Friday Favorites 11.12

Happy Friday, friends! The Holiday season is here everywhere you look but I’m holding on to our fall decor for just a bit longer. Last weekend I did a deep clean around the house so it will be easy to put away the fall decor and bring up the Christmas boxes. I’m looking forward to spending Thanksgiving at my parents house in North Carolina. Our tradition is to start putting up Christmas trees as soon as the pumpkin pie is cut. My mom goes all out for Christmas and needs all of the help from her elves that she can get! We will put on a Christmas movie like A Christmas Story and eat pie while we flock trees around the house. It’s one of my favorite traditions! I got a bunch of errands done on Thursday since I was off of work. Christmas shopping is basically all finished so now I just need to wrap and place them under a tree. I’m trying to be as proactive as I can to get everything done so I can enjoy the holiday season. I’ll be sharing some gift guides on my Facebook page to give you some ideas. I forgot how much planning needs to go into the holiday season when I’m working and don’t have that much free time LOL! Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Our tv has been set to the Hallmark channel since November 1st so it’s been Christmas movies every day. On Sundays, we have been watching Succession and I’m loving watching this family drama unfold. Be sure to catch up on Dopesick on HBO. I also started watching MAID on Netflix late last night and WOW. I had read a lot of good things about it online and it’s a show I think everyone should watch but be prepared to be emotional.

Recently just picked up Chi x Barbie Silk Infusion and Chi x Barbie 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray that I found at Target. It looks like the hair products are no longer in stock but I saw a ton at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Did I buy these products just because they are Barbie? Yes. Yes, I did! A few years ago I made the switch to aluminum-free deodorant and just finished this one and will definitely be repurchasing. I don’t notice the difference and it’s just healthier for your body so why not make the switch?

I wanted to share an easy recipe that makes a tasty dinner in 5 minutes. The other night I heated up a bag of Trader Joe’s fried rice, towards the end I cracked two eggs in the pan and let them fry, and thawed some frozen fish to mix in later. It felt like we were eating take out but it was cheaper and a bit healthier.

As I mentioned, I just finished all of my Christmas shopping because I’m trying to get ahead of the game. While I was out running errands, I also picked up this garland for under $3 and this flocked garland because when I went to buy it last year, they were all sold out. Be sure to buy Christmas decorations early because they are going to sell out quickly.

I’m sure I am going back to buy more, but I picked up two Hallmark Christmas cards to send to our families. Browse their website here if you know of anyone who loves the Hallmark Christmas movies because they have the best gifts for anyone on your list.

The stores are READY for Christmas! Lots of great gifts and holiday decor at TJ Maxx and Homegoods.

The Hallmark Channel Christmas movies are so bad but bring me so much joy.

Starbucks red cups are here!

Ed loves to be in my lap any chance he can now that I go to work every day. That includes when I’m reading the newspaper in the morning or on a work Zoom call.

Most importantly, RED TV will be on repeat in this house all weekend.

What I Wore This Week 3

Leaving the house every day again comes with a few challenges like an earlier alarm in the morning, planning my meals, and that large pile of rejected clothes in the corner of my room that grows each time I get dressed in the morning. It got so bad this past week that I needed to create a new closet system to make getting dressed easier. This means those pandemic casual clothes are going to the back of my closet to make room for work clothes. It was nice while it lasted ha! Didn’t get a chance to wear a Halloween costume this year because I was sick on the couch with allergies all weekend. No fun!

Being in a classroom means a lot of time on my feet and lots of steps. Thank goodness for cute comfy shoes! /// black cardigan (similar) // white tee shirt (similar) // pants // shoes

A quick trip to the pumpkin patch over the weekend! ///// sweater (similar) // vest (similar) // jeans

Bundled up to keep warm when I walked to the office on Monday. Had a busy day and forgot to take a picture of what I was wearing under my jacket. Ooops! // Black sweater // black jeans // white sneakers // coat // backpack // sunglasses

What I Wore This Week 2

One of my favorite parts about working again is being able to put together cute outfits. Even though I have a work uniform, I like to break the rules from time to time and dress in cuter clothes ha! I still love that I can throw on a work shirt and jeans on days I know I’ll get messy with students or for a casual Friday look.

I love love love these pants and I’m so happy I can wear them again! To make them more fall-appropriate, I paired them with an olive blouse. // Blouse (old from Loft), Pants (old from Old Navy), Slides (old from Nordstrom)

The weather in October cannot make up its mind with its very hot days and then 50 degrees the next day. I stayed warm in a cozy sweater and jeans for work and it makes me excited for sweater weather! // sweater (old from Loft), Jeans, flats (old from Target)

I love a good polished professional look! // grey cardigan (old urban outfitters), grey leopard collared tank (old from Loft), maroon pants, slides

Finally feels like fall! // pants (old target), tank (old from Loft), cardigan (old from Primark)

The New OPI Nature Strong Line is Perfect for Fall!

So now that I’m back to work, I’m spending a lot of time doing things that can ruin a good manicure! Luckily, OPI set me a package in the mail of their new Nature Strong line of nail polishes. It’s a vegan nail polish line that lasts longer than any other nail polish I’ve used! With 30 shades to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. I personally hate chipped nails and never have the time to sit down and do a full manicure. OPI Nature Strong makes it easy because the nail polish dries very quickly and lasts for more than two weeks. Seriously, it lasted two weeks even after I spent my mornings typing away on my laptop and then afternoons in the classroom!

Early fall is weird because it’s not always cold right away and I’m not ready to wear dark colors just yet! Which is why I loved the pink shades because they are good neutrals to transition into fall with. Have you seen the new line of nail polishes in store yet? For me it was life changing because I don’t have time to wait for my nails to dry these days!!

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OPI Nature Strong

Friday Favorites 10.22

Not sure why we thought it was a good idea to make a car service appointment at 8am six months ago. Yikes it was a struggle to get out of bed but happy we did it! After we dropped the car off we went out to breakfast and got back home early afternoon after errands. It was a nice mix of super productive around the house and writing lesson plans while making time to relax. This weekend will still be an early start to the day but only because we have a busy weekend planned!

So excited that Succession on HBO is back! This season is going to be so so good.
Binge watched season 3 of YOU on Netflix in three days and did not expect that ending!
We are watching Dopesick on Hulu because we have been following the drama unfolding with Purdue Pharma the last few years. It’s insane it took them this long to be shut down.
I’ve been making friends on the internet because of needing people to talk to about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills especially part 2 of the reunion.

Desperately need a haircut so for now I’m using Loreal Elvive Dream Lengths shampoo and conditioner to keep my hair long and healthy.

I’m still trying to balance working during the day and coming home with enough energy to make dinner. Trader Joe’s meals have been a lifesaver this week. On Monday I made TJs fall zucchette pasta with autumn harvest sauce for national pasta day and it was soo yummy! I’m a big fan of the ravioli and potstickers for tasty meals when I’m lazy. Also salad kits are my go-to for lunch this week because they are so easy to make. Made cookies to bring to school today for one of my students birthdays. I love baking for other people 🙂

Being able to wear the clothes in my closet again!
I’ve been wearing these shoes to work on repeat.
Reading the newspaper while I drink my coffee in the morning is my new favorite way to start the day.
Trying to enjoy the sunshine when I get out of work while I can with a walk or run after work.

What I Wore This Week

Hi all! I’ve kept it a little hush hush because I wanted to just enjoy my first few weeks without any outside pressure, but I recently started a new job. After enjoying an early retirement the last year and some months, I’m eager to get back to work and back into a routine. The first few days were hard, physically and mentally. Not being used to setting alarms or a structured eating schedule put my body into shock. My body was tired but eager to get up the next day and do it again. I’m keeping my new job private but to be intentionally vague… I work with kids in a classroom. Already my responsibilities at work are multiplying and I’m excited for the challenge. That being said, I’ve been wearing a lot of cute outfits lately! I’ve been having fun sharing my #ootd’s on Instagram each day but also thought it would be fun to do a round up on the blog too. Like many other people, my work clothes don’t fit like they used to and that has been tough to face. So it’s back to daily workouts and eating healthy to get those pants fit again! Since it’s a new job, no one has seen my clothes before so I’m trying to be smart with my money and only using what I have in my closet to get dressed. I will try to link the item or something similar if I can.

Casual Friday Look
Top (Loft) // Jeans (American Eagle)

Sweater (old, no tag) // Pants ( Banana Republic) // Flats (Target)

Sweater (Loft) // Jeans (American Eagle) // Flats (Tory Burch)

Sweater (Belk) // Pants (Banana Republic) // Slides (Steve Madden)

Sweater (Loft) // Jeans (American Eagle) // Slides (BP) // Bag (Tory Burch)

Cardigan (Old Navy) // Tank (Loft) // Pants (Old Navy)

Sweater (Calvin Klein) // Pants (Target) // Slides (H&M)

I LOVE tops that look dressy but are super comfortable!
Top (Loft) // Pants (Gap)