, and baubles are currently the Beyoncè of jewelry right now and slowly taking over the world. Earrings like these have been my daily go recently! (I scored these for $9!)
Sophisticated and Classic: My Grandmother is one of the most classy women I have ever met. She is always put together and has the most beautiful accessories. I am drawn towards classic pieces (like below) because often they remind me of her. The earrings made me think of stunning silhouette necklace my grandmother owns from Italy. As much as a love modern and trendy items, it’s always great to mix in something classic. The cream and gold color match is a winter classic.
Chunky Monkey: I had to call this section chunky money because that’s exactly what my students said about my necklace when I wore it the other day! Ha! I was first drawn to this piece in the store because I have seen so many people wearing chunky jewelry with their solid sweaters and thought it was adorable but I was unsure if I could pull if off. However, it was of course on the display stand near the check out line… Starring and taunting me… I took the “challenge” and bought it! I have paired mine with my bling denim jacket and white T, as well as a white sweater and Camo utility jacket and both times my 7-year-old students approved (and believe me.. they are OVERLY honest). I have now gone back and purchased a second “chunky monkey necklace” in Kentucky blue. I love branching out of my comfort zone to try a new style (for myself at least) and realizing that I really do like it! It always gives me a boost of confidence.
I hope you are inspired to try some new styles or add some fringe and flare to your winter jewelry collection! Remeber bling is also always a great hostess gift this holiday season!
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Shopping is hard work, right?! Thankfully Work The Metal has two-weekend events coming up that will head you get ahead start on holiday decorating, gift giving and maybe even allow you to bring a friend along for the fun!
Saturday, November 11th, WTM has their Holiday Open House from 10am-5pm. The first 50 people in line will receive a free gift! This is the perfect time to grab some holiday decor to transform your home into a winter wonderland.
Friday, November 17th, WTM is staying open LATE! From 6pm-8pm they will be partying away during the “Champs and Shopping event” This is the perfect time to nail down that last-minute Thanksgiving outfit (you know, to impress those In-Laws you don’t even like), and to beat the Christmas madness by knocking out some early Christmas shopping why knocking back some Champagne! Along with Champagne, there will be Appetizers and sweet treats provided by the Butchertown Grocery, Butchertown Pizza Hall, Bourbon Barrel Foods, Cellar Door Chocolate (MY WEAKNESS), Cocktails by Ballotin Whiskey and Louisville Cream.
My best WTM advice is that if you see something you love- GET IT! Because this store has unique pieces, once an item arrives there, it is gone quickly! SO if you see a necklace, bracelet or accessory you just love, GET IT while you have the chance!
Happy Shopping and please let me know if you got a chance to “work your weekend” at Work The Metal!
Work The Meal
1201 Story Ave (St 101)
Louisville, KY 40206
Work the Metal Wednesday is the latest addition to my blog! If you have been following me on Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat for a while, then you know that this store is totally my corner of the world! This cute Local store stole my heart years ago!
My mother received a gift from a friend in the cutest Tiffany Blue Box with a hot pink ribbon wrapped around it. She was given a beautiful sterling silver platter with Fleur De Leis along the outside circle of the serving platter. We were so captivated by the adorable box, we knew we had to check it out! I remember my first time in the store, I was in love! I left with a bag full of cute Tiffany blue boxes filled with Necklaces and Bracelets.
Work the Metal quickly grew their inventory and began to sell home decor, clothing, kitchen items, and so much more. Since opneing the store has undergone many updates, additions and an expansion. The store has always been my go-to for special event dresses, everyday wear, bath bombs, white elephant gifts, decorating, wedding gifts and even baby shower gifts! When I was living in Nashville, I would drive to Louisville for their special events- they have amazing Christmas shopping events and Derby events. Thankfully I live four minutes from the store and you can find me there most saturday mornings with an armfull of goodies! You can expect to see and hear a lot more about Work The Metal in the coming weeks- Just thought I would give you a quick little introduction to the local store that stole my heart!
Work The Metal
1201 Story Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
How is Halloween next week?! Every holiday keeps creeping up on me and with me being an unprepared mess these days (Lord, I hope someone can relate), I threw together a last-minute outfit. I wore this bodysuit in a previous post in May and figured I needed another occasion to wear it. Pinterest was the real MVP with lots of Barbie inspiration!With some leggings, legwarmers (thanks to my figure skating days), classic pair of nudes and a scrunchie- I was all set! How can you not be Barbie when you are living in a Barbie Dreamhouse? Honestly, I am pretty sure I somehow always pull a costume together the day before an event or party, so this year was no exception!
^Shoutout to one of my best friends, Joe, who pulled off the Halloween comfort costume!
Last year was still probably one of my favorite costumes. With the help of a gold fabric pen (shirt), gold spray paint (shoes) and a quick to the candy shop I went as a “gold digger”! Sometimes last-minute things turn out to be the best. Turning pieces you already own into costumes is also the best because it means one less thing to worry about!
The easiest last-minute costume I have ever thrown together was a referee find some guys in Jerseys to take a picture with you and BOOM! Looks like it was planned! (Fake it till you make it, Sista!)
What are your Halloween plans? (also yes, I am aware I am back from the blogging dead! It’s not even worth explaining! I’m slowing but surely learning how to balance so expect to see me around more!)
Most of you probably know that I spend Thirsty Thursday at the Barre- well The Barre Code that is! This summer I tried my first class and fell in love with the concept! The first thing I noticed was that the rooms had dim lighting and well, I was ALL about that because that meant there was smaller chance of people seeing me look like a fool! Secondly, I loved the music. The music and lights are synchronized, essentially if you try to forget the fact you are working out, you can kinda convince yourself that you’re at the club.
The environment is not only fun and upbeat but also positive. The instructors talk about body positivity and trying your best throughout each class. It’s a judgment free zone. This is something that is SO important for me. After being diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos, I really struggled to do group workout classes because I was embarrassed about how I had to modify some of the movements/workouts. Everyone at Barre Code has been very accepting and has not skipped a beat when I have to modify a movement or try something different because an exercise just isn’t working for me.
My favorite class is Barredio and MORE people need to be coming! Let me tell you- it’s a party. We learn a routine and usually spend 4 weeks working on it. Each week we add on a little bit more! We just recently completed a Britney Spears VS Christina Aguilera routine. This means the first half of our workout choreography was composed of Britney style moves and the second half had choreography that was more of Christina’s style. (I am so sad I am having to miss tomorrow due to Open House night at my school.)
The second class (the first one I ever tried) is TBC- total body conditioning. I personally think this class was a good starting point for me. I would highly recommend this if you are not sure where exactly to start in the Barre workout process. This class is designed to workout your entire body. A TBC class weights (2lbs or 3lbs) and sometimes a ball or Thera-band!
The Barre Code is recognized by Self Magazine and Vogue for having some of the best workouts in the Country, and let’s be real Vogue is like second to the Bible so if they say it is great you know it must be true!
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have and if you ever want to tag along please reach out!
The Barre Code has studios all over the country! Below is a list of states where you can find The Barre Code! Click HERE to see if there is a location in your city!