Lucky in love

We really are so fortunate to be in love and in my case, loved by someone I can honestly say I want to grow old with and experience all life has to offer, the good the bad and the ugly. I do apologize for the mushy side there but couldn’t resist when we were just in Chicago celebrating my sister at her bridal shower and bachelorette party. Lucky in love happened to be the theme for the beautiful shower my aunt and cousins threw for her on St. Patrick’s Day so couldn’t have been a more perfect day in a city that literally feels like it bleeds green on this special, Irish holiday. One we particularly hold true in our family as well.

My ongoing fashion and just overall style motto is classic, classic and more classic pieces. There’s a reason why when I look at Jennifer Aniston in Rumor Has It, for example, that she looks like she’s 25 in one scene…it’s because she’s wearing a classic white tee, distressed jeans and I believe chuck Taylor’s. Want to guess how old she really was when shooting that movie? She was 36. She also wears a classic black dress in that movie that I fell in love with. Classic lines, classic color and classic silhouette. So needless to say, there was only one dress I had in mind for the bachelorette party and paired with a blush colored blazer that just happens to be one of my sisters wedding day colors, felt like I was staying tried and true to my motto that night. I, of course, paired it with some green dangly earrings to show my St. Pattys Day respect. 🙂

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Photo credit (and the sweet shamrock headband) goes to my super cool cousin, Kenzie. Love you lady!

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Ottomans and d’orsay flats

So there were two things that made me feel the slightest bit glamorous this past week and one was this Parisian style font ottoman and the other was this pair of d’orsay flats. My mom had the ottomans at her house that she found on amazon and loved them because they store things on the inside and I’m always looking for dual purpose furniture that makes me feel semi-grown up but that also hides toys, for example, that are constantly out with a 2 and 4 year old. Plus, there’s something so romantic about French script that brings me back to my study abroad days and that whimsical feeling.


The flats I found at Old Navy for about $25 and again loved that they looked expensive but for such a reasonable price, not to mention they were comfy. I think I’m going to take them on a work trip I have in August. To be honest, I felt like I was even channeling a little Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffani’s when I put them on too and I can never say no to that feeling. 🙂

First order of business

So there’s really nothing like a brain infection to brush up on some old habits. Considering I was a clean and healthy person is a little frustrating it happened to begin with but I’m going to do what I can to make me feel in control of my life again. Since my doctors seemed to have narrowed the problem down to my mouth, I’ve made sure toothbrushes get a good weekly dishwasher cleaning and I’ve definitely upped my flossing and mouth washing. However, I didn’t have cavities or anything to begin with so trying not to let it get the best of me. Then I thought, what else do I use on my face daily that could use an upgrade and that was makeup brushes so got new ones of those and putting them in these cute organizers I found at Target didn’t hurt either. The other thing I use on my face daily is a towel to wash my face so those now get a weekly or bi-weekly cleaning. Last but definitely not least, I’ve become religious about taking my multi vitamin every morning and probiotic every night.

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Not sure if any of this helps but praying it has to help keep my insides and outsides strong if I ever have to recover from something like brain surgery again. Again, trying to let go and let God as much as possible.

You got this

The title of this particular blog post has definitely become the theme of the summer. My sister had gotten it for me as a housewarming gift but instead of bringing it to me at my house, she brought it to me at the hospital. On Thursday, June 1, I was tired and complaining of a migraine. On Friday, June 2, I’m being checked into the ER and a doctor came in and told me they had located a mass on my brain. So for about the next couple days, we weren’t sure if it was a brain tumor or even cancer. Then fast forward 10 days later, I had been diagnosed with a brain infection, had the abscess removed and was discharged to re-enter the real world. And did I mention the day after I went to the ER, my husband had to move us into our new home? Some days it feels like it was a nightmare and never happened but given that it did, I couldn’t be more thankful to my entire family, friends and to all those unbelievable doctors and nurses at John’s Hopkins who helped get me back home to my amazing girls and super star husband. I’m eternally grateful.

In a weird way, it felt like this summer was my George Bailey moment from Its a Wonderful Life. He had his sights set on where he wanted to go and things he wanted to do but then got a big reality check about how wonderful life really is right at home.

I know it’s going to take me a while to sort through all that has happened and why God had me go through such a random traumatic experience but for now, I’m on the road to a healthy recovery, taking it one day at a time and enjoying being in our new home with my sweet little family.

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It must take a village

I know there are entire glamour squads dedicated to each individual celebrity for hair, makeup, nails, etc. to make them look like absolute perfection on a night like the Met Gala but I can’t help but wonder how many people it took to make unbelievable dresses like these? I think the reason I sometimes have difficulty appreciating a painting or a sculpture is that, while I respect the fact that it’s art, this is more my kind of art. The wearable kind. Just like a painting or a sculpture, these would stand the test of time in terms of beauty, in my book, and simply the overall appreciation for someone’s creativity that went into them. Jaw droppingly gorgeous.

Born again

Easter is a big day in my house. Aside from the very important religious and family aspect, it also signifies the start of spring for me, even though it officially started last month. Part of that spring kickoff, in my opinion, should always include some kind of colorful or floral dress. As much as I love the four seasons, there’s nothing like coming out of my regular rotation of grey sweatpants, blue jeans and black yoga pants to a bright and happy piece of clothing to wake me up from that winter slumber.

Here’s my sweet little family dressed in our Sunday best!

My dress is from Old Navy and the girls dresses are from Target.

Wonderful Wisconsin

No matter how exhausted I feel from packing for a trip or returning from a trip with the girls, I never regret actually going on the trip. We went to visit my parents for a couple weeks in Wisconsin recently, along with my sister and her boys. Fortunately, we had extra hands on both legs of the trip since I have yet to tackle flying solo with two little ones. They couldn’t have had more fun between my parents house essentially being converted into a funhouse, compliments of my awesome, former school teacher of a mother, crafts, trips to the indoor swimming pool, Moana and one magical snow day that I know I’ll definitely never forget.

One of my biggest goals as a mom is exposing the girls to lots of different things that might spark their interest and instilling a sense of adventure in them. This trip definitely fulfilled a little bit of both. Now, off to plan a little getaway for moi. 🙂